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Week of April 7, 2014

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Professional Activities

Notre Dame in the News


News and Notices

Civera Fitness Center Opens!

The brand new Civera Fitness Center is completed and open for business! It is located on the second floor of the MBK Sports Complex, next to the racquetball courts.The center's hours will regularly be from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m., 7 days a week. 

A grand opening ceremony will be planned around the May 12th Board of Trustees meeting.

Here is some important information you should know before using the center:

1- You must have a NDMU ID card to access the center.  You must swipe in to enter the room.  Guests/children are not permitted in the fitness center.

2- Bags and food are not permitted in the center.  Water in plastic containers is allowed.  Please store your bags in a locker in the locker rooms located on the first floor of the MBK Sports Complex, near the pool.

3- Please do not remove any equipment from the fitness center.

4- Please follow all posted rules located inside the fitness center. 

If you have questions about the Civera Fitness Center, please contact Theresa Mosley at tmosley@ndm.edu.

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Notre Dame wins ACCU Grant to Design Faculty Seminar on NDMU Mission

The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities has awarded a grant to members of our Catholic Intellectual Life Committee, in response to a proposal submitted by Ademar Bechtold, Maeve O’Donovan, and Sr. Christine De Vinne.  The $2,444 grant will be used in 2014-15 to design a new seminar to be offered to experienced faculty, “United in Heart and MIND: Mission and Identity at Notre Dame.”  The goal of the project is to enable faculty to reflect on our NDMU mission and in response apply the mission to their research or teaching.  The grant was awarded by ACCU in conjunction with Collegium, the nationwide faculty mission development partnership that NDMU shares.

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Digital Humanities Series Continues

The Loyola/Notre Dame Library will host the next in a series of "brown bag" discussions about our Digital Humanities projects on Wednesday, April 9 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in the Library Board Room. "Digital Humanities" is loosely defined as digital publishing that enables interaction, visualization, "mashups," or other enhancements that give new perspectives on scholarly materials.

Come learn about current trends and new methods, and exchange ideas with colleagues. The library will provide coffee, donuts, and the prospect of productive conversation.

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Soul and Spirit Retreats

The next Soul and Spirit Retreats are scheduled for April 23, 2014

Soul and Spirit Retreat # 1
Place:  Bryan Board Room
Time:  1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Soul and Spirit Retreat # 2
Place:  Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation (Theresa Hall)
Time:  3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Please contact Sr. Mary Roy Weiss, SSND if you plan to attend: mweiss@ndm.edu or 410-532-5565.

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The Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business: The Arts Transforming Communities

Come hear a prestigious group of Baltimore arts professionals discuss the ways in which their organizations are effecting real change in the city. The panel includes Doreen Bolger, director of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Rebecca Hofberger, director of the American Visionary Art Museum, Julia Marciari-Alexander, director of the Walters Art Museum, and Marin Alsop, music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

The discussion will be moderated by Caroline Busta, associate editor, Artforum magazine. The event is free and open to the public with registration at ndm.edu/busta.

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Faculty & Staff Service Project: Supplies for SSNDs at Villa Assumpta/Maria Health Care Center

NDMU's faculty and staff are conducting an Easter collection of items for the SSNDs living at Villa Assumpta and Maria Health Care Center. The following items are especially appreciated:

  • Dove (actual Dove brand) soap
  • Soft Tissues
  • Air Fresheners
  • Wrapped Candy

There will be drop off locations in Gibbons, MBK-student life, Knott Science Center main lobby, and the SLIC desk in Doyle between April 1 and April 15. A few faculty and staff members will pick up the items and take them to Villa Assumpta/Maria Health Care Center on Tuesday, April 15.

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Careers in Writing and Editing

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society at Notre Dame of Maryland University, is excited to announce its upcoming Spring Career Night! We will be welcoming English alumnae Marianne Amoss ('04) and Jessica Rapisarda ('98) for a panel focused on careers in Writing & Editing.  Students and faculty from all departments are warmly welcome--and there will be pizza!

Date: Monday, April 14th
Time: 5pm
Location: English Dept., Gibbons 500

Free Pizza and soda! All majors welcome!

Featuring two alumnae guests:

Marianne Amoss (NDMU, English, 2004) is an award-winning journalist, editor, and proofreader. She currently serves as Communication Officer at Notre Dame of Maryland University and previously worked as Managing Editor at Urbanite magazine. She continues to freelance for various magazines and periodicals. Marianne "really believe[s] that an English degree is valuable and useful, and that it has many practical applications that might not be obvious."

Jessica Rapisarda (NDMU, English, 1998) has extensive experience as an editor, technical writer, copywriter, and curriculum developer. She has also pursued creative projects, having earned an MFA in Writing from Hollins University and published poetry, book reviews, and parenting columns/blogs. She currently works in crafting resumes and business proposals for high-level executives and looks forward to sharing "a few pointers" on resume preparation!

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Human Rights in Guatemala

The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA presents "Seeking Justice for Crimes of the Past in Guatemala," featuring Makrina Guidel, who will speak about her missing brother, the death of her father, and her testimony before the Inter-American Court.

When: April 9, 2014
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Where:  Multipurpose Room, Feeley International Center (FIC003)
For Information: Dr. Dray-Novey  X5372

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Library Book Sale

Come to the library gallery on April 11 from 9am-4pm and choose from over one thousand books on various subjects. Books range from "academic" to "light reading," so there's something for everyone. Paperbacks for $1, and hardbacks for $2. See you there!

For more information about the book sale, visit http://lndlnews.blogspot.com/2014/03/library-book-sale-april-11.html. For location information and directions to the library, visit http://www.loyola.edu/library/directions.htm.

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Women in Visual Media Lecture Series: Jill Fannon

Please join us Monday, April 14 7-8pm in The Riley Room (Fourier 015) for our third Women in Visual Media Lecture. Jill Fannon will join us to discuss her work as an artist and photographer. Information about Jill and the Lecture series can be found bellow. This event is free and open to students, faculty, and the larger Notre Dame community. Refreshments will be served before the lecture.

Jill Fannon received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and her Master of Fine Arts in Digital Imaging from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Pursuing both commercial and personal projects, Jill has traveled nationally and abroad, teaching photography workshops throughout the Greater Baltimore-D.C. Area. Her work explores the body as a sculptural device in relation to concepts of consumption, object-culture, and the fetishizing of inanimate objects with regards to domestic space, intimacy and fields of anxiety She continues to exhibit her personal projects, most recently exhibiting at Maryland Art Place’s LUX Gala and The Delaware Center for Contemporary Art. Jill was awarded an Individual Artist grant in 2012 from the Maryland State Arts Council for photographic achievement.

Women in Visual Media Lecture Series

Communication Arts and Digital Media Arts, in partnership with the Associated Women in Communications, would like to present the inaugural semester of our Women in Visual Media Lecture Series. The goal of this series is to expose students, faculty, and the Notre Dame community at large to local practitioners in the field of visual media, which includes gender and media studies, design and the graphic arts, video, animation, and photography. The women selected to participate will talk about their work, and share their experience and stories from working in their respective fields.

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Professional Activities

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

The Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Ph.D., of the Department of Religious Studies was elected in January as vice-moderator of the Executive Council of Religions for Peace USA, the national affiliate of Religions for Peace, an international interfaith organization and United Nations NGO.

The Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Ph.D., was one of 50 faculty nationwide who were selected to attend faculty-development seminars on "Teaching Interfaith Understanding," co-sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based non-profit with ties to the White House, which promotes student leadership and faculty-student collaboration to encourage interfaith dialogue and cooperation on college campuses.

The Rev. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Ph.D., will be co-teaching a Religious Diversity Leadership Workshop at Hartford Seminary this summer, as well. It brings together undergraduate and graduate students, educators, clergy, and community leaders from around the country and overseas to network, to learn about minority religious traditions in the U.S. (particularly those originating in India), and to develop practical skills for conflict transformation and interfaith collaboration.

Elizabeth Jones, Ph.D., of the Department of Business and Economics presented "Rubrics Cubed: Assignment to Assessment in 90 Seconds" at the Sixth Annual Assessment Expo, Stevenson University, Owings Mills, MD, March 21, 2014.

Elizabeth Jones, Ph.D., is featured in Educator Spotlight Series on the website of Turnitin, a venture offering ca loud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review: http://turnitin.com/en_us/customers/educator-spotlight-series/elizabeth-jones

Denise Mason ‘12, is the winner of the 2014 Albert Clark Award for the best undergraduate paper in this year's competition sponsored by Theta Alpha Kappa.  Her essay entitled "The Power of Redemption: A Comparison of the Book of Ruth to A Raisin in the Sun," was considered the best from among 37 other papers entered at the undergraduate level.   A panel of three judges, who all teach at institutions with TAK chapters, made the decision.   In addition to winning a check for $500 and an award of $100 for the NDMU chapter of TAK, Denise's paper will be published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Denise is currently enrolled in the Master of Contemporary Communications Program.

School of Education

Juliann Dupuis, Ph.D., and Stephanie Savick, Ph.D., gave a presentation at the National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference in Las Vegas on “Using Evidenced Based Planning to Improve Professional Development School Partnerships.” Juliann also presented her research entitled “Examining Cultural Bias in Standardized Science Test Items” at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching conference in Pittsburgh.

Mark Fenster, Ph.D., co-won the 2013 Lorne H. Woollatt Distinguished Paper award from the Northern Educational Research Association (NERA) for a paper titled, “Developing Basic and Higher- Level Reading Processing Skills—Exploring Reading Instruction with the PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) Database.” The award is NERA’s top prize. In honor of the award, the paper was represented at the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

Mark Fenster, Ph.D., also presented a paper titled, “The Impact of Teacher Unions on Student Achievement” at the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.

NDMU School of Education dissertator Amanda Pare Court presented a poster session titled “The Effect of a Holistic Wellness Program on Workplace Productivity in a Government Environment” at the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  A tip of the cap goes to Sr. Sharon Slear, chairperson of Amanda Pare Court’s dissertation committee.

NDMU School of Education dissertator Josie Zayac presented a paper titled, “The Impact of Elementary Gifted Mathematics Programming: Moving Into Middle School” at the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association.  A tip of the cap goes to Sarah Eckert, chairperson of Josie Zayac’s dissertation committee.

NDMU School of Education dissertator Arlene Harrison presented a paper titled “An Investigation of a Multidimensional Concept of Social Support Predicting African American/Hispanic Students’ Mathematics Achievement” at the 2014 meeting of the American Educational Research Association. A tip of the cap goes to Mark Fenster, chairperson of Arlene Harrison’s dissertation committee.

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Notre Dame in the News

The Register Citizen, Kent artist creates art with a conscience, feature on NDMU alumna and artist Claudia DeMonte,

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