Week of March 10, 2014
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In This Issue:
- Thank a Sister This Week
- Prayers for NDMU Delegation to the Arizona/Mexico Border
- Morrissy Students Present at MCHC Conference
- Environmental Journalist Richard Louv at NDMU next Tuesday
- Successful School of Nursing Accreditation Visit
- The Sister Mary Gratia Memorial Lecture to Feature Roman Legionary Reenactor
- Women in Visual Media Lecture Series: Kalima Young
National Women’s History Month has dedicated the second week of March to recognize the contributions of past and present Catholic Sisters. At Notre Dame of Maryland University, the SSNDs are interwoven into all aspects of university life and their presence is felt across the campus. We don’t always take the time to thank them for the many ways that they enrich our lives.
Take a few moments, to “thank a sister.” Our own Sister Gerold Mobley has created a bookmark to give us the opportunity to tell the sisters how they have made a difference in our lives. Pick one up in the Registrar's Officer and write your own thank you on the back of the bookmark. You can place them in the basket in the Registrar’s Office. We will be delivering the bookmarks to the sisters on Tuesday, March 18.
Please continue to hold in your thoughts and prayers a group of Notre Dame women traveling to the Arizona/Mexico Border with Linda Stilling, SSND,during this Spring break week. They are traveling to the border to study the immigration issue, build relationships, and be in solidarity with the people there. The photo above from last week's Blessing and Missioning Ceremony shows President Joan Develin Coley giving a cross to each of the women to wear during the trip.
The delegation includes:
- Sibyl Snow
- Rachel de la Haya
- Ashleigh Hughes
- Merisa Hernandez
- Marianne Amoss
- Jillian Childs
- Sister Linda Stilling SSND
Three Morrissy honors students and the Morrissy Director attended the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference at McDaniel College in March. This year’s conference theme was “Leading Change in Local and Global Communities.”
All three Morrissy students presented original research. Jenny Ashwell presented a paper on “Addressing the Negative Aspects of Economic Globalization.” Jillian Childs presented on “Ibn Sina and Atomism.” Melanie Gordon presented a paper entitled, “George Egerton: Cracking the Code to Woman’s True Nature.”
Morrissy Director Jeana DelRosso, Ph.D., serves as a member of the MCHC Executive Board and presented the nominees for the two-year college Portz Awards.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, offers a new vision of the future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology, resulting in better psychological, physical and spiritual health for people of all ages. His bestselling Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder has stimulated an international conversation about the relationship between children and nature.
He is scheduled to appear at noon on March 18 on Midday with Dan Rodricks on WYPR (88.1 FM), just before his appearance at Notre Dame, to talk about how we can all deal with nature-deficit disorder.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Registration required: ndm.edu/louv
Please join the Division of Academic Affairs in congratulating the School of Nursing faculty, staff, and students for two successful ACEN accreditation visits this month! Both visits ended with very positive findings from the visiting teams, who will be recommending re-accreditation of the BSN and the MSN programs, and the addition of the entry level BSN to the SON accreditation. Although these findings will not be official until ACEN commission review in August, we are confident that these preliminary recommendations from the visiting teams will be upheld.
Preparation for accreditation is time-consuming and arduous, and the visits themselves are exhausting. Successful completion of two such visits in one month is a true commendation to the professionalism and excellence modeled by the School of Nursing. Thank you for your ongoing support of these initiatives, and congratulations again to SON as we look forward to the final ACEN report in August!
The Sister Gratia Memorial Lecture will Matthew Amt, a Roman legionary reenactor also known as Quintus Darius Macro, commander of the Twentieth Legion, currently based in Washington, D.C. He will describe his life in Roman Britain as he demonstrates his equipment and weapons on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7 p.m. in Fourier room 103.
The program is free and open to the public. Reservations and information may be obtained from Sister Therese Dougherty, Professor of Classics, at 410-532-5559 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If this event so inspires you, there is still time to sign up for a 10-day tour of Roman Britain in July 2014 led by Sister Therese. Participants will stay in London for most of the program, with day trips to Roman sites and museums. The tour will conclude with a visit to the Roman forts at Chester and at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall. Contact Sister Therese for more information.
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Please join us Thursday, March 27 5-6pm in Gibbons 430 for our second Women in Visual Media Lecture. Kalima Young will join us to discuss her work as a filmmaker, activist, and media professional.
This event is free and open to students, faculty, and the larger Notre Dame community. Refreshments will be served before the lecture.
Kalima Young is the Project Coordinator for the Baltimore Art + Justice Project. The Baltimore Art + Justice Project in the Office of Community Engagement at MICA brings together individuals and organizations working at the intersection of art and social justice in Baltimore City. Through an interactive map, online resources and community dialogues, the Baltimore Art + Justice Project aims to strengthen arts/design based collaboration to create a better, more just Baltimore.
Most recently employed with the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland, Kalima Young served as Project Director of Connect to Protect: Baltimore, a participatory research project that mapped community assets to support coalition-building and advocacy around HIV/AIDS. A Baltimore native, Young owns and operates Kubla Khan Productions, an independent video production company. As an activist/filmmaker, she has produced such films two feature length narrative films, several short-form documentaries for Equality Maryland and the ACLU of Maryland as well as, "It Gets Better, Baltimore," a collection of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender testimonials addressing the topics of teen bullying and suicide prevention.
In 2000, Young received a prestigious Open Society Institute fellowship for her media work with teens. Young brings a depth of experience in asset mapping and project management, a clear understanding of communities and cultures in Baltimore, and a passion for arts-based social change.
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.