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Week of March 3 2014

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

At Notre Dame Day, President Joan Develin Coley Receives 17th Mission and Ministry Award

The School Sisters of Notre Dame Mission and Ministry Award is presented each year during the Notre Dame Day celebration to a member of the faculty or staff whose life exemplifies the founding spirit of the Schools Sisters.

Normally, the award—Notre Dame’s version of Outstanding Person of the Year—is given to someone with long years of service to the University. But this year, the 17th annual award was presented to a person who in a short time has made a major impact on Notre Dame of Maryland University: our president, Joan Develin Coley.

Dr. Coley, who just assumed her year-long post in August, has quickly won the hearts of faculty, staff, students and members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame with her warmth, her enthusiasm and her embrace of the University’s mission.

“As a spirited administrator, President Joan Develin Coley leads our institution with wisdom, grace and humor,” said Mary Roy Weiss, SSND, in presenting the award to Dr. Coley. “In the course of this year, she has exemplified SSND core values and vision: empowerment of persons to reach their full potential, transformative education to change the world, and caring presence for each person. We are honored to have this remarkable woman in our midst, leading all of us to be ‘one’ as partners in SSND Mission and Ministry.”

The event also included the presentation of the Distinguished Staff Award, which is chosen from nominations made by faculty and staff colleagues. The honoree this year was Mary Alice Adams ’89, the Student Accounts Assistant who has worked at Notre Dame since 1999.

In presenting the award, Dr. Coley noted some of the comments made in Mary Alice’s nomination. “Colleagues say, ‘Mary Alice is patient and calm and makes sure to be as helpful and pleasant as possible.’ And ‘Mary Alice has a great sense of humor, always participates in NDMU activities and is willing to help out anyone at any time,’” Dr. Coley said.

The theme for the gathering, “Celebrating Our Home,” acknowledged both the importance that this campus plays in the lives of the members of our Notre Dame community as well as the milestone of the founding 180 years ago of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Student Miya Kane noted that the School Sisters “left their homes in order to be of service to others … When they founded our University, they weren’t just founding a school. They were building a home where they could educate and nurture their students.”

Dr. Alison Dray-Novey, professor of Asian studies, history and political science, set the tone for the celebration in her keynote remarks on “learning for life,” in which she encouraged students to become active participants in the process of their education.

“To learn effectively—to live effectively—we all must approach each moment with energy, with initiative, with active involvement,” she said.

Working harder doesn’t mean simply expending more effort absorbing what an instructor is teaching, she said.

“Working harder is approaching your learning—boldly, not bashfully; actively, not passively; inquisitively, not merely receptively—asking questions of the teacher as you explore together new dimensions of what you both are learning,” she said. “A passive, detached style does not suit learning in any college—particularly not Notre Dame. Here, class size encourages students and teachers to know and interact with each other. Here, with an active style the student, not the instructor, can be the most active person in the classroom.”

She urged students to avoid “diffident passivity “ in class, and to resolve to change passive habits gradually.

“Active thinking and participation, changing habitual diffidence for the sake of your own growth—this is hard work, certainly harder than passivity,” she said. “But it is also the time-tested path to learning. The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work actively and with your whole mind and heart.”

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A Message from the NDMU Presidential Search Committee

Many thanks for your warm welcome to our presidential candidates, Drs. Sara Thompson, Marylou Yam and Andrea Chapdelaine, during last week’s NDMU visits.  Your presence at various activities, thoughtful questions and great discussions all helped create an excellent Notre Dame experience for each of the candidates. 

Your feedback is an essential component of the decision-making process for the Search Committee and Board of Trustees.  If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to complete the candidate surveys at your earliest opportunity.  A survey link is available for your input through NOON on Wednesday, March 5thPresidential Search Candidate Evaluation

For students, a link to the survey is also available on Joule. 

The time you spend completing this survey is appreciated.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Best regards,

Katy O’Ferrall Friedman
Chair, NDMU Presidential Search Committee

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Blessing and Missioning for Arizona/Mexico Border Trip

The campus community is invited to attend the blessing and missioning of a group of Notre Dame women traveling to the Arizona/Mexico Border during Spring break.

  • DATE: Thursday, March 6
  • TIME: 1:00-1:15 PM
  • WHERE: Marikle Chapel


  • Sibyl Snow
  • Rachel de la Haya
  • Ashleigh Hughes
  • Merisa Hernandez
  • Marianne Amoss
  • Jillian Childs
  • Sister Linda Stilling SSND


To study the immigration issue, build relationships, and be in solidarity with the people there.

If you cannot come, please hold us in thought and prayer from March 8-15 as we journey to the border. Muchas gracias.

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Tour of Roman Britain

Notre Dame of Maryland University will sponsor a 10-day tour of Roman Britain in July 2014, led by Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, Professor of Classics.  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.   An information session will take place on Saturday, March 8 at 3:30 p.m. in the Feeley International Center, room 35.  Further information is available at 410-532-5559 or tdougherty@ndm.edu.

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Music at Notre Dame: José Miguel Cueto, violin, Nancy Roldán, piano

Cueto and Roldán enjoy careers as soloists throughout the United States and Europe. They are equally well-known for their collaboration as a duo in concert halls and on recordings. Alex Ross of the New York Times wrote "The Cueto-Roldán duo makes an impression foremost with its large and luxurious tone…The evening was an impressive display of full blooded music making.

This performance includes works by Liszt, Poulenc, Piazzolla and Ginastera. The Piazzolla work, The Four Buenos Aires Seasons, has been transcribed for violin and piano by Nancy Roldán.

Saturday evening March 8 at 7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium
Information: 410-532-5386
Admission free

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The Sister Mary Gratia Memorial Lecture to Feature Roman Legionary Reenactor

Matthew Amt, a Roman legionary reenactor also known as Quintus Darius Macro, commander of the Twentieth Legion, currently based in Washington, D.C. 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 at 410-532-5559 or tdougherty@ndm.edu.

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Mark Your Calendar: Environmental Journalist Richard Louv at NDMU

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7 to 8:30 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Admission is free. Registration required: ndm.edu/louv

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 Notre Dame in the News

Maryland Daily Record, Summer break offers chance to keep learning, article quotes Mary Ellen Ashton, director of A Child's Place.

WYPR-FM, What are you reading? Shelley Puhak talks with host Tom Hall about the books on her nightstand. This is the inaugural edition of a new WYPR feature.

Fox 45 News Morning Show, Author Sheri Booker talks about her book, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home.

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