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Week of November 18, 2013

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

Support Philippines’ Typhoon Survivors

The Notre Dame of Maryland University community stands in prayerful solidarity with the people of the Philippines as they struggle to recover from Typhoon Haiyan. If you would like to make a donation to support the emergency response work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in the Philippines, please visit the CRS website or call 1-877-435-7277 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with partners, is tirelessly providing 100,000 families with shelter, essential living supplies and clean water and sanitation. CRS will continue to identify the most vulnerable communities that need assistance. CRS desperately needs help so they can reach people and communities in desperate need – now and as they rebuild their lives. 

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New Book by Shelley Puhak

puhak coverNDMU's Shelley Puhak, recipient of the prestigious Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize, debuts her new book, "Guinevere in Baltimore," TONIGHT, Monday Nov. 18 at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Shelley will read selections from her work alongside Charles Simic, the prize's 2012 judge. The book is already garnering praise. In a glowing review, the City Paper said the work is "smart, sexy, and slyly devastating" and called it "is a book easy to fall in love with and one that makes one want to memorize dozens of its delicately fierce lines."

Guinevere in Baltimore is available from Waywiser Press, and can be ordered online.

Congratulations, Shelley!

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An Evening with Erika Robuck

Join us for a Jazz Age-themed literary evening with Maryland writer Erika Robuck. Ms. Robuck is the author of the historical novels Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl,Receive Me Falling and Fallen Beauty, to be published in 2014. She will discuss her work, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books, which will be for sale. 

The evening is hosted by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association, which hosts cultural events on campus that are open to the Notre Dame community and the public. A portion of the proceeds goes to the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
5:30 to 8:15 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

Reception and dinner: $30. SSNDs: $20

Register for this event.

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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Next Monday, Nov. 25, NDMU will commemorate the annual observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. If you attended the recent lecture by author Julia Alvarez, you know that the event was created to mark the 1960 assassination of the Mirabel sisters, whose story is recounted in this year's Common Campus Reading, Alvarez's In the Time of the Butterflies

The observance kicks of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, International Human Rights Day. During this time, we are encouraged to wear the color orange as a symbol of commitment to this vital issue. The U.N.'s Secretary General is inviting us to "Orange the World in 16 Days: End Violence Against Women and Girls!"

NDMU will mark the day with a prayer service at the Peace Pole at 4:30 p.m. We will also be distributing orange ribbons for all to wear, Stay tuned for more.

Denene Yates, Executive Director of Safe House of Hope and Deputy Chair of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force to speak on Monday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m. in Knott Auditorium. She will be speaking on the human trafficking of girls as part of events related to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Toward Women.

Please join in this effort to end all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.

Love Your Tree

The Counseling Center along with the Psychology Department and Psychology Club present the 'Love Your Tree' workshop, 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in Gator Alley.

“Love Your Tree” is a creative arts program created by Sheppard Pratt to promote healthy body image. Your body is like a tree- strong and uniquely beautiful just like you!  A representative from Sheppard Pratt will join our workshop in promotion of healthy body image.  By attending this workshop, you will have the opportunity to create artwork that represents your body as a tree.  Your completed artwork can be entered into Sheppard Pratt’s Love Your Tree poster contest for a chance to win $100!  All posters will be displayed as part of a community exhibit online and in Baltimore, MD.  Come join us in Gator Alley to “Love Your Tree!”

Notre Dame Basketball Alumnae Day

The basketball program would like to invite and honor the alumnae of the Notre Dame basketball program at this season's home-opener, NDMU vs. Christendom College at 2 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 23. At halftime, the 1998-99 team will be presented as a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the fourth straight AWCC Championship.

After the game, you and your family are invited to a dinner on campus where the team would like to meet the players who played before them. 

For more information, contact head coach Allen Dehority, adehority@ndm.edu or 410-532-5378.

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Morrissy Students Present at National Honors Conference 

In early November, four Morrissy students and the Morrissy Director attended the National Collegiate Honors Council Annual Conference.  This year’s conference took place in New Orleans. Highlights include Morrissy junior Samantha Dameron’s participation in a panel presentation and Morrissy senior Kristen Butler’s poster presentation.  Jillian Child, Cindy Contreras, and honors director Dr. Jeana DelRosso also attended the conference and participated in a number of sessions on honors programs.  The group took the opportunity to do some sightseeing in the city as well, enjoying the street performances, trolley rides, historic tours, and terrific Cajun food that New Orleans has to offer!  

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This past Saturday, about 100 NDMU students embarked on a whirlwind day trip to New York City. They got several hours to see the sights, do a little early Christmas shopping or get an authentic slice of New York-style pizza. The trip was sponsored by the Campus Activities Board.


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Essential Credential Radio and Video Ad Campaign

As part of an ongoing advertising campaign targeting prospective adult students for our College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies programs, radio spots began airing in October on the following stations (both broadcast and streaming): WERQ-FM 92.3, WIYY-98 Rock, WJZ-FM 105.7, WLIF-FM 101.9, WWIN-FM 95.9, WWMX-FM 105.9, WYPR-FM 88.1, WZBA-FM 100.7, WKIK FM 102.9 and WXCY-FM 103.7. The ads will air through December and will direct listeners to a dedicated website designed to drive First Thursday event registrations.

The First Thursdays information sessions have been shown to be effective method of conversion (from attendees to applicants), and we know that prospective students who attend and connect with professors and other adult students are more likely to commit to a degree program. The ads emphasize key messages including NDMU’s expertise in serving adult learners, opportunities for women and men, and the impressive fields (across all four of our schools) for which we prepare our students. Click here to listen to a 60-second version of the spot. A version of the banner ads appears below.

The focus on the term “essential credential” — memorable due to the rhyme and the combination of two powerful words — is intended to remind audiences of their unfulfilled ambition to complete a degree at the bachelor’s level or, for those who have a specific career ambition that is achievable only with an advanced degree, to earn a master’s degree.

The campaign will also include an animated video feature for various online channels, including Pandora, ABC2news.com, Baltimore.cbslocal.com (WJZ TV’s site), Baltimoresun.com, Citypaper.com, Comcast.net, WbalTV.com, Yahoo.com and more.

The campaign is showing very strong results: First Thursday attendance for the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies has increased by 83% over last year, and attendance at the College of Graduate Studies First Thursday events is up by 33%. This fall/winter campaign is similar to a summer campaign we ran and that we continue to make strategic modifications based on analytics and other reports.

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LAF Community Service Project

LAF will be collecting yarn to send to the women of Section 19, in Swaziland. Section 19 is in the middle of some sugar cane fields and is a refuge for people who are social outcasts from their community and are essentially homeless. Some are women fleeing domestic violence. Some are also refugees from Mozambique.

The women of Section 19 already knew how to sew (they made bags and other items in order to support their families). But some Notre Dame students won the Davis Peace Prize and were able to travel to Swaziland to visit Section 19 and help these women  learn to crochet, thus adding another craft these women could use to support themselves and their families. The women began making all kinds of projects, especially scarves, bags, blankets, potholders, and hats. They ran out of all the yarn the students brought within two weeks and they can get only two colors in their country.  

LAF has decided to collect yarn for Swaziland women so they can keep more of the profit for themselves and make a better life for their families. Boxes (clearly labeled) will be located in all the buildings so you can make a donation at your convenience. 

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Eichner Award for Young Poets

The Eichner Award for Young Poets is open to any young woman between the ages of 14 and 18 who attends a secondary school in the U.S.The judge will be A.E. Stallings, an American writer who has received fellowships from the NEA, United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation and a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant." A prize of $500 will be awarded for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. In addition, all winners will have their work published in Damozel, the literary magazine of Notre Dame of Maryland University. 

How to Enter

Please include the following in your submission:

1. A cover sheet that includes the following information:

  • the title of each poem submitted (maximum of three poems per poet)
  • your name, address, phone number and email
  • the name of your high school and your anticipated year of graduation

2. One to three poems, single spaced, one poem per page. Your name or contact information SHOULD NOT appear on the poems themselves, which will be judged anonymously. Please give each poem a title (ie., no “Untitled”).

3. There is no entry fee. You may submit by email or by U.S. Postal Service. To submit online, please use our free submission manager: https://damozel.submittable.com/submit. You will be asked to enter your cover sheet information, the title of your poem, and to upload each poem (up to three) as a separate file. To submit by mail, please send to:

Eichner Award for Young Poets
c/o Shelley Puhak
English Department
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21212

All entries must be received by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Entries will be initially screened by students and faculty; all semifinalists will be read by our judge, A.E. Stallings. Contest results will be announced on the Notre Dame website by the first week of February.

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