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Week of October 28, 2013

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

She Should Run—A Don't-Miss Event

Join United Way of Central Maryland’s Women’s Leadership Council and Notre Dame of Maryland University as we welcome Siobhan “Sam” Bennett to Baltimore. Bennett is president and CEO of She Should Run, an organization dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of women in public leadership by eliminating and overcoming barriers to success.

Spend an evening with us as Sam shares her thoughts on the provocative question, "Do we really need more women in public leadership?"

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
7:15 p.m.
Knott Auditorium

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Student Success Week 

All this week, the Student Success Case Management Committee is presenting a series of events to mark National Student Success Week. They include:

Monday:

  • Appetite for Knowlege, a sponsored lunch in the Doyle Dining Hall
  • Students Zumba, 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m. n the MBK Dance Studio

Tuesday:

  • Majors Expo, 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m., Doyle Dining Hall
  • Water Aerobics, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., LeClerc Pool
  • Yoga, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., MBK Dance Studio

Wednesday:

  • Road Scholars: Success Ahead, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Commuter Lounge, Doyle Hall, Lower Level
  • Zumba, 5:30 p.m. to 6:25 p.m., MBK Dance Studio

Thursday:

  • Community Conversations, 12:15 p.m., Doyle Formal
  • Water Aerobics, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., LeClerc Pool
  • Yoga, 5 p.m. o 6 p.m., MBK Dance Studio

Friday:

  • Career Center Open House, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Theresa Hall, Lower Level
  • Basketball, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., MBK
  • Cupcake Truck, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Doyle Circle
  • Webinar: Office Hours: Students Share Successful Feedback Tips, 1 p.m., Gator Alley

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Mark Your Calendar: Author Julia Alvarez Lecture and Reading Next Week!

Don't miss this exciting event, when acclaimed author Julia Alvarez visits our campus on Wednesday, Nov. 6. She will read from and discuss In the Time of the Butterflies, this year's Campus Common Reading.

7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6

LeClerc Auditorium,

Event is free and open to the public

To reserve a seat: www.ndm.edu/alvarez

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Upcoming Enrollment Events

Do you know someone who's looking for that Essential Credential? Invite them to our next First Thursday info session on NOVEMBER 7 to learn about our degree completion and graduate programs for men and women. Flexible and convenient scheduling make it easier to earn or finish their degree. Choose from programs that address marketplace needs in business, healthcare, education, the humanities and more. Registration.

And do you know a young woman who is high school senior or a prospective transfer student who would be a perfect fit for Notre Dame? Then let her know about Get Acquainted Day on Friday, Nov. 15. She can experience a day as a Notre Dame Women's College undergrad, attend classes, tour our historic campus, have lunch in the dining hall and learn about our majors in high-demand fields such as business, education, nursing and digital media arts. Information and registration.

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Webcast: Grading with Rubrics

Dr. Elizabeth H. Jones, Assistant Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, will be delivering a 45-minute webcast at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 on Data-Driven Decisions: Using Rubrics for Programmatic Assessments. Rubric-based grading is often recommended for providing consistent and actionable feedback while conveying discrete expectations to students. But the advantages of grading with rubrics can have a measurable impact beyond the immediate assignment.

This webcast will provide real-world examples of expanding the use of rubric data to generate course-level assessments and to make program-level changes. Course-level examples examine the development of critical thinking and comparison between online and face-to-face sections. Program-level examples will show how rubric assessments allow a department to make actionable decisions. The webcast is free, but you must register HERE.

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Sr. Kathleen Feeley's Book: That Deeper Knowing

Copies of Sister Kathleen Feeley’s book, That Deeper Knowing, are available after November 23. Please contact Linda Beall at lbell@amssnd.org or 410-377-7774, ext. 1154 to place orders.

Katie Friedman ’62 read and enjoyed the book, a brief history of the Baltimore Province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame from 1847 to 2005. Katie said, “The stories of the Sisters’ contributions, collectively and individually, inspire a reevaluation of the meaning of a responsible life. Even for those of us who know many Sisters personally, the descriptions of their varied ministries bring deeper appreciation of their transformational work. Reading about their courage and commitment brings deeper respect and admiration.”

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Cortney Silvis named to CSAC Volleyball Honor Roll

Senior Courtney Silvis was recognized last week by the Colonial States Athletic Conference's Volleyball Weekly as one of two members of its Honor Roll. Here's what they had to say about Cortney: 

"Silvis racked up 28 kills in a pair of victories, including a 3-0 sweep over Centenary. Silvis hit .778 against the Cyclones, notching 14 kills 
on 18 attempts. For the week, she hit .587 and averaged 4.67 kills per set to go along with six aces and eight digs."

Way to go, Cortney!

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France-Merrick Media Adaptive Lab Webinar Series

The Loyola-Notre Dame Library (LNDL) is pleased to offer the France-Merrick Digital Media & Adaptive Technology Lab Training Series. The series consist of webinars presented by the Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD). The seven webinars will be moderated by nationally known specialists in the area of access technology, and you are welcome to join us for as many as you like. 

All webinars are held from 3:00 - 4:30 pm in the Loyola Notre Dame Library - Room 3028. 

October 29, 2013 - STEM Accessibility Today

   A discussion of challenges and solutions to meeting the needs of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) content accessibility. 

November 19, 2013 - Document Structure, the Key to Navigability

   Alternate Format isn't just plain text anymore! This session will explain document structure and how reading tools use it to improve accessibility and navigability.

January 28, 2014 - Access Technologies, An Overview for Sensory Disabilities

   This session will describe commonly-used access technology types such as screen readers, magnifiers, and others that serve users with sensory disabilities.

February 11, 2014 - Access Technologies, An Overview for Processing Disabilities

   This session will describe commonly-used access technology types such as text-to-speech utilities, reading/writing systems, and others that serve users with processing disabilities.

February 25, 2014 - Technology Accessibility Policy

   Based on recent federal clarifications in institutional responsibilities, this panel presentation will offer suggestions and strategies for improving technology access at your college or university. 

March 4, 2014 - Captioning Decision-making Process

   So you need to start captioning videos at your institution, or you want to improve on your current system? This session will help you through the decision-making process to come to a solution that works for you.

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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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