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Week of October 7, 2013

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Fall Open House This Saturday

Do you know a young woman who would be perfect to join the Notre Dame family? Invite her and her family to this Saturday's Open House! A personal invitation to explore Notre Dame is a great way to show your confidence and commitment to our school. The Open House is open to all prospective students and their families. They can meet the Notre Dame admissions team, get great tips on the admissions process, tour Notre Dame's campus with a student ambassador and attend special information sessions.

NDMU Celebrates 180 Years of the SSNDs

On October 24, the School Sisters of Notre Dame on campus, across the country and around the world will gather to celebrate the 180th anniversary of their founding by Mother Mary Theresa Gerhardinger, in Munich, Germany.  Notre Dame of Maryland University will join the international  celebration  by having a special Mass in the Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation at 12:15pm.  School Sisters will renew their religious commitment as vowed members of the SSND Congregation.

President Joan Develin Coley and the Vice Presidents are hosting two additional SSND anniversary celebrations during the 2013-2014 academic year. 

  • Mission Snapshots:  At each of the four planned Community Conversations, co-presenters—a School Sister and a lay colleague—will share their reflections on the meaning of one of the four SSND defining characteristics of sponsored institutions that align with the four NDMU core values.  The first Community Conversation, scheduled for Thursday, October 31, will launch this initiative with an exploration of the meaning of the characteristic/value  of COMMUNITY, from both the SSND and NDMU perspectives. At subsequent sessions, co-presenters will address the three remaining characteristics/values:  EXCELLENCE, SERVICE, and LEADERSHIP.

  • Charism Conversation: The Campus Community is invited to attend A Conversation on Charism on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 1:15p.m. to 3:30pm, in the Doyle Dining Room.  Staff and faculty will gather as Partners in Mission to explore the meaning of the SSND charism of UNITY.  The SSND “corporate word” influences us as persons and as Partners in Mission, permeating all that we are and all that do to be “unifiers” in a divided and fragmented world.  Understanding the SSND founding spirit at a deeper level encourages us to be more committed to the Mission of Notre Dame of Maryland University, which encompasses the SSND charism and educational vision. Sister Miriam Jansen, known to most of us for her almost 20 years of service at NDMU as a valued Partner in Mission and director of international programs, is the featured presenter. Sister Miriam will enable us to take a long, loving look at the heart of SSND and at the ways this reality has shaped and continues to guide NDMU today. 

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Notre Dame Welcomes Three New Board of Trustees Members

Three new members of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees were on campus last week for board’s meeting.

Joan B. Davidson is Group President of The Sheridan Group, responsible for providing strategic leadership for Business Development, Marketing and Technology for all of the Sheridan Group companies:  The Sheridan Press, Dartmouth Printing Company, Dartmouth Journal Services, Sheridan Books and The Dingley Press. Ms. Davidson previously worked with Noxell Corporation/Procter & Gamble (P&G) until 1995 when she joined The Sheridan Press.  With Noxell/P&G, she held positions of increasing responsibility in Marketing and Finance. In 2013 Ms. Davidson was named as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland. Ms. Davidson, who is a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College, serves as Master of Ceremonies for the CB Busta Series at Notre Dame of Maryland University. She will serve on the Finance Committee.

M. Marc Munafo is president and owner of Timonium-based CAM Construction, a firm that was co-founded by his father, Angelo Munafo. He was adopted as a child by the Munafo family through Catholic Charities, and he has promoted the organization professionally and personally.   He and his wife Vicky have co-chaired the annual Christmas concert that benefits Catholic Charities’ Child and Family Services. And his firm was the builder for the Our Daily Bread Employment Center, located across from the Baltimore City Detention Center, which was completed in 2007.  The Catholic Review profiled Mr. Munafo in 2009. He will serve on the Plant Committee.

Deborah Phelps, an educator with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience, is the Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc., which provides funds for innovative programs and resources for students and teachers. Ms. Phelps began her career in education as a teacher at Havre de Grace Middle School in 1974 and has worked as a teacher, team leader, department chair and administrator.  Over the course of her career, Ms. Phelps has developed a state-of-the-art food science lab, designed and implemented award-winning nutrition and food science curriculum and has been actively involved in the successful launch of two middle schools. Ms. Phelps is also affectionately known as a “swim mom” to three accomplished swimmers, including legendary Olympian Michael Phelps. Ms. Phelps will serve on the Enrollment Management Committee.

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Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition

Later this month, LeClerc Auditorium will play host to the 2013 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition, one of only two such international events that take place in the state of Maryland. The festival is schedule for Oct. 23 – 26, with the final competition stage of the Artist category taking place at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D. C.

Dr. Ernest Ragogini will moderate a round table discussion at 7 p.m. Friday on The Art of Collaboration: From Solo to Orchestra. Dr. Ragogini also served as co-chair of the panel of judges that evaluated the preliminary CD auditions.

Since its inception in 2005, this biennial event has attracted young hopefuls, seasoned artists, lecturers, and writers from more than two dozen countries and from institutions of higher learning numbering more than 50 as well as from private studios.  These young people are either on the verge of a musical career,  and some have already launched a respectable move in that direction.. For additional details, visit www.lisztgarrisoncompetition.org

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Notre Dame Invades Hampden

Take a trek down to the Minas Gallery and Boutique in Hampden on Saturday, Oct. 19 to hear two of Notre Dame's literati read from their works. At 2 p.m., Shelly Puhak, our Eichner Professor of Creative Writing, will join fellow poets Ned Balbo and Joseph Harrison for a reading. Shelly is the author of Guinevere in Baltimore, winner of the eighth annual Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize and forthcoming in November 2013 from The Waywiser Press. 

And at 5 p.m., Notre Dame grad Shari Booker will be part of 510 Fiction series with fellow authors Marion Winik, Danielle Ariano, Danuta Hinc. In addition to two books of poetry, Shari is the author of a recently published memoir, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home,which has been described as Six Feet Under meets The Wire

Both events are free. Minas Gallery and Boutique is located on The Avenue in Hampden, 815 W. 36th St. Info: 410-732-4258 or check out the website.

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Professional Activities–School of Pharmacy

Dr. Payal Agarwal, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – Abstract Reviewer, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists;  Reviewer – Journal Controlled & Targeted Drug Delivery System; Reviewer – Journal of Pharmaceutics, Reviewer – Journal of Pharmaceutical Research

Dr. Nicole Culhane, Director of Experiential Education, Associate Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences – Member, Board of Trustees, Maryland Pharmacists Association; Member – American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Master Preceptor Program Advisory Board for the inaugural Master Preceptor Recognition Program.  She will work with colleagues to review applications to select the initial cohort of master preceptors.

Dr. Asish Dutta, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – Member, Manufacturing Science and Engineering Section Representative to Student & Post-Doc Outreach and Development Committee; Co-Chair Greater Maryland Discussion Group for Pharmaceutical Scientists

Dr. Asish Dutta, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – Reviewer, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, Journal of Pharmaceutical Science & Technology

Dr. Caitlin Hughes, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences – Member, Student Advisory Committee, College of Psychiatric & Neurologic Pharmacists

Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor – Member, Bylaws & Policy Committee, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP); Chair, Section of Teachers of Pharmacy Practice Strategic Planning Committee (AACP)

Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences – Co-Chair, New Practitioner Network, Maryland Pharmacists Association


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Student Accomplishments

Eseohen Akhibi (P-2, Class 2016) is the SOP student representative to the Maryland Pharmacy Coalition.

Ahmed Eid  & Andy Liu (P-3, Class 2015) was appointed to the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) Pharmacy Student Forum Policy & Legislative Advocacy  Committee

Ahmed Eid (P-3, Class 2016) was appointed to the Section of Inpatient Practitioners’ Advisory Group on Medication Safety of ASHP; appointed to American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Advocacy in Pharmacy Task Force

Alexandra Lowery (P-3,  Class 2015) – is the SOP student representative to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Pharmacists Association

Sylvia Okrzesik (P-3, Class 2015) – completed a competitive summer internship at the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Shefali Patel (P-3, Class 2015) was appointed Co-Chair of the Maryland Pharmacists Coalition for 2013-2014.  The primary responsibility of the coalition is to plan pharmacy legislative day for all pharmacists in the state which will take place on February 20, 2014.

Michelle Tandoc & Stefan Varga – were appointed to the ASHP Pharmacy Student Forum Communication and eCommunications Committee

Amanda Welk (P-2, Class 2016) completed a competitive Public Health Service Jr COSTEP program at the Tsaile Health Center on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona this summer.

Stefan Varga (P-3, Class 2015) completed a summer research internship at UMB’s Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research.  His research was focused on the health disparities in hospitalization discharges and emergency department visits in African-Americans vs Non-Hispanic Whites in the state of Maryland.

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