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September 23, 2013

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

Welcome to the new Bulletin!

We have revamped the Bulletin, the weekly e-newsletter for Notre Dame's students, faculty and staff. Thanks to Gayle Gillespie for the new logo, which will change with the season. A prominent feature is This Week at Notre Dame, which is designed to keep everyone informed about what's happening on campus. Make sure to send us your events! Please send comments and suggestions to John Rivera, Director, University Communications, jrivera@ndm.edu.

Family Weekend

Family & Friends Weekend is an annual campus tradition that brings Notre Dame of Maryland University students and their families and friends together for a weekend filled with food and fun! Highlights include:


  • Honors Convocation, 11 a.m., LeClerc Auditorium.
  • Brunch, noon to 2 p.m., Doyle Dining Room, $10 for adults, $5  for children.
  • Crab Feast, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Doyle Dining Room.
  • Hypnotist, 8 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium.


  • Coffee Conversions with FAM, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Gibbons Hall, Bryan Board Room.
  • Community Mass, 11 a.m., Marickle Chapel.
  • Community Fellowship, noon, Murphy Gathering Place.
  • Brunch, noon  to 2 p.m., Doyle Dining Hall, $10 for adults, $5 for children.
  • NDMU Anchorage Program-Anchors Away! Big Sister Unveiling Ceremony, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Doyle Formal Lounge.

For more information and to register, visit the Family and Friends Weekend page on the website.

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Literary Week

The NDMU English Department presents Literary Week, a series of events celebrating the written and spoken word. Activities include an English Department Open House, a Poetry Open Mic Night, Improv Night, performances of Shakespeare's works and 4 Under 40, a dynamic reading by poets Mary Biddinger and Rebecca Hazelton, nonfiction writer and NDMU alumna Sheri Booker, and playwright Diane Grisanti. Actors from Baltimore’s Single Carrot Theater will offer a staged reading. See the events listing for more details. 

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Adaptive Technology Center Opens at Loyola-Notre Dame Library

The Loyola-Notre Dame Library has opened an adaptive technology lab with cutting edge equipment and software that offers people with disabilities increased access to print and digital communications.

The France-Merrick Digital Media & Adaptive Technology Lab is a collaborative effort among Loyola University Maryland, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and the library and is open to students and employees from both universities and patrons of the library. The new lab is located in the existing France-Merrick Digital Media Lab, originally designed for work on digital projects. With the addition of specialty hardware and software, the lab will be an asset for library patrons with visual impairments, hearing impairments, and learning disabilities.

Adaptive technology includes screen-reading and closed-caption software, among other technology that can eliminate barriers to information. The lab features:

  • Kurzweill 3000 (screen reading software to help individuals with reading disabilities)
  • Read and Write Gold (literacy software to assist students with learning disabilities)
  • ZoomText (screen magnification software to assist individuals who have low vision)
  • JAWS (screen reading software to assist blind individuals)
  • Braille embosser
  • Closed captioned TV
  • Scanner
  • Wheelchair-accessible desks

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Health Services Update

We are very excited to share that Notre Dame of Maryland University has a new partnership with Patient First Medical Center at Greenspring Station for our student health services.  We will no longer be utilizing Loyola University Maryland’s Student Health Center. Through this new collaboration with Patient First, NDMU is better able to meet the needs of our full-time students.  

Patient First is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, even holidays, allowing health services to be more readily available to our full-time students.  Students will not use their health insurance nor pay any amount out of pocket for services, including lab tests and x-rays. No appointments are necessary. 

Also, recognizing that Patient First is about 8 miles from our institution, the University has partnered with a taxi service and will be covering any metered rates to and from Patient First at Greenspring Station.  There will be no fee associated with students visiting our new student health partner.

Full-time students seeking health services should go to the Student Life information Center (SLIC) Desk in Doyle Hall Lobby and ask that a taxi be contacted to take them to Patient First.  Upon arrival at Patient First, students will need to present their University ID card before they complete the medical center’s online registration form.  

For more information regarding specific services offered at the Lutherville Greenspring Station site, as well as physician schedules, please go to www.patientfirst.com.  If you have any questions regarding processes for transportation or any other questions, please feel free to contact the office of the vice president for student life at vpsl@ndm.edu or 410-532-5308.

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Otenasek House Wish List

The Otenasek House for the Morrissy Honors Program needs your help finding appropriate furnishings, specifically pieces that will fit a Craftsman style home. See below for some examples of the style of furniture that they are looking for. Contact Jeana Del Rosso at JDelRosso@ndm.edu with possible matches or questions. 


8-10 Gibson Island chairs
4-6 occasional tables

Foyer: Occasional table
Seminar Room: Seminar table
16 matching chairs
Floor lamps
Color copier/printer/scanner/fax
Lounge: Loveseat
2-3 armchairs
4 floor pillows
1 coffee table
Table and floor lamps
Office: 5’ x 8’ rug
Kitchen: 3 barstools
Bathroom: White storage unit
All rooms: Window treatment

Sofa Sofa Sofa coffe table

window treatments side table chair chair side table


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Arizona/Mexico Border Experience with the SSNDs

This trip is open to students, faculty and staff.  There is a limit to the number of participants.  Those interested should contact Sister Linda Stilling X5306 or lstilling@ndm.edu no later than September 27

FACULTY:                Sister Linda Stilling, SSND

TELEPHONE:              410-532-5306

EMAIL:                  lstilling@ndm.edu

TOUR DATES:             March 8-15, 2014


CREDIT:         N/A -- Spring Break Educational Experience

The participants in this eight-day educational, cultural awareness trip will live with the SSND community in Douglas, Arizona and cross over into Agua Prieta, Mexico for various experiential learning opportunities.  These experiences will help participants gain an appreciation of the social justice issues surrounding the immigration debate, build relationships and solidarity with the poor and experience the convergence of learning, faith, and justice.  Among the trips are visits and interaction with the Migrant Resource Center and Shelters, the U.S. Border Patrol, Operation Streamline in the courts, the Healing Our Borders Vigil, Just Coffee, Micro Loan Garden Project and the Fill the Water Tanks Project.

Price includes airfare, lodging, meals and transportation. A passport is required.  Working knowledge of Spanish is highly recommended.

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The Renaissance Institute Marks 25 Years

The Renaissance Institute, Baltimore’s lifelong learning community for adults age 50 and above, is celebrating its 25th year!  

The Institute, which is located in Fournier Hall, has two 13-week semesters each year that are designed and led by the members themselves. This semester’s offerings include courses in The Science of Good Food, Improvisation, a look at The Wire, Season Two, and The History of Prostitution, Babylon to Baltimore, Part II not to mention Yoga, Tai Chi and Beginning Ballet. Those with a creative streak can enjoy writing, textile and art courses.

The Renaissance Institute will illustrate its history with events, displays, and programs during the coming year.  Each month there will be an activity or program for members celebrating the 25th anniversary.  All these events will be the preview to the formal 25th anniversary celebration to be held on May 18, 2014.

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University Academic Building Opens

The beginning of the fall semester saw the opening of the beautiful new University Academic Building, a state-of-the-art instructional facility featuring technologically rich classrooms and an instructional resource space for individual and student group use. The building is intended for use by the entire University community and will house the School of Nursing.

A centerpiece of the new building is the Center for Caring with Technology, which includes simulation labs for labor and delivery, pediatrics, patient rooms and observation room. These simulation labs are essential to providing high-quality education for our undergraduate nursing program, which began in fall 2011, and will enhance the existing graduate nursing and RN-to-BSN programs in the School of Nursing.

The 36,500-square-foot building also includes a grand lobby, gallery and other unique spaces to foster interaction and teamwork. It is expected to meet or exceed LEED certification, pursuant to the University’s commitment to the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

The building will be formally dedicated  on October 18.

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Notre Dame in the News

Check out these recent articles about the University.