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Dr. Jeana DelRosso Publishes Third Book

Unruly Catholic Women Writers: Creative Responses to Catholicism, the third book by Dr. Jeana DelRosso, Professor of English and Women's Studies and the  Director of the Morrissy Honors Program, will be officially published next month, although copies are already available. Co-edited with her colleagues Dr. Leigh Eicke and Dr. Ana Kothe, this collection of poetry, prose, drama, and fiction undeniably demonstrates that in women’s writings on Catholicism, unruliness abounds.

In short stories, poems, personal essays, and drama, the contributors describe women’s struggles with Catholicism and also complicate contemporary understandings of women’s relationships to their faith. Catholicism often oppresses the women in these creative pieces, but it also inspires them to challenge literary, social, political, and religious hierarchies.

The collection reflects the considerations of a wide range of women from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, geographic locations, and generations; they encompass the gamut of reactions to the Catholic experience—humor, anger, nostalgia, critique, appreciation, and engagement or rejection on one’s own terms. Authors address real life versus Catholic dogma, motherhood, childhood, alienation from the Church, Catholic school days, mentors and exemplary figures, Church strictures on women’s sexualities, and leaving or remaining in the Church among many other experiences. Readers will find this a rich and multifaceted exploration, one that offers new perspectives and moments of recognition.

Visit the SUNY Press website for more information. 

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Melissa Lees Wins Civic Engagement Award

Melissa Lees, Director of  Notre Dame's Center for Campus Ministry and Service, has been selected as the winner of Maryland-DC Campus Compact’s Civic Engagement Award from among the region’s institutions of higher education. The award letter noted the high quality of Melissa's professional leadership and achievements. The award will be presented during the MDCCC's Annual Presidents’ Institute at George Washington University on October 30th. Congratulations Melissa!

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NDMU Awarded $100,000 Hearst Foundations Grant

Notre Dame of Maryland University has been awarded a $100,000 capital grant from the Hearst Foundations for the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology, a state-of-the-art clinical education facility featuring three sophisticated simulation labs.

The Center, which opened at the beginning of the academic year, is located in the new 36,500-square-foot University Academic Building. The Center includes two health assessment labs, two adult medical-surgical labs, an obstetrical/newborn/pediatric lab with a home health component, and two patient examination rooms.

With a scarcity of local clinical sites for nursing students to obtain clinical experience, the Center will feature three state-of-the-art simulation labs with computer-powered human simulator mannequins that will provide a realistic and risk-free environment for students to practice nursing skills and develop clinical reasoning.  The Center also will fill an essential role in meeting the urgent demand for more nursing educators by supporting graduate courses in the Leadership in Nursing Education program. 

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Fall Photo Shoots

The Office of Marketing Communications will be scheduling a series of photo shoots this fall to expand our photo library.

We are looking for pictures of classes in all divisions (WC, CAUS, GRAD) that feature hands-on, interactive and/or seminar-style learning to showcase the personalized and unique academic experiences that are the hallmark of a Notre Dame education.

Please send the dates and times of classes this semester that meet these criteria by Friday, October 4 to Gayle Gillespie at ggillespie@ndm.edu. We'll contact you if we're able to schedule your class for the shoot so that you can inform your students in advance. (Note: All students are covered under a blanket photo release outlined in the academic catalogs.) If you'd prefer not to have a photographer in your class while it is in session, we can also recreate classroom experiences with you and a few students before or after your class.

Please help us show off what makes our academic programs so special! 

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Melissa O. Martinez '04 Named a 2013 Leading Woman of Maryland

The Maryland Daily Record has named Notre Dame alumnae Melissa O. Martinez '04 one of Maryland's Leading Women for 2013. Melissa is an attorney with the Baltimore office of McGuireWoods, a more than 175-year-old firm with 900 lawyers in 19 offices around the country and world. 

Melissa’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, business litigation, business torts, and contractual disputes. She has experience in trial and appellate matters. She also specializes in complex patent litigation involving consumer electronics, computer systems, GPS, and wireless technology. She has practiced in patent hot spots, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, and the International Trade Commission.

Before entering private practice, Melissa was a judicial intern and law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (2007, 2008-2009) and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (2009-2010). She was also a Fulbright Fellow (2004-2005) in the Philippines researching the effects of patents on Filipino pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

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Event: Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition

All students, faculty and staff are invited to an Oct. 12 event, Making Your Move: Navigating Career Transition. The keynote speaker is Nicholas Lore, career coach and author of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success. The session includes a panel discussion moderated by Edie Donohue, co-author of Life after Layoff and includes a guided session with the career personality assessment tool, Compass. A wine and cheese networking reception will conclude the event.

Admission is $20, $15 for current NDMU students. Register at ndm.edu/powerhourplus

This event is part of Power Hour Plus, a series of networking receptions and informative seminars on topics relevant to career and life. For more information, please contact Marianne Amoss at MAmoss2@ndm.edu or 410-532-5542.

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Notre Dame in the News

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