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Week of November 11, 2013

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In This Issue:

News and Notices

Get Acquainted Day: This Friday

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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International Education Week

Mark International Education Week by attending these events sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the English Language Institute:

Monday, Nov. 11

The Plight of Women in Congo |2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Feeley International Center, 003

Pizza and Screening of Girl Rising 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Feeley International Center, 003—Please RSVP to aschmidtking@ndm.edu 

Tuesday, Nov. 12

Why do we have so many undocumented immigrants?  An overview of the complicated U.S. immigration system | 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Gibbons, Room 300—Space is limited. 
Please RSVP to aschmidtking@ndm.edu 

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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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Next Week: Talk on Human Trafficking

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., location TBA. 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. 

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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., 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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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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Study Abroad: Where, What, When, Why & How Can I Afford It?

The Office of International Programs is offering a look at the study abroad application process and scholarship opportunities on Tuesday, Nov. 12th, from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Feeley International Center, Lower Level of Meletia Hall, Multipurpose Room, 003.

The study abroad application deadline for the 2014 summer session and 2014 Fall semester is Monday, February 24, 2014. Click here for more information.

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Summer Service Abroad in Brazil and Peru

The Mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and Notre Dame of Maryland University is “to educate women to transform the world.” Both institutions are international in character and pride themselves on strong, diverse, multicultural programs. Service Abroad is an independent course that gives a self-sustaining opportunity to those who qualify. It is an opportunity to go beyond American borders, generally for four to five weeks during the summer session, to expand one’s knowledge of the world and serve those who are less fortunate.  Service Abroad provides Notre Dame women with the opportunity to perfect the balance in their lives between academics, experiential learning, and personal growth experiences.    

In participating in the Service Abroad program, Notre Dame women will teach, conduct pastoral work, and will help in areas of nursing, social work and public health.  

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Students who have successfully attended Notre Dame of Maryland University for one full academic year
  • Weekend College students who have successfully completed fifteen credit hours
  • Graduate students

What are the requirements to participate and how do I apply?

In order to participate in Service Abroad, a student must submit an application explaining why she chose to participate in the program.  Good health and emotional maturity, a working knowledge of the Spanish in the case of Peru, as well as approval from the Coordinating Committee are also required.  

Application deadline is Nov. 15. Please submit application to Astrid Schmidt-King, Office of International Programs, Lower Level, Meletia Hall or aschmidtking@ndm.edu.  

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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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