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Happenings This Year

From community service to lectures by prominent academics, authors and activists, there's always something going on at Notre Dame.

Student Alumnae & Alumni Association MaryKay Networking Event

Picture of Student Alumni & Alumnae Association EventCandra Mcoy and her friend pose for a photo


On Wednesday February 11th, 2015 the Student Alumnae & Alumni Association hosted its first networking event with MaryKay Director and Alum Brandi Layton '06, M '07. Students were invited to join and learn about interview appropriate makeup, as well as network with Notre Dame of Maryland's remarkable alumnae, such as Nichole Gatewood '01 and Patricia Bosse '81. 

Students at MaryKay EventSenior Stephanie Chervenkov and Junior Marie Angele Messou were the lucky volunteers chosen by MaryKay Director Brandi Layton '06, M'07. Volunteers modeled a day look which featured a light look and learned how to transition their day look to an evening look for after work when you are pressed for time.






Renovated Doyle Dining Hall Opens

Notre Dame's newly renovated Doyle Dining Hall is open for business, and it's gorgeous! Featuring an open kitchen, comfy booths along the windows, and a long seating counter lined with electric outlets to power laptops, the new dining hall is a gem that is a welcoming gathering place for our University community.

Ribbon-cutting in Doyle Dining Hall from Notre Dame of Maryland on Vimeo.

National-level Speakers Visit Notre Dame

Notre Dame welcomed two distinguished speakers to campus during the fall semester. Liz Murray, author of this year’s Campus Common Reading, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, spoke on October 7.

Born to loving but drug-addicted parents, Murray found herself living on the streets at age 15 but managed to complete high school in two years and gain admittance to Harvard University. Murray told her compelling story with humor and inspiration, emphasizing the help she received from key people along the way, particularly from a high school teacher who believed in her refused to let her give up.

Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., of the sociology department at Georgetown University, was the keynote speaker at Community Day on October 16. Dr. Dyson, an ordained Baptist minister, challenged and inspired the audience of students, faculty, and staff as he spoke on this year’s theme of “Diversity and Inclusion: Social Justice and Social Responsibility.”

Afterward, students and faculty held workshops to further explore such issues as racial inequality, domestic violence, and environmental justice. Community Day is an annual campus-wide event honoring Notre Dame’s SSND heritage.