Happenings This Year
From community service to lectures by prominent academics, authors and activists, there's always something going on at Notre Dame.
CAB's WinterFest 2014!
On Saturday, February 22nd at 9 pm students gathered in the MBK Gym for some wintery fun planned by the Campus Activities Board! The community enjoyed bumper cars, lazer tag, a photo booth, making your own stuffed animal, henna, music by DJ Phaze, and even indoor ice skating. Some lucky students even got a chance in the money machine! It was a great way for students to relax as the semester picks up speed.
Great job CAB!
Notre Dame Day 2014
The annual event of Notre Dame Day took place this year on Tuesday, February 11th. It is a day that celebrates our campus community by remembering our heritage and taking the time to celebrate the achievements of our current students and staff. The day began with a song from the NDMU choir as the community joined together in the dining hall around tables of white and blue for a light luncheon. Several awards were given to staff and students throughout the event, including the SSND Mission and Ministry Award that went to our current University President, Joan Coley.
Mary Alice Adams, Business Office, Student Accounts Assistant Distinguished Staff Award
Christmas Tree Trim and Dinner
The annual Tree Trim and Christmas Dinner is one of Notre Dame's most beloved traditions. After a short prayer service, every office, department and student group on campus places an ornament on the tree. Without a doubt, the little ones from A Child’s Place, our on-campus preschool, steal the show every year.
After all the ornaments are placed and the tree is lit, everyone adjourns to the dining hall where Christmas dinner is served. This tradition has been around since the very start of the University, when the School Sisters would serve Christmas diner to the young women. The tradition continues with faculty and staff taking on the role of the server.
After dinner and dessert, it is on to the caroling, the favorite song being the 12 Days of Christmas. Each table is assigned a certain set of numbers and has to stand up and sing (shout) out their verse. This is a great tradition and a welcome break during the last week of classes for our students.
Julia Alvarez: In the Time of the Butterflies
Domincan-American author Julia Alvarez speaks Nov. 6 at Notre Dame of Maryland University on her historical novel, In the Time of the Butterflies, which recounts the story of the Mirabel sisters during the time of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic.
"One thing the Dictator (Trujillo) could not suppress was the irrepressible need of the human creature for stories," she told her listeners, who filled LeClerc Auditorium.
In the Time of the Butterflies is the Campus Common Reading this year for NDMU.
Siobhan "Sam" Bennett of She She Should Run
Do we REALLY need more women in public leadership?
The answer is an emphatic yes, according to Siobhan “Sam” Bennett of She Should Run, an advocacy organization working to increase the number of women in public leadership.
And the keys to achieving that, say Bennett, who appeared at Notre Dame on Oct. 29, are overcoming a fear of failure, and support of other women.
Bennett spoke to a group of Notre Dame students in the afternoon, and then appeared that night at an event co-sponsored by Notre Dame of Maryland University and the United Way of Central Maryland. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake was on hand to introduce Bennett, and Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the dean of the women in the Senate, offered greetings via video in which she spoke of the importance of Notre Dame's mission of educating women to transform the world.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame Celebrate 180 Years
On October 24, the School Sisters of Notre Dame on campus, across the country and around the world gathered to celebrate the 180th anniversary of their founding by Mother Mary Theresa Gerhardinger, in Munich, Germany. Notre Dame of Maryland University joined the international celebration by having a special Mass in the Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation, where the sisters from the campus community renewed their religious commitment as vowed members of the SSND Congregation. Members of the University community representing students, faculty and staff offered their reflections in thanksgiving for the service and the living spirituality of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Notre Dame Dedicates New University Academic Building
Notre Dame of Maryland University officials cut the ribbon Friday, Oct. 18 on the campus’ newly completed University Academic Building at a dedication and blessing ceremony.
"This will be a center of seeking, learning, and teaching what is true," said Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, auxiliary bishop of Baltimore, who was on hand to bless the new facility. "We pray that those who teach and learn in this building may join in the discovery of human and divine wisdom, so that they will be able to assist others in the pursuit of truth, beauty, and goodness all their days."
The stunning three-story, 36,000-square-foot facility, which was blessed by Auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski, is the home of the School of Nursing and Technology Resource Center and is available for use by the entire campus community. It was designed to meet or exceed LEED green building certification, pursuant to the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability, and is expected to receive a LEED Silver rating.
The facility features the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology, with state-of-the-art instructional facilities, including simulation labs; observation rooms and pediatrics and patient rooms; a lobby, gallery and other unique spaces to foster interaction and teamwork; and clinical laboratory space.
Sr. Christine DeVinne, Vice President for Academic Affairs noted that the University Academic Building represents both the tradition and future of Notre Dame.
"As a University, Notre Dame of Maryland has a strong foundation and is reaching for the sky. The tradition and solid liberal arts values are symbolized by the front of campus and the time-honored buildings that are beloved by current students and alums alike," she said. "This part of campus, a bit more contemporary in architecture, represents the current growth, the dedication to meeting the current needs of our students and all of society.
Coverage by WBAL-TV
Project Homeless Connect
More than 200 students, faculty and staff boarded buses and traveled downtown to the Baltimore Convention Center to volunteer for the United Way of Central Maryland's Project Homeless Connect, which helped link Baltimore homeless community to vital services. Notre Dame had by far the best turnout of any of the local colleges that participated, which included Towson University, University of Baltimore, UMBC, University of MD-Baltimore, MICA, Stevenson, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, Morgan, Goucher and Coppin.
Notre Dame President Joan Develin Coley was among the dignitaries who addressed the volunteers before the event began.
"In some sense we might think it is a sacrifice to be here, but it is no exaggeration to say that we always gain more than we give when we extend a helping hand to another human being," Dr. Coley said. "The presence of so many people here today says something important about the homeless clients we will encounter. It says that they matter and that we value them."
The showing by Notre Dame prompted United Way CEO Mark Furst to post on the NDMU Facebook page:
"Awesome turnout today by NDMU. Over 200 people. THANK YOU (and United Way says thanks too)."