Happenings This Year
From community service to lectures by prominent academics, authors and activists, there's always something going on at Notre Dame.
Romanian Ambassador's Remarks Reflect NDMU Spirit
Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, and the first woman in Romania to reach the rank of ambassador, inaugurated Notre Dame’s first annual Visiting Ambassador Program by urging listeners to get involved in the global campaign for gender equality because “empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.”
“Maya Angelou wisely said ‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.’ It is high time we hear the songs of every girl and woman!” she said.
Ambassador Miculescu spoke to more than 100 students, faculty, staff and visitors in Knott Auditorium on “Women in International Diplomacy, Development, Peacebuilding and Justice.” She echoed the theme of Notre Dame’s mission to transform the world as she advocated for the participation of women at every level of society in fighting poverty and working for sustainable development.
Service: It's What We Do
Every Friday from 4-6pm, St. Vincent de Paul Church located on N Front Street, prepares meals for the homeless and underserved communities. Notre Dame students genuinely want to volunteer in the community and St. Vincent's gives them an opportunity to help people experiencing significant need. "Feeding the homeless puts names and faces on poverty. Students can learn about poverty in class and can learn even more from serving dinners at St. Vincent’s. They get an opportunity to talk to people experiencing severe poverty. You cannot get that in the classroom. And the people at St. Vincent’s, both the volunteers and those being served, truly enjoy and appreciate our students" B.E.S advisor and professor Larry Beyer states. On Friday, March 20th, B.E.S (Business & Economics Society) hosted an event alongside other St. Vincent volunteers to help those in need. Notre Dame Alum, Gerry Fialkowski '63, also is a St. Vincent volunteer and loved meeting current students, Angela Garcia '17, Melanie Hardy '16 and Morgan Harter '17. Even 35 years out and Notre Dame graduates still love to give back to the community, it's a Notre Dame way of life!
All-America Girls Professional Baseball Player Jeneane (DesCombes) Lesko Hits A Home Run At Notre Dame!
The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a women's professional baseball league founded by Philip K. Wrigley that existed from 1943 to 1954 and was chronicled in the film, A League of Their Own. On Monday, March 23rd Lesko visited Notre Dame to share her experience as a pitcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks from 1953 to 1954 and watched the movie, A League of Their Own with students. Click here to view Lesko's official player profile.
At left, pitcher Lesko poses in a photo for the Grand Rapids Chicks in 1953. Lesko told students "I went to Spring Training in Battle Creek, Michigan and was picked up by the Chicks as a left-handed pitcher. I actually had no pitching experience and had never played organized baseball. In my home town of Lakeview, Ohio, I had practiced baseball with our school team all through high school, but of course, they would not let me play in the games. I was also the batgirl for our town team of men and practiced with them and went to all the games. I loved the game and had a strong arm."
2015 Housing Selection!
On Tuesday, March 17th, returning NDMU students not only celebrated St. Patrick's Day, but also selected their housing for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students were able to select their specific room in person during housing selection times determined by their credits at NDMU. Over 200 students selected their housing throughout the day while also enjoying gourmet popcorn and drinks provided by Dining Services.
Student Alumnae & Alumni Association MaryKay Networking Event
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.
At left, Senior Business Major Stephanie Chervenkov and Junior Biology Major, with a pre-med concentration, Marie Angele Messou, were the lucky volunteers chosen by MaryKay Director Brandi Layton '06, M'07. The students modeled an interview appropriate "daytime" makeup look and then an "evening" makeup look.
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.
Nationally Prominent 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 and 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.