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Reunion 2016


Registration for Reunion 2016 is now open! Click here to register. 
Reunion 2016 will be held on September 16-18, 2016 for all classes ending in 1's or 6's!  

Crab Feast, Flashback Friday, Alum/Faculty Happy Hour and much more! Don't miss an opportunity to connect with old friends!

Find your class on Facebook!
Have a Facebook page or group that is not listed here? Please email Lauren Rohrs at lrohrs1@ndm.edu to add it!

Class of 2006 — www.facebook.com/groups/NDM06/

Class of 1966 — www.facebook.com/groups/126120990813836/

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding Reunion 2016, please contact Lauren Rohrs, Alumnae & Alumni Relations Associate, at 410-532-3166 or lrohrs1@ndm.edu.

WOW Baltimore!
Women of the World Baltimore is coming to NDMU - October 7 & 8!
Registration Opens July 29th!


Registration for WOW Baltimore is finally here! On July 29th, registration for this exciting weekend will open to the public. To register, visit the WOW Baltimore Website

WOW Baltimore is part of a global movement of festivals that celebrate the achievements of women and girls and also look at the remaining gender equality obstacles women face across the world. See a WOW in action in London!

WOW Baltimore has almost finished to compile an exciting program of topics and speakers specifically selected to address the issues facing women today, and to highlight the accomplishments of local women who are making an impact on both local and global levels. Check out the WOW website to see a complete list of WOW speakers and topics.  Here are just a few:

Sara Laschever – author of Ask for It and Women Don’t Ask

Jaha Dukureh, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People

Jay Newton Small - Time magazine journalist; author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works

Patty Brown – Senior VP of Managed Care and Population Health at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Rebecca Nagle – Force/The Monument Quilt

Sandi Timmins – CEO at House of Ruth

Iris Krasnow – Author of Sex After . . .: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes

Denise Koch – WJZ News Anchor
…many more!

WOW Baltimore will also include Speed Mentoring, Pop-up art, music and performances,  a workshop for girls 6 -12 and a Marketplace.

For the most up-to-date information on WOW Baltimore, including confirmed speakers and topics, volunteer opportunities, and registration information, visit our websiteRegistration for WOW Baltimore will open on July 29,2016.
If you would like to volunteer for WOW Baltimore, or would like to serve as a Mentor for one of our speed-mentoring events, contact Lauren Rohrs, lrohrs1@ndm.edu.

Upcoming Events and Meetings  

Young Alum Committee Meeting
Monday, August 8
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Noyes House


Newly formed in 2015, the Young Alum committee is open to any alum who has graduated within the last 15 years. If you're interested in networking with fellow alums and supporting Notre Dame, contact Lauren Rohrs at 410-532-3166 or lrohrs1@ndm.edu and be sure to check out our Facebook page. Meetings will be held the second Monday of every other month.

Snacks will be served. 

Telcom for Change
August 16th 
9 p.m.


Ready for a party? Join Telcom For Change in Alexandria, VA on August 16 at 9pm for a Speakeasy Soiree to raise money for a tutoring program in the School of Nursing. All monies raised will directly support nursing students. A limited number of deeply discounted tickets are available – please contact Hannah Murphy Buc (hbuc@ndm.edu) if you are interested in attending.

Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes

Joseph Olson M’15 was recently married to Courtney Becker of Natrona Heights, Pa on June 25, 2016. Congratulations Joseph! 
Kelly McClure-Hewitt M’08 has recently been appointed as Assistant Principal at Great Mills High School, a part of Saint Mary’s Public Schools. Good luck, Kelly!

Notable Alums

Notre Dame has a rich history of exciting, successful alums! Check out our “Notable Alums” page to see some of the incredible leaders who have come from Notre Dame of Maryland!
Do you know someone who you think should be included on this page? Email ndmalum@ndm.edu with your suggestions! 


Notre Dame’s Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is expanding its social media presence! Be sure to follow us for the latest in NDMU news, events, networking opportunities, committee meetings, and Reunion updates!

 Instagram: #NDMUalums


 With two ways to follow us on Facebook, you will never miss a post! “Like” our page “Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Association” for updates on upcoming events, opportunities, and photos. Are you a member of the new Young Alum Network Committee? Be sure to “like” our “NDM Young Alum” page for information specific to our young alums.

 Are you looking for “pinspiration”? Follow NDMUAlums on Pinterest.

 Prefer to get your updates in a snap? Add NDMUALUMS to your Snapchat friends list to keep in touch with the latest happenings at NDMU.

 Follow NDMUAlums on Twitter for NDMU news, alum updates, and the latest info on upcoming events

 Are you on LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site? Be sure to include Notre Dame of Maryland in your educational background, and follow our page for job opportunities, networking opportunities, and updates on professional events at NDMU.

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

Adelante Latina Tutors and Drivers Needed!
As an institution that embraces service as a central component of its mission, Notre Dame of Maryland University is proud to offer support to Adelante Latina! This program was started by retired Notre Dame Professor Leonor Blum and relies almost exclusively on NDMU graduates and students. Please consider offering your support to this program. Adelante Latina! meets from early September to early June, with a 5-week break from mid-December to late January. Meetings take place twice a week from 4:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Esperanza Center located at 430 S. Broadway.
The goal of the program is to improve the English composition, reading comprehension, and writing skills of Latina high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from low-income families in Baltimore City, and to prepare them for college. Tutor qualifications: Excellent English language skills, tutoring skills, ability to interact well with teenage girls. No knowledge of Spanish is required as English is their primary language. Tutoring sessions are one-on-one or, at most, with two students per tutor. The time commitment is once a week, either on Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.
For more information or to apply please contact Leonor Blum, Professor Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 410-591-0547,blumle@aol.com, or lblum@ndm.edu.

Have you considered becoming a Montrose Society member?
Why not join the 200+ loyal graduates, friends, faculty and staff by remembering Notre Dame of Maryland University in your estate plans. 
Your intention can help to pass on the University’s legacy to future generations.  For information call Kelley Kilduff at 410-532-3185 or read more at www.ndm.edu/giving/create-a-legacy.

Volunteer at WOW Baltimore!

WOW Baltimore is seeking volunteers for both days of the festival to help in a variety of areas, including parking management, registrations, and guest assistance. We are also seeking volunteers to serve as mentors for the popular WOW Speed Mentoring Sessions, which will take place during both days of the festival. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Lauren Rohrs at lrohrs1@ndm.edu or 410-532-3166.  

University News

Honor Code 80th Anniversary

The Honor Code of Notre Dame of Maryland University is celebrating its 80th anniversary this fall. As part of the celebration, the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities is looking to collect the information of past Honor Board representatives to include in its historical records and include in various celebrations throughout the semester. Past Honor Board members should contact Sarah Williamson, Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities, at swilliamson2@ndm.edu.

The Honor Code is founded on a pledge each student takes to act with integrity in academic and personal life. Based on the personal integrity of the individual and an active concern for others, the Honor Code is motivated by personal values, religious conviction, good taste, and the common good. Its purpose is to establish a  university community founded on personal honor and mutual trust. This combination of personal commitment and community responsibility helps to strengths each students as an individual and helps to develop mature powers of judgment and reason, intellectual and social honesty. The Honor Code signifies the ideal of academic and personal integrity that each student is expected to model. Living the Honor Code strengthens the entire community and cultivates an atmosphere of unity founded on trust.   

Spanish Language and Culture Part 1
Looking to learn another language or culture? How needed that is in our country and world today!  Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) can help! This Fall, NDMU is offering Spanish Language and Culture Part 1 every Tuesday, from September 20 through November 29. Parts 2 and 3 are also available. Check out our website www.ndm.edu/spanishlanguageandculture.  Classes are forming now! For more information or to register, contact Linda Stilling, SSND at 410-532-5306 or lstilling@ndm.edu.  Alumnae or senior discounts available.

NDMU Student Shares Her Mother's Story - NDMU Odyssey

Recently, incoming NDMU student Elizabeth Silcott wrote a beautiful article sharing the story of her mother, who immigrated to the USA from Argentina in 1988. Elizabeth's narrative gives a touching and personal look into immigration, and shares the story of the amazing impact that one NDMU professor, Leanor Blume, had on an entire family. You can read the full story here.

Odyssey is a social discovery platform committed to democratizing content creation. As of 2016, NDMU has hosted a chapter of content creators for Odyssey, writing articles on a wide variety of topics. You can discover content writer by our NDMU students and alums by visiting Odyssey. If you would be interested in creating content for Odyssey, contact Micah Castelo for more information (mcastelo@live.ndm.edu). 

NDMU Davis Peace Project - Follow Our Students' Adventures!

Recently, a team of NDMU students won a Davis Peace Project and set forth for Peru to replace the crumbling roof of a community center that serves as the central hub of a community outside of Lima. To follow their story, visit their blog, where these students will reflect on the work that they are accomplishing, their experiences in Peru, and their stories of the significance of the Davis Peace Project on poor communities. You can find their blog here

A Child’s Place Preschool for the Youngest Shining Stars at NDMU - 10% discount for Alums!
Spaces still available for Fall 2016 classes!!

At A Child’s Place, we promote each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical development through a holistic approach. Preschool programs for 3, 4, and 5 year olds, including a State-approved kindergarten program and early kindergarten for children with fall birthdays, offer small classes in a nurturing environment where young children play, learn, and grow. 
Preschool: September to June
Summer Camp: June through mid-August
Ask about our 25% discount for NDMU faculty, staff, students, and 10% discount for alums!

OPEN HOUSE:  Saturday, October 15th, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon.
Check us out on NDMU’s website or call us at 410-532-5399.


How well can you hold on?

It helps to hold on in precarious situations!  A strong hand-hold may hoist a person to safety.  In serious accidents, a medical technician can be heard to say to the injured person, “Hold on…stay with me.”
There are other ways to hold on:  Holding on to ideals and values, holding on to supportive relationships, holding on to memories.  If we hold on too tightly sometimes, we may be considered rigid and stubborn; if we hold on too loosely, we may be considered lax.  The truth is that we probably move along a flowing continuum of holding on in different degrees at different times.
In the Book of Deuteronomy, we are encouraged to hold fast to the Lord our God (Dt. 30:20).  God’s personal relationship to us is expressed by the Psalmist:  “You hold me by my right hand” (Psalm 73:23).  St. Paul says:  “In Jesus all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).
We may feel others trying to hold on to us. When one of my cousins was four years old, she was so frightened by a storm scene in a theatre production that she held on to me for dear life!  It was difficult to convince her that the storm wasn’t real.  When real storms in living do exist, we may be the nearest support system for someone in trouble, in fear, in doubt or despair.  At those times, we can realize our closeness to God and then offer that closeness to others by saying, “Hold on!”

From your Soul Sister who is holding on,

Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

In Memoriam

Mary Agnes (Kelly) Evelius ‘48        
Helen Schmidt ‘53             
Megan (Usher) McKee ’14, M’15    
Lesley Burr ‘08    
Helen (Marikle) Passano ’69             
Helen( Breighner) Eder ‘93              
Sister Marguerite Mary Guidera, S.S.N.D.’65

In the News

Kelly McClure-Hewitt M’08 appointed as Assistant Principal at Great Mills High School