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Tower Talk April 2014 - Women in the Arts to Speak at NDMU!

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Busta Lecture to feature Women of the Arts
Join us on Tuesday, April 22, for the 2014 Busta Lecture—an annual event honoring women leaders in business. This year, we’re proud to host a prestigious group of Baltimore arts professionals who will discuss the ways in which their organizations are effecting real change in the city. These four outstanding women will share how they are building world-class cultural programs to transform local communities and the lives of residents of all ages.


Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Doreen Bolger, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art
Rebecca Hoffberger, Director of the American Visionary Art Museum
Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of The Walters Art Museum

Moderator: Caroline Busta, Associate Editor, Artforum magazine

Tuesday, April 22
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Free of charge and open to the public with registration. Click here to register or call 410-532-5201.

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Annual Fund: Give Dr. Yam a FEARLESS Welcome
On March 24, 2014, Dr. Marylou Yam was announced as the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Please welcome Dr. Yam to our fearless and faithful community with a resounding demonstration of support and encouragement. Your gift to The Notre Dame Fund—of any amount—furthers the mission undertaken by the fearless School Sisters of Notre Dame 119 years ago at the founding of this great institution: educating leaders to transform the world!

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Alumnae and alumni making their first-ever gifts will be noted as members of “The Fearless 180” in honor of the 180th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Click here for more information about The Fearless 180 and to read profiles of outstanding Notre Dame Graduates and community members.

Mail your Notre Dame Fund gift to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Save a stamp by making a safe and secure online donation here.

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Blue and White Cocktails and Connections
cocktailsJoin us for a new tradition! During Commencement Week, Women’s College seniors and recent Notre Dame graduates are invited to a festive gathering at the President’s Residence. Over wine and hors d’oeuvres, we’ll share Notre Dame stories and advice about life after college—and celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for our seniors!

If you graduated from Notre Dame between 2004 and 2013 and would like to attend, please contact Sina Cook at 410-532-5542 or scook@ndm.edu.

Tuesday, May 20
President’s Residence, 100 St. Albans Way
6 to 8 p.m.

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Power Hour Plus

Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence
winetastingJoin for a special networking event, open to Notre Dame alums and friends! Sample a variety of wines from across the country and the world at the beautiful Notre Dame President’s Residence in Homeland. Zach Armiger of Armiger Imports will lead the tasting. Attendees can also enjoy a glass of their favorite wine, as well as hors d’oeuvres. Informal tours of the President’s Residence will also be included.

Wednesday, May 14
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

President’s Residence, 100 St. Albans Way

$20; includes tasting and hors d’oeuvres

Click here to register.

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Mingle, Mingle
Want to learn how to mingle at social gathering, professional events and holiday parties? Do you want to be the person from the event who is remembered for all the right reasons? Plan to join us for Mingle, Mingle—part of the 2014–2015 Power Hour Plus series. The focus will be on appropriate conversation topics for social gatherings and tips for overcoming “mingle-phobia.” You’ll learn how to:

  • make successful entrances, join groups and initiate conversations
  • create the most effective first impression through a proper handshake, eye contact, introductions and appropriate nonverbal communication
  • be interested—and interesting!—in conversation
  • master the art of a graceful escape

Wednesday, October 15
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

Registration details will be forthcoming.

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NYC Bus Trip
Last year’s bus trip to the Big Apple was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again! Mark your calendars for November 1, 2014. More details to come.

Reunion 2014 Updatereunion
In the years since you graduated, much has changed about your Notre Dame, but much has stayed the same! Join us at Reunion 2014 to get reacquainted with Notre Dame and see firsthand all the transformations that have taken place on campus. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with classmates and friends, faculty and the entire Notre Dame community. The weekend will include both traditional and new events, including the Maryland Crab Feast, the Reunion Reception and Luncheon, class dinners, Remembrance Mass and Farewell Jazz Brunch. Be sure to mark your calendars for September 19 to 21!

All the details about the weekend can be found in the Reunion brochure, which will appear in mailboxes in June. In the meantime, visit the Reunion page on our website.

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Nominate a Remarkable Notre Dame Graduate for an Alumnae and Alumni Award
Do you know a Notre Dame alum who has made notable contributions or accomplishments since graduation? If so, please consider nominating her or him for one of the prestigious alumnae and alumni awards presented at Reunion.

Nominations are sought for the Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award, the Service to Society Award and the Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. To nominate a graduate for any of the three awards, please complete an online nomination form or email ndmalum@ndm.edu with the contact information of the nominee and a paragraph specifying for which award you are nominating her or him and why. For more details about each award and eligibility, please visit our website. The nomination period ends on May 15, 2014.

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Nominate an Outstanding Notre Dame Athlete or Coach for the Athletics Hall of Fame
Recognize the achievements of a Notre Dame coach, staff member or former athlete by nominating her or him for the Notre Dame of Maryland University Athletics Hall of Fame. Nominations are now being accepted; the deadline is July 1, 2014. The inductee will be honored during Reunion weekend.

Click here for the online nomination form.

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Event Wrap-up: An Evening with Faculty Authors
facultyauthorsThe house was packed on the evening of April 2 for An Evening with Faculty Authors, a fundraiser hosted by the Continuing Education chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. Alums, students, faculty, staff and friends gathered to celebrate three faculty members in our acclaimed English department, who have all published books this academic year: Dr. Jeana DelRosso, co-editor of the anthology Unruly Catholic Women Writers; Dr. Gene Farrington, author of the novel The Blue Heron; and Shelley Puhak ’97, author of the poetry collection Guinevere in Baltimore.

A festive cocktail reception at the President’s Residence began the evening; afterward, the faculty members read from their books in Fourier Library, answered questions from the audience and signed copies of their books. A portion of the proceeds from the evening went to the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund, which benefits adult students working toward a bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame.

To view the photos from the event, visit Notre Dame’s Zenfolio photo library. Congratulations to our faculty members!

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Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes
Denise Mason ’12 is the winner of the 2014 Albert Clark Award for the best undergraduate paper in this year’s competition sponsored by Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK). Her essay, “The Power of Redemption: A Comparison of the Book of Ruth to A Raisin in the Sun,” was chosen as the winner from among 37 other undergraduate papers. In addition to winning a check for $500 and a $100 award for the NDMU chapter of TAK, Denise will see her paper published in the fall 2015 issue of the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa. Denise is currently enrolled in Notre Dame’s Master of Arts in Contemporary Communication program.

Laura Jones ’07 M’08 was the subject of a recent CBS Baltimore Q&A about teachers who have completed their bachelor of arts and master of arts in teaching degrees in special five year programs, like Notre Dame’s B.A./M.A.T. program. Laurie teaches third grade at Berkshire Elementary School in Baltimore County.

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Exclusive Benefits for Notre Dame Alums!working advantage
Through Working Advantage, Notre Dame alumnae and alumni can save up to 60 percent on travel, shopping and entertainment. Alums also enjoy discounts at movie theaters, theme parks, hotels, ski resorts, Broadway shows, sporting events, family events, online shopping and more. To start saving, create your free account today! Click here for more information.

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Class of 2013 Survey!
As a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University who has now spent a year transitioning into the world of work or further study, your insights and feedback are exceptionally valuable to the University and to our future students. Click here to complete the survey to update us on what you have been doing since leaving Notre Dame and to provide us with your current reflections on your Notre Dame experience.

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

First Impressions Committee
Do you have professional experience and knowledge that could benefit Women’s College students as they prepare to enter the workforce?

The First Impressions program provides juniors and seniors in the Women’s College with the skills to make a strong first impression. Events and workshops this year included a dynamic presentation on personal brand-building from WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky (October 17), a professional dress fashion show at Macy’s (November 25), a resume writing workshop (February 11), an interview prep workshop (February 24), and the annual Etiquette Dinner (March 25). The 2013–2014 program will conclude on April 22 with the First Impressions graduation ceremony.

The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is actively seeking volunteers to review student resumes, conduct practice interviews and serve on the committee next year. To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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Networking Initiative Committee
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and many other fields. The group plans professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the Power Hour Plus networking series, which has hosted four successful events so far this academic year: Breakfast at the Center Club with Gabrielle Dow, VP of Marketing for the Ravens, on March 13; It’s a LinkedIn World—Are you Living in It? on January 16; the New York Bus Trip on November 2; and Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition on October 12.

The 2013–2014 series will wrap up with a wine tasting at the President’s Residence on May 14. For more details, see the Power Hour Plus article in this issue of Tower Talk.

The next meeting of the Networking Committee is Wednesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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The Montrose Society: Create Your Legacy
What is the Montrose Society?
Montrose is a name that has had special significance at Notre Dame of Maryland for more than 150 years. It was the name of the original building on our beautiful campus—a building that is still in active use today as Noyes Alumnae House. For the Notre Dame community, the word “Montrose” has come to symbolize permanence, commitment and enduring value.

These same qualities inspire many graduates, friends and their families to invest in Notre Dame’s future through legacy giving. By doing so, they are invited to join the Montrose Society, an association that honors those whose foresight and generosity help strengthen and sustain the University. The Society recognizes the commitment of these donors both publicly and privately and promotes the important role that legacy gifts play in the life of the institution.

In this season of renewal, we invite you to join the Montrose Society and support Notre Dame with a legacy gift. For more information, please visit our website or contact Fran Gunshol at fflannerygunshol1@ndm.edu.

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University News

The Renaissance Institute celebrates its 25th year!
Renaissance Institute is celebrating 25 years of lifelong learning on Sunday, May 18. Join us on the first floor of Fourier Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. for music, hors d’oeuvres and a members art show. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance the Renaissance Office. Email lkuehn@ndm.edu, call 410-532-5351 or drop in Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. We look forward to seeing you at the celebration!

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Career Fair for Nonprofit and Human Services Organizations
Looking for a full-time or part-time job in the nonprofit or human services sector? On April 23, the Career Center at Notre Dame will host a career fair focused on these fields, with representatives from Kenney Krieger Institute, Volunteer Maryland, the Mayor’s Office, the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and more. Dress in business attire and bring your resume! Raffles and prizes to be given out at the fair include three $100 Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Wednesday, April 23
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

For more information, contact Jessica Sexton, Career Specialist, at jsexton1@ndm.edu or 410-532-5387.

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Recent School of Pharmacy Student Accomplishments
Katie Dantoni, Wyatt Gold, Krista Hein, Desiree Massari, Brandon Nuziale and Conner Sothoron, Class of 2014 student pharmacists, have all matched to Post-Graduate Year 1 residencies that will start July 1, 2014.

Ifeoma Ibe (Class 2016) has been appointed Pharmacy Education Ambassador with International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation and will be attending the IPSF World Congress in Portugal this summer. Ifeoma also won second place in the International Pharmaceutical Students’ Federation HIV/AIDS International Essay Competition.

Shefali Patel (Class 2015) and Aisha Amin Melendez (Class 2016) have been named 2014–2015 Baltimore Albert Sweitzer Fellows. Shefali and Aisha were selected after a competitive process and will be implementing their project at Esperanza Center. The purpose of the project is to meet Healthy People 2020 goals of increasing access to care and promoting healthy behaviors. The goals of the project is to develop a mechanism to ensure compliance with all requirements prior to surgery for hernia patients and post- surgery education to increase health literacy and necessary lifestyle modification to decrease potential for recurrence.

Tamara Idlibi (Class 2016), winner of the school patient counseling competition, represented the School of Pharmacy at the American Pharmacists Association National Patient Counseling Competition in March.

Stefan Varga (Class of 2015) and collaborator CD Mullen presented their research (poster format) on Health Disparities in Hospitalization Discharges & Emergency Room Visits in African-Americans and Non-Hispanic Whites at the seventh Health Disparities Conference at Xavier University of Louisiana in March 2014.

American Pharmacist Association’s Academy of Student Pharmacists chapter at Notre Dame received the Community Recognition Award from the American Diabetes Association for Operation Diabetes.

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Soul Sister - Are you a wishful thinker?
“If only …” Have you ever found yourself saying these two words when you wished for a different outcome in a life event? With her brother’s death, Martha said to Jesus, “If only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus was put on a guilt trip, for sure.

We put ourselves on a guilt trip, too. We think, “If only I had chosen a different career, a different friend, a different course, a different set of words in my conversation—then, perhaps, things would have been better.” It may be time to wish that Jesus is with us, too, in whatever circumstances surround us.

That does not solve problems totally, though. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, as if he had been there when he was sick and didn’t allow him to die in the first place. But the miracle did not end with Jesus’ action. Jesus told those who witnessed Lazarus coming out of the tomb to “Untie him, let him go free!”

We have the power to untie what binds us and others in order to be free. Our wishes can come true with God’s help and our human cooperation with grace. What shall we wish for now? “If only …”

From your wishful Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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In Memoriam

Josephine McNulty Atwater '46

Joan Hewitt Burroughs '55

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In the News

The Register Citizen: Kent artist creates art with a conscience. Feature on NDMU alumna and artist Claudia DeMonte ’69

WYPR’s Midday with Dan Rodricks: Adults and Nature-Deficit Disorder. Podcast of an hour-long interview with author Richard Louv, before his appearance at NDMU in March, about the importance for all of us of getting outdoors

The Baltimore Sun: Back Story: Notre Dame historians give voice to victims of long-ago crimes. Article about the research by Dr. Charles Ritter and Dr. E. Susan Barber on sexual violence against women by soldiers in the U.S. Civil War

Mind/Shift, KQED Public Television: 10 free online educational game sites. Post by Ryan Schaaf of NDMU’s School of Education on blog published by KQED, San Francisco’s public television station, and NPR

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