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Tower Talk August 2011


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Reunion Class Giving Heats Up Back to Top

Reunion is fast approaching, and the competition is heating up between classes, each trying to raise the most money with the most participants. Thank you to all celebrants supporting your class gift. Reunion giving plays a key role in Notre Dame’s fundraising success each year and in turn enhances the experience of each and every student. See how your class is doing.

Not your reunion year? We still need your annual support! The Notre Dame Fund addresses the greatest needs of our students and faculty. Your generosity ensures those needs are met. Stay tuned in the next month when we post Fiscal 2011 Honor Roll of Donors online. Thanks to your generosity, we reached 97 percent of The Notre Dame Fund goal. We are well under way to reaching 100 percent of our Fiscal 2012 goal. Your participation will help reach these important goals. Make your gift today.


Join Us September 9 for University Day Back to Top

Excitement abounds on campus as we prepare for this important moment in Notre Dame’s history. From pancakes to fireworks, this is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Check out the details and register for any of the free events today. Remember—we’re celebrating, rain or shine!

Join us and be sure to wear your blue and white.


Reunion 2011 Back to Top

Don't miss the opportunity to gather with classmates, friends, and faculty as we celebrate Reunion in traditional Notre Dame-style with a crab feast, awards, memories, laughter, great food and dancing. We hope you will join us for this special weekend your classmates have planned for you. Register now!


European Vacation, Summer 2012 Back to Top

Education, Culture and Diversity in Europe: Munich, Salzburg and Vienna
June 26-July 5, 2012
$2134 (land only) per person, double occupancy; $3670 (air included)

Explore how the cultural and educational settings in Germany and Austria have been affected by the European Union and the growing diversity of school-aged populations. In addition to visiting schools in Munich run by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, you can enjoy a walking tour of Munich and a guided visit to the Residenz, the Palace of Kings. On the way to Vienna, you will visit Neuschwanstein Castle and spend a day in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. In Vienna, visit schools and learn more about the effect of immigration on the educational system. Other activities include an orientation tour of Vienna and a guided tour of Schonbrunn Palace, plus free time in Munich, Salzburg and Vienna. An optional Mozart concert-dinner in Salzburg and evening in Grinzing, Austria are offered.

Land-only price includes hotel accommodations, breakfast each day, land transportation and guided tours.

Contact Sister Catherine Sarther, SSND for more information at csarther@ndm.edu or 410-532-3163.


Were you a student of Sister Maura Eichner? Back to Top

Were you inspired by Sister Maura’s teaching to become a writer? On Sunday, October 23, we will commemorate Sister Maura’s legacy with the release of a new book containing a selection of her poems. As part of the celebration, Dr. Michael Storey is planning an exhibit of the published writings of Notre Dame alumnae and alumni inspired by Sister Maura, including poets, novelists, playwrights, short-story authors, journalists and screenwriters. If you would like to contribute to this unique exhibit, please contact Dr. Storey at mstorey@ndm.edu.


Looking For a Great Preschool Program? Back to Top

There are still openings at A Child’s Place.

Full-time Preschool Openings still available for 3, 4, and 5 year olds for Fall 2011 classes
Tuition includes before and after care
MSDE-approved kindergarten program

Drop-in care is available at A Child’s Place evenings and Saturdays for school-age children of faculty and students who are participating in classes at Notre Dame of Maryland.


Save the Date for CE Chapter Fall Dinner Back to Top

Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun columnist, will be the guest speaker at the CE Chapter Fall dinner on Wednesday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Doyle Formal. Her remarks entitled “Not Exactly What I Had in Mind: One Woman’s attempt to combine work and family” are sure to be entertaining and thought provoking.

Stay tuned for more details in next month’s Tower Talk.


Calling All Singers Back to Top

Do you like to sing?
Do you have a pleasant singing voice?
Can you attend informal rehearsals?
Would you like to sing occasionally for campus celebrations?

Faculty, staff, students, alums and friends are invited to be a part of the newest Notre Dame musical group. The debut performance will be September 9, 2011.

Rehearsals are scheduled for August 30, September 6 and September 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., under the direction of Stephen Holmes. If you are interested in participating, contact Stephen via email at sholmes@ndm.edu.


Travel to Sicily Back to Top

Sicily: Crossroads of the Mediterranean
Escape winter in Baltimore for 10 days and enjoy a tour of Sicily, January 9-18, 2012. Get a taste of ancient Phoenician, Greek and Roman cultures, as well as Norman and Islamic remains, while enjoying modern Sicily. Cost is $3,595, and includes roundtrip airfare between Newark and Palermo; double accommodations in hotels; breakfasts; three dinners; local transportation; and admission to sites and museums. Single supplement is available. For information and/or registration materials, contact Sister Therese Marie Dougherty at 410-532-5559 or tdougherty@ndm.edu. Register before August to be entered into a drawing for $100.


One-Woman Show to Benefit SSNDs Back to Top

The School Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to a benefit performance featuring the life of St. Catherine Benincasa of Siena, brought to life by Sister Nancy Murray, O.P. Sister Nancy is the sibling of actor Bill Murray. She will give two performances on Nov. 12.

Bring your whole family to the early performance at 11 a.m. for a single fee of $20. A VIP reception that begins at 5:30 p.m., for a single fee of $100 per person, includes hot hors d'oeuvres, beverages, an event memento and entrance to the evening performance. All ticket holders are invited to meet the actress after the evening performance at a free reception. Master of ceremonies for the evening performance will be Baltimore-area news anchor Mary Bubala of WJZ-TV.

All proceeds from the program will benefit the mission and ministries of the School Sisters of Notre Dame of the Atlantic-Midwest Province.


Volunteer Opportunities Back to Top

Whether you are a recent graduate looking to build upon connections made as a student, or a seasoned graduate seeking new ways to continue your relationship with Notre Dame, you will find many opportunity to become involved. Our volunteers play a key role in the continued success of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Review the list below and let us know how you want to be involved by contacting the Alumnae and Alumni Relations Office at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-3184.

  • Reunion
    Each year, planning for Reunion begins in earnest in January. Volunteer to be a Class Chair to help raise the giving level for your class and plan Reunion events.
  • Admissions
    Alumnae and Alumni Admissions Network (AAAN) is a recruitment team comprised of more than 60 Notre Dame graduates nationwide. Alumnae and alumni volunteer their time and efforts to help us recruit students for the incoming class in many ways, including attending college fairs, visiting high schools and contacting admitted students. For more information about AAAN and how to volunteer, contact Stephanie Cavill at scavill@ndm.edu.
  • Mentoring
    • First Impressions: Join a wonderful group of graduates in planning this pilot program to support business students as they develop the poise and confidence needed to be successful in their career searches. Lend your skills to the events that are being planned, including a Communications Skills Workshop, a Dress for Success Fashion Show, an Etiquette dinner and mock interviews.
    • Job Leads and Internship Opportunities: Make a difference to students and fellow graduates by posting a job. Companies can post full-time career positions as well as part-time and internship opportunities. Contact the Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) at ace@ndm.edu or 410-532-5387.
  • Networking
    A new committee is forming to define and develop effective networking opportunities for Notre Dame graduates. Become part of this dynamic group! Share your thoughts and expertise as we plan networking events and workshops tailored for Notre Dame graduate at all stages of their career development.
  • Fundraising
    Lend your skills in support of the Annual Fund! Volunteers can help at the Holiday Bazaar in December, make phone calls to encourage support from fellow alumnae and alumni or write thank-you notes to our donors.
  • Communications
    Notre Dame graduates are often our best communicators. Share your writing skills and offer to craft letters, write for Tower Talk, our website or our magazine.
  • Administrative Support
    We are very appreciative of our graduates who offer to help with administrative tasks such as mailings, filing, research or thank-you phone calls to first-time donors—just to name a few. If you can give a few hours a week, or even just a few hours a month, your support is welcomed.

In The News Back to Top

Atwater's Naturally Leavened Bread Bakery and Café hosted an art show highlighting the photographs, paintings and sculptures of its staff, including psychology major Kathryn Cohagan.

Communication arts associate professor Stacey Peterson is scheduled to present “A Call to Teachers: Taking Back the Classroom,” at Ignite Baltimore on September 15.

The Baltimore Sun recently profiled Melinda Ciano ’11, who will begin teaching at the Community College of Baltimore this fall.

The Baltimore Sun fashion reporter Sloane Brown visited campus recently for her column, “Glimpsed,” which showcases fashion-forward Baltimoreans. Colleagues Faith Towner, Latisha Jones, Sybil Snow '06, Stephanie Cavill and Molly Baxter were featured.

Reporter Lauren Rosenburg enjoyed the Renaissance Institute’s August 9 Open House and wrote about it in the Baltimore Messenger.

In a companion piece, Ms. Rosenburg profiled longtime Renaissance Institute instructors Sidney Leibovitz and Gregory Halpin.

The Catholic Review recently profiled Ruth Bertuzzi ’00 M ’10, winner of the national DAISY award for exceptional care in nursing