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Tower Talk August 2013


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Notre Dame Announces New President Back to Top

dr coleyIn August, Notre Dame’s thirteenth president was announced: Joan Develin Coley, Ph.D., President emerita of McDaniel College.

Dr. Coley comes to Notre Dame with a long record of service and success at McDaniel College, where she began in 1973 as a professor of education, a field in which she is a noted expert on reading and reading disabilities. During her nearly four decades at McDaniel she served as a department chair, Dean of Graduate Affairs, Provost and President — the first to be appointed from McDaniel’s faculty ranks. During her presidency, from 2000 to 2010, Dr. Coley successfully transitioned what was then known as Western Maryland College through a comprehensive name change and repositioning, and led the most successful fundraising campaign in the College’s history, exceeding the goal and raising $77 million. (To read more about Dr. Coley, please visit the Newsroom.)

Dr. Coley assumed her new role at Notre Dame on August 12. She will serve as President for one year while a search is conducted for the next permanent president of the institution. Her appointment follows the resignation of President James F. Conneely, who cited family reasons in submitting his resignation.

The Notre Dame Board of Trustees named the Honorable Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman as chair of the Search Committee charged with identifying and selecting the next permanent President of Notre Dame. Judge Friedman is a member of the Notre Dame class of 1962, former Chair of the Board of Trustees and a retired judge of the Baltimore City Circuit Court.


Reunion 2013 Countdown: Less than a Month to Go! Back to Top

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Reunion Weekend is approaching quickly! The celebration takes place Friday, September 20, to Sunday, September 22. We can’t wait to see our alums back on campus!

The weekend is packed with traditional events, new activities and plenty of time for catching up. You won’t want to miss:

  • Gathering with friends and family at the Maryland Crab Feast.
  • Dining and dancing the night away at the Evening Celebration to the sounds of New Monopoly.
  • Catching up with favorite faculty members at Classes without Quizzes and the Alumnae/Alumni with Faculty Happy Hour.
  • Reuniting with classmates and honoring alumnae achievements at the Reunion Reception and Luncheon.
  • Cheering on your classmates — or taking the field yourself! — at the Alumnae vs. Students Soccer Game.
  • Touring the new buildings: G. Avery Bunting Hall, home to the School of Pharmacy; the new university academic building; the new Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program, named for the legendary Dr. Mildred Otenasek ’36; and the newly acquired President’s Residence in Homeland.
  • Celebrating a community Remembrance Mass with the SSNDs, followed by the Farewell Jazz Brunch, with live music by the Montebello Jazz Group.

Click here to register.

To find of which friends and classmates are planning to attend, click here to visit the “See Who’s Coming” section of our website.

If you’re coming from out of town, be sure to book your room as soon as possible to take advantage of the special hotel room block rates. Click here for more details.

Don’t forget to make your Reunion gift. We can’t reveal who the frontrunners are, but the races for highest amount raised and highest participation percentage are close! Be sure to register for the Reunion Luncheon on Saturday, September 21, when the class gift totals will be revealed.

As always, please contact the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu with any questions or concerns about Reunion. We look forward to seeing you in September!


Dance to the Music 2013 Back to Top

dance to the musicJoin Reunion celebrants, faculty and staff for Dance to the Music 2013 on Saturday, September 21. The evening includes dessert, dancing and live music by New Monopoly — back by popular demand from Reunion 2012! Cocktail attire; cash bar. Invite your classmates to join you at this festive community event!

Dance to the Music 2013
September 21, 2013
8:30 p.m. to midnight
MBK Gymnasium
$35 per person – register by 9/6/13
Click here to register.


Power Hour Plus Networking Series Kicks Off Back to Top

Power HourIn this dynamic job market, it’s important to stand out. To help Notre Dame graduates achieve career success, the Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association has created the Power Hour Plus series — networking events, just-for-fun activities and professional and personal development workshops conducted by engaging, knowledgeable speakers. Events are offered in the evening and on weekends throughout the academic year. Click here for more information.


Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition Back to Top

nicholas loreAre you looking for guidance on how to move your career to the next level, return to the workforce after some time away or retool for a new field? Join us for Make Your Move, a workshop on career transition.

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Lore, career coach and author of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success and Now What? A Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career. A noted career coach and founder of the Rockport Institute, Mr. Lore has been personally commended for excellence by two U.S. presidents.

Panel discussion, moderated by Edie Donohue Ph.D. ’60, co-author of Life after Layoff, and featuring:

Guided session with career personality assessment tool Compass Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone, and you will be guided through the use of Compass, an exciting new assessment tool that offers a fun, visual approach to revealing your unique career personality type.

 A wine and cheese networking reception will conclude the event.

Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition
Saturday, October 12, 2013 
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Click here to register.

$20. $15 for current NDMU students. Free for members of NDMU's Montrose and Meletia societies and Women’s College students in the First Impressions program. Click here for more information about the Montrose and Meletia societies.


Path to Excellence Back to Top

Every year, professional women of a variety of backgrounds and fields attend The Daily Record’s Path to Excellence to network, share best practices and create mentoring relationships. Panelists and speakers include outstanding women who have been honored in the newspaper’s Top 100 list; they’ll share how they’ve overcome challenges to achieve career success, how they’ve worked to balance personal and professional life and more. Notre Dame is a sponsor of this year’s event. More details to be announced soon; click here to check the Alumnae and Alumni website for updates.

Wednesday, October 23 
Topic: Career Transitions: Stories and Advice from Successful Women who Took the Leap
5 – 6 p.m. Cocktail reception, Knott Lobby
6 – 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion, Knott Auditorium

Tickets $25 (plus tax)

To register, contact Clare Sheehan at clare.sheehan@thedailyrecord.com or 443-524-8100.


Power Hour Plus – NYC Bus Trip Back to Top

nyc bus tripNew York, New York! Join fellow Notre Dame graduates and the Networking Committee for a day trip to the Big Apple. We’ll travel on a comfortable coach bus, and each alum can bring up to two guests, 16 years of age or older. Attendees can spend the day as they choose; in the evening, all are invited to gather with New York-based Notre Dame alums for a reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Space is limited —register early!

New York City Bus Trip with Notre Dame Alums and Friends 
Saturday, November 2, 2013
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
$60 per person (includes a $5 donation to The Notre Dame Fund)
Click here to register.


CE Chapter Fall Event, Featuring Maryland Author Erika Robuck Back to Top

erika robuckJoin us on November 20 for a Jazz Age-themed literary evening with Maryland writer Erika Robuck! Ms. Robuck is the author of the historical novels Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl, Receive Me Falling and Fallen Beauty, forthcoming in spring 2014. On November 20, she will join us in Doyle Formal Lounge to read from her work, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books, which will be for sale that evening.

The evening is hosted by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association, which hosts cultural events on campus that are open to the Notre Dame community and the public. Past speakers have included Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice McDermott, noted Baltimore Sun reporter Susan Reimer, and Notre Dame’s own Sr. Kathleen Feeley.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 
5:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge
Registration details forthcoming in the next issue of Tower Talk.


Oak Crest Gathering Back to Top

oakcrest dilworth coleyOn Thursday, August 22, alums and friends of Notre Dame gathered at Oak Crest retirement community in Baltimore County for a delightful lunch with President Coley. The first group of Notre Dame graduates to meet Dr. Coley, the alums gave our new president a warm and spirited welcome as they shared memories and stories of their time at Notre Dame.

The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations hosts gatherings of alums living at area retirement communities every year. To make sure you’re on our list of retirement home residents, please contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Move-In Day Back to Top

Alums, students, faculty and staff turned out on Saturday, August 24, to welcome new resident students to Notre Dame. Members of the Alumnae and Alumni Association — including President Missy Evans-Moreland ’84, Roxine Phillips W’96, Elizabeth Brescia M’12, and Toyah Nastanovich ’94 — warmly greeted first-year and transfer students and their families as they moved in to Doyle Hall. They handed out a special gift to these future Notre Dame alums: a color-changing cup printed with “Welcome from the Alumnae and Alumni Association.” Click here to see more photos from Move-In Day.

move-in day


Class Notes Back to Top

Latease Lashley ’01, M’06, received a 2013 Excellence Award from the National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) for her work at Baltimore City Community College, where she is an adjunct professor. She was also recently received the Best Media Member award from the Fashion Awards Maryland, for her media coverage of the fashion industry in print, TV and broadcast.

Michelle Hoppe '97, M'01, founder of Noah's Ark Academic Tutoring, Inc., celebrated the 16th anniversary of offering tutoring services to students from a variety of educational backgrounds.

Donna-Dale Marcano C’94, associate professor of philosophy at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, was named director of the college’s Human Rights Program.


Benefits for Alums: Discounted Space Rentals on Campus Back to Top

Looking for a place to hold a meeting, party, family reunion, baby shower or even a wedding? Notre Dame has many beautiful locations for your event, and as a graduate you get a special lower rate! There is a $200 discount for rental of the beautifully renovated Marikle Chapel. All other space is rented to alumnae at a 20 percent discount, including the historic living room, dining room and parlor in Noyes Alumnae House.

For more information about reserving space for your next event, contact Kara Yendell at kyendell@ndm.edu or 410-532-5732.


Use the Notre Dame Network to Find Your Next Career Opportunity Back to Top

facebook linked inAre you hunting for a new job, making a career change or seeking to expand your professional network? Join the Notre Dame alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow NDMU alums in your field of interest. “Like” the Notre Dame Alumnae and Alumni Association page on Facebook to connect with fellow alums and stay up-to-date on university events and activities.


Leadership in Action: Coached Leadership Practicum Back to Top

The Department of Business and Economics announces an exciting new course—Leadership in Action: Coached Leadership Practicum—for graduate students in our Leadership and Management and Nonprofit Management programs. We are actively recruiting professionals like you from the business community to volunteer as coaches to our best and brightest.

This new program strengthens and differentiates our distinguished graduate business programs by offering our students one-on-one coaching that will enable them to lead a project that supports or advances their workplace or community. In addition, it will enable you—as a trained coach—to benefit from professionally-designed and delivered coach training that can help you move your own career forward.

We are seeking coaches from a variety of backgrounds, and strongly believe that the experience will be life-changing for you as well as for our students.

For full consideration, please complete the application form by the deadline of October 1, 2103. For questions or more information, contact Program Director John Pollard at JPollard@ndm.edu or 410-532-5596.


Join the Alumnae Admissions Network! Back to Top

The Alumnae Admissions Network (AAN) is re-launching this fall under the direction of Meridith Walsh ’10, assistant director for Women’s College admissions and coordinator of AAN. Meridith is looking forward to meeting new alums while also reconnecting with those who have so graciously assisted Notre Dame in the past, from visiting high school or college fairs to calling prospective students to sending a welcoming email. The formal kick-off of the AAN program will take place during Reunion Weekend, September 20 to 22.

Coming soon is an all-new AAN website! It will be a central location where you can share your contact information, stay up-to-date on admissions events and learn about volunteer opportunities that might be in your neck of the woods. In the meantime, if you’re interested in being part of AAN, please contact Meridith at mwalsh1@ndm.edu. She will be in touch with all alumnae and alumni this fall to welcome you to the Network and share the ways in which you can share your Notre Dame of Maryland spirit!


Networking Committee Back to Top

The Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and other fields. The group plans professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the Power Hour Plus networking series, which kicks off its second year this fall. For more information, see the Power Hour Plus article in this issue of Tower Talk.

If you’d like to join this dynamic committee of professionals and plan networking events to benefit other Notre Dame alums, let us know! The next meeting is Wednesday, October 2, at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to let us know you’re coming, contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5201.


First Impressions Committee Back to Top

Do you have professional experience and knowledge that could benefit a current Notre Dame undergraduate as she prepares to enter the workforce? Consider supporting the First Impressions program, which provides students in the Women's College with the skills — interview techniques, resume-writing, dining etiquette — to help them make a strong first impression.

This year’s program kicks off on October 17 with a personal brand-building workshop led by WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky, known as The Voice of the Ravens. Other events planned for this year include the professional dress fashion show at Macy’s on November 25, a resume writing workshop on February 11, and the annual Etiquette Dinner on March 25.

The First Impressions Committee is made up of Notre Dame graduates, faculty and staff members who support the program in several ways:

  • Reviewing resumes
  • Conducting mock interviews
  • Sharing internship opportunities at their places of work
  • Serving on the committee and planning workshops and events
  • Preparing and serving food at the Etiquette Dinner
  • Suggesting professional association events for Notre Dame students to attend — and perhaps taking a student as a guest!

If you’re interested in joining this committee or working with students, please contact the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5201.

first impressions


The Montrose Society: Create your Legacy Back to Top

What is the Montrose Society? 
The name “Montrose” 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, “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. In 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.

Click here to learn more about legacy giving.


Answer the Call: Support The Notre Dame Fund Back to Top

Our campus is buzzing with activity as our students and faculty start a new semester. Our student calling crew is preparing to contact alumnae and alumni for the annual Phonathon. These future alumnae look forward to speaking with YOU this fall — and to receiving your pledge of support to The Notre Dame Fund. We have many loyal Alumnae donors, and we hope that we can count on your gift again this year.

Your gift really counts! Support The Notre Dame Fund today!

The Notre Dame Fund sustains the people and programs that make Notre Dame of Maryland unique. Whether you graduated 50 years ago or one year ago, you benefitted from the visionary, fearless and transformative experience of a Notre Dame education. The Notre Dame Fund is vital to our ability to remain a fearless institution for today’s students and in the future. It helps to address the many needs that tuition alone cannot — financial aid, technology upgrades, support of student programs and more. Your continued support will ensure that generations of students will join you as proud, fearless ambassadors of Notre Dame of Maryland University!


Host an International Student for Dinner Back to Top

International student dinnerDo you have an interest in world culture? Would you and your family like to meet a student from a different country? Consider hosting an international Notre Dame student at your home for dinner this fall.

Students come to Notre Dame from such far-flung locales as Germany, Brazil, China, Spain and Saudi Arabia. For these students, the transition to a new country can be difficult, especially when they’re also carrying heavy course loads. Sharing a meal with the family of a Notre Dame alum would provide an international student with a wonderful opportunity to experience authentic American culture and feel more at home in his or her new surroundings.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jessica Angell at 410-532-3166 or jangell@ndm.edu.


Otenasek House Wishlist Back to Top

The Morrissy Honors Program at Notre Dame is moving into a new home this fall! The Otenasek House opens for honors classes this semester, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony set for Saturday, September 28, during Family Weekend. The honors program at NDMU is named in honor of Elizabeth Morrissy, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of history, political science and economics at our institution for 40 years. The new honors house will be dedicated as the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program — a fitting tribute to Dr. Mildred “Millie” Otenasek ’36, who passed away last November at the age of 98. Over the course of more than 80 years, Millie was a leader, teacher, benefactor and friend to us all at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

We have a wishlist of items we are still seeking in order to make this honors house a home for our Morrissy students. We are requesting donations for items ranging from a conference table and chairs for the seminar room to Gibson Island chairs for the front porch. If you would like to make a contribution to the Otenasek House, please contact Brent Swinton at 410-532-5556 or bswinton@ndm.edu.


Teachers and Tutors needed for College-bound Program for Latina Girls Back to Top

This September, Leonor Blum, Notre Dame Associate Professor Emerita of History and Political Science, is launching a college-preparatory program for low-income Latina high school students in the Baltimore area. The program will take place at the Esperanza Center, 430 S. Broadway, on Tuesdays and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Emphasis will be placed on reading comprehension, English composition and vocabulary. There will also be sessions on SAT prep, resume writing, financing a college education and the college application and visit process.

We are currently looking for volunteers who can either teach the Tuesday group class or do individual or small-group tutoring on Thursdays. The commitment would be for one day a week, for a maximum of two hours. No knowledge of Spanish is required.

Please contact Leonor Blum at 410-591-0547 (c) or 410-358-4248 (h) or via email at blumle@aol.com to find out more about the program and what you can do to help.


Renaissance Institute fall classes begin September 12 Back to Top

Registration is under way for the Renaissance Institute’s fall classes. RI is NDMU’s life-long learning program for men and women over the age of 50.

Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. There no tests or papers — just learning and the opportunity to enjoy the company of like-minded adults! Offerings range from the humanities and science to yoga, tai chi, chorus and art. Annual tuition is $385 for all the classes you wish to take — or try one semester for $200. Parking included.

Click here to download a catalog and registration form or call 410-532-5351.


Open Doors with the Essential Credential: Degree Programs for Adults Back to Top

Are you missing the essential credential? The degree that opens doors to life’s opportunities? Maybe it’s the bachelor's degree you always meant to finish. Or the master’s degree that could help propel your career forward. It’s time you earned that essential credential — and it starts with an information session the first Thursday of every month at Notre Dame. We’re experts in helping adult learners, both women and men, open doors to careers in business, communications, education, healthcare, humanities and more. Whether you’re looking to complete your bachelor’s degree or to earn a master’s, the essential credential is within your reach.

To learn more, attend a First Thursday information session. Sessions begin at 6 p.m. after a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. Upcoming sessions: September 5 and October 3. Click here to register. Please note that the application fee for College of Adult Undergraduate Studies or College of Graduate Studies is waived for NDMU graduates.


Notre Dame Sweeps ACO Rankings Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University was recognized three times by Affordable Colleges Online for our strong commitment to providing our students with a quality education and a high return on their investment. Affordable Colleges Online ranked the University on its “Roman Catholic Colleges with High Salaries for Graduates,” “Highest Return on Investment Colleges” and “Top Women’s Colleges with High Returns” lists.

  • Tuition prices and the starting salaries of our graduates ranked Notre Dame 10th out of 17 four-year, not-for-profit colleges and universities included on the “Highest Return on Investment Colleges in Maryland” list.
  • The high average starting salary of graduates also placed Notre Dame seventh out of the 36 Roman Catholic colleges considered for the “Roman Catholic Colleges with High Salaries for Graduates” list.
  • Notre Dame ranked third among the women’s colleges ranked on the “Top Women’s Colleges with High Returns” list. The University’s high return on investment placed it above notable women’s colleges such as Smith College, Wellesley College and Bryn Mawr College.

Notre Dame’s high rankings with Affordable Colleges Online confirm the University’s promise to prepare women to become leaders who will transform the world. “We know return on investment and potential income are factors students weigh heavily when selecting the college that is right for them,” said Angela Baumler, Director of Admissions for the NDMU Women’s College. “We are excited to offer our students a highly valuable educational experience that will take them far when they enter the professional world.”

Click here for more information about American Colleges Online.


Spanish Language and Culture Program at Notre Dame Back to Top

Do you work with the Hispanic community at a parish, school, hospital or other pastoral setting? Would learning more about Spanish language and culture help you better serve this growing population? The Spanish Language and Culture program at Notre Dame focuses on conversational Spanish and Hispanic culture, with an emphasis on the history, culture and faith expressions of the diverse Latino population. Afternoon and evening course sessions are being offered on Tuesdays from September 24 through November 26. Click here for more information or contact Linda Stilling, SSND, at 410-532-5306 or email lstilling@ndm.edu.


Send Your Child to A Child’s Place This Fall: Spaces Available for Notre Dame’s Early Learning Program Back to Top

A Child’s Place, Notre Dame’s acclaimed international nursery school and kindergarten, serves 60 children, 3 through 6 years of age, from the U.S. as well as Asia, Africa, Europe and Central and South America. Conveniently located on Notre Dame’s North Baltimore campus, the preschool is licensed by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and offers an MSDE-approved kindergarten program.

A Child’s Place operates Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Children must be 3 years old by September 1 to enter the nursery school/preschool program and 5 years old by September 1 to enroll in the kindergarten program. Click here for applications and additional information.


Notre Dame Common Read 2013: In the Time of the Butterflies Back to Top

in the time of butterfilesJoin the Notre Dame community for this year’s common read, In the Time of the Butterflies. In this historical novel, author Julia Alvarez, a native of the Dominican Republic, chronicles the courage, faith and martyrdom of the Mirabal sisters, las mariposas (the butterflies) and their sole surviving sister during the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship. From Publisher’s Weekly: “Alvarez has fictionalized their story in a narrative that starts slowly but builds to a gripping intensity. As the sisters' energetic fervor turns to anguish, Alvarez conveys their courage and their desperation, and the full import of their tragedy.”

Ms. Alvarez will visit campus on Wednesday, November 6, to discuss her work with the community. More details are forthcoming.


Athletics Newsletter Back to Top

This fall, the Athletics Department has begun publishing a weekly e-newsletter that features athletics team news, scores updates and more. To receive the newsletter and stay up-to-date on the Gators, email Allen Dehority at adehority@ndm.edu.


In memoriam Back to Top

Anne O'Ferrall W'93

Elaine Neubauer Porter '46

Angie Noto Vilardebo '60


In the News Back to Top

Notre Dame’s beloved chaplain, Rev. Robert T. Kennedy, J.D., J.U.D. (affectionately known to all as “Father Bob”), retires after six years of dedicated service. 

James Conneely announces resignation from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Read more from the articles in the Catholic Review and Baltimore Sun and on WBAL.

PJ Mitchell ’69 writes about women’s colleges in the Baltimore Sun.