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NDMU Announces the 12th President Back to Top

On February 16th, the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame of Maryland University unanimously selected James F. Conneely, Ph.D. to serve as the 12th president of the institution. He is the first man and only second layperson to serve in the position during Notre Dame’s 117-year history. Dr. Conneely, 55, currently holds the position of associate provost and vice president of student affairs at Eastern Kentucky University and he will succeed Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., the first permanent layperson to lead Notre Dame, when she retires on June 30, 2012 following her highly successful 15-year tenure. Please visit ndm.edu to learn more about Dr. Conneely and to view photos of the February 16th announcement and celebratory events.


Join Us at the Blue and White Ball to Celebrate President Seurkamp Back to Top

Save the date!

The Blue and White Ball will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 to celebrate Mary Pat Seurkamp’s tenure and success as president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Gather your classmates and plan to reserve a table--this is an event you won’t want to miss. Details can be found here.


Love the New ‘U’ Announces Winning Decade Back to Top

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Women’s College graduates remain connected to the people, experiences and community of Notre Dame of Maryland for a lifetime. In recognition of our transition to University, and to celebrate the special place Notre Dame holds in the hearts of its graduates, all Women’s College alumnae were invited to ‘show their love’ by participating in the Love the New 'U’ Decade Challenge.

This school spirit event ran through the month of February 2012.

Congratulations to First place winners: 1990s!
2nd place: 1960s 
3rd place: 2000s 
4th place: 1970s 
5th place: 1980s 
6th place: 1950s

Thank you to all those who have participated in the Decade Challenge. 

Throughout the contest, Women's College Alumnae also shared many wonderful photos and comments that can be viewed in the  Love the New 'U' album on Facebook.


The Daily Record Networking Event on Campus Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University proudly joins with The Daily Record on Wednesday, March 14th to host the Path to Excellence program on our North Charles Street campus. The evening will highlight the importance of building and fostering mentoring relationships as discussed by several of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and other prominent professional Baltimore women.

The evening begins with a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception, followed by the panel discussion entitled "Mentors, Coaches and Sponsors--Your Support Team." Mary Pat Seurkamp, president of Notre Dame of Maryland University, as well as P.J. Mitchell '69, former vice president for IBM Global Sales and Operations, will share their thoughts and experiences along with:

- Shelonda Stokes, president/CEO of greiBo Media
- Gayle Economos, owner/president, GVE Media/Public Relations LLC
- Natalie Villabon-Martz, Vice President Clemons and Associates
- Martina Martin, chief administrative officer, United Way of Central Maryland

The panel discussion will be moderated by Luwanda Jenkins from the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs.

Wednesday, March 14
Knott Lobby and Auditorium
Reception 5 to 6 p.m.
Panel Discussion 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $25
Contact Myesha Phillips, 443-524-8100 or Myesha.Phillips@TheDailyRecord.com to register.


WOW – Women of the World Festival and Concert Back to Top

March 2-4, 2012
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

In keeping with our pioneering tradition of educating and empowering women, Notre Dame of Maryland University is proud to be a sponsor of the first U.S. Women of the World Festival. Presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, this three-day festival for and about women features expert insight and lively discussion on subjects of concern to women, including education, careers, motherhood, health, arts and culture.

We are delighted that many Notre Dame women (faculty members, alumnae and staff) have been invited to be a part of the festival as presenters, panelists and mentors including:

• President Mary Pat Seurkamp
• Kathleen Feeley, SSND
• Heidi Roller
• Theresa Cannone
• Dr. Maria Mouratidis
• PJ Mitchell ’69
• Mia Redrick ’92
• Maria Fuster ’94
• Lorna Hanley M’06
• La Vida Cooper ’03

WOW Concert: An evening of storytelling, music & dance
Featuring Mary Chapin Carpenter
Hosted by Rain Pryor With Maria Broom, Dance & Bmore, Baltimore City College Choir, Lea Gilmore and a collaboration of Baltimore's premiere dance companies

In addition to the panels and discussions occurring Friday through Sunday, the evening of Saturday, March 3rd will include a night of inspiring music, dance and spoken word with stories that celebrate the life, love and spirit of women. Mary Chapin Carpenter (in trio) performs an intimate 'storytellers' set with vocal, guitars and piano. From folk to funk, drama to comedy, this showcase also features a host of phenomenal artists including Rain Pryor, Maria Broom, Dance & Bmore, Baltimore City College Choir, Stoop Storytelling, Lea Gilmore and a Soulful Celebration of Baltimore's premier dance companies.

Exclusive Discount for Notre Dame of Maryland University Affiliates
As a valued partner and sponsor of the first WOW-Women of the World-Baltimore Festival, Notre Dame employees and affiliates are eligible to receive an exclusive discount to the WOW Celebration Concert on Saturday, March 3 at 8 pm, at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

To access your discount:
• Go to www.bsomusic.org
• On the homepage, scroll down and click the Login button
• If you already have an account with us
• Type in your E-mail Address, Password, and NDMU in the Promo Code field. Click the    Login button. This will take you to the WOW Concert event page. 
• If you don’t already have an account with us 
         o Type NDMU in the Promo Code field. 
         o Under Create an Account, click create one now. 
         o Please complete the form and click Create an Account. This will take you to                 the Promotional Events: Corporate Partners page. 
• To access your discount, select a concert, and the prices displayed will reflect the discounted ticket price. 

Quantities are limited, so purchase tickets early!
Please Note: This offer is only available online and only applies to the Saturday evening WOW Concert, March 3, 2012.

Join WOW-Baltimore for a night of entertainment that will move your heart and soul. And don’t forget to come early and experience all that WOW-Women of the World-Baltimore has to offer. Daytime festival activities begin at 10 a.m. at and around the Meyerhoff for just $10/day!
Learn more at www.WOWbaltimore.org


Phonathon Back to Top

The spring semester phonathon has started with great momentum. When speaking with the student representative, please remember that your gift to Notre Dame of Maryland will not only increase the value of your own degree, but it also provides current students (such as the one calling you) with financial and academic support. Ranking Sources such as US News and World Reports place great weight on graduates' giving levels.


Notable Graduates – Kathleen Ford ’66 Back to Top

Kathleen Ford’s short story “Man on the Run” was recently selected by Otto Penzler for Best American Mystery Stories 2012.

Set in Ithaca, New York, “Man on the Run” tells the tale of two old ladies and their long-lost niece who is running away from an abusive boyfriend. The story shows how, even after a lifetime of fear, a person can be surprised by her own courage.

Kathleen has published over 40 stories and her work has appeared in Yankee, Redbook, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's World, and in quarterly magazines such as Southern Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, North American Review, and Sewanee Review, among others. Two of her stories won PEN Awards for Syndicated Fiction and another story was published in the Irish American anthology Cabbage and Bones (Henry Holt, 1997). Her first novel was published by St. Martin's Press. Kathleen, the recipient of a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award for 2011, lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where she teaches adult ESL. She is currently writing stories about Irish maids and the soldiers of World War I and is also completing a novel about the Great War.

Congratulations to Kathleen!


Countdown to Reunion 2012 Back to Top

Mark your calendar for Reunion 2012: September 21-23. We are celebrating with graduates from class years ending in two and seven, with openings still available for class representatives.

If interested in helping to plan the celebration for your class, please contact the office of alumnae relations at 410-532-5542 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Nominate a Graduate Back to Top

Help the Alumnae and Alumni Association recognize the achievements of graduates from all programs by nominating someone for one of three awards. While striving for intellectual and professional excellence, nominees must also demonstrate the true meaning of Notre Dame’s mission through their personal and professional accomplishments, serve the greater community and promote social responsibility.

How do you nominate? Email ndmalum@ndm.edu with the contact information of the nominee and a paragraph specifying for which award you are nominating them and why. The nomination period ends on June 11, 2012.

Elizabeth P. Hoisington '40 Distinguished Alumna Award
This award is presented to a graduate who, through achievements in career and/or community service, embodies the principles of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Eligible alumnae must have graduated no fewer than five years ago, hold achievements in her career and/or community and have demonstrated loyalty to the University.

Service to Society Award
This award is presented to a graduate who best exemplifies the ideals of Notre Dame of Maryland by creating positive and effective social change in the community, nation or world. All graduates are eligible.

Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
This award is presented to a graduate who has exhibited outstanding professional achievement and/or contributions to community life in ten years or less since graduation. The recipient must also have demonstrated loyalty to the University.


Calling all Educators – Save the Date Back to Top

On April 17, 2012, Notre Dame of Maryland University will welcome Ian Jukes in conjunction with the School of Education Speaker Series. That evening at 7 p.m., Jukes, a noted educational consultant, will present “Understanding the Digital Generation.” Please save this date and plan to arrive at 6 p.m. to take part in our alumnae wine and cheese reception. Further details will be released soon. Please contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu with questions you might have.


Calling all Philosophy Majors – Save the Date Back to Top

The Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy will hold their spring conference at Notre Dame of Maryland University on April 27 and 28, 2012. Donna Dale Marcano, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Trinity College, will be Saturday’s keynote speaker with her presentation of “Whiteness and Women of Color in Feminist Theory or Considerations of Race and Sex Analogies in Contemporary Feminism.”

Dr. Marcano is known for bringing the insights of Black feminism and African-American philosophy to a wider audience and regularly teaches courses on existentialism, African-American feminism and human rights. Please contact Dr. Maeve O’Donovan, modonovan@ndm.edu for additional information regarding this event.


Drive with Pride: NMDU license plates Back to Top


The Notre Dame of Maryland University license place, a $40 purchase, supports the University with proceeds benefitting the NDMU Annual Fund. Tag sales also count as donations, boosting the University's academic rankings. Visit here for more information.


Spring break 2012: Destination China Back to Top


England, Wales and Ireland: May 28 through June 8, 2012 Back to Top

During this 10 day excursion you will learn about the world’s oldest national health care system, which also remains a leader in health promotion and preventative medicine. Cost is $3,750 and is inclusive of all but meals (breakfast is included) and gratuities. A side trip of Irish nightlife spots can be added for an additional $69.

E-mail bfriend@ndm.edu for more information. All students, alumnae, and friends are welcome.


In Memoriam Back to Top

Susan Aumick W'85 
Jane Burke, SSND '74
E. Catherine Dunn '38
Kathleen A. May '81
Robin Lee Miller W’98
Bernadette T. Feeley Rouse '88


In the News Back to Top

President Mary Pat Seurkamp is featured in the “Big Fish” Q&A section of the Baltimore Fishbowl blog, reflecting on education, inspiration and her favorite local charities. 

The Fishbowl reports on President Seurkamp’s role among the many distinguished speakers at the U.S.’s first Women of the World (WOW) conference. 

President Seurkamp was named by The Daily Record as one of the Most Influential Marylanders in recognition of her achievements in higher education. 

The Baltimore Sun’s Education Special Section on February 12 included a profile of Notre Dame’s successful Fulbright Program, as well as our specialized majors in environmental sustainability and non-profit management.

The New Straits Times of Malaysia caught up with alumna Lauren Parsons, as she embarked on her experience as an English teacher through the Fulbright Program. 

Paula Simon of the School of Education shared the views of many in a recent Sun op-ed called “The Problem with ‘No Problem.’” 

Notre Dame students, joined by President Seurkamp, were among hundreds who rallied in Annapolis in support of higher education

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