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Tower Talk January 2012


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Gala to celebrate President Seurkamp Back to Top

Save the date! The Blue and White Ball will be held Saturday, March 31, 2012 to celebrate Mary Pat Seurkamp’s 15 years as president of Notre Dame. Details can be found here. Gather your classmates and plan to reserve a table--this is an event you won’t want to miss.

In addition to the Blue and White Ball, the University is planning several recognition events during this, her final semester. The entire Notre Dame community—faculty, staff, students and graduates—will be invited to a campus picnic to celebrate President Seurkamp on Friday, May 4. Keep your fingers crossed for great weather, and we’ll end the evening with our long-awaited fireworks for a truly memorable evening for Mary Pat – and for Notre Dame! Stay tuned for more details in upcoming issues of Tower Talk.


Presidential candidates announced Back to Top

Three finalists have been selected for the position of president of Notre Dame of Maryland University: Dr. Beth E. Barnett, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ramapo College of New Jersey: Dr. James F. Conneely, Associate Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs, Eastern Kentucky University: and Dr. Suzanne K. Mellon, Executive Vice President, Saint Anselm College.

The announcement was made January 25 by the Honorable Irene Keeley ’65, chair of the Presidential Search Committee, and comes following a comprehensive nationwide search and more than three months of review, discussion and interviews.

As the Search Committee enters the final phase of the recruitment process, the finalists have been invited to campus for a series of open forums with students, alumnae and alumni, faculty and staff, and other members of the Notre Dame community. An integral part of the interview and selection process, the visits provide an opportunity for you to learn more about the candidates, and for them to become better acquainted with our vibrant community. As graduates of Notre Dame, your participation is invaluable. Please mark your calendar and plan to meet the candidates for the 12th presidency at these forums, scheduled from 3:30-4:30 p.m, Knott Auditorium, followed by an informal reception from 4:30-5:30 p.m., in Knott Foyer on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 8 Dr. Suzanne K. Mellon
Friday, February 10 Dr. Beth E. Barnett
Monday, February 13 Dr. James F. Conneely

To ensure sufficient parking and seating arrangements, please RSVP to Faith Towner at 410-532-5542 or ftowner@ndm.edu

Additional information about the presidential search process and a list of the Search Committee members is available online.

At Notre Dame, we value our community and honor inclusivity. We welcome your comments.

We look forward to your participation in these forums and hope you will take part in helping to shape the next chapter in Notre Dame’s proud history.


Notre Dame reunites with Japanese alumnae Back to Top

In December, President Seurkamp and Sr. Miriam Jansen traveled to Japan to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our sister school, Kyoto Notre Dame University. They especially enjoyed visiting alumnae and friends in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. Sister Miriam Jansen, recently retired, was the guiding force of Notre Dame's international program for more than 18 years. She has displayed an unyielding commitment to education as a means to unite our global community. During tenure, Sister Miriam was blessed to share her love and appreciation of the Japanese culture with more than 150 students from Japan. In honor of Sr. Miriam, we invite all graduates and friends to join in establishing a Japanese Tranquility Garden—a quiet, contemplative space on the Notre Dame campus graced with Japanese cherry trees, a rock garden and seating. The natural beauty of our campus will be enhanced by the serenity and tranquility of this simple Japanese-style garden. Please share in this effort with a gift inspired by your time at Notre Dame of Maryland.


Godspell performances in memory of Julie Kline Rybczynski ’99 Back to Top

February 24, 25, 26, March 2, 3, 4; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. LeClerc Auditorium

The School of Arts and Sciences' drama program presents the musical Godspell, by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak. A series of parables based primarily on the Gospel of Matthew, Godspell also features musical numbers such as the 1970s hit “Day by Day.”

Saturday, February 25 will be a special family performance dedicated to the memory of Notre Dame alumna, the late Julie Kline Rybczynski ’99, with proceeds benefitting the Julie Kline Rybczynski Fund for the Arts.

Tickets: $8 students; $18 general admission. Saturday, February 25: $25 for a family of 4; $5 for each additional child. For more information, contact Gene Farrington at 410-532-5518 or gfarrington@ndm.edu.


St. John’s Bible on display Back to Top

Saturday, February 18, Loyola/Notre Dame Library

The beautiful illuminated manuscript pages of the St. John’s Bible will be on display in a permanent installation open to the public. The Saint John’s Bible is a magnificent work of art. This handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible is the first created in more than 500 years. The limited-edition reproduction faithfully reflects the original work, which is handwritten and illuminated on calfskin vellum using quills, hand-ground pigments, natural inks and 24-carat gold leaf gild. Although created with traditional techniques, the Saint John’s Bible is a contemporary work—combining ancient scripture and symbolism with contemporary and world images, themes and technological advances. The result is breathtaking and inspirational.

For more information, contact John McGinty at JMcGinty@ndm.edu.


Daily Record networking event on campus Back to Top

Notre Dame is partnering with the Daily Record to host the Path to Excellence program on our campus. Join Maryland’s Top 100 Women and other professional women in our community to discuss important networking topics and build mentoring relationships. More details about the panelists and registration will appear in the next Tower Talk.

Wednesday, March 14
Knott Lobby and Auditorium
Reception 5 to 6 p.m. Panel Discussion 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Tickets $25


Notable graduates – Dr. E. Catherine Dunn Back to Top

Many distinguished women and men have called Notre Dame their alma mater. Today we note with sadness the passing of one such graduate-Dr. E. Catherine Dunn who passed away on January 7.

Catherine received her B.A. in English at Notre Dame in 1938. She received both her master’s and doctorate degrees in English at the Catholic University of America. Catherine emerged with her doctorate at a time when the academic community was almost exclusively male. She was able to break the "glass ceiling " that existed in Shakespeare and Medieval studies at that time. Because the GI Bill after WWII allowed so many vets to return to college, her teaching skills were needed to help cover literature classes at CUA, and once there, she moved through the ranks, eventually becoming the department chair. She enjoyed a 35 year career at CUA.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at Notre Dame of Maryland University Marikle Chapel on March 10th at 11 am when she is returned to Baltimore for burial with her parents at New Cathedral cemetery. All who knew her are welcome to attend the Mass.


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, and there are still openings for class representatives.

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


Remember your 100 Nights? Back to Top

The Class of 2012’s 100 Nights celebration will be held in February 2012. We are seeking donations for the University’s first graduating class to help defray the costs of the dinner and social events for the evening. If you would like to donate, please send a check made payable to Notre Dame of Maryland University to:

Class of 2012 c/o Erin Foley, Director of Athletics
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Thank you in advance for your support of the Class of 2012.


Seeking teacher/education ambassadors Back to Top

Over the years, Notre Dame has produced scores of accomplished teachers who change lives every day. Are you currently teaching or are you an educational administrator? Let us know where, what subjects and how to reach you. We want to make sure you are invited to special events hosted by the School of Education and the alumnae and alumni association. Send your info to ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Discover your next career Back to Top

Maryland Career Consortium Career Fair (MCCCF)
Wednesday, February 15
10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Reitz Arena, Andrew White Student Center,
Loyola University Maryland

The MCCCF is one of the largest annual career fairs in the region. Representatives from 14 Maryland colleges and universities, representing thousands of students and alumni, organize the MCCF. In 2011, more than 2,000 students from 76 colleges and universities attended the event.

ACE encourages all graduates and students of Notre Dame of Maryland University to take part in the MCCCF. Fortunately for the Notre Dame community, MCCCF 2012 is being held right next door at Loyola University Maryland.

Complete your online registration at marylandcareerconsortium.org. Under the Student Information section of this link, you will find directions, attending employers, career fair information and resume preparation tips. Watch for upcoming announcements on a series of workshops being held at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library during the week leading up to the MCCF. These workshops will help you perfect your networking skills and polish your professional image. The workshops are open to students and graduates alike from all participating colleges and universities. ACE welcomes your questions about the MCCCF.

As always, ACE is at the disposal of students and graduates as a resource for career guidance, interview coaching, résumé building and revising, and job/internship searching. Make your appointment today.


From your house to Noyes House Back to Top

Do you think your style fits that of Noyes House? Consider providing our family with your family heirloom. Noyes House is looking for a traditional dining room table and comfortable dining room chairs that are in good condition. If you have a set that you think we might be interested in, please contact Lesia Green at 410-532-5177 or lgreen@ndm.edu.


Drive with pride: NMDU license plates Back to Top

Order your NDMU license tag for only $40. In addition to showing your NDMU pride, every purchase of a Notre Dame of Maryland University license plate supports the University, with proceeds benefitting the NDMU annual fund. In addition, tag sales count as donations, which boost the University's academic rankings. Visit here for more information.


Spring break 2012: Destination China Back to Top


In memoriam Back to Top

Mary Bernarde Auth, SSND ’54
Diane Banes Boulay ’87
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Manley Brohawn ’45
William "Bill" A. Coccagna
Rev. Thomas "Tom" Composto
Nancy Callahan Corcoran W’89
Jay Anthony Damon M’05
Jori Anne Ferris Daw ’81
Rosamond Dyer Einstein ’39
Mildred Anne Farrell ’47
Cindy Feldstein W’99
Mary Angela Lacy Fetting ’49
Helen Hoffmeister Fingles ’50
Margaret "Marge" Barbernitz Friend ’49
Elizabeth "Betty" Crawford Grabarek ’46
Maureen Agnes Shanahan Hallett ’39
Linda F. Harner W’88
Mary Lee Haskins ’44
Margaret "Marge" Doyle Hennessy ’47
Mary "McDee" McDermott Hewitt ’41
Julia "Julie" Albert Hoffler ’46
Suzanne Marie Honeycutt W’95
Marilene Hudson, SSND ’65
Anne Pfeil Johnson ’47
Virginia Horn Johnson ’43
Mr. and Robert A. Jones
Mary Aurea Kimball, SSND ’59
Jayne Kelleher Koelberd ’47
Patricia "Pat" Elly Kramer ’49
Anne Kurzenski, SSND ’58
Evelyn Elaine Thomas Labode ’62
Thomas "Tom" Ladon
Mary Zetta LaVallee, SSND ’62
Nancy Buseman Leahy ’54
Stella Marko, SSND ’66
Mary Sue Plunkett McGuire ’49
Marylee Frantz McShane ’60
John Moag W’83
Mary De Lourdes Monaghan, SSND ’70
Jane Nixon M’08
Cornelia "Connie" Creel O'Neill ’48
Frances Evans Page ’39
Mary Madonna Pjura, SSND ’60
Mary Pressler W’89
Rosalie Quinn, SSND ’38
Mary Catherine Scally-Robertson ’60
Maria Armstrong Schreyer ’63
Mary Margaret Sterling ’47
Sharlene Parthree Thompson W’82
Aretha White ’91
Mary Zachary Graves
Tammy Jo Dell Bynaker W’93
Helen Elizabeth "Betty" Burgard C’82
Anne Barry Downey ’47
Mary Martha Geipe ’54
Kathleen McCourt Pugh ’46
Frances Cummings Sweeney ’52
Virginia Field Hartley ’51


In the news Back to Top

The Notre Dame of Maryland University campus greeted the New Year with a case of Raven’s fever. Both Gibbons and Fourier were bathed in the purple glow as the hometown team prepared for the playoffs. 

Professor Geoff Delanoy’s striking photographs of California’s Point Reyes National Seashore were recently exhibited at the Montpelier Arts Center and reviewed in the Prince George’s Sentinel

James Mitchell, Notre Dame’s executive director of operations, stopped by the studios of WMAR’s “Teen Perspectives” show to offer viewers tips on campus safety. 

Betty H. Kansler, coordinator of the M.A. in gifted and talented education program in our School of Education, recently weighed in on the importance of training teachers for gifted and talented students.

Notre Dame of Maryland University introduced a B.A. in industrial and organizational psychology—a growing field that explores workplace issues at both the individual and organizational levels. 

April Altamira '08 recently departed for Guatemala to begin her Peace Corps service

The Catholic Review talked to alumna Marie Prosser M'08 as she prepared to travel to Addis Ababa as a Salesian volunteer. 

The Sun ran a feature on Notre Dame's unique pastoral Spanish program, which provides Spanish language and culture training to professionals and volunteers who serve the region's Hispanic community. 

Marking National Education Week, The Sun spoke with Chris Leavens and Nate Dippold, teachers at Immaculate Heart of Mary School and participants in Notre Dame's Operation TEACH program.

Old Mill High School art teacher, Jennifer Petrin Johannes M'02, 2010 MD Art Teacher of the Year recipient, told B reporter Laura Lefavor about her likes and dislikes in this fun profile. 

The Sun reporter Liz Bowie spoke to Maryland Teacher of the Year Joshua Parker M'10 about connecting with students in the classroom. 

The Reading Eagle profiled alumna Danelle Ciervo Parisi'81, a science and social studies teacher for sixth, seventh and eighth grades at Sacred Heart School in Reading, Penn. 

The Afro-American wrote about how Lorna Hanley M'06 is changing lives as principal of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. 

Kindergarten teacher Dawn Reichle '10 was profiled in the Greenbelt News Review .

You can read these stories and access the latest news about Notre Dame by visiting our online newsroom. Also follow us on Twitter @NotreDameofMd and on Facebook.