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Tower Talk January 2013


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Join us for the Presidential Inauguration of James F. Conneely, Ph.D. Back to Top

Dr. James F. Conneely officially began his tenure as the twelfth president of Notre Dame of Maryland University in July 2012. In April we celebrate with a week of events and activities, including the not-to-be-missed Inauguration Ceremony and Inaugural Ball on Friday, April 5. Please mark your calendars and plan to join us in celebrating Dr. Conneely! More details and registration information will be available next month.

In the news - Check out Dr. Conneely's recent letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education: 

There Remains a Place for Women’s Colleges

“We will not waiver in our belief in the value of single-sex education for young women,” writes Dr. Conneely in a passionate letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education.


April 4
April 5
April 6
April 7
April 10
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Inauguration Mass
Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation
11:30 a.m.
Inauguration procession begins
From Gibbons Hall to Le Clerc Hall
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Open House Picnic President’s House
Day of Service
MBK Gymnasium
5:30 p.m. 
Alice McDermott Reception and Dinner - $35
Doyle Formal 
7:30 p.m.
HBO’s Def Poetry Jam
Knott Auditorium
1:30 to 3 p.m.
Inauguration Reception/Luncheon
MBK Gymnasium
4 to 6 p.m.
National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition
Gormley Art Gallery, Fourier Hall
   7 p.m. 
Alice McDermott Lecture and Book Signing 
Doyle Formal
  2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Campus and Faculty/Student Scholarship Showcase
Locations across campus
7 p.m.
Classical to Jazz – Gala Evening Musical Performance and Reception
Le Clerc Auditorium
  7 p.m.
Inaugural Ball 2013: A Community Celebration of NDMU’s 12th President featuring live music by New Monopoly
MBK Gymnasium

Power Hour Plus – Networking Naturally with Ginny Robertson Back to Top

Learn how to turn your next cocktail party into a meaningful opportunity. Ginny Robertson will share networking skills and tips to make you more at ease the next time you walk into a room of strangers. Registration is required. Please register here.

Tuesday, February 5
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal

Wine and cheese reception followed by an informative lecture


First Impressions etiquette dinner Back to Top

On Wednesday, February 13, the CE Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association and the First Impressions Committee will host the annual Etiquette Dinner for students in the First Impressions program. Alums will cook the food and serve the students while imparting knowledge on proper table manners. To be part of this dynamic committee, contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.



Class of 2013 100 Nights Back to Top

Do you remember your 100 Nights? The Alumnae and Alumni Association will send off the seniors with a wine and cheese reception in Noyes House on Thursday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. We are happy this special tradition has continued and will be sure to share pictures on Facebook. If you would like to attend this event and congratulate the Class of 2013, please contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.



Class of 1959 Memorial Mass Back to Top

At the request of Diane McGlinchey ’59, on February 28, 2013, Notre Dame will host a special Mass in Marikle Chapel to honor alumnae from the class of 1959 and their immediate family members who have passed away. A luncheon will follow. Invitations have been mailed to the class. All ’59 alumnae, regardless of whether they can attend, are invited to submit names of those they wish to have honored during the Mass. Please send names to Jessica Angell at jangell@ndm.edu or 410-532-3166.

Thursday, February 28
12:15 p.m. Marikle Chapel
Charles Street Campus


On the road with Dr. Conneely - Mark your calendar! Back to Top

As part of President Conneely’s Inaugural Tour, Notre Dame may be traveling to your area! If you live or work in any of the locations listed below and are interested in attending a gathering with Dr. Conneely and other alums in your area, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at 410-532-5201 or at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Friday, March 8
Vero Beach, FL

Saturday, March 9
Del Ray Beach, FL

Sunday, March 10
Ft. Myers, FL

Wednesday, March 27
Atlanta, GA


Notable Alums Back to Top

Congratulations to Kim McCoy Burns '85 for being selected as a Top 10 Newsmaker in 2012 by the Daily Record! Kim was one of only ten chosen in the state of Maryland for her work as a lobbyist. Most recently the hot topic she has been working on is the state gas tax debate. 

Alumna Anne Marie Bryant ’91 of Beacon Associates was recently awarded the Executive Management award by Smart CEO. The award is given to those who go above and beyond to support their organizations’ initiatives. She is one of only 20 selected as a Baltimore chief executive. 

Alumni Ted Lawson ’99 was inducted into the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame. He is one of only 41 members from Maryland and was selected for the pioneer manager category. The requirements include actual playing ability, level of competition, number of years of participation in senior softball (of which Ted had 47) and an overall contribution to senior softball. 


Class of 1979 Facebook group Back to Top

Alumna Barbara Martin '79 has started a Facebook group for Notre Dame’s class of 1979, in preparation for Reunion 2014, which will be the class’ 35th Reunion. Alums from the class of 1979 can join the group to get back in touch with classmates and stay up to date on Reunion 2014 planning! Click here to access the group. 


Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Program Back to Top

Notre Dame’s Alumnae and Alumni Association sponsors an insurance program for NDMU alums and their families through Meyer and Associates. For more information on available products, including long term care insurance, please visit http://meyerandassoc.com/ndm.


Alumnae award nominations open Back to Top

Help the Alumnae and Alumni Association recognize the achievements of graduates from all programs by nominating a fellow alum for one of three prestigious 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. To nominate someone, 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. The nomination period ends on May 15, 2013.

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.


Day of Service Back to Top

Join the Notre Dame community in a day of service on Sunday, April 7, in the afternoon. We are seeking volunteers to stuff 4,000 backpacks for Maryland’s Head Start program with books, school supplies, and other educational materials, collected via donations from the United Way. Look for more details in the next issue of Tower Talk!


Represent your class by joining the 2013 Reunion Committee Back to Top

We are still seeking representatives of the classes of 1963, 1988, 1993 and Graduate Studies for the Reunion Committee. Reps contribute ideas to Reunion planning and reach out to classmates to invite them to attend Reunion and to contribute to the class gift. For more information or to volunteer for the committee, please contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-3166.


Stay Connected Back to Top

Looking for a new job or old classmates? Join your alumnae and alumni network on LinkedIn and Facebook for job opportunities, notifications about your classmates and connections with old college friends and faculty.


Networking Committee Back to Top

Check out Notre Dame’s new networking series, Power Hour Plus! Our next event takes place on Tuesday, February 5; for more information, see the “Power Hour Plus” article in this issue of Tower Talk.

Are you interested in helping strengthen Notre Dame’s alumnae and alumni network? NDMU graduates are always welcome to join the Networking Committee and contribute ideas for upcoming events, which range from professional development workshops to fun and informal gatherings. Our next meeting will be held on March 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes House. Wine and hors d’ouevres will be provided. Please contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu if you’d like to attend.


First Impressions Committee Back to Top

The First Impressions program is a collaboration of the business and economics department, the office of alumnae and alumni relations and the Academic and Career Enrichment center (ACE). First Impressions provides Women's College students in the School of Arts and Sciences with the knowledge and mentoring needed to make an outstanding first impression. There are various ways you can contribute to the growing list of worthwhile events for current students:

  • help prepare and serve food at the upcoming Etiquette Dinner
  • conduct mock interviews at your place of business to help students prepare to enter the workforce
  • share internship opportunities at your place of work

If you are interested in joining this committee or working with students, contact the alumnae and alumni office at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5201.


Celebration of Faculty Scholarship Back to Top

Join us at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library's annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship, honoring works published by the faculties of Notre Dame of Maryland University and Loyola University Maryland from July 2011 to June 2012. The reception and exhibit of publications will be in Ferguson Gallery, and faculty presentations will be in Ridley Auditorium. This year's Notre Dame faculty speakers will be Dr. Elizabeth H. Jones, Department of Business, and Dr. Maeve M. O'Donovan, Department of Philosophy. All members of the Notre Dame community are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Jennie Ray at jray1@ndm.edu or 410-617-6835.

Friday, February 8
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Loyola/Notre Dame Library


Follow the NDMU Guatemala Trip Blog Back to Top

Alumnae and Alumni Relations Associate Marianne Amoss attended Notre Dame’s annual winterim Guatemala trip, which was led by Leonor Blum, professor emerita of history and political science, and Dr. Anne Henderson, associate professor of political science. To read Marianne’s blog about the trip, go to http://notredameinguatemala.tumblr.com.



Lighting the Tower Purple! Back to Top

We’ve got Ravens Fever and are proudly bathing Gibbons Hall in purple every evening while our team is in post-season play. We hope you will join us in rooting for our beloved hometown team all the way to the Super Bowl! And if you love sports as much as we do, you can keep up with our own Gators online at http://www.notredamegators.com/.



Get Acquainted with Notre Dame Back to Top

On February 18, high school juniors and seniors and college transfer students can experience a day as a Notre Dame Women's College undergrad! They will attend classes, tour our historic campus, have lunch in the dining hall and learn about our majors in high-demand fields, such as business, education, nursing and digital media arts. Be sure to share this opportunity with the bright young women in your life. Click here for more information.


Complete your degree or change your career Back to Top

It all starts at First Thursdays at Notre Dame.

Our graduate and undergraduate programs for women and men offer flexible schedules, making it easier than ever to earn or finish your degree. Choose from semester-long, weekend and accelerated courses. On February 7, learn about our majors in education, as well as undergraduate and graduate programs addressing marketplace needs in business, healthcare and more. For more information, please visit http://www.ndm.edu/admissions/firstthursdays/.


Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Education 2013 Speaker Series Back to Top

The speaker for this year’s School of Education Speaker Series is H. Samy Alim, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University. Dr. Alim will give a lecture titled “Black Language in White Public Space: Language and literacy development in marginalized communities.”

An expert in language, literacy and youth culture, H. Samy Alim Ph.D. will discuss the inextricable link between cultural identity and vernacular—and its impact for education. Exploring language and literacy development in nonstandard English speaking communities, Dr. Alim empowers teachers to transcend communication barriers and engage their students more effectively.

Dr. Alim is an associate professor of education at Stanford University’s Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. His most recent book, co-authored with Geneva Smitherman, is Articulate While Black: Barack Obama, Language, and Race in the U.S. (2012).

Thursday, March 14, 2013
7 to 8:30 pm
LeClerc Auditorium

Admission is free Let us know you’re coming! Register online at events.ndm.edu.


Marian House presents: 30 Women, 30 Stories -- Journeys of Recovery and Transformation Back to Top

Don’t miss this traveling exhibition about Marian House alumnae and their remarkable journeys from dependence to independence. The exhibition runs from January 15 to February 15, 2013, in Gibbons Hall. Marian House provides housing and rehabilitative services to homeless women and their children and was co-founded by the SSNDs.

On Thursday, February 7, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sr. Sharon Kanis SSND will moderate a community dialogue on mental illness and substance abuse in Knott Auditorium. Guest panelists will include Steve Johnson, Associate Director of Adult Services for Baltimore Mental Health Services; Christina Trenton, Chief Operating Officer for Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc.; Jessica Statesman, Director of Programs for Marian House; and Nalisha Gibbs, Marian House Alumna. Admission is free, but reservations are requested at events.ndm.edu.


Strengthening Irish Ties Back to Top

Notre Dame welcomed Sr. Maire Hickey OSB, Abbess of the Kylemore Abbey, to campus for a luncheon with President Conneely. This summer, a group of 25 students, community members and two faculty leads (Maeve O’Donovan and Diane Finlayson) will visit the abbey in Connemara, Ireland, for a two-week abroad experience. Those participating come from the Women’s College, the Renaissance Institute and the Notre Dame community—it will truly be an international and inter-generational experience.


Our skyline is changing Back to Top

Construction is progressing rapidly on our new academic building, with the project nearly one-third of the way to completion! Watch the fascinating transformation of our skyline on the web and on the Notre Dame Facebook page. 

Work on the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program is well under way. The Craftsman-inspired cottage nestled in the trees is slated for completion early this spring.


Montrose Society – Kathleen Bennett ’67 Back to Top

Why have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“The education that I received at Notre Dame helped prepare me for a career in public service. The School Sisters of Notre Dame were wonderful teachers, inspiring me and my fellow students to realize our full potential. Legacy Giving is a good way to honor their commitment to education and to ensure the future of NDMU.

It has been very gratifying to return to the campus as a member of the Renaissance Institute, where I continue to Learn for Life."

Click here to learn more about legacy giving.


HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Office of Institutional Advancement! Back to Top

Your financial support to The Notre Dame Fund—at any level—really matters. Your Notre Dame Fund gift is a vote of confidence that will increase Notre Dame’s rankings and ability to attract talented new students and faculty. Your gift can be made through a secure donation online here or by mailing your donation to:

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Office of Institutional Advancement
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21210

Did you know that many employers match employee gifts to educational institutions? To maximize the impact of your donation, please request a Matching Gift Form from your employer’s Office of Human Resources. Send the completed form with your donation to NDMU, and we’ll do the rest! You will be recognized by Notre Dame for your gift plus the matched amount from your employer. Many companies also match gifts from retirees and spouses as well.

The date of an online gift transaction or postmark date of your contribution is generally recognized as the gift date. However, consult with your advisor to determine the tax consequences of your donation. For more information, please contact Rachael Mann, Annual Giving Coordinator, at 410-532-3197 or RMann@ndm.edu.


In Memoriam Back to Top

Mary Brady McKenney ’42

M. C. Meadows ’54

Phyllis Miglarese Stanley ’64

Betty Dukehart Quinn ’45

Catherine Pessaro Francis ’58

Mary Erskine Weglian ’65

Diane Muskey ’62

Catherine Delea ’48

Barbara Walker Jeffrey ’50

Mary Cockburn, MHSH ’63


In the news Back to Top

In a Catholic Review guest column, Dr. Conneely and Sr. Kathleen Cornell wrote of the fundamental right of young women everywhere to be educated and the enduring power of education to transform lives. 

Congratulations to PJ Mitchell ’69, chair of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees, on being named one of the Baltimore Business Journal’s Outstanding Directors, in recognition of her leadership and contributions to her alma mater. 

Trustee and alumna Helen Passano '69 was included in a Baltimore Sun profile of Baltimore's most prominent philanthropists.

Alumna and JHU researcher Julia Bachman '04, whose work on long-term memory has been called "groundbreaking," has been published in the prominent scientific journal Nature

On Maryland Morning, WYPR's Tom Hall celebrated the rich poetic legacy of Sr. Maura Eicher SSND, who mentored and inspired generations of young poets here at Notre Dame. Enjoy a podcast of the show online! 

The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy awarded the first Donald O. Fedder Memorial Fellowship to NDMU alumna Michelle Campbell '01, a fifth-year student from Havre de Grace. 

In mid-December, the Pumpkin Theatre's 45th birthday celebration paid tribute to its founder, Notre Dame’s Sister Kathleen Marie Engers.