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Tower Talk July 2012


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Welcome President Conneely! Back to Top

James F. Conneely, Ph.D. became the 12th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University on July 1. Committed to student success, as well as the advancement of women in leadership and non-traditional roles, Dr. Conneely joins Notre Dame at a pivotal time in its history.

Visit the office of the president’s page on our website for photos from his July 2 welcome breakfast and read Dr. Conneely’s first message to the Notre Dame community.


Register for Reunion 2012 Back to Top

Attention classes that end in twos and sevens! Keep your eyes peeled for your reunion booklet, which was mailed to you recently. If you're curious about the events taking place this year, visit our Reunion page.

New this year:
• Take advantage of Early Bird savings for registrations received by August 24.
• The Saturday evening dancing and dessert event will feature a live band. The popular band The New Monopoly will be performing and this fun event is open to ALL Notre Dame graduates!
• Childcare is available for the Saturday luncheon for children ages 4-12.

If you have any questions, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at 410-532-5201 or email ndmalum@ndm.edu.


“Dance to the Music”--an event for ALL graduates! Back to Top

Join us for a new tradition! We invite all Notre Dame graduates and their guests to join this year's celebrating classes for an evening of dessert, drinks and live music. This event featuring the Baltimore/Washington band The New Monopoly.

Register by August 24 to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

If you are already planning to attend Reunion 2012 with your celebrating class, the dance is included in the price of the Evening Celebration, which also includes a cocktail hour and dinner.


Groundbreaking for our newest academic building Back to Top

Mark your calendar for the groundbreaking of the newest academic building on the NDMU campus. The ceremony will be held September 12, 2012 at 12:15 pm. This building will provide a home to the School of Nursing, support for the School of Education, and technology resources for all Notre Dame students.


Highlights Back to Top

Congratulations to graduate Amanda Edmonds ’00, who recently was named principal of Waugh Chapel Elementary School.


Notable graduate Back to Top

There is another Notre Dame novelist in our midst! Congratulations to Lynn Reynolds-Burkins CE’93 who published her recent novel Love Capri Style, available on Amazon.com. She’s written for The Baltimore Sun, Maryland's Catholic Review, The Aegis, Prime Times, Mason-Dixon Arrive and other newspapers and periodicals in the mid-Atlantic region. Most recently, she wrote a column for parents of special needs kids for the online edition of the Baltimore Examiner.

Congratulations Lynn!


“Like” the Alumnae and Alumni Association on Facebook Back to Top

“Like” us on Facebook to stay connected to your alma mater, to reminisce about your days on campus and stay up-to-date with classmates, events, Tower Talk and all things alumnae and alumni related!


Montrose Society Back to Top

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

Edith McParland Donohue, Ph.D. ’60: “Notre Dame provided me with an outstanding education; opportunities for personal growth and leadership; wonderful friends among students, faculty and staff; and formed me into a life-long learner. My experiences as a student, alumna, volunteer, staff person and parent of two graduates of Notre Dame were so outstanding that it has affected my life in many wonderful ways. When my husband and I planned our legacy gifts, we both agreed—with very little discussion—that Notre Dame would be a beneficiary of our estate. We hope that the wonderful education and opportunities at Notre Dame will continue into the future for students. So we trust that our gift, in some small way, will help to make that possible.”

Find out more about legacy giving.


Holiday Bazaar Back to Top

The Weekend College chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association, host of the very successful annual December holiday bazaar, needs volunteers and committee members. If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent to support this initiative, contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu. There will be a meeting on Tuesday, August 28 at 6 p.m. in Noyes House on the main campus to discuss ways you can be involved. Consider joining this fun committee with a time commitment that fits your busy life. Even if you only have a few hours to offer, your support will be welcomed. And you don’t have to be a Weekend College graduate to join—all are welcome!


Networking Committee Back to Top

Are you interested in becoming involved with the NDMU Networking Committee? Join us and help plan events for the 2012-2013 year. The Networking Committee is planning a series of events, open to all graduates, to expand career networking opportunities and learn from guest speakers and panelists. Join our next planning meeting:

Wednesday August 15
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Noyes Alumnae House
Charles Street Campus
RSVP – ndmalum@ndm.edu

Wine and snacks will be provided.


First Impressions Committee Back to Top

This past year, 15 students graduated from the inaugural First Impressions program, a joint program of students, graduates, faculty and staff. This initiative offered students in the business and economics department an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the job market by helping them sharpen professional and interpersonal skills. Throughout the academic year, events included a series of workshops on topics as varied as communications and networking skills, proper professional attire, dining etiquette and mock interviewing.

Planning is underway to expand the First Impressions program to more students in the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in being a part of this important venture, please join our vibrant and active committee at our next meeting:

Wednesday August 22
5:30 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House
Charles Street Campus
RSVP – ndmalum@ndm.edu

Wine and snacks will be provided.


Join the NDMU Dragon Boat team! Back to Top

Catholic Charities established the biennial Dragon Boat Races in 1998 and Notre Dame has participated in every race since. Reconnect with your alma mater by becoming a paddler and give back to the community by fundraising for a good cause. NDMU has assembled a team and we’re looking for more paddlers to participate. No previous experience necessary. Practices are held every Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Canton. For more information, contact Candace Sumner at csumner1@ndm.edu.


Help build future NDMU classes! Back to Top

As we begin to recruit the class of 2017 for the Women’s College, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies, we are reminded of the importance of our alumnae and alumni. As a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland, you possess the unique knowledge and experience that can have a tremendous influence on prospective students.

If you are a Women’s College graduate, encourage young women you know and who are high school seniors to visit us during our Fall Open House or call us to create their own personalized campus visit. Students who are thinking about transferring into Notre Dame would love to hear about how easy it is to transfer credits here. As a graduate of either the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies or College of Graduate Studies, join us for a First Thursday session. We love to see old friends--and bring along some new friends who are seeking to earn their degree in a program that fits their demanding schedule. Don’t forget to share that all students referred by an NDMU graduate receive an application fee waiver

There are other ways to help, too. As we expand our Alumnae Admissions Network (AAN) in the coming year, our alumnae from across the country can be of great assistance by representing Notre Dame at college fairs and recruitment events. We can’t be everywhere, but we certainly have great alums everywhere!

We welcome any questions you might have or your offers of assistance.

Women’s College: 410-532-5330; admiss@ndm.edu
College of Adult Undergraduate Studies: 410-532-5500; caus@ndm.edu
College of Graduate Studies: 410-532-5317; gradadm@ndm.edu


Knott and Middendorf grants support School of Nursing Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University is the grateful recipient of a $90,000 grant from the Knott Foundation and a $125,000 grant from the Middendorf Foundation to support simulation labs within the Center for Caring with Technology in the new academic building. A groundbreaking ceremony for this portion of our newest academic building will be held on September 12, 2012 at 12:15 p.m.


Want to start a teaching career? Back to Top

Jump into a new career this summer at Notre Dame!

Notre Dame’s Accelerated Certification in Teaching is a non-degree, graduate-level, state-approved program that lets you complete your coursework and get ready for your licensing exam in just three semesters. The program is ideal for professionals who are already teaching but wish to become certified, or bachelor’s degree holders in a non-education field who want to change careers and become certified teachers.

We also offer a 10-month fast track Master’s in Teaching program that provides aspiring teachers (including especially recent college graduates and career changers), the opportunity for a yearlong, school-based internship while completing the requirements for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree that leads to certification. Candidates have the option of pursuing an MAT with a concentration in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education or special education/general education.

Change your career in less than a year! Learn more at our next First Thursdays Information Session or contact the College of Graduate Studies at gradadm@ndm.edu or 410-532-5317.


Join in our annual “Campus Common Read” Back to Top

This year’s selection for the Campus Common Read is The Cellist of Sarajevo, by Steven Galloway. Inspired by Vedran Smailovic, the cellist who played in a bombed-out Sarajevo square in 1992 for 22 days in memory of the 22 people killed by a mortar attack, this is a novel about four people trying to maintain a semblance of their humanity in the besieged city.

After you have enjoyed this wonderful read, join us as the author, Stephen Galloway, visits our campus for an evening conversation:

Thursday, October 4
7:30 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium
Charles Street Campus


Faculty member Payal Agarwal, Ph.D. receives research award Back to Top

Payal Agarwal, Ph.D, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences received the 2012 National Biotechnology Conference Innovation in Biotechnology Award from the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) for her research on oral delivery systems for Type-2 diabetes medication.


Share your musical talents Back to Top

Hearts for Arts’ Sake

Calling all volunteers to participate in Season Three of Arts for Hearts’ Sake! You do not have to be a professional to participate. Performances have included those from seasoned concert artists, lecturers, actors to amateurs who have had or desire to have a forum to share their talents. All performances take place on Sunday afternoons at 2 pm. 

Exceptions can be made. What began as an idea became a project developed into a cultural series thanks to S. Rita Bueche and the artists who volunteered in sharing our gifts with the exceptionally gifted women who live at Villa Assumpta.

The concerts are open to the public and there is always a reception following each performance where guests can meet the artists. For more information, contact Ernest Ragogini at 410-532-5386.


In Memoriam Back to Top

Mary Christina Bryce SSND ’56
Mary Margherita Sauble SSND ’68
Mary W. Lambdin ’37
Nancy A. Ciulla ’78
Deborah L. Lake W’87


In the news Back to Top

The Baltimore Sun looked at emerging trends in psychology, including Notre Dame's new industrial/organizational psychology program. In the same issue, Dr. Di Rienzi and student Takia Raneri were interviewed about Notre Dame’s STEM program, Pathways to Excellence, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The Catholic Review and Dundalk Eagle shared the news that Brianna January and Lauren McCusker, both graduates of the Class of 2012, were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships this year.

The artwork and environmental activism of Professor Kevin Raines was profiled in the Press Republican. The Urbanite featured paintings by alumna Anne Rich '73, which are on display in Land and Sea, Fleckenstein Gallery's summer show.

If you have a story idea that might interest a member of the media, call Nancy Carr at x5546 or send an e-mail to ncarr@ndm.edu.