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Tower Talk July 2013


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Countdown to Reunion 2013 Back to Top


Reunion registration is now open! Register here before August 23 and take advantage of early-bird rates. Each week we’ll post on our website the names of alumnae and alumni who have registered for Reunion events, so you’ll be able to see which of your friends and former classmates will be in attendance! Click here for more details.

Among the highlights of Reunion weekend will be the Maryland Crab Feast, the Reunion Luncheon and Awards Ceremony, dinner and dancing at Saturday’s Evening Celebration and the Remembrance mass. New this year are Classes without Quizzes — alums are invited to sit in on Friday classes taught by some favorite Notre Dame professors — and the Farewell Jazz Brunch on Sunday, featuring live music from the Montebello Jazz Group. Those who haven’t been back to campus recently will be amazed by the beautiful new additions: the elegant marble entryway on North Charles Street that leads up the hill to Gibbons tower, the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program, G. Avery Bunting Hall and the newly acquired President’s Residence in Homeland.

Reunion weekend is the time to reconnect with friends, fellow graduates and other members of the Notre Dame community. If you’d like to reach out to classmates or favorite faculty members to encourage them to attend Reunion events, such as the Alumnae/Alumni with Faculty Happy Hour, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu for assistance.


Dance to the Music 2013 Back to Top

DanceAfter a successful debut at Reunion 2012, Dance to the Music will again take place on the Saturday night of Reunion weekend. There'll be dessert, drinks and lots of dancing to the sounds of New Monopoly, back by popular demand!

Members of non-celebrating classes are invited to join Reunion celebrants at the dance. Click here to register now to take advantage of early-bird registration rates. Click here for more details.


NDMU’s Power Hour Plus Networking Series Back to Top

In 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 Power Hour Plus — a series of 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.

The first Power Hour Plus event of the 2013–2014 academic year will be Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition, taking place on October 12. The workshop is designed for professionals looking for guidance on how to move their career to the next level, return to the workforce after some time away or retool for a new field. It will include a panel of career transition experts and a presentation on how to find work that fits perfectly by Nicholas Lore, noted career coach (he has been endorsed by former President Bill Clinton) and author of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career and Now What? A Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career.

More information about Power Hour Plus will be released later this summer. Watch future issues of Tower Talk for more details.

Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition
October 12
2 p.m.
Registration details are forthcoming.

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Back by Popular Demand: Notre Dame Bus Trip to New York Back to Top


New York, New York! The Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is hosting a day trip to the Big Apple for Notre Dame alums and friends on November 2. We’ll make the trip on a comfortable coach bus, and each alum can bring up two guests, 16 years of age or older. 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. Tickets are $60 and include breakfast and snacks on the coach, as well as a $5 donation to the Notre Dame Fund. Space is limited — register early! 

NYC or Bust! Notre Dame Bus Trip to New York
November 2
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
$60 (includes a $5 donation to the Notre Dame Fund)
Click here to register.


Class Notes Back to Top

Alums Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman ’62 and Kirby Gaddy ’13 recently participated in the two-week Leadership Institute for Teens (LIFT) on Notre Dame’s campus. Eleven rising eighth- and ninth-grade girls from Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore are on campus from July 15 to 26 to learn about being strong leaders in their school, their homes and their communities — as well as about being future Notre Dame women — through classes, activities, field trips and recreation.

In May, Mary Jones Smith ’71 published a biography of former President Theodore Roosevelt called The Joy of Life that relates the story of his life and many accomplishments. It is available as an e-book from Amazon.com.

Jennifer Jasmine Arfaa ’00 was recently promoted to Chief Patient Experience Officer of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia.

Janet Fowler M’03 has been named principal of Margaret Brent Middle School in St. Mary’s County.

Congratulations to all of our alums on their accomplishments!

Do you have professional or personal news you’d like to share? Send us your updates via the Update your Information form on our website or call 410-532-5201. Alumnae and alumni accomplishments are highlighted in Tower Talk and on the Notre Dame website.


Looking for your next career? Back to Top

facebook linkedinHunting for a new job opportunity 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. 


Insurance Discounts for Notre Dame Alums Back to Top

Notre Dame alums receive special discounts on insurance with Liberty Mutual and Meyer and Associates. For more details, please see the below messages from both companies.

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Notre Dame of Maryland University alums could save by combining home and auto policies with Liberty Mutual Insurance. At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we've teamed up with Notre Dame of Maryland University to offer alums special savings on your auto and home insurance. Take advantage of this multi-policy discount, and you could save. Click here for more information or a free quote, call 800-524-9400 or contact your local office in Towson at 100 West Road, Suite 407, or 410-821-0400. Please mention client # 110211. (Note: Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Please consult a Liberty Mutual sales representative for additional information.)

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The NDMU Alumnae and Alumni Association sponsors an Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Program with Meyer and Associates as a service to graduates. The program offers a variety of attractively priced insurance products, most of which are available to alumnae and alumni, students, faculty and staff, as well as their spouses, parents, children and siblings:

• Health Insurance - For those with a temporary or permanent need for coverage, such as the unemployed and recent graduates, and for special situations, including travelers and students.
• Life Insurance - Long-term protection with great rates and fantastic features. Coverage is available from $50,000 to $50 million.
• Long Term Care Insurance - Protect your assets from serious erosion while allowing access to quality care in the most appropriate and desirable setting.
• Travel Insurance - Travel Medical and Trip Protection coverage is available for individuals or groups, for personal or business travel.
• Pet Insurance - Simple, customizable dog and cat insurance plans are available.
• Identity Theft Protection - Protect yourself and your family against identity theft with a comprehensive solution you can count on.
• Advisory Services - A licensed insurance professional is available, at no charge, to answer questions and provide customized guidance.

Click here for more information or contact the program administrator at 800-635-7801.


Alumnae and Alumni Directory Update Back to Top

Eight years ago, Notre Dame published an alumnae and alumni directory — and this spring we started working on a new edition of the directory, to be published next year. The university is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc. on the project. Directories will be available in spring 2014.

Over the last several months, representatives from PCI have been contacting all alums to update your contact information. Please contact PCI at 1-877-803-2149 if you haven’t already. If you have any questions about the directory, please contact the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu, or refer to the FAQs on our website.


Host an International Student for Dinner Back to Top

international studentsDo you have an interest in world cultures? 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 Brazil, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. For these students, the transition to a new country can be difficult, especially when they’re 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.


Networking Committee Back to Top

The Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates working in public relations, higher education, law 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, let us know! The next meeting is Wednesday, August 28, 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

Are you an experienced professional with expertise that might benefit a current NDMU undergraduate as she prepares to enter the workforce? Support the First Impressions program, which provides students with the skills — interview techniques, resume-writing skills, personal brand-building — to help them make a strong first impression.

The First Impressions committee, made up of Notre Dame alums, faculty and staff members, is busily planning for the 2013–2014 academic year, working to expand and refine the program so that it continues to meet the needs of our students. Alums can support this program in several ways:
• Review resumes
• Conduct mock interviews
• Share internship opportunities at your place of work
• Join the committee and help plan workshops and events
• Prepare and serve food at the annual Etiquette Dinner
• Suggest professional association events for Notre Dame students to attend — and perhaps take a student with you as your guest to such events!

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


Montrose Society – Colleen E. Bergin ’94, M’04 Back to Top

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

“The Catholic liberal arts education at Notre Dame exposed me to a myriad of disciplines as well as provided me specific skills to grow in my career. As a student, my love of learning was always nourished — there were many wonderful experiences, not just in the classroom: a winter abroad, leadership seminars and an internship in Washington, D.C. I still fondly recall the topics discoursed during 'Change Management' in the Masters program.

“Notre Dame helped to channel the leadership, creativity and compassion employed in my roles of business professional, parent and friend. In short, Notre Dame prepared me for the workforce and for the world. Joining the Montrose Society in support of Notre Dame was an obvious and easy choice!”

Click here to learn more about legacy giving.


Annual Fund Back to Top

Your participation really matters! Gifts of any size — at any time — make a significant difference in the lives of our past, present and future students.

Your Annual Fund gift helps provide financial aid to our students. More than 95 percent of Notre Dame students receive some portion of financial aid — which means that almost all of our students are depending on your gift!

Donations can be made via our safe and secure online donation form.

You may also make a donation over the phone by calling 410-532-3179 or send a gift by mail to:
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Office of Institutional Advancement
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210


School of Pharmacy Receives Full Accreditation Back to Top

In June, Notre Dame's School of Pharmacy was granted full accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the official accrediting body of pharmacy preparation programs at United States colleges and universities. As Dr. Conneely stated in his announcement, “This historic achievement for Notre Dame is a testament to the vision and pioneering leadership of Dean Anne Lin and her faculty, the vision of our Board of Trustees and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, our dedicated pharmacy students and the overwhelming support of the Baltimore community.” Click here for more information on our School of Pharmacy.


The Career Center Announces New Name Back to Top

As an alum, you can take advantage of the free services provided by the Career Center. Formerly known as the Academic & Career Enrichment Center (ACE), the Center recently inaugurated its new name to reflect continuing support of NDMU students, alumnae and alumni in their academic and career aspirations.

Offering a comprehensive suite of services and a professional staff committed to academic and professional success, the Career Center addresses career development needs across the lifespan. The Center focuses on providing support and encouragement to students, alumnae and alumni as they negotiate the job market and search for internships. Career counseling, career assessments, job and internship search guidance are available. The Center connects NDMU students, graduates and alumnae/alumni with College Central Network (CCN), a free web-based tool, and the Baltimore Collegetown Network to enable easy online job and internship searches. Students and alumnae/alumni can connect with regional networks through the Center’s membership in the Maryland Career Consortium, an organization of fourteen area schools, and the Selected Liberal Arts Consortium,which is comprised of small liberal arts schools in Maryland and Virginia.

The Career Center also provides free tutoring services to all students and graduates who are enrolled in an NDMU course. Click here and select Tutoring Services to submit an online Tutor Request. In collaboration with academic advisors, a workshop series is offered during the academic year with topics such as time management, research strategies, study skills and professionalism which all members of the campus community are invited to attend.

The Career Center can be reached at 410-532-5387 or career@ndm.edu.


Campus Common Read Chosen Back to Top

alvarez butterfliesThis year’s Campus Common Read is In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The 1994 historical novel tells the story of the Mirabal sisters, three of whom lost their lives during the brutal Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. As Sr. Chris de Vinne, Vice President of Academic Affairs, stated in her announcement, "The women’s faith, their belief in what is right, and their strength of character can weave close connections to our mission to transform the world."

Various events and programs centered on In the Time of the Butterflies will take place during the fall semester, giving the Notre Dame community opportunities to discuss the book and its historical context. This is the third year for the Common Read program; last year’s selection was The Cellist of Sarejevo, preceded by The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. More details about campus events will be forthcoming.


Last Chance to see Looking Away at Gormley Gallery Back to Top

The new exhibition in Gormley Gallery is Looking Away, a group show curated by Associate Professor of Art Geoff Delanoy. It features work by Catherine Borg, Ricardo Contreras, William Knipscher, Kimberly Llerena, Marian Ochoa and Ginevra Shay. Looking Away is part of this year's Artscape Gallery Network, a series of exhibitions taking place around Baltimore before, during and after Artscape. The exhibition is up through July 27. The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Click here for more information or call 410-435-0100.


NDMU Nursing Represented at Conferences and in Publications Back to Top

Nursing faculty, an MSN student and an MSN grad represented NDMU at the University of Maryland Institute for Educators Conference, “Moving Evidence to Action in Nursing Education,” held on April 19.

  • Dr. Erica Brinkley, Assistant Professor of Education at NDMU, along with Dr. Elizabeth Galik presented Use of a Web Based Delirium Module to Increase Geriatric Nursing Assistants’ Knowledge, Self Efficacy, and Outcome Expectations in the Early Recognition and Reporting of Delirium in Nursing Home Residents.
  • Johanna Romero de Slavy, M'12; Margaret McCormick, MSN, RN; Mary Cataletto, MD; and Dr. Mary Lashley presented their research on Using a Standardized Tool (SBAR) to Improve Communication between Healthcare Providers.
  • Dr. Sabita Persaud and Sarah Klein-Harris (MSN candidate) presented I Hear and I Forget, I See and I Remember, I Do and I Understand, a study of experiential teaching and learning in the Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators course.

The School of Nursing (SON) was also well represented in Orlando, Florida, in June at the 34th annual gathering of the International Association of Human Caring. This year’s conference — Magic, Mystery, and Miracles: Embracing the Difference Caring Makes in Nursing Practice, Education, and Research — brought scholars, faculty, practitioners, administrators and students together for learning and sharing the latest in Caring Art and Caring Science. Presentations by SON faculty and staff included:

  • In Sacred Acts and Human Needs: Foundations for a Caring Science Curriculum, Bethany Correlli, MSN, RN, described the plans for this fundamental nursing course.
  • Calling the Hermeneutic Circle: Being and Longing with Pre-Nursing Students with Mary T. Packard, Ph.D., RN, and Jenna K. Forte, MS, was a phenomenological exploration of the fragile world of the NDMU pre-nursing student.
  • Listening to the Cellist, the Dressmaker, and the Chef: Knowing Caring through Literature and other Arts, by Mary O'Connor, Ph.D., RN, FACHE, described the experiential knowing of caring in IDS-100 for the pre-nursing student.
  • Dean Katie Cook, Ph.D., RN, CNE, offered a reflection of the many challenges faced personally and professionally as the School of Nursing grew and changed in Confessions of a Caring Convert: How my Faculty Led me Back to Myself.

In other Nursing news:

  • Dr. Linda Diaconis completed the advanced Veriditas Labyrinth Facilitator Training Certification led by Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress. The 4-day training was held in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
  • Dr. Jane Balkam presented Breastfeeding: Developing and Maintaining a Milk Supply at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, from April 17 to 20.
  • Mary O’Connor’s article Communication: Essential strategies for success was published in the June 2013 issue of Journal of Nursing Association.
  • Sabita Persaud's article is online on Faculty Commons: How Dr. Sabita Persaud Uses Social Media to Enable Authentic, Relevant Learning

In Memoriam Back to Top

Mary Jean Fisher '46

Constance Cheney Larkin '46


In the news Back to Top

Naomi Cross, a nurse in Notre Dame's RN to BSN program, was named to The Daily Record's 2013 VIP List, which honors professionals younger than 40 who have made great contributions to their field and to the greater Baltimore community. 

Associate Professor of Nursing Sara Rosenthal reflects on her first visit to Johns Hopkins Hospital NICU in “Tiny Patients, Big Decisions,” which appeared in the summer issue of Johns Hopkins magazine

Beginning next year, The Baltimore Sun will offer an annual paid summer internship named after Mary J. Corey ’85, a reporter, editor and national correspondent who became the first woman to lead The Sun's newsroom. Mary passed away this year from breast cancer. 

School of Pharmacy Dean Dr. Anne Lin and newly minted pharmacist Amanda Bertele, Pharm.D. ’13, talked to The Daily Record about how Notre Dame is stepping up to meet regional health care needs.