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Tower Talk June 2012


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Commencement 2012: President Seurkamp honored as president emerita, Sean McManus delivers keynote Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University celebrated a historic commencement on May 26—its first as a university and the final official event of Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp’s 15-year presidency. In recognition of her outstanding legacy of service to Notre Dame and to higher education, the Board of Trustees conferred upon Dr. Seurkamp the honor and distinction of president emerita.

We were honored to have as our commencement speaker CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus, son of Margaret Dempsey McManus ’41 and famed sports announcer Jim McKay. Sean shared his words of wisdom in addressing the Class of 2012.


Two NDMU Fulbright scholars announced Back to Top

Join us in congratulating Lauren McCusker ’12 and Brianna January ’12 who have been awarded Fulbright English teaching assistantships.

Lauren is leaving for South Korea in early July. This is not her first international foray—she also taught in Mako, Hungary last fall with the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Brianna has been awarded a position in Mexico. She also received a Davis Project for Peace scholarship award for research in Guatemala— her second Project for Peace award. Brianna leaves for Guatemala this month and Mexico in early August.

Notre Dame has a remarkable track record with both of these prestigious programs. Over the years, 14 of our alumnae have received a Fulbright, and this is the fourth time two students received awards at the same time. Our students have earned Projects for Peace scholarships every year since the program’s inception in 2007.


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. The reunion brochures will be mailed in early July.

New this year:
• Take advantage of Early Bird pricing for registrations received by August 24
• Saturday evening dancing and dessert will feature a live band. The New Monopoly will be performing and this fun event is open to ALL alums!
• 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.


Mark your calendars - Holiday Bazaar – December 1 Back to Top

Save the date for the yearly Holiday Bazaar on December 1, 2012, hosted by the Weekend College Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. This year’s bazaar will be even bigger and better with more than 45 vendors participating.  


Sr. Marie de Chantal Haigley ‘51 retires on June 30 Back to Top

The month of June marks the retirement of our beloved Sister Marie de Chantal Haigley, known to her colleagues in Noyes House and the Notre Dame community simply as Sister Marie. After 23 years of devoted service, Sister Marie is retiring from her duties at NDMU.

She is a well-known presence among the Continuing Education Chapter as well as the many that have had the pleasure of working with her on campus. Theresa Cannone, director of the English Language Institute at NDMU, met Sister Marie when she was the alumnae relations coordinator in Noyes House. “What I like about Sister Marie is she’s funny”, said Theresa. Remembering the time they worked together she commented, “Sr. Marie loved to bring people a rose – for someone who may need cheering up” – a kind and thoughtful tradition that she continued for years throughout her career.

We wish her the very best in her retirement and thank her for her loyal and loving service.


Check out the NEW alumnae association Facebook page and find us on LinkedIn 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!

Networking with fellow alums can be a very effective way of making professional connections. Join our group on LinkedIn to connect with current and former Notre Dame students for job opportunities, career advice and connecting to fellow graduates.


Notable alum- Gail Donahue Ph.D. ’12 Back to Top

Gail Donahue Ph.D. ’12 was recently named the new principal of the Institute of Notre Dame. Gail is a national authority on curriculum design, faculty development and Catholic education. Her achievements include:

• Assistant principal of professional development and staff developer at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, a coeducational school sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers. The school enrolls 1,250 students, and is located in the Archdiocese of Washington in Olney, Md.
• The designer of four notable programs for distinct student populations: the International Baccalaureate; St. Mary’s Scholar’s, an enrichment program for high-achieving students; the Academic Intervention Program, which identifies and follows freshmen at risk of failing; and the Heritage Speakers’ Spanish Class, which strengthens native speakers’ reading and writing skills.
• An award-winning presenter at National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) events as well as those sponsored by the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University, Chicago.
• Ph.D. in educational leadership (May 2012)-Notre Dame of Maryland University; M.A.-Reading, Trinity University; B.S.-Elementary Education, Penn State University; administration and supervision certification, Notre Dame of Maryland University; National Staff Development Council academy certificate.
• A lifelong Catholic educator (34 years) and a SSND associate.
• An associate faculty member at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Congratulations Dr. Donahue!

Photo credit:
IND of MD 


Have you always wanted to teach? Jump into a new career this summer at Notre Dame! Back to Top

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.


Sr. Maura book now available at the campus book store Back to Top

Sister Maura Eichner, former NDMU faculty member, taught creative writing and literature at NDMU from 1943 until 1992. In 2011, After Silence: Selected Poems of Sister Maura Eichner S.S.N.D., was posthumously published capturing a significant portion of her life’s work.

Be sure to stop by the campus book store to purchase a copy of this powerful book. You may also purchase the book online and have it shipped to you.


Be an ambassador for NDMU – Help build the class of 2016! Back to Top

The Women’s College office of admissions is looking for helping hands from our own community. Limited space, financial aid and scholarships are still available this fall for incoming freshmen and transfer students. As a graduate of Notre Dame, your recommendation to a high school graduate who hasn’t yet selected a college—or a student who is thinking about transferring—carries a great deal of weight.

With your endorsement, we’ll fast-track the admissions process, waive the application fee and provide the very best of Notre Dame’s renowned personalized attention. Have a candidate in mind? Give us a call at 410-532-5300, email us at admiss@ndm.edu or make sure the student mentions your name if she contacts us directly.


Last chance to be counted in 2012! Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University depends on loyal donors each year to meet the greatest needs of students and faculty members. Your support raises our national profile, attracts new students and helps secure the future of Maryland’s newest university.

YOU matter to NDMU!
Your past giving is greatly appreciated by the entire Notre Dame of Maryland University community. Please renew your gift by June 30 as a vote of support for the future of NDMU.

Make your donation today.


Holiday Bazaar – seeking new committee members Back to Top

The Weekend College chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association, host of the very successful annual December holiday bazaar, is seeking new 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!


The Montrose Society: create your legacy Back to Top

Montrose is a name that has had special significance at Notre Dame of Maryland for more than 150 years. It was the name of the original building on our beautiful campus—a building that is still in active use today as Noyes Alumnae House. For the Notre Dame community, the word Montrose has come to symbolize permanence, commitment and enduring value.

These same qualities inspire many graduates, friends and their families to invest in Notre Dame’s future through legacy giving. By doing so, they are invited to join the Montrose Society, an association that honors those whose foresight and generosity help strengthen and sustain the University. The Society recognizes the commitment of these donors both publicly and privately, and promotes the important role that legacy gifts play in the life of the institution. Read more about legacy giving. Before there was even a campus, there was the Montrose House - a fitting namesake for the Montrose Society for legacy giving.


In memoriam Back to Top

Loretta M. Schultz SSND ’61
Anne Marie Dorff SSND ’66
Helen Reed SSND ’51
Gloria Bledsoe ’49
Anne Hellman W’84
Mary Patricia Dukehart ’49


In the news Back to Top

President Seurkamp stopped by WYPR to chat with “Maryland Morning” host Sheilah Kast about her 15 years at the helm of Maryland's remaining women's college. 

A regular columnist for BMoreMedia, Paul Sturm, instructor in Notre Dame's nonprofit management program, writer about Business Volunteers Unlimited, which places board members for Northrop Grumman Corp., Constellation Energy Group, T. Rowe Price and other firms with local organizations. 

"You might want to write these names down, Baltimore — we have a feeling they might be up to great things in the future," says Baltimore Fishbowl columnist Rachel Monroe about Notre Dame’s two Fulbrights: Brianna January and Lauren McCusker. Look for more coverage coming up in the Catholic Review, Dundalk Eagle and Avenue

Catholic Review blogger Robin Barberry celebrated her mother’s graduation from Notre Dame, calling her a real-life Mary Poppins.