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Tower Talk June/July 2014

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We Welcome Dr. Marylou Yammaylou yam
On July 1, join us in welcoming Dr. Marylou Yam as Notre Dame’s 14th president! Send a message of welcome to Dr. Yam and view the other well-wishes from members of the Notre Dame community. Follow the Notre Dame Facebook page for updates from Dr. Yam’s first day!


Farewell to Sr. Gerold
On May 29, we bid a fond farewell to our very dear Gerold Mobley, SSND, who has served Notre Dame for 31 years with incredible creativity, commitment, enthusiasm and love. Sr. Gerold has moved to St. Louis, where she is sharing her unique gifts with the Central-Pacific Province of the SSNDs.

Together with her partner-in-art, the beloved and much-missed Vincent Brothers, SSND, Sr. Gerold was a creative force and resource to all facets of the Notre Dame community. Sisters G&V, as they were known on campus and beyond, taught art classes for the Women's College, served as resident advisors while living in Meletia Hall and designed and produced countless invitations, greeting cards, programs, posters, and artwork that supported campus programming. Sr. Gerold and her camera were also a fixture at campus events.

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Members of the Notre Dame community are encouraged to keep in touch with Sr. Gerold. To obtain a copy of her new address in St. Louis (she doesn’t normally use email), please contact Susan Repko, director of marketing communications, at srepko@ndm.edu.

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Stay Connected: Announcing MyNDM Online Community
Our alumnae and alumni family is large, with over 20,000 alums in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide. The Alumnae and Alumni Association can help you stay connected to classmates, faculty and the many resources available here to support you. MyNDM is an exclusive, online community available only to members of the Notre Dame community. Register today at MyNDM.ndm.edu and you will be able to:

  1. Get in touch with friends and classmates via the online directory
  2. Update your contact information—and select the information you want shared with Notre Dame alums and friends.
  3. Share your accomplishments, family updates and other news in Class Notes—and search for Class Notes from your friends and classmates
  4. View your giving history and make additional gifts to Notre Dame

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Reunion 2014
Summer’s just beginning, but Reunion 2014 is just around the corner, September 19 -21! The Reunion brochure began arriving in mailboxes earlier this month; it contains all the information you’ll need about the weekend’s events and activities. Registration is now open—register early to take advantage of reduced early-bird rates, which are in effect until August 22. (Early-bird rates are highlighted in red on the registration form.)


As you make plans to gather with friends at the weekend’s various festivities, don’t forget to contribute to your class gift. You can conveniently add your gift to your registration fees. And Reunion celebrants are able to take advantage of a special “double dip” opportunity: Make a gift in this fiscal year by June 30, and then make an additional gift in July, August or September before your Reunion, and both gifts will be counted toward your Reunion class total. In addition, you will be recognized as a donor in both fiscal years!

Would you like to connect with your classmates? Check out the links below to join the Facebook group for your class.

Class of 1964
Class of 1974
Class of 1979
Class of 1994
Class of 1999
Class of 2004
Class of 2009

For more information about Reunion, visit our website.

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Mingle, Mingle
Do you wish you knew how to successfully mingle at social gatherings, professional events and holiday parties? Would you like to be the person from the event who is remembered for all the right reasons?

Plan to join us for Mingle, Mingle—the first event in the 2014–2015 Power Hour Plus series. The focus will be on appropriate conversation topics for social gatherings and tips for overcoming “mingle-phobia.” Led by Carol Haislip from the International School of Protocol, you’ll learn how to:

  • successfully enter a room, join groups and initiate conversations
  • make a great first impression through a proper handshake, eye contact, introductions and appropriate nonverbal communication
  • be interested—and interesting!—in conversation
  • master the art of a graceful escape

Wednesday, October 15
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge
$20 per person; includes wine and hors d’oeuvres

Register here!

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Gerry Sandusky Book Signing
Widely recognized as the Voice of the Ravens, sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky has recently released his memoir, Forgotten Sundays: A Son’s Story of Life, Loss and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL. He will be on campus to share his remarkable story on:

Wednesday, October 1
6:30 p.m. Wine and cheese reception
7 p.m. Lecture and book signing
Free and open to the public. Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres.

Register here!

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NYC Bus Tripnyc bus trip
For the second year in a row, the Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is hosting a bus trip to New York City for Notre Dame alums and friends. Mark your calendars and plan to join us on November 1! The cost is $65 per person and includes transportation to and from New York City from the Notre Dame of Maryland campus, breakfast, a raffle and snacks.

Register here!

Past Event: Eastern Shore Luncheon
On Thursday, June 19 a group of alums and friends met in Ocean City for the annual Eastern Shore luncheon, hosted as always by Mary Ellen Steiner Gunther ’54. Save the date for the Christmas gathering on Wednesday, December 3. Look for more details in Tower Talk in November.eastern shore

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Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes: India Scott ’11, Carol Malone ’69
The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named India Scott ’11 a 2014 Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows. The highly competitive Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship prepares candidates specifically to teach in the state’s high-need urban and rural secondary schools. India, a mathematics major at Notre Dame, joins 44 other fellows with strong backgrounds in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math). She will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete a special intensive master’s program at Purdue University; in return, she will commit to teach for three years in the Indiana schools that most need strong STEM teachers. Congratulations, India!

Best wishes to Carol Malone ’69, a beloved English teacher at Maryvale Preparatory School who recently announced her retirement after 34 years of teaching! “During her tenure, she has guided generations of girls (in some cases, mothers and daughters) through the literary and writing worlds. The positive impact of her masterful teaching will be her legacy,” reads the news release on Maryvale’s website. Read more about Carol’s wonderful legacy in the Baltimore Sun.

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Alum Benefits
Class of 2014: Your Health Insurance May End Sooner Than You Think!

Following is a message from Meyer and Associates.

“Congratulations!” “What an achievement!” You’ll probably hear phrases like these quite a bit over the next couple of months—after all, you managed to survive your college years and earn that all-important degree! But you may also hear (or think), “Welcome to the real world!” When real-life issues like health insurance coverage come up, the Alumnae and Alumni Association can offer some assistance.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that everyone have health insurance. Our Insurance Program offers health insurance options to fill the needs of many new alums who will be without coverage after graduation, whether due to the end of student health insurance, a lack of employment or even underemployment. Parental policies may not be suitable after graduation due to cost or location outside a parent’s network coverage area. Don’t risk going without health insurance, even for a short time, while affordable and flexible ACA-compliant options are available through our new private health insurance exchange.

The Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Program is a benefit for all Notre Dame graduates and offers products for many stages of your life. The great news is that you can share this benefit: most products are available to alums and their family members, even if they didn’t attend Notre Dame of Maryland University. For more information, visit our special webpage for Notre Dame alums.

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

Save the Date: Project Homeless Connect
Calling all alums! On Thursday, October 2, NDMU is partnering with United Way of Central Maryland to hold the third annual Project Homeless Connect. Notre Dame’s fearless and faithful staff, students and alums will join together with other volunteers from across the city to provide services to people facing homeless in Baltimore City. To volunteer and spend a day carrying out Notre Dame’s service-oriented mission, or for more information on how to get involved, please contact Melissa Lees at mlees@ndm.edu or 410-532-5574.

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Networking Initiative Committee
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is preparing for another successful year of networking, professional development and social events for Notre Dame alums and friends.

If you’d like to join the Networking Initiative Committee—made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and many other fields—drop us a line at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the first event in the 2014–2015 Power Hour Plus series: Mingle, Mingle, on October 15. For more details, see the article in this issue.

Next meeting: August 20, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Noyes Alumnae House. Please RSVP to Emilia Poiter at epoiter@ndm.edu if you are able to attend.

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First Impressions Committee
For young women just out of college, advice and counsel from experienced professionals can be critical to success. Do you have experience and insight that could benefit Notre Dame graduates as they prepare to enter the workforce?

The First Impressions program provides juniors and seniors in the Women’s College with the skills to make a strong first impression. Students must apply and be accepted into the program, which includes a personal brand-building workshop from WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky, a professional dress fashion show at Macy’s, a resume writing workshop, an interview prep workshop and the annual Etiquette Dinner.

The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is actively seeking volunteers to review student resumes, conduct practice interviews and serve on the committee during the next academic year. To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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Montrose Society: Mary Ellen Vanni ’69 mary ellen vanni
Why have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“My mother was a widow and the mother of six children, five girls and a boy, when she was 33 years old. She also was a Registered Nurse who believed that a college education was mandatory for her children to become self-sufficient.

“All of her children achieved that goal beyond the B.A. The College of Notre Dame (now NDMU) was my road to fulfilling that goal and was the basis for personal growth, intellectual curiosity and self-confidence. My mother’s legacy lives on in my gift and desire that another young woman from another fragile family will experience the strength of an NDMU education.”

Thank you to Mary Ellen and to all of the members of the Montrose Society—graduates and friends of the University who have confirmed their intention to remember Notre Dame in their estate plans. For more information about legacy giving, visit our website.

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There’s still time to support Notre Dame!fearless
Notre Dame’s fiscal year is almost over, but there’s still time to support your alma mater today!

You may be thinking that someone else will step up to support The Notre Dame Fund. But what if that “someone else” is thinking the very same thing?

Your gift to The Notre Dame Fund by June 30 is appreciated. Donate online or text the word FEARLESS to 80888 to make a $10 donation via text. Please include your name and class year: FEARLESS Jane Doe 2014.

Thank you for being a fearless and faithful supporter of Notre Dame!

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University News

Share the Women’s College Viewbook with Prospective Students
Do you know a young woman who might be interested in considering the Women’s College at Notre Dame? Share with her our new Women’s College viewbook, which has just been released. The viewbook—created by our marketing communications staff—is a wonderful introduction to Notre Dame, with information on majors/minors, study abroad, campus life, service opportunities and more. With your recommendation, it’s sure to make even more of an impact. View the online version of the viewbook here or contact Admissions to request a print copy.

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School of Pharmacy News
Assistant professor Ashley Moody, Pharm.D., AE-C, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Maryland Pharmacists Association, joining fellow School of Pharmacy faculty member Nicole Culhane, Pharm.D., BCPS, FCCP, who began her board service with the Maryland Pharmacists Association in June 2013.

We’re proud to announce the following post-graduate year 1 residencies:

Class of 2014:

  • Katie Dantoni: Richmond Veterans Affairs Medical Center, VA
  • Krista Hein: St. Louis College of Pharmacy Community Pharmacy Residency, MO
  • Desiree Massari: Shore Medical Center, Somers Point, NJ
  • Brandon Nuziale: St. Louis Family Practice Residency, MO
  • Conner Sothoron: Shands Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
  • Wyatt Gold: Boise Veterans Affairs Medical Center, ID

Class of 2013:

  • Nepthalee Edmond: Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center, VA

Two School of Pharmacy students have been named 2014 Baltimore Albert Schweitzer Fellows: Shefali Patel, Class of 2015, and Aisha Amin, Class of 2016. This program—a partnership with Notre Dame, the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University—provides graduate students in health and human service schools with a unique leadership development and community service opportunity. Each year, Fellows partner with area community-based organizations to carry out direct service projects that address a variety of unmet health needs. Shefali and Aisha will be based at Esperanza Center, a program of Catholic Charities that provides immigrants with health care, social services, referrals, language classes, and immigration legal services. They will be working with participants in two programs—No Show and Hernia Projects—and will be targeting patients who missed their appointments.

Sylvia Okrzesik (Class of 2015) was elected to serve on the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Pharmacy Student Forum Advisory group and was appointed to the Policy and Legislative Advocacy Committee.

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School of Nursing News
Three School of Nursing faculty presented during June 2014:

  • On June 13, Adriane Burgess, assistant professor, and Erica Brinkley, assistant professor, presented a poster on their work with students using photovoice to increase cultural competence. Their poster, titled “A picture is worth a thousand words: Caring through cultural competence using photovoice,” was presented at the Institute for Educators in Nursing and Health Professions in Baltimore.
  • On June 19, Janice Brennan, assistant professor and director of the Center for Caring with Technology, gave a presentation at the INACSL Conference, Orlando, Florida, called “Tips & Tricks: Lessons learned from creating and opening an new simulation center” on her experience opening Notre Dame’s simulation center.

The School of Nursing has been awarded its fourth grant in seven years from the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Nurse Support Program II to support the development of the senior year of its new entry-level baccalaureate program and to continue growth of its respected RN-to-BSN program for working nurses. The NSP II award, for just under $300,000, will allow Notre Dame to continue to increase the capacity and diversity of baccalaureate-prepared bedside nurses to meet the projected demand by Maryland hospitals and health care providers. The grant, funded by the Health Services Cost Review Commission, will provide NDMU School of Nursing funds for two new faculty positions in its baccalaureate programs for academic year 2014–2015. In addition, the grant provides faculty stipends for the development of eight new entry-level courses and related expenses for activities to recruit minority students for both baccalaureate programs. To read more about the grant, please visit our Newsroom.

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Soul Sister: What do you want?
From an early age, we are prompted to tell others what we want. “All I want for Christmas is …” “All I want for my birthday is …” “All I want for my graduation, wedding, anniversary is …”

As human beings we want many things: a family, a home, a job, better health, better marks in school, better weather, free time, fun time, vacation time, attention, understanding, love. These are all good things to want, to desire, to yearn for. Yet think about this: One of the most famous psalms in the Old Testament, the Good Shepherd psalm, begins with “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23).

Line by line, the person who prays this psalm is not asking God for something s/he wants, but rather rejoices in what God has already given: repose, refreshment, guidance, close presence, courage, nourishment, overwhelming goodness and kindness. Perhaps instead of petitioning God for what we want right away, we need first to recall what good God has already bestowed on us. Then we may ask away! After all, we are assured from Jesus’ words: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7, 8).

From your Soul Sister who only wants the best for you,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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In Memoriam

Helen Belloff Woodward' 44

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In the News

Baltimore Sun/Baltimore Messenger, First-generation seniors become Notre Dame university Trailblazers, article featuring graduating seniors Rachel De La Haya, Dimetria Jenkins and Cindy Contreras who are part of the first graduating class of the Trailblazers program for first-generation college students.

Baltimore Sun, Keenan elected to Howard Bank board of directors, John J. Keenan, vice president for finance and administration, has been elected a director of Howard Bancorp and Howard Bank.

Baltimore Sun, My Best Shot: The Forbidden City in Beijing, Christine De Vinne, OSU, Ph.D., NDMU's vice president for academic affairs, shares her photo of the Forbidden City taken during a trip with students in 2013.

Fox 45 News, The Renaissance Institute Celebrates 25 Years. Notre Dame’s Renaissance Institute celebrated 25 years of life-long learning for adults age 50+ on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Founded in 1989 by NDMU’s Kathleen Feeley, SSND ’50, community members sign up to take Renaissance Institute courses for the pure pleasure of learning! Each year more than 100 noncredit courses, workshops and studio opportunities are designed and led by Renaissance members in two 13-week semesters.

The Catholic Review, Maryland’s Catholic colleges continue to spend, make do with less, John Keenan, vice president for finance and administration, and Pat Bosse, vice president for institutional advancement, were interviewed on how Notre Dame is coping with fiscal challenges facing all colleges and universities. Notre Dame has been “extremely cautious and conservative” with its spending, Bosse said. “We have a history of spending every nickel three times. We’re used to it.”

Fox 45 News, NDMU Prof Interviewed about New Novel, The Blue Heron, Gene Farrington, Ph.D., of NDMU’s English Department, was interviewed on Fox 45’s Sunday morning show about his new novel, The Blue Heron. The novel takes readers on a journey to Jamestown, Virginia; the Chesapeake Bay; Washington, D.C.; London; Munich; and Avignon in the here and now, as well as Jacobin London and the Jamestown colony at its founding in the 17th century.

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