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Gala to celebrate President Seurkamp Back to Top

We are counting down the last few days until the Blue and White Ball! On Saturday, March 31, 2012, the Notre Dame and Baltimore community will join together to celebrate Mary Pat Seurkamp’s 15 years as president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Details can be found here. Don’t miss this evening of celebration.


The Celebration Continues – May 4th Back to Top

If you are not able to attend the Blue and White Ball, please mark your calendars to join us for the May 4th campus tribute to Mary Pat. This more informal gathering will give our alums, faculty, staff and students the opportunity to gather in celebration of President Seurkamp’s 15 years of leadership. A picnic style celebration on Doyle lawn, beginning at 3:30 p.m., will feature great food, games and of course, some surprises!


Remembering with Retiring Faculty Back to Top


Join faculty, staff and students, along with alumnae and alumni, as we come together in celebration of more than 100 years of teaching from some of the most influential educators of Notre Dame - Dr. Michael Storey, Dr. Charles Ritter and Professor Leonor Blum. As they each prepare to retire at the conclusion of the spring 2012 semester, the evening will highlight their careers dedicated to shaping tomorrow’s leaders.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012
5 p.m. Wine and Cheese Reception
6 p.m. Panel Discussion
Knott Auditorium
$20; $10 for SSNDs or Students
Register Now

Sponsored by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. Proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Fund and the Continuing Education Scholars Fund which includes support for adult women pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame.


Busta Lecture Speaker announced Back to Top

The Busta steering committee is very pleased to announce that Patricia M.C. Brown, President of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and Notre Dame trustee has accepted our invitation to be the 2012 guest lecturer for the Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business. As an expert on healthcare reform, Ms. Brown is the perfect choice to share her thoughts on leadership at this moment in history when the Supreme Court is deciding the fate of the healthcare reform act. The "business" of healthcare should be of interest to a wide variety of our students and constituents, indeed the community at large. Patty Brown is truly on the front line of decisions in health care that will affect us all for years to come and her unique perspective as a women leader in this field should truly be fascinating.

Knott Auditorium
Wednesday, May 2
7:00 p.m.

This lecture is free of charge and open to the public, but registration is required.


Notre Dame in Florida Back to Top

President Seurkamp was so warmly welcomed during her early March visit to deliver best wishes and a campus update to our graduates and friends who call Florida home. We are exceptionally grateful to our various hosts throughout the state: Fran and Betty Contino W’89, Jack and Loretta Curley C’91, Bruce and Polly Behrens C’98, Ken and Diana Trout C’97, Fred and Mary Louise Preis, Edie Donohue ’60, and Julie Ben Susan ’69.



Join Us in New York and Boston Back to Top

Our alumnae and friends in the Northeast will also have the opportunity to reconnect with the Notre Dame community when President Seurkamp makes her way to Boston and New York for a few very special April gatherings.

Boston area alumnae and alumni are invited to attend a special evening art exhibition at the McMullan Museum of Art at Boston College. The April 11th event (6 to 8 p.m.) has been organized by Pat Hillman ’69.

Dan and Colette Bennett ’93 will welcome and host President Seurkamp, along with Notre Dame alums, in their beautiful Upper West Side New York City apartment building. This evening affair will be held on April 12, 2012 from 6 to 8 p.m.

To reserve your spot for either of these two special events, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-3184.


Networking with Fellow Notre Dame Alums Back to Top

Notre Dame graduates are actively planning a variety of networking events for the upcoming year. The purpose of this coalition is to provide opportunities for professional and social networking and collaborations among alumnae and alumni. Help shape the future direction of this initiative by attending the next Networking Committee meeting on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Noyes House. If you are interested, contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-3184.


First Impressions Program Back to Top

We wish to extend our sincerest thank you to the Notre Dame alums and friends who have graciously offered their time and talent to make the pilot session of First Impressions such a great success. This program, a partnership between the department of business and economics, the Alumnae and Alumni Association and the Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE); has allowed sixteen of our Women’s College juniors and seniors to successfully acquire and navigate the essential professional skills needed to both obtain and retain a competitive edge in the 21st century job force. 

“When I started this program, I really didn’t have any clue about so many [of the] things I will need to be a successful business owner,” said Adaku, who aspires to establish an early education center for youth. “There is so much to learn: how to have a good handshake, what is appropriate to wear and say at an interview, even how to fold the napkin in your lap [during a lunch meeting].I am blessed to have a new understanding of it all, thanks to my mentors in this program.”

The next meeting for First Impressions is on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes House. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact the alumnae and alumni relations office at 410-532-3184 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.


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.


Notable Graduate – Janine M. DiPaula Stevens ’98 Back to Top

Janine M. DiPaula Stevens,a 1998 graduate of the Women’s College, currently serves as the CEOof Vircity, as well as president of Power Play Energy Gum and 720 S. Montford, LLC.

Ms. DiPaula Stevens specializes in small business and draws from an intimate knowledge of various industries including: architecture, event planning, interior design, healthcare, private clubs, personal services, retail, real estate, restaurant, and telecommunications. A native of Baltimore, Ms. DiPaula Stevens currently resides in Canton with her husband, William Stevens. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Finance from Notre Dame of Maryland University and her Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland.

Her entrepreneurial adventure began in 2003 when Ms. DiPaula Stevens created Vircity with the vision of helping small to mid-sized businesses and nonprofit organizations effectively utilize their resources by using Vircity to assist them with their back-office support activities. With Vircity’s success came more business opportunities and serial entrepreneurs were born. Working with her business partner and husband, Bill Stevens, they continue to develop their entrepreneurial ventures, and as adjunct professors, share their experience and knowledge to students enrolled in the entrepreneurship minor available to Women’s College undergraduate students.

In 2008, Ms. DiPaula Stevens was awarded SmartCEO’s BRAVA Award, and in 2009 she was recognized as one of the region's Top 100 Minority Business Enterprises. Ms. DiPaula Stevens has been recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record in 2008, 2010 and with her 2012 recognition, was inducted into The Daily Record’s Circle of Excellence, a distinction earned from her consistent professional accomplishments, including community leadership and mentoring.

In the true Notre Dame spirit of giving back, Ms. DiPaula Stevens currently serves as President of the Baltimore Regional Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and sits on the Board of Directors for Network 2000, St. Casimir Catholic School, and The Tyanna Foundation. She is the founder of the annual NICU event benefiting Mercy Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit and is the co-chairperson for the annual Tyanna Foundation BreastFest event benefitting the Hoffberger Breast Center at Mercy. She is also co-chairperson of the annual Women of Excellence event for Network 2000, a Baltimore women’s leadership program dedicated to mentoring and promoting women in business.


Reunion 2012 - Class Representation Still Needed 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 and there are still openings for class representatives for the following classes: 1957, 1972,1977, 1987 and 2007.

If you want to help plan the celebration for your class, please contact the office of alumnae relations at 410-532-5542 or ndmalum@ndm.edu. The next reunion meeting is scheduled for Saturday, May 19.


Calling all Educators Back to Top


We are planning an alumnae and alumni networking reception on April 17 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with an upcoming School of Education Speaker Series at Notre Dame. Ian Jukes, noted educational consultant, will present “Understanding the Digital Generation” at 7 p.m. on April 17.

This is sure to be a hot topic and of interest to many educators, but we would like to invite our alums to a brief wine and cheese reception as a networking opportunity prior to the presentation. We are still working out the details, but hope you will reserve the date on your calendar.

Contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu if you are interested in attending the networking reception at 6 p.m.and we will be sure to add you to our email distribution list. For registration to the Ian Jukes seminar click here.


Calling all Philosophy Majors – Save the Date Back to Top

The Eastern Society for Women in Philosophy will hold their spring conference at Notre Dame of Maryland University on April 27 and 28, 2012. Donna Dale Marcano, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy at Trinity College, will be Saturday’s keynote speaker with her presentation of “Whiteness and Women of Color in Feminist Theory or Considerations of Race and Sex Analogies in Contemporary Feminism.”

Dr. Marcano is known for bringing the insights of Black feminism and African-American philosophy to a wider audience and regularly teaches courses on existentialism, African-American feminism, and human rights. Please contact Dr. Maeve O’Donovan, for additional information regarding this event.


Nominate a Graduate Back to Top

Help the Alumnae and Alumni Association recognize the achievements of graduates from all programs by nominating someone for an award. 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.

How do you nominate? Email ndmalum@ndm.edu with the contact information of the nominee and a paragraph specifying for which award you are nominating them and why. The nomination period ends on June 11, 2012.

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.


The Tower Goes Green Back to Top

In support of our Charles Street neighbor, Loyola University Maryland, and their bid in the NCAA March Madness tournament, the Gibbons Hall Tower was bathed in green light for the evening of March 15th. We offer our sincerest congratulations to the mens basketball team of the Loyola Greyhounds who concluded the year with their first NCAA tournament appearance in 18 years.


License Plates Back to Top

The Notre Dame of Maryland University license plate, a $40 purchase, supports the University with proceeds benefitting the NDMU Annual Fund. Tag sales also count as donations, boosting the University's academic rankings. 


England, Wales and Ireland - May 28th, 2012 through June 8th, 2012 Back to Top

During this ten day excursion you will learn about the world’s oldest national health care system which also remains a leader in health promotion and preventative medicine. Cost is $3,750 and is inclusive of all but meals (breakfast is included) and gratuities. A side trip of Irish nightlife can be added for an additional $69.

E-mail Barbara Friend for more information. All students, alumnae, and friends are welcome.


In Memoriam Back to Top

Adeline Ogler Bracken ’37
Antoinette G. Hughes ’37
Katherine A. Stump ’40
June Elaine Cooke W’81
Barbara L. Goldberg C’90, M’96, W’99
Donna Maria Baldwin W’94


In the News Back to Top

Notre Dame was named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of its community service partnerships, which resulted in more than 16,000 volunteer hours donated in 2011.

Notre Dame President Emerita Sister Kathleen Feeley celebrated the literary legacy of the late Sr. Maura Eichner in a recent Catholic Review column.

Jeffrey Tuer, head of Notre Dame’s criminology program, spoke with WJZ-TV about law enforcement’s increasing use of digital footprints to locate suspects. 

The Daily Record’s Higher Education special section, “Where the Jobs Are,” includes Vice President of Academic Affairs Sr. Christine De Vinne as she highlights the University’s efforts to tailor new programs to emerging needs in the job market. The same issue of The Daily Record also includes coverage of Notre Dame’s new G. Avery Bunting Hall, as well as the University’s plans for a new School of Education and School of Nursing facilities.

The Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA) features Notre Dame’s successful School of Pharmacy AdvoCaring program in its spring 2012 newsletter, MICUA Matters.