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Tower Talk March 2013


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Presidential Inauguration Festivities Begin Back to Top

Beginning April 3, the Notre Dame community will celebrate the inauguration of Dr. James Conneely, our twelfth president, with a week of festivities. Highlights include the installation ceremony and luncheon on Friday, April 5, followed by the Inaugural Ball that evening. Other special events include the Inauguration Mass on April 4, the Day of Service on April 7, and the dinner and lecture with author Alice McDermott on April 10.

Please join us in the celebration! All Notre Dame alums are invited to attend the festivities. Registration is required; click here to register.


NDMU Teams up with United Way to Support Children in Head Start Baltimore City Back to Top

As part of the presidential inauguration festivities, on April 7 the Notre Dame community will partner with United Way of Central Maryland for the Day of Service. NDMU faculty, staff, students and alums will assemble summer reading tote bags for children who participate in Head Start Baltimore City.

Head Start prepares children to enter preschool. Their programming is provided nine months of the year, and children who don’t continue reading during summer break often lose some skills. But we can help stem learning loss: Notre Dame’s goal is to provide each of the 3,600 children who take part in Head Start Baltimore City with three books to read over the summer.

 Caterpillar     brown bear     my colors

The Day of Service will take place on April 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the MBK Gym on campus. Bring your family:The Day of Service can count as service hours for schoolchildren. Click here to volunteer for this event.

Can’t volunteer? Click here to donate new copies of the three selected children’s books.


Acclaimed author Alice McDermott visits campus Back to Top

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Award-winning author Alice McDermott is the guest speaker at this year’s Scholarship Fundraising Dinner, hosted by the Continuing Education chapter of Notre Dame’s Alumnae and Alumni Association. The author of Charming Billy and After This, among other novels, Ms. McDermott has won the National Book Award and is a three-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize.

The evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and dinner with Ms. McDermott, at a cost of $35 per person ($20 for SSNDs). At 7 p.m., she will give a lecture and sign books; several of her novels will be for sale onsite. The lecture/book signing is open to the public and free to attend. Registration is required for both portions of the evening; please register here.

A raffle will be held for a variety of prizes, including a copy of the printing plate of the Baltimore Sun’s front page that announced the Ravens’ Super Bowl win. You do not need to be present to win! Click here to purchase raffle tickets.

A portion of the evening’s proceeds go to the Continuing Education Scholarship Fund, which supports adult women pursuing higher education at Notre Dame.

Wednesday, April 10
5:30 p.m. - Reception and dinner
7 p.m. - Lecture and book signing
Doyle Formal


Power Tools for Women networking event, featuring Joni Daniels Back to Top

The next Power Hour Plus networking event features Joni Daniels, management consultant, trainer and author. She’ll conduct her signature Power Tools for Women workshop, in which participants will learn to develop a tool kit of essential skills for professional and personal success.

Click here to register. Admission is $15 per person. A wine and cheese networking reception will precede the lecture.

Tuesday, April 16
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wine and cheese reception
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Presentation
Doyle Formal


Chef Cindy Wolf to deliver 2013 Busta Lecture in Business Back to Top

cindy wolfNoted local chef Cindy Wolf will be this year’s guest speaker at the Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business. The executive chef of Charleston restaurant, Chef Wolf is a partner in Foreman Wolf, which operates five well-regarded Baltimore restaurants; she is also a two-time finalist for the James Beard Foundation’s award for Best Chef in the mid-Atlantic. Chef Wolf will share business and life lessons from the culinary world.

This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to register.

Tuesday, April 23
6 p.m. Reception, Doyle Formal
7 p.m. Lecture, Knott Auditorium


Date change: Career transitions workshop Back to Top

Looking for guidance as you change careers or re-enter the workforce? Please plan to attend the career transitions workshop, hosted by the Networking Committee. The keynote speaker will be career coach Nicholas Lore, author of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success and Now What? The Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career.

Originally planned for June 8, the workshop has been rescheduled for the fall; more details will follow in upcoming issues of Tower Talk.


Notable Alums Back to Top

We're proud to announce that four Notre Dame alumnae have been named to the 2013 Maryland's Top 100 Women list. The Daily Record’s annual awards honor high-achieving Maryland women who exhibit community involvement, professional accomplishment and a commitment to mentoring. The Notre Dame graduates being honored this year are Joan Davidson W'93, Donna Easton '70, Mary Helfrich M'08, and Sister Patricia McCarron '84, Ph.D. School of Pharmacy Dean Anne Lin, Pharm.D., is also on the list. The winners will be honored at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on May 6.

Maggie Gunther Osborn ’85 has been named president of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, a statewide association of grantmakers that serves as Connecticut’s hub for philanthropy. Maggie has more than twenty years of leadership experience in the philanthropic, nonprofit, and consulting sectors; she’ll assume her new role on May 1. Congratulations, Maggie! 

To submit a class note or update, please fill out the update form on the NDMU website or contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5201.


Countdown to Reunion 2013 Back to Top

reunionMark your calendars: Reunion 2013 will take place September 20–22! The family-friendly weekend will include the Reunion Luncheon, tours of the new buildings on campus, and the return of the crab feast. All Notre Dame graduates are invited to attend the Saturday night celebration, Dance to the Music. More details will be forthcoming this spring.

We don’t have Reunion Committee representatives from the classes of 1988 and 1993 — we want to be sure that all classes are part of the planning, so please let us know if you’d like to get involved. Reps are asked to share ideas for making the weekend special, to contact classmates to invite them to Reunion and to contribute to the class gift – and, of course, to attend Reunion! If you’d like to join the committee, please contact Marianne Amoss at mamoss2@ndm.edu or 410-532-5542.


Notre Dame on the road Back to Top

As part of his Inauguration tour, this spring President Conneely has been visiting Notre Dame alums in different parts of the East Coast.

In early March, Dr. Conneely gathered with alums in Florida; while there, he pinned several members of the Montrose Society who weren’t able to attend the formal pinning ceremony on campus in November 2012.

Click here for more information on the Montrose Society.

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Nominate an outstanding Notre Dame graduate for an alumnae and alumni award Back to Top

Do you know a Notre Dame alum who has made notable contributions or accomplishments since graduation? If so, please consider nominating her or him for one of the prestigious alumnae and alumni awards presented at Reunion.

To nominate a graduate for any of the three awards, please complete an online nomination form or email ndmalum@ndm.edu with the contact information of the nominee and a paragraph specifying for which award you are nominating her or him and why. The nomination period ends on May 15, 2013.

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 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.

Click here for more information about the alumnae and alumni awards.


Benefits for alums Back to Top

All Notre Dame graduates are automatically eligible for a number of alum-only benefits, such as discounts on entertainment and sporting events, access to our campus career center and health insurance! Click here for more information on the programs and savings available to NDMU alums.


Looking for career opportunities? Back to Top

facebook and linked in“Like” the Alumnae and Alumni Association on Facebook to stay connected with your classmates and learn about events taking place at the university.

If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, join the Notre Dame alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with other NDMU alums in your field of interest.


Networking Committee Back to Top

The Networking Committee is putting the finishing touches on the third Power Hour Plus event, which takes place on April 16; for more details, see the Power Tools for Women article in this issue of Tower Talk.

The committee is hard at work planning future professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the career transitions workshop scheduled for this fall. If you’d like to be involved, let us know! The next committee meeting is Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes 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

All alums are invited to be part of the First Impressions program and support Notre Dame juniors and seniors as they prepare to enter the working world.

There are various ways to support this program:

  • help prepare and serve food at the annual Etiquette Dinner
  • review resumes
  • conduct mock interviews
  • share internship opportunities at your place of work
  • join the committee and help plan future events

If you are 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 – Julie Ben-Susan ’69 Back to Top

montrose ben-susanWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“When we were in school ‘Veritas’ seemed pretty amorphous. Now, after my forty-plus years in the rough and tumble real world of Wall Street, the International Longshoreman’s Union, local politics and spin masters, I have come to appreciate ‘Veritas’ surrounded by words like courage, context, common sense, intent and just plain old truth.

“That is why Paul and I committed to include Notre Dame in our wills, became a member of the Montrose Society, and have been working closely with this wonderful volunteer, staff and management partnership for the past year.

“Thank you, Notre Dame!”

Click here to learn more about the Montrose Society and legacy giving.


Recommit to Notre Dame this spring Back to Top

When one flower blooms, spring awakens everywhere. —John O’Donohue

Education inspires a world of possibilities. As we celebrate this season of renewal, please consider making a gift to The Notre Dame Fund. Your gift, at any level, supports the university’s enduring mission to educate leaders to transform the world.

Click here for more details or to make an online donation. 


Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp dances for a good cause Back to Top

Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp, Notre Dame president emerita, is one of nine community leaders performing a Latin or ballroom dance at the 2013 Alzheimer’s Association Memory Ball. The black-tie event, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Alzheimer's Association, takes place on April 13 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. 


NDMU launches “essential credential” radio and video advertising campaign Back to Top

As part of a new advertising campaign targeting prospective adult students for our College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies programs, new radio spots began airing March 4 on the following stations (both broadcast and streaming): WERZ, WIYY, WJZ, WLIF, WPOC, WQSR,WWIN, WWMX, WYPR, WZBA, WKIK and WXCY. The ads will air through June and will direct listeners to a dedicated website designed to drive First Thursday event registrations.

The First Thursdays information sessions have been shown to be effective method of conversion (from attendees to applicants), and we know that prospective students who attend and connect with professors and other adult students are more likely to commit to a degree program. The ads emphasize key messages including NDMU’s expertise in serving adult learners, opportunities for women and men, and the impressive fields (across all four of our schools) for which we prepare our students. Click here to listen to a 60-second version of the spot. A version of the banner ads appears below.

The focus on the term “essential credential” — memorable due to the rhyme and the combination of two powerful words — is intended to remind audiences of their unfulfilled ambition to complete a degree at the bachelor’s level or, for those who have a specific career ambition that is achievable only with an advanced degree, to earn a master’s degree.

The campaign will also include an animated video feature for various online channels, including Pandora, ABC2news.com, Baltimore.cbslocal.com (WJZ TV’s site), Baltimoresun.com, Citypaper.com, Comcast.net, WbalTV.com, Yahoo.com and more.

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Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day celebrates undergraduate scholarship Back to Top

On Friday, April 26, Notre Dame hosts Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day, an annual showcase of undergraduate research in arts and sciences. Honoring Dr. Nancy Kreiter, an associate professor of biology who was a strong advocate for undergraduate research, the day features student presentations of scientific research, fine art, musical performances and literary works.

This year, awards will be given for the best responses to the Common Reading, The Cellist of Sarajevo. Awards will include Best Essay on the Common Reading by a first-year student, Best Research Paper based on a topic related to the Common Reading and Best Creative Response to the Common Reading. The festivities will conclude with a community picnic supper, musical entertainment and an awards ceremony.


Spring Talent Show added to Inauguration lineup Back to Top

Just added to the Inauguration festivities is the Spring Talent Show and Silent Auction, hosted by the Class of 2013. Alums and current students are invited to share their musical, theatrical and literary talents with the campus community. So dust off that guitar and shake out those Sing Song costumes – or just grab some fellow NDMU alums and come to see the show!

Admission to the talent show is $3 for current students, $5 general admission. The silent auction will take place concurrently with the talent show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Class of 2013’s Senior Week. If you’d like to perform, please contact Janie Marsan ’13 at jmarsanndam1@live.ndm.edu.

Saturday, April 13
4:30 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium


Women in Science and Mathematics Exhibit at the Loyola-Notre Dame Library Back to Top

The Loyola-Notre Dame Library hosts an exhibition commemorating the annual Women’s History Month celebration – and highlighting Notre Dame’s pioneering efforts to educate 19th century women in science and mathematics. Up in Archives and Special Collections through April 11, the exhibit documents in vintage and contemporary photos and text the Notre Dame tradition of innovation in education that still flourishes on campus today. For more information, contact 410-532-5524.


Journalist and author Kathleen Koch announced as inauguration speaker Back to Top

Notre Dame is pleased to announce that award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch will speak at the university’s 2013 Commencement, taking place on May 25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The author of Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost It All and Found What Mattered, Ms. Koch served as CNN general assignment correspondent for more than eighteen years, covering especially aviation, the White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony.

“Throughout her career, Kathleen has used her gifts to speak truth to power, bear witness to suffering and incite good people into action,” said President Conneely. “In upholding the highest ideals of her profession and her deep commitment to serving the community, she is an outstanding role model for our graduates.”

For more information, please visit the NDMU Newsroom.


Music at Notre Dame: From Classics to Jazz & the Commodores Jazz Ensemble Back to Top

From Classics to Jazz is a gala evening that benefits the annual Lizst-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition, portions of which take place on Notre Dame’s campus in October. Part of the Inauguration festivities, the concert will feature a program of beloved compositions from all eras and for all ages, performed by some of Baltimore’s most esteemed musicians. The American Liszt Society at Baltimore-Washington will also present a special gift to President James Conneely for his support of the festival and this benefit evening.

Suggested minimum donation (tax-deductible): $20. Click here for tickets or call 410-833-5782.

Saturday, April 6
Silent auction at 6:30 p.m.; concert begins at 7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Back by popular demand, the vibrant Commodores Jazz Ensemble returns to the LeClerc stage for a third time. Known for their technical and fiery horn soloists, the Commodores is the U.S. Navy’s premier jazz ensemble and is considered a national treasure. The concert is part of the Music at Notre Dame series and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 410-532-5386.

Saturday, April 20
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium


In Memoriam Back to Top

Aurora Fe M. Dragon ’06

Constance Roycroft Rodowski ’54

Ann Sheehan ’33

Loretta Szwabowski Struzinski ’37

Mary Sproat Sullivan ’40


In the news Back to Top

Naomi Cross, an obstetrics nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a student in NDMU’s RN to BSN program, and Carolyn Jones, author of The American Nurse – a beautifully crafted book of photos and essays chronicling the lives of nurses — were interviewed recently by WYPR’s Dan Rodricks. 

The Current (Egg Harbor Township, NJ) profiled Claudia Lee, a 15-year-old student at Egg Harbor Township High School in New Jersey, who was recently selected among 167 other young poets from around the country as one of the ten finalists in the first annual Eichner Award for Young Poets. 

NDMU’s Maryland College Access Challenge Grant through the Higher Education Persistence Program to continue and expand the Trailblazer Scholars program for first-generation students was featured in the newsletter of the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association (MICUA). 

The Baltimore Sun previewed President Conneely’s inaugural festivities. 

Professor Susan Barber is quoted The Richmond Times-Dispatch’s account of the horrific Brown’s Island Explosion of 1863. 

Director of Financial Aid Zhanna Goltser spoke with U.S. News & World Report to offer advice for non-traditional students navigating the FAFSA process. 

In early March, Notre Dame of Maryland University Women’s College students joined the SSND delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The group spent a week in New York City meeting participating in working groups and advocating for the right of women and girls to be free from violence. 

The Catholic Review reported that Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp, Notre Dame president emerita, is one of nine community leaders performing a Latin or ballroom dance at the 2013 Alzheimer’s Association Memory Ball. The black-tie event, a fundraiser for the nonprofit Alzheimer's Association, takes place on April 13 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.