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Announcing Notre Dame’s 14th President: Marylou Yam, Ph.D.







On March 20, the Board of Trustees of Notre Dame of Maryland University announced the appointment of Marylou Yam, Ph.D., as President of Notre Dame of Maryland University, effective July 1, 2014. She will become the institution’s 14th President in its 119-year history.

Dr. Yam joins the Notre Dame community from Saint Peter’s University, a Catholic Jesuit liberal arts institution in Jersey City, N.J., where she most recently served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. As the first woman in the history of Saint Peter’s to serve as Dean of its College of Arts and Sciences and School of Business Administration, and as a nationally recognized researcher on victims of domestic abuse, Dr. Yam exemplifies Notre Dame’s mission of preparing leaders to transform the world and its active and longstanding commitment to social responsibility.

“Dr. Yam’s leadership experience in the development and delivery of leading-edge professional programs rooted in the liberal arts will serve Notre Dame well in the continued expansion of our four Schools—Arts and Sciences, Education, Nursing and Pharmacy. Dr. Yam’s track record of innovation will further strengthen our leadership position as a renowned university that prepares fearless and faithful leaders who effect real change in their communities and beyond,” said Board Chair Patricia J. Mitchell ’69.

Dr. Yam is former Associate Dean of Nursing for Saint Peter’s University and throughout her career has been a staunch and vocal advocate for the essential role of a liberal arts foundation in professional education.

“Dr. Yam is the ideal leader for the Notre Dame approach to education,” said the Honorable Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman ’62, who chaired the search committee.

To read more about Dr. Marylou Yam—and to submit a message of welcome to our 14th President—please visit our website.

2014 Busta Lecture: The Arts Transforming Communities
Join us for the 2014 Busta Lecture—an annual event honoring women leaders in business. This year, we’re proud to host a prestigious group of Baltimore arts professionals who will discuss the ways in which their organizations are effecting real change in the city. These four outstanding women will share how they are building world-class cultural programs to transform local communities and the lives of residents of all ages.


Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Doreen Bolger, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art
Rebecca Hoffberger, Director of the American Visionary Art Museum
Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director of The Walters Art Museum

Moderator: Caroline Busta, Associate Editor, Artforum magazine

Tuesday, April 22
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium
Free of charge and open to the public with registration

Click here to register or call or 410-532-5201.


CE Spring Event: An Evening with Faculty Authors
facultyauthorsJoin us for readings and conversation with faculty members from Notre Dame’s acclaimed Department of English—and a celebration of their recent publications! The evening is hosted by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds benefits the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Jeana DelRosso, co-editor of Unruly Catholic Women Writers
Dr. Gene Farrington, author of The Blue Heron
Shelley Puhak ’97, author of Guinevere in Baltimore

Wednesday, April 2
5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Cocktail reception, President’s Residence—$25
7 to 8 p.m. Lecture, Fourier Library (Room 103, Fourier Hall)—Free and open to the public

Click here to register.

Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence
wine tastingSample a variety of wines from across the country and the world at the beautiful Notre Dame President’s Residence in Homeland. Zach Armiger of Armiger Imports will lead the tasting. Attendees can also enjoy a glass of their favorite wine, as well as hors d’oeuvres. Informal tours of the President’s Residence will also be included at this special networking event, open to Notre Dame alums and friends.

Wednesday, May 14
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

President’s Residence, 100 St. Albans Way

$20; includes tasting and hors d’oeuvres

Click here to register.

Reunion 2014
reunion 2014Reunion 2014 is just six short months away—and the Reunion Committee is moving ahead at full steam with planning the weekend! Representatives of celebrating classes—those ending in 4 and 9—have been reaching out to their classmates via phone, mail, email and social media to share details about the weekend. Be sure to mark your calendars for September 19–21 and plan to join the celebration!

Now is a great time to make travel plans, if you’ll be coming to Baltimore from out of town. We have reserved room blocks at several area hotels for our out-of-town Reunion attendees. Click here for more information about participating hotels. Be sure to make your reservations early to take advantage of the special Notre Dame Reunion rate.

For more details about Reunion 2014, visit our website or contact us at 410-532-5201.

Nominate an outstanding Notre Dame graduate for an alumnae and alumni award
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, 2014.

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.

Athletic Hall of Fame Award Nomination
Nominations are now being accepted for the Athletic Hall of Fame Award. The deadline is July 1, 2014. This award will also be presented during Reunion weekend, September 19-21. Click here for the online nomination form.

Save the Date: Mingle, Mingle
Want to learn how to work a room or to handle social events and holiday parties? Do you want to be the person from the event who is remembered for all the right reasons? Mingle, Mingle—part of the 2014–2015 Power Hour Plus series—is a must for anyone who attends business gatherings, parties or community events. The focus will be on appropriate conversation topics for social gatherings and tips for overcoming “mingle-phobia.” You’ll learn how to:

  • make successful entrances, join groups and initiate conversations.
  • create the most effective first impression through a proper handshake, eye contact, introductions and appropriate nonverbal communication.
  • be interesting and interested in conversation.
  • master the art of a graceful escape.

October 15
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge
Registration details will be forthcoming.

nyc bus trip

Save the Date: NYC Bus Trip
Last year’s bus trip to New York City was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again! Mark your calendars for November 1, 2014. More details to come.

Past Event: Breakfast at the Center Club with Gabrielle Dow
gabrielle dow eventOn March 13, more than 60 alums and friends gathered at the Center Club in Downtown Baltimore for a special breakfast and networking event with Gabrielle Dow, vice president of marketing for the Baltimore Ravens. Ms. Dow shared her wonderful behind-the-scenes stories of the Ravens’ 2012 season Super Bowl win and the role her organization plays in the fan experience. All attendees were treated to a photo op with the Super Bowl ring!

President Coley Visits Alums in Seattle
During a recent visit to Seattle, President Joan Coley met with several of our alums to share the good news of Notre Dame. She was graciously welcomed to the Emerald City by Marilyn Whited ’66, Dr. Lisa Iype ’89, Ana Maria Nunez ’83, Warren Rosenthal W’90 and Mildred Surdyke ’83. A special thanks to Marilyn Whited for making the visit so special.

Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes:
On February 26, Kristina Collins M’12 received the prestigious 2014 Loyola Literacy Educator of the Year Award at Loyola University Maryland, which honors Maryland teachers for contributions to literacy education in their teaching, support for the literacy learning of all students and collaborative work within the school community. Kristina teaches sixth grade at Archbishop Borders School near Patterson Park.

Mia Redrick ’92, a speaker, business owner and coach for moms, appears regularly on America Now, a nationally syndicated newsmagazine show hosted by Leeza Gibbons and Bill Rancic. The segments will air through September 9.

Kyle Rickbeil M’07 has been named Middle School Head at Trinity School in Ellicott City, where he is currently a religion teacher; he will take the position on July 1, 2014.

Leslie R. Simmons ’94 M’97, has recently been appointed to the board of Roland Park Place, Baltimore’s only nonprofit continuing care retirement community. The President of Carroll Hospital Center, Simmons was named one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in 2012.

Join us for a Psychology Alumnae Happy Hour
The Notre Dame Psychology department invites alums to a Psychology Alumnae Happy Hour on Friday, March 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mt. Washington Tavern. Enjoy happy hour specials on drinks and appetizers while networking, catching up with old friends and making new ones, celebrating accomplishments since graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Maria Mouratidis at mmouratidis@ndm.edu.

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

Seeking First-generation College Graduates for a Panel Discussion in April
Calling first-generation college graduates to participate in a panel discussion titled Thinking About Your Future: Majors and Careers, hosted by NDMU’s Trailblazers Program for first-generation college students.

The Trailblazers Program, launched in 2010 to support first-generation college students in the Women’s College, has grown to a community of more than 100 students, with the first group of Trailblazers set to graduate in May. The program provides ongoing, essential support—from the first year to the finish line—to help students reap the benefits of college life, earn their degrees and make their way into the world as Notre Dame grads.

We’re specifically seeking Notre Dame alums—who, like our Trailblazers, were first-generation college students—to share your experiences and insights on how you’ve put your NDMU degree to work for you. The panel will take place in April; to volunteer to be a panelist, please contact Beth Green, Trailblazers Director, at 410-532-5813 or egreen@ndm.edu.

First Impressions Committee
Do you have professional experience and knowledge that could benefit Women’s College students 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. Events and workshops this year included a dynamic presentation on personal brand-building from WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky (October 17), a professional dress fashion show at Macy’s (November 25), a resume writing workshop (February 11), an interview prep workshop (February 24), and the annual Etiquette Dinner (March 25). The 2013–2014 program will conclude on April 22 with the First Impressions graduation ceremony.

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

Networking Committee
The Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and many other fields. The group plans professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the Power Hour Plus networking series, which has hosted four successful events so far this academic year: Breakfast at the Center Club with Gabrielle Dow, VP of Marketing for the Ravens, on March 13; It’s a LinkedIn World—Are you Living in It? on January 16; the New York Bus Trip on November 2; and Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition on October 12.

The 2013–2014 series will wrap up with a wine tasting at the President’s Residence on May 14. For more details, see the Power Hour Plus article in this issue of Tower Talk.

The next meeting of the Networking Committee is Wednesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Montrose Society – Marilyn Whited ’66
marilyn whitedWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“A weeklong introspection unveiled that I really grew up at Notre Dame!

“While I was at Holy Names Academy, I walked in the shadows of my older sisters and was rarely called by my own name. I was determined to plot my own course in college. My sister was incensed I did not apply to her college, but Dad, my hero, expressed his confidence in my decision and ordered her to leave me alone. I was pleased at his support of my rebellion. I started to grow up, and away.

“At Notre Dame, I grew up making more decisions. My first roommate was from Maryland’s Eastern Shore and may as well have been from outer space. Girls in my dorm and classes had such different backgrounds. I was compelled to grow up some more. Doyle Hall residents selected me to represent them on the Resident Student Board. Friendships formed over four years have lasted a lifetime. I learned differences were OK and did some more growing. Some 40 years later, my sister confided that Dad was so proud of me.

“Tragedy struck when my mother died. I was shown another, softer, side of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. They understood my misery. Sister Madeleine, concerned that I couldn't concentrate in her classroom (where I had learned of Mom’s passing) requested a new location from the Dean of Studies, Sister Bridget Marie. They went out of their way to rescue me. Faculty would stop me in the tunnel to ask how I was doing. These extraordinary, highly respected women were so intent that I would prevail. I was awed. Years later I am still grateful and humbled and still growing up.

“After 48 years, I am convinced my choice of NDM was perfect for me. What I learned in and from Notre Dame is timeless. A student in the tumultuous 60s, I have been proactive for my Church and my community. My volunteer experience in my Parish, schools, and the Seattle community fills 2 pages. I need my Notre Dame to stay strong. My NDM degree validates my decision, being as valuable as my college’s reputation.

“There is another reason why NDM is in my will. My Dad told me he had included the SSND in his estate because he wanted the Sisters to remember him in their prayers. Through no fault of his, his good intentions came to naught. So I’m doing it for my Dad too.”

Are you one of The Fearless 180?
In honor of the 180th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, NDMU is looking for “The Fearless 180”—graduates making their first-ever gifts to The Notre Dame Fund. Notre Dame Fund gifts from alumnae and alumni —of any amount—sustain the people and programs that make Notre Dame unique and FEARLESS.

Click here for more information about The Fearless180 and to read about some of the outstanding Notre Dame graduates and community members who are FEARLESSLY extending the mission of the SSNDs to transform the world.

University News

Universitas - Winter 2014 is Launched
universitasNotre Dame has published the inaugural issue of our community magazine, Universitas. This exciting new publication features writing and stunning photography that highlight the exciting scholarship, service and campus life that every day make Notre Dame a warm community that educates, enlightens and inspires.

The current issue includes a reflection on the fearless and faithful spirit of Notre Dame and the School Sisters of Notre Dame; a look at cutting-edge research our biology and pharmacy faculty and students are conducting into improving a medication for malaria; and a celebration of Notre Dame’s continuing literary tradition with news of several major recent and upcoming faculty publications.

Click here to view Universitas online.

School of Pharmacy 2014 Women’s Health Fair
The Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy invites the Notre Dame community to join us for a health fair on Women’s Health Today on Thursday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to noon in the gallery of the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. Hosted by pharmacy students, this health fair is a great opportunity to learn more about the health challenges that women face today. Topics presented include cervical cancer, domestic violence, substance abuse, eating disorders, over-the-counter products for women’s health, and more. Come participate in this engaging learning experience, and enjoy games and prizes!

Thursday, April 10
9 a.m. to noon
Gallery of the Loyola/Notre Dame Library

Book Sale at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library
<book saleLooking to expand your book collection? Come to the Loyola/Notre Dame Library gallery on April 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and choose from over one thousand books on various subjects. Books range from academic to light reading, so there will be something for everyone. Paperbacks cost $1, and hardbacks cost $2.

Click here for more information. For location information and directions to the library, visit the library website.

Notre Dame Students Win Davis Projects for Peace Grant
We’re proud to announce that two Notre Dame Women’s College students have received a Davis Projects for Peace grant. Rachel De La Haya, a senior International Relations major, and Rebecca Joop, a junior majoring in Elementary and Special Education, have been jointly awarded a $10,000 grant to implement a project entitled “Matumaini ya Baadaye” (Swahili for “Hope for the Future”). Their project will introduce computer skills to disabled students at the Faraja Primary School for Disabled Children in Tanzania, Africa, during the summer of 2014. The students’ proposal was selected from among entries submitted by undergraduates at 91 American colleges and universities that are partners in the Davis United World College Scholars Program.

Davis Projects for Peace is an international initiative to help today’s youth support and encourage peace worldwide. Notre Dame undergraduates have been awarded Davis Projects for Peace grants every year since the program’s founding in 2007 by philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis. Past grant recipients have traveled to Ecuador, Kenya, Peru and Swaziland, where last year three Notre Dame students taught the members of a women’s cooperative an income-generating skill. Visit the Davis website to learn more about the amazing work of our scholars.

Border Experience with the SSNDs
NDM in ArizonaIn mid-March, four Women’s College students—Jillian Childs ’14, Rachel De La Haya ’14, Merisa Hernandez ’16, and Ashleigh Hughes ’14—and two alums/staff members—Marianne Amoss ’04 and Sibyl Snow ’06, M’13—spent the week of spring break at the United States/Mexico border, learning about immigration issues and witnessing first-hand the conflicts playing out at and around the border. Led by Sister Linda Stilling, SSND ’64, who teaches Spanish language and culture at Notre Dame, the group experienced an educational and joyful week. Their homebase was in Douglas, Arizona, with three SSNDs who are working on behalf of the migrants: Sr. Judy Bourg, Sr. Christine Garcia, and Sr. Lucy Nigh. In both Mexico and in the U.S., the group met with the migrants themselves and those involved in providing humanitarian aid to the migrants and advocating for immigration reform. They also got to practice their Spanish and enjoy the warmer weather in the southwest! The group will give a presentation on their experience at Nancy Kreiter Research Day on April 25.


President Joan Develin Coley Presented with the 17th Mission and Ministry Award
At Notre Dame Day on February 11, the School Sisters of Notre Dame presented the Mission and Ministry Award—Notre Dame’s version of Outstanding Person of the Year—to a person who in a short time has made a major impact on Notre Dame: our 13th President, Joan Develin Coley, Ph.D.

“As a spirited administrator, President Joan Develin Coley leads our institution with wisdom, grace and humor,” said Mary Roy Weiss, SSND, in presenting the award to Dr. Coley. “In the course of this year, she has exemplified SSND core values and vision: empowerment of persons to reach their full potential, transformative education to change the world, and caring presence for each person. We are honored to have this remarkable woman in our midst, leading all of us to be ‘one’ as partners in SSND Mission and Ministry.”

The event also included the presentation of the Distinguished Staff Award, which is chosen from nominations made by faculty and staff colleagues. The honoree this year was Mary Alice Adams ’89, the Student Accounts Assistant who has worked at Notre Dame since 1999.

The theme for the gathering, “Celebrating Our Home,” acknowledged both the importance that this campus plays in the lives of the members of our Notre Dame community and the founding 180 years ago of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Student Miya Kane noted that the School Sisters “left their homes in order to be of service to others … When they founded our University, they weren’t just founding a school. They were building a home where they could educate and nurture their students.”

Dr. Alison Dray-Novey, professor of Asian studies, history and political science, set the tone for the celebration in her keynote remarks on “learning for life,” in which she encouraged students to become active participants in their education. “Active thinking and participation, changing habitual diffidence for the sake of your own growth—this is hard work, certainly harder than passivity,” she said. “But it is also the time-tested path to learning. The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work actively and with your whole mind and heart.”

Soul Sister: How do you “sign off”?
We tailor our goodbyes with a parting message that others will remember. After a yearly visit with my grandparents who lived far away, my grandmother would say: Thanks a million for everything. When she signed subsequent letters to us Love always, we felt her parting message again.

Newscasters often end their programs with a signature message. See you tomorrownext timejoin us again. Letter and message writers use other expressions. Warmest regardsfondlywith love. Check out St. Paul. In his letters, the epistles, he had many farewell lines. Peace, love, faithgrace, love of God, fellowshipMay the Lord of peace give you continued peace in every possible way (2 Thess. 3:16). Check out Mother Theresa Gerhardinger, SSND Foundress, who wrote thousands of letters. May the Holy Spirit keep you in love and in grace! (Letter 714, 5/30/1847). God can and will direct all for our best. (Letter 4884, 12/30/ 1873 ). Check out Jesus. He had these parting messages: Proclaim the Good News (Mk. 16:15) … I send down upon you the promise of my Father (Lk. 24:49) … I am with you always (Mt. 28:20).

It is not easy to capture a lot of thought, sentiment and feeling in one word! What parting word/s do you write before signing your name to a birthday card, an email or a text message?

Blessings and love from your “Soul Sister,”
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

In Memoriam

  • Betty Lacs Dickman '55
  • Elizabeth Ross Doerken '60
  • Kathleen Nolan '71

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