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May 2012


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Notre Dame celebrates 15 years of Seurkamp leadership Back to Top

Students, graduates, faculty members and staff gathered on campus to celebrate President Mary Pat Seurkamp’s 15 years of leadership and inspiration. Mass in Marikle Chapel was followed by a community gathering and barbeque with lawn games, performances and tributes to this remarkable woman whose tenure transformed every facet of our community and changed so many lives. We will miss you Mary Pat! Check out the pictures from the event.


Notable Graduates – Maryland’s Top 100 Women & Circle of Excellence Back to Top

Congratulations to five Notre Dame alumnae who were among this year’s awardees by the Daily Record, including Janine DiPaula Stevens ’98, who was admitted to the Circle of Excellence—a prestigious honor reserved for those who have appeared on the Top 100 list three times.

Circle of Excellence - Janine DiPaula Stevens ’98 – CEO, Vircity

In 2003, Janine created Vircity, a company providing small businesses cost-effective ways to integrate marketing, accounting and office administrative needs into their business plans without committing to the costs of a fully-staffed office. Working with her business partner and husband, Bill Stevens, Janine continues to develop their entrepreneurial ventures, and as adjunct professors, share their experiences through their instruction of the entrepreneurship minor at Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Janine 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 NIC&U event benefiting Mercy Medical Center's neonatal intensive care unit and is the co-chairperson for the annual Tyanna Foundation BreastFest event benefiting 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.

And from the other Top 100 Notre Dame women:
Tamara Rush W’96 –Vice President Defense Operations, STG. Inc.
“As the founder of the local chapter of Women in Defense (WID), I am still working with the group to insure women collaborate and support each other in reaching their full leadership potential.”

Ann Karpoff Sober W’82– Director/President, Special Beginnings Birth and Women’s Center
“In 1981, I opened the Baltimore Birth Center, the first freestanding birth center in the state, giving women a safe place to have a natural childbirth experience with midwifery care and seamless entry into the acute-care setting if necessary.”

Tenyo Pearl M’02- Campus Director, Coppin State University, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
“I am very passionate about community service and civic engagement. I personally believe that everyone has a special talent or gift that can be shared with others.”

Leslie Simmons ’94 -COO, Senior Vice President, Carroll Hospital Center
“I led the charge to improve quality and patient outcomes at Carroll Hospital Center. Over the past five years we have been obsessed with improving our quality, and that has resulted in our being ranked number one in the region for overall quality of care.”


Did you miss Remembering with Retiring Faculty? Back to Top

It was a wonderful evening, but it’s not too late to reminisce with Dr. Charles Ritter, Dr. Michael Storey, Leanor Blum and Sr. Kathleen Marie Engers. Check out their inspiring, funny and poignant reflections on more than 150 combined years of teaching at Notre Dame.


Eastern Shore luncheon Back to Top

Spring Gathering of NDMU Eastern Shore Graduates

Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Ocean City
June 14

Choose from the following selections:
Grilled tenderloin and Portobello salad, Cajun chicken sandwich or crab cake sandwich.
Non-alcoholic drinks, dessert and gratuity are included.

Send check for $25 by June 10th, made payable to:
Mary Ellen Gunther
1206 N. Baltimore Avenue
Ocean City, MD, 21842

President Mary Pat Seurkamp will be joining us as she bids farewell as president of the University after 15 incredibly productive and exciting years.


Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business Back to Top

On May 2, we were privileged to have Patricia M.C. Brown, Esq., president of Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC and Notre Dame trustee as the guest lecturer for the Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business.

As an expert on health care issues, Patricia shared her thoughts on leadership at this moment in history when the Supreme Court is deciding the fate of the health care reform act. Her presentation has been posted on our website in case you were unable to attend.


Washington DC alums – Join us at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens Back to Top

All graduates in the Washington DC area are invited to a luncheon honoring President Mary Pat Seurkamp at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Register by June 8.


Help build the class of 2016 Back to Top

The Women’s College admissions office 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.


A first for First Impressions Back to Top

On May 2, 15 students graduated from the inaugural First Impressions program. A joint program of students, alums, faculty and staff, this initiative offered students in the business and economics department an opportunity to gain a competitive edge in the job market by helping them sharpen professional and interpersonal skills. The program included a series of workshops covering a wide array of topics such as communications and networking skills, professional attire, dining etiquette and mock interviewing.

Planning is underway for expanding the First Impressions program for the upcoming academic year. If you are interested in being a part of this important venture, please contact the alumnae and alumni relations office at ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Join the Networking Initiative Committee Back to Top

Preliminary results of our recent Networking Survey reveal substantial interest among Notre Dame graduates for professional development and networking events. In response, we’re planning a series of workshops to provide such opportunities. Be a part of this effort by joining the Networking Initiative Committee. The next meeting will be held at Noyes House on the main campus on Wednesday, June 13 at 5:30 p.m. Please contact the alumnae and alumni relations office at ndmalum@ndm.edu to become a part of this group.


Legacy giving Back to Top

In 2010, Ilma Rosskopf ’63 and her sister Edda created an endowed scholarship of $50,000 to benefit a School of Pharmacy student. The endowed Rosskopf Family Scholarship (the first endowed scholarship for the School of Pharmacy) was awarded in mid-May for the first time. This scholarship was created in memory of Ilma and Edda’s sister, Olga Rosskopf Cassell. Ilma is a Montrose Society member and has included NDMU in her estate planning to add to the scholarship.

The Montrose Society—an association of graduates, friends and their families who invest in Notre Dame’s future through legacy giving, provide long-term support for Notre Dame. Join them and make a difference! Visit to learn more about how easily you can build a lasting legacy for Notre Dame.


Nominate a graduate Back to Top

Help the alumnae and alumni association recognize the achievements of graduates from all programs by nominating someone for one of our many awards. Those considered for all awards will share the distinction of striving for intellectual and professional excellence, while demonstrating the true meaning of Notre Dame’s mission through their personal and professional accomplishments, service to the greater community and promotion of social responsibility.

How can you nominate someone? Email ndmalum@ndm.edu with the contact information of the nominee and a paragraph specifying which award you are nominating them for 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.


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!


In search of International students Back to Top

Help us promote the English Language Institute (ELI) at Notre Dame. ELI is an intensive English program (IEP) for international women and men who seek to improve their language skills for various purposes including further study in American universities, professional development, career advancement in the U.S. or in their home countries, or personal enrichment. Since 1983, the ELI has been providing high-quality language and culture training to students from around the world. This remarkable program also adds an international dimension to our main campus.

The program is designed for students 18 and older—at all levels of English proficiency—and covers writing, grammar, reading, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, TOEFL and IELTS test preparation, and American culture. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this program, please contact Theresa Cannone at tcannone@ndm.edu.


In memoriam Back to Top

Pamela Engel ’97
Joyner O'Neill ’60 husband, Larry
Robert Hoage


In the news Back to Top

Dr. Seurkamp’s legacy recognized
The Catholic Review reflects on Mary Pat Seurkamp’s successful tenure as president of Notre Dame of Maryland University.

President Seurkamp also shared plans for the new School of Nursing and School of Education building with the Baltimore Business Journal.

Dr. Conneely receives honors
President-Elect James F. Conneely, Ph.D. was named by United Way of the Bluegrass as the first recipient of the James Conneely Regional Leadership Award. The honor will be presented annually to an individual who has shown leadership for advancing the United Way of the Bluegrass regional mission.

Dr. Conneely was also honored by Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education with an award for distinguished service to NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Region III. 

Dr. Conneely recently participated in Eastern Kentucky University's yearly lecture series “If This Were My Last Lecture.” He spoke about the two main traits of a leader: integrity and compassion.

Around Campus
WBAL's Kate Amara paid a visit to Notre Dame of Maryland University's Renaissance Institute, the lifelong learning program for adults 50 and over.

Notre Dame of Maryland's Clothesline Project served as a powerful expression of students' support for women and girls who are victims of violence. 

Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, is highlighted in the Catholic Review round up of 2012 commencement speakers, the Gazette of Business and Politics and Baltimore Fishbowl.

The Washington Post remembered the life and career of Notre Dame faculty member Robert Hoage, who led the establishment of Notre Dame's environmental sustainability program. 

Notre Dame’s outstanding graduates are changing lives—in Maryland and around the world!
Mark Murphy, who earned his master’s in leadership in teaching at Notre Dame in 2002, has been nominated by Delaware Governor Markell to lead the state's school system. 

Notre Dame doctoral candidate Leah Geiger received the Adjunct Faculty Excellence Award from College of Southern Maryland. 

The Institute of Notre Dame, the oldest Catholic girls’ high school in Baltimore, has selected Notre Dame doctoral candidate and associate faculty member Gail Donahue as principal, beginning with the next academic year. 

Enjoying one of the perks of being named Baltimore City’s Teacher of the Year, Bradley Nornhold, a master's candidate at Notre Dame, throws out the first pitch at the May 13 Orioles game. 

New Straits Times checks in with Lauren Parsons'10, M'11, a Fulbright teaching assistant in Malaysia. Lauren has a BA in liberal arts and a master's in TESOL from NDMU. 

Congratulations to Trina Robinson'84, Emmy award-winning journalist and meteorologist, who has been selected to anchor the evening news at NBC6-TV in Miami. 

Notre Dame of Maryland University President Mary Pat Seurkamp Honored by Loyola University BALTIMORE

(May 21, 2012)–Notre Dame of Maryland University President Mary Pat Seurkamp was awarded Loyola University Maryland’s John Henry Newman medal for outstanding contributions to Catholic education at the school’s commencement exercises on May 19. Loyola University President Brian F. Linnane, S.J. presented the honor with the following citation:

It was 1822 when Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger wrote, “The love of Jesus sees into the future.” Blessed Theresa recognized both the miracles that occur through education and that her work could have an impact far beyond Bavaria, Germany, where she founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

In 1997, it was that same vision, deep trust in God, and belief that educating women as leaders will transform the world that Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., brought to her role as the first lay president of Notre Dame of Maryland University, a women’s college founded by the School Sisters in Baltimore. During her 15 years at Notre Dame, Dr. Seurkamp has led the institution in intentional leaps of faith that have brought about unparalleled and historic change for the university.

With her extraordinary vision and passion for education—especially the education of women—Dr. Seurkamp has expanded Notre Dame’s reputation far beyond Maryland. She has also served as a resolute advocate for the benefits of women’s colleges, speaking out, passionately and convincingly, on how young women thrive in that distinctive educational environment. Even as Notre Dame has expanded its academic programs for both women and men, Dr. Seurkamp has ensured that the university has remained true to the mission set by its founders, the education of women as leaders to transform the world.

Transformation is a word packed with potential, but achieving it—especially while preserving the tradition of a women’s college—seems almost insurmountable. In Dr. Seurkamp’s tenure as president, however, she has worked fervently to bolster the Women’s College as the university’s core. At the same time, she has kept an eye on the future, guiding the institution through the decision to become Notre Dame of Maryland University in 2011, establishing a Ph.D. in instructional leadership, expanding nursing programs, and positioning the university’s academic programs in four schools—the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Nursing and the School of Pharmacy.

It is the launch of the School of Pharmacy in 2009 which will distinguish Dr. Seurkamp’s legacy after she retires in June. In addition to raising the visibility of the gem in the university’s crown—the Women’s College—and marking Notre Dame as a leader in health care education, the School will help meet a growing community need for pharmacists. Indeed, what Blessed Theresa said remains so very true: the love of Jesus sees into the future. For her inspiring service to Notre Dame of Maryland University; her deep passion for Catholic, women’s education; her unwavering commitment to serving the community beyond Notre Dame; and her ability to embrace innovation while preserving a rich tradition, Loyola University Maryland is proud to present Mary Pat Seurkamp with the John Henry Newman Medal.