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Civera Fitness Center Dedication
On Monday, May 12, the new Civera Fitness Center in the MBK Complex was dedicated. Our generous benefactors, Ed and Judy Civera, joined us for the dedication ceremony, where they were warmly received by students, faculty and staff—and our mascot, Gabby Gator! The Notre Dame community is thrilled with the beautiful new fitness center, which has been outfitted with the latest in fitness equipment—from treadmills to elliptical machines to weights.

In her remarks, Dr. Coley expressed the appreciation of the entire campus community for the Civeras’ gift. “Ed and Judy, let me offer my profound gratitude on behalf of the Notre Dame community, of which you have become most cherished members. Thank you for your leadership. Thank you for your generosity. And thank you for the warm, humorous and kind presence you and your family are to Notre Dame.”

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The Civera family’s generous support of Notre Dame can also been seen in the University Academic Building, in the Civera Gallery on the second floor, where student artwork is exhibited. Currently on display is In-Joke, a display of student artwork in tribute to photography instructor Sam Holden, who passed away unexpectedly this semester.

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2014 Commencement Address to be Given by CEO of Catholic Relief Services
On Saturday, May 24, Notre Dame will celebrate the achievements of our graduates at Commencement 2014, held this year at the Hilton Baltimore. Carolyn Woo, Ph.D., president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will give the Commencement Address. She will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree at the ceremony.

Dr. Woo has led Baltimore-based CRS since 2012. It is one of the world’s largest and most respected international relief and development agencies, each year reaching more than 100 million people in more than 90 countries. Dr. Woo, who had previously served on the CRS board of directors, took the helm of the agency in January 2012. Her perspective on international development is shaped by her deep Catholic faith, her professional experience in recognizing what it takes for organizations to succeed, and the remarkable economic and social transformation she witnessed in the underdeveloped Hong Kong of her youth.

To read more about Dr. Woo, visit our website.

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The NDMU Eastern Shore Spring Luncheon is on!
Save the date for Thursday, June 19! The spring luncheon will be held at Ruth’s Chris, Glen Riddle on Route #50 in Berlin at noon. The cost for this event is $25.

You may reserve your place by sending your check, made out to Mary Ellen Gunther at 1206 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD, 21842 by June 12th.

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 served during this unique “educational” reception.

Register here!

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Reunion 2014reunion 2014
As you make your summer/fall plans, be sure to mark your calendar for Reunion, held September 19 to 21. Reunion is a wonderful time to get reacquainted with Notre Dame and see firsthand all the transformations that have taken place on campus since you graduated. It’s also the perfect opportunity to reconnect with classmates and friends, faculty and the entire Notre Dame community. The weekend will include both traditional and new events, including the Maryland Crab Feast, the Reunion Reception and Luncheon, class dinners, Remembrance Mass and Farewell Jazz Brunch.

All the details about the weekend can be found in the Reunion brochure, which will appear in mailboxes in June! In the meantime, visit the Reunion page on our website.

Don’t forget to nominate former classmates and fellow alums for the three prestigious alumnae and alumni awards, which will be announced at the Reunion Luncheon on the Saturday of Reunion weekend. The nomination deadline is May 31visit our website to complete a nomination form.

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NYC Bus Trip
Dreaming of a day in the Big Apple? 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!

Registration details will be provided soon.

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Past Events Wrap-up
2014 Busta Lecture – April 22busta lecture

More than 500 people attended the Busta Lecture in Business on April 22. This year featured an outstanding panel of women leaders of Baltimore arts institutions: 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; and Julia Marciari-Alexander, Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum. “It’s a privilege to be a member of the Baltimore community, which is unique in being led by so many outstanding women,” said Alsop.

To watch a video of the lecture and read more about the event, please visit our website. These four trailblazers were gathered onstage to share their insights on professional success and the ways their own institutions are working—both individually and collaboratively—to transform the community. At the conclusion of the evening, each woman was presented with the Pro Urbe Award by President Joan Develin Coley. Meaning “for the city,” the honor is presented to select individuals whose accomplishments have had lasting impact and are helping to transform communities.

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Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence – May 14

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About 50 Notre Dame alums and friends gathered on May 14 for the last event of this year’s Power Hour Plus series, the Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence. Zach Armiger of Armiger Imports hosted the tasting, which featured wines from Virginia. Over drinks and hors d’oeuvres, the attendees mingled and enjoyed the spring evening. Dr. Coley was on hand to welcome the guests.

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Blue and White Cocktails and Connections – May 20
This year’s graduating class of Women’s College students was seeking the wisdom of recent Notre Dame grads—so on May 20, about 50 seniors and alums gathered at the President’s Residence for the inaugural Blue and White Cocktails and Connections. It was a festive evening, with the alums sharing their perspectives on life after graduation and striking up new friendships with the seniors, who will officially graduate and enter post-college life this Saturday. Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to the Class of 2014!

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Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes

Portia McConnell M'04 was named Director of Children's Services for the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency.

Ann Hughes Balderson ’65 sent in a note to share that this year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Notre Dame Concert Choir’s performance in the Vatican Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair. She writes, “Our director was [faculty member] Martha Williams Pointer. There were 37 of us in the choir from all four classes, and we performed twice on that day. Sister Mary Theresine, chairman of the music department, and Sister Margaret Mary, president of the College, accompanied us. Michaelangelo’s Pietà was on display at the Pavilion, adding to the excitement of this memorable day.”concert choir

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Welcome New Institutional Advancement Staff Members
We welcome four new staff members to Institutional Advancement!

Sina Cook joins the alumnae and alumni relations staff with extensive event planning expertise and development experience at the University of Richmond and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Kelley Kilduff, a marketing and development professional with extensive experience in educational and nonprofit organizations, is Campaign and Major Gifts Director. Kelley comes to Notre Dame from Maryvale Preparatory School, where she served as director of development.

Christina Ross—soon to be Christina Brickwedde, after her wedding in July—joins the Institutional Advancement staff as Prospect Researcher and Campaign Associate. She brings over seven years of fundraising and event management experience to this new position.

Eleanor Smith has very recently joined Notre Dame as Director of Donor Relations and Operations. For nine years, she held the position of Director of Philanthropy at the Bunting Management Group.

Please join us in sending best wishes to Brent Swinton, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Advancement, as he embarks on a new journey as Senior Philanthropy Officer at the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. He will be missed!

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Alum Benefits: Get exclusive savings on auto and renters insurance from Liberty Mutual
Notre Dame graduates are eligible for exclusive savings on insurance policies from Liberty Mutual. Following is a message from Liberty Mutual:

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You’ve worked hard to earn your degree. And you’ll work just as hard to build your life after college. That’s why it’s important to protect your most important possessions.

Liberty Mutual Insurance can help. As a Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate, you could save up to 10% on insurance for your car, your computer and your personal belongings with our auto and renters policies. You can also benefit from our Multi-Policy Discount, online access to your policy and a free Home Gallery® smartphone app that lets you easily catalog your possessions.

Auto insurance: Take advantage of additional discounts and policy benefits such as:

    • New Graduate Discount, New to Liberty Mutual Discount, Accident Forgiveness
      • New Car Replacement
        • 2-Month Rate Guarantee

Renters insurance: Your landlord’s insurance doesn’t cover your personal belongings. With our renters coverage, you can protect your possessions whether they’re in your home, in your car, or with you on vacation.

Find out how Liberty Mutual could help you save money and start the next stage of your life on the right track. Call 800-524-9400 or visit Liberty Mutual Insurance for a free, no-obligation quote.

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Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

Networking Initiative Committee
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association wrapped up another successful year with the Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence on May 14. It was the final event in the successful 2013–2014 Power Hour Plus series, which brought Notre Dame alums and friends together for an engaging series of networking, professional development and social events.

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 ARTICLE IN THIS ISSUE.

Next meeting: Thursday, June 11, 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
Do you have professional experience and insight that could benefit young Notre Dame women as they prepare to graduate and 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 held during the 2013–2014 academic year included a dynamic presentation on personal brand-building 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: Vanetta Wallace ’93
vanetta wallaceWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“Early one Saturday morning, I stepped onto Notre Dame’s campus and instantly fell in love. I was there to audition for a music scholarship. Prior to that visit I had never heard of Notre Dame. I wondered, what on earth a women’s college could do for me?

“As we drove up the entrance off of Charles Street, the first thing I saw was the tower. The tower called out to me. I truly believe it was the Holy Spirit telling me I had found my home away from home for the next four years, a place where I would be spiritually and intellectually stimulated in both an enriching and inspiring environment.”

“Although I was not awarded the scholarship, I did have many important and rewarding experiences at Notre Dame. Those four years were the most impressionable years of my life. I was inspired to become a leader with a purpose, a force to be reckoned with. I was a part of campus life and was on the executive board of many campus organizations; I watched and learned from inspiring female faculty members like Dr. Karen Stoddard and Sister Joseph Mary Zimmer. They pushed me to try harder, because being OK is never enough. They wanted me to be all I could be and then strive for more.

“Twenty years later, I have my own day care business: Netta’s Nest Family Childcare. I feel that the strong leadership skills and self-confidence I gained while attending Notre Dame have made me the success I am today. With so many fine institutions closing due to lack of support—such as my elementary and high schools and the graduate school where I earned my Master’s in Early Childhood Education—I had to make a decision that I felt was best to help support Notre Dame. Keeping the dream alive for future generations of women is not something I had to think about twice. I felt it was my duty to give back to the one place that gave me so much and made me who I am today.”

To learn more about legacy giving, visit our Giving page.

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Annual Fund - Give Dr. Yam a FEARLESS Welcome
mary lou yamThis summer, our fearless and faithful community welcomes its newest member: Marylou Yam, Ph.D., who will become Notre Dame’s 14th president on July 1.

The Notre Dame Fund allows today’s students to experience the standard of excellence that has been our hallmark for more than 100 years. Now is the perfect time to renew your support as we begin this next chapter of Notre Dame history.

Please make your contribution by June 30, 2014, to welcome Dr. Yam as she assumes the presidency.

Mail your Notre Dame Fund gift to:
Office of Institutional Advancement
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

Save a stamp by making a safe and secure online donation here.

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University News

Notre Dame’s School of Nursing awarded a $200,000 grant from the Who Will Care? Fund for Nurse Education
The School of Nursing has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Maryland Hospital Association's Who Will Care? Fund for Nurse Education to help expand clinical placements for nursing students in the new-entry level baccalaureate program. The grant has a particular focus on establishing new clinical community partners that serve clients who are medically underserved.

The second award for Notre Dame from the Fund for Nurse Education will allow the hiring of a Clinical Placement Coordinator who will be responsible for securing placements at a variety of health facilities including at least five new clinical community partner sites that serve clients from medically underserved populations. The full-time position is expected to be filled by August 2014, as the second class of nursing majors in the Bachelor of Science in nursing begins the clinical component of their education.

To read more about this exciting opportunity for the School of Nursing, please visit our Newsroom.

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Announcing the 2015 Literary England and London Theatre Tour
Join us for the ever-popular Literary English and London Theatre Tour, taking place January 5–15, 2015!

  • London is one of the great cultural capitals of the world
  • London is easy to get around—by tube, by taxi, by bus
  • The British like Americans
  • The food, contrary to myth, is excellent
  • Your ATM card and credit cards are accepted throughout the UK
  • London is educational and fun and has been waiting for you!

Cost: $2,650 per person (double occupancy). Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare on British Airways between BWI and Heathrow
  • 9 nights hotel, with daily breakfast
  • Tickets to 3 theatre productions
  • Ground transportation for two day trips
  • Some admissions
  • One group dinner

Book early! This tour fills! For more information, call Dr. Bill Davis at 410-532-5510 or Dr. Gene Farrington at 410-532-5518.

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Soul Sister
Have you ever been a gang member?

Committee work is easy to get into but hard to get out of.The same may be true of gangs, those groups of people associated or working together for some purpose. Committees, gangs, tribes, sororities, fraternities, corporations, church groups, religious orders, governments—all have one thing in common: a leader who is the binding force for the group.

The composition of the group may be motley, as was the case with the twelve Apostles. They relied on Jesus to hold them together, so when he died, they seemed lost and afraid about their future. The other group beyond the Apostles, the disciples, was also extremely affected. Two of the disciples needed bolstering. The resurrected Jesus appeared to them as they walked to Emmaus, spoke with them about better days, broke bread with them and then vanished from them. They were re-energized to go back to Jerusalem, the scene of the crime of Jesus’ crucifixion, and there they found the original gang of Apostles (minus Judas) also huddled in conversation about recent sightings of Jesus.

The Apostles and disciples were not rival groups. They associated with their leader, Jesus. They did face other groups, such as the Pharisees, that rivaled Jesus’ authority. As their belief in Jesus grew and their groups grew, they probably felt strength in their numbers. Yet they knew that without Jesus, they could not survive. That is why Jesus promised them: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there with them” (Matthew 18:20). If you follow Jesus, you are fortunate to have a leader that is always with you!

From your Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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In Memoriam

Ella Kauffman W'83

Marceline Shea Molinaro '45

Harriet Grossfeld Waldman '47

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In the News

NDMU English professor Gene Farrington appeared on Fox 45’s Sunday Morning Show to discuss his new novel, The Blue Heron

The Catholic Review: Maryland’s Catholic colleges continue to spend, make do with less

Inside Higher Ed: New Presidents and Provosts

Eye on Annapolis: Community Action Hires New Director of Children’s Services

The BayNet.com: Kathleen Reineke selected as teacher of the year

City Paper: Iconic Photographer Sam Holden, an Instructor at Notre Dame, Dies at 44

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