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Tower Talk November/December 2011


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End of Year Giving Back to Top

This holiday season is made even more special by our new status as Notre Dame of Maryland University, and we celebrate 116 years of innovation, transformation, and growth while moving into a new chapter in the rich history of this remarkable institution. Helping to mark this change, both physically and symbolically, is our new Charles Street entrance, whose inviting roadway beckons visitors to witness lives being changed every day.

As you reflect on your blessings and prepare for holiday festivities, please keep Notre Dame students in mind. The generosity of graduates and friends who make gifts to the Notre Dame Fund provides essential and tangible resources to students and supports the University's critical operational needs and strategic priorities.

Please consider making your gift to the Notre Dame Fund today to commemorate this inaugural year of Notre Dame of Maryland University. You may give online here, or mail your gifts. Gifts postmarked by December 31st may be tax deductible on your 2011 tax returns.

For more information, please contact Rachael Mann, Annual Giving Coordinator at (410) 532-3197 or at rmann@ndm.edu.


Introducing Brent Swinton Back to Top

We are pleased to welcome Brent Swinton as Associate Vice President for Advancement. Brent brings to his new position at Notre Dame more than a dozen years of experience in a variety of fundraising roles – both strategic and tactical – that have helped organizations enhance their fundraising programs and advancement capacity. He has served for the past 5 years as Senior Director for Advancement Services at Howard University.

Brent earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Georgia and holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. He is also a Certified Fund Raising Executive. Brent lives in Laurel, Maryland with his wife and two young daughters.


Alumni Highlight Teacher of the Year – Josh Parker Back to Top

Notre Dame graduate, Joshua Parker M’10, a 28-year-old Windsor Mill Middle School teacher in Baltimore County, was named the Maryland Teacher of the Year.

The son of a Prince George's County teacher who encouraged him to enter the profession, Parker is language arts department chairman at Windsor Mill, a school with a high number of disadvantaged students. Besides his teaching duties, Parker has organized an all-male reading club, coaches junior varsity basketball and directed a top team in the Black Saga Competition. As Teacher of the Year, Parker will receive $15,000 worth of classroom technology, $9,000 in cash awards, a week at National Space Camp, a trip to the Teacher of Year conference in Dallas, a new car and other prizes. He will be honored with other state Teachers of the Year at the White House.

"Josh exemplifies the best qualities of a teacher--he is personable, inquisitive and cares deeply about his students' success," said Sharon Slear, SSND, dean of the School of Education. "Notre Dame's' Leadership in Teaching program, with its emphasis on communications strategies and classroom leadership development, helped prepare him to become the extraordinary educator he is today."

Josh and Christian Slattery, Notre Dame graduate and Harford County Teacher of the Year, will be featured speakers on November 10 at a Kappa Delta Pi presentation on strategies these top educators use to motivate and engage their students. The event is free of charge and will be held at 7:30 in Knott Auditorium (Charles Street campus). For details, contact kbull@ndm.edu.



Eastern Shore Holiday Gathering Back to Top

All are welcome to join the Eastern Shore Graduates for a Holiday Gathering

The Inn on the Ocean
Ocean City Boardwalk at 10th Street
Thursday, December 1

Choice of Butternut Squash Soup with Maple syrup or Cream of Crab and Shrimp Bisque

English Country Salad with Blue Cheese, Apples and Grand Marnier Dressing

Chicken Dijon Quiche with Honeyed Asparagus and Broiled Tomato

Dessert is Vicky’s Choice

Check for $25.00 should be sent by November 27th and made payable to: Mary Ellen Gunther, 1206 N.Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD, 21842

Please call Mary Ellen if you have questions at 410-289-8306 All are welcome but space is limited. Hope to see you on December 1st.


Holiday Bazaar and Santa’s Workshop Back to Top

Saturday, December 3, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., MBK Gymnasium
Over 40 vendors will be displaying unique hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, chocolates, soaps, gift baskets, stationery, holiday ornaments, children's items, candles, coffee and teas, hand-knits and more!

Admission and parking are free. A raffle and door prizes will also be included in the day’s festivities. Children are invited to enter Santa’s Workshop to create unique crafts, enjoy muffins and juice, and share their wish lists with Santa.

The Weekend College Chapter has also commissioned Cat’s Meow Village pieces of the historical buildings on campus in a LIMITED series. These pieces will be available for purchase at the Holiday Bazaar.

View full information at our events calendar.


Concert Choir of Notre Dame: Music for the Holiday Season Back to Top

Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m., in Marikle Chapel
Come and enjoy musical selections for the Christmas season. Directed by Stephen Holmes. For more information contact Ernest Ragagini at 410-532-5286


Japan Alumnae Events Back to Top

President Seurkamp and Sr. Miriam Jansen are traveling to Japan in December to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our sister school – Kyoto Notre Dame University. They will host events for our alumnae and friends in Tokyo, Nagoya and Kyoto. We invite all of our graduates and friends in Japan to register for one of these events!


Weekend College Holiday Reception Back to Top

Wednesday, December 7, 6 to 8 p.m., in Noyes Alumnae House
All Weekend College graduates are invited to celebrate the season with a wine and cheese reception at Noyes Alumnae House. Register online or contact the alumnae relations office at 410-532-3184.


Looking for Special Christmas Gift Ideas? Back to Top

• Come to the Holiday Bazaar on December 3 for a wonderful selection of handcrafted gifts.

• Check out the new University gear at the Notre Dame Book Store

November 7 - November 27: Jansport Sale - Buy one, get one 50% off
November 14 - November 20: All Under Armour 25% off

• What could be more special for your friends and family members who have the soul of a poet than a copy of After Silence: Selected Poems of Sister Maura Eichner S.S.N.D.? Purchase your copies online.


Join the Department of Athletics for their 21st Annual Fall Fundraiser Back to Top


Remember your 100 Nights? Back to Top

100 Nights for the Class of 2012 will be held in February 2012. We are seeking donations for the University’s first graduating class to help defray the costs of the dinner and social events for the evening. If you would like to donate, please send a check to Class of 2012 c/o Erin Foley, Director of Athletics, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210. Checks can be made payable to Notre Dame of Maryland University. We thank you in advance for your support of the Class of 2012!


Save the Date – Blue and White Ball Back to Top

The Blue and White Ball will held on Saturday, March 31, 2012 to honor Mary Pat Seurkamp’s 15 years as President of Notre Dame. Details about this very special event to follow!


Noyes House Need Back to Top

Do you think your style fits that of Noyes House? Noyes House is looking for a nice traditional dining room table and comfortable dining room chairs that are in good condition. If you have a set that you think might be one we would be interested in please contact Lesia Green at 410-532-5177 or lgreen@ndm.edu


Voice of the Ravens Visits First impressions Back to Top


Gerry Sandusky, Voice of the Ravens, kindly volunteered his time to share image and branding tips with NDMU business students in the First Impressions program. First Impressions is a fun-filled, far-from-stuffy series of workshops that covers cutting-edge etiquette, offering Notre Dame Women’s College juniors and seniors in the business department an opportunity to sharpen professional skills and gain the competitive edge. Selected students are invited to participate and required to attend all of the workshops and events in order to “graduate” from the program.

The program is a joint venture of the Alumnae and Alumni Association, the Business Department and the Academic Career Enrichment (ACE) Center. If you’d like to become involved in this program, please contact the alumnae and alumni relations department at ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Show Your Pride: NMDU License Plates Back to Top

Get Tagged! Show your pride while you ride!

Order an NDMU license tag for $40. In addition to showing your support, every purchase of a Notre Dame of Maryland University license plate enhances the University since proceeds benefit the NDMU annual fund. In addition, tag sales count as donations, which boost the University's academic rankings. Visit here for more information.


Stay Connected at NDMU! Back to Top

Join us on FaceBook and LinkedIn!


Missed the Sr. Maura event? Back to Top

Not a problem. Check out a video of the event!


Trip of lifetime, China over spring break! Back to Top


Women of the World – Baltimore! Back to Top

On Friday, November 11, please join us in the planning of WOW-Baltimore, a new festival to be held at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in March 2012. Anchored by the BSO’s own Joan of Arc-inspired concerts, WOW-Baltimore will celebrate women’s achievements across all fields and provide a fun, comfortable and creative space for conversation and mentorship. Each day, the Meyerhoff will be transformed into a multi-functional venue for various activities organized around specific themes (health, financial literacy, entrepreneurship, sports/fitness, family life, etc). To develop this content for WOW-Baltimore, they are eager to include your thinking and that of women throughout the greater Baltimore community.

Over 230 women participated in our first round of September “Think-Ins”, and each session was filled with energy, excitement, great dialogue and even greater ideas. We look forward to bringing more women, and men, together to continue the conversation…and very much hope you will join us. There will be five “Think-Ins” across three days in November.

Friday, November 11, 2011 9:30am – 12 pm | 4 – 6:30 p.m.
Notre Dame of Maryland University, Doyle Formal Lounge, Doyle Hall

Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:00am – 12:30 pm | 2 pm – 4:30 p.m. 
Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Sunday, November 13, 2011 1 pm – 3:30 p.m.
The Junior League of Baltimore, 5902 York Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Feel free to bring a friend, spouse, family member or colleague, and chose the date and time most convenient for you. Register here.


In the News Back to Top

Kathleen Feeley and John Smyth receive papal awards.

Former Notre Dame president Sister Kathleen Feeley, SSND, and longtime Notre Dame trustee John Smyth will receive the papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice at a ceremony at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on November 20, 2011. The award is The Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice is a papal award, established by Pope Leo XIII in 1888 to mark his 50th priestly jubilee. It is awarded to lay persons and clergy who have given service to the church. Please join us in wishing our warmest congratulations to Sister Kathleen and John! For more details:  http://www.catholicreview.org/subpages/storyarchnew.aspx?action=10850 

Notre Dame in the News

The Frederick News Post profiled the lives of four teachers participating in Notre Dame's Operation TEACH, an innovative masters in teaching program for parochial school educators.


Fifth-graders from area Catholic schools recently attended Focus 11, a religious vocation conference at Notre Dame of Maryland University. The story was picked up by The Sun , The Catholic Review and WBAL-TV


The Catholic Review spoke to alumna Gwyneth Carmichael about how Notre Dame's graduate education internship helped her earn her master's degree and realize her dream of becoming a teacher in just 10 months.


In a recent column for the Catholic Review, Sister Linda Stilling, SSND reflected on the many places one can see and feel the presence of God's love.


Professor Leonor Blum, chair of the the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)-Duke University Human Rights Book Awards, is quoted in Duke Today in a story about the 2011 winning book, "The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions are Changing World Politics," by Kathryn Skikink.


Heidi Roller, vice president for enrollment management, tells the Maryland Gazette that private colleges may be more affordable than parents and students think.


You can read these stories and access the latest news about Notre Dame, by visiting our online newsroom. Also follow us on Twitter @NotreDameofMd and on Facebook.


Alumnae and Alumni Benefit Back to Top

Your alumni benefits include a special discounted rate on Auto Insurance and Home Insurance from Liberty Mutual. We’re proud to provide our members with a great benefit from a Fortune 100 company that protects millions of people across America. Find out more about Liberty Mutual Home & Auto Insurance.

Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify.