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Reunion 2012 - a huge success! Back to Top

Thanks to all who attended Reunion 2012! It was great seeing so many graduates, friends and guests return to campus. It was an extraordinary weekend with more than 350 attendees who celebrated the very best of Notre Dame. Special thanks to the Reunion chairs and class representatives for their leadership in making Reunion 2012 a huge success!

Would you like to see pictures from the weekend? Click here to go to the website and enter the username and password provided below to see your friends and classmates celebrating!

Username: NDM Reunion 
Password: 18503

If you have any questions, please contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5201.


Welcome new alumnae and alumni staff members Back to Top

The office of alumnae and alumni relations welcomes two new employees to the staff. Jessica Angell and Marianne Amoss recently joined the university, just in time for Reunion 2012.

Jessica comes to Notre Dame from a background in teaching English as a Second Language and project management. She attended the American University in Cairo, where she earned a BA in Egyptology. She furthered her education by attaining a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney in Australia in 2009.

An award-winning writer and editor, Marianne is the former managing editor of Urbanite magazine. Her writing has appeared in a variety of local and national publications. Marianne graduated from Notre Dame in 2004 with a BA in English and Spanish, and her family has deep roots at Notre Dame: Her sister, Megan, graduated from the Women’s College in 2001, and her father, George, graduated from Weekend College in 1988.

The next time you are on campus, please come to Noyes House to meet these accomplished young women.


Be a part of our new networking series - Power Hour Plus Back to Top

Looking for new opportunities? Learn how to network by attending our networking series with special guest presenters. Each event costs $15, or register for all three for $40.

The series kicks off with “Making the Most of your Negotiating Style” featuring guest speaker and NDMU faculty member Dr. Anne Henderson. Whether buying a car or asking for a raise, learn which of five negotiating styles describes yours and how to create win/win situations.

The following panelists will be on hand to share their personal negotiating experiences:

Beth Jones – Assistant Professor of business, NDMU
Mia Redrick ’92 –CEO of Finding Definitions, LLC and strategy coach for mothers
Lisa Elder ’06 - Attorney at The Law Offices of Lisa A. Elder, LLC

Saturday, November 10
2 – 4:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal
Charles Street campus
Panel discussion followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Click here for more information or contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Join us for trivia night Notre Dame style Back to Top

Join us for Trivia Night at Notre Dame featuring President James F. Conneely and Jeopardy! champion Erica Mines ’00! Form your own team of eight in advance, or join a team when you arrive. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. The trivia topics will range from arts and entertainment to politics and sports. Click here to register for this new and exciting event!

Wednesday, November 14
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception
6 p.m. Dinner and team trivia
Doyle Formal
Charles Street campus
$35 per person/$25 for SSNDs

Proceeds benefit the Continuing Scholars Fund. For more information contact the alumnae and alumni relations office at ndmalum@ndm.edu or call 410-532-5201.


Save the date for the Chemistry Alumnae Reunion Back to Top

The Chemistry Department will host its annual Alumnae Reunion on Sunday, November 11 at 2:00 pm in Knott Science 203. Catch up on all the latest news in the Chemistry Department. There will be an opportunity to meet current students, faculty, staff and other alumnae. Refreshments will be served. We appreciate your help in extending this invitation to other Notre Dame Chemistry alumnae not on our contact list.

The Chemistry Department faculty and staff are looking forward to welcoming you back to Notre Dame. For more information or to register please contact Angela Sherman at asherman@ndm.edu.


Mark your calendars for the Holiday Bazaar and Santa’s Workshop Back to Top

Join the Notre Dame of Maryland University community and the Continuing Education chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association for the annual Holiday Bazaar and Santa’s Workshop on Saturday, December 1. Families and children are welcome and this event will feature over 45 crafts vendors. Registration is not required for this event.

Holiday Crafts and Gifts
Cakes*Pottery*Purses*Children's Items
Stationary*Doggie Treats and more
Cats Meow Fundraiser (limited series)
Raffle*Door Prizes*Free Gifts
Free Admission*Free Parking

If you are able to donate a raffle item, please contact Amy Baskerville, amy.holidaybazaar@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the Notre Dame Fund. Thanks for your support!

Saturday, December 1
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
MBK Gymnasium
Charles Street campus


Eastern Shore alums host annual Christmas luncheon Back to Top

The Eastern Shore NDMU Alumnae and Alumni group will hold its annual Christmas Luncheon at The Inn on the Ocean in Ocean City, Maryland at noon on December 6. The four course luncheon is always a treat and The Inn is decorated beautifully in the spirit of the season. If you are an alum on the Eastern Shore, you may make a reservation by sending a check for $25.00 made payable and mailed to Mary Ellen Gunther at 1206 N. Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD, 21842. Seating is limited.


Arts for Hearts’ Sake Series Back to Top

All are invited to attend any of the cultural events hosted for the enjoyment of the School Sisters of Notre Dame at Villa Assumpta. All events are free, and feature music, song and poetry readings beginning at 2 p.m. on Sundays at Villa Assumpta, 6401 North Charles Street, Baltimore. For more information, click here for more information about upcoming events.

Sunday, November 4
José Miguel Cueto – violin
Nancy Roldán – piano

Sunday, November 18
Cool Winds Quintet


See what our alums are doing Back to Top

Kathleen Ford ’66 will have her short story “Man on the Run” published in The Best American Mystery Stories 2012.

Eric Booker M’01 joins the board of directors at Humanim, a not-for-profit organization serving individuals with disabilities in the Baltimore/Washington region. 

If you are an alum and have news you would like to share, please contact the alumnae and alumni relations office at ndmalum@ndm.edu. Please tailor brief submissions to accomplishments and include a link with more information.


Calling class of 1978 alums! Back to Top

by Pat Glenn
34 years and still going strong. Yes, that’s right, 34 years!

This summer we had a mini reunion that served as a practice event for our upcoming official reunion in 2013. Most of us have not seen one other in 20 or 30 years, and we came from near and far: Baltimore County/City, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and even the west coast – California and Seattle! It started when Pat and some of us thought we should get a few people together for a lunch. Then we began contacting anyone we had emails for as well as by word of mouth.

Everyone had a great time, renewing old ties and comparing stories. We had a LOT of decades of experience to compare! We had a house party at Ceil (Perrone) and Dave Daniels’ house, subsequently deemed the official party house. We did all sorts of things: looked through family albums to reminisce about our children, played SingSong music and toasted the Class 1978.

We made great efforts to reach as many classmates as possible. For those who did not receive notice for this gathering, please contact us. Please email Pat Glenn at pglenn@cc.ucsf.edu with Notre Dame in the subject line. You may also get in touch with us through our Facebook page (please email us and we will get you connected to the private Facebook group). We look for your help in planning newsletters and planning the 35th Reunion in 2013. We have a photo website and are actively looking for old college photos so we can put together a great slideshow at our 35th Reunion!


Support the Class of 2013 in fundraising for 100 Nights Back to Top

Remember when you were a senior and celebrated 100 nights before graduation? There are plenty of opportunities to help support the class of 2013 in their fundraising efforts for 100 Nights, starting with a Breast Cancer Awareness Cookie sale on October 30, at which 50% of the profits go to the class and 50% go to breast cancer research. For more information please contact Janie Marsan-Ndam '13 at jmarsanndam1@live.ndm.edu.

Breast Cancer Awareness Cookie Sale
Tuesday, October 30
Doyle Lobby, Gibbons by the bookstore

BINGO Night 
November 8, 7PM in Doyle Formal
2 pieces of pizza, chips, a drink and 2 cards for $5
Additional cards and drinks $0.50
Additional pizza $1

Proceeds fund 100 Nights!


24th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition Back to Top

Submit your artwork for the chance to win $1,500 and have your work exhibited at Gormley Gallery! The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2013 and the exhibition dates are April 2 through April 26, 2013. Click here for more information on the Gormley Gallery webpage.


Connect with your alma mater on Facebook and LinkedIn Back to Top

Keep your relationship with NDMU strong by connecting with the Alumnae and Alumni Association Facebook page and the Alumnae and Alumni Association LinkedIn page. You’ll stay up to date on campus news and events, learn about job opportunities at Notre Dame, and get connected with your fellow alums! 


Interested in learning about Islam on the beautiful island of Malaysia? Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland University in collaboration with Civilizations Exchange & Cooperation Foundation is hosting a cultural exploration of Malaysia. The travel dates are May 27 through June 5, 2013 and will feature a visit to the International Islamic University of Malaysia. The cost is $3,395 which includes airfare, lodging, 2 meals daily, one-day conference fees, ground transportation in Malaysia and all site admissions. For more information, attend an open information session on October 25.

Thursday October 25
7 p.m.
Fourier 103
Charles Street campus


Londinium and Stonehenge: View Roman artifacts in the Museum of London and the British Museum Back to Top

Enjoy a private tour of Fishbourne Palace in West Sussex, Bath visit the Roman Baths Museum and the to the Corinium Museum. An excursion to Stonehenge is also included. There are a couple spaces still available in our trip to London January 3-13, 2013. If you would like to spend a week in London with a focus on the Roman presence in its early history, please contact Sister Therese Dougherty immediately for information. She can be reached at 410-532-5559 or tdougherty@ndm.edu.


Artist’s Reception Spirit of Place and its Transitions – Christy Bergland Back to Top

Join us for an artist’s reception with Christy Bergland for her exhibition Spirit of Place and its Transitions: The Great Pond on Biddeford Pool, Maine. The exhibition will be on display in Gormley Gallery from October 22 through November 30, 2012.

Artist’s Reception 
Saturday, October 27       
4 to 6 p.m.       

Gallery Talk
Wednesday, November 14

Gormley Gallery – Fourier Hall 
Charles Street Campus


Montrose Society - Ruth Luddy Toro, M.D. '60 Back to Top

Why have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

I am grateful for the excellent, well-rounded education I received to prepare me for medical school, at a time when not many women entered medical school. I truly value the camaraderie of and friendships made with classmates and faculty.

As a graduating senior I was very grateful to receive the Alumnae Scholarship (of $500) from the College. Medical school was a significant expense and with this scholarship I purchased a microscope. Additionally, I received a partial scholarship for tuition from the College, which amounted to 1/4 of my tuition at that time. It didn’t seem significant to me; however, my parents were appreciative of the contribution. For these reasons I created a legacy bequest intention for NDMU.

Legacy giving is very important to the future of NDMU. Unrestricted current use funds are always necessary, and it is best to let leadership determine where the contributions will make the greatest impact for the institution.

Click here to learn more about legacy giving.


Make a difference - show your pride! Back to Top

Notre Dame of Maryland Alumnae and Alumni demonstrate appreciation for the value of their education by supporting The Notre Dame Fund. Each new generation of Notre Dame students benefits from the continued tradition of academic excellence at Notre Dame. Our students accomplish great things, even as they depend on the thoughtful generosity of graduates, parents and friends to help fill the gap between tuition and the actual cost of education. Meeting this need for Notre Dame students is a wonderful example of who we are as a community.

You will soon receive a letter in the mail asking for your support of The Notre Dame Fund. Please respond with a gift at whatever level is comfortable for you – it is your PARTICIPATION that makes such a big difference. You can return the envelope or make a secure donation here, it couldn’t be easier! Alumnae and Alumni support of The Notre Dame Fund is a vote of confidence for your alma mater that increases the value of your degree. For any questions regarding The Notre Dame Fund, please contact Rachael Mann at 410-532-3197 or RMann@ndm.edu.

Thank you for helping us continue the educational mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame—to prepare leaders to transform the world, now and into the future!


Drive with spirit and pride! Back to Top

In addition to showing your support, every purchase of a Notre Dame of Maryland University license plate enhances the University's academic excellence since tag proceeds benefit the NDMU annual fund. Plus, tag sales count as donations, which boost the university's academic rankings. For more information click here to check out the website.


Participate in the planning of Reunion 2013! Back to Top

The planning for Reunion 2013 has already begun! Classes ending in 3s and 8s can participate and contribute ideas by joining the committee. The first meeting will be held in February. If you are interested in participating, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5542.


Share your expertise with current students through the First Impressions program Back to Top

The First Impressions program is a collaboration among the business and economics department, the alumnae and alumni association and the Academic and Career Enrichment (ACE) center. First Impressions provides Women’s College students in the School of Arts and Sciences with the knowledge and mentoring needed to make an outstanding first impression in the job market.

How can you help? Volunteer to assist Notre Dame students prepare for their entrance into the working world by reviewing resumes, conducting a mock interview or help prepare and serve food for an etiquette dinner.

For more information click here to check out our volunteer webpage.

If you have any questions please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Network with fellow alums Back to Top

The networking committee is always looking for new members. If you are interested in giving back to your alma mater by staying involved and connected, contact the alumnae and alumni office at ndmalum@ndm.edu or 410-532-5201.


In Memoriam Back to Top

Carole Beach Anderson '63

Susanne Brown M'05

Mary Rose Edelen Councill '47

Mary Froehlinger Powell '73

Ciril McAllister Wyatt '56

Jane Shea Stromberf '60


In the news Back to Top

Malala Yousafzai Attack Shows the Need to Keep Pushing for Women's Education
In a Letter to the Editor published in the Baltimore Sun, Dr. Conneely and Sr. Kathleen Cornell, provincial leader of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, wrote: "The tragic assassination attempt in Pakistan against 14-year-old student Malala Yousafzai, merely because she was a female who spoke out for women's education, is a disturbing reminder that there are still places in our world where an educated woman is considered a threat. ... It is a potent reminder that progress for women does not always proceed linearly."

Academically Anchored: Notre Dame Students Outperform Peers on Critical Educational Assessment
Notre Dame of Maryland University Women's College students outperformed their peers in the second leg of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA). Based on their scores as incoming students and again as seniors, Notre Dame students showed more improved critical, analytical and communication skills after four years in college than 88 percent of students at more than 500 participating institutions nationwide.

Professor Charles Yoe's "Introduction to Natural Resource Planning" Published by CRC Press
Professor of Economics Charles Yoe Ph.D. has published "Introduction to Natural Resource Planning," a how-to guide for planners and policymakers. An expert on risk analysis, Dr. Yoe explores the complexity of the natural resource planning process and outlines effective solutions based on field-tested strategies.

Rebecca Sawyer Joins Notre Dame of Maryland University as Vice President for Student Life
Notre Dame of Maryland University has appointed Rebecca Sawyer, Ed.D., as vice president for student life. As a senior member of the University’s leadership team, Dr. Sawyer will enhance and strengthen Notre Dame’s departments of student life, including residence life, student activities and orientation, academic and career enrichment and development, service learning, athletics, campus ministry, counseling and disability support services, as well as A Child’s Place, Notre Dame’s early childhood educational institution.

Notre Dame of Maryland University Honors Outstanding Alumnae at 2012 Honors Convocation
Notre Dame of Maryland University paid tribute to three outstanding alumnae and community leaders at its annual Honors Convocation ceremony on Saturday, September 22. A cherished Notre Dame tradition, Honors Convocation brings the University community together to celebrate academic achievement and service, as new students take the Honor Pledge and wear the academic regalia for the first time.

Fifth Graders Learn to Listen for God's Call
The Catholic Review reports that Notre Dame was proud to host Archbishop Lori, Bishop Madden and the second annual “Focus 11: Called to be Saints” conference. The event brings area fifth graders together with religious women and men to learn more about vocations.

Sisters Academy hosts fundraiser: "Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?"
The Catholic Review reports that Dr. Conneely and his teammates on Los Lobe-os had a good showing but couldn't surpass Marc Steiner's Grand Central Cortex to take home the trophy!

Tiny Libraries
Lesley Noll M'03, Library Services Coordinator at the Village Learning Place, tells WYPR's Sheilah Kast of Maryland Morning about her plans to bring tiny libraries to Baltimore.

Think Pink Field Hockey Game Takes a Swing Against Breast Cancer
ABC's The List checked in with the Notre Dame field hockey team as they trained for a special "Think Pink” game against Goucher College.
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Curricula Changing to Instill Entrepreneurism
In The Daily Record, Associate Professor Deborah Calhoun discusses Notre Dame's entrepreneurship minor, to prepare students for innovation in their major field of study.
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Liberal Arts, Entrepreneurship Not Mutually Exclusive
Associate Professor Deborah Calhoun The Daily Record that traditional liberal arts is the backbone for successful entrepreneurship.
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