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People in the Land of Light and Shadow featuring photos by Carol Manfredi '93 Back to Top

Don’t miss the exhibit at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library, featuring photographs of Morocco and Egypt taken in the early 1990s by Carol Manfredi '93. Photographs will be on exhibit from October 7 to November 10, 2012.

Join the campus community for an artist’s reception celebrating Carol’s work.  Please register for this event by contacting Jennie Ray at jbray1@loyola.edu or calling 410-617-6835.

Tuesday, October 9
4 p.m.
Ferguson Gallery
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Light refreshments and wine will be served.


New networking series: Power Hour Plus Back to Top

Looking for tips on how to network like a pro? Attend Notre Dame’s new networking series; each session features practical advice from a knowledgeable guest presenter. Each session is $15, or sign up for all three for $40. Please register for these events.

Making the Most of Your Negotiating Style
Dr. Anne Henderson leads a discussion of five negotiating styles, helps you identify yours and provides tips on how to create win/win situations.

Saturday, November 10
2 to 4:30 p.m.; wine and cheese reception follows panel discussion
Doyle Formal

Networking Naturally
Ginny Roberston helps you learn how to transform “cocktail chatter” into meaningful opportunities and to be more at ease the next time you walk into a room of strangers.

Tuesday, February 5
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; wine and cheese reception precedes lecture
Doyle Formal

Power Tools for Women™: Plugging into the Essential Skills for Work and Life
Joni Daniels taps into the metaphor of the tool kit. Too few women grow up wielding power tools and enjoying that sense of accomplishment and self-sufficiency they impart. Power Tools for Women® helps participants use the same set of skills to be more successful in a variety of work/life situations.

Tuesday, April 16
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; wine and cheese reception precedes lecture
Doyle Formal

Please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at 410-532-5201 or email ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Post Reunion update Back to Top

Thank you to everyone who attended Reunion this year, making it such a great success! If you couldn't make it, we are very sorry we missed you and hope to see you at the next reunion cycle.

Congratulations classes of 1962 and 1967!

Congratulations to the classes of 1962 and 1967 for winning the Reunion 2012 class circle signs! For the next 12 months the following locations have been dedicated for:

Total class gift: Class of 1967 at Gibbons Circle
Gift participation rate: Class of 1962 at Le Clerc Circle
Reunion attendance: Class of 1962 at Doyle Circle

Be sure to come to campus and check out the new signs!

Check out pictures from Reunion 2012 by visiting http://www.collages.net: Username: NDM Reunion
Password: 18503


Seeking Reunion 2013 representatives Back to Top

Planning is already underway for 2013! If you are a graduate of a class ending in 3 or 8, we welcome you to be involved in the planning.  Email us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.


Holiday Bazaar seeking donations Back to Top

This year’s Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by the Weekend College Chapter of the alumnae and alumni association, will feature over 45 vendors along with Santa and his workshop.

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


Alum Erica Mines ’00 a big winner on Jeopardy! Back to Top

On Thursday, September 27 alumna Erica Mines ’00 competed on the popular game show Jeopardy! Equipped with a great Notre Dame liberal arts education, Erica came out on top winning $18,000 and becoming the new Jeopardy champ.  Way to go Erica!

She also slipped in a mention of her choir membership and the SSNDs in her brief interview with Alex Trebek. Thanks for the shout out to your alma mater!


Denise Duffy ’81 awarded grant Back to Top

Alumna Denise Duffy ’81, an 
American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at McLean School of Maryland, received a $2,000 grant to assist in her work connecting hearing and deaf students using video-call technologies like Skype. She took her first ASL class her senior year at Notre Dame and did her graduate work at Gallaudet University before becoming an ASL teacher. Click here to learn more.


Kristi Halford ’01 and Astrid Schmidt-King named 2012 Leading Women Back to Top

Join us in congratulating alumna Kristi Halford ’01 and Astrid Schmidt-King, Notre Dame’s Associate Dean of International Education, on being named 2012 Leading Women by The Daily Record!

Leading Women recognizes women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career. They are judged on professional experience, community involvement and a commitment to inspiring change. Awardees will be honored on December 6 at an event at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor. 


Stay connected with other NDM alums! Back to Top

Connect with NDM alums through Facebook and LinkedIn. Create networking opportunities, keep up with news and events, or just peek at recent pictures of events on and off campus.


Alumnae and Alumni insurance program Back to Top

Our affinity partner, Meyer and Associates, offers expert advice to alums and family members through their Alumnae/Alumni Insurance program. It’s educational, confidential, and free. You can consult with:

  • a representative to determine whether a Short Term or Permanent Medical plan is appropriate for you.
  • a Long Term Care insurance advisor who can guide you to the right coverage for you or a family member.
  • the Advisory Services team for a personalized life insurance consultation, ideal for those with special situations.
  • a team of veterinarians for advice about your dog or cat.

The more you know, the more you can protect yourself, your family (and pets!), your belongings, and your finances. Visit the Meyer and Associates website to learn more.


President Conneely to compete in “Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?” Back to Top

Sisters Academy of Baltimore students will team up with Notre Dame of Maryland University President Dr. James F. Conneely, WJZ-TV news anchor Denise Koch, WEAA-FM radio talk show host Marc Steiner and Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young to answer tough questions related to classroom subjects like math, science, history and world geography.

Join Sisters Academy of Baltimore for a “live” competition called “Are You Smarter Than a 6th Grader?” Tickets are $25 per person ($75 for the competition and a pre-show reception with the competitors at 6 p.m. Purchase yours by calling 410-242-1212 or visit the Academy’s website.

Saturday, October 13
7:15 p.m.
Kraushaar Auditorium
Goucher College


Join Cellist of Sarajevo author Steven Galloway Back to Top

Galloway will speak about his acclaimed novel, The Cellist of Sarajevo. A special performance of Albinoni’s Adagio in G minor will conclude the evening. Admission is free, but we ask that you please register.

Thursday, October 4
7:30 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium
Charles Street campus


New – Master of Arts in English Literature Back to Top

Broaden your knowledge, hone critical thinking and writing skills, becoming a better teacher, or just embrace your love of literature through Notre Dame’s new Master of Arts in English Literature. The program requires 30 credits - 10 courses in British, American, and World Literature. This part-time program designed for working adults meets once per week during fall and spring semesters and meets twice a week during the summer session.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 3.0 GPA is required. For more information contact the English department chair, Sister Margaret Ellen Mahoney, at mmahoney@ndm.edu. (The university offers a 40% tuition discount to teachers who teach in Catholic schools.)


Presidential debates and faculty panels on campus Back to Top

Join the campus community to watch the presidential candidates’ debate and panel sponsored by the History/Political Science department.

Wednesday, October 3
7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Refreshments
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Faculty panel discussion
9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Televised presidential debate
Knott Auditorium
Charles Street Campus

Also, save the date for the candidates’ foreign policy debate on Monday, October 22, 2012 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in Knott Auditorium.


Montrose Society Back to Top

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

Jeanne Morris Jones ’50: “Notre Dame changed my life! My education prepared me for a career in social work. I am grateful for the many dear friendships I developed as a student at Notre Dame. Many of these same friendships endure today. Harvey and I created an endowed scholarship to allow others to have the same Notre Dame experience which I enjoy. Harvey and I want to ‘pass it on.’”

Find out more about legacy giving.


Leave a special legacy: your life story Back to Top

Learn how to touch the lives of your loved ones in a deeply personal way with an "Ethical Will.” What is an ethical will? It’s a will without all the numbers and dollar signs! Instead you convey your thoughts, stories and reflections on life itself—whatever you'd like to share with family and friends.

Two webinars conducted by Susan Turnbull, noted writer, author and speaker on ethical wills, will be held at the Feeley International Center. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Overview of Ethical Wills
Thursday, October 11
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Feeley International Center
Charles Street Campus

Workshop on Writing an Ethical Will
Tuesday, December 4
12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Feeley International Center
Charles Street campus

To register for the Ethical Will Webinars, or for more information, contact Linda Kuehn at 410-532-5351 or lkuehn@ndm.edu.


Networking Committee Back to Top

Are you interested in becoming involved with the NDMU Networking Committee? Join us at our next meeting and help by contributing ideas and opportunities that will help our alums become better connected for employment opportunities, board service, and more!

Wednesday, October 3
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House
Charles Street Campus
RSVP – ndmalum@ndm.edu
Wine and snacks will be provided


In Memoriam Back to Top

Kathleen Sandkuhler Basford '59
Margaret Smith Collins '50
Barbara Zeller Dicenza '66
Linda Dudley '84
Bella Flax '93
Elizabeth Ortega Zachos '94 


In the News Back to Top

The Catholic Review featured Dr. Conneely and first year student Alison Smith participating in the University’s signing and pinning ceremony during Orientation Weekend.

Dr. Conneely wrote to the editors of USA Today to confirm the continuing relevance of women’s colleges.

For the fourth consecutive year, Notre Dame of Maryland University was named to U.S. News & World Report’s “Great Schools/Great Prices,” and ranked again among the Best Regional Universities.

Groundbreaking on our new academic building generated media headlines:

  • Baltimore Sun: Notre Dame of Maryland University to break ground on Nursing and Education building
  • Catholic Review: Notre Dame of Maryland University to break ground on new academic building
  • Baltimore Business Journal: Notre Dame to begin construction of new nursing and education building
  • College Classes.com: Notre Dame of Maryland Breaks Ground on New Nursing Building

Study Finds More College Students Want To Work And Live In Baltimore
Students Briawna Jones, Shelby Carter, Samantha Dameron and Mindy Daugherty spoke with WJZ-TV about plans to stay in Baltimore after college.

Women in Engineering: Creative work that offers a lot of rewards
Dr. DiRienzi was featured in a Baltimore Sun Education Special Section cover story about our 5-year dual degree engineering program

Democrats, Republicans Use Differing Convention Messages to Appeal to Women Voters.
Professor Jeana DelRosso weighs in for Gazette readers on how the presidential candidates are trying to win over female voters.

Notre Dame of Maryland University receives $90k for new nursing lab
The Catholic Review reported on Notre Dame’s $90,000 Knott Foundation grant for simulation labs in the new Center for Caring With Technology.

Organizations find ways to tend the pipeline for nurses
The Baltimore Business Journal wrote about Notre Dame's efforts to meet increased demand for nurses.

Notre Dame of Maryland wins $125,000 grant for nursing program
The Baltimore Business Journal shared news of NDMU's $125,000 Middendorf Foundation grant. 

New Waugh Chapel Principal Settles In
Amanda Edmunds '00 is the new principal at Waugh Chapel Elementary School in Odenton.