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Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business 2015 – Insights from Women Leaders in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation


Busta Lecture Program

On Wednesday, November 11, Notre Dame of Maryland University held its 12th annual Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business, featuring women leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Busta Lecture Series, which began in 2003, is an annual event open to the community designed to honor women leaders in business. The series was created in memory of Charles J. “CB” Busta, a Notre Dame trustee and marketing executive who died in 1999. This year’s event drew over 220 in attendance from the NDMU community and the community-at-large.

This year’s panel was led by five Baltimore women executives in STEM:

La Vida Cooper ’03, Moderator

            Branch Head, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Judith Britz, PH.D.

            Former Executive Director, BioMaryland Center

Alison Brown

            Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, University of Maryland Medical System

Gloria Flach

            Corporate Vice President and President, Northrop Grumman Electronics Systems

Kathryn Freeland

            President/Chief Executive Officer, A-TEK, Inc.

The evening’s events began with a student panel discussion, in which select current NDMU students had the opportunity to meet with the panel members for a private Q&A session. The discussion allowed the panelists to speak with students on an individual basis and inspire the students with the stories and insights gained from their successful careers in STEM industries. 




Student Event Student Event Student Event

Following the student panel, a reception was held in honor of the lecture panelists and the Busta Lecture Series.

Reception Guests Reception Guests Reception Guests

The Panel Discussion began at 7p.m. and was widely attended by the NDMU community as well as the community-at-large. All who attended were inspired by the personal journeys of the women in the panel; each panelist had an opportunity to share her personal story and the inspiring forces that shaped her career. Each panelist traveled a unique road through her career, but each cited a strong childhood figure as the source of inspiration and support for a successful career, and noted the joy and struggle of balancing a successful career in a male-dominated field while raising a family and pursuing other passions in life. To quote an audience member from the lecture, “I understand now why my company wanted me to come here tonight to listen to this panel. This has been truly inspiring”. 

Busta Sign 

Bonnie Busta
 Current Student Speaker Guests with Program President MLY Panel

For more pictures from the 2015 Charles J. Busta Lecture Series in Business, please visit our Flickr page at https://www.flickr.com/photos/notredameofmarylanduniversity/sets/72157660783741800/with/22724877758/.

You can learn more about the exciting STEM initiatives offered at NDMU by clicking the links below:

STEM Camp at Notre Dame

Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching: STEM, K–8

NDMU as a Leader in STEM Education

Many thanks to the Busta Steering Committee led by Chair and trustee Joan Davidson W’93, our distinguished panelists, and the Busta family for making this incredible evening possible!

Tell Us Your Story

Tell us Your Story

You can also help spread the news about the value of a Notre Dame education by sending us news about career moves, or thoughts on your Notre Dame experience and how it helped shape the person you are today. It’s easy: ndm.edu/yourstory features a simple form where you can send us news, information, and reflections, and upload photos and documents. 

Upcoming Events 

Eastern Shore Alumni Holiday Luncheon: 
Tuesday, December 1
The Inn on the Ocean at 10th St., Ocean City

Eastern shore alums: Join us for Mary Ellen Gunther’s annual Eastern Shore Holiday Luncheon!. For more information or to register, please contact Mary Ellen at fmegunther@gmail.com.

Women’s College Winter Open House
Saturday, December 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Do you know of a young woman who would benefit from all that Notre Dame has to offer? Please encourage her to attend this Open House. Open to all interested high school students, attendees will meet current students and admissions counselors, learn about scholarships and awards, and tour the lovely Notre Dame campus. Please share this RSVP site with interested students!

Fundamentals of Financial Investing Workshop: Save the Date!
Saturday, February 6, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal
$15 per person

Information Tables

Does navigating the stock market seem daunting to you? Confused about investing for retirement, college tuitions? NDMU professor Lawrence Beyer CFA has graciously offered to conduct a Financial Investment Workshop, hosted by the NDMU Networking Committee. This workshop will offer insights into financial investing. Following Professor  Beyer’s presentation, several NDMU alums with  investment experience  will be on hand for  a Q&A.  A reception and resource fair will round out the afternoon.  You won’t want to miss this special event, so please register here.

Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes

Joan McLoughlin ’00 will be opening an art exhibit in conjunction with artist Kathy Stovall at the MC Erny Gallery in Wilmington, NC. The exhibit will run from November 27th until February 12th and will feature the collection titled “Paper & Paint". Joan’s work has been described as “expressive and imaginative”. For more information on Joan McLoughlin ’00 and her exhibit, please visit http://whqr.org/post/paper-paint-work-kathy-stovall-and-joan-mcloughlin.

Betty Shanley Driscoll ’85, M’91, has published Mornings Full of Sunlight, a memoir of her early years and experiences at a convent boarding school. In the words of Jo Trueschler ’49, former professor of English at Notre Dame, “In lucid, graceful prose this writer translates the secrets of memory with imaginative power, in the spirit of thanksgiving.”

Do you have an exciting life event that you would like to share with your fellow alumnae? You can submit your Class Notes to The Alumnae and Alumni Association through https://myndm.ndm.edu/ or by contacting Lauren Rohrs (lrohrs1@ndm.edu or 410-532-3166).


Notre Dame’s Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is expanding its social media presence! Be sure to follow us for the latest in NDMU news, events, networking opportunities, committee meetings, and Reunion updates!

instagram Instagram: #NDMUalums

 With two ways to follow us on Facebook, you will never miss a post! “Like” our page “Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Association” for updates on upcoming events, opportunities, and photos. Are you a member of the new Young Alum Network Committee? Be sure to “like” our “NDM Young Alum” page for information specific to our young alums.

pinterest Are you looking for “pinspiration”? Follow NDMUAlums on Pinterest.

snapchatPrefer to get your updates in a snap? Add NDMUALUMS to your Snapchat friends list to keep in touch with the latest happenings at NDMU.

twitter Follow NDMUAlums on Twitter for NDMU news, alum updates, and the latest info on upcoming events

linkedin Are you on LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site? Be sure to include Notre Dame of Maryland in your educational background, and follow our page for job opportunities, networking opportunities, and updates on professional events at NDMU.

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

Young Alum Network Committee Meeting
Monday, December 14
5:30 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House

Newly formed in 2015, the Young Alum committee is open to any alum who has graduated within the last 15 years. If you're interested in networking with fellow alums and supporting Notre Dame, contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu. Meetings will be held the second Monday of every other month.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Networking Initiative Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 7
5:30 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in a variety of fields. The group plans professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the Power Hour Plus networking series, 
Join us for the next committee meeting and share your ideas for the networking and professional development opportunities you would like to see offered. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Reunion 2016 Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 9
9 to 11 a.m.
Noyes Alumnae House
The Reunion 2016 Planning Committee wants your input! Planning is now underway for Reunion 2016, which will be held on September 16-18, 2016 for class years ending in 1 and 6. To volunteer for the Reunion Committee, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Help us Plan NOW for WOW!—The Women of the World Festival


WOW-Women of the World is a global, high profile movement of festivals that celebrate women as a force for positive change and take a frank look at gender equality. Launched in 2011 in London, WOWs have engaged and inspired tens of thousands across five continents including Australia, Egypt, Indian, Pakistan, the U.K., and the most recently, WOW-Harlem at the Apollo Theatre. Notre Dame of Maryland University is proud to bring WOW to Baltimore, October 7&8 2016.

WOW festivals feature prominent speakers and performers, panelists, and networking and mentoring events and are powerful agents of change in their host cities because the diversity and timeliness of topics emerge from public planning sessions called Thinkins.

For the latest WOW news, go to http://www.ndm.edu/news-events-community/wow/.

Follow WOW-Baltimore 2016 on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/wowbaltimore.

WOW-Baltimore is hosted in partnership with the international renowned London arts institution, Southbank Center. WOW was co-founded in 2011 by Southbank Centre Artistic Director, Jude Kelly, CBE.

First Impressions Program is Underway!

On Monday, October 26th, the First Impressions program launched its 5th year with a Resume Writing Workshop, led by Astrid Schmidt-King. Students in the First Impressions program enjoyed an insightful discussion on resume writing skills, mistakes to avoid when writing a resume and/or cover letter, and how to make a resume stand out in today’s competitive job market. After the initial presentation, students gathered together with faculty and alums in break-out groups based on their career goals to learn field-specific resume guidelines from professionals in their fields. The evening proved to be a successful beginning to this year’s First Impressions program, which will run until the end of April.

Students in the First Impressions program are given the opportunity to learn valuable career and networking skills through a series of events and programs offered through NDMU, including a resume writing workshop, a personal branding workshop led by “The Voice of the Ravens” Gerry Sandusky, career advising through the Career Center, and an interview workshop followed by a mock-interview session with an NDMU alum who is currently working within the individual student’s field of interest. Students who complete every requirement for the program receive a gift card to Nordstrom, where they will meet with a personal shopper to select an interview outfit appropriate for their field. The program concludes with an etiquette dinner and graduation ceremony, where the students learn proper business dinner etiquette and model their new business outfits from Nordstrom. 

If you are interested in being a part of the First Impressions program, please contact Lauren Rohrs at lrohrs1@ndm.edu or 410-532-3166. 

Giving Thanks on #GivingTuesday

Thanks-giving /noun
1. The expression of gratitude
2. An annual national holiday commemorating the Pilgrims’ harvest festival in 1621; the traditional kick-off to the holiday shopping season (see also Black Friday and Cyber Monday)
On Tuesday, December 1st, Notre Dame alumnae and alumni will be able to add “Giving Tuesday” to their personal definition of the holiday. A new global tradition, #GivingTuesday is a day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back. 
#GivingTuesday is a great way to give back to Notre Dame and make sure the experience you valued so much continues for a new generation of students. Your gift to The Notre Dame Fund, no matter the size, directly benefits our students and helps the University with its current needs, including financial aid.
We hope you will give back to NDMU on #GivingTuesday and give the gift of education!<ndm.edu/giving

The Notre Dame Fund

thank you

Thank you to all of our loyal alumnae and alumni who supported Notre Dame last fiscal year with a gift to The Notre Dame Fund!

Your generous gifts to The Notre Dame Fund help meet the University’s many needs that tuition alone cannot—scholarships, academic initiatives, student programs, technology upgrades, and more. As we look towards another successful year, we need the support of our dedicated alumnae and alumni more than ever. We hope we can count on your gift again this year!

Donations can be made via our safe and secure online donation form. For more information on The Notre Dame Fund, contact Catherine McCabe at 410-532-3197 or cmccabe2@ndm.edu.

Montrose Society Reflections: Susan Legg ’65

Susan Legg

I firmly believe that the single best experience an individual can receive in life is a good education.
It becomes the center post from which a person meets all the challenges of life. That is why I am so grateful for the education I received at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Throughout my four years, I enjoyed a value based liberal arts education which, we all know, is especially important for women.

That is why I have become a member of the Montrose Society and will be remembering the University in my will. It is my way of showing my appreciation for my own education, while helping the University continues its mission of excellence for future generations.

Become a Montrose Society Member

Montrose Society

Why not join the 200+ loyal graduates, friends, faculty, and staff who remember Notre Dame of Maryland University in their estate plans?

Your intention can help to pass on the University’s legacy to future generations. Call Kelley Kilduff at 410-532-3185 or click here to read more about legacy giving.

Adelante Latina Tutors and Drivers needed!
As an institution that embraces service as a central component of its mission, Notre Dame of Maryland University is proud to offer support to Adelante Latina! This program was started by retired Notre Dame Professor Leonor Blum and relies almost exclusively on NDMU graduates and students. Please consider offering your support to this program. WHERE: Esperanza Center at 430 S. Broadway (corner of Eastern).WHEN: On Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m. Session 2: Late January to the first week of June, 2016.

The goal of the program is to improve the English composition, reading comprehension, and writing skills of Latina high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from low-income families in Baltimore City, and to prepare them for college. Tutor qualifications: Excellent English language skills, tutoring skills, ability to interact well with teenage girls. No knowledge of Spanish is required as English is their primary language. Tutoring sessions are one-on-one or, at most, with two students per tutor. The time commitment is once a week, either on Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m.

For more information or to apply please contact Leonor Blum, Professor Emerita, Notre Dame of Maryland University, 410-591-0547, blumle@aol.com, or lblum@ndm.edu

University News

Join us in Rome for Holy Week!

Spend Holy Week in this Year of Mercy in Assisi and Rome with Father Bill O’Brien, University Chaplain, and Sister Therese Dougherty, Classics Professor,  along with friends and alums of Notre Dame of Maryland University.  The trip will leave from and return to BWI on British Airways.

There will be two nights in Assisi and six in Rome.

Highlights of the itinerary will include visits to the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum, the Major Basilicas, Colosseum, Assisi churches and sites related to St. Francis, and attendance at Holy Week services in Rome. Depending on Pope Francis schedule, at this date unannounced, a papal audience will be included if possible.

Cost will be under $2,800 based on 12 participants. Price includes airfare, hotel accommodations (double occupancy, with single supplement available for $300), all breakfasts and two dinners, with local transportation in Italy and admission to sites and museums also part of the package.

For information and/or registration form contact: 

Sister Therese Marie Dougherty
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210
Phone: 410-532-5559                      Email: tdougherty@ndm.edu

Winterim: January 2-23


Beat the winter doldrums by taking an NDMU class this January! Offerings for the Winterim term include Forensic Anthropology, Blogging for Business, Nursing Informatics, Government-Nonprofit Relations, and Women in Public Policy. For more details and contact info, visit our adult programs information page.
Application fee waived for NDMU alums!

Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1) LSP 105
No prior experience in Spanish is necessary.

Spanish Class

This course is designed for professionals or volunteers who currently work with or will work with Hispanic communities in schools, hospitals, parishes, community-based organizations or other nonprofits, or other settings where you are interacting with Latinos. There is a language and a cultural component to the course. The language component enables one to learn basic conversational skills and elemental phrases to better communicate with Spanish-speaking persons. Good pronunciation, listening and speaking skills are emphasized. The cultural component emphasizes the spirituality, customs and traditions of Hispanics.

Afternoon Class (LSP 105-01):
February 16 – April 26, 2016 (excluding 3/22)
Tuesdays, 3–5 p.m.

Evening Class (LSP 105-02):
February 16 – April 26, 2016 (excluding 3/22)
Tuesdays, 6–8 p.m.

Spanish Language and Culture (Part 2) LSP 106
Prerequisite: Part 1of the course, LSP 101, 102 or equivalent.

This follow-up course to Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1) continues to emphasize good pronunciation and speaking skills. It provides greater emphasis on grammar, especially the past tense, in order to increase conversational skills. There will be a continued cultural component to deepen understanding of the Hispanic community.

Afternoon Class (LSP 106):
February 15 – May 2, 2016 (excluding 3/21 and 3/28)
Mondays, 4–6 p.m.

Fee for all courses: $400 per person or $1,050 for three participants if registered by 1/28/16. 
$425 per person or $1,125 for three participants if registered after 1/28/16
Discounts for Notre Dame alumnae and alumni!

For more information, contact: 
Linda Stilling, SSND
Spanish Language & Culture Program Coordinator

Portrait Unveiling – Past President Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D. Commemorated in Portrait 

Portrait Unveiling portrait Unveiling

On Sunday, October 18th, 2015, Notre Dame of Maryland University held a special event and Mass for the Portrait Unveiling for Dr. Mary Pat Seurkamp, who served as President of the university for 15 years (1997-2012). Dr. Seurkamp was the first permanent Lay President for the university; during her presidency, she spearheaded the vast expansion of adult and graduate programs, including the launch of the School of Pharmacy, and led Notre Dame through its historic move to University status. The portrait was painted by Danni Dawson, who has painted portraits of dignitaries, state and university officials, and senior members of the military and medical communities. Dawson apprenticed with Nelson Shanks and her work has been featured in American Artist. 
Dr. Yam, assisted by Dr. Tanya Easton, unveiled the Portrait and stated “Mary Pat, your presence on our campus is undiminished and enduring. We feel your presence in the buildings you shepherded to completion, in the academic programs you helped conceive and establish, in the students whose lives you forever enhanced, and now, in a very physical way, in a beautiful portrait that will remind generations to come of all that you accomplished as Notre Dame’s 11th president.” 
Everyone, including the family of Dr. Seurkamp, was delighted to see the beautiful painting and Notre Dame is thrilled to add this portrait of our fearless President Emerita to the walls of NDMU.

NDMU Student-Athlete Named CSAC Rookie of the Year

Student Athlete

Notre Dame of Maryland student-athlete Megan Morales ’19 was named the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) Rookie of the Year and named to Second Team All Conference. Morales is the first field hockey student-athlete to receive the award and becomes the third NDMU Gator to earn Rookie of the Year honors. Congratulations Megan! To read more about Megan Morales ’19 and the CSAC Rookie of the Year Award, click here

NDMU Professor’s Research Met with Praise

Dr. de Kleine

Dr. Christa de Kleine, of the NDMU School of Education and TESOL program, was recently commissioned by the College Reading and Language Association (CRLA) to write a White Paper on the issues and approaches dealing with linguistically diverse students at the college level. Dr. de Kleine’s research has been well received since it’s unveiling at the CRLA national conference in Portland, OR. For more information on Dr. de Kleine’s research, please visit http://www.crla.net/index.php/publications/crla-white-papers


In Absentia Gallery Talk
Gormley Gallery, Fourier 200

In Absentia

In Absentia features color photography by Heather Boaz, Milana Braslavsky, and Jill Fannon that explores the body in relation to concepts of consumption, object-culture, and the fetishizing of inanimate objects. For more information, click here

Music at Notre Dame—A 50 Year Tradition

Music at NDM

Music for the Christmas Season: Concert Choir of Notre Dame of Maryland University, Directed by Dr. Jennifer Brimhall
December 13
2 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Join us for the traditional concert choir “Music for the Christmas Season” musical event. With traditional and modern carols, this show is sure to put you in the holiday spirit!


Soul Sister: Are you a pane of glass?

Imagine a stained-glass window.  It could be in a church, a home, a business, a museum.  It may be a conglomerate of color depicting people, inviting scenery (consider Tiffany windows), or a beautiful design (perhaps a rose window in a cathedral.)  Each window has its own story to tell.

Now imagine yourself as a segment of that window—a pane of glass that gives life to the story.  Do others see you and appreciate you?  Only if you are transparent enough to let the light beam through you.  As imperfect as the glass segment may be, wonders still happen when the light appears and passes through the stained glass.

Enjoy feeling the warmth of God’s light beaming through you as you join other panes of glass in the composite window of life, of community.  Together, “bear witness to the light, that all might believe” through you.  Remember, you are not the light, but the conveyor of light.  Let the sun (Son) shine in!

When night falls and the world is dark, the stained glass can still be visible—but only now if the light comes from within!  It is time to witness to truth, beauty and goodness to others when they are in the darkness.  You may not need to say or to do anything—just be there!  God’s light will still pass through you to them.  What a comforting light that is!

From your stained-glass Soul Sister,

Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

In Memoriam

Patricia Duddy Armstrong ’53

Mary “Bernie” Hawkins ’66

Anna Mueller ’51

Lois “Jamie” Wehler ’97

Frederick Schanken ’98

Paula Norris Carroll ’58

Muriel E. Curran, SSND ’59

Elizabeth(Kane) Weyforth ’51

In the News

Joan McLoughlin ’00 – “Paper and Paint” Art Exhibit opens http://whqr.org/post/paper-paint-work-kathy-stovall-and-joan-mcloughlin