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The Inauguration of President Marylou Yam, Ph.D.yam inaguration

The Notre Dame of Maryland University community enjoyed a wonderful week of celebration in honor of the inauguration of Marylou Yam, Ph.D. as our 14th President.

Dr. Yam was formally installed on April 17 before a large audience that included over 100 alumnae and alumni from all of our programs. Highlights of Inauguration Week are available at ndm.edu/inauguration.

We hope that you will join us as in wishing Dr. Yam well as she leads the next exciting chapter in NDMU's fearless and faithful history!

Save the Date: Reunion 2015
Mark your calendars for Reunion 2015, taking place September 18–20, 2015. Members of classes ending in 0 and 5, this is your year! Make plans now to attend and reunite with your friends and classmates and the entire Notre Dame community.

Reunion Highlight: Flashback Friday Celebration on Friday, September 18th. Wear your old CND clothing. Flashback t-shirt for purchase prior to the weekend. Submit your old photos from your years at Notre Dame on our Facebook page or contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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Check our Reunion website for more information!


Remembering Retiring Faculty
retiring facultyOn April 23, faculty, staff, alumnae and alumni, students and friends will gather to celebrate more than 100 years of teaching experience represented by retiring faculty:

Dr. Pat Brelsford - Professor, Business
Dean Katie Cook – Dean of the School of Nursing
Dr. Peter Hoffman - Professor/Chair – Biology
Sally Wall - Professor, Psychology
Raeann Wuestman - Professor, Education

Theirs is a legacy of teaching, guidance, and compassion that changed the lives of generations of students.

Sponsored by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. Proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Fund and the Continuing Education Scholars Fund, which includes support for adult women pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame.

Thursday, April 23
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Reception
Doyle Formal
$15; $10 for SSNDs
Cash bar.

6:45 to 8:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Knott Auditorium
Free and open to all

Register for Remembering with Retiring Faculty here!

Eastern Shore Spring Luncheon
Come celebrate with the Notre Dame of Maryland University Eastern Shore contingent.
Tuesday, April 28 at 12 p.m. 
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Glen Riddle, Route #50, Berlin, Maryland
Reservations by April 24th.
$25 including tip.

A choice of three entrees and dessert. Cash bar for wine or alcohol.

Send check made payable to: Mary Ellen Gunther, 1206 N. Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD, 21842.
Questions? Call 410-290-8306

2015 Busta Lecture in Business
Insights from Women Leaders in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generationbusta lectureAttracting and retaining women in technical fields has become a national priority and a primary concern for many employers. Learn how these four outstanding leaders have achieved success in fields that are typically underrepresented by women.

Judith A. Britz, Ph.D. – former Executive Director
BioMaryland Center

Alison G. Brown, BSN, MPH -Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer
University of Maryland Medical System

Gloria A. Flach - Corporate Vice President and President
Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems

Kathryn B. Freeland - President/Chief Executive Officer
A-Tek, Inc.

La Vida Cooper ’03 -Moderator
Branch Head, Telecommunication Networks & Technology Branch
Goddard Space Flight Center

Wednesday, April 29
7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium, North Charles Street campus
Free of charge and open to the public with registration

Visit our website to register!

One of Notre Dame’s signature annual events, the Charles J. Busta III Lecture Series is designed to showcase the thoughts and experiences of business leaders, especially women leaders, in order to encourage creativity and personal growth in women. The series was created in memory of Charles J. “CB” Busta, a Notre Dame trustee and marketing executive who died in 1999.

School of Nursing Speaker Event
Speaking Up for Patient Safety
Nancy Grimm RN, Esq.
Ms. Grimm, a Notre Dame alumna, is the former Executive Director for the Office of Health Care Quality in Maryland and was responsible for the oversight and monitoring of approximately 13,000 health care facilities and programs. Her deep experience as an attorney and a registered nurse informs her unique perspective about the issues confronting nurses in today’s healthcare environment.

Tuesday, May 5
6 p.m. Reception and Simulation lab tours – University Academic Building
7 p.m. Lecture - Knott Auditorium
Free and open to the public

Click here to register for Speaking Up for Patient Safety!

A Tasting Event featuring Chocolate, Wine and Beer!
tastingMark your calendars for a springtime chocolate, wine, and beer tasting at the President’s Residence, hosted by the Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. The evening will feature guided tastings of beer, wine (provided by Bin604), and chocolate (provided by Parfections).

Thursday, May 7
6 to 8 p.m.
President’s Residence
$25 per person (includes an NDMU wine glass)

Register for the Chocolate, Beer, and Wine Tasting here

Blue and White Cocktails and Connections
cocktails and connectionsJoin us for the second annual Cocktails and Connections! During Commencement Week, Women’s College seniors and recent Notre Dame graduates are invited to a festive gathering at the President’s Residence. Over wine and hors d’oeuvres, we’ll share Notre Dame stories and advice about life after college—and celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for our seniors!

If you graduated from Notre Dame between 2005 and 2014 and would like to attend, please contact Megan Lentz at 410-532-5542 or mlentz@ndm.edu.

Tuesday, May 19
President’s Residence, 100 St. Albans Way
6 to 8 p.m.

Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
Mary Ellen Vanni ’69, Executive Director of the Fuel Fund, is being honored with the Ed Sommerfeldt Award at the Baltimore’s Ignatian Volunteer Corps annual Madonna Della Strada Award Ceremony on April 26th. This award is given to an individual who has inspired volunteers to more clearly recognize God’s presence and activity in the midst of everyday life. Congratulations Mary Ellen!

Tema Encarnación M’11 was named a 2015 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. Encarnación will participate in a two-week geographic learning expedition aboard the National Geographic Explorer to Iceland and Greenland.

Master of Arts in Leadership and Management Graduates cases presented in the research track of the Society for Case Research at the 51st Annual MBAA International Conference, Chicago, IL, on March 26, 2015.

John Barczak, M'14, presented Service Unbounded, a project management contracting case co-authored with Scott Shindledecker, MBA, project management associate faculty, and Elizabeth Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business.

Dawn Grissom, M'14, wrote Heritage Resources, a project management case involving a woman-owned small business co-authored with Scott Shindledecker, MBA, project management associate faculty presented and Elizabeth Jones, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business.

Pet Insurance Offered to NDMU alums
pet insuranceThey’re not just pets…they’re family!
Did you know that in addition to insuring yourself and your loved ones, you can also buy pet insurance for your favorite four-legged family members? The Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Program offers coverage through Petplan, a leader in the pet insurance arena.

As veterinary care becomes more advanced, treatment is readily available—but the costs continue to rise. Pet insurance can help make sure you'll always be able to give your pet the best care possible. Whether it’s a long-term issue, an accident, or if your dog or cat becomes ill unexpectedly, pet insurance can help cover the costs.

Petplan policies offer great value and flexibility, including around-the-clock service hours and a new Paperless Claims App. These services give you the convenience of making and managing claims from anywhere, as well as access to answers and advice about your pets and policies—all on your schedule.

From diagnostic testing and prescription medications to specialized treatment and beyond, pet insurance provides essential coverage to help give you peace of mind. Visit http://meyerandassoc.com/ndm for a free quote and details about all of the products available to you and your family through the Alumnae/i Insurance Program.

Like us on Facebook and Join us on LinkedIn
social media“Like” the Alumnae and Alumni Association on Facebook to stay connected with fellow Notre Dame alums and learn about events taking place at the university.

If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, join the Notre Dame alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with other NDMU alums in your field of interest.

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee
Do you have professional experience and knowledge that could benefit Women’s College students as they prepare to 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 this 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 2014–2015 program will conclude on April 29 with the First Impressions graduation ceremony.

The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is actively seeking volunteers to review student resumes, conduct practice interviews and serve on the committee next year. To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Networking Initiative Committee
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations, and many other fields. The group plans professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the Power Hour Plus networking series, which has hosted four successful events so far this academic year: Breakfast at the Center Club with Debbie Phelps; the New York Bus Trip; Mingle, Mingle; and Caring for Caregivers.

The 2014–2015 series will wrap up with a beer, wine, and chocolate tasting at the President’s Residence on May 7. For more details, see the Power Hour Plus article in this issue of Tower Talk.

The next meeting of the Networking Committee is Monday, June 8, at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to RSVP, contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

The Montrose Society: Create Your Legacy
What is the Montrose Society?
Montrose is a name that has had special significance at Notre Dame of Maryland for more than 150 years. It was the name of the original building on our beautiful campus—a building that is still in active use today as Noyes Alumnae House. For the Notre Dame community, the word “Montrose” has come to symbolize permanence, commitment and enduring value.

These same qualities inspire many graduates, friends and their families to invest in Notre Dame’s future through legacy giving. By doing so, they are invited to join the Montrose Society, an association that honors those whose foresight and generosity help strengthen and sustain the University. The Society recognizes the commitment of these donors both publicly and privately and promotes the important role that legacy gifts play in the life of the institution.

In this season of renewal, we invite you to join the Montrose Society and support Notre Dame with a legacy gift. For more information, please visit our website or contact Fran Gunshol at fflannerygunshol1@ndm.edu.

Give to Notre Dame and Take a Charitable Deduction
In 1847, the School Sisters of Notre Dame journeyed to America on a mission to educate women leaders to transform the world. Their vision crystallized in 1895 with the founding of what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Carry on that fearless and faithful mission and get a 2015 charitable deduction by supporting The Notre Dame Fund.

Please make a secure online donation by visiting ndm.edu/giving. If you have any questions, please contact Catherine McCabe at cmccabe@ndm.edu.

University news

NDMU Celebrates Women’s History Month
leagueFor Women’s History Month on Monday, March 23rd, the Division of Student Life showed the movie “A League of their Own.” Jenaene Lesko, current President of the AAGPBL, talked with the students and shared the discrepancies between the movie and real life. Jenaene is currently 1 of approximately 100 players still alive who played in the league. She celebrated her 80th birthday with the students and shared a birthday cake to honor the occasion. 

Arts for Hearts' Sake presents Three - 4 – All
Based in Catonsville, this group offers an eclectic mix of pop, folk, country, reggae, R & B, Americana, jazz, gospel and traditional music. Three-4-All consists of Karen Stroup, Otis Stroup and Bill Webster.

Fred Edell, guest artist joins the group for this performance.

Sunday, April 26
2 p.m.
Villa Assumpta
Charles & Bellona
Information: 410-532-5386

There will be a reception to meet the artists following the performance. Admission to this event is free.

Class of 2015 Hosts Kickball Tournament
My name is Jazmin Greene and I am the Class President of the Senior Class of 2015. Much like every class we would like to go out with a bang! Therefore the Class in collaboration with the University’s Anchorage Program has decided to host a kickball tournament where the faculty, staff, alums, and students will be playing against each other for a great cause. This event will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 12:30pm on the University’s Practice Field until the last team is standing.

We will be assigning groups similar to the Annual Christmas Dinner where faculty and staff members are placed together as team captains and students are able to sign up for those teams at the Doyle Student Life Information Desk. Each team will be assigned a team color and a charity (to be determined by each team). Each participant will pay $2 to play with all the proceeds going to the final winning team’s charity.

We would really love to have you participate with us! If you are interested, please reply to this email at studentlife@ndm.edu or email our advisor, Michelle Evans, at mevans@ndm.edu. Thank you all for your consideration, and I hope to see you all there!

Music at Notre Dame
Ernest Ragogini, piano

A Treasured Half-Century Relationship
A reflection on and performance of Franz Schubert’s piano masterpiece, Sonata in B-Flat major D. 960, Op. Posth.

Saturday, May 2
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

For more information about upcoming music events, check out the Music at Notre Dame website.

SSND news

Soul Sister
Did you ever feel abandoned?

What does abandonment look like? Perhaps we can see it in an isolated child in the schoolyard, a homeless person begging for money, someone seemingly lost in a busy bus, train, subway or airport terminal.

Jesus cried out from the cross, “My God, My God, why have you abandoned Me?” (Mt. 27:46) If you have ever felt not acknowledged or appreciated, not chosen for a team, a job, or a friendship, left out of a conversation or decision-making, or just plain alone, you may begin to grasp the abandonment that Jesus endured.

The followers of Jesus probably had those feeling, too. Martha said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” (Luke 10:40) Not all of the apostles were called to be with Jesus on Mount Tabor for the Transfiguration event, nor in the garden of Gethsemane the night before he died. The male apostles probably felt left out when only a few women were the first to proclaim the Risen Lord. Thomas, the Doubter, was left out of the group when Jesus appeared to all of the other apostles in the Upper Room after His Resurrection.

There are times when we may abandon or forget God. In choosing to abandon another person or God, we may suffer in the process. Sometimes we may feel that God abandons us. That is a suffering, too. Yet, in chapter 49 of the prophet Isaiah, we are assured that God will not forget us, will not leave us orphaned—God will not abandon us! May the feeling of abandonment that comes through the crosses of life be transformed into the feeling of Resurrection power!

From your sometimes-abandoned-yet-transformed Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

In memoriam

Marie Cleckner Goodman '45

Kathleen Sullivan Rainville M’96

William Toohey M’04

In the news

Media for Inauguration
The Baltimore Sun: photo on page A3 of the Saturday, April 18 edition.

The Baltimore Sun, Inside Ed blog (with an unfortunate misspelling of Dr. Yam’s name): Notre Dame, Goucher set to inaugurate presidents

The Catholic Review: Story on front page of website, with 43-photo slide show.
Inaugural Mass at Notre Dame for Yam a friendly, family affair

Fox 45 Baltimore: story on Friday night’s newscast. https://vimeo.com/125616354

Fox 45 Baltimore: story on Sunday’s Day of Service: https://vimeo.com/125045985

Baltimore Messenger: Photo from Inauguration Week activities