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Tower Talk February 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Featured Story

Presidential Search Update

Events

Power Hour Plus
     Breakfast and Networking with Gabrielle Dow
     Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence
CE Spring Event: An Evening with Faculty Authors
2014 Busta Lecture: The Arts Transforming Communities
Reunion 2014 Update
Save the Date: NYC Bus Trip
100 Nights

Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes: Sheri Booker ’04

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all First-Generation Alums
First Impressions Committee
Networking Initiative Committee
Montrose Society: Marcia Maith-Cloud Glover ’88
The Fearless 180
Seeking Donations for the Arizona/Mexico Border Experience with the SSNDs

University News

Notre Dame’s Visit to Downton Abbey
Connemara, Ireland: 2014 Kylemore Abbey Summer Institute—Philosophy, Spirituality and Poetry
Join the “Ask An Alum” Social Media Campaign

From the SSNDs

Soul Sister

In Memoriam

In the News  


Featured Story

Presidential Search Update
The Honorable Kathleen O’Ferrall Friedman ’62, Chair of the NDMU Presidential Search Committee, has announced the three finalists for the position of the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University. This announcement follows a comprehensive nationwide search and more than three months of review, discussion and interviews.

The finalists are:
Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Albright College in Reading, Pa.
Sara Thompson, Ph.D, M.B.A., Associate Provost for New Program Initiatives and Dean of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
Marylou Yam, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Saint Peter’s University (formerly Saint Peter’s College) in Jersey City, N.J.

Click here to read more about the candidates.

The finalists were invited to campus the week of February 24 for a series of meetings with a number of stakeholders, including faculty, students, staff, the University administration, trustees, members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and others. An integral part of the interview and selection process, the visits provide an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to learn more about the candidates—and for them to become better acquainted with our vibrant community.

As part of this process, three open forums were scheduled to provide the greater Notre Dame community—including alumnae, alumni and friends of the University—an opportunity to hear from each of the candidates.

At Notre Dame, we value our community and honor inclusivity. If you were able to participate in these open forums, we thank you for helping to shape the next chapter in Notre Dame’s proud history! Click here to offer your feedback and comments on the candidates.

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Events

Power Hour Plus
Join us in 2014 for Power Hour Plus, a series of networking events, just-for-fun activities and professional and personal development workshops. Events are open to Notre Dame alums and the general public and are generally offered in the evening and on weekends throughout the academic year.

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Breakfast and Networking with Gabrielle Dow
gabrielleJoin Notre Dame for a special breakfast and networking opportunity at the Center Club. Our guest speaker will be Gabrielle Dow, vice president of marketing for the Baltimore Ravens. Ms. Dow, who joined the Ravens prior to the 2006 season, oversees the team’s marketing, promotions, advertising, branding, events, trademark and licensing, game entertainment and sponsor activation and fan affinity areas. She also launched Purple Friday and the first-ever professional team sports women’s fan club, Purple!

Thursday, March 13 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Center Club, downtown Baltimore

$30
Click here to register!

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Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence
wine tastingSample a variety of wines from across the country and the world at the beautiful Notre Dame President’s Residence in Homeland. Zach Armiger of Armiger Imports will lead the tasting. Attendees can also enjoy a glass of their favorite wine, as well as hors d’oeuvres. Informal tours of the President’s Residence will also be included at this special networking event, open to Notre Dame alums and friends.

Wednesday, May 14 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

President’s Residence, 100 St. Albans Way

$20; includes tasting and hors d’oeuvres
Click here to register!

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CE Spring Event: An Evening with Faculty Authors
faculty authorsJoin us for readings and conversation with faculty members from Notre Dame’s acclaimed Department of English—and a celebration of their recent publications! The evening is hosted by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds benefits the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Jeana DelRosso, co-editor of Unruly Catholic Women Writers
Dr. Gene Farrington, author of The Blue Heron
Shelley Puhak ’97, author of Guinevere in Baltimore

Wednesday, April 2
5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Cocktail reception, President’s Residence — $25
7 to 8 p.m. Lecture, Fourier Library (Room 103, Fourier Hall) — Free and open to the public
Click here to register!

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2014 Busta Lecture: The Arts Transforming Communities 
bustaJoin us for the 2014 Busta Lecture—an annual event honoring women leaders in business. This year, we’re proud to host a prestigious group of Baltimore arts professionals who will discuss the ways in which their organizations are effecting real change in the city. These four outstanding women will share how they are building world-class cultural programs to transform local communities and the lives of residents of all ages.

Panelists: 
Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra 
Doreen Bolger, Director of the Baltimore Museum of Art 
Rebecca Hoffberger, Director of the American Visionary Art Museum 
Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director of The Walters Art Museum

Moderator: Caroline Busta, Associate Editor, Artforum magazine

Tuesday, April 22 
7 p.m. 
LeClerc Auditorium 
Free of charge and open to the public with registration 
Click here to register or call 410-532-5201

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Reunion 2014
reunion 2014Reunion 2014 is seven short months away—and the Reunion Committee is moving ahead at full steam! Your class representatives should be in touch soon, if they haven’t been already, to share some information about the weekend and invite you to join your class in the celebration. Watch your mailbox for a letter from your class reps.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Reunion, taking place September 19–21! As always, we have reserved room blocks at several area hotels for our out-of-town Reunion attendees. Click here for more information about participating hotels. Be sure to make your reservations early to take advantage of the special Notre Dame Reunion rate.

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Save the Date: NYC Bus Trip

Last year’s bus trip to New York City was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again! Mark your calendars for November 1, 2014. More details to come.

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100 Nights
On February 20, the Class of 2014 celebrated the beloved Notre Dame tradition of 100 Nights. Faculty, staff and alums gathered for the annual cocktail reception in Noyes Alumnae House to wish the students well as they begin the countdown to Commencement. Afterward, the students moved to Doyle Formal for dinner. As part of the celebration, President Joan Coley was made an honorary alumna of the Class of 2014! She was thrilled to be included in this special class of young women.100 nights

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
sheri bookerBaltimore author and Notre Dame alumna Sheri Booker ’04 has won a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work from a Debut Author for her memoir, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home. Ms. Booker, who teaches at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, accepted the award during a ceremony on February 21 prior to the February 22 NAACP Image Awards national telecast. “It means the world that I can bring this award back home to Baltimore, the national headquarters of the historic NAACP,” she said. “I share this honor with my beloved mother who passed just weeks ago. I'm also thrilled that my wonderful students at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women have the opportunity to witness the limitless opportunities that come with hard work, discipline and perseverance.”

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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

Calling all First-Generation Alums
NDMU’s Trailblazers Program for first-generation college students is looking for alumnae and alumni to participate in a panel discussion titled Thinking About Your Future: Majors & Careers in April.

The Trailblazers Program, launched in 2010 to support first-generation college students in the Women’s College, has grown to a community of more than 100 students, with the first group of Trailblazers set to graduate in May. The program provides ongoing, essential support—from the first year to the finish line—to help students reap the benefits of college life, earn their degrees and make their way into the world as Notre Dame grads.

We’re specifically seeking Notre Dame alums—who, like our Trailblazers, were first-generation college students—to share your experiences and insights on how you’ve put your NDMU degree to work for you. To volunteer for the panel, please contact Beth Green, Trailblazers Director, at 410-532-5813 or egreen@ndm.edu.

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First Impressions Committee
Do you have professional experience and knowledge that could benefit a current Notre Dame undergraduate as she prepares 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.

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

This year, forty students with a variety of majors were accepted into the program. Upcoming events include the annual Etiquette Dinner on March 25. Past workshops include a dynamic presentation on personal brand-building from WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky (October 17), a professional dress fashion show at Macy’s (November 25), a resume writing workshop (February 11) and the interview prep workshop (February 24).

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Networking Initiative Committee
The Networking 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 three successful events so far this academic year: It’s a LinkedIn World—Are you Living in It? on January 16, the New York Bus Trip on November 2 and Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition on October 12.

Additional events planned for this year include a networking breakfast at the Center Club on March 13 with Gabrielle Dow, VP of Marketing for the Ravens, and a wine tasting at the President’s Residence on May 14. For more details, see the Power Hour Plus article in this issue of Tower Talk.

The next meeting is Wednesday April 30, 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.

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Montrose Society: Marcia Maith-Cloud Glover ’88
marcia gloverWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“Since my 1988 graduation from Notre Dame, I have contributed on a continuous basis to the annual fund. I am a proud graduate and realize the importance of supporting my alma mater. Joining the Montrose Society provided me one more opportunity to support NDMU through a legacy gift.

“In 2005, I was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women. In my bio for The Daily Record publication, I noted my graduation from Notre Dame as one of my most significant accomplishments. If not for the Weekend College program, I would not have achieved the personal and professional growth and recognition I have experienced and enjoyed. It was no easy task juggling home, family, work and school. However, the Weekend College format made the task doable. I am forever grateful to the dedicated professors, and committed professionals who supported and encouraged me.

“I know I benefited from the legacy gifts of others while attending the Weekend College program at Notre Dame. Now, it is my turn to make the same opportunities available for the next generation.”

Click here for more information about legacy giving.

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The Fearless 180
fearless 180This month, join the fearless and faithful community of Notre Dame of Maryland University supporters. Become one of The Fearless 180—graduates making their first gifts to Notre Dame, in honor of the 180th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

It’s easy to make your first gift: Text FEARLESS, your name and your class year to 80888* to donate $10 to Notre Dame.

Alumnae and alumni gifts—of any amount—benefit The Notre Dame Fund and help extend the mission of the SSNDs to transform the world through education. Sustain the people and programs that make Notre Dame fearless by making a gift to The Notre Dame Fund today!

Don’t forget to follow #Fearless180 on Facebook and Twitter. Every weekday in February we’re featuring a new story about one of the Notre Dame graduates, faculty, staff, students and friends who fearlessly carry on the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Click here for more information about Fearless 180 or contact Rachael Mann, Annual Giving Coordinator, at rmann@ndm.edu or 410-532-3197.

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Seeking Donations for the Arizona/Mexico Border Experience with the SSNDs
On March 8, six Notre Dame students and staff members will head to Arizona for an eight-day cultural awareness trip led by Sr. Linda Stilling, SSND. The participants will live with the SSND community in Douglas, Arizona, and cross over into Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico, for various experiential learning opportunities. These experiences will help participants gain an appreciation of the social justice issues surrounding the immigration debate, build relationships and solidarity with the poor and experience the convergence of learning, faith, and justice. Activities will include visits and interaction with the Migrant Resource Center and Shelters, the U.S. Border Patrol, Operation Streamline in the U.S. courts, the Healing Our Borders Vigil, Just Coffee, Micro Loan Garden Project and the Fill the Water Tanks Project.

The participants are seeking donations of new toothbrushes and cotton-blend (not 100% cotton) socks for the recipients of services at the Migrant Resource Center. All donations can be sent to Sr. Linda Stilling in the English Language Institute Office, FIC 016 by March 7. For more information, contact Sr. Linda at lstilling@ndm.edu. Thank you for your generosity!

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University News

Notre Dame at Downton Abbey
Forty-four students and alums—some of them repeat attenders—from Women’s College, Graduate Studies, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies, and Renaissance Institute traveled across the ocean this January for the annual Literary England and London Theater Tour. As usual, the group took in plenty of theater—Billy Elliott, several Samuel Beckett plays, and Henry V, starring Jude Law—and toured museums, cathedrals, churches, the Roman baths of Bath, Oxford and Stonehenge. They stayed near the Charles Dickens Museum at the President Hotel in Russell Square, where the Beatles stayed in 1963.

For many, the highlight of the trip was a guided tour of Highclere Castle, known well to fans of Downton Abbey as the home of the aristocratic Crawley family. Although Highclere was closed at the time of the group’s visit, Lord and Lady Carnarvon—the estate’s real-life owners—made a special exception for Notre Dame! The group toured much of the house, including such familiar spots as the library, which Dr. Bill Davis says is a beautiful room packed with 18th and 19th century books. The group also viewed some of the relics and reproductions of ancient Egyptian artifacts that an earlier Lord Carnarvon, who discovered and excavated King Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, had collected over the years.

Since 1997, Dr. Davis says Notre Dame has taken about 500 people to London. The trip is open to students, faculty, staff, friends, family and alumnae and alumni; watch ndm.edu and future editions of Tower Talk for details on the 2015 trip, which will take place January 5 to 15. For more details, please contact Dr. Davis at 410-532-5510, wdavis@ndm.edu, 500i Gibbons Hall.

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Connemara, Ireland: 2014 Kylemore Abbey Summer Institute—Philosophy, Spirituality and Poetry
kylemore abbey

Join Notre Dame for this 11-day retreat style learning opportunity takes place at Kylemore Abbey, the oldest of Irish Benedictine abbeys, an exquisitely restored property with walled gardens and pottery shops.

Lectures on Ireland’s history and geography, its poets and artists, are supplemented by readings in contemporary philosophy and yoga contemplative practice. Participants will have daily opportunities to gather and reflect on the connections between philosophy, spirituality, and poetry, and are encouraged to bring supplies for expressing their thoughts more creatively (in drawings, paintings, and poetry).

Included in the cost of the trip are also: a day trip to Galway City, an overnight stay on the Aran Islands, an evening of traditional Irish music, regional guest lecturers and Yoga practice.

Dates: June 1–June 13, 2014 (optional extension to Dublin: June 14–June 18)
Leaders: Diane Finlayson (dfinlayson@ndm.edu) and Maeve O’Donovan (modonovan@ndm.edu)
Cost: $2,900; includes round-trip airfare to Shannon, ground transfers, meals and retreat-style lodging at Kylemore. $3,000 for those staying on who will return from Dublin. All arrangements/fees in Dublin are the traveler’s responsibility.
Participants: Limited to 20.
**Space is limited. In order to reserve a spot, submit a check for $350 made out to NDMU to: Diane Finlayson, Director of the Renaissance Institute, NDMU, 4701 North Charles Street, 111a Fourier Hall, Baltimore, MD 21210.

For more information, contact Diane Finlayson at dfinlayson@ndm.edu or 410-532-3162.

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Join the “Ask An Alum” Social Media Campaign
You may have seen some colorful new cover images and photos on the Facebook pages of Notre Dame of Maryland University and our alums. This new “Ask an Alum” social media and flyer campaign was designed to utilize our network of alumnae and alumni—that’s you!—to advertise the upcoming Women’s College prospective student visit events.

Please share these beautiful graphics on your own Facebook profile (we can also email you the Facebook graphics) or print them out and post them in your office or classroom. If you are asked about Notre Dame, please share your personal experience of Notre Dame (why you attended NDMU, what you liked about your program, etc.) and direct prospective students to the Office of Admissions (contact information is on the flyer) so that we can answer specific questions about program requirements, tuition and how to apply.

If you are interested in participating in the campaign, we ask that you email Meridith Walsh at mwalsh1@ndm.edu for the most up-to-date information as well as answers to common questions that prospective students may ask. Thank you for your support!

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From the SSNDs

Soul Sister
Do you ever step on people’s toes?
     Dancing with a partner can be tricky. One needs to be a leader or a follower. Leading and following work mutually well together when the partners are in sync with each other.
     When we are in sync with God, we let God lead in our life-dance. Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation” (Mt. 6:13). As the Psalmist prays, “Lead me in the way everlasting” (Ps. 139.24). Jesus tells Peter, “Someone will lead you where you do not want to go”—a statement that foreshadowed Peter’s death (Jn. 21:18).
     In this dance relationship, we need to trust God’s lead. If we follow the Lord of the Dance, we will “not follow the crowd in doing wrong” (Ex. 23.2). As a responsive partner, we will say, “I will follow you wherever you go” (Mt. 8.19).
     The dance floor of life is expansive. There are many who share it with us, and we may step on each other’s toes as we go, but by following St. Paul’s recommendation, we will “follow the way of love” (1 Cor. 14:1).
     There is a time to mourn and a time to dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Remember that your Divine Partner is with you for both!

Your dancing Soul Sister— Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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In Memoriam

B. Adelaide Mueller Besche '45

Josephine Trombetta Lucas '55

Maria Mercedes-Alejandro, MHSH ’63

Alice Webb Wagner ’43

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In the News

Please visit the Newsroom section of the Website for a full roundup of news.

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