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The Inauguration of President Marylou Yam, Ph.D.
marylou yamThe Notre Dame of Maryland University community looks forward to celebrating the inauguration of Marylou Yam, Ph.D., as our 14th President.

Dr. Yam will be formally installed on April 17. Inauguration festivities will run from April 13 to 18, 2015. Formal invitations are forthcoming. Additional details about Inauguration Week are available at ndm.edu/inauguration.

We hope that you will join us as we celebrate another new and exciting chapter in NDMU's fearless and faithful history!

Save the Date: Reunion 2015
Reunion 2015Mark 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.

If you are interested in helping plan Reunion Weekend by volunteering for the 2015 Reunion Committee, contact alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu. The next Reunion Committee meeting will be held on Saturday, March 14, at 9 a.m. in Noyes Alumnae House.

For out-of-town alums, discounted hotel rooms are available at several area hotels. Visit the Accommmodations webpage for more information.

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It’s a LinkedIn World—Are You Living In It?
LinkedIn has become one of the most powerful tools for career changers and job seekers. Learn how to get the most out of this networking tool at this workshop led by Colleen McKenna.

A LinkedIn trainer and principal of Intero Advisory, Ms. McKenna has coached more than 3,000 professionals on utilizing LinkedIn to achieve their professional goals. She will share tips and techniques for building a powerful profile, making meaningful connections and using your network to create new opportunities.

Tuesday, March 3
6 to 8 p.m.
Knott Auditorium

Register for It's a LinkedIn World here.

Center Club Breakfast with Debbie Phelps
debbie phelpsThe Alumnae and Alumni Association's Networking and Leadership Committee invites all alums to a special breakfast event at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore. Our second annual Women in Leadership Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Debbie Phelps—NDMU trustee, educator, community leader, and mother of swimmer Michael Phelps. She will offer insights into her current role as the director of the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation and the importance of her extensive community and charity involvement, while also touching on her experiences as mom to an Olympic athlete.

Thursday, March 12
8 to 9:30 a.m.
Center Club, 100 Light St. #16
$35 per person

Register for the Center Club Breakfast here.

Join us for the School of Nursing Spring Events
Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Board Room
Rebecca M. Patton MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN
Margaret L. Zalen PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
Ruth Ludwick PhD, RN-BC, CNS, FAAN

Join these exceptional nurse leaders as they discuss their recently published "how-to" book written to help advanced students and nurse leaders develop health policy skills to advocate for patients from the bedside to the larger political arena.

Monday, March 30
6 p.m. Reception and Simulation lab tours – University Academic Building
7 p.m. Lecture and book signing - Knott Auditorium
Free and open to the public

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

Register for either or both nursing events here.

Remembering with Retiring Faculty
On 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:

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

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.

The Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business
Insights from Women Leaders in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation
Attracting 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. - Executive Director
BioMaryland Center

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

Gloria 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., Knott Auditorium, North Charles Street campus
Free of charge and open to the public with registration

To register go to ndm.edu/busta.

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.

For more information, visit ndm.edu/busta in the coming weeks.

Beer, Wine & Chocolate Tasting
Mark your calendars for a springtime beer, wine, and chocolate tasting, 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 Beer, Wine, and Chocolate Tasting here.

Events Wrap-up
CaregiversThe first six weeks of 2015 have been busy ones! Our Caring for Caregivers event on January 24 was a huge success. More than 90 attendees took in the panel discussion with industry experts and networked with each other and representatives at the 15 resource tables.

On February 11, the Student Alumnae and Alumni Association (SAAA) hosted a Mary Kay Pamper Yourself event with a presentation by Brandi Layton '06, a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant. Thirty alums and students attended and learned new makeup techniques and how to transition a professional look into evening.

One of the most cherished Notre Dame traditions is 100 Nights, when seniors in the Women’s College begin the countdown to Commencement. On February 19, the students gathered in Noyes House for a cocktail hour, hosted by the Alumnae and Alumni Association, before a formal dinner and optional night out in Baltimore.

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
Queenstar Akrong ’14
is interning for the Congressional Black Caucus. She was featured in their Intern Spotlight in mid-February.

Kate Christensen Mills ’99 has been named a principal at Monument Policy Group.

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.”

Pat Montley ’65 received a Ruby Artist Project Grant in 2014 to develop her play Pope Joan II. She will be presenting a reading of the play at Rep Stage in Howard County on March 9 at 8 p.m.—it is free and open to the public. Pat is also a contributor to English professor Jeana DelRosso’s recent book Unruly Catholic Women.

Nominate an Outstanding Notre Dame Graduate for an Alumnae and Alumni Award
Help us recognize the achievements of our alumnae and alumni by nominating a fellow alum for one of our prestigious awards:

  • Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award
  • Service to Society Award
  • Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
  • Athletics Hall of Fame

All awards are presented during Reunion Weekend. Click here for more information and to make a nominationClick here to nominate someone for the Athletics Hall of Fame.

Use the Notre Dame Network to Find Your Next Career Opportunity
facebook and linkedinAre you hunting for a new job, making a career change or seeking to expand your professional network? Join the Notre Dame alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow NDMU alums in your field of interest.

“Like” the Notre Dame Alumnae and Alumni Association page on Facebook to connect with fellow alums and stay up-to-date on university events and activities.

Exclusive Benefits for Notre Dame Alums!
Through Working Advantage, Notre Dame alumnae and alumni can save up to 60 percent on travel, shopping and entertainment. Alums also enjoy discounts at movie theaters, theme parks, hotels, ski resorts, Broadway shows, sporting events, family events, online shopping and more. To start saving, create your free account today! Go to our benefits page for more information on how to sign up for these exclusive benefits.

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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

Networking Committee
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association hosts networking, professional development, and social events for Notre Dame alums and friends. So far this academic year, the committee has planned and hosted several successful events: An Evening with WBAL Sportcaster Gerry Sandusky, Mingle Mingle, the NYC Bus Trip, and Caring for Caregivers. Upcoming events in 2015 include the Center Club Breakfast with Debbie Phelps and the Beer, Wine & Chocolate Tasting at the President’s Residence.

If you’d like to join the Networking Initiative Committee—made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and many other fields—contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu. Our next meeting is April 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m in Noyes Alumnae House. Wine and nibbles provided.

First Impressions Committee
First ImpressionsFor young women just out of college, advice and counsel from experienced professionals can be critical to success. Do you have experience and insight that could benefit Notre Dame graduates 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. Students must apply and be accepted into the program, which includes a personal brand-building workshop 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 next event is the Etiquette Dinner, taking place on March 24. To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

New Chapter: Young Alums
A new chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is forming, for alums fifteen years out and younger—that's the classes of 2000 to the present. If you're interested in networking with fellow alums and supporting Notre Dame, contact Megan Lentz, mlentz@ndm.edu.

Give Back to Notre Dame with the Montrose Society
Noyes HouseOn Valentine's Day, we took time to honor those that have a special place in our lives. Take a moment today to consider honoring Notre Dame's special place in your life through joining the Montrose Society.

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.

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.

Annual Fund Update
Thank you to all who participated in the 2015 Notre Dame-a-thon in January! With the support of faculty, staff, students, alumnae and alumni, we raised over $15,000 to benefit The Notre Dame Fund. Your generosity directly impacts students by both providing and supporting scholarships, student programs, athletics, academic initiatives, campus ministry and facility upgrades. THANK YOU!

It’s never too late to answer the call to support your beloved alma mater. Join us in celebrating and honoring Notre Dame’s enduring mission—make your gift to The Notre Dame Fund today!

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University news

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day
nancy kreiterNotre Dame students from all disciplines actively participate in research in their fields of interest throughout their academic careers on April 24, 2015. Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day is the time when Notre Dame celebrates these efforts. Fourier Hall will be the setting for papers to be presented, songs to be performed, and posters and creative works to be displayed and discussed. The day concludes with a picnic supper, complete with music and awards for the best presentations. 

If you have any questions about Research Day, please contact Theresa Peddicord at tpeddicord@ndm.edu.

Read Universitas online
The latest issue of Universitas, the magazine of Notre Dame of Maryland University, is online! Visit ndm.edu/universitas to read the winter 2015 edition and learn about the exciting scholarship, activities, and service taking place at NDMU.

The Merrick Tower: Unveiled!
GibbonsIf you’ve been by campus recently, you’ve seen our cherished Merrick Tower restored in all its glory. Watch this short video of the scaffolding that has encased our signature landmark being slowly peeled away, revealing the restored treasure beneath!

Attention Social Media Savvy Alums!
The Women’s College office of admissions is on Facebook. “Like” our page to stay up-to-date about our events and recruitment activities.

Did you know a student can apply for free when you refer them to Notre Dame? Give them the fee waiver code NDMFRIEND15 to submit their application at ndm.edu/apply.

Arts for Hearts' Sake presents St. Ursula Church Children's Choir
Featuring Carolyn Weglein, Director

Enjoy the music of this exceptional children's choir.

Sunday March 1 
2 p.m. 
Villa Assumpta 6401 N. Charles St. (Charles & Bellona)

Admission Free
Reception following the performance.

Music at Notre Dame is Proud to Present Hunt Valley Symphony Orchestra
Featuring Gregory Metzler, Conductor & Music Director

The HVSO, founded by Executive Director Gregory Lauer, is a group with a mission. A professional orchestra, to which all 65 members contribute their services, the HVSO donates all proceeds to fund deserving high school musicians with a scholarship to help defray costs of a music education in institutions of higher learning.

Sunday, March 1
4 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium
$15 Adults, $10 Seniors and Students
Free admission to children under 12
Tickets available at the door.

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Soul Sister: How long will you wait?

Tessie knows that shortly after that command, a treat will be given. Actually, sometimes the waiting time is extended, but that doesn’t matter. She knows the reward will come!

We wait for many things: academic test scores, physical exam results, changing traffic lights, upcoming holidays, verdicts of trials, veterans to come home, answers to questions that life poses. The results may not be classified as treats or rewards, but we still spend much time waiting.

Even Jesus waited. He waited 30 years before beginning his public ministry. He waited three days to rise from the dead. He waited for others to know, to appreciate, and to accept His identity. Could Jesus still be waiting for us to do the same?

Waiting can be a test of patience; the speed of a response may not match our expectations. Yet we wait. We are not alone in the waiting. We need to realize that we are united in this state of waiting—waiting is part of the human condition.

God is very near to us as we wait. As we pray for our intentions, no matter what the outcome, the process of praying and waiting is surrounded by God’s presence to us. Plus, waiting for God’s response to us is well worth the wait—“I waited for the Lord, and he stooped down to me; he heard my cry!” (Ps. 40:2) What a heavenly treat!

From your waiting Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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In Memoriam

Alicia Elste Brown C'78

Margaret Finn W'83

Patricia Tamsitt Holladay '61

Mary A. Thomas W’92

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In the news

The Baltimore Sun, The NFL could become a leader in domestic violence prevention, an op-ed by NDMU President Marylou Yam, encouraging the NFL to take positive steps to address domestic violence in light of the Mueller Report that looked into the Ray Rice assault case.

The Marc Steiner Show, Stacey A. Peterson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of communication arts, appeared on the Monday, Jan. 19, edition of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM as part of a panel that discussed recognizing Dr. Martin L. King Jr. as one of the most important philosophical and spiritual figures in American history. Listen to the podcast.

Nurse.com, Notre Dame of Maryland receives $1.5 million grant to fund endowed nursing chair, article in a national publication for nurses reports on the $1.5 million gift from the Pitts Family Foundation, among the largest gifts received from a university alumna, that will fund the first endowed chair in the university’s School of Nursing.

The Annapolis Capital, NDMU Grad Named a Finalist for Arundel's Teacher of the Year, One of 10 semifinalists for the 2015 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year Award, Kimberly Ann Mason, teaches art to more than 500 students in grades one through five at Windsor Farm Elementary in Anne Arundel County.

The Baltimore Business Journal, Out and About: Women’s Education Alliance, photo of Notre Dame of Maryland University President Marylou Yam with Sr. Kathleen Feeley, Ph.D., SSND '50, past president, attending the Women’s Education Alliance’s fall luncheon.

Baltimore Magazine, Fond Farewells: Willard Hackerman, Notre Dame is mentioned in this obituary of a pillar of the Baltimore community.

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