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Tower Talk January 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Featured Stories

In Memoriam: Virginia Kelly Rice
Busta Lecture to Feature Women Leaders in the Arts

Events

Power Hour Plus:
    Breakfast with the Ravens' Gabrielle Dow
    Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence
Reunion 2014
Past Event: LinkedIn Workshop, January 16

Alumnae and Alumni news

Calling all Alums that Majored or Minored in English!

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee
Networking Initiative Committee
Montrose Society – Carolyn Donohue W’86, M’89
Fearless 180 in February!

University news

Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship at the Loyola Notre Dame Library
NDMU’s Renaissance Institute Celebrates 25 Years of Lifelong Learning
Girl Rising: A Film Promoting Girls' Education Around the World
Join Notre Dame for a Tour of Roman Britain this July

SSND News

Soul Sister #1: Do You Have a "God-Phone"?
Called to Act: Human Trafficking and the Super Bowl

In Memoriam

In the News


Featured Stories

In Memoriam: Virginia Kelly Rice
carolyn donohueVirginia Kelly Rice, for whom Rice Hall is named, passed away on January 1, 2014. Virginia and her late husband, Hallie, gave many decades of service and friendship to Notre Dame. They were regular participants at our events and celebrations and supported each chapter of Notre Dame's growth with pride. Virginia will be deeply missed by her friends at Notre Dame.

Click here to read Virginia’s obituary. A memorial Mass at Notre Dame is being planned for later in January; details will be shared as they are finalized. Please keep the members of the Rice family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

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Busta Lecture to Feature Women Leaders in the Arts
Save the Date for the 2014 Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business. This year’s forum is on the theme of the arts transforming communities, and we are very fortunate to host an esteemed panel of Baltimore’s leading women in the arts, including:

Marin Alsop – Music Director, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Doreen Bolger – Director, Baltimore Museum of Art
Julia Marciari-Alexander - Director, Walters Art Gallery
Rebecca Hoffberger – Founder and Director, American Visionary Arts Museum

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, in Le Clerc Auditorium on Notre Dame's campus. Registration is required and will open on our website in February. Check future editions of Tower Talk for more information.

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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.

Breakfast with Gabrielle Dow, VP of Marketing for the Baltimore Ravens
gabrielle dowJoin 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 joined the Ravens prior to the 2006 season and 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
Register here!

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Wine Tasting at the President’s Residence
ArmigerSample a variety of wines from across the country and the globe 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
Register here!

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Reunion 2014
Reunion 2014Mark your calendars for Reunion 2014, taking place September 19–21! This year’s Reunion Committee held their first meeting in mid-January and has started planning for the weekend in earnest. Click here to see who’s representing your class on the Reunion Committee. If you’d like to volunteer to contact classmates and brainstorm ideas for the weekend, please contact the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

As always, we have reserved room blocks at several area hotels for Reunion weekend. 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.

Watch our Reunion website for additional updates in the coming months—and plan to join us in September!

Past Event: LinkedIn Workshop, January 16
linkedinOn January 16, more than sixty alums and friends attended It’s a LinkedIn World—Are You Living in It? Colleen McKenna, an expert in leveraging LinkedIn’s features to create a meaningful and useful professional network, conducted the workshop. Time for networking was allotted before and after the presentation, giving attendees ample opportunity to meet fellow alums and other area professionals—and to get a bit of one-on-one guidance from Ms. McKenna.

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Calling all Alums that Majored or Minored in English!
Our students want to know: What can you do with a degree in English? What job opportunities exist for students with a special knack for writing and a love for language? If you’re willing to share your experiences and insights on how you’ve put your English degree (major or minor) to work for you, please send a note to ndmalum@ndm.edu. Please include your name and year of graduation.

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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

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.

This year, forty students with a variety of majors were accepted into the program. Upcoming events include the resume-writing workshop on February 11, the interview preparation workshop on February 24, and 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) and a professional dress fashion show at Macy’s (November 25).

For more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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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 Thursday, February 6, 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 – Carolyn Donohue W’86, M’89
carolyn donohueWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“After having attended other local colleges on a part-time basis, I joined the Weekend College at College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Unlike other programs, the Weekend College students were made to feel an integral part of the CND community. The faculty was supportive and encouraged the students to develop their full potential.

“I am still receiving immense value from the University by participating in the Renaissance Institute, their life-long learning program. Because of all that I have received, it is my honor to support the University by being a member of the Montrose Society with a legacy gift.”

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Fearless 180 in February!
This February, Notre Dame is launching the Fearless 180 Online Campaign, seeking 180 new donors to The Notre Dame Fund in honor of the 180th anniversary of the founding of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The Campaign will be held entirely online through a special page on our website, and through Facebook and Twitter. Throughout the month, Notre Dame will highlight Fearless members of the Notre Dame community, paying tribute to just a few of those who have helped carry on the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Their profiles will be posted on the new Fearless 180 section of our website.

Why is this so important? In 1833, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger founded a religious community in Bavaria in order to respond to the needs of the times through education. In 1847, Blessed Theresa and five companion sisters 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. The SSNDs had a bold vision, and that fearlessness persists to this day.

Why become a first-time donor during Fearless 180? By making your first gift to The Notre Dame Fund, you will be helping support the mission of the SSND’s and uphold their vision 180 years ago. As a new donor, you will also help increase Notre Dame of Maryland University’s participation rate. Graduate support is a key indicator of an institution’s strength and momentum. Alumnae and Alumni giving elevates our rankings. An increased participation rate makes Notre Dame more appealing to potential funders and prospective donors.

Stay tuned for a special invitation to make a first-time gift and become part of the Fearless 180 Online Campaign.

Already a supporter of The Notre Dame Fund? THANK YOU for recognizing the importance of this vital Fund. We ask that you continue your support of The Notre Dame Fund by making an online gift here and to please encourage fellow members of the Notre Dame community in making their first gift to The Notre Dame Fund during this month-long campaign.

Together, we can make a difference!

For more information about the campaign, contact Brent Swinton at 410-532-5556 or bswinton@ndm.edu.

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University news

Annual Celebration of Faculty Scholarship at the Loyola Notre Dame Library
Faculty scholarshipOn February 7, please join us at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library to honor works published between July 2012 and June 2013 by faculty members at Notre Dame of Maryland University and Loyola University Maryland. There will be an exhibit of publications, refreshments, and faculty presentations.

This year’s Notre Dame faculty speakers will be:

Ms. Shelley Puhak, Department of English: “Urban and Arthurian Blight: A Reading from Guinevere in Baltimore”
Dr. Joseph Christopher Schaub, Department of Communications: “Otaku Evolution: Changing Perspectives on Fandom in Japanese Popular Culture”

Friday, February 7, 2014
Loyola/Notre Dame Library
Exhibit and reception: Ferguson Gallery, 2 to 4:30 p.m.
Faculty presentations: Ridley Auditorium, 2:30 to 4 p.m.

For more information, please contact Jennie Ray at 410-617-6835 or jbray1@ndm.edu.

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NDMU’s Renaissance Institute Celebrates 25 years of Lifelong Learning
Renaissance Institute has been providing lifelong learning to adults over age 50 for a quarter-century! Registration for spring semester programs is open now. The semester fee of $200 entitles you to register for all the courses you wish to take from our catalog of more than fifty classes. Click here to download the catalog and registration form.

Classes begin February 11. For more information, contact Linda Kuehn at 410-532-5351.

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Girl Rising: A Film Promoting Girls’ Education Around the World
Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation.

In commemoration of the 180th anniversary of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, we are holding a February 17 screening of Girl Rising, a feature film narrated by Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez and others, that tells the stories of nine incredible girls across the globe. Using the power of storytelling and film, we will spread the message that investing in girls benefits everyone.

There will be two screenings of the film, at 4 p.m. and at 7 p.m., in Knott Auditorium. Admission is free. Click here to RSVP.

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Join Notre Dame for a Tour of Roman Britain this July
Alumnae and alumni and friends are welcome to join Notre Dame for an exploration of both ancient and modern Britain. The tour will take place July 7–19, 2014. Most of the program will be based in London, where the group will visit the British Museum and the Museum of London and examine the remains of Roman Londinium. Day trips will include Fishbourne Palace, Colchester, Cirencester and Verulamium. The program will conclude with a tour of Roman Chester and the fort at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall. For information, contact Sister Therese Marie Dougherty, SSND, Ph.D., at 410-532-5559 or tdougherty@ndm.edu.

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SSND News

Soul Sister #1: Do You Have a “God-Phone?”
Prayer changes things…and people notice!

My friend was thrown from a horse recently. When I heard about the accident, I called her home to leave a message: “I’ll be praying for you.” A few days later, her husband called to say that, miraculously, despite her serious injuries, she was on the slow road to recovery. He said, “Keep the prayers coming!”

As a woman religious, I am “on call” to be a pray-er for many people. My brother calls me a prayer warrior. Family, friends and colleagues rely on the power of prayer from the sisters in our community—the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Yes, we are all devoted to praying for the needs of everyone; however, this commitment to prayer is not ours alone. Each of us is called to support each other through prayer.

Prayer changes things. It may change a physical condition, an emotionally charged condition, a relationship or a world condition. If it doesn’t seem to change the obvious, it will certainly change what is in our minds and hearts.

Beyond any social media connection, the prayer connection is the quickest way that I know to reach God for you. So, use your “God-phone” often and remember to pray for me. I’m praying for you!

With love from your “Soul Sister,” Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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Called to Act: Human Trafficking and the Super Bowl
In the run-up to the 2014 Super Bowl football game on February 2, School Sisters of Notre Dame, students and colleagues have been focused on bringing awareness to a related issue that overshadows the iconic U.S. sports event: human sex trafficking. Click here for more information about the issue and ways that you can get involved – including prayers, a public service announcement video and a flyer to post and share.

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In Memoriam

Augusta Boggs Radcliffe '46

Bertha Swiderski Maliszewski M'92

Jacqueline Evert '53

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In the News

The Baltimore Sun's College Affordability: Local universities work against rising costs article features interviews with NDMU junior Lynette Hodge and Financial Aid Coordinator Zhanna Goltser.

Maryland Daily Record's Notre Dame Takes on Nursing Shortage story on the RN to BSN program includes interviews with Dr. Katharine Cook, nursing school dean, and student Chandler Ramey.

City Paper Book Review: Shelley Puhak’s new collection sets the Arthurian Round Table in Baltimore, a RAVE review of Shelley's new book, Guinevere in Baltimore.

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