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Early Bird Registration for Reunion 2015 ends August 22!
Mark your calendar for Reunion 2015, 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, classmates, and the entire Notre Dame community.

The Reunion brochure and registration information was mailed to all celebrants in early June. Please let us know if you did not receive your copy.

ReunionReunion Highlights:

  • Class of 1960 Gateway Dedication—The Class of 1960, assisted by their sister Class of 1962, have led an effort to restore the Notre Dame of Maryland arch and return it to a beautiful spot on campus.
  • Flashback Friday Celebration—Celebrate memories of CND! Wear your CND clothing. Flashback t-shirts will be available for purchase prior to the weekend. Submit old photos from your years at Notre Dame on our Facebook page or contact us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.
  • Family Crab Feast - This family-friendly tradition under the tent will feature music by the steel drum band C.A.I.S.O!
  • Saturday Luncheon- Join us as we recognize the 2015 alumnae and alumni award winners and this year's circle winning classes.

Check here for the Reunion Schedule of Events!

Click here to register

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Graduate Studies Admission Event for NDMU Alums
August 18, drop-in hours from 6-8 p.m., Fourier Hall

Notre Dame graduates: Increase the marketability of your NDMU degree with one of our master’s or post-graduate certificate programs. It’s not too late to register for fall and add another essential credential to your resume!

Grad Event

Drop in to Fourier Hall between 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 18, for a special admission and registration event especially for NDMU graduates interested in fall enrollment. Apply to your program of choice online, bring your application with you, or work with an enrollment manager that night to complete your application. If you apply at this event, you will receive your admission decision within 24 hours. Online, traditional classroom, and hybrid classes are available. Register for the event here.

The registration fee of $145 and the application fee of $45 will be waived for NDMU graduates!

Unable to join us? Call us at 410-532-5317 or email gradadm@ndm.edu for an individual appointment or more information.

Young Alum Table at Reunion Crab Feast

The Young Alum Network committee invites all alums who have graduated in the past 15 years to join a special table (or two) at the Reunion 2015 Crab Feast on Saturday, September 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.  You can register here for the Crab Feast, but please also send an email to Megan Henderson, mhenderson@ndm.edu, to make sure we seat you with your fellow young alums!  The cost for the Crab Feast is $40 until August 22 and $50 thereafter, so call some classmates and join us! 

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India Hicks Trunk Show and Reception india hicks
The Networking Committee invites you to join us for an exclusive opportunity to share, shop, and be the first to experience the U.S. launch of this new collection from designer India Hicks. You may be familiar with India Hicks—designer, entrepreneur and daughter to famed interior designer, David Hicks. India has sold her fragrances at Bloomingdales and Crabtree & Evelyn for years, but decided she wanted to share her new lifestyle collection in a more personal way: through trunk shows and private Get Togethers. This will be one of the first opportunities in Maryland to see this fresh, new collection.

Tuesday, October 13
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House
Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

Click here to register!

Immediately following the Trunk Show, please plan on attending a special event supporting this year’s Campus Common Reading.

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Common Reading for 2015: Five Days at Memorial featuring author Sheri Fink

Tuesday, October 13
Le Clerc Auditorium
7:00 p.m.

This fall marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. In the Notre Dame spirit of addressing issues related to social justice, and in recognition of this anniversary, the Common Reading Committee has selected Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink as the 2015 Common Reading.

This book recounts the struggle of caregivers at the New Orleans Memorial Medical Center in serving their patients during the hurricane, and the subsequent questions of legal and moral responsibility raised by this crisis. Ms. Fink is a recipient of numerous honors, including the National Magazine Award, the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. She earned a doctorate in neuroscience and a medical degree from Stanford University. She is a staff writer for The New York Times.

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Attorney’s Networking Reception – October 20
Calling all Notre Dame alums who are currently practicing attorneys! The Networking Committee invites you back to campus to network with each other and share your professional journeys with current students who are contemplating a career in law. Please RSVP to Megan Henderson, mhenderson@ndm.edu or 410-532-5542.

Tuesday, October 20
Noyes Alumnae House
6 to 8 p.m.

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NYC Bus Trip – October 24
nyc busFor the third year in a row, the Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is hosting a bus trip to New York City for Notre Dame alums and friends. Mark your calendars and plan to join us on October 24!

We will travel together to New York, but then you are on your own to explore the sights, take in a show, or enjoy some world-class shopping! We will regroup for a reception at Houndstooth Pub with our New York-area alums from 5 to 7 p.m. before the return trip to Baltimore. We will offer complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

Saturday, October 24
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The bus will depart from and return to Notre Dame in the Fourier parking lot. 

Click here to register!

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Busta Lecture in Business – Rescheduled for November 11
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 – 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, November 11, 2015
7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium, North Charles Street campus
Free of charge and open to the public with registration 

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Save the Date: WOW Festival to be Held at NDMU May 6-8, 2016
Mark your calendar NOW for WOW! The Women of the World Festival is coming to Notre Dame May 6-7, 2016. WOW Baltimore, presented by NDMU, will be an action-packed event featuring talks, workshops and performances that celebrate the achievements of women and girls and address the challenges that they face. WOW/NDMU is an ideal partnership between two organizations that share a commitment to the advancement of women and to changing lives.

In 2011, Jude Kelly, Artistic Director of Southbank Centre London, launched WOW to mark the centennial celebration of International Women’s Day. The success of the inaugural event created demand that has led to WOW festivals across the world.

WOW is now a global phenomenon, with festivals taking place in over 15 cities across 5 continents. Recent WOWs have taken place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, Brisbane, Australia, Cambridge University, U.K. with future WOWs scheduled in Pakistan and India.

More details will be posted on a special WOW webpage, Facebook and on other social media. Stay tuned!

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
Cheryl Long M’99
has been appointed Principal of White Marsh Elementary School.

Jeffrey Walker, Ph.D.’10 has been appointed as the Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services in the Division of Supporting Services. Dr. Walker also received a certificate in Instructional Leadership from Notre Dame in 2003.

The Board also appointed Michael Watson M’08 as the Principal of Leonardtown High School

danielleDanielle Jordan ’12, an NDMU Women’s College Admissions Counselor, received the 2015 Bernard Wynder College Admissions Counselor of the Year Award. She was recognized by the college access counselors of College Bound as the admissions professional who truly shows a commitment to work with Baltimore City students and the College bound Foundation as a partner for student success. We are so happy and proud of Danielle and all of her hard work.

Charles Elder, husband to Betty Elder W’82, received a Purple Heart for his service in the Korean War after waiting 62 years to receive it. 

Notre Dame alumna, M.M. De Voe ’90 founded Pen Parentis. Pen Parentis is forging grand plans for their future, including a series of online interviews with authors who are also parents and starting a spinoff salon series in Los Angeles. The nonprofit organization, founded in 2013 to provide resources to authors who are also parents to help them stay on creative track after starting a family, has recently won its 501c3 status from the federal government.

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Did you know that by simply being a graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland University there are alum benefits available to you? Sign up for Working Advantage to receive discounts on travel, entertainment, and shopping! Check out the alum benefits page for more information and details on signing up. 

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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

Young Alum Network
The Alumnae and Alumni Association invites young alums to stay connected, engaged, and involved through various networking and social opportunities. Newly formed in 2015, this group 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. The next meeting of the Young Alum Network Committee is Monday, October 12, at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Networking 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 next meeting of the Networking Committee is Wednesday, August 26, 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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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 sophomores, 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 Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is actively seeking volunteers to review student resumes, conduct practice interviews, and serve on the committee this upcoming year.

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

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Happy New Year from The Notre Dame Fund!
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 to address 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.

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Have you considered becoming a Montrose Society member?
Why not join the 200+ loyal graduates, friends, faculty and staff by remembering Notre Dame of Maryland University in your 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.

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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 1 – September to mid-December, 2015 
Session 2 – late January to the first week of June, 2016 
GOAL: To improve 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 get along with teenage girls. No knowledge of Spanish is required as English is their primary language. Tutoring sessions are one-on-one or, at most, two students per tutor. TIME COMMITMENT: Once a week, either on Tuesday or Thursday, from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

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

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University News

Music at Notre Dame – Michael Cedric-Smith, guitar
Michael Cedric Smith, internationally acclaimed for his performance as a soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist, is noted for the broad spectrum of his repertoire, from Baroque through the Classical and Romantic eras and American contemporary music. Appearances include Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the renowned Guitars International Artists Series in Cleveland, the National Festical of the Guitar in the Dominican Republic, and as collaborative musician with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble in New York.

October 10, 2015
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

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Ernie Ragogini invited to perform at the new Steinway Gallery
Ernest Ragogini has been invited to perform at the new Steinway Gallery, Hunt Valley as part of a series highlighting the Steinway pianos. The performance takes place on September 26 at the Gallery at 7 p.m. The performance will include commentary on and performance of works by Mozart, Debussy, and Chopin.

Ernie recently received a $1500 grant from the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust to partially fund the concert on April 16, 2016, Maryland's Legacy in Word and Music featuring soprano, television personality, and producer Carolyn Black-Sotir; members of the Annapolis Brass Quintet; Tim Reynolds, pianist; and dancer-choreographer Shaela Davis. The program features works by distinguished composers Ray Sprenkle and Dominick Argento, and Maryland Poet Laureate, Lucille Clifton. Please contact Ernie for additional information or a brochure at 410-532-5386.

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ambassadorsThe OIP Seeks Volunteer Ambassadors for International Students
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is seeking local alumni to serve as ambassadors during fall 2015 to the nearly 100 international students from more than 30 countries we will have on campus. These students will be enrolled in our English Language Institute, Women’s College, and graduate programs.

Serving as an ambassador would be a wonderful opportunity to help an international student, who is far away from home and family, transition to life at NDMU. This would be a chance for you and your family members to learn about a new culture, share your own culture, expand your global perspective, and support NDMU's mission to build inclusive communities. Through this informal program, you and an international student could meet for coffee, attend a campus event, go to a game or shopping, or explore Baltimore. There is no minimum time requirement.

Please contact Mariel Goble, OIP Program Assistant, by email mgoble@ndm.edu or phone 410-532-3425 by August 20, 2015 if you would like to serve as an ambassador to an international student this fall.

We truly appreciate your help!

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Need a U.S. Passport? Come to the OIP’s Passport Day!
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is teaming with representatives from the Arbutus Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library and the U.S. Department of State to offer passport services on campus. Passport Day will be held on Monday, October 5, 2015, in the Gallery of the Loyola-Notre Dame Library from 1pm to 5pm. NDMU alumni, students, faculty, and staff may have passport photos taken, apply for a new U.S. passport, or ask passport-related questions. For more information about the services to be provided and fees, please visit our website

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity!

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Learn Spanish Language and Culture!
Take an introductory Spanish Language and Culture class at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1) will be offered every Tuesday beginning September 22 and running through November 24. Registrants can choose afternoon sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. or evening sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. See website for other offerings. The fee for all courses is $400 per person or $1,050 for three participants if registered by September 8, 2015. Discounts available for NDMU alumnae and alumni.

For application information, contact Sr. Linda Stilling, SSND at 410-532-5306, send an email to lstilling@ndm.edu or visit our website.

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Soul Sister - Do you know what I’m thinking?
I am not a mind reader. Please tell me what you are thinking! Otherwise, if I presume to know what you are thinking, I will make snap judgments and mental decisions which could be right or wrong. will go about my business without consulting, conversing, or deeply dialoguing with you about your thoughts and feelings. I may misread you.

There are those, though, who become so close that they can read each other’s thoughts. Living with someone a long time, working with colleagues for many years, having a life-long cherished friend to trust are just a few examples of those with whom we can share our thoughts.

Psalm 94:11 reminds us that the Lord knows our thoughts. Could we say the same in reverse: Do we know the thoughts of the Lord? That is a tougher scenario, probably ricocheting into sounds of “Why me, Lord?” when we don’t understand God. The divine answer from Scripture may be more difficult to hear: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8).

What does it take to know the Lord’s thoughts about us? Prayer time? A life-changing event? A serious health problem? Are we reading God’s thoughts correctly? Maybe we all need to ask for the grace to be mind-readers—good ones!

From your aspiring mind-reader,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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Sister Kathleen Feeley – That Deeper Knowing
kathleen FeeleyIn 1847, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, founded 13 years previously in Munich, Germany, came to Baltimore to begin their ministry in the United States. That Deeper Knowing, written by Sister Kathleen Feeley, tells the story of the Baltimore Province of the SSNDs from its beginning to 2006, when it became part of the Atlantic-Midwest Province. Sister Kathleen was President of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland from 1971-1992.

The SSNDs would like to offer this book to you in return for a donation check of any amount, made out to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Checks should be mailed to Ms. Linda Beall, Villa Assumpta, 6401 N. Charles St. Baltimore 21212, and the book will be mailed to you. Sister Kathleen, who has recently returned from nine years of ministry in Ghana, will sign each book to the name you request, either your name or the name of the person to whom you will give the book.

Click here if you would like to order a book and make the donation online.

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Sr. Maura book availablesister maura
Sister Maura Eichner, SSND, former NDMU faculty member, taught creative writing and literature at NDMU from 1943 until 1992. In 2011, After Silence: Selected Poems of Sister Maura Eichner, SSND was posthumously published, capturing a significant portion of her life’s work.

Be sure to stop by the campus book store to purchase a copy of this powerful book. You may also purchase the book online and have it shipped to you.

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In memoriam

Elaine Gilliece Briccetti '61

June Nuppnau DeVellis '63

Dorothy Jacobs Fique '53

Carol Goode '61 (January 2014)

Marie Logan Lerch ’47

Helen Hertzog Linhard ’53

Dale Lutz M’87

Mary C. Miller ’69

Linda Noll C’06

Mona Schneckenburger W’79

Mary Spitznagel, SSND'65

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