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Tower Talk June 2015

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Initiate the heart to change
for it is wiser so,

accepting the splendor of the hour
white with clematis or snow.

Fortify the will with peace:
no season taking root,
tranquil in mist, in warmth, in frost,

each bears fruit.
—Maura Eichner, SSND ‘41
From the poem "Initiate the Heart"

This summer, Notre Dame will see several transitions. Sr. Chris De Vinne, OSU, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, will leave to become president of her alma mater, Ursuline College. And several longtime faculty are retiring, including Dean Katie Cook of the School of Nursing; Sally Wall, Professor, Psychology; Dr. Peter Hoffman, Professor/Chair, Biology; Raeann Wuestman, Professor, Education; and Dr. Pat Brelsford, Professor, Business.

And we would like to make special mention of someone dear to us all, whose large portfolio has included overseeing alumnae/alumni relations. Alumna Patricia Bosse ’81 recently transitioned from the position of vice president for advancement and marketing to co-founding partner of the national higher education strategy and leadership consulting group, MPK&D Partners. Pat will keep close to home as well, offering service to Maryland nonprofits to advance their fundraising, marketing, and communications goals through BosseGroup.

Pat enjoyed a 17-year history with Notre Dame —13 years as a two-time vice president for advancement and marketing, and four years as a student, where she served as co-editor of Damozel. During her tenure, Notre Dame achieved unprecedented success with the Legacy of Leadership Campaign, raising $34 million on a goal of $20 million. The Campaign for Notre Dame of Maryland University has already achieved more than $32 million toward its $42 million goal.

Recognized for her desire to fearlessly effect as well as embrace great change, and to strategically pursue opportunities presented by the transformative nature of Notre Dame, the fruits of Pat’s work are evidenced across our campus and in the lives of our students and graduates. These include scholarships and faculty endowments; the beautifully restored Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation; and support for programming and facilities, most notably, the recent restoration of the landmark Merrick tower atop Gibbons Hall. Other significant contributions to Notre Dame include overseeing the transition from college to university, which was accompanied by updated branding, including a new university logo.

Pat has chaired countless committees for Notre Dame, including most recently the inauguration for our 14th president, Dr. Marylou Yam. She represented Notre Dame within the Archdiocese of Baltimore and within numerous professional organizations. In May, Pat was presented with the Mission Medal at the Partners in Mission celebration.

"Notre Dame has shaped my life in indelible ways,” Pat said. “Faculty, students, alumnae, donors and dear friends have taught me so much about gratitude and grace, hard work and compassion. I have loved every minute and take great pride in what we have accomplished together."

Busta Lecture Rescheduled

The 2015 Busta Lecture - Insights from Women Leaders in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation - has been recheduled to November 11, 2015.  The lecture will now be participating in the Maryland STEM Festival, a celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in our region.

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.

 Insights from Women Leaders in STEM: Inspiring the Next Generation -

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

Click here to register!


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, 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.

reunion 2015

Reunion Highlights:
Classes without Quizzes—sit in on a favorite class.

Flashback Friday Celebration—Celebrate memories of CND! Wear your CND clothing. Flashback t-shirts will be available 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.

The Family Crab Feast will take place on Saturday evening.

Check here for the Reunion Schedule of Events

Click here to register

Annual NYC Bus Trip
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 with our New York-area alums from 5 p.m. 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. 

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
The winner of the 2015 Living the Spirit de Marillac Award is Angela Greenfield MSN’14, Nurse Manager, Cardiovascular Department, St. Agnes Hospital, Baltimore. Greenfield was honored as the Manager of the Year in a special service on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

This special award recognizes a member of the management team who consistently lives the spirit of Saint Agnes and not only demonstrates the core values, but also by actions, teaches those around them. The award is named for Saint Louise de Marillac, the co-founder of the Daughters of Charity.

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Benefits: Liberty Mutual Auto Insurance
liberty mutualAs an alum of Notre Dame of Maryland University, you could save up to 10% on quality auto insurance.

Click here to get an online quote or call 855-948-6267 for a free rate quote. 

Know you’re protected on the road.

Liberty Mutual offers premium protection without the premium price. You can enjoy the benefits of Liberty Mutual Insurance at a price you and your budget can live with.

Getting a quote is fast and easy. Get started now or call 855-948-6267.

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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 alumnae and alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with other NDMU alums in your field of interest.

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Cat's Meow
fourier cats meowThe Weekend College Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association proudly sponsors the Cat's Meow fundraiser. Each piece is a representation of the buildings on Notre Dame of Maryland University's campus. Reserve your piece today to carry on the memories of your years at Notre Dame of Maryland! Remember, these pieces are all limited edition. Once they are sold, we will not be replicating any of the buildings. Each limited edition piece sells for $15.

Click here to see what pieces are still available!

Purchase your pieces today by contacting the office of alumnae and alumni relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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Show Your Pride: NDMU License Plateslicense plate
Order an NDMU license tag for $40. In addition to showing your support, every purchase of a Notre Dame of Maryland University license plate enhances the University, since proceeds benefit the NDMU annual fund. In addition, tag sales count as donations, which boost the University's academic rankings.

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For Sale: Fearless NDMU Bracelets
fearless braceletsAre you a fearless Notre Dame alum? Show the world with an NDMU Fearless bracelet, sold by the newly formed Student Alumnae and Alumni Association for just $5. Click here for more information and to purchase bracelets.

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Stay Connected: MyNDM Online Community
Our alumnae and alumni family is large, with over 20,000 alums in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide. The Alumnae and Alumni Association can help you stay connected to classmates, faculty and the many resources available here to support you. MyNDM is an exclusive, online community available only to members of the Notre Dame community. Register today at MyNDM.ndm.edu and you will be able to:

  1. Get in touch with friends and classmates via the online directory
  2. Update your contact information—and select the information you want shared with Notre Dame alums and friends.
  3. Share your accomplishments, family updates and other news in Class Notes—and search for Class Notes from your friends and classmates
  4. View your giving history and make additional gifts to Notre Dame

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

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 Thursday, July 9, 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 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 next year.

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

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Young Alum Network
The Alumnae and Alumni Association invites young alums to stay connected, engaged, and involved through various networking 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 Megan Lentz, mlentz@ndm.edu.

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Montrose Society: Janice Davis W’92
janice davisWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

If it weren’t for the Weekend College at Notre Dame, I probably never would have graduated from college.

After high school I attended business college, but didn’t feel challenged, so I enlisted in the U.S. Army. That brought me from the West Coast to the East Coast and eventually to Baltimore, where I met a fantastic guy, married, had a baby, bought a house and went to work for a bank. By 40 I was in a rut; nothing in my life had changed since I’d turned 30. I realized that if I wanted better career opportunities, a broader perspective on life and more confidence, I needed a college degree.

Working full time with a home and family to care for, and a 10 o’clock bedtime, I needed a place that understood my need for flexibility and, if I were to be successful, a place where I could really feel connected. After a disappointing experience at another university, I contacted Notre Dame. It was a match at first meeting!

With just six college credits to my name, I knew it would be a long haul, but I was determined. Just as important, my husband (a MICA graduate) pledged his support with whatever I needed, and my company’s generous commitment to its employees’ continuing education paid 75 percent of my tuition.

Starting with just two courses that first semester, I settled into a pattern of 9 credits each fall and spring and six each summer, graduating summa cum laude in 1992 with a BA in Communication Arts and a minor in Business Administration.

I can’t say enough about Notre Dame and the Weekend College program. The education was first rate in every way, with amazing, caring professors, a visionary leader, and staff who all understood the needs of a working person.

Those nearly five years at Notre Dame gave me the knowledge, confidence and gravitas to accomplish so much more than I ever imagined possible. I only learned of the Montrose Society after my July 2014 retirement. I decided right then to become a member, sharing my good fortune with other women in circumstances similar to mine.

For more information on joining the Montrose Society click here

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Can we count on you to support Notre Dame?
Notre Dame’s excellence and achievements would not be possible without the committed support of our alumnae, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends. One of the best ways you can help preserve Notre Dame’s first-class educational experience is by making a gift each year to The Notre Dame Fund.

Our fiscal year ends June 30, and we want to count you among our faithful supporters. If you’ve already made your gift, we offer our sincerest thanks. If not, we are counting on you to make your gift today!

Click here to make your gift to The Notre Dame Fund or please call 410-532-3197.

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University news

A Child’s Place Preschool at Notre Dame of Maryland University: Baltimore's best-kept secret, A Child's Place is a wonderful place to learn.
Space Available in Fall 2015 Classes! ACP provides a diverse and comprehensive program to fulfill children’s needs in a nurturing environment. A high quality, developmentally appropriate early learning setting offers a balance of play-based activity and academics while developing social and emotional skills.

Located in LeClerc Hall, the ACP Preschool has programs for children ages 3, 4, and 5, including a state-approved kindergarten program.

NOTE: a 25% discount is offered to children of NDMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni!

Contact: Mary Ellen Ashton, Director, mashton@ndm.edu , 410-532-5399

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Basketball Summer Camp, July 6-10
Notre Dame of Maryland University's basketball team will be hosting a summer basketball camp the week of July 6-10.

The first-year camp will feature two sessions:

The first session will be 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., starting July 6 and running through July 10, and will be open to girls in sixth grade through eighth grade. The camp fee will be $35 and will also feature a free camp T-shirt.

The second session will be run from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. and will be open to girls and boys in third grade through fifth grade. This camp will begin July 6 and will run through July 9. The camp fee is $30 and will also feature a free camp T-shirt.

Click here for more information on the basketball summer camp.

Click here for the printable brochure

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Hello Alums!
admissionsSummer is the perfect time for high school students to visit colleges! Share the idea of visiting this summer with the young women in your life who would be a good fit for NDMU! 

The Women’s College Admissions Office offers personalized visits Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. all summer long! These include a campus tour and a meeting with their personal admissions counselor. Plus, we can accommodate individual interests such as a meeting with a coach or professor in a particular major. Visit schedules are customized enabling each student to have a unique experience. To learn more or schedule a visit, go to www.ndm.edu/visit or contact our Campus Visit and Event Coordinator, Emily Topper at 410-532-5331 or etopper1@ndm.edu.

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A reminder from the Career Center
If you are interested in hearing about career-related workshops and events on campus, please register at Gator Works

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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 p.m. to 5 p.m. or evening sessions from 6 p.m. 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 click here to visit our website.

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Women’s College June Orientation
The June Orientation program continues to make exciting changes. Formally known as Reg Days just a few years ago, the orientation program is now a day and a half program that welcomes over 200 students, families, and guests to campus! June Orientation provides our incoming students with all of the information necessary to help make the transition to Notre Dame an enjoyable experience and equips families with the tools that best assist with their student’s transition. This year, the Office of Student Leadership and Involvement created an Orientation app that allows students, families, and guests to access the programs, meet the Orientation Leaders, and access a variety of important NDMU information. Simply search “NDMU Orientation” in the app store to access the app! We are all looking forward to another successful June Orientation!

orientation 1       orientation 2

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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, Ph.D. ’15

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Sister Kathleen Feeley—That Deeper Knowing
that deeper knowingIn 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. It highlights the story of Notre Dame of Maryland, founded in 1876, which developed into the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1896. 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 available
after silenceSister 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

Helen Manley Brown ’43

Elizabeth Ward Carroll ’51

Alma Homrighausen '52

Regina Donohue Kinnich ’56

Helen Hertzog Linhard ’53

Elsa Jane Horst Siegmund ’47

Alma Statt, SSND '57

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In the news

The Baltimore Sun, Notre Dame Prep’s Sister Patricia McCarron marks year of anniversaries, article on Patricia McCarron SSND ’84.

Pittsburgh Post-GazetteNew principal named for Highcliff Elementary School, article on Kristina Bilderback M ’08.

The Catholic Review, Godspeed: a fond farewell to Catholic Review web editor Jennifer Williams, article on Jennifer Williams ’99.

Herald-Mail Media, Bulldog Federal Credit Union awards two scholarships, article on incoming freshman Alexis Marie Smith of Williamsport High School.

SoMdNews, CSM athletic director Ruble earns award, article on Michelle Ruble M’05.

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