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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!

We’re building a “scrub fund!”
In honor of Dr. Yam’s Inauguration, Notre Dame of Maryland University asks supporters, friends, alumnae, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to help provide scrub tops for deserving students in Caroline Center educational programs.

Dr. Yam has established an ongoing partnership with the Caroline Center in support of the mission of transformative education that our SSND-sponsored institutions share.

The “scrub fund” benefits women studying to be geriatric nursing assistants and pharmacy technicians. These students need the scrubs to participate in the job training programs, but purchasing them is often a hardship.

Help local women transform their lives, support their families, and fill vital health care positions in our community. Click here to donate.

Thank you for your support of the “scrub fund!”

Stone Soup Project
On April 12, 2015, the Notre Dame community is invited to participate in our Stone Soup Project from 5—7 p.m. in Doyle Formal. We will be making bagged lunches for the clients at Weinberg Housing and Resource Center and My Sister's Place Women's Center. Families are welcome to participate and dinner will be served for all volunteers.

Please contact Melissa Lees at mlees@ndm.edu for more information.


School of Nursing Speaker Events
Nurses Making Policy: From Bedside to Board Room

Rebecca M. Patton MSN, RN, CNOR, FAAN
Margarete L. Zalon 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

Register for Nurses Making Policy here.

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


It’s a LinkedIn World—Are You Living In It?
colleen mckennaLinkedIn 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.

Monday, April 20
6 to 8 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

Register for It's a LinkedIn World here

Remembering with Retiring Faculty

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:

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

Moderated by Christine De Vinne, OSU, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs

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

Eastern Shore Luncheon
Come celebrate with the Notre Dame of Maryland University Eastern Shore contingent for lunch on Tuesday, April 28 at noon.

Please submit your reservations to Mary Ellen Gunther (information below) by April 20. The cost is $25 including tip for a choice of three entrees and dessert. Cash bar.

Tuesday, April 28
12 p.m.
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
11501 Maid at Arms Lane
Berlin, MD 21811

Send check made payable to: Mary Ellen Gunther, 1206 N. Baltimore Ave., Ocean City, MD, 21842.

If you have any questions, please call 410-290-8306.

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.—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, 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.

Beer, Wine & Chocolate Tasting

beer, wine, and 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 (guided by a local beer aficianado), 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

Blue and White Cocktails and Connections
blue and white cocktails and connectionsJoin us for a continuing tradition! During Commencement Week, Women’s College seniors and recent Notre Dame graduates are invited to a festive gathering at the President’s Residence. Over wine and hors d’oeuvres, we’ll share Notre Dame stories and advice about life after college—and celebrate the beginning of a new chapter for our seniors!

If you graduated from Notre Dame between 2005 and 2014 and would like to attend, please contact Megan Lentz at 410-532-5542 or mlentz@ndm.edu.

Tuesday, May 19
President’s Residence, 100 St. Albans Way
6 to 8 p.m.

Save the Date: Reunion 2015
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 and classmates and the entire Notre Dame community. Reunion Highlight: Flashback Friday Celebration on Friday, September 18th. Wear your old CND clothing. Flashback t-shirt 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.

Check our Reunion website for more information

Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
Betheen Weed M’12
and Gloria Clark M’14 were voted Baltimore's top nurses in Baltimore Magazine.

Antoinella Peterkin '12 was recognized for her volunteer efforts through the United Way.

Laura Potter '01 named Harford County Teacher of the Year.

Meyer and Associates: Long Term Care InsuranceA Perfect Fit?
Long term care

Considering long term care insurance (LTC)? Coverage may not be out of reach. The Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Association’s Insurance Program now offers a new approach to LTC called Perfect Fit. With Perfect Fit, you select from a menu of features to find a plan with a premium you can afford.

Plans include key features at low price points, including:

  • Home Health Care—Benefits for care at home
  • Care Coordination—Help your family plan your care
  • Inflation Options—So benefits grow over time

Want to see what your Perfect Fit premium buys? Visit http://meyerandassoc.com/ndm for a free quote – and a free 10-point checklist with great buying tips.

Like us on Facebook and Join us on LinkedIn
facebook and linkedin“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 alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with other NDMU alums in your field of interest.

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee
Are you interested in mentoring current Notre Dame students? To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Networking Initiative 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 2014–2015 series will wrap up with a beer, wine, and chocolate tasting at the President’s Residence on May 7. For more details, see the Power Hour Plus article in this issue of Tower Talk.

The next meeting of the Networking Committee is Monday, April 20, 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.

The Montrose Society: Create Your Legacy
noyes alumnae houseWhat 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.

In this season of renewal, we invite you to join the Montrose Society and support Notre Dame with a legacy gift. For more information, please visit our legacy website or contact Fran Gunshol at fflannerygunshol1@ndm.edu.

Show Your Support for NDMU
Did you know that your gift to The Notre Dame Fund is also a vote of confidence in Notre Dame? A high giving percentage of alumnae and alumni is seen by potential funders as an endorsement, signaling that Notre Dame of Maryland University is a worthy financial investment. The higher our participation rate, the greater our ability to compete for grants and additional sources of funding. Alumnae and alumni participation also impacts our reputation and rankings in publications such as U.S. News & World Report.

Your unrestricted gift to The Notre Dame Fund will help close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating worthy students. Unrestricted gifts help the university address areas of greatest need, including academic and program support, staff development, and campus improvements—to name a few. In this season of renewal, please consider committing your support to the mission of the School Sisters of Notre Dame with a gift to The Notre Dame Fund.

For more information about The Notre Dame Fund, please contact Catherine McCabe, Annual Gifts Officer, at 410-532-3197 or cmccabe2@ndm.edu.

University news

Music at Notre Dame presents Across the Seas: from Opera to Tango
An evening of musical excitement with an Ensemble consisting of:

José Cueto, violin
Nancy Roldán, piano
Laura Ruas, double bass
Tango dancers: Susan Reynolds & Constantino Bastidas
Guest Artists: Laura Strickling, soprano (Liszt-Garrison Collaborative Artist First Prize)
Gabriella Cavalero, actor/narrator (Tony Award Nominee)
Kevin McMillan, baritone (Grammy Gramaphone Awardee)
Gabriel Dobner, piano (Hans Pfitzner Lieder Comptition Awardee)

Saturday, March 28
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorum
Charles Street Campus
General admission: $15

Messages and Ticket information: 410-833-5784

Updates from Women’s College Admissions
It’s a busy time of year in the Women’s College Office of Admissions as we prepare to welcome admitted students and their families to campus for the annual Accepted Student Overnight event, Sunday March 29th—Monday, March 30th. This high-energy event includes both social and academic opportunities for the accepted students so they can have a bit of the true NDMU experience.

Do you know of any high school juniors beginning the college search? Mark your calendars for the Women’s College Spring Open House on Saturday, May 2nd from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.! Feel free to spread the word about this event where students will have the opportunity to tour campus, hear from faculty about our academic programs, learn about financial aid, Student Life, and more! Share the online RSVP link to any qualified high school students: www.ndm.edu/visit.

Civera Gallery ExhibitionEvolution and Revision: Sarah Butcher ’80

Second in a series inviting alumnae to share their work with current students, this exhibit features the works of Sarah Butcher '80.

In her work using traditional materials such as canvas and collage, Sarah Butcher creates colorful abstract images that focus on elliptical patterns. Her recent illustrative use of digital media focuses on urban scenes, landscapes, and the human form.

Her work has appeared in several national publications and exhibits in New York and Baltimore. Ms. Butcher is chair of the Art Department at Maryvale Preparatory School. 

Opening reception:
Monday, April 13
5 p.m.
Civera Gallery, University Academic Building

Gormley Gallery: 26th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition
Save the date and join us on Saturday, March 28 for the 26th National Drawing and Print Competitive Exhibition Artist’s Reception and Gallery Talk. The exhibition features works on paper by 34 artists from the local, regional, and national art community.

Brian Young, curator of the Arts Program at University of Maryland University College, is the juror.

Visit the Gormley Gallery website for more information at ndm.edu/gormleygallery.

Saturday, March 28
4 to 6 p.m.
Gormley Gallery

Spend an Evening at the Theater with NDMU
EURYDICE is Notre Dame's production of the classic myth of Orpheus, told through the eyes of its heroine. Featuring an all-female student cast. Directed by Elissa Goetschius. All performances are in the Marian B. Copeland Theater, and the show dates are:

Thursday, April 16 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

Since the Copeland has limited seating, advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Click here to purchase your ticket to EURYDICE in advance.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Kate Bossert at kbossert@ndm.edu.

School of Pharmacy Hosts Women's Health Fair in Honor of President Yam
Learn about medical conditions that affect women of all ages during this year's women's health fair hosted by the School of Pharmacy. Join us on Thursday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in celebration of President Yam's Inauguration. Booths will be located in multiple locations across campus, including Fourier Hall, MBK Complex Lobby, Gator Alley and LNDL Gallery. Take a lunch break and stretch your legs! Learn about ways to improve your health and wellness through interactive education booths. Various topics will be presented, including breast cancer, eating disorders, heart health, and more! Questions? Email Ashley Wensil, Pharm. D, BCACP at awensil@ndm.edu.

Thursday, April 16
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Multiple locations:
Fourier Hall
MBK Complex Lobby
Gator Alley
LNDL Gallery

Sister Gratia Memorial Lecture
“Life Before Hairspray: Getting Personal in Ancient Rome.” Janet Stephens, a local hair stylist and self-trained experimental archaeologist, will present an illustrated lecture and demonstration of ancient Roman hair styles, with two of our current students serving as models. Ms. Stephens has given presentations at the Walters Art Museum and in many other locations, near and far. She has also published articles in scholarly journals and has a YouTube program devoted to historical hairdressing. The program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 26
7 p.m.
Fourier Hall, Room 103

Beta Kappa chapter of Eta Sigma Phi, National Classical Honor Society will celebrate its 65th Anniversary
All Eta Sigma Phi members, former Latin or Greek students, and friends of the classics are invited to join the celebration. Dinner at 5 p.m. in the newly renovated Doyle Dining Room, will be followed by presentations highlighting Eta Sigma Phi, past and present. The dinner menu will highlight Greek and Italian selections and will be buffet style, so that you can choose your preferences. A silent auction and a raffle will be held during the celebration. The cost of this event is $20. This will include dinner, a raffle ticket and a donation to our chapter. Reservations are required. For reservations contact Sister Therese Dougherty at 410-532-5559 or tdougherty@ndm.edu.

Tuesday, April 21
5 p.m.
Doyle Dining Room

Beth Hancock ’14 interns in Ghana
Written by Beth Hancock
This last semester I spent time completing my second educational internship experience in Ghana, West Africa. I am honored to share with you what the experience meant to me. Please take a minute to allow me to share the exceptional experience that I had participating in the study abroad program offered in Cape Coast, Ghana at Mary Queen of Peace Catholic School. This experience has been exponentially rewarding, as a student, educator, and as a parent.

As a student, the international internship has provided me with a rich and rewarding adventure to cap off the undergraduate leg of my educational experience! While traveling I was able to make connections to so much of the classroom content that I learned throughout my education. These experiences have allowed me see the world through a more colorful and rich lens, with a depth that I cannot even begin to convey. I have developed an appreciation for things that I once seldom even considered. I made many international friendships that have continued, fostering a new intercultural worldview. My intrapersonal perspectives and interpersonal skills and understandings are rapidly changing to encompass and reflect my knowledge of the global community. Study abroad has allowed me to grow in every way possible through some of the most wondrous experiences. In addition to the Ghanaian classroom internship, I visited Kakum National Park where I walked a rope bridge suspended 60 feet in the rain forest canopy, I went to beautiful beaches, toured historic slave castles in the area, attended religious celebrations with the community, and was submersed into a new culture.

Beth in Ghana

As an educator, this opportunity instilled within me new understandings, points of reference and personal experiences that will help me foster and develop the curiosity and wonder of my students for years to come. My own sense of global responsibility is more evident and intentionally reflected in my classroom as I integrate my experiences into every lesson. As an educator, I took away a personal reference and understanding of the process of assimilation into another culture that will improve my approach when addressing the needs of a diverse student population. I will come to the classroom with an exceptional appreciation for diversity and a reverence for the culture of others. I hold these new understandings and perspectives as an educator as an invaluable contribution to my collegiate journey with NDMU!

The opportunities that have presented themselves for me as a CAUS student here at NDMU have been more than I could have ever imagined when I began this journey! Most of all I appreciate what I have been able to show my three teen-aged children, that at any age and through any circumstance, through faith, you can become a fearless leader to transform the world! As a mother I am proud to set an example for my children to follow; one of life-long learning, adventure, perseverance, dedication, and vocation. As a student, educator, and a mother, this study abroad program offered by NDMU has been a phenomenal experience of growth that I would encourage anyone to take! I started my educational journey with the thought, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with one small step.” I never imagined that my educational journey would have taken me thousands of miles and around the world!!

SSND news

Soul Sister: Do you have a look-alike?
I met someone who looks just like you. You remind me of someone. You could be a double of my relative, my favorite movie star, my friend from school days. You could be so-and-so’s twin!

When I visited an old family friend of my parents, who are both deceased for several years, she said that my facial expression and just the way I got out of the car reminded her of my father. She had goose bumps and her breath was taken away! She told me this as soon as I approached her for the visit. This encounter brought back happy memories of this friend’s time spent with my parents, stories of how life’s events affected all of them, and how keeping in touch re-kindles and honors deep friendships. A person’s look-alike can transcend time and space. Family resemblances and traits carry through generations.

Once in a take-out restaurant while waiting for food, a man from one end of the room blurted out to me, “I bet you are you a Christian.” I had no identifying mark on me, such as a cross, so I was surprised at his outburst, but glad that whatever he saw in me was a reflection of Jesus. I suppose our attitudes and behaviors exude from our inner identifying core. I am a member of the Christian family, generations removed from Jesus, but still trying to carry on the attitudes, behaviors, and traits of Jesus. Do you remind others of Jesus? Are you a Jesus look-alike?

From your look-alike Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

In memoriam

Ellen O'Connor Bligh '64

Mary Hock Campbell '55

Karen Ludwitzke W'91

Joan Rinaldi '52

Ilma Rosskopf '63

Anne Malanowski Scannell '76

Sr, Mary Agnesine Seluzicki '60

William Toohey M'04

In the news

Jezebel, A Question After Sweet Briar: Is There a Future for Women's Colleges? Article features an interview with President Emerita Mary Pat Suerkamp.

The Baltimore Sun, Host of Workers, Volunteers Helping in the Extreme Cold. Dr. Stacey Peterson, who chairs NDMU's Communications Arts department, is featured on the front page of The Baltimore Sun as she made her rounds making deliveries for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland in this bitter cold.

The Baltimore Sun, The ‘n-word’ overshadows the terrorist threat, op-ed by an NDMU alumna.

The Baltimore Sun, Notre Dame Prep’s Sister Patricia McCarron Marks Year of Anniversaries, an article on our fearless NDMU alumna!

The Washington Post.com, College Enrollment: Trouble Signs, mentions enrollment decline at several liberal arts colleges, including Notre Dame. We responded with a statement placing the small decline in context, noting the health of our Women’s College.

WBAL-TV, People with Nursing Degrees in High Demand, story includes mention of Notre Dame in a collaboration with the Community College of Baltimore County.

Baltimore Business Journal, Maryland Business Leaders Lobby for Private-School Tax Credit in Annapolis, President Emerita Mary Pat Seuerkamp mentioned as part of the Maryland Education Tax Credit Leadership Coalition.

Cleveland Plain Dealer/Cleveland/com, Ursuline College names Sr. Christine De Vinne as its New President.