Tower Talk May 2013
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Notre Dame Celebrates Commencement 2013 Back to Top
The Notre Dame community celebrates student achievement at Commencement 2013, which will be held on May 25 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Alumnae and Alumni Association will welcome more than seven hundred new members from the Women’s College, CAUS, Graduate Studies and the School of Pharmacy, which graduates its first class this year. This will also be Dr. Conneely’s first Notre Dame Commencement.
The ceremony will include an address by award-winning journalist and author Kathleen Koch, the author of Rising from Katrina: How My Mississippi Hometown Lost it All and Found What Mattered and a former CNN general assignment correspondent. “Throughout her career, Kathleen has used her gifts to speak truth to power, bear witness to suffering and incite good people into action,” said President Conneely. “In upholding the highest ideals of her profession and her deep commitment to serving the community, she is an outstanding role model for our graduates.” Ms. Koch will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree at the ceremony.
Congratulations to all our graduates!
Eastern Shore Alumnae and Alumni Gathering A Success Back to Top
The semi-annual Eastern Shore alumnae and alumni gathering on May 15 was a great success! Twelve alums joined Dr. Conneely for a delicious lunch at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. The President shared a brief university update and received an official Eastern Shore welcome from the Mayor of Salisbury, Jim Ireton M’03.Thank you to Mary Ellen Gunther ’54 for arranging another successful event!
Are you attending Reunion 2013? Back to Top
Reunion 2013 will take place September 20–22, and it will be a full weekend of reuniting and reminiscing. Highlights will include:
• the family-friendly Maryland Crab Feast on Friday night
• the Reunion Luncheon on Saturday afternoon
• an Alumnae vs. Students Soccer Game
• class dinners on Saturday evening
• Dance to the Music, which will take place Saturday night after the class dinners and will feature the popular band New Monopoly
• Farewell Jazz Brunch on Sunday — the perfect wrap-up to the weekend, just before the Ravens game!
The full Reunion weekend schedule will be released in June, when the brochure will be mailed out to graduates of celebrating classes. At that time, all the details will also be posted on our website.
For out-of-town alums, Notre Dame has reserved blocks of rooms at nearby hotels. Click here for more information.
Reunion is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your friends and the Notre Dame community. If you’d like to reach out to your classmates to encourage them to attend Reunion events with you, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at email@example.com — our staff is happy to support these efforts.
Save the Date: New York City Bus Trip, November 2 Back to Top
Mark your calendars for November 2, when the Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association will host a bus trip to the Big Apple! All alumnae and alumni are welcome to attend. More information will be forthcoming in future issues of Tower Talk.
Notable Alums Back to Top
In late April, two short story collections by Kit Reed ’54 were reviewed by the New York Times critic Chelsea Cain. Many of the stories were first published in science fiction magazines — Reed’s first story was published in 1958 — but Cain notes, “This isn’t ‘that’ kind of science fiction.” She goes on to say, “Reed finds humanity in the most fantastic places. She does it without pretension. And she does it with a sense of humor and no apologies.” Click here to read the review.
Out this June from Gotham Books, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home is a memoir by Sheri Booker '04, centered on the funeral home in West Baltimore where she began working when she was 15. There, Sheri encountered both dark and humorous moments and learned about the grieving rituals particular to Baltimore. The book is available for pre-order from online retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Penguin.com. Sheri is signing books at the Ivy Bookshop in Mount Washington on June 3 and will speak on campus in September as part the English department’s “4 Under 40” panel.
Cristina Ulrich ’06, a kindergarten teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School, has been named the 2013–2014 Montgomery County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. She will now compete for Maryland Teacher of the Year. Christopher S. Barclay, president of the Montgomery County Board of Education, said of Cristina, “Her passion for teaching and dedication to her students is inspiring and is leading to great outcomes for our children.”
Deadline Approaching! Nominate a Graduate for an Alumnae and Alumni Award Back to Top
Every year at the popular Reunion Luncheon, the prestigious Alumnae and Alumni Awards are presented to three Notre Dame alums. Please consider nominating outstanding fellow graduates for one of these awards. Our graduates have shown the world the benefits of a Notre Dame education, and this is an opportunity to recognize their achievements!
To nominate a graduate for any of the following three awards, please complete an online nomination form or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the contact information of the nominee and a paragraph specifying for which award you are nominating her or him and why. The nomination period ends on June 7, 2013.
Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award
This award is presented to a graduate who, through achievements in career and/or community service, embodies the principles of Notre Dame of Maryland University. Eligible alumnae must have graduated no fewer than five years ago, hold achievements in career and/or community and have demonstrated loyalty to the University.
Service to Society Award
This award is presented to a graduate who best exemplifies the ideals of Notre Dame of Maryland by creating positive and effective social change in the community, nation or world. All graduates are eligible.
Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
This award is presented to a graduate who has exhibited outstanding professional achievement and/or contributions to community life in ten years or less since graduation. The recipient must also have demonstrated loyalty to the University.
Click here for more information.
Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations Back to Top
For the first time this year, at the Reunion Luncheon the new inductee to the Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized along with the other alumnae and alumni award winners. Do you know an accomplished former Notre Dame athlete who has represented the university well as both a student and an alumna? Please click here to learn more and submit nominations. The nomination period ends July 1.
Connect with Notre Dame via Social Media Back to Top
Looking for a new career opportunity or professional contact? Join the Notre Dame alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with other NDMU alums in your field of interest.
Use Facebook to keep in touch with Notre Dame! “Like” the Alumnae and Alumni Association on Facebook to connect with fellow alums and get updates on events and activities taking place at the university.
Alumnae and Alumni Directory Project Update Back to Top
Eight years ago, Notre Dame published an alumnae and alumni directory — and we’ve recently begun working on a new directory, to be published next year. The university is partnering with Publishing Concepts Inc. to create this new edition. PCI is a thirty-year-old company based in Texas that publishes directories for educational institutions, military organizations, sororities and fraternities across the country. Directories will be available for purchase by Notre Dame alums in spring 2014.
Representatives from PCI have started contacting alums to update your contact information. If you have any questions about the directory, please contact us at 410-532-5201 or email@example.com.
Alums are always welcome to contact the alumnae and alumni relations office to update your information and share professional or personal news! Alumnae and alumni accomplishments are highlighted in Tower Talk and on the Notre Dame website.
Networking Committee Back to Top
The Networking Committee is planning the 2013–2014 Power Hour Plus networking series. The full schedule of events and workshops will be released later this summer. Mark your calendars now for the New York City bus trip, scheduled for early November. More information will be forthcoming.
If you’d like to join this dynamic committee of professionals, let us know! The next meeting is June 20 at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House; wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to let us know you’re coming, contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-532-5201.
First Impressions Committee Back to Top
The First Impressions program wrapped up another successful year in late April. The First Impressions committee, made up of Notre Dame alums, faculty and staff members, is busily planning for next year, seeking ways to expand and refine the program so that it continues to meet the needs of our students.
All alums are invited to be part of the program and support Notre Dame students as they prepare to enter the dynamic job market.
There are various ways that alums can support this program:
• review resumes
• conduct mock interviews
• share internship opportunities at your place of work
• join the committee and help plan future events
• help prepare and serve food at the annual Etiquette Dinner
• suggest professional association events for Notre Dame students to attend
If you’re interested in joining this committee or working with students, please contact the alumnae and alumni relations office at email@example.com or 410-532-5201.
Annual Fund: Be the One to Give Back to Top
You may be thinking that someone else will step up to support The Notre Dame Fund. But what if that someone else is thinking the very same thing? Be the one to give.
Your support of The Notre Dame Fund:
• helps high-achieving students with financial need stay in school.
• increases the value of a Notre Dame degree and improves our rankings in national publications and surveys.
• provides funding for programs that make Notre Dame special — like sending a student representative to the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, helping professors create a study tour abroad or providing an internship for a budding scientist.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the various funds that sustain our mission. The Notre Dame Fund is unique — it provides resources for exceptional programs and projects that can’t happen without unrestricted contributions. Please make your unrestricted gift to The Notre Dame Fund by June 30.
Please call 410-532-3179 or click here to visit our website to make your gift today.
Montrose Society — Susan Mitchell ’80 Back to Top
Why have your chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?
I have chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift simply because my Notre Dame education is the foundation upon which I have built my life. Every single day, whether in a professional, interpersonal, spiritual, ethical or intellectual way, I am informed by what I was privileged enough to receive during my four years at Notre Dame. A Notre Dame education uniquely enriches her students and by extension, the individuals those students encounter in life.
In some small way I trust my legacy gift may, to paraphrase Sr. Maura, “…gather into streams that fountain other streams forever.”
Click here to learn more about legacy giving.
Does Someone You Know Belong Here? Back to Top
While many high school seniors have made their college decisions by now, we know there are still some students who are wrestling with their options. You know firsthand about the exceptional Notre Dame experience — our values-based, supportive community could be the ideal academic home for an undecided student. If you know a young woman who you feel may be a good fit for Notre Dame's Women's College, please refer her to our admissions office at 800-435-0200. Our friendly admissions staff will provide personalized assistance to streamline the application process. The application fee is waived if the student is referred by an alumna or alumni.
Week-long Graduate STEM Class for Teachers Back to Top
You can help your K–12 students become more engaged in STEM activities by being more engaged yourself. Notre Dame of Maryland University offers a graduate-level STEM Summer Institute — a week-long program that provides teachers with the resources, knowledge and methodology to engage their students with subject matter related to natural resources. Each day will focus on a different topic using guides created by the Department of Natural Resources, including: Water Education for Teachers, Project WILD, Project Learning Tree, The Wonders of Wetlands and Climate Science 101. Earn three graduate credits for a reduced fee of $1,150 (covers registration and all books/materials) and have fun while you learn.
Date: July 22–26, 2013
Time: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
More information: Dr. Juliann Dupuis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to visit the website for more information.
STEM Day Camp: Summer Science Fun! Back to Top
Science is fun for elementary school children. But teachers know that students began to lose interest in the sciences during middle to late elementary school. Notre Dame of Maryland University wants to change that trend.
At Notre Dame's week-long STEM Camp, we inspire elementary school students to discover how exciting science, technology, engineering and math can be. Each day students will engage in fun, hands-on activities around the theme of "Our Chesapeake Bay." There will also be time for swimming, games, crafts and, of course, lunch and snacks. If you have a budding scientist in your house entering grade three, four or five, think about STEM Camp. Click here to visit the website for more information, or call 410-532-5148.
Camp Notre Dame: A Place to Create, Discover and Make New Friends! Back to Top
Summer is perhaps the best time for children, and here at Notre Dame, we provide girls and boys ages five through 11 with a memorable summer day camp experience brimming with activities. Four sessions, two weeks in length, are offered throughout the summer; each session costs $495.
July 29–August 9
Click here to learn more about Camp Notre Dame.
Earn Your Essential Credential: Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs for Adults Back to Top
Are you missing the essential credential? The college degree that opens doors to life’s opportunities? Maybe it’s the bachelor's degree you always meant to finish. Or the master's degree that could help propel your career forward. It’s time you earned that essential credential — and it starts with an information session the first Thursday of every month (exception: July 11 to avoid holiday) at Notre Dame. We’re experts in helping adult learners, both women and men, open doors to careers in business, communications, education, healthcare, humanities and more. Whether you’re looking to complete your bachelor’s degree or to earn a master’s, the essential credential is within your reach.
To learn more, attend a First Thursday information session. Sessions begin at 6 p.m. after a wine and cheese reception at 5:30 p.m. Upcoming sessions: June 6, June 20 (new date!), July 11, August 1. There is a special Saturday session on July 20 at 10 a.m. Click here to register.
Literary England and London Theatre Tour 2014 Back to Top
Members of the English department faculty invite you to join us for the January 2014 Literary England and London Theatre tour, scheduled for January 6–16!
The price of the trip includes ground transportation to and from Washington/Dulles Airport, airport transportation in London, round-trip airfare on British Airways, nine nights at the President Hotel in Russell Square, central London, English breakfast every day, tickets to three plays, coach transportation for two day trips, a group dinner at the end and some entrance fees. One day trip will be to the city of Bath, with its Roman baths and famous 18th-century architecture, with a stop at Stonehenge on the way.
As a special feature for 2014 we will have tea and a private tour of Highclere Castle, the Downton Abbey of television fame, on January 13. “Downton Abbey” is normally closed in January, but Lord and Lady Carnarvon have agreed to open exclusively for Notre Dame! We will then go on to Oxford for an afternoon, where participants may tour the colleges and explore the many bookstores and other shops.
Students: The trip counts as 3 elective credits, English or Drama, and fulfills the cross-cultural requirement for undergraduates. Graduate students are also welcome. All are welcome to join the trip: parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, and alumnae and alumni friends.
The price for double occupancy is $2,649; single occupancy is $3,000. A deposit of $200 (non-refundable) is due anytime, starting now. Balances will be due in the fall. Deposits may be paid by check (to NDMU) or credit/debit card at Notre Dame Express (the Registrar’s Office).
To reserve a place and/or to ask questions, please contact Dr. Bill Davis at 410-532-5510, email@example.com, 500i Gibbons Hall. You may also contact Dr. Gene Farrington, S. Margaret Ellen Mahoney, or Dr. Jeana DelRosso in the English department. Reserve your place early! This trip does fill!
Spread the Word about the English Language Institute Back to Top
Help us promote the English Language Institute (ELI) at Notre Dame. ELI is an intensive English program (IEP) for international women and men who seek to improve their language skills for various purposes including further study in American universities, professional development, personal enrichment or career advancement in the U.S. or in their home countries. Since 1983, the ELI has been providing high-quality language and culture training to students from around the world. This remarkable program also adds an international dimension to our main campus.
The program is designed for students 18 and older — at all levels of English proficiency — and covers writing, grammar, reading, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, TOEFL and IELTS test preparation and American culture. If you know of anyone who may be interested in this program, please contact Theresa Cannone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Memoriam Back to Top
Mary Jane Prosser Gloth '50
Shirley Herring Hutton '41
R. Jeanne Falter C'75
In the News Back to Top
Seven young women from NDMU’s School of Education have been selected to participate in the Seventh Annual Teachers of Promise (TOP) Institute. The program encourages promising education students to teach in Maryland and provides professional mentors to assist in the transition from student to first year teacher.
Notre Dame celebrated Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day, an annual showcase of undergraduate research in arts and sciences, on Friday, April 26. President James F. Conneely opened the day’s events, followed by remarks from Sarah Bass, alumna of the Class of 2006 and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). More than fifty Notre Dame students from all disciplines actively participated in research in their fields of interest throughout their academic careers.
Kathleen Koch, Notre Dame’s 2013 commencement speaker chatted with the Baltimore Sun about the art of the commencement speech.