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Welcome New Grads to the Alumnae and Alumni Association
Congratulations to the Class of 2015!
The Notre Dame community celebrates student achievement at Commencement 2015, which will be held on May 23 at the Hilton Downtown Baltimore. The Alumnae and Alumni Association will welcome more than 600 new members from the Women’s College, CAUS, Graduate Studies, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Nursing.

The ceremony will include an address by Meir Stampfer, M.D., Dr.P.H., one of the five most cited scientists in clinical medicine over the past 20 years. He is the principal investigator of the Nurses’ Health Study and founding co-investigator of three other large-scale studies that are contributing to knowledge about cancer, nutrition, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other serious medical conditions.

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Inauguration Recap
inaugurationOn April 17, the Notre Dame community celebrated the inauguration of our 14th president, Dr. Marylou Yam. Check out the video and photos from this historic event! 

Recent Protests in Baltimore

A letter from Dr. Marylou Yam to the Notre Dame Community

Dear Campus Community,

With the posting this morning of criminal charges in the death of police-detainee Freddie Gray and the series of demonstrations planned across Baltimore for today and tomorrow, including a peaceful demonstration on Charles Street this afternoon by our own students, I call together the entire Notre Dame of Maryland University community to continue to pray for peace, to work for justice, and to embrace the words of our foundress to “trust and dare” in God’s plan for all people. Many in our NDMU community – and in this city we share – are suffering.

Throughout its long history, NDMU has been faithfully invested in social responsibility and justice, most especially for its people and the city around us. We must continue this work, and expand upon it. Today and in the immediate days ahead, we must draw more deeply than ever upon our belief in the power of transformation to open our minds and hearts to create change. Our community has come together in discussions, activities, and in planning for events where we listen, talk. and learn. Whatever your faith tradition, I encourage you to join our prayer vigil on Monday, May 4th at 4 p.m. at the Peace Pole in front of Doyle Hall and to participate in a community roundtable discussion on Tuesday, May 5th.

Our foundress, Mother Theresa of Jesus Gerhardinger, also said, “Where there is peace, there is God; where God, there is every good.” By our prayers and through our actions, each of us as individuals can contribute to the collective healing of our city.

In peace,
Marylou Yam, Ph.D.

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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.

The Reunion brochure and registration information will be mailed to all celebrants in early June.

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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

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“HireMaryland” Alumni-Only Career Fair
Hosted by HireTalent
Looking for new career opportunities?
You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to meet with many of the nation's and area’s most respected employers in varying industries.
Whether you're looking for a new career in education, investment banking, marketing, technology, media, consulting, healthcare, sales, government, or non-profit, you will find all the best employers at HireMaryland.

Wednesday, June 10
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
MBK Gymnasium, Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Job Seeker Registration:

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Annual NYC Bus Trip
nycFor 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 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.

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
Congratulations to Kathleen Welsh ’62 who is celebrating her 50th Wedding anniversary on May 29.

Congratulations to Amy Bock ’14, whose short story was recently published in an anthology: First Light: Short Fiction.

Notre Dame of Maryland University alumna, Mary Ellen Vanni '69, Executive Director of the Fuel Fund of Maryland, was honored with the Ed Sommerfeldt Award at the annual Madonna Della Strada Award Ceremony on April 26th.

Congratulations to Carol Garza '93 on her recent achievement of graduating with a Ph.D. Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Sociology of Media and Urban Sociology from The New School’s New School for Social Research. The recent passing of her mother, Mrs. Betty Lee Lockett Scott, made this a bittersweet accomplishment indeed. We send our prayers to Carol.

Congratulations to Jasmine Odenat ’14 for being accepted into the highly competitive Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.

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Nominate an Outstanding Notre Dame Graduate for an Alumnae and Alumni Award
Help us recognize the achievements of our alumnae and alumni by nominating a fellow alum for one of our prestigious awards:

Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna Award
Service to Society Award
Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award
Athletics Hall of Fame

All awards are presented during Reunion Weekend. Click here for more information and to make a nomination.

Click here to nominate someone for the Athletics Hall of Fame.

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

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Cat's Meow
The 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.

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 Plates
license plateShow your pride while you ride!

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
braceletAre 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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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

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.

The next committee meeting is Wednesday, May 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Noyes Alumnae House. To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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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 Monday, June 8, 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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Have you considered becoming a Montrose Society member?
Why not join 170 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 read more at www.ndm.edu/giving/create-a-legacy.

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Annual Fund: Be the One to Give
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.

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. Thank you for your continued support of the various funds that sustain our mission.

Please call 410-532-3197 or click here to make your gift today.

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University news

Athletics hosting a basketball camp this summer, July 6-10
The camp will be 10 a.m. to noon, July 6-10 for 6-8th grade girls. Cost is $35 per camper. We will also be doing 3rd-5th grade boys and girls at 5-7 p.m. July 6-9 (we don’t have access to the gym Friday night). And cost is $30 per camper. The price includes a camp t-shirt. Camp will feature instruction and coaching from the Notre Dame basketball coaching staff and current team members, a team that posted the school’s best record since 2008-09.

Any questions can be directed to Head Basketball Coach Allen Dehority, 410-532-5378 or adehority@ndm.edu.

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Calling all Alums!
Is there an amazing young woman in your life who could be a future Notre Dame student? The Women’s College Office of Admissions is calling on you to refer students who would be a great fit for the Notre Dame community. If the student enrolls in the Women’s College, your name will be entered into a raffle to win awesome Notre Dame gear!

Spaces are still available for this fall and we encourage you to invite rising juniors and seniors to Spring Open House, June 13, 2015. Please contact Meridith Walsh, Alumni Network Coordinator, to get more information or refer a potential Women’s College student, at (410) 532-3152 or by email at mwalsh1@ndm.edu.

spring open house                      Admissions

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2016 Short-Term Academic Experiences Abroad

Notre Dame Nursing in Haiti 
experiences abroadThe Office of International Programs would like to invite Notre Dame of Maryland University alumnae and alumni to participate in our 2016 Short-Term Academic Experiences Abroad.

Dates: November 6 – 14, 2015 and March 11-19, 2016
Trip Leader: Dr. Mary Packard, RN (mpackard@ndm.edu or 410-435-5529)
Experience nursing as a practice of social justice in Jacmel, Haiti! Students join faculty leader Mary Packard and colleagues from the Community Coalition for Haiti in caring for persons in a variety of community settings: primary care clinic, surgical center, Angel Wings children’s clinic, Mt. Fleurry School, and orphanages. We will also learn and grow with nursing students from Université Notre Dame d’Haiti.

londonLondon Calling
Dates: January 7-17, 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Gene Farrington, Jeana DelRosso, Sister Margaret Mahoney, SSND, and Bill Davis (wdavis@ndm.edu or 410-435-5510)
Encounter London through plays, day tours of Warwick Castle and Stratford Upon Avon (Shakespeare’s birthplace and home of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre), Stonehenge and the historic Bath (home of Jane Austen). If this is your first London tour you are going to want to see Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London, St. Paul’s, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the London Museum, the Changing of the Guard, the National Gallery, and countless other sites. You may want to take a boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich, shop at Harrods, find bargains in the market at Covent Garden, opt for a high tea, become part of the night scene in Soho or take the Chunnel train on a day trip to Paris.

bosniaWomen Surviving Trauma and Building Peace in Bosnia
Dates: January 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Maria Mouratidis and Eleftherios Michael (emichael@ndm.edu or 410-435-3183)
This experiential learning opportunity explores the reality of women coping with complex social, religious, and psychological trauma of the war in Bosnia and how resilience to build peace and sustainable reconciliation in ethnically divided communities is being cultivated. Participants will see first-hand how social, religious, and cultural fabrics were torn apart, examine the psychological impact of this trauma and reflect on how we might live the NDMU Mission as members of the global community. We will learn from local women and advocates leading the efforts of post-conflict resilience, reconstruction, and sustainable peace. The trip will include cultural experiences in Bosnia, Croatia, and Austria.

brazilExploring Brazil
Dates: March 11 – 19, 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Ademar Bechtold and Deborah Calhoun (dcalhoun@ndm.edu or 410-435-5505)
Explore the history, culture, and business of Brazil while visiting Rio de Janeiro, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Rio is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, exotic food, beaches such as Copacabana and Ipanema, and much more. Visit world-famous landmarks, including the giant statue of Christ atop Corcovado Mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and Sugarloaf Mountain, with its cable cars. Stroll around the 2016 Summer Olympic Venues and visit the Maracanã Stadium, one of the world's largest football stadiums and site of the 2014 World Cup final. Finally, experience the heart of the Amazon Rain Forest, the planet’s greatest reserve of life forms and home of unique indigenous cultures. The Amazon is home to one-third of all species on the planet and discharges one-quarter of Earth’s freshwater.

arizonaAn Arizona/Mexico Border Experience with the SSNDs
Dates: March 20 – March 26, 2016
Trip Leader: Sister Linda Stilling, SSND (lstilling@ndm.edu or 410-435-5306)
The participants in this eight-day educational, cultural awareness trip will live with the SSND community in Douglas, Arizona and cross over into Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico for various experiential learning opportunities. These experiences will help participants gain an appreciation of the social justice issues surrounding the immigration debate, build relationships and solidarity with the poor and experience the convergence of learning, faith, and justice. Among the trips are visits and interaction with the Migrant Resource Center and Shelters, the U.S. Border Patrol, Operation Streamline in the courts, the Healing Our Borders Vigil, Just Coffee, Micro Loan Garden Project, and the Fill the Water Tanks Project.

moscowA Journey from Moscow to St. Petersburg: Russian History and Literature
Dates: May/June 2016
Trip Leaders: Drs. Anne Henderson and Melissa Sokol (msokol@ndm.edu or 410-435-5561)
Immerse yourself in the rich history of Russia’s two largest cities. In Moscow, visit Red Square, the Kremlin, and Peter the Great’s home. Stroll the Arbat, a pedestrian street full of artists and musicians and imbued with historical and literary significance. View astonishing icons in museums and churches. Visit the former homes of great Russian writers such Fedor Dostoevsky and Lev Tolstoy. Then climb aboard the overnight train to St. Petersburg. In this “Venice of the North,” visit palaces, museums, cathedrals, forts, and monuments such as the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress, Senate Square, and the Bronze Horseman Statue. Sail along the rivers and canals and watch the drawbridges rise.

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Professional Activities
School of Arts and Sciences
From May 28-30, 2015, Wakoh Shannon Hickey, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious Studies, will attend and present a paper at the 5th Annual Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Conference: "Buddhism and Wellbeing: Therapeutic Approaches to Human Flourishing." The conference is hosted by the University of British Columbia’s Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Program in Buddhism and Contemporary Society at UBC’s Point Grey Campus in Vancouver. The paper she will present, "Meditation as Medicine: A History and Critique," examines efforts to promote meditation for therapeutic purposes since the late nineteenth century, offering a critical historical perspective on the current "mindfulness" boom. She will argue that when stress and illness are characterized as individual medical or psychological problems, as the "mindfulness" movement tends to do, the ethical foundations of meditation are erased; religious communities that enhance civil society are undermined; and society avoids addressing systemic factors that fuel disease, such as racism, sexism, and poverty.

School of Education
At the 2015 Common Ground Conference (sponsored by the Maryland Society for Educational Technology), two of our School of Education faculty presented:

Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Technology in the School of Education, presented a spotlight keynote, Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies and Apps that Work. The presentation acted as a preview for his upcoming June book, Using Digital Games as Assessment and Instruction Tools, which will help readers discover how to incorporate digital games and use them to craft engaging, academically applicable classroom activities that address content standards and revitalize learning for both teachers and students. The book is being published through Solution Tree and can be purchased at http://www.solution-tree.com/authors/ryan-l-schaaf/using-digital-games-as-assessment-and-instruction-tools-bkf666.html.

Dr. Gary Thrift, associate professor and chair of the School of Education, co-presented with Dr. Joshua Smith, the Dean of Loyola University’s School of Education, on “Shared Responsibility for Teacher Preparation and Success,” offering a unique peek into the collegial work engaged by faculty across ten member universities and colleges in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, all with the expressed goal of helping Baltimore City Public School administrators, teachers and students. This “Consortium for Urban Education,” which is housed at NDMU, focuses on STEM education, Family Engagement, College Access, and Teacher Recruitment, Induction, and Retention. The responsibility for the success (or failure) of a graduate from our respective institutions does not end when he/she walks across the stage; professional development and support must continue into the real classroom.

School of Nursing
Hannah Murphy Buc, Erica Brinkley, and Adriane Burgess have had abstracts accepted for poster presentation at the Institute for Educators at the University of Maryland in June.

Buc, H.M., Burgess, A., & Brinkley, E. (2015, June). Peer-editing: Building research and writing skills for professional nursing practice. Accepted for poster presentation at the Institute for Educators at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.

Burgess, A., Brinkley, E. & Buc, H.M. (2015, June). NCLEX action plan: Student and faculty collaboration to promote self-motivation for NCLEX preparation. Accepted for poster presentation at the Institute for Educators at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.

Burgess, A. & Shiffer, W. (2015, June). The importance of high touch in a high tech world: Using a doula to teach labor support to undergraduate nursing students. Accepted for poster presentation at the Institute for Educators at the University of Maryland, School of Nursing, Baltimore, MD.

Adriane Burgess, Mary O'Connor, and Ronna Schrum have published the following articles:

Burgess, A. & Founds, S. (accepted for publication) Nursing care for cardiovascular implications of preeclampsia. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing.

O’Connor, M. & Batcheller, J. (2015). The resilient nurse leader: Reinvention after experiencing job loss. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 39(2), 123-131. DOI: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000089

Additionally, Mary O' Connor and Joyce Batcheller are Guest Editors for the April/June 2015 issue of Nursing Administration Quarterly.

Schrum, R. (2015). Nursing student retention in an associate degree program utilizing a retention specialist. Teaching and Learning in Nursing (official Journal of the National Organization for Associate Degree in Nursing), 10(2), 80-87. DOI: 10.1016/j.teln.2014.09.002

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Soul Sister
Do you meet yourself coming and going? Arrivals and departures, hustle and bustle, to and fro, forward and backward—we are a people on the go! Vacations and retreats are one solution to allay the brisk pace we live, but we need to move in some direction to get there! Then, upon a return to a regular schedule, we need a vacation from the vacation!

During our busy lives, when no respite or oasis of rest is in sight, our comings and goings might intersect with impatience, agitation, mind-wandering, yearning for a better journey and destination. Then we rely on past patterns of interaction with others, because our energies to try something new may be depleted. We could find ourselves saying “Get out of my way!” (Jesus told Satan to get out of His way!) We want no encumbrances toward reaching our goals.

If our cyclone of activity increases, we can forget who we are, where we are headed, and what is most valuable to us. When we spin out of control of ourselves, it is comforting to know that “The Lord will guard your coming and your going, both now and forevermore.” (Ps. 121:8) If we are in tune with this thought, it won’t matter where we are headed or how long it will take to get there—God will be with us. We can pause throughout our comings and goings and notice the Divine Guardian leading us. Ready, set, go!

From your wandering Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

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Sister Kathleen Feeley - That Deeper Knowing
In 1847, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, founded thirteen 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
Sister Maura Eichner, 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

Sister Lorraine Pianka, SSND ’62 (Mary Camilla Pianka)

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In the news

WBAL-TV: Program offers rookie teachers support to stay in class

The Baltimore Sun: Notre Dame’s ACES program prepares teachers for the future

The Baltimore Sun: Article on NDMU’s online graduate certificate in Risk Management

The Baltimore Sun: NDMU grad named Teacher of the Year for Harford County

The Baltimore Sun: “I’m real about what’s going on,” Harford’s top teacher says

Capital-Gazette: Glen Burnie teacher gets selected for National Geographic expedition

The Weeklings: A ghost tour of Baltimore’s riots, essay by Shelley Puhak

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