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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Featured stories

New University Academic Building Dedicated
Presidential Search Committee Update

Events

Notre Dame Basketball Alumnae Day
Eastern Shore Luncheon
It’s a LinkedIn World—Are You Living In It?
Reunion 2014
Past Events: Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition, Path to Excellence, New York Bus Trip

Alumnae and alumni news

Class Notes
Reunion 2013 Notes
Use the Notre Dame Network to Find Your Next Career Opportunity
Exclusive Benefits for Notre Dame Alums
A Message from Meyer and Associates: Long Term Care—What’s Your Plan?

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee
Networking Committee
Montrose Society: Joan Partridge C’91
Notre Dame Fund Update: Fearless Campaign
Host an International Student for Dinner
Donate to the Needy in Guatemala

University news

Music for the Christmas Season
Alumnae and Alumni in Education—Promise for Tomorrow Scholarship
LAF Community Service Project Benefits the Women of Swaziland, Africa
Essential Credential Radio and Video Ad Campaign
Eichner Award Honors Young Female Poets

In memoriam

In the news


 

Featured stories

New University Academic Building Dedicated
UAB dedicationOn the beautiful afternoon of October 18, Notre Dame of Maryland officials cut the ribbon for the University Academic Building at a dedication and blessing ceremony. The stunning three-story, 36,000-square-foot facility is the home of the School of Nursing and Technology Resource Center and is available for use by the entire campus community. The facility features the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology, with state-of-the-art instructional facilities, including simulation labs; observation rooms and pediatrics and patient rooms; a lobby, gallery and other unique spaces to foster interaction and teamwork; and clinical laboratory space.

Sr. Christine DeVinne, Vice President for Academic Affairs, noted that this newly completed building represents both the tradition and future of Notre Dame. “As a University, Notre Dame of Maryland has a strong foundation and is reaching for the sky. The tradition and solid liberal arts values are symbolized by the front of campus and the time-honored buildings that are beloved by current students and alums alike,” she said. “This part of campus, a bit more contemporary in architecture, represents the current growth, the dedication to meeting the current needs of our students and all of society.

“The needs of education and health care are priorities that Notre Dame has the expertise and excellence to meet. More and more students are coming here to become teachers and nurses, and the world is changing because of their contributions, as well as those of their classmates and friends in other fields,” she said.

Click here for more on the building dedication.

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Presidential Search Committee Update
In October, Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees made two important preliminary decisions regarding the search for a Notre Dame’s new president.

First, the Board selected the Search Committee members. Members of the committee were selected based on their current knowledge and experience with NDMU, their current association with the institution, and recent senior executive experience. The Committee includes:

  • Kathleen (Katy) O’Ferrall Friedman ’62 – Chair of the Search Committee; former Chair of the Board of Trustees
  • Ademar Bechtold – Faculty Member; Member of Faculty Senate
  • Patricia Bosse ’81 – Vice President for Institutional Advancement
  • Ed Civera – Trustee
  • Cynthia Egan – Member of President’s Advisory Council
  • Sr. Patricia Flynn, SSND ’66 – Trustee
  • Lynette Hodge – Student Representative to the Board of Trustees
  • Brenda Jews – Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
  • PJ Mitchell ’69 – Chair, Board of Trustees 
  • Sr. Eileen O’Dea, SSND ’66 – Vice President of Mission
  • Angela Sherman – Faculty Member; President of Faculty Senate

Second, the Board hired Academic Search, Inc. to assist us in our search for a new President. Academic Search has worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities in searches for presidents and senior administrators. Dr. Jessica S. Kosloff, President of Academic Search, joined the Search Committee for its first meeting on October 31. The Search Committee approved a Search Timeline and an advertisement plan. By the second week in November, the Chronicle of Higher Education posted the advertisement in print and online, and other higher education web postings sites will continue to post the advertisement anywhere from 30 to 90 days.

On November 14, both consultants from Academic Search—Dr. Kozloff and senior consultant Dr. Ann Die Hasselmo—met with NDMU constituency groups and stakeholders to learn about our culture and learn about the attributes of leadership important to us. The role of these consultants is not to select our next President, but rather to help ensure that the search and selection process is managed effectively and that we achieve our goal of securing the best possible President.

We will continue to update you on the Presidential Search in the months ahead.

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Events

Notre Dame Basketball Alumnae Day
The basketball program would like to invite and honor the alumnae of the Notre Dame basketball program at this season’s home-opener against Christendom College. At halftime, the 1998–99 team will be presented in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the fourth-straight AWCC Championship. After the game, basketball alumnae and their families are invited to a dinner on campus, where the team would like to meet the players who came before them. Please join us!

Notre Dame Basketball Alumnae Day
Saturday, November 23
2 p.m.
For more information, contact:
Head Coach Allen Dehority: 410-532-5378 or adehority@ndm.edu
Toyah Houck Nastanovich ’94: 717-846-2029 or thnasty@msn.com

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Eastern Shore Luncheon
Mark your calendar for the semi-annual Eastern Shore Luncheon. The gathering will take place at noon on Monday, December 9, at Inn on the Ocean at 1001 Atlantic Ave. To RSVP, contact Mary Ellen Steiner Gunther '54 at 410-290-8306 or fmegunther@gmail.com.

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It’s a LinkedIn World—Are You Living In It?
LinkedIn has become one of the most powerful resources for career changers and job seekers. Learn how to get the most out of it at this workshop led by Colleen McKenna, principal of Intero Advisory, who has coached more than 3,000 professionals on utilizing LinkedIn to achieve their professional goals. She will share techniques for building a powerful profile, making meaningful connections and using your network to create new opportunities. A wine and cheese networking reception will precede the workshop.

This workshop is part of Power Hour Plus, a series of networking events, just-for-fun activities and professional and personal development workshops conducted by engaging, knowledgeable speakers. Events are offered in the evening and on weekends throughout the academic year.

It's a LinkedIn World—Are You Living In It?
Thursday, January 16
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

$20. $5 for current NDMU students. Free for members of NDMU's Montrose and Meletia societies and Women’s College students in the First Impressions program.

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Click here for more information and to register.

Reunion 2014
Reunion 2014Mark your calendars for Reunion 2014, taking place September 19–21! If you are a member of a celebrating class (those ending in 4 and 9), watch your mailbox for the colorful save-the-date postcard. Watch ndm.edu/reunion for updates in the coming months, and plan to join us for the celebration!

Are you interested in making Reunion 2014 a wonderful one for your class? We’re looking for volunteers to serve on the Reunion Committee, contact classmates, and brainstorm ideas for the weekend. Please contact the Alumnae and Alumni Relations Office at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu for more information.

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Past Events: Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition, Path to Excellence, New York Bus Trip
On October 12, more than fifty people attended our first Power Hour Plus event of the academic year, Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition. The keynote speaker, career coach Nicholas Lore, shared his expertise about discerning the right career path; afterward, a panel of accomplished career counseling professionals provided insight on the job-seeking and career-transition processes. Attendees also gained insight into their career personality through a session with the interactive tool Compass. The workshop concluded with a networking reception, complete with hors d’oeuvres and wine.

path to excellenceCareer transition was also the theme at The Daily Record’s Path to Excellence on October 23. Subtitled “Stories and advice from successful women who took the leap,” the event was co-sponsored by Notre Dame and Chimes and took place in Knott Science Center. Top 100 Women, their mentees and Notre Dame alums and students gathered for networking and the panel discussion, moderated by President Joan Coley. Panelists included Mia Redrick ’92, CEO of Finding Definitions; Heidi Fletcher, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Notre Dame; Sandy Pagnotti, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Baltimore; Randi Pupkin, founder and executive director of Art with a Heart; and Luwanda Jenkins, chief of staff to the president of Coppin State University. (Photo by Maximilian Franz of The Daily Record.)

NYCOn Saturday, November 2, nearly fifty Notre Dame alums, friends and family traveled to the Big Apple for the New York Bus Trip. It was a beautiful day to be in Manhattan, and everyone had a great time. Some went shopping, some went to the theater, some got a little lost and ended up walking a mile out of the way … but all eventually made their way to the Fashion District, where some New York-based alums joined us for drinks and light fare. Big thanks to Kathi Shamer '82, M’07, Missy Evans-Moreland '84, and Edith Hyatt '81, who organized the trip and kept spirits high with snacks and door prizes on the bus! We plan to hold the trip again next year, so keep an eye out for details.

On Wednesday, November 20, the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association hosted a Jazz Age-themed literary evening with Maryland writer Erika Robuck. Ms. Robuck is the author of the historical novels Call Me Zelda, Hemingway’s Girl, Receive Me Falling and Fallen Beauty (forthcoming in 2014). She discussed her work, answered questions from the audience and signed copies of her book. A portion of the proceeds goes to the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund and The Notre Dame Fund.

See more photos at the bottom of this page from these events!

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Alumnae and alumni news

Class Notes
mary beth lennonMary Beth Lennon '89 has been named president of Mercy High School. Mary Beth is the first Mercy alumna to serve as the school’s president. Currently the director of communications and assistant to the president at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Fells Point, Mary Beth will assume her new role on July 1, 2014. Congratulations, Mary Beth!

shelley puhakShelley Puhak '97 has received the prestigious Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize for her new collection of poetry, Guinevere in Baltimore.  The book is already garnering praise. In a glowing review, Baltimore's City Paper said the work is "smart, sexy, and slyly devastating" and called it "is a book easy to fall in love with and one that makes one want to memorize dozens of its delicately fierce lines."

Guinevere in Baltimore is available from Waywiser Press, and can be ordered online. Congratulations, Shelley!

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Reunion 2013 Notes
If you haven’t yet ordered photos from Reunion 2013, please do so before November 29, when ordering will be closed. To view and purchase photos, visit enjoyphotos.com. The username is NDM Reunion, and the password is 18503.

We’d like to say a special thanks to Loyola/Notre Dame Library archivist Nancy Perlman and interns Rachel Smilow ’07 and Lisa Spear ’14, who created the exhibit of 1960s memorabilia that was displayed during Reunion weekend as a special treat for the Class of 1963. Rachel has recently returned to campus as the 2013 Mount Saint Agnes College Foundation-funded intern in Archives and Special Collections; she is currently a candidate for an MA in the Museum Studies program at Johns Hopkins University. Lisa is a pre-museum studies major at Notre Dame. Thank you!

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Use the Notre Dame Network to Find Your Next Career Opportunity
social networkingAre you making a career change, looking for a new job or expanding your professional network? Join the Notre Dame of Maryland University alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow alums in your field of interest. “Like” the Notre Dame Alumnae and Alumni Association page on Facebook to connect with fellow alums and stay up-to-date on university events and activities.

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Exclusive Benefits for Notre Dame Alum
As you make holiday travel plans, keep in mind that Notre Dame alums get exclusive discounts on rental cars and hotels. Participating companies include Avis, Alamo, Hertz and Choice Hotels. Click here for more information.

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A Message from Meyer and Associates: Long Term Care—What’s Your Plan?
Even the most comfortable retirement plan can be threatened by the unanticipated expense of Long Term Care (LTC). With no protection against the rising costs of extended care such as home care, adult day care or assisting living, your retirement savings could be at risk. We invite you to learn about your LTC planning options—including Long Term Care Insurance—through the Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Program, which offers free educational information, convenient no-risk consultations and association discounts. Click here to learn more about LTC insurance and all of the other products available through the Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Program.

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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee
Do you have professional experience and knowledge that could benefit a current Notre Dame undergraduate as she prepares to enter the workforce? The First Impressions program provides students in the College of Arts and Sciences with the skills to help them make a strong first impression. Alums can help by reviewing student resumes, conducting practice interviews, serving on the committee and attending events.

This year, the program will serve forty students from a variety of majors. Their experience in the program started on October 17 with a dynamic presentation on personal brand-building from WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky, “The Voice of the Ravens.” Upcoming events include the professional dress fashion show at Macy’s on November 25, a resume writing workshop on February 11, an interview preparation workshop on February 24, and the annual Etiquette Dinner on March 25.

The next committee meeting is January 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Noyes House. For more information or to RSVP for the meeting, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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Networking Committee
The Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and 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 two successful events so far this year: Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition on October 12 and the New York Bus Trip on November 2. Additional events planned for this year include the LinkedIn workshop on January 16, 2014, and an Argentine wine tasting on May 14, 2014.

The next meeting is Thursday, January 9, 2014, 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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Montrose Society: Joan Partridge C’91
joan partridgeWhy have you chosen to support NDMU with a legacy gift as a member of the Montrose Society?

“I am delighted to be a new member of the Montrose Society. I graduated from Notre Dame in 1991 with a degree in education. As an adult learner in the Continuing Education program, I was thrilled to discover the exceptional faculty and stimulating courses that were offered here.

“I will always be grateful to Sister Marie Xavier Looymans and Barbara Livermon M.Ed. who prepared me so well for the work I wanted to do. Learning here at Notre Dame was a joyful experience for me, and my life has been enriched by the education I received.”

For more information about the Montrose Society, please visit ndm.edu/giving.

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Notre Dame Fund Update: Fearless Campaign

fearlessndmAlumnae across the nation are excited about the Fearless and Faithful campaign!

Notre Dame tweaked the “Keep Calm” Internet meme to raise awareness and enthusiasm about Notre Dame of Maryland University, and to build crucial support for The Notre Dame Fund. The wildly popular Keep Calm: I’m a Fearless Notre Dame Woman commemorative postcards and refrigerator magnets—sent specifically to non-donor alumnae to encourage them to make their FIRST gift—are being displayed by proud alums nationwide. Alumnae who have given in the past were sent slightly different Fearless Campaign mailings, but we need we need EVERY alumna to stand with us by responding with an online gift, a donation by mail or a convenient text-to-give (instructions can be found on the back of the postcard), no matter the size of your gift.

Alumnae contributions to The Notre Dame Fund are votes of confidence for the University. Graduate support is a key indicator of an institution’s strength and momentum. Did you know that alumnae giving elevates our rankings and makes Notre Dame more appealing to potential funders and prospective students? In addition to our gratitude, all donors responding to the Fearless and Faithful campaign will receive a Fearless Notre Dame Woman refrigerator magnet with their gift receipt.

Keep the excitement going on the Notre Dame of Maryland Facebook page. Post a photo of yourself holding the Fearless Notre Dame Woman postcard and tell us how Notre Dame of Maryland made YOU fearless! Make sure to tag your posts with #FearlessNDM. Visit the page frequently to see the newest Fearless and Faithful photos and comments from other alumnae and for news about forthcoming Keep Calm: I’m a Fearless Notre Dame Woman merchandise.

For more information about the campaign or to make a gift, contact Brent Swinton at 410-532-5556 or bswinton@ndm.edu.

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Host an International Student for Dinner
Host an International StudentWould you and your family like to meet a young person from another country and help welcome him or her to the United States? Consider hosting one of our international students for dinner this fall. Students come to Notre Dame from all over the world, and their transition to a new country can be difficult, especially when they’re also carrying heavy course loads. Sharing a meal with the family of a Notre Dame alum would provide an international student with a wonderful opportunity to experience authentic American culture and feel more at home in his or her new surroundings.

The program kicks off this month. If you are interested in learning more or signing up to host a student, please contact Jessica Angell at 410-532-3166 or jangell@ndm.edu. Click here for more information or to sign up.

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Donate to the Needy in Guatemala
This January, a group of Notre Dame students, faculty and staff will once again travel to Guatemala, led by professor emerita Leonor Blum and Dr. Anne Henderson. The two-week trip will include community service in the mountain town of San Lucas Toliman, and all travelers are taking useful and essential items to donate to the people of San Lucas. Needed items are: school supplies, children’s clothing, toys, and medicines (prescription and non-prescription, especially for children), gloves, bandages, and other supplies for minor operations. If you would like to contribute any of these items or have any questions about what items are acceptable, please contact Dr. Henderson at 410-532-5301 or ahenderson@ndm.edu or Leonor Blum at 410-358-4248 or blumle@aol.com. Any and all contributions are appreciated!

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University news

Music for the Christmas Season
On Sunday, December 8, the Concert Choir—under the direction of Stephen Holmes—presents music for the Christmas season. The concert will take place in Marikle Chapel at 2 p.m. For more details, please call 410-532-5386.

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Alumnae and Alumni in Education—Promise for Tomorrow Scholarship
scholarshipNotre Dame recently announced the Alumnae and Alumni in Education—Promise for Tomorrow Scholarship, which rewards young women entering Notre Dame’s Women’s College who are committed to the University’s ideals of academic excellence and women’s leadership and service to the community. Successful nominees will receive a $40,000, four-year scholarship, with $10,000 to be awarded each of their four years at Notre Dame.

In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must be nominated by a graduate of Notre Dame who is working in the field of education. This scholarship honors the work of hundreds of women and men who have graduated from Notre Dame and who now change lives through their work in education. The alumnae and alumni who work directly with our future NDMU students are best suited to engage and encourage students to consider the many possibilities available at Notre Dame.

For priority consideration, nominations must be received by December 31, 2013. For questions, please call 1-800-435-0200 or email admiss@ndm.edu. Click here for more information.

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LAF Community Service Project Benefits the Women of Swaziland, Africa
The student group Lesbians and Friends, also known as LAF, is collecting yarn to send to women in one of the most impoverished areas of Swaziland, Africa. The women there go through yarn very quickly making hats, scarves, bags, and other items, which they are able to sell to make money for their families. Yarn, especially colorful yarn, is more expensive and hard to come by within the country.

LAF is collecting yarn in an effort to help the women of Swaziland keep more of the profit from their merchandise and improve their quality of life and that of their families. Notre Dame already has a connection to Swaziland; via Davis Projects for Peace, three students traveled there last summer to teach the women crochet and macramé. Yarn donations can be left in any of the clearly marked boxes throughout campus; any alums who wish to participate can drop off yarn at Noyes House until December 13. For more information, contact Gabrielle Rehmeyer at grehmeyer1@live.ndm.edu or Susan Barber at sbarber@ndm.edu.

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Essential Credential Radio and Video Ad Campaign
essential credentialAs part of an ongoing advertising campaign targeting prospective adult students for our College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies programs, radio spots began airing in October on the following stations (both broadcast and streaming): WERQ-FM 92.3, WIYY-98 Rock, WJZ-FM 105.7, WLIF-FM 101.9, WWIN-FM 95.9, WWMX-FM 105.9, WYPR-FM 88.1, WZBA-FM 100.7, WKIK FM 102.9 and WXCY-FM 103.7. The ads will air through mid-December and will direct listeners to a dedicated website designed to drive First Thursday  information session event registrations. Comparing First Thursday attendance from January through November of 2012 with that of the same period this year, the University has experienced an 83% increase in attendance of College of Adult Undergraduate prospective students and a 33% increase among those interested in our College of Graduate Studies programs.

Click here to listen to a 60-second version of the terrestrial and online radio spot. Samples of banner ads appear below.

The campaign also includes an animated video feature for various online channels, including Pandora, ABC2news.com, Baltimore.cbslocal.com (WJZ TV’s site), Baltimoresun.com, Citypaper.com, Comcast.net, WbalTV.com, Yahoo.com and more.

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Eichner Award Honors Young Female Poets
Do you know a budding poet? Encourage her to compete for the Eichner Award for Young Poets. The prestigious annual competition is named after Notre Dame’s beloved Sr. Maura Eichner ’41; it celebrates young female poets between the ages of 14 and 18 who attend secondary school in the United States. This year’s judge is A.E. Stallings, an American writer who has received fellowships from the NEA, United States Artists and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant.” A $500 prize will be awarded for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third. In addition, all winners will have their work published in Damozel, Notre Dame’s literary magazine.

Click here for entry information. Entries must be received by December 3.

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In memoriam

Marilyn Laneve Kautz ’51

Betty Borenstein Scher M’92

Winifred Lynch Coughlin ’46

Maryann Hasselmann McAuliffe ’61

Mary Gonzalez Mueller ’61

Clara Svehla W’91

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In the news

The HEAT Center in Aberdeen, where Notre Dame and five other Maryland higher-education institutions conduct classes, has changed its name to University Center.

Mary Beth Lennon’s appointment as Mercy High School’s principal was covered by local news oulets, including the Baltimore News Journal, The Baltimore Sun and ABC2 News.

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