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Tower Talk November/December 2014

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Reunion 2015
It seems like just the other day that campus was abuzz with Reunion 2014 festivities—but it’s already time to begin planning for Reunion 2015! The Reunion Committee is forming now and will meet for the first time in early 2015. Members of classes ending in 5 and 0, mark your calendars and plan to join us for Reunion 2015, taking place September 18–20!

A large, active committee makes reunion planning easier—and it promotes high class attendance. Last year’s Reunion Committee had over 40 members, and they achieved the largest Reunion attendance ever! With your help, Reunion 2015 will be the best yet!

The class rep position mainly entails reaching out to your classmates to invite them to attend Reunion and contribute to the class gift. There are five planning meetings scheduled for next year, including the Reunion wrap-up meeting in October, and we ask that at least one member of each class be present at each meeting.

The meeting dates are:

  • Saturday, January 10, 2015
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015
  • Saturday, May 9, 2015
  • Saturday, August 15, 2015
  • Saturday, October 10, 2015 (wrap-up meeting)

To volunteer for the committee, please contact Megan Lentz at mlentz@ndm.edu.

Save the Date: Presidential Inauguration
We are pleased to announce that the inauguration of Dr. Marylou Yam as the 14th president of Notre Dame of Maryland University will take place on Friday, April 17, at 11 a.m. in LeClerc Auditorium. A schedule of inaugural activities—including an inaugural liturgy celebrated by Archbishop William Lori on Thursday, April 16—is forthcoming.


Eastern Shore Luncheon
It’s time again for the annual Eastern Shore luncheon, where Notre Dame alums and friends welcome the holidays together with good food and good cheer.

Wednesday, December 3
Inn on the Ocean, Boardwalk at 12th Street
Ocean City, Maryland
Cost: $25 (includes hors d’oeuvres, soup, salad, entrée, dessert, and tip)

Send your check made out to: Mary Ellen Gunther, 1206 N. Baltimore Avenue, Ocean City, MD, 21842, by November 28. Please note that seating is limited.

For more information, contact Mary Ellen Gunther at 410-289-8306.

Caring for Caregivers
Caring for a loved one can be challenging and, at times, overwhelming. A panel of caregiving experts will offer advice and answer questions for family caregivers. Our panel includes:

  • Michelle Bruns, manager of the Baltimore County Department of Aging Caregivers program
  • Sue Collins, hospice nurse and co-author of the book OK, Now What? A Caregiver’s Guide to What Matters
  • Ellen Platt, geriatric care manager, The Option Group/Senior Management Options
  • Ilene Rosenthal, program director, Alzheimer’s Association

Moderator: Connie Matsumoto W’94, owner of Pabrique Interior Design and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist

A resource fair and afternoon tea reception will immediately follow the panel discussion.


Saturday, January 24, 2015
2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Doyle Formal Lounge
Free and open to the public

Snow date: Saturday, February 7

For more information, contact Megan Lentz at 410-532-5542 or mlentz@ndm.edu.


Center Club Breakfast with Debbie Phelps
debbie phelpsThe Alumnae and Alumni Association's Networking and Leadership Committee invites you to a special breakfast event at the Center Club in downtown Baltimore. Our second annual Women in Leadership Breakfast will feature keynote speaker Debbie Phelps, educator, community leader and Olympian mother. She will offer insights into her current role as the Director of the Baltimore County Public Schools Education Foundation and the importance of her extensive community and charity involvement, and touch on her experiences as mom to an Olympic athlete.

Thursday, March 12, 2015
8 to 9:30 a.m.

Center Club
100 Light St. #16
Baltimore, MD

$35 per person.

Register Here for Center Club breakfast!

Event recaps: An Evening with Sheri Bookersheri booker
On October 30, the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association hosted NAACP Image Award recipient Sheri Booker ’04. Ms. Booker is the author of Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home. Sheri was inspirational as she discussed her writings, her travels, and her hopes for a movie deal! She graciously answered questions from the audience and signed copies of her book. Nearly 50 Notre Dame alums, students, faculty, and friends gathered for the event, which was a fundraiser for the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund.

NYC Bus Trip
The second annual New York bus trip, on November 1, was a hit! The bus was full, with 45 attendees. Everyone enjoyed a full day of fun in New York—some visited museums or took in Broadway shows, while others explored the city. The group gathered for a happy hour with New York alums before heading home.

Alumnae and Alumni news

Special Benefits for Notre Dame Alums
As you make holiday travel plans, don’t forget that being a Notre Dame alum entitles you to discounts on rental cars and hotels. For more details, visit the Benefits page.

Friends of Alumnae Application Fee Voucher
Do you know a prospective student who would be a perfect fit at Notre Dame? With your referral, she or he can apply for undergraduate admission for free. Download the application fee voucher and complete both pages before giving it to the prospective student. When attached to her or his application for undergraduate admission, the completed voucher will serve as payment of the required application fee.

NDMU Bookstore Loyalty Program


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

Available for Purchase: Sister Kathleen Feeley’s book That Deeper Knowing
that deeper knowingIn 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 1873, 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 to 1992.

The SSNDs are offering 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. This is a wonderful gift idea for that special Notre Dame alum!

Click here for more information and to request a book.

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee -Seeking Alum Volunteers for Mock Interviewsfashion show
For young women just out of college, advice and counsel from experienced professionals can be critical to success. Do you have experience and insight that could benefit Notre Dame graduates 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. Students must apply and be accepted into the program, which includes a personal brand-building workshop 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 next event is the resume workshop, taking place on November 24. In addition, volunteers are sought to conduct practice interviews in the spring with 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 hosts networking, professional development and social events for Notre Dame alums and friends. So far this academic year, the committee has planned and hosted several successful events: An Evening with WBAL Sportcaster Gerry Sandusky, Mingle Mingle, and the NYC Bus Trip.

Upcoming events this spring include Caring for Caregivers, the Center Club Breakfast with Debbie Phelps and a Wine and Beer tasting at the President’s residence. If you’d like to join the Networking Initiative Committee—made up of Notre Dame graduates who work in higher education, law, public relations and many other fields—contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Montrose Society: Rita Hartman C’86
Why have you chosen to support NDMU as a Montrose Society member?
rita hartman
“I am honored to have been asked to share my story and what motivated me to leave a legacy for the future women attending Notre Dame of Maryland University.

“I am grateful for my mother’s foresight in ensuring that I attend the University. During the early part of my sophomore year, my mother died suddenly, and since it had been just the two of us, my world was turned upside-down. However, with the support, generosity, and guidance of both the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the student body, I was able to continue my education and receive my Bachelor of Arts degree.

“The charism of the School Sisters and the caring sense of community stayed with me and has challenged me to become the woman I am today. I am a person with a heightened awareness of the economically poor, and I have a sense of responsibility to ‘give back’ when the opportunity presents itself.”

Visit the Legacy Giving page for more information about the Montrose Society.

Annual Fund Update: Giving Thanks
It is during this time of year that we tend to reflect on the things in our lives for which we are truly thankful. Family, friends, good health, and a steady job tend to be at the top of the list.

But what if you were also to think about how you got to where you are today? If you do that, NDMU would probably be at the top of that list. Now, consider what enabled NDMU to have such a positive impact on your life. Whatever your answer may be—lifelong friendships, dynamic professors, an exceptional education, new experiences, personal growth—we can all agree that Notre Dame has provided us each with opportunities and memories for which we will forever be grateful.

While you reflect on your own experiences and memories at Notre Dame, we ask you to go one step further and make a gift to The Notre Dame Fund. Please join us in supporting our beloved University. It is through your generosity that future generations will one day be able to look back and feel the same amount of pride and gratitude towards Notre Dame as you do today!

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

Notre Dame of Maryland University Concert Choir
Dr. Jennifer Brimhall, Director at Notre Dame of Maryland University hosts and joins forces with the Villanova Singers of Villanova University and Director, Tim Evers

Join the celebration of song in an evening of music offered by two outstanding choirs.

Friday, November 21
8 p.m.
Le Clerc Auditorium
Reception to Follow Performance

Admission Free

Residence Life Seeking Alumnae and Alumni Artwork for Meletia Hall
By Lillian Doyle, Class of 2017, RHA National Communications Coordinator

RHA Executive Board

There is always something new going on at Notre Dame! With new professional staff members and the highest number of residents living on campus in recent years, this 2014–2015 academic year has been very exciting for the Residence Life and Gator community. In addition to our new staff and new students, Notre Dame of Maryland University has also joined the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). Being a part of NACURH gives students a chance to participate in and have their own Residence Hall Association (RHA), where they can voice their views on policies and life in the residence halls and even plan large events on campus. Notre Dame’s RHA is committed to upholding the core values of the University and is an organization that truly promotes the needs or desires of the student body while developing fearless and faithful leaders.

Despite being a relatively new group, each meeting averages about 20 to 25 attendees and is always welcoming new faces. One of the goals for the group this year is to revitalize the lounge areas of Meletia and Doyle Halls. Students are planning on painting, purchasing new furniture, and looking into new artwork for the lounge areas. Wanting to stay true to the classic Meletia Hall look, RHA would like to start the tradition of displaying student and alum artwork and photographs on the walls. However, in order to update the student artwork, RHA is seeking the help of Notre Dame’s wonderful alums to donate artwork they may have created or photographs from when they attended the University to be admired by our community for years to come.

Do you have any memorable photos or paintings that you treasure from your days at Notre Dame? Contact our RHA at residencelife@ndm.edu for more information or to share with us!

In memoriam

Elizabeth Nalley McDonald '49
Ann Bamberger Moessbauer '49
Virginia Ray '69
Julia Arnold Rosenwald '53
Anita Applegarth Young '48

In the news

Maryland Daily Record: Md. colleges ratchet up study-abroad efforts with Mexico, story about the delegation of university students from Mexico studying for the month of November at NDMU's English Language Institute.

Essence Magazine: Dealing with Diabetes: It's all in the Details. Valerie Hogue, Pharm. D., associate dean at Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy, is quoted in this article on diabetes prevention.

WAMU's Kojo Njamdi Show: Addressing Sexual Assaults on Campus. Megan Farrell, NDMU Title IX consultant, is part of a panel.

WMAR/ABC2News: Orioles Nun Prays for Baltimore Win. Our very own Baseball Nun, Paulette Doyas, SSND, is profiled for her unwavering support of the Orioles.

WBAL-TV: Sister Known as "Baseball Nun" Talks Orioles Fandom. Sister Paulette Doyas SSND had faith in the O's until the end!

Baltimore Sun Magazine: 50 Women to Watch. The issue includes two Notre Dame alumnae on the cover: PJ Mitchell '69, the immediate past chair of the Notre Dame of Maryland University Board of Trustees, and Sheri Booker '04, author and winner this year of an NAACP Image Award. And included on the list is Leslie Simmons '94, M'97, CEO of Carroll Hospital Center.