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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Featured Stories

Dedication of the University Academic Building
Highlights from Reunion 2013
2013 Alumnae and Alumni Award Winners 

Events

Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition
Path to Excellence
New York City Bus Trip
An Evening with Erika Robuck
Basketball Alumnae Event
Eastern Shore Luncheon
Mercy Ridge Luncheon 

Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
Volunteer for the 2014 Reunion Committee
Use the Notre Dame Network to Find Your Next Career Opportunity
Donate Gently Used Books to the President’s Residence
Alum Benefits: Liberty Mutual

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

Montrose Society: Kathi Shamer ’82, M’07
First Impressions Committe
Networking Committee
Be Fearless … Be Faithful … Support The Notre Dame Fund

University news

Fall Open House, October 12
Liszt-Garrison Piano Festival and International Piano Competition, October 23–26
SSNDs Celebrate 180th Anniversary, October 24
A Conversation with Sam Bennett of She Should Run, October 29
Campus Common Read Event, November 6
Dedication of the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program
New Members Join the Board of Trustees
The Hearst Foundations Awards NDMU School of Nursing a $100,000 Capital Grant
Renaissance Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary

In memoriam

In the news


Featured Stories

Dedication of the University Academic BuildingUAB
Notre Dame is proud to host the dedication and blessing of the new University Academic Building on Friday, October 18, at 3 p.m., with a reception and open house afterward. The stunning new 36,000-square-foot building is the home of the School of Nursing and Technology Resource Center and is available for use by the entire campus community. It features the Center for Caring with Technology, with simulation labs for labor and delivery, observation rooms and pediatrics and patient rooms; state-of-the-art instructional facilities; a lobby, gallery and other unique spaces to foster interaction and teamwork; and clinical laboratory space. Click here for more information on the University Academic Building.

Alums and friends are welcome to attend the ceremony, reception and open house, but registration is required. We look forward to seeing you there!

University Academic Building Dedication
Friday, October 18
3 p.m.
Reception and open house immediately following

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Highlights of Reunion 2013Crab Feast
Reunion 2013 was a great success! The weekend brought hundreds of Notre Dame graduates and their families and friends back to campus. The fun was captured on film, and you can view and purchase copies of the photos online: Go to enjoyphotos.com and enter the username NDM Reunion and the password 18503.

Graduates relived their student days with Classes without Quizzes, heard the latest news about Notre Dame’s campus improvements and educational offerings, and shared a drink with faculty members and classmates at the happy hour in the stunning new University Academic Building. Friday night’s Maryland Crab Feast took place under twinkling lights on Doyle Lawn. To the sounds of a steel drum band, alums, friends, faculty and staff picked the crabs clean and ate their fill of fried chicken, salads, and more.

On Saturday, celebrating alums gathered in the festively decorated MBK Gym for the much-anticipated Reunion Luncheon, at which circle-winning classes were announced, alumnae award winners were recognized and plenty of catching up took place.

This year’s circle sign winners are:
Class of 1963: Gibbons Circle, for highest class giving amount
Class of 1963: Doyle Circle, for highest number of Reunion registrations
Class of 1953: LeClerc Circle, for highest participation rate in class giving

Despite the rain on Saturday afternoon, the Alumnae vs. Students soccer game brought former student-athletes back to the field, where they played a friendly pickup game with current Notre Dame students, including some English Language Institute students who were eager to play “futbol”! Celebrants gathered for dinner and dancing in MBK Gym that evening, and the weekend wrapped up on Sunday with the annual SSND Breakfast, Remembrance Mass – this year featuring a Montrose Society pinning ceremony — and a Farewell Jazz Brunch, featuring live music by the Montebello Jazz Group.

The Class of 1963 had a wonderful time reuniting at their fiftieth Reunion. After their Friday lunch, each member of the class stood and shared her life story over the last fifty years, relating professional and personal triumphs and challenges. On Saturday, each member of the class received her 50-year pin from Dr. Joan Coley. The class gathered again for their special class dinner on Saturday night, held in Noyes Alumnae House.

If you attended Reunion, let us know what you thought! Return the survey inside your Reunion Newsletter, or share your thoughts with us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu. We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

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2013 Alumnae and Alumni Award Winners
In keeping with tradition, the winners of the annual alumnae and alumni awards were recognized at the Reunion Luncheon — and in a new twist, this year, we also recognized the new inductee to the Athletics Hall of Fame. These prestigious honors recognize outstanding Notre Dame graduates who have made great accomplishments in and contributions to their field, community and Notre Dame.

This year’s winners are as follows:

2013 Elizabeth P. Hoisington ’40 Distinguished Alumna: Margaret Haskell Farnham ’92peggy farnham
Peggy Farnham ’92 has had a successful twenty-plus-year career in the finance industry, proving to be a leader in helping nonprofit agencies, educational and health care institutions and governmental entities to meet their financial goals and better serve their communities. As senior vice president at Wells Fargo Bank in Atlanta, Georgia, she serves as a loan supervisor for Government and Institutional Banking. Peggy’s volunteer work has included serving as a trustee of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, as a chairperson of Bank of America Metro Atlanta’s United Way Employee Campaign in 2004 and 2005 and as chairperson of Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina. Peggy received her award at Honors Convocation, held the weekend after Reunion.

2013 Service to Society Award: Margaret O’Connor Markovic ’82
Since 1984, Peggy Markovic ’82 has worked as a training professional at T. Rowe Price. She was instrumental in establishing the Stacey Davis Breast Cancer Fund, which provides financial assistance to breast cancer patients in Carroll County. A survivor herself, Peggy also supports Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure, among others. Peggy regularly represents her class as a member of Notre Dame’s Reunion Committee and also helps raise funds for the university. She lives with her husband and two sons in Westminster.

Luncheon Awards

2013 Regina Russo Hammel ’41 Outstanding Recent Graduate: Lorna Kaye Hanley M’06  Lorna Kaye Hanley ’06 is the founder of the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, the first all-girls public charter school for middle schoolers in Baltimore City. She designed a curriculum that focuses on college preparedness and emphasizes science, technology and math — fields in which women are historically underrepresented — as well as leadership, community engagement and responsible decision-making skills. The school opened in 2009 with Lorna as principal and now serves more than 340 students in sixth through ninth grades, with plans to eventually expand to twelfth grade. This summer, Lorna took a new position as principal of Montebello Elementary/Middle School.

2013 Inductee to the Athletics Hall of Fame: Kristine Scelfo Henry ’97
Kristine Henry was a four-year member of the Notre Dame soccer team and is in the record books for career goal and assists. She was named an All-American her senior year. After graduating, she earned her master’s degree in nutrition education from Immaculata University. For the past 12 years, she has worked at Union Hospital in Elkton, Maryland.

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Events

Power Hour Plus
In this dynamic job market, it’s important to stand out. To help Notre Dame graduates achieve career success, the Networking Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association has created the Power Hour Plus series — 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. Click here for more information.

power hour plus

Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition – October 12
Are you looking for guidance on how to move your career to the next level, return to the workforce after some time away or retool for a new field? Join us for Make Your Move, a workshop on career transition.

Keynote speaker: Nicholas Lore, career coach and author of The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success and Now What? A Young Person’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Career. A noted career coach and founder of the Rockport Institute, Mr. Lore has been personally commended for excellence by two U.S. presidents and will be available for book signing after he concludes his remarks.

Panel discussion, moderated by Edie Donohue Ph.D. ’60, co-author of Life after Layoff, and featuring:

Guided session with career personality assessment tool Compass
Bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone, and you will be guided through the use of Compass, an exciting new assessment tool that offers a fun, visual approach to revealing your unique career personality type.

Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition
Saturday, October 12
2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge
$20. $15 for current NDMU students. Free for members of NDMU's Montrose and Meletia societies and Women’s College students in the First Impressions program.
Click here for more information and to register.

Please visit our website for more information about the Montrose and Meletia societies. 

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Path to Excellence
Every year, professional women of a variety of backgrounds and fields attend The Daily Record’s Path to Excellence event to network, share best practices and create mentoring relationships. This year’s panel includes some familiar Notre Dame names: Mia Redrick ’92, CEO of Finding Definitions; Heidi Lippmeier Fletcher, Vice President for Enrollment Management at Notre Dame, and President Joan Coley, who will moderate the panel.

Notre Dame alums are invited to participate in this exclusive event, offering the opportunity to network with many of Maryland's Top 100 Women.

Path to Excellence — Career Transitions: Stories and Advice from Successful Women who Took the Leap
Wednesday, October 23
5 – 6 p.m. Cocktail reception, Knott Lobby
6 – 7:30 p.m. Panel discussion, Knott Auditorium
$25 (plus tax); mentee/student ticket price is $15
Register at 443-524-8100 or Clare.Sheehan@TheDailyRecord.com.

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Power Hour Plus: NYC Bus Trip
New York, New York! Join Notre Dame graduates, guests and the Networking Committee for a day trip to the Big Apple. We’ll travel on a comfortable coach bus, and each alum can bring up two guests, 16 years of age or older. Attendees can spend the day as they choose; in the evening, all are invited to gather with New York-based Notre Dame alums for a reception at Stitch Bar and Lounge at 257 West 37th St. with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Space is limited—register early!

NYC Bus New York City Bus Trip with Notre Dame Alums and Friends
Saturday, November 2
7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
$60 per person (includes a $5 donation to The Notre Dame Fund)
Click here for more information and to register.

Our New York City alums who would like to join us for the cocktail reception at Stitch can register here.

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CE Fall Event: An Evening with Erika Robuckrobuck
Join us for 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, to be published in 2014. She will discuss her work, answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books, which will be for sale. The evening is hosted by the Continuing Education Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association, which hosts cultural events on campus that are open to the Notre Dame community and the public. A portion of the proceeds goes to the CE Chapter Scholarship Fund.

Wednesday, November 20
5:30 to 8 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge
Reception and dinner: $30. Cash bar available.
Click here for more information and to register.

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Basketball Alumnae Event
Notre Dame’s basketball program invites basketball alumnae to join us for this season’s home opener against Christendom College. At halftime, the 1998–99 team will be presented as a celebration of the 15th anniversary of the fourth straight AWCC Championship. After the game, alums and their families are invited to a dinner on campus, where the current team can meet the players who came before them.

November 23
2 p.m.
For more information, contact Head Coach Allen Dehority at 410-532-5378 or adehority@ndm.edu or Toyah Houck Nastanovich ’94 at 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. More details to follow. 

For more information, please contact the office of alumnae and alumni relations at 510-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

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Mercy Ridge Luncheon
On December 12, the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is hosting a luncheon with President Coley for Notre Dame alums and friends who reside at Mercy Ridge retirement community. Invitations will go out later this fall. To make sure you or a family member or friend is on our list of alums at Mercy Ridge, please contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Thursday, December 12
Noon
Mercy Ridge – Dulaney Dining Room

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Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
The Daily Record has named Melissa O. Martinez ’04 one of Maryland's Leading Women for 2013. Melissa is an attorney with the Baltimore office of McGuireWoods. Before entering private practice, Melissa was a judicial intern and law clerk to the Honorable Andre M. Davis in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She was also a Fulbright Fellow (2004–2005) in the Philippines researching the effects of patents on Filipino pharmaceuticals and healthcare.

English faculty member Shelley Puhak ’97, who holds the Eichner Endowed Chair in English, was the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize. As the winner, Shelley will give a reading of her work at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Monday, November 18; U.S Poet Laureate and Pultizer Prize winner Charles Simic will also read. Tickets are $15. Click here for more information.

Shelley will also read from her work at Minás Gallery and Boutique in Hampden on Saturday, October 19, at 2 p.m. She’ll be joined by fellow poets Ned Balbo and Joseph Harrison. For more information, contact Joseph at jhharrison3@aol.com. Sheri Booker ’04 will also appear at Minás Gallery on October 19—at 5 p.m., as part of the 510 Reading Series, she and three other authors will read from their work. In addition to two books of poetry, Sheri is the author of a recently published memoir, Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home, which has been described as Six Feet Under meets The Wire. Both events are free. Minas Gallery and Boutique is located on The Avenue in Hampden, 815 W. 36th St. For more information, call 410-732-4258 or click here.

Cathy Krastel Goucher ’94 is an art therapist and staff member at Make Studio, which provides visual art programming and opportunities to adults with disabilities. Artwork by the studio’s participating artists was exhibited in Take A Look: Yours Mine Ours at Loyola University’s Julio Fine Arts Gallery through October 7. Click here for more details on Make Studio.

Pat Glenn ’78 and Ottilie Valverde ’63 were happy to reunite at Reunion 2013—although it wasn’t the first time they’d seen each other. Both residents of California, the two alums met in the 1980s when Pat was organizing Notre Dame events on the West Coast. Twenty years later, Pat and her son—at the time an eighth grader—were touring Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco and discovered that Ottilie taught math at the school. Pat’s son Ryan ended up attending Archbishop Riordan, and Ottilie became his math teacher. What a small world! pat and ottilie
class of 68 in paris Four members of the class of 1968 happened to be traveling in Europe at the same time, and they met up in Paris in early October. From left to right: Sallie MullenMary StayneBarbara Tomokit Anderson and Ann Callanan Kneavel. Bon voyage!

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Volunteer for the 2014 Reunion Committee
Plans are already under way for Reunion 2014! If you’d like to help plan next year's Reunion, let us know! We’re looking for alums of classes ending in 4s and 9s from all programs. You’ll help plan Reunion weekend and serve as an ambassador to your classmates, encouraging them to attend Reunion and contribute to your class gift. For more information or to volunteer, contact Marianne Amoss at 410-532-5542 or mamoss2@ndm.edu.

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Stay ConnectedFacebook and LinkedIn
Use the Notre Dame Network to Find Your Next Career Opportunity
Are you hunting for a new job, making a career change or seeking to expand your professional network? Join the Notre Dame alumni group on LinkedIn to connect with fellow NDMU 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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Donate Gently Used Books to the President’s Residence
Barbara Ipsaro ’78 will be collecting gently-used, hardcover books to fill the library shelves at the President’s Residence. She will be accepting book donations on the first floor of Noyes House. We welcome donations of art, architecture, classics and bestsellers. The times/dates she will collect are:

  • October 31, 10 a.m. to noon
  • November 1, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 7, 10 a.m. to noon
  • November 8, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please call 410-532-5177 or moglesby@ndm.edu.

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Alum Benefits: Liberty MutualLiberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual was a proud sponsor of the Maryland Crab Feast at Reunion 2013!

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we've teamed up with Notre Dame of Maryland University to offer alums special savings on your auto and home insurance. Take advantage of this multi-policy discount, and you could save. Click here for more information or a free quote, call 800-524-9400 or contact your local office in Towson at 100 West Road, Suite 407, or 410-821-0400. Please mention client #110211.

(Note: Discounts and savings are available where state laws and regulations allow, and may vary by state. Certain discounts apply to specific coverages only. To the extent permitted by law, applicants are individually underwritten; not all applicants may qualify. Please consult a Liberty Mutual sales representative for additional information.)

Click here for more information on other alum-only benefits and discounts.

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Giving back/volunteer opportunities

Montrose Society: Katherine Shamer ’82, M’07Joan Coley, Kathi Shamer, Sister Kathleen Marie Engers
“As a transfer student, Notre Dame was a logical fit. I wanted to continue my education at a women’s college, where I would not get lost in the shuffle and would be valued as a woman. Notre Dame’s holistic atmosphere, welcoming environment and academic standards met all the criteria on my wish list. Immediately, I felt like I belonged and intuitively knew that Notre Dame was the best choice for me.

“The academic standard was challenging and encouraged me to reach for excellence. My journey has confirmed the value of a liberal arts education. Interestingly, courses in Philosophy and Art provided an understanding of the sciences, insight into culture and promoted abstract thinking. These courses provided a good foundation for critical and creative thinking in the workplace. It always amazes me how I am able to retrieve and use information I learned at Notre Dame.

“Equally important was Notre Dame’s strong Catholic identity that emphasized human dignity, spirituality and the worth of each human life. These fundamental values encouraged me to stretch to my full potential and recognize the significance of opposing opinions. The faculty created a supportive and encouraging environment that built my confidence and taught the power of persistence, which enabled me to manage challenges and uncover meaningful solutions. To this day I am blessed to be a graduate of Notre Dame and experience the countless opportunities the Alumnae and Alumni Association provides.

“For me, becoming a member of the Montrose Society was an obvious decision. This is my opportunity to give back to an institution that has given me so much, both as a student and an alumna. Hopefully, my legacy will help preserve the Notre Dame experience for another generation. By being a Montrose Society member, I am blessed to pass it forward!”

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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’s program kicks off on October 17 with a personal brand-building workshop led by WBAL sports broadcaster Gerry Sandusky, “The Voice of the Ravens.” Other events include the professional dress fashion show at Macy’s on November 25, a resume writing workshop on February 11, an interview prep workshop on February 24 and the annual Etiquette Dinner on March 25.

The next committee meeting is January 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Noyes Alumnae House. For more information or to RSVP, contact us 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 kicks off its second year on October 12 with Make Your Move: Navigating Career Transition. Additional events planned for this year include the New York Bus Trip on November 2, 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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Host an International Student for DinnerInternational students
Do you have an interest in world cultures? Would you and your family like to meet a student from a different country? Consider hosting an international Notre Dame student at your home for dinner this fall. Students come to Notre Dame from such far-flung locales as Germany, Brazil, China, Spain and Saudi Arabia. For these students, the 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 will kick off in November; 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.

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Be Fearless … Be Faithful … Support The Notre Dame Fund
The Notre Dame Fund sustains the people and programs that keep Notre Dame of Maryland University fearless. That’s how it’s been from the beginning, since the School Sisters of Notre Dame fearlessly founded this institution in 1895 as the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree. The SSNDs had a bold vision, and that fearlessness persists to this day.

The Notre Dame Fund is vital to our ability to remain fearless by addressing the many needs that tuition alone cannot—financial aid, technology upgrades, support of student programs and more. Your gift to The Notre Dame Fund will help current and future Notre Dame students become fearless and faithful leaders who will transform the world. Be fearless with us by supporting The Notre Dame Fund today!

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University News

Fall Open House This Saturday
Do you know a young woman who might be the perfect addition to the Notre Dame family? Invite her and her family to this Saturday’s Open House! A personal invitation to explore Notre Dame is a great way to show your confidence and commitment to Notre Dame. The Open House is open to all prospective students and their families. They can meet the Notre Dame admissions team, get great tips on the admissions process, tour Notre Dame's campus with a student ambassador and attend special information sessions. For more information, contact Admissions at 410-532-5330 or admiss@ndm.edu.

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Liszt-Garrison Piano Festival and International Piano Competition, October 23–26
Later this month, Notre Dame’s LeClerc Auditorium will play host to the 2013 Liszt-Garrison Festival and International Piano Competition, one of only two such international events that take place in the state of Maryland. The festival is scheduled for October 23–26, with the final competition stage of the Artist category taking place at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ernest Ragogini, professor of music, will moderate a roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. Friday on The Art of Collaboration: From Solo to Orchestra. Dr. Ragogini also served as co-chair of the panel of judges that evaluated the preliminary CD auditions.

Since its inception in 2005, this biennial event has attracted young hopefuls, seasoned artists, lecturers, and writers from more than two dozen countries and from institutions of higher learning numbering more than 50 as well as from private studios. These young people are either on the verge of a musical career or have already launched a respectable move in that direction.

For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit www.lisztgarrisoncompetition.org.

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SSNDs Celebrate their 180th Anniversary
On October 24, the School Sisters of Notre Dame on campus, across the country and around the world will gather to celebrate the 180th anniversary of their founding by Mother Mary Theresa Gerhardinger, in Munich, Germany. Notre Dame will join the international celebration by having a special Mass in Marikle Chapel of the Annunciation at 12:15pm. School Sisters will renew their religious commitment as vowed members of the SSND Congregation. All are welcome to celebrate this milestone with the SSNDs!

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A Conversation with Sam Bennett of She Should Run
On October 29, Notre Dame and the United Way of Central Maryland’s Women’s Leadership Council host a conversation with Sam Bennett, president and CEO of She Should Run Foundation, about the barriers for talented women who aspire to leadership in politics, business and the community—and what our society can do to clear the way.

Tuesday, October 29
7:15 p.m. to 8:30
Knott Auditorium

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Campus Common Read
Join the Notre Dame community for this year’s common read, In the Time of the Butterflies. In this historical novel, author Julia Alvarez, a native of the Dominican Republic, chronicles the courage, faith and martyrdom of the Mirabal sisters, las mariposas (the butterflies) and their sole surviving sister during the brutal Trujillo dictatorship. From Publisher’s Weekly: “Alvarez has fictionalized their story in a narrative that starts slowly but builds to a gripping intensity. As the sisters' energetic fervor turns to anguish, Alvarez conveys their courage and their desperation, and the full import of their tragedy.” Ms. Alvarez will visit campus on Wednesday, November 6, to discuss her work with the community. The event is free, but registration is required.

Wednesday, November 6
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium
Click here to register.

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Dedication of the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program

otenasek ribbon cutting

On Saturday, September 28, the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program was dedicated. The ceremony included a tribute to the house’s namesake, Dr. Mildred B. Otenasek ’36, who passed away in 2012. Sr. Kathleen Marie Engers ’47 gave a blessing, and remarks were given by President Joan Coley, Millie’s niece Peggy Otenasek, and Dr. Charles Ritter, professor emeritus and the former director of the Morrissy Honors Program. Former and current Morrissy scholars, faculty, staff and special guests attended, packing the house for this very special event.

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New Members Join the Board of Trustees
We welcome three new members of Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees:

  • Joan B. Davidson W’93 is Group President of The Sheridan Group, responsible for providing strategic leadership for Business Development, Marketing and Technology for all of the Sheridan Group companies: The Sheridan Press, Dartmouth Printing Company, Dartmouth Journal Services, Sheridan Books and The Dingley Press. In 2013 Ms. Davidson was named as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland. Ms. Davidson serves as Master of Ceremonies for the Busta Lecture Series at Notre Dame. She will serve on the Finance Committee.
  • M. Marc Munafo is president and owner of Timonium-based CAM Construction. He was adopted as a child by the Munafo family through Catholic Charities, and he has promoted the organization professionally and personally. He and his wife, Vicky, have co-chaired the annual Christmas concert that benefits Catholic Charities’ Child and Family Services. And his firm was the builder for the Our Daily Bread Employment Center, located across from the Baltimore City Detention Center, which was completed in 2007. The Catholic Review profiled Mr. Munafo in 2009. He will serve on the Plant Committee.
  • Deborah Phelps, an educator with more than three decades of teaching and administrator experience, is the Director of the Education Foundation of the Baltimore County Public Schools, Inc., which provides funds for innovative programs and resources for students and teachers. Ms. Phelps began her career in education as a teacher at Havre de Grace Middle School in 1974 and has worked as a teacher, team leader, department chair and administrator. Ms. Phelps is also affectionately known as a “swim mom” to three accomplished swimmers, including legendary Olympian Michael Phelps. Ms. Phelps will serve on the Enrollment Management Committee.

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The Hearst Foundations Awards NDMU School of Nursing a $100,000 Capital Grant
Notre Dame has been awarded a $100,000 capital grant from the Hearst Foundations for the School of Nursing’s Center for Caring with Technology, a state-of-the-art clinical education facility featuring three sophisticated simulation labs. The Center, which opened at the beginning of the academic year, is located in the new 36,500-square-foot University Academic Building. The Center includes two health assessment labs, two adult medical-surgical labs, an obstetrical/newborn/pediatric lab with a home health component, and two patient examination rooms.

With a scarcity of local clinical sites for nursing students to obtain clinical experience, the Center will feature three state-of-the-art simulation labs with computer-powered human simulator mannequins that will provide a realistic and risk-free environment for students to practice nursing skills and develop clinical reasoning. The Center also will fill an essential role in meeting the urgent demand for more nursing educators by supporting graduate courses in the Leadership in Nursing Education program.

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Renaissance Institute Celebrates 25th Anniversary
Established in 1989 by Sister Kathleen Feely, president of Notre Dame from 1971 to 1992, "for retired women and men to learn together," the Renaissance Institute celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was the focus of a recent Baltimore Sun article. The Institute offers two 13-week semesters of noncredit courses led by the members and guest instructors. Renaissance members enjoy a variety of seminars, lectures, reading and writing groups, and art and exercise studios on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and two extended series of events, the “Wintertime Program” and “Summer in the City.”

Notre Dame alumnae and alumni are warmly invited to apply. For further information about the application process for membership and enrollment in the Spring Semester, email renaissance@ndm.edu or call 410-532-5351.

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In memoriam 

Jo Ann McFeaters Brukiewa M'01

Anne Biesecker Gallagher '42

Dorothea Lauttman, SSND '61

Michael Malin M'08

Eileen McFadden, SSND '55

Shirley McGaha Morgan '77

Bernadette Rome '44

Virginia Fusting Toohey '38

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In the news

The Baltimore Sun published a special education supplement article on Notre Dame’s Leadership and Management program. 

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