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Tower Talk September/October 2014

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Reunion 2014
Reunion 2014 was a great success! More than 500 people registered for the weekend’s events, breaking attendance records of the last several years. The Class of 1964 celebrated their 50th Reunion, receiving their engraved 50-year pins from President Yam at a special breakfast on Saturday morning. Celebrants gathered under the tent on Doyle Lawn for the biggest events: the always-popular Crab Feast, the Reunion Luncheon on Saturday—a lively affair, with former board chair PJ Mitchell ’69 serving as emcee—and dessert and dancing on Saturday evening. The weekend wrapped up on Sunday with the SSND Breakfast, followed by Mass and the Montrose Pinning Ceremony and the Farewell Jazz Brunch.

The special Alumnae and Alumni Awards were given out at Saturday’s luncheon:



andrea and dr yam
betty and dr yam
 mary kay and dr yam

Also announced at the Luncheon were the Reunion giving totals. A traffic circle on campus will be named after the winning class in each category for the next year.

  • With a Class Gift total of $100,694, Gibbons Circle will be renamed the Class of 1969 Circle.
1969 circle
  • With a gift participation rate of 53%, LeClerc Circle will be known as Class of 1959 Circle.
1959 circle
  • With the largest number of Reunion attendees, Doyle Circle will be known as the Class of 1964 Circle!
1964 circle

To view and purchase photos from the weekend, visit enjoyphotos.com and enter the username NDM Reunion and the password 18503.

A big thank you to this year’s Reunion Committee, and especially our committee chair, Natalie Mistichelli Ramirez ’94! We look forward to seeing everyone again soon.

Reunion 2015 will be held September 18–20, 2015 for classes ending in 0 and 5. To volunteer for the Reunion Committee, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Past Event: An Evening with Gerry Sandusky

gerry sandusky book signing About 80 people attended An Evening with Gerry Sandusky on October 1. As always, Gerry—a WBAL sportscaster known as the Voice of the Ravens—was an inspirational and dynamic speaker. He shared insights about the writing process and the stories behind his book Forgotten Sundays: A Son’s Story of Life, Loss, and Love from the Sidelines of the NFL, about the struggles of his father, a former NFL lineman and coach of the Baltimore Colts, with Alzheimer’s disease—as well as Gerry’s battle to protect his reputation in the wake of the Penn State abuse scandal that involved a coach with a similar name. After his talk, Gerry signed books that were for sale by NDMU’s bookstore—which were so popular that they sold out! Donations to the Joe Sandusky Foundation can be made via the Baltimore Community Foundation, 2 East Read St., 9th floor, Baltimore, MD. 21202.


Sister Kathleen Feeley - 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 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.


Mingle, Mingle
Do you want to take your professional development to the next level? Would you like to learn techniques for successfully making connections at social gatherings, professional events and holiday parties?

Plan to join us for Mingle, Mingle—an event in the 2014–2015 Power Hour Plus series. The focus will be on appropriate conversation topics for social gatherings and tips for overcoming “mingle-phobia.” Led by Carol Haislip from the International School of Protocol, you’ll learn how to:

  • successfully enter a room, join groups and initiate conversations
  • make a great first impression through a proper handshake, eye contact, introductions and appropriate nonverbal communication
  • be interested—and interesting!—in conversation
  • master the art of a graceful escape

Wednesday, October 15
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

$20 per person; includes wine and hors d’oeuvres served during this unique educational reception

Register for Mingle, Mingle here!

An Evening with Author Sheri Booker ’04
nine years underJoin us for a special evening with Sheri Booker ’04, author of Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner City Funeral Home. Sheri has been featured in the New York Times and Essence magazine and on NPR. She won a 2014 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work from a Debut Author for her memoir.

Sheri didn’t know her summer job at a funeral home in West Baltimore would become nine years of immersion in a hidden world. Her memoir reveals an urban funeral culture where photo-screened memorial T-shirts often replace suits and ties and the dead are sent off with a joint or a fifth of cognac. Nine Years Under offer readers an unbelievable glimpse into an industry in the backdrop of all our lives.

The evening is hosted by the CE Chapter of the Alumnae and Alumni Association. A portion of the proceeds will go to support the CE Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, October 30
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

5:30 p.m. Reception and dinner: $35. SSND’s - $20; Cash bar available.
7 p.m. Lecture Only: free, but registration is required.

Register for Sheri Booker here!

NYC Bus Trip
nyc bus tripFor the second 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 November 1!

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 at Houndstooth Pub at 520 8th Avenue at 37th St 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, November 1
7 a.m. Depart from Notre Dame
11 p.m. Approximate return to Notre Dame
$65 per person

Register for the NYC Bus Trip here!

Seats are limited and we are almost at capacity. If you miss this year’s opportunity, please check back with us next year!

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

Caregivers Forum
Save the date! On Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 2;30 to 4:30 p.m., Notre Dame will host a Caregivers Forum and resource fair. Details will be provided in the next issue of Tower Talk.

Alumnae and Alumni news

Class Notes
We’re delighted to announce that four Notre Dame women will receive prestigious awards from the Maryland Daily Record this fall!

     The Honorable Katy O'Ferrall Friedman ’62—who, at Honors Convocation, received Notre Dame's Pro Urbe award, for her advocacy on behalf of women, children, and the underserved in Baltimore City—has been named one of the winners of the 2014 Leadership in Law award. This honor recognizes legal professionals who have demonstrated remarkable commitment to their field and their community.
     Kate Christensen Mills ’99, Elizabeth Brescia M’12, and Director of Campus Ministry and Service Melissa Lees are among the winners of the 2014 Leading Women award. The honor recognizes women 40 and younger who have made notable achievements in their careers and have displayed a strong commitment to community service.

Priscila Moscoso-Meiller ’12 is working as the Trade Officer for the Commercial Office of Ecuador in Mumbai, India. She was recently interviewed in WhereAbouts magazine about Ecuador as a travel destination for Indians.

Leah Ferguson M’03 will publish her debut novel, All the Difference, by Penguin/Berkley next September. Read more about her at leahfergusonauthor.com.

Are you Registered with MyNDM?
myndmStay connected with your fellow Notre Dame alums—all 20,000 of them, in all 50 states and 32 countries worldwide! MyNDM can help you keep in touch with classmates, faculty and the many resources available to you at NDMU. MyNDM is an exclusive, online community available only to members of the Notre Dame community. Register today at MyNDM.ndm.edu, and you will be able to:

  1. Get in touch with friends and classmates via the online directory
  2. Update your contact information—and select the information you want shared with Notre Dame alums and friends.
  3. Share your accomplishments, family updates and other news in Class Notes—and search for Class Notes from your friends and classmates
  4. View your giving history and make additional gifts to Notre Dame
  5. Register for Notre Dame events

Please contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations if you have any questions at ndmalum@ndm.edu

Note: It takes 1-2 business days to process and validate new users, if you register please allow 1-2 business days before attempting to log in.

Benefits for Alums
Making holiday travel plans? As a graduate of Notre Dame, you’re eligible for travel insurance through Meyer and Associates. Trip protection insurance and travel medical coverage is available for both domestic and international travel. Click here for more information about benefits!

Giving back/volunteer opportunities

First Impressions Committee
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 Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is actively seeking volunteers to review student resumes, conduct practice interviews and serve on the committee during the next academic year. To volunteer or for more information, contact Alumnae and Alumni Relations at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Networking Committee
The Networking Initiative Committee of the Alumnae and Alumni Association is preparing for another successful year of networking, professional development and social events for Notre Dame alums and friends. 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.

Be sure to mark your calendars for the first event in the 2014–2015 Power Hour Plus series: Mingle, Mingle, on October 15. For more details, see the article in this issue. Next meeting: October 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Noyes Alumnae House. Please RSVP to Emilia Poiter at epoiter@ndm.edu if you are able to attend.

Montrose Society
Members of the Montrose Society gathered on Sunday, September 21, for our annual Pinning Ceremony, a special event to recognize this society of legacy donors. Montrose Society members who attended the Remembrance Mass on September 21 are pictured here, including the 18 members who were pinned that day. For more information on how you can become a part of NDMU’s future by making a legacy gift, please call Eleanor Smith at 410-532-5556 or esmith7@ndm.edu.

montrose mass

Support The Notre Dame Fund Today
Each year, the Notre Dame Fund supports and sustains Notre Dame of Maryland University’s exceptional educational experience, ensuring that students will have every opportunity for success. Fueled entirely by contributions from alumnae and alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff, trustees, and friends, The Notre Dame Fund helps close the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Notre Dame education. Every gift directly benefits students on a daily basis by both providing and supporting scholarships, student programs, athletics, academic initiatives, campus ministry and facility upgrades. The Notre Dame Fund is vital to our ability to remain a fearless institution for today’s students and for generations to come.

Help Notre Dame of Maryland University to be the fearless institution that you so faithfully love by making a gift to The Notre Dame Fund today!

University news

Athletics Newsletter
Keep up with the Gators this year! The Athletics department publishes a weekly newsletter, featuring a games schedule, recaps of games, and profiles of NDMU student-athletes. To receive the newsletter, contact Allen Dehority at adehority@ndm.edu.

Music at Notre Dame
Join us this academic year for these musical performances! All concerts are free except where noted. Click here for more information on Music at Notre Dame.

FALL 2014

Date Musician and performance Time and location
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18 Ken and Brad Kolodner | Appalachian Folk Music 7 p.m., Marikle Chapel
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Joanna Kaczorowska, violin and Pablo Lavandera, piano 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 Music for the Christmas Season 2 p.m., Marikle Chapel


Date Musician and performance Time and location
SATURDAY, MARCH 21 Ernest Ragogini, piano 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium
SATURDAY, MARCH 28 Across the Seas: From Opera to Tango | A Fundraiser Concert 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Laura Strickling, soprano and Lisa Stepanova, piano 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium
SATURDAY, APRIL 18 Ernest Ragogini, piano | A Treasured Half-Century Relationship 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium
SATURDAY, APRIL 25 Commodores Jazz Ensemble 7 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium
SUNDAY, MAY 10 In Celebration of Spring 2 p.m., Marikle Chapel

Gormley Gallery Happenings
Gormley Gallery is pleased to present Fictions, an exhibition of paintings by artist Erin Raedeke, from October 20 through November 25. A reception with the artist is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. A gallery talk will be held on Tuesday, November 25, at noon.

Family & Friends Weekend 2014: Silent Auction Items Needed
Please consider donating items for the first annual silent auction during this year’s Family & Friends Weekend, October 25 to 26. We are seeking gift certificates, tickets for events or programs, filled baskets, NDMU gear and memorabilia, and experiences for our Notre Dame families to bid on during Saturday’s Annual Bull Roast. Funds from the weekend’s auction will be utilized to enhance Notre Dame student experience on campus.

If you are interested in making a donation, please contact Michelle Evans, Student Life Program Manager, at studentlife@ndm.edu, or complete the online donation form found HERE for each donated item. Donation forms will be accepted through Wednesday, October 22, with donated items collected from generous donors through Friday, October 24. Thank you in advance for your donations and contribution to the Notre Dame student experience!

SSND news

Soul Sister
What will be on your tombstone? 

Ghosts, goblins, tombstones—all facsimiles noticeable at this time of year, especially with Halloween approaching. It’s a hallowed eve—the evening before All Saints Day in the Christian tradition. Then follows All Souls Day. These feastdays conjure up thoughts of those who have gone before us into eternity. How was their passing marked on their tombstones?

Check out some epitaphs from tombstones of famous people: “Hey Ram” (translated “Oh, God!”)—Mahatma Gandhi. “Everybody loves somebody sometime.”—Dean Martin. “ She loved the poor.”—Catherine de Hueck Doherty. “Free at last. Free at last. Thank God Almighty I’m Free at Last.”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Did anyone ever find a tombstone for Jesus? Not really, since He is risen from the dead!

So what words will sum up your life on your tombstone? Saint or sinner, you may find some ideas from The Wisdom of Solomon in the Holy Bible. I prefer phrases from Chapters 7 and 8 of that book. One paraphrase that I will choose is: She made them friends of God.

If a wise old owl in a cemetery blinks at you on Halloween, do not be afraid, but rest secure in knowing that you are traveling through life acting justly, loving tenderly, and walking humbly with God. (Micah 6:8)

Your friend and Soul Sister,
Mary Roy Weiss, SSND

In memoriam

Ronald F. Hardiman, husband of Peggy McLoughlin Hardiman ’57

Sylvia Payne Harris '78

Mary Helena Murphy, SSND '58

Suzanne Parrish '64

Arlene Krupka Torreno '65

Deborah Alex Wetzel '78

In the news

The Catholic Review, Raising awareness: University president aids Archdiocesan response to domestic violence. NDMU President Marylou Yam and campus minister Melissa Lees are interviewed about domestic violence education efforts at Notre Dame, as well as our upcoming work with the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

The City Paper, Best Poet: Shelley Puhak. In the tradition of the City Paper, it uses some rough language, but we appreciate the recognition of our alumna and faculty member who is the Sister Maura Eichner Chair of the English Department.

The Baltimore Sun, STEM Programs: local schools help students propel interests into careers. Barbara Mento, associate professor of computer science, talks about Notre Dame’s Analytics in Knowledge Management program.

The Jeffersonian, Notre Dame's move-in day a time for new president to move ahead. An article featuring Notre Dame's Move-in Day, with an interview with President Marylou Yam, Ph.D.

Baltimore Style magazine, Cool for School. An article with fun facts about five new educational leaders in Baltimore, including our own Dr. Marylou Yam!

Baltimore Sun, A cheaper alternative for developing new teachers, a letter to the editor by Gary L. Thrift, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the School of Education.

The Catholic Review, Schools collaborate to improve Catholic Education, an article that features Sharon Slear, SSND, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, speaking about Operation TEACH (Teachers Enlisted to Advance Catholic Heritage), a two-year post-graduate service program in its 13th year. The article also features photos of two Operation TEACH graduates who now teach at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School: Jill Emerson, who teaches fourth grade, and Carolyn Summers, who teaches seventh and eighth grades.