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Reunion 2016 planning is underway!

The Reunion 2016 Committee held its first meeting on January 9 to begin planning for Reunion weekend – September 16-18.  Alums who graduated in years ending in 1’s and 6’s will be celebrating this cycle.  Keep a lookout for a short survey that will be emailed in a few weeks to all celebrants to solicit your ideas for Reunion 2016!

WOW - Baltimore 2016!

WOW-Baltimore 2016 is coming to the Notre Dame of Maryland University campus October 7-8, 2016! With NDMU as the Lead Partner, the WOW-Baltimore Partnership, a coalition of Baltimore's leading nonprofit, business, and community organizations, will create a world-class event that will feature prominent speakers, performers, and panelists of international acclaim, as well as local and new voices, mentoring and networking, a marketplace, free music and exhibitions, and happenings popping up across the festival. As a part of the two-day festival, WOW-Baltimore will host 500 high school girls from across the area to participate in the WOW School Day on Friday October 7, which will feature speakers, speed mentoring, interactive activities, and topics of importance to young women.

We are thrilled to be working with our WOW-Baltimore Nonprofit Partners: American Diabetes Association, Baltimore Leadership Schol for Young Women. the Baltimore Symphany Orchestra, Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, House of Ruth Maryland, Jhpiego, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Marian House, Maryland Legal Aid, Maryland New Directions, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the United Way Women's Leadership Council. Media Sponsors - The Baltimore Sun Media Group and Maryland Public Television - will provide coverage of the WOW-Baltimore as it takes place on the NDMU campus.

Updates on speakers, entertainers, and happenings can be found atwww.wow-baltimore.org and on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/wowbaltimore. Block your calendars on October 7-8, 2016 - WOW-Baltimore is coming to NDMU!

Events and Meetings

Young Alum Happy Hour

5 – 8 p.m.
Nobles Bar & Grill, 1024 S Charles St Baltimore, MD 21230

Due to the forecasted winter weather, the Young Alum Happy Hour will be postponed until a later date. For the latest details on this event, watch for emails from the Alumnae and Alumni Association as well as social media updates!


Fundamentals of Financial Investing Workshop

Saturday, February 6
2 - 4:30 p.m.
Doyle Formal Lounge

Does navigating the stock market seem daunting to you? NDMU professor Lawrence Beyer has graciously offered to conduct a Financial Investment Workshop, hosted by the NDMU Networking Committee. This workshop will offer insights into financial investing. Following Professor Beyer’s presentation, several NDMU alums and friends with  investment experience  will be on hand for  a Q&A:

Nancy McColgan '92, Senior VP and Managing Director, Hawthorn -PNC Family Wealth
Marcia Glover '88, Retired VP and Portfolio Manager, M&T Bank
Marianne D. Mattran, CFP ®, President, Foundry Wealth Advisors, LLC
Greg Paranzino,  Financial Advisor and Senior VP, Harbor Investment Advisory

 A reception and resource fair will round out the afternoon.  You won’t want to miss this special event, so please register here

Young Alum Committee Meeting
Monday, February 8
5:30 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House

Newly formed in 2015, the Young Alum Committee is open to any alum who has graduated within the last 15 years. If you're interested in networking with fellow alums and supporting Notre Dame, contact us at 410-532-3166 or lrohrs1@ndm.edu.  Meetings will be held the second Monday of every other month.

Snacks will be served.

Networking Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 11
5:30 p.m.
Noyes Alumnae House

The Networking committee is actively planning events for the spring. This group plans professional development and just-for-fun events for Notre Dame alums, including the Power Hour Plus networking series. 
Join us for the next committee meeting and share your ideas for the networking and professional development opportunities you would like to see offered. For more information or to RSVP, contact us at 410-532-5201 or ndmalum@ndm.edu

Young Alum Dinner with Students – “Life After Notre Dame”
Monday, March 7
4:45 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Doyle Dining Hall

The Young Alum Network Committee will be joining current students for dinner in Doyle Dining Hall to offer the opportunity to meet with recent alums. Students will be encouraged to ask questions about transitioning to life after college, navigating the job market, and any other concerns that they may have before entering “the real world”.

Do You Live In or Travel to Florida in February?

President Marylou Yam is visiting Florida this February and we would love to know if you’ll be there, too! Please let us know if you have a Florida address or if you plan on visiting during the winter months. We’d love to let you know when and where she’ll be visiting so that we have the opportunity to invite you to events we may be hosting. Contact Christina Brickwedde at 410-532-3198 or cbrickwedde@ndm.edu or Kelley Kilduff at kkilduff@ndm.edu or 410-532-3185.


Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes

Barbara Ives M’10 has been named Director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships at The College of

Southern Maryland.

Teresa Valais ’83, M’02 has been inducted into the VIP Woman of the Year Circle, through the

National Association of Professional Women, for her work as a Global Training Consultant.

Amanda Mummert M’13 has been appointed as the New Foundation Director for the Brigance Brigade




Notre Dame’s Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is expanding its social media presence! Be sure to follow us for the latest in NDMU news, events, networking opportunities, committee meetings, and Reunion updates!

 Instagram: #NDMUalums


 With two ways to follow us on Facebook, you will never miss a post! “Like” our page “Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Association” for updates on upcoming events, opportunities, and photos. Are you a member of the new Young Alum Network Committee? Be sure to “like” our “NDM Young Alum” page for information specific to our young alums.

 Are you looking for “pinspiration”? Follow NDMUAlums on Pinterest.

 Prefer to get your updates in a snap? Add NDMUALUMS to your Snapchat friends list to keep in touch with the latest happenings at NDMU.

 Follow NDMUAlums on Twitter for NDMU news, alum updates, and the latest info on upcoming events

  Are you on LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site? Be sure to include Notre Dame of Maryland in your educational background, and follow our page for job opportunities, networking opportunities, and updates on professional events at NDMU.


Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities


The New Year has begun and for many people, it represents refreshed personal commitments to making the world a better place. If this describes you, there is perhaps no better, more meaningful way to do this than to support Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Your financial support is critical in ensuring Notre Dame’s ability to offer an exceptional educational experience for current and future students. Additionally, your gift to The Notre Dame Fund is a vote of confidence that will increase NDMU’s ranking and ability to attract talented new students and faculty.

So start your New Year off right, and resolve to make a gift to Notre Dame today! http://www.ndm.edu/giving   


The Notre Dame Fund


Thank you to all of our loyal alumnae and alumni who supported Notre Dame last fiscal year with a gift to The Notre Dame Fund!

Your generous gifts to The Notre Dame Fund help meet the University’s many needs that tuition alone cannot—scholarships, academic initiatives, student programs, technology upgrades, and more. As we look towards another successful year, we need the support of our dedicated alumnae and alumni more than ever. We hope we can count on your gift again this year!

Donations can be made via our safe and secure online donation form, here. For more information on The Notre Dame Fund, contact Catherine McCabe at 410-532-3197 or cmccabe2@ndm.edu.


Montrose Society Reflections: Joanna Cox ’65


I am proud to be a graduate of the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

It has been exciting to see the school transition from a small independent women's college to a university with graduate and doctoral programs and to NGO representation at the United Nations.

I want to part of this continuing legacy. That is why I decided to remember Notre Dame of Maryland University in my will.


The OIP Seeks Volunteer Ambassadors for International Students


The Office of International Programs (OIP) is seeking area alumni to serve as ambassadors to our incoming international students in Spring 2016.  These students will be enrolled in our English Language Institute, Women’s College, and graduate programs.

Serving as an ambassador would be a wonderful opportunity to help an international student, who is far away from home and family, transition to life at NDMU. This would be a chance for you and your family members to learn about a new culture, share your own culture, expand your global perspective, and support NDMU's mission to build inclusive communities. Through this informal program, you and an international student could meet for coffee, attend a campus event, or explore Baltimore. There is no minimum time requirement.

Please contact Melissa Sokol, Assistant Director of Study Abroad & International Student Advisor by email (msokol@ndm.edu) or phone (410-532-5561) by Monday, January 25, 2016 if you would like to serve as an ambassador to an international student in Spring 2016.

We truly appreciate your help! 


University News

Become a teacher in less than a year!

Our 10-month fast track Master of Arts in Teaching program provides aspiring teachers (including recent college graduates and career changers), the opportunity for a yearlong, school-based internship while completing the requirements for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree that leads to Maryland certification.

Get started on a new career this summer at Notre Dame! Learn more online or contact the College of Graduate Studies atgradadm@ndm.edu or 410-532-5317.

Learn Spanish Language and Culture in Less Than Three Months!

Take an introductory Spanish Language and Culture class at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Spanish Language and Culture (Part 1) will be offered every Tuesday beginning February 16 and running through April 26. Registrants can choose afternoon sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. or evening sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Part 2 classes will be held on Mondays, February 15-May 2, from 4 to 6 p.m. The fee for all courses is $400 per person or $1,050 for three participants if registered by January 28, 2016. Discounts available for seniors, groups, and NDMU graduates. The NDMU campus is located at 4701 North Charles Street in Baltimore. For more information or an application, visit ndm.edu/slc or contact Sr. Linda Stilling, SSND at 410-532-5306 or lstilling@ndm.edu.


Hurricane Katrina Survivor Speaks: Psychological Trauma and Renewal Intertwined
Monday, February 8
7 – 9 p.m.
Knott Auditorium


Mr. Rodriguez-Rozic holds a master's degree in clinical psychology. He was a school improvement consultant in New Orleans during the time of Hurricane Katrina. He was evacuated, lost his home, and relocated to Virginia. He will speak about his personal experiences of loss and resilience through the lens of his training in psychology. This event is in support of the Campus Common Reading of Five Days at Memorial. Click here to register.


Microbiology Research Presentations – Preparing Students for Careers in Research


Junior and senior Women’s college students shined as they presented their research projects to faculty, staff, and students from throughout NDMU in December 2015. Dr. Jennifer Kerr, Assistant Professor in the Biology Department, tasks students in her upper level Microbiology class to create a semester-long independent group research project. Specifically, for the independent project, the group must: formulate a unique hypothesis, design an experiment, test their hypothesis, and write up their findings as part of a final poster presentation. Students are typically are asked to present their research projects to professors, staff, and students in their area (Biology, Chemistry); however, Dr. Kerr also challenged them to explain their science to people outside their field. In some cases, very far outside the Biology field (Art, Language, Religion, Criminology, Career Center). Dr. Kerr mentioned that ‘allowing students the chance to practice a universal science language is going to be crucial to them working in a truly interdisciplinary world that is developing.’

Faculty and Staff that volunteered their time to judge the competition:

Sister Theresa Lamy
Geoff Delanoy
Mischelle Van Brakle
Wakoh Hickey
Ammad Sheikh
Jocelyn McKeon
Angela Sherman
Pat Bell
Katelyn Gay
Hangkyo Lim
Ken Sossa
Paul Weldon

For pictures from this event, please click here.


Music at Notre Dame 


Ernest Ragogini, piano   Mozart, Villa, Beethoven, Chopin
Saturday, March 19
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Ernest Ragogini has performed to critical praise throughout the United States, Europe, Central and South America, and Canada including Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Teatro Olimpia in Rome, and the National Gallery, Corcoran Gallery, and Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. He has recorded for National Public Radio, WQXR in New York and WETA in Washington. He is the founder/director of Arts for Hearts' Sake, a series to which artists contribute their services. In 2007, Ragogini was the interview/cover subject of Clavier Magazine.


Ismar Gomes, cello & Wan-Chi Su, piano
April 9
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Ismar Gomes, an award-winning cellist, has established himself as a captivating young artist with a commanding voice and reputation for delivering exciting performances and innovative programming. Gomes' schedule includes solo and duo recitals, chamber music, and concertos. An avid proponent of new music, he has given more than 50 world premiere performances. Recent collaborations include members of the Pittsburgh and Baltimore symphonies. As a recording artist, he has collaborated with the Harlem Quartet and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, David Lang. Gomes performs on a Grand Freres cello made in Paris in 1852.


Maryland's Legacy in Word and Music, Carolyn-Black Sotir & Friends
Saturday, April 16
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium     

This evening, conceived, produced, and directed by Carolyn Black-Sotir, pays tribute to some of Maryland's finest performing artists, writers, and composers. Performers include Black-Sotir, pianist Timothy McReynolds, brass players Robert Suggs, Wayne Wells, original members of the famed Annapolis Brass Quintet, Elise Kohler, Ken Bell, Milton Aldana, and dancer-choreographer Shaela Davis. The program features works by distinguished composers Ray Sprenkle and Dominick Argento and Maryland Poet Laureate, Lucille Clifton.


Commodores   (United States Navy Jazz Ensemble)
Saturday, April 23
7 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

The Commodores, the United States Navy’s premier jazz ensemble, return to LeClerc Auditorium for the sixth consecutive season. Having established a wide-based Baltimore following, the Commodores is deemed a national treasure and has been so since it became a Navy Band unit in 1969. Appearances include high-level state functions, performances at the White House, collaborations with all-time jazz greats, and special appearances at major jazz festivals in the United States and abroad.


Concert Choir In Celebration of Spring   Dr. Jennifer Brimhall. Director
Sunday, May 8
2 p.m.
LeClerc Auditorium

Dr. Jennifer Brimhall, Director

Service at Notre Dame – Three Women’s College Students’ Experiences in Peru


Three undergraduate students, Cristina Barrios-Lopez '17, Merisa Hernandez '16, and Maggie Linz '16, went on a service abroad trip in Lima, Peru in the summer of 2015, living with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The students volunteered at several service sites such as Yancana Huasy, a school for youth with mental disabilities, ages 3 to 18. Merisa said, “After working with special needs children, I now give more respect to teachers that choose to work in special education because it takes a lot of patience.” They also served at a tutoring center for math and reading comprehension for elementary and middle school students; Oscar Romero Capilla for an activity program with elderly adults; a Saturday children’s activity program called Cristos Vencedores with soccer, volleyball, dancing, and crafts; and Fe y Alegria 37 school in classrooms with children with mental disabilities. Cristina said, “My favorite service site was Cristos Vencedores because I loved seeing the children come together and be happy, doing what they love.” During the experience, they learned the language, the culture, and about the traditional cuisine. Along with doing service work, the students climbed Machu Picchu, ate guinea pig, learned traditional dances such as huayno, and took showers by moonlight outside on stones. Maggie said, “I am so grateful for the chance to have taken this trip because I couldn’t have had a more peaceful 6 weeks. Studying abroad helps you to learn more about yourself and get out of your comfort zone.”

To see a video created by Cristina, Merisa, and Maggie about their experiences in Peru, please visithttp://www.ndm.edu/academics/international-programs/study-abroad/international-service/


Current Student Publishes Research

Maggie Linz, one of NDMU’s esteemed Sister Alma scholars, is an author on a publication from her Sister Alma research. She began work for this research in 2015, and already has an outstanding product in a first class venue with distinguished co-authors! Congratulations, Maggie!

Below, Maggie reflects on her experiences in research through the Sister Alma scholars program, her interactions with esteemed NDMU faculty, and the opportunities that she gained through her clinical research at Johns Hopkins.

I am very grateful to the Sister Alma Science Year and to the biology department at Notre Dame for the opportunity to participate in clinical research at the Retinal Imaging Research and Reading Center of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. My current research focus is retinal vasculitis which is inflammation of the vessels within the retina. Through my experience this past year, I have discovered how exciting the field of ophthalmology is, have learned about various eye diseases and how they are diagnosed and treated, and was included as an author in a publication in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, titled "Changes in retinal nonperfusion associated with suppression of vascular endothelial growth factor in retinal vein occlusion."



Soul Sister

Were you ever in a procession?

Perhaps you were in a fire drill, a wedding party, or a picket line.  Whether the procession was one-by-one, two-by-two, or a little more amorphous, it still moved forward.  The focal point of the procession may have been at the front, the middle, or the back of the line-up.  It may have been orderly or seemingly chaotic.  It may have been a slow procession or a faster one.

The feelings of people in processions vary depending on the reason for the procession.  They may range from reverent to angry, fearful to jubilant, determined to expectant.  Processions have a starting point and an ending point.  Whatever happens during the procession gives evidence to its cause or the need for it.

In the Palm Sunday Gospel account, Jesus was in the middle of a procession—there were those who preceded him and those who followed him.  The entourage surrounded him and the entire group moved forward.  Whenever we are in a procession, could Jesus be in the middle of it?  Are we of one mind and one heart with those that we travel with  in a procession?  “Go forward in procession…as far as…” (Psalm 118:27)  How far will you go with others to help them believe in God’s love?  As you ponder this, get ready:  a procession is about to begin!

From your Soul Sister in the procession of life,

Mary Roy Weiss, SSND


In Memoriam

Radomira Sawaryn ’54

Anna Karsner '78

Lois (Hranicka) Bilenki ’49

Michelle (Taymans) Mowbray ’66

Mary (Washington) Crook ’52

Mary Ann McCardell ’53

Elizabeth Bastio ’63

Carol Ripperger  Ringgold '49

Janet Lewis Ellis '54


In the News

Barbara Ives M’10 - The College of Southern Maryland Names Director of the Office of Strategic Partnershipshttp://www.thebaynet.com/articles/0116/localcollegenamesnewdirector.html

Teresa Valais ’83, M’02 - National Association of Professional Women Inducts Teresa Valais, Global Training Consultant, Into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle http://www.prweb.com/releases/napw/globalbusinesstrainingMD/prweb13141628.htm

Amanda Mummert M’13 - Brigance Brigade Foundation Welcomes New Foundation Directorhttp://patch.com/maryland/timonium/brigance-brigade-foundation-welcomes-new-foundation-director