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Notre Dame of Maryland Dedicates G. Avery Bunting Hall: 25,000 Square Foot Green Building is New Home to School of Pharmacy

September 22, 2011

Notre Dame of Maryland University is celebrating the dedication of G. Avery Bunting Hall, the newly completed 25,000 square foot School of Pharmacy facility, which brings total campus space supporting pharmacy studies to 40,000 square feet. The building is named for the noted pharmacist and founder of Noxema Chemical Company. He was also the grandfather of Mary Catherine Bunting, whose early $2.5 million gift launched the School of Pharmacy.

“As we gather today to dedicate this beautiful new pharmacy building, I am deeply grateful to Mary Catherine Bunting for her longtime commitment to improving the health and quality of life of so many in our community, and for her family’s significant legacy in the pharmacy profession,” said Mary Pat Seurkamp, president of Notre Dame. “I have valued Mary Catherine’s strong support of Notre Dame, which she has shown so many times over the years. She is truly part of the Notre Dame family and we are honored to have her family represented on our campus.”

Senator Benjamin Cardin and Congressman John Sarbanes were instrumental in securing $550,000 in federal funding to furnish the new building with state of the art equipment and lab facilities and their continued support for Notre Dame demonstrates a shared commitment to addressing the long-term healthcare needs of the community through education and training. In addition, Governor O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly allocated a $3.5 million capital grant to support the facility and its work.

G. Avery Bunting Hall is designed to meet or exceed silver-level certification standards, according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green-Building Rating System. The building was designed by Melville Thomas Architects Inc. and built by Whiting Turner.

Notre Dame established the School of Pharmacy in 2008 in response to the demand for skilled professionals to meet the growing needs of an aging population, and to provide a particular focus on women’s health issues across the life-span. It was the first on the campus of a women’s college in the U.S. and just the second school of pharmacy to open in the state of Maryland. Nearly 500 applications were received for the 70 seats in its inaugural class, with students coming from 15 states. The number of applications for the fall 2010 class nearly doubled, with 966 received for the 70 seats in the second class. The School of Pharmacy was awarded Candidate Accreditation Status in 2010 from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

“Pharmacists are on the front line of wellness and prevention — enabling patients to use their medications safely and effectively, working with patients to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, and high blood pressure; and promoting public health by administering vaccines such as the flu vaccine —and our students are poised to be skilled, compassionate providers of care,” said Dr. Anne Lin, dean of the School. “In just two years our School of Pharmacy students have donated nearly 5,000 hours of health related services to the community through our innovative curriculum.”

Since its opening, the School of Pharmacy has garnered accolades for its leadership. Dr. Lin has been honored as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and as a Health Care Hero for assembling a top-tier team of faculty and administrators from across the country. Drs. Michelle Fritsch and Nicole Culhane were honored as Health Care Heroes for creating AdvoCaring. The School of Pharmacy also received a $10,000 Facts & Comparisons ACE award from Wolters Kluwer Health for the development of drug information and pharmacy informatics curricula, and Dr. James Lee received a $10,000 National Institutes of Health grant for research into the potential benefits of natural products in the prevention and treatment of cancer.

The School of Pharmacy is a four-year, professional degree program (doctor of pharmacy) consisting of 148 credit hours of study. There are five focus areas that form the basis of the School’s curriculum: leadership development, women’s health across the lifespan, public health, care of diverse populations, and professionalism.

NOTRE DAME OF MARYLAND UNIVERSITY
Notre Dame of Maryland University, founded as a Catholic liberal arts college in 1895 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, engages students as confident, capable learners and leaders, thriving in the vibrant, personal community of its distinguished Women’s College, College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and College of Graduate Studies. Rich in tradition, Notre Dame provides students with opportunities in research, study abroad and service to the global community. Notre Dame’s graduates change lives—in their careers, communities and families. Visit www.ndm.edu.