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Fearless and Faithful - The Spirit of Notre Dame Fearless and Faithful: The Spirit of Notre Dame
In June 1847, five women led by Mother Theresa Gerhardinger set out from their motherhouse in Munich, Germany, for the port city of Bremen, where they boarded the SS Washington, bound for the United States. These women, vested in the habit of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, faced an uncertain future on a path that would eventually lead to a hilltop campus in Baltimore.


The Beacon: Gibbons Hall Readied for RenovationThe Beacon: Gibbons Hall Readied for Renovation
One hundred forty years ago, a five-story red-brick building crowned with a bell tower and a simple gold cross opened its doors on a hilltop in north Baltimore to educate those whose education was neglected by society—girls and young women. Completed in 1873, the building now known as Gibbons Hall would 22 years later house the administrative offices, classrooms and dormitory of the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree. Today, University leaders are embarking on a major renovation of Gibbons Hall, with plans under way to identify the steps necessary to restore its historic beauty as well as to equip it to meet the instructional needs of 21st century students.


Continuing a Literary TraditionContinuing a Literary Tradition
The poetry of Maura Eichner, SSND ’41, brought national recognition to Notre Dame of Maryland and put it on the literary map. Sister Maura inculcated a love of writing in many students over her 50-year career teaching creative writing and literature at Notre Dame. More than 350 of her own poems appeared in literary magazines and journals, newspapers and collections, including After Silence, a collection of poems chosen by her friends and colleagues that was published after her death in 2009. The tradition Sister Maura established continues with the publication of three new works this academic year by members of the English department.


The Evolving Landscape of Notre DameThe Evolving Landscape of Notre Dame
If you haven’t set foot on the campus of Notre Dame recently, your next visit could be a revelation. The past several months have seen a slew of openings and dedications. Read more about the new additions to campus, including the University Academic Building, the President’s Residence in Homeland and the Otenasek House of the Morrissy Honors Program.


The diagnosis: Malaria - Research from the ground upThe Diagnosis: Malaria - Research from the ground up
Fever. Headache. Muscle pain. For most Americans, these familiar symptoms announce the onset of the annual flu season. But for millions of others who live in tropical and subtropical countries, these initial symptoms are followed by more invasive and serious affronts to the body—fatigue, nausea, anemia and jaundice. And for more than 700,000 people each year, most of them children, the end result is death. In the global fight to eradicate malaria, a laboratory in the Knott Science Center is the setting for research that is playing a role in this quest.


Road Scholar Commuting From New York to Study Knowledge ManagementRoad Scholar: Commuting From New York to Study Knowledge Management
It’s not uncommon to hear students in Gator Alley snack shop complain about monster commutes to school. But it’s doubtful anyone can top Kerry McDonald, who travels nearly 200 miles each way to class at Notre Dame. Luckily, he only has to do it once a week. Kerry, a health care consultant who started the M.S. in Analytics in Knowledge Management in August, rides the train every Wednesday from New York to Baltimore for class. But why?



In late September, hundreds of Notre Dame graduates and their families and friends returned to campus for Reunion 2013.
Many drove onto campus via the new North Charles Street entrance and were warmly greeted by the enormous “Welcome Alums!” banner mounted on Gibbons Hall. It set the tone for a festive and nostalgic weekend, where alums rekindled friendships and celebrated community at a variety of events and activities—from the Maryland Crab Feast and the Faculty Happy Hour to the Alumnae vs. Students Soccer Game and Classes without Quizzes.


Leadership in Action: Coached Leadership Practicum

Leadership in Action: Coached Leadership Practicum
When the Department of Business and Economics was seeking seasoned professionals to coach its students in the art of leadership, it had to look no further than the roster of alumnae and alumni. The result is a new program that pairs graduate students in the Leadership and Management and Nonprofit Management programs with professionals in the business community who volunteer to act as leadership coaches.


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A season of successes

A season of successes
Notre Dame has celebrated a number of athletic achievements so far this academic year, as the Gator volleyball team advanced to the playoffs and the field hockey team was honored by its peers for its sportsmanship. The campus followed along as the volleyball squad won their first five games. They were an especially formidable team at home, where they finished with an 8-3 record. By the end of the season, the team improved its 2012 win total by six games and reached the Colonial States Athletic Conference Playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season.

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Mldred Buzek Otenasek ’36, Ph.D.
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Transforming the Education of Black Males

Transforming the Education of Black Males
Bursting into my room, before my eyes are even open, comes my son, all 44 inches of him. He climbs on me and begins an elaborate set of gestures and sounds to engage me. As I wake, these sounds and gestures morph into a torrent of words, phrases, hops and jumps. This is him, all the time: a bright and energetic boy who is eager to engage, to play and to please. He is not unlike many black boys who enter our schools, eager to learn and with dreams of who they might become.

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