Realistic & Risk-Free

Paige Clark

Student, NDMU Class of 2022

Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Nursing programs at NDMU provide hands-on experience using high-tech mannequins that breathe, blink and even talk using microphones controlled by faculty members watching from the control room. "It gives us the time to get all your nerves out and go through the steps we're taught. There are certain protocols to do certain things and when you get in front of a real patient in the hospital, sometimes you get nervous and forget things," Clark said.

Exemplary Student Leadership

Rochelle Thompson

Student, NDMU Class of 2022

English, Political Science

An outstanding Notre Dame of Maryland University student leader was recognized for her community involvement with the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education. “It is a great honor to be a part of so many communities and use my voice to promote change on a local and national level while advocating for those whose voices are silenced or ignored,” said Thompson. "My commitment to leadership is demonstrated through my acts of service, love, and compassion."

Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year

Deana Giannelli

Alum, NDMU Class of 2005

Leadership in Teaching: Administration & Supervision

“Notre Dame really helped me to dive into what it means to be an instructional leader and to take the time to explore how I can look at data to effect change, make knowledgeable decisions, and look at all areas of the building to make myself an effective administrator. Having classes that were accessible to me while I was still working as a teacher allowed me to think about my career pathway once I finished my master’s degree and how I wanted to move toward being an administrator.” Deana was named the state’s Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Maryland Association of Secondary School Principals (MASSP).

Art Educator of the Year

Camille Gibson

Alum, NDMU Class of 2019

Leadership in Teaching: Cultural Proficiency Leadership

“I consider all my students young intellectuals. The arts are impactful and can create social awareness, foster the social and emotional needs of students, and assist in academic achievement as a cross-curricular activity,” she said. “My classroom art studio is a place of rigor, growth, and empowerment for all my students.” Camille, who teaches at Golden Ring Middle School and leads the art department, was named the NAEA’s Eastern Region Middle Level Art Educator of the Year.

Summer Leadership Opportunity

Jolisse Gray

Student, NDMU Class of 2023

International Studies

Jolisse combined her love of service and politics in an eight-week summer leadership program, Leadership + American Presidency, through The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). She had the opportunity to live in Washington, D.C. while immersing herself in hands-on simulations and case studies that examined some of the greatest leadership challenges in history.

Improved Self-Esteem

Katherine Martinez Argueta

Alum, NDMU Class of 2020

English, Spanish

Before coming to Notre Dame, I knew I had potential, but I was lacking the confidence to go after what I wanted. In every course here, my instructors challenged me to get better and better. By the time I graduated, my self-esteem improved a lot, and I think that is one of the most valuable things I gained from NDMU.

Helping Patients in Need

Sohail Samet

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021

Doctor of Pharmacy

Patient care is my number one priority. Before I came to pharmacy school, I wanted to help patients in need. Notre Dame was the right choice for me because they offer various community outreach opportunities. We went to communities in downtown Baltimore and helped patients in need at women’s health centers. Our instructors were always right there with us, advising us to do better.

Beyond My Comfort Zone

Allison Trumpler

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021


Notre Dame has truly helped me become a leader. I’ve had so many opportunities to grow beyond my comfort zone. As an Elementary Special Ed major, I’ve been able to work in multiple schools already, even before starting my student teaching. Overall, I’ve been able to become the best version of me.

Accommodating & Understanding

Cindy Roles

Alum, NDMU Class of 2020

Nursing - Leadership in Nursing Administration

Being an adult learner and coming back to school after many years, I found the faculty at Notre Dame to be so accommodating and understanding. It always felt like there was an open door policy here. You could come to a faculty member with any concern, and they would help you sort it out.

Importance of Caring Science

Antoinette Goosby

Alum, NDMU Class of 2021

Nursing (Entry-Level BSN)

One of the unique aspects of the nursing program at Notre Dame is that we learn about caring science. It’s a term I was not familiar with before coming here. The faculty emphasize that we as nurses need to take care of ourselves before we treat our patients. We ourselves need to be ok in order to treat someone who’s not ok. I’ve carried that with me throughout my work experiences so far, and I know it will stick with me in the future.