July 2022
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Message from the Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Team

Greetings Alumnae and Alumni,

With summer in full swing, the campus is beautiful and quiet. Our colleagues in Institutional Advancement have just closed out the fiscal year, and we want to take a moment to thank all of our incredible alumni who generously made gifts ranging from $5.00 to over $100,000.

It's not the amount you give; it's the fact that you give every year that makes a world of difference. Thank you so much for your steadfast support.

Your Alumni Team is hard at work planning exciting events and initiatives for the new year, and we are beyond blessed to have the volunteers we do! Alumnae and Alumni Weekend kicks off on September 30, and our Reunion Committee is reaching out to classmates in the 2's and 7's, with a special addition of the Class of 1971 which is also celebrating its 50th reunion this year. Still, it's important to note that ALL alumni are welcome at our events from September 30 – October 2.  

As always, we are anxious to hear from you! Please share with us your news and life updates whenever you can. In addition, we want to hear about trips, vacations, and get-togethers you're doing with friends and classmates. Are you proud of the new promotion you just landed, or have you changed companies or job fields? Have you gotten married? Moved abroad? Welcomed a grandchild into the world? We want to know.

We hope your summers are filled with fun and relaxation whenever possible, and we hope we see more of you this coming year back on campus, at an event, or virtually.

Thank you for making our Notre Dame Alumni Community so incredible.

Alex & Rose
Your Alumni Engagement Team

An Interview with Milda De Voe '90

Milda De Voe '90 graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in Music and a minor in English. After working for a bit as an actor in New York and temp secretary, she received a MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. She has since wrote and published many writing projects and started a non-profit, Pen Parentis. Read more about Milda's story below.


What is your favorite memory from your time at Notre Dame?

I got this idea that I could do anything. There was just no limit to what I could do on this campus. And so, the first year that I was there I was freshman class president. I found all these old traditions. I was appalled that all of the traditions had gone away. This place has huge traditions and we should be celebrating all of them. I made everybody do Singsong, I helped put on a production of Godspell, and I made a faculty talent show.

My favorite day was walking out of history class and having this surreal moment of connecting what we were learning to the book I was studying in English literature, which was written in the same time period. I went running around the campus so excited to tell all my professors. It was like this moment of oh, my education makes sense. That was the coolest thing, even though they all probably thought I was completely insane, just a weird sophomore running around.

Milda De Voe
Photo credit: Luba Grosman

Why do you stay engaged with Notre Dame as an alum?

I love meeting the other alumni and hearing their stories. It's awesome when we discover that we had the same teacher 30 years apart. I like talking about what it was like to be at Notre Dame, and all the traditions and other quirky stuff that makes this place special. I like going to the events on campus, and would go more frequently if I lived closer. The campus is just so beautiful, and anything that happens on campus is a special event.

Can you talk about your non-profit, Pen Parentis, from how it started to where it is now?

I started a nonprofit called Pen Parentis which helps writers stay on a creative track after they have kids. I started it because I found that writing was hard to complete and to fit in with having kids. So, I needed a way to figure out how that works. We present a lot of wonderful writers that have kids, and talk to them about how they manage their lives with the demands of both the creative career and raising children. In the early 2000s, if you had children and you were a writer, it kind of pigeon-holed you in the industry to being seen as someone who would write either mommy blogs or children's literature. This wasn't the case for me, I wanted writing to be seen as a legitimate artistic career that had nothing to do with my parenting.

We have a literary Salon that's once a month on the second Tuesday of the month, and it's online and open to the general public. We bring together usually three authors that all have kids, and they're usually pretty famous. We ask these authors questions like, what did they do when their kids were little and how did they get to where they are now? How were they able to pay the rent with just money from writing and did they have extra jobs? We're trying to teach new authors that while it is not easy, it is
definitely not impossible to be a parent and a writer. Now with everything moving online, our membership has grown beyond New York City. It's easier to find parent friends and build a community within this organization that understand your situation.


What other writing projects are you working on?

I have written all types of creative writing - short stories, books, fiction, poetry, musicals. I created a weekly newsletter, This is Ridiculous, to tell people when my writing was available and do some writing for each edition. I released Book and Baby, The Complete Guide to Managing Chaos and Becoming A Wildly Successful Writer-Parent in 2021 too. 

All of Milda's writing projects can be found on her website. You can also sign up for Milda's newsletter and learn more about Pen Parentis.



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Congrats to the Class of 2022!

On May 22, 2022 our newest graduates walked across the stage at the Baltimore Convention Center. Leading up to commencement, they enjoyed various celebratory events, including the Senior Brunch and Tower Photos event hosted by the Alumni Engagement Office and the Student Engagement Office. Awards were given out to our undergraduate seniors, the School of Nursing had its pinning ceremony, and many additional events recognized our newest alumni.

Several Class of 2022 spotlights highlighting graduates from a variety of programs across campus were also posted to the NDMU website in the week leading up to commencement. We're so excited to welcome every single graduate into our alumni family!

View Class of 2022 Events Photos Here

Campus News and Updates

The Student Alumni Leadership Council was founded this past January to bridge the student body with alumni. The organization had four active members during the spring semester, but now has grown to 14 members for the 2022-2023 academic year! This group held a very successful Easter Egg Hunt on campus to advertise their organization and recruit for the upcoming year. Currently, they have plans to host events during Orientation, Welcome Week, and many more periods throughout the semester for students and alumni to attend. They are passionate and excited to work with our alumni, so keep your eyes peeled for ways to be involved with SALC in the coming months!

Alumnae and Alumni Weekend Is Coming!two alums with president yam

Are you excited to be back on campus this fall? Alumnae and Alumni Weekend (formerly Reunion Weekend) will be held on September 30 - October 2, and registration is now open! We have a jam-packed weekend full of the events you know and love mixed with brand new activities. The weekend is open to all of our alumni from any class year to celebrate you. It's a time to reconnect with old friends and make new memories.

Follow along on social media to meet the Reunion Committee! The committee is comprised of alums celebrating their reunion year, class years ending in a 2 or 7, who help the Alumni Engagement Team plan the weekend.

Check out our website for more information on the schedule of events, FAQs, registration, and more!



Thinking of Giving Back During Alumnae and Alumni Weekend?

Alumnae and Alumni Weekend is a great time to give back to your Notre Dame of Maryland University community! Join this year’s reunion giving campaign and make a collective contribution in celebration of your Notre Dame experience. This year’s goal for reunion giving has been set to $150,000. The goal is currently at 70% with more than $105,000 raised in the reunion giving campaign.

Your gift, of any size, will support Notre Dame and empower the next generation of students to GO BEYOND and sustain the legacy of NDMU.

As part of reunion, your class has three chances to win and name the circles on campus:

  • Largest class giving total
  • Highest participation rate in the class gift
  • Most Alumnae and Alumni Weekend attendance

Any gift made between now and September 30, 2022, counts double for both reunion and Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU, so making a gift for your reunion year will have twice the meaning!

Ways to Give

BY MAIL- Make checks payable to Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Notre Dame of Maryland University
Office of Institutional Advancement
4701 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21210

BY PHONE- Call Diana Liz-Cabrera ’18, M’20 Development & Annual Giving Officer 410-532-3197

Call for Alumnae and Alumni Awards and Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations

Natalie Ramirez winning an award 2021

Alumnae and Alumni Weekend is when we bring all of our alumni together to celebrate and reminisce. It is also a time for us to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of alumni since graduating, or their accomplishments as student-athletes.

We ask you to consider nominating an alum for an alumni award or Athletics Hall of Fame induction for this year's award cycle.

Help us recognize the achievement of our alumnae and alumni by submitting a nomination for any of the following alumni awards:

NOMINATIONS are due by August 1, 2022

We are also looking for nominations for our Athletics Hall of Fame. The Notre Dame of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame is for former student-athletes, coaches, administrators, or staff who demonstrated outstanding athletics achievement at Notre Dame. In addition, the individual exemplified the Notre Dame Athletics mission of striving for success in both educational and athletic pursuits.

NOMINATIONS are due by August 1, 2022

Want more NDMU Stories? Read the Bulletin, a bi-weekly newsletter with more student, staff, and faculty updates!

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Interest Meeting - Alumni of Color Affinity Group

July 19 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Zoom
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Alex and Rose from the Office of Alumni Engagement want to let you know about an interest meeting we're having about our upcoming affinity group for our alums of color. This affinity group will be a safe space for alumni to meet people with similar experiences, give and get support to other alums, and relay the changes you want to see on campus back to Alex and Rose. We hope you will express your experiences freely, and any feedback we use will not include names. At the interest meeting, we want to go over our goals for starting this affinity group, its structure, and how you can join. We hope to find several alumni interested in developing this group and its process so that we can be as supportive and engaging as possible. Alex and Rose are looking forward to getting to know you and learning more about how we can better serve the needs of our alumni community and our campus community. We appreciate your willingness to be part of this new volunteer opportunity.

Interest Meeting - Graduate School Alumni Affinity Group

August 16 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Zoom
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Alex and Rose from the Office of Alumni Engagement want to let you know about an interest meeting about our upcoming affinity group for our alums who graduated from one of our programs at the Masters or Doctoral level. This affinity group will be a space for alumni to meet other graduate alums, give and get support to other alums, and provide feedback on opportunities to increase graduate alumni engagement. At the interest meeting, we want to go over our goals for starting this affinity group, its structure, and how you can join. We know Graduate Alumni have different needs and desires from their institution, so we want to do what we can to provide those things to you. With your feedback and hopefully several alumni volunteering to get this group going, we know we can make a big difference in the coming years.

New Student Move-in Day

August 26 | TBD | On Campus
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Register now to indicate your interest and availability to join us as part of the welcoming committee to our newest alumni-in-training. We would love for our alumni to volunteer with us to help move new students into their residence hall room.

Baltimore Happy Hour

September 15 | 5:30 PM | Union Craft Brewing
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Join us at Union Craft Brewing to reconnect with old friends and make new memories. This will be a time to relax after work, drink your favorite beer, and grab a pizza from Well Crafted Kitchen, all while hanging out with other NDMU alums. All alumni and their guests are welcome, but be aware that children must be remained seated at the table. The Alumni Engagement Office will be providing one free drink per guest over the age of 21 years.

Alumnae and Alumni Weekend

September 30 - October 2 | Various times | On Campus
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We're so excited to welcome you back to campus! Reserve tickets to the traditional all-class crab feast, sign up for a campus tour down memory lane, get the opportunity to take a class photo with your friends, and receive an excellent party bag full of yummy goodies and NDMU swag for the field hockey game and tailgate. Registration for Alumnae and Alumni Weekend will close at midnight on Sunday, September 18. Register by August 19 to lock in our early-bird pricing and guarantee yourself a special gift at check-in! 

View all upcoming events here!