Table of Contents

125th Anniversary
Call for Class Notes and Photos
Upcoming Events
University News
In Memoriam
Volunteer Opportunities
Stay Connected to NDMU           

125th Anniversary

The 125th anniversary website is live! Have you seen it yet?! Check it out for these details and more: 

  • Host a 125th anniversary party in your region. We’ll provide the supplies! Let us know if you'd like to Volunteer! 
  • Explore NDMU’s legacy of firsts by visiting the University’s Timeline.  
  • Share your favorite Notre Dame memory! Your story may be featured on the Memories page. 

Thank you for being a part of Notre Dame’s rich history, supporting the mission of the founding School Sisters of Notre Dame. We hope you will join President Marylou Yam and local NDMU alumnae, alumni, spouses, and friends for regional gatherings to celebrate the anniversary. Next up:

125th Anniversary Party: Ft. Myers, FL

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reception at the home of Fran and Betty Contino '89
Fort Myers, FL 

RSVP by Tuesday, February 4 via the form online or contact Shannon Austin at or 410-532-3163. Registered guests will receive an email with additional event details one week prior to the event.

125th Anniversary Party: Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Thursday, February 13, 2020
12:00 p.m.
The Cooper Restaurant
4610 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418

RSVP by Tuesday, February 4 via the form online or contact Shannon Austin at or 410-532-3163. Registered guests will receive an email with additional event details one week prior to the event.

125th Anniversary Party: Tampa, FL

Friday, March 27, 2020
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Reception at the home of Ed and Lynn Dorman '87
Tampa, FL 

RSVP by Thursday, March 19 via the form online or contact Shannon Austin at or 410-532-3163. Registered guests will receive an email with additional event details one week prior to the event.

Visit the 125th events calendar to learn about more anniversary events.

Call for Class Notes and Photos

Have a life update to share? Want to announce a promotion or job change? Now is the perfect time to share a class note for inclusion in the 2020 issue of Universitas!

Do you have holiday cards or photos from your special events? We want those, too! Feel free to submit high-res photos, and we will include them alongside your notes!

Please email your notes and photos to by April 1.

Upcoming Events

The next Feminist Fridays Discussion Group, hosted by the WLIB, will take place on February 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Gibbons 418B. All are welcome!

NDMU seniors will also be celebrating 100 Nights on February 7. For more details on this event, check out University News below. 

Notre Dame Day, a tradition commemorating our rich heritage and the achievements of the University community, is coming up on February 18. Want to honor Notre Dame as an alum? Participate in our third annual Giving Day, which falls on the same day! More information regarding Giving Day can be found later in this issue.

Purchase your tickets for WOW Festival Baltimore, held on March 7, 2020, at the Columbus Center! More information about the event can be found at

WOW Baltimore logo

Cheer on the Gators at upcoming Athletic Events!

Weekly Mass: Monday - Thursday at 12:05 p.m., Friday at 8:00 a.m., and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Mass is celebrated in the Marikle Chapel, on the second floor of Gibbons.

See full calendar of NDMU events.

University News

100 Nights Celebration

100 Nights

NDMU seniors are eagerly anticipating this year’s 100 Nights, an annual tradition celebrating the final 100 days until graduation. Alums are welcome to join the students for the event’s cocktail hour. A private dinner for the seniors will follow the reception.  

100 Nights will be held on Friday, February 7, 2020, in the first-floor lobby of Fourier Hall. The cocktail hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with remarks at 6:00 p.m. Alums interested in attending the reception should RSVP by Wednesday, February 5 through the registration site:

Art Exhibition in Gormley Gallery

The opening reception of a Ribbon, a Pearl, a Sedimentary Rock will be held on February 1 in Notre Dame’s Gormley Galley. The exhibition, curated by Allie Linn, features work by Kira Bell, Anna K. Crooks, Taina Cruz, Coco Klockner, Michelle Luong, Maya Martinez, and Pangelica.

These artists forage and borrow imagery from various sources—technological, natural, and cultural—to deconstruct the multiplicity of femininity and femme. Items signifying the feminine, such as ribbons or pearls, are reexamined and reimagined as objects with historical significance and power.  

The exhibition will run through March 6. In addition, Gormley Gallery will be offering a series of related programming, including a zine-making workshop, a poetry reading, and an intention-setting event. For more information, please visit


Giving Day 2020 flyer

We have come a long way in 125 years, and now you can help take us further in one day. On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Notre Dame will launch its third annual Giving Day. Show your support by enhancing one (or more!) areas with your gift—School of Arts, Sciences, and Business; School of Education; School of Nursing; School of Pharmacy; Athletics; and the Notre Dame Fund. With your gift, you’ll also give the fund of your choice a chance to win bonus funds through a series of challenges throughout the day.

New this year: Designing Your Life: Vision Board Social. Join the Notre Dame community on campus from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Murphy Gathering Space to bring your goals to life with a vision board focused on personal and professional experiences. All are welcome!

Learn more about Giving Day and donate:

In Memoriam

Our alumnae and alumni community mourns the passing of the following graduate: 

Carolyn A. Davis Nelka ‘77

Volunteer Opportunities

Adelante Latina!

Adelante Latina! is the first after-school, college-bound program for Latina girls in Baltimore, and it needs volunteer tutors.

Where: Knott Science Center, Rooms 315 and 317, 4701 N. Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21210

When: Once a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Starting in mid-September and continuing until late May, with Baltimore City Public School vacation breaks and snow days.

Goal: To help improve the English composition, reading comprehension, and writing skills of high-performing, low-income Baltimore City high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Adelante Latina! is a three-year, college-prep program. Tutoring is one-on-one, with the hope that each student will work with the same tutor for all three years. 

Tutor Qualifications: Excellent English language skills, tutoring skills, and ability to get along with teenage girls. No knowledge of Spanish is required as English is the primary language. Prior teaching experience is helpful, but not required. Substitutes are available if notified ahead of time. 

This non-profit program was created by Leonor Blum, Professor Emerita of History/Political Science at NDMU.

Visit the website to learn more or contact Leonor Blum at 410-591-0547 or

Stay Connected to NDMU

Did you move? Change your email address? The alumnae and alumni office periodically distributes communications. Verify your information and send your mailing/email address to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations or call 410-532-5201.

NDMU also has an active presence on Facebook and LinkedIn! It's a way to share information and connect instantly with fellow alumnae and alumni. Like and follow the pages for the most immediate updates!

This publication follows a bimonthly schedule. This issue covers news for January and February 2020. The next issue will cover March and April and will be available close to the start of April 2020.