October 2022
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Message from the Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Team

Greetings Alumnae and Alumni,

The leaves are beginning to change, and the campus air has a bit of a chill. Still, if you were on campus for Alumnae and Alumni Weekend, the cool and rainy weather couldn’t stop nearly 200 alumni, family, and friends from celebrating well into the evening. We commemorated classes with years ending in 2s and 7s for their milestone reunions and the class of 1971 for their belated 50th celebration. It was a weekend full of joy, reconnection, and reminiscing. Members of our Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) had the chance to participate in some of our programs, and they had the most fantastic time talking with alums and learning from each of you.

We have kicked off our Class Leaders program, where each class member will send out a quarterly newsletter just to their classmates to share updates and gather stories. We are thankful for the 12 alums launching this program with us this fall.

The campus is busy with the semester ramping up for our students. Your Alumni Engagement team is taking this time to focus on planning new volunteer engagement opportunities, recruiting reunion committee members from classes ending in a 3 or an 8, and crafting exciting social, professional, and student-focused events for the spring semester.

If you would like to get involved, please reach out to us at ndmalum@ndm.edu.

Alex & Rose
Your Alumni Engagement Team

Alumnae and Alumni Weekend 2022 Recap

Thank you to all alumni who joined us on September 30 - October 2 for Alumnae and Alumni Weekend! We had over 170 alums come back to campus from the Class of 1952 to the Class of 2022. It was a great weekend of learning from our faculty and alumni presenters, participating in craft sessions, eating good food, dancing the night away to Mood Swings, and most importantly, reuniting with old friends.

View Photos from A&AW 2022

A special congratulations is in order for our Alumni Award Winners and Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees. The winners and their awards can be found below, in order of their picture from left to right.

  • Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, Kimberly Myers '09, Volleyball
  • Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee, Qiana Smith-Gabriel '06, Volleyball
  • Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Award: Chrissy Bolmarcich ’97
  • Service to Society Award: Dorothy Pula Strohecker ’52
  • The Elizabeth P. Hoisington '40 Distinguished Alumna Award: La Vida Cooper ’03
  • Regina Russo Hammel '41 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award: Lyndsay Wright ’19, M’22
2022 Award Winners


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Toni Bower '82 (L) and Bethani Newbold '25 (R)
Current and Former Student-Athletes Discuss the Positive Impact of NDMU Athletics

Toni Bower ’82 remembers the support she received from the campus community during home softball games. Whether it was watching entire games or simply catching a few innings after class, the backing from her fellow students was always noticed. Bethani Newbold ’25 shares a connection with Bower as a two-sport athlete for Notre Dame of Maryland University, with both playing for the basketball and softball programs during their time on campus, but she and her softball teammates currently travel to the Dundalk campus of the Community College of Baltimore County for their home games.

Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU aims to change that, with a new on-campus softball facility representing a key component of a $3.5 million fundraising goal for the Gators athletics programs. Other goals of the campaign include a turf field for the field hockey, lacrosse and soccer teams, resurfacing and repainting the tennis courts, securing a press box and equipment facility, and providing infrastructure for future athletics growth.

“It would be amazing to have a home field on campus,” Newbold said. “Our current field is nice, but to have one that we could truly call our own, and to make it easier for students and parents to watch you play, it would make a huge difference.”

SALC members
SALC Fall Semester Updates

The Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) is in full swing this semester! So far, the organization has put on two events for our students and has gained two new members that joined in September. SALC President Lina Ibrahim '23 hosted a retreat for all members to discuss goals, plan for upcoming events, and teach the members more about alumni engagement and institutional advancement. The students loved getting to meet so many alumni during Alumnae and Alumni Weekend. They volunteered for the entire weekend, allowing them to form many relationships with alums at their first major alumni event. 

If you want to meet these students and learn more about SALC, join them at their alumni and student event, Mugs O' Horror, on October 26 from 5:30-7:30pm. SALC will be providing mugs for participants to paint, all while telling scary stories. If you're interested in attending this free in-person event, sign up here.

Campus News and Updates

NDMU Becomes Co-edaerial view of campus

On Sept. 12, 2022, the NDMU Board of Trustees voted unanimously that the University become co-educational and enroll men into the traditional undergraduate program starting in fall 2023. The decision came nearly a year after the Board formed an Enrollment Task Force to review the enrollment trends of women’s colleges, as well as undergraduate data nationally and statewide. By becoming co-ed, NDMU is honoring and expanding its historical mission to educate leaders to transform the world. This decision will allow NDMU to provide its distinctive model of inclusive transformational education to more women and men.

Several factors informed the Board’s decision. NDMU has historically gone where the need is. NDMU has an opportunity to expand access to its inclusive and transformational education to more women and men. NDMU’s foundresses, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, support the decision to become co-ed. President Emerita Kathleen Feeley, SSND Offers Her Reflection on the Board's Co-ed Decision below.

With a deep sense of responsibility for both the legacy and the future of NDMU, I believe that we should offer our transformative education to everyone who seeks it — women and men alike. I urge all those who value this university as I do to embrace our decision to transition Notre Dame of Maryland University to become a wholly coeducational institution.

Read Sr. Feeley's Full Statement

If you have any feedback to give to the University regarding this announcement, please email coedtransition@ndm.edu

How Notre Dame Has Helped Alumna Author

Bonnie Tarbert M'12 is from Baltimore, Maryland and earned her Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) Degree from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Prior to this education she had extensively studied the Arts, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Towson University and also studying Interior Design and Floral Design. Bonnie was an Art Educator for the Baltimore City and Baltimore County school systems, and she incorporated the building blocks to reading throughout her lessons.

Bonnie Tarbert Mouse In The House

Bonnie has used the reading strategy tools that she studied at NDMU to create silly and sweet stories, hoping that they will reach many children. You may find scaffolding, rhythm, rhyme, pitch, high order questioning, and integrating listening skills with fine motor activities in her books. She had studied scholarly articles on how ebooks can help children acquire reading skills at a quicker pace during her coursework. Bonnie currently has seven children’s books published: City Mouse Hop, Ice Cream Bop, Snow Friend Jingle, Daddy’s Blues Moon, Momma’s Wings, Little Chef Bop, and The Mermaid Flop! Be on the lookout for more stories to come.

You can read Bonnie’s stories in Baltimore City’s Enoch Pratt Free Library system. Her books are also entering other library databases across the United States. Companies such as Target, Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, the world-wide market, and small businesses have picked up her books. She uses her experiences from working with children, as well as her lovely child, to bring inspiration and life to her stories. Bonnie hopes that her publications will touch many hearts, enhance linguistic skills, and enlighten creativity in children worldwide.

Fall Athletics Summary


Field Hockey- Alyson Geckle '25 was added to the CSAC Honor Roll after factoring in both goals for the Gators in September. She assisted on a Jaime Ballard '23 strike Sept. 13 night at Neumann University, and recorded her second collegiate goal during NDMU's home opener against Ferrum College on Sept. 16.

Soccer- Mackenzie Lookingland '25 scored the game's only goal through a 72nd minute penalty kick, and Makaylah Reyes '26 made 10 saves to secure a 1-0 victory for NDMU over Saint Elizabeth University on Oct. 1. The women's soccer program is 3-5 through its first eight games this fall, with a 2-3 mark against Colonial States Athletic Conference opponents. The Gators are looking to advance to the CSAC tournament for a second-consecutive season.

Volleyball- Ciarra Bockstie '25 and Rosemary O'Brien '26 totaled eight kills apiece, leading the NDMU offense in a 3-0 sweep over Keystone College on Oct. 8. NDMU is now the lone remaining unbeaten team in Colonial States Athletic Conference and currently has an eight-match winning streak. They are 10-6 through their first sixteen games this fall, with a 4-0 mark against Colonial States Athletic Conference opponents. 

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

Save the Dates

Mugs O' Horror

October 26 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM | Doyle Formal
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Join the Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC) for spooky stories and mug painting. Bring any urban legends, folk tails, or ghost stories you may have. SALC will be ready to do the same and share their favorite spooky stories about Notre Dame. Mugs and paint will be provided. This event is open to all alumni and students.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

October 28 | 7:00 PM | LeClerc Theater
October 29 | 7:00 PM | LeClerc Theater
October 30 | 2:00 PM | LeClerc Theater
October 31 | 7:00 PM | LeClerc Theater
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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a fun, fast-paced, and family-friendly take on the great American ghost story! Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow and finds a town that exists on the borders between legend and reality. Ichabod settles in and tries to adapt to day-to-day life amongst the town's curious inhabitants, but the spectre of the headless Hessian horseman haunts his nights! Costumes are encouraged at the October 31 show.

STEM Family Fun Fair

November 6 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Doyle Formal

Bring the whole family for a series of fun-filled drop-in events that give kids an opportunity to collaborate with one another to solve engineering and design tasks. Our event is sponsored by NDMU’s School of Education and is run by the Leadership in Teaching: STEM program’s faculty and students. This event is free and open to the public. Please contact Lisa Pallett with any questions.

View all upcoming events here!