September 13, 2023
NDMU Hosts Dedication Ceremony for Sr. Sharon Slear Center for Service, Social Justice & Community Engagement
Sister Sharon Slear

Notre Dame of Maryland University students, faculty, staff, and community supporters gathered inside MBK Lobby on Thursday, August 31, as NDMU's Office of Service & Community Engagement was officially rededicated as the Sister Sharon Slear Center for Service, Social Justice, and Community Engagement.

A Notre Dame graduate who was first appointed to the faculty in 1988, Sister Sharon now serves as Special Projects Assistant to the President after retiring from her role as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs following the 2021-22 academic year. We are forever thankful to Sister Sharon for her many years of service to Notre Dame, Baltimore, and areas in need across the world.

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Three NDMU student-athletes
NDMU's Soccer, Volleyball Programs Dominate in 2023 Home Openers

NDMU's soccer and volleyball programs combined to go 3-0 in their respective home openers on campus over the past two weeks, with all three teams winning in dominant fashion. Women's soccer was up first with a 9-0 victory over Gallaudet on September 1. Jillian Seay '27 led the attack with three goals and an assist.

Men's soccer then posted a historic 11-0 triumph over Gallaudet on September 9 to earn the first win in program history. Six different Gators scored goals, with Hector Alvarez '25 (four goals, three assists) netting a team-high 11 points. Women's volleyball made it 3 for 3 in home openers with a straight-sets victory over Hood on September 12. Miasia Ferrer '24 led the offense with 12 kills, while Paulina Hernandez had a team-high five aces and 24 digs.

Seay, Alvarez, and Hernandez have all earned United East Conference Player of the Week awards to begin the fall season.

Current Operation TEACH students
NDMU’s Operation TEACH Program Provides Unique Post-Graduate Service Opportunity for New Educators

Michael McGarrity M’24 majored in finance as an undergraduate, with plans to begin a career in risk management or actuarial science after graduation. Late in his junior year, however, he began to realize that this path towards the corporate world, which he had focused his studies on for several years, was not for him.

Enter NDMU’s Operation TEACH program, a unique two-year, post-graduate service opportunity in which participants earn a Master of Arts in Education while beginning their careers teaching at a local Catholic school.

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NDMU Students Make Sushi with President Yam

Students at Sushi Making with President Yam

As part of NDMU's Welcome Week festivities, students gathered in Doyle Formal on Thursday, August 31 to learn how to make sushi with President Marylou Yam. Thanks to Dr. Yam and members of our SAGE Dining Services team for their assistance in making the evening a success for everyone in attendance!

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Professor Ryan Schaaf Featured in National Catholic Review Article

Ryan Schaaf

Ryan Schaaf, Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education, was featured in a recent National Catholic Review Article titled "Artificial Intelligence Is Making Research Faster; Can It Also Help Make Catholic Colleges More Catholic?" In the article, Schaaf discusses the growth of artificial intelligence, and its opportunity to become a positive companion for people in both their faith and their everyday lives.

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Faculty and Staff Discount Available for Alumnae and Alumni Weekend Events

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The Alumnae and Alumni Engagement Office is extending a special discount for faculty and staff to attend keystone events during Alumnae and Alumni Weekend as a way to show gratitude for all that they do. To receive the discount, faculty and staff must use the unique link for paid events by Sunday, September 17. Below are the two events that include the faculty and staff discount. There are also five other free receptions and events open to faculty and staff. Please register for these events if you plan on attending. Please note that there is a required $5 registration fee for each faculty or staff member attending any event during the weekend.

Welcome Happy Hour and Crab Feast
Friday, September 22 | 5:30 p.m. | Doyle Lawn Tent
Faculty & Staff Discount: $55 (reg. price $65)

Cocktail Reception and Alumni Awards/Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner
Saturday, September 23 | 5:00 p.m. | Doyle Lawn Tent
Faculty & Staff Discount: $55 (reg. price $65)

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Library Updates

The library will hold two copyright workshops later this month - one in person and one online via Zoom. Additional information about each workshop is available below.

Copyright in the Classroom

Thursday, September 21, 12 pm - 1 pm, Online via Zoom

Wondering if you're accurately following copyright law when using copyrighted materials in the classroom? This online workshop will cover common in-person and online classroom activities and how you can do them within the bounds of copyright law. 

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Copyright for Creators: Visual and Graphic Arts

Monday, September 25, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm, Loyola Notre Dame Library IDEA Space

Are you an artist, photographer, or graphic designer with questions about copyright? This workshop is for you! You'll learn about how to protect the work you're creating with copyright as well as when it's okay to incorporate other people's works into your designs. 

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Mass of the Holy Spirit

Thursday, September 14  |  12:10 p.m.  |  Marikle Chapel

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition at Catholic colleges dating back to 1548 as a time to gather and seek the wisdom and inspiration of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of each academic year. 

Suicide Prevention from the Counseling Center

Thursday, September 14  | 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.  |  Doyle Lawn

Stop by to learn about the importance of suicide prevention, along with available resources, as the Counseling Center recognizes Suicide Prevention Month. 

NDMU Art Hive

Monday, September 18  | 12 - 2 p.m.  |  Fourier 102

The NDMU Art Hive, facilitated by members of the Art Therapy Department and students, welcomes the NDMU community and everyone else for free and open art making! Join us in Fourier 102 for self-care, skill-sharing and community building! An abundance of art supplies is provided, and the space is wheelchair accessible.  No RSVP required- drop in! All ages and abilities are welcome to attend. 

Author Talk: LGBTQ Catholics- Redeeming A Complicated Tradition

Tuesday, September 19  | 6 p.m.  |  Knott Lecture Hall

On September 19, NDMU welcomes Jason Steidl Jack to campus to share his LGBTQ+ work in the Catholic Church. Steidl Jack argues that it is possible for the Church and Church-adjacent institutions to change if they begin to listen to and learn from the experiences of LGBTQ Catholics at the grassroots. 

S’mores & Small Chats with NDMU 100 Faculty

Wednesday, October 4  | 7-8 p.m.  |  NDMU Archway

Students are invited to join the NDMU 100 instructors at the Archway! Enjoy a firepit with s’mores while hearing about how some of your faculty grew up and got to their current roles. 

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