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April 2017 Contents


NDMU Becomes First Maryland University to Join the Small World Initiative (SWI)

NDMU recently had the distinction of being honored as the first university in the state of Maryland to join the Small World Initiative (SWI). SWI gathers some of the world’s top universities who support and source the discovery of new antibiotics.

Lead by Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Jennifer Kerr, NDMU, as part of the SWI will acts as an advocate for long-term involvement in the sciences, allowing upper-level biology students to continue working on antibiotic-producing bacteria identified by undergraduates in the 200-level introductory microbiology classes. By joining the SWI, the University is addressing a worldwide health threat – the rise of antibiotic-resistant infections, and it’s providing NDMU students the hands-on research needed for future professional careers in the drug industry. 

UN Spring Break 2017cSpring Break at the United Nations

A group of NDMU students spent their spring break at the United Nations in New York. The theme for this year was “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.” Our students took part in numerous panels and saw firsthand how the UN operates.

Among the students who took part in the trip, Micah Castelo, ’18. “I think this experience helped me become a more global citizen. It is important to be aware of the problems outside of our own country and other people’s perspectives.”

Gerriza Balmes, ’19, who also participated, shared her sentiment, “I also hope to become a voice for my fellow women as I eventually enter the male-dominated STEM work field as a leading researcher for neuroscience.”

This opportunity was an enlightening experience for all involved and the experience is sure to help these women in their future endeavors.

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Micah with awardThird Straight Year, Morrissy Wins Maryland State Portz Award

For the third year in a row, a Notre DameMorrissy student was awarded the Portz Award for Outstanding Student in a Four-Year Honors Program. Micah Castelo ’18 was presented with the prestigious award at the Maryland Collegiate Honors Council Conference in March. The award is based on student GPA, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and service to the student's honors program, university, and community. Lillian Doyle ’17 was also awarded at the 2017 MCHC Conference with Outstanding Student Abstract for a Presentation. Six Morrissy Honors students in all traveled with Morrissy Director Dr. Jeana DelRosso to the conference and presented their original research to honors students and faculty from across the state.

Morrissy Plays Host to Tokyo's Aoyama Gakuin Women's College

Five students and a faculty member from Notre Dame's partner school Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College in Tokyo spent nine days on campus in March. Hosted by Dr. Jeana DelRosso and the students of the Morrissy Honors Program, the Aoyama group attended Women's College and ELI classes, toured the campus and surrounding areas, and took day trips to Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Washington, DC, and New York City. The students stayed in the residence halls, ate in the dining hall, and presented their original research to the honors students. The Aoyama students built strong bonds with the Morrissy students and provided a cultural exchange opportunity that students from both colleges will remember for years to come.

Innovative NDMU Course Garners National Attention

A new NDMU Honors Course, “Caregiving at the End of Life,” will be featured in a national research project highlighting innovative teaching methods in the field of Interfaith Studies. The course employs a variety of contemplative practices and other experiential methods to help both nursing and non-nursing students care compassionately for people facing death.

The course was developed and is co-taught by Dr. Wakoh Shannon Hickey, assistant professor of religious studies, and Hannah Murphy Buc, MSN, RN, assistant professor in the School of Nursing. They welcomed two researchers, Dr. Trina Jones of Wofford College and Cassie Meyer of the non-profit organization Interfaith Youth Core, to observe a class meeting and interview both students and instructors about their experiences in the course.

The research project is sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.

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Loyola Notre Dame Library News

Design Your Own Pop-UP Class!

Hold a pop-up class in the library! The purpose of a pop-up class is to provide specialized information in a format conducive to active group learning. Pop-up classes can be a great way to draw attention to specific programs on campus, or market new skills to students in a fun, creative way. Our librarians are here to help you set up a pop-up class of your own design! Previous examples include a 3-D modeling class and “Beats & Bytes,” a session about using specialized software to create and manipulate music. 

Learn More at Loyola Notre Dame Library

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Upcoming Events

Master of Arts in Teaching

The 10-month fast-track Master of Arts in Teaching program provides aspiring teachers (including recent college graduates and career changers), the opportunity for a year-long, school-based internship while completing the requirements for a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree that leads to Maryland certification.

Learn more about the program or contact the College of Graduate Studies at

Gormley Drawing

28th National Drawing & Print Competitive Exhibition

Now - April 28, 2017

Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall 2nd floor

The exhibition features works on paper by 21 artists from the local, regional and national art community. For more information visit,

National Public Health Week April 3-9

April 3, Great Amazing Race, 5:30-7:30 p.m., NDMU Arch

April 4, Keynote Speaker, 6-8 p.m., LNDL Auditorium

April 6, Opioid Discussion, 6-8 p.m., Knott Auditorium

April 7, Block Party, 1-5 p.m., MBK Gymnasium

The Rover

the roverApril 7 & 8, 8 p.m.

April 9, 2 p.m.

Sword fights! Secret rendezvous! Masks! Revels! Courtesans! Cavaliers! Comedy! Restoration-era proto-feminism!

Tickets may be purchased online

$15 General Admission, $9 for all students with code NDMUSTU 

Tiffany Lin, Artist & Illustrator

On the Mythology of the American Dream

April 4, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Fourier 24B

Bingo and Kickback Fundraiser

April 5, 5-6 p.m., Gator Alley

Catch Me Outside Tie-Dying

April 5, 6-7:30 p.m., Gator Patio

Interfaith Communal Forgiveness Service

April 5, 4:30 p.m. Peace Pole – Doyle Hall

Join the campus community in a ritual of forgiveness.

Frank JanuzziRenaissance Institute Guest Speaker

April 6, 1:16 p.m., Fourier Hall Room 103

Frank Januzzi, President and CEO of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, and former staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will discuss America’s relationship with North Korea.

Januzzi is one of a small number of Americans who have visited North Korea and one of its nuclear facilities. 

Become a Student Ambassador

Stop by Theresa Hall Room 116 to pick-up and application

Due by Friday, April 7 4:30 p.m.

Dance Party

April 7, 7-10 p.m., Gator Alley

Food Drive Community Service

April 9-15, Doyle SLIC Desk

Memorial Mass for Sister Kara Ryan, SSND

April 10, 12:15 p.m., Marikle Chapel

Easter Egg Hunt

April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Doyle Lawn

Easter Break

Good Friday - NDMU Closed

April 14

Easter Monday

April 17

Donation Drive for Weinberg Shelter  

April 18-28, Meletia Hall

Polar Bear Clothes Exchange Fundraiser

April 18, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Doyle Formal Cafe

Spring Carnival

April 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Gator Alley


April 19, 6-9 p.m., FIC

A campus-wide information and activity fair modeled on the “Death Café” movement, to share with the NDMU community what they have been learning in the honors course “Caregiving at the End of Life,” this semester.

Jill Fannon, Artist & Photographer

On the Body & Object Fetishism

April 20, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Fourier 24B

Nancy Kreiter Research Day

April 21, Fourier Hall

Notre Dame Bazaar

April 21, 4-6:00 p.m., Doyle Formal

Phi Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi Induction Ceremony

April 22, 3-5 p.m., Marikle Chapel

End-of-Semester Party

April 25, 4-6 p.m., FIC

“Arts for Hearts” Recital Series

April 30, 2:00 p.m., The Chapel at Villa Assumpta (6401 N. Charles Street)

Join SOE Admissions Manager Christopher Rhodovi and his wife, Karen Myers Rhodovi (a former NDMU employee) for a recital of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Coffee Cantata.