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December 2018 Contents
Annual Holiday Celebration
Tis' the season to celebrate the holidays. NDMU’s Annual Holiday Celebration will take place on Friday, Dec. 7.
Festivities will kick off at 4:30 in the lobby of Gibbons Hall. Each student organization and university department and office will place a decoration on the tree. Following the Tree Trimming ceremony, the campus is invited to an advent prayer service in Marikle Chapel at 5 p.m.
The Annual Holiday Dinner for students will occur immediately after the service in Doyle Dining Hall. Following dinner, attendees will sing well-known carols in unison for a joyous time. You’ll get to contribute your own versions of the season’s songs with the highlight of the celebration being our unique take on The 12 Days of Christmas! For more information contact Student Engagement.
Great Showing by NDMU at the Ethics Bowl
Each year a group of Notre Dame students take part in the Regional Ethics Bowl. The teams argue and defend their moral assessment of some of the most troubling and complex ethical issues facing society today. This year’s event featured 28 teams from the Northeast and took place at Marist College in New York. Notre Dame was among the teams and faced three tough competitors.
In the first round the Gators faced Northeastern University and defeated them by a unanimous decision. In the second round, Notre Dame went up against Rutgers University and once again came out on top with a unanimous decision. Round three proved to be a little more challenging, as the Gators faced a tough Yale University team. Despite giving it their all and making some great arguments, Notre Dame fell to Yale 142-138. Congrats to all who took part.
Three Morrissy Scholars Take Part in the National Collegiate Honors Conference
Three students from the Morrissy Honors Program participated in the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Boston between 11/7 and 11/11.
Jessie Willinghan shared her research in a poster presentation: From Unification to Genocide an Examination of British Policy in Scotland Following the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.
Chinwendu Nwokeabia and Lorelie Soriano participated as moderators in several sessions of the conference.
All three students represented NDMU well.
The Trailblazers program celebrated the success of first-generation faculty, staff and students by taking part in a nationwide event on November 8. The participants enjoyed productive conversation, sharing, and connections at this event.
In addition, Notre Dame is featured on the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators website.
Inaugural Eichner Women Writers Series
Best-selling author Azar Nafisi will be the inaugural writer in the Eichner Women Writers series at Notre Dame of Maryland University, hosted by the S. Maura Eichner Endowed Professorship of English.
Dr. Nafisi will be on campus Tuesday, Apr. 16, 2019 for a day class and an evening reception and reading. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in LeClerc.
Dr. Nafisi is best known for her book Reading Lolita in Tehran (Random House, 2008). More details will be announced as they become available.
ELI Celebrates Its 35th Anniversary!
ELI proudly celebrated its 35 years at NDMU on November 14! This anniversary celebration was held in conjunction with the annual Culture Day celebration. President Emerita Sr. Kathleen Feeley and current President Marylou Yam were guest speakers, as well as three current and past ELI students. Following the speeches, students from across campus enthusiastically represented 25 cultures with decorative tables, ethnic dishes, music, games and dancing. More than 200 guests turned out for the festivities. To see more pictures check out NDMU's Flickr page.
If you have an international friend, family member or colleague who would like to improve their English skills, please refer them to the ELI. The program is accepting applications for the spring semester and is looking for new members to join its global learning community. ELI’s Spring Orientation for new students is scheduled for Jan.14 & 15, 2019, with classes beginning on Jan. 22. Interested students can sign up online.
Notre Dame in the News
Notre Dame has seen some big recognition in the press lately. The art therapy program was recently featured in Baltimore Magazine. The article discussed both the undergraduate and graduate level program and gave insight from both a student and professor, as well as Cathy Goucher, the program's director.
In addition, two senior nursing students, Lauren Munchel and Brenda Diazdelvalle were recently featured and interviewed on WBAL-TV for a piece on social media and selfie awareness. The two discussed their takes on taking the perfect selfie and what apps they use to capture the look, to what it's like living in a digital age. To see their full interview check out WBAL's website.
The Gators Dig in for the NCAA Tournament
Pass, set, swing, game! What dives, cheers, and went to the NCAA Tournament? It's your Gator Volleyball team! On Nov. 10, Gator Volleyball travelled to Pennsylvania to face the Juniata Eagles in the first round of the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament.
It was a big night for the Gators, as it was a first time the volleyball team made it to the NCAA Tournament since joining the Colonial States Athletic Conference. After a tough fight, the Gators fell in straight sets to the number one Eastern Region seed.
With 12 returning players, the Gators hope to return for another fight next fall.
For more information, head to the NDMU Gator athletics.
Fun Time at Gator Games!
We’ve got spirit, how about you? On Nov. 27, NDMU Athletics worked with the BUS-303 Marketing class to bring the Gator community the first-ever Gator Games!
The pep rally style event kicked off with competitive games between each class and faculty all fighting to earn the title of the of "Most Spirited." The Class of 2022 came out on top this time but the other classes will be back next year to compete for the winning title.
The games finished with the moment everyone was waiting for… a pie to a professor’s face! After a vote by the attendees, Dr. Jocelyn McKeon came in second and both Dr. Deborah Calhoun and Dr. Ken Sossa tied for first place to see pies fly in their face. To see more pictures and video check out NDMU's Instagram page.
The Job Search is on for Our Students!
Print out your resume, choose your best outfit, and practice your handshake because NDMU brings the jobs to you! Last month Notre Dame’s Career Center gave students the opportunity to meet future employers at the Business and STEM Internship and Career Fair.
The event was well attended by students and a variety of employers such as the FBI, the National Institute of Health, Merrill Lynch and more. Students were able to turn in their resumes and talk about future career or internship opportunities.
If students seek further help in finding internship opportunities and job placement, make your way to the Career Center to find out more.
Giving Back to #StopSuicide
The Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority here at NDMU recently participated in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness walk. NDMU students raised more than $550 dollars for the cause over the course of a week. Congrats to all those who took part!
NDMU Presents: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
This Christmas season, give the gift of a truly unforgettable experience: a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with your NDMU family. The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is organizing NDMU's very first adventure trip June 12-23, 2019.
The experience will give you an opportunity to deepen your faith and explore ancient history. For more information check out our website. Registration is open now through our travel partner, Select International Tours.
Dining Services News
SAGE Dining Removes Romaine Lettuce Amid Safety Concerns
Due to the nationwide recall of romaine lettuce, SAGE Dining Services wants you to know your safety and health is its priority. Upon receiving an alert from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding an E.Coli outbreak, SAGE immediately pulled all romaine lettuce from their menus until further notice. To continue promoting healthy eating SAGE has been offering romaine lettuce alternatives such as iceberg, spinach and arugula. Recently, the CDC lifted some restrictions, however, NDMU is still following the recall and not serving romaine lettuce.
Catch Up With Gator Basketball
Notre Dame basketball, lead by head coach Tom Gizzi opened its home schedule this month, hosting Colonial States Athletic Conference opponent, Cedar Crest College. The Gators will host three more home games in December before returning in January.
On December 8, Notre Dame will welcome Immaculata University at 1:00 p.m. In their final home game of 2018, the Gators face Wesley College at 7:00 p.m. in MBK Sports Complex.
Avoid Library Fines This Holiday Season! Return or Renew Items by December 14.
By December 14, please return or renew all Library materials that will be due before you return from break. To renew materials please contact the Library Help Desk at 410-617-6801. Log into your Library account to see when items are due (click on Notre Dame of Maryland University from the list of schools).
Special December and January Library Hours
24-Hour Fall Semester Exam Hours (Dec. 9 – Dec. 20)
Sunday, Dec. 9 (open @ noon) - Saturday, Dec. 15 (close @ 10:00 p.m.): Open Continuously
Sunday, Dec. 16 (open @ 10 a.m.) - Thursday, Dec. 20 (close @ 5 p.m.) : Open Continuously
Winter Break (Dec. 21 – Jan.1)
January Term (Jan. 2 – Jan. 13)
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 8 p.m.
Regular spring semester hours resume on January 14.
News by School
Refugee Drive sponsored by the African-Caribbean Student Association
All day, donations may be placed in marked boxes across campus
Intern with the Orioles
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Gator Alley
Seeking an internship in business management and marketing? The Baltimore Orioles organization will be on campus to meet students in Gator Alley, come and meet with Alejandro Florez, Orioles recruiter.
HOSA: S’more Social
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., Gator Alley
Proclaim Takeover Week presented by the Bethel Campus Fellowship
2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Gator Alley
CAB Presents Gator Live!
7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Gator Alley
A Not So Silent Night sponsored by the Class of 2021
7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Meletia Common Room
Trailblazers: Holiday Study Break
3 p.m. – 4 p.m., Feeley International Center (FIC) 003
Take a break from finals with other Trailblazers.
Holiday Celebration Events
4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gibbons Hall First Floor Lobby/Marikle Chapel/Doyle Dining Hall
Rae of Sunshine presents “Winter Wonderland”
6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Doyle Formal
Mask & Tea with The Makeup Club
8 p.m. – 9:40 p.m., Meletia 2nd Floor Lounge
Pre-Finals Movie Night presented by NDMU InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Gibbons Hall 215
Make a Winter Kit with UN Club!
12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Gator Alley
Women for Justice Movie Night
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Knott Auditorium
Anchorage Home for the Holidays Celebration
6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Gator Alley
Late Night Pancake Breakfast
8 p.m. - 10 p.m., Doyle Dining Hall
WBAL-TV 11 will be airing its Season To Celebrate on December 13, at 8 p.m. Among the performers, NDMU's Shannon Raum, a member of The Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra will be one of the local groups performing! This is the second year WBAL is airing a holiday special to highlight local groups.
Faculty & Staff Christmas Celebration
Please RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 7
A Child's Place Caroling
10:45 a.m., Marikle Chapel
11 a.m., Marikle Chapel
Faculty & Staff Christmas Luncheon
12-1:30 p.m., Doyle Dining Hall
December 22 - January 1
January 2, 2019