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November 2018 Contents


NDMU Makes History, Clinching the CSAC Volleyball Championship!

The Gators are the Chompions! It was a fantastic finish for the NDMU volleyball team as they finished out the regular season sweeping Keystone College 3-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference Championship.

With the win, the Gators move onto the first round of the NCAA tournament against Juniata College on Nov. 9.

Following the match the Conference Championship plaque was presented to the team. Junior Mary Marquez also received honors as the CSAC Championship MVP. Head coach Henry DeTitta also earned CSAC Coach of the Year.

Notre Dame went undefeated in conference action this season, and the CSAC Championship is the first in Notre Dame history.

To see the full NCAA Bracket check out the NCAA website. For more pictures from the game, go to NDMU's Flickr page.

Volleyball Celebrates win Volleyball plays game CSAC Champions

girls like us jacket coverCommon Read Author Speaks at NDMU

NDMU recently welcomed common read author, Racheal Lloyd to campus. The Girls Like Us author took part in a discussion in LeClerc Auditorium. Ms. Lloyd discussed her journey and her ongoing efforts to put a stop to human trafficking, including her formation of GEMS-Girls Education & Mentoring Services. The organization, founded by Lloyd is designed to empower girls and young women who have been sexually exploited and domestically trafficked.

Lloyd said it wasn't easy in the beginning, but that she had a vision for the organization and stuck to it. That advice was something she stressed to students saying, "there will be times in your life when you have a clear vision and whatever you do don't let others tell you, you can't do it!"

Following the chat, Ms. Lloyd met with students and took part in a book signing in LeClerc lobby.

Community Day 2018

community day student artThis year’s Community Day  welcomed speaker Kathleen Bonnette to campus. She spoke about human trafficking and the part everyone can play in putting a stop to it. The discussion was directly connected to this year’s Common Read selection, Girls Like Us.

As in previous years, there was a button sale fundraiser linked to Community Day. This year’s donations supported the School of Education’s Haiti Teacher Training Initiative to fight poverty, promote education and prevent human trafficking.

First-year student Halle Anderson created the design that was used for the buttons. She said her design was a reflection, her interpretation of what she has learned. “Reading the 'Girls Like Us' book has drastically changed my perspective on sex trafficking and so the image I created was to sum up how I now see women/children in those situations. They are beautiful flowers stuck in that chain and darkness. How they got there doesn't matter but what does matter is breaking that chain because every flower deserves the sun." 

ELI is 35 logo

ELI Turns 35!

The big event is almost here! Please join the ELI in celebrating its 35th Anniversary and Culture Day on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in Fourier 103.

The milestone will be marked with a brief ceremony followed by our Culture Day Exhibition. Culture Day is an opportunity to explore the cultures and traditions of our global citizens here on campus. culture day 2017Up to 18 countries will be represented and you will have the opportunity to learn about the nations from our students, sample international cuisine, hear from guest speakers, and possibly even win one of several raffle prizes!



Two Gentlemen of Verona Takes the Stage in Copeland Theatre

Cast pictureNotre Dame's adaption of William Shakespeare’s Two Gentlemen of Verona is now playing in Copeland Theatre. This show is especially meaningful because NDMU's actors are sharing the stage with actors from the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory. This is the first time the two have paired up and neither expects it to be the last.

As one of the playwright’s earliest plays, Shakespeare writes about two friends venturing off from their proper lives while falling in love in a series of wild events. This weekend marks the final performances for the fall production.

Show times are Nov. 9 & 10 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15, $9 students with code NDMUSTU and can be purchased online. For more information check out our news section.

Vote for Your Voice Hits the Campaign Road

On Nov. 6, voters across the country took to the polls to share their voice. 

In the lead up to Election Day, NDMU's COM-331, the fall Public Relations course did its part to get out the vote. In an effort to bring what they were learning in the classroom to life and make it relevant, COM-331created a voting campaign that included a campus-wide slideshow, flyers, links, locations and information all about the elections. Students also researched different transportation methods for students to use on election day as well as talking with faculty and staff about their role in encouraging voting. Students made themselves available to answer any questions and had solutions in place, if needed.

Honors Convocation

honors convocation group pictureThe Notre Dame community recently came together to celebrate the 82nd annual Honors Convocation. The ceremony recognized the academic achievements of students from the 2016-2017 academic year. Students who earned both honors and awards were recognized at the event.​

Here is the list of the award recipients:

  • CRC Freshman Chemistry Award: Bintou Timbine
  • Philosophy Young Scholar Award: Tavia Williams
  • Sister Sharon Dei Award: Don’she Cloude
  • The Jeanne Hackley Stevenson Award in History and Political Science: Rhea Guzman
  • Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award in Business: Helen Contreras
  • Maryland Photographic Society Award: Khamaree Owens
  • The Margaret Smith Wasilifsky Award for Prose Writing: Arirah Arafat and Katherine Martinez
  • Corinne A. Weldon Nursing Award: Jenae Fernandes
  • Caritas Award: Brenda DiazdelvalleHonors convocation on stage
  • Professionalism: Pride in Practice: Chinyere Kingdom-Nwankwoala
  • Educator of Promise Award: Donielle DeToy
  • Rising Educator Award: Hannah Woodworth

In addition to the awards, students were recognized for making the Dean’s list, for being inducted into various honor societies, and the latest Morrissy Scholars were announced.​

To see pictures from this year's event, go to NDMU's Flickr Page.

Commencement 2018

Attention seniors! Here’s the date you have been waiting for...mark your calendars, Commencement 2018 is set for Sunday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. at the Royal Farms Arena. The ceremony is expected to end around 1 p.m.

In addition to celebrating our graduates, we will welcome WOW – Women of the World founder Jude Kelly. Kelly will serve as this year’s Commencement Speaker. For more on the activities check out the commencement webpage and be sure to share in the Commencement excitement by using #NDMUGrad2019.

Library News

Library Workshop Event: “Author's Rights and Publication Contracts: What to Know Before You Sign”

Date: November 9
Time: 3- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Loyola Notre Dame Library Collaboratory

Working on a publication? This workshop will help you understand your rights as an author under copyright law. It will provide information common types of publication agreements and their terms and provide tips on negotiating your contract through hands-on exercises. Click here to RSVP!

Special Thanksgiving Break Library Hours

Tuesday, Nov. 20: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 21 - Sat. Nov. 24: Closed
Sunday, Nov. 25: Resume Regular Hours (Noon – 2 a.m.)

For more information about library hours, visit the LNDL website.

Database Trials: Faculty Feedback Needed!

The Library is currently hosting 2 database trials:


Trial runs October 15 to November 15 
The DataPlanet repository contains more than 52 billion data points from more than 75 source organizations. The over 6.2 billion datasets in Data Planet provide immediate access to data presented in charts, maps, graphs, and table form, via multiple points of entry.
Share your thoughts on DataPlanet by filling out this short survey!

EBSCO Comprehensive eBook Collection 

Trial runs through November 16th thanks to our partnership with USMAI. 
The Comprehensive eBook Collection combines the EBSCO Academic, Business, Engineering, History and Religion eBook Collections allowing discovery to over 200,000 eBooks. 
Share your thoughts on EBSCO's Comprehensive eBook Collection by filling out this short survey!

Faculty, if you are interested in a database purchase or trial, please contact your Library Liaison.

News by School

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Jennifer Wester, Assistant Professor of Art History, recently traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, for the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC), where she presented a paper entitled “The Spectacular Iris Clert” in a session on women’s patronage of the arts in the 20th century. She also chaired a pedagogical session discussing innovative ways to teach art and art history to a general education population.

Dr. Desiree Melton will attend the 2018 National Humanities Conference in New Orleans from Nov. 8-11 as an invited panelist representing the discipline of Philosophy. The panel is “Philosophers Engage with Communities Combating Racism.”

Dr. Joyce Ann Konigsburg, Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, recently published her article “Conditions for Encounters with Ultimacy Across Religious Boundaries” in a special topical issue of the refereed journal, Open Theology.

mull research picStudent Accomplishments

Keira Mull (BIO ’20) won first prize in the Biological Sciences category at the Undergraduate Student Research Symposium at UMBC last month. Mull presented her research on environmental DNA and its effects on freshwater fish - a topic she studied while studying abroad in South Korea this past summer. To read more on Mull's experience check out our news section.

Several SASB students received awards at this year's Honors Convocation, including:

  • CRC Freshman Chemistry Award: Bintou Timbine
  • Philosophy Young Scholar Award: Tavia Williams
  • Sister Sharon Dei Award: Don’she Cloude
  • The Jeanne Hackley Stevenson Award in History and Political Science: Rhea Guzman
  • Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award in Business: Helen Contreras
  • Maryland Photographic Society Award: Khamaree Owens
  • The Margaret Smith Wasilifsky Award for Prose Writing: Arirah Arafat and Katherine Martinez
  • Professionalism: Pride in Practice: Chinyere Kingdom-Nwankwoala


The NDMU in France Program will launch in the spring semester! Vanessa Velazquez, a sophomore and business major in the Women’s College, is the first to take part and will depart for Angers, France in mid-January. 

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

The Handbook of College Reading and Study Strategy Research was recently published and it includes a chapter written by Dr. Christa de Kleine in collaboration with Dr. Rachele Lawton. The chapter is titled “Linguistically Diverse Students." It was edited by Rona F. Flippo & Thomas W. Bean (Routledge).

Sr. Mary Fitzgerald, SSND, Th.D. recently presented at the National Catholic Educational Association’s Catholic Leadership Summit in Jacksonville, FL. She explored the topic, Catholic Social Teaching as a Guide for Policy, Protocol and Practice.

Lisa Pallett is now officially, Dr. Lisa Pallett. She successfully defended her dissertation, The Preparedness of Candidates and Graduates from Maryland Universities to Teach Using Elementary Mathematics Standards.

Dr. Gary Thrift has been appointed to a 3-year term on MSDE's Maryland State Gifted and Talented Advisory Committee. This is his second time on the committee. NDMU GT Program Adjunct Professors Dennis Jutras, Tara Recor, Robin Hawley-Brilliante and Ainsley Tetreault also serve on the Advisory Committee.

Maggie Hubbard, who joined our ACES Program this year, was a recent guest on the ‘CatholicEd4All’ Podcast. This podcast supports inclusion in Catholic Education and is widely listened to among Catholic educators. The podcast is available for all to listen.

The Operation TEACH Program and Saint Clare Parish have been awarded a Knott Foundation Grant for renovations to the Saint Clare Community House. Congratulations to Angela Simmons and the Operation TEACH partners for securing this much needed award.

Evelyn Spratt and Andrew Moore are serving on a panel with recently-minted NDMU Drs. Philip Piercy and Amy Rosenkrans next week (November 2) at the History of Education Society Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM.  The panel is: "Gaining a Foothold:  Catholic Education in America in the 19th Century.

Student Accomplishments

Two SOE students received awards at this year's Honors Convocation. They are:

  • Educator of Promise Award: Donielle DeToy
  • Rising Educator Award: Hannah Woodworth
School of Nursing

Student Accomplishments

Two School of Nursing students were honored at this year's Honors Convocation. Janae Fernandes received the Corinne A. Weldon Nursing Awards, and Brenda Diazdelvalle was honored with the Caritas Award.

School of Pharmacy

School Award

Baltimore County Department of Aging presented the Legacy Partner Award to the School of Pharmacy for its sustained commitment and service to geriatric clients in Baltimore County.  The award was presented at its annual luncheon on May 17, 2018.

Faculty Publications

Dr. Jennifer BaileyAssistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciencespublished  “New Initiatives for HIV Taking Off This Year” 

Faculty awards 

Dr. Lindsey Crist, Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences, was selected as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year after nomination by students and peer review.  She will be honored at the Teacher of the Year luncheon along with winners from all schools of pharmacy in the U.S. at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in July 2018.

Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education & Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences will the  Excellence in Experiential Education Award from the Experiential Education Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in July 2018.

Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences was presented with the  American Pharmacist Association Immunization Certificate of Recognition by the Immunizing Pharmacists SIG at its annual conference in March 2018.

Dr. Ray Weber, Associate Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award by the Class of 2018 at the graduation banquet on May 18, 2018.

Faculty Activities

Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences was installed as a Trustee for the  2018-2019 Board of Directors of the Maryland Pharmacists Association on July 1, 2018. This is Dr. Lin’s second year of service on the Board.

Student Accomplishments

The following Class 2018 students matched to PGY-1 residencies:

Cesar Bejaraono-Garica ’18 – Meritus Medical Center – Hagerstown, MD

Alyssia Dyett ’18 – University of North Carolina Chapel Hill/Walgreens (community pharmacy residency), Chapel Hill, NC

Nahed Elias ‘18 – Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center (community pharmacy residency)– Richmond, VA

Kyle Gundlach ’18 – Desert Regional Medical Center – Palm Springs, CA

Quynh-Nhu Ha ’18 – Sinai Hospital – Baltimore, MD

Shannon Haar ’18 – Virtua Health – Mt. Holly, NJ

Miaka Huynh ’18 – Indian Health Service Residency, Public Health Service

David Lewis ’18 – Shady Grove Medical Center -Adventist Health Care – Rockville, MD

Mayrim Millan- Barea ’18 – Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, MD (combined PGY1/PGY-2  & MS in Health System Administration)

Binh Nguyen ’18 – Mercy Medical Center – Mason City, IA

Raza Zeinab ’18 – Howard County General Hospital – Columbia, MD

Tiffany Sherrod Harris ’18 – Wake Forest Baptist Health (community pharmacy residency) – Winston-Salem, NC


The following Class 2017 Alumni matched to the following PGY-2 residencies after completing a PGY-1 residency:

Vala Behbahani ’17 – Mount Sinai Hospital - New York, NY (Solid Organ Transplant)

Rachel Dewberry ’17 – MedStar Health – Columbia,  MD (Health System Pharmacy Administration)

Shayne Wharton ’17 -  Pittsburgh Veterans Administration Medical Center – Pittsburgh, PA (psychiatry)

Upcoming Events

a picture worth a thousand wordsNovember 1-30

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words by Bruce McKaig

Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall, 2ndFloor.

An art exhibit created by Bruce McKaig.

artist pictureNovember 8

Lunchtime Lecture in Art and Art History
12:15-1:30 p.m., Fourier 24B
“What’s Old is New Again: Renovating Houses in Ancient Sicily," Nicole Berlin, Art Historian and Archaeologist, Curatorial Fellow at the Walters Art Museum

November 9

The Beauty Expo

3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Doyle Formal

In this event, sponsored by the African-Caribbean Student Association, there will be beauty vendors, hairstylists, nail techs, giveaways and more!

NDMU Drama Production: The Two Gentleman of Verona

8-10 p.m., Marian B. Copeland Theater

The Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare, directed by Ann Turiano. Tickets can be purchased online.

November 10

NDMU Drama Production: The Two Gentleman of Verona

8-10 p.m., Marian B. Copeland Theater

The Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare, directed by Ann Turiano.

“A Parlor Game in the Library,” hosted by artist Bruce McKaig
4-6 p.m., Fourier 103
A participatory game looking at volunteerism, empathy, and the value of work, with contributions from Business and Economics professors at NDMU and invited Baltimorean community builders. This event is offered in conjunction with the current exhibition at Gormley Gallery, Bruce McKaig: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Workers, which combines McKaig’s own artworks with curated images and materials that explore the cultural and socio-economic relationships between photography and work.
Brief comments will be shared by Heather Carpenter, Chair of the Business and Economics Department; Ademar Bechtold, Professor of Business and Economics; Stephanie Geller, Community Wealth Building Strategist; and the Baltimore Gift Economy, a local New Economy enterprise. Edible pie charts will be served (in the form of cake)! The event is free and open to the public.

November 11-16

Canned Food Drive sponsored by the Makeup Club

3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Meletia Hall, Doyle Hall, and MBK Lobby

November 11

NDMU Drama Production: The Two Gentleman of Verona

2-4 p.m., Marian B. Copeland Theater

The Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare, directed by Ann Turiano.

November 13 

Laugh Until You Cry: How We Mask Pain with Humor presented by the Black Student Union

6-8:30 p.m., Gator Alley

Sip & Paint presented by the Makeup Club

7-8 p.m., Meletia 2nd Floor Lounge

Nov. 14

Business and STEM Internship/Career Fair

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Gatory Alley

Looking for a job? Come ready to speak with these companies:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • MedStar Health: Nursing professionals
  • LifeBridge Health: Nursing professionals
  • FBI
  • NSA: Political Science
  • Pest Czar: Web/Graphic Design, social media
  • Merrill Edge: Financial Advisor
  • Maryland Live! Casino: Finance, Marketing, Human Resources
  • Southway Builders: Finance, Marketing, Human Resources


ELI Celebrates 35 Years and Culture Day 2018

3:30-5:30 p.m., Fourier Hall 103

For more information check out Bulletin News.

November 15

Women for Justice Movie Night 

6-8:30 p.m., Knott Auditorium

Spectrum’s Open Mic Night 

7 -9 p.m., Gator Alley

November 16

World Food Day Food Drive sponsored by the UN Club

4-10 p.m., Meletia 2nd Floor Kitchen

November 28

Tie-Dye Event sponsored by Spectrum

7-9 p.m., Gator Alley

November 29

Leadership Summit: Fall Workshop Featuring Factuality 

12:15-1:30 p.m., Doyle Formal

Kickback and Relax with the Class of 2019

4-5:30 p.m., Gator Alley

How to Stay Safe on Campus: Women For Justice Club

6-7 p.m., Knott Auditorium

November 30

African-Caribbean Festival/Dance sponsored by the African-Caribbean Student Association

7-11 p.m., Doyle Formal

December 1-18

Refugee Drive sponsored by the African-Caribbean Student Association

All day, donations may be placed in marked boxes across campus

December 4

Christmas Crafting with On Pointe

6-8 p.m., Feeley International Center 003

December 6

HOSA: S’more Social

12:15-1:30 p.m., Gator Alley

Proclaim Takeover Week presented by the Bethel Campus Fellowship

2-3 p.m., Gator Alley

A Not So Silent Night sponsored by the Class of 2021

7-10 p.m., Meletia Common Room

December 7

Trailblazers: Holiday Study Break

3-4 p.m., Feeley International Center (FIC) 003

Take a break from finals with other Trailblazers.

Holiday Celebration Events

4-8 p.m., Gibbons Hall First Floor Lobby/Markikle Chapel/Doyle Dining Hall

December 8

Pre-Finals Movie Night presented by NDMU InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

7-10 p.m., Gibbons Hall 215