April 12, 2023
School of Pharmacy, Morrissy Honors Program Students Represent NDMU at National Conferences
APhA Conference Group Photo

Students from Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program and School of Pharmacy traveled across the United States recently for conferences which provided a variety of educational and networking opportunities. Four Morrissy program members presented work at the 2023 Northeast Regional Honors Council, which was held in Pittsburgh from March 30 through April 2. The theme of this year’s conference, which takes place annually and welcomes members from nearly 200 colleges and universities, was “Building Resilience from Tragedy: Understanding Hate, Violence, Loss, and Reconciliation.”

A large contingent of students from NDMU’s chapter of the American Pharmacists Association Academy of Student Pharmacists (APhA-ASP), meanwhile, traveled west for the APhA Annual Meeting & Exposition in Phoenix. This year’s theme for the conference, which took place from March 24-27, was “RISE! Advancing in the Face of Adversity.”

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NDMU Students at the Model OAS Conference
NDMU Students Represent El Salvador at 2023 Model OAS Conference in Washington D.C.

Several NDMU students were in Washington D.C. last week to participate in the annual Washington Model General Assembly of the Organization of American States (WMOAS), a unique opportunity which allowed them to connect with students from across the Western hemisphere while debating issues of peace, security, development, and human rights.

NDMU represented El Salvador at the four-day event, where they met with the country's ambassador to the United States and submitted Proposed Draft Resolutions on a variety of topics, including fighting femicide, addressing the migration crisis, providing tech job training skills for prisoners, combatting corruption through regional cooperation, and more. 

NDMU's Model OAS team members were Anna Choudhary (Head Delegate), Amy Seck (Alternate Head Delegate), Emma Alascia, Aly Geckle, Tahreem Haq, Briana Davis, Mimi Souada, Caitlin Murphy, Gabbi Taganas, and Makaylah Reyes. Seck, a three-time participant at the assembly, was elected as General Committee President for the 2024 WMOAS, which will take place next April.

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Recent Graduate Presented with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses

A recent graduate from NDMU’s School of Nursing was presented with The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses in recognition of her dedication to providing compassionate and skillful care to patients. Francesca Circosta ’22 was the January recipient of The DAISY Award at Augusta Health, a community hospital located within the Shenandoah Valley in Fisherville, Virginia. 

The DAISY Award is presented to nurses at over 5,400 healthcare facilities in the United States. Circosta, who works in the emergency department at Augusta Health, was nominated by one of her patients, who highlighted the outstanding, personalized care received during an especially crowded day in the ER.

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School of Education Faculty Present Research at National Conference

 NDMU Faculty at the NAPDS Conference

Notre Dame’s School of Education was well represented at the National Association for Professional Development Schools Conference, which was held from March 23-25 in Jacksonville.  NDMU’s award-winning Professional Development Schools (PDS) Partnership Network works with public schools across five different school systems to develop teacher interns, provide professional development to school-based faculty, and support school improvement goals. The following professors and PDS partners presented their research and grant work at the national conference:

Sharing their 2022 publication in the School-University Partnership Journal, Dr. Kristine Larson and Dr. Stephanie Savick
 '92, M'99, D'09 discussed their work with PDS partner Broadneck High School in presenting, “Integrating Flourishing within PDS Partnerships to Support Students’ Mental Health and Wellbeing.”

Sharing his work as a liaison to PDS partners Clemons Crossing Elementary and Long Reach High Schools, Dr. Angelo Letizia presented, “Leaving a Legacy: Tips for Starting a PD Library at a PDS School.”

Presenting her work as a liaison to PDS partner Lansdowne Elementary School, Dr. Joanna Newton participated in a roundtable discussion on launching and sustaining a PDS with her presentation, “NAPDS Essentials in Action: Revitalizing a School University Partnership.”

Presenting her ongoing work with PDS leaders at other local universities including Towson, Salisbury, and Loyola Universities, Dr. Stephanie Savick co-presented, “Collaboration for Innovative Clinical Experiences to Support District Partners in Teacher Shortage.”

Sharing her grant work with PDS partner John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, Dr. Patty Silver and Lauren Watson '00, M'06 (site coordinator at John Ruhrah), presented “Enhancing Multilingual Learner STEAM: A PDS Partnership and the MEER Grant.”

Q&A with NDMU President Emerita Sister Kathleen Feeley

Kathleen Feeley in Ghana

Congratulations to NDMU President Emerita Sister Kathleen Feeley for publishing her third book at the end of last year. "How Beautiful!: School Sisters of Notre Dame in Africa: 1970-2020" depicts the 50-year impact of the SSNDs on the continent. Sister Kathleen recently shared her reflections with the Global Sisters Report – a project of the National Catholic Reporter – about her international service, her passion for writing, and her career at Notre Dame.

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Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

NDMU Art Hives, a twice monthly inclusive art space organized by the art therapy department, once again provided a special pop-up edition at Coppin State University on March 18, 2023, in partnership with Healing City Baltimore in support of their annual Healing City Summit.  

Art Therapy faculty and graduate research coordinator, Yasmine Awais, PhD, moderated the opening panel for Part One of ITA Chicago's 7th Annual Integrated Creative Arts Therapy Conference, "Play a Different Game," held on March 31, 2023. The virtual start to the conference, with Part Two taking place in June for which Dr. Awais will provide the Keynote, focused on demonstrating how the creative arts therapies work within and bridge divides between systems.

School of Nursing

 Caroline Center Students at the CCT

The Center for Caring with Technology hosted 15 students from the Caroline Center on Tuesday March 28 from 10 am to 1 pm.  The students participated in an IEP Simulation and Skills day with BSN students and a MSN student, along with faculty and staff. The Caroline Center is a nonprofit workforce development organization serving women in Baltimore. The Center aims to provide a safe and supportive community and an enriched curriculum that supports students’ transition to a professional career as certified nursing assistants, gerontology nursing assistants or pharmacy technicians. Students receive an empowering education and effective career skills training program – all inspired by the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Dr. Rodnita Davis, assistant professor and director of NDMU's entry-level nursing programs, recently presented her dissertation research (The Lived Experience of Racial/Ethnic Minority, First-Generation Nursing Students) at the 2023 National League for Nursing's Nursing Education Research Conference (NERC). She also co-authored an article titled "Cultural Humility and Allyship: Enhancing Nursing Education" in the International Journal for Human Caring

School of Pharmacy

Dr. Heather Folz, associate professor of pharmacy practice, presented on two topics (PharmTalk: Digital Health Pearls and Innovations and PharmTalk: Ten-Minute Journal Club) at the 2023 American Pharmacist Association Annual Meeting & Exposition in Phoenix.

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Charles J. Busta Business III Forum 2023

Thursday, April 13  |  6 - 8 p.m.  |  LeClerc Theatre

Marti Tirinnanzi ‘82 will share her corporate board journey, discussing how she became appointed to the Board of Directors of the Intercontinental Exchange, a Fortune 500 company and parent company of the iconic New York Stock Exchange, along with a number of global futures exchanges and technology companies. She will provide a road map to beginning your own board journey, with the goal of joining a non-profit, private or public company board of directors.

TurnAround at NDMU

Friday, April 14  |  11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  Doyle Lobby

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, TurnAround Inc, Baltimore City's rape crisis center, will be outside of Doyle Dining Hall during lunch to answer questions, meet students, and provide information.

D3 Week Celebration with Athletics and Student Life

Friday, April 14  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Doyle Lawn

Come and hang out with Student Life and Athletics as we celebrate all of our student athletes during Division III week! All are welcome! We will have food trucks, lawn games, a craft station, t-shirt giveaways and more.

Racism & the Death Penalty

Tuesday, April 18  |  6 - 7:15 p.m.  |  Global Digital Classroom, Caroline Hall (Fourth Floor)

The University Global Solidarity Committee and Faculty and Staff Anti-Racism Committee are pleased to offer what promises to be a thought-provoking, inspiring, and informative presentation! This event is free and open to the public.

Celebrate Earth Day

Saturday, April 22  |  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  St. Francis Neighborhood Center

NDMU students, staff, and faculty are invited to come together to celebrate Earth Day! We are collaborating with St. Francis Neighborhood Center this year, the oldest neighborhood center providing enrichment in Baltimore City. Participants will assist with a neighborhood clean-up, urban gardening, a bee colony, a sustainable clothing drive, and more. Transportation will be provided for students from campus to the service site, with a student lunch immediately following at the Empanada Lady.

Denim Day

Wednesday, April 26  |  All Day  |  NDMU Campus

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to wear denim to show their support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

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