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April 2019 Contents


Lights, Camera, Action

The Moors poster

There are five performance dates:

  • Thursday, Apr. 11 at 8 p.m. 
  • Friday, Apr. 12 at 8 p.m. 
  • Saturday, Apr. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Apr. 14 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available online now. General admission is $15 and students with code NDMUSTU are $9. For more on the play and to read what cast and crew had to say about this production, check out the news section.

Davis Peace Project Recipients

Congratulations to nursing majors Andrea Zuluaga ’21 and Jenae Fernandes ’21. The two were recently awarded a 2019 Projects for Peace in which they will receive a $10,000 grant to make their proposed project a reality this summer.

Zuluaga and Fernandes’ project centered around the community rebuilding effort of San Pio X Parish in Itagüí, Colombia.

Projects for Peace was the vision of philanthropist Kathryn W. Davis on the occasion of her 100thbirthday. Until her death at 106 in 2013, Mrs. Davis was intent on advancing the cause of peace and sought to motivate tomorrow's promising leaders by challenging them to find ways to "prepare for peace."

Morrissy student with Japanese students

Our Morrissy Honors students recently hosted five students and their professor from the Aoyama Gakuin Women's Junior College in Tokyo, Japan. The students attended classes, visited Washington, D.C. and various cultural highlights in Baltimore, and they presented research they completed on different parts of Japanese culture to our Morrissy students and faculty.

In addition to hosting the students, NDMU’s Morrissy students planned events and learned about Japanese culture.

P4 Capstone Reception

The School of Pharmacy will celebrate its P4 student pharmacists on May 3. The annual P4 Capstone Reception will allow students to share their experiences through poster and podium presentations of interesting cases. It is set to take place in the Lobby of Knott Science Center from 2-5 p.m. Please join us and stop by to congratulate our P4 students and their excellent work. Please RSVP by April 29 to Jenna Maher.

Campus Clean-Up

The Planeteers, NDMU’s environmental awareness and sustainability club recently came together to clean-up the library stream. The group joined forces with Renaissance Institute student Susan Wolfe to organize a clean-up of the stream to pick up litter before spring rains wash it into the Chesapeake Bay.

In total, volunteers collected more than ten large bags of trash from the area, and the majority of it was plastic!

If you're interested in joining the Planeteers for their next clean-up, you can sign up online. It takes place at Stony Run on April 25.

Students with trash


CSAC Weekly Honors – March

3/11 –CSAC Honor Roll - Megan Morales (LX), Sammy Kastner (SB), Jodie Bronushas (SB)

3/16 – CSAC Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week – Megan Morales (LX) and Marie Salas (LX)

3/25 – CSAC Honor Roll – Sammy Kastner (SB) and Jodie Bronushas (SB)

3/26 – CSAC Honor Roll – Briana Gibson (TR) and Isabella Dallasta (TN)

Loyola Notre Dame Library News

“Getting Started with Cricut Design Space and Cricut Maker”: Library Pop-Up Class

April 11, 5-7 p.m., LNDL IdeaSpace and Innovation Station
Learn everything necessary to create with the Cricut Maker. Participants will create a free user account, explore the Cricut Design Space interface, learn how and when to use the available design tools, and familiarize themselves with the features of the Cricut Maker. At the completion of this workshop participants will walk away with an Easter treat and have the skills and confidence to tackle their very own custom projects with the Cricut Maker, whether it’s customizing clothing and accessories, creating decorations, greeting cards, decals, or other creative projects. Members of the Loyola and Notre Dame communities who complete the full session will be certified to use the Cricut Maker at the Innovation Station.


Special Library Spring Exams Hours

Sunday, Apr. 28 Noon - Saturday, May 4, 10 p.m.: Open Continuously
Sunday, May 5 Noon - Saturday, May 11, 10 p.m.: Open Continuously
Sunday, May 12 Noon - Friday, May 17, 5 p.m.: Open Continuously
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19: Closed
Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 24: 8 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27: Closed
Tuesday, May 28: Begin Summer Schedule

For more information about library hours, check out the LNDL website.

School of Arts, Sciences and Business

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Maria Mouratidis, professor and chair of psychology, had a paper published with her colleague in the journal Psychiatry, entitled, “The Evolving Concept of a Therapeutic Community.”

NDMU Art Therapy Program Director, Cathy Goucher, recently presented at a half-day workshop in Anne Arundel County as part of an event hosted by Pathfinders for Autism.

School of Education

Congratulations to Dave Morrocco for his contributions to the Sage publication, Leadership for Organizations by David A. Waldman and Charles O'Reilly, released in January 2019. Dave reviewed the text, developed digital resources and offered suggested content. 

Dr. Patricia Dwyer had another op-ed published in The Baltimore Sun.

Dr. Stephanie Savick, Dr. Mark Fenster and Dr. Gary Thrift had their research article, Is a "Critical Mass" of Teacher Candidates Needed in a Professional Development School to Achieve a Quality Student Teaching Experience? published in the Fall Issue of School-University Partnerships, The Journal of the National Association for Professional Development Schools, vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 47-61.

Associate Dean, Dr. Julian Dupuis was asked to present on a panel for “Out of this World Water” Day at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton last month. She joined keynote speaker Astronaut Ricky Arnold to discuss the importance of water education.

Lisa Pallett and Rosemary Poling are launching a new partnership with the Maryland State Education Association. It will be aimed at providing our students with opportunities for professional development, access to conferences and learning how to advocate for education-related issues.

Ryan Schaaf will be presenting A Brief History of the Future of Education at the Maryland International Education Consortium’s Mini Conference on April 26 at Montgomery College, Germantown Campus. The conference is titled “Developing Globally Competent Students.”

NDMU will be making a huge splash at the prestigious AERA Conference in Toronto from April 5-9. Nine of the presenters are from Notre Dame, including Provost Sr. Sharon Slear.

Kappa Delta Pi 2019 Induction Ceremony

KDP Induction group picture

Kappa Delta Pi Speaker

The Phi Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi also recently hosted a speaker for new members entitled “From Stickers to Celebrations” about restorative practices in the classroom. It was presented by Baltimore County Public Schools Assistant Principal Jennifer Pilarski.

Math Night

Several students in Dr. Lisa Pallett’s methods class recently volunteered at Oakleigh Elementary Schools’ Mathematics Night. On Tuesday, Mar. 19, Niesha Carr, Maxwell Davis, Alexis Gentry, Julie Hipp, Anthea Lowe, Melina Pool and Sierra Vancek volunteered getting students and their families engaged in meaningful mathematics for a fun, learning-filled experience.

Math night 1

School of Nursing

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Sabita Persaud presented at the 2018 Sigma Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN. The presentation titled Project PLAN: Preparing Leaders to Advance Nursing, showcased School of Nursing activities supported by a 2018 Nurse Support Program II Grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Drs. Marleen Thornton and Sabita Persaud recently published “Preparing Today’s Nurses: Social Determinants of Health and Nursing Education” in The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.

Student Accomplishments

Emma Durham picture

You can read more about Emma in The Daily Record's program. The Leading Women of Maryland’s Future awards were created in 2010 to celebrate successful women who are 40 years of age or younger. The Leading Woman scholarship in partnership with Keswick, was established two years ago.

Three students in the Master of Science in Nursing Program were supported by the School of Nursing to present their work as posters at the 2018 Sigma Leadership Conference in Indianapolis, IN.  

  • Michelle Atherton presented Pursuing Pathway to Excellence and Approaches to Nursing Education
  • Natasha Maith presented Competence in Caring for Patients with Opioid Addiction: A Phenomenological Approach
  • Carrie Ann Roberts presented compassion Fatigue in the Presence of Employee Engagement

On November 18, 2018, the Mu Eta Chapter of Sigma inducted 36 new members. Sigma is the international honor society of nursing and the Mu Eta Chapter is located here at NDMU. Inductees included 18 BSN students, 16 MSN students and 1 Nurse Leader.

School of Pharmacy

Faculty News

Dr. Jennifer Bailey, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences – appointed to the Bylaws and Policy Committee, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Asish Dutta, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – elected Chair-Elect, Section of Pharmaceutics, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Asish Dutta, Ellison Park ‘20 – “Development of an Improved Reversed-Phase HPLC Stability Indicating Method and Forced Degradation Studies of Curcuminoids” – poster presentation at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chinyere Onyirimba ’20 , Anjali Patel ’19 , Zoya Ramzan ’19, Dr. Payal Agarwal (Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences) “Self-Emulsifying Drug Delivery System (SNEDDS): An Attempt to Develop an Incomplete SNEDDS Formulation for Oral Delivery of Exendin-4 for Treatment of Type-2 Diabetes – poster presentation at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Prashant Mandela, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences presented a poster presentation at the KGI Symposium ‘Use of Rituximab Biosimilars in the Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia’ along with colleagues from Marshall B. Ketchum College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Jonathan Thigpen, appointed Dawson Award Committee, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Student News

The following students presented poster presentations at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2018.

Olivia Akah ’19 “Incidence of antibacterial prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis in a rural outpatient setting”

Cynthia Clark ‘20 “Characterization of clinical metrics associated with a medication history program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital”

Patricia Dieso ‘19 “Effects of probiotic supplementation on inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review”

Danielle DiFalco ‘19 “Medication use evaluation of prothrombin complex concentration in a small community hospital”

Labasse Doumbia  ’20 “Evaluation of pharmacy technician workload in an inpatient satellite pharmacy at a large academic medical center”

Aara Hall ‘19 “Evaluation of delay in the second dose of antibiotics in patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital from the emergency department”

Samantha Hartig ’19  “Incidence of recidivism for opiate overdose in the absence of naloxone discharge prescription in a rural hospital setting”

Tyffani Howard  ’19 “Identifying potential cost savings with industry sponsored patient assistant programs for patients receiving immunotherapy agents in an outpatient oncology clinic”

Daniel Lee ’19 “Patients’ acceptance of influence vaccination during influenza season of low vaccine match”

Rachel Marrone ’19 “Use of acupuncture in the prevention and treatment of dementia”

Ayesha Nasir ’19 “Effects of probiotic supplementation on hyperlipidemia: a systematic review”

My Nguyen ’19 “Time to attaining therapeutic vancomycin trough in pharmacist pharmacokinetic service”

Amura Ama Oduro ‘19 “Liraglutide as an adjuvant therapy to regular U-500 insulin in a morbidly obese patient with type-2 diabetes mellitus”

Richie Onwuchekwa Uba ‘19 “Assessing risk of medication errors due to non-standardized investigational drug labels in two large academic hospitals”

Anjali Patel ‘19 “Association between prenatal acetaminophen exposure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children: A systematic review”

Mateo Pelja ‘20 “To Ignore or Not to Ignore: An Analysis of Drug Utilization Review in an Outpatient Pharmacy Setting”

Zoya Razman ‘19 “Evaluating the most common initial empiric therapy for skin and soft tissue infections”

Sulaiman Sesay ‘19 “Cost-avoidance through redistribution of short-dated emergency drug box medications”

Christiana Showunmi ‘19 “Probiotic effects in incidence reduction in clostridium difficile infection”

Arlene Velez-Bartolomei ‘19 “Evaluation of the appropriate use of antibiotics in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations”

Kelly Ward ‘19 “Incidence of continued tobacco abuse in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after smoking cessation education”


April 11-14

"The Moors"

Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m., Copeland Theatre

Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m., Copeland Theatre

Saturday, April 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Copeland Theatre

Sunday, April 14 at 2 p.m., Copeland Theatre

Tickets are available online.

April 11

Lunchtime Lechtures in Art & Art Historty

12:15-1:30 p.m., Fourier 024

Bring a bag lunch and join in a lunchtime chat with Dr. Katie Larson, an art historian specializing in the art of post-World War II Italy.

Women for Justice Club Clothesline Project

4-9 p.m., Off campus

Navigating A Career Fair Workshop

4:30-5:30 p.m., Collaboratory Room 1038

On Pointe Hairspray Movie Night

7-10 p.m., FIC

April 12

Rae's Spring Carnival

6-8 p.m., Gator Alley Patio

Hosted by Rae of Sunshine

Documentary Night

7-10 p.m., Meletia Hall, 2nd Floor

Hosted by The Planeteers

Karaoke Night

7-10 p.m., FIC 003                    

Hosted by the Asian American Student Association

April 15

Open Mic Night

7-9 p.m., Gator Alley

Hosted by Spectrum

April 16

Reaching and Discussion with Azar Nafisi

7-8 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

The inaugural event for the Eichner Women Writers Series. For more information checkout the Facebook event.

April 17

2019 Spring Career Fair

11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Doyle Formal

Outdoor Movie Night

8-11 p.m., Doyle Lawn

Hosted by Class of 2022

April 23

Gator Splash Car Wash  

4:30 - 6:30 p.m., Fourier Circle

Hosted by Class of 2021

April 24

Gator Paint

7:30 – 9 p.m., FIC 003               

Hosted by Track & Field Club

April 19 & 22

Campus closed for Good Friday and Easter Monday

April 25

Stoney Run Clean Up

12:30-1:30 p.m., Off- campus    

Hosted by The Planeteers         

The Resume Write-Up

1- 2 p.m., Career Center

Squad Goals: Networking Workshop

4:30-5:30 p.m., Career Center

Just Dance!      

7-9 p.m., FIC 003          

Hosted by On Pointe

April 26

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day

2-5 p.m., Fourier Hall lobby & library

For more information check out the website.

Shakespeare Workshop

2-3 p.m., Copeland Theater      

Hosted by Ye Merrier Masquers

PitchFit Spring Concert

7-9 p.m., Gator Alley

ASCA Culture Couture Fashion Show

6-9 p.m., LeClerc Auditorium

April 27

Commencement Fair

11 a.m. -3 p.m., Fourier Hall, 1st Floor

Nature Retreat at Patapsco Valley State Park

Noon - 7 p.m., Patapsco Valley State Park, meet outside of the Doyle Entrance

Join Campus Ministry for a trip to Patapsco Valley State Park to take part in a meditation hike, s’mores, journaling and hear from a speaker.

Contact Sister Mary with any questions. To sign up for the retreat fill out this form.

April 29

Pollinator Garden Clean Up

11 a.m.-1 p.m., Noyes House Garden

Hosted by the Asian American Student Association        

Mindfulness Monday: Start Your Week Off Right

3-4:30 p.m., Gator Alley

Hosted by the Psychology Club

Trip to the Federal Reserve

12-6 p.m., Off-Campus              

Hosted by The Business and Economics Society

United Nations New York Trip

7 a.m.- 11 p.m., Off-Campus

April 30

SGA Senate Meeting

12:15-1:30 p.m., Bunting Hall, Room 220

May 3

P4 Capstone Reception

2-5 p.m., Knott Science Center Lobby

RSVP by April 29 to Jenna Maher.