Although we continue to learn and work away from campus, we remind our campus community that we are indeed still deeply connected. Our NDMU Community supports all of our students, faculty, staff, and family as we remain focused on our educational experience to be our best and to transform the world. As we proceed working remotely in the weeks to come, we encourage our community to continue to share your pictures, videos, and screenshots using the hashtag #NDMUTogether. Be sure to tag us, so we can share.
You can also continue to upload your #NDMUTogether pictures, videos, or screenshots to NDMU Communications.
Please read this message from President Marylou Yam
As reminder to our campus community, all Coronavirus updates are published on the university Coronavirus Information page as they become available. The page includes resources for employees and students and is updated daily.
Due to the ongoing uncertainty COVID-19 has presented and the current Maryland Stay-at-Home directive, the University postponed Commencement 2020 originally scheduled for May 17. The University is looking forward to celebrating this great accomplishment and is presently looking to confirm a date at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, likely to happen toward the end of summer 2020.
For those completing degrees this spring, upon successful completion of courses and degree requirements will still finish on schedule and officially be a May, 2020 graduate as planned.
Schaaf as he shares his thoughts on how to navigate the “new normal”. From dealing with digital distractions to ways to stay organized, Ryan answers some pressing questions to help us navigate the months ahead.
If working, learning, or teaching remotely is not “your” normal experience, then the change can be very jarring. A higher education campus can be very social – dorms, common areas, the dining hall, hallways, offices, the library, they are all places where people can connect with the community and its members. Although there is social media and communication technology, people do prefer the “real” experiences.
Due to the pandemic, representing the delegation of Grenada, NDMU’s Model OAS is engaged in virtual Model from April 6th-10th. Sydney Miller, the Public Information Officer for NDMU’s OAS, reports all of NDMU’s resolutions were approved for the Electronic Packet for the Model.
Dear Notre Dame of Maryland Community,
Some of you may know me, some of you may not. I’m a transfer student who came to NDMU and found a family. I’m reaching out to you to provide support and some comfort during these unprecedented times. As you know, NDMU is a community of family--which I quickly found out when I moved here. I found people here who welcomed everyone with open arms, who were the quickest of anyone to help someone in need, and who cared about others unconditionally. Although I am at home now, as many of you are as well, I continue to see acts of kindness and love from our community because we are apart physically but always together mentally.
In the past, the students and faculty of our university have been known for their strength, perseverance, kindness, and leadership. All of these characteristics define us still today. As our global community continues to fight against COVID-19, there are so many ways we can help.
Many of us either are, or know somebody who is, on the front lines of this fight. NDMU have both a history and a future filled with strong, intelligent healthcare workers. Therefore, it’s our privilege to help these men and women in the hospitals and beyond who need our help and it is our opportunity to share our university’s love with the world. So many are facing burnout because they care for the patients who many of us only see on the news. As a Criminology major myself, I see the world in a different light, but the way that our community’s doctors and nurses are fighting to keep us safe can’t be missed by anyone and we should be doing everything in our power to lend a hand.
Some of the best action we can take is the simplest.
We are a much smaller group than the global community at large, but together, we can make a difference.
Maia Giafes '22
Need to mix up your background? Hiding your messy room or office? Now available for download are a selection of NDMU Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting or class. Additional images are available online.
We sent out a survey to all of our students to find out how stay-at-home was going for them and what they were up to. Thank you to all that participated this month! We've shared some of our favorite questions and answers:
When you get a break from homework/work, what do you do for entertainment (besides eat)?
What are your favorite quarantine snacks?
What are you doing to stay mentally and physically healthy? (Example: Work outs, meditation, yoga, walks, bike)
How are you staying in touch with your friends and family?
What quotes or song lyrics inspire you right now?
The economic consequences of COVID-19 are impacting internships and job searches as employers re-evaluate their hiring plans. Also, many students that are employed in service industries are experiencing layoffs. The Career Center is available to help. Resume reviews and interviewing practice can be facilitated in a Zoom meeting. Students can use online resources to evaluate their documents and to practice interviewing skills. The Career Center’s website offers many resources.
Video interview platforms are the new medium by which employers are conducting interviews during this period of remote work. For many companies, they won’t go back after the crisis abates. This adaptation to recruiting will forever change employee selection as the artificial intelligence features in these platforms will increasingly conduct candidate review during early recruitment stages. These recruiting tools are often one-way interview systems, and they offer many efficiencies (e.g., better capability to hire for performance and diversity). The Career Center can prepare individuals for this new interface. It requires candidates to have a performance orientation not just formulated answers to typical questions. Refer your students for assistance. They can email the Career Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
SAGE recipes for staying at home: easy, delicious recipes to prepare at home to our SAGE at Home video showcase.
Planning a campus event for later this year, but not entirely sure how to approach your catering needs or menu planning? Fill out the new catering request form on our website to get hands-on support from a SAGE team member!
Camp Notre Dame is thinking of you and your families right now! The team has compiled some activities for families stuck in the house together to try – let us know what you think by tagging Camp Notre Dame on social media!
FREE eBOOK ACCESS! The NDMU bookstore is currently closed, but for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term, they are offering free access to eTextbooks through their partnership with VitalSource.
You may not be able to use our 3D printers right now, but we're still putting them to good use! Our Technology Services Librarian has taken them home while the building is closed and is actively printing face shield components for healthcare workers and first responders as part of an initiative started by Baltimore's OpenWorks! He is carefully following all build specifications and sanitation procedures. #lndlibrary #LoyolaMD #NDMUProud
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Matthew Treskon, Technology Services Librarian at LNDL, has taken the Library’s 3D printers home while the building is closed and is actively printing face shield components for healthcare workers and first responders as part of an initiative started by Baltimore's OpenWorks! He is carefully following all build specifications and sanitation procedures.
Open & Free Resources for Classes
Do you need online resources and readings for class? This guide will direct you to newly open and free databases and collections, in addition to LNDL's continuing resources. (https://guides.lndlibrary.org/COVID19OnlineResources)
Need online materials not owned by the Loyola Notre Dame Library?
Request online materials through Interlibrary Loan! Interlibrary Loan is a service available to current Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University students, faculty and staff where you can obtain PDFs of articles and book chapters not available at Loyola Notre Dame Library. (https://www.lndl.org/help/borrowing)
Read Current News
Search, browse, and explore current and archival news from newspapers including the New York Times, the Baltimore Sun, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Christian Science Monitor. (http://guides.lndlibrary.org/az.php?t=32993)
We are living in an uncertain and emotional time. Thousands of student-athletes feel heartbroken, sad, angry, confused and many more emotions. Everyone is experiencing unforeseen challenges and trying to navigate uncharted territory while facing major, life-changing and imperative sacrifices. While the cancellation of a senior season or a year of eligibility is monumental, as student-athletes, we are doing our part to be responsible citizens in the setting of a widespread COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and throughout the world.
After the cancellation of the spring season, NDMU Athletics introduced a new Senior Spotlight Feature. Throughout the spring, NDMU Athletics will be highlighting seniors student-athletes and all of their remarkable accomplishments. Follow along every week as they introduce you to their senior-student athletes.
Student-Athlete Spotlights Through April 8
Dr. Heather Carpenter’s book Teaching Nonprofit Management [co-edited with Karabi Bezboruah] will be released on April 24th. The peer-reviewed edited volume provides strategies and practices for teaching nonprofit management theories and concepts in the context of the undergraduate, graduate, and online classroom environments.
The publisher Edward Elgar has provided three open access chapters to support faculty who are transitioning to remote learning.
Fatima Karkoub was awarded the Pre-Medical Leadership in Education Award by the American Medical Women's Association on 28th of April on a virtual conference held by the AMWA. Awarded a position in Neuroscience undergraduate research at the Johns Hopkins Medical Center.
Ryan Schaaf, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, answered some top questions about online learning and working from home.
Last week, Director of Alumnae and Alumni Relations Aliza Ross, spoke with Naomi Cross '15, '17, a nurse educator on the front lines of COVID-19. We thank all who continue to serve our community day in and day out during these difficult times. See the interview and share your support!
NDMU’s Student National Pharmaceutical Association is promoting their student spotlights on their Instagram account. This week, they highlighted SNPhA President-Elect, Erika Rivera who is on the frontline of the pandemic.
#PHARMACOVID19 Student Spotlight! SNPhA President-Elect, Erika Rivera, gives us insight on what it’s like being on the frontlines of the pandemic! • “While working during the COVID-19 Pandemic, it has been difficult for both patients and pharmacy staff to adjust during these times of uncertainty. Something that we can all agree on, however, is the fact that we are all experiencing shortages in resources. While this is frustrating, I believe that it’s important to remain understanding of one another. Some of the issues that pharmacies are encountering are drug shortages, increased demand, and lack of protective equipment for both pharmacy staff and patients. These are all issues that remain outside of our control but, what I can say is, that I have seen the extraneous work that all of our fellow pharmacy colleagues have been putting in, and I admire their tenacity to keep working under these conditions. All pharmacies are asking for all the help they can get and even from those who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus such as myself. I have Asthma, and while it does concern me, as a student pharmacist I have a higher obligation to serve our patients during this time of need. With that being said, I would like to thank all of the healthcare workers that are putting their health and safety on the line to do their part throughout this pandemic. I would also like to thank our patients for their continued patience with us through these times of adversity. Their kindness and appreciation makes all the difference!” • #PharmaCOVID19 #SNPhA2020Vision #Region1GetsitDone #LongLivetheLEGACY #SNPhALMBI
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Campus Activities Board (CAB) Virtual #PJWRLD2K20 TikTok Challenge
CAB is challenging YOU to show us your BEST moves at the world's biggest virtual pajama party
Make a TikTok in your PJs & use #PJWRLD2K20 for a chance to WIN a $25 GIFT CARD ( 4 WINNERS ) (TikTok is a public third party platform, so anything you post can be viewed by the public and not just NDMU!)
How Do You Fix Your Coffee?
Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations
Our next chat will feature Sr. Kathleen Feeley, NDMU President Emerita and SSND!
Additional Virtual Programming and Resources
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Alpha Phi Sigma and the Women for Justice Club present a discussion on social, philosophical, and moral issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a discussion on issues surrounding social distancing, racial and ethnic disparities, societal changes, and more.
Preparing for a Career in Medicine
The Biology Dept and Pre-Professional Committee Present: Preparing for a Career in Medicine: Dr. Quezada provides a glimpse of the admissions process and curriculum at the University of Maryland Medical School
You are invited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine Admissions presentation via Zoom!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.