April 27, 2022
Student Delegation Travels to Washington D.C. for Model OAS Conference
Students Amy Seck and Lily Emami at the Model OAS conference

Five Notre Dame of Maryland University students recently participated in the annual Washington Model General Assembly of the Organization of American States (WMOAS), a unique opportunity which connected them with fellow students from all regions of the Western hemisphere.

NDMU’s delegation represented Brazil at the conference, which serves as a simulation of the OAS General Assembly. Students engage in diplomatic efforts throughout the four-day event, debating issues of peace, security, development, and human rights in the region. All five Proposed Draft Resolutions (PDRs) submitted by Lily Emami ’22, Jolisse Gray ’22, Alycia Hancock ’23, Nicol Rodriguez ’22 and Amy Seck ’24 were ultimately approved by their respective committees.

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A tree in the area behind Meletia Hall
NDMU Commits to Sustainability as a Laudato Si’ University

Notre Dame is taking bold action on sustainability and social justice in becoming a Laudato Si’ University, joining the first cohort of about 100 Catholic colleges and universities around the world.

NDMU is adopting the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, an initiative of the Vatican Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, to create a better future for the planet and humanity, as part of Pope Francis’s 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology.

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Lacrosse Clinches Top Two Seed, Home Game in CSAC Tournament

NDMU's lacrosse posted a fourth-straight CSAC victory and clinched a top-two seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a dominant 18-5 victory over Sweet Briar College last Saturday. The Gators, who have won each of the last two CSAC championships, will host a semifinal at Alumnae Field on Wednesday, May 4.

Sara Morales '23 and Jade Stewart '25 led the offense with six goals apiece last weekend. NDMU (6-5, 4-1 CSAC) concludes the regular season with a 1 p.m. home matchup against Centenary University on Saturday.

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School of Education Shares Research on National Stage at AERA Conference

Four NDMU students and faculty pose in front of a welcome sign at the AERA conference

NDMU’s School of Education was featured at the 2022 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, which was held virtually and on-site in San Diego from April 21-26. Thirteen faculty, alumnae and students presented research on a variety of topics during the six-day renowned conference, which typically features over 2,600 sessions and 15,000 attendees.

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Education Grad Awarded $30,000 from CIA to Support STEAM Education at Local School

Scott Hartman and his students pose with a ceremonial check from the CIA

A graduate of NDMU’s Leadership in Teaching: STEM master’s program was the recent recipient of a $30,000 award sponsored by the Central Intelligence Agency to promote STEAM education at his school in Northeast Baltimore.

Scott Hartman M’21, who has spent the past 10 years teaching science at Hamilton Elementary/Middle School, earned the funding through the CIA’s Mission Possible – Makerspace Nation program. The $30,000 top prize was distributed to one school each in the cities of Baltimore, Richmond and Washington DC.

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International Award for NDMU Publication Honors Creative Excellence

A spread of Universitas 2020 magazines, featuring the award-winning cover

NDMU’s annual magazine, Universitas, won a second international award for outstanding publication design in one of the world’s oldest and largest creative competitions recognizing professional excellence. Universitas 2020, which celebrates the University’s accomplishments and donors, received a 2022 Gold Hermes Creative Award in the annual report category. In fall 2021, the same issue won a Silver honors in the NYX Marcom Awards.

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Four Staff Members Graduate from Building Bridges Program

The four graduates pose near the NDMU archway

Congratulations to NDMU staff members (listed from left to right in the above photo) Marisa Morris '09, Leisalle Lawrence, Macey Cozzolino and David Kiefaber, who graduated this month from Building Bridges Across Maryland, a unique training, networking and development program for support staff at area colleges and universities. Participation in the program is by invitation only and is limited to five individuals from each institution.

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School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Jessica Davis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will give a talk at the Night of Philosophy and Ideas event in York, PA on Saturday, May 7th. 

Through her role within the Undergraduate Education Subcommittee of the American Art Therapy Association, art therapy department chair Cathy Goucher co-hosted, with AATA staffer and Multicultural Committee student member, Ashley Resurreccion, a recent informational session about the field of art therapy. The session, the first in a four part series that will continue through July, was recorded and will be available on the AATA YouTube channel. The series intends to build an earlier awareness of the field among a diversity of young people and broaden understanding about the training required for professional practice. Current NDMU art therapy graduate student and undergraduate alumna Esther Jones '19 will be one of two panelists for the second part of the series in May 2022.

School of Education

Associate Professor Ryan Schaaf presented a recorded session titled Gaming and Society: An Honors Course at the Game-Based Learning Conference hosted by University XP on April 22-24, 2022.

One current PhD student and several alumnae were recently recognized as finalists for Teacher and Principal of the Year awards across the region. Julia Walsh, principal at Tyler Heights Elementary School in Anne Arundel County who is currently enrolled in NDMU's Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations PhD program, was a finalist for the Washington Post's Principal of the Year award. Elizabeth Nemeth M'16 was a finalist for Harford County's Teacher of the Year honor, while Tracey Dowling '05 M'08 and Alicia Amaral Freeman M'08 are finalists for Baltimore County's Teacher of the Year award, which will be announced on April 28.

School of Nursing

Congratulations to Barbara Gough MSN, RN, and Director of the Center for Caring with Technology, for passing her Certified Nurse Educator Exam (CNE). The exam is a professional certification that is offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN) designed to award the credential of a Certified Nurse Educator.

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Field Day

Thursday, April 28 | 5 - 6:30 p.m. | Doyle Lawn

Join the Campus Activities Board and the Office of Student Engagement & Community Programs for a Field Day filled with fun outdoor activities! Summer treats will be provided, and there will also be a raffle.

Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day

Friday, April 29 | 2 - 5:15 p.m. | Fourier Hall Lobby

Senior Thesis Exhibition: Opening Reception

Tuesday, May 3 | 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Gormley Gallery - Fourier Hall Second Floor

The Senior Thesis Exhibition showcases the work of six seniors from art and art therapy. Artworks include oil paintings, digital photographs, works on paper, and mixed media pieces.

Trailblazers Bowl - Field Fun Day

Friday, May 6 | 12 - 2 p.m. | Alumnae Field

Celebration for Retiring Faculty

Friday, May 6 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Doyle Formal

NDMU Art Hive

Saturday, May 7 | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Gator Alley

Join the Art Therapy department for their final Art Hive of the academic year! The NDMU Art Hive is space to indulge in a morning of creative exploration, self-directed learning, and skill sharing. You are invited to join in the event using whatever creative materials and process you wish, as is always the way in an Art Hive! Feel free to bring materials for yourself, to share, or enjoy the variety of materials and scrap that we will have on hand!

You need not be a member of the NDMU community to join. The Art Hive is FREE and all/all ages are welcome! No pre-registration required.

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