August 10, 2022
Serving Her Country: NDMU Nursing Grad to Join Army After Completing ROTC Program
Photos of Oumou Sall in her nursing scrubs and Army uniform

Oumou Sall ’22 was already prepared to enter into a career of service, determining in high school that she wanted to work as a nurse. During her second year at Notre Dame of Maryland University, she took that service commitment to a new level with the decision to enroll in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program hosted at the neighboring campus of Loyola University Maryland.

After graduating from both programs and passing her NCLEX nursing licensing exam this summer, Sall will soon be heading to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, for three months of medical service training. She was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant for the United States Army at an ROTC graduate ceremony in May.

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Yumi Hogan (R) delivers remarks, while Dr. Julia Andersen (L), the graduate coordinator for the art therapy program, stands beside her.
Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan Visits Art Therapy Thesis Presentation

Maryland’s first lady Yumi Hogan recently visited NDMU to salute nine master’s in art therapy degree candidates presenting their thesis projects in the state’s only graduate program preparing students to become professional art therapists. 
At the Thesis Colloquium Graduate Art Therapy Program, Hogan offered words of encouragement and praise for the third cohort to complete the program.

Headshots of Toni Bower (left) and Bethani Newbold (right)
Current and Former Student-Athletes Discuss the Positive Impact of NDMU Athletics

Bethani Newbold ’25 and Toni Bower ’82 share a connection as two-sport athletes who have represented both the basketball and softball programs at Notre Dame. With a significant amount of Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU dedicated to positioning NDMU's athletic teams for continued success, they discuss how being a student-athlete can improve the college experience and teach life skills that are beneficial long after graduation.

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Recent Art Graduate Featured on Oprah Daily Website

Khamaree Owens

Khamaree Owens, a 2020 graduate who majored in art at NDMU, recently had her photography featured on Oprah Daily, a website founded by Oprah Winfrey which reaches an estimated 5.2 million unique viewers monthly.

Owens had three photos, including the cover image, highlighted for a story in which members of the LGBTQ+ community shared their thoughts on Pride Month.

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School of Education Awarded $400K Grant to Improve Digital Instruction On and Off Campus

Caroline and Theresa Halls

NDMU’s School of Education was recently awarded a grant of over $400,000 through the Maryland Emergency Education Relief (MEER) program to increase access to quality digital instruction at a Baltimore public school, further strengthening a partnership between the two groups which began over 10 years ago.

The Excellence in Remote Instruction Support and Engagement (e-RISE II) project will help Notre Dame provide a variety of technical support to John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School, which has been a part of NDMU’s Professional Development School Partnership Network since 2010. Funding from the grant will also support the creation of a new Global Technology Classroom on campus to allow for live streamed professional development opportunities.

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Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship Boosts Career Opportunities for Pharmacy Students

Dr. Kofi Andoh

When Dr. Kofi Andoh D'21 first heard about the School of Pharmacy’s new Certificate in Leadership and Entrepreneurship offering, he knew that the additional coursework could support his long-term goal to become a leader in the industry. A year after graduating from NDMU, the former national vice president of SNPhA is already an interim pharmacy manager at East Madison Hospital as he completes his residency at UW Health.

Dr. Andoh is just one of many pharmacy students who have benefited from the certificate, which was first offered during the 2018-19 academic year.

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NDMU History Book Wins Prestigious Award

A copy of Pursuing Truth next to a photo of Caroline Hall

A book detailing NDMU’s first 100 years won the 2022 Distinguished Book Award at the Conference on the History of Women Religious this summer.

Pursuing Truth: How Gender Shaped Catholic Education at the College of Notre Dame by Sister Mary Oates depicts the perseverance of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) foundresses to establish the nation’s first Catholic college to award women a four-year degree. Published in March 2021 by Cornell University Press, the meticulously researched book examines the University’s rich heritage and SSND legacy.

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MATESOL Alum Selected for U.S. Department of State Fellowship Teaching English Abroad

A headshot of Caroline Purcell next to the NDMU School of Education logo

The U.S. Department of State announced the selection of Caroline Purcell, a 2009 graduate of NDMU’s Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program, for a 10-month fellowship project teaching English and developing curricula in Palestine at An-Najah National University (ANNU). Purcell is one of only 200 U.S. citizens selected for the 2022-2023 English Language Fellow Program, with fellow alum Mary Burch Harmon '93 also included among those chosen.

Purcell, who currently works as a program coordinator and English as a Second Language instructor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, has taught English to speakers of other languages for over 15 years.

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Registration Open for Renaissance Institute Fall Course Offerings

Renaissance Institute members at an outdoor music course

NDMU's Renaissance Institute returns to campus on Tuesday, September 6 with an array of over 50 classes available both on-campus and via Zoom.

Located in the Feeley International Center, the Institute welcomes new and returning members over age 50 to join this vibrant lifelong learning community. Do you have a family member or older adult friend who enjoys intellectual stimulation and social camaraderie in a welcoming atmosphere? Invite them to see course offerings and the fall schedule. Come for the learning, stay for the friendships!

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New Exhibition on Display at Gormley Gallery Beginning September 6

Orange Crush promotional image

Gormley Gallery is pleased to present Suzy Kopf: Orange Crush, on view from September 6 through October 7, 2022. Orange Crush examines the impact of the American citrus industry from its origins in the late 19th century through the mid-20th century. Through advertising, Americans were coached to associate oranges not just with health and wellness but also leisure, vacation, and the promise of paradise. This exhibition explores how citriculture, and the orange specifically, has become embedded in the U.S.’s cultural identity, despite its problematic labor practices and catastrophic environmental impact. Please join us for an artist's reception on Saturday, September 17, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, and for a gallery talk on Friday, September 23, at 11:00 am. Gormley Gallery is located on the second floor of Fourier Hall.

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Raum Featured for Work with Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders Program

Shannon Raum with her Emerging CUPA-HR Leaders program cohort

Shannon Raum, assistant director of human resources at NDMU, was recently featured on the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) website after concluding a year-long stint in the organization's Emerging Leaders Program. The goal of the program is to identify potential volunteer leaders who have shown exemplary leadership and initiative within higher-ed HR and exhibit the desire to play an active role in advancing the profession. Raum was one of five members of the 2021-22 cohort, which represented colleges and universities from across the United States.

School of Education 

From left to right, Scott Nichols, Lisa Pallet, Juliann Dupuis, Dawn Martin, Ashley Demski, Xyanthine Parillion

Three School of Education representatives were included on one of just 21 teams nationwide selected to participate in the Zero Barriers in STEM Education: Accessibility and Inclusion Program through the Smithsonian Science Education Center. The team is lead by Dr. Juliann Dupuis, associate dean and associate professor, and Dr. Lisa Pallett, assistant dean and associate professor. Other team members are Scott Nichols, coordinator of career programs, STEM, and computer science for the Maryland State Department of Education, Dr. Dawn Martin, associate clinical professor and director of special education teacher certification programs for the University of Maryland, and Ashley Demski ’10, M’16, a kindergarten teacher at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. Dr. Xyanthine Parillion, a professor at the University of Houston, was assigned by the Smithsonian to mentor the group.

Adjunct faculty member Raine Valentine, who teaches a Methods of Teaching Art course for the secondary education certification program at NDMU, was selected by the National Art Education Association to serve as one of just 15 national teacher leaders representing art educators in the newly established Connected Arts Networks. Valentine is a visual arts educator at Ridgely Middle School in Baltimore County.

School of Nursing

Barbara Gough MSN, RN, and Director of the Center for Caring with Technology, presented a live webinar reaching 14 states entitled “Cultivating Caring Science into Simulation” on July 28.


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New Student Move-In Day

Friday, August 26 | All-Day

Returning Student Move-In Day

Saturday, August 27 | All-Day

First Day of Fall Semester Classes

Monday, August 29 | All-Day

Alumnae and Alumni Weekend

Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2

Registration for Alumnae and Alumni Weekend (formerly Reunion Weekend) opens on July 1 and closes on September 18 at midnight. Learn more about the planned activities.

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