August 2021
Hands-on Chesapeake Bay Course
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A hands-on Chesapeake Bay course at NDMU introduces students to the study of Bay health and how it directly impacts the plants and animals in the surrounding areas. This firsthand field research is an essential and key feature of many biology courses here at Notre Dame. Take the journey with our students, learn more about the course, and experience the scenes from their recent trip to Oregon Ridge Park.

“This course is an amazing opportunity for students to learn about the ecosystems and environment of a local treasure, the Chesapeake Bay. Meanwhile, they can put into action a variety of skills, such as water testing and fieldwork observation of the organisms that live in the bay,” said Dr. Rebecca Zordan, chair of the Department of Biology. “Every class in the department strives to link the coursework to real-world applications, and the Chesapeake Bay course is no exception.”

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Blasting Off with STEM

NDMU’s weeklong STEM Camp introduced local elementary and middle school students to endless possibilities that STEM education can bring. Learn more about our camper’s interactive program with our NDMU faculty and graduates, and check out some of the space and science-filled week.

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Academic Excellence

NDMU was recently recognized for academic excellence and student support by College Consensus and Colleges of Distinction. Our faculty and staff continue to help Notre Dame achieve high honors as one of the nations’ top universities. Check out our recent accolades and be sure to view the rest of Bulletin to see how our faculty and alums are making a difference in their communities.

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Campus Ministry Updates

Notre Dame welcomes both Rev. Joseph L. Muth Jr. and Julia Campagna to campus!

Father Muth joins NDMU as our part-time chaplain and will lead weekly Mass in Marikle Chapel. He has served for more than 40 years in ordained ministry and pastored the congregation at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Baltimore since 1990 until he retired from full-time ministry in June.

Julia Campagna joins NDMU as the new Director of Mission and Ministry. Julia comes to NDMU from the University of San Diego where she served as Associate University Minister before being promoted to University Minister. Julia will assist the NDMU community with integrating the mission into our lived experience. On the Division of Student Life leadership team, she will work to create a vibrant and active campus ministry program designed to provide support to enhance students’ spiritual development.

Sunday Mass in Marikle Chapel will resume on Sunday, August 29 for the campus community.

Library Updates

Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) names Mary Catherine “Katy” O’Neill as library director, effective October 1, 2021. Katy has served several roles at the LNDL since 2012, most recently as the associate director of research and technology services. Learn more about Katy and her next role as director at the LNDL.

Learn what to expect when you visit the Library, including more information about building hours, Innovation Station and educational technology, and available study spaces. 

Visit the Library Newsletter to read news and updates about Archives interns, pop-up classes, and teaching technology!

Questions about Library technology, resources, and/or services? Chat with a librarian 24/7!

Career Center

Learn about Teamwork styles. A new assessment, Four Sight, is now available for students. Individuals can determine their creative thinking preference. Small groups such as student clubs and classes can benefit by knowing their group profile. It is relevant for the Teamwork & Communication Imprint Pillar. Contact Alan Jones for more information.

Consider extra credit for student attendance at the Fall 2021 Virtual Career & Grad School Fair on Wednesday, September 29 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm. All students and alums are welcome, and it’s not only for job seekers. The group info sessions on the Handshake platform will help participants learn more about different organizations. Review the employers attending so far.

School News
School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Sean Coyne is presenting at the Animal Behavior Society Annual Meeting from August 3-6. He will be presenting the work Sex and Age Differences in Activity Budgets in a Population of Captive African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus), which co-authored with Trystin Figel and Kirsten Marten  from the University of St. Joseph, Connecticut.

School of Education

Attention aspiring teachers and educational leaders: this August 9-13, 2021 Education PowerED will host our inaugural BLACK2School Week. During the week, we will host a series of workshops and mixers to help equip educators for the start of the 2021-22 School Year! Topics will include Social-Emotional Learning, Restorative Justice, White Dominant Culture, Culturally Responsive Teaching, and MORE! Check out eventbrite to register. We hope to see you there - Tashawna Miller.

Dr. Céleste Frazier Barthel attended the SciPEP Conference - Communicating the Future, Engaging the Public in Basic Science. During the conference she was one of three panelists for a parallel discussion on how the broader public views science and presented a poster on her research entitled, "How scientists' understanding of how their audiences learn influences their outreach strategies."

School of Nursing

Dean for the School of Nursing, Kathy Wisser, and ABSN student, Paige Clark, spoke with WBAL’s Kim Dacey about how NDMU is filling the dire need for nurses in Baltimore and throughout the state with the Accelerated Second-Degree BSN (ABSN) program.

Three School of Nursing graduates recently received accolades for their excellence at their hospitals this past year. From the first ABSN cohort, Jennifer Dickensheets ’20, was named Rookie of the Year and a nominee for Nurse of the Year at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital. Mary Marquez ’20 who graduated from the Undergraduate Studies during the pandemic was named Nurse ResidencyNurse of the Year at MedStar Franklin Square Medical. Cristina Aquia Hass ’15 from the first undergraduate traditional BSN graduating class was recognized in Baltimore Magazine as the Excellence in Nursing Winner. She works in Labor and Delivery at St. Joe’s Medical Center.

School of Pharmacy

Student Accomplishments

The following Class 2021 graduates matched to competitive residency & pharmaceutical industry fellowship programs:

  • Kofi Andoh – University of Wisconsin Health System Administration & Leadership/MS degree in pharmacy administration PGY-1 & PGY-2 (two-year program)
  • Brittany Botescu – American Pharmacist Association, DC, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency 
  • Cedric Edwards Cuerpo – Adventist Bakersfield Health, CA, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Dana Deltufo – Meritus Medical Center, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Victoria Fusco  - MedStar Union Memorial, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Sara Gholamrezaeiboushehrinejad – Holy Cross Hospital, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Stephanie Jackson - Meritus Medical Center, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Mina Khalil – Bayer Pharmaceuticals/Rutgers University - Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research & Market (two-year fellowship)
  • Joan Kariuki – Wellspan York Hospital, PA, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Allison Panchisin - Wellspan York Hospital, PA, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Brittney Peak – Memorial Regional Hospital, FL, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Dana Prozementer – CSL Behring/University of the Sciences Medical Information & Medical Affairs (one-year fellowship)
  • Mahwa Sadat – Medstar Harbor Hospital, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Iwon Sato – Clara Maass Medical Center, NJ, Pharmacy Practice Residency

Student Awards

  • Brittney Peak ’21 – recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service – Public Health Excellence Award
  • Kukhwa (Kristie) Oh ’21 – recipient of the Maryland Pharmacists Association Outstanding Student Award
  • Cedric Edwards Cuerpo ’21 – recipient of the Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists Student Achievement Award
  • Victoria Fusco ’21 – recipient of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Maryland Chapter Student Achievement Award

Faculty Accomplishments

The following presentations were made at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in July 2021:

Podium Presentations

  • Dr. Asish Dutta, Chair & Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, “Comparative Analysis and Assessment of Remote Versus In-person Instruction During a Pandemic”
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, “Diverse Paths to Leadership: A Panel Discussion with Current Leaders in the Academy”
  • Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, “Recruiting and Supporting Students in Community Pharmacy Research During COVID-19”
  • Dr. Sharon Park, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor,  “Will my students have a job after graduation? Providing “outside the box” workforce solutions”

Facilitation of Roundtable Discussions

  • Dr. Sharon Park, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor, “So You Think You Know How to Get Promoted? Tips and Strategies for Promotion and Tenure Preparation”
  • Dr. Heather Folz, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, “There’s a Podcast for That!  Incorporating Podcasts into Your Teaching”

Poster Presentations

  • Dr. Sharon Park, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate  Professor,  “Pharmacy Workforce Crisis: Leveraging Pharmacist’s Skills and Exploring Nontraditional Pharmacy Careers”
  • Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education & Professor “Development of a Standardized Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Based APPE Evaluation Tool”
  • Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Den for Experiential Education & Professor, and Sherry Moore, Assistant Director for Experiential Education, “Incorporating Interprofessional Education IPEC Competencies into a Required Introductory Pharmacy & Nursing Didactic Course” 

Faculty Awards & Recognition

  • Dr. Payal Agarwal, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (2020-2021)
  • Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education & Professor, and Ms. Sherry Moore, Assistant Director for Experiential Education & Instructor, as with all experiential education faculty at all schools of pharmacy, were recognized with the Award for Excellence in Experiential Education for their work during this pandemic year. The award was given by the Experiential Education Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. James Culhane, Assistant Dean for Academic Success & Professor, was named the recipient of this year’s NDMU Student Government Faculty/Staff Supporter of the Year.
  • Dr. Asish Dutta, Chair & Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, completed his term as Chair of the Pharmaceutics Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  He will serve as Immediate Past Chair in 2021-2022.
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, completed her term as President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She delivered her Presidential Remarks and outlined the results of work this past year during the Opening General Session of the Annual Meeting in July. She will serve as Immediate Past President and as a member of the Board of Directions in 2021-2022.
  • Dr. Anne Lin was selected as a Circle of Excellence Recipient for the Daily Record Top 100 Women.
  • Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, was named School of Pharmacy Mentor of the Year (2020-2021).


  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dr. Matthew Shimoda, and Dr. Ashley Moody were awarded $50,000 grant for “Umbrella Organization to Increase New Pharmacy-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)”


Other Presentations

  • Dr. James Culhane, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success & Professor, was a guest on the new podcast. “Between the Miles.”
  • Dr. James Culhane, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success & Professor, presented, “The S.A.L.A.M.I Method Part II – Evidence Based Learning Strategies for Effective Studying,” at the Johns Hopkins Preparing Future Faculty Program.
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, presented, “What Does Your Faculty (students, staff, curriculum) Need during COVID-19?” at the International Pharmaceutical Federation Global Academic Leadership Program.  
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, was a guest speakers for the American Pharmacists Association Taskforce on Structural Racism Town Hall. 


Save the Dates

Student Success Center Grand Opening

September 2 | 12:30 -1:30 p.m. | Theresa Hall 022

By strengthening, enriching, and enhancing services and resources, the center aims to provide a centralized "one-stop" place to access academic support.

A Conversation with Amy Tan

September 30 | 7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome virtually to campus Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club. Her other novels include The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times-bestsellers. She is also the author of a memoir, a book about writing, two children’s books, and numerous articles and short stories. 

In 1993, The Joy Luck Club was made into a major motion picture, with Tan as co-producer and co-screenwriter. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2020, and Tan is currently working on a sequel. She is also the subject of a documentary entitled, Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir, which debuted at Sundance in January 2021 and aired as part of PBS’s American Masters series. 

Amy Tan has been nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International Orange Prize, and she has won many awards, including the Commonwealth Gold Award and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature. Her essays and stories are found in hundreds of anthologies and textbooks. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.

Reunion 2021

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October 1-3 | Save the Date!

Notre Dame cannot wait to welcome back our alumnae and alumni for Reunion Weekend 2021 on campus. We will have virtual and in-person opportunities to reconnect with classmates, learn about what is happening at your alma mater, and rekindle that feeling of home when you walk by Gibbons Tower. More details will be sent out via email!

Academic Calendar

Be sure to check out the latest version of the Academic Calendar for 2021-2022.