December 14, 2022
School of Education Supporting Student, Teacher Flourishing at Eight Local Schools
An educator inside a classroom

Notre Dame of Maryland University’s School of Education is playing a prominent role in addressing mental health challenges at eight schools within the Anne Arundel County Public School system, with faculty members leading Student and Teacher Alliance for Flourishing initiatives through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

School of Education assistant professors Dr. Kristine Larson and Dr. Molly Dunn are providing training and technical support to 16 program advisors from the participating schools. The initiative has expanded to its eight current locations after initially beginning at Broadneck High School, a member of NDMU’s Professional Development Schools Partnership Network, during the 2020-21 COVID-impacted academic year.

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Erin Campbell
ABSN Graduate Spotlight: Erin Campbell

Erin Campbell had considered becoming a nurse for several years, giving serious thought to the idea as an undergraduate at Towson University before ultimately deciding to major in psychology. After graduation, she spent the following 12 years as a teacher and administrator at a local Montessori school.

A career in nursing, however, remained in the back of her mind throughout that time period, and as the COVID-19 pandemic continued she made the decision to change professions and enroll in NDMU’s Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program. Campbell made the most of her NDMU experience, serving as a peer tutor, a mentor and an aide in the clinical simulation lab during her short amount of time as a student.

Rachel Maj
ABSN Graduate Spotlight: Rachel Maj

Rachel Maj worked in a variety of medical settings in the years following her 2012 graduation from the University of Redlands. She began her professional career as a scribe in the emergency room at Baltimore Washington Medical Center, and she would later work as a medical assistant in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and dermatology departments while also serving as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and firefighter.

Her experience interacting with nurses during a serious family medical situation led Maj to consider joining the profession, and a friend recommended that she look into NDMU's ABSN program. Maj took her friend’s advice and enrolled at NDMU, where she thrived in the ABSN hybrid delivery format while also serving as a peer mentor, a tutor, and the Hybrid ABSN Class Representative for the Student Association of Nurses at Notre Dame.

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Microbiology Students Present Independent Research Projects

NDMU microbiology students

As the fall semester winds down on campus, microbiology students completed a semester-long project last week by presenting their independent research to a panel of judges in UAB. The research symposium was designed to provide an opportunity for the class to clearly discuss and explain their findings to panelists who work outside the field.

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Damozel Earns National Award from Sigma Tau Delta


The 2021-22 edition of Damozel, the NDMU English Department's annual creative literary magazine, was selected as the third place winner of the Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award by Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society. The awards committee described competition for the award as particularly keen this year, with many outstanding journal offerings, and they complimented Damozel's efforts to cultivate the creative arts within the NDMU community, both in the production and reading/reception areas. 

Damozel has been produced annually by the English Department since 1931. Congratulations to Senior Literary Editors Lindsey Pytrykow '22 and Rochelle Thompson '22; Editors April Boss '24, Maia Giafes '22, Eden Lewis '22, and Cassandra Thompson '25; alumna Editor and Advisor, Micah Castelo '18; and Faculty Sponsor Dr. Jeana DelRosso.

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Gormley Gallery Hosts Reception for Annual Student Exhibit; Art History Classes Visit National Gallery of Art

 Students at the National Gallery of Art

On December 5, the Art and Art Therapy departments celebrated the accomplishments of NDMU students enrolled in studio art, photography, and art therapy classes in the fall semester with a reception for the annual Student Exhibit at Gormley Gallery. The exhibition featured drawings, watercolor paintings, photography, and mixed-media works by both undergraduate and graduate students.

Two of Dr. Jennifer Wester's art history courses also visited the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., on December 7. Students enrolled in Abstract Expressionism and its Legacies spent time in the galleries dedicated to that artistic movement, exploring the work of Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Grace Hartigan, Barnett Newman, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, and Alma Thomas, among others. Dr. Wester's 20th-Century Art class also joined the tour of the Abstract Expressionism galleries and further explored the modern and contemporary art on view, including a new exhibition on Black artists of the American South.

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NDMU Hosts Christmas Dinner and Tree Trim Celebration

Students, staff and faculty at the Christmas Dinner

NDMU students, faculty and staff gathered on December 2 for the annual Christmas Dinner and Tree Trim Celebration. After decorating a Christmas tree with a variety of ornaments, students were treated to a special dinner in Doyle Dining Hall served by faculty and staff volunteers. A singing of traditional Christmas carols followed, and the evening concluded with the lighting of Caroline Hall’s Merrick Tower.

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Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Education

Adjunct faculty member Stephanie Hastings is now a National Board Certified Teacher with the certification distinction of NBCT Library Media  - Early Childhood through Young Adult. National Board Certification for Teachers is the highest teaching credential in the nation, and only 3% of teachers in the United States can claim National Board Certification.

School of Nursing

Nursing faculty with Caroline Center members

School of Nursing faculty, staff and students welcomed members from the Caroline Center’s Certified Nursing Assistant program to UAB last week for a simulation and skills day at the Center for Caring with Technology. The morning included a tour of the CCT’s three state-of-the-art simulation labs, discussion on the importance of caring and compassion in nursing, and opportunities for the students to sharpen their skills at several patient stations

The Caroline Center’s Nursing Assistant program is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and was voted as The Baltimore Sun's Reader's Choice Best Nonprofit of 2022. The Center is a workforce development program that empowers women to succeed in the workplace.

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School of Pharmacy

Dr. Reem Abdullah, a 2016 School of Pharmacy graduate, was recently recognized as a Patch Local Hero for her work supporting the Baltimore community during the pandemic by vaccinating, testing and providing outpatient treatment to residents across the area.

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Conference and Auxiliary Services

Updated Dining Information


Save the Dates

Donut Stress

Wednesday, December 14  |  12 - 1:30 p.m.  |  MBK Lobby

Stop by MBK to grab some donuts and coffee!

Staff & Faculty Mass and Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 15  |  11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mass begins at 11 a.m. in Marikle Chapel, with lunch at Doyle Dining Hall to follow at 12 p.m.

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