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Mary Statue Unveiled

If you have taken a walk around campus recently you have probably seen the scaffolding that has surrounded Gibbons Hall being removed. After nearly a year of renovations, the transformation is close to completion. However, the restored windows, the new roof, and the transformed interior aren't the only things that have been revealed recently. After months encased in a wooden box, our Mary statue, that stands at the entrance of Gibbons Hall is once again greeting visitors to campus. Workers recently removed the box that has protected it. If you haven't seen the statue, be sure to stop and take a look. It is of special meaning to Notre Dame because it was designed by alum Katie Lynn Gutridge '95 and has welcomed people to campus since the mid-90s.

Mary being unveiled  Mary Statue Unveiling  Mary Statue Gibbons

Notre Dame Day

Notre Dame Day

On February 7, the campus will come together to celebrate Notre Dame Day! The day recognizes the accomplishments of our students and our rich history. In addition to student recognition, the Distinguished Staff Award and the SSND Mission and Ministry Award will be presented.

The event is open to everyone in our community. "Notre Dame Day is a celebration of our students’ academic accomplishments in various areas of study, and their athletic achievements," says Sister Eileen O’Dea, Vice President for Mission. “It is also a time to reflect and remember the past and history of our community.”

Originally on March 25, Notre Dame Day was created to celebrate the two cores of our school: Mary, and our state of Maryland. Time has augmented several elements of this as well as its date. However, the sentiment of the day still stands.

Please join us as we celebrate Notre Dame Day in Doyle Formal on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 2-5 p.m.

Alum Awarded Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Woodrow Wilson Teacher AwardBig honors for Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate Candace Wright ‘16. The biology alum has been awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. The fellowship offers recent graduates and career changers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) a stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program in exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools.

While attending Notre Dame, Wright worked multiple semesters as an undergraduate teaching assistant and during her senior year, she participated in a science teaching apprenticeship in the Biology Department with Dr. Jennifer Kerr.

DAMOZEL Accepting Submissions

DAMOZEL,NDMU’s annual creative magazine is now accepting submissions for the 2017 issue. Students – both past and present undergraduate and graduate are invited to submit their work.

DAMOZEL is open for submissions of poems, stories, essays, and original artwork until March 1, 2017. Guidelines for each of the categories and the online submission form can be found at

News by School

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Student Accomplishments

Lauren Romagnano (’17) was accepted to the MLitt/MFA program in Shakespeare and Performance at Mary Baldwin University in Staunton, VA. This program works very closely with the American Shakespeare Center, also located in Staunton, and Lauren is looking forward to her work with this company!

Brittany Martinez (’18) has accepted a Spring apprenticeship in Dramaturgy at Center Stage, working under Associate Director/Director of Dramaturgy, Gavin Witt. Brittany will be working specifically on WHITE SNAKE, Center Stage’s first production in their brand new renovated space!

Kelsey Hundt (’18) is the Assistant Stage Manager for Single Carrot Theater’s production of SAMSARA. She was previously the Stage Manager for Single Carrot’s production of SAVAGE/LOVE, which opened in the Fall.

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

KUDOS are in order for Angela Simmons and Kristin Pinkowski for their leadership in bringing the University Consortium for Catholic Educators (UCCE) to NDMU for their annual conference.  The UCCE establishes and supports a collaborative cadre of primarily Catholic colleges and universities as they design and implement graduate-level teaching service programs for the purpose of supporting PK-12 Catholic education in the United States and placing teachers in Catholic/parochial schools in approximately 24 states each year.  Founded upon the three pillars of “Education, Spirituality, and Community,” the UCCE has created an innovative community of universities committed to the service of children in PK-12 Catholic/parochial schools.

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Technology, Ryan Schaaf. His book, Game On: Using Digital Games to Transform Teaching, Learning, and Assessment was published in December.

AERA conference has selected these NDMU dissertators work for their 2017 conference! Each work surrounds the theme of unequal education opportunity.

  • Elizabeth Fair: Exactly When and How Do the Disparities in Education for Black Children Manifest Themselves?
  • April Umile: Rainbow Sight Word Program Intervention: Increasing Grade 1 Students’ Fountas & Pinnell Reading Benchmark Levels
  • Crystel Farina: Concept-Based Simulation Increases Student confidence
  • Diane L. Stulz: Achievement Gaps in a Rural School System: An Analysis of PARCC and i-Ready Data

Congratulations on your achievement!

School of Nursing

Faculty Accomplishments

Associate Professor of Nursing Mary O'Connor, PhD, RN, FACHE was appointed to the Education Committee and the Sub-committee on education for early and mid-careerists of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.  This appointment is very competitive and began January 1, 2017.

Loyola Notre Dame Library News

New Library Catalog

The new library catalog is up and running! The Loyola Notre Dame Library now shares our catalog with the University of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), which includes LNDL holdings and those of 16 other member libraries at public universities and colleges in Maryland. The shared catalog grants access to over nine million items to Loyola and Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff. 

Questions about the new catalog? Click here for a step-by-step tutorial for using the catalog and visit for more information about borrowing policies and procedures. 

Book and Media Purchases

Please submit your book and media purchase requests as soon as possible! Make your requests via this online form: If you have any questions, just email

Upcoming Events

Paths Art Show

Rania Hassan

January 30 - March 10, 2017

Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall 2nd floor

Rania Hassan combines knitting and painting to weave sculptural stories about our connections to time, place, and circumstance. Paths explores the delicate threads of directions presented, journeys chosen, and the things we could have said or done before it was too late.

Artist Reception

February 11, 4-6 p.m.

Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall 2nd floor

Gallery Talk

March 8, Noon

Gormley Gallery, Fourier Hall 2nd floor

Resume Review

February 2, 10-2 p.m. Career Center

Get help creating or editing your resume at this workshop.

Game Night

February 2, 7-9 p.m. Meletia 2nd floor lobby

Take a break, have some fun and play games.

Swim Club Mini Meet

February 3, 4-6 p.m., LeClerc Pool

Dodgeball Tournament

February 3, 7:30 p.m. MBK Gym

Try your hand at dodgeball! Purchase tickets at lunch. $2/peron $5/team (5 people max.)

Make a Valentine

February 6, 8, 10, 11-1 p.m. Doyle Dining Hall

Help Notre Dame send love to others! Join Campus Ministry and Service in making Valentine's Day cards for senior citizens at Brightview Senior Living Center.

Notre Dame Day

February 7, 12-5 p.m. Doyle Formal

Dress for Success Workshop

February 7, 6-7 p.m. Meletia 2nd floor lounge

NDMU Basketball

February 8, 7 p.m. MBKGym

Gators v. Immaculata University

Dress for Success Workshop

February 14, 12:15-1:15 p.m. Gibbons Hall 222

Dress the part in your interview! Get some tips to ace your first impression at this workshop!

Archeological Tour of Greece Info Session

February 14, 12:15 – 1 p.m. Feely International Center 003

February 26, 3-4 p.m. Feely International Center 003

Join us for an information session on the archeological tour of Greece in July. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Greece and learn about its many contributions to western culture. If you can't attend and would like more information or registration forms, contact Sister Therese Dougherty at, or 410-532-5559.

Career Fair Networking

February 15, 2-3 p.m. MBK Seminar Room

NDMU Basketball

February 15, 7 p.m. MBK Gym

Gators v. Neumann University

Interview Skills Workshop

February 16, 12:15-1:15 p.m. MBK Seminar Room

Masquerade Ball

February 18, 9 p.m. - Midnight

NDMU Basketball

February 18, 1 p.m. MBKGym

Gators v. Keystone University

Last Minute Resume Review

February 20, 9am-11am, 2-4 p.m. Career Center

Crafting an Elevator Speech

February 21, 12:15-1:15 p.m. MBK Seminar Room

You have 30 seconds to summarize your time in college and highlight qualifications to a potential employer. Formulate and perfect your speech before the Career Fair.

Finding Balance & Taking Care of Yourself

February 23, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Feely International Center 003

MCC Career Fair

February 24, 10-2 p.m. MBK Gym

Meet more than 100 local companies eager for new talent at the career fair.

Kappa Delta Pi Women’s History Month Lecture

March 1, 6 p.m. Feely International Center Multipurpose Room

NDMU's Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi hosts Dr. Evelyn Spratt, the 2016 Mullan Distinguished Teacher Award recipient for a lecture about her recent research and exhibit “Mistresses at the Fair: The Participation of Notre Dame of Maryland Students in the World's Fair of 1893.”