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February 2020 Contents


The Countdown Begins as Class of 2020 Toasts 100 Nights 

The Class of 2020 celebrated 100 Night with faculty, staff, and alums as they prepare for graduation this May!

Class of 2020 stands on the steps and takes class photo during 100 nights

100 Nights Photos

Notre Dame Day 2020: Leading Our Legacy

Notre dame day leading our legacy 2020 celebrating 125 years

Our celebration of Notre Dame Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18 and will carry the theme of “Leading Our Legacy”.  The celebration begins with a 12:05 p.m. with our Notre Dame Day Mass in the Marikle Chapel.  At 3 p.m. in Doyle Formal our campus community members join to honor the ways we live our mission and recognize students and community members for their special accomplishments. Immediately after the awards and recognition ceremony, community members are invited to continue the event with dialogue and desserts in Doyle Formal. There are other events scheduled for the day, please see Notre Dame Day for more information.

Celebrate Giving Day 

half historic ND arch and half new arch - One Day to Go Further

On February 18, NDMU will have its third annual Giving Day. Notre Dame has come a long way in 125 years, and now you have the chance to take us even further in one day! This year we are highlighting six important funds across campus: the School of Arts, Sciences, and Business; School of Education; School of Nursing; School of Pharmacy; Athletics; and the Notre Dame Fund. With your gift, you will give the fund of your choice a chance to win bonus funds through a series of challenges throughout the day.

  • 125th Donation Challenge: Whichever fund receives the 125th gift of the day will receive a bonus gift.  This challenge is generously supported by Joan Wilhelm ’03.
  • Social Media Challenge: Post on Facebook or Instagram on Feb 18 about why you give using #OneDayNDMU and tag Notre Dame of Maryland University. We will pick one winner at 8 p.m. EST and give a bonus gift to the fund of their choice. This challenge is generously supported by Erin Sturgis DaSilva ’02.
  • Most Faculty/Staff: Whichever fund receives the most faculty/staff donors during the day will receive a bonus gift. This challenge is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
  • Power Hour Challenge, noon – 1 p.m. EST: Whichever fund receives the most donors during this hour will receive a bonus gift. This challenge is generously supported by Joan Wilhelm ’03.

New this year: Designing Your Life: Vision Board Social. This event is for current Notre Dame students, alumnae and alumni to come together and share their personal and professional experiences while creating vision boards, a visual representation of future goals that you can take home. Join us on campus from 6-7:30 p.m. in Doyle Formal.  Watch the dollars and donors add up throughout the day.

WOW Festival Baltimore News

WOW Baltimore Presented by Notre Dame of Maryland University on March 7, 2020

In just under a month on March 7, Notre Dame presents WOW- Women of the World Festival Baltimore at the Columbus Center in the Inner Harbor.  WOW Festival Baltimore will feature big-name speakers including award-winning journalist, Soledad O’Brien, and author, actress, director, and #TimesUp Co-Founder Amber Tamblyn, and criminal justice reform advocate Cyntoia Brown-Long. 

NDMU's very own, Professor Jeana DelRosso will be holding a session during WOW about her book Unruly Catholic Nuns: Sisters' Stories (SUNY Press, 2017).  In her session, she will sit down with Unruly Catholic Nuns contributors and offer reading and a Q&A on the experiences of current and former Catholic nuns, adding to the global conversation about the role of women in the Roman Catholic Church today. For all WOW program updates, be sure to visit Speakers, performers, artists, and experiences are being announced every day!  Be sure to follow WOW Baltimore on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.   Tickets are still available!

NDMU Partners to Create an Accessible Pathway to your Ph.D. in Analytics

Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) and Capitol Technology University forged a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) allowing graduates of NDMU’s online M.S. in Analytics direct admission to Capitol’s online Ph.D. in Business Analytics and Data Science program.

Through this MOU, graduates of NDMU’s master’s in Analytics program will be eligible to transfer credits from Notre Dame towards Capitol’s Ph.D. in Business Analytics and Data Science. An advanced degree in Business Analytics prepares students for careers in a rapidly expanding range of industries which require professionals with the expertise needed to utilize data effectively.

Learn More about the Partnership


Keira Mull, a senior biology student and Sr. Alma Scholar, will be receiving the Research Award at the BEYA (Becoming Everything You Are) STEM Conference on February 14 in Washington, D.C. Keira was nominated for her outstanding academic achievements in STEM. In particular, she is receiving the award as recognition for her work on the use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to detect the presence of endangered fish species in South Korea. Congratulations to Keira!

student holding a sign demonstrating at Ceasefire in Baltimore

First year student, Jolisse Gray and many other demonstrators were featured on local CBS news outlet for their participation in Baltimore's first Ceasefire event of the year. On Saturday, February 8, Gray joined the city-wide initiative on York Road which takes place on four weekends a year. Gray said about the Ceasefire event, “Doing something so simple does make a difference.”  

Student Suit Closet Set to Open

NDMYou Suit Closet is opening on February 19 at 12:30 p.m.

The NDMU Suit Closet is a new space, opening early Spring Semester in the Career Center (TH 120), where Women's College students may borrow newly purchased professional clothing to attend interviews or conferences. They will check out professional attire, much like they would a book from the library.

This new resource will enhance our students’ employability by ensuring they have access to professional attire any time they step into a networking opportunity, interview or conference. Through fundraising appeals from administrators to alumnae, alumni and friends of the University, all of the $5,000 needed to fund the project has been successfully raised.

An official opening with a ribbon-cutting will take place on Wednesday, February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Theresa Hall.

Make The Leap

Sophomores: Are you still figuring out your major? Are you thinking about an internship this Summer? Do you want to know your friends better? Please join us and other Sophomores on February 28 to Make the Leap into more clarity. Spend time with your friends with a fun board game that will raise awareness of your strengths and interests. Other easy activities will give insight into yourself and your peers. You thought you knew your peers well? Our game, Who You Are Matters! generates deeper conversations with fellow players and creates specific possibilities for your future.   Register in Handshake and enjoy a relaxing morning with free breakfast.

Auxiliary & Conference Services

Dining Updates​

Can’t make Dining Hall meal hours? Here are your options

  • *New!* To-Go Containers:
    • For only $1, you can now get a eco-friendly disposable container at the register in the Dining Hall to get your food to-go.
  • *New!* Gator Grind hours:
    • Mon. through Thurs. 8 AM to 1 PM and then 4 PM to 7 PM (Fri. only 8 AM to 1 PM)
    • Paninis, pizzas, soups & more available to-go
    • Gator Grind will extend hours until 8 PM; between 7 PM and 8 PM, students can use their dinner swipe in Gator Grind instead of the Dining Hall for a to-go dinner (meal will be a more limited selection – more information to come)
  • For Residential Students w/ Meal Plans:
    • Meal Request Form: If you are a residential student with a meal plan, you can request a to-go meal to be prepared for you ahead of time that can be picked up from the SAGE office using the form. Please send ALL food waiver requests ONLY to  Requests sent to other emails will NOT be approved.

Summer Camp Registration for 2020 now LIVE!

  • Head on over to the Auxiliary & Conference Services page on the NDMU website to find links to the following summer camp registrations: Camp Notre Dame, School of Pharmacy Camp, School of Ed STEM Camp, A Child’s Place summer camp 
  • NDMU faculty & Staff can use the following discount codes:
    • Camp Notre Dame: cndNDMUSTAFF
    • A Child’s Place: acpNDMUSTAFF
    • STEM: NDMUSTAFFstem for staff & EDFACULTYstem for SOE faculty

NDMU is excited to host Charm City Players’ spring production of Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical in LeClerc Auditorium this March! Tickets are $20, Charm City Players is offering discounted tickets of $15 to the NDMU community; stay tuned for a discount code!

Show Dates & Times


The following copyright workshops will be offered online using Zoom during the Spring 2020 semester. 

How to Find and Legally Use Images

Wednesday, February 19, noon - 1 pm
Ever wonder if it's okay to use an image in your course materials, publication, or conference presentation? This workshop will help you identify when it's okay to use images without permission. It will also provide tips for locating images that can be freely used under Creative Commons licenses or the public domain. A link to access the workshop will be sent to registered participants.
Registration for How to Find and Legally Use Images

Copyright Essentials for Graduate Students

Wednesday, February 19, 6 - 7 pm
Working on a thesis, dissertation, or other large research project? Learn the copyright essentials you need to know to protect your work and make sure you're using the works of others legally. Find out when you do and do not need to get permissions to include images, tests, and more in your thesis or dissertation and how to get permissions when needed. Learn more information about submitting your completed thesis/dissertation to the Library and/or Proquest.
Registration for Copyright Essentials for Graduate Students

Open Access and Open Educational Resources

Wednesday, February 26, noon - 1 pm
Hoping to reduce textbook costs for your students? This workshop will provide an introduction to open access and open educational resources and provide information on where to located open educational materials. A link to access the workshop will be sent to registered participants.
Registration for Open Access and Open Educational Resources

Author's Rights and Publication Contracts: What to Know Before You Sign

Wednesday March 25, noon - 1 pm
Working on a publication? This workshop will help you understand your rights as an author under copyright law. It will provide information common types of publication agreements and their terms and provide tips on negotiating your contract through hands on exercises. A link to access the workshop will be sent to registered participants.

To request a workshop on a different date or topic or in-class instruction, contact Danielle Whren Johnson at


Gator Basketball #GoGators 

The Notre Dame basketball team is heading back to the Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC) playoffs.  For the second year in a row, the Gators have clinched their spot in the CSAC postseason with a week left in the regular season.  Last season, NDMU finished third at the conclusion of the regular season, hosting the first round of the CSAC playoffs. Now for the second time in program history, they are headed to the postseason and will wait until the conclusion of the regular season to see where they’ll finish.  The Gators have two remaining home games in the regular season.  Playoffs will be played starting on February 24, but they will find out their final seeding at a later date.

Spring is Here

Spring has sprung on campus as the NDMU spring sports preseason practices are underway.  Despite the rain keeping most teams indoors, sunshine is in the forecast as the Gators will kick off their spring schedules in March.  Lacrosse will open up the spring season, traveling to Lancaster Bible College on March 4.  The softball program announced this week that their home contests will be played at CCBC Dundalk, with their season opening on March 14.  The tennis team will open their home schedule on March 21 on the NDMU Tennis Courts and outdoor track will stay local for their first meet at Goucher College on March 28. 

Gators Live

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Art Exhibit a Ribbon, a Pearl, a Sedimentary Rock Opens

a ribbon, a peral, a sedimentary rock exhibit

There is still time to check out the a Ribbon, a Pearl, a Sedimentary Rock exhibit, curated by Allie Linn and featuring the work of Kira Bell, Anna K. Crooks, Taina Cruz, Coco Klockner, Michelle Luong, Maya Martinez, and Pangelica.  The exhibit will be up until March 6 in the Gormley Gallery.  On March 4 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in Marikle Chapel a poetry reading will be held in coordination with the a Ribbon, a Pearl, a Sedimentary Rock exhibit.

Art Hive at NDMU

group of people participate in a group art project

Art Therapy and Make Studio hosted NDMU’s first Art Hive on February 8.  The event welcomed the campus and neighboring community members to join in for a morning of collaborative art.  In an Art Hive, everyone is an artist and believes art-making is a human behavior. Art Hives celebrate the strengths and creative capacities of individuals and communities.

NDMU's Cathy Goucher Speaks at National Governors Association Annual Meeting

group of people at National Governors Association show off their art projects

Director of Art Therapy Cathy Goucher was the keynote speaker at the National Governors Association's annual meeting.  During the meeting, the invitees participates in an art therapy lesson, creating their own works of art.  Goucher said during her speech, “Art is healing.  Creative self-expression is a human necessity.”

School of Education

School News

National Center for Teacher Quality (NCTQ) published its program scores for the Early Reading standard as part of its 2020 edition of Teacher Prep Review.  NDMU earned an “A” for Early Reading Program for Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Certification.  As part of this review process, NCTQ recognized NDMU for a “strong preparation in early reading instruction that you [NDMU] provide your teacher candidates.”

A record-breaking 11 NDMU faculty and students are scheduled to present at the national AERA Conference being held in San Francisco in April. A special nod goes to Dr. Juliann Dupuis who is presenting an unprecedented 3 topics.

Dr. Angelo Letizia was invited to present his research regarding “Comics in the Classroom” to the Board of the LNDL Library, as well as to Sister Sharon and President Yam. In the Spring of 2019, Dr. Letizia partnered with Matthew Treskon of the LNDL library and created a comics pedagogy assignment that required students to create their own comics as well as utilize the makerspace technologies in the library. Letizia and Treskon are partnering up again this semester to further explore how comics can be used as instructional and informational tools.

Dr. Katherine Beauchat is presenting at the 2020 South Carolina Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference in N. Charleston, SC. She is presenting Word Walk Plus: Explicit and Engaging Vocabulary Instruction for Young Children.

Ryan Schaaf, Associate Professor of Educational Technology, will be presenting at the 2020 Maryland State Educators Rising Conference which will take place on March 17th, 2020, at Towson University. Everyone is invited to participate in this action-packed event filled with networking, learning, competing, and celebrating. It's an opportunity for students and their teacher leaders to:

  • Connect and learn from each other through breakout workshops;
  • Compete for state titles in competitive events; and
  • Be inspired by presentations from education leaders.

The two sessions will be:

  • Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation: Strategies that Work
  • A Brief History of the Future of Education: Learning in the Age of Disruption


St. Clare Parish and Operation TEACH is being featured by The Knott Foundation as one of the recipients of their 2019 grant cycle.  The story will appear in the 2019 annual report and will be permanently featured on their Catholic Activities program page and also posted on their blog.  

School of Nursing

At the Maryland Nurse Association 116th Annual Convention Awards Banquet, Jen Reilly, MSN student and Mary Peck, ABSN student received scholarships from the Nursing Foundation of Maryland. The scholarship recipients were selected based on their demonstration of scholarship, commitment, and potential for leadership in the practice of nursing.

At the same Awards Banquet, Marleen Thornton, PhD, RN, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing received the Faculty Excellence Award given by the Maryland Nursing Programs Deans and Directors Council.

The awards are new to this organization. Deans and Directors wanted to acknowledge nurse educators in academic settings who consistently demonstrate excellence in the nurse educator role.

Marleen came to NDMU with recognized talents in caring science, nursing education, community health, and healthy aging. She models excellence in all areas of the academic educator role—teaching, service, scholarship. She is one of the few faculty members who successfully coordinates and teaches courses in all three nursing programs each semester, engaging with students in entry-level, RN to BSN, and graduate studies. Wisely transitioning from the novice nursing student to the graduate learner in the same day is no effortless task.

School of Pharmacy

School of Pharmacy Establishes Partnership with Universidad Del Sagrado Corazón

Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) has created a path for Hispanic students to strengthen the talent pipeline and narrow the gap in representation of Hispanics in health careers, through a new partnership between its School of Pharmacy and Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico. This affiliation provides high school-aged Latinos interested in a career in pharmacy to participate in an accelerated program that results in earning two degrees – BS and PharmD – in seven years instead of eight, saving money and jump-starting their careers. 

Learn More about the Partnership

Student Events

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association welcomed Dr. Stephen Boateng, PharmD, RPh to campus this month.  Dr. Boateng is a post-doctoral fellow in the Rutgers Pharmaceutical Industry Fellowship Program and works at Bayer Pharmaceuticals as a Commercial Associate in Global Oncology Training and Commercial Excellence. "What is a fellowship?" "What does a pharmacist do in the industry?" "How do I gain industry experience?" Students had the opportunity to learn more about the various career paths available in the pharmaceutical industry and how to go about securing a fellowship.


February 18

Damozel Submission Deadline

Email all submissions as a Word document or PDF file to

February 18

Designing Your Life: Vision Board Social
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Doyle Formal

This event is for current Notre Dame students, alumnae and alumni to come together and share their personal and professional experiences while creating vision boards, a visual representation of future goals that you can take home.

February 19

NDMYou Suit Closet Ribbon Cutting
12:30 p.m. Theresa Hall 122

Women's College students may borrow newly purchased professional clothing to attend interviews or conferences. This new resource will enhance our students’ employability. Professional suits and attire for students to borrow provides a benefit to ensure they step into a networking opportunity, interview or conference looking professional.  They will check out professional attire, much like they would a book from the library.

February 19

Zine-making workshop with the Menial Collective
12:00-2:00 p.m., Fourier 206C

February 28

United Nations "War No More" Conference in NY
12:00-5:00 p.m., UN Headquarters

March 2

Artists’ reception for Our Notre Dame (student art exhibition)
4:30-6:30 p.m., Civera Gallery (UAB, 2nd floor)

March 4

Poetry reading in coordination with the exhibition a Ribbon, a Pearl, a Sedimentary Rock
5:00-7:00 p.m., Marikle Chapel

March 5

Sophomore Supper - Make Sophomore Year Yours!
5:00-6:00 p.m., Fourier Library, FOU 103

Network with faculty, learn about recommendation letters, food, gifts and more!

March 7, 2020

WOW – Women of the World Festival Baltimore

NDMU will once again present WOW – Women of the World Festival Baltimore. The festival celebrating women will take place at Baltimore’s Columbus Center and feature workshops, panel discussions, interactive learning opportunities, entertainment and more.