February 9, 2022
NDMU Alumnae Recognized for Recent Publications
Posed photos of Lee-Ann Liles (left) and Milda De Voe (right) with their recent publications

One piece was over 30 years in the making, while the other collected 10 years’ worth of advice from fellow authors and parents before its completion.

The two stories, united by the long period of time which passed prior to publication, are also linked in that they were both written by Notre Dame of Maryland alumnae. Lee-Ann Liles ’06 and Milda Motekaitis De Voe ’90 have each received critical acclaim for their efforts.

Learn How NDMU Influenced Their Writing Careers


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Student Success Advocate Named AVP & Dean of Students

A student affairs administrator and student success advocate was named associate vice president and dean of students at Notre Dame of Maryland University following a national search.

Dr. Meaghan Davidson joins NDMU’s Student Life Division on Feb. 21. She will lead a department that provides robust programs and services to enrich the student experience, including service and community engagement, inclusion and community standards, and residence life.

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Gators Welcome Spectators Back at Home Indoor Events

Notre Dame of Maryland athletics has announced the return of spectators at indoor home events with updated guidelines for those in attendance. Notre Dame will host its first home contest in front of fans at MBK Complex on Wednesday, February 9 when the basketball program faces Wilson College at 7 p.m. 

"Spectators will be permitted to attend basketball games and must be masked with a KN95, N95, or cloth and surgical layered masks," said Dr. Ashley Hodges, Director of Athletics and Wellness. "Social distancing is required outside of your family unit."

The basketball program has won six of its last seven games overall, including an 82-74 victory at CSAC leaders Clarks Summit on Saturday. NDMU is currently fourth in the conference standings with four games remaining in the regular season.

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KN95 Masks Now Available for NDMU Community

A KN95 mask

NDMU has acquired an inventory of KN95 masks that are available to all students, faculty, and staff at no cost. KN95 masks are available for pickup during business hours from the following locations depending on your specific population:

  • Residential Students – Office of House & Residence Life (Theresa)
  • SASB Students, Faculty, and Staff – Office of the Dean of SASB (Gibbons)
  • SOE Students*, Faculty, and Staff – Office of the Dean of SOE (Gibbons)
  • SON Students*, Faculty, and Staff – Office of the Dean of SON (UAB)
  • SOP Students, Faculty, and Staff – Office of the Dean of SOP (Bunting)
  • Non-School Staff – Office of Human Resources (Theresa)
  • Emergency/As-needed – Office of Public Safety (Gibbons)

*WC Year 1 & 2 students to SASB. H-ABSN may pick up at Elkridge campus.

The offices above may distribute additional information to their specific populations in order to assist with mask distribution. Please feel free to follow up with your applicable office(s) if you have any questions. NDMU recommends individuals wear a N95, KN95, or KF94 equivalent mask or a combination of a surgical mask (underneath) AND a cloth mask (on top). A surgical or cloth mask alone does not provide sufficient protection against the COVID-19 omicron variant.

Reminder to please upload your COVID-19 booster documentation or exemption form (including if you are not currently eligible to be boosted – See FAQ) as soon as possible. Additional information, including upload instructions and FAQs, is available at https://www.ndm.edu/ndmu-together/vaccine-information.

Students in Omega Phi Alpha Take on Service with International Reach

A group photo of Omega Phi Alpha members

When Francesca Circosta ’22 was a freshman at Notre Dame, making friendship bracelets for students in India was one of her most memorable experiences during her first year with Omega Phi Alpha.

Three years later, the 2021-22 president of NDMU’s service sorority, commonly referred to as OPA or OPhiA, was able to replicate the project to conclude a memorable fall semester for the organization. Learn more about all of the group's recent activities, as well as their plans for the spring semester.

2022 Notre Dame Day: Building Compassionate Leaders

A flyer with the Building Compassionate Leaders theme for Notre Dame Day

Our annual Notre Dame Day is scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2022 and will carry the theme: Building Compassionate Leaders.  The day will begin at 3 p.m. in Doyle Formal for our campus community members to join in honoring the ways we live our mission and recognizing students and community members for their special accomplishments.

To enable students, faculty, and staff to participate in this great traditional event, afternoon classes that occur from 2:45pm until 4pm on Tuesday, February 15 are cancelled.

NDMU Giving Day Set for February 15

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Next week is Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Giving Day! Julie ’69 and Paul Ben-Susan pledged an inspiring $50,000 Challenge Gift to kick off the giving season in November. Their generosity inspired 102 members of the NDMU community to join them on Giving Tuesday, unlocking half of their generous pledge. We need as many or more inspired donors to make a gift of any amount to unlock the full match. This is YOUR opportunity to join many others in support of Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU that is underway to take the University to new heights, educating students who transform the world. Donors are encouraged to display their support on social media with the hashtag #NDMUgives. 

30 Student-Athletes Named to CSAC Fall All-Academic Team

The CSAC logo and the names of NDMU's 30 academic award recipients

Thirty student-athletes from Notre Dame were recognized by the Colonial States Athletic Conference for achieving a grade-point average of 3.20 or higher during the Fall 2021 semester. Sports that were recognized in the fall included: field hockey, soccer, volleyball and cross country. Learn more about the 30 honorees from NDMU.

Nursing Professor to Serve as National Accreditation Evaluator

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Selected for her expertise in the nursing profession, a Notre Dame of Maryland University professor will serve as an evaluator of academic programs seeking accreditation through the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation.

Rodnita King Davis, an NDMU assistant professor and director for entry-level nursing programs, will support excellence in nursing education around the country as an accreditation program evaluator. She was also appointed to a two-year term on the national accreditation body’s Standards Committee. Learn more about her selection.

Sociology Professor to Curate National Teaching Database

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A Notre Dame of Maryland University sociology and criminology professor was selected by the American Sociological Association (ASA) to serve on the editorial board of a national online library of educational resources as an expert in teaching race, class, and gender.

Dr. Amy Grau, an assistant professor in the NDMU Department of Criminology, begins a three-year term on the editorial board for ASA’s Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology (TRAILS), a peer-reviewed database of thousands of innovative assignments, syllabi, and activities. Learn more about the position.

Library Updates

Spring Copyright Workshops

The library will hold seven virtual workshops throughout the spring semester, beginning with a one-hour session on Wednesday, February 9! A full schedule is available below, click the links for registration and additional information on each individual workshop.

Career Center

Interested in an Intelligence Career? Listen to a panel of professionals from the FBI, NSA, the State Department, and the Department of Defense on Tuesday, Feb 22 from 7 to 8 pm.

The Spring 2022 Nursing/Health Professionals Career Fair will be held on Thursday, Feb 24, 4:00-6:30 pm. Meet employers in group sessions via Zoom. Register at ndm.edu/nursingfair. Open to Nursing, Radiography, and other allied health professions.

Conference and Auxiliary Services

Updated Dining Information

2022 Summer Camps

Registration for the following summer camps is now live! Click on each camp below for additional information:

Registration for Pharmacy Camp (high school students entering grades 9-12) will open soon.

School News
Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

Ryan Schaaf, an associate professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education, presented at the Future of Educational Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida on January 27th. He presented Game On: Transforming Digital Age Learning with Digital Games to a full audience.

Dr. Molly Dunn, an assistant professor in the School of Education, published “Monday Morning After: Sustaining a Mindfulness Practice after the Initial Retreat” in the Journal of Contemplative Inquiry.

Save the Dates

Finding Our Voice: Sister Circle Support Group

Wednesday, February 9 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | Theresa 013

The group, which will meet weekly, is designed to provide a supportive place where women of diverse cultural backgrounds can engage in discussion and self-expressions connected to the challenges, celebrations, and complexities related to their life at NDMUPre-registration is required, for more information and/or to register, please contact Briayanna Johnson at bjohnson@ndm.edu.

Zuzu Acrobats

Thursday, February 10 | 7 - 8 p.m. | MBK Gym

The Zuzu Acrobats are a Tanzanian troupe who base their performances on 2000 years of history. They bring modern art, culture, and passion with them everywhere they go. Zuzu African Acrobats exhibit gravity defying stunts while simultaneously displaying the beauty of the Tanzanian culture of East Africa. 

100 Nights

Friday, February 11 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Doyle Hall

An annual Notre Dame tradition returns, as we celebrate our undergraduate seniors and begin the countdown to Commencement! The evening begins in Doyle Formal before moving into the Doyle dining hall around 7 p.m.

Virtual Black History Month Presentation: Shannen Dee Williams

Saturday, February 12 | 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Virtual

All are invited to join a Virtual Black History Month Presentation with Shannen Dee Williams, a renowned author-historian of the African American experience with research and teaching specializations in women’s, religious, and Black freedom movement history. The event is free, but registration is required in advance.

Omega Phi Alpha Info Session

Monday, February 14 | 5 - 7 p.m. | Fourier 106

Drop in at any time during the info session to learn more about Omega Phi Alpha! Questions? Email: alpha.iota@omegaphialpha.org.

Notre Dame Day

Tuesday, February 15 | 3 - 4 p.m. | Doyle Formal

Notre Dame Day is a time to celebrate our common purpose, to remember our rich heritage, and to recognize the achievements of the University community. 

Commencement Fair

Saturday, February 26 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Gator Alley

Academic Calendar

Check out the latest version of the Academic Calendar for 2021-2022.

NDMU Events

Check out the NDMU Events calendar below for all upcoming events.