January 2022
NDMU Announces COVID Plans for Spring Semester
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NDMU continues to closely monitor the latest COVID-19 health and safety guidance from the CDC, as well as State and local partners, including on the ground metrics in Baltimore, Maryland, and across the country. We are closely tracking information regarding the recently identified COVID-19 Omicron variant.  At this time, our high vaccination rate and continued compliance with safety protocols are our best resources for protecting our community.

As we begin the spring semester, all eligible students, faculty, and staff who will be learning, working, or living on the NDMU campus and/or all off-campus sites/locations will be required to get a COVID-19 booster shot by January 31, 2022. Individuals that are 100% remote will remain exempt from the University’s vaccine requirement.

Visit the NDMU Together page for the latest information


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NDMU Student Team Heads to National Ethics Bowl

Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl student team of seniors Raquel Pompey, Kylie Simonson, Kristina Pickering and Cecia Zavala Ramos is heading to the national competition for the first time after advancing to the semifinals in November's regional bowl held on campus. The students will compete against 35 top regional teams in the national bowl from February 26-27, 2022 at the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Conference (APPE) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Made up of first-time participants, the NDMU team explored the practical and professional ethics of a variety of cases involving contemporary issues, such as vaccine mandates, teaching critical race theory in schools, defunding the police, cryptocurrency, and DC statehood.

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Biology Major Places Third in Research Competition

A Notre Dame of Maryland University biology student won third place for outstanding undergraduate research in the highly competitive J. Howard Brown Awards from the American Society for Microbiology’s Maryland Branch. 

Janelle Sangalang ‘22 received honors for her independent research project that explores the effect of prophylactic antibiotic treatments on surgical site infection rates. NDMU Associate Professor Jennifer Kerr guided her work as Sangalang’s research mentor for the past three years. An aspiring doctor, Sangalang is also one of NDMU’s 2021-22 Sr. Alma Science Year Scholars, selected for a 15-month research internship with a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine scientist. 

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NDMU Publication Wins International Honors

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A publication introducing Notre Dame of Maryland University’s new brand launch won an international 2021 NYX Marcom Award recognizing excellence in marketing and communications. The 2020 issue of Universitas, NDMU’s annual publication celebrating the University’s accomplishments and donors, received a Silver award in the annual report category from the International Awards Associate, which administers the annual NYX Marcom Awards. Learn more about the publication.

NDMU Education Scholar Selected for Fulbright Specialist Program

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A Notre Dame of Maryland University education scholar and professor was selected for the highly competitive Fulbright Specialist Program, which connects professionals to host organizations from nearly 160 countries to advance innovative projects.

Dr. Molly Dunn, assistant professor in the NDMU School of Education, will serve as a Fulbright Specialist through 2025 and share her expertise as an educator, researcher, and education reform leader. Her experience teaching advanced courses in NDMU’s graduate education programs, coupled with her diverse research interests and work abroad, align with the program’s goal to build institutional connections and enhance the capacity of the host institutions. Learn more about the Fulbright Specialist Program.

NDMU Grad Wins 2nd Place in Bilingual Educators Dissertation Awards

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A Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate placed second in the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Awards from the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) for her examination of how education policies impact English learners’ success. 

Dr. Xiomara Rivera Pagán D‘21 will receive honors at a Feb. 9 awards luncheon at NABE’s 51st Annual International Conference, held in New York City by the only national organization devoted to representing bilingual learners and bilingual education professionals. Learn more about her dissertation.

NDMU Nursing Faculty Selected for Digital Academy

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A Notre Dame of Maryland University nursing professor and a leading voice in public health nursing was selected to join the inaugural Digital Academy by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The highly competitive academy connected innovative nurse educators with Apple Distinguished Educators to sharpen their skills as digital content creators.

Dr. Sabita Persaud, associate professor in the NDMU School of Nursing, was one of 30 nursing faculty selected for AACN’s Digital Academy: Building the Essentials Tool Kit with Digital Innovation, which took place from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2021, in Dallas, Texas. Learn more about her academy experience.

NDMU Basketball Wins Fourth Straight

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The Notre Dame of Maryland basketball team held its second straight conference opponent scoreless for nearly an entire quarter of play in Saturday's 67-46 win over Cedar Crest. The Gators collect their fourth-consecutive victory and move to 7-4 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. NDMU is currently third in the CSAC standings. Read more about last weekend's victory.

In response to rising levels of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19, the CSAC has made the decision to temporarily prohibit spectators at all athletic contests. This will remain in place through January 31, at which time the conference will review the policy.

Library Updates

Building Access

Faculty, staff, and students with a current Notre Dame ID will be able to swipe into the library building during our regular hours. See our alerts page for current information. 

Spring Semester Building Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – Midnight


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? Register to listen to a Zoom 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.

School News
Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

The following Morrissy Honors Program students recently had their proposals accepted to the Northeast Regional Honors Conference, which will take place in Philadelphia from April 7-10:

  • Zohra Ahmed
  • Arianna Clark
  • Laura Forcha
  • Alycia Hancock
  • Jolisse Gray
  • Kristina Pickering
  • Janelle Sangalang

On Friday, January 14th, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Jessica Davis offered comments on Dr. Christine Wieseler's paper, “Hope Labor, Self-Care, and Anger in Precarious Academic Employment,” during the virtual component of the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting.

On Wednesday, January 19th, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Jessica Davis, member of the American Association of Philosophy Teachers' Teaching Hub Organizing Committee, chaired the "Undergraduate Research and Faculty Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Poster Session" at the American Philosophical Association Eastern Division Meeting in Baltimore.

Dr. Jeana DelRosso, Department of English, published her first work of fiction.  Her short story, "Blue Sugar," appears in The Bangalore Review, January 2022 issue.

Save the Dates

Movie Day: Heaven is for Real

Friday, January 28 | 2 - 4:30 p.m. | Gator Alley

Join us for a movie day hosted by the Class of 2025! Popcorn will be provided for students.

Remembering bell hooks

Tuesday, February 1 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Virtual

Join faculty and staff for a celebration and remembrance of author, educator, and activist Bell Hooks. Her work addressed race, class, gender, art, history, mass media, and feminism.

Collaborative Mural Workshop

Saturday, February 5 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Fourier 203

All NDMU students are invited to join in creating a multimedia mural for the large column on the first floor of Fourier Hall. This workshop, facilitated by guest curator Quentin Gibeau, will include elements of collage and painting, and will draw on the themes of the exhibition "Laid Bare" at Gormley Gallery, which looks at the push and pull of apocalyptic times and utopian possibilities.

Be CAB’s Galentine Paint Night

Monday, February 7 | 7 - 9 p.m. | Gator Alley 

Dr. Lisa Huebner: Success at a Price

Tuesday, February 8 | 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. | Virtual

Dr. Lisa Huebner is a professor of Women's and Gender Studies at West Chester University. 

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. 

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. 

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.