January 25, 2023
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, to Visit NDMU
Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and a two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, will visit NDMU on Thursday, February 23 as the 2022-23 writer in the annual Eichner Women Writers Series.

Smith received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her third book of poems, Life on Mars, and she served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 2017-19. An evening lecture in Doyle Formal, which is free and open to all members of the NDMU community and general public, will include readings of Smith’s work and a book signing.

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NDMU Launches Promise Program to Help More Students Earn a Degree

NDMU is expanding access to higher education for students with a new need-based financial aid program that provides an institutional grant to bridge the gap between state and federal grants and NDMU’s tuition and fees.

Both in-state and out-of-state students admitted for the 2023-24 academic year can be considered for NDMU’s Promise Program after completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The University anticipates that first-time, full-time students with significant financial need, when admitted to the program, will receive a combination of institutional, federal, and state grant aid to cover their full tuition and fees.

Mary Packard and Lyndsay Rehak
Nursing Faculty Receive Statewide Awards for Excellence

A pair of NDMU School of Nursing faculty members were recently recognized by the Maryland Higher Education Commission for excellence in the profession.

Dr. Mary Packard earned a Nurse Faculty Annual Recognition (NFAR) award, while Lyndsay Wright ’19, M’22 was selected for the New Nursing Faculty Fellowship. Both honors are supported through funding provided by Maryland’s Nurse Support Program II, an initiative which focuses on expanding the capacity to educate nurses through increasing faculty and strengthening nursing education programs at state institutions.

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Life on Hold Exhibition Features Artwork by Incarcerated Women

 Life on Hold Artwork

“Life on Hold,” an exhibition featuring the artwork of women incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, will be on display at NDMU’s Gormley Gallery from January 23 through March 3.

The exhibition, which was led and curated by Casey McKeel, includes 25 collage pieces, nine paintings, and nine audio recordings created through a collaboration with NDMU students, faculty, and staff, and with the support of community members. A series of art workshops were held at the institution during the fall of 2022. 

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Members of NDMU Community Travel to London over Winter Break

NDMU community members in England

A group of over 40 students, faculty, Renaissance Institute members, family and friends spent 10 days overseas in London during Winter Break! The trip, organized by NDMU's English department, included several theater events, a river cruise on the Thames, and day excursions to Stonehenge, Bath, Canterbury, and the white cliffs of Dover. Additional images are available on the English department's Facebook page.

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School of Education Awarded Grant to Help High School Students Become Teachers

An NDMU sign on Charles Street

NDMU’s School of Education, in partnership with Baltimore County Public Schools, is set to take the lead in providing opportunities for high school students from diverse backgrounds to enroll in college and join the teaching profession.

NDMU’s new Educator Preparation Pathway to Increase College Completion (EPPICC) initiative was made possible through a $140,000 grant awarded by the Maryland Higher Education Outreach and College Access Program. The School of Education will partner with Baltimore County high schools throughout the remainder of the 2022-23 academic year.

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Providing Hope to Others: NDMU Alumnae Continues Lifelong Passion for Service in Malawi

Shannon Bachmann '13 in Malawi

Shannon (Berry) Bachmann ’13 has always had a passion for service. Her volunteer work dates back to middle school, and attending NDMU on a service scholarship gave her additional opportunities to give back to surrounding areas.

Getting married and moving to Switzerland in 2017 initiated the next step in Bachmann’s commitment, as she now serves as a board member for Extending Hope, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing long-term, sustainable growth opportunities to communities in Malawi.

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Women's Basketball Wins Eighth-Straight, Improves to 10-0 in CSAC Standings

Daija Fitchett

NDMU's women's basketball team increased its winning streak to eight games on Saturday following a dominant 84-30 victory at Cairn. The Gators (14-3, 10-0 CSAC) have sole possession of first place in the CSAC standings, and they are three games ahead of their closest competitors with eight games remaining in regular season play. NDMU's next home contest in MBK Sports Complex is a 1 p.m. matchup against Saint Elizabeth on Saturday, January 28.

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Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Yasmine Awais, an associate professor and research coordinator for NDMU's Master of Arts in Art Therapy program, successfully defended her dissertation on January 9. The title of her dissertation was - It Has Always Been The “Business Model”: Racism and Sexism in Creative Arts Therapy Higher Education. The dissertation was part of the Ph.D. requirements for the Social Welfare Program at the Graduate Center, The City University of New York.

Alyssa Brumis, a visiting assistant professor in the communication arts department, recently had a chapter titled "The Twilight Zone: Case Studies in Misinformation & Mass Media" published in Disinformation Studies: Perspectives from an Emerging Field.

Dr. Jessica Davis, assistant professor and chair of NDMU’s Philosophy Department, recently accepted an invitation to join the Editorial Review Board for Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis, an online, open access, peer-reviewed, academic journal which publishes scholarly articles making original and significant contributions to philosophy in education.

Nicole Dular, assistant professor in the philosophy department, recently attended the Eastern Division meeting of the American Philosophical Association. While there, she was invited to give comments in a session on the topic of intersectionality.

Dr. Jennifer Wester, an associate professor in the art department, recently published a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Curatorial Studies. Entitled "Iris Clert's Modern Matronage," the article is a feminist reevaluation of the legacy of Iris Clert, who ran an important avant-garde gallery in Paris in the 1950s and 60s.

School of Education

Kim Eggborn

Kim Eggborn, a student in the School of Education’s Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations PhD program, was recently presented with a Certificate of Recognition by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball. Eggborn, who serves as the Elementary Social Studies Coordinator for Howard County Public Schools, was one of the first 10 educators from across the nation to have an essay selected for inclusion in Why History Matters: American History Teachers Speak Out, a book set to be released in early 2023 by the Driving Force Institute for Public Engagement (DFI).

School of Nursing

The latest ABSN graduates

Students from the School of Nursing's 15-month Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program were recognized in a pinning ceremony held in Marikle Chapel on December 15. Congratulations to the new graduates!

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Conference and Auxiliary Services

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Save the Dates

Memorial for Paul Weldon

Thursday, January 26  |  12:15 - 1:30 p.m.  |  Doyle Formal

Hot Chocolate Bar

Thursday, January 26  |  4:30 - 6 p.m.  |  Doyle Lawn

Warm yourself up with a free hot chocolate bar from the Student Alumni Leadership Council (SALC)! Add as many toppings as you would like as you talk to current SALC members about the organization. 

Auditions for Alice in Wonderland

Friday, January 27  |  7 - 10 p.m.  |  Copeland Theatre
Saturday, January 28  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Virtual
Saturday, January 28  |  2 - 5 p.m.  |  Copeland Theatre

Join NDMU Drama as we bring a classic adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, to the stage!

Reception and Gallery Talk for "Life on Hold"

Saturday, January 28  |  4 - 6 p.m.  |  Gormley Gallery

Reception celebrating the opening of the exhibition "Life on Hold", which features artwork by women incarcerated at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. Curator Casey McKeel will give remarks at 5 p.m.

Setting Intentions - With Snacks and a Craft!

Thursday, February 2  |  12 - 1:30 p.m.  |  Theresa 008/010

Join the Counseling Center and Mission and Ministry to discuss the benefits of setting an intention as we start the new semester. We will be making stamped jewelry as a reminder of our intention and enjoying snacks. 

NDMU Art Hive

Saturday, February 4  |  10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  |  Doyle Formal

The NDMU Art Hive, facilitated by members of the NDMU Art Therapy Department and students, welcomes the NDMU community and everyone else for free and open art making!

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