June 8, 2022
Transformative Leader Named New NDMU Provost
A headshot of Dr. Walker

A transformative higher education leader with a commitment to liberal arts education and innovative lifelong learning was named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at Notre Dame of Maryland University following a national search.

Dr. Martha Walker will join the University on July 1, 2022, leading NDMU’s dynamic academic enterprise with key roles to include program development, promotion of faculty scholarship, student retention, accreditation maintenance, and outcome assessment.

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Dr. Moody holds the Mullan Award plaque at NDMU's commencement ceremony
Pharmacy Professor Named 2022 Mullan Distinguished Teacher

An NDMU pharmacy professor who embraces service learning and community practice was named the 2022-23 Mullan Distinguished Teacher, the University’s highest faculty honor.

Dr. Ashley Moody, an assistant professor of clinical & administrative sciences, joined the NDMU School of Pharmacy in 2012, balancing the responsibilities of teaching doctoral students while maintaining a successful community pharmacy practice. Since then, she has designed courses to provide real-world learning opportunities, as well as an additional location for fourth-year students to complete their rotation at her community pharmacy site.

The 2021-22 Sr. Alma scholarship recipients: Ashley Anderson '22, Janelle Sangalang '22 and Isabella Dallasta '22
Sr. Alma Science Year Sets Up NDMU Students for Success Through Lab Research Opportunities

Science majors at Notre Dame have a unique opportunity to participate in the Sr. Alma Science Year, a program which pairs up to three students with a faculty mentor at Johns Hopkins for a year full of lab research.

Countless NDMU students have been set up for success after graduation through the program, which is named after Sr. Mary Alma McNicholas. Better known as Sr. Alma during her six decades on campus, the accomplishments of today's students allow the memory of Sr. Alma's lifelong dedication to increasing STEM opportunities for women to live on.

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NDMU Celebrates the Class of 2022

Two members from the Class of 2022 pose with their diplomas

NDMU's 2022 Commencement ceremony was held downtown at the Baltimore Convention Center on Sunday, May 22. Large collections of photos from commencement, the Class of 2022 brunch and tower shoot at Caroline Hall, the School of Nursing's pinning ceremony and more are available to view and download on NDMU's Flickr page. Several Class of 2022 spotlights highlighting graduates from a variety of programs across campus were also posted to the NDMU website in the week leading up to commencement.

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School of Pharmacy Dean Named Healthcare Hero by The Daily Record

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The dean of the School of Pharmacy at Notre Dame was selected as a 2022 COVID-19 Hero in the Health Care Heroes awards by The Daily Record, Maryland’s source for business and legal news. Dr. Anne Lin received honors for her leadership on several NDMU initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect and educate the campus community and residents of the greater Baltimore region.

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School of Education Faculty, Student Receive State and International Recognition

Stephanie Hastings (left) and Kelli Hickey (right)

A pair of NDMU School of Education representatives were recently honored by state and international organizations for their work in the classroom. Adjunct faculty member Stephanie Hastings was recognized as the Elementary Social Studies Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Council for Social Studies, while Kelli Hickey D’23 was the recipient of the Mildred Murray Memorial Recruitment Grant from the Xi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honor society for women educators.

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Several Renaissance Institute Members Recognized at Spring Luncheon

Renaissance Institute members at the end-of-year luncheon

The Renaissance Institute honored several outstanding members and held a funny hat contest at its annual end-of-semester spring luncheon. The Father Joseph Connolly Award for leadership, outstanding and long service, generosity of spirit, and active participation was presented to Curriculum Committee Co–chair, Hollis Jackson. Judith Page Campbell, who serves on several institute committees, received the Joseph and Adele-Ethel Reidy “Unsung Hero” Award for working tirelessly behind the scenes to support the programs and activities of Renaissance. 

The Director’s Award for extraordinary support of the Renaissance Institute, its staff and members went to Ken Pfeifer, former president and current chair of the Finance Committee. Attendees voted Joyce “Red Hot Chili Pepper” Dennison winner of the Mad Hatter competition. Each award winner receives a one-year Renaissance Institute membership in gratitude for their contributions.

Renaissance Institute members at the end-of-year luncheon

Freeman M'08 Honored as Baltimore County's 2022-23 Teacher of the Year

A headshot of Alicia Freeman next to the NDMU School of Education logo

Alicia Amaral Freeman, a 2008 graduate of NDMU’s Master of Arts in TESOL program, was announced as the 2022-23 Teacher of the Year for Baltimore County. Freeman was selected as the winner from a group of six finalists which also included NDMU alumna Tracey Dowling ’05 M’08. There were 159 initial Teacher of the Year nominees for the county, which has over 9,000 educators and is among the nation’s largest school systems.

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School News
Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Charles Buehrle published an article with co-author Saúl Blanco titled "Presentations of Coxeter groups of type A, B, and D using prefix-reversal generators" in the journal Applicable Algebra in Engineering, Communication and Computing on May 30.

Two attendees with Gene Farrington at his retirement ceremony 

The English Department celebrated the retirement of Dr. Gene Farrington, Professor of English and Drama, with an alumnae event and party on May 5.  Nearly 50 alumnae were in attendance to celebrate Dr. Farrington's retirement, after 29 years at Notre Dame, at the age of 90.  English alums spoke in tribute, and alumnae of Ye Merrie Masquers, Notre Dame's drama club, gave an original performance in honor of Dr. Farrington. A beloved faculty member, Dr. Farrington will be greatly missed on campus.

Attendees at Gene Farrington's retirement ceremony

Attendees at Gene Farrington's retirement ceremony

School of Education 

Dr. Angelo Letizia, assistant professor in the School of Education, had a peer-reviewed article published in the Whale Road Review titled "New Alchemy: Using Poetry to Reimagine Disciplinary Knowledge."

Dr. Stephanie Savick, Associate Professor of Education, attended the NCORE (National Conference on Race and Ethnicity), in Portland, Oregon from May 31-June 4, where she was able to network with other researchers in her research field.

Ryan Schaaf, associate professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education, is releasing his seventh book on June 16, 2022. Learner Choice, Learner Voice: A Teacher’s Guide to Promoting Agency in the Classroom offers fresh, forward-thinking supports for teachers creating an empowered, student-centered classroom. Showcasing authentic activities and classrooms, this book is full of diverse instructional experiences that will motivate students to take an agile, adaptable role in their own learning. This wealth of pedagogical ideas – from specific to open-ended, low-tech to digital, self-expressive to collaborative, creative to critical – will help educators discover the transformative effects of providing students with ownership, agency, and choice in their learning journeys.

Attendees of the Teacher Alliance for Flourishing spring retreat

The School of Education’s Teacher Alliance for Flourishing kicked off its first annual spring retreat with a relaxing weekend away at the Bon Secours Retreat and Conference Center in Marriottsville, Maryland on May 14-15, 2022. Educators learned and practiced the Five Domains of Flourishing (VanderWeele, 2017): Happiness & Life Satisfaction, Meaning & Purpose, Character & Virtue, Close Social Relationships, and Physical & Mental Health. Participants also delighted in nature, honed their yoga/meditation skills, and enjoyed good food and one another's company.

The retreat was meant as an antidote to the oftentimes stressful and demanding nature of teaching, made even more stressful during the COVID pandemic. Participants shared that they felt the retreat was rejuvenating, empowering, and life transforming. 

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New Gator Registration Days

Wednesday, June 15 | Thursday, June 30 | Friday, July 8

NDMU Alums Go to Camden Yards

Saturday, July 9 | 4 - 7 p.m. | Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Join us at Camden Yards to watch the Orioles take on the Los Angeles Angels! Join your NDMU friends before the game for a pre-picnic with all you care to eat BBQ and all you care to drink beer and soft drinks, and then sit third baseline in the shade with your FREE Hawaiian Shirt Giveaway and enjoy the game. This event is available to NDMU alumnae, alumni, friends, and their families.

Art Therapy Q&A

Tuesday, June 14 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Gazebo behind Caroline Hall

Friday, July 23 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Fourier 205

Interested in pursuing your master’s degree in Art Therapy?

Please join us for an Art Therapy Q&A to chat with Art Therapy faculty and have all of your questions answered! We'll be fielding your questions about our graduate program, our application process, and employment opportunities for licensed practice in Maryland post-graduation.

New Student Move-In Day

Friday, August 26 | All-Day

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