March 22, 2023
NDMU Supports Early Childhood Educators to Get Certified with $932K State Grant
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Notre Dame of Maryland University’s School of Education continues to support the state’s goal to prepare children for kindergarten and beyond with a $932,767 grant to help early childhood educators become certified through alternative pathways.

Funded by the Maryland State Department of Education, NDMU’s Rebuilds program will build on the University’s strengths in teacher preparation to address the state’s strategy of growing a highly effective childcare workforce. School of Education faculty will provide instruction to early childhood educators with accelerated teacher certification, professional development, and apprenticeships – NDMU will become Maryland’s only college or university providing state-approved apprenticeships for educators. The program will support educators at the University’s on-campus preschool, A Child’s Place, and two other childcare centers.

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Former U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios to Address NDMU Graduates at Commencement

Former Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, most known for leading the initiative to place a woman’s portrait on U.S. paper currency for the first time in over a century, will deliver a message of inspiration to about 600 Notre Dame of Maryland University graduates at the 2023 Commencement. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Honorable Rosie Rios will also receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Notre Dame.

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NDMU Alumna to Share Roadmap for Joining a Corporate Board at Busta Business Forum

An NDMU graduate and finance expert will share her experience with joining a corporate board and provide a roadmap for how women and other traditionally underrepresented groups can become board members at the Charles J. Busta III Business Forum on Thursday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in LeClerc Hall.

Marti Tirinnanzi '82 is founder and president of the consulting firm Financial Standards, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors of the Intercontinental Exchange, a Fortune 500 company and parent company of the iconic New York Stock Exchange. She will provide a road map to beginning your own board journey, with the goal of joining a nonprofit, private or public company board of directors.

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NDMU Drama's Alice in Wonderland Brings Beloved Novel to Life

NDMU Drama will present a fun and interactive production of Alice in Wonderland from Friday, March 24 - Sunday, March 26 in LeClerc Hall. This classic stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This fast-paced adventure follows 7-year-old Alice as she goes through the looking glass and meets the strange and eccentric inhabitants of Wonderland.

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Renaissance Institute Seeks Instructors

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The Renaissance Institute, NDMU’s lifelong learning program, is seeking instructors for classes taught in person and online for the fall 2023 semester. All faculty and staff members at NDMU are invited to submit a course proposal using the form by March 30.

Renaissance Institute classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursday on campus and on Zoom. When you submit your proposal, you can indicate your preferences for day, time, and in-person or online modality. Our Curriculum Committee also can help you select a topic for which members have expressed an interest. Call Renaissance Institute at 410-532-5351 or contact Curriculum Committee chairs Terry Weisser ( or Kathleen Bennett ( for more information.

This spring, Renaissance is offering over 60 courses on a rich array of topics from Baltimore architecture, Ignatian Spirituality, and great Maryland court cases, how to run for office, Shakespeare’s women, and Eastern religions. The instructors come from all walks – some are experienced educators, and others step up to share a passion, avocation or a special talent in art, music or writing. The Renaissance Institute has a long tradition of member instructors who volunteer to teach a class. We also recruit nonmember instructors and offer compensation.

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School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Yasmine Awais, associate professor in the Art Therapy Department, presented a session entitled, “The Value of Art in Art Therapy Supervision,” in March for the field supervisors of art therapy interns enrolled in the Masters of Professional Studies Art Therapy Program at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. In addition, her book entitled, "Foundations of Art Therapy Supervision," and co-authored with Daniel Blausey, has been translated into Chinese. She will also present a session entitled "Setting a Foundation for A Successful Supervisory Relationship" on March 26 at 1:15 p.m. at New York University for the New York Art Therapy Association.

Dr. Kate Bossert, associate professor of English, spoke with CNN’s Scottie Andrew for an online story about our cultural fascination with apocalyptic literature and stories about the end times. Dr. Bossert's research focuses on late-medieval and early modern English depictions of the end of the world, and she teaches a Morrissy Honors course in Doomsday literature, ancient to contemporary.

Dr. Jeana DelRosso, Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Professor of English, gave an invited lecture in March at the Center for Spirituality at Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana. Her lecture was based on her latest book, "Unruly Catholic Feminists: Prose, Poetry, and the Future of Faith," published by SUNY Press. Part of the Ex Libris Author Lecture Series, the event was co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Saint Mary’s College.  

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MD Society of Health-System Pharmacy Women in Leadership Forum, ft. NDMU's Nicole Culhane

Wednesday, March 22 | 5:30 - 7 p.m. | Loyola Notre Dame Library Auditorium

Come and hear the stories of local women pharmacy leaders as they share their journeys and wisdom. Be inspired by their creativity, resilience, and energy that have allowed their communities, teams, and organizations to grow.

NDMU Drama Presents "Alice in Wonderland"

Friday, March 24 |  7 - 9 p.m. | LeClerc Theatre, LeClerc Hall
$15 (General Admission), $5 (Students w/ID), Children under 12 FREE with any ticket purchase
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Join NDMU Drama for this classic stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s beloved children’s book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland! 

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Wednesday, March 29 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | Doyle Formal

Art Therapy Open House

Wednesday, March 29 | 6 - 7:30 p.m. | On Campus and Online

We invite all students interested in learning more about graduate studies in NDMU's Art Therapy program to visit us on-campus and have their questions answered about the program, the admissions process, the field of art therapy and practice in Maryland. 

Q&A Panel Discussion with Puerto Rican Student Pharmacists

Thursday, March 30 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | Online
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NDMU Art Hive

Saturday, April 1 | 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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