March 9, 2022
NDMU Announces Updated COVID-19 Protocols
An outdoor photo of campus featuring Caroline Hall

Given recent updates from the CDC and the end of the Baltimore City indoor mask mandate, effective Wednesday, March 2, 2022, NDMU has adopted a mask-optional policy for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors, with the following exceptions:

  • Face masks will continue to be required in all classroom settings, including labs and other instructional spaces. This measure remains in place out of an abundance of caution, given the increased density over a prolonged period of time in many instructional settings.  
  • Masks should also be worn by anyone who is positive or has symptoms of COVID-19 or has been exposed to someone with the virus.

Learn more about NDMU's updated COVID policies


A photo of NDMU's four Ethics Bowl students during the competition
NDMU Students Place 13th at APPE Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl

Four seniors recently represented Notre Dame on the national stage, as they competed virtually along with 35 other schools in the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Kristina Pickering ’22, Raquel Pompey ’22, Kylie Simonson ’22 and Cecia Zavala Ramos ’22 clinched NDMU’s first appearance in the competition after posting a top-three finish at regionals back in November. Facing some of the country’s top collegiate teams, they placed 13th overall after completing their four matches with two victories, one tie and one defeat, with the lone setback coming to a team from the University of Oklahoma which ultimately advanced to the quarterfinals.

A group photo of the 2022 NDMU lacrosse team
NDMU Lacrosse, the Defending CSAC Champs, Begins Season on Friday

NDMU lacrosse, which has won each of the last two Colonial States Athletic Conference championships in 2021 and 2019, opens up the 2022 campaign with a 4 p.m. home game against Marian University on Friday.

The Gators finished with a 7-1 record last spring, including a 16-4 victory over Wilson College in the CSAC final. They were picked to top the conference again in this year's CSAC preseason poll.

More Stories

In the U.S. and Abroad, Recent Physics Grads Excel After Graduation

Posed photos of Lesly Mendoza (left) and Marion Smedberg (right)

Lesly Mendoza '21 completed her dual degree at Columbia last year and now works as an electronics engineer in New York, while Marion Smedberg '19 earned her master's in the Netherlands and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Germany. Learn what inspired them to work towards a career in science and how NDMU impacted their journey.

Graduate of First ABSN Cohort Named Rookie of the Year

An outdoor photo of Jen Dickensheets in her nursing scrubs.

Jennifer Dickensheets '20 was recognized as Rookie of the Year at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore after graduating from the School of Nursing's first ABSN cohort. Learn about why she became a nurse, how NDMU helped prepare her for the profession and more.

Renaissance Institute Moves to Feeley International Center

Three Renaissance Institute members play music with guitars.

Renaissance Institute, NDMU’s Lifelong Learning program, has relocated its office and several classrooms to Feeley international Center on the ground floor of Meletia Hall. The move took place just before spring semester commenced, allowing Renaissance members to return to campus classes after a long COVID hiatus. 

The Institute is offering 50 classes for Spring 2022 both on campus and via Zoom, and will do the same in Fall 2022. The Institute welcomes new members aged 50-plus, and encourages NDMU community members to consider teaching a 6, 7, or 13-week class.

Course proposals for Fall 2022 are being solicited now. Contact Curriculum Committee chair, Terry Weisser ( for information on teaching, and Sandy Adams ( for membership information.

Library Updates

Spring Copyright Workshops

The library has four virtual workshops remaining for the spring semester. The next session, "Copyright for Creators - Music and Sampling," is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16. A full schedule is available below, click the links for registration and additional information on each individual workshop.

Career Center

Is making your resume a fun time? It can be, with NDMU’s new resume-builder, using GPT-3 technology. Rezi automatically generates experience-section bullet points. It can create a well-written and relevant resume in about thirty minutes. Try it out here!

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:

School News
Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Jessica Davis, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, will participate in the Philosophy of Education Society (PES) conference March 12-13, where she will present on the “Challenges to Educational Authority Posed by Philosophy for/with Children” panel. Jessica was also recently appointed to the PES Committee on the Status of Women and will attend that meeting during the conference.

Dr. Jeana DelRosso, Department of English, was invited to give a talk on March 3 via zoom in the public lecture series, Women Who Changed the Church, at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, UK.  Her talk was titled, "On Unruly Catholic Nuns: Creative Responses to Catholicism."


School of Pharmacy


Faculty Accomplishments


Dr. Jazmin Black (Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences) published  “Color lines: disparities in pharmacy treatment, education, and practice” in Pharmacy Today. 2022;2:52-62.

Dr. James Culhane (Assistant Dean & Professor) – his book “Evidenced Based Learning Strategies for Pharmacy Students” will be published this spring/summer by APhA.

Dr. Ka Hong (Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences) and colleagues published “An update of nucleic acids aptamers theranostic integration with CRISPR/Cas Technology” Molecules 2022;27(3):1114.

Dr. Ka Hong (Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences) was a guest editor for a special issue of the journal, Bioengineering. The issue is “Aptamers against bacterial origins and their diagnostic and biosensing applications”

Dr. Jane Ho (Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences) and colleagues published  “Preservation of Cardiac Reserve and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Patients With Acute De Novo Versus Acute on Chronic Heart Failure With Reduced Ejection Fraction” in the American Journal of Cardiology in August of 2021

Dr. Jane Ho (Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences) and colleagues published “Meta-analysis of clinical outcomes of PCSK9 modulators in patients with established ASCVD” in Pharmacotherapy in  October of 2021


Dr. James Culhane (Assistant Dean & Professor) spoke on the following Podcasts:  

  • “Strategies & techniques to optimize your time in a study group”.  STATMED podcast. January 2022
  • “Setting up a study group for success”. STATMED podcast. January 2022
  •  “Pros and cons of group studying in med school”. STATMED podcast. December 2022.

Dr. Matthew Shimoda (Associate Dean & Associate Professor) moderated the session “COVID-19 Innovations and lessons learned for patient safety” at the Maryland Pharmacists Association Midyear Meeting. February 27, 2022

Dr. Lauren Haggerty (Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences) moderated the session “Legislative Updates: State and Federal” at the Maryland Pharmacists Association Midyear Meeting on February 27, 2022.

Dr. Anne Lin (Dean & Professor) presented “The Profession of Pharmacy” to Women in Science club at Notre Dame Preparatory High School on February 4, 2022.

Prof. Sherry Moore (Assistant Director of Experiential Education & Instructor) presented the session “Wellness and the Brain” at the Maryland Pharmacists Association Midyear Meeting on February 27, 2022.

Dr. Simone Weiner(Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences) and students “Presence of Implicit Racial Bias in Student Pharmacists and Impact on Perception of Pain Sensitivity” – poster presentation at the American Pharmacist Association Annual Conference March 2022.

Appointments/Elected Positions

Dr. Lauren Haggerty (Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences) was appointed to 2021-2022 Maryland Pharmacists Association Co-Chair of Advocacy Committee and Journal Committee.

Dr. Lauren Haggerty (Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences) was appointed to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy  Lab SIG’s Professional Identity Formation subcommittee

Dr. Anne Lin (Dean & Professor) was elected as Vice-Chair of the Board of The LEADERship.


Student Accomplishments

Alumni News

Sabari Surendran, Pharm.D. ’20 Manager Safety Analysis Scientist, Global Safety Strategy and Risk Management, Janssen Pharmaceuticals 

Darshita Amin, Pharm.D. ’20 – Co-Owner, Reading Community Pharmacy, Reading, PA

Chibuike Nduanya, PharmD. ’18 Lieutenant, Commissioned Corps, The U.S. Public Health Service

Save the Dates

Women's History Month Movie Night: "Passing"

Friday, March 11 | 6 - 8 p.m. | Gator Alley

Join NDMU's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international honor society in English, for a movie night and snacks to celebrate Women's History Month. They will watch the movie, "Passing," starring Tessa Thompson and Ruth Negga.

The Best You: Pursuit Towards Self-Discovery, ft. Melissa Falen

Wednesday, March 16 | 7 - 8 p.m. | Virtual

This three-part speaker series, hosted by the Office of Inclusion & Community Standards, celebrates successful women in sharing their HERstory and how they create brave spaces for diverse populations. 
Melissa Falen is an associate professor at NDMU.

Essentials to Achieving Success with Ken Banks

Wednesday, March 23 | 6 - 7 p.m. | Virtual

Dynamic and inspirational CEO, entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and world traveler Ken Banks shares his path to success and how he makes a difference for others every day.

Self-leadership and personal achievement go hand in hand. Cultivating a personal mission is the foundation to defining and realizing goals. Notre Dame of Maryland University's Inaugural President's Leadership Forum speaker, Ken Banks, founder and president of Banks Global Group, is renowned for his ability to develop strategic global partnerships and for his passion for philanthropic endeavors in advocacy, charitable giving, mentoring, leadership, and volunteering.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday, March 29 | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Doyle Formal

The American Red Cross blood supply is currently at its lowest level in over 10 years. Please schedule your next donation appointment today.

Graduate Program Fair

Tuesday, March 29 | 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. | Doyle Formal

NDMU Juniors & Seniors are invited to explore the many graduate degrees and certificate programs offered at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Stop by to speak with faculty in areas that interest you and enjoy the pizza and drinks provided.

Morrissy Honors Program 40th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 2 | 4:30 - 7 p.m. | Fourier 103

Please join us for a reception to celebrate 40 years of the Elizabeth Morrissy Honors Program! At the reception, students, faculty, staff and alumnae will gather for appetizers, beverages, wine, and birthday cake. Attendees will reunite friendships, learn about the history of the program, meet current students, and to get a look at the future of the program. The cost to attend will be $19.82 to commemorate the founding year of the program. Registration will close on March 23, 2022

Academic Calendar

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NDMU Events

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