May 10, 2023
Students Present Work at Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day
Research Day Award Winners in Fourier Hall

A school tradition continued in Fourier Hall on Friday, April 28, as Notre Dame of Maryland University students presented work on a variety of topics during the 16th annual Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day. The event is designed to celebrate students’ research, scholarship, and creative endeavors.

Students from all University divisions were eligible to submit proposals, which were then reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff members. Congratulations to each of this year's award winners!

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The presidents from NDMU and St. John's hold up their signed agreement certificates.
NDMU and St. John’s College Partner to Address Teacher Shortage

NDMU and the St. John’s College Graduate Institute announced a new partnership this week to help address the nationwide teacher shortage. The Joint Master’s-Level Teaching Certification program will allow Graduate Institute students to earn a Liberal Arts Education Certificate through St. John’s College and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree from Notre Dame in just two years of study, certifying them to teach.

Representatives from the two schools gathered on Tuesday morning to sign a memorandum of understanding which officially launched the program.

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Dr. Heather Folz Recognized as NDMU’s Inaugural Faculty Research Award Winner

Dr. Heather Folz, an Associate Professor of Clinical & Administrative Sciences in NDMU's School of Pharmacy, was celebrated last Thursday as the winner of the University's inaugural Faculty Research Award during a reception in Doyle Formal.

The purpose of the Faculty Research Award is to recognize faculty that produced research or creative endeavors of exceptional quality in the last seven years that provided impact to a field or fields of study. The committee, led by co-chairs Dr. Yasmine Awais and Dr. Nicole Dular, includes faculty representing all schools at NDMU whose research spans various methodologies.

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NDMU Community Gathers for Plant It! 2023

NDMU students during Plant It! 2023

Thanks to each of the 77 volunteers from the NDMU community who combined to plant over 3,000 flowers across campus during Plant It! 2023 on April 27. NDMU's student team, the Petal Pushers, took first place for planting the most flowers at this year's event, with Make Some Noyes and the Business Office following closely behind.

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WBAL-TV Feature: NDMU's Elevates Program Helps Paraeducators Become Certified Teachers

 WBAL-TV Interviewing Dr. Doherty

WBAL-TV 11 recently interviewed Dr. Kathy Doherty, dean of NDMU's School of Education, and program participants for a feature highlighting NDMU's new innovative degree apprenticeship program to help paraeducators earn their teaching certification. NDMU's Elevates Program, funded by a nearly $250,000 state grant, is being implemented through partnerships with John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore and the Harbour School in Annapolis.

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Renaissance Institute Members Presented with Legacy Awards

Renaissance Institute Award Winners

NDMU's Renaissance Institute recently honored three outstanding volunteers with legacy awards that carry a year’s free membership. This year’s award ceremony on April 18 attracted 70 members for a lunch which celebrated the winners.

The Reidy Award was presented to Susan Serotte for “working tirelessly, and what might appear thanklessly, behind the scenes to support the programs and activities of the Renaissance Institute." The 2023 Renaissance Unsung Hero, Susan also chairs the Summer and Winter in the City Programs Committee. The Father Joseph Connolly Award, which recognizes leadership, outstanding and long service, generosity of spirit, and active participation in the Renaissance Institute, was presented to Amanda Joyce, Chair of the Renaissance Communications Committee and a popular classroom instructor.

The Renaissance Social Committee’s creativity and commitment adds immeasurably to the community spirit, and its chair, Beverly Fransen, received the Director’s Award for her innate concern for others and extraordinary support of the Renaissance Institute, its staff, and its members.

The Renaissance Institute relies upon the dedicated volunteerism of its members in assuring that the lifelong learning program remains relevant and inviting to its membership. Post COVID, Renaissance now offers fully 50% of its course offerings on Zoom or in a hybrid format, while another 150 members enjoy being back on campus for learning opportunities.


Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Arts, Sciences and Business

 Damozel members with Dr. DelRosso

On April 27, the English Department hosted its annual English Tea, Sigma Tau Delta induction ceremony, Alpha Psi Omega induction ceremony, and Damozel launch. The induction ceremony was hosted by the Sigma Tau chapter officers: April Boss, President; Tahreem Haq, Vice President; and Erika Smith, Treasurer. The Alpha Psi ceremony was hosted by Hermione Riggs, President. Two students were inducted into Sigma Tau, the International English Honor Society: Natalie Newton and Cassandra Thompson. Two were inducted into Alpha Psi, the Drama Honor Society: Caitlin Cottrill and Angelina Moree. The Damozel Launch was hosted by co-editors Tahreem Haq and April Boss. Two students read from their publications in Damozel, the campus literary magazine: Caitlin Cottrill and Janet Thompson. Congratulations to our honor society inductees and to our student editors and writers! More photos are available at the NDMU English Facebook page.

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Dr. Jeana DelRosso, Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Professor of English, was an invited speaker in May at the Saint Mary’s College (South Bend, Indiana) Alumnae Association Board of Directors Spirituality Hour. The Zoom alumnae event was based on her latest book, Unruly Catholic Feminists: Prose, Poetry, and the Future of Faith, published by SUNY Press.

School of Education

 SOE members at the 2023 American Educational Research Association conference

NDMU's School of Education was featured at the 2023 American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, which was held on-site in Chicago from April 13-16. Seven faculty, alumnae, and students presented research on a variety of topics during the four-day renowned conference, which typically features over 2,600 sessions and 15,000 attendees. The theme for this year’s event was “Interrogating Consequential Education Research in Pursuit of Truth.” 

The AERA is the largest national interdisciplinary research association devoted to the scientific study of education and learning. The organization has over 25,000 members, and its annual meeting is designed to showcase research efforts from across the educational spectrum. The full list of NDMU presentations at the conference, listed in the order they were presented, is available below:  

Mixed Method Study of Teachers’ Perceptions of Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Implementation of Sociopolitical Consciousness – Dr. Kelli Hickey, D’23, Dr. Stephanie Savick, '92, M’99, D’09, Dr. Rachel Durham, Dr. Candice Logan-Washington  

Dual Enrollment and Its Impact on the College Access and Persistence of Students of Color – Dr. Kimberly Ferguson, D’23, Dr. Stephanie Savick, Dr. Rachel Durham, Dr. Heather Wooldridge D'18  

Causal Evidence of the Role of CTE in Postsecondary Enrollment and Persistence – Dr. Rachel Durham  

The Role of High School Counselors in Supporting ELLs’ College Readiness – Dr. Simon Edward-Hobbs, D’23  

Association of Project-Based Learning and Academic Outcomes of Students With Autism – Dr. Vesna Grujicic, D’22 

School of Nursing

 NDMU's latest ABSN graduates at the Archway

Congratulations to the latest graduates of NDMU's accelerated, second-degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program, who were celebrated during a pinning ceremony at Marikle Chapel on April 27! More photos from the ceremony are available on NDMU's Flickr page.

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School of Pharmacy

The SOP's new PLS inductees

Congratulations to all School of Pharmacy students who were recognized at the Phi Lambda Sigma Induction Ceremony on April 29! In addition to formally welcoming new members to the national Pharmacy Leadership Society, the event celebrated all PLS fourth-year students receiving their graduation honor cords. Marielie Carrasquillo-Rivera D’24 was also recognized as the chapter’s Member of the Year.

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Conference and Auxiliary Services

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Save the Dates

Gator Thrift End of Semester Bash

Thursday, May 11  |  2 - 4 p.m.  |  Theresa 116

Gator Thrift is hosting a bash on May 11 to celebrate the end of its first semester open on campus. There will be sparkling cider, sweet treats and other surprises! Those in attendance are asked to wear the favorite outfit that they have obtained at Gator Thrift this semester.

Undergraduate Senior Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 17  |  3 - 5 p.m.  |  LeClerc Theatre

All undergraduate seniors who are graduating this spring are asked to attend to celebrate their time here at NDMU and their many accomplishments.

Senior Brunch and Photos at the Tower

Thursday, May 18  |  11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  |  Doyle Dining Hall and Caroline Tower

Senior Brunch is a long-standing NDMU tradition for the Women’s College graduating class to gather for a final meal together. Please join in one last toast to celebrate all of your accomplishments!

Baccalaureate Mass

Sunday, May 21  |  4 - 5 p.m.  |  Marikle Chapel

All are invited to attend this special liturgy as gather with graduates and their loved ones to celebrate and give blessings for all of the incredible work and dedication our students have shared with Notre Dame. 

Commencement Ceremony

Wednesday, May 24  |  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  Baltimore Convention Center

Academic Calendar

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NDMU Events

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