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May/June 2019 Contents


Commencement 2019

Jude KellyCommencement 2019 is this weekend at Baltimore’s Royal Farms Arena.

Doors to the arena will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The processional will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony will formally begin at 11 a.m.

Kelly launched the WOW festival in London in 2010 to mark the centennial of International Women’s Day. Since then, WOW has become a major global festival that celebrates women and girls and looks at the obstacles they face. For more on Kelly and what she has accomplished check out the news section of the website.

In addition to Kelly, senior Kashay Webb will serve as the 2019 student speaker.

Check out the Commencement website for more information.

Lacrosse team pictureLacrosse Wins CSAC Championship

BIG congratulations to Notre Dame’s Lacrosse Team. Our Gators are the Colonial States Athletic Conference Champions. In addition, the team played in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, facing off against Westminster College (Pa) at Gettysburg College on May 11. The Gators held strong, keeping the game close in the first half, but Westminster stepped it up and ended up defeating NDMU 16-8.

NDMU finished the season 11-6 overall and 7-3 in Colonial States Athletic Conference (CSAC). This was the Gators first CSAC Championship and NCAA lacrosse appearance.


Partners in Mission

Several faculty and staff members were recently honored at NDMU’s annual Partners in Mission Celebration.

The event celebrates service anniversaries and connects us with the vision of our founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University’s Mission and the women and men who make our Mission a reality.

For more on the event check out the Partners in Mission website.

Research Day 2019

Research day student poses with speakerOn April 26, Fourier Hall became a space for papers to be presented and posters to be explained. It was all part of Nancy Kreiter Research Day, a day which showcases the best and the brightest at Notre Dame. This year there were more than 70 submissions.

Dr. Amy Rosenkrans, a graduate of both CND and NDMU who currently works with Baltimore city middle school students, gave the Opening Speech and participated as a guest judge.

The Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day concluded with a celebration, complete with awards for the best presentations in each of the divisions and a dessert reception.

Award Recipients

Poster Presentations:

  • Research day nursing studentUndergraduate Historical Research - Kristina Pickering
  • Graduate School of Education - Hannah Martin
  • Undergraduate Social Science - Jamesh Caldwell
  • Graduate Social Science - Catherine Bruzdzinski
  • School of Nursing - Lyndsay Wright
  • School of Pharmacy - Patricia Dieso
  • Bench Science Research - Mai Eltabak

Traditional Presentations:

  • Broken U.S. - David Quinton-Schein
  • Arts - Caroline O'Donnell
  • Hispanic Society, History and Culture (in Spanish) - Christine Roa
  • Democracy's Future - Emily Przyborowski
  • International Affairs - Briana Palma

New Trees on Campus

You may have noticed some new scenery around campus recently. TriBeta (or TreeBeta as it is affectionately known) held three events this semester designed to beautify NDMU’s campus.

The first two events were geared towards tree maintenance, where trees previously planted by TreeBeta are re-mulched, re-fertilized and pruned. Mother nature didn’t cooperate for the first event and it was a soggy mess, but students prevailed. The weather was much better for the second maintenance event and a lot was accomplished.

As for the third TreeBeta event, students worked with grounds supervisor Kelly Harrison to plant four new trees next to Loop Road, as it passes in front of Doyle Hall. To see more pictures go to NDMU's Flickr page.

Students planting trees   Students planting trees

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

NDMU Facilities in conjunction with The Planeteers, NDMU’s student environmental group is beginning a refocused effort on enhancing the school’s recycling program.

Planeteers logo

  • Recycling will be picked up weekly from recycling containers. Only recyclable items are to be placed in these bins.
  • If you have cardboard for recycling, please break it down and place it next to the recycling containers.
  • Recycling pick-up will take place on Wednesdays (afternoon/evening) and Saturdays only.

In an effort to educate the campus about what can, and cannot be recycled, The Planeteers have been putting up posters around campus.

Among the most common items than cannot be recycled:

  • Plastic bags
  • Paper napkins, plates, tissues
  • Foam cups and to-go containers

Any recycling bins found with trash in them will cause the entire bin to be considered as trash, and discarded as such. All non-recycling items will continue to be collected as normal and taken to the trash compactor.

If you have any questions email Aisha Azhar, Planeteers president.

Teachers of Promise 2019

(From L-R) Grace Park, Donielle DeToy, Taylor Burnett, State Superintendent Dr. Karen Salmon, Atoya Hill, Iyabo Adeleye, Aimee Scott and Nina Corrieri

Teachers of Promise

Congratulations to this year's Teachers of Promise! Grace Park, Donielle DeToy, Taylor Burnett, Atoya Hill, Iyabo Adeleye, Aimee Scott and Nina Corrieri were selected based on their high academic standing and strong potential to be an outstanding teacher.

As part of this program these teacher candidates, who will be mentored by outstanding educators such as Blue Ribbon School Principals, County and Maryland Teachers of the Year, and Milken award winners were invited to attend the 12thannual TOP Institute. While there, they were able to meet many leaders in education, including the state superintendent.

At the event, NDMU’s SOE Dean, Dr. Gary Thrift, won the top prize of the day, a SMART Board valued at approximately $8,000, for use in the School of Education.

Rice Bowl Collection

A big thank you to the NDMU community for its contributions to the CRS Rice Bowls. This year during the Lenten season, campus ministry was able to collect$167.19 for CRS. CRS Rice Bowl collection is a faith-in-action program that invites people to encounter the needs of the world.

Loyola Notre Dame Library News

Special Library Spring Exams Hours

Sunday, May 12 Noon - Friday, May 17, 5 p.m.: Open Continuously
Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19: Closed
Monday, May 20 - Friday, May 24: 8 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 25 - Monday, May 27: Closed
Tuesday, May 28: Begin Summer Schedule

For more information about library hours, check out the LNDL website.

Library Parking

Parking in the Library lot will be FREE from now until the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.

NEW: Chicago Manual of Style

Full online access to the Chicago Manual of Style! Access it through the Library’s website. Students who are off-campus will need to log in with their Notre Dame username and WebAdvisor/campus credentials password. Please call the library at 410.617.6801 with any questions.

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business

Student Accomplishments

Psychology students Hannah Amodia ’21 and Justise Heflin ’21 recently attended the Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Psychology Conference at Towson University Northeast Campus where they presented their research "The Influence of Perceived Efficacy on the Likelihood to Vote in Young Adults."

School of Education

Faculty Accomplishments

Congratulation to Mark Fenster and Sr. Mary Fitzgerald on their first round faculty vote to the CFRD Committee and to Ryan Schaaf for his election to the Information and Educational Technology Committee.

G Thrift Bike TourSchool of Education Dean, Gary Thrift recently completed his first ever bike tour. He took part in the 30thannual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour which was 37 miles long.




Dr Angelo Letizia BatmanDr. Angelo Letizia recently presented at the “Batman in Popular Culture” Conference at Bowling Green State University.



Dr. Katherine Beauchat gave a successful presentation at the 50thAnniversary Massachusetts Reading Association annual conference in Quincy. She spoke to early childhood educators, reading specialists, and literacy coaches regarding strategies to support young children's oral language and vocabulary development.

Ryan Schaaf, Assistant Professor of Educational Technology, just released his fifth book, A Brief History of the Future of Education: Learning in the Age of Disruption through Corwin Press. The book was showcased on Amazon’s list of Hot New Releases (Best-selling new or future releases) for more than a month.

If interested, please visit Corwin’s website and enter code N18CFO for a 20%.

Kappa Delta Pi 2019 Induction Ceremony

KDP Induction group pictureCongratulations to the newest member of the Phi Xi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, NDMU's International Honors Society in Education. The members were inducted in Marikle Chapel last month with a reception following in Murphy Gathering Space.

School of Nursing

School News

To celebrate Nurses Week and our graduating seniors, students prepared a simulation for faculty. The students really showcased what they’ve learned and came up with great simulation scenario.

Nursing Faculty Simulation

School of Pharmacy

Faculty News

Dr. Jennifer Bailey, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences – appointed to the Bylaws and Policy Committee, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Asish Dutta, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – elected Chair-Elect, Section of Pharmaceutics, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Dr. Asish Dutta, Ellison Park ‘20 – “Development of an Improved Reversed-Phase HPLC Stability Indicating Method and Forced Degradation Studies of Curcuminoids” – poster presentation at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chinyere Onyirimba ’20 , Anjali Patel ’19 , Zoya Ramzan ’19, Dr. Payal Agarwal (Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences) “Self-Emulsifying Drug Delivery System (SNEDDS): An Attempt to Develop an Incomplete SNEDDS Formulation for Oral Delivery of Exendin-4 for Treatment of Type-2 Diabetes – poster presentation at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Prashant Mandela, Assistant Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences presented a poster presentation at the KGI Symposium ‘Use of Rituximab Biosimilars in the Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia’ along with colleagues from Marshall B. Ketchum College of Pharmacy.

Dr. Jonathan Thigpen, appointed Dawson Award Committee, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy

Student News

The following students presented poster presentations at the American Society of Health System Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting in December 2018.

Olivia Akah ’19 “Incidence of antibacterial prescribing for upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis in a rural outpatient setting”

Cynthia Clark ‘20 “Characterization of clinical metrics associated with a medication history program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital”

Patricia Dieso ‘19 “Effects of probiotic supplementation on inflammatory bowel disease: a systematic review”

Danielle DiFalco ‘19 “Medication use evaluation of prothrombin complex concentration in a small community hospital”

Labasse Doumbia  ’20 “Evaluation of pharmacy technician workload in an inpatient satellite pharmacy at a large academic medical center”

Aara Hall ‘19 “Evaluation of delay in the second dose of antibiotics in patients admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital from the emergency department”

Samantha Hartig ’19  “Incidence of recidivism for opiate overdose in the absence of naloxone discharge prescription in a rural hospital setting”

Tyffani Howard  ’19 “Identifying potential cost savings with industry sponsored patient assistant programs for patients receiving immunotherapy agents in an outpatient oncology clinic”

Daniel Lee ’19 “Patients’ acceptance of influence vaccination during influenza season of low vaccine match”

Rachel Marrone ’19 “Use of acupuncture in the prevention and treatment of dementia”

Ayesha Nasir ’19 “Effects of probiotic supplementation on hyperlipidemia: a systematic review”

My Nguyen ’19 “Time to attaining therapeutic vancomycin trough in pharmacist pharmacokinetic service”

Amura Ama Oduro ‘19 “Liraglutide as an adjuvant therapy to regular U-500 insulin in a morbidly obese patient with type-2 diabetes mellitus”

Richie Onwuchekwa Uba ‘19 “Assessing risk of medication errors due to non-standardized investigational drug labels in two large academic hospitals”

Anjali Patel ‘19 “Association between prenatal acetaminophen exposure and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children: A systematic review”

Mateo Pelja ‘20 “To Ignore or Not to Ignore: An Analysis of Drug Utilization Review in an Outpatient Pharmacy Setting”

Zoya Razman ‘19 “Evaluating the most common initial empiric therapy for skin and soft tissue infections”

Sulaiman Sesay ‘19 “Cost-avoidance through redistribution of short-dated emergency drug box medications”

Christiana Showunmi ‘19 “Probiotic effects in incidence reduction in clostridium difficile infection”

Arlene Velez-Bartolomei ‘19 “Evaluation of the appropriate use of antibiotics in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations”

Kelly Ward ‘19 “Incidence of continued tobacco abuse in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after smoking cessation education”



Call for volunteers from Govans

Govans is looking for 8-10 volunteers for Math and Literacy Night which is being held on May 23rd, 2019 from 2:30-5 p.m. The volunteers help out by playing games with the students from 2-3 p.m. and then with the distribution of the pizza dinner from 4:30-5:00 p.m.

Commencement Events

School of Education

Awards Celebration

May 15, 5:45 Country Club of Maryland

School of Nursing

Pinning Ceremony

May 16, 6 p.m., Marikle Chapel

Reception to follow in Doyle Formal

Morrissy Honors Brunch

May 17, 10 a.m., Otenesak House

Trailblazer Celebration

May 17, 1 p.m., Noyes House

School of Pharmacy Graduation Banquet

May 17, 6 p.m., Grand Historic Venue

School of Arts, Sciences, and Business Awards

May 18, 9 a.m., Fourier Hall 1st floor

Women's College Senior Luncheon

May 18, 11 a.m., Doyle Dining Hall

Commencement Liturgy

May 18, 3:30 p.m., Marikle Chapel


May 19, 10 a.m., Royal Farms Arena

September 6-8

The Reunion website is live and registration is open!