November 30, 2022
Maryland’s Only Art Therapy Master’s Program Earns National Accreditation
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Notre Dame of Maryland University’s Master of Arts in Art Therapy program was awarded initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), completing another significant milestone for the only master's program in Maryland that prepares graduates to become professional art therapists.

The CAAHEP accreditation process is designed to ensure that art therapy programs meet the rigorous standards required to position students for success after graduation. Initial CAAHEP accreditation is valid for a period of eight years. Launched in 2018, NDMU's master's program requires 1,000 hours of clinical instruction and a thesis project integrating research and field experiences.

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Nursing students at the NSNA conference
Nursing Students Travel to Virginia Beach for NSNA MidYear Conference

A group of seven nursing students recently had the opportunity to network with leaders and colleagues from across the country at the National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA) MidYear Conference in Virginia Beach.

The trip, which was sponsored by NDMU’s School of Nursing, included an extensive NCLEX-RN Mini Review course, professional workshops, and career panels with experts from a variety of specialty areas. NDMU’s contingent included Mary Clare Callahan ’24, Michaela Cousins ’23, Ashley Engles ’23, Yvonne Godwin ’23, Rachel Maj ’23, Manroop Sandhu ’23 and Sydney Smith ’23.

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NDMU’s School of Education Receives 7-year Program Accreditation

NDMU’s School of Education received full seven-year accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), recognizing its continuing excellence in preparing educators to reach their highest potential in the profession. CAEP is a unified accreditation system intent on raising the performance of all institutions focused on educator preparation.

“One of the most meaningful aspects of the CAEP accreditation process is the opportunity to come together as a school to engage in reflection and self-study while we celebrate areas of excellence and identify opportunities for improvement that will make the School of Education stronger, more effective, and more able to meet the increasing needs of changing educator and student populations,” said Dr. Kathryn Doherty, dean of NDMU’s School of Education. “By aligning ourselves with national standards and benchmarks, we can best achieve the school and University mission to serve our communities and transform lives through education.”

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NDMU to Host Northeast Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on December 3

Four of NDMU's Ethics Bowl team members

Teams of undergraduate students from across the region will gather at NDMU on Saturday, December 3 to discuss ethical issues related to some of today’s most pressing topics as part of the Northeast Regional Ethics Bowl. 

Notre Dame will be hosting the Northeast regional for a second-consecutive year. Last year’s group of NDMU students advanced to the national competition for the first time in school history after posting a top-three finish at regionals. This year’s team includes Raechel Bauer, Rebecca Becraft, Nana Fremah Nyarko, Nana Agyemang-Duah (alternate), Anisah Khattak (alternate) and Tinsaye Kirub (alternate).

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Internationally Renowned Bread & Puppet Theater to Perform at NDMU

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Bread and Puppet Theater's Fall 2022 cross-country tour is coming to NDMU on Friday, December 9! This will be the group's only performance in Baltimore during the tour. The band will begin playing in LeClerc Theatre at 7:40 pm, while the show gets underway at 8 pm. Attendance is open to the general public and all members of the NDMU community.

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Baltimore Collegetown Extends Application Deadline for Underground Initiative

Collegetown Underground

In its seventh year, Collegetown Underground is a focused, immersive opportunity for college students to explore the Baltimore area outside the classroom. Just 30 students are selected to participate and in four days, you will deepen your connection with the inspiring community where you live and study. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, December 2.

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Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

Four members of the NDMU community are included among the newest Associates of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. Associates make a covenant to live the spirit and mission of the SSNDs through deepening personal and communal prayer, participating in SSND spiritual, educational, and social activities, extending the spirit of SSND in her/his respective ministry/lifestyle, and sharing one’s gifts, faith, life, and lived experiences with SSNDs and other Associates.

New Associates include Kristyanna Erickson (associate professor in NDMU's math, physics and computer studies department), Jean Marie Hofstetter (undergraduate academic advisor), Kelley Kilduff (vice president for institutional advancement and communications), and Angela Sherman (former professor in NDMU's chemistry department). For further information about the Associate program, please contact Madelyn Ball at

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Geoff Delanoy, professor and department chair of NDMU's art department, was recently featured in a Chestertown Spy article. His series of photographs, Ghost Forest, is currently on display at Adkins Arboretum in Caroline County through December 23.

Cathy Goucher, associate professor department chair of NDMU's art therapy department, and Renee van der Stelt '23 were both recently featured in a Catholic News Service article titled "Therapists: Art can help people share feelings they can’t put into words." They discuss the growth of the profession and the unique benefits that art therapy can provide to patients. 

School of Education

Ryan Schaaf, associate professor of Educational Technology, presented at the 10th annual Common Ground conference in Ocean City, MD. He presented three featured keynote sessions, which included Reinventing for the Always-On Generation, A Brief History of the Future of Education, and Learner Choice, Learner Voice.

School of Nursing

Eight graduates were acknowledged in the recent What’s Up Annapolis 2022-2023 Excellence in Nursing issue. Lillian Banchero M'14, Devra Cockerille M'14, Melanie Lee M'14, Jean Little M'19, Rebecca Raico M'14, Lynn Thomas '15 M'18, Daniel Watkins '16 M'19 and Linda Weiss '11 are all currently employed by Luminis Anne Arundel Medical Center. Local nurses practicing in Anne Arundel, Prince George’s, Queen Anne’s, Kent, Talbot, and Dorchester counties were called upon to nominate and, therefore, honor the most commendable of their peers in the field, in more than 15 areas of specialty for the issue.

Library Updates

Pop-Up Class Series

Information about the library's last pop-up class of the semester is available below!

Conference and Auxiliary Services

Updated Dining Information


Save the Dates

NDMU's Hanukkah Party

Thursday, December 1  |  12 - 2 p.m.  |  Reflection Room (Doyle Hall - 2nd Floor)

Join Mission & Ministry for our (very early) Hanukkah Party!  Paint & play dreidel, enjoy latkes and cider, and meet a new friend or two in our new Reflection Room.

Christmas Dinner and Tree Trimming Celebration

Friday, December 2  |  5 - 7 p.m.  |  Doyle Hall

To ring in the holiday season, students, faculty, and staff will join together for Notre Dame’s Annual Christmas Celebrations!

Student Exhibit: Artists' Reception

Monday, December 5  |  4:30 - 6:30 p.m.  |  Gormley Gallery - Fourier Hall, 2nd Floor

Gormley Gallery is pleased to present the annual Student Exhibit, a salon-style exhibition featuring the work of students enrolled in art and art therapy classes in the fall 2022 semester. The gallery will be on display from December 5-9.

Pets on Wheels Stress Reliever

Tuesday, December 6  |  11 a.m. - 1 p.m.  |  Doyle Hall

Students, faculty, staff are all invited to come hang out with some adorable animals from Pets on Wheels! Pets on Wheels shares the love of friendly therapy pets to help improve life, connecting their pets with people to make a profound positive difference every day.

A BES Christmas

Tuesday, December 6  |  5 - 7 p.m.  |  Fourier 217

Come join the Business and Economics Society for a murder mystery Christmas party with pizza and holiday treats! Everyone is welcome! 

First 100 Nights

Tuesday, December 6  |  7 - 8:30 p.m.  |  Doyle Formal

First year students are invited to come out and celebrate completing their first 100 nights at NDMU! Hosted by the offices of Student Engagement and Alumni Engagement, this event will celebrate the Class of 2026.

Holiday Breakfast

Saturday, December 10  |  9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Doyle Formal

The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations is spreading the Christmas spirit at NDMU with a Holiday Breakfast! Faculty, staff and their families are invited to join our alumni and their families for holiday treats, a breakfast buffet, and Christmas activities, including a special choir concert, letter writing to Santa, and more. Register by December 1!

Staff and Faculty Mass and Christmas Luncheon

Thursday, December 15  |  10:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.  |  Marikle Chapel/Doyle Dining Hall

Academic Calendar

View the latest version of the Academic Calendar for 2022-23.

NDMU Events

Check out the NDMU Events calendar below for all upcoming events.