November 9, 2022
NDMU’s School of Nursing Receives 10-year Program Accreditation
An NDMU nursing student in the Center for Caring with Technology in UAB

Notre Dame of Maryland University’s baccalaureate and master’s degree in nursing programs recently received full accreditation through 2032 by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), recognizing their excellence in preparing nurses for the profession. Full program accreditation indicates the School of Nursing meets the standards for nursing education through a peer-review process to enhance quality improvement.

“The School of Nursing has a long history of delivering high quality undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare students to grow as competent, compassionate, and caring nursing professionals,” said Dr. Kathleen Wisser, dean of the School of Nursing. “This accreditation from the CCNE reaffirms the strength of our curriculum based on caring science, as well as our expert faculty.”

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Puerto Rican students together at MBK Sports Complex
Home Away from Home: Puerto Rican Students Excelling in NDMU’s School of Pharmacy

There are approximately 1,500 miles between Puerto Rico and NDMU's campus. Despite that distance, however, Puerto Ricans currently make up 15 to 20 percent of the current student population in the School of Pharmacy, as personalized outreach from faculty and staff helped form a connection with the small Caribbean island which continues to grow stronger by the year.

Once they arrive in Baltimore, Puerto Ricans have excelled in their studies, with many serving in leadership positions for a variety of student organizations to help set themselves up for success after graduation. In this feature, a 2018 graduate and three current students share their path to NDMU and the opportunities that followed.

Jensen Armstrong
NDMU Junior Selected for Prestigious Internship at Baltimore Museum of Art

An NDMU art student was recently selected for a highly-competitive internship at the largest art museum in Maryland. Jensen Armstrong ’24 will serve as an intern for the American Painting and Sculpture department at the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) for the remainder of the semester.

The position will include extensive research opportunities to support a planned future reinstallation of American Art galleries at the BMA. The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914, and it currently contains a collection of more than 97,000 objects from a variety of eras and cultures.

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NDMU Volleyball Hosts CSAC Semifinal at MBK

NDMU volleyball members celebrate on court

NDMU hosted CSAC tournament volleyball for a fourth-straight season last Thursday, as the Gators rallied past Cairn in the semifinal round to earn a thrilling five-set victory at MBK Sports Complex. NDMU would ultimately fall at Cedar Crest in Saturday's CSAC final, but still finished the 2022 season with an overall record of 17-8 after winning 15 of 17 matches to end the year. Thanks to all members of the NDMU community who cheered on our Gators last week!

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Morrissy Students Attend National Collegiate Honors Conference in Dallas

Morrissy students in Dallas

Eight Morrissy Honors Program students, along with program director Dr. Evelyn Spratt and honors professor Ryan Schaaf, traveled to Dallas, Texas, from November 2-5 to attend the 2022 National Collegiate Honors Conference. Zohra Ahmed, Jensen Armstrong, Jolisse Gray, Alycia Hancock, Alexandria Malinowski, Ruth Nicola, Kristina Pickering and Konstantina Vavaroutsos presented research on a variety of topics. They also took part in a community service project with a local school, and they explored Dallas while participating in the conference's the City as Text program.

TriBeta Honor Society Plants Trees Across Campus

TriBeta members planting trees

NDMU's Chapter of the TriBeta Biological Honor Society organized several recent tree planting sessions across campus, with a total of six new trees planted on the hill near the playground for A Child's Place and the path from Bunting Hall to the library. NDMU members involved in the effort included TriBeta Sustainability Coordinators Nicole Self and Katelyn Stephenson, Julie Asbury, Esmeralda Encinas, Kritika KC, Nwanneka Udolisa and Chemistry Department lab manager Pat Bell.

TriBeta has been planting trees on campus annually since 2008. The effort originally began to honor and celebrate the life of Dr. Nancy Kreiter, a biology professor and staunch advocate for ecology who passed away unexpectedly in 2007. TriBeta not only plants the trees, they also care for them for several years after planting, keeping them watered, mulched, and protected until they are large enough to be on their own. Some of the needed funds for tree planting activities are generated by the recycling of printer cartridges left in designated areas around campus. 

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NDMU Drama Presents "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow cast members

NDMU's Drama department presented four showings of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in LeClerc Theatre from October 28-31. Students from the nearby Tunbridge Public Charter School were also treated to a special edition of the performance while visiting campus on October 28. Congratulations to the entire cast and crew for their efforts throughout the semester!

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Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

The first Doctorate of Occupational Therapy cohort

Members of NDMU's first Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) cohort came together and dressed as a Jack O’Lantern emotional likert scale for Halloween. The scale is used in most healthcare facilities for the patient to be able to identify their pain to healthcare providers. Pictured from left to right are Sarah Erhabor, Ena Lynnette Bolling, Kayleigh Karnbach, and Nazma Khandoker.

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Jen Erdman, chair of NDMU's History and Political Science department, had a book titled Women in True Crime Media: The Spectacle of Female Victims and Perpetrators released by MacFarland Press last week. The book is now available on Amazon.

School of Education

Dr. Angelo Letizia, assistant professor in the School of Education, has published his fourth book of poetry titled Toward the Real: Poems for a New Reality. The book, published by In Case of Emergency (ICOE) Press, is a blend of scholarly literature, metaphysical insights and poetic flourish. A preview is available on the ICOE website.

Schools of Nursing and School of Pharmacy

Students at the Senior Expo

Students from our Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy recently volunteered at this year’s Power of Age Expo, which was hosted by the Baltimore County Department of Aging at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The students provided health education on a variety of topics. Nursing students also conducted blood pressure screenings, while pharmacy students offered immunizations to those in attendance. Additional photos are available on NDMU's Facebook page.

Library Updates

Pop-Up Class Series

Information about the library's two remaining pop-up classes is available below!

Conference and Auxiliary Services

Updated Dining Information


Save the Dates

Karaoke Night

Wednesday, November 9  |  7 - 9 p.m.  |  Gator Alley

Come sing your favorite song with the Office of Student Life for a night of fun of Karaoke!

Open Enrollment Information Session

Thursday, November 10  |  2:30 - 4 p.m.  |  LeClerc Theatre

A representative from the Difference Card will be present to answer questions from staff and faculty members.

Tie-Dye Party

Tuesday, November 15  |  4 - 6 p.m.  |  Gator Alley

Come relax and make a tie-dye shirt or socks while we reflect on how the semester has gone so far and discuss how to finish off strong. An assortment of snacks and drinks will be provided. 

Art for Wellness

Wednesday, November 16  |  4 - 5 p.m.  |  Fourier 205

The Art for Wellness Group is offered to students, staff and faculty in collaboration with the Graduate Art Therapy Program and the University Counseling Center, to support healthy coping skills and positive ways of reducing stress using art materials. Each week, a theme is introduced and art materials presented for participants to explore self-expression and promote emotional balance. Art experience is not necessary! Bring a friend!

From Information to Transformation: Learning to Appreciate the Relationship between Science and Faith

Thursday, November 17  |  4:30 - 6 p.m.  |  Noyes House Living Room

In today’s world, science and religious faith often seem to be at odds with each other: either one is a scientist, or one is a believer.  Must it be that way? Is that really the whole story? Join the Religious Studies department and the Morrissy Honors Program for a discussion with guest speaker Dr. Pat Fosarelli '73 M.D., D.Min. 

Christmas Dinner and Tree Trimming Celebration

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

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!

Academic Calendar

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NDMU Events

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