October 2020
Community Day 2020
Baldwin Community Day speaker header featuring Dr. Kimberly S. Adams

NDMU is celebrating its first virtual Baldwin Community Day on October 20, 2020, by honoring the year of the woman and 100 years of women winning the right to vote.

The guest speaker this year is Dr. Kimberly S. Adams, a professor of political science and owner of Adams Political Research and Consulting. Dr. Adams received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Political Science at the University of Southern Mississippi and her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Mississippi.

Classes for students will end at 10:40 am and virtual workshops will take place from 1:00-2:45 pm. Honors Convocation will proceed later from 3:30-4:45 pm.

Students are encouraged to attend and learn how women have made strides in modern history and continue to change the world.

For the full list of Community Day sessions, visit the Community Day 2020 page.

Liza Mundy headshot, featured speaker for Common read presentation
Common Read Presentation

On October 27, NDMU welcomes New York Times bestselling author Liza Mundy for a virtual public presentation from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Liza Mundy is the author of four books including Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, NDMU’s 2020-2021 common read selection. Published in 2017, Code Girls tells the story of more than 10,000 women who were recruited to break Axis codes, work that saved countless lives, shortened the war—and pioneered the modern computer and cybersecurity industries.

Zoom access for the presentation will be available prior to the event. All are welcome to join.

Reunion 2020 reinvention & interaction
Virtual Reunion 2020

This past Sunday, NDMU wrapped the inaugural Virtual Reunion. The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations welcomed nearly 250 alums over the five-day celebration. Festivities held virtually included class nights, sessions that introduced alums to the IMPRINT program and new strategic plan, Alumnae and Alumni Award Presentation and Reunion Mass. The celebration was closed out with an Interfaith Discussion with Sister Kathleen Feeley. The virtual space provided alums from various time zones the opportunity to reconnect with classmates, build new relationships and share memories of Notre Dame. Reunion Mass on Sunday was live-streamed from Marikle Chapel and the recording is now available on NDMU’s YouTube. Thank you to all the staff, faculty and students that helped make Virtual Reunion 2020 a success. We look forward to the next opportunity to celebrate Reunion in-person.

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Alice Walker Q&A

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On November 12, NDMU welcomes Alice Walker, an internationally celebrated writer, poet and activist, virtually to campus. The Pulitzer Prize winner joins NDMU as part of the Eichner Women Writer Series and the webinar will be presented over zoom. Alice Walker’s work has been translated into more than two dozen languages, and her books have sold more than fifteen million copies. Her upcoming nonfiction work, Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: The Journals of Alice Walker, will be a book of lasting significance—tracing her development as an artist, human rights activist and intellectual.

Virtual Tour

Now, NDMU’s prospective students and their families can tour campus from the comfort of their homes. The new virtual tour, shares the history of our beautiful campus, academic buildings, and residence halls. Three student tour guides share their experiences here on campus and what makes campus so special. Beyond the virtual tour, Admissions is now offering private, guided campus tours and virtual information sessions.

NDMU President Yam Signs Joint Statement on the Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

The undergraduate Coalition issued the following joint statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 
“Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of metastatic cancer on September 18, 2020, was a leader whose words and actions changed the lives of women across generations. She changed our lives – and the lives of our alumnae, our students and our colleagues.”

Read the full statement.


New this semester: evening/weekend consultations and data management services!

  • Librarians are available Monday – Thursday 9:00am- 8:00pm, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm, and Sunday 12:00pm – 8:00pm to help you identify appropriate research tools and search strategies. Schedule a virtual meeting.
  • Do you need help planning, organizing, managing, or curating research data to enhance its preservation and access it now and into the future? View our new data management services.

Librarians are also available to meet with you about makerspace technologies, copyright, and Archives & Special Collections. Learn more about these topics and schedule a meeting with a librarian.

Spooky Stories: A Tournament of Books 
This October, vote for your favorite scary books! Please vote for your choice of the winning book to be entered to win a prize! Starting Friday, October 19th, keep an eye on the Loyola Notre Dame Library Instagram story (@LNDLibrary) to vote in tournament games.  

Check out the NDMU Events calendar for all listing of LNDL online technology pop-up classes and copyright information center workshops.


NDMU Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is keeping their student-athletes engaged throughout the semester offering various virtual programming including workouts, paint night, trivia night, and social events. Soon the department will be offering leadership training sessions for student-athletes that will go towards the leadership badge for the IMPRINT program.

The Colonial States Athletics Conference is keeping busy this fall despite no competition.  This month, the CSAC offered a fireside chat with the cross country coaching staff from around the league. NDMU’s head coach in his first season, John Caslin, participated in the call and spoke about his experiences as a cross country coach for the past 37 years.

Auxiliary & Conference Services

Lifeguards Needed
The Office of Auxiliary Services is looking for experienced lifeguards and swim instructors for the new Gator Swim School coming in early 2021. We will be offering weekend swim lessons to kiddos of all levels. If you have a high schooler or college student taking classes online and want to earn some extra cash on the weekends, this could be the job for them! Please apply online through the NDMU Careers website, and look for the Swim Program Instructor and Swim Program Lifeguard positions. All lifeguards must provide valid certification.

Email campnotredame@ndm.edu with any questions!

Doyle Dining
We’re excited to offer service again for faculty, staff and commuter students! NDMU community members will have a similar experience as our residential students and will be guided through the updated layout to get to-go meals in the Dining Hall. 

Please take note of the following changes:

  • Faculty, staff & commuter students must purchase their meal “swipe” 30 minutes prior to the start of meal service using our online purchasing platform, which accepts debit, credit or e-check. 
    • We will NOT be accepting cash or credit at the entrance of the dining hall
    • The SAGE team will have a list of all who purchased online swipes and will check your ID card against that list

Faculty, staff and commuter students who cannot make designated meal service hours, can order a pre-prepared to-go option.

Residential students who cannot make designated meal service hours can order a pre-prepared to-go option.

Career Center

There were 430 participating students from six local, private colleges and almost 80 employers and other organizations involved in the recent, October 1 Career, Internship, and Grad School Fair. Handshake’s virtual platform made it possible. On a more regular basis, students can use the Events page on Handshake which lists hundreds of employers hosting virtual treks. Students targeting any type of organization (county school systems, government agencies, non-profits and, of course, corporations) can easily build face time with employers by attending these sessions.

English Language Institute

Sarah Griffith, an ELI instructor, is a presenter in a panel discussion in a virtual conference on October 23 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tech with a Purpose: Fostering Virtual Student-Centered Classes presentation: Since lockdown, online teaching has become the norm. Whether synchronous or asynchronous, it is a challenge to make our online classes interactive, affectively and cognitively engaging, with language-rich, student-centered activities that challenge and motivate our learners.

Learn more about the presentation and how to register to attend.

School News
School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Jennifer Wester, Assistant Professor of Art History, has been invited to speak at the inaugural Horizons conference at Johns Hopkins University in November. Horizons is a doctoral and postdoctoral career development conference, and Dr. Wester will be part of a panel discussion on communicating one's academic story.

International Relations and Morrisy Honors student, Jolisse Gray, has been accepted as a delegate to the Change the World Virtual Model United Nations in November 2020. Jolisse has also been appointed as NDMU’s student representative on the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s Student Advisory Council.

Philosophy Happy Hour
Come learn about new classes and clubs, chat with faculty and majors about the discipline, or just take a moment to appreciate the love of wisdom with others. Philosophy faculty will give a brief presentation, then provide time for dialogue. Students of any major are welcome! Wednesday, October 28th, 5-6:00pm, via Zoom.

School of Education

Julie Hipp was selected as a Maryland Association of Teacher Educators (MATE) - Distinguished Teacher Candidate for 2019-2020. This award honors those teacher candidates who work in a clinical environment shows a commitment to student learning and to the practice of reflective, responsive teaching. She will be recognized on October 24 during the virtual ceremony.

Ryan Schaaf, Associate Professor of Educational Technology in the School of Education, recently published a new article with The Learning Counsel. The article, titled The New Role of Educators During and After COVID-19, explores the new realities teachers must face in regards to the future of education during and after the pandemic. This post is a part of The Brief History of the Future of Education series based on his book released by Corwin.

Michele Schuler (Alum 2016) will present at the Association Middle Level Educators (AMLE20) Virtual Conference on October 23-25.

School of Nursing

Dean of Nursing Dr. Kathleen Wisser was interviewed by Fox45 Baltimore at NDMU’s skills lab in Elkridge.

The Foundation for Academic Nursing, the philanthropic arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) announced its latest round of student receiving scholarship support through the COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fun. Gabriela “Gabby” Torres was one of 107 nursing students selected for the scholarship.

“The COVID-19 Nursing Student Support Fund provides one-time scholarships to nursing students impacted by the pandemic and seeking financial support to complete their nursing programs and/or to meet living expenses. Priority is given to entry-level students in baccalaureate and master’s programs in the final two semesters of their nursing programs.”

School of Pharmacy

This month the School of Pharmacy is celebrating American Pharmacists Month (APhM).

On October 12, Dr. Andrea Gauld and six P4 students helped with the Laurel Racetrack health fair where they provided over 70 vaccines and blood pressure screenings to people who live and work at the track.

On October 10, the School of Pharmacy celebrated the Class of 2024 during the live-streamed White Coat Ceremony.

Save the Dates

Sister Circle Support Group

Every Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., students are welcome to join Finding Our Voice: Sister Circle Support Group. Pre-registration is required to join each session. Contact Pamela Blackwell or Elaine Dearing to register.

Registration Dates

Registration for Winterim and Spring 2021 begins Monday, October 19, 2020. The Schedule of Courses is now available on WebAdvisor. Students are encouraged to register for classes using WebAdvisor.

NDMU Events

Be sure to check out the NDMU Events calendar below for all upcoming events.