October 26, 2022
$1.5M State Commerce Grant Matches Funding for NDMU’s Endowed Chair
An NDMU student works in a lab on campus

The Maryland Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday the awarding of a $1.5 million grant to advance groundbreaking research and scholarship at Notre Dame of Maryland University. The grant matches private funding for the University’s recently established endowed chair position in biology.

Named in honor of one of Notre Dame’s most distinguished alumnae, the Dr. Mary Kay Shartle Galotto ’64 Endowed Chair in the Biological Sciences will provide additional support for a talented scientist to collaborate with NDMU undergraduate students and faculty on interdisciplinary research needed to solve complex global challenges.

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NDMU students at Gator Fest
Student Life Hosts Gator Fest and Student Organization Fair

The NDMU community gathered on Doyle Lawn last Friday to celebrate the 2022 edition of Gator Fest! Activities included pumpkin designing and carving, lawn games, a photo booth, food trucks and music from a live DJ. Current student organizations on campus also held a fair to share more information about their groups and invite new members to join.

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Gators Ranked No. 1 in CSAC Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

NDMU, which is coming off a record-breaking season within the Colonial States Athletic Conference, was selected as preseason favorites in the 2022-23 CSAC Women's Basketball Preseason Poll released on Wednesday.

The Gators went 13-5 against CSAC opponents during the regular season last winter, matching their highest win total since joining the conference in 2007 and ultimately advancing to the CSAC semifinals for the first time in program history. The Gators begin the 2022-23 season on Tuesday, Nov. 8 with a 7 p.m. matchup against Washington College at MBK Sports Complex.

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NDMU Celebrates Baldwin Community Day 2022

NDMU members on campus during Community Day

Students, faculty and staff gathered all over campus on Tuesday, October 18 to celebrate Baldwin Community Day 2022!

After a keynote address from UpSurge Baltimore CEO Jamie McDonald on the importance of thinking big and finding your 5%, followed by a community lunch in Doyle, a variety of workshops were conducted in support of this year’s theme of Community Resilience & Empowerment. Several outstanding students were then recognized at Honors Convocation to conclude the afternoon.

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Renaissance Institute Sees Increase in Membership this Fall

Renaissance Institute members

The Renaissance Institute, NDMU’s lifelong learning program for adults aged 50-plus, has settled into its new offices and classrooms in Feeley international Center on the ground floor of Meletia Hall. Over 100 Renaissance members have returned to campus, with many more still participating via Zoom. A total of 60 classes were offered for the fall 2022 semester, and a similar number of offerings are planned for the spring. The Institute has seen a healthy increase in membership, and members have enjoyed renewed opportunities for camaraderie, including a picnic to celebrate a return to classes, and live performances by two in-house Renaissance bands, Tomato Junction and the Renaissance Pickers.

Course proposals for Spring 2023 are being solicited through October 28th. Please contact Curriculum Committee co-chairs, Terry Weisser (terryweisser@gmail.com) and Kathleen Bennett (bkbbennett@verizon.net) for information on teaching, and Sandy Adams (sadams@ndm.edu) for membership information. Registration for Spring 2023 will begin on December 19; new members are welcome!

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Baltimore Collegetown Accepting Applications 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. Applications are due by November 28.

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NDMU Drama Presents "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" from October 28-31

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Join NDMU Drama for moustache-twirling melodrama, slapstick humor, and genuine thrills! The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a fun, fast-paced, and family-friendly take on the great American ghost story! Schoolmaster Ichabod Crane arrives in Sleepy Hollow and finds a town that exists on the borders between legend and reality. Ichabod settles in and tries to adapt to day-to-day life amongst the town's curious inhabitants, but the spectre of the headless Hessian horseman haunts his nights! Shows will take place in LeClerc Theatre on October 28 (7 pm), October 29 (7 pm), October 30 (2 pm) and October 31 (7 pm).

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Library Updates

Pop-Up Class Series

This semester's pop-up classes will take place virtually and in-person, promising a wide variety of new skills and knowledge!  The following pop-up classes are open to the Notre Dame and Loyola communities. Be sure to register by close of day before classes to receive Zoom link.

Fall Copyright Workshops

The library has three workshops remaining this semester. A full schedule is available below, click the links for registration and additional information on each individual workshop.

Conference and Auxiliary Services

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Student/Faculty/Staff Updates

School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Yasmine Awais, an associate professor and research coordinator for NDMU's Master of Arts in Art Therapy program, co-presented with Drama Therapists Britton Williams, Kat Lee, and Dr. Craig Hain in a two-part continuing education course, Beyond the Good White Therapist: A Workshop for White Identified Clinicians on Oct. 14-15. This workshop created space, through experiential processes and dialogue, for white-identified therapists to move beyond reading books, acquiring terminology, and posting on social media toward deeper examination of their identity as racialized or ethnic beings.

Awais also presented The Ethics of Language: Implications for Therapy and Supervision for The School of Visual Art’s Art Therapy Community Lecture Series on Oct. 20. This presentation identified language, both verbal and artistic, as power. Person-first and identity-first verbal language were described along with artistic forms of expression and how this shows up in clinical practice. Guidelines to promote inclusivity with clients and supervisees were provided.

School of Education

NDMU's School of Education was recently featured in the Maryland Higher Education Statewide EE Collaborative Network's newsletter for its ongoing work in environmental education. Topics highlighted included research being conducted by Dr. Juliann Dupuis and Dr. Rachel Durham on student science achievement and the correlation to Green Schools, a spotlight on the data collection efforts from students enrolled in ENV 560/460: Sustainability for Educators, and a $50,000 grant provided to the SOE by The Maryland Center for Computing Education.

Dr. Rachel Durham, associate professor in the School of Education, will be co-hosting a discussion about Community Schools in Baltimore on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 12:30 to 2 pm. The webinar will feature a panel conversation to learn what a strong community school strategy looks like, what evidence exists about the strategy’s efficacy, and to hear about what community school leaders wrestle with and how researchers and practitioners can collaborate.

Joanne Sanders, a PhD student working towards her doctorate in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations, has released a second children's book titled "Daddy, Daddy, Can I Be Ambitious?". The book is available on her website.

School of Nursing

Students in the Center for Caring with Technology

The Center for Caring with Technology in UAB hosted an Interprofessional Education Community Proficiency Simtivity last week, as NDMU nursing seniors welcomed SLP and psychology majors from Loyola Maryland. Over 100 students, faculty and staff were involved in the collaborative event. Additional photos are available on NDMU's Facebook page.

School of Pharmacy 

Pharmacy students in Doyle Hall

Several members of the Maryland Pharmacist Association Emergency Preparedness Taskforce (EPTF) and Baltimore City Health Department visited campus last week to help run a Point of Dispensing exercise with P3 students. The SOP is proud of its students for all their hard work and training to become successful pharmacists! Additional photos are available on the SOP Facebook page.

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LinkedIn Virtual Workshop

Thursday, October 27  |  3:30 - 4 p.m.  |  Virtual

Join the Career Center for a virtual workshop on all things LinkedIn! Discover how to automatically set up your profile, connect with alums, learn workplace skills, and more.

Student Life Presents A 90s Dress Up Party

Thursday, October 27  |  7 - 8 p.m.  |  MBK Lobby

Come join Student Life in the opening of our Center for Belonging and Inclusion for a 90s theme dress-up party! There will be Just Dance, 90s trivia, and more. Dinner will also be provided!

Artists' Reception and Juror's Talk: Parallax Women's Photography Exhibition

Saturday, October 29  |  4 - 6 p.m.  |  Gormley Gallery

Parallax features the photographic work of 30 women artists from across the United States. Juried by Liz Faust, Curator at Catalyst Contemporary and Full Circle Fine Art, the exhibition presents a wide array of photographic processes, techniques, and approaches by a diverse cast of artists. 

Art Therapy Shadow Night

Tuesday, November 1  |  6 - 8 p.m.  |  Fourier Hall

Students will get to sit in on a class and meet with the Art Therapy Department to have all of your questions answered. Please contact Natalie Cross, the Admissions Counselor, at ncross2@ndm.edu or 410-532-5131 to RSVP for the session.

Art for Wellness

Wednesday, November 2  |  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!

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