September 2021
NDMU You’re Home
NDMU You're Home graphic with two students walking outside to class

Welcome home students, faculty, and staff!

Over the past few weeks, NDMU welcomed our students back to campus. On Wednesday, our new and transfer students moved into Meletia and Doyle. Our newest Gators and their families were greeted by our current NDMU resident assistants, along with faculty, staff, student, and alum volunteers. Move-in day kicked off Orientation and Welcome Week, where our students engaged in leadership and training programs to get them prepared for the start of classes on August 30.

On August 26, the new students were officially welcomed to NDMU during the Cap & Gown Investiture. While NDMU 100 & 200 professors introduced their classes, the students received their IMPRINT journals and signed the honor pledge. Emma Muller ’25 offered the Invocation, with Kelsey Bialozynski ’22 offering her congratulations as the Honor Board Chair.

If you were unable to attend, the ceremony can be viewed on NDMU's YouTube channel.

headshot of Dr. Kristine Larson outside

Introducing a new special news feature for the Notre Dame website! We sit down with our #NDMUExperts to gaining new insights into their areas of expertise and how they are using their skills not only in the classroom but in their larger community. In the first feature of the series, meet Dr. Kristine Larson, assistant professor in the School of Education. She shares her best tips and tricks for how to prevent burnout through self-care.

Dean Anne Lin sits in front of a camera before her an interview in the library
PBS Documentary Features SOP Experts & Students

Last week, NDMU School of Pharmacy held a private showing of “Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus,” a nationally broadcast PBS documentary special featuring NDMU. The film crew spent a day with School of Pharmacy faculty & students in April 2021, conducting interviews with them on campus and at the Loyola Notre Dame Library.

The premiere of the documentary started with words from retired Assistant Surgeon General and 10th Chief Pharmacist Officer of the United States Public Health Service RADM Pamela Schweitzer via zoom.

At the conclusion of the showing, Dean Lin moderated a panel discussion with the documentary producer Chris Schueler, Dr. Joseph Chiu, and NDMU Assistant Professor Dr. Ashley Moody.

Learn more about the documentary and the NDMU’s role and impact in the feature.

More Stories

Dr. Allen is one of 13 campus professionals invited to join the Association of College & University Housing Officers - International's 18-month leadership academy for Black women in higher education. Learn more about her selection and her work with NDMU students.

Jolisse Gray '23 kept herself busy this summer, combining her love of service and politics in the Leadership + American Presidency through The Fund for American Studies (TFAS). Through the eight-week leadership program, Jolisse lived in Washington, D.C., and immersed herself in the hands-on simulations and case studies examining some of the greatest leadership challenges in history.

Notre Dame has joined the fun over on TikTok! Give us a follow @notredameofmd. Be sure to check out our most recent video featuring our student life team, introducing them to our students and how they can guide them in the college experience. If you are interested in developing videos for the university TikTok channel, contact University Communications for more information.

Student Spotlight: Advocating for My Success

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Ashley Anderson
Student, NDMU Class of 2022

“Notre Dame has definitely helped me to become an advocate for myself. Being here has made me a stronger leader as I pursue internship opportunities.” Ashley is a 2021-22 scholar in the Sr. Alma Science Year program that places top NDMU students in research internships in labs at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Library Updates

Building Access

Faculty, staff, and students with a current Notre Dame ID will be able to swipe into the library building during our regular hours. See our alerts page for current information. 

Fall Semester Building Hours

  • Starting September 7, 2021:
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – Midnight
  • Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: Noon – Midnight

Instruction Requests

The library is offering both in-person and online instruction in Information Literacy, Technology, Copyright, and Archives. Make an instruction request today. Contact Jenny Kinniff at for Archives instruction.

Collections Updates

Learn more about some of the library’s newest resources including Academic Video Online, Data Planet, and Oxford Very Short Introductions. 

Copyright Information Center Workshops 

All workshops will be held online via Zoom.

Copyright Crash Course

Tuesday, September 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

This workshop will cover the basics of copyright law, the public domain, using materials already licensed for use either through the library or Creative Commons, and seeking copyright permissions. It will also provide information on the fair use provision in copyright law and how it can be applied to using copyrighted materials in teaching and research. Participants will work through examples to help make them feel comfortable applying fair use.

Register for Copyright Crash Course

How to Find and Legally Use Images

Thursday, October 7, 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Ever wonder if it's okay to use an image in your course materials, publication, or conference presentation? This workshop will help you identify when it's okay to use images without permission. It will also provide tips for locating images that can be freely used under Creative Commons licenses or the public domain.

Register for How to Find and Legally Use Images

Author's Rights and Publication Contracts: What to Know Before You Sign

Thursday, October 28, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Working on a publication? This workshop will help you understand your rights as an author under copyright law. It will provide information on common types of publication agreements and their terms and provide tips on negotiating your contract through hands on exercises.

Register for Author's Rights and Publication Contracts

Addressing the Textbook Affordability Problem: An Introduction to Open Educational Resources

Tuesday, November 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Hoping to reduce textbook costs for your students? This workshop will provide an introduction to open access and open educational resources and provide information on where to located open educational materials.

Register for Addressing the Textbook Affordability Problem

Career Center

Team role preferences

Learn the team roles you like to play. Are you a Clarifier, Ideator, Developer, or Implementor? Our new assessment, FourSight, will help you see the dynamics of group problem-solving. Contact Alan at the Career Center to learn more. 

Upcoming activities

  • Career Fair on Wednesday, September 29 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Graduate School Fair on Wednesday, October 6 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Graduate School Admissions Success, by Don Asher, the expert on how to get into grad/professional school. Virtually on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Choosing a major, by Don Asher, virtually on Tuesday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m.

Conference and Auxiliary Services Dining Updates

Flex Dollar Sale: Load $100 in flex dollars on your NDMU swipe card and get $20 loaded for free! Purchase Flex Dollars here: Flex Dollars (

Sale only valid through Friday, September 3 at 4 p.m.

If you purchased $100 in Flex Dollars already this week, we are honoring the sale for you as well! If you made a Flex Dollar purchase this week in a different dollar amount, but would like to add more money to meet the $100, you can do that! Just email with your receipts for both payments this week, and we will load the $20 bonus.

Friendly reminder: For health safety reasons, you cannot fill personal water bottles and coffee mugs in Doyle Dining Hall. We apologize for the inconvenience! 

Dining Hall Fall Hours:

  • M-F Breakfast: 7:00 – 9:30 a.m.
  • M-F Lunch: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • M-F Dinner: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Weekend Brunch: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Weekend Dinner: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The Gator Grind (located in Doyle Dining)

  • M-F: 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Weekend: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

School News
School of Arts, Sciences & Business

Dr. Jeana DelRosso, Sister Maura Eichner Endowed Professor of English, published her fifth book: Unruly Catholic Feminists: Prose, Poetry, and the Future of Faith, SUNY Press.  Co-edited with Dr. Leigh Eicke and Dr. Ana Kothe, this collection of poetry, prose, and fiction explores how third- and fourth-wave feminists come to terms with Catholicism in the 21st century. Award-winning writer Sandra Cisneros says, "This is the Word from women brave.  Writ, spoken, heard.  And it is good!" 

School of Education

Dr. Céleste Frazier Barthel attended the SciPEP Conference - Communicating the Future, Engaging the Public in Basic Science. During the conference she was one of three panelists for a parallel discussion on how the broader public views science and presented a poster on her research entitled, "How scientists' understanding of how their audiences learn influences their outreach strategies."

School of Nursing

On August 20, the School of Nursing celebrated the class of 2021 College of Adult Undergraduate Studies Accelerated Second-Degree BSN and Class of 2020 undergraduate Traditional BSN students during their rescheduled Pinning Ceremony. During the ceremony, graduates Ashlyn Walker and Ricelle Taganas shared their reflections with their classmates, while graduate Eden Ndjami led the students through the Nurses’ Prayer to close out the program.

School of Pharmacy

Student Accomplishments

The following Class 2021 graduates matched to competitive residency & pharmaceutical industry fellowship programs:

  • Kofi Andoh – University of Wisconsin Health System Administration & Leadership/MS degree in pharmacy administration PGY-1 & PGY-2 (two-year program)
  • Brittany Botescu – American Pharmacist Association, DC, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency 
  • Cedric Edwards Cuerpo – Adventist Bakersfield Health, CA, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Dana Deltufo – Meritus Medical Center, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Victoria Fusco  - MedStar Union Memorial, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Sara Gholamrezaeiboushehrinejad – Holy Cross Hospital, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Stephanie Jackson - Meritus Medical Center, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Mina Khalil – Bayer Pharmaceuticals/Rutgers University - Global Health Economics & Outcomes Research & Market (two-year fellowship)
  • Joan Kariuki – Wellspan York Hospital, PA, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Allison Panchisin - Wellspan York Hospital, PA, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Brittney Peak – Memorial Regional Hospital, FL, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Dana Prozementer – CSL Behring/University of the Sciences Medical Information & Medical Affairs (one-year fellowship)
  • Mahwa Sadat – Medstar Harbor Hospital, MD, PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency
  • Iwon Sato – Clara Maass Medical Center, NJ, Pharmacy Practice Residency

Student Awards

  • Brittney Peak ’21 – recipient of the U.S. Public Health Service – Public Health Excellence Award
  • Kukhwa (Kristie) Oh ’21 – recipient of the Maryland Pharmacists Association Outstanding Student Award
  • Cedric Edwards Cuerpo ’21 – recipient of the Maryland Society of Health System Pharmacists Student Achievement Award
  • Victoria Fusco ’21 – recipient of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists Maryland Chapter Student Achievement Award

Faculty Accomplishments

The following presentations were made at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Annual Meeting in July 2021:

Podium Presentations

  • Dr. Asish Dutta, Chair & Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, “Comparative Analysis and Assessment of Remote Versus In-person Instruction During a Pandemic”
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, “Diverse Paths to Leadership: A Panel Discussion with Current Leaders in the Academy”
  • Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, “Recruiting and Supporting Students in Community Pharmacy Research During COVID-19”
  • Dr. Sharon Park, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor,  “Will my students have a job after graduation? Providing “outside the box” workforce solutions”

Facilitation of Roundtable Discussions

  • Dr. Sharon Park, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor, “So You Think You Know How to Get Promoted? Tips and Strategies for Promotion and Tenure Preparation”
  • Dr. Heather Folz, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, “There’s a Podcast for That!  Incorporating Podcasts into Your Teaching”

Poster Presentations

  • Dr. Sharon Park, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate  Professor,  “Pharmacy Workforce Crisis: Leveraging Pharmacist’s Skills and Exploring Nontraditional Pharmacy Careers”
  • Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education & Professor “Development of a Standardized Entrustable Professional Activities (EPA) Based APPE Evaluation Tool”
  • Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Den for Experiential Education & Professor, and Sherry Moore, Assistant Director for Experiential Education, “Incorporating Interprofessional Education IPEC Competencies into a Required Introductory Pharmacy & Nursing Didactic Course” 

Faculty Awards & Recognition

  • Dr. Payal Agarwal, Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences – School of Pharmacy Teacher of the Year (2020-2021)
  • Dr. Nicole Culhane, Assistant Dean for Experiential Education & Professor, and Ms. Sherry Moore, Assistant Director for Experiential Education & Instructor, as with all experiential education faculty at all schools of pharmacy, were recognized with the Award for Excellence in Experiential Education for their work during this pandemic year. The award was given by the Experiential Education Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.
  • Dr. James Culhane, Assistant Dean for Academic Success & Professor, was named the recipient of this year’s NDMU Student Government Faculty/Staff Supporter of the Year.
  • Dr. Asish Dutta, Chair & Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences, completed his term as Chair of the Pharmaceutics Section of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy.  He will serve as Immediate Past Chair in 2021-2022.
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, completed her term as President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. She delivered her Presidential Remarks and outlined the results of work this past year during the Opening General Session of the Annual Meeting in July. She will serve as Immediate Past President and as a member of the Board of Directions in 2021-2022.
  • Dr. Anne Lin was selected as a Circle of Excellence Recipient for the Daily Record Top 100 Women.
  • Dr. Ashley Moody, Assistant Professor, Clinical & Administrative Sciences, was named School of Pharmacy Mentor of the Year (2020-2021).


  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dr. Matthew Shimoda, and Dr. Ashley Moody were awarded $50,000 grant for “Umbrella Organization to Increase New Pharmacy-Based Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES)”


Other Presentations

  • Dr. James Culhane, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success & Professor, was a guest on the new podcast. “Between the Miles.”
  • Dr. James Culhane, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Success & Professor, presented, “The S.A.L.A.M.I Method Part II – Evidence Based Learning Strategies for Effective Studying,” at the Johns Hopkins Preparing Future Faculty Program.
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, presented, “What Does Your Faculty (students, staff, curriculum) Need during COVID-19?” at the International Pharmaceutical Federation Global Academic Leadership Program.  
  • Dr. Anne Lin, Dean & Professor, was a guest speakers for the American Pharmacists Association Taskforce on Structural Racism Town Hall. 


Save the Dates

Student Success Center Grand Opening

September 2 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Theresa Hall 022

By strengthening, enriching, and enhancing services and resources, the center aims to provide a centralized "one-stop" place to access academic support.

Closing Reception: Calenna Cauley, A Dive Into My Mind

September 11 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Gormley Gallery

Celebrating the culmination of the thesis exhibition of Calenna Cauley '21. 

Artist's Reception: Caitlin Gill, Nature vs. Nurture

September 25 | 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Gormley Gallery

Celebrating the opening of an exhibition that explores the notion of femininity and its relationship to nature and Western culture.

Ribbon Cutting – ABSN Learning Site at Elkridge

September 23 | 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Celebrate the success of NDMU's accelerated Bachelor of Science in nursing (ABSN) program at the ABSN Learning Site at Elkridge. NDMU recently launched the 15-month, hybrid second-degree program at the Elkridge site to meet the historic demand for professional nurses in Maryland and around the country.

View the celebration live online.

A Conversation with Amy Tan

September 30 | 7:00 p.m.

We are pleased to welcome virtually to campus Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club. Her other novels include The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, all New York Times-bestsellers. She is also the author of a memoir, a book about writing, two children’s books, and numerous articles and short stories. 

In 1993, The Joy Luck Club was made into a major motion picture, with Tan as co-producer and co-screenwriter. The film was added to the National Film Registry in 2020, and Tan is currently working on a sequel. She is also the subject of a documentary entitled, Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir, which debuted at Sundance in January 2021 and aired as part of PBS’s American Masters series. 

Amy Tan has been nominated for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the International Orange Prize, and she has won many awards, including the Commonwealth Gold Award and the F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Achievement in American Literature. Her essays and stories are found in hundreds of anthologies and textbooks. Her work has been translated into 35 languages.

Reunion 2021

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October 1-3

Reunion Weekend is quickly approaching and we are thrilled to welcome all of our alumnae and alumni back to campus. Events begin on Thursday, September 30, and conclude on Sunday, October 3. The Reunion registration is now live, including the event schedule.

Common Read: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

October 26 | 7:00 p.m.

This year’s Common Read selection for Notre Dame of Maryland University is Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. This summer, all students, faculty, and staff will read Homegoing and participate in various opportunities throughout the academic year to engage in scholarly inquiry, broaden, and deepen their understanding and responsiveness to social problems, promote dialogue and interdisciplinary exchanges, and seek opportunities to put the new learning into action.

On October 26, 2021, Yaa Gyasi will conduct a virtual visit with NDMU for a public presentation at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Academic Calendar

Be sure to check out the latest version of the Academic Calendar for 2021-2022.