We are dedicated to supporting the campus community and being a strategic partner to help other departments meet their objectives. As a result of these partnerships, our professional development opportunities create a workplace that is efficient, effective, and a good steward of resources.

Training & Development Offerings

Since our Training & Development offerings are mainly face-to-face, we have had to suspend this program temporarily and hope to have new sessions available soon.

Building Bridges Across Maryland program

In 2008, Notre Dame of Maryland University began participating in Building Bridges Across Maryland, a unique training, networking and development program for support staff at area colleges and universities. 

This program was created based on feedback from staff and supervisors that training was needed and that it can be difficult for people in these positions to get away from the job to attend. A cross-institutional program for support staff was developed - participation in the program is by invitation only and is limited to five individuals from each institution. Vice Presidents at institutions are to nominate five deserving individuals each year to participate and they will attend 6 sessions - 1 per month - over the course of the program.

Each participating institution hosts either a content session or the kickoff or graduation events. These schools include McDaniel College, Towson University, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. During our 12th year, we grew the program and welcomed 2 new institutions - Maryland University of Integrative Health, and University of Baltimore!  

Interested in participating? Talk to your HR department!

  • Definition of administrative support role:  Anyone in an administrative assistant position and employees whose work aids in the operation of a unit or department – ex answer phones, greet customers, data entry, prepare documents/reports/charts/presentations, organize meetings, handles purchasing for department, maintain filing systems, research, light bookkeeping, handling payroll, etc.
  •  Criteria for eligibility: 
    • have been here at least 3 months by the time the program starts;
    • would benefit from professional development;
    • works at least 30 hours per week;

This program is especially beneficial to newer/less experienced staff and/or those new to higher education

2021-22 Administrative Support Cohort Sessions - Virtual/Online

  • Kickoff Event & Session I - Managing Your Strengths - September 14, 2021
    • Take an in-depth look at your personal strengths, interests, and skills. Identifying and using your strengths is the key to improving individual effectiveness and team performance. You may even identify future career possibilities or ways to mentor less experienced colleagues.
  • Session II - Radical Adaptability: 5 Keys to Personal Change - October 14, 2021
    • This interactive session weaves together threads from the fields of emotional intelligence, positive psychology and coaching, innovation, customer service, and social change. From a service-oriented lens, you will learn how to become a positive agent of change who can see and activate potential in every situation, in every moment, no matter what lies ahead.
  • Session III - Managing Up - November 18, 2021
    • The relationship with the person who supervises you is one of the most important workplace relationships you can have. Developing a productive and positive relationship with your supervisor will help you get the best results for your career, your team, and for your organization. Cultivating that relationship, though, can be challenging when you have different work styles, different work locations, and different goals and priorities.
  • Session IV - Shifting Your Mindset When Serving Customers - December 9, 2021
    • As providers of customer service, we encounter "difficult" people and behavior every day. We need to learn techniques that will enable us to get through the workday without adding to our own stress levels. What if these techniques could change our mindset on how we see these encounters as people dealing with difficult situations instead of them being difficult? We will provide techniques for handling such situations while remaining calm, poised, and in control.
  • Session V - Online Practices of Self-Care and Behavior Change for Resilience - January 13, 2022
    • Over the past year, we have all learned the importance of ‘connection’ in a way we would never have imagined previously. We have found ways to come together and support each other online via Zoom, Teams and many other online resources for both networking and wellness practices. This workshop introduces some of the practices of health behavior change and self-care by exploring online resources to tap into your resilience potential and look at personal, social, and environmental factors that influence behavior. Today you will be invited to engage online in self-care practices to deepen your understanding of health behavior change and its impact on the individual. You will also be provided to a resource list of online resources to continue your own wellness self-care
  • Session VI - Presenting in a Virtual World - February 10, 2022
    • While we would like to think that in-person presentation skills translate perfectly to an online world, they don’t. Presenting online provides us with a unique set of challenges and requires an enhanced skill set. In this session we will cover the skills that remain the same no matter the mode of delivery. We will also explore the unique challenges and the skill set needed to be effective in a virtual world. Our content will include holding successful virtual meetings, delivering effective virtual presentations and using visual aids in virtual presentations
  • Session VII - Becoming a Champion of Inclusion at All Levels of the Institution - March, 2022
    • Creating inclusion requires the ongoing commitment of employees at all levels to drive a cultural shift at our institutions. Define the difference between diversity and inclusion and understand the need for both in the workplace. Identify and reduce microaggressions and unconscious bias to create a more inclusive culture. Learn how to embed inclusion into meetings, behaviors, and values, ensuring personal accountability toward building an organizational culture of inclusion.
  • Graduation Event - April 14, 2022
Building Bridges Across Maryland Graduates

2021-2022 Administrative Support Cohort

Macey Cozzolino
David Kiefaber
Leisalle Lawrence
Marisa Morris

2019-2020 Administrative Support Cohort

Danielle Gendin
David Sibony
Patrice Slater

2018-2019 Administrative Support Cohort

Michael Golze
Megan Rivera

2017-2018 Administrative Support Cohort

Felicia Cadden
Emily Dow
Brittany Howard
Felicia John

2016-2017 Administrative Support Cohort

Lauren Rohrs
Shannon Scheel
Catherine Subrizi

2015-2016 Administrative Support Cohort

April Bright
Katherine Clemmens
Kendra Downey
Catherine McCabe

2014-2015 Administrative Support Cohort

Kim Hayes
Ally Keaton
Morgan Randall
Chiara Rosengarten
Concetta Tomas

2013-2014 Administrative Support Cohort

Laura Janicki
Maricka Oglesby
Jen Pohler
Mary Priebe

2012-2013 Supervisor Cohort

Melissa Lees
Katie Schwienteck
Catherine Valentine

2012-2013 Administrative Support Cohort

Mary Alice Adams
Zurita Brown
Leatha Oldham
Theresa Peddicord
Amy Rohrs

2011-2012 Supervisor Cohort

Brent Bauhaus
Erin Foley
Charmaine Hood
Linda Stevens
Candace Sumner

2011-2012 Administrative Support Cohort

Michelle Evans
Arlene Lawson
Mary Lochary
Chris Rhodovi

2010-2011 Supervisor Cohort

Linda Cain
Lynn Eccleston
Jill Eigenbrode
Jeff Munchel

2010-2011 Administrative Support Cohort

Victoria Gue
Melissa King
Caroline Mahle
Gina Roussos

2009-2010 Administrative Support Cohort

Donna Jenkins
Jessica Propp
Kim Smith
Merry Wasmer

2008-2009 Administrative Support Cohort

Dawn Bradshaw
Latisha Jones
Stephanie Matthews
Stephanie Sturtevant
Shannon Raum

Customer Service Excellence

Learn how to identify your customers and their expectations. Identify behaviors that constitute excellent service, recognize various modes of communication and when to use each, practice good customer service techniques, and develop a personal action plan to improve customer service back on the job. To request a session, please email sraum1@ndm.edu

Managing Your Strengths

Take an in-depth look at your personal strengths, interests, and skills. Identifying and using your strengths is the key to improving individual effectiveness and team performance. You will need to take an assessment prior to attending this course. To request a session, please email sraum1@ndm.edu

Mission Orientation

This program is for all new employees and is designed to give you an opportunity to learn about the history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the mission of the University. Julia Campagna, director of mission and ministry shares Notre Dame of Maryland University’s rich culture, history, and treasured traditions and at the conclusion of the orientation, employees will have a better understanding of the importance of their role within the University’s community. These sessions are held once a quarter.

Partners in Mission - The Supervisor's Role

This cohort program consists of 5 sessions aimed at helping all supervisors be more efficient and effective in their roles. Participants will receive a certificate of completion after attending all 5 sessions. To request a session, please email sraum1@ndm.edu

Sessions include, Fundamentals of Supervision, Effective Hiring and Onboarding, Core Responsibilities, Performance Management, and Advanced Skills

Social Style

The Social Style model is easy to understand and provides an effective framework and specific techniques for helping people improve their interpersonal skills.  This session is designed to provide an introduction to Social Style and Versatility. This session will teach participants about the fundamental concepts of behavior versus personality,  will provide insight into the four styles, and demonstrate the impact their style behavior has on others through the concept of Versatility. 

Staying Organized

While juggling multiple priorities and trying to do more with less, we must also meet deadlines, gain control over paperwork, and get more done in less time every day. Participants will develop an action plan to get and stay organized, and learn techniques to set goals, manage your time, handle interruptions, delegate tasks, avoid procrastination, identify and focus on priorities, and organize your desk and yourself.