Tower Talk

Table of Contents

February Events
Stay Connected to NDMU
Future Events
Class Notes
Alumnae and Alumni News
Volunteer Opportunities
University News
In Memoriam

February Events


Join us in Noyes Alumnae House on Wednesday, February 7 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. for networking and on-the-spot mentoring. This month's session will focus on students and alumnae and alumni in the communication arts fields. Whether you're currently working in the field and want to share tips or looking to explore a career move, all are welcome.  Networking will begin promptly with structured introductions. RSVPs are appreciated as we will distribute parking directions and any inclement weather news to registered guests. Please email if you plan to attend.  

Gator Rally: Wednesday, February 7

Calling all basketball fans: Cheer on the home team as NDMU takes on Cabrini in the final home game of the season. Wednesday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in MBK Sports Complex. The game is free, family-friendly, and open to all!

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh Presents at This Year's Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business: Tuesday, February 13

NDMU is proud to present the annual Busta Lecture on Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 p.m. in LeClerc Auditorium. 

This year's featured speaker is Baltimore City Mayor Catherine E. Pugh. Mayor Pugh's career journey includes time spent in the business sector, working as a banker, business developer, Dean and Director of Strayer Business College, Special Editor for the Baltimore Sun, visionary founder of the Baltimore Design School, founder of the Baltimore Marathon, and more. She holds an MBA from Morgan State University and has been recognized nationally and locally for her leadership. Mayor Pugh will share leadership lessons from her personal and professional career.  

The Busta Lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is appreciated as all attendees will be contacted in case of inclement weather. 

Ash Wednesday Mass: Wednesday, February 14

Ash Wednesday services will be held on Wednesday, February 14 at 12:05 and 4:30 p.m. in Marikle Chapel. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to volunteer to read or bring up gifts at one of these masses, please email Sr. Mary Kerber, Director of Campus Ministry and Service at

Psychology Alumnae and Alumni Gathering: Thursday, February 15 

All former psychology majors and minors are invited to attend a gathering on Thursday, February 15 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in Noyes Alumnae House.

Join us to reconnect with each other, network, and provide on-the-spot mentorship to current psychology students. Whether you currently work in the field or not, all former psychology students are welcome at this event. RSVPs are appreciated as we will distribute parking directions and inclement weather news to registered guests. Please email if you plan to attend.  

WOW Baltimore Happy Hour: Thursday, February 15

Interested in meeting some of the WOW planners? Want to get a kick-start to WOW Baltimore? Join us for happy hour on Thursday, February 15 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Wicked Sisters in Hampden.

Reunion Committee Kick-Off Meeting: Saturday, February 17 

It's already time to start planning the 2018 Reunion! All are welcome to attend a kick-off meeting on Saturday, February 17 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. in Noyes Alumnae House. Reunion is for everyone and in 2018 we will especially celebrate alums in class years ending in “3” and “8.” Interested in joining the committee? Contact Aliza Ross, Director of Alumnae and Alumni Relations: 410-532-3184 or aross@ndm.eduIf you intend to participate in this meeting, please email Aliza by Tuesday, February 13. 

How to stay connected to NDMU

Did you move? Change your email address? Just want to check to see if we have accurate information? We periodically send email and/or print mailings your way and the best way to make sure they land is to verify an address. Please send any new addresses to or call the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations: 410-532-5201. 

NDMU also has an active presence on Facebook and Twitter. It's a way to share information instantly and connect with fellow alumnae and alumni. Like and follow the pages for the most immediate updates! 



Future Events: Save the Dates!

Early Bird Networking: Wednesday, March 7 

Join us in Noyes Alumnae House on Wednesday, March 7 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. for networking and on-the-spot mentoring. March's session will focus on students and alumnae and alumni in the math and physics fields. Whether you're currently working in the field and want to share tips or looking to explore a career move, all are welcome. Networking will begin promptly with structured introductions. RSVPs are appreciated as we will distribute parking directions and any inclement weather news to registered guests. Please email if you plan to attend.  

Early-Bird Networking: Wednesday, April 4

Join us in Noyes Alumnae House on Wednesday, April 4 from 7:30-9:00 a.m. for networking and on-the-spot mentoring. April's session will focus on students and alumnae and alumni in the history and political science fields. Whether you're currently working in the field and want to share tips or looking to explore a career move, all are welcome.  Networking will begin promptly with structured introductions. RSVPs are appreciated as we will distribute parking directions and any inclement weather news to registered guests. Please email if you plan to attend.   

Reunion 2018: Friday-Sunday, October 5-7

Reunion is for everyone and in 2018 we will especially celebrate alums in class years ending in 3 and 8. Bookmark the Reunion website and keep tabs on the page. More information will be available in March. 

WOW is Coming!

WOW Baltimore 2018

Join us at the WOW – Women of the World Baltimore Festival on Saturday, April 28 with an opening keynote session including Tarana Burke, founder of the #MeToo movement.  Tickets are on sale now!  


Through this new section we aim to connect you to recent additions or familiar campus faces in a new way!

Katie Salim '18 is the SGA student representative on the Alumnae and Alumni Council. She's been an active part of the campus community since she arrived in the Fall of 2014. 

Katie Salim '18

What’s your major and how are you challenged by the courses you’re taking? What’s your favorite course this semester and why?

I am majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biology. I am challenged by the courses because in addition to the difficult calculations, we are encouraged to connect what we are learning with real world applications. I love the math involved with my major and the experiments are exciting. My favorite course this semester is Instrumental Analysis because we are learning about the different types of instrumentation used across labs which will be invaluable in my continued studies in medical school.

You’re a campus leader in addition to your academic work. What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I serve as the Student Government Association (SGA) President and I work as a Resident Advisor (RA) in one of our dorm buildings, Meletia Hall. I am also the President of Gamma Sigma Epsilon (Chemistry) Honor Society, the Class of 2018 Representative of TriBeta (Biology) Honor Society, and a member of Kappa Mu Epsilon (Mathematics) Honor Society. 

What’s been most surprising about your extracurricular work?

When I first came to Notre Dame, I did not expect to be involved in so many different extracurricular activites! I love every aspect of my extracurricular work because I have met so many amazing individuals who have become some of my closest friends. Being involved in different extracurricular activities has allowed me to share my passions with various individual groups on campus that all blend together to become the incredible Notre Dame community. 

Balance is tough. How do you integrate your extracurricular, academic, and home life?

My planner never leaves my side! I try to stay as organized as possible in an effort to limit procrastination and stay on top of all of my school work. I also lean on my family and my mentors a lot to help me through times when I may be overwhelmed with upcoming exams or assignments. 

You’ve just started your final semester at NDMU. How are you feeling?

It feels surreal that I am so close to completing my fourth year at Notre Dame. I remember being a shy student my first year, worried about speaking in class for the fear of being wrong. As the years passed and I was surrounded by an increasing number of supportive female classmates, I began to realize the value of my opinions. Reflecting back four years later, I could never have imagined the immense confidence I have in myself to both lead a Senate Meeting and understand a complicated chemistry concept. This rewarding experience has shaped me into the fearless woman I am today.  

What advice would you share with prospective students or your first-year student self?

I would encourage a prospective student to become as involved as possible on campus! We have so many leadership opportunities that will help shape you into a strong and empowered woman. As a woman majoring in the STEM field, I have loved growing with students looking to take charge in fields that are predominately led by men.

The close knit Notre Dame community will teach you invaluable lessons both inside and outside the classroom. Make sure to cherish every moment, study hard, and find a major you are passionate about. Time flies when you’re having fun! 

Class Notes

Sherri Booker recently gave a TedX Talk entitled, "Why you should be dying to tell your own story."

Alumnae and Alumni News

Join the dynamic SSND duo of Sister Therese Marie Dougherty and Sister Theresa Lamy for a summertime tour exploring the Roman wonders of France – temples, bridges, theatres and more! Travel from Nice to Paris, ending your sojourn with a guided visit to the Louvre.

When: July 1 – 12, 2018
Cost: $4,150 including airfare ($3,145 land only)
Price Includes: Welcome dinner, hotel, daily breakfast, service and taxes, guided tours, entrance fees and rail travel

More information is available through Margo Cunniffe '89, Director for International Education,

Alumnae and Alumni Insurance Benefits

Alumnae and Alumni Benefits

Tower Talk 2017-2018

This publication has moved to a bimonthly schedule. This issue covers news for January and February. The next issue will cover March and April and will be available close to the start of April 2018. 

Online Degrees at NDMU

As an NDMU alum, you know how beneficial an NDMU education is. You also know that people learn in various ways. NDMU is meeting those needs. Perhaps you’re familiar with our hybrid courses; those that offer education in combined face-to-face and online format. But are you familiar with our 100% online programs? These special programs feature rolling admissions, multiple entry dates, no previous on-campus experience, and the same personalized support NDMU provides.

So what’s available under the 100% online umbrella?

Graduate Programs
Bachelor’s Programs

Volunteer Opportunities

Reunion 2018 Committee

We are looking for volunteers in class years ending in years 3 and 8 to help us plan next year’s celebration. We seek volunteers to collaborate on program planning, fundraising, class participation, and attendance outreach. For more information, and to volunteer, email the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations. Committee meetings will begin Saturday, February 17.

Notre Dame Fund

Be sure to spread the word, and, as you talk to fellow Gators, ask them to join the fun on February 6 by doing these three things:

1. Show your spirit

Put on your Notre Dame gear and show the world what it means to be a Gator.

2. Share our story

Spread the word and tell everyone what makes Notre Dame special. Post your thoughts, pictures and best memories on social media using #OneDayOneNDMU. Reach out and get others fired up, too!

3. Most importantly - make a gift

Every gift of any size makes a difference. Your investment will support students, strengthen scholarships and enhance programs.

Learn more about Giving Day online at:

Thank you for your continued support of Notre Dame.

University News


A message from Brenda Jews, Chair of the NDMU Board of Trustees:

It is a pleasure for me to share that the School Sisters of Notre Dame presented President Marylou Yam with the SSND 2018 Mission and Ministry Award on February 6- Notre Dame Day! The award is given to an individual who exemplifies the spiritual values and the educational vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.

Please join me in congratulating Marylou.


Brenda Jews

Gator Grind 

Gator Grind Image

Notre Dame's newest eatery is up and running! Gator Grind, located on the lower level of Doyle Hall and in the Gator Alley space, is an intimate space for Starbucks coffee, baked goods, and grab-and-go items. Gator Grind is open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. 

Common Read

The University Common Read Program is designed to foster intellectual engagement and participation for all members of the NDMU community through a shared experience. A common read also gently acquaints first year students with the academic rigor and culture of higher education. The reading is incorporated into course work, common events, and presentations. This past year the community read The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. All are welcome to join in common reading activities beginning with this one: voting on the 2018-2019 reading selection!  

In Memoriam

D'Ann Martin Caron '84
Mary Dee Ellis '95
Sandra Hanna '85
Paula Kreitz '84
Sharon Campbell Landis '04
Margaret Kuhn Reese '58

Catholic Charities Events

Young professionals (aged 22+) are invited to engage with Baltimore's emerging champions and the next generation of Baltimore's Catholic Charities leadership. 

THE AFTER PARTY, the flagship event of the year for the Young Professionals group will be held on Saturday, March 10. Tickets are $100. Please refer to the website for more information.