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IN THIS ISSUE

Featured Stories
Commencement 2017
Sister Eileen - Taking on a New Role
Upcoming Events
2017 Reunion
Alumnae and Alumni News
Notable Alums
Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities
The Notre Dame Fund
Montrose Society
Adelante Latina! Volunteer Opportunities 
University News
Nightingale and Nachos Nursing Open Mic Night
100 St. Albans Way
London Tour - January 2018
Online Degrees at NDMU
Alumnae/i Discounts at A Child's Place
Universitas
NDMU Social Media
SSND News
In Memoriam
In the News

Featured Stories

Commencement 2017

On Saturday, May 20, the NDMU Class of 2017 graduated! The ceremony, which took place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, was well attended by the families and friends of our incredible graduates. Graduates heard from Dr. Nancy Birdsall, a senior fellow and president emeritus of the Center for Global Development, as well as fellow graduate Naomi Cross BSN ’15, MSN ’17, who offered the Student Response. 

In the week leading up to commencement, the graduating class had a number of celebrations, including traditional events such as the Senior Awards Luncheon, the Morrissy Program Brunch, and the Trailblazers' Celebration. This year, the graduating class also initiated a new tradition by creating a time capsule to be opened during Reunion Weekend in 2042!

To see pictures from this year's Commencement, visit the NDMU Flickr album

Congratulations Class of 2017! Welcome to the Alumnae and Alumni Family!

Sister Eileen - Taking on a New Role

Sister Eileen

This month, Sr. Eileen O'Dea, a long-standing member of the NDMU community, is taking on a new role at the University. She is stepping away from serving as Vice President for University Mission and taking an advisory position. Sr. Eileen has been a part of the NDMU family for over 30 years, serving in a variety of roles to support the mission of the university. Sr. Eileen is a beloved member of the university community and holds a special place in the hearts of the faculty and staff, especially those who have benefitted from her mission orientation sessions, designed to teach the university's history and mission. 

The NDMU community held a special reception in honor of Sr. Eileen and her years of service to the university; faculty and staff had the opportunity to speak with Sr. Eileen and to thank her for all that she has done for NDMU. Sr. Eileen made a beautiful speech about her career at NDMU and her vision for the future of the university. 

To see pictures from this event, please see the NDMU Flickr album

Upcoming Events 

Reunion 2017
Registration Opens June 15!

2017 Reunion September 15-17

Reunion 2017 is almost here! A fun-filled weekend of reconnecting and rediscovery is planned for September 15 - 17/. With traditional favorites, like Flashback Friday and the annual Crab Feast, as well as some new additions like WOW Bites, Reunion 2017 is not to be missed! 

Registration for Reunion 2017 will open on June 15th, so be sure to check NDMU Reunion for the schedule, see a list of who's coming, and complete your own registration. Advance registration closes September 8. Walk-up registration will be available at Reunion. 

Alumnae and Alumni News

Notable Alums

Notre Dame has a rich history of exciting, successful alums! Check out our “Notable Alums” to see some of the incredible leaders who have come from Notre Dame of Maryland!

Do you know someone who you think should be included on this page? Email ndmalum@ndm.edu with your suggestions! 

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

The Notre Dame Fund

You can help us transform the world... one gift at a time.

Each gift matters, just like every student matters. Together we have the power to make a big impact! A high level of participation visibly demonstrates the dedication of our community to Notre Dame of Maryland University. We’ll transform the world, one gift at a time.

Notre Dame recently received a 1:1 matching gift challenge from a faithful and dedicated alumna.  This means that every dollar of new or increased giving received from Notre Dame alums during this academic year will be matched 100% by this anonymous alumna, up to $20,000!

Attention Reunion 2017 Celebrants!

A special and rewarding element of Reunion is making a gift to Notre Dame. Gifts to The Notre Dame Fund make a real impact on the University and our students, and many of our alums make special gifts in their Reunion year. If you would like to make a gift in honor of your reunion class you may do so online or you may contact Victoria Azera, Annual Giving Coordinator, at (410) 532-3197.

Have you considered becoming a Montrose Society member?

Why not join the 200+ loyal graduates, friends, faculty and staff by remembering Notre Dame of Maryland University in your estate plans. 

Your intention can help to pass on the University’s legacy to future generations. For information call Kelley Kilduff at 410-532-3185 or read more online.

Adelante Latina! Part Time Teaching Position and Volunteer Opportunities

Adelante Latina! logo

Adelante Latina! is searching for volunteers and experienced teachers to help to prepare Baltimore City Latina girls for the SAT, college, and the college and scholarship application process.

Adelante Latina! is a three-year, after school, college-prep program for Baltimore City Latina girls. Students are recruited from Baltimore City public high schools in their freshman year and participate in Adelante Latina! from their sophomore to their senior year. The program’s main objective is to prepare the students for college and to help them with the college and scholarship application process. The focus is on improving student vocabulary, reading comprehension and writing skills, as well as helping them with SAT preparation.

Adelante Latina! meets from early September to early June, with a 5-week break from mid-December to late January. Meetings take place twice a week from 4:15-6:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Esperanza Center located at 430 S. Broadway. On one day, students meet as sophomore, junior and senior cohorts with a teacher, on the other day each student has a one-on-one volunteer tutor.

Please see below for the two opportunities available. 

Hiring a Once-a-Week English Teacher!

We are looking for a once-a-week English teacher for our sophomore cohort. Prior teaching experience at a junior high or high school level is required. The teacher designs the curriculum for the year for the 12-student cohort and also gives weekly instructions for the one-on-one tutors to follow. Payment is $2,500 per semester with the expectation that the teacher commits to a full academic year. For more information please contact Leonor Blum at blumle@aol.com or 410-591-0547.

Once-a-Week Volunteer Tutors Needed for Adelante Latina! After School Program 

Adelante Latina! is looking for committed volunteers to work with students one day per week. The hope is for tutors to continue with the same student for all three years. Tutors are expected to speak proper, grammatical English. Although teaching experience is not required, it is helpful. Tutors must be able to teach reading comprehension, writing skills and vocabulary on a high school level. If they are teaching juniors or seniors, tutors will also help with the SAT verbal test preparation. Answers to the SAT questions are always provided but the teacher is expected to explain them. In general, assignments given by the Adelante Latina! cohort teacher are given priority, followed by help with school assignments in the humanities. We would be delighted to have two to three tutors who can explain math and who can help with the new Math SAT. For more information please contact Leonor Blum at blumle@aol.com or 410-591-0547.

University News

Nightingale and Nachos Nursing Open Mic Night

Nursing students at a party holding funny signs

On Friday, May 12, the School of Nursing (SON) celebrated SON alumnae and graduating seniors. The event was one of several Nurses Week celebrations hosted by the SON, and offered students, alumnae, and faculty the opportunity to share bedside stories from their work in the nursing profession. Stories ranged from hilarious anecdotes to heart-warming examples of care, each speaking to the importance of the nursing profession. Students enjoyed the opportunity to speak with alumnae, and alumnae enjoyed catching up with their classmates and professors.

The event included a margarita and nachos bar, and was well attended by students, alumnae, and faculty; everyone had a blast and cannot wait to attend this event again next year!

To see pictures and videos from this event, visit the NDMU Flickr album

100 St. Albans Way

The University Board of Trustees voted at its most recent meeting to place the off-campus property, located at 100 St. Albans Way on the market. The property, which serves as president’s residence was acquired in 2012. It also has been the location for some limited events including some that occurred during Reunion Weekends.

The Board’s decision to sell the property is directly aligned with advancing the University’s current and future priorities.  It will go on the market this summer and once sold, President Marylou Yam will relocate to a private residence near campus.

For those of you attending Reunion Weekend this year, know that those events hosted in the President’s Residence will be held right on campus in the spaces we love.

Questions about the sale of the property can be directed to the Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations at alum@ndm.edu.

London 2018: Literary England and London Theatre 

London 2018

The annual NDMU English department trip to London is back for 2018! Mark your calendars for January 8 -18, 2018 for this incredible opportunity to travel with NDMU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends for a 10-day tour of London, Bath, Chowton (Jane Austen's final home), and Stratford-upon-Avon.

This trip is open to the entire campus community and includes: round-trip airfare on British Airways, nine (9) nights' hotel stay with a daily full English breakfast, tickets to three (3) theatre productions (including a Royal Shakespeare Company performance), ground transportation for three (3) day trips, admissions to some attractions, and one group dinner. All this and more for $2700 per person, double occupancy. Single rooms are available upon request - please contact Dr. William Davis for more details. 

For more information about this event, or to register, please contact Dr. William Davis (410-532-5510). Space is limited!

Online Degrees at NDMU

As an NDMU alumnus, you can now receive the same high-quality NDMU education you experienced on campus, in a convenient online environment! Our online programs are competitively priced and feature flexible scheduling, rolling admissions and multiple start dates. No matter how far you now live from our Baltimore campus, you can study at NDMU with no on-campus requirements for any programs.

Graduate Programs for alumni, served 100% online, include:

  • Certificate in Risk Management
  • MA in Contemporary Communication
  • MA in Leadership in Teaching: Digital Technology Leadership
  • MS in Analytics
  • Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership for Changing Populations

Interested in an undergraduate degree, or know someone who is? Our 100% online
Bachelor's Degree programs include:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN for registered nurses)

Studying at NDMU Online allows you to further your education while maintaining work and family commitments. You’ll receive personalized support from an academic advisor for any help you need along the way. For more information, please visit Notre Dame of Maryland University Online.

A Child’s Place Preschool for the Youngest Shining Stars at NDMU - 10% discount for Alums!

Spaces available for Fall 2017 classes and Summer Camp 2017!!

At A Child’s Place, we promote each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical development through a holistic approach. Preschool programs for 3, 4, and 5 year olds, including a State-approved kindergarten program and early kindergarten for children with fall birthdays, offer small classes in a nurturing environment where young children play, learn, and grow. 

  • Preschool: September to June
  • Summer Camp: June through mid-August

Ask about our 10% discount for alums!

Check us out online or call us at 410-532-5399.

Universitas 2017

Hot off the presses is the latest issue of Universitas. Read about NDMU’s focus on the future, including the historic renovations in Gibbons Hall, how our students, faculty and you - our alumnae/alumni are making a strong positive impact locally and around the globe, a look at the NDMU Honor Pledge as it celebrates 80 years and Sr. Kathleen Feeley’s reflections on one of our Notre Dame pioneers – Sr. Mary Meletia.

Haven’t received your copy yet? No worries. You can view the digital version.

Notre Dame Social Media 

Keep up on the latest happening on campus, see what our students are up to and connect with other NDMU alumnae/alumni follow us – like us – hashtag us!

SSND News

In Memoriam

Mary Kastelberg ‘46
Jane Claire Simon, SSND ‘71
Frances Black ‘94

In the News

Faithful ‘Circle the City’ of Baltimore with love and prayer
Allison Terry '13 The Daily Record "Mover and Shaker"
Renee Lane-Kunz M'96 Leadership in Law Honoree