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Class Notes - New and Improved Way to Share Your News!

The Office of Alumnae and Alumni Relations has revamped the Class Notes web form, which allows alumnae and alumni to submit their exciting news, personal or professional, to be shared with classmates through a number of university communication pieces, including Tower Talk and Universitas

With new, easy to use features, the Class Notes form allows you to upload photos, share your stories and accomplishments, and reconnect with Notre Dame and your classmates. It's easy, and allows you to share your wonderful life moments with the NDMU community!

To submit a Class Note, please visit our new and improved online form. We welcome submissions about professional accomplishments, inspiring acts of service, and personal milestones, including weddings, new babies, and more!

We hope to hear from you soon!  

Successful First Impressions Event

First Impressions Interview Panel

The First Impressions program kicked off the 2017 Spring semester with an Interview Workshop, organized and moderated by dedicated alumna, Sallie Mullen. Panelists, Tina Schmitt, Shelley Wyatt, and Chris Carpino led students through a two hour workshop, with helpful tips on successfully conducting oneself during an interview, role-playing scenarios of different types of interviews, and an in-depth Q&A session during which students asked the panelists their biggest questions about the interview process.

The workshop, a required portion of the First Impressions program, prepares students, not only for interviews for jobs and internships, but for the peak of the First Impressions program: practice interviews with alumnae. Every year, students from the First Impressions program are paired with alumnae with experience in the specific fields of interest for our students, and have the opportunity to have the resumes and interview skills evaluated by hiring professionals. Students agree every year that this is one of the most unique and beneficial experiences that they could ask for before entering the competitive job market.

If you would be interested in participating the in First Impressions program as an interviewer in the future, please contact Lauren Rohrs (lrohrs1@ndm.edu). We are always looking to expand our interview opportunities for students.

Thank you again to Sallie Mullen, Tina Schmitt, Shelley Wyatt, and Chris Carpino, and the First Impressions Committee for providing our students with such fabulous resources!

Networking Committee Calendar of Events to be Set

Attention! The 2017 Calendar of Events for the Networking Committee is coming soon and will be filled with exciting opportunities to network and reconnect with fellow NDMU alumnae, paired with fun and intellectually stimulating activities. While dates for the 2017 are still TBD, the plans are in motion for the following:


  • Planetarium Night in Knott (led by Dr. Brian Christy)
  • Museum Tour and Tea at the BMA and Gertrude’s


  • Pub and Paint Night
  • NYC Bus Trip with Students

More information will be coming soon for these events, so be on the lookout for notices from NDMU!

If you are interested in joining the Networking Committee, please contact Lauren Rohrs (lrohrs1@ndm.edu).

Upcoming Events and Meetings

MCC Career Fair

Friday, February 24
10-2 p.m.

Meet more than 100 local companies eager for new talent at the career fair.

Learn More & See List of Employers

2017 Charles J. Busta III Lecture in Business

Featuring: Donna Orender
Tuesday, April 18
7 p.m.
Knott Auditorium 

Notre Dame's 2017 Busta Lecture in Business welcomes former WNBA President and PGA Senior Vice President Donna Orender. She is the founder and CEO of Orender Unlimited and a distinguished trailblazer in women's athletics and business. Having earned all-star status as a player in the Women's Professional Basketball League, Orender served from 2005 to 2011 as president of the WNBA, and previously as Senior Vice President of the PGA Tour. She is also the founder and CEO of Generation W, a non-profit platform aimed at promoting the development of the world's next female leaders.

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Alumnae and Alumni News

Class Notes

Alum Awarded Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

Big honors for Notre Dame of Maryland University graduate Candace Wright ‘16. The biology alum has been awarded the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. The fellowship offers recent graduates and career changers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) a stipend of $30,000 to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master’s degree program in exchange for a commitment to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools.

While attending Notre Dame, Wright worked multiple semesters as an undergraduate teaching assistant and during her senior year, she participated in a science teaching apprenticeship in the Biology Department with Dr. Jennifer Kerr.

Alum Honored by Archdiocese

On the Feast of the Epiphany, Dianne Lyon '60 was one of a group of individuals honored with the Manifesting the Kingdom Award for service to the community for her work with her husband running a food bank in Southern Maryland, Warpide Food Bank. 

We Want to Hear from You!

Share your latest promotion, job, wedding, or baby announcements with you classmates in our Class Notes section!

Share your News

Notable Alums

Notre Dame has a rich history of exciting, successful alums! Check out our “Notable Alums” page 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!


 Instagram: #NDMUalums

 With two ways to follow us on Facebook, you will never miss a post! “Like” our page “Notre Dame of Maryland University Alumnae and Alumni Association” for updates on upcoming events, opportunities, and photos. Are you a member of the new Young Alum Network Committee? Be sure to “like” our “NDM Young Alum” page for information specific to our young alums.

 Are you looking for “pinspiration”? Follow NDMUAlums on Pinterest.

 Prefer to get your updates in a snap? Add NDMUALUMS to your Snapchat friends list to keep in touch with the latest happenings at NDMU.

 Follow NDMUAlums on Twitter for NDMU news, alum updates, and the latest info on upcoming events

 Are you on LinkedIn, the largest professional networking site? Be sure to include Notre Dame of Maryland in your educational background, and follow our page for job opportunities, networking opportunities, and updates on professional events at NDMU.

Reunion 2017: September 15 – 17, 2017

First Reunion Committee Meeting of 2017 a Success

The 2017 Reunion Committee, comprised of 22 alumnae from the class of 1962-2012, held its first meeting in January to begin the planning process for Reunion 2017. This year’s Reunion Weekend will be filled with exciting new changes inspired by WOW Baltimore, including opportunities to hear from speakers, as well as live musicians, artists, and other fun activities. Of course, classic favorites will be returning to the Reunion schedule, including the annual Crab Feast, Flashback Friday, and Classes without Quizzes. Invitations will be sent later this spring to celebrants (those who graduated from a year ending in 2 or 7), with a complete list of events. The complete list of events will also be available on the university website later this spring.

We are looking forward to an exciting Reunion year! If you would like to be a part of the Reunion Committee, please contact Lauren Rohrs (lrohrs1@ndm.edu).

Athletics Hall of Fame Nominations

The Reunion Committee is now accepting nominations for the Athletics Hall of Fame! If you would like to nominate one of your classmates, please complete the nomination form.

Giving Back/Volunteer Opportunities

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.

Learn more or call Kelley Kilduff at 410-532-3185.

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 by contacting Victoria Azera, Annual Giving Coordinator, at (410) 532-3197.

University News 

Notre Dame Day

On February 7, the campus came together to celebrate Notre Dame Day! The day recognizes the accomplishments of our students and our rich history. In addition to student recognition, the Distinguished Staff Award was given to Mary Burch Harmon '93 who serves as the assistant director of NDMU's English Language Institute and Short Term Programs. The SSND Mission and Ministry Award was presented to Brian Berry, professor of Religious Studies and the Service-Learning Faculty Award went to Maria Mouratidis, professor and chair of the Psychology Department.

The event is open to everyone in our community. "Notre Dame Day is a celebration of our students’ academic accomplishments in various areas of study, and their athletic achievements," says Sister Eileen O’Dea, Vice President for Mission. “It is also a time to reflect and remember the past and history of our community.”

Notre Dame Day 2017 Photos

Renaissance Institute Gatherings

Members of the Renaissance Institute recently enjoyed a program of Winter activities organized by two members and their committee. The program featured 31 different activities, including visits to museums, churches, conservatories, lunches at restaurants and in home theme meals, and a High Tea.

Members had to sign up for the events and it was such a success, a wait-list had to be created.

Sister Kathleen Feeley, who attended some of the events said, “It’s evident to me that this member-initiated program fulfills the mission of RI—intellectual joy and social interaction—with a unique flair.”

The goal of the Renaissance Institute program is to develop both the intellectual and the social elements of life. Many RI members even keep in touch throughout the year. 

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.

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