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Happenings This Year

From community service to lectures by prominent academics, authors and activists, there's always something going on at Notre Dame.

Over 200 T-shirts on display for The Clothesline Project on Notre Dame's Campus
2015 Clothesline project

The Clothesline Project is a display of t-shirts that are designed by women survivors of violence or by their family and friends. Created in 1997, Dr. Susan Barber, Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies at NDMU, founded the Clothesline Project to help the many incarcerated women located in the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women (MCIW). The purpose of the project is to help women cope with the violence that they have experienced and support their courage and healing by displaying the shirts to educate the community and remember those who have died. Samantha Guntz, Criminology major and sophomore at Notre Dame spent four weeks with the women at MCIW and visited them every Wednesday to get to know them and help them get their thoughts and experiences on the t-shirts. "It was not easy for all the women to open up to us, some found it harder than others to share their experiences" Samantha stated. In 2003, Dr. Barber linked the project with her Introduction to Women's Studies course as a service learning experience. Freshman double major, Micah Castelo, is currently enrolled in Dr. Barber's Women's Studies course and was encouraged to take part in the Clothesline Project for her class. "I thought it was such a great experience, my favorite part was seeing how the women learned to trust us over the weeks and open up to us about their experiences. They were so friendly and motherly to us, there was a lot of laughter and crying but what made the experience most special was the fact that many of their stories had been unheard because women are often silenced" Micah explained. 

Educating Leaders to Transform the World!

This past Tuesday, April 21st, Notre Dame's Career Center hosted its first annual Career and Internship Fair in MBK Gymnasium. More than 40 distinguished employers attended this event with opportunities in fields such as business, education, medicine, and criminology. Students from 14 surrounding campuses were invited to the event as well as Notre Dame alumnae and alumni. The Career and Internship Fair provided students with opportunities of employment, networking, internships and career information.
students at career and internship fair
Senior business major Stephanie Chervenkov stated "I loved the Career and Internship Fair! I made 15 copies of my resume and at the end of the fair I had given the all out. Two people that I networked with contacted me the next day! I gained experience talking to employers and exposure to the current job market."

2015 Inaugural Ball Celebrating Dr. Marylou Yam's Presidency! 
students welcome dr. yam

After an enjoyable day of Inauguration events, students joined Dr. Yam and her family and friends for the Inaugural Ball Celebration on April 17th from 8pm to midnight. The dance floor was filled with alums, students and family of Dr. Yam as they danced the night away. It was a great way to end the busy week for Dr. Yam and mark her installation as our 14th President! Congratulations! To see more photos from the ball click here. 

More information and pictures from the Inauguration of Dr. Marylou Yam can be found here

Inauguration Day of Service with Dr. Marylou Yam

More than 100 Notre Dame students, faculty staff, alumnae and alumni and their children pitched in on Sunday, April 12, 2015 to participate in the Inauguration Week Day of Service. Notre Dame partnered with the United Way for the Stone Soup project, in which we made 500 sack lunches that include PB&J sandwiches, trail mix, veggie packs for the residents of the Weinberg Shelter and My Sister's Place Shelter. The bags were decorated with crayon drawings and each lunch included a note for the recipient. Click here to watch the video on vimeo.

Myam with students

Full House! RHA hosts 'Casino Royale' for NDMU Community

Residence Hall Association (RHA) hosted their spring program, Casino Royale, for the NDMU community on April 11, 2015 from 7:30pm-10:30pm in Fourier Hall. Students were able to enjoy frozen treats from Miss Twist Ice Cream Truck, sandwiches, cupcakes, and baked goods provided by Sage Dining, play casino inspired games, win prizes like a mini iPad, dance the night away and more!

Lilian Doyle at Casino Nightcasino night at ndmu students

Romanian Ambassador's Remarks Reflect NDMU Spirit

Ambassador Simona-Mirela Miculescu, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations, and the first woman in Romania to reach the rank of ambassador, inaugurated Notre Dame’s first annual Visiting Ambassador Program by urging listeners to get involved in the global campaign for gender equality because “empowering women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do.”

“Maya Angelou wisely said ‘A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.’ It is high time we hear the songs of every girl and woman!” she said.

Ambassador Miculescu spoke to more than 100 students, faculty, staff and visitors in Knott Auditorium on “Women in International Diplomacy, Development, Peacebuilding and Justice.” She echoed the theme of Notre Dame’s mission to transform the world as she advocated for the participation of women at every level of society in fighting poverty and working for  sustainable development.

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Service: It's What We Do

Alum Gerry Fialowski from Class of 1963 poses with studentsEvery Friday from 4-6pm, St. Vincent de Paul Church located on N Front Street, prepares meals for the homeless and underserved communities. Notre Dame students genuinely want to volunteer in the community and St. Vincent's gives them an opportunity to help people experiencing significant need. "Feeding the homeless puts names and faces on poverty. Students can learn about poverty in class and can learn even more from serving dinners at St. Vincent’s. They get an opportunity to talk to people experiencing severe poverty. You cannot get that in the classroom. And the people at St. Vincent’s, both the volunteers and those being served, truly enjoy and appreciate our students" B.E.S advisor and professor Larry Beyer states. On Friday, March 20th, B.E.S (Business & Economics Society) hosted an event alongside other St. Vincent volunteers to help those in need. Notre Dame Alum, Gerry Fialkowski '63, also is a St. Vincent volunteer and loved meeting current students, Angela Garcia '17, Melanie Hardy '16 and Morgan Harter '17. Even 35 years out and Notre Dame graduates still love to give back to the community, it's a Notre Dame way of life! 

All-America Girls Professional Baseball Player Jeneane (DesCombes) Lesko Hits A Home Run At Notre Dame!

The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a women's professional baseball league founded by Philip K. Wrigley that existed from 1943 to 1954 and was chronicled in the film, A League of Their Own. On Monday, March 23rd Lesko visited Notre Dame to share her experience as a pitcher for the Grand Rapids Chicks from 1953 to 1954 and watched the movie, A League of Their Own with students. Click here to view Lesko's official player profile.

At left, pitcher Lesko poses in a photo for the Grand Rapids Chicks in 1953. Lesko told students "I went to Spring Training in Battle Creek, Michigan and was picked up by the Chicks as a left-handed pitcher.  I actually had no pitching experience and had never played organized baseball.  In my home town of Lakeview, Ohio, I had practiced baseball with our school team all through high school, but of course, they would not let me play in the games.  I was also the batgirl for our town team of men and practiced with them and went to all the games.  I loved the game and had a strong arm." 

League of their own eventLeague of their own movie

2015 Housing Selection!

On Tuesday, March 17th, returning NDMU students not only celebrated St. Patrick's Day, but also selected their housing for the 2015-2016 academic year. Students were able to select their specific room in person during housing selection times determined by their credits at NDMU. Over 200 students selected their housing throughout the day while also enjoying gourmet popcorn and drinks provided by Dining Services.

Sarah Williamson Director of Student Life with students on Housing selection day Photo of housing selection day 2015 

100 Nights until the Class of 2015 Graduates!

All graduating class of 2015 at 100 nights

Every year, the graduating seniors gather for a reception in the beautiful Noyes Alumnae House and a formal dinner in Doyle Hall, marking the 100 nights until Commencement. To view the rest of the photos from the February event, click here. Senior business major Brittany Peddicord described the event: "I enjoyed reminiscing with my friends and favorite professors. Then we had a nice formal dinner in Doyle dining hall where the senior superlatives were announced. The evening ended in fun while we all met up in Federal Hill to celebrate. Overall it was a fun celebration with fellow seniors and we are looking forward to graduation!" 

Senior Victoria Azera, Brittany Peddicord, Morgan Wheaton and Bek Mcmillan

Student Alumnae & Alumni Association MaryKay Networking Event

Picture of Student Alumni & Alumnae Association Event

On Wednesday February 11th, 2015 the Student Alumnae & Alumni Association hosted its first networking event with MaryKay Director and Alum Brandi Layton '06, M '07. Students were invited to join and learn about interview appropriate makeup, as well as network with Notre Dame of Maryland's remarkable alumnae, such as Nichole Gatewood '01 and Patricia Bosse '81. 

Students at MaryKay EventAt left, Senior Business Major Stephanie Chervenkov and Junior Biology Major, with a pre-med concentration, Marie Angele Messou, were the lucky volunteers chosen by MaryKay Director Brandi Layton '06, M'07. The students modeled an interview appropriate "daytime" makeup look and then an "evening" makeup look. 






Renovated Doyle Dining Hall Opens

Notre Dame's newly renovated Doyle Dining Hall is open for business, and it's gorgeous! Featuring an open kitchen, comfy booths along the windows, and a long seating counter lined with electric outlets to power laptops, the new dining hall is a gem that is a welcoming gathering place for our University community.

Ribbon-cutting in Doyle Dining Hall from Notre Dame of Maryland on Vimeo.

Nationally Prominent Speakers Visit Notre Dame

Notre Dame welcomed two distinguished speakers to campus during the fall semester. Liz Murray, author of this year’s Campus Common Reading, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard, spoke on October 7.

Born to loving but drug-addicted parents, Murray found herself living on the streets at age 15 but managed to complete high school in two years and gain admittance to Harvard University. Murray told her compelling story with humor and inspiration, emphasizing the help she received from key people along the way, particularly from a high school teacher who believed in her and refused to let her give up.

Michael Eric Dyson, Ph.D., of the sociology department at Georgetown University, was the keynote speaker at Community Day on October 16. Dr. Dyson, an ordained Baptist minister, challenged and inspired the audience of students, faculty, and staff as he spoke on this year’s theme of “Diversity and Inclusion: Social Justice and Social Responsibility.”

Afterward, students and faculty held workshops to further explore such issues as racial inequality, domestic violence, and environmental justice. Community Day is an annual campus-wide event honoring Notre Dame’s SSND heritage.