Learn how we are expanding options, learning, and our ability to go beyond.

Through philanthropy and wise stewardship, we are advancing transformational initiatives that continue our founding vision of inclusiveness and a powerful education that drives social change.

Headshots of Toni Bower and Bethani Newbold

August 8, 2022

Current and Former Student-Athletes Discuss the Positive Impact of NDMU Athletics

Bethani Newbold ’25 and Toni Bower ’82 share a connection as two-sport athletes who have represented both the basketball and softball programs at Notre Dame of Maryland University. With a significant amount of NDMU’s Go Beyond campaign dedicated to the continued growth of Notre Dame’s athletic department, they discuss how being a student-athlete improved their college experience and positioned them for success after graduation.  Read More

Caroline and Theresa Halls

July 19, 2022

School of Education Awarded $400K Grant to Improve Digital Instruction On and Off Campus

NDMU’s School of Education was recently awarded a grant of over $400,000 through the Maryland Emergency Education Relief (MEER) program to increase access to quality digital instruction at a Baltimore public school, further strengthening a partnership between the two groups which began over 10 years ago. Read More

Nadia Abi and Erika Gutierrez

July 7, 2022

Two Rising Juniors Named Clare Boothe Luce Scholars

A pair of NDMU rising juniors were recently selected as the recipients of full-tuition scholarships through the Clare Boothe Luce Program for Women in STEM. Nadia Abi ’24 and Erika Gutierrez ’24 have earned scholarships to cover tuition, fees, and books for their final two years on campus, and they will also be eligible for additional academic and career support during that time period. Read More

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June 27, 2022

France-Merrick Foundation Funds NDMU’s First-generation Student Scholarship

A new $500,000 grant from the France-Merrick Foundation will establish the first endowed scholarship designated for NDMU students who are the first in their families to attend college. Once activated, the program will award students up to a $25,000 annual scholarship. Read More

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June 24, 2022

NDMU’s Refugee Scholarship Provides Hope, Opportunity to Afghan Sisters

For Nowrasta and her younger sister, Nastaran, the past 10 months have been filled with turmoil and uncertainty after they were among the thousands of citizens from Afghanistan evacuated out of the country last August. They received a welcome update this spring, however, when they learned that they could continue their education after becoming the first two recipients of NDMU’s Afghan Refugee Scholarship. Read More

A photo of Dr. Kerr teaching next to the NDMU logo

June 16, 2022

Biology Professor Selected for Leading Women Under 40 Award

Dr. Jennifer Kerr, associate professor in NDMU’s biology department, was selected as a 2022 Leading Women Under 40 award honoree by The Daily Record. Dr. Kerr has conducted original research to advance knowledge in the microbiology field and to support future scientists in Maryland, the nation, and the world. Read More

Ashley Anderson, Janelle Sangalang and Isa Dallasta

June 2, 2022

Sr. Alma Science Year Sets Up NDMU Students for Success Through Lab Research Opportunities

Science majors at Notre Dame have a unique opportunity to participate in the Sr. Alma Science Year, a program which pairs up to three students with a faculty mentor at Johns Hopkins for a year full of lab research. Countless NDMU students have been set up for success after graduation through the program, which is named after Sr. Mary Alma McNicholas. Read More

Dr. Martha Walker

June 1, 2022

Transformative Leader Named New NDMU Provost

A transformative higher education leader was named the new provost and vice president for academic affairs at NDMU following a national search. Dr. Martha Walker will lead NDMU’s dynamic academic enterprise with key roles to include program development, promotion of faculty scholarship, student retention, accreditation maintenance, and outcome assessment. Read More

Meletia Hall

April 21, 2022

NDMU Commits to Sustainability as a Laudato Si’ University

NDMU is taking bold action on sustainability and social justice in becoming a Laudato Si’ University, joining the first cohort of about 100 Catholic colleges and universities around the world. Read More

Dr. Ashley Moody and Neysa Rios D'22

April 13, 2022

School of Pharmacy Increases Diabetes Education Access Through State Grants

Over 40 percent of Maryland adults are estimated to have either prediabetes or diabetes, which is the sixth leading cause of death in the state. NDMU’s School of Pharmacy has emerged as a leader in the effort to reduce those numbers after being awarded a pair of grants to implement Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) Umbrella Hubs across the region. Read More

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March 10, 2022

An Experience Worth the Wait Inspires a Major Gift

For Polly Behrens ’98, earning a bachelor’s degree was a long-time goal that spent several years on the back burner. Her experience at Notre Dame of Maryland University ultimately inspired Polly and her husband Bruce to support science education by making a significant commitment to Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU. Read More

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February 24, 2022

Challenge Gift Inspires Community to Go Beyond for Students

Julie Ben-Susan ’69 holds her alma mater close to her heart. Last year, the she and her husband Paul decided to go beyond their traditional giving to make a greater impact. They committed $50,000 to match gifts to the Notre Dame Fund, which supports NDMU’s greatest needs. Donors answered the call, giving $109,873 to more than double the challenge match. Read More

A headshot of Dr. Davidson next to the NDMU logo

February 9, 2022

Student Success Advocate Named AVP & Dean of Students

A student affairs administrator and student success advocate was named associate vice president and dean of students at Notre Dame of Maryland University following a national search. Dr. Meaghan Davidson will lead a department that provides robust programs and services to enrich the student experience, including service and community engagement, inclusion and community standards, and residence life. Read More

A group picture of OPhiA members

February 2, 2022

Students in Omega Phi Alpha Take on Service with International Reach

It was a busy fall for Omega Phi Alpha. Projects for NDMU’s service sorority included making friendship bracelets which were distributed to children in El Salvador, raising over $1,300 during a pair of charity walks and partnering with Psi Chi for a Mental Health Awareness Week event. Read More

A headshot of Janelle Sangalang

December 17, 2021

Biology Major Places Third in Research Competition

An NDMU biology student won third place for outstanding undergraduate research in the highly competitive J. Howard Brown Awards from the American Society for Microbiology’s Maryland Branch. Janelle Sangalang ‘22 received honors for her independent research project that explores the effect of prophylactic antibiotic treatments on surgical site infection rates. Read More

A photo of the 2020 Universitas cover

December 13, 2021

NDMU Publication Wins International Honors

A publication introducing NDMU’s new brand launch won an international 2021 NYX Marcom Award recognizing excellence in marketing and communications. The 2020 issue of Universitas, NDMU’s annual publication celebrating the University’s accomplishments and donors, received a Silver award in the annual report category from the International Awards Associate. Read More

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November 12, 2021

NDMU to Establish a $1.5M Endowed Chair in Biological Sciences

Notre Dame of Maryland University will establish the $1.5 million Dr. Mary Kay Shartle Galotto ’64 Endowed Chair in the Biological Sciences to advance groundbreaking research and scholarship in biology, as well as elevate NDMU as a leader in STEM and health sciences in Baltimore and beyond. Read More

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November 12, 2021

Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU Reaches 79% of $45M Goal

At the public announcement of Go Beyond: The Campaign for NDMU, President Marylou Yam announced that the University had already raised $35.4 million, representing 79% of its total $45 million goal.

Some of the University’s dedicated supporters and friends celebrated the campaign milestone that helps NDMU to do even more to support its students.

A group of NDMU students in the classroom

September 13, 2021

U.S. News Recognizes NDMU as a Best Value Leader

Offering exceptional quality in higher education, Notre Dame of Maryland University jumped to #27 on the 2022 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking for best value schools in the northern region, continuing to rank as one of the nation’s top universities. NDMU rose more than 25 spots on the Best Value Schools ranking, making it one of four Maryland schools on the top 30 list. Read More

A photo of Dr. Anne Lin being interviewed by PBS

August 27, 2021

PBS Film Features NDMU Pharmacy Experts & Students

A nationally broadcast PBS documentary aimed at ending vaccination misinformation highlighted NDMU pharmacy experts and students with other leading healthcare advocates. Dr. Anne Lin, dean of the NDMU School of Pharmacy and a national voice on healthcare access, joined retired Rear Admiral and former Assistant Surgeon General Pamela Schweitzer and Baltimore Commissioner of Health Letitia Dzirasa in the documentary, titled “Vaccination from the Misinformation Virus.” Read More

A headshot of Julia Campagna

August 4, 2021

New Mission & Ministry Director Leads Student Spiritual Growth

A new director of mission & ministry at NDMU brings a wealth of leadership experience in providing spiritual direction and pastoral care to college students. Julia Campagna will lead the Office of Mission & Ministry and work with the President’s Office to assist the NDMU community with integrating the University’s mission into their lived experience. Read More

A photo of Dr. Kerr teaching in the classroom

July 29, 2021

Microbiologist Lands Fellowship to Teach Tomorrow’s Scientists

Cultivating next-generation scientists equipped to use big data analytics in their research, a microbiologist and NDMU professor joins a two-year fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation, to bring real-world case studies to college students. Associate professor of biology Jennifer Kerr is one of the 2021-23 fellows in the High-throughput Discovery Science & Inquiry-based Case Studies for Today’s Students (HITS) program. Read More

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July 22, 2021

NDMU Honored for Academic Excellence & Student Support

Recognized for academic excellence and exceptional student support, NDMU continues to achieve high honors as one of the nation’s top universities in separate rankings by College Consensus and Colleges of Distinction. Notre Dame is ranked as the nation’s 11th best women’s college among the nation’s top 25 Catholic colleges and universities. Read More

A headshot of Dr. Hodges

July 7, 2021

Seasoned Leader & Student Success Champion Named Athletic Director

A seasoned intercollegiate athletic leader and advocate for student success joins NDMU as the new director of athletics following a national search. Dr. Ashley Hodges will lead Notre Dame’s competitive NCAA Division III athletic and recreation programs, recruiting student-athletes and engaging in student retention efforts. Read More

A headshot of Rochelle Thompson

July 6, 2021

Student Leader & Mentor Honored as Newman Civic Fellow

An outstanding NDMU student leader was recognized for her community involvement with the prestigious Newman Civic Fellowship by Campus Compact, a national coalition of colleges and universities working to advance the public purposes of higher education. Rochelle Thompson ‘22, an English and political science double major, is one of 212 students from 39 states, Washington, DC, and Mexico selected for the 2021-22 cohort. Read More