Notre Dame University Maryland Students Spend the Semester Serving

Notre Dame of Maryland University first-year students are beginning their time at college by serving those in their local community. During the students first semester at Notre Dame, students take an orientation course, NDMU 100, where they “learn about and enter into active service learning.” The program is part of the university goal of having students “recognize and help meet the needs of external communities but also offer a mutually transformative experience.”

Recently, the University partnered with Govans Elementary of Baltimore City Schools to offer third, fourth and fifth graders basic tools to begin the school year. The university collected funds to stuff backpacks with basic supplies such as pencils, crayons, rulers, notebooks, personalized flash cards and hand written notes wishing the Govans’ students well. This program demonstrates the university’s commitment to service and offers a “valuable interaction with diverse groups that provide rich learning opportunities when coupled with guided reflection, class discussion, and skilled analysis relating to course content.”

To read more, visit Notre Dame University Maryland news.

Food for Thought Friday: Pope Francis has some Advice for College Students

Food for Thought Friday: With a new cohort of first-year students starting in college soon, Busted Halo, a Catholic digital magazine, has found a way to incorporate the wisdom of Pope Francis into their yearly advice for incoming students. With advice such as ‘Be open to new people,’ and ‘Take care of others,’ Busted Halo brings to light how Our Holy Father’s words can accompany students, both new and returning, in their journey through higher education. Read the full article here!