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.

Peace & Justice in ACCU’s Summer Newsletter

This week, ACCU released the Summer 2015 issue of Update, its quarterly newsletter. You can read it in its entirety here, but be sure to pay special attention to the sections devoted to peace and justice. These highlights include:

  • Catholic Higher Ed: Serving First-Gen and Low-Income Students, showing their commitment to helping students achieve a college education.
  • Partnerships Benefit Communities and Students by allowing students to put Catholic Social Teaching into practice.
  • Students Create a More Sustainable Tomorrow through their actions, which range from a recycling project after a sporting event to a campus club’s efforts in the greater community.
  • Notre Dame of MD Recognized by United Nations after being granted non-governmental organization status.
  • Organic Kitchen Garden to Feed Holy Names University and further educate the Holy Names University community.
  • Service Reflects Mission to Make a Difference following a life-changing six-month oral history project.
  • Saint Mary’s University Presents Award to Pope Francis as recognition of extraordinary service to the vulnerable and marginalized members of society.
  • ‘Pope Francis Challenge’ Spurs Action at Holy Cross College by getting students and faculty to reach out and offer friendship to the marginalized.

 To subscribe to Update, please email Paula Moore.