Please excuse my absence last weekend. If you came across something of interest in the meantime, please post a comment and let me know.
On Monday I will start teaching Beginning French 2 at Notre Dame of Maryland University here in Baltimore.
I attended an Orientation for Associate Faculty last Friday, August 18th. It was both an informative and welcoming experience as we gathered and got to know each other better after the presentations.
I learned that Mother Theresa Gerhardinger founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) in Germany in 1833. Their ministry was to provide young women with an education, which was rare at the time. Curiously, just thirty-two years later, Sister Mary Meletia Foley founded Notre Dame, which became the first Catholic women’s college to grant baccalaureate degrees. In 1975 men began to attend. Notre Dame began awarding doctoral degrees in 2004.
The legacy of the founding sisters is marked in the names of many of the buildings on campus and in the statues of Mother Theresa and students learning.
The mission statement of Notre Dame focuses on the advancement of women through a liberal arts model of education. There is a strong emphasis on using intellect to give back to the community.
Of particular interest was the following quote from the SSND Constitution: “Education is the process of enabling persons to reach the fullness of their potential as individuals created in God’s image and assisting them to direct their gifts toward building the earth.”
As an educator I found this quote to be deeply moving and a great inspiration for the new school year.