Notre Dame College announced today that it has received a $375,000 challenge grant to support the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences’ capital campaign. The foundation that awarded the grant wishes to remain anonymous. As a challenge grant, the College is required to secure matching funds to raise the total amount to $750,000.

Notre Dame College’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry will present the 29th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, “Alive in Christ: The Witness of 20th Century Saints,” on Oct. 11 and 12.

This year’s Eastern Churches Seminar will introduce participants to some of the many 20th century “saints” and “blessed” of the Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches who were alive in Christ, strove to live the Gospel, knew struggle and joy and were willing to “drink the cup” that Jesus drank.

The Notre Dame College and South Euclid police departments have teamed up with the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) to provide nearly 150 police chiefs from across the state with continuing education in crisis response and litigation.

The one-day “Chief Concerns” seminar of the OTOA on September 18 in the College’s Regina Auditorium is designed for law enforcement executives and focuses on police litigation defense. It is part of the agency’s Administrative Liability and Risk Management, or A.L.A.R.M., Series.

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Portraits of Improvisation,” a showing of linoleum block prints by local artist, fashion designer and Notre Dame College alumna Shyvonne Coleman.  An free, public opening reception will be held in the library on Thursday, September 19, from 6- 8 p.m.

Notre Dame College will honor its chaplain and professor emeritus, Father Edward Mehok─who has spent more than 50 years ministering and teaching at the College─with the 2013 Fidelia Award, one of the highest honors the College bestows.

Mehok, 80, who first joined Notre Dame in the fall of 1961 to celebrate the school liturgy every Friday, will be recognized during an invitation-only dinner Thursday, Sept. 19, at the College.

Notre Dame College will host nearly 40 graduate and professional schools on campus for its annual Grad School Fair Monday, Oct. 7.

The schools will offer Notre Dame students a sneak peek at numerous academic programs of advanced study from around the region and Across the Pond─literally. Across the Pond promotes graduate study abroad options in the United Kingdom.

The event, sponsored by the College’s Career Services Center, is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the campus Performing Arts Center.

Notre Dame College is providing students who would have been seniors at St. Peter Chanel Catholic High School a chance to earn a diploma from their now-closed institution ─ and earn college credit at the same time.

Through the innovative Seniors at Notre Dame program, more than 20 of the high school students are dual enrolled on the College campus this fall. Upon successful completion of the school year, they will receive a 2014 high school diploma from St. Peter Chanel and could have up to 32 college credits, essentially a year toward a bachelor’s degree, completed.

Notre Dame College’s new and upcoming artists will display their original works─including 12 to 16-foot graffiti panels, large-scale photographs and oversized charcoal drawings─in the “NDC Art: Best Show Yet of 2013” student art exhibit beginning Sept.

Notre Dame College’s new dean of students has led campus life at postsecondary institutions for more than a decade, including directing a small living-learning community on a much larger university campus.

Celebrating the creators of Notre Dame College is more than a history lesson every now and then. It’s a weeklong tribute to the legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame each year.

With the theme, “Living for Today…Growing for Tomorrow,” Notre Dame will observe its 2013 Founders’ Week, Sept. 15-21.