Notre Dame College to Celebrate Founders’ Week Sept. 15-21

Notre Dame College to Celebrate Founders’ Week Sept. 15-21

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.

“The theme provides a snapshot of the pioneer spirit at the College in the late ‘20s and early ‘30s. The Sisters were building Notre Dame in difficult economic times: They provided strong academic programs for the students and even helped clean the administration building at night.” said Sr. Carol Ziegler, special assistant to president for mission.

Founders’ Week, which this year marks the College's 91st birthday, includes opportunities for students, faculty and staff to meet and learn from current members of the Sisters of Notre Dame, whose order founded the College in 1922.

“In 2013 as we live for today, each student, faculty or staff member needs to tackle the day's work and challenges─whatever those may be─with energy and confidence,” Ziegler said. “At the same time, today's habits of the heart shape the person each of us will be tomorrow.”

In the spirit of establishing new customs, this year’s event highlights also will include a faculty appreciation day, recycling drive and scavenger hunt. The week will conclude with one football and two soccer games—the first time the College will host three athletic events on campus the same day this season. A detailed schedule of events is forthcoming.

2013 Founders' Week Calendar of Events

  • Sunday, Sept. 15: Liturgy, Regina Chapel, 8 p.m.
  • Monday, Sept. 16: Founders' Week Kickoff—Sr. Eileen Quinlan, professor of English and communication; Karl Rishe, dean of student affairs; Jameka Windham, registrar; Dr. Nicholas R. Santilli, vice president of academic and student affairs; alumni Dave Hilborn; and current student Celine Mangan to speak—Regina Auditorium, 11:30 a.m., cake and punch to follow in Regina Gymnasium
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17: Faculty Appreciation Day, Administration Building Great Room, 9 a.m., and Recycling Day, collection in the basement of the Administration Building, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18: Meet the Sisters of Notre Dame: Living the Mission, Administration Building Foyer, 9:30 a.m. to noon
  • Thursday, Sept. 19: Scavenger Hunt, campus-wide, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fidelia Award Dinner, by invitation only
  • Friday, Sept. 20: Rush Rally for Student Activities, Regina Gym, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21: Games Day—Men’s Soccer, 10 a.m.; Women’s Soccer, noon; Football 2 p.m.—all on campus

Founders’ Week is an annual tradition at the College aimed to educate students, faculty and staff about the heritage of the Sisters of Notre Dame. The week highlights Notre Dame’s history, values and mission and honors those individuals who had the courage to build and grow the institution.



For 90 years, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.