The Notre Dame College community has welcomed a new member: Ember, a tan French Mastiff puppy, or Dogue de Bordeaux, who is more than just another pretty face on campus.

Notre Dame President Thomas G. Kruczek and his family combined their love and want for a dog with an added value for students on campus…taking the personal attention for which Notre Dame is known to a new level by sharing Ember with the whole College community.

In February, Notre Dame College will once again celebrate “I Heart NDC” month with several opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and friends to give back to the College—and the community this year.

Notre Dame’s 2015 annual fund campaign begins with a special “I Heart NDC” blessing from Fr. Edward E. Mehok, College chaplain, at 11:30 a.m. Mass Monday, February 2, in Christ the King Chapel. A light reception will follow in the Great Room of the Administration Building.

Notre Dame College students are offering free tax preparation for low-income Cuyahoga County residents again this year.

Students at the College are positively impacting the community by filing federal and state income tax forms for those who cannot afford account services or software packages. College students file tax returns in an effort to save residents money—not only with free tax preparation, but also with increased refunds from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Notre Dame College celebrated its national champion women’s rugby team, including five All-Tournament Team players and the Falcon named MVP of the Division II American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) national contest.

The squad also was honored by the City of South Euclid, Ohio, which recognized the team and the coach with a formal proclamation from its City Council.

Notre Dame College has been awarded $60,000 in grants to develop innovative academic programs for vocational discernment among undergraduates and for transfer credit of online courses for nontraditional students.

The College has received a $50,000 award, to be paid over two years, from the Council of Independent Colleges as part of its Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE). The initiative advances undergraduates’ intellectual and theological exploration of careers guided by a sense of calling.

WHAT: A Spirited Celebration for Notre Dame College’s National Championship Women’s Rugby Team

WHY: The Notre Dame College Women’s Rugby Team won the 2014 American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) Division II National Championship. Faculty, staff, students, College administrators and the community will meet the team and coaches at this enthusiastic reception and pep rally.

WHEN: Monday, Jan.26, 4 p.m.

WHERE: Keller Center Murphy Gymnasium

The 2015 class of inductees for Notre Dame College's Athletic Hall of Fame includes Anna Ball, softball; Dave Hilborn, men's basketball; Molly Merrill, women's lacrosse; and the 2005-2006 men's soccer team.

Seats are still available for the induction ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, in the College's Performing Arts Center. For reservation information, contact Patrick Dibiasio, manager of athletic development, at 216.373.6515 or pdibiasio@ndc.edu.

Notre Dame College has announced that it will sponsor a women's tennis program, starting in the fall of 2015.

Ralph Dunbar, who recently retired as coach of the girls' tennis team at Westlake, Ohio, High School, has been named head coach for the Falcons newest sport and joins the College December 12. Dunbar coached the Westlake team to more than 400 victories, including an Ohio High School Athletic Association state singles title in 2012.

Notre Dame College has been recognized by an international organization for its curriculum to prepare educators to teach reading to students who are dyslexic.

The College was one of eight postsecondary schools in a 2014 cohort accredited by the International Dyslexia Association (IDA). Notre Dame is among only 17 colleges in the country to receive the distinction.

A Notre Dame College student’s new invention could offer support to caregivers of an aging population facing Alzheimer’s disease.

Ian Dawson ’15, a marketing major at Notre Dame, has envisioned a new application for an existing technology to create a monitoring system for patients of Alzheimer’s, even autism and Down syndrome—a program unique to the point that he is pursuing a number of patents to protect his intellectual property.