Notre Dame College Inspires Student, Community Potential During Founders Week

Notre Dame College is celebrating “A Greater You: Today and Tomorrow” during its 2017 observance of Founders Week.

The annual campus-wide custom of Founders Week corresponds with Notre Dame’s Homecoming and Alumni Reunion festivities again this year. The trifecta of traditions for 2017 runs September 18-24. Founders Week educates students, faculty, staff and the wider community about the legacy of the Sisters of Notre Dame, who founded the College in 1922.

Opening Ceremony

Founders Week 2017 starts with a special ceremony from 3:30-4:45 p.m. Monday, September 18, in Regina Auditorium. The kick-off program highlights the College’s history, its values and mission through motivational student, faculty and staff speakers who address the theme for the year. The event honors “A Greater You: Today and Tomorrow” in 2017.

In their presentations this year, members of the campus community featured at the kickoff ceremony are expected to impart personal stories of how the College helps them discover and reach their full potential. They also likely will share how the Sisters of Notre Dame inspire them to be agents of change for others and for the world, now and in the future.

Notre Dame President Thomas G. Kruczek also is scheduled to address the College and community during the opening ceremony.

Film Festival

New to the celebration of the Sisters of Notre Dame in 2017 is a Founders Week Film Festival from 4-10 p.m. Wednesday, September 20, in the Abrahamic Center. Students in First Year Seminar courses will view and discuss three movies about “individuals who became greater than they imagined because of their commitment to the common good, to others and to hope,” according to Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND, Ph.D., chief mission officer and executive director of the Abrahamic Center at the College.

The three films are: Paper Clips, a 2004 documentary that chronicles how children in a Tennessee Middle School learned about the Holocaust; They Killed Sister Dorothy, a 2008 movie that details the death of a 73-year-old nun serving local communities and environmentalists in the fight against loggers and landowners in the Brazilian rain forest; and 42: The Jackie Robinson Story, the 2013 historical and biographical film about racial integration in Major League Baseball.

Meet the Sisters

Returning Founders Week programs that provide historical information, emphasize social justice and create opportunities for the campus community to become closer include the annual Meet the Sisters forum from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, September 19, in the Administration Building foyer. This open assembly features Sisters of Notre Dame from Chardon who talk with and teach, especially students in First Year Seminar courses, about the ministries of the Sisters.

First-year students are encouraged to ask each of the Sisters of Notre Dame present about the basic goals of their work and what they hope to accomplish, why the Sisters are committed to their ministries and what makes their specific mission important and how students can become involved in the service.

The Sisters of Notre Dame serve God, the Catholic Church and community in education, parish ministries, healthcare, social services, social justice, spiritual development and web-based communications. Their ministries are based on the needs of the times and gifts and talents of individual Sisters.

Selfies with Sisters

During Founders Week, members of the Notre Dame community also connect in the fun-filled tradition of Selfies with the Sisters from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, September 18, throughout the College. Life-size cardboard figures of Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche and Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn will be available in different campus locations every half hour to simulate a scavenger hunt, create conversation and generate positive social media posts.

Bosche was the first dean at Notre Dame, overseeing student enrollment, developing the curriculum and establishing student life policies. Finn, a 1940 graduate of the College, spent 41 years at Notre Dame. She created the Office of Lifelong Learning and established the Notre Dame Weekend College. Both programs continue through Notre Dame’s Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs.

The props are scheduled to be in the Keller Center at 9:30 a.m.; Mueller Field at 10 a.m.; the Campus Ministry office on the third floor of Regina Hall at 10:30 p.m.; The Finn Center on the second floor of Regina Hall at 11 a.m.; the Falcon Café at 11:30 a.m.; Office Services and the campus mail room on the ground floor of the Administration Building at noon; the Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Dean’s Conference Room on the first floor of the Administration Building at 12:30 p.m. and the College President’s Office, also on the first floor of the Administration Building, at 1 p.m.

Information on additional Homecoming and Alumni Reunion activities that overlap with Founders Week is available on the College website at

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About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, 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 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.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or


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