President's Report 2009

President's Report 2009

In this year’s issue of the President’s Report, we reflect on the past, present and future of Notre Dame College. You will read about those who had a deep impact on both the history of the College and its many graduates; you will read about the College’s current record growth; and you will read about the College’s plans to maintain its high academic standards, its mission fidelity and its fiscal health.

The parking lot had been freshly paved, the sod grass had been laid, trees and bushes had just been planted, while the sun was shining in a cloudless sky high above the new residence hall. In short, it was a picture-perfect day for the opening of South Hall, Notre Dame’s most ambitious construction project in decades.

The Notre Dame College nursing program’s mission is “to prepare a professional nurse who is responsive to the health needs of a diverse global society.” Three NDC nursing students and two faculty members recently had the chance to actualize this mission through a unique international service opportunity offered by the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC).

More than 270 guests responded to an invitation by the College to honor Bishop Emeritus Anthony M. Pilla with the 2009 Notre Dame College Medal at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights on Saturday, June 6. Bishop Pilla was celebrated as the second recipient of the medal for his steadfast commitment to those in need and his role in building bridges of understanding in the diverse Diocese of Cleveland.

“Therese has been characterized as a woman of many accomplishments who successfully combines the roles of mother, career woman and community leader. In these roles, Therese has been recognized by her colleagues and peers as a woman of integrity, a thoughtful listener, a creative thinker and an effective collaborator. Through her commitment of time, talent and treasure, Therese has embodied the ideals and values of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the College.”

When long-time faculty member Sr. Mary Louise Trivison, SND ’50 travelled with her brother, Rev. Lou Trivison, to Florida in December 2008, her would-be vacation turned into several weeks of recuperation in a hospital. While she was convalescing, one of Sister’s biggest concerns was not her own health, but helping one of her students complete a course, long distance. The episode is just one example highlighting Sister’s 44 years of concern and dedication to her students at Notre Dame College.


Notre Dame College finds itself on the cusp of major decisions. Having experienced record growth over the past six years, the College can only secure its future by continuing on that path.