Website Highlights 90th Anniversary
On Sept. 18, 1922, Notre Dame College opened its doors to the first 13 students. Over the past 90 years, the College has grown to more than 2,200 current students and 5,500 alumni; it has become one of the fastest growing and most diverse colleges in Ohio; it is an opportunity college that provides a private, values-based, Catholic education in the liberal arts to students who might otherwise not have access to such an experience; and it is a job creator with more than 250 employees.
In short, Notre Dame College has accomplished much over the past nine decades and has many reasons to celebrate its 90th birthday.
To commemorate its anniversary, the College has launched a special section on its website that provides information about 90th anniversary events, stories about individuals who have shaped the institution, and ways to share your personal NDC story.
Visit NotreDameCollege.edu/90 for more information.
Displays Celebrate College’s History
The first floor of Notre Dame College’s Administration Building will soon be known as the Heritage Hallway. Five fabric panels and seven wooden displays now line the walls of the hallway to celebrate the history of the College and pay tribute to its founders and the special individuals who have received awards bearing their names.
The five fabric panels were designed by NDC graphic design students David Hall, Kirstie Hegedus and Jessica Spuzzillo ’12, and tell the history of the College from its founding through the 1990s. Additional three panels covering the last 20 years are expected to be installed over the summer. The wooden displays list the names of the recipients of Notre Dame’s most prestigious awards: the Notre Dame College Medal, the Fidelia Award, the St. Catherine of Alexandria Award, the Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn Award, the Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche Award, and the President’s Outstanding Staff Award.
“As we embark on our 90th year, the College is honoring its rich history and those who have helped to make Notre Dame a thriving institution, one that has enriched the lives of more than 5,500 alumni and 2,200 current students,” said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, president of Notre Dame College. “The Heritage Hallway will preserve the history and traditions that are woven into the fabric of Notre Dame College.”
The Heritage Hallway was partly funded with an $8,000 donation by the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association.
College Receives $1 Million in Gifts
Notre Dame College received two anonymous $500,000 donations within a span two months to support its nursing program and to help with its building and construction initiatives. The two donations are the largest non-bequest gifts in the South Euclid College’s 90-year history.
“We want to provide a substantial base of financial support for the ongoing development of the nursing program,” the philanthropists behind the first gift said. “With the addition of Dr. Beth L. Kaskel as the chair of the nursing division and Dr. May Wykle to the board of trustees, the College has signaled its strong commitment to this program. We want to recognize this commitment with our donation.”
Since NDC started its nursing program in 2006, it has become one of the fastest-growing programs in the region, with the academic quality to match its growth. Planned enhancements to facilities and academic programming will enable the nursing division to continue to attract and retain students who are eager to build better lives for themselves and others through careers in nursing.
The donors of the second $500,000 gift said they “are greatly impressed with the College’s strategic plan and with the growth and direction this plan sets forth for the College. We are further impressed with the fact that Notre Dame College has reached out to the Greater Cleveland community to provide secondary educational opportunities for diverse students from all backgrounds.”
Students Advise South Euclid Police Department
Notre Dame College and the South Euclid Police Department are collaborating on an internship project that allows students in NDC’s Criminal Justice and Intelligence Analysis Program to receive first-hand experiences in their field of study.
Juniors and seniors majoring in criminal justice or crime analysis are eligible for these internships, during which they review and evaluate records and procedures of the South Euclid Police Department and make recommendations to Chief of Police Kevin Nietert.
“The South Euclid Police Department is tapping into a local resource, Notre Dame College, to evaluate the operations and staffing of the police department,” Nietert said.
The first four students interned with SEPD during the spring semester. Phillip Biggs '12, Don Stocum, Jennifer Hrobuchak '12 and Jonathan Munn '12 evaluated personnel allocations, patrol zones and performance standards.
“The hope is that we can identify some efficiencies that will make the South Euclid Police Department a better organization, build on this effort for future collaboration, and help develop some young students along the way,” Nietert said.
Students Prepare Free Tax Returns
When a family of four or more has to get by on less than $41,000 a year, every dollar counts every opportunity to save money is welcome, and every dollar refunded by the IRS is a blessing. Just ask some of the 565 individuals or families who walked through the doors of Notre Dame College’s Regina Hall from Jan. 24 to April 15 to file their tax returns with the help of a dozen NDC accounting students.
The students, all of whom were certified by the Internal Revenue Service, made it their goal to save low-income families and individuals money by preparing their tax returns for free and aiming for refunds as high as $5,751. The students offered their services three days a week to those who qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This year, the credit was available to adults without children earning up to $13,660, and families with at least two children who had a household income of as much as $40,964.
For the clients, the EITC site at NDC was a chance to save money; for the students, it was an opportunity to use their education to give back to the community.
“What we were doing relates directly to Notre Dame’s mission of making an education affordable to us. We were making it affordable for these families to get their taxes done,” said recent graduate Erin McGrath ’12, the site coordinator.
McGrath set up a team that included day managers, tax preparers and greeters. Many of them worked 135 hours and more. In total, they secured more than $700,000 in federal refunds.
“We were providing a service for the most vulnerable in our community,” McGrath said. “Hopefully they will come back next year.”
Master Musician Teaches Master Class
Members of the Notre Dame College Marching Band and students from other universities had the pleasure to listen to and learn from a world-renowned musician in January. Craig Knox, principal tuba player in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted a master class for music in the Regina Auditorium.
“There is a misconception that music is only about playing in a band,” Knox said. “But music is a discipline that utilizes skill sets including physical coordination, mathematics and self-expression.”
In front of 80 audience members, Knox performed a few solo Bach selections first, and then played a Mozart duet with Tom Lukowicz, brass caption head at Notre Dame. After the performance, Knox discussed efficiency of practice and the value of mastering basic techniques such as breathing, tuning and consistency of tone.
“As musicians, it is important that you keep the nature and the expression of the music as the first priority,” he said. “Music is expression, and it’s a way for people to connect and to communicate inner thoughts and feelings that cannot be put into words.”
Bill Neater, director of bands at Notre Dame College, said the master class was only the first foray into hosting instructional lessons by accomplished musicians for the greater Notre Dame College community. “There is a need in Northeast Ohio for experiences like this, where interested musicians have the opportunity to interact with an accomplished musician and expert teacher,” Neater said. “Notre Dame College is proud to help address that need.”
Professor Named Best College Advisor
Associate Professor of Business Administration Natalie Strouse was named “Best College Advisor” by the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education. Strouse received the recognition during NOCHE’s 2012 Expys Awards in March.
The Expys Best Internships Awards celebrate and recognize internship programs in Northeast Ohio and the people who make them work. Strouse had been nominated by a Notre Dame student and was one of five finalists in her category, and one of 35 overall finalists from almost 200 nominees.
Strouse has been a fulltime faculty member at Notre Dame College since 2001. A certified public accountant with an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, Strouse has over 20 years of experience in business. In 2006, she became the first Notre Dame faculty member in nearly 40 years to be named a Fulbright Scholar. She spent six months in the Ukraine as a guest lecturer at the Ternopil Academy of National Economy.
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