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Notre Dame Today - Fall 2010

Dear friends of Notre Dame College,

It has been awhile since I last spoke to you on the pages of this magazine. Much has since happened -- from our nursing graduates outstanding performance on their licensing exams, to the wrestling team’s national championship, to the inaugural season of Falcon football, to the College’s lease of the former Regina High School building.

Nursing Grads Excel in National Exam The 2010 graduates of Notre Dame College’s nursing program achieved the highest pass rate possible on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX – RN) with 100 percent passing the exam on the first attempt. The success of the 2010 graduating class is the latest in a long series of accomplishments of the nursing program under the leadership of Dr. Diane Jedlicka, chair of the nursing division. Dr. Jedlicka laid...

A Notre Dame Professor Uses Literary Forensics to Catch Criminals The case was simple, solving it not so much: In October 2003, a woman moved from North Ridgeville to Avon Lake, Ohio, after she split up with her abusive boyfriend. Shortly after the break-up, the woman received threats, most of them via anonymous text messages. The victim suspected her ex-boyfriend was the author, but at the time police were not able to trace the origin of the texts. With technology at its limit, police...

Dr. Gregory Moore Tells an Incredible Story of Survival in His New Book Eva Broessler Weissman was only a teenager when the Nazis invaded her native Austria in 1938. Together with her sister Ruth, Weissman fled to the Netherlands in 1939, and, unlike many hidden Jews such as Anne Frank, lived openly in Amsterdam under the pretense of being Dutch. Even though she was captured by the Gestapo at one point, Weissman escaped deportation to the Nazi death camps and worked as a courier for the...

Four Photography Students Capture the Final Stage in the Lives of Hospice Patients Phyllis and Andy sit side-by-side in a sun-filled room. He wears a red plaid shirt, while she’s dressed in a lavender nightgown. Glasses hang from Phyllis’s neck on a string that’s the same deep purple as the flowers on her bed stand. Notre Dame College junior Aurelia Nuber asks to photograph the couple holding hands. Despite the presence of a camera, Phyllis and Andy, who recently...

The Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar Celebrates its 25th Anniversary In 1984, two women at Notre Dame College shared a vision to provide a forum for open dialogue between Catholics and the Orthodox. A year later, they launched a workshop to foster understanding among Eastern and Western churches. The Eastern Church Seminar was the first of its kind in the United States. Over the past 25 years, it has become a prototype for similar efforts. Renamed the Eleanor...

Meet Four Veterans Who Returned From Service to Find a Home on College Road: With the passage of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, tens of billions of dollars in tuition money have become available to U.S. veterans who served on or after Sept. 11, 2001. In addition to those federal benefits based on public universities’ tuition, some private colleges including Notre Dame offer the optional Yellow Ribbon Program. The program is designed to fill the gap between the VA benefit and the tuition...

Notre Dame’s Punter Not Your Typical College Student-Athlete When Cayle Chapman-Brown arrived at the NDC football fall training camp in August, he looked, sounded and acted like anything but a standout collegiate football player. As a 25-year-old with an Australian accent, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing all of 235 pounds, Chapman-Brown had just arrived from the airport and was feeling the effects of jet lag. He was also feeling nervous about performing in front of his new coaches...

Pamela Wright Waitinas ‘61 retired as the editor of the Kappa Gamma Pi News after 45 years of dedicated service.

Dr. Mary Kay Hemenway ‘65 was honored at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Jan. 6, 2010 at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. She was awarded the 2009 Education Prize for her leadership and dedication to astronomy education and improvement of K-20 science education, her past service as education officer of the American Astronomical Society, and her work as secretary to the board of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. In her acceptance speech, Dr. Hemenway expressed appreciation to her undergraduate advisor Sallie Watkins (formerly Sr. M. Howard).

Felicia Cetkowski Messuri ’43, the woman who gave voice to Notre Dame College’s alma mater, passed away on Jan. 17, 2010. Felicia’s contributions to Notre Dame were numerous, but she is best remembered as the lyricist for the College’s hymn.

I believe a liberal arts education is essential to creating a foundation for men and women who desire to become leaders in their communities.

Through the diverse educational base provided by NDC, our students are taught to be independent learners, thinkers, and well rounded teachers in every aspect of their lives. This foundation also gives them the confidence to pursue what they want in life, be creative, and adjust to a world of constant change while maintaining a desire to succeed as a “whole” person.