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Campus Life: Nursing Grads, Awards & More

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 the groundwork to win approval for the College to begin a pre-licensure B.S.N. for new high school graduates and other students not already nurses in the fall of 2007. Under her leadership, the program has grown in prominence and size with about 150 students enrolled in pre-nursing and nursing classes this fall. The baccalaureate degree program was granted accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in April 2010.

Adult Students Have New Home at Notre Dame

Adult students completing their bachelor’s degree, graduate students pursuing a Master of Education, and lifelong learners interested in professional development have a new home at Notre Dame. The Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs unifies all aspects of adult education at NDC, providing convenient, flexible programs for educational advancement on days, nights, weekends and the Web.

Housing the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions and the Office of Professional Development, the Finn Center meets the unique needs of adult students including admissions, advising, registration and financial aid. The center is named after Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn, SND ’40, who founded NDC’s weekend college (WECO) for working women in the 1970s. Former Director of Adult Admissions Margaret Oakar is the director of the Finn Center.

College Launches Student Success Center 

Personal Touch: The Student Success Center aims to improve student performance.

In order to improve retention, graduation rates and overall student satisfaction, Notre Dame has created the Student Success Center.

Under the leadership of former Associate Director of Admissions Katie McMahon, the center combines academic support, advising and proactive retention efforts into one area. It incorporates already successful entities such as the Dwyer Learning Center and the Advising Center.

“The No. 1 job for the Student Success Center is to work with all of the College’s constituencies – faculty, student life staff, coaches and administrators – to maximize the number of students who persist from initial enrollment to graduation,” said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, president of Notre Dame College.

The initiative builds on recent successful accreditation visits in both nursing and education, the anticipated move to NCAA Division II for its student athletes, and the faculty’s ongoing efforts to enhance the core curriculum.

Philanthropist Couple Receives Notre Dame Medal

Donna Kelly Rego and Anthony C. Rego are not only partners in marriage, they are partners in philanthropy and community service. Over the past several decades, they have used their expertise in the healthcare and food industries to improve the lives of people in Greater Cleveland. It only makes sense they became the first couple to receive the Notre Dame College Medal at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven on June 12.

Partners in Giving: Anthony C. and Donna Kelly RegoThe medal is awarded annually to an alum, friend of the College or civic leader in the Greater Cleveland community who exemplifies the values of Notre Dame College. The recipients must demonstrate personal, professional and global responsibility through their community service.

The Regos have done so time and again. Under Mr. Rego’s leadership as executive officer, the grocery store chain Giant Eagle has donated millions of dollars in educational equipment to local schools and millions of pounds of food to the Cleveland Foodbank. His wife Donna Kelly is a tireless community leader who, as a member of the MetroHealth board of trustees and a founding trustee of Malachi House and West Side Catholic Center, has demonstrated enormous commitment to the healthcare system in Northeast Ohio.

John and Stella Hetzer ’59 Receive Fidelia Award

Generous & Humble: John and Stella Hetzer ‘59

For the first time in 29 years, Notre Dame College’s Fidelia Award was given to a couple. Alumna Stella Corbett Hetzer ’59 and her husband John received the 2010 Fidelia Award, one of the College’s highest honors, on Sept. 29.

The Hetzers have been extraordinary supporters of the College over the years. They were instrumental in helping renew Christ the King Chapel, the spiritual heart of the campus; and thanks to their generous donation, the College was able to build a new altar and ambo from the chapel’s communion railing. The couple also established the Edward J. and Stella Gunn Corbett Award in honor of Stella Hetzer’s parents. This scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior who requires financial assistance to continue his or her education.

"Stella and John Hetzer represent everything good about Notre Dame – responsible, generous and humble,” said Dr. Andrew P. Roth, president of Notre Dame College. “They are good people who live the College's mission. The College is deeply grateful for their support."

Noted Vatican Correspondent Speaks at NDC

Vatican Reporter: John Allen, Jr. with Pope Benedict XVINotre Dame College’s Abrahamic Center is proud to present a distinguished lecture by John Allen, Jr., senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and CNN senior Vatican analyst, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4. The lecture will be held in the auditorium of the College's Regina Hall.

Allen, a prize-winning journalist and author of six best-selling books on the Vatican and Catholic affairs, will speak about “Vatican Interfaith Relations with Islam and Judaism.” The lecture is sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. A VIP dessert reception with Allen will follow the program for those who purchase tickets ($50 each) in advance.

To reserve lecture seats and/or purchase tickets for the VIP dessert reception, contact Dr. Michael Bloom, director of the Abrahamic Center, at mbloom@ndc.eduor 216.373.6383.

Calling All Cars!

The Notre Dame College Police Department is on the lookout for a vehicle. We are seeking a donation of a new or somewhat used vehicle to serve the College as our new police cruiser; after nine years of use, our current vehicle is showing some wear and tear. Models that would suit our needs include Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis, Ford Taurus, Chevy Impala, or most sport utility vehicles. The police department would be grateful for a donated vehicle, and your donation would be tax-deductable. Please call Police Chief Michael Dugan at 216.373.5406 for more information.