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Notre Dame Today - Spring 2007
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Notre Dame Today - Spring 2007

As alumni and friends of Notre Dame College, this spring brings a number of reasons to be proud of and excited about your alma mater’s ongoing renewal. In addition to sending another outstanding group of graduates into the world, the College has also experienced a very important validation of its work. To be considered a credible institution of higher learning, every college and university must undergo a periodic process of accreditation. Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission is the gold standard upon which a college or university stakes its reputation.

Notre Dame College launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program last fall – the first time the BSN has been offered since 1950. After following an arduous process to obtain approvals from various authorities, the College began an initiative geared to help alleviate the nursing shortage in Ohio and the nation. The College won approval to offer a BSN completion program for registered nurses last semester, and the pre-licensure BSN (for new high school graduates and other students who are not already nurses) in fall 2007.

Dr. Diane Jedlicka comes to Notre Dame College from Otterbein College where she held the positions of professor and program director of adult health care. In addition to teaching, she has significant experience as a staff nurse, flight nurse and outreach educator in Columbus, Ohio. The civic-minded Jedlicka has been a volunteer disaster nurse with the American Red Cross where she helped victims of the 1974 Xenia tornado and the infamous Blizzard of ‘78.

The Nursing Division has been augmented with the addition of two faculty members, Christine Beck and Colleen Sweeney.
 
Christine Beck, assistant professor of nursing, came to Notre Dame College from Cuyahoga Community College last August, where she was an instructor. She currently teaches Gerontology and the transitions course for the R.N. to B.S.N. program.

With enrollment at Notre Dame College at a record high, the College has shed its reputation as the best kept secret in Greater Cleveland. Students have not only heard of Notre Dame, many of them know someone who has attended or is attending the College. Students are coming to Notre Dame College because the College is ever transforming to meet the needs of today’s college-bound traditional and adult students. In this article three students share why they chose Notre Dame College.

“For the women’s game to grow, we need women who’ve played the game to be teaching it at all levels. They can be more effective role models.”
– Notre Dame Head Coach Dick Deasy

When the Notre Dame Falcons defeated the Houghton Highlanders in women’s basketball on January 17, 2007, by a score of 69-58, Notre Dame Head Coach Dick Deasy earned his 500th career win in combined levels of high school and collegiate coaching. The Avon Lake native completed his sixth year as the bench boss for the Falcons in 2006 – 2007.

It is a little worn and somewhat battered, but after more than 20 years in an underwater cave in the Indian Ocean, a class ring has made its way back into a Notre Dame College alumna’s possession.

The future is bright for Lisa Durkin. As she leaves Notre Dame College this spring with a double major in biology and biochemistry, the 2007 graduate has a future full of professional and educational opportunities to explore. But Lisa has more than just academic qualifications. Her depth as a person has those who know her best at Notre Dame remembering her as a shining example of a student infused with the College’s mission. She is ready to assume personal, professional and global responsibility for the world she lives in.

Educational reformer and philosopher John Dewey once said that “Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.” Dr. Andrew P. Roth, president of Notre Dame College, echoed this sentiment, likening the search for knowledge to a quest for survival.

“I was so nervous,” recalled Rita Kiousis remembering her first day at Notre Dame College. As a first generation college student, her feelings were understandable. “In my head, I had an image of what college was going to be like through what other people had told me. I really hoped it would be everything I imagined.”

Notre Dame College’s Advancement and Alumni Relations Offices have undergone a change in leadership, and the College is pleased to welcome three new members to the operation.

The Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, was celebrated at Notre Dame College from October 9 through 13. The event was sponsored by the College’s Department of Theology and Campus Ministry and coordinated by graduate student Ruth Tamkin as part of Notre Dame’s continuing efforts to foster interfaith understanding. As part of the celebration, a Sukkah structure was constructed and activities were scheduled to introduce the customs of the holiday to the College community.

When Sr. Maria Aloysia, co-foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame, arrived in the United States in 1874, she brought with her a passion for the vocation of teaching and a desire to work with students who by today’s standards would be considered “at risk.”

The human face may be the single physical characteristic by which humans are most identified. The organs that comprise a face – eyes, nose, mouth, ears – offer not only a glimpse into who we are, but also help us to make sensory connections with the world around us. Imagine the isolation felt by individuals whose faces are different. In Heroes with a Thousand Faces, Notre Dame graduate Laura Malee Greenwald ‘97 explores the stories of individuals with life-altering facial differences.

Eye Has Not Seen, sixteen-year-old-author Henry G. Stratmann’s first book, opens with a page of acknowledgments in which he thanks his mother Maryellen Amato Stratmann ‘76, for teaching him to “Think outside the box.”

In January, the Catholic Campus Ministry Association and National Association of Diocesan Directors of Campus Ministry awarded FalconCorps, Notre Dame College’s student service program, the Exemplary Program in Faith Formation.

At Notre Dame, the mission defines the College. It directs programming, ties it to its historical roots, and provides a framework to create a vision for the College’s future.

As the first Fulbright Scholar in almost forty years at Notre Dame College, Natalie Trotch Strouse, Associate Professor of Business Administration and Accounting, received considerable interest as she spoke about her experiences as a guest lecturer at the Ternopil Academy of National Economy in Ternopil, Ukraine.

“Honoring the Unseen,” an exhibit of works exploring spiritual themes by artists Alexis Thynne, Melissa O’Grady and Leslie Organ, will be on display in the Clara Fritzsche Library Art Gallery from April 5 through May 18, 2007.

On October 15, 2006, members of Notre Dame College’s Class of 1956 came together once again at the home of Audrey Hubeny Dvorak ‘56 in Gates Mills, Ohio.

Once in a lifetime, if you are lucky, you’ll find a friend who is coming from exactly the same place that you are. I was uniquely blessed to find this rare match with Barbara – both friend and cousin – and I do, and will continue, to miss her sorely.