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Dr. Andrew P. RothEach spring, as we confer diplomas on another class of Notre Dame graduates, we know that in the next phase of their lives they will create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. We believe that Notre Dame students learn more than how to earn a living. They learn how to live a life. Our mission statement articulates more than a sense of direction for our College. It describes the culture of learning that differentiates Notre Dame from other institutions. When we say that we prepare students for personal, professional and global responsibility, one has only to look in the classrooms and residence halls to gain a sense of what we mean.

Our instructors practice our mission in the classrooms, instilling it into the curriculum. Notre Dame nursing students, for example, will learn the professional standards demanded by their future career. But they will also be exposed to global health issues as they learn how to be an advocate for vulnerable populations. Likewise students in any of our business programs will gain the technical expertise necessary to function in the business world. But the concept of business ethics is not relegated to a single chapter in their textbooks. Instead, it is freely discussed in the classroom and interwoven into their class projects.

Small colleges are rightfully proud of the personal attention they can provide to students. Notre Dame is no different in this regard. The time and energy that our faculty invests into each individual creates a meaningful educational experience for the student. There are many shining examples of this commitment including the late Dr. Frances M. Quinlivan, an English professor who taught at the College for 45 years, Roz Scheer-McLeod, M.A., an associate professor of health education and psychology who just completed her 40th year in Notre Dame’s classrooms, and Sr. Helen Burdenski ’62, SND, D.B.A., a professor of business administration with 35 years at the College. With these models of longevity and devoted service, our instructors have formed a collegiate culture that prides itself on personal attention and academic excellence.

It gives us a sense of great pride to watch our students learn and grow. It is equally inspiring to hear of their success as they join the ranks of alumni who understand the value of an education at Notre Dame College.

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.
President