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Notre Dame Today - Spring 2009
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Notre Dame Today - Spring 2009

Filled with challenges and opportunities, the 2008/2009 academic year at Notre Dame College was scarcely ordinary. In many ways, it was a great year – strong enrollment, solid budgets, several wonderful choir concerts, art shows and speakers, winning athletic teams, a new “Dean’s List Dinner”, the first “President’s Lecture” and “The Books That Changed the World" seminar series’ inaugural session all made it memorable.

Notre Dame College’s most generous supporters gathered in the Great Room for the annual President’s Club Appreciation Dinner on Saturday, January 31. Donors who gave $1,000 and more in 2008 were invited to the event that was preceded by Mass in the Christ the King Chapel. Among the guests were the family of Therese Buettner Hummer ’46, whose generous donation helped to renew the Chapel, as well as representatives from the Esther and Hyman Rapport Philanthropic Trust and National City Bank. President Dr. Andrew Roth and Joan McCarthy, chair of the board of directors, thanked the attendees for their support, without which many of the College’s recent projects wouldn’t have been possible. “You are the College’s most loyal supporters,” said McCarthy. “You make a difference at Notre Dame and you make a difference in our region and beyond.”

The sound of construction progress reverberates throughout the Notre Dame campus. On a snowy Friday evening in January, the College held a community open house to show off the brand new North Hall residence. Students, faculty, staff, neighbors and South Euclid officials dropped in to take a tour of the apartment-style suites as craftsmen rushed to put on the finishing touches. It was truly a photo-finish, but for those who braved the snow the trip was worth the visit.

When the Sisters of Notre Dame founded the College in 1922, they couldn’t have envisioned the educational methods NDC is pursuing these days. The College has entered a new era of online education that will help spread the Sisters’ mission to a larger audience. With part of a master’s program already on the Web and the first undergraduate courses going live this summer, Notre Dame’s online campus is a place where teaching tradition meets technological innovation.

When Marcie Estepp was looking for a full-time internship at a small liberal arts college, the graduate student based her search on the institutions’ mission statements. Estepp, who pursues a Master of College Student Development at Appalachian State University, wanted to join a program that supported the holistic education of its students. After contacting roughly 20 schools, Estepp found that no mission was more convincing than that of Notre Dame College’s Academic Support Center. Together with graduate assistant Shane Duncan, she now works as a career coach in the Center’s cutting-edge career development program for students with learning differences – the first of its kind in the U.S.

When child services provider Beech Brook signed up for Notre Dame’s annual Career Fair, the company was looking for new employees. But starting in December 2008, the government funded agency began to feel the effects of the slowing economy. With the tightening of federal and state money, the Pepper Pike-based organization limited itself to gathering resumes and looking for interns at the job fair on February 20.

While Notre Dame College continues to grow, it maintains a mission-centric education rooted in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Faculty and staff create this distinct Notre Dame experience that helps educate a diverse population for personal, professional and global responsibility. Meet five employees who have the College’s mission at heart in their everyday work.

It’s a long way from Cleveland to Decatur, Ala. – 646 miles to be exact. It’s also a long way from where NDC Softball was just a few years ago to where it is now – having come up just one win shy of making the Final Four at the 2009 NAIA National Championship Tournament after an exciting run through most of the 32-team bracket.

Last November, outlined against a blue-gray autumn sky, the tower of Notre Dame College’s Administration Building stood guard over Northeast Ohio’s newest football team; and while the phrase “Notre Dame Football” has been around for some time, those words now have a new connotation around College Road.

When Michael McBride took the job as head coach of Notre Dame’s men’s soccer team in 2000, there wasn’t much of anything that would hint at a bright future for Falcon soccer. The team-in-the-making would have to share a small field with neighboring Regina High School. There were no uniforms, no practice gear, no scholarships, no budget. There weren’t even proper-sized goals. For the first nine months, McBride worked without getting paid. Driving to South Euclid from Canton, Ohio, he would sleep under his desk because he couldn’t afford the fuel costs to drive back.

Seventeen adventurous Notre Dame travelers, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, set off from Cleveland on February 26 for the College’s first great trip to China. The 11-day journey took the group to Hong Kong, Guilin, Xi’an and Beijing, where travelers shared multiple once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

China is a lot more than just the Great Wall, steamed dumplings, and 1.4 billion citizens. It is a vast, almost endless land of large cities, small towns, farmers’ fields, and 3,000 years of mainly unspoken history. Thousands of years of ruling dynasties, war after war from inside and out, over seven major spoken dialects and thousands of written language characters all have blended into today’s China. Throughout its history, China has invented paper, gunpowder, printing, the magnetic compass, great palaces and pagodas. But it has also created terrible famines, and the destruction of family life and magnificent rivers. Today, China is trying to reclaim some of what it has lost. Progress is being made, but it has not yet found a solution that balances the personal equity of the masses with growth and riches for the wealthy few.

The Notre Dame College Alumni Association honored Margaret Walsh Campbell '46 as its Alumna of the Year at its Annual Spring Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting. The Luncheon was held at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven’s Room on the Green on April 25. Margaret graduated from Notre Dame College in 1946 with a degree in chemistry. She and her dearly departed husband Regis have been dedicated supporters of Notre Dame and the Alumni Association for many years. Margaret most recently served as a committee member for the Renewal of Christ the King Chapel fundraising campaign. She is also very active as program chair of Breadth of Life, which meets at St. Noel’s Parish.

Great sadness filled the halls of Notre Dame College when news arrived that Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn, SND ’40 had died peacefully at the Sisters of Notre Dame Educational Center in Chardon, Ohio on January 20. Sr. LeRoy, who held several administrative positions at the College, was considered a visionary by many of her colleagues. She was 92 years old.

We’re looking for energetic Notre Dame College Alumni to help plan programs and events. If you’re interested, please contact Mary Louise Jurkiewicz Beckstrom ’87, Alumni Association president, at 216.373.6385 or Mary Elizabeth Cotleur ‘98, director of alumni relations, at 216.373.5316 or alumni@ndc.edu.

Notre Dame College, a Catholic Institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional, and global responsibility.