Notre Dame Today - Spring 2011

Notre Dame Today - Spring 2011

In his letter to the friends of Notre Dame, President Dr. Andrew P. Roth explains how the College not only prepares students for the world of work, but helps them become responsible citizens who live lives of community engagement and service.

From the purchase of Regina High School, to the launch of an honors program, to the wrestling team's consecutive national championship, find out what's happening on Notre Dame College's campus these days.

The underlying mission Notre Dame College’s Abrahamic Center is the conviction that Jews, Christians and Muslims worship the same God. NDC professor Sr. Karita Ivancic has studied these similarities and how each of the Abrahamic traditions has come to embrace monotheism. She presented her findings during the 2011 President's Lecture.

Philanthropist and civic leader Carl D. Glickman received the College's highest honor, the 2011 Notre Dame Medal, for his outstanding commitment to healthcare and education in Cleveland.

Notre Dame College will launch a Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies in the fall. The graduate program aims to educate current and future strategic analysts, managers and decision-makers for careers in intelligence analysis, emergency management and homeland security. The program is headed by counterterrorism expert Dr. John Hatzadony.

Mary Anne Payne Fox ’69 was one 10 researchers who received the National Medal of Science from President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony in November. Fox received the honor for her research in photochemistry and electrochemistry.

Inspired by her son's experiences at Julie Billiart School in South Euclid, adult student Vicki Brusky decided to pursue a teaching degree as an intervention specialist. She found that Notre Dame College's education program was the perfect fit for her.

A Notre Dame College education is anchored in the liberal arts, attuned to its students’ professional preparation and multiple learning needs, and sensitive to its Catholic heritage. The College not only prepares students to earn a living, it prepares them to live a life doing good work – work that is characterized by excellence, ethics and social responsibility.

Service has a long tradition at the College, as its mission is grounded in that of the Sisters of Notre Dame. The hallmarks of a Notre Dame education include developing sensitivity to the needs of others and developing a spirit of service to one’s community.

Read four stories that illustrate how service is part of the fabric at NDC.

A group of Notre Dame College professors dressed up as "cowgirls" and visited the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland to cook a Tex-Mex-themed meal for its residents. What they received in return were stories of inspiration.

A group of Notre Dame College students spent their spring break in Biloxi, Miss., to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in a town that was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Student Michael Kaplan recalls their experiences.

Notre Dame College student athletes have a commitment to making a difference in the community. That spirit of volunteerism comes in many shapes and sizes, from donating time and manpower to the Cleveland Food Bank to shoveling the driveways of elderly South Euclid residents.

Each year the Notre Dame College Alumni Association invites members on a daylong Lenten spiritual journey. This year, the group visited the Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center in East Cleveland. On a busy Saturday in March, the alumni volunteers greeted the center’s patrons, recorded donations, sorted and hung clothing, cleaned the facility, and prepared food bags for distribution. It was an experience that left the group feeling humbled.

Donna Roginski reckons she has spent time in over 75 countries since she graduated from Notre Dame College in 1968. A social studies major at the time, Roginski originally thought she would become a nun. But that was not to be her calling. Her life changed dramatically in her sophomore year at NDC.

You graduated from Notre Dame College years ago, but what to stay in touch with your former classmates? Class Notes keep you informed about what your fellow alumni are up to these days.

We offer our condolences to relatives and friends of the recently deceased and pray that our good God will welcome them into everlasting joy.

In every issue beginning with this one, Notre Dame Today will highlight a leader in the community who is an examplar of the College's mission of personal, professional and global responsibility. First up is board of trustees member Sanjiv Kapur, a partner with the Cleveland-based law firm Jones Day.

Your donation to the Notre Dame College Fund makes a difference in our students' lives. Our students are why President Dr. Andrew P. Roth and his wife Judy, Chair of the Board of Trustees Mac Donley, and professor Roslyn Scheer-McLeod give back to the College. Join them now!

Notre Dame College Adjunct English Professor Dalma Takács has published her most recent novel titled “The Condo: Or…Life, a Sequel.” Takács’s book is a science fiction fable of the human condition. Read an excerpt.