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College Purchases Former High School

Notre Dame’s board of trustees has approved an agreement in principle to purchase Regina High School, which closed its doors in June 2010. The College has been operating part of the building since August. Short-term plans include relocating employees who have been housed off campus, expanding the number of classrooms and labs, accommodating faculty offices, and using the Regina gymnasium and auditorium for larger meetings and special events. Longer-term plans for renovating and re-purposing the Regina property could take as long as five to seven years. The College will soon begin fundraising efforts to secure private money to help with updating the building. Acquisition of the Regina property adds slightly over eight acres to the College’s existing 53-acre footprint.

Notre Dame Launches Honors Program

It’s an honor: Sam Vail is one of 16 students in NDC’s Honors Program.
It’s an honor: Sam Vail is one of 16 students in NDC’s Honors Program.

Notre Dame has launched an honors program for the top five percent of incoming students. Sixteen of the College’s 360 freshmen are currently enrolled. Once admitted to the program, the students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maintain a 3.5 GPA. They will take up to eight honors classes by the time they graduate. “We want to provide a learning community for people who make academics a priority during their college experience,” says Dr. Mary Breckenridge, vice president for academic affairs. Being accepted into the program carries many benefits for the students. They will receive priority registration, an honors designation on their transcripts, and an honors medallion at graduation. Throughout the program, students will interact with faculty in a mentoring relationship. For a full article on NDC’s Honors Program visit NotreDameCollege.edu/about/news/notre-dame-launches-honors-program.

Wrestling Wins Second National Championship

Two in a row: The Falcons defended their NAIA title.
Two in a row: The Falcons defended their NAIA title.

Notre Dame’s Wrestling Falcons are national champions again, as they successfully defended their 2010 crown at the NAIA National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in March. Two Notre Dame wrestlers -- Dante Rini and Orlando Scales -- earned individual national titles as well. “I'm so proud of our guys, the coaches, everyone associated with this program,” said NDC Head Coach Frank Romano, who has now led Notre Dame to a feat never before accomplished by an Ohio wrestling program -- winning multiple national titles. In addition, Notre Dame has also won the last two NAIA National Duals titles, making them the first NAIA team to claim victories in both the National Championships and National Duals in consecutive years.

Falcon Golf Classic Slated for July 18

Tee time: The annual golf outing is schedule for July 18.
Tee time: The annual golf outing is scheduled for July 18.

Notre Dame’s Athletic Department will host the 10th Annual Falcon Golf Classic at StoneWater Golf Course in Highland Heights, Ohio, on Monday, July 18. This scramble is open to alumni, family and friends of the Notre Dame community. A $175 player donation includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, a buffet luncheon, and additional prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and organizations,  providing visibility and access to more than 150 golfers and guests. The golf outing, which was first played in 2002, supports Notre Dame’s 23 athletic teams and its more than 400 student athletes. Funds raised in recent years have supported the institution of new programs such as football, bowling, water polo and the construction of a new on-campus practice field. For more information, contact Al DiFranco, director of donor relations, at 216.373.5234 or adifranco@ndc.edu.  

Exploring the Holy Land

Spiritual adventure: The 27 NDC travelers explored ancient and modern Israel.
Spiritual adventure: The 27 NDC travelers explored ancient and modern Israel.

Alumni, faculty and friends of Notre Dame College embarked on an educational and spiritual adventure to the Holy Land from Feb. 23 to March 4, exploring Israel from the lowest point on earth, at the Dead Sea, to the lofty heights of Jerusalem. Presented by the Abrahamic Center, the 27 travelers explored the origins of the three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – as they visited Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. They experienced both ancient and modern Israel as they slept in Bedouin tents and enjoyed the nonstop nightlife of Tel Aviv. The group blogged about its experiences on the College website at NotreDameCollege.edu/blogs/israel-trip-2011

English Professor Publishes Novel

The Condo: A science fiction fable of the human condition
The Condo: A science fiction fable of the human condition

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. The protagonist, Jasper Wergild, hoping to relax and get away from the frustrations of life, buys an upscale condo in a mysterious gated community. When he gets there after an automobile accident, he discovers it is a gated community of quite a different kind. Everyone is allowed to enter but no one is allowed to leave. Among his neighbors are a Holocaust survivor, an abused wife and a serial killer. What follows is an exploration of universal themes such as good and evil, acceptance and forgiveness, and redemption and individualism, as the characters struggle to reconcile their inner demons and achieve lasting peace. The book can be ordered from your local bookstore or at Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com and Xlibris.com. Read an excerpt of the book at NotreDameCollege.edu/about/notre-dame-today/spring-2011/the-condo-or-life-a-sequel-an-excerpt.

College Becomes Alpha Pi Chapter

Notre Dame is the first college in Ohio to become a chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for students with disabilities. The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, the first of its kind in the U.S., was founded in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and is open to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, who must demonstrate an interest in disability issues. Undergraduates must have a grade point average of 3.1 or higher; graduates must hold a GPA of at least 3.3. Notre Dame is the society’s newest chapter, Beta Alpha. Students of the College’s Academic Support Center will be inducted into the honor society this month.