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Notre Dame Today - Winter 2007-2008

For the past four years, Notre Dame College has enjoyed a remarkable growth cycle. Record-setting enrollments have allowed us to offer new academic and athletic programs, enhancing a growing student body and our recruitment efforts. The result has been larger freshman classes, enhancing a growing student body, and an energized College.

“I was in my first class on the first day of school in 1995 at Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin High School,” recalled Sr. Mary Karita Ivancic ’71. “The secretary of the school came in and asked me if I would take a very important phone call.”

During her last days, Mom began saying nothing but “save it.” For some weeks she’d had difficulty finding the words to complete sentences; but now it was only one sentence, two words—“save it.” Hour by hour, sometimes repeated end-on-end in a near whisper like a mumbled prayer or mantra; sometimes a stare-in-your-face exclamatory, “SAVE IT!”

On July 13, 2007, the 17-sport Notre Dame Athletic Department focused on just one game – golf. It was a day for Notre Dame College to rally around the Blue & Gold as 29 teams competed in the Sixth Annual Falcon Golf Classic at the Grantwood Golf Course in Solon.

Just a few days removed from the classroom, Christian Taske ’07 stepped to the podium as the final speaker for Notre Dame College’s eighty-third commencement. As one of three speakers that day, Taske had only a few moments to recapture the memories and spirit of his four years at Notre Dame. “My speech was about us as a class and not me as an individual. I wanted it to be a celebration of this special group.”

With faces painted, noise makers in hand, and the Notre Dame Pep Band swinging, supporters of the men’s soccer team descended on Korb Field in Lyndhurst, Ohio for a match between the Falcons and the Mt. Vernon Nazarene Cougars in the first ever Floodlight Madness event on September 25, 2007. Over 300 people attended the event sponsored by the NDC Departments of Athletics and Campus Activities.

Sr. Mary Louise Trivison ‘50, a peace maker and educator at Notre Dame College, was recognized at the annual Presidents’ Club Luncheon on October 21, 2007.

“Forty-four years is a long time,” acknowledged Sr. Mary Louise recalling her service at Notre Dame College during her acceptance speech. “It’s a life time for some—a blessing time for me.”

The September 19 dedication of the Parker Hannifin Nursing Performance Enhancement Lab marked the official opening of a fully equipped learning environment, made possible through a generous $150,000 grant from The Parker Hannifin Foundation. Following the blessing of the lab by director of campus ministry, Brian Emerson, the gathering heard from Notre Dame College president, Dr. Andrew P. Roth, who acknowledged Parker Hannifin’s extraordinary contribution and spoke of the critical nursing shortage in Northeast Ohio.

Notre Dame College has always been blessed. Visionary leadership and a can-do spirit have been hallmarks of the College and have helped to make it a dynamic and vibrant learning community for generations of students. The leadership of the College is fully aware how much of this success is due to the generosity of our supporters. They help bring Notre Dame to life.

Notre Dame College is deeply grateful to Leona Szulinski O’Brien and her husband Bernard, for their generous $100,000 endowment gift in memory of Eleanor Szulinski Malburg ’84, Mrs. O’Brien’s sister.

Every fall Notre Dame College presents the Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar. While newcomers to the campus may wonder who Eleanor Malburg was, others recognize the naming of the Seminar as a lasting memorial to someone who contributed years of dedicated service to the College and a lifelong devotion to fostering ecumenism. Eleanor Szulinski Malburg worked as the Administrative Assistant in Notre Dame College’s Pastoral Ministry Office for over 29 years until her untimely death in December 2003.

Like the Hoover Dam, generously generating energy, but
Unlike President Hoover’s generation of depression, the
Clean sweeping power of our Grand Dame of English
Compressed our vacuum(s) into good habit(s).

Visitors to Notre Dame College’s Tolerance Resource Center immediately notice a plaque near the entrance, which reads: In honor of Margaret M. Kocevar ‘90
1968-1996 Notre Dame College Adjunct Professor"

On the journey toward peace and understanding, dialogue is often the first step.

The Tolerance Resource Center has promoted such dialogue in the form of conferences, panel discussions and community events, bringing together religious and community groups that have historical enmity toward one another. These events have opened channels of communication, fostering respect among these groups.

An image can burn into your conscience in a way that words cannot.

According to Rachel Morris, associate professor of fine arts at Notre Dame College, this is one reason why the Tolerance Resource Center has sponsored numerous programs centered on the arts since its opening in 1997. “When we started the Center, we knew our programs needed to be diverse. You can’t continually do lectures or speaker series to get the message of tolerance across.

Throughout the hemisphere, from Argentina to Alaska, indigenous people still struggle with the effects of European conquest. Meanwhile churches and governments in the U.S. and Canada struggle to admit their part in the oppression that robbed people of their lands, language, culture, and life itself.

Among the events sponsored by the Tolerance Resource Center over the past 10 years, few generated a response quite like the visit of Charlene Teters in March 2003. Notre Dame College invited the internationally recognized artist and Native American activist for an art installation and multimedia presentation titled “Home of the Brave.”

The dream of the Tolerance Resource Center began in the mind of Margaret Kocevar. When she passed away in 1996, progress on the Center stopped… but only temporarily.

There was a time in the History of America when the color of your face decided where you could go, what you could do and how you could live your life… From Walk, Don’t Ride… by Peter Manos

Walk, Don’t Ride: The Fight for Freedom in America

An original dramatic production by Notre Dame College visiting professor of humanities, Peter Manos, on the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Alabama during the 1950s and 60s with performances by the Notre Dame Vocal Ensemble and Masquers theater troupe. Location: Performing Arts Center

The Tolerance Resource Center is proud to present 50 Faces, a photo exhibit by internationally recognized photographer Herb Ascherman, Jr.

The exhibit, which will feature the complete collection of photos from this documentary, runs from October 25 to December 7.