People of Spirit and Service

Continuing the Tradition of Excellence

The great strength of Notre Dame College is and always has been its people.

From the Sisters of Notre Dame who traveled from Coesfeld, Germany, to establish the institution in 1922 to the students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, trustees and friends who have helped shape the College since, Notre Dame is a connection of hearts and minds, a kinship of character and mission.

An idea born of the stories published throughout the 90th anniversary year of the College, the celebration of the many inspirational people who have made Notre Dame a better place continues.

Each of the members of the Notre Dame family profiled here makes─be it past, present or future─a difference on campus, in his or her community and beyond by teaching and learning not only how to make a good living but how to live a good life.

These stories feature just some of the many people of spirit and service at Notre Dame who live and advance the College’s calling to personal, professional and global responsibility.

The listing of these articles is in no way a ranking of individuals by importance or stature, as new stories will be added periodically.


John Betchkal: Enlightened and Enlightening Service


Sr. Mary Ann Baran '72: Connecting Others Through the Goodness of God


Anthony "Tony" Zupancic: Educator, Mentor and Friend


Tom Meeks: Maintaining the Mission


Bernard Muhle: Taking Care of Campus


Frank Romano: Coaching Wrestling and the Whole Person


Tina DiBacco Jurcisin '85: A Lifelong Learner


James Sennett: Reflection and Service


John J. Dwyer: A Champion of Private Education


Sr. Madonna C. Kolbenschlag: A Visionary for Women’s Rights


Sarah Rak: Following Her Heart


Therese Buettner Hummer '46: A Devoted Supporter


A Pioneering Duo: Eleanor Malburg '84 and Fran Babic


Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND: Carrying the Mission Forward


Jeanne Christian: Helping Students Reach their Full Potential


Sr. Mary Cesarie Miday, SND '31: The French Voice of Notre Dame


The Founders: Mother Mary Evarista Harks, Sr. Mary Agnes Bosche and Sr. Mary Odila Miller


Roslyn Scheer-McLeod: A Transformative Presence


Michael "Mac" McBride: Building a Program of Excellence


Sr. Helen Burdenski ’62: In the Business of Making a Difference


Joan McCarthy: Outstanding Leadership & Fidelity


Sr. Mary LeRoy Finn '40: Inspiration Through Enthusiasm


Angela Schiebel '40: Defying the Odds


Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Brown Syed: Out in Front


Rachel Morris: Inspired by the Mission


Karen Zoller: A Resource for Students


Sr. Mary Marthe Reinhard '52: A Leader Educating Leaders


Sr. Mary Cleophas Garvin: Living His Gospel


Committed to Excellence: Nicholas Somich '06, Christian Taske '07, Kristy Stefanski McKibben '08, Philomena "Philly" Meluch '09, Michael Mannozzi '10, Anshawn Ivery '11 and Erin M. McGrath '12


Jameka Windham '99: At Home at Notre Dame


Stella Corbett Hetzer '59: The Ultimate in Faithfulness


Beth Ford '00: Admissions with Heart


Sr. Mary Luke Arntz '35: The Passionate Teacher


Sr. Mary Inez McHugh: A Notre Dame Woman


Frances Burger Noetzel '41: Charitable Sounds


Helen Foose Petersen '38: Believing in Notre Dame


Sr. Eileen Quinlan '74: Teaching Social Justice


Christopher Bastijanic: An Inspiration


Marilyn Cunin: On a Path of Service


Reverend Anthony M. Pilla: Living in His Love


Barbara Herzog Patterson '56: A Giving Soul


Keith Cavey: Serving Country & Fellow Students


Sr. Mary Louise Trivison, SND '50: A Peacemaker & Educator


Rita Brady Kiefer '53: Quinnie: Curious, Devoted, Indomitable


Father Edward Mehok: The Spiritual Father of Notre Dame

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