Notre Dame College Opens New Campus Facilities for Students with Learning Differences and for Nursing Students

Notre Dame College’s Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences (ASC) and Division of Nursing have moved into their new─and newly renovated─campus spaces in time for the start of the 2014-2015 school year.

The ASC is now on the second floor and the Nursing Division on the third floor of the south wing of Regina Hall.

The $3 million Regina Hall renovation project is expected to be completed in fewer than 12 months since it began. Although the remodeling process started two years ago with initial architectural renderings, actual construction did not commence until December 2013.

The project was made possible by gifts from the Smiley Family Charitable Foundation, the Parker- Hannifin Foundation and numerous other named and anonymous institutions and individuals. Details on an open house and donor recognition ceremony for the new facility is forthcoming.

“We are very pleased with the new space and all the support  that we have received  and continue to receive from our parents, as well as our many supporters in the educational, professional and business community, which has made this possible,” said Gretchen Noetzel Walsh, M.S. Ed., Director of the Academic Support Center.

The renovation project included remodeling approximately 12,500 square feet of the former second-floor Regina High School classrooms into nearly 30 separate rooms, including private tutoring and testing spaces and a conference area.

The ASC's new home is more than twice the size of its current space in the Clara Fritzsche Library and includes computer labs, lounge areas and office spaces for the more than 150 students with documented learning differences now on campus, as well as the instructional staff.

The newly renovated 15,000 square feet of space on the third floor of the south wing, formerly the residence of the Sisters of Notre Dame serving at Regina High School, is now a clinical learning resource center; interactive, technology-enhanced classrooms; and offices for the more than 200 nursing students on campus and their faculty.

The new clinical learning resource center is configured like an actual hospital and is more than twice the size of the College's current single nursing laboratory.

This area in Regina Hall also consolidates nursing facilities currently spread over several floors in the College’s Administration Building. It provides two debriefing rooms and a large collaborative workspace, in addition to individual offices for about 20 nursing, science and other faculty members.

“It is very exciting for the nursing division to be part of this major accomplishment for the College. There are so many dedicated people who have collaborated to create this new state-of-the-art facility. It’s a great enhancement for our faculty and staff and provides an inviting environment for our students,” said M. Patrice McCarthy, Ph.D., Chair of the Division of Nursing at the College.

In addition, the renovation project has included improvements to the third and first floor corridors in the main section of Regina Hall, as well as upgrades to electrical, sprinkler and heating/cooling systems and a new elevator, new roof and new restrooms, according to Tom Meeks, Notre Dame’s Director of Physical Plant.

“Long and narrow buildings like this are difficult to renovate because you are limited in what you can do with the space, but we are pleased with the result and look forward to the ongoing process of continuing to improve infrastructure throughout the building,” Meeks said.

To learn more about the Regina Hall renovation, how to continue to build the ASC and nursing programs and facilities, and endowment opportunities at Notre Dame College, contact Maureen Ischay, Notre Dame’s Executive Director of Development, at 216.373.5335 or mischay@ndc.edu.



For nearly a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers 22 NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Highlights of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff and small class sizes.