Notre Dame College to Honor Advocates for Trustee, Nursing Leadership with 2014 Fidelia Award

Notre Dame College will recognize Michael and Marian Shaughnessy for their leadership, as well as service to the College with the 2014 Fidelia Award, one of the highest honors Notre Dame bestows.

Michael Shaughnessy, a member of the College’s Board of Trustees since 2001, and Marian Shaughnessy, an advocate for Notre Dame’s nursing programs, will be recognized during an invitation-only dinner Tuesday, Sept.16, at the College.

The 2014 Fidelia Award is presented as part of the College's Founders’ Week, September 14-20, an annual weeklong campus celebration that highlights Notre Dame’s history, values and mission and honors those individuals who had the courage to build and grow the institution.

The former president of Color Matrix, a global corporate innovator in liquid color and additives for plastics, Michael Shaughnessy has recruited and mentored dedicated leaders for the College, including as chair of the Board’s Committee on Trusteeship.

Marian Shaughnessy, M.S.N., R.N., a self-employed nurse consultant, has helped advance health care and Notre Dame’s nursing initiatives in particular. She has long been devoted to education and professional development for registered nurses and is pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practicum at the Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

The Shaughnessys made a leadership gift toward the renovation of Notre Dame’s Regina Hall to provide a new, state-of-the-art facility for the College’s Division of Nursing.

In addition to their contributions to the College’s nursing programs, the Shaughnessys are supporters of the Notre Dame College Medal award, the College’s Annual Fund, its annual golf outing and many other campus events and activities.

They also have raised funds for the Cleveland Diocese’s Catholic Community Foundation Campaign to reach the Diocese's goal. The Shaughnesseys are advocates for accessible medical care and research endeavors to improve the quality of patient care. They have contributed to University Hospitals of Cleveland professional development programs for the medical center’s 3,000 nurses and other initiatives that enhance patient care through innovative nursing.

Notre Dame presents the Fidelia Award annually to those who have rendered distinguished service and demonstrated outstanding fidelity to the College. The recipients are determined by Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees.



For almost 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.