Notre Dame College has launched an online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program, with the first cohort of students starting classes this fall.

The new M.S.N. graduate degree is a 36 credit-hour program designed for new and practicing B.S.N. nurses who are looking to advance their careers by becoming leaders in direct care, as well as by training to be nurse educators.

The accelerated courses are taught by full-time, expert faculty and delivered online for the convenience of at-home, self-directed study.

Notre Dame College once again will give away a $40,000 scholarship during The FEST 2014, a free family Christian festival, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, August 3, in Wickliffe, Ohio.

The College’s Third Annual FEST Scholarship Award─valid for a full-time undergraduate who is granted admission and enrolls beginning in 2015, 2016 or 2017─is worth $10,000 a year, renewable for up to four years.

Notre Dame is a sponsor of The FEST and will have a tent next to the main stage during the event.

Notre Dame College will host its 13th Annual Falcon Golf Classic Tuesday, July 29, at StoneWater Golf Club in Highland Heights, Ohio.

The event, conducted by the College athletic department, is presented by 850AM ESPN CLEVELAND WKNR and sponsored Anderson Coach & Travel and begins at noon with registration and driving range.

The shotgun start for the 18-hole scramble is at 1 p.m. The day concludes with happy hour at 5 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.; and the awards presentation, fish bowl raffle and live auction items at 6:30 p.m.

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Intricate Beholding,” a premier showing of hip hop and urban-inspired paintings by award-winning Cleveland artist Martinez E-B.

An opening reception will take place in the library from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through September 12. 

Notre Dame College and its in-residence Mercury Summer Stock (MSS) theatre will present three Broadway musical productions based on movies in June, July and August.

The College and MSS team up this summer to stage Thoroughly Modern Millie June 13-15, June 19-22 and June 26-28; Sunset Boulevard July 11-13, July 17-20 and July 24-26; and The Wedding Singer August 1-3, August 7-10 and August 14-16.

Evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. All are in the College’s Regina Auditorium.

WHO: iCan Bike, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization, in partnership with Notre Dame College

WHAT: The iCan Bike, An Achievement Center for Children Camp, program coordinated by iCan Shine, formerly Lose The Training Wheels, is afive-day camp for children with disabilities that provides each participant approximately one hour of instruction each day using a series of adapted bikes and techniques. At the end of the camp, typically more than 80 percent of campers can successfully ride a conventional bike.

CCNE Accreditation Review: Call for Comments

The Notre Dame College nursing program will undergo a comprehensive review by The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The CCNE team will review the College's pre-licensure and post-licensure baccalaureate nursing programs for consideration of ongoing accreditation by CCNE. The evaluation visit will take place October 20-22, 2014.

The public is invited to submit comments to:

WHAT: The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor presentation of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

WHEN: Sunday, June 8, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: On the lawn outside the College’s Administration Building. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and seat themselves prior to the outdoor show. In case of rain, the play will move indoors to the College’s Performing Arts Center, on the ground floor of the Administration Building.

Notre Dame College will award its highest honor, the 2014 Notre Dame College Medal, to its retiring President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D., during a campus ceremony Saturday, June 7.

The event begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. in the Keller Center. Individual and group tickets, as well as sponsorship and advertising opportunities, are available to salute the 13th president in the College's 91-year history.

Roth has served since July 2003. He retires June 30, 2014.

Notre Dame College has received a $250,000 gift from the Smiley Family Charitable Foundation to support the capital campaign for its Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences. The funds will be used to help establish an endowment for the Center and as a lead gift toward naming the Center after Arthur J. Noetzel and his daughter Gretchen Noetzel Walsh.  The endowment goal is $1.5 million.