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Notre Dame College's Abrahamic Center is proud to present Nontombi Naomi Tutu as its 2013 distinguished lecturer. Tutu, an activist for human rights and an advocate for tolerance and inclusion among all people, will speak in the College’s Regina Auditorium on "Striving for Justice: Seeking Common Ground," at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Notre Dame College announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Parker-Hannifin Foundation to support its nursing division’s capital expansion drive. The College plans to move the nursing division into renovated space in Regina Hall, centralizing its classrooms, labs and offices and facilitating student support and growing enrollment in nursing programs.

The Notre Dame College Career Services Center has received a $30,000 grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s Fenn Educational Fund to create research internships with nonprofit organizations for ecology and environmental science majors.

This is the fourth, one-year grant─a total of nearly $130,000─in the past six years the College has received from the Fenn Fund for internship, cooperative education and related career preparation.

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host "Sights that Hurt and Visions that Heal"─a photographic exhibition, presentation and book signing by award-winning author, photojournalist, philanthropist and urban activist Jan Thrope─beginning Tuesday, October 22.

A free and open reception with the author will take place from 5-7 p.m. October 22 in the library. The gallery exhibit, which runs through November 1, also is free and open to the public.

Notre Dame College will host the 2013 North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) Day seminar on “Social Skills for Building Social Competence” from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, October 18, at the College’s Performing Arts Center.

The program, featuring Jay Berk, a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in working with children, adolescents and families, includes sessions on “teenager talk," iPad applications, unspoken rules and sensitivity to student differences, among others.

Notre Dame College announced today that it has received a $375,000 challenge grant to support the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences’ capital campaign. The foundation that awarded the grant wishes to remain anonymous. As a challenge grant, the College is required to secure matching funds to raise the total amount to $750,000.

Notre Dame College’s Center for Pastoral Theology and Ministry will present the 29th annual Eleanor Malburg Eastern Churches Seminar, “Alive in Christ: The Witness of 20th Century Saints,” on Oct. 11 and 12.

This year’s Eastern Churches Seminar will introduce participants to some of the many 20th century “saints” and “blessed” of the Orthodox, Byzantine and Roman Catholic churches who were alive in Christ, strove to live the Gospel, knew struggle and joy and were willing to “drink the cup” that Jesus drank.

The Notre Dame College and South Euclid police departments have teamed up with the Ohio Tactical Officers Association (OTOA) to provide nearly 150 police chiefs from across the state with continuing education in crisis response and litigation.

The one-day “Chief Concerns” seminar of the OTOA on September 18 in the College’s Regina Auditorium is designed for law enforcement executives and focuses on police litigation defense. It is part of the agency’s Administrative Liability and Risk Management, or A.L.A.R.M., Series.

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Portraits of Improvisation,” a showing of linoleum block prints by local artist, fashion designer and Notre Dame College alumna Shyvonne Coleman.  An free, public opening reception will be held in the library on Thursday, September 19, from 6- 8 p.m.

Notre Dame College will honor its chaplain and professor emeritus, Father Edward Mehok─who has spent more than 50 years ministering and teaching at the College─with the 2013 Fidelia Award, one of the highest honors the College bestows.

Mehok, 80, who first joined Notre Dame in the fall of 1961 to celebrate the school liturgy every Friday, will be recognized during an invitation-only dinner Thursday, Sept. 19, at the College.