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Notre Dame Today - Spring 2006
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Notre Dame Today - Spring 2006

To become one of the finest, small, Catholic colleges in the region, it is necessary for the College to be wise stewards of its financial and human resources. Notre Dame seeks to fill specific niches in the region’s higher education programming mix, while reaching for a standard of excellence that a values-based Catholic education should provide. A shining example of such a program is the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences (ASC) located in the Clara Fritzsche Library.

According to Postsecondary Education for Students With Learning Disabilities, “the number of college freshmen with learning disabilities has increased tenfold since 1976. Only 13 percent of students with learning disabilities (compared to 53 percent in the general population) have attended a four-year postsecondary school program within two years after leaving high school.” Now Notre Dame College is equipped to give these students a head start.

Rick Lavoie is best known for his engaging PBS video, “How Difficult Can This Be? The F.A.T. City Workshop.” He has delivered his message to over half a million people world wide and appeared on Good Morning America, CBS MorningShow, ABC Evening News, and Disney Channel Presents.

No man is an island. No college should be, either. During 2005, Notre Dame College and 14 other institutions of higher learning in Northeast Ohio joined area business and civic leaders in a major effort to connect the colleges with their communities for mutual gain.

In May 2005, Notre Dame College became the first institution of higher learning to offer City Year graduates a discount in tuition. The agreement offers graduates from any City Year chapter up to a 50 percent reduction in tuition.

In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina took its place as one of the most destructive natural disasters in American history, leaving a path of devastation across the Gulf Coast.

The first annual Women’s Leadership Forum took place on September 21, 2005 at Notre Dame College.

On November 7, 2005, Wat Cluverius, President and CEO of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs, spoke to the Notre Dame Community about the Middle East.

The Notre Dame College community celebrated the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 2005. The program, headed by David A. Armstrong, Esq., Dean of Admissions, and Dr. Greg Moore, Associate Professor of History,

Notre Dame College announced its plan to offer two new sports beginning with the 2006-07 academic year, including men’s wrestling and women’s swimming and diving.

Great teams are comprised of great players who allow their skill and talent to speak for them. The Notre Dame College men’s soccer team is in this category, allowing their efforts on the field and their silence everywhere else to speak volumes about their success this season.

If you’ve ever been outside of Cleveland, Ohio and worn an item of clothing that said Notre Dame college, you’ve probably run into someone, somewhere who yells out, “Go Irish!” mistaking our college in South Euclid for the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Even if the shirt says “Falcons” or the colors are royal blue and gold, it never fails.

The birth of an infant parallels a boxing match. Pigeons perched on a smokestack wrestle with one of life’s great questions.

No one who knows Sr. Mary St. Martha Conrad, SND ‘43, will be surprised that before she talked to me about her life and career we had to first have a lunch that included “honeymoon” salad and homemade cookies. Sister had just brought these cookies from her birth sister’s home following a Christmas visit.

Serving others is like a puzzle. Each sacrificial act is a single piece that interconnects with the service of others to create a collective picture of kindness. The finished product is greater than what one person could do alone. In the summer of 2005, Notre Dame College contributed a piece to such a puzzle.

In conjunction with the seventh anniversary celebration of Notre Dame College’s Eastern Church Resource Center, the Clara Fritzsche Library Gallery will host “The Art, History and Theology of Romanian Icons on Glass,” a display of icons from Transylvania. The exhibit is made possible through the cooperation of the Rev. Fr. Remus Grama, D. Min., Parish Priest of St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral, Mr. George Dobrea and the Romanian Ethnic Art Museum (REAM).

Gretchen Noetzel Walsh M.S. Ed., is the Director of the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences. An experienced instructor and counselor, she assists students with documented learning disabilities at Notre Dame College.

There’s good reason to celebrate at Notre Dame College. The Education Division recently achieved accreditation with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) – considered the most prestigious national accreditation for schools that train teachers. Accreditation under NCATE’s performance-oriented standards indicates the College’s commitment to preparing quality teachers for the classrooms.

Louise Woodward Lippert ‘26 passed away on October 17, 2005. She was 101 years old and the last surviving member of Notre Dame College’s first graduating class.