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From the President

Dear friends of Notre Dame College,

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.It has been awhile since I last spoke to you on the pages of this magazine. Much has since happened -- from our nursing graduates outstanding performance on their licensing exams, to the wrestling team’s national championship, to the inaugural season of Falcon football, to the College’s lease of the former Regina High School building.

Those of you who frequently visit the College’s website, NotreDameCollege.edu, surely stayed on top of these exciting developments at NDC. I encourage all of you who don’t visit the site regularly to log on and find out what’s new at your alma mater.

Over the past several months, the College’s communication team under the leadership of our new chief communications officer, Brian Johnston, has worked hard to create a new brand identity for Notre Dame. Part of this effort was the introduction of a new College logo and a complete redesign of Notre Dame’s Web presence. The website has become a vehicle to share the good news about our fine institution. These are some of the stories you may have read online:

Over the summer, the 2010 graduates of our nursing program achieved the highest possible pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX – RN). All graduates passed the exam on the first try. Their success is a testament to the outstanding work of Dr. Diane Jedlicka, the outgoing chair of the nursing division.

History Professor Dr. Gregory Moore published a book with Holocaust survivor Eva Broessler Weissman. In “The War Came to Me: A Story of Endurance and Survival,” the co-authors tell the story of how Eva and her sister avoided deportation to the Nazi death camps with the help of courageous Dutch citizens. You can read an excerpt of the book in this magazine.

One of your fellow alumni, Donna Rini ’85, received the National Science Teachers Association’s Distinguished Teacher Award in March, for her outstanding commitment to excellence in the classroom.

The College presented its highest awards to two couples who have had a significant impact on the College and Greater Cleveland community. Anthony and Donna Kelly Rego accepted the Notre Dame Medal in June; John and Stella Hetzer ’59 received the Fidelia Award in September.

In response to the closing of Regina High School, we have launched the SAND (Seniors at Notre Dame) program, which allows Regina Class of 2011 seniors to obtain their Regina High School diploma by taking classes at Notre Dame while simultaneously earning college credits.

To improve student success during the 2010-11 academic year, we have also launched two new initiatives for our students. In order to improve retention, graduation rates and overall student satisfaction, the College has created the Student Success Center for undergraduates. Named for Sr. Mary Leroy Finn, SND ‘40, the Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs unifies all aspects of adult education at NDC, providing convenient, flexible programs for educational advancement.

Our commitment to adult education has caught national attention. In August, Notre Dame was recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2011 Military Friendly School. It honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. At Notre Dame, we do that by participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows veterans to attend our college at virtually no cost. On the following pages, you will meet four of those veterans.

In short, there are many exciting stories to tell about Notre Dame College. We will continue to tell them both in print and on the Web. I hope you enjoy them!

Sincerely,

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.
President