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From the President

Dear friends of Notre Dame College,

Dr. RothAs the fall semester of our 90th anniversary year comes to an end and we enter the holiday season, it is appropriate for us to give thanks for the many blessings we continue to experience here at Notre Dame College.

While the past several months have been a challenging time for our institution, they also reminded me why we work so hard to continue our voyage of becoming one of the finest, small, Catholic colleges in the Great Lakes region.

This fall we enrolled more than 500 new students from 18 states and 11 countries, who have enriched our already diverse campus community. While the majority of them are from Ohio, they have come to College Road from places as far away as Hawaii, Brazil and South Korea. Over 100 students transferred from another college in favor of Notre Dame.

The quality of the Class of 2016 is outstanding. It is, among other distinctions, the class with highest average GPA since we went coed in 2001. These new students are also the first to take classes in our signature ARCH curriculum, which stresses the College’s Abrahamic values, responsibility of self, Catholic social justice and humanity.

The ARCH curriculum was developed by a group of dedicated faculty members led by Assistant Professor Estamarie Fairchild. It is consistent with the mission and values of our College and will enhance the educational experience of all incoming students. One ARCH class put these values on display by volunteering to clean up the Grotto area on the southeastern corner of the campus. It set out to weed, rake, trim, sweep and mulch, and also installed a solar floodlight to highlight the Mary sculpture.

It is that sense of social responsibility that characterizes many of our students. Throughout the semester they volunteer at local food shelters, build houses for Habitat for Humanity, or raise money for breast cancer research. I am proud of them.

Our faculty and staff are equally involved in these outreach efforts. They are role models for our students as they live our mission of personal, professional and global responsibility. It’s a mission that has lived for over 90 years in the dedication and passion of our employees. Thanks to their hard work, our students thrive in the classrooms, excel on the athletic fields and blossom in extracurricular activities like our marching band, choir and theater programs.

Here are some other recent accomplishments of which we are particularly proud: Our Bachelor of Science in Biology has been named a Choose Ohio First Program of Innovation and been awarded $60,000 a year to fund scholarships; we have introduced rugby as an intercollegiate club team sport; our athletic program has joined the NCAA Division II; and Roz Scheer-McLeod became the longest-serving lay faculty member in Notre Dame history as she entered her 46th academic year at the College.  

Our 90th anniversary year is a year of celebration. We celebrate our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Together, we are a community that has never been stronger. For that, I give thanks.

I am also thankful for the support of all of you who are listed in this year’s honor roll of donors; I hope you will continue your support. The College relies on your contributions. In fact, for us to successfully continue on our voyage, we need to improve our traditionally modest fundraising efforts. Our financial aid budget is under stress and only with your help will we be able to continue to make a private, liberal arts education affordable to those who might otherwise not have access to it. That is our mission and the reason we are in this very important business of higher education. I ask for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.
President