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Dr. Andrew P. Roth, President
Dr. Andrew P. Roth, President

As we all know, Notre Dame College is a special place, from the students who grace it, to the faculty and staff who fill it with energy, to our mission focused on educating students for personal, professional and global responsibility. At Notre Dame, we not only seek to prepare students for the world of work, but we also seek to help them become responsible citizens, citizens who will live lives of community engagement and service.

How does this happen? It happens by bringing the mission into the classroom; it happens through engaged faculty and students sharing and exploring together; it happens by providing role models who live the mission.

Currently, the College faculty is designing a signature core curriculum that cultivates personal responsibility, service to community and professional ethics, and, most importantly, cultivates a personal focus on the common good .

In this issue of Notre Dame Today you will read about how our students, alumni, faculty and staff live the College’s mission. You will also discover distinguished individuals who are exemplars for our students about living one’s life in service to one’s community.

There’s civic leader Carl Glickman, who recently received the Notre Dame Medal, the College’s highest honor, for his outstanding commitment to higher education and healthcare in Greater Cleveland. In addition to being a highly successful businessman, Carl has been a major philanthropic benefactor in Cleveland and a stellar example for what it means to live a good life.

There’s Sr. Karita Ivancic, SND, D.Min ’71, who in her research has explored the commonalities of the three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Sr. Karita presented her findings in the 2011 President’s Lecture at a time when it couldn’t be more relevant, as our students live in a world in which crimes against innocents are often perpetrated in the name of religion.

There’s alumna Marye Anne Payne Fox ’69, one of 10 scientists who last year received the National Medal of Science – the nation’s highest honor for scientific research -- from President Barack Obama. Fox received her honor for her research in organic photochemistry and electrochemistry.

There’s alumna Donna Roginski ’68 who lives a life of global responsibility as she travels the world for the State Department examining the work of U.S. embassies in places such as Malta, South Africa and Botswana.

There’s Sanjiv Kapur who, as a Hindu, believes in the mission of a College that is rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Sanjiv is not only a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, but also a role model for our students as he combines a highly successful legal career while maintaining one’s ethical and moral integrity.

There’s adult student Vicki Brusky, who, inspired by her son’s love for his teachers at Julie Billiart School in Lyndhurst, decided to go back to College to pursue a teaching career of her own.

All of these individuals live the mission of Notre Dame College and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. As we all know, Notre Dame is a nurturer of nascent talent, not a polisher of finished talent. Our dedication to service and responsibility enriches us all – it is the core of who we are, of what Notre Dame is. As a friend or alum of Notre Dame, you should join me in being proud as we see students graduate who are confident, assertive, energetic and morally and ethically responsible. It’s very gratifying to see how we transform young people’s lives and how they go on to transform others’.

Sincerely,

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D.
President