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Notre Dame Today - Winter 2008-2009

During his five years as President of Notre Dame College, Dr. Andrew P. Roth set in motion a tremendous growth cycle that is far from over. In an interview with alumnus Christian Taske, Roth talks about the College’s future in light of the current economic crisis.

In spite of the stormy economy, Notre Dame is sailing into the future as an academically relevant college without compromising its historic mission. By naming Dr. Mary Breckenridge as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Andrew Roth found a co-captain to help navigate the College on its “Voyage of Discovery.”

Since arriving at Notre Dame in May 2008 as the new director of campus ministry, Anthony Camino is focused on a key question: What should campus ministry look like at a Catholic college?

Alumni and friends returned to the heart of Notre Dame for a Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, on Sunday, October 5, 2008 to dedicate a new altar installed during the College’s year long Renewal of Christ the King Chapel.

Dedicating a new altar is a special event in the life of a church. Rich in beauty and symbolism, the ritual reminds the faithful of the sacredness of Communion, the holiness of God, and their unity in the Catholic faith.

During the last renovation in 1979, Christ the King Chapel received a number of noticeable changes to meet the standards set forth by Vatican II. During the most recent renewal, the Chapel was literally taken apart and rebuilt, with changes that are no less dramatic.

Christ the King Chapel is the spiritual heart of Notre Dame, a tangible symbol of the College’s Catholic tradition. So when Notre Dame received an unrestricted donation from the Estate of Mary Clare Yarham, it was not difficult to find a fitting way to both honor Ms. Yarham and preserve the mission and history of the institution.

History sometimes has a tendency to come full circle, and in the case of Christ the King Chapel, this circle encompasses many families connected to Notre Dame College as alumni and friends.

St. Julie Billiart, the spiritual mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame, spent her life serving God through her vocation of education. She made a difference in the lives of countless children in war-ravaged France and Belgium, believing that “in doing good to one child, you will have saved whole generations.”

Among the memories Judy Curran ’57 has of her years at Notre Dame are the math classes she had with Sr. Cleophas. “She was a wonderful, intelligent woman who expected you to succeed,” Curran recalled.

An avid traveler throughout much of her life, Amy Tomon’s résumé reads like a travelogue. The Parma Heights, Ohio native visited all 50 states by her 25th birthday and has been to destinations around the world. Now her journey has brought her to Notre Dame College where she is preparing to become a special education teacher.

In a quiet moment as she left Cambodia, things came into perspective for Amanda Ahrens. When someone says good-bye to you in Cambodia, they don't just say ‘See you’ or ‘Have a good day.’ They say ‘Good luck to you.’ And it just hit me in that moment how lucky I am.”

At one o’clock on a sunny Friday afternoon in June, Brett Freeman arrived at Julie Billiart School with a smile on his face and a Cleveland Reads Lit Kit in hand. Rebecca, a bubbly and curious fourth-grader, greeted him excitedly. The friendly banter continued as the two found their way to their regular meeting place to read Syd Hoff’s Danny and the Dinosaur.

First graders at Ledgeview Elementary School in Nordonia Hills, Ohio already knew their teacher Janis Roskoph ’08 was the best. Now the rest of Summit County is finding out too.