February 2015 Parent Guide

| Student Success  | Financial Aid | Learning Center |
| Counseling Center | Inclement Weather | Other Important Dates and Links |

Student SuccessStudent Success

Start the Spring Semester Off Right

While it seemed like a short break, we hope you enjoyed the time spent with your son or daughter. And we hope you had the chance to talk to him or her about their experiences in the fall semester—especially those in college for the first time.

With the spring semester comes new challenges. If students struggled in the fall academically, they may be frustrated. If they did well, they may put more pressure on themselves to do even better. Most likely, they are taking higher-level courses.

Notre Dame College has services and activities in place to help students face these new challenges. We will continue to encourage students to get involved in both the academic and social activities offered on campus, as well as remind them that we are open to new ideas.

Continue to talk to your son or daughter about his or her college experience both inside and outside the classroom. As always, remind him or her that we are here to assist and support students in making the best of the many opportunities that have been afforded to them.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email studentsuccess@ndc.edu.

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Financial Aid

File Your FAFSA . . . Again!

The window is now open to file your student’s 2015-2016 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Here are a few tips to simplify the process for you:

  • Make sure you choose the 2015-2016 FAFSA. (The 2014-2015 application will still be available online until June 30, 2015.)
  • Sign in with your student’s PIN to file a RENEWAL FAFSA. The student (and some parental) information will already be filled in for you.
  • If you can’t remember your student’s PIN or your PIN, go to www.pin.ed.govto request a duplicate PIN.
  • Electronically file your federal tax return(s) as early as possible. Approximately two weeks later, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your federal tax information directly into your FAFSA. Using the DRT will greatly reduce the chance of your student’s FAFSA being selected for Verification . . . and it makes filing your FAFSA faster and easier!
  • If your student’s FAFSA is selected for Verification, use the DRT to make corrections to the FAFSA.
  • If you aren’t able to file your federal tax return(s) by early to mid-March, you have the ability to estimate tax information. However, if your student’s FAFSA is selected for Verification, you won’t be able to complete the process until your federal taxes are filed with the IRS.

What is Verification?

Verification is a “double-check” process conducted by the College to ensure that federal dollars are awarded appropriately. The federal government selects approximately 33 percent of all FAFSA applicants for verification.

The federal verification process has undergone major changes in the last few years as the Department of Education moves toward a more customized selection process. So even if you’ve gone through Verification in previous years, pay close attention to what is requested from you.

If your student’s FAFSA is selected, the Notre Dame College Financial Aid Office will send you a customized Verification Worksheet to complete. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 216.373.5213 or finaid@ndc.edu.

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Learning CenterLearning

Take Advantage of Academic Workshops

The Student Success and Dwyer Learning centers are offering study skills workshops for the spring 2015 semester. Last semester the workshops were such a success, and now we have added even more options to help accommodate our students’ busy schedules!

In the Time Management & Goal Setting workshop your student will learn the basics of grade goal setting, reflect on their strengths and challenges for each course and prioritize their time to meet the goals they have set. The Reading Your Textbook and Note-Taking workshop looks at how students should preview and read their textbook, take proper notes and come up with their own study guide questions. The Test Taking & Stress workshop focuses on how to prepare, take and review a test, while also discussing different learning styles so students can try different approaches to studying.

See the workshop schedule here.

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Counseling Center

Meet the New Counseling Staff

The Counseling Center is pleased to introduce three new professional staff members as of November 2014.

Director Jerry Hayes, Psy.D., comes to the College with 14 years of experience in the mental health field. He most recently was the Assistant Director of the Counseling Center and Training Director at Baldwin Wallace University and also has a Private Practice in Beachwood, Ohio.

Assistant Director Kerri Carmichael, M.A., P.C., comes to Notre Dame with seven years of experience in the mental health field and most recently was a Professional Counselor at Ashland University.  

Part-time Counselor John Ropar, Ph.D., comes has 27 years of experience and has been the director of a college counseling center in the past. He is currently focusing his efforts on his private practice when not at Notre Dame.

Jerry Hayes

Jerry is a licensed clinical psychologist with experiences in a variety of clinical settings such as community mental health centers, hospitals, universities and private practice. 

As the director for counseling at Notre Dame, he is very involved in supporting the College’s efforts to enhance its ability to meet the needs of students, faculty and staff through consultation, outreach, supervision and the provision of counseling. 

Some of his professional interests include spirituality, loss, resiliency, diversity, deaf culture, psychological testing and clinical supervision.  He said he strongly values and supports the ability of an individual to make choices and considers it a privilege to be able to be a part of that process in another's life.

Hayes can be reached at 216.373.5211 or by email at ghayes@ndc.edu or ndccounseling@ndc.edu

Kerri Carmichael

Kerri is excited to be working with all students on campus and will focus her efforts on meeting with students one-on-one and on outreach and prevention for the campus community.

Her office is located in South Hall on the fourth floor, and she can be reached at 216.373.6394 or at kcarmichael@ndc.edu. Kerri has only been on campus for four weeks but said she can feel the passion, spirit and drive that Notre Dame students have.

John Ropar

Dr. Ropar said he is excited for the opportunity to bring his 19 years of college counseling center experience to Notre Dame.  He also said he understands the challenges that the transition from adolescence to adulthood brings looks forward to providing support to the students at the College. 

His office is located on the second floor of the library in the Tolerance Resource Center.

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Inclement Weather


Learn Procedures for Closing the College, Cancelling Classes

Winter weather is here, so it is time to be mindful of the College's weather emergency plan. If there is any question in your mind that class or work schedules will be affected by severe weather conditions, consider the following:

Notre Dame will close only in the event of extreme weather conditions; decisions to delay or close are made based on short- and long-term meteorological reports.

When poor weather conditions develop overnight, the College will strive to make a decision by 6:30 a.m. Decisions about evening classes and events will generally be made no later than 3 p.m.

When classes are delayed or the College is closed, announcements will be made on major local TV stations and their websites (including Channels 3, 5, 8, 19 and 43) and ClearChannel radio stations. Notification will also be posted prominently on the College website's homepage.

Channel 3 (WKYC and WKYC.com) provides free mobile text alerts. In the event of a delay or closing, once a person signs up for this service, they will receive a text message notification. To sign up for this free service, click the following link: http://static.wkyc.com/text-alerts/. Other media outlets provide similar services as well.

Recognizing that some students and employees live a significant distance from campus, the college recommends they use their best judgment in deciding whether or not it is safe to drive to campus.


If the College remains open, but faculty find they are unable to make it to campus, it is their responsibility to reach out to all students in their class(es) as soon as possible. Faculty can accomplish this by posting a message on the course Moodle site in the “Latest News” section on the upper right side of the course home page or on "News Forum" in the “Start Here” section in the upper center area of the course home page.

Messages faculty post in either of these sections will appear in both areas and are automatically sent via email to each course participant. This will prevent students from driving to campus only to discover their class(es) are not meeting. The Office of Academic Affairs is not able to notify students for faculty.


If the College remains open, students are encouraged to check the Moodle site for class(es) to see if there is a message from any faculty member who cannot make it to campus. If there are no messages from faculty, but students find they are unable to make it to campus, it is their responsibility to make arrangements with faculty concerning work missed.


If the College remains open, but staff find they are unable to make it to campus, they must notify their supervisors.

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Other Important Dates and Links:

Important Dates

February 18 – Housing Applications Due

February 19 – Internship Orientation

February 25 – Room Selection for 2015-2016

March 2-6 – Spring Break

March 23-26 – Fall 2015 Priority Registration Begins


Also Don’t Miss

Second Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

Important Information for Resident Students

Career Services Internship Orientation Information

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