Notre Dame College Creates Book, Hosts Events for South Euclid City Centennial

Notre Dame College has published a compilation of short stories written by students over the past five years on the history of South Euclid, Ohio, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the city it calls home.

To commemorate South Euclid’s centennial Notre Dame is expected to host a campus ceremony this fall during which the city plans to inter a time capsule beneath the College lawn. Among the items expected to be included in the container of historical relics is the paperback “Intersections at Mayfield and Green: Stories of South Euclid’s First Century,” written, edited and illustrated by members of the College community.

Notre Dame is planning a book signing ceremony at 7 p.m. June 7 at the College.

The Notre Dame creative writing project, published specifically for the centennial in collaboration with the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Historical Society, features seven short stories penned over the last five years by nearly 20 total Notre Dame current and former students. It is edited by Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., professor of English, with illustrations by Sr. Megan Dull, SND, MFA, associate professor of art.

Among those acknowledged for contributing “information, pictures, stories, tours, time and enthusiasm” to the Notre Dame publication are Jacqi Loewy, M.A., associate professor of communication and theatre, Roslyn Scheer-McLeod, M.A., associate professor of health science/psychology; and Dalma S. (Horvath)Takács, the late professor emerita of English.

Centennial Celebrations

In addition to the book signing in June and the time capsule ceremony in October, the College expects to host on its lawn a signature program of South Euclid’s Centennial Weekend. Notre Dame will present a Cleveland Pops Orchestra Concert at 7 p.m. June 25 on campus. The event is expected to serve as the official birthday celebration for the city and will feature a light show as well as cakes from bakeries around the city.

The College and city also plan to leave instructions for the centennial time capsule to be unearthed from campus and opened on South Euclid’s 150th anniversary in 2067. South Euclid officially incorporated as a village on Oct. 13, 1917. The time capsule is slated to be buried during an event this Oct. 13 at the College, according to Karen Poelking, M.A., vice president of board and community relations, who is coordinating Notre Dame’s contributions to the city’s centennial celebration. Details are forthcoming.

Centennial Storylines

Five stories featured in the Notre Dame-produced centennial book are papers penned as part of English courses in Ohio Writers, American Literature and Local Fiction Writing, while two are authored by students “for the simple joy they found in research and writing,” according to the introduction for the publication.

The student writers researched local history to give the stories context but also created characters with conflicts for each of the chapters set in 1883, 1915, 1925, 1935, 1949, 1956 and 1975.

Among the storylines, the 1883 section features the bluestone quarry. The characters in the 1915 story were neighbors of Cleveland’s star baseball player Napoleon Lajoie, who actually lived on Mayfield Road west of Richmond Road, and in the 1935 chapter ninth-graders face the economic stress of the Depression. In three other stories, characters feel the pressures of being “outsiders” in town because of ethnicity, religion and race.

Centennial Intentions

Stories in the centennial book not only chronicle some of the people, places and events of the past 100 years in the city but also are meant to serve as teaching tools for years to come.  Chapters are accompanied by recommendations for course lesson plans that meet state standards for middle school math and science as well as language arts and social science education outcomes.

In addition, copies of the book, dedicated “to the young people of South Euclid, who will shape the community’s next century,” will be donated to South Euclid-Lyndhurst schools. Sets are intended for Greenview Elementary, St. John Lutheran School, Corpus Christi Academy and Julie Billiart School, among others.

The paperback also will be available at the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Branch of the Cuyahoga County Library across South Green Road from the College, for all residents of the city regardless of age or the school they attend.

22 May 2017

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or

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