Notre Dame College Honors Founders with Emphasis on Legacy in 2018

Notre Dame College is introducing a new approach for its Founders celebration in 2018.

The observance this year called Founders-Legacy Week is from Monday, September 24, to Wednesday, September 26. With a theme of "A Legacy of Care and Service," the commemoration features a new series of small group discussions on current national and international issues guided by Sisters of Notre Dame.

The conversations cover subjects of debate that also are areas of ministry for the Sisters, topics like immigration, refugees, climate change, race and reasonable gun control, among others.

“Part of the larger culture seems to highlight loud voices stridently disagreeing or outshouting each other on major issues. We can use time to learn how to have conversations,” said Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND, Ph.D., chief mission officer and executive director of the Abrahamic Center at the College.

Once again the annual College event that honors—and offers students opportunities to learn about—the Sisters of Notre Dame leads up to the College’s Homecoming and Alumni Reunion Weekend 2018, which is focused on Friday and Saturday, September 29 and 30, throughout campus.

Founders-Legacy Week 2018 events include:

Monday, September 24: A series of discussions, “Sisters of Notre Dame in Conversation: Grappling with Challenging Issues Today,” at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. throughout campus. Sessions are about 50 minutes long. All are free and open to the public. Registration is requested via email to The sessions are:

  • Immigration, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., McHugh Room, third floor of the Administration Building
  • Refugee Crisis, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Abrahamic Center, second floor of the Administration Building
  • Water for Life & Climate Change, 11:30 a.m., Great Room, third floor of the Administration Building
  • Conversation on Race, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Regina Chapel second floor of Regina Hall
  • Civic Responsibility, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Performing Arts Center, ground floor of the Administration Building
  • Reasonable Gun Control, 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center, ground floor of the Administration Building

Tuesday, September 25: An address from the Rev. Stephan Rowan of Bethany Baptist Church in Cleveland, “Your Legacy, Your Story” on Tuesday, September 25, at 3:45 p.m. in Regina Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Students in Notre Dame’s First Year Seminar classes are expected to attend.

Wednesday, September 26: Several community service opportunities will be conducted throughout campus, and a diverse contemporary worship service with a creative message will take place at 8 p.m. in Regina Chapel. Details are forthcoming.

To learn more about the event, contact Ziegler at

Founders’ Week is an annual tradition at the College aimed to educate students, faculty, staff and now the wider community about the heritage of the Sisters of Notre Dame. The week highlights Notre Dame’s history, values and mission and honors those individuals who helped shape the institution. Founders’ Week includes opportunities for students, faculty and staff to meet and learn from current members of the Sisters of Notre Dame, whose order founded the College in 1922.

Updated September 2018

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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