A Day in the Life of a Notre Dame Grad

Alumni Capture March 26, 2012, on Camera

On March 26, 1922, Mother Mary Cecilia Romen, the Mother General of the Sisters of Notre Dame, wrote a letter to Cleveland Bishop Joseph Schrembs asking for permission to open a college for women. It was the letter that made Notre Dame College possible.

Ninety years later, over 5,500 students have graduated from Notre Dame College. From Australia to California, Canada to Texas, Notre Dame alumni come from and live around the world. They have taken their NDC diplomas to start countless careers as scientists, teachers or lawyers. To celebrate our graduates, we wanted to find out what a typical day in the life of our alumni looks like. We asked them to send in a photo on March 26, 2012 – exactly 90 years after Mother Mary Cecilia wrote the letter that brought NDC to life.

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Andrew Gray ’09 is from Sault Ste. Marie in Ontario, Canada. But he took his degree in education from South Euclid to Jeonju, South Korea, where he currently teaches English.

Philomena Meluch ’09 just graduated from “the other Notre Dame” with her J.D. On March 26, she attended classes at the University of Notre Dame Law School, including a rousing class on federal income taxation.

James Schleicher ’07, a financial services representative at Western & Southern Financial Group, attended a networking event at NDC.

Race walker Michael Mannozzi ’10 visited Pizza Joe’s in Boardman, Ohio. The store is one of 40 Youngstown area businesses showing their support for the Olympic hopeful by displaying his poster.

Emily Salamon Jones ’99 enjoyed spending the day with her two boys, Ryan and Nolan. They live in Georgetown, Ky.

Tim Kiedrowski ’07 (left) works as an inbound marketing facilitator for Kuno Creative. Web developer and content manager Andy Boksansky ’09 is his colleague.

Gina LaVerde ’99 entered a subway station on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to head to work at Creative Alternatives of New York, a non-profit organization that offers drama therapy to victims of abuse, veterans, refugees and others.

Mike Stern ’08 is a “Genius” at the Apple store in Sydney, Australia, while he continues his education to become a teacher.


Nancy Campbell Cise ’64 stood in front of the Elevador da Gloria, a trolley that carries passengers from the lower city to the upper city in Lisbon, Portugal.


At Notre Dame College, Barbara Latona Samson ’73 continues to teach Brain Gym 101, which teaches how to uses simple movements to help access the whole brain by integrating left and right brain functions for a task.

Joan Granner Kekst ’96 finished proofing Passover recipes, including chicken paprikash, which appeared in the Cleveland Jewish News the week of March 26.

Carole Iseli ’90 worked at her desk at the Cleveland Clinic, where she is an administrative program coordinator in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety. Her primary job is to monitor the radiation exposure of some 1,400 employees.


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