Campus Life

College Presents Highest Honor to KeyCorp CEO

Beth MooneyNotre Dame College awarded its highest honor, the 2012 Notre Dame College Medal, to Beth E. Mooney, the chairman, chief executive officer and president of KeyCorp. Mooney received the award at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven on June 8 for her exemplary leadership and community service in Greater Cleveland and beyond.

“Beth Mooney embodies the values of Notre Dame College and its founding Sisters by demonstrating unselfish dedication to the community and a desire to make Cleveland a better place,” said President Andrew P. Roth. “She is committed to diversity and fairness in every sense of the words, and that parallels the mission and principles of our College.”

Mooney’s commitment to civic and community endeavors is exemplary. She is a trustee and treasurer of the board of the Musical Arts Association, a trustee of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, a trustee of United Way of Greater Cleveland, a member of The Financial Services Roundtable and board chair of Neighborhood Progress, Inc. She also leads a committee that focuses on the patient experience at the Cleveland Clinic and is a member of “In Counsel with Women,” an invitation-only group of 139 female executives from Northeast Ohio.

Mooney is the fifth recipient of the Notre Dame College Medal, which was first awarded in 2008 to civic leader Sam Miller.

“The faculty, students and alumni of Notre Dame College are a proud testament to the College's values-based mission and the quality of education offered at this institution,” Mooney said. “I am honored to receive this award and very grateful to be counted among those who seek to make a difference in their communities through service and philanthropy.”


Swain Takes Charge of Falcons in NCAA D-II

Scott SwainNotre Dame College has named Scott Swain as its new director of athletics. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Swain comes to NDC from the University of Tennessee, where he served as an assistant director in the athletic department since 2006.

At UT and in positions at the University of Northern Colorado, the University of Colorado and Xavier University, Swain gained significant experience in managing those institutions’ academic support and compliance programs. He also served as Xavier’s head cross country and track & field coach after starting his career in collegiate athletics as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at Miami University.

“I am excited to join the Notre Dame athletic family,” Swain said. “I’m impressed with Dr. Roth’s vision for athletics at the College, and I am excited to serve the institution and its programs and student-athletes. NDC is an Ohio success story and I’m proud to be involved in its next chapter.”

Swain took charge of Notre Dame’s 22 athletic teams, 37 coaches and more than 700 student-athletes, as the Falcons transitioned to NCAA Division II this fall. The Falcons currently compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). They will join a new athletic conference, the Mountain East Conference, next season.


New Vice President for Academic, Student Affairs

Nick SantilliDr. Nicholas R. Santilli has been named Notre Dame College’s new vice president for academic and student affairs. He joined NDC from John Carroll University, where he was an associate professor of psychology, chair of the psychology department and associate academic vice president for planning, assessment and institutional effectiveness.

Dr. Santilli has spent more than 25 years in higher education. He has held academic positions at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, Augustana College in Illinois and Mount Vernon College in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from The University of Toledo, as well as a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from The Catholic University of America.

“Our national search for a vice president of academic and student affairs who meets our needs and expectations was extensive,” said President Andrew P. Roth. “We are pleased to have found a candidate of Dr. Santilli’s caliber, who is an expert in higher education in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and beyond.”

The College began its nationwide search for a new vice president after Dr. Mary Breckenridge announced in February she would resign as Notre Dame’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

“I am excited to continue the excellent work Dr. Breckenridge has done over the years,” Dr. Santilli said. “I believe in the mission and vision of Notre Dame College. Its Catholic values are inspiring as it helps young individuals form a moral compass and prepares them for a life of meaning and civic purpose.”

In his role of vice president for academic and student affairs, Dr. Santilli is responsible for the College’s academic and athletic programs, student affairs, clubs and organizations.


Notre Dame Rolls Out Rugby Program

RugbyNotre Dame has introduced women’s and men’s rugby as intercollegiate club team sports. This fall the first group of rugby enthusiasts enrolled and began competition in the fastest-growing adult participatory sport in the U.S.

“Rugby is played by nearly 400,000 youths each year. At the collegiate level it’s a highly competitive club sport,” said Dean of Students Brian Emerson. “At NDC we want to provide the resources for student-athletes to play part of a comprehensive and diverse collegiate culture. We feel that student life sports opportunities enhance the NDC experience and that student-athletes are more well-rounded students.”

The College offers scholarships for student-athletes looking to play at the collegiate level. The scholarships will be available for new students in a similar way as provided for students participating in band, choir and theater.


Biology Major Recognized as Innovative Program

BiologyNotre Dame College’s Bachelor of Science in Biology has been named a Choose Ohio First Program of Innovation and been awarded $60,000 a year to fund scholarships.

The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program awards Ohio colleges and universities that have developed innovative academic programs to recruit more students into STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields. Biology students accepted into Notre Dame’s Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program will receive up to $5,200 per academic year. They will be part of a focused learning community that receives personalized opportunities for research, experiential learning and professional mentorship.

“Our program allows our students to have all the experiences they need to be successful in their careers,” says Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Tracy Meilander, who coordinates the Choose Ohio First Program at NDC. “We track the progress of each student and focus on things like tutoring, mentoring, career building and research internships.”

Notre Dame is one of 41 Ohio institutions named to the Choose Ohio First Program of Innovation. The College has enrolled 15 students under the scholarship program for the fall semester. The recipients have to have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or better, declare a major in biology, demonstrate a financial need, and be identified with a group that is traditionally underrepresented in STEMM.


NDC Bowler Wins Gold in Thailand

Chris ViaNotre Dame College junior Chris Via recently returned from Bangkok, Thailand, with gold and silver medals in his luggage. The Falcon bowler won the World Tenpin Bowling Association World Youth Championships with Junior Team USA and earned silver in the individual competition.

“It was really an incredible feeling. I’ve never felt anything like it,” Via said. “To stand up on the podium and hear the national anthem was so special. It was like being at the Olympics for bowling.”

In the gold-medal match, Via led Junior Team USA with a 237 game as the U.S. boys took down Singapore, 889-807, to claim their first world title since 2000. The Springfield, Ohio, native got to stand on the podium a second time as he later also won silver in the Masters competition after narrowly losing, 206-198, to Daniel Fransson of Sweden.

Despite losing the final match of the 2012 World Youth Championships, Via said his experience was nothing but positive. The trip was his first ever outside the continental U.S. Exploring another culture was the most exciting part, he said.

“During the two weeks I spent in Bangkok, I was very surprised at how similar our cultures were in terms of lifestyle,” Via said.

Via and his teammates were able to spend one day sightseeing in Bangkok. They took a water taxi around the city, visited temples and marveled at the Grand Palace. But the rest of the trip was consumed by bowling.


Trustee M. Joan McCarthy Honored for Her Service

Fidelia AwardIn recognition of her service to the board as well as her overall dedication to Notre Dame, trustee M. Joan McCarthy received one of the College’s highest honors, the 2012 Fidelia Award, on Sept. 20.

During her 11 years as a trustee, four of which she served as chair, McCarthy has demonstrated outstanding fidelity to NDC and has been instrumental in many of the significant milestones in the College’s recent history.

Among other things, McCarthy participated in the committee that selected Dr. Andrew P. Roth as the College’s 13th president, and helped raise funds to build residence halls, buy land, build a parking lot and acquire the Regina Complex. As chair of the board, she quietly sought support for the fundraising campaign to renew Christ the King Chapel, and was the person who secured the major gift that made the campaign a success.

“It’s so rewarding to see the progress and live the Notre Dame College success story,” McCarthy said. “It’s especially rewarding to see how the College is growing not only in quantity but in quality as well.”


Scheer-McLeod Becomes Longest-Serving Professor

RozRoslyn Scheer-McLeod, associate professor of health science and psychology, has done what no other lay faculty member at NDC has ever accomplished – teaching at Notre Dame for over 45 years! Roz, as she is known by everyone on campus, entered her 46th academic year this fall and became the longest-serving professor who is not a Sister of Notre Dame to teach at the College.

“Over the years, Roz has been a transformative presence on campus,” President Andrew P. Roth said when he honored her during the College’s general meeting in August. “Today, it is almost impossible to imagine the College without Roz, or Roz without the College.”

Throughout her 45 years at College Road, Roz has taught thousands of students. Very few of them would disagree that she is a phenomenal teacher, one who is concerned for her students’ well-being, always of assistance to her peers, and dedicated to the College’s mission.

In recognition of her dedication to Notre Dame, Dr. Roth presented Roz with a watercolor rendering of her favorite spot on campus done by alumna and adjunct instructor Toni Fiderio ’72, as well as Roz’s own, reserved parking spot.

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