Educating a diverse population in the liberal arts

For personal, professional and global responsibility

In the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame

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Notre Dame College is honoring its founding religious congregation, The Sisters of Notre Dame, and inviting new and returning students, faculty and staff to become part of the legacy.

The observance this year, called Notre Dame Legacy Week, extends from Monday, August 26, to Friday, August 30, the first week of fall semester on-campus and online first-term classes. Legacy Week 2019 features a theme of “From ME 2 WE.”

“We hope each student develops a sense of commitment to his or her success, a commitment to the larger Notre Dame College community and will identify with the values that are so important to us as an academic and professional community in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame,” said Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND, Ph.D., Chief Mission Officer and Executive Director of the Abrahamic Center at the College.

The Legacy commemoration this year immediately follows Welcome Week for new first-year students to aid in their transition to their new home away from home.

Legacy Week 2019 also serves as the kickoff for a monthly series of “From ME 2 WE” speakers, who will highlight the College’s guiding principles. In addition to engagement in college, local and global communities, the College’s values include collaboration, diversity, innovation, integrity and student success.

Legacy Week Programs

“From ME 2 WE” programs for 2019 are provided by the College’s Mission Effectiveness Office in conjunction with Student Affairs and Campus Ministry. The schedule of events features:

  • Monday August 26
    “From ME 2 WE” Building Block Distribution during Welcome Back Ice Cream Social: 3-5 p.m., Falcons’ Nest
  • Tuesday, August 27
    Conversations with Alumni (in Speed Dating Format): “What I wish someone had told me….”

    • 4:30 p.m., Falcon Café
    • 7:30 p.m., Connelly Center Dining Hall
  • Wednesday, August 28
    • Legacy Day History and Spirit Displays, Selfies with the Sisters and Pick Up your Personal Inspirational Quote, throughout the day, Falcon Café
    • Tic-Tac-Toe Game with Prizes and Corn Hole: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Falcon Café
  • Thursday, August 29
    • Blessings for Athletic Gear: 6 p.m. throughout campus
    • “You are Your Word” Falcons Football Coach Mike Jacobs, 7:30 p.m., Regina Auditorium
    • Late Night Breakfast: 9 p.m., Falcons’ Nest
  • Friday, August 30
    • Friendship Friday Social Media Selfie Event – take photos with friends at these campus locations: Campus Ministry Black History Wall, Career Services, Abrahamic Center, Dwyer Learning Center, Math Tutor Room and post with #Me2WeNDC!

Additional information on the “From ME 2 WE” speaker series is forthcoming.

Sisters of Notre Dame Presentations

This year, as an extension of Legacy Week, Sisters of Notre Dame are expected to address First Year Seminar courses in the days prior to Homecoming and Alumni Reunion 2019, which is Friday, October 4, through Sunday, October 6. The Sisters also are scheduled to present a panel discussion on their history and mission as part of Notre Dame’s Homecoming and Alumni Reunion celebration on Saturday, October 5.

Formerly called Founders’ Week, Notre Dame’s Legacy Week is an annual tradition at the College aimed to educate students, faculty, staff and 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.

To learn more about the event, contact Sr. Carol Ziegler at

Details of the College’s Catholic identity statement are available online at

August 2019

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