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At Notre Dame College, students across disciplines have access to rare and real experiential learning opportunities working directly with their Ph.D. faculty.

From a trip to the Ohio Supreme Court to a “Senior Supper” for communications grads and a networking event bringing master’s and bachelor’s business students together, this spring, undergraduates made career connections and worked one-on-one with their professors to further their learning.

These are just a few of the distinctive learning experiences customized for classes and individuals at the College throughout each year.

Students in the prelaw and moot court programs at the College received special credentials and were able to travel to Columbus to observe the Ohio Supreme Court in session. They also had a meeting scheduled with one of the justices and toured Capital Law School on the excursion with faculty member and team advisor Eric Matthews, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science. The undergraduates not only made career connections but also explored different options in legal studies and related jobs.

Graduate students in the Notre Dame Master of Business Administration, or M.B.A., program hosted a “Lunch On Us” networking event for undergraduate finance majors at the College. Notre Dame finance faculty Lucian Ovidiu Vatamanu, Ph.D., assistant professor, and the director of the MBA program, Joyce Banjac, Ph.D., coordinated the meal on camps that connected the current undergrads with mentors, career opportunities and information about advanced degree options.

Graduating students in strategic communication and public relations were treated to a “Senior Supper” off-campus with their Ph.D. faculty and shared their careers plans across the country and the world. The new alumni will be working with a radio station in Ohio; the Swift Outdoor Accessible Recreation, or SOAR, organization in Arizona; a music company in Florida; and as a social media content manager in Italy, among other positions. At least two of the students are planning to attend graduate school. Strategic communication and public relations faculty are Lisa Flaherty, Ph.D., and Laura Hammel, Ph.D., both associate professors.

June 2022


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Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, 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. For more information, visit