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Notre Dame College will showcase academics as well as alumni and athletics during its Homecoming and Alumni Reunion 2019.

Along with the traditional tailgate and football game, alumni reunion Mass and brunch, Notre Dame is presenting a conference-like series of events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 5, headlined by a panel discussion among its academic division chairs, one of whom is an alumna. The simple symposium also features three breakout sessions, two with alumna authors and one with alumnae and a Notre Dame trustee. These seminars will cover keys to authentic happiness; the history of the Sisters of Notre Dame in South Euclid, Ohio; and a Catholic mini-charism retreat.

In addition, the College will dedicate classrooms newly renovated with reunion giving funds from the Class of 1968. This year the College celebrates its reunion classes of 1964 and 1969 during the festivities.

All academic sessions are free and open to the public.

Academic Panel

The academic panel at 10 a.m. in Regina Hall room 126 will feature Sharon K. Balchak, Ph.D., professor of biology and chair, science and mathematics division; Sue E. Corbin, Ph.D., associate professor and chair, professional education division; David M. Foley, Ph.D., M.S.N., R.N.-B.C., C.N.E., M.P.A., associate professor and chair, nursing division; Kenneth Palko, M.A., associate professor of philosophy and chair, arts and humanities division and Honors Scholar program chair; Natalie Strouse, M.B.A., associate professor of accounting and chair, business administration division.

Balchak is a 1984 graduate of the College.

The moderator of the discussion on Notre Dame’s academic programs of distinction and the faculty’s research areas of expertise is expected to be Lisa Flaherty, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication and public relations at the College.

Classroom Dedication

The panel will be followed by the classroom dedication ceremony at 11 a.m. also in Regina Hall room 126. Members of the Class of 1968 are expected to return to campus following their 50-year reunion in 2018. In addition to contributions from the Class of 1968, the classroom renovations have been sponsored with gifts from Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A., and feature an in-kind donation from State Crest Carpet Company, courtesy of the Chiancone family.

The dedication is followed by a campus picnic at noon on the College Commons.

Breakout Sessions

The breakout sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. in Administration Building room 120 with “Mini-Charism” by Sr. Lisa Novak, SND, Notre Dame trustee and mission effectiveness coordinator for the Sisters of Notre Dame. She is expected to be joined by Sr. Karita Ivancic, SND, D.Min., an associate professor of theology at Notre Dame, and Sr. Donna Paluf, SND, who currently serves as executive assistant to the president and the office of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation at the College. Both Ivancic and Paluf are 1971 graduates of Notre Dame.

The second seminar “History of South Euclid and Sisters of Notre Dame in America,” at 2:30 p.m. in Administration Building room 118 will be presented by Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D., a 1974 graduate of Notre Dame and professor emerita of English at the College. Quinlan has published “Sisters of Notre Dame of Cleveland.” The Arcadia Publishing book in the Images of America series uses archival photographs to tell a visual story of the Sisters of Notre Dame Chardon Province since their arrival in Cleveland in 1874.

At 3:30 p.m. in Administration Building room 120 Louise Prochaska, Ph.D., a 1964 graduate of Notre Dame and professor of theology and women’s studies at the College, and Roz Scheer-McLeod, M.A., associate professor of health science/psychology at Notre Dame will discuss “Older Alum as We Age: What Are Some Keys to Authentic Happiness?” Prochaska recently has published “Ten Keys to a Happier Life: Unlocking the Riches in Positive Psychology, Neuroscience and Ancient Religious Wisdom.” The interactive workbook is based in positive psychology, neuroscience and ancient religious wisdom.

Register Now

To learn more about the academic and alumni events scheduled for Notre Dame’s Homecoming and Alumni Reunion 2019 or to register, contact Courtney Chambers, advancement coordinator, at 216.373.6483 or cchambers@ndc.edu. RSVPs also are being accepted online.

September 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 bjohnston@ndc.edu.