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A Message from the President: Student, Faculty and Staff Stories Coming Soon https://www.notredamecollege.edu/a-message-from-the-president-student-faculty-and-staff-stories-coming-soon/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 23:47:09 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5524  

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Notre Dame College’s New President Connects with Campus, Community in Video Messages https://www.notredamecollege.edu/notre-dame-college-president-elect-connects-with-campus-community/ Thu, 10 Sep 2020 16:11:17 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=4485 The post Notre Dame College’s New President Connects with Campus, Community in Video Messages appeared first on Notre Dame College.

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Notre Dame College President J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D., has started a series of video communications for campus members, prospective students, and friends of the College. Pressimone began his tenure as the 15th president of the College on April 8.

The collection of videos, with a new message expected to be posted each week, is accessible on the College website.

Additional information about the new president also is available online.

September 2020

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 pr@ndc.edu.

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A Message from the President: Thank You for a Good First Week https://www.notredamecollege.edu/a-message-from-the-president-thank-you-for-a-good-first-week/ Fri, 04 Sep 2020 12:30:02 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5504  

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Notre Dame College Announces New Advancement Team https://www.notredamecollege.edu/notre-dame-college-announces-new-advancement-team/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 20:59:19 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5522 The post Notre Dame College Announces New Advancement Team appeared first on Notre Dame College.

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The Notre Dame College Office of Advancement supports the mission and sustainability of the College by connecting with community partners to grow revenue, reputation and reach. The team features some new, and a few familiar, faces now, including an alumna.

Culeen Carey, vice president for advancement, joined Notre Dame on March 16, 2020, with experience in major gift, endowment, capital and foundation campaigns, raising more than $18 million in cash and future gifts during her 12 years with the Boy Scouts of America, Lake Erie Council. She has worked in strategic fund development and stakeholder relations in nonprofit and for-profit sectors, including the YMCA of Greater Cleveland and area commercial real estate companies. She volunteers for the Boy Scouts on various service projects, is a member of the H2O Advisory Council Board and a Eucharistic minister with the Homebound Eucharistic Ministry at St. Luke The Evangelist Catholic Church in Lakewood, Ohio.

Ann Coakley serves as senior donor relations officer at Notre Dame, where she has worked since 2016. She started her career in advancement as a volunteer raising critical research investment funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Since then, she has served on the boards of Boys Hope Girls Hope NEO, The Achievement Centers for Children, The American Cancer Society and the Central School of Nursing. She also has been a member of the development staff of HealthSpace Cleveland, Flashes of Hope and Boys Hope Girls Hope Northeastern Ohio, where she was interim director of two years.

Bill Leamon, now the outreach director for College advancement, has spent the last 10 years at Notre Dame in a variety of roles including as a business faculty member and program director. Most recently, he managed the College’s internship program. He is a fellow at the Sisters of Charity of Cleveland Foundation, where he developed an innovative social enterprise designed to prepare low-income, first-generation college students from the Cleveland area for college and career success. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he served as the managing director of The Business of Good Foundation and spent 15 years working in senior-level leadership roles at large private sector companies, like Black & Decker, The Stanley Works and Akzo Nobel.

Nakeysha Hamilton ’07 started this summer at her alma mater as director of alumni relations and annual giving. She is the owner, operator and chief strategist of Hamilton Strategy Co., a marketing agency focused on customer experience and operational efficiency. She has worked as a consultant in consumer marketing and business operations, managing projects and philanthropic efforts for the Verizon Foundation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in business administration, marketing, from Notre Dame in 2007. She serves as a Your Voice Matters ambassador and Women’s Makers Conference Women in Wireless mentor.

Nadya Jacoby, associate director for advancement, has worked with the Notre Dame advancement team for three years. She is a Certified Public Accountant and manages the alumni and donor database, donor stewardship, related finances and programs for the department. She began her tenure at Notre Dame as the office manager at the Counseling Center and was instrumental in securing several sizable grants for this office focusing on suicide prevention and wellness. Prior to joining Notre Dame, she had extensive experience in banking, manufacturing and public accounting. She is a registered and active participant with her daughter’s Girl Scouts troop and has served as treasurer for a cultural arts association in the greater Cleveland area.

September 2020

 

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 pr@ndc.edu.

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Notre Dame College Welcomes Class of 2024 to Learning Community at Academic Convocation https://www.notredamecollege.edu/notre-dame-college-welcomes-community-of-learners-in-class-of-2024-in-academic-convocation/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 23:55:20 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5456 The post Notre Dame College Welcomes Class of 2024 to Learning Community at Academic Convocation appeared first on Notre Dame College.

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Notre Dame College officially called new students to participate in its community of learners during an outdoor Opening Academic Convocation ceremony.

Notre Dame’s new president J. Michael Pressimone, Ed.D., gave a keynote address to the more than 300 traditional-aged first-year Falcons in the Class of 2024 and several of their faculty, parents, family and friends in attendance. Convocation takes place during Notre Dame’s welcome weekend each fall and is followed by a campus-wide picnic on the College commons.

The ceremony features an official acceptance of admission to the Class of 2022 by the president and an invitation to join the community of learners from the chair of Notre Dame’s Faculty Senate. In addition, the chair of each academic division at the College spoke to students this year. Notre Dame, which educates diverse students in the liberal arts, has five branches: arts and humanities, business, mathematics and science, nursing and professional education.

Students receive a medallion of the College seal at Convocation as a reminder of their commitment to the Notre Dame mission.

“It describes what we expect of ourselves and each other as members of the Notre Dame College family. We all strive to live our mission,” said Sandy Grassman, M.B.A., interim dean of academic programs and associate professor of Management Information Systems at the College.

Student Experiences

Two upper-class student speakers share their experiences as part of the Notre Dame family with first-year students as another feature of Convocation.

This year, senior Selena Carter and junior Logan Reedy encouraged the new students to connect with classmates, take advantage of personal attention from faculty and explore their interests through College academic and co-curricular activities.

Both students stressed the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the caring, diverse College community as essential to their progress in academic and social endeavors.

“The first moment I stepped foot on this campus, I felt at home,” said Reedy, who is a member of the Falcons bowling team and the performing arts color guard.

Carter is a member of the lacrosse team, the Student Athletic Council Committee and the First Generation, or FirstGen, Center on campus. She also is the president of the Notre Dame Black Student Union.

“Never think your voice is too small to make a difference,” she said to the first-year students. “Start using it now to make a positive change in the world and on this campus.”

Presidential Address

In his address, the new president referred to himself as a “first-year Falcon” and noted the unexpected nature of attending college in a COVID-19 pandemic. The students wore masks and socially distanced throughout the ceremony and will continue to do so during classes on campus this semester.

“Your presence gives energy and purpose to my world,” Pressimone said.

The president also discussed the responsibility of students to themselves, the community and the world, not just to stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus that has been so prevalent in the U.S. but also to address racial and other forms of inequality that continues to plague America.

“COVID-19 is not the only infection in the country at this time,” Pressimone said. “We must change the hearts of people.”

He called for “thoughtful civil discourse about racism” to deepen the understanding and respect for all people, members of the College, the country and world family.

“I expect you to learn from one another,” Pressimone said. “This is a learning environment. Take advantage of it.”

August 2020

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 pr@ndc.edu.

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A Message from the President: Welcome Back to Campus https://www.notredamecollege.edu/a-message-from-the-president-welcome-back-to-campus/ Thu, 27 Aug 2020 20:29:53 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5434  

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Notre Dame College Incoming Students Connect to College Mission https://www.notredamecollege.edu/notre-dame-college-incoming-students-connect-to-college-mission/ Wed, 26 Aug 2020 17:45:47 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5449 The post Notre Dame College Incoming Students Connect to College Mission appeared first on Notre Dame College.

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Notre Dame College’s incoming students are excited to join the Falcon Family for the fall 2020 semester.

As part of their orientation to the College community, students have been asked to describe their own missions and why they chose to enroll at Notre Dame. The Class of 2024 participated in a remote introduction to campus this summer as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The nearly 400 first-year students and transfers also were welcomed back in person, wearing facial coverings and socially distancing, to engage in a weekend of acclimation activities prior to the start of the semester on Monday, August 31.

In their orientation, students said they are determined to earn a Notre Dame education, to meet their personal and professional goals and to become responsible members in their new family units. The College’s Office of Campus Ministry shared some of the new students’ objectives with the wider College community.

“I am coming to Notre Dame because it felt like home to me,” one student said.

College Community

Several incoming students expressed enthusiasm for the academic, social and athletic facets of the College. They said the small campus environment with individual attention from faculty and options for NCAA Division II sports will allow them to thrive in their studies and prepare for their chosen careers, as well as make friends with fellow peers and excel as student-athletes.

“My mission is to ready myself for life after college and build relationships with my peers that will last years after my education,” a first-year Falcon said. “Notre Dame was the place I felt would give me the best chance to be successful in many aspects of my life.”

Notre Dame offers a wide variety of programs, including the Academic Support Center for Students with Learning Differences and the Student Success and Dwyer Learning Center, to help individuals succeed in academic aspects of their college careers. The College also offers a Writing Center and Math Lab. Instructional advisors and tutors are available to assist students with homework, papers and proctoring tests, just to name a few.

Another student said she “considered Notre Dame College because I enjoy the close environment and feel as if I can function better here.”

Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry, Counseling Center and First-Generation, or FirstGen, Center are some of the many additional programs provided to help new students transition to college and develop close bonds with other classmates. Campus Ministry allows students to grow spiritually, as well.

“It felt like home when I came and took my visit. I can’t wait to be in a more diverse area and make many new friends.”

Several new students also emphasized their interests in winning championships with the Falcons’ football and softball teams. One even mentioned that their “mission is to not only do big things,” on the field, “but to go above and beyond in my studies to prepare me for my future.”

Family Community

Notre Dame’s incoming and transfer students are looking forward to bonding with peers and teammates at their new home away from home. Some also want to model achievement for members of their own families.

“My mission is to lead by example for my three younger siblings. I want to set the bar high, academically, and socially,” one first-year student said.

Students’ relatives helped them move in to campus residence halls and were invited to participate in Welcome Weekend activities, such as a community service opportunity; a craft activity; and an all-campus picnic, prior to the first day of classes.

In regards to their first and new Falcon Family connections, some incoming students said they chose to attend Notre Dame because they are part of a legacy. They noted relatives who previously attended the College and received a quality liberal arts education in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame.

“I am going to Notre Dame because my grandma went there,” the first-year Falcon said. “My grandma is my role model, and I have always wanted to be like her!”

The Falcon Family encompasses about 8,000 alumni nationwide, including some of the first women to attend college. Notre Dame was established by the Sisters in 1922.

Catholic Community

The College’s values-based curriculum in the tradition of the Sisters promotes personal, professional and global responsibility. Many students practice this mission spiritually, as well as through their studies and sports.

One incoming student said their purpose is “to become a more educated human being. I want to show the world what I am made of.”

The College offers more than 30 majors in arts and humanities, business, education, math and science and nursing. As part of Notre Dame’s core curriculum, all students no matter their major enroll in two theology and two philosophy classes. The theology courses cover cultural competence and social justice, while philosophy emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving among multiple perspectives.

Another first-year student said their personal mission is “to help others, especially children, and show people the light of the world.”

One other student mentioned their love and excitement for “every aspect of the College,” including its religious heritage.

“I grew up being Catholic and being around just down-to-earth, loving, and caring people. I figured this was a great fit for me,” the student said. “I’m more than excited to be a Falcon!”

August 2020
Written by Kimberly Krozser ’17
Anita Yoder and Ted Steiner contributed to this story.

 

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 pr@ndc.edu.

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Notre Dame College Resident Assistants Welcome Students Back to On-campus Housing https://www.notredamecollege.edu/notre-dame-college-resident-assistants-welcome-students-back-to-on-campus-housing/ Fri, 21 Aug 2020 22:28:43 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5453 The post Notre Dame College Resident Assistants Welcome Students Back to On-campus Housing appeared first on Notre Dame College.

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Notre Dame College residence hall leaders have completed two weeks of intense training to prepare to welcome this year’s new and returning students to campus.

The resident assistants (RAs) participate in an intense application and training process every year, not just during the COVID-19 pandemic. They become Safe Zone allies to build LBGTQ+ awareness, attend a racial equity workshop, and learn tools for working with students in crisis. They also spend time on practical matters such as room keys, on-call duties and moving furniture into residence hall rooms.

“I never really realized how much RAs provide so much safety and security on campus–any type of safety, even personal safety,” said Chéan White, a junior RA.

This year the RAs studied campus COVID-19 protocols and how to convey those to other students. The College is taking extra steps to ensure that its residence halls are as safe as possible and to limit the exposure and spread of COVID-19 while continuing to deliver the highly personal face-to-face education and residential experience students have said they prefer.

The campus community, faculty and staff as well as students, also signed a Falcon Family Pledge, an acknowledgement that members have read and understand the expectations set forth by the College and agreeing to do their part to help keep our community as safe as possible.

“One thing about training that I felt was significantly important was patience. I look forward to . . . finding ways to connect with residents in a time like this,” said Aaron Bastick, also a junior RA.

Cultivating Interaction

Lead RA students for the 2020-2021 academic year senior Macie Snider and juniors Logan Reedy and Mikel Wilson also presented to their peers about leadership and interactions with residential community members.

“One thing I learned from training is the importance of the manner in which I communicate with people and the importance of listening,” said Jeff Mutuku, a sophomore serving as an RA.

About 600 students moved in to the College’s five on-campus residence halls prior to the start of fall semester courses this year.

“I am looking forward to . . . being able to meet new people and build relationships with different students,” said Madeline Cook, who is also a sophomore RA.

Undergraduate students are nominated by faculty and staff and then participate in an application and interview process as well as the training before becoming RAs.

Building Community

RAs live in the residence halls and build community, serve as peer mentors and role models, provide crisis response and academic connections and work on committees to assist the residence life office with administrative functions.

“I am looking forward to creating a community on my floor with my residents and being a mentor,” said sophomore RA Tony Healy.

Resident Assistants provide an inclusive learning environment that encourages interaction among residents and peers.

“One thing I learned from training was openness not only for myself but to other people, to live and grow in community even with a variety of differences,” said Maddy Cataldo, a junior RA.

They embrace the role of a campus resource guide for students within the halls and identifies their academic, personal and social needs.

Developing Expertise

RAs at the College also provide first response to student issues and concerns within the halls and collaborate on and promote academic events, resources and processes.

“Something that I learned during our training is how to help someone that is emotionally stressed,” said Nico Vitantonio, another junior RA. “This can include checking in on them more, helping them find a club, going to the Counseling Center and showing them that you care for them.”

Each RA is in charge of a different floor in the residence halls. At Notre Dame, RAs also are expected to be involved in many campus activities. They are supervised by Avery Ware, director of residence life, and Danielle Thompson, assistant director of residence life and student engagement.

“I was able to learn more about…how to build a relationship with someone I don’t know,” said sophomore RA Catherine Thomas. “I can’t wait to see how well our Notre Dame community will come together to keep our students and staff safe during this time!”

August 2020
Anita Yoder and Ted Steiner contributed to this story.

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 pr@ndc.edu.

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A Message from the President: Preparing for the Start of the Academic Year https://www.notredamecollege.edu/a-message-from-the-president-preparing-for-the-start-of-the-academic-year/ Fri, 21 Aug 2020 04:20:29 +0000 https://www.notredamecollege.edu/?p=5377  

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