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Notre Dame Today Spring 2011

Learning How to Live a Good Life

Also Inside: Redrawing the Frontiers of Human Knowledge Counterterrorism 101 Donna the Explorer

President Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D. Chief Communications Officer Brian Johnston Editor Christian Taske ’07



Contributors Mary Elizabeth Cotleur ’98 Laurie Garrett Michael Kaplan Louise Prochaska, Ph.D. ’64 Skip Snow Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D. ’74 Design and Layout Christopher S. Smith Photography Ryan Baker Jeff Far Kristen Herrmann Christian Taske ’07 Additional Photos Provided By George Leggiero The News-Herald Joe Photo Maria Lopez Donna Roginski Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland Notre Dame College, a Catholic institution in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, educates a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional, and global responsibility. Notre Dame Today is published by the Notre Dame College Development Office for our alumni, faculty, staff, students and other friends of the College. It is our intent to provide correct information in our publication. However, mistakes may occur due to incomplete or inaccurate information. Please contact the College Development Office with corrections or questions you may have. The opinions expressed in Notre Dame Today are those of the editorial staff, writers, or their subjects and do not necessarily represent the official positions of Notre Dame College.



Features 4 One God, Three Quests Notre Dame Professor Traces Religions’ Journey Towards Monotheism 5 A Champion for Higher Education & Healthcare Philanthropist Carl Glickman Receives Notre Dame College Medal 6 Counterterrorism 101 Anti-Terrorism Expert Heads Notre Dame’s Newest Graduate Program 8 Redrawing the Frontiers of Human Knowledge White House Honors Notre Dame College Alumna 10 Driving to the Moon: A Student Profile Son Inspires Adult Student to Pursue Teaching Career 12 Learning How to Live a Good Life Service is Part of the Fabric at Notre Dame College 14 Providing a “McDonald’s Vacation” NDC “Cowgirls” Volunteer at Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House 16 Homes of Service Student Volunteers Help Build Homes in Katrina-Ravaged Town 18 Providing a Gateway to Empowerment Student Athletes Reach Out to the Community 20 Lenten Reflection Through Service Alumni Volunteer at Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center 22 Alumna Profile: Donna the Explorer Donna Roginski ’68 travels the world examining U.S. embassies for the State Department

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As we all know, Notre Dame College is a special place, from the students who grace it, to the faculty and staff who fill it with energy, to our mission focused on educating students for personal, professional and global responsibility. At Notre Dame, we not only seek to prepare students for the world of work, but we also seek to help them become responsible citizens, citizens who will live lives of community engagement and service. How does this happen? It happens by bringing the mission into the classroom; it happens through engaged faculty and students sharing and exploring together; it happens by providing role models who live the mission. Currently, the College faculty is designing a signature core curriculum that cultivates personal responsibility, service to community and professional ethics, and, most importantly, cultivates a personal focus on the common good. In this issue of Notre Dame Today, you will read about how our students, alumni, faculty and staff live the College’s mission. You will also discover distinguished individuals who are exemplars for our students about living one’s life in service to one’s community. There’s civic leader Carl Glickman, who recently received the Notre Dame Medal, the College’s highest honor, for his outstanding commitment to higher education and healthcare in Greater Cleveland. In addition to being a highly successful businessman, Carl has been a major philanthropic benefactor in Cleveland and a stellar example for what it means to live a good life. There’s Sr. Karita Ivancic, SND, D.Min ’71, who in her research has explored the commonalities of the three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Sr. Karita presented her findings in the 2011 President’s Lecture at a time when it couldn’t be more relevant, as our students live in a world in which crimes against innocents are often perpetrated in the name of religion. There’s alumna Marye Anne Payne Fox ’69, one of 10 scientists who last year received the National Medal of Science – the nation’s highest honor for scientific research – from President Barack Obama. Fox received her honor for her research in organic photochemistry and electrochemistry. There’s alumna Donna Roginski ’68 who lives a life of global responsibility as she travels the world for the State Department examining the work of U.S. embassies in places such as Malta, South Africa and Botswana. There’s Sanjiv Kapur who, as a Hindu, believes in the mission of a College that is rooted in the Catholic tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Sanjiv is not only a member of the College’s Board of Trustees, but also a role model for our students as he combines a highly successful legal career while maintaining one’s ethical and moral integrity. There’s adult student Vicki Brusky, who, inspired by her son’s love for his teachers at Julie Billiart School in Lyndhurst, decided to go back to College to pursue a teaching career of her own. All of these individuals live the mission of Notre Dame College and inspire others to follow in their footsteps. As we all know, Notre Dame is a nurturer of nascent talent, not a polisher of finished talent. Our dedication to service and responsibility enriches us all – it is the core of who we are, of what Notre Dame is. As a friend or alum of Notre Dame, you should join me in being proud as we see students graduate who are confident, assertive, energetic and morally and ethically responsible. It’s very gratifying to see how we transform young people’s lives and how they go on to transform others’. Sincerely,

Andrew P. Roth, Ph.D. President NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 1

Campus Life College Purchases Former High School Notre Dame’s board of trustees has approved an agreement in principle to purchase Regina High School, which closed its doors in June 2010. The College has been operating part of the building since August. Short-term plans include relocating employees who have been housed off campus, expanding the number of classrooms and labs, accommodating faculty A new home: The former Regina High School building now houses Notre Dame classes and offices. offices, and using the Regina gymnasium and auditorium for larger meetings and special events. Longer-term plans for renovating and repurposing the Regina property could take as long as five to seven years. The College will soon begin fundraising efforts to secure private money to help with updating the building. Acquisition of the Regina property adds slightly over eight acres to the College’s existing 53-acre footprint.

Wrestling Wins Second National Championship Notre Dame’s Wrestling Falcons are national champions again, as they successfully defended their 2010 crown at the NAIA National Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in March. Two Notre Dame wrestlers – Dante Rini and Orlando Scales – earned individual national titles

Notre Dame Launches Honors Program Notre Dame has launched an honors program for the top five percent of incoming students. Sixteen of the College’s 360 freshmen are currently enrolled. Once admitted to the program, the students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maintain a 3.5 GPA. They will take up to eight honors classes by the time they graduate. “We want to provide a learning community for people who make academics a priority during their college experience,” says Dr. Mary It’s an honor: Sam Vail is one of 16 students in NDC’s Honors Program. Breckenridge, vice president for academic affairs. Being accepted into the program carries many benefits for the students. They will receive priority registration, an honors designation on their transcripts, and an honors medallion at graduation. Throughout the program, students will interact with faculty in a mentoring relationship. For a full article on NDC’s Honors Program visit NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 2

Two in a row: The Falcons defended their NAIA title.

as well. “I’m so proud of our guys, the coaches, everyone associated with this program,” said NDC Head Coach Frank Romano, who has now led Notre Dame to a feat never before accomplished by an Ohio wrestling program – winning multiple national titles. In addition, Notre Dame has also won the last two NAIA National Duals titles, making them the first NAIA team to claim victories in both the National Championships and National Duals in consecutive years.

Exploring the Holy Land Alumni, faculty and friends of Notre Dame College embarked on an educational and spiritual adventure to the Holy Land from February 23 to March 4, exploring Israel from the lowest point on earth, at the Dead Sea, to the lofty heights of Jerusalem. Presented by the Abrahamic Center, the 27 travelers explored the origins of the three great monotheistic faiths – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – as they visited Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. They experienced both ancient and modern Israel as they slept in Bedouin tents and enjoyed the nonstop nightlife of Tel Aviv. The group blogged about its experiences on the College website at

Spiritual adventure: The 27 NDC travelers explored ancient and modern Israel.

Falcon Golf Classic Slated for July 18 Notre Dame’s Athletic Department will host the 10th Annual Falcon Golf Classic at StoneWater Golf Course in Highland Heights, Ohio, on Monday, July 18. This scramble is open to alumni, family and friends of the Notre Dame community. A $175 player donation includes 18 holes of golf, cart, continental breakfast, a buffet luncheon, and additional prizes. Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and organizations, providing visibility and access to more than 150 golfers and guests. The golf outing, which was first played in 2002, supports Notre Dame’s 23 athletic teams and its more than 400 student athletes. Funds raised in recent years have supported the institution of new

English Professor Publishes Novel

programs such as football, bowling, water polo and the construction of a new on-campus practice field. For more information, contact Al DiFranco, director of donor relations, at 216.373.5234 or

College Becomes Alpha Pi Chapter Notre Dame is the first college in Ohio to become a chapter of the Delta Alpha Pi International Honor Society for students with disabilities. The Delta Alpha Pi Honor Society, the first of its kind in the U.S., was founded in 2004 at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania and is open to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities, who must demonstrate an interest in disability issues. Undergraduates must have a grade point average of 3.1 or higher; graduates must hold a GPA of at least 3.3. Notre Dame is the society’s newest chapter, Beta Alpha. Students of the College’s Academic Support Center will be inducted into the honor society this month.

Adjunct English Professor Dalma Takács has published her most recent novel titled “The Condo: Or…Life, a Sequel.” Takács’s book is a science fiction fable of the human condition. The protagonist, Jasper Wergild, hoping to relax and get away from the frustrations of life, buys an upscale condo in a mysterious gated community. When he gets there after an automobile accident, he discovers it is a gated community of quite a different kind. Everyone is allowed to enter but no one is allowed to leave. Among his neighbors are a Holocaust survivor, an abused wife and a serial killer. What follows is an exploration of universal themes such as good and evil, acceptance and forgiveness, and redemption and individualism, as the characters struggle to reconcile their inner demons and achieve lasting peace. The book can be ordered from your local bookstore or at, and Read an excerpt of the book at about/notre-dame-today.


One God, Three Quests Notre Dame Professor Traces Religions’ Journey Towards Monotheism By Dr. Louise Prochaska ’64

“It was a wonderful time to reflect on Sr. Karita’s topic – ‘One God, Three Quests’ – during Lent. Recognizing the commonalities of our faiths at a time when there is so much dissention in the world, reminded me how important our faith can be in sustaining us through difficult times,” said Associate Professor of Management Sharon Kerschner, who attended the President’s Lecture and dinner in Notre Dame College’s Great Room on March 15. That evening, Sr. Mary Karita Ivancic, SND, D. Min. ’71, gave the 2011 President’s Lecture discussing the process by which the three Abrahamic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – reached a solid faith in one personal God. Sr. Karita, who teaches theology and choral music at Notre Dame and holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary, was inspired to research this topic after hearing the presentations of Rev. George Smiga, the Tuohy lecturer at John Carroll University in the spring of 2010. Besides researching published scholars, she interviewed Michael Bloom, director of Notre Dame’s Abrahamic Center; Imam Ramez Islambouli, professor of religion at Case Western Reserve University; and Rabbi Steven Segar of Temple Kol Halev. Sr. Karita said she was impressed by the scholarship of these men as well as their deep respect for the Christian understanding of God. The highlights of Sr. Karita’s research include the following insights: It was not until the Israelites experienced exile in Babylon (587 to 538 B.C.E.) that they committed themselves totally to the God of NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 4

2011 President’s Lecturer: Sr. Karita Ivancic, SND, D.Min. ’71

Abraham. Before this purifying period, they were actually henotheists – people who worship one God yet believed that many other gods existed and protected other peoples. The Christian quest was different. The original followers of Jesus were strong believers in the one God of Abraham. It took Christians about 400 years and many heresies as well as theological battles to arrive at a way of expressing faith in a triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One striking passage in the paper says this well: “The Trinity is not to be understood as a literal theological statement or a logical explanation, but rather as ‘an imaginative paradigm’ or ‘poem’ about a divine relationship…one God whom we know in three distinct ways of being God for us.” Islam, Sr. Karita writes, was founded in a henotheistic culture that “worshipped about 300 gods and demi-gods that functioned as intermediaries between the Creator God (Allah, meaning ‘the God’) and his creation.” By the time Mohammed

was born in Mecca (in the sixth century C.E.), most city-dwelling Arabs understood Allah to be the same deity worshipped by Jews and Christians, but they still crafted, sold and worshipped statues of many other gods. Mohammed was told by the angel Gabriel to honor only Allah. When the prophet began preaching this message, he was rejected by everyone in Mecca except some of his own clan members. Between 610 and 630 C.E., Mohammed preached and fought to establish the worship of Allah alone. Once established, this new faith galvanized the Arab peoples and spread very quickly in the Arabian peninsula and across North Africa. The second and shorter theme developed in Sr. Karita’s paper was the profile of the God of these three religions. Sr. Karita highlighted five qualities: ineffable, beyond names or images; a distinct living being, not a “cosmic force”; being benevolent and self-revealing; and holding up “definite expectations of human beings.” Notre Dame College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth sent a public message to Sr. Karita the day after her lecture. “Thank you for your excellent President’s Lecture presentation last evening. Your talk ‘One God, Three Quests: The Journey of Jews, Christians and Muslims Toward Monotheism’ captured exactly what such a talk should be – scholarly but accessible, knowledgeable but not arcane and presented with both grace and élan. Congratulations on a job well done!” Dr. Louise Prochaska ’64 is professor of theology and women’s studies at Notre Dame College.

A Champion for Higher Education & Healthcare Philanthropist Carl Glickman Receives Notre Dame College Medal By Christian Taske ‘07

When philanthropist and civic leader Carl Glickman received dialysis treatment years ago, he one day sat next to a 12-year-old boy who was undergoing the same procedure. It was then that Glickman realized children should not have to receive the treatment in an adult setting. As a result, he decided to donate millions of dollars to fund the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Dialysis Center, where recreational therapists and volunteers entertain children with educational activities, games, crafts and events. Glickman’s son Robert told this story at the 2011 Notre Dame College Medal Dinner in honor of his father, who is considered by many a champion for higher education and healthcare. Notre Dame College awarded Glickman its highest honor, the Notre Dame College Medal, at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven on April 2, for demonstrating exceptional commitment to community service in Greater Cleveland and beyond for over five decades. His son Robert accepted the award on behalf of his father, who missed the event due to an unexpected hospitalization. “My father would like to thank Dr. Roth not only for the award, but for the many things the College has done for the community,” he said. The fourth recipient of the Notre Dame College Medal, Glickman has joined a prestigious group of philanthropists and community leaders who include his friends Sam Miller, Bishop Anthony Pilla, and Anthony and Donna Kelly Rego. All of them exemplify the College’s values by demonstrating personal, professional and global responsibility through their community service. “Carl Glickman’s philanthropic generosity to the health, welfare and

education of all the citizens of Cleveland deserves our utmost respect,” said College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth. “He embodies the values of Notre Dame College and its founding Sisters by demonstrating relentless dedication to the community. He is a powerful role model for our students.” Glickman and his late wife Barbara have donated millions of dollars to scholarship funds and healthcare institutions in Cleveland. Besides the Cleveland Clinic’s Children’s Dialysis Center, they have also funded the Cleveland Clinic Foundation’s Glickman Urological Institute. “Carl and Babs have been very instrumental in the building and the recognition of the Glickman Urological Kidney Institute,” said Dr. Toby Cosgrove, CEO and president of the Cleveland Clinic. “Over time that has grown to be recognized as one of the top urological institutions in the country, and they have played a major part in helping it do that. Carl has been very much a leader in bringing other people along to be philanthropic, as well.” Together with Miller, Glickman also founded and contributed millions to the Cleveland State University Moses Cleaveland scholarship fund. Additionally, he has given generously to Cleveland Central Catholic High School and the Diocese of Cleveland. “When it comes to Jewish philanthropy or Catholic philanthropy, he draws no lines. He is like the medical unit of Doctors Without Borders,” Miller said. “I find him to be totally compassionate, giving and decent.” Miller said that, even though Glickman isn’t Catholic, he knows “that wherever Catholics are in the educational process, that’s where

Partners in philanthropy: Carl and Barbara Glickman

someone is going to get a very good education.” Leo Hyland, president of Cleveland Central Catholic High School, said the leadership gift from Glickman and his wife to the school’s “Vibrant in the City” campaign transformed the community entirely. “Mr. Glickman and his wife made this happen,” Hyland said. “It is a miraculous story and it has positioned Cleveland Central Catholic for a bright future.” Glickman, who has been president of The Glickman Organization, a real estate development and management firm, since 1953, has never been one to seek credit or publicity for his acts of generosity. It was therefore almost fitting, though unfortunate, that he could not attend the Medal Dinner personally and asked his son to accept the medal instead. His parents have always believed “that what you do in the community really means something,” Robert Glickman said. “I hope that my brother, my sister and I are able to live up to the examples my mother and father have set.” To view a video honoring Carl Glickman, visit NotreDameCollege. edu/about/notre-dame-today. Christian Taske ’07 is the editor and writer at Notre Dame College. NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 5

Counterterrorism 101 Anti-Terrorism Expert Heads Notre Dame’s Newest Graduate Program By Christian Taske ‘07

On a recent Friday morning on the Notre Dame College parking lot near Lawnway Road, student Anthony Rocco slips into an olive-green ordnance disposal suit. Parked behind him is a black and silver bomb disposal vehicle with the door to its round holding tank open, as if ready to accept whatever explosive device needs to be secured. A bomb disposal robot is on alert as members of the Lake County Bomb Squad fix the collar on Rocco’s suit that reaches past his ears. Terrorism expert: Dr. John Hatzadony

Classmates watch as Rocco moves stiffly like a robot trying to pick up an item without his knees touching the ground. Members of the bomb squad ask Rocco to lay down and try getting back up. “Try doing this under a vehicle looking for a bomb,” Bomb Tech Chuck Bissler says. The scene is reminiscent of one from the Academy Award-winning picture “The Hurt Locker,” in which Jeremy Renner plays the member of an Army explosive ordnance disposal team in Iraq. But this is no serious incident by any means. It’s part of a demonstration in Dr. John Hatzadony’s Terrorism & Counterterrorism class. Dr. Hatzadony brought his antiterrorism expertise to NDC several years ago as an adjunct professor teaching in the undergraduate intelligence studies program. He has since been hired as the director of the Graduate Program in Security Policy Studies, which will begin this fall. The master’s program aims to educate current and future strategic analysts, managers and decisionmakers for careers in intelligence NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 6

analysis, emergency management and homeland security. It offers a unique approach to its curriculum, combining theory, policy and practical application – an approach that Dr. Hatzadony says is unprecedented. “Having worked in intelligence and homeland security for almost 10 years, I have yet to see a professional, all-hands, comprehensive program in the public sphere that really balances the vast security arena that security policy covers,” he says. “They were all missing something, whether they were missing an international threat, intelligence or real-world aspect.” Dr. Hatzadony is convinced that his program has the edge by engaging new technology, methodology and an advanced curriculum. Classes include Homeland Security, Terrorism & Counterterrorism, Strategic Leadership, Biodefense and Strategic Intelligence. The coursework consists of case studies and virtual/tabletop exercises, and culminates in a real-

world, strategic project from the government or private sector. The program’s focus is an “all hazards” approach that mirrors the mission of the Department of Homeland Security and aims to prepare professionals for all kinds of disasters, from a terrorist attack, to a flood or even a pandemic outbreak. The degree is enhanced by an interdisciplinary perspective that will integrate knowledge from a variety of fields including criminal justice, public administration, intelligence studies, and biodefense and disease surveillance. Dr. Hatzadony has extensive experience in many of these fields, as his anti-terrorism background reaches beyond the classroom and dates back to before the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. At the time, Dr. Hatzadony was studying terrorism while working on his doctorate at Case Western Reserve University, and there were few experts in the field. “Anyone who had a little knowledge was considered an expert,” he says.

Just an exercise: Student Anthony Rocco tries on an ordinance disposal suit. Photo by Duncan Scott/The News-Herald

After finishing his dissertation on intelligence-state relations in Croatia, Dr. Hatzadony took his expertise to the Transportation Security Administration in Cleveland, where he became a field intelligence coordinator. In this role, he served as an analyst, organized multiple presidential and diplomatic protection details with the Secret Service and developed aircraft hijacking training scenarios. In 2006, he moved on to become an anti-money laundering investigator at KeyBank. He worked on more than 300 anti-money laundering, fraud and terrorist financing cases. From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Hatzadony was also the deputy director of operations for Global Investigations & Analytic Services, where he directed instructional programs in counter-terrorist financing for the financial services and law enforcement communities. Dr. Hatzadony’s expertise made him the perfect fit for Notre Dame College, say professors Dr. Kelley Cronin and Dr. Gregory Moore, who helped facilitate the introduction of the Master of Arts in Security Policy Studies (SPS).

“It was his addition to the fulltime faculty that enabled us to create a stronger and more unique program than we might otherwise have done,” Dr. Moore says. “His enthusiasm and drive since becoming director of the SPS program will undoubtedly contribute greatly to its success.” Both Dr. Cronin and Dr. Moore wanted the new master’s program to build on Notre Dame’s undergraduate intelligence studies program and complete the College’s Center for Intelligence Studies, which addresses the increasing demand for intelligence analysts since 9/11. “While the demand for entry-level homeland security professionals has increased substantially, the demand for professionals with more sophisticated levels of competence and readiness has also grown,” Dr. Hatzadony says. “We are not just preparing students for further graduate study but also to lead and prepare for the transition from the line jobs to staff positions.” The program’s uniqueness lies in the fact that it transcends national security issues, Dr. Moore says. “Beyond the continued international threats to our national security,” he

says, “the recent events in Japan serve as a grim reminder of the need to prepare to the best of our ability to deal with the effects of natural disasters.” The graduate program fits perfectly into Notre Dame’s liberal arts catalog, Dr. Hatzadony says. “Security, whether homeland or international security, is inherently an interdisciplinary field,” he says. “Liberal arts colleges, which aren't wedded to strict subject fields and silo knowledge from students, are the perfect laboratory for this.” For Notre Dame to continue its growth, the addition of graduate programs has an extra value-added, Dr. Hatzadony says. “Not only for the College generally, but also for the undergraduate programs, because inevitably there will be spillover between the student population and allow the faculty to develop,” he says. But the M.A. in Security Policy Studies aims to not only attract current undergraduates. Professionals already in the intelligence field and military veterans should be particularly interested. “Most veterans and intelligence professionals come to the table with one or maybe two particular specialties,” Dr. Hatzadony says. “This field encompasses at least eight overlapping subjects, and this program educates them on what they have not experienced yet, while also allowing them to synthesize their subject-matter expertise.” The program is convenient for students all over the country as classes are online, which will allow them to apply their knowledge, interact with classmates and network. But there will also be three strategic weekend visits to campus for on-site, practical exercises. So, the sight of students walking around in bomb disposal suits might be something the College community could get used to soon. Christian Taske ’07 is the editor and writer at Notre Dame College.


Redrawing the Frontiers of Human Knowledge White House Honors Notre Dame College Alumna

President Barack Obama awarded Notre Dame College alumna Marye Anne Payne Fox ’69 the National Medal of Science, the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers and inventors. Fox and 10 other nationally renowned researchers were honored in a White House ceremony on Nov. 17. “The extraordinary accomplishments of these scientists, engineers and inventors are a testament to American industry and ingenuity,” President Obama said.


“Their achievements have redrawn the frontiers of human knowledge while enhancing American prosperity, and it is my tremendous pleasure to honor them for their important contributions.” Fox, who is chancellor at the University of California, San Diego,

received the Medal for her research in organic photochemistry and electrochemistry that has been used in materials science, solar energy conversion and environmental chemistry applications. “It’s a great honor to receive this prestigious recognition, and I am humbled and proud that the contributions made by my research group have advanced organic chemistry,” Fox said. “I was fortunate to have had brilliant and hardworking graduate students who focused on fundamental principles that were

later translated into practical use in solar energy conversion, environmental remediation and materials science,” Fox said. “I truly believe that important developments in science and science education are vital for the future of this nation.” Fox is a 1969 graduate of Notre Dame College. She completed her master’s degree at Cleveland State University, and received a doctorate in chemistry from Dartmouth College in 1973. Fox spent 22 years at the University of Texas as an assistant professor of organic chemistry and

vice chancellor of research. In 1998, she joined North Carolina State University as chancellor and distinguished professor of chemistry. She has been chancellor at UC San Diego since August 2004. Fox has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and to fellowships both in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association of Advancement of Science. She also has received honorary degrees from 12 institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. Nominees are selected by a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in, and contributions to, the biological, behavioral/social and physical sciences, as well as chemistry, engineering, computing and mathematics.


Driving to the Moon: A Student Profile Son Inspires Adult Student to Pursue Teaching Career By Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D. ’74

At the Notre Dame College Dean’s List Dinner on March 15, one of the honorees was missing. Vicki Brusky wasn’t receiving her certificate for a straight-A fall semester because she was driving home to Amherst with her son Mark, a third-grader at Julie Billiart School. That long drive between Amherst and Lyndhurst gives Vicki plenty of time to think about God’s providence that brought her to a new place in life – the classrooms at Notre Dame College. After struggling throughout first grade in an Amherst public school, Mark was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Vicki worked through her surprise and confusion in part by googling “best schools in the U.S. for Asperger’s,” which yielded a link to Julie Billiart School. Vicki scheduled a visit to the school and a meeting with Jodi Johnston, the principal. “As soon as I walked in, I just knew,” Vicki recalls, “that this was the perfect school for Mark.” She appreciates the skill and warmth of the teachers and their dedication to ensuring that each child learns to his or her potential. Johnston showed Vicki how to apply for the autism scholarship from the Ohio Department of Education, but there was still the issue of a nearly 100-mile round trip every day. How could a single mother working at a grocery store pay for transportation as well as other private-school costs? NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 10

“Things happen for a reason,” Vicki says. Within weeks, another far-West Side parent called her about sharing the drive, and soon Vicki was driving three children to and from Julie Billiart every day, able to quit the grocery job because she was earning the gas money. Meanwhile, Mark adapted well and came to love every day of school in Sr. Sharon Kovalcik’s second grade classroom. While most children are thrilled by a snow day, Mark is sad when school is closed. “I love to go to JB,” he tells his mother, “because everyone there likes me.” As the start of the 2010 school year approached, Vicki realized that she could do more with her days than read novels in a coffee shop. She could go back to college. After visiting a few campuses, Vicki walked into Notre Dame College and knew, once again, that

An inspiration: Vicki Brusky and her son Mark

“everything fit perfectly.” Sarah Palace, an advisor in adult admissions, arranged a schedule to fit within Mark’s JB school day, and last fall Vicki began coursework leading toward a degree as an intervention specialist. “I would be so happy,” Vicki says, “if someday my students think of me the way Mark thinks of his teachers at Julie Billiart.” Driving hundreds of miles, studying late and early, even missing the Dean’s List Dinner – Vicki is ready to do whatever it takes “to get the best education possible for both of us.” “I would drive to the moon,” she says, “so Mark can be at Julie Billiart.” Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D. ’74 is an associate professor of English and communication at Notre Dame College.

In love with JB: Vicki with her son Mark (right) and his friends from Julie Billiart.


Learning How to Live a Good Life Service is Part of the Fabric at Notre Dame College


A Notre Dame College education is anchored in the liberal arts, attuned to its students’ professional preparation and multiple learning needs, and sensitive to its Catholic heritage. The College not only prepares students to earn a living, it prepares them to live a life doing good work – work that is characterized by excellence, ethics and social responsibility. Service has a long tradition at the College, as its mission is grounded in that of the Sisters of Notre Dame. The hallmarks of a Notre Dame education include developing sensitivity to the needs of others and developing a spirit of service to one’s community. FalconCorps, the College’s service center, builds upon that tradition by fostering participation in community service and increasing understanding of social justice issues. Students regularly volunteer at the Cleveland Food Bank, the Tri-City Consortium and the Heights Emergency Food Center. The day freshmen step onto campus they encounter that spirit of service and social responsibility, as they are asked to participate in a Welcome Weekend Food Collection. For several years, students have spent their fall and spring breaks building houses for Habitat for Humanity. The College’s student athletes regularly volunteer at Special Olympics, raise money for various causes, and visit local schools to share their personal stories of struggles and successes. Notre Dame alumni engage in service retreats, and faculty and staff volunteer their time for the American Heart Association and the Ronald McDonald House. Notre Dame is currently also in the process of designing a signature core curriculum that cultivates personal responsibility, service, professional ethics, and a sense of the common good from a local to a global perspective in all degree-seeking students. In short, service is part of the fabric at Notre Dame College. For that commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement, Notre Dame has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition for a college or university. On the following pages you will read about a few examples of how service touches nearly everyone at Notre Dame College. NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 13

Providing a “McDonald’s NDC “Cowgirls” Volunteer at Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House By Christian Taske ‘07

Alyson, 5, was diagnosed with aortic stenosis, a heart defect caused by a membrane under her aortic valve, when she was 3. Her parents were told she would eventually have to have open heart surgery to remove the membrane, which was causing reduced blood flow to her body. Two years later, they scheduled the surgery at the Cleveland Clinic for the summer, so Alyson wouldn’t have to miss school. Living about 100 miles away, near Youngstown, and knowing that only one person could stay at her bedside, Alyson’s family needed a place to stay while she was hospitalized. They considered a hotel, but couldn’t afford the rooms. They considered staying with friends, but the nearest lived 30 miles away. Then they considered the Ronald McDonald House. What the family expected was a room to sleep in, fast or hospital food all week, and a bagful of dirty laundry to take home. What they got instead were relaxing family rooms, hot meals prepared by volunteers, and a fully-stocked laundry room in which to wash clothes. Alyson, her sister Emilee, 7, and their parents snuggled as a family in one of the double beds in their room that night. The next morning, Alyson had her surgery. Alyson’s family is just one of 1,200 who stay at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) every year at little to no cost. They are families with children who receive medical NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 14

Like a vacation: Alyson and Emilee have fond memories of their stay at RMH.

care at Cleveland-area hospitals for serious illnesses, such as cancer, leukemia, cystic fibrosis or heart defects. Their stay at RMH is largely made possible by volunteers – volunteers like a group of Notre Dame College professors that recently cooked a Tex-Mex themed meal for RMH residents. Sporting cowboy hats, bandanas and sheriff stars, the “cowgirls” served pulled pork sandwiches, chicken soft tacos, rice, refried beans, a Mexican casserole and salad. For dessert, they brought punch, carrot cupcakes, and

cookies shaped like cowboy hats, boots and cacti. “After hearing the heartbreaking stories of these families in crisis, it seemed like the least we could do,” Assistant Professor of English Dr. Amy Kesegich said. Dr. Louise Prochaska, professor of theology and women’s studies, remembered one story in particular. One of the children enjoying the food was a little boy, who couldn’t have been older than 10. He was sitting in a wheelchair, his leg in a cast. But he wasn’t a patient at one of the local hospitals; his sisters was. She was having surgery for head injuries she had sustained in a car crash. When Dr. Prochaska started talking to what she thought were the boy’s parents, she realized they were his grandparents. Mom and dad had died in the automobile accident. “They had adopted the children and were raising them on a farm in rural Ohio,” Dr. Prochaska said. “At some point, the grandmother turned to her husband and said, ‘We’re managing, aren’t we, Bobby?’” Dr. Prochaska said she was amazed by the strength and faith of the families who stayed at RMH. “There is a sense of warmth and care as soon as you enter the front door,” she said. More than 300 individual volunteers and 700 volunteer groups help RMH provide this care each year, according to Marketing and Communications Manager Samantha Stroud. They help run the house, register families, maintain the gardens

Vacation” and provide special programs for the families. In addition, they provide more than 400 meals a year to the families through RMH’s Family Meal Program. In all, they have served more than 30,000 families over the past three decades. “When families are here, they don’t want to worry about making dinner and cleaning,” Stroud said. “Volunteers give them the time not having to worry about these things.” Stroud said average household chores take two and a half hours a day and the average family spends about 10 days at RMH. “So volunteers give our families a whole extra day with their children,” she said. Stroud said volunteer opportunities at RMH are popular because people immediately see the difference they are making for the families. “The families are so thankful for the services we provide, and No. 1 on that list are the volunteers,” she said. “Sometimes they just need someone to talk to. The volunteers become part of the family.” The volunteers from Notre Dame left a lasting impression on the families, Stroud said. “They were a great group. They were a lot of fun and hard workers. And you could tell they had so much fun.” Psychology Professor Dr. Erica White, who encouraged her Notre Dame colleagues to participate in the program after she heard about it at a fundraiser, confirmed Stroud’s impression. “All who participated enjoyed themselves, and the families and staff at Ronald McDonald House raved about the food and the creativity,”

Howdy: Amy Kesegich, Lynn Zimmerman, Sr. Karita Ivancic, Nancy Baird, Louise Prochaska, Liz Presley, Erica White, Judy Risko and Natalie Strouse

Dr. White said. “Even before we left, the group agreed to go back again because it was such a wonderful opportunity to serve.” Dr. Lynn Zimmerman, assistant professor of English and communication, said she was touched by how grateful everyone was for their help. “We can barely imagine the pain these kids and their families endure daily, but the mood that night over dinner was cheerful and optimistic,” Dr. Zimmerman said. “I’m just glad we were able to give them a brief respite from all the stress.” Education Instructor Elizabeth Presley said volunteering at RMH was a wonderful experience. “Our night at Ronald McDonald House was so rewarding – and such a great time,” she said. “I loved the chance to not only help the families by providing a meal and chatting with them, but the opportunity to have fun alongside my colleagues as we prepared our dinner.” Since Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House opened its doors in

1979, volunteers like the Notre Dame faculty have turned it into a sanctuary for those in need. With a few smiles and some delicious food, they help RMH residents forget their struggles, even if just for a few minutes. Sometimes, it seems, the families leave the house having forgotten their stress entirely. “My older daughter, Emilee, actually refers to the stay as our ‘McDonald’s Vacation,’” Alyson’s mother wrote in a testimonial on RMH’s website. “Who would have thought that such a challenging week could end up being so pleasant?” “Alyson had her one-month follow-up appointment in July,” Alyson’s mom wrote. “Again our family stayed the night before and again didn't have to worry about a thing. Aly has healed well, and her heart murmur is gone. There is no more narrowing of her aortic valve.” Christian Taske ’07 is the editor and writer at Notre Dame College. NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 15

Homes of Service Student Volunteers Help Build Homes in Katrina-Ravaged Town By Michael Kaplan

“Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” This quote attributed to cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead captures the spirit of Notre Dame College’s annual alternative spring break trips. This year’s journey to Biloxi, Miss., a Gulf Coast town ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was no exception, as 13 student volunteers embarked on a week of adventure, friendship and service. Organized by Notre Dame’s Campus Ministry Office, we traveled to Biloxi to take up Habitat for Humanity’s “Collegiate Challenge,” a year-round alternative break program that connects students with one of the 200 Habitat affiliates throughout the country. Over the course of the week, we worked with Habitat officials and other volunteer groups to help construct a traditional Southern home. We departed from campus at 4 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, and arrived in Biloxi the next day after visiting Nashville, Tenn., and spending the night at Holy Spirit Church in Huntsville, Ala. Shortly after we arrived at the Habitat site, we received our t-shirts, watched a safety video, and met the supervisors and other volunteers. Those of us who had attended previous Habitat trips said they had never seen so many volunteers at a site before. After settling in, we decided to explore Biloxi and walk along the pier at the beach. The city is well on its way to recovery six years after Hurricane Katrina killed 53 residents and destroyed nearly 90 percent of the buildings along the coast in Biloxi


and neighboring Gulfport. At the time, Katrina had torn several of Biloxi’s “floating” casinos off their supports and thrown them inland. Many of the city’s churches and its public library had also been destroyed or severely damaged, not to mention countless private homes. Since then, casinos, churches, libraries and shopping centers have re-opened. Much of the city’s recovery is due to Habitat for Humanity, which has been involved in the construction of 400 homes in the area. We would take part in building one of these homes over the next several days. But before our work began on Tuesday, we had a day off on Monday to visit New Orleans. Entering the city, we witnessed some devastation that was still left by Hurricane Katrina. What used to be million-dollar homes now looked like they were part of the slums. One image that particularly stuck with us was that of a play set completely twisted around a tree. But it wasn’t going to be the last impression we would get of Katrina’s destructive force.

Precision required: NDC students working on the “Kings” and “Queens”

The next day we arrived at the Habitat site at 8 a.m. Site supervisor Don and AmeriCorps supervisor Chris quickly introduced us to our work – the difficult task of blocking. Blocking is the fitting of blocks that form the foundation under the flooring. Since Mississippi law requires that houses need to be at least six feet off the ground, we had to fit the blocks while standing on ladders and beams. After we finally got the hang of it, things started to go smoothly. Working as a group was key in bringing everyone together and becoming a team. After lunch break, we received a surprise tour of Biloxi, an experience none of us will ever forget. We got onto a charter bus with other volunteers from Montana to see the damage still left by Hurricane Katrina and visit the victims’ memorial, which had been built by the crew and volunteers of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Our tour guide Scott shared with us his story of living through the hurricane and some tear-jerking stories of its victims. Scott had been a bus driver who evacuated people

from New Orleans and Biloxi to Texas. His stories gave us an insight into the devastation caused by Katrina and the difference we volunteers are making to families in the area. The next day, work consisted of finishing the blocking and setting up the foundation for the flooring. With the help of the more experienced Montana group, we were able to fly through the job. It was satisfying to see how much we got done in a few hours. Work day No. 3 was the most challenging and frustrating one, as we worked on “Kings” and “Queens.” These are the names for two pieces of wood – one a little bit smaller than the other – that are placed on top of each other and nailed together. The tricky part was that the pieces needed to be flush, meaning that all of the sides needed to be perfectly in line. Habitat for Humanity work demands quality and dedication. Our last day of work dawned upon us with a forecast of thunderstorms. But thankfully it was still warm. Undeterred, we laid the complete subfloor for the house. Our blocking was strong and secure. For lunch, some of us decided to try a local burger joint called “Burger-Burger,” whose famous concoction was an 18-inch hoagie loaded with hamburger meat and a secret chili cheese sauce. Going to these nearby establishments gave us a chance to talk to some of the locals. It was great to hear the thanks we received from many people for working with Habitat. It was evident they were grateful for what we were doing, and it was amazing to know we were doing something that really mattered. We found that what we did during the week had a huge impact on not only a single family but a whole community. With all the devastation still left by Hurricane Katrina, it was nice to know that we played a small role in the recovery. That is something to be proud of and carry with us always. The long trip home allowed each of us to think of the places we had visited, the people we had met, and the impact we had had. It gave us time to internalize our feelings and to think of our alternative spring break. It was a good feeling. Mike Kaplan is a senior majoring in management information systems at Notre Dame College.

Blocking: NDC students built the foundation for a home in Biloxi.

Mission accomplished: The Notre Dame students proudly show off their work.

Hitting the nail on the head: Mike Kaplan reflects on the Habitat for Humanity trip to Biloxi, Miss.


Providing a Gatewa Student Athletes Reach Out to the Community By Skip Snow

On a November Saturday last fall, freshman swimmer Chelsea Law torpedoed through the water with powerful strokes en route to finishing first in the women’s 500-yard freestyle, a full nine seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. For Law and the rest of the Notre Dame squad, competing in a home meet against West Virginia Wesleyan, the will and determination to compete at such a high level came a bit easier than it had before … perhaps because they had witnessed a higher level of competition seven days prior. On the previous Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Wooster Area YMCA, members of the NDC Swimming & Diving team volunteered in a Special Olympics swim meet. For a second straight year, NDC Swimming & Diving was a part of the proceedings, as the Falcons volunteered their services as timers, athlete escorts, announcers and award presenters. Junior swimmer Jackie Walsh organized the service experience for the team. “Volunteering at the Special Olympics was a great experience for our team,” Walsh said. “We were able to see those less fortunate than ourselves accomplish great things, greater things, in fact, than we could achieve.” The spirit and commitment offered up by the Falcons was noted by the event’s co-director, Ron Leonard. “I haven’t been involved in coordinating a Special Olympics NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 18

event that ran any smoother,” he said. “This is due, to a very large extent, to the volunteerism of the Notre Dame College swim team.” That spirit of volunteerism has become prevalent among NDC’s 23 varsity athletic teams, with student-athletes participating in numerous activities, fundraisers and service projects. The activities come in many shapes and sizes – from donating time and manpower to the Cleveland Food Bank to shoveling the driveways of elderly South Euclid residents. Often the most impactful services provided are simple acts of kindness. “One activity I participated in that was particularly gratifying,” said Law, “was delivering painted flower pots to people in a nursing home. I realized how seldom some of the residents were visited. They were all

Accomplishing great things: Members of the Falcon Swimming & Diving team volunteered at a Special Olympics event in Wooster, Ohio.

very grateful, and it made me want to stay longer and just sit and talk with them.” Community gardens, playground construction, blood drives, food and clothing collections, and clinics for at-risk youth – these are the types of service activities that have become the norm in the life of Falcon student-athletes. It’s part of the campus culture and the experience of participating in college athletics when young men and women come to Notre Dame to continue their athletic careers. “Being a student-athlete at Notre Dame is a multi-faceted experience,” said Coach Mark Ridley, who has been at the helm of the Notre Dame volleyball squad since 2003. “What

y to Empowerment goes on in the classroom and on the court or field is complemented by what our athletes do in the community. And that could mean raising funds for an international agency trying to eradicate cancer or a service project in the neighborhood surrounding our campus. We want to be good citizens in our neighborhood, in our city, in Northeast Ohio and beyond.” Freshman Barbara Meluch is a member of Ridley’s Falcon volleyball team and has participated in numerous outreach projects in her first year on College Road. “Sometimes college is so much about yourself,” Meluch said. “It’s about your grades, your degree and your choices. The service aspect at NDC allows the student to do something for someone else. It gives students the opportunity to see that there is more to life than yourself.” That realization comes across the board for Falcon student-athletes, whether they’re participating in the College’s many FalconCorps activities or raising funds by lifting weights in a “lift-a-thon” as the football team did this past April. “I think that it is important for everyone to be involved in community service projects,” Law said. “I think the service aspect of my experience here does enhance what I take away from Notre Dame because it causes me to consider all the reasons I am here and the true motivation of my life. I want to help people with whatever I am doing, directly or indirectly.” The Special Olympics describe their sports as providing “a gateway

Service to youth: Members of the Falcon Soccer team hosted a soccer clinic at “The Fest” in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

Reaching the next generation: The Falcon Track & Field team regularly visits local schools to talk to young kids about making right decisions.

to empowerment, competence, acceptance and joy.” Like Chelsea Law executing the many flip-turns in her 500-yard race, that gateway offers passage both ways – both to the recipient and the giver. Skip Snow is the director of sports information at Notre Dame College.

Thumbs up: Falcon athletes are dedicated to the community.


Lenten Reflection Alumni Volunteer at Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center By Mary Elizabeth Cotleur ’98

Each year the Notre Dame College Alumni Association invites members on a daylong Lenten spiritual journey.This year, the group visited the Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center in East Cleveland. On a busy Saturday in March, the alumni volunteers greeted the center’s patrons, recorded donations, sorted and hung clothing, cleaned the facility, and prepared food bags for distribution. It was an experience that left the group feeling humbled. NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 20

Through Service “When preparing the bags of food, it was difficult to imagine those supplies lasting a month,” Alumni Relations Graduate Assistant Erin Butterfield ’08 said. “It made me realize how lucky I am to always have a meal when I am hungry.” For those who aren’t that lucky, the Father Michael Wittman Ozanam Center opened its doors at Christ the King Parish in 2006. When the parish merged with St. Ann, St. Louis and St. Philomena to form Communion of Saints Parish in 2009, the center moved into the spacious former rectory of St. Philomena Church. From there, it distributes clothes and food to needy individuals from the Greater Cleveland area. While the center primarily focuses on its immediate community, people who don’t live in the nearby East-side suburbs are never turned away. The center is a participating agency of the Cleveland Foodbank, from which it purchases about 95 percent of the groceries it distributes for free every Saturday. Individuals, groups and local parishes donate the remaining groceries. The center could not exist without the help of its dedicated, longtime parish volunteers, who take weekly staffing turns and are supported by outsiders such as the Notre Dame alumni. One of the participating alumni was Candy Clemson ’70, who said she was impressed by the enthusiasm and strength of the regular volunteers. “I was happy to give all I had to lighten the regular volunteers’ load,”

Clemson said. “They have a terrific program up and running.” That program provides households with a standard selection of grocery items once a month. A household of one or two people receives one bag of groceries, a household of three or four receives two bags, and one of five or more people receives three bags. In addition to the standard products, the households may choose a limited number of items from the “miscellaneous shelf.” The distributed clothing is limited to four items per person per month. During their visit, the passionate alumni volunteers, led by Associate Professor of English and Communication and Alumni Association Religious Chair Sr. Eileen Quinlan, SND, Ph.D. ’74, sorted an entire garage full of clothing donations for the center. They also packaged the monthly food allotments into bags, which included macaroni and cheese, tuna fish, dried fruit, canned vegetables, cereal, powdered milk, pasta, sauce, prepared meals and toilet paper. “It’s my hope that our enthusiasm and extra energy enabled the regular volunteers the opportunity to spend a few more minutes with the center’s clientele,” Clemson said, “giving those people who might have had a very bad month a little extra attention.”

The alumni who volunteered as part of the Lenten Day of Service were moved by their experience. We invite you to get involved here at Notre Dame College and volunteer your talents to your alma mater. There are many ways you can make a difference: • Mentor a student or conduct a practice job interview • Assist in recruiting new students • Join an Alumni Association committee • Participate in campus beautification • Write for Notre Dame Today • Be part of the Falcon Club, athletic boosters • Share your talents with Campus Ministry For more information about how to participate in the activities above or to create your own service opportunity at Notre Dame, contact the Alumni Relations Office at

Mary Elizabeth Cotleur ’98 is the director of alumni relations & associate director of development at Notre Dame College.



Alumna Profile: D

Donna Roginski ’68 travels the world examin By Laurie Garrett

Donna Roginski reckons she has spent time in over 75 countries since she graduated from Notre Dame College in 1968. A social studies major at the time, Roginski originally thought she would become a nun. But that was not to be her calling. Her life changed dramatically in her sophomore year when she won a scholarship to the East-West Center in Hawaii. She learned about the scholarship by chance, and friends who knew of her interest in Asia urged her to apply. The East-West Center (EWC) is an independent, public, nonprofit organization located on the campus of the University of Hawaii. It encompasses many programs with the mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people of the U.S., Asia and the Pacific region. Toward this end, it sponsors cooperative study, research and dialogue. Roginski spent a year there before coming back to NDC. “I studied the Japanese and Chinese languages – an intensive study – beginning in June following my sophomore year, before spending my junior year at EWC and the University of Hawaii,” Roginski said, “At the university, I continued my intensive language studies, while carrying a full academic load.” Roginski said the year was quite challenging but at the same time stimulating. It ended with her NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 22

spending the summer at Fu Jen University in Taipei, before returning to Notre Dame College. After completing her degree at Notre Dame, Roginski spent a year as a teaching assistant at John Carroll University. “At that point, I thought I’d go into Sino-Soviet Studies, and Carroll had a good Russian program,” she said. “But I decided after a year, I’d really rather focus on Asia.” So, Roginski returned to Hawaii, where she earned her M.A. in Asian History from the University of Hawaii. While in graduate school, she joined the Overseas Career Program, which arranged an internship for her as a journalist in Hong Kong, where the language is Cantonese. She had studied Mandarin. But she soon found she was adept at learning new languages. Roginski lived overseas for almost seven years, first in Hong Kong and then the Philippines, working as a press/cultural attaché at foreign embassies. After that assignment was over, not wanting to return to the U.S. quite yet, she

A globetrotter: Donna Roginski regularly travels to far-away places such as Africa.

backpacked through Asia and Europe for 11 months. “When you’re traveling alone, it can be daunting,” she said. “But on the other hand, I struck up conversations with all sorts of people, and was invited to dinner by natives of whatever country I was in. It was quite an experience.” Roginski was in England when she decided to return to the U.S. and to contemplate what to do next. Upon returning, she took a job with Time-Life Books in Alexandria,Va. Although it was work she enjoyed, she realized how much she missed working in different cultural settings. She decided to explore options that would give her that opportunity again, and took the entrance exam for the Foreign Service. She scored high on all five “cones,” or career tracks within the State Department: political, economic, administrative, consular and public diplomacy. By the time the offer came through to join the service, she was pretty well settled at Time-Life and in Virginia. But the pull of immersing herself in another country and culture won.

onna the Explorer ing U.S. embassies for the State Department “I had to think very carefully about pulling up roots, but am very glad that I decided to do so,” she said. Roginski entered the Foreign Service in 1984 and decided to focus on public diplomacy because she was interested in working with the media, acting as a spokesperson for U.S. embassies overseas. Her first posting was in Brazil, which meant she had to learn Portuguese. Since then she has lived in India, Central America, South Africa and Mexico. Roginski said there is nothing like living in another country and being steeped in the culture. While living in Brazil, for instance, she participated in the big carnival parade, dancing the samba. In India, in the state of Rajasthan, she dined under the stars at the ancestral home of a former maharajah. Afterwards, the guests were escorted back to their hotel on horseback. It was the first time she had ever ridden a horse. The route back was through the dessert and the only light was from the stars. “It was like time travel,” Roginski said. “It was so dark and there was a long line of us on horseback, journeying back to the hotel. All that could be heard was the sound of a soft breeze and the clip-clop of the horses hooves.” If in India she first rode a horse, it was in Africa that she rode an elephant. There, she also went on safari – not to shoot animals, but to observe them in the wild. Roginski said she became a jackof-all-trades in the embassy business. She has nominated candidates for the International Visitor Leadership

Dinner under the stars: Donna Roginski on assignment in India

Program, which brings to the U.S. potential leaders in a variety of fields from around the world. Some of these people are now presidents and prime ministers. They travel to two or three cities, including Washington D.C., during the course of a three-week visit, meeting Americans working in their particular fields. She has worked on a documentary about slavery with the wife of the former ambassador to South Africa and has also helped arrange a traveling exhibit of Frida Khalo’s paintings, which originated in Mexico and travelled to museums throughout the U.S. Along the way, Roginski has met world leaders such as South African activist Desmond Tutu, historian John Hope Franklin and former president George H. W. Bush. Along the way, she also adopted a daughter. Margarita is from Mexico and has accompanied her mother on many adventures. She grew up attending international schools with students of many

nationalities and now has friends all over the world. Last summer was the 50th anniversary of the East-West Center, which opened up the world to Roginski. Her daughter now lives in Hawaii with her husband and children, while Roginski is back in Washington on assignment. Her rank is Minister-Counselor, the second highest ranking in the Foreign Service, the highest being Career Minister. At this point in her life, Roginski enjoys mentoring young officers and helping more experienced ones work more effectively, a perfect fit for her current job with the Office of the Inspector General, where she is able to draw on her years of experience in the field. “I’ve had a career I love,” she said. “I feel I’ve really made a difference to people – at home and around the world.” Laurie Garrett is an adult student majoring in graphic communications at Notre Dame College. NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 23

Class Notes 50s While visiting the Harry Potter Museum at Warner Brothers, Joan Cronin Reagan ’52 was tapped on the shoulder and a person asked “Do you know Joan Cronin?” “That’s me!” Joan responded. The mysterious stranger turned out to be her friend Mary Lou Sweeny ’54 along with her husband, Jim. The reunited buddies took a picture on the set of “Friends.”

for the Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) and the School Nutrition Programs for the State of Texas, and coordinating a statewide dietetic internship for WIC employees in 2007. Since then, she married retired U.S. Air Force Col. Vaughon Hanchett on Oct. 10, 2010, in Junction City, Ore. The couple spends winters in Austin, Texas, and summers in Eugene, Ore. They keep active by traveling to distant lands and skiing, as well as spending quality time with their two horses, Taz and Reno. Their first granddaughter was born on Jan. 16, 2010.

Marie Therese (Terri) Elston ’54 was married on May 13, 2010, to Douglas Streichert. Terri taught the sciences for 50 years and received her master’s degree in education from St. Xavier University in Chicago. The Streicherts are retired and live in Clearwater, Fla. They just adopted two Himalayan cats from a rescue group in South Carolina.

the Sisters of Notre Dame. The community has founded Cuvilly House, a welcoming place for young adults. 80s Rita Dorony Basalla ’81 was presented with the Notre Dame College Alumni Association’s Alumna of the Year Award at the association’s Spring Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting on May 7, 2011. Rita is currently the principal of St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Elementary School. She previously held the positions of teacher and assistant principal for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities. Rita is very active in the Byzantine Catholic Church, in the Diocese of Parma, serving as a member of the Committees for the Protection of Children and Evangelization. In the Notre Dame College community, she has been active in the Alumni Association, where she held the office of president, and in the classroom as an adjunct faculty member at the College.

70s Laureen Jordan ’70 married Dennis Davis in 2007. Karen Janiga ’75 relocated to California in 2009 and is now the radiation safety officer at the University of California in Riverside. She is also a laser safety officer and assistant biosafety officer and is involved in other areas concerned with safety of research laboratories.

60s Nancy Campbell Cise ’64 ended her long career creating nutrition policy


After teaching elementary school for 30 years, Sr. Mary Ellen Beebe, SND ’79 (formerly Sr. Mary St. Augustine) has recently begun vocational work and work in young adult ministry for

Ruby Doss Fett ’86 completed her training as a minister of consolation through the Diocese of Cleveland’s Department for Marriage and Family Ministry. Ruby is a member of the Bereavement Support Committee at her parish, Holy Spirit Church in Garfield Heights. She is a boardcertified hospice and palliative care nurse working at the Hospice House of Hospice of the Western Reserve.

90s Paula Sandor ’91 has launched a small business designing invitations, announcements and stationery called Paula’s INK (, which is featured on the popular wedding website, She is also still using her calligraphy skills taught by Notre Dame College Associate Professor of Fine Arts Rachel Morris, Ph.D.

forward to graduating from Notre Dame in 2033.

Carol Nardi Johnson ’95 married Paul D. Siebert on Oct. 16, 2010. The ceremony was performed by South Euclid Mayor Georgine Welo at city hall. Carol exhibited her black and white photography at the South Euclid branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Susan Previts Paez ’98 received her Ph.D. in Counseling and Human Development Services from Kent State University in December 2010. Susan joins her sister, Dr. Joanne Previts ’00, and her father, Dr. Gary Previts, in the family tradition of achieving a doctoral degree.

Amanda Felder ’03 was married on Oct. 8, 2010 to Jeffrey Hassan.

Laura Dombrowski Greenwald ’97 recently became the communications manager for Cleveland Clinic’s Education Institute. Laura says it’s a perfect fit, since she has a passion for education. Carol Waitinas-Alaqua ’97 is proud to announce that her son, Tyler Lindgren, will attend and play football for Notre Dame College this fall. Tyler will be a fourth generation family member attending Notre Dame. He is preceded by Carol (B.A. ’97, M.A. ’04), Pamela Wright-Waitinas ’61 and Dorothy Cerny Wright ’33. The whole family is proud of him and is looking forward to having a fourth generation attend a terrific school, says Carol, who also teaches at Notre Dame. Mary Elizabeth Sokol Cotleur ’98 and her husband, Mark, have a new little bundle of joy. Lucienne Rose Cotleur (“Lucy” to her friends, “Lulu” to her daddy) was born on Nov. 4, 2010. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and was 21 inches long. Lucy is already looking

husband welcomed their little boy, Svetlin Alexander McNamara, on Oct. 14, 2008. Vanya is currently attending Tiffin University to obtain her Master of Business Administration in leadership, and is expected to graduate in May 2011.

Darci Biscoff Usher ’04 recently left Ernst & Young LLP after 12 years and accepted a position as controller at the national headquarters of the United Church of Christ.

00s Jennie Snoddy Cottrell ’02 grew her family on Sept. 18, 2010. Daughter Julia Lynn was born at 8 pounds, 5 ounces and 19.5 inches long, with blue eyes and brown hair. Big brother Jared (2.5 years) just adores his little sister and can’t get enough of her. She was baptized on Nov. 7 at St. John Vianney Church in Mentor, Ohio. This February, Lisa Radonich ’02 began a new job as a cost accountant at Our Pets in Fairport Harbor, Ohio. Vanya Neykova McNamara ’02 married her Irish sweetheart, Patrick, on Jan. 10, 2007. She and her

Jennifer Thrower ’06 married Hendrik Wolfert ’05 on July 3, 2009. Jennifer Pirnat Polak ’06 was the maid of honor. Nick DePompei ’05 was a groomsman. Stephanie Wagner ’05, Elise Coneglio ’05, Beth Clegg ’06, Shayne Clegg ’05 and Kenny Searight ’05 all were in attendance. Jennifer graduated from Ursuline College in 2009 with a master’s in educational administration. The Wolferts welcomed son Hendrik Arie Wolfert on Sept. 7, 2010. Christy Carlson ’07 married Charles Esau on Sept. 4, 2010. Charles is a computer software engineer for CGI in downtown Cleveland. Christy is a technical editor for Lubrizol and received her master’s in English from John Carroll University in August 2010.


Class Notes Toccara Mullenix ’07 married Derek Ball at St. Bernard-St. Mary’s Parish in Akron on Dec. 4, 2010.

Christopher Palagyi ’08 has returned to his alma mater as an admissions counselor.

Elizabeth Oles ’07 graduated from Ursuline College in May 2010 with a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. She currently teaches ninth and 10th grade English at Padua Franciscan High School.

Patricia Jennings ’09 has begun working as an account manager at National Enterprise Systems in Solon, Ohio.

Jackie Winkel ’08 has accepted the position of assistant director of admissions at Ashland University.

clinical and mental health counseling with a chemical dependency counseling certification at John Carroll University.

10s Sarah Nank ’10 has taken the position of assistant to the directors at Paytime Payroll. She is currently working on her master’s degree in

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Join us for the 2011 Homecoming Weekend Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2 Homecoming is a great time for ALL alumni to come back to campus and reconnect with Notre Dame College. We hope you will join us for some wonderful celebratory events including: – 3rd Annual Alumni & Friends Clambake – Alumni Men’s Soccer Game – Homecoming Football Game – Campus Tours – 2011 Alumni Reunion Brunch, honoring classes that end in ‘1 or ‘6 Don’t see an event you want to attend? Get involved in the planning by joining the 2011 Homecoming Planning Committee. Call 216.373.5316 to join or e-mail


In Memoriam We offer our condolences to relatives and friends of the recently deceased and pray that our good God will welcome them into everlasting joy.



Catherine Pierce Cuff ’51 ...................................................01/2011

Edward Boehnlein, Sr..........................................................02/2011

Jeanne Kirby Evert ’45........................................................11/2010 Margaret Henninger Galloway ’43......................................04/2010

Father of Julie Boehnlein Laurich ’82 Gerard Francis Jirka ...........................................................03/2010

Mary L. Hemmeter ’57 ........................................................03/2011

Father of Bridget Jirka Barelka ’76 and

Nancy Golrick Higgins ’45 .................................................10/2010

Theresa Jirka Gemperline ’81

Joan Lorence Inman ’80 .....................................................10/2010 Alice Johnson ’92 ...............................................................02/2011 Margaret Levy Lenz ’31.......................................................03/2010

John Lacombe.....................................................................10/2010 Father of Sally Lacombe ’64 Albert Oravec .....................................................................10/2010

Dr. Dorothy Celebrezze Liptak ’53 .....................................10/2010

Father of Mary Ann Szczepanik ’72,

Rosemary Subcasky Mantey ...............................................03/2011

Elizabeth Jane Speidel ’73 and Dr. Carol Oravec ’75

Sister of Anita Subcasky Pulizzi ’58 Suzanne Guarnieri Ryan ’76 ...............................................09/2010 Helen Nuspliger Schulbach ’47 ..........................................02/2011


Sr. Mary Frank Sexton, SND ’44...........................................03/2011

Phyllis O’Linn .....................................................................10/2010

Sister of Ann Dowdell ’49

Former faculty member and sister of Deborah O’Linn Petti ’71

Mercedes Karpinski Spotts ’75 ...........................................02/2011 Mary Rose Drechsler Stock ’52...........................................09/2010 Nancy Mart Thompson ’52 .................................................01/2011


Jeanne Williams ’75.............................................................02/2011

Sr. Mary Ann Concilia, SND .................................................01/2011 Barbara Glickman ...............................................................12/2010

HUSBAND Joseph Kovach ....................................................................12/2010 Husband of Clara Maj Kovach ’55 Robert Luberger .................................................................03/2011

Memorial Masses may be offered in Christ the King Chapel for your deceased loved one. For more information about scheduling

Husband of Mary Jean Binsack Luberger ’48

a Mass, please contact Anthony Camino, director of campus

Father of Cynthia Luberger Munz ’88

ministry, at 216.373.5387.


Leadership Spotlight Lawyer Sanjiv Kapur Lives Global Responsibility By Christian Taske ‘07

When Notre Dame College board member Sanjiv Kapur travels the world on business for the global law firm Jones Day, his itinerary doesn’t allow for much downtime. On a trip to Rome this September, however, Kapur’s schedule opened up when some client meetings were cancelled. But instead of sightseeing, Kapur arranged a get-together with Sr. Mary Sujita Kallupurakkathu, who had this past month stepped down as superior general of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Not everybody requests a meeting with the head of one of the largest religious orders in the world, and is invited the next day. But Kapur and Sr. Sujita already had a connection ever since he had been involved in arranging for her to speak at the City Club of Cleveland five years earlier. Kapur had been president of the City Club at the time, but had not met Sr. Sujita because the week she was scheduled to speak his daughter Anika, age 4 at the time, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Even though they hadn’t met, Sr. Sujita had called Kapur telling him she was praying for his daughter. “That was very encouraging at the time,” Kapur says. “In that sort of situation, your world is crumbling and you don’t know what’s going on.” Even though he is Hindu, Kapur appreciated Sr. Sujita’s spiritual support during what he called the worst days of his life. “It gives you perspective as to what is important,” says Kapur, whose daughter is a healthy third-grader these days. At the time, nearly trivial seemed the multimillion dollar business deals Kapur helps draft regularly as corporate partner in the second largest law firm in America. Specializing in mergers, acquisitions NOTRE DAME TODAY I SPRING 2011 I PAGE 28

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and joint ventures in the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Asia, Kapur has become one of the preferred representatives for global players including Bayer AG and Harris Corporation. Among his biggest representative transactions are Harris’s purchase of Tyco Electronics’ mobile radio business for $675 million, Bayer’s strategic alliance with Schering Plough involving the commercialization in the United States of its primary care pharmaceuticals including Cipro, Levitra and Avelox, and the sale of Hand Held Product Corporation to Honeywell International for $390 million. During these transactions, Kapur has to display the kind of qualities he sees in leaders such as Notre Dame College President Dr. Andrew P. Roth and Cuyahoga County Public Library Executive Director Sari Feldman. A good leader needs to be a visionary,

a great communicator and a team player, who is able to inspire people and is willing to own up to mistakes, Kapur says. “The world is changing all the time, so you have to think not about tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, but four, five years out,” Kapur says. “True leaders also surround themselves with people who are smarter than they are, people they can rely on.” Education is key to acquiring these leadership skills, says Kapur, whose own upbringing was more diverse than most. Born to Indian immigrants, Kapur was raised in Pittsford, New York, but also attended a French-speaking school in Pondicherry, India, from age 3 to 8. He graduated from Harvard University with both his J.D. and A.B., but also studied abroad in Colombia, Ecuador and Germany. He is fluent in Spanish, German, French, Portuguese and Hindi. “When you are exposed at a very young age to different cultures and ways of thinking, it opens your mind up and you see the possibilities,” Kapur says. “As a young kid, I was much more interested in what was happening in the world.” Kapur has used his language skills and multicultural worldview to launch a highly successful legal career that will take him, his wife Anju and their triplets to São Paulo in July, where he will work in Jones Day’s soon to be opened Brazil office. It’s the next exciting step for a man who lives the College’s mission of “personal, professional and global responsibility” on a worldwide scale. Christian Taske ’07 is the editor and writer at Notre Dame College.

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