Partners in Mission is an event that celebrates service anniversaries and connects us with the vision of our founders, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, the University’s mission, and the women and men who make our mission a reality – our faculty and staff. This year's event will be held on May 7, 2020.

This event is titled Partners in Mission for a reason – for a mission is merely a collection of words if it lacks believers and partners to carry it forward. We are fortunate to have believers and partners on this campus, and at this event, we honor them for their work on behalf of our mission.

Honoring Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger

Along with recognizing service anniversaries, Partners in Mission day integrates the feast day honoring the foundress of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger. The spirit of Blessed Theresa and the educational vision of the School Sisters of Notre Dame permeate the history and tradition of the University. Our campus community is inspired by the conviction that the world can be changed through the transformation of persons. So as we gather together for this event, we honor Blessed Theresa and celebrate the gifts and accomplishments of our Partners in Mission – women and men, lay and religious, who live out the SSND values and the NDMU mission, who are observing significant service anniversaries.

Inspired by the School Sisters, we “trust and dare,” pursue unity, seek truth and educate to transform the world.

We ask our campus community to look inward and consider these questions:

  • What does it mean to be a partner in mission?
  • What does it mean to live our mission each day, every day on this campus?

And now we ask you, dear reader, what are your answers to those questions?

2020 Celebrants

Over 20 Years

35 Years

Eileen O'Dea, SSND, president'soffice

30 Years

Deborah Calhoun, business & economics department

25 Years

Nancy Carroll, information technology
Janice Green, information technology

20 Years

Cleo Margetas, registrar's office
Joann Southerly, admissions data processing department

15 Years

David Carter, renaissance institute
Michael Hardy, facilities maintenance department
Kyle Hopson, language learning lab
Amy Rohrs, school of nursing

10 Years

Sharon Park, school of pharmacy
Ryan Schaaf, school of education
Stacey Williams, school of pharmacy
Simone Weiner, school of pharmacy

5 Years

Melodie Barton, school of arts, sciences and business
Luz Caceda, institutional research
Brian Christy, math/physics/computer science department
Patricia Dwyer, school of education
Irena Fedorovsky, psychology department
Gregory FitzGerald, president's office
Sarah Holman, school of pharmacy
Michelle Jones,  academy of catholic educators
Carol Kurtz-Stack, school of nursing
Brittany Lawson, school of nursing
Hang Kyo "Hank" Lim, biology department
Sherry Moore, school of pharmacy
Monique Mounce,  school of pharmacy
Deborah Naccarini, school of nursing
Mamta Parikh, school of pharmacy
James Sheckells,  office of public safety
Sean Silveira, school of pharmacy
Kathleen Sipes, school of education
Flora Marcela Valencia Tsuchiya,  classical & modern foreign lanaguages department
Ray Weber, school of pharmacy
Kathleen Wisser, school of nursing