Reminder About ESC Gameday Parking for Cincinnati

Tenants of the Eddy Street office who will be working the Cincinnati gameday and need parking in the ESC garage, make sure to submit your BEAT request before Tuesday 9/28 at 1:00 pm EDT.  Please Note: we will be unable to add parking requests after the deadline. 
To request gameday parking in the ESC garage (you must have an ESC garage card), enter your name into BEAT, choosing “Parking” as the activity and  “ESC – Staff” as the parking preference. There is an identifying dashboard sign that will need to be displayed by anyone who requests parking for gameday. The dashboard signs are available at the ESC front desk. If you still have a dashboard sign from an earlier 2021 game, you can use that for any game this season.

Please note –  all access cards will be inactivated for Saturday,10/2 except for staff who have submitted a BEAT request.

If you have any questions, contact Lana Taylor.

September Matching Gift Email

The September Matching Gift Email will send this coming Wednesday, September 22, to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies, have made a gift since August 28th, and as of today have not yet matched their gift. These gifts represent over $130K in potential matches.

Please note that individuals on the second tab of the excel file (“Fundraiser Outreach”) have not received the matching gift email message (all gifts exceeding $25,000) but may be eligible to match their gifts totaling over $300K. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned benefactors directly to discuss the details and answer questions related to the matching gift process.

If you have any questions regarding this matching gift communication, please reach out to Leslie Curry.

Eddy Street Closure on September 25, 2021 for 2021 Sunburst Race

Please be aware that Eddy Street will be closed on Saturday, September 25, 2021 for this year’s Sunburst Race.

If you plan to come to the ESC office, you will need to use the Burns or Napoleon Street entrance. Eddy Street should be back to normal usage by 1:00 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2021.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Hiring: AAD, College of Engineering

With a new Dean at the helm, the Academic Advancement Director for the College of Engineering role is more important than ever. We’re seeking a highly motivated, strategic fundraising partner for Dean Culligan – someone who can translate the College’s key objectives and goals into proposals our donors will find exciting, inspiring, and ultimately rewarding. An educational or professional background in a technical or scientific field is highly sought for this role: someone able to translate complex faculty ideas & projects into exciting, relevant proposals for interested donors. Did someone just pop into your mind? Great! Please feel free to share the posting with them! If they’d like to chat with a “real human” about this role, share my Calendly link to schedule 20 minutes to chat (no resume or introductory email required!). If you’re interested in this role yourself, I’d love to learn more! Simply find 30 minutes for a confidential conversation here. Thank you!

-Tara Gilchrist

405 Main Personnel Changes

Friends and colleagues,

We write to share news of several promotions and transitions within the 405 Main Building office.

Effective October 1, Terry Donze will transition from her current role as Development Associate to Senior Office Coordinator for 405 Main and report directly to Gavin McGuire. In this important position, Terry will serve as the primary receptionist and first point of contact for the Office of the Vice President for University Relations and the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications and will manage the overall operations of the office suite. A trusted and respected colleague, Terry recently celebrated 33 years of dedicated service with University Relations.

Similarly, effective October 1, Sharon Rankert will be promoted to Assistant Director, Advisory Council Program, reporting directly to Julia Sama. In this role, Sharon will help organize the fall Advisory Council meetings across 18 councils, coordinate the annual Advisory Council strategic review process, publish the Advisory Council digital directory and manage communications of important University news to council members. Sharon will continue to provide direct support to Drew on calendaring, fundraising support, and donor stewardship. Sharon has been a valued member of the UR team since 2012 and we’re excited for her to take on this new role.

Reporting directly to Lou, effective October 1, Debra de St. Jean will be promoted from her current role of Assistant Director, Advisory Council Program, to Development Associate. In this role, Debra will provide executive and administrative support to the Vice President of University Relations by managing the office of the Vice President, including calendaring, operational processes, internal communications and support, and special projects as required by Lou. Debra has served University Relations (over two stints) for almost a decade and has been repeatedly championed for her do-whatever-it-takes work ethic.

And finally, effective September 1, Gavin McGuire’s role of Advisor was expanded to reflect his significant contributions over the past three years to the office of the Vice President of University Relations. In this newly expanded role and in addition to his current duties, Gavin will oversee the 405 Front Desk and overall operations, including the management of the student interns, oversee the budget for the Vice President of University Relations, manage strategic projects, and coordinate large external events such as international and domestic bowl games on behalf of University Relations.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating Terry, Sharon, Debra, and Gavin, for taking on these new roles and responsibilities in service to Notre Dame.

Lou and Drew.

Friday Night Bash

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the second annual Friday Night Bash at Notre Dame Stadium this Friday, September 17, 2021—the night before Notre Dame takes on Purdue in South Bend. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind party in the concourse of Notre Dame Stadium featuring live music from Gold & Blue Co, Zach DuBois ‘11, Jeffrey James, and The 1985, and yummy street food from regional food trucks! All UR employees and their families will receive free admission

This also presents a great opportunity for benefactors as all Giving Society members get in free! They can simply show their membership ID when they enter the party through Gate C of Notre Dame Stadium! Our team will be onsite to confirm membership if anyone does not have their digital card.

Hope to see you all there!
Annual Giving Team

Welcome to the Storytelling & Engagement Team, Kilian Vidourek!

I am pleased to announce that Kilian Vidourek has joined the Storytelling & Engagement Team as Visual Storyteller, effective Sept. 13.

Kilian is from Tyrone, Georgia, a small town south of Atlanta. He studied French horn performance and Film production at Notre Dame where he played in almost any musical group he could. A proud member of the Marching Band, he was also a member of the Irish Guard. Throughout his time at Notre Dame he had several unimaginable opportunities like traveling to Portland Oregon to film a documentary, learning to be an assistant brewer for a new brewery, and interning in Los Angeles. Some fun facts about him include his alter-ego Dogsnake which you can sometimes find DJing around South Bend and his love of running.

Please join me in welcoming Kilian to our UR Team!

Jim Gosz

Congratulations Tashana Kenny!

Dear UR,

It is our absolute pleasure to share with you the promotion of Tashana Kenny to the role of Assistant Manager (AM) on the Development Coordinator (DC) Team. Tashana will be transitioning on September 15, 2021 to work with the management team, reporting to Lori Tinkey. In the new position, Tashana will continue to support field fundraisers, add responsibilities for managing DCs, and helping to lead the DC Team.

Tashana was instrumental in the success of the DC cross-training pilot program last year and serves as Co-Lead for the ongoing initiative. She continues to have a strong impact on our DEIU efforts through the Communications and Impact committee of DEIU. Prior to her work with the University, Tashana was an Enterprise Specialist in Product Sales and Support with Comcast for 16 years. Tashana received her Masters degree from the University of Phoenix in 2019, and her Bachelors degree from Ball State University in 1996.

Please reach out to Tashana to congratulate her on this achievement.


Deena and Lori

Congratulations Emma Capannari!

Dear UR,

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the promotion of Emma Capannari to the role of Senior Regional Development Coordinator(SRDC) reporting to Lori Tinkey, effective September 20, 2021. In her new role, Emma will continue to provide support to her current fundraisers for the near term, adding Senior Regional Directors (SRDs) to her portfolio as opportunities present, and work with the management team on special projects. An Indiana University graduate, Emma joined ND Development in 2018 and assumed the responsibility of managing the Chicago Development office, as well as providing support to four fundraisers. Emma was called to serve on the Covid-19 response unit as well as the AsceND project last year. Please join us in congratulating Emma.

If you have any questions about Emma’s new responsibilities, please feel free to contact us.


Angie and Lori