Chris Harrington, Assistant Director, Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy

Please join me in welcoming Chris Harrington to his new position as Assistant Director, Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy on our Interest Groups team in Annual Giving.   In his new role, Chris will oversee our young alumni giving strategies, the Corby Society and the Dorm Challenge for our 5 and 10 year reunion classes.  Additionally, he will work with Notre Dame students on the underclass fundraising initiative, TGIF (Thanksgiving in February) and the Senior Legacy Gift.  He will be charged with building a robust student philanthropy program.

Chris is a 2008 Notre Dame alum who graduated from Notre Dame’s honors program with a B.S. in Biological Sciences.  Since joining Notre Dame, Chris has been leading our 50-Year Reunion Giving efforts.  Chris’ previous experience with Eli Lilly and the Volcano Corporation as a pharmaceutical and medical devices salesman will serve him well in his new role.  Chris is married to Katrina (Corcoran) Harrington who is a 2010 Notre Dame alumna.  Chris and Katrina have a 2 month old son, Ryan Donald.

Chris can be congratulated at 631-1525 or at The position which Chris is vacating, 50-Year Reunion Giving, will be posted soon.

Craig J. Horvath, Director, Interest Groups

Stacy Koebel-Harder, Director Donor Services

I am thrilled to announce that Stacy Koebel-Harder will be joining the Advancement Services Team as our new Director of Donor Services.  Stacy joined Notre Dame in the fall of 2005 in the University’s Office of Accounting and Financial Services where she served as the manager of the Unrestricted and Student Loan team, and most recently as the Manager of Split Interest and Pension Funds.  She brings proven leadership and a strong process improvement background, along with a wealth of financial experience that will serve her well in leading the Donor Services organization. Stacy is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Hope College and is a very active community volunteer.  She will be joining us officially on April 9th.

This is a crucial role for University Relations, and I am absolutely thrilled that Stacy will be here as we face the opportunities that lie ahead!  Please join me in welcoming Stacy to the University Relations family!

In Notre Dame,


Brian J. Dean ‘87, Senior Director, Operational and Administrative Strategy

Position: Reunion Giving Now Posted

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that a position on the Reunion Giving team is now posted on the HR jobs site.

The Assistant Director, Reunion Giving position reports directly to me and is open due to Mary Andersen’s promotion to the Events Planning team. This position is responsible for coordinating and leading the Reunion Giving efforts for the 15 through 45 year reunion classes. As such, there is extensive interaction with Notre Dame alumni, benefactors, and volunteers.

Please contact me if you are interested or have a prospective candidate to refer. To review the posting, go to and enter job #12150.

For Notre Dame,


Craig J. Horvath ‘88,  Director, Reunion Giving and Volunteers

Update: Name Your Moment Initiative

Dear Colleagues,

This message is to update you on progress with the Name Your Moment campaign and donor recognition.  For those who are not familiar with the Name Your Moment initiative, a brief history is summarized below.  Should you have any questions about Name Your Moment, please feel free to contact either Mary Rattenbury (; 1-4394) or me (; 1-0448).

We are happy to announce that the first phase of the Name Your Moment donor recognition installation is now complete.  The donor wall plaque was installed in the Rosenthal Atrium (inside Gate 9, above the Leep Varsity Shop) on March 8.  This tribute to Name Your Moment donors will be enjoyed by thousands this coming weekend for the Women’s NCAA Basketball Regionals at Notre Dame.

The final phase of donor recognition is the installation of seat back plaques.  This process is expected to advance in April and May.  We will send a message to all of University Relations when a specific installation timeline is confirmed.

We will e-mail all fundraisers a list of benefactors who confirmed a wall plaque engraving and/or a wall plaque and seatback engraving.

Finally, to honor all of those who so generously supported this strategic initiative, a special “Name Your Moment” ribbon-cutting and dedication event is being planned for Fall 2012.  Details will be circulated as plans are finalized.

History of the Project

From July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011, the Edward Frederick Sorin Society, Rockne Heritage Fund, and Athletics partnered to advance the “Name Your Moment” fundraising campaign.  The purpose of the campaign was to raise funds for capital improvements, student-athlete program support, and general program support at the Joyce Center and at the new Purcell Pavilion on the center’s south dome.  Depending on the amount of their gift, donors to the Name Your Moment campaign were to be recognized with a wall plaque engraving in the Rosenthal Atrium or both a wall plaque engraving in Rosenthal Atrium and a seat back plaque in the Pavilion.

The initiative was marketed to existing members of the Sorin Society, Rockne Heritage Fund Director’s Circle, Monogram Club, season ticket holders, and new donors.  Below is a summary of the giving requirements:

  • Existing donors to Sorin or Rockne would receive:
    • A wall plaque engraving with every gift of $750+ above their previous year’s society membership gift.
    • A wall plaque and seatback plaque for every gift of $1,500+ above their previous year’s society membership gift.
    • Season ticket holders, Monogram Club members, and new donors would receive:
      • A wall plaque and seatback plaque for every new gift of $1,500+ to the Sorin Society or Rockne Heritage Fund Director’s Circle.

Thank you,

Anne-Marie Campbell                                                           Mary Rattenbury
The Edward Frederick Sorin Society                                 Rockne Heritage Fund

Stephanie Tatay-Myers, Web Project Manager

I am very pleased to announce the promotion of Stephanie Tatay-Myers to Web project manager for the Marketing Communications Web Group.

Stephanie flourished in her role as traffic coordinator for the Web and Print shops before being asked to handle Web project manager duties on an interim basis in November 2011. She quickly earned the trust and respect of the team, showcasing a high level of professionalism and dedication. The Web team runs with efficiency under her watch.

Stephanie’s bio:

Graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a BA in broadcast journalism. Wrote for the Hometown Section of the South Bend Tribune and worked for Artistic Media Partners as the promotions director for five radio stations, including U-93 92.9 FM and Classic Rock WZOW 97.7 FM post-graduation. Moved to Indianapolis in 2002 to work in the corporate office for Artistic Media Partners as the assistant national sales manager for their 14 Radio Stations in South Bend, Fort Wayne, West Lafayette, and Bloomington. Worked at the ESPN affiliate in Indianapolis as promotions director and executive assistant to the sales team/GM. Worked in Indianapolis as the operations manager for two Hispanic radio stations, Radio Latina 107.1FM  and La Que Buena 810 AM. Returned to South Bend in February 2010 as traffic coordinator at the University of Notre Dame. Stephanie is married to Steve and has two children, Ava (2 yrs and 11 months) and Evan (9 months).

Please join me in congratulating Stephanie on her promotion.
Nick Johnson, Director of Web and Interactive Marketing

Wearin ‘O’ Green Day

Friday March 16, 2012 is  Wearin’ O’ Green Day in University Relations. Please join in the fun by showing off your St. Patrick’s Day Pride by wearing your favorite “Green” clothing and by making a donation benefiting Relay-For-Life 2012.

Check out our posters for more details!

Thank you.

–Walking on Sunshine, Relay-For-Life Committee

Fighting Irish – Fighting Cancer!

Dean Greg Sterling to be New Dean of Yale Divinity School

Please join me in congratulating Greg Sterling as the new dean of the Yale Divinity School, one of the most prestigious in the world.  Greg has been at Notre Dame since 1989 and before becoming the inaugural dean of the Graduate School in 2008, he served as the associate dean, senior associate dean and then executive associate dean of the university’s College of Arts and Letters. As a professor of theology, he has focused his studies on the preservation of Jewish and Christian identity within a Greco-Roman context.  Like his father before him, he is a minister in the Churches of Christ, a denomination of about 1.6 million.  For 16 of his years at Notre Dame, until 2009, he served as a part-time minister for the Warsaw Church of Christ in Warsaw, IN.

Sterling earned a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies/New Testament from the Graduate Theological Union; an M.A. in Classics from the University of California, Davis; an M.A. in Religion from Pepperdine University; a B.A. in Christianity and History from Houston Baptist University; and an A.A. in Biblical Studies from Florida College.  He also did post-baccalaureate work in Classics at the University of Houston.

Under Dean Sterling, the Graduate School at Notre Dame has dramatically increased its enrollment and diversity, and established a career development office.     

Greg will assume this new position on August 1st and he assures me that he will be working right up to the day of his departure at the end of July.  Like so many that move on from Notre Dame, Greg will always be a member of the Notre Dame family and he will carry with him the spirit of Notre Dame as he takes on this new position in Connecticut.

All my best,


M. Jean Gorman  ’82L,  Senior Philanthropic Adviser

Farewell to Stephanie Mead

Dear colleagues:

Stephanie Mead has accepted a great promotion as the staff accountant at the Snite Museum of Art. We are sad to see her leave the Department of Development and Office of Stewardship Programs, but are thrilled she will remain at Notre Dame. This is a wonderful opportunity for Stephanie to utilize her accountancy degree.

We thank Stephanie for almost five years of service. She has been instrumental with our endowment reporting process, web presence, and stewardship program for endowed professorships. She has also been a great leader in departmental and community service with activities such as the Pink Zone. We will miss her greatly and wish her well. Her last day in Development will be Friday, March 23.

This creates an opening for an administrative assistant position, working with the entire stewardship programs team and reporting directly to me. Please let me know if you are interested in discussing the position or if you have a friend or colleague who might be a good fit. The position has been posted on

Warmest Regards,

Katherine Lane

Farewell to Dana Weber

Dana Weber has decided to resign her position as Administrative Assistant effective March 30, 2012.  Dana has faithfully served as administrative support for the West Region for the past nine years, supporting the California Regional Directors.

Dana’s warm and caring personality has touched many members of our University Relations staff as well as many of our donors.  She will be greatly missed by all of us.  Please join me in wishing her continued success in her future endeavors.

Dana, we will miss you! God Bless!

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon,  Senior Regional Director, West Region

Exclusive Sorin Society Conference Call

Exclusive Conference Call with Dr. Rudolph Navari ’66 & Courtney Rauch ‘13

Thursday, March 8, 2012                    2:00 PM EST

Phone number for participants – (888)296-1938

Participant Code – 152427

After dialing in, an operator will ask each participant for his or her name. It may take a few moments to be connected to the operator.  Also, the caller may hear silence after he/she is patched through the call.  (Dr. Navari’s phone will be on “mute”).

The Grace 1100 Conference Room and The Dome Room have been set up as listening centers.

Should an urgent issue arise during the call, you can reach Janelle Green at 574-631-5249 or

Agenda for Call:

5 minutes                             Brian Couch, Senior Director – Annual Giving Programs greeting and instructions for call and introduction of Dr. Rudy Navari.

20 minutes                           Dr. Navari remarks

5 minutes                             Courtney Rauch remarks

25 minutes                           Q & A

5 minutes                             Brian Couch closing remarks