Welcome Brooke Wenzel, Administrative Assistant – Gift Planning

Please join us in welcoming Brooke Wenzel to the Gift Planning team!  Brooke will be joining us on Monday, November 4, as Administrative Assistant.  Brooke will be working with Chris DeTrempe, Ken Hendricks and Rob Ortiz.

Brooke earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Biology from the College of Saint Benedict in Saint Joseph, MN. During the past two years, Brooke worked as a legal Research Associate at Westlaw Court Express, a Thomson Reuters Business in Washington, DC. Brooke and her husband, Caleb, moved to South Bend in August.  Caleb is a DMA student in the Sacred Music program studying Choral Conducting. 

She has been an active volunteer for the following organizations:

  • AmeriCorps Member-Minnesota Reading Corps Literacy Tutur
  • House of Resurrection AIDS Haven, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Saint John’s University Campus Ministry, Collegeville, MN

 Brooke enjoys traveling and during this past summer took her Mom to Rome. 

 We are looking forward to having Brooke on the Gift Planning team!

 Chris DeTrempe

Ken Hendricks

Rob Ortiz

Essentials of Communication and Collaboration Training Session

At the University, building, maintaining and relying on collaborative relationships is the key to getting things done.  
This workshop will help you know what you can do to facilitate the right climate and draw in others who are not inclined to collaborate.  
Develop listening skills and avoid fatal mistakes that shut down effective communication.  Learn “bridge-building” techniques and techniques 
for helping everyone on the team feel involved and valued in the collaboration process.  Understand how to create buy-in in a one-one 
or team environment and how to set timelines and milestones for keeping collaborative projects on track. Register through Endeavor for 
the March 12, 2014 session. The class is filling up quickly.  Please contact Jeanne Monsma,1-8963,for questions regarding this program.

All Souls Prayer at the Grotto


Whether you are experiencing a recent loss of a loved one or remembering those long passed, the Notre Dame Alumni Association will remember your loved one by name during our annual All Souls Prayer at the Grotto service. Because the Feast of All Souls falls on a Saturday this year, our community will gather at the Grotto on the Feast of All Saints, Friday, November 1st to pray the rosary and light a special candle in memory of the faithful departed for whom prayers have been asked.  The rosary begins at 8:30 a.m. and all are welcome to join us.

To submit your own prayer request for your loved ones, please do so here by Tuesday, October 29th.  All prayer requests will be prayed at the conclusion of the rosary.

“The aim [of the University] is to create a sense of human solidarity and concern for the common good that will bear fruit as learning becomes service to justice.”  University of Notre Dame – Mission Statement

 Angie Appleby Purcell

Morris Inn Dedication

Dear colleagues:

The Morris Inn was officially blessed on Friday evening, and the following donors were recognized at the dedication:

Ernest and Ella Morris for the original Morris Inn, which opened in 1952

Ernestine Raclin, their daughter, and the Carmichael Foundation for the refurbishment of the Inn

Alex and Kitchie McMurtrie for the refurbishment of Sorins (dining room)

Jim Rohr for Rohr’s (pub)

Bill and Mary Ann Smith for the ballroom

Larry and Cindy Wind for the fireside terrace

To learn more about the wonderful history of the “University’s Living Room”, please view the four-minute video, which was shown Friday night to an audience which included Fr. John, Fr. Malloy and Fr. Hesburgh.

Warm regards,

Katherine Lane

Welcome, Jessica Reasons, Assistant Director, Special Events

I am delighted to announce that Jessica Reasons has joined the Special Events team as Assistant Director, Special Events.

Jessica is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee earning her undergraduate degree with high honors in 2007, and her Masters of Education, Student Personnel Services/Institutional Advancement degree in 2009.

Jessica has worked for Vanderbilt in various capacities over the past 5 years and brings a broad range of experience to the team.  In her new role, she will lead the planning and implementation of major University events hosted by the Executive Officers and other University Leadership.  In addition, Jessica will strategically help identify, implement and manage standard operating procedures and best practices which include timely communications, service levels, budget, policies, and procedure.

Jessica, her husband Stuart, and their two dogs have comfortably settled into their new home in South Bend.

Please join me in welcoming Jessica and Stuart to the area and the Notre Dame community.

Best regards,

Mary Andersen

Director of Executive Events


Rob Ortiz Announcment

Dear University Relations Colleagues:

Effective last week, Rob Ortiz joined the Office of Gift Planning as a Director of Gift Planning.  Rob will be moving into Eddy Street Commons this week into a temporary office pending a few office changes within Development.

Rob will report directly to me and will work with our colleagues in the Regional Development team in the Northeast region of the United States.   Rob’s transition from Law Advancement to Gift Planning is part of an effort to capitalize on the momentum around the Love Thee Notre Dame initiative, providing much needed additional support to the Regional Fundraisers, and a concurrent  reorganization around law advancement.

Although we announced this move previously, I wanted to let you know his transition is now official!  Please let me know if you have any questions.  Thanks for your continued support of our efforts.

Best regards,

Greg Dugard


In sympathy for Libby Schleiffarth

Dear colleagues and friends:

I am sorry to share that Libby Schleiffarth’s mom, Chrissie Lou Matthews, passed away Friday morning. There will be a visitation on Monday, October 21 from 5-8 p.m. at Betzler Funeral Home in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo. To read more about this great lady, you may visit www.lifestorynet.com.


Katherine Lane



Marketing & Communications – Graphic Designer

I’m pleased to announce Kiley Loesch will be joining our Marketing Communications team Wednesday, Oct. 23 as a graphic designer.

You will remember that this is a new position to Marcom. In the role, Kiley will be primarily focused on digital design and maintenance for our website and e-periodicals.

Kiley is moving from Austin, Texas where she was a senior designer for Volusion, a firm that designs online storefronts for eCommerce companies. In her role, she not only designed, but also consulted with clients on their creative requirements for each project.

Being a pay-per-site organization, production volumes were key to success at Volusion. Kiley holds the record for the largest number of projects designed and coded in a single month. She was promoted to senior designer during our interview cycle because of her dedication to her work and her clients.

Kiley possesses a unique set of skills that are not common in graphic designers. Not only does she have a tremendous eye for design, she also has a strong project management background. Prior to moving to Texas, she served as a lead designer/project manager at LogicMaze, a design boutique in her home state of Kansas. There she managed projects extensively in Basecamp.

Kiley graduated from McPherson College in Kansas with a BA in graphic design. Kiley’s mother was a teacher, and Kiley is excited to continue her family tradition by working in higher education. In her spare time, Kiley has coached and mentored travel volleyball teams.

Please join me in welcoming Kiley on the 23rd.

Best regards,

Bill Gangluff

Director Marketing and Communications, Alumni Association


Programs Team – Special Events Program Director

I am delighted to announce that Ms. Erin Thornton joins our team as the Special Events Program Director on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Erin will bring her 8 years of experience with the Walt Disney Company to Notre Dame.  For Disney Cruise Lines, she managed the Youth Activities department across a fleet of 4 ships that delivered 60 signature events on each cruise.  She was also tapped to be a member of the opening team that launched 2 ships and the Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii.  In addition to working on ship and shore for Disney, Erin interned at the Bayer Corporation and studied in Rome, Italy.

Erin is passionate about leading teams to deliver successful experiences through event planning, management and implementation.  She is creative in her thinking and practiced in managing resources and strengthening events.  You will discover that her positive energy and smile are contagious.

On a personal note, Erin attended school in Elkhart as a child and graduated from Penn State University with a B.A. degree in Architecture.  Erin, her husband Mark, and dog Mozzy, will move from Orlando, Florida, and begin their life in the Midwest. For Erin, this is a bit like coming home because she has several family members who live in Indiana, including a sister right here in South Bend.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Erin to Notre Dame and the Alumni Association team.

Thank you.

Sharon Keane, Alumni Association