Welcome Bryan Keve and Gail Slevin!

I am delighted to welcome two new members to the East Region Development Team!

Bryan Keve joins the East Region as a Director of Development based in South Bend. Bryan is a 2011 graduate of Our Lady’s University with a degree in Architecture. Upon graduation, he pursued his degree by working for an architectural firm in Chicago while simultaneously working at Apple Inc. While at Apple, Bryan  helped develop his team, engaged in corporate relationships as part of the business team, mentored, and provided support for the constantly evolving customer experience. While at Notre Dame, Bryan was a Resident Assistant at St. Ed’s Hall.  He kept  up his soccer by working at Soccer Zone and acting as a referee for the Michiana Soccer Association.

Bryan and his wife, Stephani, are very excited to move their lives back home to Notre Dame. He is currently attending the CASE conference at Dartmouth, and his first day on campus will be July 27th.  Bryan will serve benefactors in the Washington DC metro market.  He will be supported by Teresa O’Connor.

Gail Slevin brings 18 years of fundraising and donor relations experience to her new role as Director of Development. She served as the Director of Alumni Relations and Advancement for Red Bank Catholic High School in Red Bank, New Jersey where she was responsible for a successful $13.5 million capital campaign and the creation of an annual giving program.  Gail is a 1984 graduate of Saint Mary’s College with a degree in Communications and English.  A former swimmer, she was the 1983 recipient of the Moose Krause Award for ND/SMC Female Athlete of the Year and was inducted into the Saint Mary’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

Gail and her husband Rob live in Middletown, NJ.  Their daughter Quinlan, (SMC ’10 and BC ’11) is a teacher in Chicago. Their son Rory will be a freshman this year at Virginia Tech where he will also play soccer.

Gail will serve benefactors in the New York City and New Jersey area, and will be located in our New York City office. She starts her next Notre Dame chapter here in South Bend on Monday, July 27.  In the NYC office, Gail will be supported by Marcia Hittner.

Please join me in welcoming Bryan and Gail to our Development Team!


Anne M. Griffith

Senior Director of Development – East Region

Lunch with Lou (Holtz, not Nanni) 7/31/15

 Lunch with Lou:
 A Legendary Leader
 Friday, July 31st, 2015 
Century Center
120 S. St. Joseph Street
South Bend, IN 46601
VIP Reception: 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
 Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The famously successful former Notre Dame coach has generously donated his time to speak on behalf of “Mentor South Bend.” The business community, educators, parents and others will all find his speech inspirational and motivational with a focus on leadership. Profits will be used to find the Mentor programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the South Bend Education Foundation, which are 5013 non-profit educational and youth mentoring organizations.
 Presenting Sponsors
Media Partner:
Beth Berry 574-234-7444

Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County


For more info, including sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets, visit LunchWithLou.org

Volunteer Opportunity for the Center for the Homeless On the River Bash.

On The River  couldn’t happen without people who volunteer their time to help change the landscape of our community – people, hopefully, like you. We’re looking for dedicated, hardworking volunteers to help bring everything together.

Whether you patrol with our security team, man the awesome activities on Family Day, or help this year’s Teen Night be the BEST EVER Teen Night in the history of OTR – when you volunteer in any part of On The River, you’ll have a chance to to meet great people, make new friends, work hard and play even harder. Plus, you get free admission to the biggest beach bash in town!
And all the while, you’ll be helping OTR support the Center for the Homeless in their mission to break the cycle of homelessness. If getting involved sounds like something you might be interested in, sign-up via the http://ontheriverfest.com/get-involved/. If you have questions about the volunteer process, send an email to Sarah Himschoot (shimscho@nd.edu) or Matt Money (mmoney@nd.edu).”
Sara Himschoot and Matt Money

Welcome Megan Feely to the West Region

Please help me welcome Megan Feely as a new Director of Development covering Missouri and Kansas.  She will begin Monday, July 20.

Megan is 2010 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration (Accounting) from the Mendoza College of Business with a double major in Political Science and a minor from the Hesburgh Program in Public Service.  Megan is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and has spent the last five years working in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young where she specialized in state and local corporate tax consulting.  She has consulted for a number of Fortune 500 companies across the Midwest primarily focusing on the retail, manufacturing, and health care industries.
Megan recently moved to the South Bend area from her home state of Minnesota to join the Notre Dame Development team.  During her time at Notre Dame, Megan was involved in a number of musical groups on campus including the Notre Dame Folk Choir and Halftime acapella. Music is still a big part of Megan’s life and singing is her favorite hobby.  She also loves reading, yoga, watching Notre Dame sports, and playing with her cocker spaniel, Murphy. 
Stu Fortener

News Release: $10M to Hesburgh Libraries Center for Digital Scholarship


The University will be issuing a news release later today announcing a $10 million commitment from Rudy and Jane Navari to the Hesburgh Libraries. The announcement can be found at http://news.nd.edu after 1:00 p.m. today.

The Navari family’s gift will be used to:

  1. fund the renovation of the future space for the Center for Digital Scholarship, and
  2. establish an endowment to support library digital services and projects in the Center.

Going forward, the center will be called the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship.

Special thanks to Lynn Hubert for the relationship she has developed with the Navari family.

Thank you,

2015 Warren GC Development Tee Time Policy


The 2015 football season is fast approaching and with that the requests for tee times at the Warren Golf Course for the Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of football weekends will increase.  As in the past, we want to give the Development Office the opportunity to secure tee times for benefactors well in advance of the general population.   Below is the tee time policy under which we have worked in the past and will continue to use.

*Note – The Friday before the Texas Game (September 4) is not available due to a private event that afternoon for Mr. Warren and guests.

Warren Golf Course Tee Time Policy

  • The standard tee time policy at the Warren Golf Course allows alumni, students, faculty/staff members and guests to make reservations 14 days in advance of the day of play.


  • The ND Development department may make reservations in advance of this policy per the following provisions:


    • Tee times for current and potential leadership and principle gift benefactors as well as the equivalent corporate and foundation prospects are to be made by field fundraisers or CFR director only.  The field fundraiser is to call John Foster at 574-631-4116 to set up the tee time.  Other members of the Warren Golf Course staff are not allowed to reserve advanced tee times.


    • Tee times for other Recognition Societies may be made 18 days in advance of the day of play (the Monday preceding the Friday the phones open to the public).  This allows for Development to secure tee times in advance of general play without usurping potential reservations for major benefactors.  These advance times must be made through John Foster as well.


    • No-shows for tee times on Football weekends, graduation weekends and Alumni weekend will be billed to the development personnel who made the times at a rate of $95 per player.  Cancellations made at least 48 hours in advance will not be charged.


John Foster



Welcome Liz Johnson to Special Events & Stewardship

Dear Colleagues:


I am happy to introduce Liz Johnson as the newest member of the Special Events & Stewardship team. Serving as a program director, Liz will be responsible for partnering with the Corporate and Foundation Relations team and the Academic Advancement directors on stewardship efforts and best practices.

Liz brings with her a wealth of experience in higher education and corporate philanthropy. As the Vice President of Advancement at St. Ursula Academy in Cincinnati, she was responsible for the marketing, programming, alumnae engagement, and fundraising efforts. As the Director of Income Development at the American Cancer Society, she was responsible for an $8 million portfolio consisting of foundations, corporations and individuals. Liz graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in communications studies and earned a Master of Science in Sport and Wellness Leadership from Austin Peay State University.

Liz and her husband Mike moved to South Bend earlier this year when Mike accepted an associate volleyball coaching position with the University. They now reside in Granger with their three children – Jamie (7), Harper (5), and Noah (1).

Please join me in welcoming Liz to the Notre Dame family.

Warm regards,


Barb Patnaude Retirement Celebration

Please join us for a cake and punch reception to honor Barb Patnaude for 15 years of service to the University of Notre Dame and to offer her best wishes for a Happy Retirement!


Date: July 17, 2015

Location: ESC Family Room

Drop-in: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m

Sharon Rankert

Style Guide for Professional Communication on the UR Site

The Office of Special Events & Stewardship has posted  “A Style Guide for Professional Communication” to the UR Intranet, for use as a writing reference tool.  
Accessible from both the Fundraiser Best Practices and the Resources and Applications sections, this guide includes links to additional reference sites, such as the online ND Style Guide, the On Message site created by the Marketing Communications team, and the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
If you’re looking for guidance on writing thank-you notes, please refer to page three. 
Heather M. Moriconi

Sarah Bogucki New 405 Senior Administrative Assistant

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Sarah Bogucki will begin her new role as Senior Administrative Assistant for 405 Main Building effective tomorrow, Friday, July 10. In her new role as 405’s receptionist, Sarah will serve as our hospitality specialist and provide administrative support to me and to our team. We are very excited to have Sarah transition into this role from her former role on the Prospect Management team. Her 3 years of experience within the UR team and in her previous role at 1st Source Bank will be a great addition to the 405 office!

Best, Drew