Leah Corachea, Program Manager, Phone Center

Dear Colleagues,
I am excited to announce that Leah Corachea has accepted the position of Program Manager, Phone Center on the Annual Giving team effective September 12, 2016. In this role she will oversee all operations of the student phone center as well as develop strategies with fund and segment owners in order to grow our fundraising efforts through this channel.
Leah graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2014. She has been working in Development since August 2014 and most recently as Learning and Organizational Development Coordinator. Her extraordinary work ethic and dedication to Our Lady’s mission will help her succeed and thrive in this new role.
Please join me in congratulating Leah!
All my best,
Ashley Gerard

Congratulations to Julia Onghetich!

We are thrilled to announce that Julia Onghetich will be stepping into the role of Assistant Director, Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship, effective Thursday, September 1st. In this role, Julia will oversee several key initiatives, including managing the acknowledgements process and serving as one of our primary writers; leading the Founder’s Wall and $1 million stewardship programs; supporting the principal stewardship program; creating the annual Stewardship Report; and serving as team’s style guide expert and lead editor.
Julia holds an M.P.A. in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from Hope College. Prior to joining the SE&S team in 2015, Julia worked in Uganda for a study abroad program through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities where she honed her grant writing and editing skills. Julia has played an invaluable role at the University as the Lead Coordinator for Presidential and Vice Presidential acknowledgements and brings a global perspective, strong writing and editing skills, a keen eye for process improvement, and a tremendous work ethic and commitment to Our Lady’s University to our team. Please join us in congratulating Julia on her new role.
With Julia’s advancement, the role of Coordinator, Donor Communications, Recognition, & Stewardship is now open. If any internal candidates are interested in exploring this position, please contact Beth Ferlic. The job will be posted on jobs.nd.edu at the end of the week.
Our best,
Beth Ferlic and Mary Fisher

Reminder: Harper Cancer Research Institute Blood Drive 08/31/16

Blood donors needed!

With a holiday weekend upon us, the community blood bank needs you now more than ever! Please join us in donating blood on Wednesday, August 31st at Harper Cancer Research Institute from 11:30am-2:00pm. Your donation will save the lives of three people right here in our community.

For every pint of blood collected, $5 will be donated back to Harper Cancer Research Institute.

Remember, if nobody gives, nobody receives. Click HERE to sign up.


Welcome Maddie Helman Laidig to Special Events & Stewardship

We are excited to announce that Maddie Helman Laidig will transition on Monday, August 29th to a full-time role as Assistant Director, Executive Events & Stewardship, reporting directly to Cristi Ganyard. Since March of 2016, Maddie has served the Special Events & Stewardship team in a temporary Event Coordinator role, skillfully and enthusiastically handling registrations, invitation and paper design, and event design and execution for a variety of University events.

A graduate of St. Mary’s College, Maddie previously was co-owner of The Initial Co., Inc., an online retailer and supplier of personalized corporate gifts. Prior to selling her business in 2015, Maddie was directly responsible for social media promotions, the company website and blog, as well as supply chain management and distribution. Maddie also brings excellent event design experience to the team, having been on the events team at Merry Me Events in Edwardsburg, Michigan.

Maddie is a native of the South Bend area and was married just two weeks ago to her husband Nate Laidig. Please join us in both congratulating Maddie on her marriage and welcoming Maddie to her new permanent role within the Special Events & Stewardship team.

Cristi Ganyard and Mary Fisher
Mary A. Fisher ‘08, M.N.A. ‘15
Interim Sr. Director, Special Events & Stewardship
Department of Development

Farewell Vanessa


It is with mixed emotions that I announce Vanessa Minahan will be leaving the ND Alumni Association. Vanessa and her husband, Mike, will be relocating back to California this fall to begin the next chapter in their lives. While Mike will begin at a law firm in Sacramento in early October, Vanessa has graciously offered to stay with the NDAA to see us through the Stanford Football Friday. This is one of the many examples of her dedication and passion for this team and the University.

What we’ll miss most about Vanessa is her positive energy and sincere enthusiasm to help anyone at any time. The class reps, our partners, student workers, along with all of us, have experienced Vanessa’s warm spirit and commitment to excellence. She has made such a positive impact during her time here and hers will be incredibly large shoes to fill. She will be truly missed.

We will be posting for the Event Coordinator position this week. If you know of a potential candidate, on or off campus, please let us know so that we may refer them to the posting online.

Vanessa’s last day in the office will be Friday, October 14. Please join me in wishing Vanessa and Mike the best of luck and well wishes for their future.

Erin Thornton

Special Events Program Director


Registration Open: Shamrock Series 5k San Antonio

Get a running start to your Shamrock Series and join Notre Dame Game Day before the Irish take the field at The Alamodome to run the streets of historic downtown San Antonio!

The third annual Shamrock Series 5K, will take place at 7:30 a.m. CT on Saturday, November 12th prior to Notre Dame’s matchup against Army. Runners will enjoy a scenic course, beginning and ending at the Mayor Maury Maverick Plaza in La Villita Historic Arts Village. Registration is limited to 2,000 participants.

All runners will receive a limited edition Under Armour Shamrock Series 5K race shirt and a commemorative finisher’s medal. Awards will be presented to the top two overall finishers and age division winners.

Event net proceeds from the Shamrock Series 5K will go to graduate fellowships and support for active-duty and veteran graduate students at The University of Notre Dame.

For more information and to register : http://www.active.com/san-antonio-tx/running/distance-running-races/shamrock-series-5k-2016

Jim Morrison

“Football Weekend Opportunities for Benefactor Cultivation and Stewardship”

The Annual Giving Team encourages you to promote the following football weekend events with the recognition society benefactors in your portfolio.

Recognition Society Members can now register for events on Nevada, MSU, and Duke weekends. Registration for other games can be made beginning one month before the game. Links for registration forms are below and can be sent to donors:

Nevada Events: mynotredame.nd.edu/nev16
MSU Events: mynotredame.nd.edu/msu16
Duke Events: mynotredame.nd.edu/duke16

For assistance, benefactors, fundraisers and administrative assistants can reach out to the Donor Experience team at 574-631-5198.

Gold VIP Events
Open to Gold and $25k Members of all Recognition Societies

Intimate, limited capacity events with University leaders and faculty.

If you would like to host a Gold Member, or a prospective Gold member, at one of these events, please let me know.

A Look into the Universe: Inside Notre Dame’s Digital Visualization Theater
September 9, 2016 (Nevada weekend)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Digital Visualization Theater, Jordan Hall of Science
Presenter: Justin R. Crepp, Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics

Take a trip through the stars with an exclusive look inside the Jordan Hall’s state-of-the art Digital Visualization Theatre. Professor Crepp will lead a fascinating presentation on some of his research and utilize the 360-degree experience of the theatre.

The Future of Residential Life at Notre Dame
September 16, 2016 (Michigan State Weekend)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art
Presenters: Margaret Morgan, Director of Residential Life and Karen Kennedy, Director of Housing
Featuring current Rectors and students

With two new residence halls opening this academic year, and new renovations scheduled for halls across campus, join members of the Residential Life team to hear about how Notre Dame’s distinctive residential tradition is impacting today’s students.

Restoring an Icon: The Hesburgh Library at Notre Dame
September 24, 2016 (Duke Weekend)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Center for Digital Scholarship, Hesburgh Library
Presenter: Diane Parr Walker, Edward H. Arnold University Librarian

Join Diane Parr Walker on a presentation and tour of the stunning renovations in the famed Hesburgh Library.

Future Gold Events include:
Stanford Weekend: Keough School of Global Affairs (featuring R. Scott Appleby, Prof. of History and Marilyn Keough Dean)and Hard Hat Tour of Jenkins/Nanovic Halls
Miami Weekend: Tour of DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and preview of FTT Production of Frankenstein
Virginia Tech Weekend: Tour of Duncan Student Center

More information on these events will be available as registration opens for each event.

Shake Down the Thunder Tailgate
DeBartolo Quad between Mendoza and Hesburgh Center
Afternoon Games: 11:30am-3:00pm
Night Games: 2:30pm-6:30pm
$25 per adult pre-registration; $35 at the door; Children 12 and under free
Unlimited food, beer/wine/soda, tailgate games, music, and TVs showing games across the country.

This is a wonderful opportunity to greet and cultivate benefactors who you may be unable to accommodate in the Development Tailgate. Benefactors can register at the links above. Additional marketing materials for the tailgate will be available soon.

As always, please contact your Annual Giving liaison with questions or assistance in determining how these events can be used to cultivate and steward the recognition society members in your portfolio on home game weekends.

Riley Koval (West)
Brian Diss (Midwest, International)
Ian Secviar (East)
Lindahl Chase (South)
Alex Romagnolo (Athletics)
Laura Snell (Gift Planning)

Go Irish!

Parking Passes at the Eddy St. Garage

Some of the parking passes have stopped working at the Eddy St. Garage. If you find that your card does not work, please take a ticket from the garage entrance gate and then ask for a validation ticket from the Development front desk. Harrison, at Eddy St. Parking office will issue a new parking pass. The garage office is open 8:00-5:00. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Vicki Reeder

Open Position: Advancement Coordinator

Academic Advancement has an open position for the Advancement Coordinator in the Law School. If you are interested in exploring this position please visit jobs.nd.edu and/or contact Ann Moran or John Lloyd.

Thank you,
Jen Harwell

Jennifer L. Harwell
Recruiting Coordinator