Welcome to Academic Advancement, Eugenio Acosta!

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that Eugenio Acosta will serve as our new Director of Academic Advancement for the College of Engineering. In this role, Eugenio will serve as the development liaison for the College as a member of Dean Kilpatrick’s senior leadership team. He will work closely with the Dean, faculty, advisory council members, and field fundraisers to advance the key priorities for the College of Engineering along with collaborative initiatives with ND Research, College of Science, and others.

Eugenio, who received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame in 2001 and M.B.A. from California State University in 2007, has been an integral part of our University Relations team since 2013 where he has served as International Alumni Relations Program Director.  Prior to joining Notre Dame, Eugenio served as Senior Engineer and Project Manager for McCarthy Building Co. for twelve years in Newport Beach, Ca.

We believe Eugenio’s experience along with his strong work ethic, collaborative spirit, technical expertise, and dedication to the mission of Our Lady’s University, will enable him to advance an ambitious fund raising plan for the College of Engineering and multi-disciplinary STEM initiatives.

We look forward to welcoming Eugenio to the Academic Advancement Team in early December.  In the meantime Eugenio, Nathan Utz, and I will be working closely to ensure a smooth transition for each of the roles involved.

Please join me in congratulating Eugenio on his exciting new position as well as thanking Nathan Utz on his great leadership in this role the past five years as he transitions full-time in his new role as Senior Director of Corporate Relations!

Yours in Notre Dame,

Jim Morrison

John Cardinal O’Hara Society Fall Mailing

The John Cardinal O’Hara Society Fall Mailing was sent on 10/28/16.  MBA student and MBA Military Veterans Club member Mark Faldowski is featured.  The population for this piece includes just over 1,700 renewals, and more than 8,300 recruits.  The creative pieces can be viewed here https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B6mu7Wo8yQtzTm05MHRLdEliRkE?usp=sharing.
Over the next few weeks, assigned and unassigned prospects receiving the mailer will be called by the AGSM staff.
If you have any questions, please contact Dan Peña at 1-0083

October Sorin/Corby/Notre Dame Fund Mailing

Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing dropped a direct mail campaign last week to approximately 24,000  alumni, parents, and friends with previous gifts to the Sorin Society, Corby Young Alumni, and the Notre Dame Fund.

The mailing included a letter from seniors Emily David and John Lee who shared their wonderful Notre Dame stories with an emphasis on their work with Campus Ministry and Notre Dame’s Catholic Mission.

The letter and mailing list can be viewed here. The mailing was sent first class and gifts generated will be routed through the Chicago lockbox.

Congratulations Amanda Retartha!

I am excited to announce that Amanda Retartha is joining the Foundation Relations team as a Director of Foundation Relations serving the College of Arts & Letters.

For the past two years, Amanda has served the University through her stellar work on our Stewardship and Special Events team.  By all accounts Amanda is smart, hard-working, and an excellent team mate.  We are thrilled that she is joining the FR team.

Amanda will transition to Foundation Relations on November 28.  Please join me in congratulating Amanda on her new role!


Carla Ingrando

Program Director of Special Events, Gameday Hospitality

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to share that in anticipation of the opening of the Campus Crossroads Project next fall, the Special Events & Stewardship team will be adding a new position — Program Director of Special Events, Gameday Hospitality.

As his or her primary responsibility, this individual will design and oversee all gameday hospitality experiences housed within the premium spaces of the Campus Crossroads Project and other athletic club facilities. Towards this end, he or she will partner with the University Events Management group to liaise with gameday vendors, and will also partner closely with Athletics to develop a year-round stewardship plan for CCP premium seat holders. This individual will report to me.

The position will be posted to the ND job board today. Please feel free to share this posting with any interested parties and of course, to reach out directly to Ann Moran or me if you have any questions.

All my best,

Mary Fisher

Welcome, Julie! New NDAA Event Coordinator


I am excited to announce that Julie Hentig joins our team as the Event Coordinator on Tuesday, November 1st.

Julie comes to us by way of the Morris Inn where she previously served as the Assistant Manager for Food & Beverage. She has a background in event logistics, guest service and project coordination with institutes such as the Humane Society of West Michigan, the Arena District of Grand Rapids and the Gun Lake Casino. Julie is excited about working in events and looks for ways to enhance and perfect the guest experience.

Julie recently relocated from Michigan with her husband, Jamie, who is pursuing his PhD here at Notre Dame. They live locally with their two dogs, Brody and Stella.

Please join me in warmly welcoming Julie to the Alumni Association!

My best,

Erin Thornton

A New Member of Our Team

Good afternoon!

On Friday, October 21 at 11:45 a.m., our team grew a little bigger. Please welcome Remington “Remy” Charles Wells. He is 6 lbs. 10 ounces at 19″ and is already a football fan.

Sara and Remy (Chris and Rux too) are doing well.


Andrea Bullock



Keve Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I write to tell you that Bryan Keve is no longer with the University, effective Friday October 21. All benefactor concerns should be directed to me. Thanks in advance for your collaboration.

In Notre Dame,

Anne Griffith

Welcome Interns Emily McNally and Katherine Wadolowski

I am pleased to announce two graduate students in the Mendoza College of Business have joined our University Relations team as academic year interns.

Emily McNally, Master of Science in Management, will work with Carla Ingrando and Lindsey McIntyre to create a foundation playbook.

Katherine Wadolowski, Master of Science in Management, will work with Beth Ferlic and David Daley to create a “Where Are They Now?” financial aid stewardship piece.

As academic year interns, they will A) benefit from investments of mentoring and professional development  B) produce meaningful work for the division by completing resume-worthy projects.

Please join me in welcoming them.

For Notre Dame,

Bryan Reaume


Additional academic year internships now available.

UR Internship Program: Description and Project Proposal Form for UR Colleagues

UR Internship Program: Description and Application for Students

UR Internship Program: 2-Slide Overview for Internal Use