Thank you from Chuck Schnur

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I am a very blessed person!
It has been several weeks now since my June 20 cerebral hemorrhage, and I am here to give heartfelt thanks to all of you who offered your very kind prayers and thoughtful good wishes for me and my family!  Your cards, notes, lit Grotto candles, expressions of encouragement, and again, especially prayers have helped me through this ordeal.
The doctors are still amazed I did not pass out at my desk when the hemorrhage occurred and that I did not incur speech impairment or paralysis.  I was in ICU for 18 days, and then the doctors realeased me to recover and mend at home.  Headaches and fatigue were the norm through July, however, August has been a month of rebuilding my stamina and rejuvenation!  I started working part time in late July and I was back to full time two weeks ago. But, I still need to pace myself each day, the brain healing process will be ongoing for a while as my body recovers.
Because the cerebral angiograms did not reveal what caused my bleeding or where, my neurological doctors say there is a 30% chance it could happen again.  I told them I’m going to be in the 70% group!
So, I am doing well.  God is good!!  His grace is powerful and pure.  Our Lady continues to watch over me with love and care!!  And, the wonderful friendship you all bestow upon me is precious.
I am blessed.  Thank you again!

ND Trustee and President of NBA Operations, Byron Spruell to Speak at Mendoza Tomorrow

Please inform your guests and come to the Boardroom Insights Lecture tomorrow morning – Fri Sep 1, 2017, 10:40AM – 12:10PM in the Jordan Auditorium in the Mendoza College of Business. Our speaker is Byron Spruell, President, League Operations for the NBA and Notre Dame Trustee.
Prior to his role in the NBA, Spruell was vice chairman of Deloitte LLP where he served as managing principal of the Central region and leader of the organization’s Chicago office.
While at Notre Dame, Spruell earned four monograms in football from 1984-87 as an offensive lineman, serving as co-captain of the 1987 team under head coach Lou Holtz. During his career, Spruell received several forms of recognition for his on the field and off the field performance. He was a two-time winner of the Toyota Leadership Award (1986, 1987), garnered Academic All-America honorable mention accolades in 1987, and earned a Ford Foundation post-graduate scholarship in 1988.
Spruell received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University in 1987 and became a Double Domer after earning his MBA from Notre Dame in 1989.
Go Irish!

Southeast Development Office

As of August 31, 2017, the Southeast Development Office in Atlanta is officially closed as a new tenant will be subletting the space.  Eileen Gieselman will continue in her role as Lead Coordinator for Compliance and Stewardship and can be reached via her university email:  Thank you to all who productively used this office over the years to help advance the mission of Notre Dame.
Marty Harshman

Annual Giving Announcements

Dear colleagues,
I am very pleased to announce several changes in Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing.
Matt Gelchion has accepted the position of Director, Volunteer Leadership and Participation, reporting to me. In his brief time with development, Matt has already proven to be a strong and creative leader, and I am confident will help drive increased philanthropy to Notre Dame, particularly from undergraduate alumni. Matt will assume these responsibilities effective immediately.
Alex Romagnolo has accepted the position of Director, Annual Giving, reporting to me, with a focus on driving new unrestricted and giving society revenue through the cultivation of personal relationships. In fewer than three years, Alex has grown annual giving to the Rockne Heritage Fund by more than 125%, building key partnerships within athletics and development and creating premium athletics’ experiences for many of Notre Dame’s most important benefactors.
Please reach out to me, Amy Schell or Ann Moran if you have recommendations for the Director of the Rockne Heritage Fund, which will be posted immediately. Alex will continue to assume these responsibilities as we search for his replacement.
Please join me in congratulating Matt and Alex.
All the best,

Congratulations Carolyn Lax and Family

Carolyn Lax is a grandma!  Please join us in welcoming her first grandchild, Norah Michelle Moore.


Norah was born at 9:23 pm on August 9, 2017. She was 2 weeks early but is a healthy 6 lbs. 9.9 oz., and 19 inches beautiful girl.  Her proud parents are Jennifer and Craig Moore.

Grandma Carolyn was very happy to be a part of Norah’s arrival along with her parents.


OE Org Changes Announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I am happy to announce the following opportunities and changes within the Organizational Effectiveness team:

  • Financial and Data Management
    • Effective immediately, I am pleased to announce that Brian Dean will transition from his current role leading the operations team to focus on a newly created position, reporting to me, with an emphasis on best practices around development operations. Throughout his six plus years leading the Operational units within Development, Brian has shown to be a caring, compassionate leader, mentor, and colleague to many within the department.  I look forward to working with Brian in this new role.
    • Reporting directly to me, we will begin a search for a new Senior Director, Financial and Data Management. As a key process owner within the Organizational Effectiveness team, this position will have direct oversight over teams responsible for the following functions within Development: Gift and Pledge Management, Biographic Data Integrity and Strategy, Finance, and Administration.  With a tireless desire for the development of continuous process improvements and enhanced ways of conducting business that are donor centric, this position will work to implement a new set of innovative, creative, and transformative initiatives that elevate the team’s contribution to the overall goals of the department.  Working collaboratively with colleagues from across Development and the wider University, this individual will establish a metric driven organization that helps drive efficiencies and effectiveness for fundraisers and campus constituents while simultaneously maintaining a culture of unsurpassed listening and customer service that exceeds internal and external customer expectations.
  • Prospect Management

    • RESEARCH: Under the general direction of the Director of Prospect Management, we are actively recruiting for two positions in the area of prospect research: a Senior Prospect Research Analyst and a Prospect Research Analyst. These two individuals will provide the information, analysis, research, and data management necessary to guide effective donor-centric and data-driven decision making in regards to the development of suspects, prospects, and donors to the university.  With a focus on becoming more strategic partners to the frontline fundraisers, these analysts will work to implement standard processes and procedures around prospect identification, prospect qualification, assigned prospect discovery, new alert prospecting/notification, and the identification of prospect networks, relationships, and philanthropic interests.
  • LIAISONS: Under the general direction of the Director of Prospect Management, we are actively recruiting for a Prospect Management Consultant. Working with a team of fellow consultants, this individual will serve as a liaison to frontline fundraisers in providing analytical and empirical insights and consultative advice.  Working directly with the Prospect Research team and Prospect Analyst, this position will have strategic oversight of prospect and donor data with an emphasis on the reporting and delivery of timely insights to fundraisers.  He/she will work to implement standard processes and procedures around the priorities of prospect identification, prospect qualification, moves management, the prospect pipeline, the prospect giving cycle/stage, and portfolio creation.
  • Strategic Applications and Business Intelligence
    • Reporting to Carleen Quinlan, we are actively recruiting for a Manager of Business Intelligence (BI). As BI has emerged as one of the most prominent strategic tools within the Development Office, an experienced data warehouse and business intelligence professional who is driven and passionate about technology and providing best-in-class solutions is needed to lead the data integration, reporting, and visualization efforts within the department.  In addition to leading the Development BI team, this position will work to ensure that Development systems are built to meet the information needs of the department, with a full understanding of leadership strategies.  He/she will manage the diversity of needs and prioritize those needs based on the overall strategy of the business unit.
    • Also reporting to Carleen Quinlan, we will soon be posting an opening for a Manager of Strategic Applications (SA). As the lead for the SA team, this position will work directly with customers to ensure that we are creating, maintaining, and scaling a suite of innovate software applications that supports the achievement of our strategic and operational goals.  He/she will work to define the critical information needs of the department and provide subject matter expertise regarding current systems and emerging technologies.  The Manager of Strategic Applications will work with the Director of Strategic Applications and Business Intelligence and other key stakeholders to determine the strategic direction of the technology tools and will develop best practices to support our short term and long term strategic and operational objectives.

If you are interested in any of the positions listed above, please reach out to Ann Moran or me for further details.

All my best,


Temple AGSM Event Attendees

Please use this link to access a shared Google Doc containing all registered guests for this weekend’s Annual Giving events.
Fundraisers – If you would like email check-in notification for specific donors at certain events, please send me an email at with the names of the donors and events you’d like notification for.
Please Note: The Donor Experience team at or 574-631-5198 will accept registrations for all events except Friday Kickoff until 5:00pm ET this Thursday. No registrations will be accepted on Friday.  Saturday walk-up requests are subject to availability.
Go Irish!
Jonathan Retartha ’07, ’11 MBA

Manager, Donor Experience
Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing

University of Notre Dame

574-631-5340 (direct)

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300
South Bend, IN 46617

AGSM Miami (OH) Event Registration

“Early-bird” Miami registration is now open for Blue, Gold, and $25k+ Giving Society members.  Monday’s email to Sorin, Rockne, OSTM, and JCOS members will be followed by an email on Wednesday opening registration to all levels, with the addition of Badin Guild members.
Important: It is possible for a donor to have a Green/Blue/Gold/Circle ticket lottery level without being a Green/Blue/Gold/Circle member of Giving Societies.  Please be careful when communicating with donors about their eligibility for Giving Society events.
Registration is open at this link (MyNotreDame login required):
For registration questions, please contact the Donor Experience team at donorexperience@nd.eduand 574-631-5198.
For all other football event questions, please contact Christine Wallace (  A full rundown of this year’s events can be found at
Registration lists for Temple events will be shared on Wednesday of this week.
Jonathan Retartha
Manager, Donor Experience

Exciting News – Military/Veterans Office/Regan Jones

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Notre Dame is establishing a new Office of Military and Veterans Affairs and Regan Jones has been appointed to lead this effort as Director, effective Sept. 4, 2017.

The decision to create the new office is based on the recommendation of a nine-month study conducted by the University’s Military Affairs Steering Committee that explored ways to make Notre Dame the nation’s best university for service members, veterans, and their family members, as well as a national leader in ROTC training.

As the inaugural director for the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, Regan Jones will report to Vice President and Associate Provost Laura Carlson. In this role, Regan will develop and implement a strategic plan that builds, integrates, and strengthens the many ongoing programs at Notre Dame that serve service members, veterans, ROTC faculty and students, and their families.

Regan’s leadership, military background, and familiarity with Notre Dame’s ROTC programs make him uniquely qualified for this role. His efforts during the past year to improve recognition of Notre Dame’s programs that support service members and veterans are noteworthy. I am confident Regan’s leadership and the structure provided by this new office will enable Notre Dame to become the nation’s leader in this important area.

Please join me in congratulating Regan on his new assignment. We look forward to partnering with him with this exciting new initiative. An external, public announcement regarding the new office and Regan’s appointment is targeted for mid-November.

Yours in Notre Dame,
Jim Morrison