Dear College of Engineering Faculty and Staff,
I write to you today to announce that I will be stepping down as Dean of the College of Engineering effective June 30, 2019. It has been my privilege and joy to serve the College over the last 10 years. Notre Dame is an extraordinary place and a unique experiment in higher education, and I have been blessed to participate in that experiment and in the remarkable growth of the College of Engineering over the last decade. You, the faculty and staff, along with our students, have made that all possible. All aspects of the College have seen impressive growth over those years: student enrollments, faculty headcount, degree production at all levels, research expenditures, national awards and so on. You have made that possible and it has been a great experience for me to participate in that.
Provost Burish has asked if I could help with the transition to a new Dean of Engineering and I am pleased to be able to help in any ways that I can. The new Dean will enjoy a remarkable collection of colleagues, an unsurpassed cohort of students, and an energetic and enthusiastic staff. I look forward in the future to hearing of the impressive accomplishments of you in all areas of activity: teaching, research, service, community engagement, commercialization, and other impactful ways of being a “force for good” in the world. Please know that you will all be in my very best thoughts and prayers and thank you for making my time as Dean so enjoyable.
I am pleased to announce that Lindahl Chase and Conor Montijo have each been promoted to Associate Director, Sorin Society.
Lindahl has been a member of the Annual Giving Team since 2013, first as Marketing Specialist and, since 2015, as Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Fund. She will continue to manage the Notre Dame Fund while taking on new duties within Sorin.
Conor joined Annual Giving from Athletics last July and has swiftly “changed the game” in his role as Marketing Project Specialist. He will fully transition into his new role after Notre Dame Day. Ashley Gerard will be working on hiring Conor’s replacement for his current role in the coming weeks.
More details regarding Lindahl’s and Conor’s duties within Sorin will be forthcoming. For now, please join me in congratulating Lindahl and Conor and thanking them for their continued service to Notre Dame and the Development team!
The Prospect Management team is excited to welcome Kevin McMannis as its newest member! Kevin joins us as the Prospect Research Analyst and will assist the team by providing strategic insights into current prospects and potential future benefactors. In this role, Kevin will also help the Prospect Management team track key business and fundraising trends, and provide timely updates to our front line fundraisers to leverage new opportunities.
Kevin graduated from Notre Dame in 2015 with a B.S. in Science-Business, and earned his Masters in Management from Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business in 2016. Kevin previously worked as a student intern with the Alumni Association, and most recently served as a Senior Operations Specialist with Cardinal Health in Baltimore.
Please join me in welcoming Kevin to the Development family!
Storytelling and Engagement is proud to introduce our new teammate, Andrew Bevevino. Andrew joins us from The Martin Group, a communications agency based in Buffalo, New York, where he worked with major accounts including 7-11 and the PGA Tour affiliate Web.com Tour. Prior to his work with the Martin Group, Andrew completed a three-month digital strategy internship at the National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum. His experience in writing narrative and marketing content, in digital strategy and marketing, and in strategic communications will be an asset to Notre Dame.
A native of Warren, Pennsylvania, Andrew fondly recalls his lifelong mentor and sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Finley, instilling in him a love for Notre Dame. At their sixth-grade graduation, Andrew and his classmates filled the echoey auditorium of St. Joseph’s Elementary School with the Notre Dame Fight Song—surprising Mrs. Finley with the song she had played for them in class so many times.
Andrew is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University. He enjoys athletics, music (he plays several instruments, but especially enjoys the guitar), and poetry. Please stop by and welcome Andrew to University Relations and Notre Dame. His first day is March 26.
We are proud to share with you that Ann Amico Moran has accepted an exciting offer to join Gibson Insurance as Director of Human Resources. While this is a tremendous loss for University Relations and the University of Notre Dame, what an amazing opportunity for Ann! We know you will join us in wishing her well during this next phase of his career and thanking her for her many contributions to Our Lady’s University.
Since 2010, Ann has contributed her talents to both the Career Center and University Relations, raising the level of achievement within both teams. She is an exemplary teammate in all facets of her life which many of you have experienced first-hand in her role as a recruiter. Equally impressive with Ann is her commitment and work ethic in the active role she plays in working with organizations that make such a positive difference in our community.
We have begun discussions on filling this important role on our team, and we will provide you with an update in the coming weeks. In the meantime, Ann will begin transitioning her work with you and trying to close out as many of the open action items as she can before her last day with us on April 12. Please join us in congratulating Ann on her new position and thanking her for her many contributions to our teams.
Matthew Blazejewski and Brad Goff
University Relations Staff
It is that time of year when we focus on the preparation of the budget for next fiscal year. The annual operating budget process includes proposed salary increases that are effective July 1, 2018, and the non-salary budgets. Please note that managers are receiving a separate memo that includes details on University guidelines, how to access specific charts, etc. This communication is intended to highlight the budget process and timeline internal to University Relations (UR) and to ensure you are familiar with the process and key contacts.
The Budget Team
- Mark Witucki – Alumni Association
- Mary Ellen Koepfle, Geoff Stookey, Brenda Carr – Development
Fiscal 2019 Budget Process and Deadlines
Merit recommendations are provided by managers based on employee performance during fiscal 2018. These recommendations are reviewed by the appropriate Associate Vice President and ultimately approved by Lou Nanni. Human Resources and the Office of Budget & Planning audit these recommendations to ensure consistent application of University guidelines.
There are no incremental increases for non-salary budgets this year. If necessary, members of the budget team will work with your unit to re-allocate funds within the org to better align the budget plan with the spend activity.
Please note the following deadlines:
- April 30: Self-reviews finalized in Endeavor – Step 5 (send forward to your supervisor by April 30). Note: supervisors may designate an earlier deadline for the self-evaluation
- May 1: Managers finalize merit recommendations
- May 8: Associate Vice Presidents review and finalize merit recommendations
- May 11: Managers complete review in Endeavor –(send forward to HR by close of business). Note: make sure Endeavor shows overall rating for your employee before sending forward
- May 14: Vice President approves merit recommendations
- June 15: Compensation statements sent to managers for distribution (if HR audit is final)
- June 23: Staff salary notifications are available online in InsideND
Should you have any questions regarding the performance review process or the budget process, please let us know.
Mary Ellen Koepfle
Regional Development has an open position for a Senior Administrative Assistant. If you are interested in exploring this position please visit jobs.nd.edu and/or contact Ann Moran
I am pleased to announce the promotion of Mary Jane Añón from Associate Director to Director of the Advisory Council Program, effective immediately. As director, Mary Jane will also lead the development liaison program and serve as the liaison for the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.
For nearly six years, Mary Jane has worked tirelessly to enrich the experience of our Advisory Council members and increase the philanthropic impact of the program. She was instrumental in launching the Student Athlete and the Keough School of Global Affairs Advisory Councils, and has worked to transform our annual nomination and renewal process to become a more dynamic process focused on strategy. Mary Jane is a valued colleague within development and trusted partner across campus. Her commitment to excellence and teamwork impacts all we do.
Please join me in congratulating Mary Jane!
I’m excited to announce that Stephanie Washington will be joining us March 26 as Marketing Coordinator. She will overlap with Nancy Sheets for a week (Nancy is retiring from the position after 18 years.) In her role, Stephanie will manage printing and promotional production, provide financial management for marketing and student/young alumni, assist with event coordination, and help on a number of other fronts: our committee and YA board, class notes, condolence letters, etc.
Stephanie comes to us from Perley Primary Fine Arts Academy where she is currently secretary to the principal. As both her current principal and former principal have said to me, she is really more like the chief of staff. She has fostered wonderful relationships with the students, parents, teachers, and staff alike. Stephanie makes things happen at Perley and has been the “glue” for the past couple of years as they go through a transition. The school closes at the end of this school year.
Stephanie is a graduate of Purdue University, and she has a three-year-old son named Dante.
Please join me in welcoming Stephanie on March 26.