Welcome Baby Nugent!

Baby Nugent is here!! Sarah and Kevin welcomed Patrick Raymond Nugent on Thursday, July 21st. Patrick entered the world at 8 pounds, 9 ounces, and 20 inches (sounds like he’ll be tall like his dad)! Baby and mom are doing great. Welcome baby Patrick!! Congratulations Sarah and Kevin!!

-Tashana Kenny

Notre Dame to Implement Cashless Campus Environment

In an effort to maintain a healthy and more efficient campus, the University of Notre Dame will transition to a cashless retail environment beginning Aug. 1. The change includes transactions at Notre Dame food service locations, dining halls, concession stands and St. Michael’s Laundry, as well as dining services at Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College where the University manages operations.

For individuals who do not have a credit or debit card, kiosks have been installed in Duncan and LaFortune Student Centers where cash can be transferred to a Visa gift card to complete transactions on campus. The gift cards can be used anywhere Visa is accepted on or off campus at no additional charge.

Cash will still be accepted at the following locations: the Morris Inn, Rohr’s, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstores, the Notre Dame Wellness Center, the U.S. Post Office, vending machines and privately operated businesses in LaFortune such as FedEx, the hair salon, barber shop, floral shop and 1st Source Bank. Cash donations will still be accepted at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the Grotto, along with fundraising/donation events and residence halls food sales.

Faculty, staff and students can continue to add funds to Irish1Cards for use in the dining halls.

The change to a cashless environment will also affect the number of automatic teller machines (ATMs) on campus. ATMs will continue to be available in the two student centers.

For more information, please click here.

Welcome Nadia Casas to the Stewardship and Donor Relations Team

The Stewardship & Donor Relations team was delighted to welcome Nadia Casas as Program Director of Donor Recognition on July 18th. In this role, Nadia will serve as one of the project management leads on annual recognition donor events and unique celebrations for donors. She will also be responsible for the creation of both public and private donor recognition and the execution of a variety of individualized stewardship pieces.

Nadia is a graduate of California Polytechnic State University and holds a certificate from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Summer Institute for General Management. She has spent the last seven years working as an Academic Program Administrator in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Graduate Program.

This role will allow Nadia to utilize her creative strengths, gift of organization, and passion for others to serve those in our Notre Dame family. Nadia lives in South Bend with her husband and daughter. Please join us in welcoming Nadia.

-Jessica Reasons

Welcome Alyssa Strbjak to the Gift and Data Management Team

Dear Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that Alyssa Strbjak joined the Gift and Data Management Team on July 18. Alyssa will be the Program Director for Gift Management Communications. Alyssa will oversee the acknowledgment process, pledge update letters, gift preparation, and gift management communications to internal and external partners.

Alyssa joins us from Andrean High School as the Manager of Annual Giving. Prior to Andrean, Alyssa worked at Purdue University Northwest, Lewis University, and Saint Xavier University – all in various annual giving and alumni engagement positions.

Alyssa has her bachelor’s degree from Lewis University and her master’s degree from Purdue. Alyssa and her husband Jeff along with their three children Dominic (4), Braxton (4), and Sutton (2) reside in Crown Point.

Please join me in welcoming Alyssa.

-Amy Schell

Joining the Notre Dame Toastmasters Club

Please consider this invitation from Laura Walker to join the Notre Dame Toastmasters club.

As you are meeting with your teams and considering professional development options available, a great option at Notre Dame to build communication and leadership skills is through the Notre Dame Toastmasters club. Notre Dame Toastmasters offers a safe and supportive environment for those looking to communicate and lead with confidence. Meetings are held virtually and in person weekly on Tuesdays at 4:30 and allow members an ongoing platform to work on both prepared speeches and impromptu speaking skills.

Each meeting is structured to build one’s acumen on:
– Conducting a meeting in a timely and professional manner
– Managing the use of filler words or disfluencies when speaking
– Awareness of gestures and use of body language
– Eye contact
– Vocal variety
– Listening and giving constructive feedback
– Opportunities to lead on special projects

In addition, Notre Dame Toastmasters is fun! Members meet and learn from colleagues across campus on a variety of topics that grow one as a person.

To learn more about the club, visit their website or contact toastmasters@nd.edu. Our very own Laura Walker currently serves as on the board for the Notre Dame Toastmasters club so you can also reach out to her with questions!

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Katy Orenchuk to serve as Academic Advancement Senior Director

It is with excitement for our team and the University to announce that Katy Orenchuk will serve in the role of Academic Advancement Senior Director, effective July 25th. Katy joined University Relations in the spring of 2019 in the newly created role of AAD for Arts and Architecture. In this role she has cultivated a wide range of relationships, worked effectively to secure support for key projects, and instituted new initiatives to support the arts on campus, including the recently created Notre Dame Arts Council. She has since added the Libraries to her portfolio.

Prior to her role at Notre Dame, Katy spent 13 years as a fundraiser in Washington DC and Chicago. She has her BA in history and political science from the University of Notre Dame, and obtained her MA in Arts Administration from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in 2006. She became certified as a Fund Raising Executive in 2018.

We are grateful that Katy will bring her unwavering commitment to the mission of our Lady’s University and her deep knowledge of and experience with fundraising to this leadership role.

Katy will continue to be located at Eddy St. and will continue to be the first point of contact for the arts and architecture until she hires her successor.

Please join me in congratulating Katy.



Congrats to Sean Cuneo, our new Senior Digital Campaign Specialist!

Please join me in congratulating Sean Cuneo on his new role as the Senior Digital Campaign Specialist on the Marketing Operations team in Annual Giving. We are thrilled for Sean to step into this role and lead our team of two Content Marketing Specialists.

Sean joined the Development team in January 2022 as a Content Marketing Specialist and has excelled in this role, leading reporting and testing, and digging into email solutions. Prior to his position with Annual Giving, he was the Director of Marketing at Mercyhurst University. In Sean’s first week, he has been charged with creating and managing our Giving Society events registration platform and the exploration of journeys and automation for our email campaigns. We’re excited for all Sean will do with and for our team.

Please join me in congratulating Sean on his promotion!

Lauren Dolzan

Congratulations to Indi Jackson! RD covering South Florida in the Southern Region

Dear everyone,

Please join me in congratulating Indi Jackson on her promotion to Regional Director of Development as the newest member of the Southern Region covering South Florida. We are thrilled for Indi to officially join the Southern Region as an RD after being our AGSM leadership giving team liaison for the past year.

Indi joined the Development team in May 2021 as an Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving and has excelled in this role, surpassing her FY22 goal by 14% and generating over $3M in unrestricted revenue. Prior to her position with Annual Giving, Indi was an Associate Producer at Fighting Irish Media, helping produce award winning content across 26 sports, including content aired on NBC. She also showcased her passion for storytelling in hosting the “Brave Voices” podcast, where she interviewed other Black Notre Dame Student Athletes about race in their life, aiming to ease the tension around the discussion of race.

Indi graduated from Notre Dame in 2017 with a BA in Film, Television and Theater and a minor in Computer Digital Technologies. She is also a Track and Field Monogram winner and served as a two time captain for the team.

I’m confident that Indi’s competitive spirit, desire to help others and passion for storytelling will lead her to continued success as a Regional Director of Development. Please join me in congratulating Indi on her promotion and welcoming her to the Southern Region!


Condolences to Jessica Brice


Please join me in prayer for the repose of the soul of John Thomas Brice, the father-in-law of Jessica Brice and father of John Brice, and for the entire Brice family as they grieve his loss.

Jessica shared that her father-in-law passed away peacefully on Friday afternoon, with his wife and one of his daughter’s at his bedside, after a nearly year-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jessica’s husband John composed a beautiful obituary for his father, which is linked here and which I encourage you to read as you lift up the Brice family in prayer.


Farewell to Kristin Trosper

UR Team,

Please note that Monday, July 18, will be Kristin Trosper’s last day on the Marketing Operations, Annual Giving team. Kristin will be taking her experience and skills to the International Rescue Committee as the strategist for their monthly giving program.

Kristin has been a part of UR for a total of 9 years, beginning in Regional Development, and has been an integral part of the Annual Giving team the past 4 years. We’re thankful for all her hard work across our departments and her diligence in serving our donors over the years. Her deep historical knowledge of all things ND fundraising will be missed.

If you were working with Kristin directly on any projects, please contact me for a plan of transition. A replacement role will be posted on jobs.nd.edu in the coming weeks. We will release further information regarding this vacancy as it becomes available.

Please join us in wishing Kristin all the best in her next venture!

-Lauren Dolzan