Grace Hall Circle & East Lot Repairs 9/24/22

Grace Hall Friends,

Facilities and Design Operations (FDO) asked that we share the following information:

The following lots will need to be cleared by Friday night the 23rd in order to do repair work in these lots. Work will be done on Saturday, September 24, 2022. This work will take 4-8 hours overall to complete. Once each lot is done the cones will be moved and the lots reopened

The areas that will be closed are:

  1. Transportation lot
  2. Stepan “A” lot
  3. East Gate lot (behind Grace Hall)
  4. Grace Hall circle (Actual Grace Hall lot will not be closed)
  5. NDPD Lot.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Kite Parking Reminder


We have been asked by Kite Properties to send a reminder about parking under the Eddy Street office building, specifically along the westside across from the former Kilwin’s location. These spots are 45-minute parking only. Beginning tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 23, 2022) vehicles parked in this location exceeding 45-minutes will be towed.

Parking is available in the garage for Eddy Street tenets or any one working out of the Eddy Street office (hot desking, attending meetings, etc). If you are assigned to the Eddy Street office, garage access has been granted to you. If you do have garage access, please let me know.

For any one assigned to the Main Building, Grace Hall or Joyce Center offices, parking can be validated at the front desk.

If you have any questions, please contact me, Grace Prosniewski, or Lana Taylor.

Thank you.

Welcome Mary Bueno to Advancement Services!


We are excited to announce that Mary Bueno will take on the role of Development Associate beginning Monday, September 26. In this role, reporting to Brian Diss, Mary will provide administrative support for all areas of Advancement Services. Mary will also coordinate the scheduling of interviews for Advancement Services positions, manage facility needs within Grace Hall, coordinate student hiring, and support Gift Management functions (ie customer service, gift preparation, etc.) during peak times and as needed.

Mary has been a valuable member of the Annual Giving team for the past 9 years. Her compassionate care for the team, commitment to our donors, and warm smile will be missed by Annual Giving, but we are so excited that she will be continuing to do great things for Development in this new role!

Annual Giving will be posting for Mary’s replacement in the coming days. If you have any interest of referrals for the role, please contact Brandon Tabor.

Please join us in congratulating Mary on this new role.

Thank you,

Brian Diss and Brandon Tabor

Blessing of the Animals – Updated Date

Please note that the special Blessing of the Animals will take place on Sunday, October 2nd at 2:00pm EST. The Blessing will take place in front of the newly placed St. Francis of Assisi Statue at Cedar Grove Cemetery. The statue is located by the Mausolea at Cedar Grove. St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals and the environment. Parking is available at the Cemetery or the Hammes Bookstore.

Badin Guild Cal Tailgate – Updated Location!

Dear Colleagues,

On Saturday, September 17, 2022, the Badin Guild will host our Cal Tailgate from Noon-2 PM on Debartolo Quad between the Hesburgh Center and the Mendoza College of Business. This event will feature complimentary tailgate food and beverages along with gameday festivities.

Please see the list of registered attendees for detail on benefactors who will be attending this event. The first tab provides details for the main party registrant, please see the second tab for all entities in each party, as provided by the benefactor at registration.

If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Laura Walker.

Newest Grace of Giving Episode with Jonathan Retartha

The newest episode of “The Grace of Giving” podcast is out featuring Director of Prospect Development and Strategy, Jonathan Retartha! In this episode we are situated next to Holy Cross lake on a beautiful summer day, and enjoy conversation about fatherhood, his special relationship with twin brother and Domer, Ryan, and the pièce de résistance to any barbeque. Listen now! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and fill out this form to appear as a guest.

1000 Grace Conference Room Access


Please note that the swipe pad outside of 1000 Grace conference room has been activated and the door will be locked for added security.

All of UR still has access to this room, you will just need to swipe your ID to enter.

Please reach out to Nancy Cole with any questions.

Annual Giving Fall Renewal Mailing #2

Dear Colleagues,

The second fall renewal mailing (renew #2) is dropping in mailboxes starting Friday, September 9th to all our unrestricted and giving society benefactors. As a reminder, this mailing is sent to all assigned and unassigned benefactors whose annual giving is less than $25,000, asking them to renew their previous calendar year gift by their respective fund owner. This mailing is being sent to over 23,000 households and will be followed by email reminders in the weeks to come. If you have any questions regarding our renewal strategy, please reach out to the appropriate fund (Sorin, Rockne, Law, etc.) owner on the annual giving team and they can assist.

Annual Giving Team

Badin Guild CA Tailgate

Dear Colleagues,

On Saturday, September 17, 2022, the Badin Guild will host our CA Tailgate from Noon-2 PM on Debartolo Quad North, east of the Law School. This event will feature complimentary tailgate food and beverages along with gameday festivities.

Please see the list of registered attendees for detail on benefactors who will be attending this event.

If you have questions regarding this event or have Badin Guild members you would like added to the waitlist, please contact Laura Walker.

Advancement Services Team Announcements


As we gear up for football season and calendar year-end, I want to share two updates from Advancement Services:

Lana Taylor, who has been a pivotal member of the Advancement Services and Development teams for 3.5 years, will join the Internal Engagement team effective September 12. In this new role, she will continue her high-level coordination of division-wide events (ie UR Summit, Blueprints, Shindigs, Immersion Day, Christmas party, etc.), manage the contract process for Advancement Services departments, and support the Learning and Organizational talent team with coordinating and logistics for onboarding and professional development events and meetings. I am thrilled to have Lana continue her meaningful service to our team in this new role, reporting to James Riley and a dotted line to me on division-wide events.

We will soon be posting a new role for a Development Associate, reporting to me. In addition to providing administrative support for me and the Senior Directors on the Advancement Services team, this associate will assist with scheduling interviews and hiring for Advancement Services positions, manage facility and space needs for Grace Hall, and support the Gift Management team in ongoing and peak times with donor communications, gift preparation, etc. This role will be posted internal only this week. Please contact me or Adria Logan if you have an interest!