Cute Adoptable Kittens






Hello UR fam,

A friend and former Development colleague of mine, Anna Bradley, has been fostering two stray kittens for the past couple of weeks and wants to find them a good home. They are 10 weeks old. These cute little fellas are both sweet and in good health. If you are interested in adopting one or both of them, please reach out to me directly and I will put you in touch.

Best, Shelby
(626) 808-7921

Technology News – Google and Zoom Updates

Google Updates – OIT Lunch & Learn (online session)

Google is changing things up again! Learn about the latest features Google has added to its G Suite products – multiple signature templates in Gmail, dashboard and drive shortcuts, the redesigned file and the folder sharing interface in Google Drive.


Register at or email
Tuesday, June 23; noon to 1 p.m.

Zoom Updates – Meeting Passwords

In anticipation of Zoom requiring meeting passwords, Zoom meetings will have passwords on by default starting June 13, 2020.

Key details about Zoom meeting passwords:

  • Only new meetings will be affected
  • Meeting passwords will be automatically added to the invitation when you schedule the meeting and embedded securely in the URL of the meeting
  • Meeting passwords will, by default, be a minimum of six numbers
  • If your meeting participants click on the meeting URL in the invitation or in the meeting list in their Zoom client, they will be able to join without entering a password
  • If your meeting participants join by dialing in with a telephone, by clicking the Join button on their client, or by going to, then they will have to enter the meeting password
  • For more details, see Zoom’s knowledge article on meeting passwords

To see an example of how required passwords will look, see the Zoom Passwords and Scheduling a Meeting article.

Entering and Exiting Grace and Flanner Halls

We, Risk Management & Safety, Maintenance, and Building Services, are implementing a change to the Grace and Flanner Halls’ dock areas. Currently, the exterior doors leading into the dock are open during normal business hours while the interior doors always remain open. Effective June 5, 2020, access to the dock areas will be restricted at all times.

While we realize that many people have historically used the dock as an entrance/exit, these areas were not intended to be used in this manner. Rather, the docks were designed to allow service organizations an unimpeded area to conduct tasks such as making deliveries and removing trash. Trucks making deliveries and pickups at the docks throughout the day pose hazards to foot traffic. Unrestricted access has also, at many times, resulted in the docks being improperly used as equipment, trash, or unwanted item storage area. The resulting clutter creates unsafe conditions for both those working there and those using the areas as a pathway to the building.

We understand that this change may feel inconvenient, but our employees’ safety remains our utmost concern and we appreciate your support.

Thank you,

Mary Beth Greendonner
Associate Director, Risk Management & Safety


Zoom Screen Sharing Security

As using Zoom for meetings has become the norm, we’ve encountered new and interesting features and quirks.  One of those is a security setting that cannot be edited until the initiator of the meeting is signed into the system and assigned as host. Once this occurs, screen sharing and session recording are made available. To learn more about this feature, click here.



Remote Connectivity

During this time, many of us are being introduced to new remote communication tools to stay connected with our colleagues and teams. While all the channels and messaging about them may seem a bit overwhelming, we’ve created a matrix to explain what to use and when. Within the chart are links to training videos, feature descriptions and of course, Zoom virtual backgrounds.

While working with your teams you can store, share, and access team resources from anywhere in the world. This G Suite training video explains how.

In addition, the Office of Information Technologies has provided documentation on using technology to help us work remotely and is offering the following classes this month.

OIT Lunch & Learn: Tools for Working from Home

  • Wednesday, April 8, noon to 1 PM
  • Wednesday, April 15, noon to 1 PM

You can register via or contact OIT Training at 631-7227 or

Registrants will receive Zoom login information the day before the session.

Remember…if you need assistance you may contact the OIT help desk at 631-8111 or at the ServiceNow portal.


Congratulations to Jennifer Koebel!


I am happy to announce Jennifer Koebel has accepted the role of Development Associate in Gift Planning.

Jennifer began her career at Notre Dame in December 2007 working for The American Midland Naturalist in Galvin Life Sciences and joined the Gift Planning team as an administrative assistant in October 2012.

We are thrilled to have Jennifer in this new position. Please join me in congratulating Jennifer!

Best regards,

Rich Naponelli

Welcome Ken Heckel!

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited to announce that Ken Heckel is joining the East Coast Region as a Regional Director serving the VA/DC market.

Ken and his wife Jennifer both received their BBA from Notre Dame in 1996, majoring in Finance and Marketing respectively. Ken has over 20 years of experience as an educator, administrator, financial manager, and academic researcher. Most recently Ken served as the Director of Academy Advancement at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the U. S. Army with nearly 23 years of active duty service. Ken received his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and he’s pursuing an EdD in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University.

Ken and his wife, Jennifer, have two children Olivia and Elias. Please join me in thanking Ken for his service and welcoming him and his family back home to Notre Dame.

George West