Condolences to Lori Tinkey


Please keep Lori Tinkey and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Lori’s father, Chester Ehrman, passed away October 14th.

Lori shared the following reflections on her father:
“He was a real people person who would just enjoy others to know about him. Dad loved Notre Dame from the minute of my connection with the University. He respected that this “very fine” institution (“very fine” was his way of denoting “of the highest caliber”) is firmly rooted in faith. A brilliant man with a superior intellect, he felt Notre Dame’s work in the research sphere contributed well to the world’s knowledge advancement. He was super proud to be a Notre Dame Dad and loved wearing the sweatshirt to prove it. Whether in Naples, FL, St. Joseph, MI, or Bay Head, NJ, he sported a Notre Dame cap that started many enjoyable conversations with alumni, friends, and families.”

Chester’s obituary can be read here.

On behalf of her Notre Dame family, we wish Lori comfort and peace during this time of grief.

Trick UR Treat

Come join your fellow UR colleagues on Thursday, October 29th from 4-6pm for some good “old-fashioned” trick or treating! You will have the option to sign up as a “trick or treater” or as a “home passing out candy”. We will collect home addresses and then create neighborhood maps for you to use. We ask that you wear masks and adhere to campus policies for social distancing, and above all else have fun, UR! If you have any questions please contact Amy Plotkin or James Riley.

October Matching Gift Email

The October Matching Gift Email will send this Tuesday, October 13 to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies, have made a gift since July 1, 2020, and as of today have not yet matched their gift. Every quarter we pull back the previous three months of gifts so this will serve as a reminder to many of these entities to request the match for their gift. These gifts represent over $344K in potential matches.

Please note that individuals on the second tab of the excel file (“Fundraiser Outreach”) have not received the matching gift email message (all gifts exceeding $25,000) but may be eligible to match their gifts totaling over $429K. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned benefactors directly to discuss the details and answer questions related to the matching gift process.

If you have any questions regarding this matching gift communication, please reach out to Laura Walker.

Sunset Yoga in the Stadium

University Enterprises and Events is hosting Sunset Yoga for all faculty and staff this Wednesday, October 14! Yoga extraordinaire Mindi Dugard will lead us through an hour of yoga with live music provided by the talented Bela Nanni on vocals and James Riley on percussion. Yoga is free of charge and open to the first 200 faculty and staff members that register. Please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Masks are required upon entry.

Register Here

Volunteers Needed for Flu Blitz #2: Oct 13-15

UHS and HR are again asking for volunteers to assist during the flu blitz clinic. Rest assured, they are not asking staff to administer the vaccines. Rather, volunteers are needed to greet people when they arrive, to check their scheduled appointment, to facilitate signing consent forms, to swipe IDs, to run supplies, to direct people and so on. With the need for physical distancing during this event, there is simply a need for more people to help with the steps necessary to get our students, faculty, and staff through the process as safely and efficiently as possible.

Staff can sign up to volunteer here. We need 15 volunteers on a variety of shifts (3 hours) throughout the day.

Directions are on the signup form and are:

  • Arrive at Gate B of the ND Stadium.
  • Complete your daily health screening prior to arriving.
  • Wear your mask.
  • Dress comfortably. Closed-toed shoes required.


Volunteers will receive an email on Monday, Oct. 12th with more information. Any volunteer questions can be directed to Kathy Brannock at

Please note that if any volunteers want their flu vaccine during their volunteer shift, they will be able to receive it at that time.

The Flu Blitz is particularly important during this time. As you may know, the University is requiring all students and strongly encourages all faculty and staff to receive the vaccine this year. For all information regarding this event, please visit HERE.

UR a Force for Good Ronald McDonald House Opportunities

In the month of October we will be partnering with the Ronald McDonald House of South Bend. This is an amazing organization supporting families whose children are receiving care at Beacon Memorial Hospital. If you would like to help out there are several ways to participate:


1) Chef for a Day Program– we are providing dinner for 25 people and the plan is to have 5-7 volunteers for each meal. The dates are October 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 25th. Meals do not have to be elaborate, for so many of these folks a warm meal from a caring person is enough to boost their spirits during a very difficult time. If you’re interested please sign up here.


2) Amazon Wish List– for those who want to provide other tangible items they can order off the wish list: Amazon Wish List
The neat thing about this is that items are sent directly to RMH!


3) Light Up the Night 2020– Four Winds Field will be featuring the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 16th with a Halloween costume contest, concessions, and a Halloween themed fireworks display following the movie. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will go to the RMH.

3) Financial donations- Donations can be made online at


If you have any questions please reach out to Amy Plotkin or Grace Prosniewski and again thank you UR for all you do!

Institute for Global Investing Updates

To better support NDIGI’s goals of promoting research and thought leadership, educating and training students, and convening stakeholders, the Institute’s leadership has been updated as follows. For all questions related to NDIGI, please contact Natalie Sargent (AAD, Mendoza College of Business):

Faculty Director: Colin Jones, associate teaching professor of finance, will serve in this role, where he will be responsible for developing and directing the Institute’s academic curriculum and student programs, coordinating faculty participation in the Institute’s programs, and representing NDIGI at selected Wall Street events and industry forums.

Colin teaches Applied Investment Management (AIM) and Advanced Investment Strategies. Recipient of several significant teaching awards, he is the coauthor of the digital introductory textbook “A Living Introduction to Finance,” a real-time learning platform that saves students money on textbooks while improving the efficacy of introductory courses.

Managing DirectorErin Bellissimo, NDIGI managing director since 2018, is continuing to serve in this role and is responsible for setting the Institute’s strategic priorities and managing its operations in collaboration with the faculty and research directors. This includes developing and directing curriculum and programs, mentoring students, supporting faculty research, and building and facilitating relationships among the Institute’s key constituents.

Research Director: This is a new position. Professor of finance Shane Corwin, who previously served as NDIGI faculty director, will serve in this new role of research director. Shane will be responsible for leading the Institute’s research efforts and serving as a conduit for academic investing-related research to be shared with NDIGI stakeholders and the practitioner community.

UR a Force For Good – Ronald McDonald House

Our October charity of the month is the Ronald McDonald House of South Bend. We will be partnering with them in a couple different ways and the first we’d like to highlight is participating in their Chef for a Day Program. We have 5 dates in October we’ve committed to providing dinner for, and for each of those meals we are looking for 6-7 volunteers. Those dates are October 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 25th. To volunteer or for more information please sign up here. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Grace Prosniewski or Amy Plotkin.