Liam Farrell – Alumni Communications Senior Editor

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce Liam Farrell ’04 will be joining the Alumni Association as our Alumni Communications Senior Editor on April 6. He will be responsible for the writing, editing, and production of a wide range of communications, including ND Today, the Echoes newsletter, the Young Alumni Enewsletter, and the Travelin’ Irish Enews. In addition, he will oversee the Class Notes section of Notre Dame Magazine.

For the past four years, Liam has been the State Government Reporter for The Capital, a daily newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. He covered the Maryland legislature and the executive branch. In addition, he gained experience in videography, blogging and photography. Prior to joining The Capital, Liam spent a year and a half as the City Hall Reporter for The Frederick News-Post, a daily newspaper in Frederick, Maryland, his hometown. During his time as a reporter, Liam won numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association.

Liam graduated Summa Cum Laude from Notre Dame in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and an interdisciplinary minor in Irish Studies. While he was a student, he played trumpet in the Band of the Fighting Irish. He received a master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in 2005.

Liam and his fiancée Lisa will be getting married in Maryland in late April. Then, they will relocate to South Bend. Please join me in welcoming Liam “back home” to Notre Dame. He can be reached at


Natasha DiPrima

UR Easter Egg Hunt – Save the Date!

Third Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Please join us for the University Relations Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9 , beginning at 10am.  More details to follow next week, but the Events Committee wants you to mark the date on your calendar now!  The egg hunt is a fun time for the whole family, especially your little ones.  We look forward to seeing you there! Sponsored by the University Relations Events Committee

* In case of Rain: please meet at LaFortune Student Center in the Ballroom on the 2nd Floor, this Saturday, 10 am *

Please direct questions to Marian Appleton,, or Vicki Reeder,

Andrew Fiedler – myNotreDame Support Coordinator

Dear Staff,

I’m pleased to announce that Andrew Fiedler will become a full time member of the NDAA staff in his role as myNotreDame Support Coordinator effective Monday, March 21. He will report to Dolly Duffy.

Andrew began working part time at the NDAA Help Desk in March 2010. During his tenure, he has supported the rollout of myNotreDame and provided valuable input to the development of the website. Additionally, he has written and delivered training to our club, class, and group administrators. Andrew’s strong communication skills and IT background work well in supporting users of myNotreDame.

Before joining us last March, Andrew worked in IT support with Allied Physicians and the American Red Cross and also provided contract IT consulting. Andrew received his BS in Organizational Communication from Bob Jones University.

Please join me in congratulating Andrew on his full time position.

Best regards,

Mark Witucki

Obituary for Morris Weiss, Melody’s father-in-law

WEISS, Morris E. 86, of Oldsmar, FL passed away Tuesday, March 15, 2011. He is survived by his wife of 62 ½ years, Edie; 2 sons, Steven (Irene) Weiss, M.D., of Palm Harbor, Richard (Melody) Weiss, M.D., of Granger, IN; his daughter, Wendy (Mark) Yura, of Chicago, IL; 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is his brother, Paul Weiss and sisters, Edith Shanken and Judy Williams. He attended Purdue University until the time he joined the U.S. Army where he earned the Bronze Star-he was a Liberator. He was the owner of Save More Food Center and sat on the Board of Directors of the Certified Grocers of Illinois. Morris was also a member of Temple Ahavat Shalom. He loved his family dearly and will be greatly missed. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 17, at 11 am at Temple Ahavat Shalom, 1575 Curlew Road, Palm Harbor with burial to follow at Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Florida Suncoast or to Temple Ahavat Shalom in his memory.

Welcome Brian Dean!

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Brian Dean will soon join us as Sr. Director, Operational and Administrative Strategy.  In this position, Brian will provide strategic leadership for the operational units within Development, including Finance & Administration, Information Services, Donor Services, process improvement, and project management.  Brian is a 1987 graduate from the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his BA in Government.  After graduation, Brian spent 11 years in the US Marine Corps, where he served in the Persian Gulf and Somalia.  Brian earned an MS in Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1996.

For the past 10 years, Brian has served in a variety of different capacities for Eli Lilly and Company.  Focusing on brand management, human resources leadership, strategic planning, and operational efficiencies, Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his role at Notre Dame.  Brian currently resides in Carmel, Indiana with his wife and two sons, but will be moving to South Bend where he will begin employment April 4th.

Please join me in welcoming Brian home to Notre Dame, and as part of the Development team!



March Madness (NDAA) – Come Cheer on the Irish!

On Friday we will plan to show the men’s basketball game on the big screen in the Eck Auditorium beginning at 1:30 p.m. (game time is 1:40 p.m.). Stop by to help root our boys to victory and enjoy a slice of pizza. We will have pizzas delivered right before tipoff (keeping in mind that it’s a Friday of Lent) so you can work through lunch and dine during the game.

Also, since we’re rooting for the Irish, feel free to wear jeans and your favorite Irish shirt!

All the best,
Dolly Duffy

UR Community Service Update

Relay for Life

Notre Dame’s Relay for Life is April 29-30, 2011.  This American Cancer Society event raises critical funds in the fight against cancer, and honors those that have been touched by cancer in a variety of meaningful ways. Notre Dame does an amazing job in organizing this event, and it is a great way to join with your colleagues and family in service.

We’re looking for volunteers to help make our division’s participation fun, and help boost the amount that we can contribute to this important cause. If you’re interested in being part of a Relay for Life Spirit Committee, please contact Kris Machalleck at

UR Fighting Cancer is our division’s Relay for Life team.  Your participation makes a difference! Please join by visiting

Share Your Service Project Ideas

If you know of a great potential project, or an organization that could really benefit from our volunteer support, please share your ideas by emailing

Thank you!

The University Relations Community Service Committee

March Madness (Development) – Come Cheer on the Irish!

Dear Colleagues,

You are invited to join us this Friday, March 18, in the ESC – Notre Dame Family Room to watch Notre Dame take on the University of Akron in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Tip-off is at 1:40pm. Food and drinks will provided beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Let’s get together and cheer the Fighting Irish to victory!


Joe and Micki

REMINDER: Eddy Street Parking Garage Policy

Dear University Relations Colleagues,

Kite Realty has asked us to distribute a reminder regarding the parking garage policy for Eddy Street Commons tenants. Please remember that we are to park only on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the parking garage. It is requested that we do not park on the 1st level or on the ramp to the 2nd level. Although allowances have been made over recent months, the continued growth of traffic at ESC makes it necessary for tenants to park on the levels designated by our original agreement with the parking garage management.

Jef Irons, ESC Parking Garage Manager, has indicated that they will be monitoring the parking.  He will allow two warnings per vehicle; after a third parking violation, your parking pass will be revoked and you will need to either park in the street behind the garage, or pay for your own parking daily.

This policy applies not only to University Relations employees who work at ESC, but to all UR employees who come to ESC for meetings or other functions. As representatives of the University of Notre Dame within the South Bend community, please make every effort to abide by the policy as requested.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated!


Christine DeVore

UR Directory photo session

Images for the Staff Directory are being taken at this time for the Alumni Association, and extends to any Development staff who wish to participate

Note that this is not inclusive to those that do not have photos, if you are not satisfied with your current image, you are more than welcome to attend and have your online photograph updated

The specific calendar entry with date-time-location can be found here