New Position at Grace

Rachel Nelson, who has been our receptionist since October 2010, will be leaving Notre Dame soon.  Her fiancé is graduating from the MBA program in May and they are heading to the West Coast.  Rachel has done and continues to do an outstanding job in her role.  She will be missed by all.  We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.  Details regarding Rachel’s last day at Notre Dame will be forthcoming.

With that being said, a new position, Office Coordinator, has been established in Development.  This position will report to me and will be responsible for representing the University in a positive and informative way to donors, Alumni and the general public.  This individual will also provide administrative support to the Finance team.

At this time, I would like anyone who is interested in this position to contact me by May 2.  The Coordinator position will be posted on the HR website.

Brenda Carr                          1-2942

Performance Reviews due May 1st

University Relations Staff:

A friendly reminder that the deadline for completion of performance reviews is May 1st.  Please make sure you have completed your self-review in Endeavor to ensure your supervisor can complete their portion of the year-end review prior to the deadline.  Let me know If you have any  questions regarding Endeavor or the review process.  You may also contact the “ask HR” help desk at 1-5900.

While the performance review process can seem tedious and time consuming, please keep in mind that it is truly a privilege to have the opportunity to discuss accomplishments and areas for improvement. Investment in ourselves and in  our staff is key to our professional growth.  The performance management process creates the foundation for individual development by focusing on continuous improvement and rewarding employees for their contributions. Valuing excellence in our work, as a means to accomplishing our goals, is critical to the success of our Division.

Thanks for your attention to the performance review process!

Mary Ellen Koepfle

Spirit Campaign Conclusion Communications Plan

Dear University Relations Colleagues:

As we move steadily to the successful close of the Spirit of Notre Dame Campaign on June 30th, Dan Reagan and I want to share our plan for conclusion communications. Here is the outline:


Spirit printed newsletter to all APF

Spirit e-magazine to all APF with email addresses


Spirit web presence updated with thank you video, preliminary numbers, and ND wallpaper tokens of appreciation.

Email to all APF extending gratitude and linking to thank you video on Spirit web page


Press release to media on successful conclusion of campaign

Spirit final report completed and sent with Spirit cd collection token of appreciation to Trustees and Council members


Spirit final report and Spirit cd collection token of appreciation sent to all $10,000+ donors to campaign

Spirit web presence updated with final numbers and new tokens of appreciation in the form of songs from Spirit cds

Final Spirit printed newsletter sent to all APF

Final Spirit e-magazine sent to all APF with email addresses

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Katherine Lane

Director, Marketing, Communications and Stewardship

2011 Academic Recognition Videos Available

Dear University Relations Colleagues:

In connection with the March Academic Recognition Weekend, we filmed and produced several videos that I want to share with the division. The videos are as follows:

1)     John Affleck-Graves’ timely talk on “The Economy and the Academy”

2)     A focus on the College of Engineering: presentations by Dean Peter Kilpatrick, Professor Joan Brennecke, and current students

3)     The “Impact of Giving” video featuring senior MaryKate Conboy

4)     Father John thanking benefactors in support of the academy, followed by the honoree testimonials from Academic Recognition Weekend

All four videos can be found at the following link:

Please let me know if you have any questions,

Katherine Lane

Director, Marketing, Communications and Stewardship

Welcome Libby Mountsier, Sr. Administrative Assistant

I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Libby) Mountsier will join the Department of Development as the Senior Administrative Assistant to Micki Kidder on April 25. Libby is a graduate of Purdue University where she received her B.S. in Management/Accounting.  After graduation, Libby served as the Accounting Manager at Purdue University Calumet where she supervised the general accounting operations of the University.  After four years at Purdue Calumet, Libby went on to become a tax accountant for AccraTax and then the Administrative Assistant to the President at MGI.

For the past twelve years, Libby has served in various positions for the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation.  Her most current role in the corporation has been Administrative Assistant IT, with the focus of responding to the IT needs of the entire PHM School Corporation, payroll processing, maintaining financial records, and creating, organizing and updating data for financial, state, and federal reports.  Libby currently resides in Granger.

Please join me in welcoming Libby to Development, and most importantly the Notre Dame family!


Micki Kidder

Welcome Baby Wilson!

I am happy to announce a new addition to the Development Research team!  Paige Melissa Wilson joined us last evening at 8:08 PM (April 14)!  She, of course, is the daughter of Brandii and Levi Wilson (and the baby sister of Libby Wilson).  She was 6 lbs, 2 oz. and 19 inches.  Mother and daughter are doing just fine, not sure about Dad.

I’m sure they would love to hear from you, and please remember to join us in prayer of thanksgiving for Paige’s arrival!

Best wishes,


Michiana Bike to Work Week (May 16-May 20, 2011)

If you are interested in “Going Green”, getting fit, saving money and having a great time with your co-workers, then please attend a “brown bag” informational meeting on Tuesday, April 19, at 12:15 PM in the Family Room at ESC.  If you think that commuting by bicycle isn’t for you, check out these top ten excuses and solutions: We hope you can make it to the meeting on April 19 at the lunch hour!  If you are interested in joining the UR team but you can’t make the meeting, please contact Heather Moriconi (

Go Irish!

University Relations Bike to Work Week Captains:  Heather Moriconi, Emily Paul, Jim Reeves

AA Position Opening

Dear Colleagues,

Lindsay Hill has been my Administrative Assistant for nearly two years, and she has announced her intention to leave our employment as of June 30, after her husband graduates from Law School in May.  Lindsay has been an outstanding contributor and often assisted new employees learn about specific functions as well as assisted other directors when a staffing situation necessitated that.  Her performance and her willingness to help the team beyond her own specific responsibilities has been very much appreciated. Please take an opportunity to wish her well as she takes a new step in her life. Lindsay’s position will be posted on the HR website next week.  A preferred candidate has been identified.  I invite anyone who is interested in being considered to apply through the HR website while the posting is open.


John L. Hannan

Director Regional Development | University of Notre Dame

Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300

South Bend, IN  46617-1403

P: 574-631-3948  |  F: 574-631-8325

UR Relay for Life Fundraiser Auction

Dear Colleagues,

The University Relations Community Service Committee is planning a fundraiser to support Notre Dame’s Relay for Life.  The committee will be hosting an online silent auction for all University Relations staff. (This auction is separate from the auction mentioned in TheWeek@ND.)   We need your help to make this very important fundraiser a success.

We are asking you to search your homes for items that you would be willing to donate to the silent auction.  Then bid on items that others have donated.  All items donated must be in tiptop condition.  You might have received something as a gift that is beautiful and/or useful, but just not your style.  Maybe you enjoy crafts and have made something that you would like to give.  Maybe you have a service that you could provide for the highest bidder.  Maybe you are a great baker and could donate a “coupon” for a homemade pie or other delicacy.   You might be willing to donate tickets for an event.  The possibilities are endless.

Please think about what you could donate to this very worthy cause and start bringing it in.  Donations can be left with Gerry Brown or Kris Machalleck in ESC, Jill Donnelly in the Law School, Katie Zakas or Lori Willard in Eck, Kathy Lentych or Barbie Bertschy in 405 Main Building, or Barb Patnaude in Grace.


As the items are brought in, they will be photographed and displayed on myNotreDame.  The site can be accessed using the following link:

Follow the directions on the website to bid on the items.  There is already a fabulous item up for bids and new items will be added every day as they are donated.  Bidding begins today and will end at 5:00 on April 26th.

Thanks for your support of ND’s Relay for Life!

Gerry Brown                   631-4388

Member, University Relations Community Service Committee

Katie Zakas                    631-6723

Co-Chair, University Relations Community Service Committee

NOTE:  This year’s ND Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, April 29 – Saturday, April 30.  Please consider joining the University Relations team called “UR Fighting Cancer.”  There is a $10 donation/entry fee.  Sign up at: As always, there will be food, concerts, comedians, balloon animals, and more.  This is truly a family-friendly event held in the football stadium.

Scott Malpass, Investment Manager of the Year



Dear members of the Notre Dame community,

I know you will share my pleasure in the recent news that Scott Malpass, Notre Dame’s vice president and chief investment officer, has been named Large Endowment Manager of the Year by Institutional Investor magazine, one of the world’s foremost financial publications. The award recognizes U.S. institutional advisors whose “innovative strategies and fiduciary savvy resulted in impressive returns” over the past year. Scott and his fellow award winners, an “elite eight” of institutional investment managers and money managers, will be honored on May 16 in New York City.

This award simply affirms what we at Notre Dame already knew: Scott Malpass is, without question, the best chief investment officer in the world. Under his leadership, over the past 15 fiscal years Notre Dame has experienced a 12.1 percent annualized net return on the endowment pool! This truly exceptional performance attests to our ceaseless commitment to be good stewards of the funds you entrust to Notre Dame. Thanks in no small part to excellent stewardship by Scott and his team, we are able to make steady, and in some instances, transformational progress: meeting the demonstrated financial need of our students, establishing new endowed chairs to attract exceptional faculty, expanding the collections of our Hesburgh Libraries, and so much more.

I should point out that, upon learning of this prestigious award, Scott expressed his typical humility, gratitude and pride in stewarding funds donated by Notre Dame’s alumni, friends, and benefactors to strengthen the University. He said, “I’m very thankful, not only for this award, but for the Notre Dame alumni, parents and friends who entrust us with their gifts. And those gifts – large and small – have allowed this University to grow and flourish,” and added that he was “blessed with a wonderful team of professionals who are as deserving of this award as anyone else.”

Scott Malpass has served as Notre Dame’s chief investment officer since 1989. He is responsible for investment of the University’s endowment, working capital, pension and life income assets of $6.9 billion. The endowment is the 14th-largest in all of American higher education, and the largest at a Catholic university.

Of course, we have another reason to be proud of Scott: he is a Notre Dame alumnus! He graduated in 1984 and received a master of business administration degree from the University in 1986. We are exceedingly grateful he has chosen to put his mind, his heart, and his Notre Dame education to work for his alma mater!

We also take great pride in you, in humble appreciation of your generosity. We cannot thank you enough for your confidence and your trust.

Yours in Notre Dame,





John Affleck-Graves
Executive Vice President
University of Notre Dame