From Judy Furlong:

Thank you for the outpouring of support and prayers over the last few weeks.  I have been overwhelmed with cards, beautiful floral arrangements, and Mass cards.  Losing a mother, regardless of one’s age, is not easy, and comfort received from friends is a blessing.

I would like to share a verse that my mom had written on a tiny piece of paper, which I found on her dresser.  “In Memoriam:  Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest, lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.” ~ Henry David Thoreau.

Again, thank you.   Judy Furlong

Tom Gibbons’ Father’s Funeral

To all my Notre Dame family:

There is no question that I never would’ve made it out to South Bend if it weren’t for my dad.   In the senior year of high school, I was focused on going to college in the northeast.    But I made a deal with my dad:  if he sent away for the application, I would indeed fill it out.     He was one of the legions of ‘subway alum’.   I always remember watching the Sunday morning 1 hour TV show (with Lindsay Nelson) of the highlights of the ND game from the day before (I thought all games only took about an hour as a kid….boy has that changed!).      He was thrilled when I was accepted, elated when I decided to go – and enjoyed another dose of satisfaction when I returned to work for Notre Dame 10 years ago.      He was a true fan.

Dad is first generation Irish American.   He spent a few years as a child – with his mom and 2 siblings – back in Ireland caring for his sick grandmother.  He grew up in Bayonne New Jersey.   He was a Sacred Heart brother (based in Metuchen, New Jersey – primarily a teaching order) and was sent down to teach (highschool) in Baton Rouge, LA and then later in the Bronx and Queens.   In his 30s he decided to leave the order to start a family.    He met my Mom shortly thereafter and they were married in 1960, and quickly started the family (I have 3 siblings).      Dad was a teacher (as was my mom) and then later an administrator, and high school guidance counselor.    Mom and Dad just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year – a real blessing.

He was a quiet, gentle, kind, spiritual man.    Like Fr. Ted, he loved God, family and Notre Dame.       Attached is a photo of Dad and me from my  wedding in 2009 (Dad is sporting Ken Hendrick’s tie – a long story!).     We shared the same name and so much more.    He is sorely missed now…but he was blessed with a full life and surrounded by God’s love.

Tom Gibbons


Final Two Development Masses Until August

As is reflected on your Calendars, ESC Development will host Mass in our Family Room on Monday, May 16th and on Monday, May 23rd. After that date, the plan is to suspend the Mass for the summer months.

We will resume on Monday, August 22 at 9:15 am.

Sincerely yours in the Lord,

Fr. John

Fr. John M. DeRiso, CSC, Pastor

St. Joseph Parish

226 N. Hill Street,   South Bend, Indiana  46617

AGP Staff Out of Office

Dear Development Colleagues:

The following AGP staff members are traveling to attend a conference or to host our San Francisco Sorin Society event this week. Most will be out of the office until next Monday, May 16th:

Matt Antongiovanni

Mike Brach

Anne-Marie Campbell

Luke Conway

Craig Horvath

Laura O’Sullivan

Amy Schell

Jennielea Harris Vidrich

We will be checking in by email as we can. However should you need to reach any of us urgently please contact us by cell.

Shelley Way at extension 5198 should be able to assist you with our cell phone information if needed.  She would also be able to relay important messages to us on your behalf.

My cell info is listed below, FYI.

Go Irish!


Jennielea Harris Vidrich

Associate Director Recognition Societies

1111 Grace Hall,  Notre Dame, IN 46556

Phone:  (574) 631-7934   Cell:  (574) 261-6753   FAX: (574) 631-8519

Bill Baran, Sr. Director for University Events

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Bill Baran will soon be joining our team as the Sr. Director for University Events.  In this capacity, Bill will provide leadership and direction in planning for and organization of a comprehensive events program for university donors.  Bill will also be responsible for building a special events organization commensurate with the scope and complexity of current and future fundraising efforts, establishment of policies and procedures, and design and implementation of event tracking systems (on-line registration, planning timelines, levels of service agreements, and calendaring systems).  Bill will report to me and will begin employment on Monday, May 16th

Bill joins us with over 25 years of event management and hospitality experience, most recently serving as the Director of Convention and Catering Services with The Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.  Prior to this executive role, Bill served as the Director of Catering and Conference Services with the Rancho Bernardo  Inn (2006 – 2008), Director of Events with the Hilton Austin (2003 – 2006), and Assistant Director, Meetings and Conventions with the Palmer House Hilton (2001 – 2003). 

Bill led his team at the Sheraton to the 2008 Catering/Convention Team of the Year, is the multiple recipient of the Trimester Recognition for Event Services, and was personally awarded Meetings and Conventions Manager of the Year in 2002.  Bill earned his Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.

Please join me in welcoming Bill to our team!



Micki L. Kidder, Assistant Vice President for Development

University of Notre Dame,  Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300     South Bend, IN  46617-1403

574-631-6526 (office)     574-229-1190 (mobile)

Sorin Mailing re: Football Ticket Applications

Dear Development Colleagues:

The following email was distributed yesterday to active Sorin Society members (i.e. those people who have an active Sorin affiliation in Advance) through iModules.  This is an email we send each year reminding members of the football ticket application deadline.

Although we clearly direct people to contact our office or the Murnane Family Ticket Office, other development officers may hear from Sorin Society members with whom they have a relationship.

Please feel free to contact me if you or any of your benefactors have questions following the email.


Jennielea Harris Vidrich, Associate Director, Recognition Societies

1111 Grace Hall,     Notre Dame, IN  46556

Voice:  574.631.5198      Cell:  574.261.6753

FAX:  574.631.8519

Reminder: Notre Dame Football Ticket Application Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline for returning football ticket applications to the Murnane Family Ticket Office on campus is 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) this Friday, May 13, 2011. Applications received after 5:00 p.m. will not be considered for the lottery.  Review the Notre Dame Football Ticket Lottery Guidelines and Check Your Giving History Online.

If you have any questions or have not yet received your application and believe that you did make a qualifying gift in 2010, please contact our office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday-Friday at (574) 631-5198. You may also contact the Murnane Family Ticket Office directly at (574) 631-7356.

Looking forward to a great Notre Dame football season.  Go Irish!


Jennielea Harris Vidrich
Associate Director, Recognition Societies
University of Notre Dame
1100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574.631.5198

Anne Riordan’s New Position at Kroc

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to share that Anne Riordan will be assuming a new position in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies effective August 1, 2011. Anne has been an exceptional colleague in so many ways. She has provided the highest levels of stewardship and service to our President’s Circle members with creativity, humility and sophistication. And, she embodies the spirit and ethic of teamwork. We will miss her as will our members. Please join me in thanking Anne for all she has done, and congratulating her on an exciting new opportunity with Kroc.

We will post this position this week and immediately begin a search for Anne’s replacement. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Melanie Davis (631-1837 or myself for more information.

Best Regards,      Drew

Drew Buscareno, Assistant Vice President for University Relations

405 Main Building     Notre Dame, IN 46556 Office: 574.631.9969   Cell: 574.286.0632

New Assistant Director Position for UR

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to announce that we are searching for an Assistant Director for University Relations with key responsibilities to: (1) manage the daily operations of the Advisory Council program including the annual nomination/renewal/retirement process; (2) develop fundraising analytics and reports for key stakeholders of the Advisory Council program; and (3) support the growth of the President’s Circle program. This position will report to me and work in 405 Main. Please contact Melanie Davis (631-1837 or myself for more information.

Best Regards,


Drew Buscareno, Assistant Vice President for University Relations

405 Main Building        Notre Dame, IN 46556 Office: 574.631.9969     Cell: 574.286.0632

Judy Furlong’s mother’s funeral

Here are the details for the funeral of Shirley Leslie, the mother of our own Judy Furlong of the New England Development office:

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2011, 10:00 AM, at the R. M. Edgerly and Son Funeral Home at 86 South Main Street, Rochester, N.H.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to:  Gonic Friends Meeting, c/o Muriel Farrar, Treasurer, 148 Gear Road, Gonic, N.H. 03839

Please keep Judy and her family in your prayers.  Thank you!

DIS Keeps Getting Stronger!

I am very pleased to announce three new additions and a promotion for the Development Information Services team! We are working hard to increase the DIS capacity, and I am confident that this will significantly enhance our ability to meet the growing demand for Information Services in support of our mission.

First, I am happy to announce that Jim Reeves has accepted the role of Project Manager in the DIS group. Jim joined the team as a Data Analyst earlier this year, and brings with him a strong technical background and project skills that will serve him well in this role, which will focus on key technological initiatives in support of Development. Congratulations, Jim!

Additionally, I am happy to announce that Ann Orr will join the group on May 16 in the position of Data Analyst. Ann comes to Notre Dame with a wealth of technical experience, which includes 14 years in programming and technical support at Allied Signal, 13 years in database administration at South Bend Medical Foundation, and most recently as a Senior Database Administrator at Robert Bosch. Ann holds an AS from Indiana University as well as several professional certifications. We are thrilled to have Ann as part of the DIS team!

To help fill the analysis needs behind Jim’s move, I am also happy to announce that Larry Helmsing will be joining us as a Data Analyst on May 23. Larry brings over 20 years of experience as a Programmer/Analyst, most recently leading the Administrative Computing function at Trine (formerly Tri-State) University. Larry holds degrees from St. Francis College and from Tri-State University. We are very excited to apply his experience to Notre Dame Development. Welcome, Larry!

Finally, I am pleased to announce that Carleen Quinlan has accepted our offer to join us as the Director of DIS on May 16. Carleen comes to Notre Dame as a proven leader with over 20 years of experience in technical leadership, which includes design, development, project management, and global implementation. Carleen comes to us from Robert Bosch, where she last served as the Director of Application Foundation and Manufacturing Systems. Carleen holds her degree in Computer Technology from Purdue University. Welcome Carleen!

We remain committed to “gold standard” IT partnership with all of our colleagues at Notre Dame, and these moves represent a strong step forward in those efforts. Please join me in congratulations and welcome to all, as we work to enhance what is already a remarkable team of professionals!

Brian Dean, Sr Dir Ops & Admin Strategy