Bill Kempf, Leap Year Baby

A Leap Year birthday

Published: February 29, 2012,  Author: Carol C. Bradley 

A lot of people wouldn’t want their child to be born on a Leap Day, says Bill Kempf ’94, associate director of regional development.

Kempf is one of four University employees who celebrate a Feb. 29 birthday (the odds are 1 in 1,500). But Kempf gets a lot of mileage out of his birthday, he says. In the off years, he celebrates both Feb. 28 and March 1—maybe even the whole week.

The year he turned four and celebrated his first “real” birthday he had four different birthday cakes, he remembers. His older siblings each wanted the chance to celebrate with him, but it’s something he’s never lived down, he says.

The year he turned 21, he wasn’t allowed into the Linebacker on the night of Feb. 28, “But I made up for it later,” he says. “Some states won’t put Feb. 29 on a driver’s license. When I started work at Notre Dame I got a call to make sure it was the right date.”

Kempf (a proud member of the Irish Guard who keeps his kilt on his office wall) only celebrated one “real” birthday on campus. “But my parents came from Minnesota and took me to Chicago, and my roommates had a party for a friend coming back from the London Program. So I was jilted on my only real birthday on campus.”

Overall, it’s been a good experience, Kempf says. “When people hear I’m a Leap Year baby, they say, ‘Oh, that explains everything.’”

Amanda E. Mathews
Assistant to Sara Liebscher and Bill Kempf, Regional Development, West

Katie Rose to Join Annual Giving Programs effective April 1st

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to announce the assignment of Katie Rose as the Director of Donor Experience for Annual Giving Programs (AGP) effective April 1, 2012 as part of the Notre Dame Rotation Program.  Katie will report to me and have responsibility for the creation of the Donor Experience function within AGP.  Katie’s focus will be to develop and execute a plan to achieve service levels necessary to deliver best-in-class support to AGP donors, specifically those in recognition societies like The Sorin Society.

As noted, Katie is joining us as a participant in the Notre Dame Rotation Program.  This will be her third rotation within the program.  Her two prior rotations have been with the Office of Strategic Planning and Institutional Research, and with the Office of Continuous Improvement.  She has held positions of increasing responsibility at Notre Dame, starting in the Office of Information Technology with roles including: Technical Support Consultant, Manager of Help Desk, and Program Manager for Enterprise Initiatives.  She also teaches a Computer Applications Program course at Notre Dame that focuses on the internet and society, analyzing the impact that the internet has had on a variety of industries and our culture, and how it has changed the power of the individual.  Katie received her Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame in 1999 with a major in Psychology and a second major in Computer Applications.

Katie brings strong skills in team leadership, project management, IT, continuous improvement, customer service, communications and a broad working knowledge of the University.  Please join me in welcoming Katie to the AGP team as she takes on this important role for the University.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch, Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Administrative Assistant Position Open in Annual Giving Programs!

Dear colleagues,

I wanted to send a quick note to inform you of a terrific opportunity for anyone interested in a fast-paced, customer service-focused administrative position.  The position of Administrative Assistant was officially posted on the ND job board today (link:  The Administrative Assistant will be a member of the Recognition Society Stewardship team in Grace Hall.  Full details are outlined in the job description.

If you know of anyone who might be interested in being considered for this opportunity, please encourage them to apply.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Melanie Davis directly.

Thank you, and go Irish!

Best regards,

Anne-Marie Campbell,  Director of Major Gifts

Bruce Danielson, New Senior Director, Principal Gifts

It is with great pleasure that I announce the promotion of Bruce Danielson to the position of Senior Director, Principal Gifts.  Bruce will serve a unique role on the principal gifts team, as he will solicit individuals with the capacity to make gifts of $25 million and greater.  Gifts from these benefactors will provide transformational impact to the University of Notre Dame.  This is a very select group of individuals and will require a great deal of research, travel and stewardship. 

Although this promotion is effective immediately, the transition from Bruce’s current role will take significant time.  Over this time, we will transfer Bruce’s current portfolio to other members of the West Region Development team.   Until the transition is complete, Bruce will have dual reporting lines to both myself and Kevin Cannon, Sr. Director of the West Region.  Once the transition is complete, Bruce will report solely to me. 

Prior to joining the University in January of 2005, Bruce enjoyed a successful career with IBM.  He began his career at IBM immediately after graduating from Notre Dame (1980), and remained there until 1988.  Bruce then illustrated his entrepreneurial skills as a founding principal of the Summit Group.  Along with 6 other partners, Bruce experienced great success at Summit and grew the company significantly before selling it in 1999 to CIBER, Inc.  After the sale, Bruce remained with CIBER as the Senior Vice President of Sales until 2004. 

On a personal note, Bruce has been an inspirational force for Development and has performed at the very highest of levels. Year in and year out, Bruce is one of the University’s top fundraisers.  Bruce and his wife, Nancy, have been married for 32 years and are the proud parents of 5 grown children and grandparents of a 10 month old granddaughter, Madison Olivia.

Please join me in congratulating Bruce on this promotion, and wish him continued success as he works to further the mission of Our Lady’s University.

In Notre Dame,

Joe Gelchion, Associate VP of Development

Data Analyst Position Posted


Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the position of Data Analyst is now posted on the HR jobs site. 

This position will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Development Department in analyzing, creating and maintaining permanent and ad-hoc reports using tools provided with the Sungard Advance System and Business Objects. It also includes design, development, configuration, integration, testing, and maintenance of applications which support our business needs.  

I encourage all interested individuals to contact me with questions or to apply directly via the website.

Best Regards,

Carleen Quinlan, Director Development Information Services

Green Summit V: The Future of Transportation

Please join us for a fascinating look at emerging technologies in the rapidly changing field of sustainable transportation.

Get behind the wheel of an electric car, get an up-close look at an engine modified to burn compressed natural gas, and much more.

Panelists include Dean Gregory Crawford and Carl Lisek, Co-Director of South Shore Clean Cities.

 Click here to register today! Visit our website for program details.  This has been added to the UR Calendar of Events.

Congratulations to Matt Antongiovanni on the Birth of Colin James

Please join me in congratulating Matt Antongiovanni ’02, Director of Matching Gifts, and his wife Breeyan on the birth of their 2nd son, Colin James. Colin James joined the ND family yesterday at 9:39am. He weighed in at 7 lbs. and 9oz. You can offer your congratulations to Matt at: or by calling 631-5340.

Craig J. Horvath,  Director, Reunion Giving and Volunteers

Thanksgiving in February

Thanksgiving in February, our annual student led stewardship event, will take place Feb. 20th—22nd from 11am-3pm, Monday through Wednesday, in the Sorin Room of LaFortune. Our students will be writing personal thank you notes to our annual fund donors. Specifically, we will be acknowledging first time donors and those who have made their 2nd gift to Notre Dame. Our goal is 3,000 thank you notes. Last year we wrote 2,000 notes. Mia Genereux and Danny Leicht, both Juniors, are the co-chairs of this year’s event. Please look for an article in next week’s Observer regarding this important and fun initiative.

Craig J. Horvath,  Director, Reunion Giving and Volunteers

Reminder of Appropriate Use of University Systems and Information

Please let this serve as a reminder that, under no circumstances, should you allow someone to use your Notre Dame credentials (NetID and Password) to access University of Notre Dame information and applications.  This includes, as examples, InsideND, ADVANCE, MyNotreDame, your computer/workstation, and shared data folders housed on the network. 

Especially as we bring on new hires, student workers and temporary employees, it is important that we take the necessary steps – and plan ahead – to ensure that they receive their own credentials that grant appropriate access to match their role within University Relations.

Thank you for your commitment to information security at Notre Dame.

Augie Freda,  Data Steward Designate

Welcome Sharon Rankert and Maurcia Marschke to Donor Services

Dear Colleagues,

I am Pleased to announce that Sharon Rankert and Maurcia Marschke have accepted the positions of Database Coordinator in Donor Services. Both Sharon and Maurcia will assume some of the responsibilities previously held by Sandie Schiele and JoAnn Raatz, who have recently retired.

Sharon Rankert

Sharon will work closely with other members of the Donor Services staff to update biographic records, decease entities, process gifts and prepare gift acknowledgements. She will also take over the Memorial Notification process in Donor Services informing families of memorial donations to the University given in memory of their family member.

A graduate of Indiana University of South Bend, Sharon most recently helped with our Year End efforts as a member of our temporary staff. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Sharon served as a Stewardship Coordinator at Culver Academies with responsibilities in donor reporting. Her other experiences include her employment at Pebble Beach Resorts, where she was identified as the top reservations agent for the Pebble Beach Resorts, and substitute teaching in Wuerzburg, Germany.

Sharon’s husband Brett is retired from the military and is currently employed at Culver Military Academy. Her son Justin,  is a sophomore at Indiana University South Bend.

Maurcia Marschke

Maurcia will work with our Donor Services staff updating biographic records, processing gifts,  preparing gift acknowledgements and serving as the point of contact for the Donor Services gift processors for updates on checks and gift source documents.

Maurcia also helped with our Year End efforts as a member of our temporary staff. Prior to coming to Notre Dame she worked at Allied Hematology-Oncology. Other experiences include her employment with Liz Claiborne in New York as a merchandiser and owner of her own business, the Nutty Bavarian of Indiana.

Maurcia’s husband Ray is a huge Notre Dame fan and works for a major RV company in Elkhart.

Sharon and Maurcia bring enthusiasm and talent to the Donor Services team. We are excited to be fully staffed and look forward to the year ahead.

Please join me in welcoming them both to Development.

Best regards.

Sue  Prister, Assistant Director, Donor Services