Two Annual Giving Programs Positions Posted

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that there are two positions in Annual Giving Programs now posted on the HR jobs site.  

The first position reporting to me is an Associate Director for Annual Giving Programs (AGP) Analytics which will be responsible for building comprehensive analytics capabilities and executing plans to support AGP in the areas of marketing and prospect research, segmentation, donor acquisition and development, fundraising performance, benchmarking and strategic planning.  This position assists in the preparation of reports and recommendations in each of the areas listed in support of the Sr. Director Annual Giving Programs.  The position is also responsible for analyzing current processes, financial performance and other key indicators of Annual Giving Programs in order to establish a gauge and drive improvement in AGPs performance versus plan, peers, and best-in-class by category being measured.  This role performs a wide range of activities including application of analytic methods, database creation and maintenance, financial modeling, comparative benchmarking and management reporting.  A high degree of professionalism, accuracy, attention to detail, and sound judgment are required, in addition to the ability to maintain confidentiality.

The second position reporting to Craig Horvath is an Assistant Director for Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy which will oversee the planning, implementation and support of young alumni class, Corby Society and dorm-based annual giving strategies. This individual will assist in assessing the overall effectiveness of marketing strategies and promotions to young alumni and students and will assist in formulating new recommendations based upon analyses. The Asst. Dir. for Young Alumni and Student Philanthropy will develop relationships, awareness and promotions to create a strong culture of philanthropy among our current students and young alumni. The Asst. Director will also partner with the Alumni Association and their Young Alumnni Programs manager.

We encourage all interested individuals to contact either Craig or me as appropriate.

Best regards,


Brian Couch, Sr. Director Annual Giving Programs

Welcome Robin Zastrow to ESC

Dear Development Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming Robin Zastrow to the Development team. Effective Monday, February 20th, Robin will join us in the capacity of Administrative Assistant, providing advanced administrative support and serving as the primary receptionist for Development at Eddy Street Commons. 

Robin joins us with extensive experience, having just served as a temporary team member of the Office of the Vice President-University Relations.  In this capacity, she greeted visitors to 405 Main Building, assisted benefactors, maintained the front office area, managed/facilitated appointments, and provided assistance with a wide range of special projects for the AVP of University Relations.  Robin’s previous experience includes serving as an Administrative Assistant for the Apex Community Church in Kettering, Ohio, a Public Services Assistant for the Washington-Centerville Public Library, and Footwear Quality Assurance Administrator for Honeywell First Responders.  Robin attended Wright State University, and moved to South Bend in March 2011. 

Please join me in welcoming Robin to the Development team!

All my best,


UR MOMS (University Relations Mothers Offering Mothers Support)

We hope you will be able to join us at our next meeting noon – 1 pm on Tuesday, March 6th in the Notre Dame Room of the LaFortune Center, for the Working Woman’s Survival Course presented by Kathryn Burnett of LifeWorks.  For those of you who participated in the Wheel of Life Exercise at our first meeting or via the follow up email, this will be a hands on seminar to further help us find the work/life balance we all personally hope to achieve.  Here are just a few of the highlights participants can expect to take away from the session:

  • Identify some common ways people respond to the challenges of work-life balance.
  • Recognize the value of integrating approaches to work-life responsibilities.
  • Assess your strengths and vulnerabilities in managing your life.
  • Learn strategies for dealing with multiple demands and increasing opportunities for self-care.

To RSVP for this event, please accept or decline the email invitation that was sent to you this week or contact Jen Binder at or Heather Moriconi at by Friday, March 2.

New Special Events Positions Posted

Dear colleagues,

Please note that two positions are currently posted for the Department of Special Events.  Outlined below are brief summaries of each these roles.  I encourage you to review the following, and contact me if you are interested or have any questions.


Director of Executive Events

Lead the planning and implementation of major University events with a special emphasis on events involving the executive officers, Trustees, Advisory Council members, and principal gift benefactors. Provide personal direction and support to the executive officers before and during university events.  Manage donor relationships with Trustees, Advisory Council members, and principal gift benefactors by providing concierge service including, but not limited to, hotel accommodations, private transportation and parking, and preferred tickets to University events.  Serve as the university’s point person in executing the logistics for events involving Heads of State and other visiting dignitaries.  Coordinate the efforts of various university departments including athletics, OPAC, food services/catering, security, transportation, facilities, in implementing university events.  Serve as a key liaison to the UR Sr. Management Team in strategically planning and implementing campaign events.

Director of Special Events

Lead the planning and implementation of major University events focused on Development activities and benefactors.  These events will include events involving Advisory Council members, principal gift benefactors, leadership benefactors, and prospects.  Serve as a partner to the UR Sr. Management Team on strategically planning and implementing campaign, cultivation, stewardship, and engagement events.  Strategically identify, implement, and manage standard operating procedures and best practices for the Department of Special Events.  Provide leadership and direction in implementing these best practices, which include timely communications, event management software, service levels, budget, policies, and procedures. 

Micki L. Kidder, Associate Vice President for Development

Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Research Analysis Position Posted

Dear colleagues,

With the announcement that Lori McDonald has accepted a new opportunity in the Office of Research, I am announcing that the position of Assistant Director, Corporate and Foundation Research Analysis is now posted on the HR jobs site.  This position, now reporting into the Development Research organization, will continue to directly support the CFR team with research and analytic support and consultative advice including: prospect management/engagement; strategy development for cultivation and solicitation of specific prospects; markets and segmentation of prospects; and trends and issues impacting fundraising performance.

I encourage all interested individuals, after discussing with your manager, to contact me for with questions or to apply directly via the website.


August R. Freda, Jr. ’79, Director, Development Research

Condolences to Robin Caldwell

Please join me in offering our prayers and condolences to Robin and Barry Caldwell on the passing of Barry’s father, Barry J. Caldwell, who passed away on February 10, 2012.

Services will be held at 2:00 pm Tuesday, February 14, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy, with Rev. Daniel Gelatt officiating. Friends may call Monday 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens with military honors.

The family’s preferred memorials are The Elkhart Co. Humane Society, 54687 CR 19, Bristol, IN 46507, or Southern Care Hospice, 310 W McKinley Ave, Suite 340, Mishawaka, IN 46545

May God bless Robin, Barry and their family during this difficult time.

Amy Schell, Director, Annual Fund Marketing and Operations

Welcome Erin Jones to the West Region!

Welcome Erin Jones to the West Region!

I am happy to announce that Erin Kathleen Jones has accepted the position of Regional Director, West Region Development, effective February 13, 2012. Erin will cover primarily Los Angeles, California and Arizona, and resides in San Diego, California with her husband, Todd, and their two children, ten year old Trevor and twelve year old Kilane.

Erin’s background includes her most recent assignment as Senior Director of Gift Planning for San Diego State University, where she raised more than $50 million during her five year tenure. She has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of California, San Diego, where she taught the planned giving module of the fundraising certificate program. Erin served as past president for the Association of Fundraisers Professionals of San Diego. Prior to her position at San Diego State University, Erin served as planned giving director for the San Diego hospice foundation for seven years. She also worked for the American Cancer Society, Grossmont Hospital and the Catholic Diocese of San Diego. She began her career working for a fundraising consulting firm specializing in Catholic development programs.

Erin is a 1988 graduate of St. John’s University in Queens, New York, with a degree in communications. She grew up on Long Island and moved to the West Coast in 1992.

Erin volunteers her time in fundraising efforts for local philanthropic organizations and is a Eucharistic Minister at her church. She and her family spend their time stand-up paddle boarding, or watching her children participate in numerous sporting events.

Please join me in welcoming Erin to the West Region!

Kevin P. Cannon
Senior Regional Director, Development West Region

New Administrative Assistant Position Posted

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the position of Administrative Assistant is now posted on the HR jobs site. This position will perform a diverse set of advanced reception, clerical, and administrative duties requiring strong interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills.  The Administrative Assistant serves as the primary receptionist for Development and represents the University in a positive, professional and informative way when interacting with benefactors, trustees, alumni, PLC members and Deans, students, and other University personnel on a daily basis.  The position also works on special projects as assigned by the two Associate Vice Presidents for Development, and prepares correspondence, and other business documents, along with maintaining files and records.

While we do have a preferred candidate for the position, I encourage all interested individuals to contact me for further discussion.

All my best,


Micki L. Kidder,  Associate Vice President for Development


3rdsession Returns to the Midway Tavern on Feb 18th

We’re back at it!  I’d love to have you all stop out next Saturday night, Feb 18th, (even if it’s after your JPW events) to see the band at the historic Midway Tavern in Mishawaka.  The link below has the details:

If you’ve seen us before, come out again … we’ve added new selections and we’ve even practiced the old ones that we messed up the last time you saw us!

Seriously, it’s only a $5 cover, goes to a good cause (the band) and the dancehall at the Midway will be designated smoke-free for the evening.  You can also call the Midway and reserve a table!

Hope to see you there!

August R. Freda, Jr. ’79, Director, Development Research and Lead Guitarist, 3rd SeSSion