The Gold Standard

It’s with a great sense of appreciation that we announce that Jen Hengehold will be hanging up her pen (for a little while) to devote full attention to her two young children.  Jen’s last official day of work will be June 28th.

Jen’s work for her alma mater has been “world-class” in every way.  She’s taken on the toughest assignments and always over performed.  The work she did for the SPIRIT campaign will be the GOLD STANDARD for campaigns to come.  Her style, grace and quick wit will be missed by all who’ve worked with her.

Now here’s the good news…

Jen has agreed to “freelance” for us on the next campaign.  We will be calling on her to set the tone, like only she can.

Thank you Jen Hengehold — you’re the best!


Jim Small

Senior Director, Marketing & Communications



University of Notre Dame

Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame

1251 North Eddy Street

South Bend, IN  46617

o:  574.631.7510

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Welcome to Lauren Fox, Special Events

Welcome to Lauren Fox, Special Events

Please join Kathy, Barbie and me in welcoming Lauren Fox to the Special Events team.  Lauren will join us on June 18th as Assistant Director, Special Events.  In her new role Lauren will oversee the operational needs of our department.  Lauren will coordinate a variety of events, develop standard operating procedures for the department and help identify and implement a system to enhance our management of events.

Lauren joins us from the Department of Theology as a Communications and Special project coordinator.  Over the past few years, Lauren has led the coordination and execution of the Ph.D. Admissions weekend, along with the many Theology Undergraduate and Faculty/Department events.  In addition, Lauren brings years of event management experience at Merry Me Events and Ruth’s Chris, complimented by a deep commitment to the mission of Notre Dame.

Lauren earned her Bachelor of General Studies degree from Indiana University of South Bend with a concentration in Public Relations and Communications.  Lauren is artistically blessed and has developed a passion for graphic design and brings needed experience in Adobe In Design, Photoshop, Premier Pro CS4, Macintosh operating systems, and Conductor web design.

Lauren and her husband met while attending Marian High School and will celebrate their 4th wedding anniversary later this month.  We are thrilled to welcome Lauren to our team!


In Notre Dame,

Mary Andersen

Director of Executive Events


Office of Special Events

University of Notre Dame

405 Main Building

Notre Dame, IN. 46556

(574) 631-7971

Fax: (574)-631-8114

Welcome Janelle Green to Donor Services

Dear Colleagues:

I am happy to announce that Janelle Green has accepted the position of Coordinator in Donor Experience.  She has been working with us on a temporary basis since last fall and has become an important part of our team.

She graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Family Science.  While there, she worked as a student assistant and manager within the admissions office, and also as an interpersonal relationships trainer for the psychology department.

Her customer service focus, professionalism, and smiling disposition is an important addition to our team.  Please congratulate me in welcoming Janelle!  Her “official” first day is Monday, June 18.

Best regards,

Katie Rose

Matthew Storin named chief communications executive at Notre Dame

Matthew Storin named chief communications executive at Notre Dame

Matthew V. Storin, former editor of The Boston Globe and former associate vice president for news and information at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed chief communications executive for the University, according to Louis M. Nanni, vice president for University Relations.

A Notre Dame graduate, Storin will begin serving in the newly created position July 8. He will oversee all central communications, including public relations, marketing, public information, issues management, executive communications, Notre Dame Magazine, internal communications, multimedia services, Web and print design and development, copywriting, social media, and strategic communications planning.

Storin was associate vice president for news and information from 2002 to 2006, after which he continued to teach through 2011 in the University’s John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics & Democracy.

“I am thrilled that Matt has accepted this offer to once again return to his alma mater to lead our varied communications initiatives,” Nanni said. “Matt’s professional expertise and deep understanding of Notre Dame make him the ideal person for this new position.”

Storin added: “This is a time of enormous change for how we convey and receive information, so I’m especially pleased to be returning to Notre Dame to work with a team of accomplished and forward-looking professionals in University Communications. Notre Dame combines the Catholic intellectual tradition with attributes of a great research university and has many unique stories to tell. I relish being part of that effort again, telling our story across a multitude of platforms.”

After graduating from Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Storin began his newspaper career with the Daily News in his hometown of Springfield, Mass. He then served for four years as the congressional correspondent for the Griffin-Larrabee News Bureau in Washington, D.C.

Storin began working for The Globe in 1969, serving for two years as White House correspondent, three years as metropolitan editor, and a year in Tokyo as the paper’s Asian bureau chief. He held a variety of editing and management positions at The Globe from 1976 to 1982, including national editor, assistant managing editor, assistant managing editor for features and deputy managing editor. He was appointed managing editor in 1982 and served in that capacity for three years.

Storin left The Globe to become deputy managing editor for national affairs with U.S. News & World Report and went on to work as editor and senior vice president of the Chicago Sun-Times, editor of the Maine Times, and managing editor and executive editor of the New York Daily News.

Storin returned to The Globe in 1992 as executive editor and was promoted to editor a year later. Under his direction, the newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes.

He retired as editor of The Globe in July 2001 and held a fellowship at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy before his first return to Notre Dame.

Storin has served on Notre Dame’s advisory council for the College of Arts and Letters since 1996 and has been a member of the advisory committee for the Gallivan Program.


From: Dennis Brown, assistant vice president for public information and communications

Two New Positions in Corporate and Foundation Relations

Dear Colleagues,

I wanted to bring to your attention two extremely interesting positions that are currently open.

Associate Director of Foundation Relations

The Associate Director of Foundation Relations is charged with supporting the University’s strategic academic objectives through (a) faculty engagement; (b) research/proposal development (including idea/project management); (c) foundation relations; and (d) administrative oversight. As part of a central development staff, the successful candidate will work across the University (with faculty, staff, and administrators) to surface, devise, and implement strategic academic fundraising initiatives to bolster the University’s research enterprise.

The Associate Director works within the academic advancement team, a group of professionals focused on growing external support for faculty-led research through effective ideation and concept development. Working directly with faculty to understand, synthesize, and articulate research for a development audience, the successful candidate is analytical, creative, and able to approach an concept from multiple angles. The successful candidate has superior writing and editing skills, is an effective communicator, is comfortable and familiar with an academic setting, and earns respect and credibility with ease.

Administrative Assistant to the Academic Advancement Officers

The Administrative Assistant will work in close collaboration with the Academic Advancement team (Di Pasquale, Fortener, Kassen and Utz) in executing their development plans.  By helping design, implement and maintain administrative / clerical / organizational systems, the Administrative Assistant will play a critical role in determining the success of the Academic Advancement team. The Administrative Assistant’s ability to successfully, efficiently and systematically execute the identified duties and responsibilities is essential to meeting established goals and objectives.  The Administrative Assistant will be an integral part of the Academic Advancement team, and will provide administrative support to up to 4 Director-level staff.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the positions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Yours in Notre Dame,

George Q. Keegan, Senior Director – Corporate and Foundation Relations

Professional Clothing for Goodwill

Dear Colleagues,

The UR Community Service Committee is partnering with Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. to collect suits and professional clothing June 18 – 25.

Please take a minute to clean-out your closet for items such as suits, dresses, shirts, blouses, purses, belts and shoes.  All of these items are greatly appreciated and can be easily donated in one of the donation boxes available within UR.

Collection runs from Monday, June 18 -Monday, June 25
Let Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. give yourold suits and professional clothing new life. By donating your gently used business clothing, you help outfit those in need for success in the workplace or applying for jobs.

– Eddy Street Commons break room/cafe
– Eck Visitorʼs Center (2nd floor)
– Grace Hall, 5th floor
– Main Building (405)
Sponsored by the University Relations Community Service Committee.
Questions? Please contact Katie Rutledge,

Jessica M. Brookshire, MSA, CHES,  Associate Director for Public Affairs

Accepting Applications for Assistant Director, 45-50 Year Reunion Giving

Thank you for the opportunity to make you aware of an opening on our Annual Fund team.  We are currently accepting applications for the Assistant Director, 45-50 Year Reunion Giving position.  The Assistant Director will work with leading benefactors and volunteers from the 45 and 50 year reunion classes and is responsible for coordinating and leading the fundraising efforts of these classes for their reunion class gifts.   Undergraduate alumni participation and unrestricted revenue are the 2 key goals for this new hire.  This position reports to me, the Director of Interest Groups.

For Notre Dame,

Craig J. Horvath ‘88,  Director, Reunion Giving and Volunteers

Wishing Happiness on the Birth of Ruby Maxine Cinninger

 I am happy to report that Katherine and Jake Cinninger are the proud parents of their new daughter, Ruby Maxine.  Ruby was born June 11, 2012 at 7:53 am – weight 7 lb, 11 oz and 19.25 inches long. Katherine commented that she has a full head of hair and is perfect!!

Please join me in sharing best wishes to Katherine, Jake, and their son Townes.

Mary Ellen Koepfle

Welcome Mary Jane Añón to UR

Please join me in welcoming Mary Jane Añón to the University Relations team. Mary Jane will start on June 18 as Assistant Director of Advisory Councils and Special Projects.

Mary Jane brings with her a Bachelor of Science from DePaul University, internship experience with Merrill Lynch, and two years spent as a Loan Consultant Associate with Washington Mutual Bank. For the last seven years, Mary Jane has served as a Supervisor and Training Manager with, overseeing a team of content screeners within a media company that collaborates with more than 800 newspapers around the globe to share information, condolences, and remembrances relating to newspaper obituaries.

In her position as Assistant Director, Mary Jane will manage the daily operations of the Advisory Council program in an effort to deepen their engagement and support of Notre Dame’s mission.

Mary Jane and her husband, Mauricio, have two daughters—Sofia and Luciana—and they attend Queen of Peace Church. Mary Jane is actively involved in supporting the school, including coaching a youth soccer team.

Please join me in welcoming Mary Jane to our team.


Drew Buscareno,  Assistant Vice President for University Relations

MBA Interview JumpStart Program Needs Volunteers

Greetings from the MBA Department,

Last week we will welcomed the One-Year Class of 2013 and in August the Two-Year Class of 2014 begins.

The Career Development team is reaching out to staff, human resource professionals, alumni and employers and asking for help with our sixth annual MBA Interview JumpStart.  This a great program that provides mock interviews to our MBA students and allows you to give back through one-on-one coaching. The MBA Interview JumpStart program connects volunteer practice interviewers with MBA students to provide them with immediate performance feedback and development insight.

Volunteer interviewers are provided with resources including a brief training session, interview questions, and a student performance feedback form. Volunteer for a full or partial day for the two-day on-campus event:

One-Year MBA Interview JumpStart    Tuesday, July 3

  • Two-Year MBA Interview JumpStart    Thursday & Friday, August 16-17

Please click the following link for registration:

Following registration, you’ll receive a confirmation and a link to our brief online MBA Practice Interviewer Training designed to prepare you for the interviewing event.

Program details will follow, if you have any questions please contact me.

Go Irish!


Matt Money