Libby Mountsier, New Senior Administrative Assistant, Office of Public Affairs

Please join us in congratulating Libby Mountsier as she transitions into the position of Senior Administrative Assistant with the Office of Public Affairs effective August 27.

In her new role within our division, Libby will be supporting the Public Affairs team that serves as the University’s community liaison. She will assist with various outreach efforts focusing on economic and community development, civic leadership, government relations and K-12 education. Libby will also work closely with campus and community leaders regarding a number of projects, including the ND Relay for Life and the internal United Way campaign.

During Libby’s 15 months in Development, she has been instrumental in planning and executing team events like the Advancement Services and Annual Giving Programs Camp Friedenswald Retreat, the UR Christmas Party, and the UR Retirement parties. She has also been a key contributor to the planning of the UR Summit for 2011 and 2012.  Libby has also developed relationships with a variety of campus stakeholders in her current capacity.  While she will be missed in the ESC office, she is welcomed by her UR colleagues in the Main Building.


Tim Sexton & Micki Kidder

Service Anniversaries Recognized at UR Summit

We will start a new tradition next week of recognizing colleagues throughout University Relations for their exceptional service to Our Lady’s University. Our goal is to recognize achievements, dedication, and hard work, and to do so, will honor colleagues every five years moving forward, in connection with their service anniversaries.

Below is a list of honorees, so that you can congratulate them before, during and after the Summit meetings. The Employee Service Recognition session is scheduled for Thursday, August 16 at 11:15 a.m. in Heritage Hall. Please let me know if you have any questions.

5 Years:

Matt Cashore (Marketing and Communications)

Katherine Cinninger (Development)

Beth Grisoli (Marketing and Communications)

Sara Kassen (Development)

Ellen Kyes (Robinson Learning Center)

Jen Millin (Development)

Bill Reagan (Development)

Erik Runyon (Marketing and Communications)

Rita Udvardy (Development)

10 Years:

Shannon Chapla (Public Relations)

Patrena Kedik (Development)

Carolyn Lax (Development)

Kris Machalleck (Development)

Sheila McMahon (Development)

Donna Williams (Development)

15 Years:

Augie Freda (Development)

Annie Geary (Development)

Pat James (Development)

Katherine Lane (Development)

Teresa O’Connor (Development)

20 Years:

George Duke (Development)

Lori Rush (Development)

35 Years:

Kerry Temple (Notre Dame Magazine)

Katherine Lane,  Director of Stewardship Programs

Join the UR Volunteer Team for Logan’s Run

It’s not too late to join the fun on Saturday, August 4! We have a UR volunteer team that will distribute water and gator aid at a water station for the Logan’s Run (benefitting Logan Center). The race starts and ends at Stepan Center and winds around Notre Dame’s beautiful campus. There are several start times for the race, with the first race beginning at 8:25 a.m. For more information, please visit

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me – or 1-2998. Family members are encouraged to join us, and remember that this is a perfect way for high school students to complete service hours. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at Stepan Center at 7 a.m. We are the South Quad Water Station that will be manning the first station at the 1 mile mark of the 5K race. We will be located in front of the South Dining Hall.

A couple hours of your time can make a big difference and, I imagine, will be very rewarding for you. Sign up to volunteer if you can!

Jill Donnelly and the UR Community Service Committee

Amanda Qualls Joins Stewardship Programs

Amanda Qualls, a 2010 Notre Dame graduate, joins the Stewardship Programs team on Monday, August 6th as an administrative assistant reporting directly to Libby Schleiffarth. One of her primary responsibilities will be to serve as the acknowledgment coordinator for the personalized Fr. John Jenkins and Lou Nanni letters. She will be partnering directly with all fundraisers, as well as with the stewardship colleagues who write the letters (Heather, Beth, Sara and Mary) to insure timely, accurate and personalized letters. She will also assist with endowment reports and recognition events.

Since earning her degree in Art History with a minor in Russian and European Studies, Amanda has been pursuing a Master’s degree in Library Science at Indiana University in Bloomington. As an undergraduate at Notre Dame, she worked as an assistant in the Office of Institutional Research and at the Career Center. Amanda previously served as a staff writer for the Lucy Burns Institute, and as the interim web manager for Boydell & Brewer Publishers.

On a personal note, Amanda and her husband, Court, have a six-year-old son named Bradyn. She enjoys National Public Radio, reading, animals, baking and traveling. Her favorite time of year is winter, and she is a trained dog groomer.

Please join me in welcoming Amanda to University Relations and back home under the Dome!

Welcome Andy Fuller to University Communications

Please welcome Andy Fuller to the University Communications team. Andy will bring his varied communications background to fill the role of Account Manager in the department. He began his communications career as a television news anchor for WLFI (CBS) in Lafayette, Indiana. Andy then served as communications director for a United States Congressman in Illinois, before transitioning into a role with a marketing communications firm in South Bend. Most recently, Andy was the regional caretaker for the McDonald’s brand in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. His skill at strategic planning and relationship building will serve him well in his new role at University Communications.

Andy graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. with a degree in Communications: Radio and TV Broadcasting in 2002. Andy is a burgeoning foodie, a part-time runner, and full-time husband and father to his wife Brooke and three daughters under the age of 10.

Welcome to the World, Alexis Milrea Binder

I am happy to announce that baby Binder has arrived! Jen, Chane and Aubrey would like to introduce Alexis Milrea Binder.  Alexis arrived on 7/31 at 10:36pm. She weighed in at 8lbs 1oz and measured 20 ¾ inches. Both Mama and baby are doing great!

Patricia M. Smith, Administrative Assistant,  Regional Development, Midwest