Job Opening: Social Media Coordinator

University Communications is currently accepting applicants for the position of Social Media Program Manager. This person will be responsible for developing, managing and executing the overall social media and online community strategy for the University and will manage Notre Dame’s presence on Facebook, Twitter and other social media channels. This position also will oversee monitoring and analysis of social media activity around the Notre Dame brand. We’re looking for someone with a minimum of 3-4 years of experience developing and managing social media programs and campaigns. Strong writing skills and impeccable grammar are essential. Familiarity with Notre Dame is a big plus.

Please encourage qualified candidates to apply through (position number 12532). I’d also welcome hearing from anyone who may have a recommendation.

Many thanks,


Julie Hail Flory, Director, Public Relations, University Communications


New Position: Associate Director, Student Philanthropy

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that a new position of Associate Director, Student Philanthropy is now posted on the HR jobs site.  There is a preferred candidate for this new role.

This position reports to the Director of Interest Groups within Annual Giving Programs.  The summary responsibilities of the position follow:

The Associate Director, Student Philanthropy is responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated student philanthropy model in support of objectives of the Development Office and the University as a whole.  This position requires direct coordination with other partnering organizations within the university including Student Affairs, the Academy, Institutes and Centers, the Alumni Association, etc.  A primary requirement of the role is to develop programs that engage students in an ongoing dialogue on philanthropy and its role in their lives and the world.  This role will be responsible for achieving student participation percentage targets.  The position will also oversee students staffing the Annual Giving Programs phone center and students engaged in philanthropic outreach to the student body.  This position will also be responsible for interaction with the Career Center to explore and develop opportunities for students interested in a career path in philanthropy.

Specific objectives are to raise participation in Notre Dame’s senior class gift/pledge to a best-in-class level versus peer institutions, which would mean an 80% or greater participation level for the current senior class gift program.  The longer term goal of this position is to raise the young alumni participation rate in giving to Notre Dame to greater than 50% through conversion of the focus for giving as undergraduates to a multi-year pledge commitment versus a one-time senior class gift.

Best regards,                                                                                                                                Brian                                                                                                                                                Brian Couch, Sr. Director Annual Giving Programs

Welcoming Alec Hipshear to the UC Web Team

Please join me in welcoming Alec Hipshear, the newest addition to the UC Web team. He will fill the role of Web Application Specialist, with his primary responsibility being the advancement and maintenance of our Conductor CMS. With 300+ sites and millions of visits a year, working with Conductor is a formidable job. Alec will excel in this role.

Alec joins us from Red Post, a local digital start-up. He has a history working with top notch web shops and comes very highly recommended by programmers whom we respect. He is a real find for the University. His first day is Monday, October 1.

Welcome, Alec.

Nick Johnson, Director of Web and Interactive Marketing                                 University Communications: Web Group

New Posting: Advancement Services Coordinator

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the position of Advancement Services Coordinator is now posted on the ND Jobs site.  This position will provide office management and coordination of communication among the various departments reporting to me.  The employee will also manage special projects that require a high level of independence and initiative in planning and execution.  Partnering with me, the employee will be expected to perform a diverse set of advanced duties requiring strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational and communication skills. If you are interested in speaking about this position, please contact Melanie Davis.

My best,


Cristi Ganyard to be with Special Events during Football Season

Given the fantastic start to the Fighting Irish football season and the increased demand driven by this success, we have asked Cristi Ganyard to step into a temporary role with the University Relations Special Events team beginning this week until the end of football season.

Working with Mary Andersen and her team, Cristi will lend her talents to the planning, organization and communications around Special Events with the goal of ensuring the team’s high standards of excellence during this busy season.

Cristi has worked with the Senior Philanthropic Adviser’s office since 2009, coordinating a variety of engagement events for the Women and Philanthropy initiative.  This past June, Cristi was instrumental in the success of the Parseghian Classic at Pebble Beach fundraiser for NP-C research.

In Cristi’s absence from the Senior Philanthropic Adviser’s office, a temporary employee will be brought in to assist with Gift Agreement processing, coordinating liaison activities with the academic units supported by our office, and providing general administrative support.

Please contact me should you have any questions.

M. Jean Gorman  ’82L,                                                                                                     Senior Philanthropic Adviser

Our Sympathy to Sydney Liggett

Sydney’s mother-in-law passed away on September 20th and there will be a memorial service held on Saturday, October 20th.

Mary Liggett                                                                                                                   December 22, 1923 ~ September 20, 2012

Mary Liggett, 88, of Niles, was born on December 22, 1923, to the late Charles and Helen (Kozak) Birczak in Detroit, Michigan, and passed away at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on Thursday, September 20, 2012.

After graduating from Niles High School, Mary wed Marvin M. Liggett at a ceremony in Niles on May 5, 1945.  Mary was a 4H leader as a young mother and her love for animals carried over to the rest of her life; she fed all wildlife that came to her porch, especially the birds.  She was a quiet woman who loved spending time with her quilting club, sewing and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary is preceded in death by her parents Charles and Helen Birczak, husband Marvin Liggett Sr., son Marvin Liggett Jr. and siblings Raymond Birczak, Fronana Birczak, Donalo Birczak, Stella Nemethy and Annie Vigansky.

She is survived by her children Teresa (Joel) Barnes, Anita (William) Gaut, Marsha (Tom) Bonner and Douglas (Sydney) Liggett, all of Niles, eight grandchildren, five great grandchildren and brother Steve Birczak of Irons, Michigan.

A memorial service to honor Mary’s life will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m at Mission Hills Memorial Chapel in Niles with a time of visitation one hour prior.

Memorial donations may be made in Mary’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital located at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church located at 219 South State Street, Niles, MI 49120.

Those wishing to leave a message for the family or upload a photo of Mary may do so on our website at or on our Facebook page at

Michigan Game Weekend Events

Please find below the final event schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, September 20th

  • All day – Alumni Association Board Meeting
  • 6:30pm – Advisory Council Dinners

Friday, September 21st 

  • All day – Alumni Association Board Meeting
  • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm – Football Fridays at the Eck
  • 1:30 pm          JGIA – Coach’s Corner – Isban Auditorium, Guglielmino Athletic Complex
  •  2:15 pm          JGIA – Getting to know the Student-Athlete Advisory Council – Student Welfare & Development Common Room
  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm – Sorin Society Football Friday Reception at Irish Courtyard behind The Morris Inn (featuring the ND Glee Club, cheerleaders and leprechaun, former player Mike McCoy, and drawings for giveaways)
  • 5:30 – JGIA Cocktail Reception
  • 6:00 pm – Pep Rally – Library Quad
  • 30 minutes post pep rally – Recognition Societies Post Pep Rally Buffet Dinner at Irish Courtyard behind The Morris Inn (featuring “Knute Rockne All American”)
  • 7:00 pm – President’s Circle reception at Ivy Quad, hosted by Tom and Tami McNeel
  • 7:30 pm – JGIA Recognition Dinner – Club Naimoli

Saturday, September 8th

  • Morning – Alumni Association Board Meeting
  • 10:00am to 11:00am – Recognition Societies Chalk Talk Breakfast at Irish Courtyard behind The Morris Inn (featuring Bill Reagan and Bill Lewis and the cheerleaders)
  • 11:00 am – LTND event – Leighton Concert Hall
  • 12:30 pm – JGIA Lunch, Q & A with Jack, Chalk Talk, and Stadium Locker Room Tour
  • 2:30 – 7:00 pm – Development Tailgate
  • 4:30 – 6:30pm – Recognition Societies Pre Game Dinner Buffet at ND Conference Center at McKenna Hall (featuring music by Kat Quinn ’10)
  • 5:00 – 6:30pm – President’s Brunch
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm – Order of St. Thomas More – March Under the Arch – Eck Hall of Law
  • 7:30pm – Kickoff Michigan vs. Notre Dame

Welcome to Aaron Fricke, Director of Gift Planning

We are pleased to announce the hire of a new Director of Gift Planning, Aaron Fricke. Aaron will be starting with us on Monday, Sept 24th.  As you know, we’ve had this position open for a long time as I couldn’t find the right candidate for the role.  I think we found the right one with Aaron and believe he will be worth our wait.

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Aaron Bart Fricke practiced law with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Las Vegas, Nevada, and specialized in ERISA litigation and multiemployer plan matters. Prior to Brownstein, Aaron practiced with Maupin, Cox & LeGoy in Reno, Nevada, and specialized in Trust & Estates, ERISA, and tax planning for high net worth families, individuals and business owners. Aaron graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School, and the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, with a major in Logistics. Born in Fargo, North Dakota, raised in the Columbia Basin of Washington, and a long-time resident of northern Nevada, Aaron is a product of the American West, who feels perfectly at home at his beloved Notre Dame. Aaron is a U.S. Navy veteran, and an avid amateur athlete, outdoorsmen and traveler, having most recently walked the Camino de Santiago from St. Jean, France, to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Aaron wanted me to share with the team that he is both honored and overjoyed to be joining the Development Office and is fully dedicated to helping Notre Dame fulfill its mission and reach its funding goals.  Aaron will be in a temporary office to begin, seated near Peg Jewett until we make space for him in our cozy area.

Please help me in welcoming Aaron next week (although I’ll be in NYC and Jersey!).

Greg                                                                                                                                Gregory G. Dugard, Senior Director, Office of Gift Planning

Discovering Your Own Notre Dame, Friday, September 21st at 2:30 p.m.

On the Sidelines with Jim O’Rourke:  Discovering Your Own Notre Dame

Friday, September 21st at 2:30 p.m. in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.  

Please invite your friends and colleagues and join the Notre Dame Alumni Association for the Football Fridays Academic Series featuring Professor Jim O’Rourke.  Jim’s talk will help you discover your own Notre Dame.

Professor Jim O’Rourke, a 1968 graduate of Notre Dame and a faculty member in the Mendoza College of Business, has spent 30 years teaching and researching here at Notre Dame. Jim will talk briefly about the history of the University and introduce you to a number of notable figures in the Notre Dame Family. His spirited half-hour talk will help you understand a bit more about the lore and mystique of Notre Dame as well as the emotional and spiritual hold she has for so many who maintain their connections globally.

On the Sidelines: Football Fridays Academic Series features Notre Dame faculty sharing their insight and experiences about Notre Dame and its place in the world.  You may learn more about the Football Fridays Academic Series on the Alumni Association website.   Also, on October 12th, the On the Sidelines speaker will be Professor Brad Gregory from the College of Arts and Letters talking about his journey from Stanford to Notre Dame.  All are welcome.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Best wishes,

Lisa                                                                                                                                          Lisa A. Heming, Director, Academic Programs

Welcome Amy Murrin – Marketing Communications Specialist in University Communications: Print, Web and Multimedia

Amy Murrin has been a marketing / communications professional for over 12 years. She came to Notre Dame from an Advertising Agency, where she served as Director of Strategic Planning, working on a major food service client. She is a wife, the mother of 2, and attends Christ the King Catholic Church, where she is actively involved in RCIA and the school board.