Welcome Brandon Tabor, Graphic Designer

Please join me in welcoming Brandon Tabor to the University of Notre Dame and the Marketing & Communications Team here in the Development operation.

A talented web and print designer, Brandon will fill our vacated Graphic Designer position.

A graduate of Penn High School, Indiana University South Bend and Ivy Tech, Brandon returns home after working the past year in Chicago as the Marketing Director for Goodship, Inc., a company that designs and manufactures custom merchandise for musicians under the Soldier brand.

He also spent two years working as the Lead Designer at the Firevine Advertising Agency where he developed corporate identities, websites, sales materials, photography and video production.

He’s a multi-talented young man with an engaging personality. In his spare time Brandon’s a drummer in a band.

Please be sure to stop by and welcome Brandon Tabor to Notre Dame!

Jim Small,  Senior Director, Marketing & Communications

Send-off Party for Linda Costas

Before Linda beings her new role within the Office of Human Resources, we would like to celebrate the time she has shared with us in University Relations! Please join us this Friday, November 30th, from 4pm to 6pm at Brother’s Bar & Grill for appetizers, beer, and wine.

Thank you for all your great work, Linda, and congratulations on this new opportunity!

University Relations Family Christmas Party

Please RSVP by Friday, November 30!  We hope you and your family will join us.

The University Relations Family Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, December 5th at the Eck Visitors Center from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  All are encouraged to attend!

The night will include activities, refreshments, and pictures with Santa.

Please RSVP by November 30: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SB7WQRX

We look forward to seeing you there!

The UR Events Committee

Condolences to Greg Simpson

We offer our condolences to Greg Simpson regarding the passing of his grandmother, Ruth Simpson.  Mrs. Simpson, who was 98, passed away on November 26.

Greg has informed me that his grandmother’s wish was for a very private funeral with no viewing and the family will honor that wish.  I’m sure, though, that Greg would appreciate your prayers and communications in this time of loss.

Please join me in remembering Greg, his grandmother and his family in our prayers.


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


Still Needed: Cookies and Gifts

Pledged: 45 Dozen Cookies, Need 100 Dozen

We are getting closer to our goal of 100 dozen cookies. These treats will bring holiday cheer to four local nonprofits: the Center for the Homeless, Hope Ministries, St. Margaret’s House, and Youth Service Bureau/Safe Station. Please consider making a pledge! Cookies do not have to be Christmas-themed.

EASY COOKIE DROP OFF: Committee members will be waiting outside the Eck Visitors Center to receive your cookies (where the buses pull up) on the morning of Wednesday, December 12th. Drivers can pull up between 7:45 AM – 8:15 AM and make a speedy cookie drop-off. In addition, all are welcome to join volunteers at 5:00 PM at the Eck Center to assemble trays of treats.

Please email katie.rutledge@nd.edu with the number of cookies you plan to bake or if you’d like to help assemble trays.

Still More Gifts to Buy for Seniors         

University Relations has committed to sponsor 35 senior citizens as part of the “Elves for Elders” program—a sizable part of the 400 people REAL Services is hoping to assist this Christmas. Each client has 3 – 5 tags labeled with wish list items from nightgowns to bed sheets. There are still approximately 40 out of 125 tags that have yet to be selected. We appreciate your consideration in helping with this UR-Division-wide service effort. Gift collection will continue until noon on Monday, December 10th.

If you have questions, please contact the representative in your area. Pick up a tag at the following locations:

405 Main Building, Christmas tree in kitchen – Roberta White
5th Floor Grace, front desk/ reception  – Rachel Hughes or Carol Bradley
10th Floor Grace, table near Candace’s desk  – Sharon Rankert
11th Floor Grace, Angel’s desk  – Angel Hess
Eck Center, Christmas tree in lobby – Katie Rutledge
ESC, Christmas tree in café – Kris Machalleck, Beth Ferlic, Huyen Lee

Thank you to gift delivery volunteers!

Thank you so much to the UR colleagues who volunteered to deliver gifts for REAL Services. Sixteen volunteers stepped forward to drive and our group supplied at least one volunteer for each of the 5 counties supported by REAL Services.

Mark Naman Joins Development as Director, Interest Groups

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Mark Naman as the new Director, Interest Groups effective December 3rd.  Mark will report to me and have responsibility for all Interest Group activities within Annual Giving Programs (AGP) including: Parents Programs, Student Philanthropy, Young Alumni, Reunion Giving, and Matching Gifts.  Accordingly, the following AGP team members will report directly to Mark: Barbara Kelly, Aaron Wall, Chris Harrington, Lauren Dunbar, Matthew Antongiovanni and Teresa O’Connor.

Mark graduated from Notre Dame in 1996 with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration.  He joined Ernst & Young following graduation and led key projects on website development, customer loyalty and rewards programs, and project scheduling and management operations.

Mark spent the majority of his career as a key early employee and a member of the senior leadership team at the Gerson Lehrman Group, supporting hedge funds and other investment groups with networks of leading experts to provide insights to create better, more informed outcomes.  Mark served in the roles of Chief Technical Officer; Vice President, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Research Management; Senior Vice President, Global Head of Multi-Sector Research Management; and Senior Vice President, Research Operations, Product Management & Innovation.

Mark has significant experience and skills in the areas of information technology, organizational development, customer relationship management and consulting.  He has a particular expertise in building high performing teams that apply web, social media and IT technology to improve connectivity and relationships with key constituencies.  Mark is a proven leader who will have an immediate impact in support of the team leading the strategic Interest Group effort at Notre Dame.

Mark and his wife Maryse have five children Mia (9), Madison (7), Mason (6), Matteo (4), and Michael (8 weeks).   They will be joining Notre Dame from New Jersey.  Please welcome Mark to the AGP team as he takes on this important role for the University.

In Notre Dame,

Brian Couch, Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs

Corporate and Foundation Relations Gives Back!

This Holiday Season, the CFR team will be leading an effort to give back to those in our community who are in need by supporting “Grace’s Paper Pantry”.  The Paper Pantry supplies the less fortunate with items such as toilet paper, soap, detergent, paper towels, cleaner, etc. and is administered through Grace United Methodist Church.

We can all relate to running out of something we need to complete a chore, but perhaps not the reality of having to choose between soap and cleaners or buying food for the table.  This is a reality for many people in our community.   The small cost of including some extra paper towels or dish soap to the weekly grocery bill for donating to the Paper Pantry can make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

Help CFR help others by donating any type of paper product or cleaner to support the Paper Pantry in their outreach to those in our community who are in need.  Laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap and household cleaners are always in demand.

Donation boxes will be located in the Eddy Street Common’s Café, Suite 405 of the Main Building and the 11th Floor of Grace Hall with items being accepted starting Monday, November 26 through Friday, December 7th.

Thank you for supporting the Corporate and Foundation Relations Team in their effort to ‘Give Back’ to those in our community who are in need this Holiday Season.

Corporate and Foundation Relations Team

Volunteers Needed Deliver Gifts 12/12~12/23

Last Chance: Volunteers Needed Deliver Gifts

REAL Services needs help delivering gifts to clients’ homes. Their goal is to sponsor 400 senior citizens through the Elves for Elders program. Because REAL Services supports clients in five counties, this is a big commitment, requiring lots of mileage! Volunteer drivers can choose 1) where and 2) when they want to deliver the gifts. Drivers should submit their preferences re: delivery areas (within St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, and Marshall counties). Gift deliveries can be made at the driver’s convenience, anytime between Wednesday, December 12th and Sunday, December 23rd.

Sign up to deliver gifts and plan a fun activity around it! Invite a friend along and stop at a new café; take some kids, bring hot chocolate, and tour neighborhood Christmas light displays; or steal some quiet time away for yourself in the car (or you can belt Christmas carols)!

Volunteer drivers must provide their birthdates for a background check to protect clients. Please contact Katie Rutledge by EOD TOMORROW, Tuesday, November 20th if you can help. katie.rutledge@nd.edu or 1-6723

Administrative Assistant Position Opening

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that the role of Administrative Assistant is now posted on the HR jobs site.

This position includes performing 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.  This role will also include working on special projects as assigned by myself and Joe Gelchion, and preparing correspondence, and other business documents, along with maintaining files and records.

I encourage any interested candidates to apply through jobs.nd.edu.

All my best,


Micki L. Kidder,  Associate Vice President for Development