UR Christmas Charity

Elves, Drivers, Bakers Needed

Give holiday cheer! For our annual Christmas charitable outreach, the University Relations Community Service Committee is recruiting “elves” to share holiday cheer with people in need. Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Give a Gift

We invite UR employees to purchase gifts for clients of REAL Services. REAL serves older adults and low income households through a number of services and programs. Starting Thursday, November 15th, “ornaments”/ gift tags labeled with wish list items will be decorating holiday trees in six areas:

1) 5th Floor Grace – Rachel Hughes, Carol Bradley                                                                    2) 10th Grace – Sharon Rankert                                                                                                    3) 11th Floor Grace – Angel Hess                                                                                                   4) 405 Main Building – Roberta White                                                                                          5) Eck Center – Katie Rutledge                                                                                                      6) Eddy Street Commons Café – Kris Machalleck, Beth Ferlic, Huyen Nguyen

When you choose a tag, please write your name on a signup sheet below the corresponding gift. Each area will have its own signup sheet located near the tree or housed with the primary contact listed above. Please purchase the item listed on the tag, wrap your gift, and secure the tag to the outside of the package. Return your gift “under the tree” where you picked up the tag by 12:00 noon on Monday, December 10th. Please contact the department representatives with any questions.

Deliver Gifts
REAL Services also needs volunteers to drop off gifts to clients’ homes in the counties they serve: St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Kosciusko, and Marshall. Drivers can submit their preference re: delivery area (first come, first choice).

Deliveries can be made between Wednesday, December 12th and Sunday, December 23rd, adaptable to your schedule. Consider making this a new holiday tradition with your kids, nieces, nephews or grandchildren! Volunteer drivers must provide their birthdates for a background check to protect clients. Please contact Katie Rutledge by EOD Tuesday, November 20th if you can help. katie.rutledge@nd.edu or 1-6723

Share Your Holiday Cookies

Share your favorite holiday cookies with people in need. The committee is collecting home-baked cookies to assemble trays of sweet treats to deliver to local agencies serving men, women, and children in need. Donate a dozen or five dozen! All treats welcome. Our goal is 100 dozen cookies to share with four local charities.

Please drop off your cookies to the Eck Center on Wednesday, December 12th. Volunteers who would like to help assemble trays for the recipient organizations are welcome to join committee members back at the Eck Center later that day, at 5:00 PM. If you can help, please contact Katie Rutledge. Let her know how many cookies you plan to donate. katie.rutledge@nd.edu or 1-6723

Recipient Organizations:

1)      Center for the Homeless                                                                                                         2)      Hope Ministries                                                                                                                       3)      St. Margaret’s House                                                                                                              4)      Youth Service Bureau & Safe Station

Allison Maddox Appointed Associate Director for Foundation Relations


I am pleased to announce that Allison Maddox, up to now Corporate Relations Coordinator, has been appointed Associate Director for Foundation Relations, effective 19 November 2012. Allison will focus her efforts on the Colleges of Science and Engineering, including their many collegiate centers and institutes and a number of the University’s Strategic Research Initiatives (SRIs).

Allison joins the foundation relations team in both working across the University to surface, devise, and implement strategic academic fundraising initiatives to bolster the University’s research enterprise; as well as proactively identifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding private philanthropic foundations on a local, regional, national, and international level. Her proven aptitude for relationships, along with her creativity, technical knowledge, and determination bode well for our development team and the future of Our Lady’s University.

I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the efforts of the interview team who graciously gave of their time to ensure that we found the right candidate for this role. Since there’s no more important decision than the next person that we invite to join our team, I am grateful for the incredible support I received from the interview team: Brenda Hull Cox, George Keegan, Jeff Arnold, Nathan Utz, Dr. Sean Kassen, Ernestine Gardner, and Melanie Davis.

Please join me in congratulating Allison and welcoming her into this important role on our academic advancement team.

For the Foundation Relations Group: Brenda, George, and Ernestine,

Rudy Reyes Jr., Director of Foundation Relations


Joining the University in 2010 in the newly-created role of Corporate Relations Coordinator, Allison met regularly with campus constituents, senior University leaders, and corporate executives of the top Fortune 100 companies in support of the Corporate Governance Committee’s efforts to bring structure and strategy to the University’s broad and multi-faceted engagement with corporations. Allison also became involved with the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO) where her talents were quickly recognized as she was asked to serve as one of the conference chairs for the annual national conference.

Allison was graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) in 2008 with a degree in biology and a minor in business and chemistry. Following graduation, she joined a pediatric research lab at Saint Louis University from 2008 to 2010, studying biological contributions to chronic inflammation in newborns.

Allison has always had a keen interest in philanthropy. While at university, she served on the executive council for the Indiana University Dance Marathon, working with a group of peers to raise over $1M for Riley Children’s Hospital. Allison’s passion for her community has only grown stronger since moving to South Bend, where she serves on the board the IU Alumni Association of St. Joseph County and holds leadership roles for many fundraising events including the Junior League Chef Showcase and the March of Dimes Chef Auction. In her spare time, she also spends time with the guests of the Center for the Homeless and the YWCA.

Linda Costas to transition to the Office of Human Resources

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with mixed emotions that I inform you that Linda Costas will transition to a new role within the Office of Human Resources.  Effective December 1, 2012, Linda will serve as the Director of Talent Management and Engagement.  In this role, she will lead University Recruiting, Compensation, Organizational Development and Training.

Over the past two years, Linda has elevated the sophistication of organizational development and training across the University Relations team.  She designed and implemented a best-in-class onboarding, training, and professional development program for our employees.  Not only has her leadership and innovation led to a more comprehensive talent development environment for our employees, but she has been the consumate professional, mentor, and colleague. Her impact has extended beyond Notre Dame’s campus, as she quickly established herself as a leader in this field across higher education.

I will always remain grateful for Linda’s leadership, innovation, and friendship; and look forward to working with Linda in her new capacity.

Please join me in thanking Linda for all she has done for University Relations, and congratulating her on this new opportunity to have a lasting impact on Our Lady’s University.

All my best,


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Donor Services’ Seasonal Employees

Dear Colleagues,

As you know, we in Donor Services are moving into our busiest season.  We anticipate we will be processing over 30,000 gifts and thousands of records updates.  We could not do this without the help of our seasonal employees.  Please help me welcome them to our team.  They are:   Ashley Miltenberger, Kristine Alumbaugh, Terri Johnston, Sheryl Talbott, Darlean Vance and William Mitchell.


Stacy Koebel-Harder, Director Donor Services

Position Opening in UR Finance & Administration

University Relations Colleagues:

As many of you are aware, Matt Simpson, former business manager for Public Affairs & University Communications (PAC), has transferred to the Hesburgh Library.  Because PAC is organized under the Division of University Relations (UR), we have elected to place Matt’s replacement position on the UR Finance & Administration team.  This position will report to me and will have responsibility for budget and financial management for the units reporting thru PAC.  This individual will also be involved with budget modeling and financial analysis for ad hoc project requests.

We will be posting this position for recruitment.  If you are interested in this position, please apply through jobs.nd.edu.  If you would like to recommend someone for consideration, please notify Melanie Davis.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Mary Ellen Koepfle

New Role for Robin Zastrow: Advancement Services Coordinator

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, Robin Zastrow will join the Department of Development as Advancement Services Coordinator. In this role, Robin will work closely with me on a variety of projects and office responsibilities.  Robin has been a member of the University Relations team since September 2011, serving as Administrative Assistant in both Eddy Street Commons and the Main Building.  Prior to moving to South Bend in 2011, Robin served a variety of positions for Honeywell First Responders, Apex Community Church, and Washington-Centerville Public Library in Ohio.

I am thrilled to welcome Robin into this role, as she continues to apply her knowledge of the University, commitment to the mission, and attention to detail to our University Relations team.  Robin and her husband, Philip, reside in Mishawaka and are currently enjoying spending time renovating their home!

Please join me in welcoming Robin to this role on the Development team!

My best,                                                                                                                                              Micki

Welcome Lori Pope to Regional, West

Dear colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Lori Pope will join the Department of Development as the ADRA for the West on Monday, December 3rd. Lori is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received her B.A. in Political Science.  After graduation, Lori joined IBM in Atlanta, GA where she held a variety of roles over her nine year tenure, including Advisory Information Analyst and Training and Implementation Specialist.  Her experiences encompass not only providing advisory sales and forecast analyses to IBM Sales Executives, but also conducting business needs analysis with peer groups, testing code, designing test scenarios, and validating code efficiency and accuracy.  While at IBM, Lori received the IBM Leadership Award, the highest honorary the company awards, for designing and implementing a successful training program.

In 2007, Lori joined the Notre Dame family as the Ticket Office Manager for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. Her role included managing ticketing software implementation, reconciling financial records, advising executives on the success rate of the event season, and developing and running report metrics to analyze sales as well as forecast reports to determine potential sales.

Please join me in welcoming Lori to the Development team!

My best,                                                                                                                                               Micki

RCLC Holiday Gift Auction

Dear Colleagues,

Looking for a great way to support the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) and find wonderful gifts for your loved ones? Our Holiday Gift Auction will be Saturday, December 1st from 4 – 6 pm at the RCLC. Tickets for this event are available for $5 between 9am – 5:30pm M-F at the RCLC.  Purchasing a tickets also enters you into a raffle for gifts card, Notre Dame items and more.


You are also invited to donate a gift basket to this event. If interested in donating a basket, please contact Velshonna Luckey at 1-3312 or via email at vluckey@nd.edu.

All proceeds from this event will allow us to expand our Youth Development and Leadership initiatives, by adding field trips for all grade levels.

Velshonna LuckeyYouth Development Program Director                                               Robinson Community Learning Center