Stewardship Audit

Dear Colleagues:

I write to remind you that in preparation for the next campaign, we are conducting a stewardship audit to determine strategies to positively impact the donor experience at many levels. We are starting with a basic SWOT analysis, documenting the stewardship strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for key groups of donors. Key areas of focus include the following: principal donors, gift planning donors, recognition societies, matching gift stewardship, corporations and foundations, etc.

I want to thank those colleagues who have aided us in this analysis thus far. Once we identify the numerous opportunities for an enhanced donor experience, we will start to prioritize the strategies and hold a variety of small focus groups to review recommendations for future enhancements. We anticipate these focus groups will take place in late spring and we look forward to your participation. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Warm regards,

Katherine Lane, Director of Stewardship Programs

Welcome Amy Huff, UR Finance & Business Analyst


I am pleased to advise you that Amy Huff has recently joined the University Relations’ Finance Team as a Finance & Business Analyst.  Amy’s primary area of responsibility is budget support and financial review for Public Affairs and Communications.  She will be a valuable partner to this area of University Relations and will enhance our team’s ability to support the growing needs of our Division.

Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame in May 2004 and is a CPA.  She started her career as an audit associate at McGladrey and Pullen, LLP and then joined Bass Pro Shops – Corporate Offices as an Accounting Manager.

Amy and her husband, Cory, have two young children, Charlie (2 ½) and Reagan (almost 1).  When Amy is not busy taking care of their boys, she enjoys working out, reading, and watching movies.

Amy’s first day is Monday, February 4th.

Mary Ellen Koepfle, Director, Finance & Administration

Parents Program Web-streamed Presentation 1/28/13

The Parents Program has coordinated a web-streamed presentation for parents that will be presented tonight, January 28th, at 7 p.m. EST.  The Offices of Housing, International Studies, Student Accounts, Registrar, and the Career Center will share information with parents.  If you are a Domer, or work with Notre Dame parents, this is information you will want to have.

Barbara M. Kelly, Parents Program

Condolences to Jackie Rucker

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of Jackie Rucker’s mother, Mrs. Elvira Burns. Jackie had worked with Hospice over the past few days and had moved her mom into Hospice House yesterday. Jackie was informed early this morning that her mother passed away in her sleep. Arrangements are pending but in the meantime, please keep Jackie and her family in your prayers.

Timothy D. Sexton, Associate Vice President for Public Affairs

Pink Zone Spin-A-Thon

OK friends, we need you!  The Pink Zone Spin-A-Thon is coming up and we still need spinners!!

We have slots open from 9:00 pm Saturday, January 26th through 7:00 am Sunday, January 27th.  If you remember last year, those spots were the most fun and entertaining!

Please contact Amanda Matthews or anyone on the Pink Zone committee and sign up soon.  We want to make sure we have all of our slots filled and make a major impact on the event.

Thanks for helping Development help the Fighting Irish Fighting Cancer!

Condolences to Anne Griffith

Our sympathy to Anne Griffith and her husband John, as his mother Jean Butler Griffith O’Connell passed away Saturday January 19 in Dayton, Ohio. Jean was surrounded by her husband, Jack O’Connell and her four sons John, Kevin, Edmund, and Gregory when she peacefully passed on at eighty years of age.

Jean was proud of her Irish heritage and, as an ND parent, loved Notre Dame. Please keep Anne, John, and their family in your prayers as they remember Jean.

The viewing will take place from 4:00pm-8:00pm on Friday, January 25, 2013 at Routsong Funeral Home in Kettering, Ohio and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, January 26, 2013 at St. Albert the Great Catholic Church.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Avenue, Dayton, OH 45420.

Today’s Soup It Up Another Success, Thank You!

Today’s Soup It Up brought in nearly $400.00 again.  Thank you to all involved. 

Congratulations to Jenn Binder for winning the T Shirt raffle today.  If you came for lunch but did not get a ticket, one was signed and dropped in the bucket on your behalf.

Next week we will switch it up a little and Toss It Up!  Soup and Salad are on the menu.  And possibly some surprise guests!!

See you next Thursday, January 24th.  

Welcome Lindsey Bennett, Regional Development West

Please join me in welcoming Lindsey Bennett to the Notre Dame Development team as Administrative Assistant in the West Region effective Monday, January 21.  Lindsey will give administrative support to Regional Director Stephen Smith.

Lindsey, South Bend native, received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2009 from Indiana University.  Prior to returning to South Bend, Lindsey spent two years in Korea at the Yongsan International School of Seoul as a curriculum assistant.

Lindsey is no stranger to our Development office, as since June 2012 she has assisted Development with the distribution and processing of athletic ticket requests and payments, interacting closely with our donors.

Lindsey is married to Brian who is a high school chemistry/biology teacher.  She enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening.  Most recently Lindsey and Brian are the proud owners of their first home, purchased over the holidays in South Bend.

Please join me in congratulating Lindsey on her new role in Development and in welcoming her to the West Region team!

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon, Senior Director of Development, West Region

Pink Zone Spin-A-Thon January 25th and January 26th

Jump Start your 2013 with a Spin! 

In support of the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Pink Zone efforts to raise money for breast cancer research, the Development Office is teaming up with Knollwood Country Club, the College of Science, and RecSports on the annual Spin-A-Thons.  Their respective dates and times are:

Rec Sports at the RockFriday, January 25th, 12:00pm – Saturday, January 26st, 12:00pm

To sign-up, visit and click on the Pink Zone link.

Knollwood CC:  Saturday, January 26th, 8:00 am – January 27th, 8:00 am

The Development office has reserved a bike for the full 24 hours at Knollwood CC.  Please email me ASAP if you’d like to reserve some time.

The donation to ride is $50/hour.  Checks should be made out to the Foundation of SJRMC (Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center) and can be brought to the Spin-A-Thon or given to me prior to event.  Donations are tax deductible!  The dollars raised will stay in the community, assisting women who need mammograms but cannot afford them.

** Please know that you may also sponsor a rider (any amount accepted) if you are not able to physically participate in the event.

If questions, please contact me at x5311 or  Thanks, and Go Irish!  Go Pink!

ND Pink Zone SOUP IT UP on Thursday, January 17th

Don’t Bring Lunch on Thursday!

Join the ND Pink Zone to SOUP IT UP! 

 Who: ND Pink Zone presents SOUP IT UP!

When: From 12:00-1:00pm on Thursday, January 17th

Where: In Eddy Street Development’s Family Room and Sorin Board Room

What: For a donation of $5, you can enjoy a cookie, a piece of fresh crusty bread, and steaming bowl of one several varieties of delicious homemade soups. Or for $7 you can try our three soup sampler which includes your choice of three cups of soup, along with bread and a cookie.  In addition, we will have raffle prizes and awesome Pink Zone gear for sale!

Here are some of the wonderful homemade soups we will be serving:

 Devilish Shrimp Bisque    Broccoli Cheddar    Hearty Chili    Southwest Black Bean    Potato Vegetable    Savory Chicken Noodle    Veggie Chili    Italian Lentil    White Chicken Chili

Why: Funds raised from this year’s Pink Zone events at Notre Dame will be donated nationally to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and locally to the Foundation of Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center’s Women’s Task Force, which includes the Secret Sisters Society and Young Survivors group. Don’t go out in the cold for lunch! Enjoy some healthy, delicious, homemade soup for a great cause in the comfort of your office.

How: Bring your wallet, appetite, and support for a great cause and get ready to Soup It Up!!