UR Walking on Sunshine is No. 1

Dear Team,

Thank you!  Thank you! Thank you!

Thanks to all of you, team UR Walking on Sunshine finished the 2013 Relay for Life as the No. 1 fund-raising team on campus.  Our team raised over $22,000 in the fight against cancer.  In the history of Notre Dame’s Relay for Life, no single team has ever raised this much money.  To put it in perspective, we almost doubled our team goal of $12,000 and surpassed the Fire Fighting Irish, the previous top fund-raising team, by over $5,000.  Truly astounding!

My committee members — Dawn McGrath, Rachel Hughes, Giovana Heeter, Cheryl Schlimpert, Lori Willard, Libby Mountsier and Jessica Brookshire — worked tirelessly and earnestly over the past two months to propel our team into this top position.  This goal could never have been accomplished without them. I am incredibly grateful for their commitment and passion toward this cause.

Our impact in saving lives is significant.  Overall, this year’s relay raised $186,418.58.  In the nine years Notre Dame has been hosting a relay, we have raised over $1 million.

As a team, we should stand proud and relish in our accomplishment. We stepped up to the challenge and truly rallied to turn rain into rainbows!

In appreciation and unity,

Roberta, Team Captain, UR Walking on Sunshine


rallying to turn rain into rainbows!

Welcome Jill Donnelly to the East Region Development Team

Dear ColleaguesJill,

I am excited to announce that Jill Donnelly ND ’76 will be joining the East Region Development team as an Associate Regional Director of Development beginning May 1st, 2013.

Jill has had an extraordinary fifteen year career of achievement and excellence while working at the University of Notre Dame.  Her journey at ND began as an Administrative Assistant in Development followed by her transition to Director, Annual Giving Programs for five years.  Jill has spent the last 7 years as the Executive Director of the Order of St. Thomas More and the Program Director for the Law School Annual Fund.

The Donnelly family includes Jill, her husband, The Honorable Joseph Donnelly, son Joe Jr, daughter Molly and son-in law Mike.

Jill is universally respected across campus as a consummate professional and engaging teammate.  I am honored to welcome her aboard to the East Region Development team.  Please join me in congratulating Jill on her new role in service to Our Lady’s University.

Go Irish!

Michael McLaughlin

Farewell to Tim Yoder

Dear Colleagues,

It is with mixed emotions that we announce Tim Yoder has resigned his position to pursue new opportunities. Tim’s last day with the University of Notre Dame will be Friday, 4/19/2013.

For the last seven years, Tim has been a member of OIT’s Distributed Support Services, dedicated to University Relations. He has been an invaluable asset in keeping the department computers, printers, and other technology up to date and working well. Tim also served as the project leader in the successful move from Grace Hall to Eddy Street Commons.

We thank Tim for his service and support. His energetic personality has touched many members of our University Relations staff, and he will be missed by all. Please join us in wishing him continued success as he begins an exciting new chapter in his professional career.

OIT has posted the open position on the HR jobs website. This position will remain open until April 24, 2013.

Carleen Quinlan, Director DIS

Rose Michalski, Help Desk Program Manager, DIS

UR Walking on Sunshine

Good Morning Team,

The countdown has begun.  Just 12 hours before the start of the 2013 ND Relay for Life.  Thanks to all of you, UR Walking on Sunshine is still the #1 fund-raising team on campus, but we are neck-and-neck with the OIT Techies Tacklin’ Cancer team.  So if you haven’t already done so, go on line, make that donation, join our team and help make a difference. http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?fr_id=48414&pg=team&team_id=1338732

I would like to invite all of you to tonight’s event.  Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. with our ND Gameday opening ceremony hosted by Digger Phelps beginning at 6:30 p.m.  It will be a lively, interactive, family-friendly event with something for everyone.  So bring the family, bring your friends and join the fun as we show the spirit Notre Dame is known for…we are the Fighting Irish!!!

Roberta, Team Captain, UR Walking on Sunshine

FREE Breakfast at Relay for Life

Hi all,

I ask that you please promote the Saturday morning breakfast within your departments, groups, and teams.  What a great way to start your Saturday morning!

We specifically added the FREE breakfast in order to encourage more people to register and for more people to stay the night, or come back for closing ceremonies.   We ordered a ton of food, and would love to see it all enjoyed by hungry Relayers!!

Time:   7am-8:30am, Saturday, April 13.

Place:  O’Briens  on 2nd level of Compton Family Ice Arena

Menu:  pancakes, sausage, coffee, and juice

So PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let your friends, family and colleagues know about this great free event.



Dave Dits, CPA, Business Manager, Notre Dame Food Services


We’re #1 – UR Walking on Sunshine leading the way

Hello Team,

Congratulations!!!  With five days still remaining until Relay for Life, UR Walking on Sunshine already has raised over $12,000 in our fight against cancer and is currently the No. 1 fund-raising team on campus. Thank you!!!

However, in the spirit of a friendly competition, OIT’s Techies Tacklin’ Cancer is just a few hundred dollars behind us and their goal is to beat us. Our team has worked tirelessly to achieve our first-place status and it would be great if we were able to walk away from this year’s event having raised more funds and awareness toward this deadly disease than any other team on campus.

Therefore, I would like to challenge everyone on our team (that is everyone reading this email) to raise $50 in 50 hours.  It’s as easy as asking five people to donate $10 each.


I would like to thank everyone for a stellar year and want you to know how proud and honored I am to be walking on sunshine with all of you!

Roberta, Team Captain, UR Walking on Sunshine

…rallying to turn rain into rainbows.


AA’s Events Coordinator Job Posted

The Notre Dame Alumni Association has posted Christa LeeVan’s previous role of Events Coordinator.  This position manages logistics for Reunion and other events and programs in the Notre Dame Alumni Association. It also supervises the student worker program for the Programs Team. The position requires strong interpersonal, organizational, and computer skills. The position interacts regularly with alumni, parents, and friends of the University, students, campus departments, and off-campus vendors.

Please send any references to Stephanie Mola at smola1@nd.edu.



Welcome Sharon Keane, AA’s Director of Professional and Academic Programs

The Alumni Association has filled the position responsible for career services and resources for alumni. The position will also be responsible for the professional dimension of the “Notre Dame network.”

I am pleased to announce the hiring of Sharon Keane ‘84 as the new Director of Professional and Academic Programs effective April 15, 2013. Sharon returns to the University — she had previously spent 11 years in the Mendoza College of Business, all within Notre Dame Executive Education, and most recently had served as director of the unit. In her new role, Sharon will design and execute programming to support alumni in their career transitions and further career and professional interests and aspirations. Please join me in welcoming Sharon back to Notre Dame, we are excited to have her join our team.

Graphic Designer Position Available

Dear Colleagues,

University Communications has posted a Graphic Designer position to the ND jobs site. In this role she/he will be creating the visual appearance of all UC projects as a member of the award winning Print team, and will be responsible for contributing to the brand objectives of the university. While this is role primarily focused on collateral, environmental, and branding—it is also part of an integrated marketing communications group where work in other media may be expected. The best candidate will contribute as a creative thinker in teaming on large scale projects, and integrated marketing communications plans.

We’ll be looking to move swiftly on a hire, so if you know of any viable candidates, please have them apply soon.

Tim Legge

Luminaria for Relay for Life


Relay For Life participants and donors: remember loved ones lost to cancer and honor those battling the disease by dedicating luminaria bags, one for $5 or 3 for $10.

Each luminaria can be personalized with a name, photo, message, or drawing in memory or honor of a friend or loved one who has been affected by cancer.  Luminaria can also be dedicated in support of a Relay participant.   Each luminaria represents a person. They are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, coworkers, and so many others.

Luminaria bags are transformed and illuminated after dark at every local Relay For Life event.  During the Relay For Life Luminaria Ceremony, glow sticks are lit inside of personalized bags to shine a light on the fight against cancer.  The power of this ceremony lies in providing an opportunity for people to share their grief and find hope.

Please contact Ernestine Gardner if you would like to purchase and dedicate Luminaria for this year’s Relay for Life event.

Ernestine J. Gardner, Administrative Assistant                                                                       Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations

o:  574.631.7874                e:  egardne1@nd.edu