Innovation Park Tour for all UR Employees

Everyone is invited to join a tour of the creative environment and exciting work underway by 25 or more young companies at Innovation Park on September 17th, 11 a.m. Be inspired by the dedicated and passionate entrepreneurs, many of whom are faculty or students at Notre Dame, as they endeavor to transform their ideas into marketable innovations as a force for good. If you wish to learn more about the Park before the tour, please check out the Park’s website: You must RSVP to Gretchen Neely to attend this tour.

Welcome Jessica Juday, Administrative Assistant

Please join us in welcoming Jessica Juday to the Midwest Regional Development team!  Jessica will be joining us as an Administrative Assistant on September 3rd.

Jessica graduated with a degree in Mathematics from Rhode Island College in 2011.  She was employed at Pawtucket Credit Union in Pawtucket, Rhode Island until just recently when she relocated to the South Bend area with her fiancé, Michael Witous.  Michael is from the South Bend area and is beginning his senior year at Holy Cross College.  Michael and Jessica are getting married on July 13, 2014.

Jessica is also self-employed as a private mathematics tutor and worked in several other customer service positions during college to finance her education. 

Jessica’s former employers described Jessica as a self-starter, a fast learner and a great teammate.  Jessica also has considerable computer skills that we hope to put to good use for the benefit of Notre Dame.

In her spare time, Jessica likes to watch movies, meet new people and be involved with the Little People of America organization.  She is looking forward to meeting all of you in the weeks ahead. Please stop by and welcome Jessica!

Janet Jessup and Danny Nussbaum

Baby Alert!

Welcome Callan Patrick Nussbaum!

Cal was born at 12:35 a.m. on Tuesday, August 25, 2013.

Congratulations to Midwest Regional fundraiser Danny and spouse Amy on the new member of the team.


Augie Freda to transition to Director of Information Governance

Dear colleagues,


It is my pleasure to announce that effective September 1, Augie Freda will be transitioning to a new role as Director of Information Governance for University Relations. In this role, Augie will continue reporting to me and outline guidelines as they relate to the effective and strategic use of Notre Dame biographical data in alumni, parent, and friend engagement.  In addition, Augie will retain the role and responsibility of the University Relations Data Steward.  Working closely with Donor Services, Annual Giving, the NDAA, and DIS, Augie will work to ensure the completeness of biographical data such as field of work, email addresses, and phone numbers, as well as the division’s adherence to information governance guidelines and best practices as we explore data means across the university. In this role, Augie will serve as the liaison to OIT, Controller’s Group, and AAS as their processes relate to information governance.


Along with Brad Goff, Augie will co chair the division’s newly formed University Relations Data Governance Committee, with a particular focus on data definitions and how they may interface with data across campus.  Augie will transition to Grace Hall where he will focus efforts on the Enterprise Information Management Project led by Annual Giving and a Data Integrity project in partnership with Donor Services.


For over a decade, Augie has effectively led the Department of Research. Prior to this role, Augie served as Director of Corporate Relations. Augie is a loyal son of Notre Dame, and received the Presidential Award for Leadership two years ago.


Please join me in congratulating Augie on this new role!




Welcome Michael Seeley, Central Regional Development

I am happy to announce that Michael Seeley has accepted the position of Associate Regional Director for Central Regional Development effective August 26, 2013.

Mike received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in May of 2000.  In August of 2011, he received his Master of Science in Education from Indiana University.

Mike has spent the last thirteen years in the Notre Dame Admissions Office recruiting prospective students in the role as counselor and most recently associate director.

Mike is married to Erin (class of 2004) and they have three sons – Eamon (7), Owen (5), and Patrick (2).

Please join me in welcoming Mike to the Central Region team!

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon

Senior Director of Development, Central Region


Geno Acosta, International Alumni Relations Program Manager

I am pleased to announce Eugenio Acosta will be joining the Alumni Association as our International Alumni Relations Program Manager. His first day in the office will be Friday, August 30th.

Geno graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering and received his MBA from California State University Long Beach in 2007. As an undergraduate student he participated in Notre Dame summer service projects in West Virginia and Tijuana, Mexico as well as World Youth Day in Rome in 2000.

Prior to joining the Alumni Association Geno worked as a Senior Engineer and Project Manager for McCarthy Building Companies for the last 12 years.  He led team members on a number of major projects including Children’s Hospital in Orange County, LA Airport International Terminal Renovation and the LA County replacement hospital. He also served as McCarthy’s training coordinator for all of southern California.

Geno and his wife Isabel are both originally from Quito, Ecuador and have two children: Helena (4) and Rafael (2).

Please join me in welcoming Geno to our team.



Mike Brown
Assistant Director, Alumni Groups
Notre Dame Alumni Association

Building a Culture of Accountability

HR is offering a workshop that will help you assess whether you are fostering a culture of accountability in the ways in which you clarify work expectations by defining expected results, provide consistent feedback and generate individual commitment to your staff’s work.  You will learn tips and techniques for establishing clear standards, delivering effective feedback and overcoming the “blame game” that attempts to avoid accountability.  Audience:  Supervisors and managers.  Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 1-4 p.m.  Sign up through Endeavor.  Please contact Jeanne Monsma for any questions.

Announcement regarding Brad O’Halloran

Dear team,

I write to inform you that Brad O’Halloran is no longer with the University of Notre Dame.  We will be sending a notification to University benefactors that have previously worked with Brad, indicating that Jeff Fersch can assist with any immediate inquiries or needs.

My best,

Mike Sullivan

Thank you from Jen Binder

Dear UR colleagues,

I just wanted to say thank you again for making my time here at the University such a fun, upbeat and positive experience. I have grown so much professionally, as well as personally, and am humbled to have worked with such an amazing group of people. I wish you and the whole University Relations team nothing but success and best wishes for the campaign and beyond!

Contact Janet Jessup if you would like to get my personal email.

All best. Go Irish!



Jen Binder
Midwest Regional Development

New stewardship tool for the Libraries

Dear UR Colleagues:

I am excited to share an update about a great new recognition and marketing tool for the Hesburgh Libraries. Thanks to the partnership of University Communications, Stewardship and the Hesburgh Library staff, we have a new website, which both recognizes benefactors who have created library collections, and shares the impact of these funds. It can be found at Our hope is that in addition to stewarding current library donors, this site will assist fundraisers in securing gifts in the future. Diane Parr Walker is sharing the site with benefactors this week. A special thanks and congratulations goes to Sara Kassen, Kris Machalleck and Erin Bess, who made this possible. Note that we also maintain a site for named professorships and directorships at


Warm regards,


Katherine Lane

Director for Stewardship Programs

Katherine Lane, MSA ‘00

Director of Stewardship Programs

Department of Development