Relay for Life Massages- on Eddy Street

Relay for Life Massages are back on Eddy Street!


We still have some times available tomorrow afternoon,  if you would like to take advantage of a massage over on Eddy Street Commons!  $10 donations going towards the Relay for Life Fundraiser… Please see below for available times:





2:15 – 2:25




Kind regards,

Noell Stohler

University of Notre Dame, Department of Development

Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300

South Bend, IN 46617-1403


Poinsettia Sale- UR Walking on Sunshine

Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a beautiful poinsettia plant!

Decorate your home or office by purchasing a poinsettia plant to enjoy yourself or give as a gift AND support a great causecancer research! Our very own UR Walking on Sunshine team is partnering with Varner’s Greenhouse & Nursery in Niles to raise money for Relay for Life.

For sizes, cost and to purchase your poinsettias online please go to and click on poinsettias. Credit card and FOAPAL purchases are accepted. Red poinsettias will be available for pick-up on campus December 4th. You may also elect to receive a voucher for pick-up at Varner’s.

Thank you for your support!

UR Walking on Sunshine CommitteeQuestions? Contact Giovana Heeter @ 1-3352



Sacred Music Recital Invitation

I wanted to extend an invitation to all of you to come to my husband’s first Doctorate of Musical Arts degree recital.  The recital is Sunday, December 8th at 4:00pm in the Main Building on the 2nd floor.  This is the first of three recitals Caleb needs to give for his degree, so if you can’t make it to this one – no worries!  I will definitely be sending out information on the next two as they are scheduled.  He’ll be doing one recital per academic year.

 About the Performance:

(Estimated length: 1 hour)

This performance is attached to a class on liturgical prayer, by which the members of the class have spent a semester examining and entering into many traditions of prayer.  This examination places us in the musical tradition of Mexico City Cathedral in the 1760’s.  At the center of this performance is a partial reconstruction of Matins (night prayer) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception which was set to music in its entirety by Ignacio de Jerusalem, the music director of the Cathedral from 1750-1769.  Also featured in this performance are works by two earlier Cathedral music directors: Manuel Zumaya and Hernando Franco.  In music tradition of Mexico City Cathedral is, in many ways, the amalgamation of Spanish and Native Mexican influences.  The use of vernacular (both native Nahuatl and Spanish), the adaptation of Renaissance composition techniques with traditional folk music, the presence of opera arias within Latin liturgical music, and the novel use of the baroque orchestra to include folk instruments are but a few of the elements part and parcel to this musical tradition.  The rich musical tradition of Mexico City would, in turn, be highly influential on the musical life of the California Missions and on the musical infrastructure of the American West Coast.

If you enjoyed the Sacred Music presentation at the  UR Summit, you’ll definitely enjoy this performance.  If you have any questions, please let me know.


Brooke Wenzel

Administrative Assistant

Office of Gift Planning

Robinson Learning Center- Holiday Gift Auction

Dear Colleagues,

Yes it’s that time of year to start or finish up your Christmas shopping.  The RCLC Holiday Gift Auction is a wonderful way to get some wonderful gifts for your family, friends and even yourself.  The event is being held Saturday, December 7th at 4pm – 6pm, here at the Robinson Community Learning Center on the corner of Howard and Eddy Street.  Tickets to enter the event is only $5.  All ticket stubs will be put into a raffle for prizes like:  free Burger King meal, RCLC water mugs, ND t-shirts, etc.

The Holiday Gift Auction is a fundraiser for the RCLC Youth Development Programs.  Money raised at this event goes to support our Teen Leadership Retreat, college visits and our My America Trip which will be to Washington, DC this year.  Please come support a wonderful program and leave with great gifts for everyone.  For more information and other ways to support this event, please contact Velshonna Luckey at 574-631-3312 or by email at



Velshonna Luckey

Youth Development Program Director

Robinson Community Learning Center

University of Notre Dame

921 N. Eddy St.

South Bend, IN 46617

Changing Lives and Our Community One Relationship at a Time


ND Grateful for Veterans


On this Veteran’s Day, we are mindful of the countless sacrifices that have been made to ensure our liberty and we would like to thank all veterans for their service. We are especially proud of our Notre Dame family members who have served this country.

We know that you live and work among heroes every day. We have shared some photos of our heroes and colleagues who live God, Country, Notre Dame. Please share photos and stories of your heroes.

Let’s spend this day in gratitude and celebration for all those who have given so much for  us.

Enjoy this special Notre Dame moment

(Note: Best Experienced at Full Volume.)

Kesha Walker Farewell and Congratulations!

It is with mixed emotions I announce Kesha Walker is leaving the NDAA  – she has accepted a position as an Account Manager within University Communications. In her new role she will be managing print, web and multimedia projects from initial conception through delivery and invoicing. 

Over the past two years Kesha has done a terrific job supporting our clubs on a day to day basis as well helping streamline the UND Celebrations process and Club Football Ticket allotment. Kesha has built great relationships with many of our club leaders and always provides excellent customer service. We will miss her friendly and warm demeanor and I want to thank her for her many contributions and her willingness to take on any project or assignment.

Please join me in congratulating Kesha and wishing her the best in this new exciting role for her. Kesha’s last day in the office will be Friday, November 15, 2013.

Mike Brown
Assistant Director, Alumni Groups
Notre Dame Alumni Association

Farewell to George Duke

As we begin the Boldly Notre Dame Campaign, it is with a heavy heart that I tell you we will be saying a fond farewell to an outstanding fundraiser and a loyal Notre Dame son.  George Duke will be leaving the University of Notre Dame Development team effective 11/15/13.  For over 21 years, George has set a high standard of excellence in engaging individuals and he has helped many members of the Notre Dame family find opportunities to share their time, talent and treasure with the University in order to help Notre Dame achieve its mission.  George will be joining Emmanuel College in Boston as VP of Alumni Relations and Development.  It is an incredible opportunity for George right in his back yard of Boston.

George began his career with Notre Dame in Corporate Relations in 1992.  He then made the move over to Regional Development choosing the Boston area as his home base in order to build out his own territory for Notre Dame.  He will leave an unparalleled legacy of production and engagement in the New England area.  His reputation with his donors is impeccable.  As a student, an alumnus, a ND parent and an associate, George Duke has always been a Notre Dame man and, I have no doubt, he will face this next chapter with the style and passion that has served Our Lady’s University so well.  Please join me in congratulating George on his new endeavor and thank him for his service to Notre Dame.

In Notre Dame,

Michael McLaughlin

Communicating With Colleagues and Co-Workers

Your success in a collegial environment such as a university setting depends on your ability to build and maintain good relationships with people you work most closely with – your peers and co-workers.  To paraphrase a useful Dr. Phil question:  “How easy are you to work with?”   You are in charge of the type of relationships you develop with others and the quality of those relationships depends largely on how you communicate.   In this workshop, you will learn tips to help you:
• Gain control of your communication style with techniques that build trust, credibility and cooperation.
• Take control of situations that sabotage communication effectiveness.
• Develop new assertiveness and conflict resolution skills to defuse and de-stress confrontation.
• Use easy-to-remember responses and formulas that take the trauma out of sensitive conversations with colleagues and put the positive outcome in.
• Put an end to misunderstandings and miscommunications that create discomfort within the team.
• Know how to deliver bad news, no’s and sorry’s with empathy and tact.
• Be a person who is easy to work with while standing up for your ideas and opinions.

March 12, 2014, Register through Endeavor.  Contact Jeanne Monsma with any questions.


Welcome, Jonathan Retartha, Assistant Director Young & Next Generation Alumni

Please join me in welcoming Jonathan Retartha to the Annual Giving Programs team as Assistant Director of Young & Next Generation Alumni.  Jonathan will coordinate marketing efforts to our undergraduate alumni that are 1-20 years post-graduation.  He will focus on applying the right message, medium and moment to drive participation and revenue.

Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Film/TV from Notre Dame, a Master of Arts in New Media from NYU’s Tisch School of Arts, and then an MBA from Notre Dame.  Most recently, he served as Business Development Associate at Fox News Channel/Fox Business Network.  At Fox, he managed 20+ mobile products, managed analytics implementation and reporting, and built and implemented strategic business plans for new digital initiatives.  Jonathan also worked at Starlite Media and Clifford/Bratskeir Public Relations.

Jonathan and his wife, Amanda, have relocated from New York, New York.  Jonathan will officially join the team on Monday November 4th.

Mark Karim Naman ’95, ‘96
Director, Interest Groups | Proud to Be ND

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