Sorin Society Impact Report

The Annual Giving Programs team is excited to announce that the 2013 Sorin Society Impact Report is now available on the Proud to Be ND website.

The report was created to thank the more than 8,500 alumni, parents and friends who are members of the Sorin Society.  Sorin Society gifts totaled more than $22 million in fiscal year 2013. The report shares the allocation of donations to the areas of Financial Aid & Student Life, Technology & Communications, Academic Excellence and Strategic Research Investments.

The piece also includes a commemorative timeline celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C., which is quickly approaching on February 6, 2014.

The report was mailed and emailed to all Sorin Society members. Please take a moment to read these stories. If you would like to request a hard copy of this report, please contact the Sorin Donor Experience Team at or call 1-5198.

Stewardship Programs Updates

Dear colleagues:

As we begin 2014, Stewardship Programs has several updates to share:

The FY13 endowment reports are now located in Advance under the allocation screens for each endowed fund. Big thanks are extended to DIS for helping to make this happen!

  • The Stewardship Programs calendar of activities is available and outlines the various partnership opportunities with our unit on a monthly basis.
  • Scholarship Fellowship Recognition Weekend, an event which honors donors who have supported financial aid, will be held March 28-29. We plan to send invitations next week.
  • The financial aid wall in the Eck Center and the Endowments for Excellence Wall in the Main Building will be updated before the Scholarship Fellowship Recognition Weekend.
  • We are attempting to produce all year-end acknowledgments from Fr. John and Lou Nanni as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions regarding these updates, or any other stewardship activity, please contact your regional representative:

  • Midwest: Heather Moriconi
  • West: Beth Ferlic
  • Central: Libby Schleiffarth
  • East: Mary Fisher
  • Gift Planning: Kris Machalleck
  • CFR: Sara Kassen
  • VP Office: Katherine Lane

Warm regards,

Katherine Lane, MSA ‘00, Director of Stewardship Programs


Welcome Mike Connaughton, ARD for the West Region

Please join me in welcoming Mike Connaughton aboard as a new ARD for the West Region. Mike has spent the last twelve years in various sales and marketing roles within the country club development and management industry (spending several years in the LA area), and was most recently the Director of Membership Sales and Marketing at 3 Creek Ranch Golf Club in Jackson Hole, WY.

After having grown up in South Bend, Mike earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Indiana University, Bloomington, and although it has been awhile since he left the area, he is excited to move back “home”.

Please join me in welcoming Mike to our team.

Stu Fortener, Senior Regional Director – West Region

SonnetFest 2014: Call for readers!

Dear Lovers of all things Shakespeare:

We invite you to join us–as a reader or an observer–for SonnetFest 2014; our fifth annual reading of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets in celebration of Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 14, 2014.

In the past four years the event has proved so popular that we are continuing this annual tradition where faculty, staff, students, and members of the community gather together to bring Shakespeare’s beautiful ruminations on love (and so much more) to life in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy from 11am – 3pm on 2/14/14.

We will read the sonnets in sequence and assign specific sonnet requests on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please bear in mind that due to the logistics of the event we must stick to a rather strict timeline (organized by the minute!) in order to stay on schedule.

We are particularly interested in a diverse reading–even if it delves into the unconventional.  In the past we have had readings in Korean, Spanish, Filipino, Italian, Japanese, French, Russian, Parseltongue, Morse code, and even Klingon!  It is wonderful to hear Shakespeare as he is heard in so many different corners of ‘the globe’ (and beyond!).  If you have an idea–ask.  We would enjoy the chance to work with you to make it happen.

As stated, we will schedule the event down to the minute, and certain time slots fill VERY quickly.  Please respond to this message ( at your earliest convenience to ensure that you get your preferred time.

If you would like to participate by reading at the event, please respond with the following info:

1) Name
2) Best contact email address
3) Your schedule restrictions between 11am – 3pm on Friday, 2/14/14
4) Specific sonnet requests (please keep in mind that your availability will dictate if we are able to grant that request)
5) Your affiliation (ie, Students: what is your year and major? Faculty and/or staff: can you please provide your title as you would want it to appear at the event?)
6) Any unconventional requests (ie, reading in a different language, using props and/or costumes,  marriage proposals?!?! The sky is the limit!)

If all goes well–and please understand that coordinating 154 of you is no small feat!–I will be able to issue a reading schedule on Monday, February 10th.  After issuing this schedule we will not be able to modify it, so PLEASE check your calendars and make sure that you are free during your requested time(s).

In the meantime, you can access an online database of the sonnets at:

What fun!  We sincerely hope that you will be able to participate in what has quickly become one of the College of Arts and Letters’ newest traditions!
Scott Jackson, Executive Director, Shakespeare at Notre Dame
230 DeBartolo Performing Arts Center

Welcome Barbara Thompson to UR

I am pleased to announce that Barbara Thompson will join University Relations as Administrative Assistant for 405 Main Building effective January 22, 2014. In this role, Barbara will serve as our primary receptionist and provide administrative support to me and to our team. Barbara brings to Notre Dame a wealth of experience from similar roles at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana where she worked for many years. In her most recent position as Administrative Assistant to the President, Barbara coordinated meetings, special events and general operations of the Office of the President, and served as Secretary to the Board of Trustees. We are excited that Barbara, who recently moved to Granger with her husband, has decided to join Notre Dame in this central role. Please join us in welcoming Barbara to Notre Dame and University Relations.

Best Regards,

Drew Buscareno, Assistant Vice President for University Relations

Jean Gorman to transition to Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

Dear team,

It is with very mixed emotions that I announce Jean Gorman will be retiring from the University of Notre Dame effective March 3rd.  Jean will be moving to Palo Alto, California and joining the staff of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, which serves as the fundraising arm of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Department of Pediatrics.  After a decade serving the mission of Our Lady, Jean’s impact stretches broadly across the Department of Development, School of Architecture, Hesburgh Libraries, Graduate School, Innovation Park, and many others around campus that had the great fortune of working with her.  Shannon and I will soon be in touch with you regarding the transition of Jean’s liaison responsibilities as well as those around gift agreements.

Personally, I will forever be grateful to Jean for her advancement knowledge, commitment to Notre Dame, and friendship.  Please join me in wishing Jean all the best.  She will be greatly missed, but always welcome at her home, Notre Dame.


My best,



Micki Kidder

Associate Vice President and Executive Director of Development

University of Notre Dame

574-631-6526 (office)

574-229-1190 (mobile)


Dome Room at ESC to Close; Action Required

As of Monday, January 20th, the Dome Room at ESC will close as a conference room, to be reconfigured into private office space. If you have a meeting there scheduled after that date, please change it. That room will be taken off Calendars by the end of the month.

It’s a Girl!!!

Dear Colleagues,


I am happy to share the good news from Katherine Cinninger who delivered her third child this afternoon (on my birthday!).  Pictures are coming soon, but here are the important stats:


Her Name: Skye Elaine Cinninger

Her Weight: 7lb./1oz.

Length: 20 inches


Blue eyes and Strawberry Blonde Hair!  Katherine says “she’s perfect”


Congrats to her proud parents – Katherine and Jake and her siblings Townes and Ruby.



Mary Ellen Koepfle


Mary Ellen Koepfle, C.PA.

Director, Finance & Administration

University Relations

University of Notre Dame


(574) 631-9903


UND ’96   SMC ‘78

Welcome Ann Miller

I am excited to announce Ann Miller will be joining the NDAA effective January 13, 2014 as an Administrative Assistance – focused on working with our ND clubs.

Ann joins us from the Student Activities Office where she worked as an office assistant. Ann is a graduate of the University of Kansas where she received a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Communications and Peace Studies. After graduation she interned with a small publishing house in Kansas before moving to South Bend.

Ann enjoys running, biking, cooking and gardening – she volunteers with the South Bend Community Gardeners.

Please join me in welcoming Ann to our team.

Thank you,


Mike Brown

Assistant Director, Alumni Groups


Prayer Service to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Prayer Service to Honor the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. invites all students, faculty, staff and their families to participate in a prayer service to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Main Building Rotunda. A reception will immediately follow.

Bridget Keating

Assistant Director, Office of the President