UR Walking on Sunshine Auction

Good Morning Friends,

The UR Walking on Sunshine mobile auction bidding opens at 8:00 a.m. today and closes at 12:00 noon tomorrow.  There are over 135 items to bid on ranging from handmade items to autographed memorabilia.  You can bid from your home, work or play using your computer, phone or tablet.  So, spread the word and don’t be left out of this exciting fundraising event.  Visit the website at http://sunshine.myab.co to begin your bidding.

Notre Dame’s Relay for Life event will be held on March 28-29 at the Compton Family Ice arena.  Preregistration is highly recommended to avoid night of crowds and easy check-in. Register with our UR Walking on Sunshine team at:


Check out our Notre Dame Relay for Life website for up-to-date information and day-of details at http://relay.nd.edu

UR Walking on Sunshine committee

rallying to turn rain into rainbows



2014 Scholarship Fellowship Recognition Weekend

On Thursday, February 27 at 8:30 a.m., Stewardship will be hosting an informational session regarding the 2014 Scholarship Fellowship Recognition Weekend, which is scheduled for March 28th and 29th. Please join us in the Family Room for information regarding schedule of events, program details, RSVP and BOX instructions, seating requests,  and of course, coffee, bagels, and fun!

Libby Schleiffarth, Senior Associate Director of Stewardship

UR Walking On Sunshine Auction



The UR Walking on Sunshine online auction is next week and we have some exciting news to share with you.  We have partnered with AuctionsByCellular and we now have the capability of mobile bidding using your smartphone, computer or tablet allowing you to bid from anywhere and receive instant notifications once you have been outbid, all in real time.  You can even set up automatic bids.  There is nothing to download.  All you need to do is register at http://sunshine.myab.co .  We encourage you to preregister so you are ready to start bidding at 8:00 a.m. next Wednesday.  So, Tweet, text and Facebook your friends, colleagues and family to spread the word and help raise funds for our team.  All proceeds benefit Notre Dame’s Relay for Life and our fight to eliminate cancer and celebrate more birthdays.  Directions on how to register are below.  Roberta (1-8696) and Libby (1-1099) are happy to answer any questions you have related to this new process.

Let the bidding begin!

UR Walking on Sunshine committee

rallying to turn rain into rainbows

UR walking on Sunshine




Farewell to Melody Weiss

Dear Colleagues,

After an incredibly successful career with Notre Dame, Melody Weiss has decided this is the time for her to retire from the University.  As all of you likely know, Melody has been an integral part of the planned giving team for almost 10 years.  Her entire career at Notre Dame has been with the Office of Gift Planning and she’s not only seen significant growth and success in the office—she’s caused much of it.

Though the exact timing has not been finalized for her departure, Melody looks forward to spending more time with her husband, Rick, their children, grandchildren and friends.  Knowing Rick and her, I’m sure they already have trips planned given their love of travel!

While her positive traits are many, her incredible work ethic, follow through, focus and determination helped lead our group to new levels of success in our marketing efforts and stewardship of our Badin Guild members.  She has always been the consummate team player, filling any role asked of her to her best ability.  The team has come to rely on her in many ways but it’s not only our team that will miss her dearly—our donors will miss her too.  Over the last several years, Melody has become the face at Badin Guild weekend to many of our donors and the voice over the phone at other times that has so professionally and personally represented the University to our donors.  Personally, I will miss Melody’s friendship, our day-to-day interactions and the positive influence and smile she brought to our team each and every day.

On behalf of Notre Dame, we are grateful for Melody’s selfless and dedicated service to our mission.  As a Notre Dame grad, Notre Dame parent and Badin Guild member, Melody will forever be part of this place and her impact on this University will be felt for generations.  Please join me in congratulating Melody in an outstanding career at Notre Dame and wishing her the best in retirement with her husband Rick!

In Notre Dame,



Gregory G. Dugard

Senior Director

Office of Gift Planning

University of Notre Dame

Mary Rattenbury Accepts Position at Snite Museum of Art

It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Mary Rattenbury will be leaving the University Relations team, effective February 7th.

Mary has accepted the position of Coordinator of the Friends Program at the Snite Museum of Art. This represents an exciting opportunity for Mary who has been with the University since 2008, serving in the Athletics External Affairs division, working with both the Rockne Heritage Fund and the Joyce Grants-in-Aid programs. She was promoted to manager of the Rockne Heritage Fund in September of 2010.  In August 2012, the Joyce GIA program was added to her list of management responsibilities.

In her new role, Mary will draw from her Fine Arts degree and years of experience in education, along with her fundraising and stewardship expertise. We are very happy that she will continue to serve Our Lady’s University and we wish her well.

Brian Powell will assume the role of interim leader of the Rockne Heritage Fund.

Kevin Madden, Director, Recognition Societies

UR Walking on Sunshine Announcement

Team UR Walking on Sunshine needs you to…

·         Donate items or services for our online auction which will take place on February 19 & 20. We will be collecting items through next Friday, February 14. Please contact a committee member with any questions or donations.

Jessica Brookshire   1-5829

Giovana Heeter        1-3352

Rachel Hughes          1-1481

Dawn McGrath          1-6369

Libby Mountsier       1-1099

Roberta White          1-8696

Lori Willard              1-2681


·         Bid on our auction items on February 19 & 20! A link to the virtual sight will be sent out prior to the event.

 ·         Join our Relay For Life team at http://relay.nd.edu – select “UR Walking on Sunshine.” You do not have to join us for the relay on March 28th & 29th but we would love the company! 


UR Walking on Sunshine –

Rallying to turn rain into rainbows!


Welcome Holly Happ, New Regional Coordinator

Please join me in welcoming Holly Happ aboard as a new Regional Coordinator.  Holly comes to Notre Dame with a  background in Sales and Marketing, most recently with Papa John’s.  Prior to pizza, she was in advertising sales for radio and television at WNDU.  Holly and her husband, Don, live in South Bend with their two sons, Reece and Tye.  In her spare time, she likes to sky dive, wrangle cattle and drive her children around to all their extracurricular events. (She obviously has a good sense of humor…the driving children around is true).

Please join me in welcoming Holly to our team.

Stu Fortener, Senior Regional Director – West Region

Welcome Brent Henningfeld to Athletics Advancement

It is my pleasure to announce that Brent Henningfeld has been hired as a full-time intern in the Athletics Advancement Department. In the summer of 2007, Brent began working for the University in the Athletics Media Relations Office and has also been an intern in the University’s Sports Camps Department. In his new role, he will work closely with our staff in our day-to-day operations.

A 2007 graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Sport Administration and the Foundations of Business, Brent brings a great deal of knowledge and experience to our team. We are excited to have him on board!

Sara Liebscher, Athletics Advancement

Welcome Jim Cunningham to Annual Giving Programs

I am delighted to announce that James Cunningham is joining the Annual Giving Programs team as the Associate Director, Graduate Business Annual Giving, effective February 3, 2014.  Jim will be responsible for the general management of the Mendoza College of Business’s John Cardinal O’Hara Society (JCOS) and graduate business annual giving including designing, planning, and executing fund-raising programs, marketing communications, volunteer engagement, brand management and the donor experience required to achieve their revenue and participation plans.  This position works closely with the Dean, Associate Deans, Alumni Relations Manager, and broader teams to plan and achieve the goals for JCOS and MCOB annual giving.

Jim is relocating from Elmhurst, IL, where he was an Annual Giving Officer at Elmhurst College, managing the leadership annual giving society program.  He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from Saint Xavier University and his MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

Please join me in welcoming Jim.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Kevin Madden ’90, ‘94, Director of Recognition Societies