Welcome William Mitchell to Principal Gifts

Please join me in welcoming William Mitchell to the Principal Gifts team as my Administrative Assistant.  His first day is Monday, March 31, 2014.

William has been working for the University of Notre Dame since 2012 in the Law School assisting with an array of Development activities.  William is a native of South Bend, Indiana, and a graduate of Holy Cross College.

Before joining the University, William was General Manager for his family’s five locally owned businesses.  His responsibilities included marketing, customer service and payroll.  William is recently engaged to his fiancé Courtney, they will be married July 2015 at the Basilica.  William’s hobbies include weight training, rugby and boxing.

Welcome aboard William!

Go Irish!

Michael E. McLaughlin, Senior Director of Development, Principal Gifts

Donor Engagement Announcement

Dear colleagues:

As a result of the OAD, we have now combined the Offices of Special Events and Stewardship Programs into one Donor Engagement team. In February when this was announced, Micki Kidder shared that our organizational chart was a work in progress. I am excited to share that moving forward we will have three director-level roles in Donor Engagement. The first position will be filled by Mary Fisher, who will take full responsibility for impact reporting, among other duties including events management and stewarding principal donors. Mary recently earned her green belt through the Office of Continuous Improvement by completing a refurbishment of our impact reports to donors. Please join me in congratulating Mary on this well-deserved promotion.

The additional two director positions (my former role and that of Libby Schleiffarth’s, due to her retirement) will be posted shortly on jobs.nd.edu. One position will be responsible for the stewardship programs for financial aid (scholarships, graduate fellowships, law fellowships, and MBA fellowships), as well as donor recognitions and dedications. The other will take responsibility for all stewardship programs for the academy (professorships, library collections, centers and institutes, and Endowments for Excellence), as well as manage the presidential and vice presidential acknowledgment process. All positions will partner closely with Regional Development and Principal Gifts to ensure proper stewardship of all leadership donors, and very customized stewardship for principal donors. I look forward to sharing a new organizational structure after we complete these searches.

Warm regards,


Katherine Lane, MSA ‘00, Senior Director, Donor Engagement

Now is the Time- Relay for Life


If you’ve been waiting for the right time to support cancer research – now is the time!

Relay For Life is just one day away and our team “UR Walking on Sunshine” is cruising with just about 5k to go to hit our bold goal of 20K!! We are currently in the # 1 spot and it would be wonderful to finish there on Saturday morning! We are so proud of our team, but we still have a little work left to do. So dig deep (like the lint in your pocket deep) and do what you can to help us finish on top!


  • Participate in the night-of online auction and share the link with your friends. You can view the auction items and register to bid at http://NDRelay.myab.co.


  • Looking for something to do tomorrow night? Bring your family and friends to the Compton Family Ice Arena. Look for us & our team sign in the student section. See the exciting family friendly schedule of events at http://relay.nd.edu.


It is a great honor to be walking on sunshine with all of you!

Roberta White & Giovana Heeter


UR Walking on Sunshine


…rallying to turn rain into rainbows

UR Walking on Sunshine

OPAC and UR are together once again this year as team “UR Walking on Sunshine.” What an amazing job we have done with over 13K raised so far to support cancer research! We have just four days left to hit our 20K goal before the Relay event kicks off on the ice this Friday at 6pm! Here’s what you can do to help us finish this fight!

Register yourself and get others to register too!Walking Sunshine

  • Registering for our team is $10 and is a great way to show your support! If everyone in UR and OPAC were to register, we could easily raise another $3,000.  In turn, if each of us recruited one other person, we could raise another $3,000, and our goal would be within reach.
  • Join our team or make a donation at            http://main.acsevents.org/goto/urwalkingonsunshine

 Participate in the night-of online auction!

  • We have a whole host of great items including Blackhawks tickets and signed memorabilia! You can view the auction items and register to bid at http://NDRelay.myab.co.

Attend the event!

  • If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend Relay for Life in the past, we invite you to do so this year.  You will be moved by the passion and dedication that goes into making this event so successful. There is something for everyone, including live entertainment, children’s activities, a mobile auction, numerous food vendors, celebrity guest speakers and a luminary ceremony to remember our loved ones. It’s a community event so all your family and friends are welcome. Stay an hour or stay all night. Be sure to visit http://relay.nd.edu for all of the exciting event details.

Thank you for your support!  It is an honor to be walking on sunshine with all of you!

Roberta & Giovana, Co-captains, UR Walking on Sunshine

…rallying to turn rain into rainbows

Ann and Rudy Competing at the Center for the Homeless

Please support your fellow colleagues, Ann Amico Moran (JLSB DreamDanceTeam) and Rudy Reyes who will be dancing (Rudy is also singing!) at the Center for the Homeless Miracle Auction on April 4th.  Although the two are competing against one another, they are both raising funds to support The Center and efforts to break the cycle of poverty in our community.  Please vote today!



Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing Spring Mailings

Dear Colleagues,

Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing have been busy developing Spring mailings – here is an update:

On Tuesday, March 4, the Spring mailing to the Athletics Segment was mailed. This included Rockne Heritage Fund Members, those who earned a Monogram, played sports, and parents of student athletes.  For questions please contact Brian Powell.

On Friday, March 14, the Reunion Spring Mailing was mailed. Included in this mailing were alumni who graduated in the years ending in 4 or 9. The main content was a letter from the Reunion Giving Reps to their classmates. For questions on this mailing please contact, Mark Naman, Director of Strategic Marketing

On Friday, March 21, the Annual Giving Spring Mailing will be sent. This mailing is sent to all alumni, parents, and friends who aren’t in one of the other Spring Mailings. This mailing is a folded brochure that hopefully will inspire our constituents through nostalgic images and phrases to make a gift to the University. This piece also includes three stories reflecting the development of relationships at Notre Dame.  A huge thank you to University Communications, Morgan Bullock and Lindahl Wiegand for their vision and creativity on this piece! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Scheduled for Friday, March 28, is the MNA/MSA rollout mailing for MCOB. This piece invites graduate alumni with an MNA or MSA degree to join the John Cardinal O’Hara Society. For questions please contact Jim Cunningham, Director, John Cardinal O’Hara Society.

Scheduled for Friday, April 4, is the Spring mailing to the Law and MBA segments. Included in the Law mailing are alumni with a Law degree, double domers with a law degree, members of the Order of St. Thomas More, and benefactors who give to the Law School. Included in the MBA mailing are alumni with an MBA/EMBA degree, double domers with an MBA degree, members of the John Cardinal O’Hara Society, and benefactors who give to MBA/EMBA programs. For questions please contact Patti McLaughlin, Associate Director, Law School Annual Fund Executive Director, Order of St. Thomas More or Jim Cunningham, Director, John Cardinal O’Hara Society.

In addition, email teasers, chasers, and solicitations are planned to accompany each of mailings.

Thank you,

Amy Schell, Director, Annual Giving Marketing and Operations

Farewell Reception for Lynn Hubert

As was announced earlier in the month, Lynn Hubert will be leaving Notre Dame to join FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) in the role of senior regional director based in Denver, Colorado.  Her last day with the university will be on March 25.

A reception will be held at Brother’s on Friday, March 21st, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Please join us to wish Lynn well, celebrate her time with the university and her friendship to all.

What Does It Mean To Be A Catholic University?

Topic:  What Does It Mean To Be A Catholic University?

Join professors Tim O’Malley, Theology, Patrick Deneen, Political Science, and Fr. Sean McGraw, Political Science, for a complimentary lunch and discussion on Friday, March 21st, at noon at the Oak Room in South Dining Hall

This event is sponsored by: the Office for Undergraduate Studies and the Potenziani Minor in Constitutional Studies

Gratitude from Carol Ernst

I Myself will send an angel before you to guard you as you go and to bring you to the place I have prepared.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ex.  23:20

The past three and a half weeks have been quite a struggle.  However, that struggle has been eased somewhat by all the love and support bestowed upon us in so many ways.

Thank you for your cards, flowers, Masses, prayers and words of solace.

Tony and I thank God for blessing us with Jimmy for 43 years.  He was a joy.   Moments before his death he was anointed, given absolution and received The Apostolic Pardon.  He received all the prayers and blessings the Catholic Church can shower on a dying person.  Tony and I take great comfort in that.

With Loving Gratitude,

Tony & Carol