Developmental Dialogues

Managers and supervisors have many responsibilities. One very important, and growing, responsibility is employee development. This program will provide assistance as you plan for the 2014-2015 performance management cycle. It will focus on Notre Dame’s Developmental Philosophy, and provide examples on how to conduct effective developmental discussions. There will also be a discussion of roles and responsibilities, information regarding the career development process, a review of “best practices,” the most effective development methods, and on/off campus resources. In this informal setting, managers and supervisors will be encouraged to ask questions and share experiences.  Tuesday, July 15th, 2:30-4 p.m., Register through Endeavor.  Please contact Jeanne Monsma for any questions or assistance with registering, ext. 8963.

Reunion 2014

More than 3,300 alumni, family, and friends are returning to campus this week for Reunion. Please help us welcome them back home.
Thursday through Sunday, May 29 through June 1

 Documentary Screening:  “88 and 1”

The Alumni Association is offering free admission to one of the marquee events of Reunion weekend. The documentary chronicles the Notre Dame’s basketball team’s legendary upset of UCLA in 1974.  After the movie, former head basketball coach Digger Phelps and Ted Mandell, the co-director of the film and a faculty member in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre, will take questions from the audience. Please register on myNotreDame if you’d like to attend.
Friday, May 30; 8:30 p.m. in Purcell Pavilion, Joyce Center

Going Google

If you haven’t heard or seen the messages from OIT, we are in fact Going Google next month. To prepare employees and transition them from Microsoft Outlook to Gmail, OIT has done the following.

1. Created a Website with multiple Google training resources (reference guides, videos, etc…)

2. Subscribed to a one year interactive training system for Google Apps called Synergyse. Users will need to download the plugin after receiving access to Gmail on the 17th.

3. Organized training opportunities (the Training schedule is located on the Going Google site and registration is available through Endeavor)

– General overview sessions (Demonstration)
– Hands on instructor led training for general users and delegates

4. Worked with our DIS staff to identify departmental users who will be your Google Guides.

Sara Bogucki
Julie Burnett
Matthew Cook
Carolyn Hardman
Linda Klaybor
Rick Kohler
Jennah Marino
Kristin Trosper
Rita Udvardy
Lin Wang
Brooke Wenzel

And don’t worry…There is life after Outlook just like there was life after Eudora.

If you’ve participated in training, reviewed online materials and still find that you need a comparison between the two systems then follow the link below. You will be directed to a site containing presentations on Gmail and the Google Calendar.
–Linda Klaybor

Communicating with Colleagues and Co-Workers

A new session of this class has just been added for June 2nd. 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.
Monday, June 2, 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. OR 1-4:30 p.m.  Register through Endeavor.  Please call Jeanne Monsma with any questions or for assistance in registering.

Welcome Sean MacCready to the Midwest Region

Please join me in welcoming Sean MacCready as a new Associate Regional Director for the Midwest Region. Sean will be working in our Chicago office beginning June 9, 2014.  Sean comes to Notre Dame after coordinating the leadership gift advancement efforts of one of Chicago’s oldest academic institutions, Saint Ignatius College Prep.

Originally from Pottsville, PA, Sean earned his Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology and Gender Studies at Notre Dame before moving to Chicago and obtaining his Masters of Arts in Curriculum, Instruction, and Educational Planning as part of Loyola University of Chicago’s LU-CHOICE volunteer teaching program. Following three years of teaching junior high English, science, and social studies, Sean created St. Agnes of Bohemia’s alumni and development program while concurrently completing his Masters of Education in Educational Administration through Notre Dame’s Remick Leadership Program in the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). In 2010, Sean transitioned to St. Ignatius College Prep and led the leadership gift efforts at Saint Ignatius with a focus on alumni-driven philanthropy to support a robust tuition assistance program. Sean volunteers with the Notre Dame Club of Chicago’s Non-Profit Networking Committee, serves as the Board Chair of Saint Agnes of Bohemia Catholic Elementary School, is a member of the Auxiliary Board of the Big Shoulders Fund, and serves on the leadership team of Chicago’s ACE Advocates. As a proud Chicagoan of ten years and resident of the Little Italy neighborhood, Sean is excited to return to his alma mater and join Notre Dame’s Chicago-based team.

Michael Sullivan

Jeff Fersch New Major Gifts Officer

I am happy to announce that Jeff Fersch has been promoted to Major Gifts Officer. He will begin this role on July 1, 2014, continuing to work in our Chicago office. Jeff graduated from Notre Dame in 1998 and has been working in the Chicago office since January of 2005 as an administrative assistant.  Triathlon racing is one of his passions and training for a full distance Ironman will be his quest this summer.  When he isn’t standup paddle boarding in Lake Michigan, he can be seen biking from downtown Chicago to campus for the annual football home opener bike ride with other Notre Dame alumni, parents, staff and friends. Please join me in congratulating Jeff!

Mike Sullivan

Aaron Fricke on Leave of Absence

Dear Colleagues:

Please note that Aaron Fricke, Director of Gift Planning, has taken a leave of absence from the University.  We will be hiring another gift planning officer to work in the West (formerly Central region).  The posting for the position will go up very shortly.  In the short term, Patrick Brennan, John Butkovich and I will work to cover the area within the West Region previously covered by Aaron.     If you have any questions, please contact me directly.

Thanks for your continued support of the entire team’s gift planning efforts.


Greg Dugard

Data request form redesigned

The Data request form has been retooled and is now the default page for requests.

Important Changes are as follows

  • It now requires login to use, and will prepopulate your contact information
  • less fields to fill in
  • multiple file upload capability
  • Compatible on all devices – will resize for your phone

You do not need to do anything, the same Link/URL will automatically redirect you to where you need to be. If you experience any difficulty using the new form, there is a link at the top that will allow you to use the older style form if necessary.


Your Information Strategy and Application teams


Farewell to Jim Reeves

It is with mixed emotions that I share the news that Jim Reeves has resigned his position as IT Project Manager within the Applications Development Team. Jim has accepted a position at Defender Direct in Indianapolis, which will allow him and his wife Nicole to be closer to their family.

Jim joined the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and has done an outstanding job supporting our system implementations and integrations. He has worked closely with many of you and built excellent partnerships and will be greatly missed by the team!  Jim’s last day will be Friday, June 6. Please join me in congratulating Jim and wishing him well in his new adventures.

Carleen Quinlan, Director, Strategic Applications & Infrastructure

Natella Micola to Join Regional West Team

It is with great pleasure to announce that Natella Micola will assume the role of Administrative Assistant for Regional Development starting Tuesday, May 27th. Natella will work with Bill Kempf and Luke Conway. Natella was born and raised in Baku, Azeribaijan.   In 1998 her family won a Green Card lottery and one year later moved to Indiana. Natella attended high school, and college in South Bend.  She is now obtaining her Master’s Degree through IUSB. She has been married for 8 years and has two adorable daughters.  Milana (5), will be starting kindergarten in the fall, and Olivia (4) will be attending pre K.    Prior to joining Notre Dame, Natella worked as an Assistant to the local prosecutor and as a Librarian at the St. Joseph County Public Library.  Natella is also a former professional pianist! Please join us in congratulating Natella!

Bill Kempf & Luke Conway, Associate Regional Directors