Personal Financial Literacy

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May 29, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., or June 26, 1 to 3 p.m.  Register through Endeavor.  Call Jeanne Monsma for information
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New Affiliation Status in Advance

A new affiliation status has been placed into Advance. This new affiliation is “Lapsed”.

The Lapsed status applies to those recognition society members who did not pay the minimum amount required for the respective membership level in the previous calendar year. These donors are not provided Donor Experiences (ex: they do not receive membership cards, discounts, etc.).

If you have any questions regarding this new affiliation, please contact Donor Experience at 1-5198 or

Nussbaum To Receive Sorin Award

In recognition of his years of selfless dedication to Notre Dame, Richard A. Nussbaum II ’74, ’77 J.D. will be awarded the Rev. Edward Frederick Sorin, C.S.C., Award at Reunion later this month. Presented annually to a Notre Dame graduate who has rendered distinguished service to the University, the award is one of the highest honors given out by the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Nussbaum has been a member of the University’s Board of Trustees since 2006. He also has the unique distinction of having served as president of both the Notre Dame Alumni Association and the Notre Dame Monogram Club.

“I have been enormously blessed with opportunities to interact with Notre Dame. I am absolutely convinced most, given the same opportunities, would meet or exceed anything I have done,” Nussbaum said. “I accept this award on behalf of those who serve Notre Dame and its global mission every day in anonymity and without the recognition of an award. Father Sorin would want his name associated with them all.”

Dolly Duffy ’84, executive director of the Alumni Association and associate vice president for University Relations, said the hundreds of hours of volunteer leadership Nussbaum has devoted to the University made him an obvious choice for the Sorin award.

“At the Alumni Association, we’ve gotten a firsthand view of Dick’s boundless energy and passion for Our Lady’s University,” Duffy said.  “But his work with the Alumni Association represents only a fraction of his service to the University. Dick’s incredible level of commitment is an inspiration to all of us who love Notre Dame.”

Nussbaum, who starred on the baseball field for the Irish as an undergraduate, has practiced law in South Bend since earning his law degree. He is a partner at the firm of Sopko, Nussbaum, Inabnit & Kaczmarek. Previously, Nussbaum served as deputy prosecuting attorney for St. Joseph County and city attorney for South Bend. He also worked as special counsel to former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan ’68.

Nussbaum has been married to his wife, Mary Pat SMC ’75, for 38 years. They are the proud parents of three children: Matt ’00, ’04 J.D.; Danny, Holy Cross College ’06; and Kathryn SMC ’07. Dick and Mary Pat also have four grandchildren: Nora, Louie, Bridgy, and Cal.

Nussbaum credited the University and the Notre Dame family with inspiring him to spend so much of his time giving back to his alma mater.

“I am no different than most alums. We come to Notre Dame open to service,” Nussbaum said. “The University, Holy Cross, our fellow students and alums, and of course Our Lady open our eyes to the needs to serve.  We feed off each other and celebrate being part of the mission to be a force for good in the world.”


By Kevin Brennan ’07
Notre Dame Alumni Association

Welcome to the World, Louisa Joy Higgenbotham

Please join me in congratulating Lauren Dunbar and her husband, Josh, on the birth of their daughter, Louisa Joy Higgenbotham, She was born on May 1, 2014, at 5:35 a.m.,    Louisa Joyweighs 7lbs. 5 oz. and is 20” long.  All are doing well.
Mark Karim Naman ’95, ‘96
Director, Interest Groups | Proud to Be ND

Stephanie Mead Returns to Development

Dear colleagues:

I am happy to announce that Stephanie Mead has accepted my offer to return to the Development Department as the assistant director of events operations. Her name may sound familiar to many of you, as Stephanie served as my administrative assistant in Stewardship Programs for several years before transferring to the Snite Museum of Art, where she served as their staff accountant for the last two years, where she managed over 40 budget lines. Stephanie will utilize her accounting degree from Indiana University in her new role as well. In addition to managing the special events budgets, she will also be responsible for hotel management, events software, event planning and execution efficiencies, and the implementation of best practices.

Stephanie starts May 19; she will report directly to me, and will reside at Eddy Street Commons. The mother of three, Stephanie and her husband Todd live in South Bend, where they are active parishioners at Holy Cross Church. Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Stephanie back to Development!

Warm regards,


Katherine Lane, MSA ‘00,  Senior Director, Special Events and Stewardship

Phone Rosters Now on UR Site


To find updated Development and UR phone rosters on our UR site, open Staff Directory then Development or University Relations Phone Roster. To print, just click on the ellipses (. . . ) upper right for dropdown and select Printable Version; right click to Print.

Congratulations and Farewell to Ben Lemery

Hello everyone,

I am sad to announce that Ben Lemery will be leaving the Alumni Association – his last day will be Friday, May 16th. I am glad to report Ben has an excellent opportunity with the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan where he will be working with their regional alumni clubs.

Ben has done an outstanding job supporting the NDSA and diversity groups as well as our young alumni and student programs area.  Over the last three years he has built very good relationships with many of our volunteer leaders and was also instrumental in exceeding our Study Break and Care Packages goals for FY 2014.

Please join me in congratulating Ben and wishing him well with this exciting opportunity.


Mike Brown , Assistant Director, Alumni Groups

Welcome Matt Klawitter to Campaign Administration


I am pleased to announce that Matt Klawitter will assume the new role of Campaign Program Director, effective Monday, May 12, 2014.

As part of the Campaign Administration team, Matt will work closely with Julia Sama, Heather Hakanen, and me on nearly all aspects of the Boldly Notre Dame campaign – packaging campaign priorities, strategizing both internal and external campaign-related communications, and creating high impact events (in collaboration with our donor engagement team). Matt will serve as the key architect and project manager for a number of key campaign engagement activities, including the Campaign Inaugural which launches the public phase of the campaign, the regional events hosted throughout the public phase and the creation of the faculty/staff internal campaign (in partnership with our Annual Giving team).  In addition, Matt will research, create and oversee any campaign matching programs we deploy during the campaign.

Matt brings an aptitude for building teams and developing engagement strategies. Prior to this new role, Matt served as Director of Digital Communications for Northwestern’s Alumni Relations and Development Department, and Executive Director, Digital, at Washington University in St. Louis.

As a longtime resident of South Bend and former Notre Dame employee, Matt knows the Notre Dame culture and community very well. He served as Director of the Notre Dame Web Group from 2003 to 2008, working closely with our development team on the Spirit of Notre Dame campaign public phase communications strategy and website.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts in Germanic Studies with a minor in Sociology from Indiana University.

I owe special thanks to the UR Recruiting team and the search committee for their support and insights during this hiring process.

Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Matt, his wife Erin ’01, and their daughter, Zoe, back to the South Bend community, and into this important new role.

Shannon Cullinan

Welcome Elizabeth Hasse to Information Strategy

Dear Colleagues –

I am delighted to share that Elizabeth Hasse has accepted the Consultant position within Information Strategy effective May 19th. Elizabeth has been a Notre Dame employee since September of 2009.  She joins Development from Notre Dame’s Office of Research where she served as the Assistant Director of Research Business Intelligence.  Prior to joining Notre Dame, Elizabeth held positions of increasing responsibility in Decision Support and Analytics in the healthcare industry.

Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Indiana University, and is a Certified Public Account (inactive status).  She has a broad working knowledge of business intelligence, business analysis, reporting, data warehouses, and query tools and brings excellent customer relationship skills to her new position.

Elizabeth and her husband Jim live in South Bend.  They have two children, Augusta and Tom, who both live and work in Indianapolis. Please join me in welcoming Elizabeth to the Information Strategy team.

Warm regards,

Cheryl Rimes, Director, Information Strategy