Athletics Advancement Fundraiser Assignments

It is with tremendous pride and excitement that I formally announce the Athletics Advancement regional fundraiser assignments effective as of Monday, June 1st.

East – Mike Brown

Midwest – George West

West – Craig Horvath

Please join me in congratulating our fundraisers in their new roles.  I am confident they will provide a partnership for our regional fundraising team with Athletics like never before at Notre Dame, while also carrying a portfolio of primary prospects.

A more detailed description of our office structure and individual responsibilities will be forthcoming, but please know that I will be the liaison for the Principal Gifts team.  Thanks for your patience as we worked through this hiring process.

Go Irish!

Sara Liebscher


Welcome Mike Brown!

It gives me great pleasure to introduce, Mike Brown (no, not our friend currently working in the Alumni Association), as our third regional Athletics fundraiser.  Mike will be joining the Athletics Advancement team this coming Monday, June 1st, and will be covering the East region.

A Milwaukee native, Mike graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in Management Information Systems.  While at Notre Dame, Mike was involved in numerous extracurricular activities, but none that garnered more attention than when he was named the first ever African-American mascot/Leprechaun.

Mike also has a master’s degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University and is joining us after spending 19 years with Fidelity Information Services (FIS), a Fortune 500 company.  He began at FIS as an intern for five summers, then moved on to a web developer role for six years and finally took a leap of faith to enter the world of sales.  He ends his eight-year sales career at FIS having put together a successful track record of consistently being a top sales performer and driving leading results.

Since his departure from campus, Mike has served the University as a Director on the Monogram Club Board from 2010-2013 and as a Young Alumni Director on the Alumni Association Board from 2005-2008.  He loves ALL Notre Dame Athletics, especially cheerleading, making him a perfect fit for his new role in Athletics Advancement.

Michael and his wife, Jaymie (’02, MSA ’03), currently reside in Chicago and will be relocating to the South Bend area with this new position.  Please join me in welcoming Mike back to campus.


Sara Liebscher

Deadlines with the University’s Fiscal Year Close

Dear Colleagues,

As we approach fiscal year-end, I want to make sure you are aware of some key deadlines associated with the University’s fiscal year close.  The full closing schedule is available for your review on the Controller’s website

  • June 8 – buyND purchase requisitions greater than $25k must be submitted to Procurement Services
  • June 19 – buyND purchase requisitions greater than $5k, but less than $25k must be submitted
  • June 25 – Cut-off for FedEx Office charges for FY15.  Charges after June 25th will post to FY 16
  • June 30 – Last day to process buyND catalog requisition and purchase orders under $5,000 in FY 15.
  • June 30 – All deposits (non-gift) made on or before June 30th will automatically be credited to FY 15
  • July 1 – buyND purchase orders will be placed with new year funds
  • July 1 – Deposits (non-gift) made between July 1st and July 8th should be clearly marked FY15 or FY16
  • July 2 – Check Requisitions related to FY 15 must be submitted to Accounts Payable by 5 PM.
  • July 2 – travelND expense reports for FY 15 must be submitted and approved by 5 PM
  • July 2 – buyND “receipts” for FY15 must be entered by departments by 5PM
  • July 2 – procard statement reports for FY15 must be submitted and approved by 5PM
  • July 8 – General Ledger Closes
  • July 9 – GLez reflects activity for fiscal year-end


Please let me know if you have any questions.


Mary Ellen Koepfle

Congratulations: Jon Hannah Selected for Fulbright Program

JON HANNAH, foundation relations, has been selected to participate in the Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Educationin Germany in October 2015.

The seminar explores the system of German higher education and includes campus visits and cultural events around Germany. Funded by the Fulbright Commission, these seminars are part of the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program and are designed to assist administrators at U.S. institutions to create empowering connections with the societal, cultural, and higher education systems of other countries.

Please join me in congratulating Jon on being selected for this highly-competitive award.

Rudy Reyes Jr.

Road to Discovery

Please join the College of Science and Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley in welcoming the Road to Discovery to Notre Dame!

Jordan Hall of Science Galleria 
Thursday, June 4
6:308:30 pm

Enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres with the Notre Dame family and learn about this cross-country bike ride and Notre Dame’s role in fighting Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) from Greg Crawford, dean of the College of Science, Coach Ara Parseghian, and Cindy Parseghian, president of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

Be sure to bid on great silent auction items, including signed Coach Ara Parseghian memorabilia. All silent auction proceeds will benefit rare disease research at Notre Dame.

This is a family-friendly event, and complimentary food and beverages will be provided. Please RSVP so we can best prepare for refreshments; however, walk-ins are welcome.


For additional info:

or contact Sean Kassen at or 574-631-4689

Learn more about the Road to Discovery:



Thank You

Dear Development Team,

As I prepare to leave on my cross-country bike ride and transition into my new role for the University of Notre Dame out West, I have taken the opportunity to do a lot of reflecting on the past. I wanted to send along a note of thanks to everyone who worked hard and supported the College of Science over these past seven years. We have engaged in the mission of the University through service and by applying science to human health.

You have played a key role with us every step of the way—through fundraising to support our work in cancer, rare diseases, stem cell, drug discovery, nuclear physics, mathematics, and the list goes on and on. So many of you have helped promote our events, been great partners in stewardship, and were great traveling companions when we went on donor visits. You have supported the bike ride through fundraising (even rode with me on occasion), attended our spin-a-thons and luncheons, and even toured a zebrasfish facility. You have been a wonderful partner in all of our initiatives. You have participated in everything we were trying to accomplish, even some of our more half-baked ideas.

Thank you for your partnerships, your friendships, your camaraderie, and most of all your virtuous style of engaging the mission with us—your confidence in our vision, your courage to join with us on bold initiatives, your passion to share in our enthusiasm for the work. It has been quite a ride, figuratively and literally.

I am deeply indebted to you and admire all that you do.

Yours in Notre Dame,

Greg Crawford

Sandy Schiele

We are saddened to announce the passing of Sandy Schiele on Monday, May 18th. Sandy retired in 2011 following a 24 year career at Notre Dame in Donor Services and Alumni Files. Visitation for Sandy will be Thursday, May 21st from 5-8 pm at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 10776 McKinley Hwy, Osceola. Internment will be at a later date. Please keep Sandy and her family in your prayers.

Carolyn Hardman

SB 150

South Bend 150 Birthday celebration begins this Friday evening with lighting of the St Joseph River, a permanent public display followed by fireworks.

Exciting activities will be taking place all weekend, hot air balloon and helicopter rides, taste of Suoth Bend vendors, concerts and more, please use this link to get details.
Come out and support downtown South Bend!
Jeanine Dziak

Congratulations to Colleen McQuillan and Director, Prospect Management

Dear team,
As mentioned at the recent quarterly all-staff meeting, it is with very mixed emotions that I announce Colleen McQuillan will be leaving the University this July to pursue her MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  Please join me in thanking Colleen for her unprecedented contributions to our team the past four years.  I am grateful for her leadership, vision for strategic prospect management, and friendship.  We will bid her a proper farewell in July, but wanted to ensure you had this information so that you could congratulate her on the new opportunity at Wharton!
Moreover, the position for Director, Prospect Management is now posted on the ND Jobs site.  Please let me know if you have any interest in discussing the position, and encourage any qualified candidates to apply.
All my best,


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