CASE Award Recognition

Dear Colleagues,

University Relations is the recipient of four 2015 CASE Circle of Excellence Awards:

Gold Award:

External Audience Newsletter, Digital (Echoes)

Silver Award:

Best Special Event, Single Day (Notre Dame Day)

Bronze Awards:

Best Use of Social Media, Fundraising (Proud to Be ND Virtual Run & Walk)
Best Communications Program Improvement (NDAA)

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,600 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in more than 80 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of alumni relations, communications, educational fundraising and marketing.

Congratulations to the entire team!

Jonathan Retartha

Barb Patnaude Retirement

Please join me in extending best wishes to Barb Patnaude, who is retiring from the University on July 15, 2015.  Barb started at Notre Dame in the year 2000 and has been a valuable member of the Donor Services team where she has worked in Alumni Files and the Lettershop.  Barb is the resident expert in John Affleck-Graves acknowledgement letters and tax receipts, and during her tenure she has been an important part of the exponential improvements and automation of processes in the Lettershop.

Barb will be remembered for her dedication and strong work ethic; her positive attitude has undeniably helped make Donor Services a pleasant place to work.  In addition, she has been a friend to all with her thoughtfulness and quiet encouragement.

Barb looks forward to traveling and spending more time with friends and family, especially visits with her two granddaughters who live in California. We will definitely miss Barb, but a well-deserved respite for her.  Congratulations Barb and Terry!

A job posting for the position of Lettershop Coordinator will be available in the near future.

Sharon Rankert

New Dean of the College of Science – Mary Galvin

A Message from Sean Kassen

Dear Development Colleagues,

This afternoon a press release will be posted on announcing the hiring of the new College of Science Dean.

I am excited to announce the hiring of Mary Galvin who is coming from the National Science Foundation and has spent most of her career in government and industry, though she did spend approximately a decade in academic at University of Delaware years back. Her area of expertise is materials science, and she is highly regarded among her peers.

She will start officially on August 17.

In the mean time, Brian Baker, Associate Dean of Science, will serve as interim Dean for July and August.

Once she arrives on campus we will coordinate a meet-and-greet and other meetings to make in person introductions.

Thank you.


Sean Kassen, PhD

Academic Advancement Director

College of Science

University of Notre Dame
Office of The Dean
215L Jordan Hall of Science
Notre Dame, Indiana    46556-4618

574-631-4689 (office)

574-302-7568 (cell)

Thank You!

Well, it has finally come to my last day at Development, and my last full day on Notre Dame’s beautiful campus, and I think it is harder for me to leave now than it was after completing my undergraduate degree here in 2012. I had no idea when I started working for Micki in May 2013 that I would gain so many close friendships and have such a great support system after working at the Development office. I always enjoyed calling myself a cheerleader of sorts to everyone at the office, helping people get things done, encouraging those who may have had a less-than pleasant sort of day, and making people laugh and smile who really needed it. However, when I think of everyone at the office, I realize that you have all done the same for me, and that while things were incredibly busy or stressful with my Masters program, wedding planning, and my various extracurricular activities, Development was like a safe haven and a constant source of kindness. I feel truly blessed to have spent two years working with everyone, and am so thankful for everyone who has supported and encouraged me at different points over the past few years. A HUGE thank you especially to those who came to the wedding shower a few weeks ago, and to all who contributed to making that day so special to me (and to Jaime, who I shared all the details with on the phone). We are both so excited to begin this new and exciting chapter in our lives, and I will remember so fondly my family here in ND Development. If you would like to stay in touch, I will be keeping my email address and I can also be found on facebook (though my name will soon be changing to Lauren Montes!) I look forward to seeing you all again, and please reach out if your travels bring you to Fort Worth, Texas.
-Lauren LaMore

AGSM Summer Mailing

Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing’s Renewal and Upgrade segments of the Summer Mailing dropped on Friday, June 5. The direct mail piece was sent in a #10 envelope and includes a BRE and reply card and separate insert promoting two special offers: 1) Proud to Be ND Leprechaun lapel pin for gifts of $54 or more, and; 2) Proud to Be ND flag (3 x 5 feet) for joining a Recognition Society.

The Recruitment segments of the Summer Mailing will drop Friday, June 12. The direct mail piece will be sent in a #10 envelope and include a BRE and reply card and separate insert with pin and flag offerings, as well as the inclusion of four Proud to Be ND stickers for a computer keyboard.

Both mail drops will be followed by email campaigns through the end of the month Special thanks to the IS team for all their support during this process.

Here are images of the offering insert and a sample of the recruitment messaging.


-Amy Schell


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Farewell to Ariane Umutoni

I am writing to share that Ariane Umutoni has decided to pursue her dream of graduate school and will be departing her position as administrative assistant in 405 Main on July 10, 2015. Please join me in thanking Ariane for her service over the past year and devotion to Our Lady’s University. We will post the position immediately to begin our search for Ariane’s successor.
Drew  Buscareno


Welcome Teresa Rose and Katharine Rose Wall!


I am delighted to share Aaron’s news on the birth of their two daughters.
The girls were born at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9th.
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Stacy and Aaron are bringing the girls home today.
They want to thank everyone for their prayers.
Bless God!
Brian Couch

Welcome Ryan Brennan as Director, Prospect Management

Dear team,
I’m very pleased to announce that effective July 6, 2015, Ryan Brennan will transition to the role of Director, Prospect Management.  In this new capacity, Ryan will define and lead a comprehensive strategy for prospect management across the Development department, working closely with the talented Prospect Management team.  Critical to our team’s success, Ryan will work with all facets of the department to define strategies to maximize cultivation of University benefactors and explore new terrain in terms of geographic, industry, and demographic trends and capacities.  Ryan will serve as the primary partner to the Principal Gift team, working with Joe Gelchion and all principal gift fundraisers on maximizing the identification and cultivation of our highest capacity prospects.  Moreover, Ryan will work closely with the UR Sr Management team, serving as a key contributor to principal giving strategies, the campaign liaison, and key leader in pursuing effective partnerships of the Prospect Management team across the division.  
For the past four years, Ryan has made an incredible impact on our University Relations team as he served as Advisor to Lou Nanni, Vice President for University Relations.  It has been an absolute joy and privilege to work closely with him during this tenure, and I very much look forward to continuing our work together.  We are blessed to have his energy, intellectual curiosity, drive, and commitment to Our Lady’s mission, and I look forward to the tremendous successes I know he will achieve in this new role. 
Please note that we will be posting the Advisor to the Vice President, University Relations position tomorrow.  We will post this internally for five days on the HR Jobs website.  I encourage you to contact Ann Moran if you have an interest in discussing the position.  
Please join me in thanking Colleen McQuillan for her extraordinary work as Director, Prospect Management over the past few years and congratulating Ryan on his transition to the role! 
My best, 


3rd Annual ND Employee Shred Event

3rd Annual ND Employee Shred Event

Wednesday, July 15th, 11:30am – 1:30pm

The Shred-it truck will park in Lot C1 near the Compton Family Ice Arena and will be available for you to destroy your personal documents for free! More information about the event will be sent out  early next week.

Please contact Jayne at 1-9354 or by email at if you have any questions about the campus shred program.


Jayne Lamb