New Feature on Founders Wall

Dear Colleagues,

The Special Events & Stewardship Team is happy to share a new storytelling feature to the Founders Wall on the Irish Green. The interactive kiosk at the Founders Wall, which celebrates our principal donors, now features not only the ability to search for a donor’s position on the wall, but also a narrative biographical story and photo.

Annually, concurrent with the update of the wall’s etchings, we will be drafting and editing original biographical stories for new principal donors. These stories will be sent to the primary solicitor for review and approval. Our team will then facilitate the process of donor approvals and inclusion within the kiosk.

Please note that if you have a donor who reaches this milestone, this process will take place each summer. We appreciate your help and partnership in the stewardship of these extraordinary benefactors! Should you have any questions about this process, please contact Amy Thomas at x6303 or via email at

Warm regards,

Katherine Lane

Welcome to Gift Planning, Rich Naponelli


I’m thrilled to announce the hiring of our newest Gift Planning Officer, Rich Naponelli. Rich comes to Notre Dame from a successful private legal practice, most recently with the law firm of Perkins Coie, LLP, where he was an attorney in the Trust and Estate Planning group in Chicago, Illinois. His practice focused on creating business and estate plans for individuals and family groups to facilitate succession planning and wealth preservation. Prior to Perkins Coie, LLP, Rich was an attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP and Madden, Jiganti, Moore & Sinars LLP. Rich will support the West region and have a portfolio of prospects in the old “central region” within the West.

Rich graduated from Notre Dame in 2003, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He earned a Master of Science in Accountancy from Notre Dame in 2004, before earning a law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007. Rich and his wife, Jennifer, have two children: Ally and Trey.

Rich starts with us on Monday, August 17th–please join me in welcoming him in a couple of weeks.

Best regards,
Greg Dugard

Congratulations Lori Pope!

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to share that Lori Pope has been promoted to Associate Director of Prospect Management.

Lori has consistently demonstrated strong leadership and a commitment to excellence in all she does. In her new role, Lori will continue to serve as the prospect management lead for the west region and develop a strategy for cultivation around the California initiative, through close collaboration with Stu Fortener, Greg Crawford, and the west region team. Lori will also assume a broader scope of responsibility, serving as a leader on the prospect management team in working closely with our global advancement team to drive philanthropy to Notre Dame International and the Keough School of Global Affairs.

Please join me in recognizing Lori for her exceptional work and congratulating her on this new and important role!

All the best,

Ryan Brennan

ESC Festival of Arts August 1st

This Saturday, August 1, from 10 am until 4 pm, ESC will host the Habitat for Humanity Women Build Festival of the Arts. Activities will include the following:  silent auction all day; live auction at 2pm (proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity Women Build 2015); live entertainment featuring music and dance;  Free kids activities including bounce house, face painting, balloon twisting & crafts.  Shop over 20 local artist booths.  U Can Paint 2 classes taught on site, sign up at
John Butkovich

Our Sympathy to Jeanine Dziak

Please join me in extending our sympathy to Jeanine Dziak on the loss of her mother, Pamela Malczewski. She passed away Friday morning, July 24th, after her 2 year battle with cancer.

Private services in Chicago will be determined at a later date.


Welcome Jim Morrison!

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Jim Morrison will serve as our new Senior Director of Academic Advancement.   In this role Jim will lead the academic advancement college based team, including our academic advancement directors (AADs).   He will also serve as the liaison to the Office of the Provost and collaborate with senior academic leaders and our AADs to advance critical interdisciplinary opportunities.  In addition, Jim will work closely with our Senior Regional Directors and Field Fundraisers to evaluate and improve our education, training, and other initiatives to give us the best opportunity to achieve our ambitious academic fundraising targets.  Jim will also partner closely with our Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, George Keegan, to ensure that information sharing and integration are the hallmarks of our academic advancement team.

Jim comes to us with deep experience in academic administration and higher education having served as Director of Strategic Planning at the University of Mississippi, Executive Assistant to the Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, and Senior Advisor to our Provost, Tom Burish, over the past two years.   Jim has quickly earned the respect and trust of leaders throughout the University.

Jim earned a bachelor’s of business administration from the University of Mississippi, a master’s in higher education administration from Columbia University, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Georgia.

We look forward to welcoming Jim to our team this fall after a replacement has been identified for his current role in the Office of the Provost.   Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Jim to our team.

Yours in Notre Dame,


July-August Recognition Society Reminders


The Recognition Society reminders were mailed on yesterday, July 22nd. These were sent first class presort and will be arriving in mailboxes beginning Thursday, July 23rd.

The counts per society are:

Sorin 263
Corby 6
Rockne 20

Please contact the Donor Experience team at 1-5198 if you have any questions.

Rita Udvardy

Congratulations to Sean MacCready!

On Saturday, July 25, Sean MacCready and Molly Heineman will tie the knot at St. Nicholas Church in Evanston.

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. MacCready, and welcome Molly to the Notre Dame family.


Kris Montague

This Sunday’s 9 p.m. Mass at the Basilica features Summer Handbell Choir

Our own Cheryl Schlimpert will be playing with the summer handbell choir and invites you to attend. Mass at the Basilica is special indeed, and the addition of the handbell choir as the musical accompaniment promises to be a spectacular experience guaranteed to delight your senses. The special music provided at each 9 p.m. Sunday mass throughout the summer is extraoridnary!

The Summer Handbell Choir is lead by Karen Schneider-Kirner and is made up of students, faculty, staff, and spouses who all share one thing in common – a love of music. We’ve practiced for the past 3 weeks and I have been humbled and amazed by the level of talent in this group. If you are able to attend, I think you will be as well.

If you’ve never attended a Sunday evening mass, this is a good time to make this your first!

Musically Yours,
Cheryl Schlimpert

IT Support Self-Service Changes

This month, OIT implemented a new system called ServiceNow to replace Assyst in capturing computer service and technology related issues. A link to this system has been created within the Resources and Applications section of the UR Intranet. You can use this self-service system to input and track your own case or continue to call the OIT help desk at 1-8111 for assistance. Your case will be distributed to the appropriate personnel for resolution.

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From OIT

Beginning Monday, July 13, a new IT support self-service web site became available for you to ask questions, check the status of those questions, and to search a knowledge base. This replaces the Assyst web site which many of you have used in the past.

The new self-service site is part of a solution called ServiceNow that most campus IT support teams will use to manage their work. To use the new site, just visit and login with your NetID and password.

As always, if you have questions about this change or other IT services at Notre Dame, please talk with your departmental IT support team, or the OIT Help Desk at 574-631-8111, or chat online at
Carleen Quinlan