Welcome Patrick Borders!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Patrick Borders has joined the Operations & Technology team in Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing as Marketing Specialist. Patrick recently graduated from Wake Forest University’s School of Business with an MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship. He served as marketing intern in the Wake Forest athletic department while attending school, with responsibility for pre-game marketing activities, operations for in-game promotions and evaluation of the impact of football ticket pricing changes. In addition, Patrick worked as a Social Media Strategist for Crippen Auto Mall in Lansing, MI.

As Marketing Specialist, Patrick supports the execution of all cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship communications by fund and segment leaders in the Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing team. His responsibilities include creating targeted messaging across all AGSM segments and communication channels (mail, email, phone, social, web), with the overall goal of fundraising, increasing total donor count, and brand awareness. In addition, he manages all aspects of the Proud to Be ND social presence, including strategy and execution.

Please join me in welcoming Patrick to the University Relations team.

Mark Naman

Gavin McGuire at the Battle of the Bands

We invite the UR Team to join us tomorrow at Eddy Street Commons as Development’s own Gavin McGuire competes in the Battle of the Bands. Gavin will be performing at 12pm. Food and drink specials will be available as well as kids activities such as a bounce house and sand art from 12noon – 5pm. 


Congratulation’s Ernestine!

Our very own Ernestine Gardner is leaving on a jet plane out to sunny California to tape an appearance on JEOPARDY!!!  If you didn’t know already….she is brilliant, and now we have the proof.  Ernestine has quietly endured online applications and testing to ultimately be invited to the final contestant screening held in Kansas City in late June of this year.  Not surprisingly, she advanced in that final test to be selected for the contestant pool for the next 17 months.  Getting this far in the process is such an accomplishment, she is already a Champion in our minds.

Ernestine, along with her husband Dave will be traveling to Los Angeles next week for the JEOPARDY taping which should air the week of October 5th.  We will be planning a ‘JEOPARDY’ watch when the episode is airs.

Good Luck Ernestine!


Team CFR

Night at the Snite

The Notre Dame Committee for Women invites you to join us after work on Wednesday, September 16th from 5pm-7pm for “Night at the Snite” located at the Snite Museum of Art. We will meet in the First Floor Atrium for heavy hors d’oeuvres and drinks followed by gallery tours. Desserts will be served in the Education Center where you will also have the opportunity to make small accordion-folded books with customized cardboard covers. The cost of registration is $5. One beer, wine, or soft drink of your choice from the cash bar is included in the cost. This event is open to all female faculty and staff from Notre Dame, so feel free to invite your friends/colleagues. It will be a wonderful time to meet and mingle with other women from across campus. We hope to see you there!
Registration is required by 4:00pm on Friday, September 11thTo register, please visit: https://committeeforwomen.nd.edu/events/2015/09/16/35769-night-at-the-snite/
If you are on facebook, come find us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/658765087555943/
Hope to see you there!
Sharon Rankert

Texas Pep Rally Reception and Tailgate RSVPs needed in BEAT

Please remember to have attendees for the Texas Pep Rally Reception entered in BEAT by Tuesday, September 1 at 5 PM.  Also, please remember to have attendees for the Texas Tailgate entered in BEAT by Friday, September 4 at Noon.

We have developed a reminder sheet for the RSVP dates for all of the fun Development football events this season! Please see the attachment.

If you have any questions about the pep rally receptions, please feel free to contact Teri Vitale at 1-9986 or Heather Moriconi at 1-9784. If you have questions about the game day tailgates, please contact Jennifer McGuire at 1-3278, Mary Fisher at 312-322-0909, or Sara Kassen at 1-2975.




Heather Moriconi


University Relations IT Organizational Announcement

Realignment of information technology teams

As we strive for continuous improvement and implement innovative technology solutions which will assist in maximizing philanthropy, we recently completed a thorough review of our UR information strategy and the underlying organizational structure. This review concluded that certain aspects of the post OAD split structure were not fostering the level of productivity and innovation which we had hoped for.

As a result , we have elected to recombine our existing Strategic Applications and Information Strategy groups under the leadership of Carleen Quinlan. The newly formed unit will now be known as the Strategic Applications and Business Intelligence group. This contingent has already taken steps to enhance our prioritization process, allocate our IT resources more effectively, and manage projects centrally. We are also confident that the united structure gives us the best opportunity to intensify innovation, heighten collaboration, manage volume, speed delivery and ensure alignment with our strategic imperatives.

While now reporting to Carleen, Cheryl Prentice will lead a variety of special projects while concurrently partnering with the Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing team on its business intelligence and applications. Cheryl has been a catalyst in this restructuring effort and has shown tremendous leadership in effecting these important changes.

I am indebted to the various partners who selflessly invested their time in this strategic review and also want to acknowledge the newly combined team for their willingness to embrace a revised approach. Effective Monday, August 31st, the team will be co-located on the 10th floor of Grace Hall. Lastly, please join me in thanking Carleen for accepting this challenging role and inspiring her new cohort. I look forward to the opportunities ahead!


Tim Willis

Muffet McGraw – Coach’s Chat 8/25 @ 1pm

Tomorrow the Rockne Heritage Fund and Athletics Advancement will be hosting the second event in the new Coach’s Chat series which began this year. ALL MEMBERS OF UNIVERSITY RELATIONS ARE WELCOME TO LISTEN AND PARTICIPATE. Details are as follows:

What: Coach’s Chat with Muffett McGraw featuring her quick take on ND Women’s Hoops, interactive Q&A, and fun poll questions

When: Tuesday, August 25 at 1:00pm est

What Benefactors Were Invited?:
– members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council
– JGIA donors
– all campaign leadership level athletics benefactors (commitment of $100k+)
– all leadership level endowed GIA and EforE donors to Athletics
– $1m+ lifetime donors to athletics
– Rockne Blue (one-time experience)
– Rockne Gold

How to Participate:
Dial-In: 877-229-8493 Passcode: 114107

With questions please contact Alex Romagnolo or Brian Powell.


Brian Powell

Brian Diss, Associate Director of Sorin Marketing

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to share that Brian Diss, is joining the Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing Team! Brian, will be the new Associate Director, Sorin Marketing, effective Tuesday, September 8. Brian will be focusing his time on the recruitment strategy for the Sorin Society, developing new product offerings and the stewardship of current members. Brian will continue to work with a small cohort of leadership prospects as he transitions to this new role.

In addition to Brian’s successful fundraising time at Notre Dame, he has a wealth of experience in Annual Giving. Brian served as the the Director of Annual Giving at Creighton University from 2012 – 2014.

Brian is a 2007 graduate of Notre Dame and he earned his Masters degree from Northwestern University in 2011.
Amy Schell

Congratulations to Meredith and Dan Santucci!

Baby Abigail joined the Santucci family on Monday, August 17.  She’s doing well, “kicking butt in the NICU”, according to Dan.  Abigail arrived a little earlier than planned, so she’ll be in the NICU for a short time before heading home to siblings Johnny, Avery and Luke.  Congratulations Meredith and Dan!


Anne Griffith