Coach’s Chat

The next ‘Coach’s Chat’ featuring Associate Head Football Coach, Mike Denbrock will take place on Monday, October 19 from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST. Coach Denbrock will be discussing the season and participants on the call will be able to ask questions and respond to live polls via their phone. All Rockne Gold, Rocke AD’s Circle, and Athletics Advancement donors will be invited to join the call. If you have a Rockne or Athletics Advancement prospect (Advisory Council for the Student-Athlete members; All lifetime $1M+ athletics donors; Current and recent JGIA members; All athletics campaign leadership donors; All athletics leadership endowment donors) who you would like to add to the call please contact Alex Romagnolo – | 1-0448.

New HR Class

Inside Out Coaching                                         MISSION                  NEW!

Learn a positive coaching model to help you guide your staff towards growth.  Today’s employees expect feedback and ongoing coaching that help them address current challenges on the job as well as, to help them develop the skills they need to achieve their career objectives. This highly interactive, multi-method learning approach will introduce you to the four-step GROW coaching model.  It will help you build coaching skills that focus on supporting and building the right behaviors rather than correcting off-standard performance. Participants will complete a self-assessment and their direct reports will also be asked to complete upward assessments in advance of the workshop to provide feedback on current coaching skills.


Facilitator:     Mary Ousler, InsideOut Development

Date:               Thursday, October 15, 2015  7.0 hours (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.)

Audience:       Supervisors & Managers


Kara Palmer

USC Pep Rally Reception and Tailgate RSVPs needed in BEAT


Please remember to have attendees for the Friday Pep Rally Reception entered in BEAT by Tuesday, October 13 at 5 PM.  Also, please remember to have attendees for the Tailgate entered in BEAT by Friday, October 16 at Noon.

***Please note: For all games, if your guests have children 12 and under, you will need to mark this information in BEAT in the notes section for both the Pep Rally Reception and the Tailgate registrations. This information impacts catering counts.

If you have any questions about the Pep Rally Reception, please feel free to contact Teri Vitale at 1-9986 or Heather Moriconi at 1-9784. If you have questions about the game day Tailgate, please contact Jennifer McGuire at 1-3278, Mary Fisher at 312-322-0909, Beth Ferlic at 1-2593, or Sara Kassen at 1-2975.


Heather Moriconi


Two Gift Commitments Announced Today


The University is announcing two recent gift commitments today that we want you to be aware of:

  • A $3 million gift from Pat and Jana Eilers for the Notre Dame Defensive Backs Football Coach endowment.
You may find both of these announcements at The Parsons’ announcement was recently posted and the Eilers’ announcement will be posted after 1:30 p.m. You may also find the Eilers’ gift announcement at after 1:30 p.m. today.
Thank you,
Julia Sama

Information Sessions on the 2016 Benefit Options

For those who were unable to make one of the Information Sessions on the 2016 Benefit Options, you can visit to view video recordings at your convenience. The videos include a high level general session on all of the benefit options or drill down sessions on the  High Deductible Health Plan or the Accident Insurance and Critical Illness Insurance benefit programs.  If you have questions about your 2016 benefits, attend an HR help session or contact askHR at or 574-631-5900.



Kara Palmer

New Policy for requesting rosaries blessed by Father John



It was brought to our attention earlier this fall that some University donors have received multiple rosaries blessed by Father John from multiple people within Development. These blessed rosaries are a beautiful and meaningful gift that many of our donors cherish; however, it may not seem as special if they receive more than one. Lou Nanni has asked that the Special Events & Stewardship staff be responsible for monitoring, approving, and tracking the distribution of the rosaries blessed by Father John and that no blessed rosaries be mailed without going through this new process.

In an effort to streamline this process and keep a record of gifted blessed rosaries, all requests must be submitted via this new Google Doc request form. Additionally, this request form can be found on the UR Intranet in the Resources & Apps page under the Special Events & Stewardship Resources link.

Julia Yoder, Special Events and Stewardship Lead Coordinator, will manage the requests for rosaries blessed by Father John. She will be responsible for obtaining approval for these requests from administration in the Main Building in order to safeguard against sending out duplicates. Please note, Julia will also be entering the rosary gift information in Advance in contact reports and through the ‘awards and honors’ screen as a way to maintain a record of these wonderful gifts.

We look forward to partnering with you on this important effort.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 631-9784 or Julia at 631-4145.


Thank you!

Heather Moriconi


Deepest Sympathies to Geoff Stookey

Geoff Stookey’s grandmother, Patricia Jane Stookey, passed away September 28, 2015.  She was a very special person who was dearly loved by her entire family. She was blessed with 16 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren!  Mrs. Stookey was an avid Notre Dame fan and was influential in Geoff attending Our Lady’s University. In fact, she accompanied Geoff on his first visit to campus.

A rosary service will take place on Thursday, October 22nd followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 am on Saturday, October 24th at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Spokane, Washington.

Please keep Geoff and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Mary Ellen Koepfle

Row Irish: Pancreatic Cancer Ergathon

On the Friday before this year’s football game against Navy, October 9th, join the Notre Dame Rowing team, members of the Notre Dame Community and a whole lot of rowing machines at the Fieldhouse Mall as we work to raise funds to support cancer research.

Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) is a Notre Dame entity with a Pancreatic Cancer Research Lab. All donations to HCRI will go towards Notre Dame Undergraduate Research in this lab, helping Notre Dame and other research institutes around the world better understand the fourth most deadly and least studied form of cancer and get closer to a cure everyday. Support Harper Cancer Research.

For more information, visit


Alison Maddox

Welcome Jessica Rizzo to the West Team

Jessica Rizzo is a 2007 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. She holds a B.A. in Business Administration (Finance) from the Mendoza College of Business with an additional concentration in Psychology. She spent the first seven years of her career in the financial services industry providing an array of expert witness and consulting services to attorneys and their clients in high stakes divorces and shareholder disputes, primarily preparing valuations of privately-held businesses, stock options, and complex financial instruments.
Jessica and her husband Cody recently moved to the Bay Area from Chicago to accommodate an exciting job opportunity Cody was offered with Stryker Neurovascular. Cody is also a Notre Dame alum and a former captain of the Notre Dame baseball team. Jessica and Cody live in North San Jose and have enjoyed exploring their new sunny surroundings, meeting new people and getting involved in their community. Jessica is a hot yoga addict and loves all outdoor sports, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Jessica will be located in the Silicon Valley area and serving benefactors in Northern California.

Stu Fortener