Sr. Director for Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing position

Dear colleagues,

Please note that the position description for Sr. Director for Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing will be posted this afternoon via  The posting will be available until Tuesday, March 1st.  Reporting to me, this position is responsible for leading all annual giving strategies and activities across the University.  The Sr. Director is responsible for developing and implementing proactive marketing, segmentation, volunteer, operational, and major gift strategies to increase and sustain annual giving revenue and donor counts generated from University alumni, parents, and friends.  The leader is responsible for generating approximately $50 million annually in recognition society gifts, and a cumulative $65 million from all annual giving programs.

In the event you are interested in applying for the position or have additional questions, please contact me or Ann Moran.

All my best,

Welcome Sara Wolfson!

We are pleased to announce Sara Wolfson as our new Office Assistant at Eddy Street Commons. Sara has been with the University for over 8 years in various capacities, predominately within Food Services. Sara holds an Associate of Arts degree from Holy Cross College. She will be reporting to Tim Willis and will begin her time with us on Monday, February 29.

Please give Sara a warm welcome when she is intoduced throughout the department.
Ann Moran

Welcome Ashley Gerard!

It is with great pleasure that I announce that Ashley Gerard has joined the Operations & Technology team in Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing as Project Specialist, Campaign Execution.

Ashley joins us from The Tire Rack where she served as Lead Media Buying Support Specialist for 8 years. In that role, she managed direct response marketing, search marketing and affiliate marketing programs. Prior to Tire Rack, Ashley was Marketing Assistant at SC&B Associates, a Colorado based real estate company.

As Project Specialist, she will guide the AGSM team through the campaign execution process, ensure successful campaign launches, and build strategies for improving the process, execution and results of our campaigns.  Ashley will work closely with fund & segment owners, and the campaign execution team, to drive collaboration and efficiencies in campaign execution with an eye to achieving departmental goals.

Ashley and her husband, Greg, have 3 children: Riley (9), Isabella (7), and Emily (3)

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

Mark Naman

Giving Society Reminders


The January/February/March Recognition Society reminders were mailed on Tuesday, February 23rd. These were sent first class presort and will be arriving in mailboxes beginning Wednesday, February 24th. A total of 522 reminders were sent.

The counts per society are:

Sorin 416
Corby 55
Rockne 10

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


Mark Naman

Father Ted’s Legacy

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of Fr. Ted’s passing — we’ve produced this story detailing his attendance at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1964 Civil Rights Rally at Chicago’s Soldier Field — which led to the iconic photo of the two locking arms…

This past month, the University memorialized this moment in an 8′ x 8′ mosaic that more than 800 Notre Dame students, faculty and staff helped create during “Walk The Walk Week.”
In the story you’ll see film footage of Fr. Ted and Dr. King at this event (courtesy of Notre Dame Archives) that has never been seen before.
You’ll find this story and others at our 1842 Stories of Notre Dame website:
We thought you might want to share this with your donors and donor prospects tomorrowFriday, February 26th — on the one year anniversary of Fr. Ted’s death.
Jim Small

Brian Couch to serve as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Ave Maria University

It is with very mixed emotions that I write to inform you Brian Couch will be transitioning from Notre Dame to serve as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ave Maria University.  In his four years at Our Lady’s University, Brian has made a transformative and lasting impact on our Annual Giving Programs and broader Development efforts.  His leadership has resulted in a 31% increase in our unrestricted revenue, resulting in a record $42 million in FY 2015.  Brian’s focus on exceptional talent and process improvements has resulted in the hiring of an incredibly talented and dedicated team with a focus on excellence.  Moreover, his leadership introduced the vision of Notre Dame Day, an effort which has resulted in the most successful philanthropic day in higher education to drive total donor count.  Brian would be the first to credit the outstanding team in Annual Giving Programs for the record success.
In his new role, Brian will lead all advancement efforts for Ave Maria University, a private Catholic university founded in 2003 in Southwest Florida.  Brian and Beth will move their family to Florida, and Brian will begin his role as Vice President March 28th
I will work closely with the Annual Giving teams in the coming weeks as we navigate Brian’s transition to Ave Maria.  I am deeply grateful for his friendship, leadership, and dedication to Notre Dame.  Please join me in congratulating Brian on this incredible opportunity, and thanking him for his service to Our Lady at Notre Dame and in the future at Ave Maria.
My best, 

Condolences to Carleen Quinlan

Today, we offer our deepest condolences to Carleen Quinlan upon the passing of her father, Chester( “Chet”) Clampitt, this past Sunday in Warsaw, Indiana. The full obituary may be found at :

Visitation hours are tomorrow (Wednesday) from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Titus Funeral Home in Warsaw. A service celebrating Chet’s life will also be at the Titus Funeral Home, beginning at 10:30 am on Thursday.

The family has asked that gifts in Chet’s memory be given to Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, PO Box 1196, Warsaw, Indiana 46581-1196 or to K-21 Health Foundation – Cancer Care Fund, PO Box 1810, Warsaw, Indiana 46581-1810. Envelopes are available in the funeral home.

For those of you interested in providing a meal or other support to Carleen’s family in the upcoming weeks, Rose Michalski has graciously volunteered to coordinate our efforts. Please remember to keep Chet, Carleen and their entire family in your prayers.


Tim Willis

Congratulations to Joni and Jr. Metzger!

Joni and Jr. Metzger are happy and excited to announce the birth of their new granddaughter, Juliet Blaney Cronkhite born Friday, February 5th. The parents are Joni’s daughter Kristin and her husband Jay Cronkhite. Big brother Ben is also enjoying the newest member of his family. Isn’t she beautiful!​​


Fr. Hesburgh Memorial Concert


All are invited to attend this concert to honor the one year anniversary of the passing of Notre Dame President Emeritus, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.


Fr. Hesburgh Memorial Concert

Friday, February 26, 2016

8 PM

Basilica of the Sacred Heart

University of Notre Dame


The concert will feature music by John Rutter as well as words of remembrance by Rev. Austin Collins, CSC.

Music will be performed by the Notre Dame Liturgical Choir, Folk Choir, Coro Primavera, Celebration Choir and Basilica Schola accompanied by orchestra.

The free concert will also be streamed online here:

Sean Kassen, New NP-C Research Program Director

Dear Colleagues,

It is with excitement for Sean Kassen that I share with you his acceptance of a new position in the College of Science as the NP-C Research Program Director. In this role, Sean will coordinate the scientific and administrative operations of the Michael, Marcia, and Christa Parseghian Excellence fund for Niemann-Pick Type C (NP-C) Research including coordination of the program’s research grant process, outreach and communication efforts, and continued fund raising activities specifically for supporting NP-C research. The NP-C Research Program Director will have a direct reporting relationship to Mary Galvin, the Dean of the College of Science, and a dotted line reporting relationship to me so that all fundraising efforts for NP-C Research are coordinated through the Development Department.

Since 2009, Sean has worked tirelessly on behalf of Notre Dame to advance the College of Science to new heights with unwavering work-ethic, dedication, and creativity. We are grateful for his many contributions for science and academic advancement and look forward to his leadership of such an important program as the NP-C Research Fund at Notre Dame.

Sean will continue to serve in his current role in academic advancement until we have identified a new AAD for Science. Please join me in congratulating Sean on this exciting and well-deserved opportunity.


In Notre Dame,

Jim W. Morrison

Senior Director, Academic Advancement