A New Web Page for Financial Aid

The University has created a new web page for those students / families interested in getting some better answers relating to what the expected investment will be to attend Notre Dame.
The new site offers up real-life examples of families of ND students — and their financial aid package.  Here’s an example:  FAMILY FROM NEW JERSEY
To see the entire new page — click on this link — and scroll down to the section called THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME COSTS.
Jim Small

Ryan Brennan to serve as Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs & Strategic Marketing

Dear friends,

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce Ryan Brennan will be transitioning to the position of Sr. Director, Annual Giving Programs & Strategic Marketing, effective March 28, 2016.  In this new capacity, Ryan will lead all annual giving strategies and activities across the University.  Working with the talented Annual Giving team, Ryan will be responsible for driving $50 million+ in annual expendable revenue and strengthening the University’s undergraduate alumni participation rate.

For the past four years, Ryan has made an incredible impact on our University Relations team in positions such as Director of Prospect Management and Advisor to Lou Nanni, Vice President for University Relations.  Ryan’s leadership talents and dedication to the mission of Our Lady’s University are evident in all that he does, and it has been an absolute privilege to work closely with him during his tenure.  It is with joy and enthusiasm that I look toward Ryan’s next opportunity to make a lasting impact in such an important leadership role.  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 with the Annual Giving team.

Please note that we will be posting the Director of Prospect Management position Monday.  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 congratulating Ryan on his transition to this important leadership position!

My best,


Notre Dame Day Staffing

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your enthusiasm and excitement for Notre Dame Day 2016! Many of you have reached out to express interest in volunteering during Notre Dame Day. We will be coordinating the staff schedule and ask that you complete the form at the link below indicating available times you are able to volunteer.

All types of support are needed, from organizing, technical support, social media support, runners, assistants, etc. These positions will vary, but each role is critical to the success of Notre Dame Day.

As we continue to build the staff schedule we will be in contact with you regarding specific roles. Thank you for volunteering your time to this exciting day!

The form will be available until end of day Monday, March 28.
Thank you for your continued partnership! 
My Best, 

St. Patrick’s Day Alumni Participation Events: NYC and Chicago

In the coming week, Notre Dame family members will be asked to give back to local students and celebrate at ND-exclusive St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. We’re calling these events J.I.G.S. – Join In Giving to Scholarships.

100% of each attendee’s $20 admission gift will go directly toward the ND Club scholarship funds of either NYC or Chicago. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

While NDAA and the ND Clubs in New York and Chicago are partnering with their own promotion, AGSM will send a series of four email invitations beginning February 28 to undergraduate alumni with home addresses in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey.

Registration will open February 28 at MyNotreDame.ND.edu/StPatricksDay.  Please contact Jonathan Retartha if you have additional questions.
New York City
When: March 17, 3pm-11pm
Where: Connolly’s Times Square (121 W. 45th St)

When: March 17, 8pm-11pm
Where: Jaks Tap (901 W Jackson Blvd)


Parents Program Spring Mailing

Dear, colleagues.

A solicitation to all current parents and lifetime parents (1-5 years past graduate) was placed in today’s mail. This solicitation is unique and powerful as letters were written and signed by a few generous benefactors.

Thank you to Kim Biagini, Megan Macri and Lynn Hubert for coordinating these heartfelt stories!


Lindahl Chase, Brian Diss and Andrea Bullock

Condolences to Cristi Ganyard

Dear colleagues:

I am sad to share that Cristi Ganyard’s mother, Carol Sue Harman, passed away yesterday after a long battle with cancer. A beautiful obituary can be found online. She was an amazing woman and mother! Please help SE&S extend sympathy and love to Cristi and her family during this difficult time.

A visitation will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Stemm-Lawson Peterson Funeral Home. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, March 10 at Bristol United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Lung Association.
Online condolences may be sent here. Flowers can be sent here.


In Notre Dame,

Katherine Lane

Congratulations to Jim & Mitzi Morrison!

I am pleased to announce that Jim and Mitzi Morrison welcomed a daughter,Macy Caroline Morrison to the world on Friday evening, March 4th. Baby Macy arrived at 9:09 pm weighing in at 8.4oz and was 20″ tall.


Please join me in congratulating Jim, Mitzi and proud older siblings Mia, Tyler, and Allie on the newest blessing to the Morrison family.

Mitzi and Macy are home and doing well!

Shannon Culllinan

Optimizing Your ROI of Training Venues

This is an excerpt from, “The State of Professional Development in Higher Education.” Read the full report here.

As you plan your attendance at a professional development (PD) event or program, consider these 10 practices for making the most of the experience:


  1. Commit to yourself that you will take time to reflect and process what you learn at the event. For example, can you stay an extra afternoon or even an extra day following the event? If not, block time on your calendar for the day you return from the event for reflection. The challenge in returning immediately to your busy office and catching up on your day-to-day tasks is that you may not have time to reflect and plan – unless you intentionally schedule that time.
  2. Schedule a reminder on your calendar for a date 3 months following the conference to review the materials, and to debrief how they’ve informed your thinking and work and how much progress you’ve made.



  1. For each session you attend at the event, write down one reaction, one takeaway, and one question you have.
  2. While at the conference, create an action plan. What are 2-3 action steps you can commit to? In your plan, include: How much time will you need to complete these steps? What resources will you need? Which allies on campus can be helpful to you? How will you know if you’re successful?
  3. At the event, identify a thought partner and schedule a follow-up conference call with your partner, to take place 2-4 weeks following the program. Don’t leave the meeting without having the call on the calendar!



  1. Use the plane or train ride home to prepare an informal presentation or some informal remarks to distill the most critical ideas from the event and their implications.



  1. Share your informal remarks with your supervisor to gather his/her input and ideas, and then prepare a formal presentation to share your most important ideas with your colleagues.
  2. Beyond just a formal presentation, save your conference workbook and other resources from the event, and share these with your colleagues. You could share some reading or an instructional video that you found especially useful. Schedule a “lunch and learn” session with your colleagues to discuss the workbook, video, or article you shared.
  3. Create and extend your network by carving out one hour in the week after the event to review all the business cards you collected and plan appropriate follow up. Also, did you meet anyone who would be a useful contact for one of your colleagues? Similarly, stay connected with the speakers at the event who resonated with you. Follow them on social media, sign up for their newsletters, and—if appropriate—stay in touch with them.
  4. Build momentum immediately around your action steps or the new skills you learned at the event. Improve those new skills by practicing; don’t let yourself lose them in the midst of a return to your day-to-day tasks. Can you find someone that you can practice a new skill (like how to have a difficult conversation) with? Can you work with a “test” or “dummy” data set to begin working with some of the new data mining practices you’ve learned? The key is to build momentum by implementing something—even if it’s something very small—within the first few weeks after the event.


Amit Mrig, President and CEO

Amit co-founded Academic Impressions in 2002 to provide research, publishing, and training on issues that directly impact the sustainability of higher education. Under his direction, AI has published hundreds of articles and papers, interactive training programs, and topical and timely webcasts, serving over 50,000 academic and administrative leaders across 3,500 colleges and universities.

Amit leads and manages AI’s research, programming, and publications on higher ed leadership development. Many of AI’s research and thought leadership papers have been authored by Amit, including The Other Higher Ed Bubble, Small but Mighty: 4 Small Colleges Thriving in a Disruptive Environment, General Education Reform: Unseen Opportunities, and Meeting the Challenge of Program Prioritization.

Amit has consulted with dozens of higher ed leaders, cabinet members, and board members—discussing current challenges and practical solutions while helping to identify which issues they can address to best impact change at their institution. Amit is a frequent contributor to Forbes, discussing issues in higher education. He also serves as an active board member of The Challenge Foundation, an organization helping low-income students successfully earn a college degree.

UR Walking on Sunshine – Relay for Life 2016

Dear Team,

I’m sure you’ve seen the video display showing the “To Cure and Beyond” Purple-Caped Superhero opening elevators, raising parking-lot gates, and lifting lunch trays. His deeds throughout campus are just the start of an even greater event. Many other superheroes and colleagues across campus are looking to do much more when it comes to fighting cancer.

This year’s Relay for Life event is happening on April 15th, 2016, from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. at the Compton Ice Arena and we need your help! As your University Relations representatives, we will be hosting a number of events where you can lend support for a great cause. These events are:

ESC Blood Drive: March 14th 10am-2pm – please sign up here

Bake Sale: March 30th – What a great way to end the Lenten season!

$10 10-minute massages by Spine and Joint Associates: April 14th 10am-2pm – please sign up here

Additionally, our biggest support comes from the Silent Auction that takes place during the main event. If you or anyone you know have a valuable item to donate, a talent to teach, or other services worth auctioning, please reach out to Pam Mullin (pmullin@nd.edu) or anyone in your Relay for Life UR Team.

Finally, you can register for the main event and get more information at relay.nd.edu. Superhero costumes are encouraged.

On behalf of the entire University Relay for Life team, we thank you in advance for your annual unwavering support.


To Cure and Beyond!

Your Relay for Life team,
Jess Wit​o​us, Leah Corachea, Pam Mullin, and Kristin Trosper

WSJ Editor in Chief Gerry Baker talk on March 14

The Mendoza College of Business is pleased to present:

Editor in Chief of The Wall Street Journal

2016 Presidential Election: A Global Perspective
The American presidency and the international economy

5 p.m., March 14
Jordan Auditorium at the Mendoza College of Business

What impact will the U.S. elections have on the world? Hear Gerry Baker discuss his perspective on issues ranging from the presidential race to the global marketplace.

Baker, WSJ managing editor since 2013, is a veteran journalist who has covered financial and economic issues for the world’s top news outlets, including the BBC,The Financial Times and The Times of London. He also served as moderator for the Republican Primary Debate hosted by Fox News Network.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Seating is limited — Arrive early!

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