Welcome to the world, Theodore “Theo” Keve!

Bryan and Stephani Keve are thrilled to announce the birth of their first child, son Theodore “Theo” Francis Keve.  Theo made his debut at 7:27 pm on June 27. Vital stats:  6 lbs. 13 oz., 19.5”. All are doing well! Theo is already a loyal son of Notre Dame, as you can see from his cap.  Congratulations Bryan and Stephani!


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Special Events & Stewardship Updates

Dear Colleagues,


Special Events & Stewardship is excited to announce several revisions to the overall structure of the team. This reorganization is intended to promote collaboration, increase specialization of responsibilities, and foster innovation in event programming and stewardship activities across all divisions. Please note this reorganization was in process prior to Katherine Lane’s appointment to the ND Trail, and I am grateful for her leadership and counsel.


Please find below an outline of specifics responsibilities, and attached an org chart of the team.  Moving forward, the team will operate within five distinct units, including:


Executive Events & Stewardship:

  • Plan and execute events involving the Executive Officers and other University leaders (e.g., Board of Trustees events, Advisory Council weekends, dedications and groundbreakings, etc.)
  • Leading this team will be Cristi Ganyard, and the team will be comprised of Mary Andersen, Stephanie Mead, and Jennifer McGuire.
  • As a result of Lauren Whisler’s impending departure, one Assistant Director one position is open and will be posted this week.

Campaign Events & Stewardship

  • Partner closely with Campaign Administration to plan and execute events associated with the Boldly Notre Dame Campaign (e.g., Fly-Ins, Fly-Outs, Leadership Weekends, and Campaign Cabinet meetings).
  • Jessica Reasons will lead this team and work closely with Tory Grimes in planning and executing these events.

Donor Cultivation Events & Stewardship

  • Plan and execute Athletics Advancement events and stewardship, Annual Giving and Recognition Societies events and stewardship, Wall Street engagement events, and Regional Development events (i.e., the Development Tailgate, Welcome Weekend receptions, and regional cultivation events).
  • Leading this team will be Christine Wallace, and she will work closely with Laura O’Sullivan and Rod Ambrissi.

Compliance & Stewardship Programs

  • Manage the comprehensive stewardship programs for the academy and financial aid.
  • Specific areas of focus include the annual endowment reporting effort and a new compliance function, intended to ensure funds across the University are applied in accordance with donor-imposed restrictions and spent towards maximum impact. This group will also partner closely with Regional Development, CFR, Academic Advancement Directors, etc.
  • A Director, Compliance & Stewardship Programs role will lead this team and will be posted this week.
  • The team is also comprised of Amanda Retartha, Dave Daley, Liz Johnson, Heather Moriconi, and Kris Machalleck.


Donor Communications, Recognition, & Stewardship

  • Responsible for the coordination of the Presidential and Vice Presidential acknowledgment process, oversight of all public recognition on campus, and the stewardship of capital benefactors.
  • Partner closely with fundraisers to develop innovative best practices in stewardship for principal donors, and will plan and execute stewardship and recognition events.
  • Leading this team will be Beth Ferlic, and the team will be comprised of Julia Rawlings Onghetich, and Teri Vitale.
  • With Amy Thomas and Rochelle Miller’s impending departures, two positions are also available on this team and will be posted this week.

Finally, Liz Johnson will continue to partner with the CFR and AAD teams on best practices and stewardship strategies, Laura O’Sullivan will do the same with the Athletics Advancement team, and Rod Ambrissi with the Annual Giving team.

In addition to the four open positions noted above, we will be hiring for an additional Assistant Director, Special Events & Stewardship, reporting directly to me. This will be a limited-term position through September 2017, which will provide support for myself and for all five Special Events & Stewardship units as needed. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions regarding this position, or any of our open roles.


Please join us in congratulating the individuals above who have been promoted to new leadership roles. In the weeks ahead, I will be reaching out to individual units to discuss how the new structure will promote enhanced partnership and effectiveness.


All my best,

Mary Fisher



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Farewell to Amy Thomas Ryan

It is with mixed emotions that we write to inform you that Amy Thomas Ryan has resigned from her position as Associate Director, Special Events & Stewardship to fulfill a lifelong passion. Amy has taken a teaching position at the Career Academy in South Bend and will be pursuing her dream of being back in the classroom this fall. Thank you, Amy, for your hard work and tremendous dedication these past two years. Amy has been a critical member of the Special Events & Stewardship team shining in multiple areas, including providing excellent training sessions for the staff writers and editors, helping drive efficiencies related to acknowledgments and endowment reports, and working to enhance our team’s esprit de corps.

Please join us in extending best wishes to Amy. We wish her great success! Amy’s last day will be July 15th. Amy’s departure creates an immediate open position on the Special Events & Stewardship team, the details of which will be outlined in a separate communication.

Heather Moriconi & Mary Fisher

“Year End Gifts”

In order to properly account for pledges and gifts through June 30, 2016 please keep in mind the following key dates and times:
  • Gifts in the form of cash and wires need to be received by the University by June 30, 2016 (in hand or post marked) and need to be delivered to Donor Services by noon, July 5, 2016.
  • Gifts in the form of securities should be to the University’s broker by Thursday, June 30, 2016 to be considered a FY16 gift.
  • Note: Gifts intended to be invested in the endowment need to be to the University’s broker by Friday, June 24, 2016. If the gift is received after this date, gift credit will be given in FY16 but the gift will post to the endowment in FY17.
  • Gifts sent to the lockbox with postmarks through June 30, 2016 will be processed by the end of day, July 5, 2016.
  • FY16 pledges with the appropriate supporting documentation should be to Donor Services by noon, July 5, 2016 for FY16 processing.
  • Gifts and pledges received on July 1st for FY17 will be processed on July 6, 2016.
  • The Daily Transaction Report delivered on the mornings of July 1 through July 6, 2016 will reflect FY16 transactions only.
Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy Fiscal Year End!

Please Keep the Ferlic Family in Your Prayers

Mary Gavin Osmanski, (July 8, 1924 – June 23, 2016) of Chicago, grandmother of Beth Ferlic, and beloved wife of the late William T. “Bullet Bill” Osmanski, D.D.S. of the Chicago Bears passed away peacefully in her home. She was loving mother of six children, the late Mary Ferlic, William (Karen), John (Patricia), Katherine, Stephen, and Robert (Lori) Osmanski. She leaves behind 14 adoring grandchildren and 9 great- grandchildren, as well as son-in-law Dr. Fred Ferlic, niece Mary (Tim) Hannan and Stephen (Cheryl) Gavin. She was daughter of the late Dr. Stephen E. Gavin and Zita McGivern Gavin and sister of the late Stephen and Robert Gavin.

Mary was born in Fond du Lac, WI, in 1924 and graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 1946 with a B.A. in English and a minor in philosophy. She was kind, gracious, easy to smile, and valued family and faith above all else. She was the consummate definition of unconditional love. A wake and funeral Mass will be held on Monday, June 27, at Misericordia, Heart of Mercy in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Misericorida, Heart of Mercy, 6300 North Ridge, Chicago, IL 60660 or Misericordia.org.

Jennifer Mason McAward appointed Director of CCHR

Dear colleagues,

As you will have seen in the news release http://news.nd.edu/news/67900-mcaward-appointed-director-of-center-for-civil-and-human-rights/, Jennifer Mason McAward has been appointed Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Fr. Hesburgh founded the CCHR over 40 years ago to ensure that Notre Dame remained at the forefront of the fight for civil and human rights. Now an integral part of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, the CCHR’s work contributes to the Keough School’s mission of promoting integral human development.

Please join me in celebrating this appointment as an important step in the evolution of the Keough School, and know that you’ll be hearing more from Dylan Reed in the future about opportunities for benefactors to support the CCHR’s mission and work.

In Notre Dame,

Michael Loungo

Sorin Mailing

The below email was sent to all Sorin Society members today, previewing the upcoming football season events. Formal invitations and registration information will be shared with fundraisers and benefactors in mid-July. If there are any questions, please contact Brian Diss at bdiss@nd.edu


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Farewell to Rochelle Miller

With sincere gratitude for her many contributions to Special Events & Stewardship, we wish Rochelle Miller the very best as she pursues a new career opportunity outside of the University with MORryde in Elkhart.
Rochelle has embraced and advanced a wide array of team projects: from groundbreakings, to endowment reports, to public recognition, to acknowledgments. We will miss her “get it done” attitude and know it will continue to be an asset to her as she takes on this new challenge.
Rochelle’s last day with Development will be Thursday, July 7. Her departure creates an immediate open position on the Special Events & Stewardship team, the details of which will be outlined in a separate communication.
Sara Kassen & Mary Fisher