Annual Giving Mailing: Letter from Becca Blais & Corey Robinson

Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing dropped a direct mail campaign last week to approximately 33,000 alumni, parents, and friends with previous gifts to the Sorin Society, Corby Young Alumni, and the Notre Dame Fund. The mailing included a letter from Corey Robinson and Becca Blais, student body president and vice president. The letter and mailing list can be viewed here. The mailing was sent first class and gifts generated will be routed through the Chicago lockbox.

AGSM July-Oct Recognition Society Reminders

On September 14, over 1300 reminders were mailed to Recognition Society members with renewal periods between July and October.  Members were presented with a range of giving options, including their scheduled renewal amount.  Email and phone center contact will follow.
To access this list of donors who received a reminder, please visit the following spreadsheet:
If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate fund owner.
Jonathan Retartha
Manager, Donor Experience


MSU Annual Giving Events

Please use this link to access a shared Google Doc containing all registered guests for this weekend’s Annual Giving events.  Each event is listed on a separate tab:
Fundraisers – If you would like email check-in notification for specific donors at the Wake Up The Echoes! Breakfast, Shake Down The Thunder! Tailgate, or Onward to Victory! Dinner, please send me an email at with the names of the donors you’d like notification for.
Go Irish!

AGSM Event Registration Opens This Week for Stanford


“Early-bird” registration is now open for Blue, Gold, and $25k+ Recognition Society members. Yesterday’s email will be followed by an email tomorrow to all levels, with the addition of Badin Guild members.

Registration is open at this link (MyNotreDame login required):

For registration questions, please contact the Donor Experience team at and 574-631-5198.

For all other football event questions, please contact Rod Ambrissi ( or the specific fund owner. A full rundown of this year’s events can be found at

Jonathan Retartha
Manager, Donor Experience

Condolences for Joni Metzger

Our Sympathy to Joni Metzger
Please keep Joni Metzger and her family in your prayers; as her beloved sister, Jill Babcock, passed away on Tuesday, August 31 after a short illness. The memorial service for Jill is today in Lyons, Colorado, 4:00 local time. Joni and her husband will be in Colorado another week or two handling Jill’s affairs. Please keep Joni, her husband, Rein, and daughter, Kristen, in your prayers during this difficult time.

In Notre Dame,
Jamie Barry

Jamery S Barry

Assistant Director

Development Donor Services

University of Notre Dame


Shake Down the Thunder Tailgate

he first Shake Down the Thunder tailgate before the Nevada game was a tremendous success! Over 350 people enjoyed food, drinks, music, games for kids and football games on big TVs.

Please continue to encourage the recognition society members in your portfolio to attend this great event! Registrations are still being taken for the MSU tailgate at or by calling Donor Experience team at 574-631-5198.

Fundraisers and their spouse/significant other are welcome to attend, and FOAPAL’s can be accepted by the Donor Experience Team should a fundraiser want to host a benefactor.

Any questions can be directed to the Donor Experience Team at 574-631-5198.

Condolences to Larry Helmsing

Dear Colleagues,

We offer our deepest condolences to Larry Helmsing upon the passing of his father-in-law, Don Porter, this past Sunday, September 11, 2016. The full obituary may be found at:

Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 on Thursday at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home in Auburn, IN. The funeral service will also be at the Feller and Clark Funeral Home, beginning at 11:00 am on Friday.

Please keep Larry, Deb, and their family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

In Notre Dame,

Carleen Quinlan

Recorded Webinar on Workplace Conflict

Thank you to the Alumni Association Career and Professional Services staff for hosting Clear-Sighted Career online learning series.

(Click to watch recorded webinar)

Workplace conflict can lead us to expanded thinking but it requires a certain mindset. Join Dr. Amanda McKendree of the Fanning Center for Business Communication in the Mendoza College of Business for insights into the causes of conflict as well as frameworks and resources to respond to it constructively.

Openings in Professional Development Classes: Conflict Resolution and Amazing Moments

These two professional development programs each have seven seats available.

Registration can be completed through Endeavor at


Resolving Conflict While Maintaining Relationships

Thursday, September 22

8:30 – noon, Grace LLTR

Be more effective in handling conflict using specific communication tactics that help you clearly understand the other person’s issue when you find yourself wanting to disagree or to express a very different opinion.  Manage the aftermath and get the relationship back on track.

Amazing Moments
Thursday, September 22
1 – 3:30 p.m., Grace LLTR
Notre Dame is a special place with a unique character that affects nearly everyone who steps foot on campus.  Learn about the Notre Dame way and how YOU can personally create amazing moments for visitors, fans, students, parents, donors, customers, potential new hires, faculty and co-workers.


I was hoping this day would never come — but it has…

Catey Traylor has accepted a new position here at Notre Dame in the Enrollment Division. Catey will be serving as their Assistant Director, New Media & Communications — responsible for all social media, webcasts, etc, originating from the Admissions Office.

Catey’s last day here on the Storytelling & Engagement team will be Friday, September 23rd.

We’re going to miss Catey’s talent, personality and presence — she has been a wonderful team member and will be missed! Be sure to stop by and congratulate Catey on her new gig.

We have posted the open position on the ND Jobs site — if you know someone who is a talented storyteller (writer) who would make a great teammate — please encourage them to apply. We’re accepting applicants for the next three weeks.

Jim Small

Jim Small
Senior Director, Storytelling & Engagement Team

University of Notre Dame
Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame
1251 North Eddy Street
South Bend, IN 46617