Email Encryption Demonstrations

As a reminder, this Monday, 10/24 is the first of our two email encryption demonstrations. It is being held from 2:00 – 2:45pm in the ESC Family Room. A Zoom invitation will be sent out to satellite offices prior to the demonstration. We hope you can make it!

Sorin Society Recruitment Mailing

This month, Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing has sent a Sorin Recruitment mailing to approximately 9400 benefactors. This mailing includes a letter from Student Body President and Vice President Corey Robinson and Becca Blais, and a 4-page proposal with an ask to join the Sorin Society with a gift of $1,500 or more. This mailing includes assigned prospects based upon their annual giving plan within the Portfolio RoadMapp. The creative pieces and the mailing list can be viewed here. The mailing was sent first class and gifts generated will be routed through the Chicago lockbox.

Over the coming weeks, assigned and unassigned prospects in this mailing will be called by either the Phone Center or AGSM staff to follow up to this mailing.
If you have any questions, please contact Brian Diss at 1-5646.

Welcome Jesse Meyer

Please join me in welcoming Jesse Meyer to the University Relations team as a new Director of Development. Jesse will be serving benefactors in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska.

Jesse comes to Notre Dame from the University of Chicago’s Alumni Relations & Development Office. While at UChicago, he worked on the Class Giving & Reunions Team and the Leadership Giving Team as a frontline fundraiser. In a previous role, he also ran a pre-professional career program at UChicago for students interested in proprietary trading. Prior to that, Jesse spent time in intercollegiate athletics at the University of Iowa and University of Kansas. He began his career in Chicago as an options trader for Moray Capital Management.

Jesse graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007 and was a member of the men’s varsity basketball team. His wife, Erin, is a 2008 UChicago graduate and former member of the women’s volleyball team and currently works as a physician assistant. They have two daughters, Lucy (4) and Ginny (2). Jesse holds a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing a PhD in Sport Management from the University of Kansas. He and Erin are thrilled to join the ND Family and will be relocating to the South Bend area as soon as possible!

Boldly Notre Dame Campaign Update

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you for your tremendous commitment to the University, and to the Boldly Notre Dame campaign. We are in the campaign’s 4th year, and the final year of the foundational (or “quiet”) phase. We are at $2.77 billion in campaign production thanks to the incredible generosity of our benefactors.

Confidentially, we will move to the public phase of the Boldly Notre Dame campaign toward the end of this fiscal year, likely in May 2017. At that time, we will not publicly announce a campaign goal. We would rather focus on our key initiatives and the impact our generous benefactors are already having on Notre Dame and the larger world. Our intent is to remain humble and hungry; we don’t believe a multi-billion dollar public goal announcement will be motivating for our alumni, parents and friends. We will continue to push hard internally to achieve our annual and overall campaign goals. We will also keep you informed as our public phase plans further develop. The public phase will last three years, ending in 2020.

As I shared with many of you at last week’s strategy session, our academic advancement directors and liaisons spent a great deal of time this summer revising their campaign priorities with the deans and University’s senior leaders. These updated campaign priorities can be found in the “Funding Opportunities” section of our new campaign resource center at The site works better when using either a Chrome or Firefox browser.

Huge thanks to Brandon Tabor and Lin Wang for their work in transforming our campaign resource center. Going forward, please use to access campaign resources (e.g. funding opportunities, priority pages, presentations, campaign event talking points, print portal, etc.). We promise to keep this new site up to date, and welcome your input on ways to ensure it is most helpful for you.

Finally, attached for your reference is the latest listing of our academic advancement directors and liaisons. These colleagues are invaluable resources for you as you seek information about the hundreds of campaign priorities. I encourage you to work with these team members often.

For Notre Dame,

Shannon Cullinan
Associate Vice President, Development
University of Notre Dame

Harper Breakthrough Event Oct. 20 – Don’t miss out on this inspiring event!

Hi everyone,

Please join us at this year’s Breakthrough event, featuring Jay Platt. Jay is a retired US Marine, two-time cancer survivor and motivational speaker.

Breakthrough Event
Thursday, October 20, 2016
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Hall

6:30pm Healthcare and Support Information Expo
7:00pm – 8:00pm Living Unstoppable with Jay Platt

Tickets available through the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office: (574) 631-2800

This event is Open to the Public and Free but Ticketed


Thrive Inspiring ND Women

THRIVE! Inspiring ND Women is an organization that aims to foster an environment that increases opportunities for women to be recruited, retained and advanced as leaders at the University of Notre Dame. THRIVE! is committed to providing female employees with avenues of professional development, including programming, mentoring, networking opportunities and outreach. Membership is open to all faculty, staff, and administrators employed by the University.
To opt in, please click here: THRIVE! Opt-in Form.
Here is what is coming up next:


Gender and Negotiation in the Workplace



Learn how awareness of the factors that create gender-related advantages and disadvantages in negotiations can help promote a more egalitarian workplace.


Tuesday, October 25


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(Light reception to follow)


McKenna Hall

Keynote RSVP:

 Ann Amico Moran

Senior Human Resource Recruiting Consultant

University Relations


ND Shares: Thanks Gerek & Nov. 7 Adoption Stories

Many thanks to UR colleague Gerek Meinhardt for telling his fencing and Olympic story at ND Shares on Tuesday afternoon. He humbly shared his incredible achievements.img_0628

To celebrate national adoption month, the November 7 edition of ND Shares will feature a panel of Development colleagues who have adopted children; do not miss their incredible stories!

Please contact me anytime with ideas about potential presenters at ND Shares.

For Notre Dame,

Bryan Reaume



ND Shares is a knowledge-sharing platform that
– Draws upon the talent of Notre Dame family
– Invites sharing across lines of role, department, and office physical location.
– Focuses on topics deemed important by the team.
– Promotes wellness of mind, body, and spirit of our Development colleagues.
– Reminds us of the great privilege to participate in and promote Notre Dame’s mission, vision and values.


Oct 25: Keynote on Gender and Negotiation in the Workplace

Negotiation is an important business skill.  We need to negotiate in many circumstances, from a salary or business contract to working with our colleagues.  Research shows that gender can affect the success of a negotiation because men and women approach situations differently. Negotiation skills can be learned, and although gender may influence our approach, both men and women can use some of the same strategies to improve negotiations.

In this keynote, Dr. Susan G. Williams will share how awareness of the factors that create gender-related advantages and disadvantages in negotiations can help promote a more egalitarian workplace.


Name of Program:

Gender and Negotiation in the Workplace


Learn how awareness of the factors that create gender-related advantages and disadvantages in negotiations can help promote a more egalitarian workplace.


Dr. Susan G. Williams

Professor Emerita of Management

Belmont University – Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business


Tuesday, October 25


4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
(Light reception following)


McKenna Hall


All Souls Day Prayer Service

Whether you are experiencing a recent loss of a loved one or remembering those long passed, the Notre Dame Alumni Association will remember your loved one by name during our annual All Souls Prayer Service at the Grotto. Our community will gather at the Grotto on Wednesday, November 2, the Feast of All Souls, to pray the rosary and light a special candle in memory of the faithful departed for whom prayers have been asked. The rosary begins at 1:00 p.m. and all are welcome to join us. All prayer requests submitted here by Monday, October 31, will be offered at the Grotto in person by a member of the Notre Dame family of faith.
Josh Noem ’98, ’05 M.Div.
Editor, FaithND
University of Notre Dame Alumni Association
100 Eck Visitors Center | Notre Dame, IN 46556
P: 574-631-3831 |

AGSM Event Registration Opens This Week for Virginia Tech


“Early-bird” registration is now open for Blue, Gold, and $25k+ Recognition Society members. Monday’s email will be followed by an email on Wednesday 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

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