Mary Ann Butkovich Artist Reception

Looking for something fun to do Friday night that involves art and free food? Come join Mary Ann Butkovich, wife of John and mom of Annie, at an Artist’s Reception at the Colfax Campus Gallery to see her work, along with two other artists. If you can’t make it Friday night, the show will be there until Friday, December 16th. The gallery is open weekdays 9 am to 7 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 1 pm.




Welcome Craig Sharpe!

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that Craig Sharpe will be joining the Special Events & Stewardship team as the Director of Compliance & Stewardship Programs on Wednesday, December 7.

In this role, Craig will assume primary responsibility for developing a University-wide compliance function for donor-restricted funds, and will oversee the associated annual production of endowed reports. Alongside the other members of the Compliance & Stewardship Programs team, Craig will also play a vital role to strengthen partnerships within the department and across the University towards developing creative and sustainable best practices in stewardship.

For the past six years, Craig has been working within Notre Dame’s Office of General Counsel, most recently exercising oversight and enforcement of the University’s Conflict of Interest policy. Prior to joining the University in 2010, Craig spent a number of years in the mortgage industry and served in the U.S. Coast Guard. With significant experience in the areas of IT, reporting, and business process development and improvement (he is green belt-certified!), we know he will be an exceptional addition to the team!

Mary Fisher

Congratulations to Kris Machalleck!

I am delighted to announce that, effective immediately, Kris Machalleck has been promoted to Program Director, Compliance & Stewardship Programs.

For the past 14 years, Kris has served as an integral member of the Development department, lending her expertise to the annual endowment report effort, partnering with the Office of Gift Planning on donor advised fund reporting, discerning recognition for University benefactors, and leading and assisting with numerous stewardship events, among her many other contributions to the Special Events and Stewardship units.

Please join me in congratulating Kris on this well-deserved promotion!

Mary Fisher

Spread the Word! Observe 28 Days of Peace this Advent

Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, the four-week season when we ready ourselves for the coming of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. This year, the Notre Dame Alumni Association and FaithND are inviting the ND family to observe 28 Days of Peace. Each day, we will strive to bring peace to the world through a small but meaningful activity, such as a prayer or kind gesture. Most activities can be done in five minutes or so, and each will help facilitate a spirit of peace.

Watch for the daily prompts on our Twitter and Facebook channels or through FaithND’s Daily Gospel Reflection, or visit If you want a daily mobile reminder, text ND28Days to 51555.


Euchre Players,

It’s time to sign up for December Euchre! We will gather together Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 5:15pm in the ESC Cafe. We will begin playing at 5:30.

The cost to play is $10. If you have any questions, or would like to join us please contact me at 1-1818 or Your entry fee is due to me by 5pm, Wednesday, December 7, 2016.

I look forward to seeing you at the card table!

Welcome to Baby Amelia Ambrissi!

Tammy  and I are excited to announce that baby Amelia has arrived by natural birth after 5 hours of intense labor, 1 and half push and no epidural or pain meds.

10:22 pm, November 18th, 2016, 8 pounds and 8oz – 20 inches and 3/4

Thank you for all the support you’ve given us during the pregnancy. We look forward to introducing you to our beautiful daughter soon!

PS. We did figure out how to work the baby car seat.

Rod Ambrissi


Virtual Run Registration

Train for The Notre Dame Trail by participating in the 3rd Annual Proud to Be ND Virtual Run & Walk! Race Day is November 29! Register to run for ND today!

Not only will you be supporting our ND students (you can even sponsor a student to race for you!) but you will receive a training plan, customized race bib and a finisher’s medal. All participants who register for the Virtual Run/Walk will also be entered for a chance to win free final day of the ND Trail registrations!

We will also be coming together on Race Day, 11/29, starting at 3pm to run/walk as a team and will provide routes for any distance. If you are participating as a team, please email our race director,

Sign up and join the celebration!

See you on the track!
Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing Team

ND v. VT Ask Jack Event Information

Please take a look at this inspiring video of Adam Sargent ’99, who will being joining us as our Ask Jack guest this Saturday. Adam is a former Irish Lacrosse player and current academic advisor for the football team. His story is one of tragedy, strength, and overcoming adversity.

The Ask Jack session (in conjunction with Ron Powlus giving our guests his “coach’s keys to the game”) begins at 9:45 am in the Jordan Hall of Science Auditorium, and promises to be a great conclusion to our gameday events for the 2016 football season. We hope to see you there with your benefactors.

Thank you.

Thank you, Jean Collier!

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Jean Collier for over 8 years of dedicated service to the University. Jean started in Regional Development in 2008 and transitioned to Corporate Relations in 2011. She has been instrumental in cultivating and stewarding many great corporate relationships, including General Electric, Deloitte, and KPMG. Since relocating here full-time for the Corporate Relations role, she and her husband Gary have had to live in separate cities. Jean has made the tough decision to leave the University and start fresh somewhere that she and Gary can be permanently reunited. Let us all thank Jean for her service to our team and wish her and Gary well on their new endeavors.

Nathan Utz