Please consider joining the Development team for the 2017 St. Margaret’s House Winter Walk at 1:30 on February 19. This event is a non-competitive one mile walk through downtown South Bend. The intent is to show solidarity for the women and children who walk to access services, no matter the weather. All ages are welcome! To participate, please contact Bridget Conley or register for the Development team at
In preparation for our ND Shares session on Monday, February 20th and as a continuation of our professional development efforts, I invite you to a discussion of the book Heroic Leadership by Chris Lowney. You may recall this was recommended by Jack Brennan at the 2016 UR Summit. I appreciate the book’s emphasis on everyone being a leader and lifelong learner. Purchasing the book is an approved expense. In the event you are concerned about reading the full book before our time together on February 20th, I encourage you to read this book summary and participate in the discussion.
I am excited and grateful to our Learning and Organizational Development team for launching a new initiative based on the competency model. Future learning offerings will complement your personal development plan and ongoing conversations with your manager. Each month will highlight specific competencies and corresponding learning resources such as Skillport content, webinars, university-wide HR offerings, and customized venues like ND Shares.
I encourage you to follow participation details in calendar invitations and UR blog posts* to maximize these opportunities.
Thank you for all you do for Notre Dame. Let us continue to grow together.
February Self-Development, Emotional Intelligence
March Communication Skills
April/May Developing Others: Coaching, Managing, Receiving/Giving Feedback
I am delighted to announce that Lisa Anderson joins our team today as the Career Advisor. She believes that helping people reach their full potential is a major theme in her life. This is evident in her work, volunteer activities, and community service. She brings her education, professional background, skills, and network along with her empathy and sense of humor to this important role.
Lisa has worked on campus previously with the Career Center and Center for Social Concerns. As the Director of Graduate Career Planning for 7 years, she effectively advised Notre Dame graduate students on their various career paths and options. At the invitation of the Center for Social Concerns, Lisa developed and delivered seminars on understanding mental illness.
Prior to Notre Dame, Lisa worked at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture where she developed programs with alumni and employers aimed at increasing awareness and hires of UVA graduates. More recently, Lisa was a full-time mental health advocate through her work with the local National Alliance for Mental Illness, Oaklawn, and the Clubhouse of St. Joseph County.
She is a graduate of Michigan State University and University of Virginia earning degrees in physical education/dance and counseling education, respectively.
On a personal note, Lisa loves singing, brainstorming, cooking and eating anything made with figs. Her husband, Gary Anderson, is a faculty member in the Theology Department. Lisa and Gary have two grown sons, Christopher and Matthew ’08 & ’10 (ACE), who live in South Bend.
Lisa will have office space located in the Eck Visitors Center to conduct career advising consults.
Please join me in welcoming Lisa to the Alumni Association.
The Notre Dame Club of Greater Naples Area will again be hosting their Economic Outlook Luncheon on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Royal Poinciana Golf Club in Naples, Florida. Onsite registration will begin at 11:00 am, speakers will begin at 11:30 and lunch will be served at 12:30.
Michael Pries, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Notre Dame Department of Economics and Christopher Murphy, III, Chairman and CEO, 1st Source Bank will discuss “Post-Election Economic Outlook, Including the Impact of Our Growing National Debt and What it Means for Our Economic Future” from economist and banking perspectives.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn how they can help to advance the Club’s mission through providing for the Club Scholarship in the future.
A registration fee of $100 per person (tables seat 8) will support the Notre Dame Club of Greater Naples Scholarship Fund.
If you have benefactors or prospects in that area that you think would be interested in this event, please provide them with the information above along with the link to register for the event.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
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To My Friends and Colleagues,
Thirty five years ago, my brother was wrestling with choosing a college. He was leaning toward Boston College, my mom and dad’s alma mater, which was particularly special for my sentimental father. A letter from Notre Dame arrived late in the process. The debate ended. My father told my brother he’d be going to the University of Notre Dame. That was the start of a connection with Our Lady’s University that has evolved and deepened and this past difficult year, bolstered our family.
I don’t know if it was my dad’s heart or head that guided that decision. I believe it was God’s hand. We lost my dad to cancer this past Christmas Eve. While reflecting on the many, many gifts my father gave us, it occurred to me that he gave us the gift of Notre Dame. My dad was thrilled when I joined Notre Dame Development a little over a year ago. That excitement turned to awe at the extraordinary response from the Notre Dame family when we found out he was sick. You circled the wagons to support us. You sent prayers and cards and pictures of candles lit at the Grotto. Baskets arrived at their house and on that very hard day when our family gathered to say goodbye, the most beautiful blue and gold flowers greeted us at the church. A thank you in this format seems woefully inadequate but I wanted to make sure that you all knew what a profound difference you made for me and my family during a very trying time. One of the things my dad admired most about Notre Dame is that it “walks its talk.” He said Notre Dame is authentically what it aspires to be. I am deeply grateful to be part of such a place with all of you and I am deeply grateful that my dad recognized years ago why it was so special. Thank you for making it so.
With deepest gratitude,
I am pleased to announce that Geoff Stookey has been promoted to Sr. Financial Analyst. In addition to budget management and various reconciliations, Geoff will dedicate time to budget planning, and the use of new systems to improve our reporting and review of financial data. Geoff is also responsible for the completion of surveys such as the annual Voluntary Support of Education Survey(VSE), the ACC Annual Survey, and other ad hoc survey requests.
Geoff, ND Alum Class of 2009, joined the University in 2010 as an Account Services Coordinator in Donor Services. He joined the Finance Team in 2011 and was promoted to Budget Analyst in 2013. He is committed to excellence in the work he does for Development and is always eager to help other units or individuals when needed. His service to our community and to the University is representative of the University’s Core Values.
Please join me in congratulating Geoff Stookey.
Mary Ellen Koepfle