Notre Dame Trail

In November of 2016, the Intercessory Prayer Team for the Notre Dame Trail organized a Prayer Service with the purpose to engage local church communities with the University’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. Church leaders learned first-hand from Lou Nanni about the vision and rationale for the pilgrimage. We invited the church leaders to pray with us, to communicate about the Notre Dame Trail within their communities, and to consider participation.

In continuation of this effort, once a month throughout this year, the Intercessory Prayer Team will be visiting local churches to fellowship in prayer. We invite you and your family to join us. Below is a list of the first two churches we will be visiting in the next couple of months.

You are also welcome to join the Intercessory Prayer Team in praying for the Notre Dame Trail. Below is a copy of the pilgrimage prayer card to pray at your convenience.

Please email Alyssia Coates with any questions.

Faith Apostolic Church:
Date: Sunday, January 22nd
Address: 909 N. Bendix Dr. South Bend, IN 46628
Time: 11:00 AM (Prayer will begin the first 20 minutes of the church service)

Grace AME Zion:
Date: Sunday, February 19th
Address: 1211 Vassar Ave. South Bend
Time: 11:00 AM (Prayer will begin the first 20 minutes of the church service)


Intercessory Prayer Team



Welcome to the world Jacob George Brennan!

It is with great love and joy that we welcome Jacob George Brennan to the world. Ryan and Susie welcomed their miracle at 11:34 pm Sunday, January 15. He was 20″ and 7 lbs 6 oz at birth. It is fitting that he joined the world just in time to help his dad celebrate a Steelers playoff victory!
Please join me in congratulating Ryan and Susie and welcoming sweet little Jake into this amazing world!

Congratulations Geoff and Jess!

Dear UR Colleagues,
Please join me in congratulating Geoff Stookey and family on their new addition!.  Atlanta Grayce arrived Friday the 13th at 5:43 PM.  She weighed in at 7 lbs 12 oz and is 20 inches long.  She is adorable and looks a lot like her big brother, Jaeden. Jess and baby are home and both are recovering just fine. May God continue to bless this family as they welcome this sweet child into their home.
Atlanta Grayce, welcome to the Notre Dame family!
Mary Ellen Koepfle
Atlanta Grayce
7lbs 12oz
20 inches
1/13/17 @ 5:43 pm

Open Position: Reunion Office Assistant (Temporary)  

Notre Dame Alumni Association has an open position for a Reunion Office Assistant. The Reunion Office Assistant will be responsible for providing administrative support during the pre-Reunion time period to alumni as well as the NDAA staff.  Additionally, the Reunion Office Assistant will provide support during the Reunion event weekend and afterwards. This position would start in January and go through the month of June. It will not be posted on the HR jobs site.

If you are interested in exploring this position please contact Erin Thornton or Ann Moran.

thank you

Natella Micola

Recruiting Coordinator

Department of Development

Eddy Street Commons at Notre Dame

1251 N. Eddy Street, Suite 300

South Bend, IN 46617-1403

2017 Scott Malpass Endowment Update Teleconference

Please join us for the 2017 Scott Malpass Endowment Update Teleconference on February 21 at 1:30 EST. This private, invite only event for Notre Dame’s charitable remainder trust donors and beneficiaries will include Scott’s remarks on the Notre Dame Endowment followed by a Question & Answer session.

Conference rooms have been reserved in Grace Hall 1101 and the Family Room at Eddy Street for your convenience. If you plan to join remotely, please contact Laura Snell for dial-in instructions.

Laura Snell
Associate Director, Badin Guild
Annual Giving & Strategic Marketing
1100 Grace Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Calendar Year End Closing

We plan to close out the gift processing for Calendar Year 2016 on Thursday, January 12. On Friday we will begin processing gifts for 2017. Please check to see if you have gifts that need to be counted in final CY2016 numbers and deliver them to Donor Services right away! Remember to include all envelopes for mail so that postmarks can be properly documented.

Of course, if a gift comes in later that is an actual 2016 gift (e.g. a mailed check with a 2016 postmark) we can provide the proper 2016 tax receipt.
Thanks to everyone for their partnership during this busy, exciting time!
Brian J. Dean ’87

Senior Director, Development Operations
University of Notre Dame

Welcome Josh Tullis to Corporate Relations

Dear Colleagues,
Please join me in welcoming Josh Tullis as a new Program Director for Corporate Relations. Josh will begin his new career at Notre Dame on Thursday January 12th.
Josh is a double-domer, with a BS in Chemistry in 1996 and a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry in 1999.  He spent the first part of his career as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry before leaving to lead a fourth-generation family real estate development business. For the past 12 years he has been engaged in real estate development, design, brokerage, and management. Josh brings a great mix of technical knowledge and business experience to our team. He will serve both the College of Science and the College of Engineering, working with faculty members in both areas in an effort to connect our research efforts with industry.
Josh and his wife, Jennifer, will be relocating from Rome, GA (1 hour north of Atlanta). They have 3 children, Jane (15), Sam (13), and William (10), who are all really excited about winters in South Bend! Please stop by and introduce yourself to Josh, his new office will be very close to the cafeteria in ‘corporate’ row.
Nathan Utz

Pet Food Collection ends 1/17/2017

Thank you for all the generous donations of pet food to help families keep their pets!  We dropped off over 125lbs of dry feed, plus canned food, toys, beds and treats to the Northern Food Bank and SBACC!  We have one last push to collect through January 17th  Animals bring us such comfort, so let’s lend a little hand and help out!   Again, thank you to everyone for your support and donations!

The Principal Gifts Team


Rita Udvardy News

I am excited (and sad) to announce that Rita has decided to change gears again and will be taking her talents to The Mendoza School as Graduate Business Programs Student Services, Assistant Director. For 10 years Rita Udvardy has been a loyal, dedicated and inspiring member of the University Relations family. From her humble beginnings as seasonal staff member in the Lettershop, throughout her run as a Project Specialist in Donor Services; Manager of the Donor Experience Team within Annual Giving Programs and her most recent leap of faith, joining the Data Integrity Team, Rita has been a driver of change and true believer in the University’s Mission. Rita’s last day with our team will be January 13th, please be sure to stop by ESC to wish her well.

Patty Herrity