Congratulations Greg Simpson

Dear Colleagues,
After more than 20 years of service within the Development Department, Greg Simpson has accepted a Senior Departmental Administration Coordinator position within the Office of Information Technologies (OIT).  During his time in Development, Greg has been an instrumental partner within the Prospect Management team.  Over the years, Greg has created thousands of biographical profiles and reports and researched and screened a substantial number of prospective prospects and donors.  Please join me in congratulating Greg on his new position and thanking him for his many contributions to our team.  Greg’s last day in his current position with Development will be Thursday, April 13.



2017 Badin Guild Events

Dear Colleagues,

Based on survey feedback received over a few years from Badin Guild members, we are making some changes this year to how these members of the Notre Dame family are stewarded.

In an effort to provide a more enhanced stewardship experience and provide greater opportunities for more Badin Guild members to engage with Notre Dame, we have decided to host a series of events throughout the year rather than hosting the one Badin Guild Weekend.

The schedule below outlines events that are currently being planned.  This change is being communicated to Badin Guild members through the March eNewsletter sent on March 30 as well as a mailing that will drop on Monday, April 3.

2017 Badin Guild Events Schedule

April 22, 2017                     Recognition Society Blue-Gold Game Breakfast 10:00 AM – Noon

Atrium, Mendoza College of Business

Notre Dame, IN


May 9, 2017                        Badin Guild Chicago Luncheon                                   Chicago, IL

Additional details to be announced


June 1, 2017                      Planned Giving Reception during                              Note Dame, IN

Reunion 2017

Additional details to be announced



August 26, 2017 Notre Dame Trail Pilgrims Mass &                             Notre Dame, IN

175th Anniversary Luncheon

Additional details to be announced



September 9, 2017          Badin Guild Event during the                                      Notre Dame, IN

Georgia Home Game Weekend

Additional details to be announced



October 21, 2017              Badin Guild Event during the                                      Notre Dame, IN

USC Home Game Weekend

Additional details to be announced


If you have any questions regarding these events, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Laura Snell

Associate Director, Badin Guild

Performance Evaluations and Merit Process

University Relations Staff:

It is that time of year when we focus on the preparation of the budget for next fiscal year. The annual operating budget process includes proposed salary increases that are effective July 1, 2017, and the non-salary budgets. Please note that managers are receiving a separate memo that includes details on University guidelines, how to access specific charts, etc. This communication is intended to highlight the budget process and timeline internal to University Relations (UR) and to ensure you are familiar with the process and key contacts.

The Budget Team

  • Mark Witucki – Alumni Association
  • Mary Ellen Koepfle, Geoff Stookey, Brenda Carr – Development


Fiscal 2018 Budget Process and Deadlines

Merit recommendations are provided by managers based on employee performance during fiscal 2017. These recommendations are reviewed by the appropriate Associate Vice President and ultimately approved by Lou Nanni. Human Resources and the Office of Budget & Planning audit these recommendations to ensure consistent application of University guidelines.

There are no incremental increases for non-salary budgets this year. If necessary, members of the budget team will work with your unit to re-allocate funds within the org to better align the budget plan with the spend activity.

Please note the following deadlines:

  • May 1 Self-reviews​​ finalized in Endeavor​ – Step 5 (​S​end forward to your supervisor by May 1)
    • Note: supervisors may designate an earlier deadline for the self-evaluation
  • May 1 Managers finalize merit recommendations
  • May 8 Associate Vice Presidents review and finalize merit recommendations
  • May 12 Managers complete review in Endeavor (send forward to HR by ​5:00 PM)
    • Note: make sure Endeavor shows overall rating for your employee before sending forward
  • May 15 Vice President approves merit recommendations
  • June 16 Compensation statements sent to managers for distribution
  • June 23 Staff salary notifications are available online in InsideND


Should you have any questions regarding the performance review process or the budget process, please let us know.

Mary Ellen Koepfle, C.P.A.
UND ’96 – SMC ’78

Director, Finance and Administration
University Relations
University of Notre Dame

Office: (574) 631-9903
Office: 1100 Grace Hall

Participate with the MBA Vets Club in The Murph Challenge

Please join the Notre Dame MBA Veterans Club along with Dan Peña from our team for The Murph Challenge.  The workout event honors Navy LT Michael Patrick Murphy, Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient who was killed in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005, during Operation Red Wings.  The story of Operation Red Wings was told in the book and movie, “Lone Survivor”.  To read more about LT Murphy, please see the attached Link.
The event will take place at the Clarke Memorial Fountain beginning at 8:00 AM on Friday, May 12th.  If you would like to support the MBA Veterans Club in honoring LT Murphy’s sacrifice to our country please fill out this survey which will forward your information directly to the ND MBA Vets Club.
Dan Peña, ’12 MBA
Associate Director, Graduate Business Annual Giving
Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing

New Towing Service implemented

Dear Tenants,

Effective Monday April 3rd Eddy Street Commons management office will be using a new towing service, Hamilton Towing. Please ensure that your staff does not parking in the 2-Hour parking or other designated parking spots that do not belong to them, as these spots are for customers of Eddy Street Commons.

If you have a prior arrangement with Kite regrading designated parking for yourself or other members of your team, this does not pertain to you and our staff is aware of what vehicles you drive and the spots that you park in.

Thank you for discussing this with your employees, and for understanding it is our goal to ensure that your customers have ample parking so they may visit your establishments, enjoy your products and services and help make your business a success!

In the event, a vehicle gets towed, you may reach Hamilton Towing by calling (574) 289-6364.

Sheri Ricketts | Associate Asset Manager, Eddy Street Commons

574 287-9890 [direct]
574-292-8353 [cell]
866-266-0205 [After Hours Emergency]

Kite Realty Group
1234 North Eddy Street, Suite 115
South Bend, IN 46617

Recognition Societies Blue-Gold Game Breakfast

Email invitations were sent today to members of Sorin, Corby, Rockne, Order of St. Thomas More, John Cardinal O’Hara Society, Badin Guild, President’s Circle, and Cavanaugh Council for this year’s Blue-Gold Game Breakfast.
Cost: $10 per person
When: Saturday 4/22, 10:00am – Noon ET
Location: Mendoza Atrium
Today’s invitation will be followed by a reminder on 4/11.  Registrations will be accepted through 4/16.
If you have any questions about this event, please contact event leads Rod Ambrissi and Christine Wallace.  For registration questions, please contact the Donor Experience team at 1-5198.
Jonathan Retartha
Manager, Donor Experience

April Euchre Club

EUCHRE CLUB will meet Thursday, April 20th (April 13 is Holy Thursday) in the ESC Cafe at 5:15pm for another night of cards and fun. If you haven’t already signed up, please contact Pam Mullin at 1-8713 or to register. Please remember your $10 registration fee needs to be paid by 5pm on Wednesday, April 19th. Looking forward to seeing you!


Pamela S. Mullin

Regional Development

University of Notre Dame

1251 North Eddy Street, Suite 300

South Bend, IN  46617-1403

574-631-8713 (direct)

574-631-8325 (fax)

ND Shares Recap: Ron Kraemer

Many thanks to Ron Kraemer for sharing Reflections on Leadership and Being Happy.

Some of his greatest hits:

  1. Happiness. Great work. Success. The order matters.
  2. We can make mistakes faster than ever. Do not fear failure.
  3. Do stuff. Put yourself out there.
  4. Sit down and listen.
  5. Be a tall tree that helps others grow.
  6. “Can I make copies or anything?” Serve.
  7. Care for people. That’s what families do.
  8. Do not wait for “leaders.” Do it person to person.
  9. Read The Happiness Equation by Neil Pashricha.
  10. Don’t take yourself too seriously. Wear Yoda slippers.


See his presentation slides.


Invitation to ND Voice Focus Groups.

Dear colleagues,


I hope that you will participate in one or multiple focus groups related to the Development results of the ND Voice survey. These focus groups will be topical, but I would encourage you to participate in multiple depending on your interests. The focus group topics and times are listed below. They will take place in the Family Room at the Eddy Street Office. Please note that the discussions are not limited to these timeframes and I am happy to continue the conversation as we deem necessary throughout this process.



Thursday, March 30

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Respect & Fairness

Thursday, March 30

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.



Monday, April 3

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.



Monday, April 3

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.



Tuesday, April 4

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.



Tuesday, April 4

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.



Wednesday, April 5

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


If these times do not work for you or you prefer having a one-on-one conversation or smaller group discussion, please do not hesitate to email me at and we can set something up that works in your schedule.


I look forward to working with you to tackle these issues and propose creative solutions to enhance our workplace. See you soon!


Clare Mundy

Sorin Society Gold Member Event for Notre Dame Day

On Sunday, April 23, the Sorin Society will be hosting Gold-level members for an intimate VIP experience leading up to the launch of Notre Dame Day. The day includes Sunday morning mass, brunch with students at South Dining Hall, a tour of new, historic and special-access sights on campus, and VIP status in the studio as the Notre Dame Day broadcast launches. Final itinerary and details will be announced in the coming weeks (Note that this is also Blue-Gold game weekend).

Invitations to all Gold members were distributed via email on Friday, March 24. RSVPs by April 7 can be directed to Brian Diss (, 574-631-5646).
Fundraisers are encouraged to personally reach out to Gold members in their portfolios to invite them to this event. Additionally, if fundraisers would like to invite Blue-level members and use this event as an opportunity to make an upgrade ask, please see Brian Diss.