Farewell Jared Mrozinske

Dear Colleagues,
It is with mixed emotions that I announce Jared Mrozinske will be leaving the University and the Development Office. Jared and his wife, Jenna, will be staying in South Bend as they begin the next chapter in their lives. While Jenna will remain with the University, Jared will be joining the start-up ProMazo, Inc, and lead their business development division.
It has been a pleasure to work with Jared the past several years.  He has been an outstanding team member, fundraiser and friend and the impact of the gifts he raised will benefit the University and Her students for years to come.
Please join me in thanking Jared and wishing him and Jenna the best of luck for their future as he takes on this exciting opportunity.  Jared’s last day in the office will be Friday, June 30.
Stu Fortner

Welcome Patty Kokesh

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce the hiring of Patty Kokesh for the new position of Associate Director, Data and Analytics.  Patty is a graduate of DePaul University with a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.S. in Applied Statistics.  After completing her studies, she spent four years working as a consultant for Cogensia, a company that specializes in marketing analytics.  Her most recent work has been with Ivy Tech Community College, where she has been an assistant professor for a variety of math courses.

Patty and her husband, Ryan, currently live in Valparaiso with their two dogs.  They are looking forward to relocating to the South Bend area in the coming months.

Her first day with us will be on June 5th. Please join me in welcoming Patty to the team!


Join the ND Trail Team at Sunburst Races!


On Saturday, June 3 members of the Notre Dame Trail production team will staff Sunburst Races Water Stop #3 adjacent to IUSB, and provide much-needed refreshment (and encouragement) to an estimated 4,200 half and full marathon runners!
We are actively seeking volunteers across University Relations to give approximately three hours (6:00am – 9:00am) of their time to assist with this important water stop. Each volunteer will receive a commemorative Sunburst t-shirt.
If you are available and willing to help, please contact me at gmcguir1@nd.edu or on 574 631-0782 for further details.
Thanks in advance.
Gavin McGuire

Gavin McGuire
Assistant Director, Notre Dame Trail
University of Notre Dame

Condolences to Jennifer McGuire


It is with sympathy and sadness that I share the news of the passing of Jennifer McGuire’s beloved maternal grandmother, Clara T. Coffelt. Please keep Jennifer, Gavin and the entire family in your thoughts and prayers.
The visitation and funeral service for Mrs. Coffelt will take place this Friday, May 19th. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. at Hahn Funeral Home, 505 W. 8th Street, Mishawaka; followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bavo’s Church in Mishawaka. The full obituary may be viewed at the following site:
Cristi Ganyard

Recognition Society Commencement Event

An email reminder will be sent today to all registrants for Friday’s Recognition Society event from 3pm-6pm in the Family Room.
This year’s invitation was extended to over 300 families of graduating seniors, including all active members of President’s Circle, Cavanaugh Council, Sorin, Corby, OSTM, JCOS, Rockne and Badin Guild (and Spouses).
Please contact Christine Wallace with any event-related questions, and the Donor Experience team for any registration questions.
Jonathan Retartha

Follow-up to Notre Dame is Listening

Today, the 16,000+ participants in this spring’s Notre Dame is Listening project received a follow-up email under my signature.  Those with specific concerns were invited to schedule 1:1 conversations with me, while all participants were directed to a summary infographic that you can view at http://Listening.ND.edu.
Please contact me with any questions.
Warm regards,

Welcome Tom Cummings

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to inform you that Tom Cummings is joining our East Regional Development Team, serving the Washington DC market.

Tom has served Our Lady’s University in many ways, from his days as a Holy Cross seminarian and rector at O’Neill Hall to his current responsibilities as the Founding Director of the STEP program in the McGrath Institute for Church Life. He has earned two degrees from Notre Dame, a BA in Liberal Studies and a Master of Divinity. Last week on May 11, 2017, The Catholic Theological Union (CTU) awarded Tom a Doctorate in Ministry (D.MIn.) for his work on narrative identity and Catholic schools.  After his undergraduate years at Notre Dame, Tom was commissioned an officer in the United States Marine Corps (USMC); among various assignments Tom served in Operation Sharp Edge in Liberia and Desert Shield/Storm in southwest Asia.

He is married to Kathleen Cummings, who is an Associate Professor in Notre Dame’s American Studies Department and also the William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism. Tom and Kathy have three children:  Margaret, a sophomore at St. Joseph High School; Thomas (TC), a seventh grader at St. Joseph Grammar School; and Anne, a third grader at St. Joseph Grammar School.  The family lives in South Bend and enjoys bike riding, watching movies, hanging out with friends and neighbors and spending their annual vacation at the Jersey Shore.

Tom will transition over to Development on July 1, 2017. Please join me in welcoming Tom to our Notre Dame Development Team!

In Notre Dame,

Anne Griffith



Our New Event Coordinator, Kristen White

Dear Team,

As I shared at yesterday’s staff meeting, Kristen will join our team as the Event Coordinator beginning on June 12th.  Many of us have been working directly with Kristen while others will have the opportunity to get to know her and collaborate with her.

Kristen will fulfill her current role as the Reunion Office Assistant through the close out of Reunion 2017, and then officially step into the Event Coordinator role. Very fortunately, we have Vanessa to continue to train and prepare her for this role.
Kristen worked in ND’s Utilities and Maintenance Department for 4 years where she planned events and conferences, managed complex projects, and provided key support. Prior to that, she created a small business, Bushels of Fun. Kristen brings her skills, experience, relationships and work ethic to this post.
On a personal note, Kristen and her husband, Pier, have a family of 7 children. Pier is a Regional Development Program Director. Their family loves to travel and has lived abroad (including England, Australia and Saudi Arabia). When she has free time she enjoys reading. Many in her family are members of the ND/SMC family.
Please join me in congratulating Kristen on her new role in the Alumni Association.
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Sharon E. Keane

Director of Professional and Academic Programs

University of Notre Dame Alumni Association
100 Eck Visitors Center | Notre Dame, IN 46556
P: 574-631-4637


Student Caller Summer Position

Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing, Phone Center has an open position for Student Caller.   If you know of any Notre Dame students that might be interested in exploring this position please direct them to  jobs.nd.edu on how to apply,  and/or contact Leah Corachea for further instructions.

Natella Micola

Recruiting Coordinator 

Department of Development

1100 Grace Hall

Notre Dame, IN 

Tel 574-631-8921

Fax 574-631-8325