Updates in Special Events & Stewardship

Dear Colleagues:

I have several updates to share regarding the Special Events & Stewardship team as follows:

Having recently completed her 16-month term as interim leader of the Special Events & Stewardship team,Mary Fisher will return to the Chicago Development Office as Senior Program Director, Special Events & Stewardship. In this stewardship-focused role, Mary will be charged with leading the team’s efforts to create and execute strategic and impactful stewardship plans for leadership, principal, and transformational donors to the University, working in close collaboration with front-line fundraisers. In addition, Mary will continue to manage the Student Life stewardship program, partnering closely with the University’s Division of Student Affairs, and will resume her role as the stewardship liaison to the Midwest Regional Development team. Please join us in thanking Mary for her dedication and leadership.

Please join me in congratulating Stephanie Mead on her promotion to Program Director, Special Events & Stewardship. Since 2014, Stephanie has played a vital role within the team, expertly managing Development’s hotel room blocks while providing concierge-level service to our Notre Dame benefactors and University guests. Stephanie provides strategy and management of the event budgets, and has recently started administering ticketing for Advisory Council members, Trustees and special events guests during home football weekends in close collaboration with Jill Calderone. Stephanie also leads several events for the team throughout the year, including the UR Summit Celebration and Faculty Dinner. Stephanie’s contributions to the University are significant and we are thrilled to recognize her leadership and service.

We are happy to announce that Beth Ferlic will be taking on a new role within the team as she has returned to graduate school to pursue a Masters in Counseling. In her new role, she will oversee programmatic principal donor stewardship and strategic partnerships with Principal Gifts. She will work closely with principal gift officers to provide intentional and creative stewardship to the University’s top donors. We are grateful for Beth’s leadership and excited that she will continue to serve our benefactors in this capacity. We are posting the role of Director, Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship, and welcome any referrals or questions.

In Notre Dame,


Eddy Street Closing this Friday for Pep Rally

Notre Dame will be hosting a Pep Rally at Eddy Street Commons on Friday, September 29th. The rally is scheduled to take place from 4pm – 7pm. Eddy Street will be closed from Angela to Napoleon from 6am-10pm, Vehicle towing will start at 6am. The Napoleon and Burns Street gates will still be accessible for garage access.

In addition, Angela will be coned off to a single lane. A stage will be set up between O’Rourke’s and the Bookstore. The DBR Group will have fun activities set up for kids, O’Rourke’s will have a Miller Lite truck on the street with an area roped off for 21 and over. Ultra Fab will hold a concert between 4pm -6pm, after which the ND Fighting Irish Football team and staff will take the stage.

Once again, the parking garage will be open and accessible through the Burns and Napoleon entries, regular rates apply.

Miami (OH) AGSM Event Attendees

Please use this link to access a shared Google Doc containing all registered guests for this weekend’s Annual Giving events.
Fundraisers – If you would like email check-in notification for specific donors at certain events, please send me an email at Jonathan.Retartha@ND.edu with the names of the donors and events you’d like notification for.
Please Note: The Donor Experience team at DonorExperience@nd.edu or 574-631-5198 will accept registrations for all events except Friday Kickoff until 5:00pm ET this Thursday. No registrations will be accepted on Friday.  Saturday walk-up requests are subject to availability.
Go Irish!

AGSM NC State Event Registration

“Early-bird” NC State registration is now open for Blue, Gold, and $25k+ Giving Society members.  Tuesday’s email to Sorin, Rockne, OSTM, and JCOS members will be followed by an email on Thursday opening registration to all levels, with the addition of Badin Guild members.
Important: It is possible for a donor to have a Green/Blue/Gold/Circle ticket lottery level without being a Green/Blue/Gold/Circle member of Giving Societies.  Please be careful when communicating with donors about their eligibility for Giving Society events.
Registration is open at this link (MyNotreDame login required): http://My.ND.edu/NCst17
For registration questions, please contact the Donor Experience team at donorexperience@nd.eduand 574-631-5198.
For all other football event questions, please contact Christine Wallace (cwallac3@nd.edu).  A full rundown of this year’s events can be found at http://Supporting.ND.edu/FB17
Jonathan Retartha
Manager, Donor Experience

OnwardND – Giving Society Exclusive!


We’re excited to announce a new enhancement to Giving Society membership. OnwardND is a new concierge phone service available on home game Saturdays and select evenings to help provide even better assistance with benefactors’ on-campus needs, and connect them with some of our outstanding students. It’s another way to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude for our members’ annual commitment to Notre Dame and her sacred mission.

When is OnwardND available?
In addition to the thoughtful, dedicated service our members have come to expect during business hours from our Donor Experience Team, OnwardND’s new concierge service is available:

  • Home game Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm ET
  • Sunday evenings 3:30pm to 7:30pm ET
  • MondayThursday evenings from 5:30pm – 9:30pm ET

How do I reach OnwardND?
Our traditional 574-631-5198 phone number remains the one to call, anytime.

How can this enhanced service help me?
During business hours, our Donor Experience Team is still the best option for:

  • Ticket / parking requests
  • Event registration
  • Giving history / questions
  • Membership renewals

During our new hours, callers will be connected with some of our amazing students, who are trained to be the ultimate ND “insiders”. They can help with a wide variety of requests, including:

  • Home game activities & weekend schedules
  • Campus tour reservations
  • Local restaurant recommendations
  • Local hotel availability
  • Prayer / Grotto requests
  • General feedback
  • Membership renewals
  • Just to chat!

If you have additional questions about the service, or good ideas about how we can grow this new initiative, please contact Leah Corachea or any member of the Donor Experience Team.

Warm regards,

Jonathan Retartha
Manager, Donor Experience

Green Belt Training

The Green Belt program at Notre Dame has been the main vehicle for delivering process improvement results across campus. Project leaders from campus departments participate in Green Belt training and, with coaching support from the Office of Continuous Improvement and strong project sponsorship, lead teams to deliver improvements to key processes.

The next session of Green Belt training starts October 25th. Please see the attached document for more information about Guidelines for a Green Belt Project and Green Belt Leader Criteria.

If you have a potential Green Belt project, please contact Dean Ernzen to discuss the project charter.

Green Belt Overview_Fall 2017

University-wide Diversity Training

Dear Notre Dame Staff,

In his September 2015 Letter on Diversity and Inclusion, Fr. John outlined several initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion within our Notre Dame community. He asked each of us to “recommit ourselves to building a community of respect, love and mutual support” at Notre Dame.

In the spirit of meeting these commitments, University-wide training programs for all staff have been developed on the subject of diversity and inclusion at Notre Dame. We are pleased to announce additional offerings of these programs, listed below. All staff who have not already done so are asked to attend the appropriate program.

If you are a manager, please bring this to the attention of your staff and ask them to enroll in the appropriate training.

We Are All ND

For non-supervising staff. All staff not currently in a supervisory role are asked to attend We Are All ND, an interactive and engaging half-day workshop that encourages each of us to take ownership of our campus environment and do our part to build and maintain a culture of inclusion where all are welcomed.

Multicultural Competencies / Hiring Game Changers

For managers/supervisors. All managers and supervisors of staff are asked to attend Multicultural Competencies / Hiring Game Changers. The first session of this day-and-a-half workshop will define the University’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan, explain multicultural competencies and discuss their benefits to Notre Dame. The second session will help you identify and hire “game changers” — top talent motivated to move your organization forward.


Upcoming session dates/times are listed below. Please note that additional dates will be added to the calendar once the below classes are filled. Sessions fill quickly, so please register in eNDeavor to secure your preferred session. Please work with your manager to ensure that your normal work schedule permits the training offering you choose.


We Are All ND

(for non-supervising staff)

Tues., Oct. 3, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 17, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 17, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 6, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Multicultural Competencies / Hiring Game Changers

(for managers and supervisors of staff)

•  Tues., Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m and Wed., Nov. 15, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Register in eNDeavor | More information


This is an exciting chapter in Notre Dame’s history, a time when we are united and re-energized behind a common goal: making the Notre Dame workplace more inclusive, diverse, and welcoming than ever before.


Yours in Notre Dame,


Robert K. McQuade, Vice President for Human Resources

University of Notre Dame

Telephone (574) 631-6161 Fax (574) 631-6926


A person to talk to, informed answers, excellent service … it’s what askHR is all about!

574-631-5900 | askhr@nd.edu | FAX:631-6926 | 200 Grace Hall

Condolences to Mary Jane Añón and Family

With sympathy, I want to share the sad news regarding the passing of Mary Jane Añón’s mother-in-law, Maria Luisa Regueira. She passed away on Tuesday, September 19 in Montevideo, Uruguay and will be laid to rest in Spain at a later time.

Please join me in keeping Mary Jane and her family in your prayers during this difficult time.

Drew Buscareno

Congratulations, Andrea Bullock

Dear colleagues,

Please join me in congratulating Andrea Bullock, who has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President, Strategic Marketing & Media Manager at 1st Source here in South Bend.

Andrea’s unmistakable leadership over the past three years has driven annual records in donor count totals to the University, and resulted in the implementation of innovative fundraising methods, including new mobile technology, point-of-sale giving, and a best-in-class university giving day.

We will miss Andrea’s many contributions to this team, but wish her well as she begins this exciting and well-deserved leadership opportunity with 1st Source.

All the best,

Gavin McGuire to transition to Program Director, Innovation and Strategies


It is with great enthusiasm to announce that, effective immediately, Gavin McGuire will transition to Program Director, Innovation and Strategies. Reporting directly to me, Gavin will manage a variety of initiatives to further innovation across our team, creating and implementing disruptive fundraising innovations resulting in growth in philanthropic revenue. Moreover, Gavin will lead our team’s wellness initiative and bolstering of culture endeavors, strengthening of workplace experiences for every member of our team.

Gavin will also work closely with me on portfolio management, cultivation, and stewardship efforts. He will partner with many of you on cultivation and creative strategies around IDEA Center priorities, assisting in my role as liaison to Bryan Ritchie’s new team. Finally, Gavin will manage a variety of special projects as they arise.

Since 2013, Gavin’s work ethic, commitment to excellence, and fun personality have been phenomenal assets to our team. Most recently, his work on the Notre Dame Trail was exemplary and created a once in a lifetime experience for many in this family. Gavin’s enthusiasm for the Notre Dame mission and our team is contagious and inspiring.

Please join me in congratulating Gavin on this new opportunity!

My Best,