Office of Gift Planning Cocktail Reception Venue Change

Dear Colleagues,

Due to the forecast of 90 degrees tomorrow, we are changing the venue for this reception below from the Wind Family Fireside Terrace to McKenna Hall Atrium.

Office of Gift Planning

Cocktail Reception at Reunion 2018

Thursday, May 31, 2018

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

McKenna Hall Atrium

Interim Dean College of Engineering (Message from Provost Burish)

It is with gratitude and enthusiasm that I write to inform you that Thomas E. Fuja, Professor and Chair of Electrical Engineering, has agreed to serve as Interim Dean of the College of Engineering effective August 1, 2018. Tom will serve until a permanent dean is appointed.

You are all aware of Tom’s enormous talent, considerable administrative experience, high standards, and commitment to Notre Dame and its distinctive mission. Please join me in thanking Tom and giving him our full support.

Please also join me in once again thanking Peter Kilpatrick for his selfless commitment to Engineering over the past decade as dean. With characteristic generousness, he has
already started to work hard to ensure a smooth transition to Tom.


Updates to Prospect Management

As many of you heard during the quarterly all-staff meeting last month, Gerek Meinhardt has decided to pursue medical school at the University of Kentucky.  Gerek has been a valuable member of the Prospect Management team for the past two years and he will certainly be missed.  With his departure, the collective athleticism and the depth of our PM bookstore basketball team has taken a substantial hit.  We are crossing our fingers that we can find another Olympian through the hiring process.

We are also pleased to announce that Kevin McMannis will be stepping into the Consultant role and partnering with the West region.  Kevin recently joined us in late March, and may have the record for fastest job change in the history of Development.  He brings a terrific attitude, strong work ethic, and some much-needed height to our team.

We recently posted the Prospect Research Analyst role to the university’s jobs board.  If you are interested in exploring this position, please visit or reach out to me with any questions.




Fall 2018 Frontline Supervision Program

The Fall cohort (Cohort 17) of the Frontline Supervision program is ready for enrollment! Please encourage those of your staff who are interested to read about the program on the HR website or review the one page reference guide so they fully understand the requirements of the program prior to registering themselves in Endeavor.

The program is limited to those who currently supervise staff (i.e., are responsible for their performance review in Endeavor).


Reminders of Program Changes Effective February 2018:


  1. 1. There are two concurrent groups instead of one:AM group that meets 8:30am – 12pm, and PM group that meets 1:00pm-4:30pm.


  1. There is a corequisite: Participants must complete ND Essentials for Managing Peopleworkshop in order to receive their certificate of completion. If they have completed the workshop anytime within the previous 3-year period prior to enrolling in Frontline, they are excused from the corequisite.


  1. There is a charge for unexcused absences/late withdrawal: Participants cannot miss more than two sessions due to unexcused absence. Each unexcused absence will result in a charge of $100/session to their department, and they must make up the missed session with the next cohort. If they withdraw from the program after it has started, their department will incur a $300 late withdrawal fee.


  1. Participants must submit a signed Letter of Commitmentform:This form states the requirements of the program as well as the fees incurred. It must be signed by the participant and the participant’s manager. The form is accessible on the HR website.


Interested staff may enroll themselves directly in Endeavor.

Welcome (back) Noell Stohler

The Regional Development team is delighted to welcome former employee, Noell Stohler. Noell departed Development three years ago and has found “the grass isn’t always greener.” She is thrilled to return and will be supporting Bill Kempf, Tom Molnar, and Tom Cummings, beginning May 23rd.

Noell and her husband Bill, will soon be empty-nesters. Their son attends the University of Wisconsin and their daughter will be a freshman this fall at Columbia College in Chicago. Noell enjoys fat tire bikes, outdoor sports, skiing, and hiking. And…she does not have a December birthday; she was born in April!

Please join me in welcoming Noell!

-Laura Midkiff

Congrats to Megan

Dear colleagues:

I am delighted to announce that Megan DePrimio has been promoted to Assistant Director, Donor Communications, Recognition & Stewardship, effective immediately. Megan began with the Special Events & Stewardship team in 2016, after serving as a marketing intern for Notre Dame’s Department of Athletics for a year. She has had an incredible impact on our stewardship efforts during this tenure — she has enhanced our public recognition offerings for donors and taken responsibility for capital reports and many additional mailings and offerings. She has married a past passion for Athletics and a new passion for stewardship and in doing so, moved the dial in enhancing donor engagement, especially for Athletic donors. Megan is the first person to step up to help her teammates, as evidenced with her leading year-end acknowledgments this past winter when we experienced several holes in staffing. Megan is a hard-working, creative and joyful team member, and we are thrilled to give her this new opportunity for growth.

You may recall that Megan earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Vincent College and her Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of the Incarnate Word. Please join me in congratulating Megan on this well-deserved promotion.

In Notre Dame,

Katherine Lane

Space Update


We have exciting news regarding our progress on reimagining the space we share every day.  We have partnered with Steelcase, our furniture provider, to engage in a 10 week comprehensive study to help us improve our workplace.  This study will take your input in a variety of ways: surveys of individual team members, a space analysis with motion sensors, as well as the feedback that you provide to us, your committee members.  

With the increasing size of Regional Development, the goal of our committee is to present a proposal for an integrated work environment at Eddy Street Commons. Despite much of the focus of this study being on the space at ESC, we want to better understand the challenges and opportunities for those who work at Grace Hall as well. Additionally, we are in the process of finalizing plans for new pilot space at ESC for all to experience potential configurations and furniture.  We look forward to this pilot becoming a reality, and strongly encourage Development employees at all campus locations to spend time trying out the space.

Here is what to expect during the comprehensive study:

Workplace Surveys:

Development colleagues at ESC and Grace Hall will receive requests to complete surveys that will provide feedback on how useful the workplace environment is for you. We need your help to be able to better understand all the ways work gets done so we can design a space that responds to your needs.  Please take time to answer the questions so we can better understand how to meet your needs.

Spatial Analytics Study:

On May 23rd and 24th Steelcase will be on site installing sensors at ESC. These sensors will track ONLY seat occupancy and temperature, and does not involve any video or audio recording.   They will be installed in desks, offices, shared spaces, and conference rooms with the only goal of seeing if a workplace is meeting your needs.  The data these sensors return will be 100% anonymous and non-identifying, and will certainly not be used to evaluate performance of any team members. The biggest take away from this will be how different teams use their space (e.g. Annual Giving vs. Regional Development).  These sensors will be removed the week of June 18. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to speak with anyone on this committee!

Do’s/Don’ts of Spatial Study:

Do – Use your space as if nothing is different.  We are looking to get the best data possible!

Don’t – Decide now is the time to test out a Roomba in your space.

Do – Ask anyone on the committee about this project and these sensors – we are more than

willing to answer your questions or ask those who know the answer!

May 23 and 24: Sensors installed

Week of May 21: Work Experience Survey sent out to ESC and Grace Hall teams

Week of June 4: Favorite Spaces and Space Traits Surveys sent to ESC teams

Week of June 18: Sensors removed

Please feel free to reach out to any (or all of us) with questions, concerns, or feedback. We are working to make this a better working environment for everyone and we will not be successful without your open and candid feedback.  

IWEC Committee

Brad Goff, Co-Chair

Marty Harshman, Co-Chair

Lynn Hubert

Scott Jessup

Laura Midkiff

Conor Montijo

Eileen Murdock

TJ Pillari

Dan Santucci

Amy Schell

Aaron Wall

Nathan Utz

Lin Wang


Office of Gift Planning Reunion Event Registrants

Dear Colleagues,

In conjunction with the kick-off of Reunion, on Thursday, May 31, 2018, the Office of Gift Planning will host a cocktail reception for Badin Guild as well as assigned members of the Class of 1968 in honor of their 50-year reunion.   The event will be from 2-4 pm at the Wind Family Fireside Terrace at the Morris Inn.

The current list of registrants for this event can be viewed here.

For more information on this event please contact Laura Snell.

Laura Snell

OIT Technical Training Summer Schedule Now Available

Brush up your technical skills this summer! Enroll in one of the technical training workshops from the Office of Information Technologies (OIT). You can register for any of these workshops at

OIT Lunch & Learns

Learn more about these timely topics at our lunchtime learning sessions:

  • Social Media Privacy, Wed., June 6

  • Favorite Handy Phone Apps, Thurs., June 21

  • Fantastic Features of Docs, Sheets, Slides, Wed., July 11.

  • Communicating Your Message with Infographics, Thurs., July 26

  • Password Management: Keep Track of your Passwords without Using Post-its, Wed., Aug 8


New Courses

Moving from Excel to Google Sheets

To prepare yourself to work well within cloud-based storage and apps, it’s important to understand the key differences between Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. This course is designed for users that are moderately proficient in Excel.

Adobe Spark: Tell Your Story in Posts, Pages and Videos

Put more pizzazz into your your next story, video or post with Adobe Spark. You’ll get great tips on how to make your ideas come to life using photos, icons, fonts and more.

Google Drive, Level II: Team Drive

Learn more about this new shared drive, and see if it’s the right tool for your team or work group.

Take a closer look at the full schedule of OIT learning opportunities this summer. For additional information on OIT technical training, go to:

If you have any questions, please contact the OIT Help Desk at 574-631-8111, or chat online at


Upcoming Spirion (Identity Finder) Scan

On Tuesday, June 5th, beginning at 9:00am, the OIT’s Information Security team will scan University owned computers in Development for highly sensitive information, such as SSNs, credit card numbers, and bank account numbers, using software called Spirion (formerly Identity Finder). This is being done to reduce/eliminate the electronic storage of highly sensitive information on University owned computers.
There will be further communications sent out as we get closer to the date with instructions on what you can expect during the scan, and what steps will need to be taken after the scan. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Development Help Desk.