Welcome Tara Gilchrist

Dear Colleagues,

Today is a great plus-one news day!  I am very excited to share the news that we welcome Tara Gilchrist, Sr. Talent Acquisition Consultant, to our University Relations team.  Tara will be joining us on Monday, October 29!

Tara has spent the last two years as a recruiter for Press Ganey here in South Bend, and prior to that, worked for Better World Books for nine years.  Tara brings innovation, curiosity, and a real passion for the mission of an organization to her work in talent acquisition.  I am confident she will help us continue the important work of attracting talented, accountable, and diverse individuals to join us here in University Relations.

Tara will be located in the Development office space on the 11th floor of Grace Hall.  We will make sure you all get a chance to meet Tara within her first few weeks of on-boarding.  I appreciate you joining me as we introduce Tara to our warm, inviting, and caring culture here in University Relations!

James Riley

Fri Nov 2: Cultural Tasting Extravaganza

Development Colleagues:

The Diversity Committee invites you to another Cultural Tasting Extravaganza on Friday November 2. This is an opportunity for us to share and enjoy each other’s cultural and family traditional cuisine.

All colleagues, including those whose office is at different locations, are invited to prepare your favorite dish and drop it in the ESC Cafe. The hope is to have food available all day long!

All colleagues, including those who do not bring food, are invited to stop by and taste!

Contact us with questions.

Alyssia Coates & Marilyn Bassett

October Matching Gift Email

The October matching gift email was sent on Tuesday, October 16 to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies and have made a gift since August 13, 2018. Please note that individuals on the second tab of the excel file (“Fundraiser Outreach”) have not received the matching gift email message (all gifts exceeding $24,000) but are eligible to match their gift.  You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned benefactors directly to discuss details and answer questions related to the matching gift process.  If you have any questions regarding this communication, please reach out to Laura Snell.

Welcome Scott Graham to Special Events & Stewardship

Dear Colleagues,
It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome W. Scott Graham (Scott) to the Special Events & Stewardship team. As a Program Director within the Executive Events team, Scott will work on events such as Groundbreakings, Blessings and Dedications, Advisory Council weekends, Stewardship events, and a variety of University events including Commencement. Scott will report to Cristi Ganyard.
Scott joins Notre Dame having worked for the past five years as Director of Tradeshows and Events with RVIA in Elkhart. In this capacity Scott’s major responsibility was to manage and lead an annual Tradeshow with over 7,500 attendees and 750,000 net square feet of exhibits, the 14th largest tradeshow in the U.S. Scott was responsible for developing, managing and implementing every aspect of the event. Scott was also responsible for Board of Directors’ meetings, reports, and presentations to the RVIA Board.
Prior to moving to the area with RVIA, Scott was with the Christian Booksellers Association (CBA) in Colorado Springs, CO. He began his career with CBA as manager of merchandising, before assuming the position of Meetings and Events Director. In this capacity he managed a Top 200 Tradeshow.
Scott has been involved with the Professional Convention Management Association, American Society of Association Executives, American Management Association, and the Convention & Visitors’ Bureau Advisory Boards in Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis and Orlando. He holds a Bachelors degree in marketing and business management from Missouri Western State University.
Scott and his family reside in Goshen. Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his twin daughters, having lunch with friends, and hiking (though he finds this a bit more challenging in Indiana than he did in Colorado!).
Cristi Ganyard

Welcome Devon Aragona

I am pleased to announce the latest addition to Annual Giving and Strategic Marketing. Today, Devon Aragona join us as the Digital Marketing Specialist on the Operations and Technology team.

Devon is a graduate of the University of Findlay with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Western Equestrian Studies. In previous professional roles, Devon specialized in content creation, digital and social strategy, and has served as an Internal Sales Representative, a Social Media Manager, and a Marketing Coordinator.

In her free time, Devon enjoys horseback riding, running, photography, traveling, and boxing.

We’re excited to work with her as she shares her diverse skillset with the University. Please join me in welcoming Devon to the Notre Dame Family!

Brandon Tabor

Congratulations to Gavin McGuire

Friends and Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce that Gavin McGuire has accepted the position of Advisor to the Vice President for University Relations, effective Monday, October 15. Gavin and Josh Flynt will overlap for one week, and Josh will report to his new position in the Alumni Association, Engagement Marketing Program Director, on Monday, October 22. I want to take this opportunity to offer my heartfelt thanks to Josh for his outstanding assistance over the past three-plus years.

As many of you know, Gavin has been a terrific asset to our team and to Notre Dame since 2013. He currently serves in the role of Program Director for Innovation and Strategies, managing a variety of initiatives to advance and strengthen our fundraising efforts, as well as our culture and workplace experience. In this position, Gavin has advanced our engagement of female leaders in the Notre Dame family through Hesburgh Women of Impact, and serves as the liaison to the IDEA Center. Prior to his current position, Gavin played an exceptional role in helping to plan and execute the Notre Dame Trail. He also previously served as a Development Associate, working closely with Micki Kidder.

Reporting to me, Gavin will be responsible for providing support to internal and external stakeholders, assisting in daily communications, coordinating high-touch and timely constituency service for key alumni, parents and friends, and managing other special projects. I am looking forward to welcoming him to our team in 405 Main.

Please note that Micki will soon provide communications around the transition of Gavin’s current responsibilities.

Please join me in congratulating Gavin!

Best, Lou


Jesse Harper Council Founder’s Weekend

Hi everyone! 
The below invitation for Jesse Harper Council Founders’ Weekend was just sent to all current JHC Members. The hard copy of the invitation will arrive next week as well.
Please feel free to share details of this event with any Jesse Harper Council prospects.  As a reminder, the Founding Member cutoff is November 10th. If you have any questions or if I can help prepare any materials on JHC, please let me know.
Thank you!
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JHC Electronic Invitation Registration Form

New Snite Director Named

Dear Colleagues,

In case you missed it, the Snite announced Joseph Antenucci Becherer as its new director this week. Joe is the founding director and curator of the sculpture program at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, and from my interactions with him, will be a passionate and visionary leader for the Snite—and soon the Raclin Murphy Museum of Art at Notre Dame.

New Networking Opportunity

Would you like to network with others across campus by meeting over lunch?

The Professional Development and Networking Committee 
is offering an exciting, new
networking opportunity for you:Thrive! Lunch Pairings. It’s easy. Just sign up and Thrive! will randomly pair you with a lunch partner.

You and your lunch partner will schedule your own date, time, and location. You will cover your own tab and may each bring one friend or colleague if you would like, and that person does not have to be a member of Thrive! to join in the lunch.

If you are interested, please click here to sign up by 5 p.m. on Monday, October 15.

Contact Jessica Schiller at jschill2@nd.edu or at 574-631-7923 if you have any questions.