Cancellation Casual Conversations Nov. 13

Casual Conversations with Micki that was scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8:45-9:30 has been cancelled.  Due to a google glitch the meeting cannot be removed from your calendar.

The next Casual Conversation is scheduled for Tues. December 11, at 8:45 in Cafe Di Grasta at Grace Hall.




Charitable Giving and the New Tax Law Complimentary Webinar

Dear Colleagues,

As part of our Charitable Giving and the New Tax Law campaign, the Office of Gift Planning is hosting a complimentary webinar on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:00 P.M. EST.  Mark Gallegos, CPA, MST, Senior Tax Manager at Porte Brown Accountants & Advisors will be our special guest presenter.  An email promoting this event was sent on Sunday, November 4 to ~46,000 benefactors to the University.  Registration is not required however entities will need to submit their name  and email to access the webinar here on November 13.

For more information about this webinar, please contact Laura Snell Walker.

Congratulations Laura Midkiff

I’m pleased to announce that Laura Midkiff has been named Clubs Program Director for the Notre Dame Alumni Association. In her new role, Laura will be responsible for leading the Clubs Team in support of the legendary Notre Dame Clubs Network featuring over 220 clubs around the country. Laura joins the NDAA team after four years of serving our alumni and friends as a member of the Regional Development team. For the past three years, Laura served as the Manager for Regional Development Administration, responsible for hiring, training, and on-boarding administrative assistants for Development’s primary fund raising teams. Laura brings a strong history of building a positive culture, excellent customer service, innovation, and a deep love for Our Lady’s University.

Laura and her husband Dale have three children (Megan – 28, Brian – 25, and Martha – 23).

We are excited to have Laura join the NDAA on Nov. 26th!

Condolences to Carolyn Hardman and Family

Please join me in extending condolences to Carolyn Hardman and her family on the passing of her mother, Priscilla R. Haynes.  Priscilla passed away on Saturday, November 3.

Visitation will be from 5-7 pm Tuesday, November 6 and 9-11 am Wednesday, November 7 at Miller Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury.  Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 7, also at the funeral home.

Please keep Carolyn, Lyle, David and Daniel in your prayers during this difficult time.

The obituary can be found at the following address:

Congrats on a new Life!

Dear colleagues:

It brings me great joy to report that Jessica and Stuart Reasons have welcomed baby boy Sloan into the world on November 1. Mommy and baby are doing well, and are looking forward to going home to big sister Sutton in a few days. Well wishes can be sent to 405 Peashway Street, South Bend, IN 46617. Jessica will return to work in late January. Please contact me with any questions in her absence.


Condolences to Donna Adams

Dear Colleagues,

We are sad to share that Donna Adam’s mother, Donna Hermann, passed away on October 26 at Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. Her obituary can be found here:

Donna was passionate about the University of Notre Dame, and had a special place in her heart for those in military services. The family has asked that donations in her memory be given to the University of Notre Dame by directing your gift to the Veterans Fund in memory of Donna Herrmann.

A memorial service will be held on November 17, 2018 at Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish, 219 South State Street, Niles, MI 49120 beginning at 11:30 a.m. Following the service a visitation will be held at Buchanan American Legion, 403 East Front Street, Buchanan, MI 49107.

Please remember to keep Donna and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

In Notre Dame,

Carleen Quinlan

Congratulations Jonathan Retartha

I’m writing to share the bittersweet news that Jonathan Retartha has been appointed as the new Director of Housing at Notre Dame.  In this role, he will no doubt bring his unmatched accountability and his abiding love of process improvement to serve Our Lady’s University in new and meaningful ways.
Jonathan has been an integral member of the Annual Giving team for the last five years.  Since 2016, he has served as the Manager of the Donor Experience Team, which provides Giving Society members with a best-in-class concierge service.  In this role, Jonathan also led Development’s efforts to continue the conversation with the 15,000+ alumni, parents, and friends who submitted feedback as part of the “Notre Dame is Listening” initiative.   Unsurprisingly, Jonathan represented the University with class and grace, assuring these ND family members that they were valued and heard. 
While we’re grateful that Jonathan will not be going far — and are excited for him to put his skills to use in this new role — we will undoubtedly miss his dedication, tenacity, and faithfulness to Notre Dame’s mission on our team.  We are hopeful, however, that he will assist us in April by making a cameo appearance in the Social Media Lounge on Notre Dame Day!
Please join me in congratulating Jonathan and wishing him well as he begin this new professional adventure!
Matt Gelchion