Congratulations and Farewell to Paul Miller

Dear Colleagues –

We are sad to announce that Paul Miller has resigned his position within the Business Intelligence Team, and will be returning to Better World Books as Vice President of Business Analytics. While he has only been with us a short time, he will be missed as he has had a great impact and has built excellent partnerships while working closely with many of you. Paul’s last day will be Friday, December 14. 

Please join me in congratulating Paul and thanking him for his service at Our Lady’s University. 

UR Christmas Luncheon

We look forward to our time together at the annual UR Christmas Mass and Luncheon this Friday.  Mass will be held at 11:00 am at Alumni Hall, followed by a luncheon at Noon in the Dahnke Ballroom (Duncan Student Center).   Please join us in the spirit of giving and bring an unwrapped toy to the party to benefit children at the YWCA.  Also, it’s not too late to sign up your group for karaoke.

For your convenience, Cardinal Buses will provide shuttle service from the Eck Visitors Center, Grace Hall, and Eddy Street Commons to Alumni Hall for Mass at 11:00am, the Duncan Student Center for the luncheon at 12:00pm, as well as transportation back to your respective offices at 2:00pm.  Below you will find details outlining the pickup times and locations for each office building. Team members in alternative buildings are welcome to join in transportation options at any of the three pick up locations.
Eck Center (24 Person Shuttle)
A shuttle will depart at 10:30am for Alumni Hall
A shuttle will depart at 10:45am for Alumni Hall
A shuttle will depart at 11:45am for Duncan Student Center (if you are not attending mass)
Eddy Street Commons (56 Person Shuttle)
The shuttle will pick up at the crosswalk by parking garage
A shuttle will depart at 10:30am for Alumni Hall
A shuttle will depart at 10:45am for Alumni Hall
A shuttle will depart at 11:45am for Duncan Student Center (if you are not attending mass)
Grace Hall (56 Person Shuttle)
Please see image below for specific pick up location

A shuttle will depart at 10:30am for Alumni Hall
A shuttle will depart at 10:45am for Alumni Hall
A shuttle will depart at 11:45am for Duncan Student Center (if you are not attending mass)

From Mass to the Duncan Student Center
Three shuttles will be at the Morris Inn circle near Alumni Hall to transport people to the Duncan Student Center at 11:55am

From the Duncan Student Center back to your office
Three shuttles will be at the Duncan Student Center at 2:00pm after the completion of the luncheon.  One will depart for the Eck Center, one will depart for Grace Hall, and one will depart for Eddy Street Commons.  Each shuttle will return to the Duncan Student Center for a second round of drop-offs to the Eck Center, Grace Hall, and Eddy Street Commons at 2:15pm.

Grace Hall pick up location
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Give the Gift of Warmth – Center for the Homeless Winter Clothing Drive 

We are pleased to announce that Development has once again partnered with the Center for the Homeless to collect cold weather items for those in need in our community. The Center is in urgent need of new or gently used coats, as well as hats, gloves, scarves, socks, boots, and hand/foot warmers. There will be collection bins located in the Eddy Street cafe and on the 10th and 11th floors of Grace Hall near the elevators. The collection bins will be available through Thursday, December 20. Please reach out to Grace Prosniewski with questions.

Welcome Matt Abernathy

Please join me in welcoming Matt Abernathy as the newest Regional Director in the Midwest Region.


Matt joins us from ITsavvy, a Chicago-based IT consulting firm where he worked as a Solutions Consultant and Project Manager. Previously, Matt worked as a fundraiser at his alma mater, St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois. During his tenure at there, he also served as the Director of International Student Programs, taught select classes, and coached football and track & field. (I guess you could say St Francis got their money’s worth!) Prior to St. Francis, he was a Territory Sales Representative for Red Bull.

Matt is a proud graduate of St. John’s University (MN) and recently completed his Notre Dame Executive MBA (2017).

Tim Willis

Welcome Jennifer Odell

Please join me in welcoming the newest Associate Director for the Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle, Jennifer “Jen” Odell. In this role, Jen will assist in our efforts to hit our $23 million FY19 goal by working with the field on renewals and new member prospecting. Jen will also oversee our events and stewardship projects including the launch of our new member welcome program.
With over 25 years of marketing experience, Jen is going to be an extraordinary addition to our team. Most recently she has been a consultant in the geotechnical engineering industry to do market research on current and emerging markets. Jen also has experience with planning impressive events, especially for her children’s schools throughout the years. Jen is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where she majored in Communications.
Jen and her family moved to South Bend from Dallas, Texas over the summer and are settling in just in time for winter.
I look forward to working with Jen as our team continues to serve Our Lady’s University.
Best, Shelby

Welcome Rich Allocco

Please join me in welcoming Rich Allocco to the West Region team. Rich will be located in the Bay Area and will be starting with us on Monday December, 17th. 

Rich Allocco is a 1977 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in Economics and a football Monogram winner.   A New Jersey native, Rich transferred from New York City to San Francisco with IBM and operated the SF Commercial office, IBM’s largest. Post IBM he had a series of executive roles with IBM ROLM, Remedy, Siemens U.S. and a number of software startups. In his most recent role Rich led North America at Webtrends until the company was sold to Oracle.

Rich has two grown children, Michael and Megan and five grandchildren, all dedicated supporters and fans of the University. Rich enjoys hiking, following his favorite sports teams (Notre Dame/NY Yankees) and spending time with family and friends.  Rich and his extended family are lifelong ND devotees, he is excited by the opportunity to better understand the university and advance its global mission.    

Bill Ribera

Maria Dahn to join FR as Director of Foundation Relations

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you the announcement of Maria Dahn as Director of Foundation Relations effective December 10. Maria transitions to FR from Notre Dame Research where she led large, multi-investigator sponsored research proposals in her role as Pre-Award Program Manager. We look forward to Maria bringing her strong relationships with faculty and expertise in project management to FR as she works on large, interdisciplinary foundation proposals and additionally serves the IDEA center, the Center for Civic Innovation, and Eck Institute for Global Health, among other areas.

Congratulations, Maria, and welcome to FR!


Congratulations T.J. and Quinn Pillari

T.J. Pillari and his wife Quinn were thrilled to welcome their fourth child, Gemma Catherine, to the world on Sunday, December 2.  Gemma is a peanut, weighing in at 6 lbs 4 ounces, but has shown a robust appetite (especially in the early AM hours). She and Quinn are doing great and the whole family is marveling at this incredible gift of new life!


The Notre Dame Family Grows Again!

Congratulations to Maggie and Brad Gendel on the birth of their son Cullen Joseph Gendel. He was welcomed into the world on Wednesday, December 4th weighing in at a whopping 8lbs 14oz and 20.5 inches. Mom and baby are doing well and so is dad. Their first, Maggie and Brad are ecstatic! We share in their joy.

NHL Winter Classic ND Parking Attendants and Cashiers

College kids home for the holidays, looking to earn some extra cash? Neighbor kids offering to shovel every day, whether there’s snow on the ground or not? Please share with them a great chance to earn over break while spending time on the beautiful Notre Dame campus! The attendants and cashiers will be allowed to go into the game after they work if they want. Standing room only.
Event: NHL Winter Classic
Job: ND Parking Attendants and Cashiers
Date: January 1, 2019
Time: 8AM – 2PM, with option to stay longer to direct outbound traffic.
Rate: $17.00/hour!
Age: Must be at least 16 years old.
Click here for more information and to apply.