Harper Cancer Research Blood Drive

The winter months are always a tough time on the community blood bank, and we are now in need of being replenished throughout the month of January. Please join us in donating blood at Harper Cancer Research Institute on Thursday, January 24th from 11:30am-2pm. Your donation could save the lives of patients at our local hospitals!


For every successful unit of blood collected, $5 will be donated back to Harper. Click HERE to sign up!


Integrated Work Environment Update

We are excited to share that Phase One of the Integrated Work Environment project is complete!  We took the learning from the Pilot area, as well as the survey and study conducted this summer to inform the creation of a productive, collaborative and energizing environment.  We encourage all to come by and check out this new space, but please be respectful of the guidelines outlined below, intended to create a positive office experience.
At this time, this space will be used by nomadic fundraisers (those who do not have an office), off site fundraisers, SRDs, and any team members conducting specific business with the above groups.  For example, if a member of the gift planning team needs to meet with a Lynn Hubert, they could do so in this space.  We want to ensure a productive environment exists for those without an assigned office, and avoid a congested office experience.  The shared space we piloted between the Sorin and Family Rooms will continue to be available to all team members.
We will continue to “Do, Learn, Do,” including revisiting the guidelines on who/how we use these renovated areas.  Fundraisers will continue to be assigned to this space as we hire and re-envision the ESC floorplan.  Additional phases of an integrated work environment are being explored and we will provide updates when available.
Thank you and please communicate any questions or ideas to the IWEC:
Brad Goff, Co-Chair
Marty Harshman, Co-Chair
Lynn Hubert
Scott Jessup
Conor Montijo
Eileen Murdock
TJ Pillari
Dan Santucci
Amy Schell
Aaron Wall
Nathan Utz
Lin Wang

Thank you

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our Soups On event this past Wednesday! Not only did we have a wide variety of excellent soups to taste, but we were able to come together as a community of co-workers to share both food and conversation. We sincerely appreciate the work everyone put in to make their soups, and we’re pleased that so many of you came to taste. Hopefully, you will share your recipe so we can all try a new soup during the upcoming winter weather! Send your recipe to Marilyn Bassett for the UR Soups On! collection.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Life Beyond the ND Bubble is Popping!

Following the great success of Life Beyond the ND Bubble in 2018 (we had 400 attendees), the Alumni Association will again host the life skills event for our graduating seniors Saturday, Feb. 2 to help prepare them for managing their world outside Notre Dame and all of the challenges that come with it—from retirement planning and budgeting to professional dress and home management. We are presenting the event in coordination with the Office of Student Affiars and the Senior Class Council.

We are grateful to have a group of wonderful presenters joining us:

  • Erling Wu-Bower ’05, three-time James Beard Best Chef nominee and owner of Pacific Standard Time restaurant in Chicago, will ignite passions for simple, healthy cooking in a time-compressed world;
  • Ed Gavagan ’86, a featured speaker for TedX and the Peabody-award-winning Moth Story Hour on NPR, will talk about the unpredictability of life and how he fought back to recapture his after a violent encounter on the streets of New York;
  • Carl Ackermann, finance faculty member, will show why he is probably best known to ND students as a personal financial management guru;
  • Samuel Awad ’85, retired Senior Managing Director with Accenture, will advocate for financial responsibility and money management for young professionals; (pending)
  • Denise Murphy and Kevin Mospan ’08, ND Human Resources Director, will set expectations for impending choices for benefits and insurance;
  • Bridget Casey ’15, EJ Gallo Marketing Manager, will help our seniors grow in their appreciation and understanding of wines

The event is from 11 am-4 pm in the Dahnke Ballroom in the Duncan Student Center. It is free, and students can come and go throughout the day. Macy’s and Target will join us to share advice on dressing for the workplace and decorating a small space on a budget.


You can learn more at bubble.nd.edu. We will release the full schedule there early next week. If you have an interest in dropping by, please do so. We’d be excited to have you.

In addition to Target and Macy’s, there will be lots of prizing from our sponsors at VenueND, Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, and the Morris Inn. Students will have time scheduled to visit and learn from our tabling partners—the Grotto Network, IrishCompass, Liberty Mutual, Mendoza’s Master of Science in Management, Notre Dame Clubs, ND Human Resources, Senior Legacy, and VenueND.

If you have questions, contact Jackie Thomas, Kevin Brennan or Bill Gangluff.

Our Notre Dame family has a new member

Mark and Brinya (Bjork) VanGuilder welcomed into the world a little baby boy in the wee hours of the morning.
Larkin William Van Guilder was born in Visp, Switzerland on 1/17/19 weighing in at 6 lbs. 9 oz. and 19 inches long.
The entire Kirt Bjork family are all over the moon happy and so grateful to God that baby and Brinya are healthy.


Chuck Lennon Update

Friends and colleagues,
It’s with a heavy heart that I share the news that Chuck Lennon – double Domer (’60, ’61), varsity baseball monogram winner, and longtime Executive Director of the Alumni Association is currently in hospice care. Chuck continues to battle a number of health issues but his spirits remain high and he is receiving care from a wonderful group of young adults at Ave Maria in Florida. Would be great if you would consider sending our great friend, Chuck a word of encouragement via lennon.3@nd.edu. I know he would be thrilled to hear from you. Also, please share with others who you think would be interested in sharing a note with Chuck.
Many thanks, Lou