Best Wishes to Teresa Querciagrossa


Teresa Querciagrossa will be saying farewell to Notre Dame Development as she transitions to join the
team at IrishAngels Ventures in Chicago. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time working with fundraisers
in our Chicago office and will use her skills in her new role, working in operations and executive
administration. Teresa’s last day with us is February 22 nd . Please join me in thanking Teresa for her
service to Our Lady’s University and in wishing her well in her new position.

Laura Midkiff

Welcome Kate Mueller: New Law School AAD

It is a pleasure to welcome Kate Mueller to the University Relations team as the Academic Advancement Director for the Notre Dame Law School.  She will begin her new role effective Friday, March 1, 2019.

Kate is currently the Managing Director of the Notre Dame Center for Social Research, where she serves faculty, students, and staff across all academic disciplines to improve the quality and efficiency of social research at the University.  She holds undergraduate degrees from Notre Dame in Government and Spanish, and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.  Since 2010, she has served as a member of the University’s Institutional Review Board and since 2014, has chaired that Board.  After graduating from the Law School, Kate practiced law in the areas of commercial, employment, probate, governmental, and civil rights litigation, before returning to her alma mater in 2009 to launch the Center for Social Research.

Kate’s leadership and positive impact extend beyond her professional role.  She is a board member at the Early Childhood Development Center, actively serves in ministry at St. Pius X Catholic Church, and provides pro bono legal services in our local community.

You can expect to see Kate soon, and in the meantime can contact her at to welcome her to University Relations.

Get Well Cards for Fr. Jim Bracke CSC

Fr. Jim will be having hip replacement surgery next Tuesday, February 12th, and we would like to collect get well cards and notes of encouragement to send him from his friends in Development. As a treasured member of the Notre Dame community, Fr. Jim holds a very special place in all our hearts.

We will be collecting your cards at the Eddy Street front desk and will mail them collectively to Fr. Jim next Wednesday, February 13th to cheer him during his recovery. Cards and notes from Grace Hall staff may be given to Sara Wolfson and I will collect them on Tuesday afternoon, the 12th, to include with our mailing.

Thank you so much for your participation.  Now let’s stuff that envelope with well wishes for a speedy recovery!

Carolyn Hardman

GrowthSPORT Cookies

Dear Colleagues,

A year ago we set out on an ambitious path to incorporate something brand new into our workflows that would ultimately add more accountability to our goal achievement. GrowthSport has now become a normal rhythm within our work week and has helped us to achieve many goals- everything from competing in triathlons to securing $10M transformational gifts to defining our essential qualities as a leader. In fact, there have been 34,374 KPAs entered to date since this time last year, with 30,027 of those being completed. That’s an 87% completion rate! Thank you for your willingness to adopt something new and disruptive into our strategy and goal-setting mindsets.

With that, the Internal Engagement & Execution team invites you to enjoy a sweet treat tomorrow, Friday February 8, to celebrate our GrowthSportversary! University Catering will be delivering sport-themed cookies to all of our Development locations on campus after 9:30am.

Again, many thanks to all for incorporating GrowthSport into your goal achievement which helps the entire department reach its goals. Lastly, feel free to add “eat a cookie” as a KPA this week. You deserve it!

All the best,
Your Internal Engagement & Execution Team

Seeking Student Program Leaders for Family Volunteer Camp  – 

The Alumni Association is seeking individuals committed to service, volunteerism, and leadership to serve as Student Program Leaders for its Family Volunteer Camp held on campus this summer.  Family Volunteer Camp is a chance for alumni to return to campus with their children (and sometimes grandchildren) and spend a week volunteering at various local non-profit agencies.  Ideal candidates for the role of Student Program Leader include people who have participated in or led service events in the past, individuals comfortable leading groups of children and adults, problem-solvers who can think on their feet, and those with a love for the University’s mission to be a force for good in the world.  We welcome applications from undergrads as well as graduate students, preferably from Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s, or Holy Cross.  If you have anyone in mind that you believe would be a good fit for this position, you can direct them to this posting:  Should you have any questions, please contact Annie Envall ’05, Service Program Director at the NDAA, at 631-6723 or
We appreciate your help in publicizing this great opportunity!

2019 Scott Malpass & Investment Team Endowment Update Teleconference

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the 2019 Scott Malpass Endowment Update Teleconference on Tuesday, February 26 at 11:00 AM EST. This private, invite only event for Notre Dame’s charitable remainder trust donors and beneficiaries will include Scott’s remarks on the Notre Dame Endowment followed by a Question & Answer session.

Please contact Laura Snell Walker for dial-in instructions.

2019 True to Her Name Save the Date

“As reminder, True To Her Name recognition event will take place on April 13-14, 2019. Individuals and organizations who have surpassed a cumulative giving milestone since January 1, 2018, and/or those benefactors who have given $5M+ to the University over their lifetime received an electronic Save the Date on Friday, 2/1.  Thank you.”

Thank you,

Tory & Team