Andrew Fiedler transitions to Project Manager

I am happy to announce that Andrew Fiedler has accepted the role of Project Manager for the Affinity Communities Platform replacement project. In this role, he will coordinate the transition from iModules to Hivebrite.

Andrew has been an integral part of the Alumni Association team for almost ten years. For the last three years, he has performed admirably as our Lead IT Solutions Consultant, providing business analysis, business intelligence, and project management expertise while continuing to deliver frontline office technology and A/V support.

The commitment to excellence, leadership, and collaboration that Andrew exhibits day-to-day will serve him well as he provides structure and guidance on this project. Please join me in congratulating Andrew on this next step in his career!


Mark Welch

Welcome Curtis Claypool

Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce that D. Curtis Claypool is joining the East Region as a Regional Director serving the NY/NJ market. Curtis will be based on campus at Notre Dame, relocating to the South Bend area.

Curtis received his BBA from Notre Dame in 1994, majoring in Finance. Curtis has over 20 years of retail experience across grocery, mass market, convenience and drug classes of trade. He brings consulting firm experience leading engagement teams that typically involved technology, process and organizational initiatives as well as the implementation of software packages designed to help manage these processes/decisions. Curtis’s notable clients include Wal-Mart, Loblaw’s, Meijer, Longs Drugs, The Home Depot, and Dean Foods. Curtis and his wife Linda, a Chicago native, have 4 children. They have lived in Carrollton, TX for the past 19 years. Curtis has served as a Catechist for Confirmation classes at Mary Immaculate parish in Farmers Branch, TX since 2008.

Curtis will begin his new role on Monday, May 6. Please join me in welcoming Curtis home to Notre Dame!

My very best,

Anne Griffith

New Hire- Tim Kelly

Please welcome Tim Kelly to the Northwest Region team, starting on May 6th.

Tim is a 2012 graduate of Loras College with degrees in Sports Management and Public Relations along with being a 4-year letter winner on the men’s basketball team.  Following his graduation, Tim attended worked and attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, where he held roles in the Rams Club and athletic business office.  He earned his Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science from UNC in 2014.


Following UNC, Tim served at the Assistant Athletic Director of Development at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater before taking on his current role as Associate Director of Major Gifts at Northwestern, where he has been since 2015.  At Northwestern, Tim helped lead athletics major gifts efforts for the WE WILL campaign, securing commitments for both facilities and programmatic support.  Tim attained his MBA from Loyola Chicago in February of 2019.


Tim is engaged to Colleen Antas, a former Northwestern women’s soccer student-athlete and current Assistant Principal at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island Illinois.


Bill Ribera

New Hire- Katie Eckrich

I‘d like to welcome Katie Eckrich to the Northwest Region team as a Regional Director. Katie will be starting with us on May 6th, so please welcome her to the team when you see her. 

Katie is a 1993 graduate of Saint Mary’s College and a 1998 graduate of the DePaul University Public Services Graduate Program.  She is a South Bend native and returned to the area 6 years ago after several years in Chicago.  Katie has over 20 years of corporate sales experience at Dow Jones and Whirlpool among other companies.  
Katie was recently married to her husband, Brian, and has three teenage stepchildren.  She enjoys reading, playing golf, the Chicago Cubs and all Notre Dame sports – especially women’s basketball.  
Katie’s father, father in law and brother are all graduates of Notre Dame.  She is excited to be a part of the team and make a contribution to the University she holds so dear.  
Thanks, Bill

The 2019 Future of Work Conference

The Future of Work and Workers
in Collaboration with Citi Foundation and the City of South Bend


The Citi Foundation, the University of Notre Dame, the City of South Bend, and the Zielsdorf Family Partnership for Corporate Engagement will convene key thought leaders from think tanks and academia; the private sector; NGOs; foundations; and local, state and federal governments for a series of focused presentations and  discussions on “the future of work and workers”. The conference will be held on the campus of the University of Notre Dame Tuesday evening, June 4th
through Thursday afternoon, June 6th, 2019.

The conference will seek to focus on social and technological policies and innovations that will enable leaders and institutions to manage disruption while optimizing the benefits of technology for their citizens. What does the future of work look like when framed in the human context? We wish to move beyond the problem definition that has dominated other such events towards tools and solutions that can only be derived from rich multi-stakeholder engagement, bringing together ethicists, technologists, policy  researchers, politicians and business leaders. The conference is intended to be both domestic and global in perspective with some elements devoted to the particular challenges of automation facing states like Indiana in the industrial Midwest.

A full schedule and registration information may be found at the Future of Work at Notre Dame site.

Google Calendar and Gmail Updates

Google has implemented a change to Calendar designed to help avoid overlaps in meeting times. Rooms will no longer accept two Calendar events that overlap in time.

Previously, someone with manage permissions for a room could successfully create an event on the calendar for that room, even if it contained another event for that same time period. Now, if the room has already accepted another meeting, it will decline any new meeting created at the same time directly on the room’s calendar.

Details about this change are available in this G Suite Update article.

A new scheduling feature similar to Boomerang is available as well. Google added a convenient feature to Gmail that allows you to schedule any email to be sent at a later date and time. This feature is available on Android, iOS and Gmail on the web.
Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to be sent at a more appropriate date or time. It provides greater control, so you can shift your work time to whatever is most convenient for you and your recipients. Additionally, it’s even easier to collaborate globally—allowing you to work across time-zones while still respecting everyone’s digital well-being.

Find out more about the new Gmail feature on this Google support page.

Congrats on a baby boy!

Dear colleagues:
Easter blessings came early for Kat and Wills Gardner this year. Their first child, William “Liam” James Gardner arrived on April 18 at 4:16 p.m. weighing in at 6 pounds and 12 ounces. Kat and Liam are doing well and are now home. Mom and Dad are in love! Please join the Stewardship & Donor Relations team in congratulating the new parents. Feel free to send well wishes to the new family at 1120 East Bronson Street; South Bend, IN 46615.
God bless,

Notre Dame Day Broadcast Schedule and Ticket Info

Our sixth annual Notre Dame Day kicks off this Sunday at 6:42pm ET!

Check out and download the Broadcast Schedule for the 29-hour show.

In addition, if you have any interest in attending the Notre Dame Day Concert—and you’re not working Notre Dame Day—on Monday at 7pm ET at DPAC, please send your name and how many tickets you’ll need to Lin Wang by this Thursday at noon. We have four members of the Chicago cast of Hamilton, Chloë Agnew of Celtic Woman fame, and Notre Dame’s own Gold & Blue Company performing. We’ll have the tickets for you at the DPAC Ticket Office Monday afternoon. Thank you in advance for helping make Notre Dame Day a success.

Annual Giving and Storytelling Team

Garage Elevator – East

Please be advised; the East elevators in the parking garage and their perspective lobbies will be closed from today, 4.22.2019 8am through Monday, 4.29.2019 9am to have an epoxy floor coating applied. We ask everyone please stay off the new floor coating until this time. Any traffic on the new coating can damage the entire floor and prevent proper cure time (hardening) and protection qualities.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and I appreciate everyone’s understanding.

Enjoy the day,


~ Andy

Issues with ESC Elevators

From Andy Gilmour, Kite Operations Manager:

Good afternoon everyone,

Unfortunately, I was just informed by Schindler, one of our elevators is down and will remain down until they are able to locate a needed part in need of replacement. The left most elevator is still in service but will be slow on call as everyone will be using a single elevator.

Apologies for the inconvenience,
We will get this elevator up as soon as we are able,
~ Andy