Welcome Natalie Sargent: New Mendoza College of Business AAD

It is a pleasure to welcome Natalie Sargent to the University Relations team as the Academic Advancement Director for the Mendoza College of Business.  Natalie will be responsible for driving philanthropy to Mendoza.  She begins her role with us on Monday, August 5.

Natalie has her undergraduate degree from Smith College, and anticipates completing in August 2019 her Ph.D. in History here at Notre Dame.

Concurrent with the pursuit of her doctoral degree, in 2015 Natalie took the first of several roles at Notre Dame as a Graduate Reviewer and Assistant at the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA).  After her time at ISLA she interned in Development, working with Maria DiPasquale in Academic Advancement at the College of Arts & Letters.  Natalie also served on the University’s Student Health Insurance Advisory Committee as the Graduate Student Union Healthcare Committee Chair.  She is currently a Fellowship Consultant in the University’s Office of Grants & Fellowships.

You can expect Natalie to be present at Eddy Street Commons working on proposals with our fundraisers and Storytelling team, and in the Mendoza College of Business serving the dean, faculty, staff and students of the College.

Please contact Natalie at nsargent@nd.edu to extend congratulations and welcome her as AAD for the Mendoza College of Business.

Congratulations, Brian Benedict

Please join us in congratulating Brian Benedict, who has accepted the role of Regional Director on the Athletics Advancement team. While he will be missed by his teammates in Annual Giving, we know that he will make an incredible impact for Our Lady’s University in this role serving our athletics benefactors.
Brian joined the Leadership Annual Giving team in January 2018. Since then, he has been instrumental in driving growth for our Giving Societies. Brian is a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame and currently pursuing his EMBA at Notre Dame. Prior to joining Development, he worked at Legend’s selling premium spaces for the Campus Crossroads Project.
He will start his new role on July 1.
Congratulations, Brian!
Ashley Gerard and Sara Liebscher

New Colleague – Please Welcome Mary Scott ’01

Dear Team,

I am delighted to announce that Mary Scott ’01 will join our team as the Alumni Education Programs Director on Monday, July 1st when she will become responsible for the portfolio of existing alumni ed programs and upcoming launches of ThinkND and Big Questions.
By way of introduction, Mary has worked at Notre Dame for 16 years over which time she’s been involved in launching Mendoza’s Institute for Global Investing — in support of a 4,500 member community of students, alumni, and investors. Prior to that, she led a cross-departmental team to design, implement, and launch a student financial literacy program which included web and live session programming components. Mary has also served Notre Dame through the management of the annual budget strategy and planning processes, financial modeling, and sensitivity analysis.
In these roles, and through her previous consulting experience, Mary built positive relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, and various experts from government, non-profit, and business. We look forward to benefiting from her talents of collaboration, communication, creativity, project management, and strategic thinking.
On a personal note, Mary and her husband, Mike ’99, MBA ’07, have two young children Anthony (10) and Sophia (8). Mike also works at the University holding various human resources roles since 2007. Her hobbies include travel, reading and engaging with St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church and the children’s St. Pius X Catholic School.
It will be a pleasure to introduce Mary to everyone and I know you will give her a warm welcome to our team.

Welcome, Casey Gelchion!

Please welcome Casey Gelchion to the Strategic Analytics and Prospect Management team. She will be working closely with the Annual Giving team as an analyst.

Casey is a 2017 Notre Dame grad and a 2019 graduate of ACE. She comes to us from Florida where she was teaching 4th grade.

Welcome, Casey!
-Patty Kokesh

Ellen Roof Named New Director, Volunteer Leadership and Participation 

I am delighted to announce that Ellen Roof has been named Director, Volunteer Leadership and Participation on the Annual Giving Team, effective July 1.
Since joining the Annual Giving Team in 2016, Ellen has been a tremendous leader, spearheading 3 consecutive record years for senior class gifts, growing our engagement with young alumni with her monthly Shamrock newsletter, and increasing engagement with students through Notre Dame Day and other efforts throughout the year. Most recently, she has led efforts around NDLoyal, our peer to peer solicitation program that will net over 2,000 undergraduate alumni donors this year. A 2015 Notre Dame graduate, Ellen brings energy, creativity, and innovation to everything that she does, and I am thrilled to see her broaden her role and continue her important leadership on this team.
Please join me in congratulating Ellen on this well-deserved promotion.

Professional Development Opportunity – Diversity and Inclusion

Connecting With Others: Reaching Potential Through Inclusion

Friday, June 28, 2019; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm | 210-214 McKenna Hall 

This free training session by Ralph Brandt (http://rdrgroup.com/) delves deep into the true definition of inclusion and makes a case for connection. Ultimately, participants will learn the core inclusion competencies, application of those competencies, and follow-up tools that lead to increased organizational effectiveness, increased employee engagement, and superior leadership. Examining the latest demographic trends and analyzing fluid cultural dimensions are just a few stops in this training of improving the skills that create the connective culture that our organizations vitally need.

Space is limited so please reserve your spot by clicking here.  This is great training and further helps its participants develop and contribute to our diversity and inclusion initiatives.  This is a great developmental opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a Diversity Educational Volunteer (DEV). If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Eric Love within the Office of Human Resources.

Light continental breakfast will be provided between 8-9:30 am, in addition to lunch from 12-1 pm, and snacks from 2-3:30 pm. 

Congratulations, Lauren Dolzan (Brown)

Lauren Brown (lbrown22) and her husband, Stephan, were married this past weekend in Mishawaka and celebrated shortly after with a reception for family and friends. Congratulations to the happy couple as they enjoy their honeymoon!

-Brandon Tabor

Fiscal Year End 2019 Close Dates

To:      University Relations

CC:      Controller’s Office

From:  Stacy Koebel-Harder

Date:   June 21, 2019

Re:      June 30, 2019 Year End Close

In order to properly account for pledges and gifts through June 30, 2019 please keep in mind the following items:


  • Gifts in the form of cash and wires need to be received by the University by June 30, 2019 (in hand or post marked) and need to be delivered to Donor Services by noon, July 3, 2019.
  • Gifts in the form of securities should be in the University’s investment by Friday, June 28, 2019 to be considered a FY19 gift.
  • Gifts sent to the lockbox with postmarks through June 30, 2019 will be processed by the end of day, July 3, 2019.
  • FY19 pledges with the appropriate supporting documentation should be to Donor Services by noon, July 3, 2018 for FY19 processing.
  • Gifts and pledges received on July 1st for FY20 will be processed on July 5, 2019 and reflected in July 6th


  • The Daily Transaction Report delivered on the mornings of July 1 through July 5, 2019 will reflect FY19 transactions only.

Please let us know if you have any questions.  Happy Fiscal Year End!

Welcome to Melissa Guadalupe Cabello Medina

Please welcome Melissa to the Donor Services team as our Communication and Data Analyst. Melissa is a 2014 UND alumnae majoring in Romance Language and Literature with a Minor from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and a 2017 alumnae from Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore with a masters in European and International Policies. Additionally, Melissa spent a year as an intern at Leo Burnett in Milan, Italy with the Business and Intelligence marketing team and more recently assisted Donor Services and Data Integrity as a seasonal staff member.

Welcome Melissa!!

Stacy Koebel-Harder

Parking / traffic during golf championship


Parking/traffic to be manageable during golf championship, if you read this…

by Gwen O’Brien

June 18, 2019

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The 40th annual U.S. Senior Open (USSO) will take place Monday, June 24, through Sunday, June 30, at the Warren Golf Course, north of campus off Douglas Road. It’s a historic moment for the University as Warren is the first collegiate golf course to host this major championship.

It’s also the third large-scale Notre Dame event held this fiscal year that gives national exposure to and has a significant economic impact on the broader community. The first two — the Garth Brooks concert on Oct. 20 and the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day — were held in the stadium.

The USSO is different in that it’s one week long and takes place while summer classes and University business are humming along.

“The Division of Campus Safety and University Operations is working hard to make this event a positive experience for visitors as well as our campus community,” says Mike Seamon, vice president of the division.

That includes letting faculty, staff and summer students know well ahead of time how campus parking and Douglas Road, a major artery to and from campus, will be impacted.

Hosting large events is the new normal at Notre Dame and not a reach for the University, says Seamon. He credits Notre Dame staff, including temporary workers, who pull off each event like it’s just another day in the office.

“It literally takes everybody,” he says. “People in Auxiliary Operations, Administrative Services, Campus Services. It takes Facilities, Maintenance and Utilities. It takes our Campus Safety partners. It takes our Game Day and VenueND partners. These events draw on all of our assets, but in a good way, in a healthy way, in an exciting way.”

After the USSO, the next big thing at Notre Dame takes place in the football stadium on Friday, July 19, when the Liverpool F.C. plays a preseason match (called a “friendly”) against Germany’s Borussia Dortmund. It’s the first time international soccer will play at the House that Rockne Built.

Tickets for the Liverpool F.C. friendly and the USSO are still available.

Campus Parking

  • Fans will park in White Field, north of campus.

  • More than 1,900 volunteers will assist at the U.S. Senior Open during four-hour shifts over the course of the week. Most of them will park in the Joyce Lot and be shuttled north to Warren Golf Course.

  • Stepan Center will be the volunteer coordination hub.

  • From Monday, June 24, to Sunday, June 30, the Bulla and Rugby lots, which are normally student parking lots, will be closed for use by USSO personnel. Summer students are encouraged to park in the Lake Lot or other student lots where there is space.

  • During this same time period, about 30 spaces in the center of the Grace Lot will be reserved for USSO purposes.

Douglas Road

  • From Monday, June 24, to Wednesday, June 26, Douglas Road will be open.

  • The championship portion of the week begins on Thursday, June 27, and runs through Sunday, June 30, with Saturday and Sunday expected to bring the largest crowds.

    • During this four-day window, Douglas Road will be closed from White Field to the west and Ironwood to the east.

    • Holy Cross House and Moreau Seminary can still be accessed via Douglas Road during this time.

  • To avoid traffic delays on Douglas or during the eventual closure of the road, here are alternate routes to the north end of campus.

Traveling from the northeast

  • Take Indiana 23 south, past Douglas and past Ironwood.

  • Take a right on Vaness Street, just past the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

  • Vaness Street dead-ends at Twyckenham Drive, which runs along the east end of campus.

  • If headed to the north end of campus, turn right.

  • You can get as far north as Bulla and can turn left onto campus.

Traveling from the south to the north end of campus

  • Take Twyckenham Drive north.

  • You can get as far north as Bulla and will be able to turn left onto campus.

Traveling from the north and northwest (avoiding Douglas)

  • Take Indiana 933 south, past Douglas Road.

  • Turn left at the WNDU Studios, which is Dorr Road.

  • Proceed east on Dorr Road to the gate. You will need a white keycard to enter campus.

  • If you do not have a white keycard, take 933 south to Angela Boulevard and enter campus at Notre Dame Avenue.

Traveling to Moreau Seminary, Holy Cross House or campus from Douglas Road

  • Douglas will be open from 933 to White Field.

  • Take a right at Campus Service Drive.

  • Take the next right, which is Gold Drive, and follow it left or south.

  • You will pass the Campus Community Garden on the left and Ave Maria Press, also on the left.

  • At Moreau Drive (Old Douglas Road), turn left to get to Holy Cross House or Moreau Seminary on the right.

  • To get to campus, turn right at the light, which is St. Joseph Road.

  • Proceed south on St. Joseph to the gate. You will need a white keycard to enter campus.