Notre Dame launches the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate

Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate

Notre Dame launches the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate

Building on the University’s academic excellence and distinctive Catholic mission, Notre Dame launches the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate to establish a preeminent center for the study of real estate. Made possible by a generous gift from Ward and Kathy Fitzgerald, the Institute supports an interdisciplinary curriculum—including investment, development, design, construction, sales, and law—and offers a University-wide undergraduate minor in real estate. Through its research, teaching, and engagement with alumni and industry, the Institute is dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of real estate professionals. Read more…
“With faculty from throughout the University, the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate is an interdisciplinary hub for world-class research … well situated to become a preeminent center for the study of real estate as a means to create places of lasting value.”
— Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president
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Offices Closed at 4:00 on June 20th

In order that all staff can wish our retirees well, we will be locking the doors at the Eddy Street Offices, as well as Grace Hall, at 4:00 on Thursday, June 20th. As always, you may use your ID card to swipe into the offices at any time.
Congratulations to all our retirees and best wishes for your future!

Natella’s last day

Please join me in congratulating Natella Michola on accepting a new role ! Her last day with the University will be Friday, June 21, 2019. Though she is leaving the Notre Dame family, which she has faithfully served in several roles over the years, I’m very excited for her new opportunity for career growth.
Her kind graciousness will be truly missed, along with the friendly, helpful attitude which put candidates at ease. She has been a wonderful Development ambassador for all the talented candidates we meet. Natella, I hope your new organization makes you feel as welcome as you’ve made all of us feel when we first encountered University Relations at Notre Dame.
Please join me in thanking Natella for all of her work over the years, and in wishing her all the best success in her new role.

We need your singing voice!

This Wednesday (June 19th) is your chance to make your professional singing debut on the recording of The Fighting Irish (of Notre Dame ya’ll) created by Notre Dame student Jorge “Jay” Rivera-Herrans.

At 5:01 PM ET — in the Family Room at Eddy Street Commons — we’ll be gathering a large group to sing the chorus of The Fighting Irish (of Notre Dame ya’ll) — that will be included in the final mix of the song.
You truly don’t have to be able to carry a tune — it’s just all about the experience of being able to say “I sang the chorus…” when your family and friends are listening to the song.
The FIRST 29 who sign up to do this will be invited to take part.
All you have to do is this:
  • Send an email to Lin Wang to let her know you want to sing
  • Wear a Notre Dame shirt/top of some type to the recording — we’ll be filming this recording
  • And, show up next Wednesday on time.
Our hope is to be done before 5:47 PM ET — so, we’ll be getting started at promptly 5:01 PM ET.
Jim Small

Welcome Tashana Kenny

Please welcome Tashana Kenny to the Regional Administrative team!  She will be supporting George Duke, Lavarr Barnett, and Kasey O’Connor.  Tashana is a native South Bender, graduating from Adam’s High School, Ball State University and Unversity of Phoenix.  She has 16 years of experience in Telecommunications – most recently with Comcast. 
Tashana and husband, Matthew are the proud parents of three children Jaren (14), Jasmine (17) and Jayden (22).  The entire family celebrated commencement with Hoosier grad Jayden in Bloomington this past May. 
In her spare time, Tashana is pursuing her Health & Life Coach certification, enjoys yoga, walking, and reading.  If you’re a Trekkie, love Game of Thrones or Marvel superheroes – you’ve found a kindred spirit!  Welcome, Tashana!

Welcome Lana Taylor

Please welcome Lana Taylor to University Relations!  She will begin on Monday, June 17th as a Development Associate supporting Heather Christophersen and all of the team in Grace Hall.  Lana joins us from previous roles supporting John Affleck-Graves and Mike Seamon.  She will be a tremendous asset to the team and we are excited to have her join us!  Welcome, Lana!

Heather Christophersen

Alumni Association recognized with CASE Circle of Excellence Awards

CASE announced its winners June 12 for the Circle of Excellence awards, and I’m happy to report that the association won two gold awards for Life Beyond the ND Bubble under Student Alumni Initiatives and the ND Traditions book under Books. In all, we submitted five entries from the association.
CASE received 2,856 entries and gave roughly 400 awards as bronze, silver, gold and grand gold. 611 higher education institutions, independent schools, and nonprofits from 20 countries submitted the entries. Winners are selected based on a number of factors, including overall quality, innovation, use of resources and the impact on the institution or its external and internal communities, such as alumni, parents, students, and faculty and staff.
Here are the links to the two winning entries with judge’s comments for Traditions Book and Bubble.
With nine total awards, Notre Dame received the second most of any of the 611 institutions that entered the competition. Mendoza won a gold for their business magazine and two silvers for their digital newsletter, Mendoza Acumen, and their 2018 Dean’s Report.  ND International won a silver for the Kylemore Abbey Global Centre planning guide and ND’s Strategic Content team won a silver Writing for the Web award. A bronze was given for “Launching the Urban Adaptation Assessment” under the category Public Relations & Community Relations Programs.
Congratulations to the team!
Best, Bill Gangluff

Welcome Landon Weldy!

Storytelling and Engagement is proud to introduce our new teammate, Landon Weldy. Landon is a writer from Goshen, Indiana, and a graduate of Goshen College where he majored in history. He is an intrepid traveler and was recently able to spend time abroad in Peru and London. In addition to writing, Landon’s enjoys riding his bike, reading, movies, and drinking coffee. We are excited to welcome Landon to Notre Dame! Please stop by and meet him. His first day is June 11.