Congratulations to Katy & Chris Orenchuk on Arrival of Elizabeth Ann

Our Academic Advancement team has grown! Katy and Chris Orenchuk have welcomed Elizabeth Ann Orenchuk into the world. She was born yesterday, February 24th at 6:06pm, weighs 8lbs 6oz, and is 21 inches long. All are doing well. Please join in congratulating Katy & Chris and in thanksgiving for this beautiful gift of life.

Michael Loungo Interim AAD for Arts and Architecture

While Katy is with her family over the coming weeks, Michael Loungo will serve as interim AAD for the School of Architecture, DPAC, and the Snite Museum (soon to be Raclin Murphy Museum). All inquiries related to these areas should be sent directly to Michael (copy Kelly Courington) until Katy returns from maternity leave.

Closing Gifts: Naming Spaces

Thank you to everyone that came to the first Closing Gifts event. You can now find the list of naming opportunities on the Campaign Resource Center here.

If you have any questions about an opportunity on this list, please reach out to the liaison indicated in the spreadsheet, or contact Michael Loungo or Kelly Courington.

Latest Installment of Big Questions Out

“What to Believe in Uncertain Times?” is the latest installment of Big Questions, presented by the Notre Dame Alumni Association. As we get closer and closer to the 2020 election — and the first presidential debate held at Notre Dame — competing information, even misinformation, is everywhere. “What to Believe in Uncertain Times?” is designed to help you learn how to constructively debate, positively make arguments, and change or confirm your own beliefs as you find the truth. This four-part, digital micro-course, led by Dr. Paul Blaschko, uses short videos, recommended readings, and interactive worksheets to help you sort through the noise and navigate uncertain times.

New Director of Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle


I am very pleased to announce that Mary Jane Anon will serve as the Director of the Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle Program effective March 1, 2020. For close to 8 years, Mary Jane has played a critical leadership role of our Advisory Council program helping to launch the Student-Athlete, Keough School of Global Affairs, and IDEA Center advisory councils during her tenure. As important, she has worked tirelessly to deepen the engagement of our 700+ members across 18 councils by collaborating with our executive officers, vice presidents, deans, office of special events, and storytelling and engagement team to deliver an unsurpassed fall council experience. Mary Jane transformed our annual Advisory Council renewal process from a review process to a comprehensive strategy process by working closely with regional development, prospect management, and information technology and services team. Please join me in welcoming Mary Jane to her new role.

Drew Buscareno
Associate Vice President of Development

2020 Badin Guild Orange County/Los Angeles Events

Dear Colleagues,

The Badin Guild will be hosting stewardship events in Orange County and Los Angeles on Saturday, March 21, 2020, and Sunday, March 22, 2020, respectively. Christopher Adkins, Ph.D., Executive Director of the Notre Dame Deloitte Center of Ethical Leadership will be our special guest speaker at both of these events. The Orange County reception is hosted by Tom and Suzy Robinson and the Los Angeles Brunch by Vic and Diane Hawley.

Invitations with event details were sent on Monday, February 10, 2020 via email and mail to all Badin Guild members. Reminders will be sent in the coming weeks.

Invitation and RSVP lists for these events are available to view here. If you have a benefactor you would like to invite or would like more information on these events, please contact Laura Walker.

2020 Scott Malpass & Investment Team Endowment Update Teleconference

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the 2020 Scott Malpass Endowment Update Teleconference on Tuesday, February 18 at 2:00 PM 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.

The Fighting Irish room has been reserved for team members to access this event. If you will be offsite, please contact Laura Walker for call access information.

Condolences to Ernestine Gardner


Please keep Ernestine Gardner and her family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of her mother-in-law, who passed away after a short illness following complications from a surgery she had a few months ago. Her obituary can be found here.

There will be no viewing or funeral, since she elected to be cremated, but there will be a memorial Mass at her church on Feb. 22 and her ashes will be interred afterward in the little cemetery adjoining the church. If anyone wants to send flowers or cards, they can go to Ernestine’s house, 6428 Redenbacher Court, South Bend, IN 46614.