Upcoming Mobile Food Distribution Volunteer Opportunities


The Food Bank of Northern Indiana is in need of volunteers to assist at the following events in St. Joseph County:

  • Wednesday February 3 from 9:00am – 12:00pm at in the Kroger parking lot at 5526 Western Ave in South Bend, IN
  • Thursday February 11 from 1:00pm- 3:00pm at the Food Bank of Northern Indiana
  • Wednesday February 17 from 9:00am -12pm at IVY Tech South Bend

If you are able to assist on any of the above dates, please contact Allison Schoenfeld at aschoenfeld@feedindiana.org.

Year-End Cumulative Tax Letters

Gift Management will be sending approximately 19,000 year-end tax letters to donor households via email (16,400) or by US mail (2,600 – for those donors without an email address) on Wednesday, January 27th through Friday, January 29th.

Our intent is to send letters to donors who have specifically made this request, donors through UND’s payroll deduction, recurring online donors and donors who did not receive a letter in 2020. Our cumulative year end letter simply states the total amount of legal gifts and provides the proper tax code language. This letter proactively provides tax information to our donors as well as one more thank you!

Please feel free to reach out to Stacy Koebel or Melissa Medina if you have any questions.

Congratulations to Julie Burnett!

Congratulations to the former Julie Burnett who married her longtime love Jay Seniff on Sunday, January 24th. Julie and Jay tied the knot at their home surrounded by Julie and Jay’s children and grandchild. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony and Julie looked radiant.

Please join the entire Advancement Services team in sending love and luck to the happy couple.

Condolences to the Witous Family

It is with broken hearts that we share that our Margot passed away peacefully at home on Sunday evening. She fought long and hard during her seven weeks in the NICU and three at home, and we were blessed to have the time that we did. We are hurting, but are so grateful for all the love and support we’ve received. Knowing that she’s in Mary’s arms brings us comfort.

A Catholic service will take place on Monday, February 1st at Saint Pius X in Granger at 10:30 am, with visitation at 9:30. Please follow COVID social distancing guidelines, but we are accepting hugs for those comfortable with giving one.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Margot’s memory to the Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, NICU Project (choose from the dropdown), https://www.sjmedgiving.com/donate.

Thank you for all the love and prayers,
Jess, Mike, and Michael Witous

January Matching Gift Email

The January Matching Gift Email will be sent this Tuesday, January 25, to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies, have made a gift since October 1, 2020, and as of today have not yet matched their gift. These gifts represent nearly $1.5M in potential matches.

Please note that individuals on the second tab of the excel file (“Fundraiser Outreach”) have not received the matching gift email message (all gifts exceeding $25,000) but may be eligible to match their gifts totaling $3.9M. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned benefactors directly to discuss the details and answer questions related to the matching gift process.

If you have any questions regarding this matching gift communication, please reach out to Laura Walker.

Update to SRD Support Staffing


Please be aware that Adam Ball decided to move on from the University effective January 15th. If you need to contact any of the people Adam supported, please see the following:

– Regarding Dan Santucci please reach out to Anita Sareen, asareen@nd.edu
– Regarding Ryan Brennan please reach out to Emma Capannari, ecapanna@nd.edu
– Regarding Anne Overly please reach out to Roz Palusci, rpalusci@nd.edu

New UR Walks – Monday, Jan 25 at 1PM

Hello UR Team! If you are interested in joining us for next week’s UR Walks, please fill out this form. Please note that Monday’s walk will now be at 1pm, and we will still meet at the Grotto. We look forward to seeing those in person for this fun exercise. Please keep in mind that we will be observing public health CDC guidelines. We ask all participants to properly wear a face mask at all times during the walk and social distance. Happy trails!

DEIU Discussion Group Continues

The Klau Center will hold another lecture series in the spring semester that runs February 12 – May 7 with the lineup of experts to be announced soon. In the interim, one episode (Episode 5, Part 2) remains from Nikole Hannah-Jones ’98 1619 Project where you may listen to the podcast or read the transcript. Join this discussion on Friday, January 29, from 1:55-2:25 p.m. Please contact Sharon Rankert for the calendar invite and Zoom link.

Farewell to Tony Roberts


It is with bittersweet feelings that I would like to share Tony Roberts will be leaving his role as Director for Regional Development effective February 15th. That is a special day for Tony as he will be celebrating his 64th birthday and marking the end of his 7-year career at Notre Dame. During this time, Tony has built cherished relationships with hundreds of families in Southern California resulting in over $100 million in impactful gifts for the University.

Please join me in celebrating Tony, his incredible work, and the legacy of the relationships he leaves behind.

Shelby Carroll

UR Walks – Thursday, January 21 at 12PM (Grotto)

Hello UR Team! Last week’s UR Walk was amazing! Lou took us on a fun and wild adventure on a trail behind Holy Cross College where we walked along the mighty St. Joseph River and shared many laughs. There are many mental and physical benefits to walking, and the mental benefits only increase when joined by friends and colleagues. If you are interested in joining us this week, please fill out this form. We look forward to seeing those in person for this fun exercise. Please keep in mind that we will be observing public health CDC guidelines. We ask all participants to properly wear a face mask at all times during the walk and social distance. Happy trails!