Farewell Sarah Carruthers


I am sorry to share that Sarah Carruthers will be departing her position as Associate Director, Law and Graduate Business Annual Giving, effective January 29th. Since joining the Development Team two years ago, Sarah has provided tremendous leadership in the Law and Graduate Business space, leading to three straight fiscal years of record growth and increased membership at the Dean’s Leadership Circle levels. Sarah has collaborated with colleagues throughout Development, Mendoza, and the Law School to create a more immersive donor experience and increased philanthropic support for these students. I am forever grateful for her time in Development, and will miss her positive and energetic disposition on our team.

As we navigate through succession plans for this role, Conor Montijo will serve as an interim contact for all Order of St. Thomas More, O’Hara Society, and Dean’s Leadership Circle needs, in addition to his Sorin Society role. Please contact Conor or myself with any questions.

Brian Diss

OIT Happenings

New Zoom Recordings Retention Plan Begins 1-18-21

OIT Zoom administrators will be implementing a new Zoom recordings retention plan on Monday, January 18, 2021.

Beginning on this date, any recording more than 365 days old stored in the Zoom cloud (zoom.nd.edu) will be deleted. This is an ongoing process and each day, any recording over 365 days old will also be deleted. Any recordings that need to be saved must be manually moved to Panopto before the scheduled deletion date in order to retain them. Instructions for moving recordings to Panopto are available in this knowledge article. Local recordings will not be affected.

Two New Features in Google Sheets

Google has added two new features in Sheets. These features will help you prepare and analyze data more easily.
Cleanup suggestions: Helps to ensure your data is accurate by identifying and suggesting fixes for common data errors.
Column stats: Provides automated insights about the values within a column so you can identify outliers and quickly get a sense of what your data looks like.

Additional details are available in this Google Workspace Updates article.

Using a Group for Sharing in Qualtrics

The best way to share the items you create for your Qualtrics Form is through a Group.
Survey items such as emails, end of survey messages, error messages, files, images and contact lists can be shared when you create them within the Group. You can also share surveys with a Group, but the Group must be owned by an individual.
To create a Group, or manage your Group’s membership, contact the OIT Help Desk. For a new Group, provide the name for your Group, or to add/remove names from the initial membership list, provide the full name and email of each individual.
More information about a Group in Qualtrics is available in this knowledge article.

New Time-Out for Tech Sessions Begin

Do you need a convenient and easy way to keep up with changing technology? If so, check out OIT’s Time-Out for Tech sessions this spring. Each of these 30-minute Zoom sessions focuses on a topic about an application or IT service you may use or want to learn more about. They are packed with great information, how tos and best practice tips to help build your skills.

Find out more about these new Time-Out for Tech sessions this spring in this OIT news article.

Alumni Association – DEIU Update

  • DEIU Events

Events have been added to the DEIU Calendar, no signup required.

  • NEW DEIU Website

The new DEIU Resource Center website is available for early viewing. It is the home for all the information and programming created and coordinated by over 100 colleagues as we seek to build a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and united University Relations community. You will find our house rules, the calendar of upcoming events, the opportunity to share your “why,” and so much more. Please come along with us on the journey of learning and growing!

  • Share your DEIU story!

Want to share your DEIU story? We want to lift up your voice! Maybe it’s your “why,” your reason for being in this fight. Maybe it’s your own experience facing discrimination on campus or in the community. Provide a few details below and we’ll follow up with you to discuss the safest, most comfortable way to approach sharing your message with the broader UR team. Share your story HERE!

  • Feedback

Please click here to give your feedback about our efforts related to DEIU. This feedback is completely anonymous!

Introducing UR Walks!

UR Walks

Want to hit your 10,000 steps AND have a conversation with UR Senior Management? Then we have just what you need. Introducing UR Walks! UR Walks is designed to give UR colleagues a chance to get a breath of fresh air in various locations in Michiana while walking with members of the UR Senior Management team. Each week, we will plan a 2-4 mile walk at various locations in the Michiana area which will be led by Lou Nanni or one of our AVP leaders. In the event of inclement weather, we may be able to offer an indoor walk, such as at the Loftus, JACC, or Compton Ice Arena. Walking paces should allow for comfortable conversation while still getting a nice workout. Masks are required, along with proper social distancing practices. Weekly sign ups will be posted in souNDoff and the UR intranet.

Our first UR Walk will be this coming Friday, January 15, at 2:45pm with VP Lou Nanni. Please sign up here. This will be a 2.4 mile walk on campus, which will start at the Grotto and end at the Main Building. Happy walking!

Science-based data on benefits of walking:




Student-Athlete Networking Event (ADC | JHC)

On Tuesday, February 16, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM ET, the Rockne Athletics Fund will be hosting a casual student-athlete networking event for our premier level members (ADC | JHC). An email was sent out on 1/12 from Shannon Longo, with an RSVP deadline of 2/12. Fundraisers will be notified if their benefactor signs up. If you should have any questions, please contact William Mitchell or Shannon Longo.

UR January Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all our colleagues celebrating their special days in January! We hope you have a wonderful start to the new year!

1/1 – Stacy Koebel
1/3 – Eileen Gieselman
1/6 – Dylan Reed
1/7 – Drew Buscareno
1/7 – Rich Allocco
1/11 – Colleen Bailey-Knapke
1/11 – Stu Fortener
1/12 – Grace Morrison
1/12 – James Riley
1/13 – Laura Walker
1/17 – Anne Overly
1/19 – Jeff Fersch
1/19 – Jay McAllister
1/23 – Heather Christophersen
1/24 – Melissa Lechlitner
1/24 – Suzanne DeGuilio
1/25 – Kelly Courington
1/25 – Lou Nanni
1/26 – Chris Baguer
1/26 – Joanne Norell
1/29 – Chris Palmquist
1/30 – Geoff Stookey
1/31 – Bryan Reaume

UR Yoga Classes for January

Attention yogis and anyone interested in some flexibility and breathing! UR is offering 2 free yoga classes taught by Bend Yoga’s Caitlin Hubbard this month! A sign up for Wednesday, January 13th @ 10am ET can be found here and be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 27th @ 10am ET for our second class. If you have any questions please reach out to Amy Plotkin.

Welcome Luke Robert Nekic!

Congratulations to Steve and Stacy Nekic on the arrival of their son, Luke Robert Nekic, born Tuesday, January 5 at 7:00 pm, and weighing in at 7.5 lbs.
Steve said Stacy and baby Luke are doing just fine, and older brother Dylan is anxious to meet his baby brother.