Welcome Nadia Erickson!

I am excited to announce that Nadia Erickson has joined the Southwest team as regional director, working with benefactors in Southern California. She starts on Monday, May 3rd.

Nadia joins us from a long career in athletics. She previously served as the DePaul University Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball for seven years and spent the last four years focusing on helping student-athletics and their families navigate the recruiting process for intercollegiate athletics.

Nadia graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a degree in Business Marketing and received her Master’s in Sports Administration from Northwestern University in 2019. While at Penn State, Nadia played volleyball and won a National Championship.

I am thrilled to welcome Nadia to the Notre Dame family and the Southwest team. Please join me in welcoming her to the UR team!




Have you heard the news?…..We’re moving to asceND.


What is asceND?….It’s the most comprehensive advancement and constituent engagement solution in higher ed. 


Why are we asceNDing?…click on the image to learn why.





We’re very excited about this opportunity to implement a system that:

  1. Modernizes the user experience
  2. Provides an integrated solution to help break down data silos
  3. Drives fundraising productivity
  4. Builds personal engagements
  5. Streamlines operations to maximize efficiency and effectiveness
  6. Has the ability to be agile in supporting changing business needs
  7. Provides a roadmap of future direction for continued growth


What will asceND do?

asceND will have the processes Advance Web, crmND, BEAT, and various reporting tools have and replace them. There will also be integrations with Tableau and other tools we are using to create a more seamless experience.

Look for project updates to appear in the weekly souNDoff newsletter, Tech Talk Live and Zoom product demonstrations. 

If you have any questions feel free to reach out to any asceNDers team member. 

April Matching Gift Email

The April Matching Gift Email will send Tuesday, April 27 to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies, have made a gift since January 21, 2021, and as of today have not yet matched their gift. These gifts represent nearly $196K 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 over $2.7M. 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.

Farewell to Mary Frank

I write today to share the news that Mary Frank will be leaving the University of Notre Dame to return to her former vocation as a high school English teacher for the Fairfax County Public School system. Mary joined the University as a Regional Development Coordinator in the summer of 2019, alongside her fiancé Conor White, a ’21 graduate of the MBA program. Mary and Conor plan to marry in June.

Mary has been an amazing colleague who will be missed by her fundraisers as well as the entire DC team. Please join me in wishing her all the best as she moves on to the next chapter of her life. Her final day will be April 30.

God Bless and Go Irish!

Angie Dennig

UR a Force for Good – Unity Gardens

The Unity Gardens of South Bend needs your help in their 7-acre garden! Come join your fellow colleagues, rain or shine, on Tuesday, April 27th from 9AM-Noon. There will be weeding, mulching, seeding, and more, with an opportunity for a tour of their space. Tools, gloves, sunscreen, and water will be provided; we just ask that you bring a mask and hands that are willing to get a little dirty! If interested, please sign up here.

Walk the Walk: Paris to Berlin

Have you ever wanted to travel to Europe? Maybe visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris or sip your way along the wine trails of Bacharach, Germany? Well, now’s your chance! Beginning on Monday, April 19th and concluding on Friday, April 30th we will be walking our way from the glamorous streets of Paris to the glorious and gritty city of Berlin. All you need are some walking shoes, a step counter, and an adventurous attitude and we’ll take care of the rest! You’ll be receiving fun facts and photos along the way as well as nutrition tips and healthy recipes. Click here to sign up for a team, and if you have any questions please contact Amy Plotkin.

Volunteering for the COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Volunteers are needed for the University’s on-campus vaccination clinic that will administer the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer) from Thursday, April 8 through Thursday, April 15 in the Compton Family Ice Area. This University-wide event is particularly important to ensure all those wish to be vaccinated have the opportunity. For all information regarding this event, please visit https://here.nd.edu/health-safety/covid-19-vaccination-information/.

Rest assured, as a volunteer, you will not be administering the vaccines. Rather, volunteers are needed to greet people when they arrive, check in individuals for their scheduled appointment, assist the vaccinators as scribes, run supplies, schedule individuals for second dose appointments, direct people and so on. Several volunteer roles require use of technology and access to the system that the Indiana Department of Health utilizes to manage appointments and registration. This system is simple to use and you will receive the necessary training on-site. Other roles require no training or use of technology.

Please feel free to sign up to volunteer here and for multiple shifts if your schedule allows. We need up to 100 volunteers each day (50 volunteers per shift) to operate the clinic.

Information confirming scheduling will be sent to you at least one day prior to your shift. Lunch or dinner will be provided depending on your scheduled shift. If you have any questions, please contact vaccine@nd.edu.

NOTE – Volunteers will also be needed for the 2nd dose clinic to be held on Thursday, April 29 through Thursday. May 6th. Volunteer requests for the second clinic will open soon.