Condolences to the Knight Family

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the family of Danny Knight, whose husband Andrew passed away on Saturday, July 24.

Andrew was a devoted husband and father and a man of deep faith. His loss is felt by all those who had the privilege to meet and know him. Andrew’s obituary can be found here.

Visitation will be this Thursday, July 29, from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM. Andrew’s life will be celebrated on Friday, July 30 at 6:30 PM. Services will take place at Osceola Grace Church, 58343 S. Apple Road, Osceola, IN.

Thank you for your love and support of Danny and her family.


-Mark Welch


Thank you and Best Wishes, Renee Romanelli!

Dear Colleagues,

It is with mixed emotions that I write to share that Renee Romanelli is resigning as regional director on the New York Metro team. Her last day will be Friday, August 13.

In the two and a half years Renee has served in her role, she has built and strengthened key relationships on behalf of Notre Dame, raised significant resources for our students and represented the University with class. She will be missed.

Please join me in thanking Renee and wishing her well in her next endeavors!

All the best,

Welcome, Matt Cannizzo!

I am pleased to announce that Matt Cannizzo has joined the NY Metro team as regional director, effective July 26.

Matt (ND ’94) has served his other alma mater, Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, New Jersey, for the past 24 years. Matt began as the Director of Admission and Financial Aid before being appointed the Dean of Studies and Director of Admission and Financial Aid in 2009, with the division exceeding ambitious enrollment targets annually under his leadership. For the past 7 years, he has led and successfully grown the school’s development efforts as the Director of Institutional Advancement, most recently completing an 8-figure capital campaign that exceeded goal by 25%. Matt and his wife, Sarah, an ND alum, have two children, Nate and Grace.

Please join me in welcoming Matt to our UR team!

All the best,


Eddy Street Parking Reminders

With the transitioning back to the office, a few reminders about parking at Eddy Street:

  1. Parking spaces in the area under the building are assigned spots. If you do not have an assigned spot, parking is available in the ESC garage.
  2. Parking in the ESC garage must be above the “bump” on the ramp (no first-floor parking) and not in any reserved spots on the 2nd level.
  3. Parking spaces under the building will periodically be coned off indicating those spots are not available.
  4. The Smart Cars will be moved back into their assigned parking spots under the building later this week. If you use a Smart Car, please return it back to the assigned parking spot.

Any cars that do not abide by these rules, will be ticketed per Eddy Street Building Management.

If you have any questions about parking on Eddy Street, please contact Lana Taylor.

Congratulations and Gratitude for Al Bucci

After nearly 18 years working in service of Our Lady’s mission, Al Bucci has announced his retirement. We offer Al our deep appreciation, gratitude and congratulations.

Al has been an incredible member of the UR Development team. His kindness, leadership and team-focused approach will be missed. Al has developed strong relationships internally and externally with benefactors. His work has left a lasting positive impact at Notre Dame and with the students the University serves. He leaves this role feeling blessed for the opportunity to have worked at Notre Dame and grateful for all his friends and Development colleagues. His last official day will be August 31st.

A 1977 graduate of Notre Dame, Al walked on the football team and still claims he has eligibility left if only offenses would utilize the fullback. He met Marilyn, his wife and a 1978 St. Mary’s College grad, here. They have four children, two who graduated from Notre Dame.

He looks forward to writing more novels and “hanging out a bit.” He promises that whatever he does, it’ll be fun. He added, “I’ll be watching, too, as I know the development office will continue its great success.”

Thank you, Al for all that you have provided in service of Notre Dame for nearly two decades. We wish you all the best that life has to offer as you, literally and figuratively, write these next chapters.

Free Home Files Shred Event

In conjunction with the University Archives, Shred-it is offering a free, secure, and confidential document shredding event for Notre Dame faculty and staff.

When: Wednesday, August 18th 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (rain or shine)

Where: Mason Support Center Parking lot (located off of St. Joseph Drive behind the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union)

What: Only paper can be shredded, so please remove any binders, binder clips, or non-paper items before the event (staples and paper clips are acceptable). You are welcome to bring up to five (5) file-size boxes. Notre Dame cannot be responsible for papers left unattended, so we ask that you remain with your material until it is on the shred truck.

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Wi-Fi Testing in Eddy Street Office July 21

OIT recently deployed a Wi-Fi upgrade in our Eddy Street Office space. A crucial step is to “test” what was designed and either accept or tweak the system for better efficiency. On Wednesday afternoon 7/21, two male student interns will be walking around the entire office testing the Wi-Fi signal. They do enter offices, walk the corridors around cubes and modular offices-it’s definitely a “presence” but only for a few seconds to tap a test button and record results. Please be aware. Thank you.

-Development Help Desk

Cultivate Culinary Volunteers Needed

Our UR a Force for Good partner for the month of July is Cultivate Culinary! For those who don’t know, Cultivate Culinary is doing some amazing work in our South Bend community! They are committed to ending the cycle of hunger in the local communities of northern Indiana by providing a food rescue service. UR has committed to providing a small group to volunteer in their kitchen on Wednesday, July 21st from 9AM-noon. We really need about 10 more volunteers, so if you or your team are available to help, please sign up here by Friday. Thanks for all you do for our community!

New Director of Development Administration

UR Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that Lori Ehrman Tinkey has been hired as the new Director, Development Administration effective next Monday, July 19, 2021.

Since 2012, Lori has been a valuable member of the Notre Dame community, including the past four years serving as a key contributor to both the Corporate and Foundation Relations teams as the Assistant Director of Prospect Research and Analysis reporting to Drew Buscareno. Most recently, she served as an integral member of the Coronavirus Response Unit (CRU) Surveillance Testing Task Force, concurrently leading a cross-functional supply chain management team to ensure smooth lab operations. Prior to her time in UR, Lori built the Mendoza Behavioral Laboratory (MBL), created HR programming for Mendoza, and served as para-faculty in Organizational Behavior (OB) teaching, researching, and writing.

Lori’s non-Notre Dame career has included leadership in corporate management, entrepreneurial ventures, and nonprofit organizations. Lori is a grateful ‘18 Masters of Nonprofit Administration (MNA) graduate from Notre Dame, receiving the Dean’s Award and Malone Award and graduating magna cum laude. Her B.S. Management hails from the Kelley School of Indiana University-Bloomington.
Lori and her husband, Brett, have resided in the Notre Dame region for 15 years. Before they permanently settled nearby Brett’s family, they moved around the country; each of their four children was born in a different state. As a former Jersey Girl, Lori feels completely at home on a boat off the coast of St. Joseph, MI, and enjoys island life at the family’s residence on Marina Island in the St. Joseph River.

Please join me in congratulating Lori on this new role within the Regional Development team!