AGSM – Cincinnati Tailgate Attendees

We are excited to finally kick off our first Shake Down the Thunder! Tailgate for our giving society members! Please find a list of registrants with fundraisers below. This week, the tailgate will be located on the Irish Green, just to the west of the Development tailgate. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the Donor Experience team at or 574-631-5198.

Welcome Sara Aycock and Wayne Harpenau to the IT&S Team!

The Information Technology and Services team is excited to announce two new members.

Sara Aycock joined the data integration team as Systems Integration Professional on September 20th. She will start with a focus on the Ascend project with gift integration. Sara is a 2011 Saint Mary’s graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems.

Sara is joining us from the OIT Employee/Finance team, having been with Notre Dame for 10 years. She already has experience with the tools our group uses and all of us on the IT&S team are excited she has chosen to join us.

Wayne Harpenau joined the data integration team as Systems Integration Professional on September 27th. Wayne will also start with a focus on the Ascend project helping us migrate our data from CrmND to Ascend.

Wayne graduated from Iowa State University and has continued his education in Business Intelligence with Villanova University.

Wayne joins us from Trinity Health Catholic Hospitals. Previous to that, he worked for Western Michigan University and Sony, doing all forms of data integration work bringing our team many years of experience. We are grateful Wayne will be sharing his extensive experience with our team and looking forward to how that will help us all grow.

Thank you for welcoming Sara and Wayne and I ask that you help support them to have a fulfilling and successful time with us in University Relations.

Andrew Yocum

Reminder About ESC Gameday Parking for Cincinnati

Tenants of the Eddy Street office who will be working the Cincinnati gameday and need parking in the ESC garage, make sure to submit your BEAT request before Tuesday 9/28 at 1:00 pm EDT.  Please Note: we will be unable to add parking requests after the deadline. 
To request gameday parking in the ESC garage (you must have an ESC garage card), enter your name into BEAT, choosing “Parking” as the activity and  “ESC – Staff” as the parking preference. There is an identifying dashboard sign that will need to be displayed by anyone who requests parking for gameday. The dashboard signs are available at the ESC front desk. If you still have a dashboard sign from an earlier 2021 game, you can use that for any game this season.

Please note –  all access cards will be inactivated for Saturday,10/2 except for staff who have submitted a BEAT request.

If you have any questions, contact Lana Taylor.

September Matching Gift Email

The September Matching Gift Email will send this coming Wednesday, September 22, to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies, have made a gift since August 28th, and as of today have not yet matched their gift. These gifts represent over $130K 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 $300K. 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 Leslie Curry.

Hiring: AAD, College of Engineering

With a new Dean at the helm, the Academic Advancement Director for the College of Engineering role is more important than ever. We’re seeking a highly motivated, strategic fundraising partner for Dean Culligan – someone who can translate the College’s key objectives and goals into proposals our donors will find exciting, inspiring, and ultimately rewarding. An educational or professional background in a technical or scientific field is highly sought for this role: someone able to translate complex faculty ideas & projects into exciting, relevant proposals for interested donors. Did someone just pop into your mind? Great! Please feel free to share the posting with them! If they’d like to chat with a “real human” about this role, share my Calendly link to schedule 20 minutes to chat (no resume or introductory email required!). If you’re interested in this role yourself, I’d love to learn more! Simply find 30 minutes for a confidential conversation here. Thank you!

-Tara Gilchrist

405 Main Personnel Changes

Friends and colleagues,

We write to share news of several promotions and transitions within the 405 Main Building office.

Effective October 1, Terry Donze will transition from her current role as Development Associate to Senior Office Coordinator for 405 Main and report directly to Gavin McGuire. In this important position, Terry will serve as the primary receptionist and first point of contact for the Office of the Vice President for University Relations and the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications and will manage the overall operations of the office suite. A trusted and respected colleague, Terry recently celebrated 33 years of dedicated service with University Relations.

Similarly, effective October 1, Sharon Rankert will be promoted to Assistant Director, Advisory Council Program, reporting directly to Julia Sama. In this role, Sharon will help organize the fall Advisory Council meetings across 18 councils, coordinate the annual Advisory Council strategic review process, publish the Advisory Council digital directory and manage communications of important University news to council members. Sharon will continue to provide direct support to Drew on calendaring, fundraising support, and donor stewardship. Sharon has been a valued member of the UR team since 2012 and we’re excited for her to take on this new role.

Reporting directly to Lou, effective October 1, Debra de St. Jean will be promoted from her current role of Assistant Director, Advisory Council Program, to Development Associate. In this role, Debra will provide executive and administrative support to the Vice President of University Relations by managing the office of the Vice President, including calendaring, operational processes, internal communications and support, and special projects as required by Lou. Debra has served University Relations (over two stints) for almost a decade and has been repeatedly championed for her do-whatever-it-takes work ethic.

And finally, effective September 1, Gavin McGuire’s role of Advisor was expanded to reflect his significant contributions over the past three years to the office of the Vice President of University Relations. In this newly expanded role and in addition to his current duties, Gavin will oversee the 405 Front Desk and overall operations, including the management of the student interns, oversee the budget for the Vice President of University Relations, manage strategic projects, and coordinate large external events such as international and domestic bowl games on behalf of University Relations.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating Terry, Sharon, Debra, and Gavin, for taking on these new roles and responsibilities in service to Notre Dame.

Lou and Drew.

Friday Night Bash

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us for the second annual Friday Night Bash at Notre Dame Stadium this Friday, September 17, 2021—the night before Notre Dame takes on Purdue in South Bend. You won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind party in the concourse of Notre Dame Stadium featuring live music from Gold & Blue Co, Zach DuBois ‘11, Jeffrey James, and The 1985, and yummy street food from regional food trucks! All UR employees and their families will receive free admission

This also presents a great opportunity for benefactors as all Giving Society members get in free! They can simply show their membership ID when they enter the party through Gate C of Notre Dame Stadium! Our team will be onsite to confirm membership if anyone does not have their digital card.

Hope to see you all there!
Annual Giving Team