Welcome to the Storytelling & Engagement Team, Kilian Vidourek!

I am pleased to announce that Kilian Vidourek has joined the Storytelling & Engagement Team as Visual Storyteller, effective Sept. 13.

Kilian is from Tyrone, Georgia, a small town south of Atlanta. He studied French horn performance and Film production at Notre Dame where he played in almost any musical group he could. A proud member of the Marching Band, he was also a member of the Irish Guard. Throughout his time at Notre Dame he had several unimaginable opportunities like traveling to Portland Oregon to film a documentary, learning to be an assistant brewer for a new brewery, and interning in Los Angeles. Some fun facts about him include his alter-ego Dogsnake which you can sometimes find DJing around South Bend and his love of running.

Please join me in welcoming Kilian to our UR Team!

Jim Gosz

Congratulations Tashana Kenny!

Dear UR,

It is our absolute pleasure to share with you the promotion of Tashana Kenny to the role of Assistant Manager (AM) on the Development Coordinator (DC) Team. Tashana will be transitioning on September 15, 2021 to work with the management team, reporting to Lori Tinkey. In the new position, Tashana will continue to support field fundraisers, add responsibilities for managing DCs, and helping to lead the DC Team.

Tashana was instrumental in the success of the DC cross-training pilot program last year and serves as Co-Lead for the ongoing initiative. She continues to have a strong impact on our DEIU efforts through the Communications and Impact committee of DEIU. Prior to her work with the University, Tashana was an Enterprise Specialist in Product Sales and Support with Comcast for 16 years. Tashana received her Masters degree from the University of Phoenix in 2019, and her Bachelors degree from Ball State University in 1996.

Please reach out to Tashana to congratulate her on this achievement.


Deena and Lori

Congratulations Emma Capannari!

Dear UR,

It is our distinct pleasure to announce the promotion of Emma Capannari to the role of Senior Regional Development Coordinator(SRDC) reporting to Lori Tinkey, effective September 20, 2021. In her new role, Emma will continue to provide support to her current fundraisers for the near term, adding Senior Regional Directors (SRDs) to her portfolio as opportunities present, and work with the management team on special projects. An Indiana University graduate, Emma joined ND Development in 2018 and assumed the responsibility of managing the Chicago Development office, as well as providing support to four fundraisers. Emma was called to serve on the Covid-19 response unit as well as the AsceND project last year. Please join us in congratulating Emma.

If you have any questions about Emma’s new responsibilities, please feel free to contact us.


Angie and Lori

Sign up for our fall professional development opportunities!

Dear Colleagues,

Whether you’re seeking to deepen your expertise and effectiveness or harness your leadership skills, we offer unparalleled professional development to our staff and faculty so they can develop their inner champions and build their careers. We’re excited to announce our program offerings for the fall, as well as provide a few reminders about all the resources available to you.

Register for fall learning opportunities
Explore our fall learning offerings on the professional development section of our new Human Resources website. We’re offering both previously featured programs that are back by popular demand and brand new ones that cater to what we’ve heard campus wants.
Search and Register for Learning Opportunities

Set goals in Endeavor by September 30
As a reminder, managers and their employees should discuss goals and enter them in Endeavor no later than September 30, 2021. The final performance conversation along with final ratings and sign off must be completed by May 13, 2022. Learn how to start the performance review process in the new and improved Endeavor dashboard.
Record your expectations in Endeavor

Take advantage of one of our Signature Programs – the Learning at Work Academy!
The Learning at Work Academy is a multi-approach education program designed to encourage personal and career development to enhance individual success while strengthening the talent base for the University and the larger community. Instruction is provided conveniently in Notre Dame facilities.
Our English as a New Language (ENL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes start next week. Learn more about signing up for the English as a New Language and High School Equivalency classes!
Additionally, the programs in Business Administration through Ivy Tech Community College offer rolling admission. Find out more about obtaining an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Administration (2 years) or Technical Certificate in Business Administration (1 year).

Sharpen your skills with Udemy
As we announced earlier in the year, Udemy is an online, on-demand, self-paced learning platform that is integrated with Endeavor. It offers a wide variety of individual online courses and can be a great option if you’re interested in learning something new, supplementing your professional development or enhancing a skill set. Now is the time many of us are working towards determining our individual and divisional goals, we have included a few Udemy courses that touch on this subject. We invite you to try these online and on-demand courses!
OKRs Goal Setting 101
Goal Setting Mastery Course
Goal Crushing: Use OKRs to achieve business results

Thank you for all you do for the University of Notre Dame. We look forward to seeing you in our professional development programs this Fall!

In Notre Dame,

The Office of Human Resources

Experience ND

Have you heard? VenueND is now Experience Notre Dame. Experience ND will offer a more comprehensive event planning experience. In addition, University Catering is now Three Leaf Catering, providing improved quality and partnerships.

In addition to the new name, these new features are also available:

-A Reimagined McKenna Hall
The newly renovated McKenna Hall opens September 1, and will feature a variety of event spaces to host
your next academic conference. All your attendees will be treated to a warm atmosphere and state-of-the-art amenities.

-Rohr’s Food Truck
Notre Dame’s iconic restaurant is hitting the road. The food truck is a great focal point for a smaller event, or a neat addition to a larger one.

The Experience ND team can assist with budget management, integrated venue management, off-site transportation and hotels, and more. They have also decreased the price of internal room rentals across campus, and made events more affordable by eliminating unnecessary costs for internal events at Notre Dame Stadium.

Interested in learning more? Check out this Experience ND flyer.

Reminder About ESC Gameday Parking

Tenants of the Eddy Street office who will be working the Purdue gameday and need to park in the ESC garage make sure to submit your BEAT request before Tuesday 9/14/21 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, enter your name into BEAT, choosing “Parking” as the activity and “ESC – Staff” as the parking preference. We provide an identifying dashboard sign to those who request parking for the Toledo gameday. If you still have your dashboard sign from the Toledo game, you can use that for any game this season.

Please note – all access cards will be inactivated for Saturday 9/18 except for staff who have submitted a BEAT request.

If you have any questions, contact Lana Taylor.

Celebrating Our CRU Volunteers at ND Stadium

The Storytelling & Engagement team is inviting all of the CRU faculty and staff who worked tirelessly this past year during the pandemic to keep Notre Dame open to our students to participate in a special THANK YOU VIDEO that will be filmed in Notre Dame Stadium. The shoot will take place Wednesday night (September 15th). When you arrive at Notre Dame Stadium, please enter through GATE B at 7:30 PM ET. Storytelling will usher you down to the field where you’ll be joining a singer/songwriter from Nashville who will be performing his new song.

Wear something NOTRE DAME — if you don’t have it, no worries!

The shoot should be done by 8:15 PM ET

Date: Wednesday, September 15
Time: Arrive before 7:30 p.m.; should be completed by 8:15 p.m. EDT
Where: Enter Notre Dame Stadium through Gate B

Stewardship & Donor Relations Updates and Promotions

We are thrilled to announce two promotions and a new addition to the Stewardship & Donor Relations team.

Megan DePrimio-Faust has been promoted to a Program Director in Donor Recognition. Megan, who has been on the team for five years, has grown significantly in her role. She has been instrumental in leading the recognition audit throughout campus and has made incredible recognition contributions for key donors, both public and personal. In addition, Cheryl Schlimpert has been promoted to Project Manager for Stewardship & Donor Relations. In this role, Cheryl will continue to support the entire team serving as the project manager for our most complex projects, including endowment reports, financial aid student recipient thank you notes, and the dedication budget just to name a few. Please join me in congratulating both Megan and Cheryl!

In addition, I am excited to announce that the responsibility of stewarding members of the Badin Guild is moving from Annual Giving to the Stewardship & Donor Relations team. The responsibility of Badin Marketing will remain in Annual Giving and a search will be underway soon to fill this open position. With this change, we are excited to welcome Laura Walker, Associate Director of the Badin Guild, to the stewardship team. Laura brings with her seven years of Development experience as a member of the Annual Giving team where she oversaw the stewardship of the Badin Guild, the marketing of planned giving vehicles, and since 2017, the marketing of our matching gift program.

As we prepare for the next campaign, this change will allow us to strategically determine how best to steward Badin Guild members, both programmatically as well as individually at the top of the pyramid ($10+). The move to the Stewardship & Donor Relations will allow Laura to leverage her knowledge of the Badin Guild and couple it with the expertise and support of the entire team. Laura will certainly continue to partner with her colleagues in Annual Giving, especially with Badin communications and stewardship events. She will also serve as the stewardship liaison to the Office of Gift Planning.

Please note that Laura will continue to handle Badin marketing until a new colleague is hired in this role reporting to Jim Small.

UR September Birthdays

Happy Birthday to all our colleagues celebrating their special days in September! We hope you have a great Fall filled with fun and football!

9/2 – Sharon Rankert
9/3 – Tim Kenney
9/3 – Tori Grimes
9/5 – Lynn Hubert
9/5 – Patty Herrity
9/6 – Mary Bueno
9/8 – Terry Donze
9/9 – Matthew Cannizzo
9/9 – Matt Gelchion
9/10 – Anita Jones
9/10 – Dan Allen
9/11 – Jordan Eash
9/12 – Natalie Sargent
9/13 – Michael McLaughlin
9/14 – Nick Sorg
9/15 – Bruce Danielson
9/15 – Carolyn Hardman
9/15 – Cathy Windeatt
9/15 – Ray Herring
9/16 – Sarah Ford Nugent
9/16 – Tori Hummel
9/18 – Meghan Walsh
9/19 – Chris Murphy
9/19 – Jay Rizzi
9/19 – Bob Morton
9/20 – Jessica Brice
9/20 – Zach Thurston
9/26 – Bridget Gilman
9/26 – Dody Blue
9/26 – Emma Capannari
9/26 – Eileen Murdock
9/26 – Sydney Kuhn
9/26 – Teri Vitale
9/27 – Amelia Thompson
9/28 – Landon Weldy
9/30 – Bill Doyle

Thank you and Best Wishes to Marcia Hittner

Dear UR,

With appreciation for her selfless dedication to Notre Dame fundraising, we wish Marcia Hittner all the best for her upcoming retirement on September 30. Marcia has been an invaluable member of our geographically extended family, serving as Development Coordinator from the New York City office and her delightful Queens apartment for 13 years. We are grateful to Marcia for her efforts in supporting our fundraisers and our special events team, in particular for her work on the highly successful Wall Street dinners. Her attention to detail and organizational skills have been integral to the continued success of our New York presence. During the pandemic lockdown, many of us knew Marcia as a faithful, insightful contributor to our UR DEIU Zoom conversations. Thank you, Marcia.

Please join us in congratulating Marcia on her next chapter!

The DC Team has a number of openings for the Development Coordinator position; if you, or someone you know, are interested in knowing more, please contact me at ltinkey@nd.edu.

~Lori and Deena