Welcome Baby Dolzan!

Congratulations to Lauren and Stephan Dolzan on the birth of their first child, Zara. Zara came into the world on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 8:19am, weighing 6lbs 13oz. She is a beautiful addition to the Notre Dame family. Please join me in congratulating Lauren and Stephan!

Zara Dolzan

– Brandon Tabor



Calendar Year-End Reminder

As we look to finish the 2021 calendar year, we want to remind you about gift deadlines and instructions. These details are outlined in the 2021 Calendar Year-End letter.

As a reminder, if a benefactor’s gift is not postmarked by December 31, 2021 or in a University account by December 31, 2021, it cannot be considered a 2021 gift for tax purposes. Please encourage your donor’s to send their gifts early to avoid any unforeseen challenges (i.e. USPS delivery, banking systems, etc.)

Happy Holidays!

Condolences to Wayne Harpenau

We offer our deepest condolences to Wayne Harpenau upon the passing of his mother-in-law Mildred “Millie” Haag, last Friday, December 17th.

The full obituary may be found here.

Please remember to keep Wayne and his wife Julie and their entire family in your prayers.

– The IT&S Team

Condolences to Dawn Smith

The Notre Dame UR Family extends its deepest condolences to Dawn Smith. Her grandmother, Patricia Ann Pallo passed away on Monday, December 20th.

You can find Mrs. Pallo’s obituary using this link.

Please keep Mrs. Pallo, Dawn and Gary, and their extended family in your prayers.

-Lana Taylor

Matching Gift Assigned List through Dec 20

Thanks for all the great matching gift questions the last couple of weeks, please keep them coming! As promised, here is an updated list of assigned prospects who made a gift between July 1 and Dec 20 who have not yet made a claim. There are 347 gifts represented for a total of $6.165M in potential matches.

Let me know how I can help. You can check any employer’s matching program details at: https://giving.nd.edu/ways-to-give/matching-gifts/ including deadlines and links directly to employer forms.

Top matching gift companies with a December 31 deadline or other notable deadline for your quick reference.

You can contact me via email at lcurry@nd.edu with any matching gift questions.

-Leslie Curry

Welcome Lauren Donahue to the NY Metro Team!


I am pleased to announce that Lauren Donahue has joined the NY Metro team as regional director, effective December 13.

For the past three and a half years, Lauren served as the Program Director for New Student Engagement at Notre Dame, where she was a member of Fr. Gerry’s leadership team for student affairs. Lauren provided leadership on matters involving strategic planning, student development, health and well-being, residential life and was the co-director of the Moreau First Year Experience course. From 2014-2018, she served as Rector of Cavanaugh Hall.

I am excited about all that Lauren will bring to our team! Please join me in welcoming her to University Relations.

Thank you,

Welcome Rachel Myers to the Resource Strategy and Administration team!

It is my pleasure to welcome Rachel Myers to the Resource Strategy and Administration team as Associate Director of Finance. Rachel’s first day will be Monday, December 20, when she will begin leading our day-to-day finance administration and strategy.

Rachel is a graduate of Purdue with a double major in financial planning and sales management as well as a minor in psychology. In addition, she earned a master’s of education from Valparaiso University.

Rachel brings more than 15 years of experience in financial analysis and operations management to UR. Most recently, Rachel served as Director of Finance and Operations at Andrean High School (Merrillville, IN).

Please join me in welcoming Rachel! And please consider reaching out to Rachel (rmyers24@nd.edu) to introduce yourself. Especially in our hybrid work environment, we appreciate our UR teammates and key partners who take the time to make our newest member feel welcomed and included.

Kathryn Valenti

Welcome Alumni Association Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Digger O’Brien


I couldn’t be more excited to share the good news that we have a new Senior Director of Communications and Marketing, Digger O’Brien. Digger comes to us after many years working as an Executive Producer and Chief Content Officer for various groups within the NFL. His responsibilities as the Head of Entertainment Marketing included overseeing all content development, creative and brand-alignment strategies for third-party digital, television and film projects in the entertainment industry. In addition, as the Senior Producer of NFL Films, he executed hundreds of hours of large-scale content development and production initiatives at the NFL’s in-house production company. And to top it all off, he is a five-time national Emmy Award winner for editing, directing and writing.

Digger is the author of “Pointing Is Rude: One Father’s Story of Autism, Adoption, and Acceptance.”

A 1989 graduate of Notre Dame, Digger will be joined in South Bend by his wife, Bernadette, and children, Anna (24), Frederick and Grace (19) and Julian (12). He joined us on November 29, splitting time between South Bend and Yardley, PA, until after the holidays.

Please join me in welcoming Digger O’Brien.

All the best,

CCPC Team Updates

First, I am thrilled to share the promotion of Jen Odell to Sr. Associate Director on the CCPC team. Jen has taken on many new responsibilities this past year and continues to elevate our events and experiences through her tireless work and incredibly creative mind! This is a much deserved recognition of phenomenal work and dedication to the Cavanaugh Council and President’s Circle programs.
Next, please join me in welcoming Jordan Wahlstrom back to Development as a new Associate Director. Jordan comes to us from the Special Events team where she has helped plan and implement elevated experiences for high-level university constituents since 2018. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Jordan managed the marketing and graphic design for Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve, where she continues to volunteer today. Her previous experience and talents will serve her well as she oversees and enhances our membership communications. Jordan will also work to provide elevated programmatic elements to our events including engagement of our CCPC Scholars and student speakers. Jordan lives in Buchanan, Michigan with her three beautiful (and very photogenic!) Golden Retrievers: Logan, Oliver, and Colby.
Finally, I’m happy to introduce Kaitlyn Winkle, who also joined the CCPC team as an Associate Director and is new to the Notre Dame family. Kaitlyn previously led fundraising campaigns and events for a Muncie-based healthcare organization, Meridian Health Services. Kaitlyn has also led development efforts in a prior role at the YWCA of Muncie, a homeless shelter for women and children. Kaitlyn’s experience in fundraising and development efforts will serve her well as she focuses on our internal communications and fundraiser partnership including marketing materials, resources, and tools to help share the impact and importance of the CCPC program. Kaitlyn will also oversee our mentorship program in partnership with the Career Center. Kaitlyn is a graduate of Ball State University, where she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Please join me in congratulating Jen and welcoming Jordan and Kaitlyn!
Mary Jane Añón