Welcome Robert “Bobby” Neuet Gardner to the Notre Dame Family!

Congratulations to Kat Gardner and her husband Wills on the addition of a second son to their family! Robert “Bobby” Neuet Gardner, whose first and middle names are both in honor of beloved family members, came into the world at 7:52 a.m. on Tuesday, January 18th. Bobby was 20.5 inches long and weighed in at 7 lbs. and 5 ounces. Kat reports that Bobby, big brother Liam (almost 3), and parents are all doing well! Our best wishes to Kat and the entire Gardner family!

Cristi Ganyard
Stewardship & Donor Relations

Condolences to Angel Hess

Today we offer our prayers and condolences to Angel Hess and her family, following the passing of her father on Friday, January 28. Joseph Chamberlain of Mishawaka, Indiana was 86. A full obituary can be found here.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, February 2, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 S. Mill Street, Mishawaka. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery with military honors by VFW 360 / American Legion 161 Burial Squad.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm on Tuesday at Goethals & Wells Funeral Home, 503 W. 3rd Street, Mishawaka.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Pendle Home, 19303 Pendle Road, South Bend, IN 46637.

Register for HR Spring Professional Development Opportunities

Whether you’re seeking to deepen your expertise and effectiveness or harness your leadership skills, HR offers unparalleled professional development to staff and faculty to develop their inner champions and build their careers. HR is excited to announce the spring program offerings and reminders about all the resources available to you.

Register for spring learning opportunities


Manage your goals, learning, and development in Endeavor

With the Endeavor dashboard, it is easier than ever to check in on your goals, view past training and upcoming courses. You’ll receive more targeted support through the dashboard and learn about upcoming events and programs.
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HR 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.
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

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. Below are a few Udemy courses that touch on this subject.

50 Career & Self Development Tips: Welcome to the New You!
Boost Your Productivity: Adapt, Improve, Do!
Best Practices for Working Remotely


Thank you for all you do for the University of Notre Dame. HR looks forward to seeing you in professional development programs this spring!


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Congratulations Melissa Medina!


Melissa will be transitioning from her current role of Communication and Data Analyst in Gift Management to Gift and Biographic Analyst in Advancement Records. The Advancement Records team couldn’t be more excited to have Mel transition to the squad recognizing the incredible work she has done while in her role in Gift Management. Mel’s first day with the team will be February 1st however she will continue to ensure continuity in the acknowledgment and pledge reminder processes until a replacement for that role is found.

Welcome to the team Mel!


Welcome to the Southwest Team, Patrick Charles!

It is my pleasure to welcome Patrick Charles to the Southwest team as a regional director of development. Patrick’s first day will be on January 24, and he will serve benefactors in southern California.

Since 2016, Patrick has been the co-founder of Wonderspaces, Inc., a company that creates immersive and interactive art experiences in Philadelphia, Scottsdale, and Austin. Prior to this, he was a senior innovation manager for TomorrowLab where he managed multiple consulting projects across multiple industries. He has also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton as an associate for supply-chain and logistics analytics. Patrick served our country in San Diego and Iraq in the Marine Corps as an operations planning and training officer, where he received an achievement award for managing the largest Marine Corps tactical communications network ever created.

Patrick graduated from the University of Scranton with a degree in Accounting, Peking University in Beijing with a certificate in business, Vlerick Business School in Brussels with his MBA, and finally, the University of Notre Dame with his Master of Science in Business Analytics. Patrick is originally from Pennsylvania but is going to be moving to South Bend in a few weeks from Phoenix, Arizona.

I am thrilled to welcome Patrick to the Notre Dame family and the Southwest team. Please join me in welcoming him to the UR team and thanking him for his service!


Farewell Kathy Wadolowski

Kathy Wadolowski ’16, ’17 MSM is going to New York University!

Please help us wish Kathy a fond farewell as she embarks upon her new position as Communications Specialist for the Stern School of Business at New York University. Kathy, a Double Domer, joined the Storytelling and Engagement team in July 2017. We’ve had the joy of seeing Kathy grow throughout her career here, and she has become an integral member of our team.

Kathy has worked on countless storytelling proposals, including some of the most challenging ones our team has ever taken on. Juggling details, numbers, photos, personalities, and often arcane particulars is not for the faint of heart. Kathy always got the job done—and she did it well! She wrote more than $1 billion in fundraising proposals during her tenure, in addition to hours of scriptwriting, producing and voiceover work for Notre Dame Day, Here Come the Irish football show, and many other productions.

Kathy’s last day will be January 28. We bid her a heartfelt adieu, but not a goodbye, for Notre Dame will forever be part of her, and she a part of us.

Thank you, Kathy!

-David Chaudoir

Welcome Danielle Filguiera and Paul Hernandez to the Annual Giving Team

It is our pleasure to welcome both Danielle Filgueira and Paul Hernandez as Associate Directors, Leadership Annual Giving, where they will add to growing unrestricted and giving society membership and continue to cultivate benefactors across the country. Their first day will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Danielle is a double domer, having graduated in 2011 before recently receiving her Master’s in Nonprofit Administration this past year. A Miami native, she is surprisingly excited to once again experience all four seasons the Midwest has to offer! Danielle has grown in her professional career with HH Construction Group INC. where she exemplified her growth mindset and ability to develop business relationships. Her competitive nature and love for her alma mater will serve the team well as she joins the Sorin Society team!

Paul is a two time graduate of St. Francis University, graduating in 2011 and completing his Master’s in Organizational Leadership – Higher Education Administration in 2018. Prior to joining Development, Paul served as Employer Engagement Manager, for the University’s Center for Career Development, where he fostered key relationships and developed new relationships with recruiters and C-suite level leadership in a variety of companies and industries. Paul also has experience working in higher education admissions serving as Associate Director of Admissions at the Mendoza College of Business and Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of St. Francis. We cannot be more thrilled to welcome Paul to the Academic and Athletics Giving team!

Please join us in welcoming Danielle and Paul who will be primarily serving benefactors in the Southwest region, New England, and the greater Chicago area this year!

Kasey O’Connor and Pablo Martínez

Thank You, Darlean Vance, and Best Wishes!

Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in wishing Darlean Vance the best of luck as she departs the University this weekend. As many of you know, Dar has the incredible opportunity to be in the Indianapolis metro area with her family, especially her grandson, Bennett, as he receives treatment. A true testament to Dar, her offer to be there for her family exemplifies how she has been one of the most selfless, caring, and compassionate members of our UR Family and to say she will be sorely missed is an understatement!

Dar’s work building relationships with our giving society members for the past nine years, as well as her gracious offer to work in Gift Management through the calendar year end, will be missed by both benefactors and colleagues alike. She has been the voice of Notre Dame to many of our members, and we are grateful for all of her hard work, joyful nature, and dedication to our mission.

Please join me in wishing Dar and her family all the best in the future. Please feel free to stay in touch with Dar at vanjdka1@att.net.

Dar – you will always have your Notre Dame family here for you when you need it!

– Annual Giving and Gift Management

Welcome Chris Liberto to the Northwest Team

It is my pleasure to welcome Chris Liberto to the Northwest team as Regional Director. Chris’ first day will be 1/18/2022, and he will be working with constituents in Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota.

Chris Liberto is a proud graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, but as an Irish Catholic, he’d tell you his true passion and values most closely align with those of Our Lady’s University.

Chris is thrilled to join the Notre Dame family following a successful career as the Executive Director for Camp High Hopes, a non-profit camp in western Iowa aimed at providing unique camping experiences for kids, teens and adults with special needs and chronic illness. Chris spent the majority of his professional career in broadcast journalism where he spent 10 years as a news and sports anchor for ABC covering Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. Chris’s passion for helping others has shown in his volunteer work, creating two non-profit organizations in Sioux City and serving on multiple Boards of Directors.

Chris and his wife Jenna are looking forward to joining the South Bend/Michiana community after spending nearly two decades in Sioux City. Chris and Jenna have three very energetic kids, Hunter (10 years old), Quinn (7 years old) and Kennedy (4 years), and a mini-golden doodle named Rosie. The family enjoys walks, bike rides, movies and plans to be regulars at Notre Dame sporting events, cheering on the Irish!

Please join me in welcoming Chris Liberto to the team!

Sean Sharpe