Mail Distribution Deadline Information

The final pick up for outgoing mail is Friday morning, December 20th, at 8:30 am. After that time, outgoing mail can be taken to the Mail Center until 12:00 noon on Friday for processing.

The final courier bag pick up is also at 8:30 on Friday morning. Eddy St staff will make an  afternoon delivery of courier items to Grace Hall on Friday afternoon.

ESC Parking Garage Issue Resolved

If you had trouble getting into the Eddy Street garage this morning (message of Access Denied) the situation has been resolved and your card has been reset.

If you pulled a ticket in order to get into the garage, please turn that in to the front desk before you leave today. Your pass will get you out of the garage. Sorry for any inconvenience this problem may have caused.

Arrangements for Anita Jones’ Husband

Services for David Krol will be on Monday, September 23rd. Visitation is from 11:00 – 1:00 and again from 2:00 – 6:00 with funeral services following at St. Joseph Funeral Home, 824 S. Mayflower Road.

At the conclusion of the service, Anita would be honored if everyone would  join her family at the Crumstown Conservation Club in Crumstown to celebrate David’s life.

For more details on the funeral , please see this link for details:

Crumstown Conservation Club, 59440 Crumstown Hwy, North Liberty, IN 46554


New Opportunities for Four Colleagues

In an effort to continue the momentum from our strong fiscal year-end close and our current year’s production pace that projects to a record first quarter, I want to share our plan to fill the open positions in the Northwest and New York Metro regions.

Bill Ribera will transition from his Senior Director role to a Regional Director position serving benefactors in the Bay Area. As we approached addressing the importance of the Bay Area and creatively evaluating different alternatives, Bill presented this option to us and we enthusiastically agreed that this transition would best serve benefactors and leverage Bill’s extensive experience given his 33 year career in High Tech sales in Silicon Valley. This move will also provide a seamless transition with benefactors and will provide added stability to the team. I am humbled by Bill’s selfless approach to this opportunity and look forward to his continued success.

Given our comprehensive Senior Director selection process conducted earlier this year, plus our ongoing focus on succession planning, we are pleased to announce that Sean Sharpe has been promoted to the role of the Senior Director of the Northwest Region. Sean will be transitioning from a Regional Director role where he successfully served benefactors in the New York and Connecticut areas for the past 2 years. Before joining the University, Sean spent 11 years at Under Armour in sales and product management/marketing roles, plus held key roles at Mizuno, Fila and Ernst & Young.

With Sean Sharpe’s promotion to Senior Director, Steve Sollman will transition from the South region to the New York Metro region in his Regional Director position. Steve has been a successful fundraiser for the University since joining the South team in December of 2016 and has made significant impact cultivating a portfolio based in Austin, San Antonio and Cincinnati. Steve graduated from Notre Dame in 2004 and was a standout baseball player earning All-American, MVP, and Academic All-American honors. Steve spent four years playing in the Milwaukee Brewers organization before returning to the University in 2011 as an academic counselor for student-athletes.

Finally, Riley Koval will transition from the Southwest region to the Northwest region in his Regional Director position and will serve benefactors in the Bay Area. Riley started in Development as a Major Gifts Officer on the Annual Giving team in 2016. Over the past two years, he served benefactors in the Phoenix and Denver areas. Riley is a 2016 graduate of Notre Dame’s Law School where he also worked as a recruiting analysis for the Notre Dame football team.

To summarize, we are confident these moves will best serve benefactors for the long-term in these key areas. Please know we are aggressively moving forward with our hiring plan and have several interview days scheduled to fill the open positions in the Southwest and South regions. We remain committed to developing and growing our current team with talented fundraisers who will advance the Notre Dame mission.

Stu Fortener

September Matching Gift Email

The September Matching Gift Email will send on Tuesday, September 10 to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies and have made a gift since June 7, 2019 and have not yet matched their gift. 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 $24,000) but are eligible to match their gift.  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 communication, please reach out to Laura Snell Walker.

IDEA Center Startup Showcase, Friday, Sept. 13 9-11AM

Looking for somewhere fun to send families you work with, next Friday while we’re all at Marcus Cole’s Campaign College? Consider the IDEA Center!

From 9-11AM, ten startups that have “graduated” from the IDEA Center’s commercialization group will pitch their businesses. These companies are the IDEA Center’s best and brightest, are all currently operating, and are looking for advisors and investment. If you have a family who is interested in the startup space, this event is a great showcase of what is going on at the IDEA Center!

It will be easy to come and go at this event, so attendees aren’t making a commitment to the whole two hours. There are natural pauses every time the pitch team changes, so a discreet entry or exit is very easy at those changeover points.

This is the only Football Friday that this event will happen. Please send interested folks to Mitchell Kokko (, or reach out on benefactors’ behalf), who works at the IDEA Center, to register.

Please continue to sign up attendees for the Innovation Rally and student pitches through BEAT.

Questions? Contact Karen Deak (, AAD for Research Innovation and the IDEA Center

Paul Weikel moving to Hesburgh Libraries

It is with mixed emotions that I must share the news that after ten years with the NDAA, Paul Weikel has accepted a role with the Hesburgh Libraries as a user interface/user experience (UI/UX) developer, focusing on accessibility. This is an area for which Paul has always had a passion, and it is a special opportunity to do something that deeply excites him at the institution that he loves. Please join me in thanking and congratulating Paul.


Fundraiser Dashboard is Now Live!

We are very excited about the functionality that comes with this new dashboard as it is meant to help manage portfolios of individuals.

As previously mentioned, The Data and Analytics Team will be visiting your SPORT meetings for detailed demonstrations.

In the meantime, you are invited to attend some drop-in sessions for detailed demonstrations or answer any individual questions.

The drop-in sessions are scheduled in the ESC Family Room on the following dates:

Friday, August 30 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Friday, September 6, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!