Summer professional development opportunities through HR

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you join us for one of our upcoming professional development opportunities! These include:

  • NEW! Trello for Admins: An Introduction – TAP Alumni
  • NEW! Unleashing your Bounce Back Factor – Leveraging Energy Management to Increase Resilience
  • NEW! Emotional Intelligence
  • NEW! Next Steps with the Predictive Index
  • NEW! Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn
  • NEW! The Paradox of Growth in Adversity: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Posttraumatic Growth
  • Managing My Career at Notre Dame
  • ND Essentials for Managing People
  • StrengthsFinder: Identifying & Capitalizing on Your Talents
  • Personal & Professional Branding at Work
  • Better Conversations Every Day (Coaching for Supervisors/Managers)
  • Multipliers by Franklin Covey
  • We are All ND
  • Capitalizing on Your Work & Relationships with the Predictive Index

Learn more about these Learning Programs LINKED HERE.

Corporate Relations Team Update

George Mandarakas is no longer on the Corporate Relations team. If you were working with George on any projects, please contact CR Interim Senior Director Josh Tullis for a project transition plan. Also, we will be looking to refill this position. If you are interested in this role or would like to know more, please reach out to Josh Tullis or Tara Gilchrist.

– Josh Tullis

ESC HVAC system

Hi everyone,

We have been working with Kite on evaluating the HVAC system in ESC. As some may have noticed, we have had issues with the A/C over the past couple of weeks.

The service provider is working on the situation but due to the expected temperatures today (90 degrees), we have been notified that the office temp today will be toasty! Ideal for January, not June.

They are working on the situation but do not anticipate getting the HVAC back online today. If you must be in the office today, please do not adjust the thermostats, and most importantly, STAY HYDRATED!



Announcing Larry Helmsing’s Retirement


The Development Information Technology and Services team is excited though saddened to announce the retirement of Larry Helmsing. Over the past 10 years in Development, Larry has advanced our IT infrastructure and services that have moved us forward in ways that often go unnoticed. For those of us that have worked directly with Larry, we will miss such a valuable team member who lived out Notre Dame’s mission every day.

Larry’s last day will be Friday May 28th. Please contact Andrew Yocum or submit a service now ticket for anything you might have contacted Larry for in the past. We are currently reviewing candidates for replacing this position. Please join us in thanking Larry for many years of faithful service and wish him a wonderful snowy retirement.

– Andrew Yocum

Farewell Maribeth Spittler


It is with mixed emotions that I announce the resignation of Maribeth Spittler from the University of Notre Dame effective Friday, May 14, 2021. Maribeth has decided to retire to enjoy time with family, friends, and life! Maribeth has been an integral part of Notre Dame Development for the past twelve years. Her contributions, hard work, commitment, dedication, and grace are worthy of admiration. Maribeth will be greatly missed by all. Filling her shoes will be an almost impossible task. Maribeth is a friend, and I wish her all the luck in the future. Please join me in wishing Maribeth well in this next chapter of her life!

God Bless and Go Irish!

Anita Sareen

Welcome Vahid Sadrzadeh!

I am excited to announce that Vahid Sadrzadeh has joined the NY Metro team as a regional director, working with benefactors in New York.

Since 2016, Vahid has worked as an award-winning anchor, reporter and storyteller at ABC57 in South Bend. He is proud to call Notre Dame home and feels called to serve this mission. Vahid is married to University Relations’ own Heather Sadrzadeh of the Alumni Association. Fun facts: Vahid is an Ironman triathlete and a four-time marathon finisher!

Please join me in welcoming Vahid to the UR team.

Thank you,

Welcome Nadia Erickson!

I am excited to announce that Nadia Erickson has joined the Southwest team as regional director, working with benefactors in Southern California. She starts on Monday, May 3rd.

Nadia joins us from a long career in athletics. She previously served as the DePaul University Head Coach for Women’s Volleyball for seven years and spent the last four years focusing on helping student-athletics and their families navigate the recruiting process for intercollegiate athletics.

Nadia graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a degree in Business Marketing and received her Master’s in Sports Administration from Northwestern University in 2019. While at Penn State, Nadia played volleyball and won a National Championship.

I am thrilled to welcome Nadia to the Notre Dame family and the Southwest team. Please join me in welcoming her to the UR team!



Farewell to Mary Frank

I write today to share the news that Mary Frank will be leaving the University of Notre Dame to return to her former vocation as a high school English teacher for the Fairfax County Public School system. Mary joined the University as a Regional Development Coordinator in the summer of 2019, alongside her fiancé Conor White, a ’21 graduate of the MBA program. Mary and Conor plan to marry in June.

Mary has been an amazing colleague who will be missed by her fundraisers as well as the entire DC team. Please join me in wishing her all the best as she moves on to the next chapter of her life. Her final day will be April 30.

God Bless and Go Irish!

Angie Dennig

Congratulations Pablo Martinez and Sorin Society Team


Please join me in congratulating Pablo Martinez and his appointment as the Director of our newly formed Sorin Society Giving team. This team is charged with the growth of Sorin Society membership and revenue, as well as the marketing, stewardship, and experiences offered to the members of Notre Dame’s largest giving society.

Pablo has been a valued member of the Annual Giving team for 10 years, leading initiatives and programs including the Phone Center, reunion giving, matching gifts, and Notre Dame Day in that timeframe. Most recently, Pablo has served as an Associate Director of Development focusing on individual asks for giving society gifts, this year alone raising $380k in incremental unrestricted dollars as well as a leadership gift for financial aid. A 2011 Notre Dame graduate, Pablo got his start as a student caller in the Phone Center.

The newly formed Sorin Society team will consist of:

Conor Montijo, who continues to oversee the operations, mass solicitation, lead generation, and stewardship experience of the Sorin Society. Conor is also the primary contact for Regional Directors on Sorin Society renewal, new, and upgrade asks; Austin Gammage and Leah Corachea as Leadership Annual Giving officers focused on driving incremental unrestricted growth through individual fundraising; and Darlean Vance, Donor Experience Coordinator. Dar provides frontline customer service via email and phone for members of all giving societies.

Please reach out to any of these fine colleagues with any questions regarding the Sorin Society.


Celebrating Holy Week & Easter on Campus

This year’s Triduum services (Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, Celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday) will be held in the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center instead of the Basilica to safely accommodate as many members of the campus community as possible.

Attendance to these Triduum services will be ticketed by assigned seat only. With a limited number of seats available, all tickets will be distributed to students followed by faculty and staff, as space allows.

Now that the student ticket request timeline has passed, tickets are available to faculty and staff. As space allows, faculty and staff have the opportunity to request two tickets which will allow them to be joined by a family member from their household. Please note that the two tickets will not be adjoining seats but rather be separated by a few empty seats per safety protocol.

The faculty and staff ticket request form will be open from 8 a.m. Thursday, March 25 through 5 p.m. Monday, March 29, or until capacity has been reached. This form will be available on the Campus Ministry website.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart will offer an adjusted Mass schedule and implement a reservation request system for Easter Sunday. The request form will open at 8 a.m. on March 22 and close at noon on March 24.

Visit for complete details.