Julia Sama to be Campaign Program Director

Dear University Relations Team:

It is with excitement that I write to share that Julia Sama will assume the role of Campaign Program Director, effective September 17, 2012.  In this role, Julia will work closely with Development, Special Events, OPAC, the Alumni Association and many units throughout campus in nearly all aspects related to the next campaign, including campaign planning/strategy, campaign marketing and communications, Presidential campaign events, campaign volunteer engagement and more.

Julia has been an important leader for Notre Dame for more than 9 years having served as:  Program Director for Continuous Improvement (2011-2012); Leadership Rotation Candidate (2009-2011); Director of the Notre Dame Annual Fund (2006-2009); Assistant Director of the Notre Dame Annual Fund (2005-2006), and Undergraduate Admissions Counselor (2003-2005).   Julia played a critical role in launching the Office of Continuous Improvement, facilitating countless training sessions and most importantly, coaching several project teams to help them deliver meaningful results.   We are fortunate that Julia will bring all of her improvement experience and skills into this new role.   She also brings a great deal of history and knowledge of University Relations and development given her prior experience in leading the various Annual Fund programs (e.g. phone center, matching gifts, reunion giving, direct mail, etc.)

Julia earned her Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) from Notre Dame in 2003.   She is also a former member of the Notre Dame Women’s Varsity Rowing Team.

Julia is strategic, creative and among the very best at building internal partnerships.  Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Julia into her new role.


Shannon Cullinan

Congratulations Jennifer Millin, New Assistant Director, Academic Advancement for the Arts

On behalf of Joe Gelchion…

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer Millin as she begins her new position as Assistant Director, Academic Advancement for the Arts.  Jen will be reporting directly to me and working closely with DeBartolo Performing Arts, Snite Museum and Development Office to match needs of benefactors with priorities of the arts.  Jen has diligently worked for the University of Notre Dame since 2006 and in the Office of Development, Arts Advancement since 2007.  She has been one of the “points-of-contact” between donors and all arts at the University for the past five years.  Hard work and dedication to Arts and Letters has prepared Jen well for this new transition.  Her existing relationships with benefactors and the Notre Dame community will only continue to grow.

Jen received her Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering degree from Colorado Technical University.  She married years ago on New Year’s Eve to Tony Millin (Transportation & Logistics Manager for Flakt Woods Group of Niles).  They are blessed with four boys:  Anthony Jr. 16, Collin 14, Dustin 12, and Landon 6.   They take turns attending Notre Dame performing arts and athletic events.  Jen resides in Niles, and most recently the family moved into their dream house on 2 acres.  Her sister, Jamie is a Double Domer (’99 & ’02) and a true embodiment of the Fighting Irish Spirit.   Jen enjoys reading, music and film, plus she and her family volunteer with a variety of area non-profit events and assist older family and friends with their home maintenance.

Congratulations Jen, on your Notre Dame commitment and new role as Assistant Director, Academic Advancement of the Arts!

New Administrative Assistant Post

Chris Walsh and Peggy Jewett are looking for an Administrative Assistant. The PD is posted on the ND employment site, #12426.  Please refer your interest or that of a colleague to the posting, directly to Chris or Peggy, or to Christine DeVore. Thank you.

Our Sympathy to Lauren Fox

Our sympathy to Lauren Fox, whose grandfather, Robert Williams, passed away on Sunday, July 22.  He was a graduate of the class of ND  1954.

He was a basketball player for Notre Dame and a lifetime Sorin member.  He founded Peerless Midwest and was responsible for the wells at Notre Dame.  He was a kind and holy man who always had something good to say about everyone.  Services will be Friday, July 27, at St. Monica Catholic Church.  Final arrangements are being made.

Please keep Lauren and her family in your prayers.

Condolences to Michael Rodio

Michael Rodio ’12 is away these next few days attending the funeral of his 82 year-old Grandmother Geraldine Thereda Rodio.

Grandma Rodio was quite the lady!   She was her high school’s Valedictorian before embarking on a distinguished teaching career.   I believe Michael received his “smarts” from Grandma Geraldine…

Here’s a link to her obituary.

The funeral is tomorrow at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish Church of St. Joseph’s in Hammonton, PA.

I suspect you’ll see Michael back here in the office on Thursday — please be sure to let him know you’re thinking about his family.

Jim Small

Welcome to the World, Clayton Richard Kidder

We are thrilled to welcome Clayton Richard Kidder to our family! Named after his two grandfathers, he was born at 8:24 am Saturday.

He is already amazing us, and is truly a gift from God! Big sister Grace and big brother Ben are excited to welcome him home today.

Thank you for your continued friendship and prayers!

All our best,

Micki and Scott Kidder

Glam Lunch at Camellia Eddy Street Commons

Join us for Glam Lunch at
 Camellia Eddy Street Commons

Introducing Glam Lunch:

We get it, you’ve been meaning to stop by, but you’re busy and afraid it will take too much time.  Do we have a new offer for you!  Stop by Camellia Cosmetics in Eddy Street Commons for a Free Five Minute Makeup update – we take a look at what you are doing now, assess your needs and quickly apply our recommendations for you. Renewed glam in five minutes!  If you see something you love, take it home.

Wait, what about LUNCH?  We have that covered – we are teaming up with Jamba Juice here in Eddy St. Commons and after your make-up, we will present you with a buy one get one free coupon for a Jamba Juice Smoothie.  Use it that day (bring a friend) or at a  later date. Check out their choices HERE.

Location: 1251  N. Eddy Street, South Bend IN

Glam Lunch Times: 11 – 2  Monday – Friday

Questions? Rebecca@CamelliaCosmetics.com


Eddy Street Commons   574-243-1730





July 21, 2012

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Stepan Center

The University Relations Summer Carnival is this Saturday.

If you have not done so, please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. this Friday, July 20.

Click on the link below and fill out the form.





University Relations / Public Affairs team members

Camp Mariposa volunteers and kids – they will provide art supplies for kids’ activities, and also baked goods for our fun activities. There will also be a goodwill donation box for the Camp.

Robinson Center kids and volunteers – will assist with games and contests.

Twister Mike – the balloon creator extraordinaire.

Xtreme Fun Party Company – they will provide a dunk tank for dunking your favorite UR colleague, and bouncy house for the kids to enjoy, and a sno-cone machine to ease the Summer heat.

There will also be numerous raffles of donated gifts from Notre Dame Athletics, Hammes Bookstore, and University Food Services.

We are in need of 8 volunteers to staff the dunk tank. One to be dunked, and one to control the crowd. There will be 4 ½ half shifts for the dunk tanks.

Also, any volunteers for set up, and tear down would be very much appreciated. 

Gently-Used Camp Supplies Needed for Camp Mariposa!

Don’t miss your chance to help transform a child’s life! Clean-out your closets and donate camp supplies this week for kids in our community who have been affected by an addicted family member. Gently-used items are fine. Bundle up those towels, children’s clothing, small bottles of shower soap and shampoo, outdoor toys and board games.

Checks are also acceptable and appreciated. The drive runs through Monday, July 23.

Camp Mariposa Indiana is a first-of-its-kind program for children, ages 9-12, affected by an addicted or co-dependent family member. It is a free, traditional, multi-day camp that provides counseling, problem-solving techniques and self-care strategies in a fun environment for children in need. Help make a big difference with your donation.

Thank you!

Elizabeth (Beth) M. Ferlic,  Assistant Director of Stewardship Programs