Condolences to Angie Dennig.

We have sad news, Angie Dennig’s mother passed away this weekend.  The obituary is below.   Viewing is Wednesday, 4:00-8:00 pm, at Welsheimer Funeral Home on Cleveland Road.   Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday at 10:00 am at St. Pius Catholic Church in Granger, followed by a luncheon at Blue Heron at Blackthorn.

Please keep the family in your prayers.


Jessie L. “Shona” Burkart July 22, 1925 – July 27, 2013 GRANGER – Jessie L. “Shona” Burkart, age 88, of Granger, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 28, 2013, at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. Shona was born in Inner Leven, Methil, Fife, Scotland, on July 22, 1925, to the late James and Helen Ferguson. At the age of eighteen, Shona learned Morse code and was selected to be part of the British Women’s Auxiliary Air Force’s Y Service, which was the British organization that intercepted and decoded German messages during World War II. She worked at various listening stations throughout the war, and the British government recently awarded her with a distinguished medal for her contributions to the war effort. While on leave from the war, Shona met her husband, Anselm Severin “Burk” Burkart, at a dance in Edinburgh. Burk continued to send Shona flowers from Germany after their initial meeting, and impressed by his tenacity, Shona became a British war bride in 1947. She joined Burk in his hometown of South Bend, where Burk subsequently became the Executive Vice President at First Source Bank. Although Shona eventually became an American citizen, remnants of her cheerful Scottish brogue could always be heard in her eloquent diction. Burk and Shona raised their seven children on South Bend’s northwest side, while simultaneously running a small business from her home. Anyone who met Shona instantly realized that they were in the presence of an exception lady. She carried herself with tremendous poise and always insisted on putting the needs of others ahead of her own, volunteering for over forty years at the Christ Child Society, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Auxiliary, and the Rosary Altar Society of Holy Cross. Shona is remembered for her devout commitment to her Catholic faith, her regal demeanor, and her unconditional love that she showed to her family. Shona was preceded in death by her husband, Burk, and her two sisters, Kit and Helen. Surviving are Shona’s seven children, Bruce (Cindy) Burkart of South Bend, Helen Burkart Presser of Fort Wayne, Cathie (Stephen) Miller of Muncie, Valerie (Doug) Schmitt of Battle Ground, WA, Angela (Tim) Dennig of Granger, James (Tracy) Burkart of Mishawaka, and Philip (Amy) Burkart of Murrieta, CA; her fourteen grandchildren, Bruce Burkart Jr. and Amy Utz; Rich, Steve, John and Phil Presser; Josh, Jeremy, Jeff, and Jacob Miller; Jessica and Jamie Dennig; David Burkart; and Severin Burkart; and her twelve great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 1, in Saint Pius X Catholic Church, Granger, with Msgr. William Schooler officiating. There will be visitation at Welsheimer Family Funeral Home, 17033 Cleveland Rd. in South Bend, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made in memory of Shona Burkart to Christ Child Society of South Bend, where she served as a past president, at P.O. Box 1286, South Bend, IN 46624. Family and friends may leave e-mail condolences at


Farewell to Megan Meihaus!

I write to inform you that Megan Meihaus has submitted her letter of resignation for her position as Regional Director with the West Region, effective August 9, 2013.

Megan has served our donors in Orange County with dedication and loyalty.  I personally want to thank Megan for her hard work and her support to me and the Regional Development team.

Megan and her family will remain in the California area.  Megan’s departure will give her more time to spend with her family, as she takes a part-time position as a fundraiser for a community hospital in Orange County, California.

Megan will always be part of the Notre Dame family.  Please join me in wishing Megan all the best in her future endeavors.

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon, Senior Regional Director, Central


Welcome Matthew Cook, Regional Development West

Please join me in welcoming Matthew Cook to the West Region Development team as Administrative Assistant.  Matt’s start date is August 5.  Matt’s direct supervisor will be Stephen Smith, Regional Director for West Development.

Matt is a Utah native.  Most recently Matt has been administrative support to Jean Gorman and has established great rapport with our donors.

Prior to joining the university, Matt was a dispatcher for Schneider National Trucking and employed in quality control at Pinnacle Security.

Matt and his spouse, Melinda, who is starting her second year with the Notre Dame Law School program, reside in Mishawaka.  In Matt’s spare time, he enjoys reading and spending time outdoors.

Please join me in welcoming him to the West Region team!

In Notre Dame,

Kevin P. Cannon

Senior Director of Development, West Region

Cheryl Schlimpert moves to Donor Experience Program Manager (Interim)

I am pleased to announce that effective immediately, Cheryl Schlimpert will assume the role of Acting Donor Experience Program Manager as we prepare for and support fall Recognition Society activities.

As the Program Manager, Cheryl will aid the team in providing a high level support to more than 10,000 members of Recognition Societies at Notre Dame. Her focus will be on core processes in the donor experience area that include: acknowledgements, football ticket support, annual renewals, concierge service, and phone / email communication.

Cheryl joined Notre Dame in  July, 2010.  She lead a Greenbelt project for the Major Gift Officers process and is currently working to complete her Greenbelt Certification. She brings strong process design skills and technical data skills to this role.

Please join me in congratulating Cheryl and supporting her in her expanded role.

In Notre Dame,

Kevin Madden
Director of Recognition Societies


Welcome Kristin Roose to the Midwest Region

Please join us in welcoming Kristin Roose to the Midwest Region leadership fundraising team! Kristin will be joining us on Monday, July 29, as an Administrative Assistant and will be teaming with Lynn Hubert and Bridget Moreno. Kristin has a bachelor’s degree in international studies with minors in Chinese and German from Ball State University, where she was the public relations director for the residence hall association. Kristin has served as a majority intern in the Indiana State Senate and most recently was the sales lead at Bath & Body Works.

Kristin is a board member for the Literacy Council of St. Joseph County and was a 3M team member for Relay for Life this year. We are very fortunate to welcome Kristin to the team!

Lynn Hubert and Bridget Moreno

Jamie’s Challenge!

Tomorrow is a BIG day for Jamie McGraw and Logan’s Run.

You may have seen Jamie’s inspirational story in the South Bend Tribune and on-line. He was featured over the weekend and today as well.

In an effort to raise awareness of the 10th Anniversary of the Logan’s Run event, Jamie has added a new twist to this fund raiser that he has been a part of since day one. It’s called Jamie’s Challenge! Click on the Run With Logan link below to read more about this tremendous young man.

We are hoping to cheer him on in his efforts that will happen Rain or Shine!!!

Jamie and his trainers are scheduled to RUN BY Eddy Street Commons around 4:10-4:30 in the afternoon tomorrow.


Posters, streamers, noise makers and alike are all welcome to help pump him up as he jogs by!!!


Thank you all in advance. This is going to be a lot of fun!!!



Asset-Inventory Checklist

Attention All Managers,

An action is required by you to fill out the Asset/Inventory Checklist linked below for each of your employees.  It is advised that you save this document with your employees’ records so that when they separate you have an accurate inventory of their access to facilities, assets and data systems.  HR is requiring that this checklist be completed for all new hires as they come onboard and for current employees by September 30th.

Also, a new process has been established campus-wide to manage certain aspects of the on-boarding of incoming employees and the separation or transfer of outgoing employees.


Why the process has changed: The process improves the University’s management of employee access to facilities, assets, and data systems and ensures that adjustments during separation or transfer are made as efficiently as possible.

What has changed:

  • A new Asset/Access Inventory Checklist  helps the University ensure each employee’s access to facilities, assets, and data systems is documented at hire, updated during employment, and de-provisioned appropriately during separation or transfer. This inventory will be filled out during hiring when assets/access are assigned and kept on file for later reference.
  • In addition, a new Separation / Transfer Toolkit reminds managers and supervisors of other important steps such as final performance reviews, completion of separation forms, and documenting in writing the effective date of the employee’s separation or transfer.
  • A Steward has been assigned in each department to assist the department in implementing the process.


Your Steward is:  Jeanne Monsma

Phone:  631-8963

What this means for managers/supervisors: All managers are asked to:

What this means for employees: Soon, you may be asked by your manager, supervisor, or Steward to complete an inventory of your current assets (such as keys or equipment) and systems access (such as Banner or PeopleEZ). Later, if changes are made to your assets, access, or employment status at the University, you may be asked to update your inventory accordingly.


For more information: Please review the Hiring Manager Toolkit and the Separation / Transfer Toolkit. For additional information, please contact askHR at (574) 631-5900 or .


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Patty Herrity moving to Prospect Management

Patty Herrity will be transitioning from Donor Services to Prospect Management where she will serve as the ADPM for the Midwest Region, effective July 22, reporting to Anne Griffith.  Patty has served as a Senior Specialist in Donor Services which included the administration of matching gifts and process improvement initiatives related to data; including development of the data integrity plan and facilitating a greenbelt project related to employment data.  Prior to Donor Services, Patty worked with the Athletic Office as the Athletic Ticket Office Bookkeeper, updating and maintaining the Ticket Office budget and assisting internal and external auditors with the annual football audit related to ticketing.  Patty is a 1997 graduate of Notre Dame and holds a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University.  She is a lifelong resident of the South Bend area, and is the proud mother of a 9 year old son, Cullen.

Donor Services will certainly miss Patty, but we are excited about this great opportunity and we are happy she will be across campus!  Please join me in congratulating Patty!

Best wishes,

Stacy L. Koebel-Harder & Anne Griffith 

Advancement Services Coordinator

Provides administrative oversight for the Associate Vice President for Development, including office management and coordination of communication among the eight departments reporting to this AVP position, as well as external constituencies (e.g., benefactors, vendors, etc.).   Manage special projects that require a high level of independence and initiative in planning and execution.  Partner with the Associate Vice President for Development to perform a diverse set of advanced duties requiring strong interpersonal, analytical, organizational and communication skills. Core responsibilities will focus on: project management, relationship development, data analysis, correspondence and communication, presentation creation, and benchmarking. Due to the sensitivity of financial and benefactor information, will require a high level of confidentiality and discretion in the execution of responsibilities, especially the leadership of special projects.  Other responsibilities include calendar management and oversight. Will also serve as a representative of the AVP when necessary. Supervisory responsibility for two full time positions, including the Office Coordinator and Reception Area staff at Eddy Street Commons Development offices, as well as one to two student workers each semester. Maintain an organize office, including detailed files and records. In the event you are interested, please contact Susan Murphy at 631-5900

Welcome Jeff Faust

Please join me in welcoming Jeff Faust to the OIT team! Jeff will be working for DSS in Development.  Jeff has lived in the South Bend area since he was 5 years old.  He studied architecture at Ball State and switched to computer science after 1 year.  Jeff has worked in customer support and system administration at Skyenet (not the same one as in Terminator films), Gramtel, Cash Register Sales, and Press Ganey.

Jeff’s hobbies include:

Wood working, current project is a park bench Video games, favorite game is anything Rockstar. ” I have a mechanical mind set and love taking things apart, I had my first computer apart and into as many pieces as I could within a week of owning it.”  History buff, favorite time period is US Civil War years.  Jeff’s office  will be located in the Eddy Street Development Office.

Patricia Sperry & Rose Michalski