Farewell to Lynn Hubert

It is with mixed emotions that I announce the resignation of Lynn Hubert as a Regional Director of Development from the University of Notre Dame.  Lynn will be moving on to a position as a Senior Regional Director with FOCUS, The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, based in Denver, Colorado.  Lynn has served the University as a Major Gifts Officer, a Director of CFR and Regional Director for us since 2005 and has achieved great success due to her hard work on behalf of university donors, passion for the mission of Notre Dame, and skill as a true development professional.  Lynn, her husband Dan and their three children will remain residents of the South Bend area.  Lynn’s last day will be March 21st. 

Please join me in congratulating Lynn on this exciting news!

Mike Sullivan ’90, Senior Director of Development – Midwest Region

Successful Relay for Life Soup Luncheon

Thanks to all who participated in our soup (and more) luncheon – we raised $484!  Great job Eddy Street!!!

We’re not done yet – left over sandwiches and dessert will be available in the ESC Café tomorrow for $3.00 per person – still a great deal.  Please pass it on!

Thanks so much!

The Eddy Street Commons Relay-for-Life Committee:

Greg Simpson, Perrine Blakley, Ernestine Gardner, Krys Montague, Noell Stohler, Annie Geary, Natella MicolaVonFurstenrecht, Dawn McGrath

Welcome Laura Midkiff


We are pleased to announce that Laura Midkiff will join the Department of Development- Midwest Region, as an Administrative Assistant effective March 3, 2014. In this role, Laura will provide administrative and organizational support to Jason and me in the areas of portfolio management and benefactor stewardship. Laura brings to Notre Dame a wealth of experience from similar roles, including past employment with the South Bend Tribune, where she served as an administrative assistant and writer for Flagship Publications, the Tribune’s magazine division. Laura holds a BA in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio, as well as a Master of Liberal Studies degree from IUSB.  We are pleased that Laura, a longtime resident of Granger, has decided to join Notre Dame in this key position. Please join us in welcoming Laura to Notre Dame.

Welcome Laura!

Darrell Paulsen

Jason Scarlett

James Ernst’s Obituary

Carol Ernst is the very well-regarded Development temp who often handles the Reception desk at Eddy Street. James was her son.

James W. Ernst, 43 of Carmel, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014. Jim was born December 28, 1970 in Mishawaka, IN. He graduated from Purdue University and received his Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University. He was currently working on his PhD at Purdue, where he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho Fraternity.

Jim was a Senior Electrical Engineer at Rolls Royce, Indianapolis. He was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Jim was a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Engineering College at IUPUI.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 1 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Friends and family are invited to gather from 4:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, February 28, at Flanner and Buchanan-Carmel:   325 E Carmel Dr.,   Carmel, IN, 46032 • Tel. (317) 848-2929

Jim is survived by his wife, Laura; children, Sally Louise, Margaret Carol, Charles Joseph, Daniel James and Thomas Blair; parents, Joseph A. and Carol E. Ernst; siblings, Michael (wife, Catherine) Ernst, Patricia (husband, John) McFadden and John (wife, Carrie) Ernst; 10 nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Family Room Fund at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church 10655 N. Haverstick Rd. Carmel, IN 46033.

Relay for Life Soup Luncheon Feb 27th

Relay Soup Please join us for this Thursday’s Soup Luncheon (Feb 27th) and spread the word!   12:00~1:00 pm

Eddy Street Commons, 3rd Floor Family Room

$6.00 per person, minimum donation

Buffet includes 9 varieties of soup, rolls, sandwiches and dessert!  What a bargain!

Sandwiches provided by The Matterhorn    Rolls provided by ND Catering

Desserts provided by The Skillet


Students Writing Thank You Notes

poster 2On Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th, The Office of Student Philanthropy will be hosting Thanksgiving in February.  These two days provide an opportunity for the University Student Body to write thank you notes to our newest Annual Fund and Sorin donors.  It also provides our office with the chance to educate the student body on the impact of the generosity of the Notre Dame family.  Please feel free to stop by either day, meet some of our undergraduates and grab a cup of coffee.

Dates: Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday February 27th

Time: 3-9 pm

Location: LaFortune Student Center – Sorin Room

In Notre Dame,

Aaron Wall

Farewell to Erin Jones

It is with mixed emotions that Erin Jones has resigned her position as Regional Director-West to take a position at Francis Parker School in San Diego as Director of Planned Giving. The school is located just seven miles from her home, allowing Erin to spend more time with her two beautiful children, Trevor and Kilane, as well as her husband, Todd.  Erin has served our donors in Los Angeles and Arizona with dedication and heartfelt compassion.  Join me in wishing Erin all the best in her future endeavors. Erin’s home address is: 3824 Jennings Street, San Diego, CA  92106-2805. Please feel free to reach out to her at (619) 944-3318 or ejones8@nd.edu to wish her well.

In Notre Dame,

Stu Fortener, Senior Regional Director , West Region

Initiating and Receiving Feedback Training Offered

Feedback is essential to helping us know whether we are on track and doing what we should be doing.  It is critical to professional development and career success.  Many of us do not know how to initiate, receive or act on feedback in a constructive way.  In this workshop you will learn the benefits of proactively initiating and receiving feedback. You will develop skills to learn how to focus/clarify the message and create a constructive action plan that addresses the feedback.  Thursday, June 19, 1-4:30 p.m., register through Endeavor.  Call Jeanne Monsma for any questions or help in registering.

Deepest Sympathy to Carol Ernst

Carol Ernst’s son, James Ernst, 43, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 21st, in a hospital near his home in Carmel, Indiana. Jimmy leaves his wife, Laura, and five children ages 3 to 16. Funeral details have yet to be set but Carol requests prayers for the family. Cards can be sent to Carol and Tony Ernst, 52160 Barrington Pl, Granger, IN 46530

Farewell to Sydney Liggett

Dear Colleagues,

We are saddened to announce that Sydney Liggett has resigned her position as administrative assistant for the Midwest Region. We have truly enjoyed Sydney’s friendship and support. Sydney has a very special gift that speaks to the essence of what we try to achieve each and every day here in University Relations. She has a tremendous gift for making people feel welcome and for knowing what they need right in that very moment. Many benefactors have called us to tell a story about how kind and helpful she was to them.  Many benefactors call her simply to see how she is doing and to better understand “what is new on campus.” We will miss her presence on a daily basis and we thank her for making our benefactors feel special and welcome.

All of this being said, we are happy that Sydney will have the opportunity to spend more time with her grandchildren.  We also know how much she loves Notre Dame and we look forward to seeing her around campus and in the fall during football season.

Sincerely in Notre Dame,

Jason Scarlett

Darrell Paulsen