Welcome Katie Edel to Regional East Development

It is with great excitement that we introduce a new member to the Development team.  Kathryn “Katie” Edel will be joining our East team as Administrative Assistant, Regional Development in support of Chris Baguer and Ron Linczer.  Katie was most recently employed at the St. Joseph’s Proscutor’s Office in the role of caseworker for Child Support Enforcement.  In that role, Katie developed a great deal of experience in multitasking through her case load, briefing and negotiating with attorneys, preparing communication pieces and interaction with her clients.

Katie is a 2007 graduate of Indiana University, South Bend and holds a B.A. in Mass Communication.  She and her husband, Casey, live in South Bend and share their home with their “senior” dog, Suzie.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys a mean game of darts which she took up when dating Casey.  She also keeps active taking Zumba classes.

Please join us in welcoming Katie to the East team and making her feel at home.  Her official start date is Monday, December 22.  If you miss her over the abbreviated week, Katie will be joining us at Blackthorn on January 5th.


Chris Baguer and Ron Linczer

Welcome Vanessa Minahan to the Alumni Association

 I am excited to announce that Vanessa Minahan joins our team as the Event Coordinator on Monday, January 5th.
Vanessa comes to us with 5+ years working at The Peninsula Golf and Country Club in San Mateo, Ca.  Vanessa spent time time working in guest services and as catering manager where she planned and executed special events throughout the year for the club members and guests.  Vanessa is passionate about working in events and strives to deliver excellent experiences.  She graduated from California State University with a degree in Business Administration.  
Vanessa recently relocated from California to South Bend, IN with her husband, Mike who is studying law here at Notre Dame.  They live locally with their dog, Chloe, and are all preparing for one of the coldest Christmas seasons they’ve had in a long time!
Please join me in warmly welcoming Vanessa to Notre Dame and the Alumni Association.
Thank you very much, 
Erin Thornton, Special Events Program Director, Alumni Association

Gifts for Gold Members of Recognition Societies

This week, new Gold Members of the Sorin Society, John Cardinal O’Hara Society, and Order of St. Thomas More will be receiving Welcome Gifts from the Donor Experience team. These Welcome Gifts are 50″ x 60″ luxury cotton blankets embellished with the respective society logo.
A list of the members as well as digital samples of the blankets are located at the following link:
Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank You from Campaign, CFR and Mar/Com

Campaign, CFR and Mar/Com say THANK YOU for helping us raise $1700 for Riverbend Cancer Services!  Our Team Building Tree Build was an extremely successful experience for all of us who participated and we appreciate all your support by purchasing our pallet tree’s.
Sharon Stack, Director of The Harper Cancer Research Institute and member of the Board of Directors at Riverbend Cancer Services, accepted the check on behalf of Riverbend from George Keegan.
Again, thanks to all who helped us make and impactful donation to a local charity.

Judy Furlong Retiring

Dear Colleagues,

I write to share the news that our colleague, Judy Furlong, is retiring from Notre Dame. Judy joined the University in 2005, working in our New England regional office. Along the way, Judy became a Notre Dame parent  –  her son Thomas is a 2009 graduate.  In her work, Judy’s knowledge of our benefactors and development operation has been a tremendous asset to our team. As a colleague, Judy is known as pragmatic, resourceful, reliable, and cheerful – a great team player.  Along with our benefactors, we will miss the day to day contact we have with Judy.

Judy’s email (judith.l.furlong.7@nd.edu )will remain active, so reach out and wish her the best.  Thank you, Judy, for your service to Notre Dame!

My best,


Anne Griffith

60% OFF All Starbucks Merchandise w/ ND ID

 Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    We would like to extend this exciting and wonderful discount to all Faculty and Staff!   Come into Starbucks at the Hammes Bookstore & Café at Eddy St.

            December 17th, 18th and 19th.

            Show your ID and receive

                         60% OFF

            All Starbucks Merchandise

Including Holiday Blend Bags of Coffee!

This discount applies to all faculty & staff with valid ID.

Cannot be combined with any other discounts or coupons.

Christ Child Society Donations

Thank you for donating to the Christ Child Society. I continue to be amazed by our team’s spirit of giving. 
As a team we collected the following:
  • Hats, earmuffs, headbands:  96
  • Gloves and mittens:  103 pairs
  • Scarves:  32
  • 4-pack girls socks: 1
​These items will benefit local families in need this winter season.  
Special Events and Stewardship

Organizational Analysis & Design

I have asked Human Resources to assist me over the next three months in conducting an Organizational Analysis and Design of my team (Corporate & Foundation Relations, Academic Advancement, Marketing/Communication, and Campaign Administration). Our goal is to craft an organizational structure that allows us to increase Corporate and Foundation Relation benefactions, to improve our partnership and communication with each of you and our academic units on campus, and to create an even better team environment marked by mutual respect and exemplary collaboration. The goal is to share our new organizational design/structure by the end of February 2015.

The OAD engagement team will be reaching out to many of you to schedule conversations with you. Thank you in advance for making time for these conversations. If you are not invited to participate in an interview or focus group, but wish to share your thoughts on our organizational structure or processes, you are welcome to do so by emailing Julia Sama atjkelly7@nd.edu.

Thank you for all you do to advance Notre Dame!

Shannon Cullinan