The Rockne Recap – January 2019

“The following “Rockne Recap” of Jesse Harper Council & AD Circle Winter Weekend was sent to all Jesse Harper Council and AD Circle members on Thursday afternoon. Please feel free to share this recap with any JHC or ADC prospects.
Thank you!
Thank you to those of you who braved the snow and dropping temperatures and joined us on campus for the annual Jesse Harper Council and Athletics Director’s Circle Winter Sports Weekend!

Please find highlights from the weekend below:

Welcome Cocktail Hour
The weekend kicked off with a cocktail hour at the home of AD Circle Members, Doug and Lisa Jones, Brian Jones, and Ashley and Jonathon Penn. Many thanks to our generous hosts for sharing their beautiful town home and incredible view of Notre Dame Stadium with us!

Jesse Harper Council & AD Circle members gather at the home of the Jones Family for cocktails, appetizers, and fellowship before heading to the Compton Family Ice Arena for ND vs. MSU Hockey.
Breakfast & Student-Athlete Networking Event
Our main event of the weekend, the Jesse Harper Council & AD Circle Networking Event with Notre Dame student-athletes, proved to be a morning full of relationship building, engagement, and avocado toast! The program was hosted by Notre Dame Football’s Ian Book who was joined by over 50 fellow Fighting Irish student-athletes to hear advice and guidance from more than 20 guest JHC & ADC mentors. The support each of you gives to our student-athletes is life changing, and the mentorship offered at this event is just another example of why this group is so special. Thank you for your incredible commitment to providing an unmatched student-athlete experience here at ND!


JHC & ADC Members, including Dave Butler (bottom left), Doug Jones (bottom right), and Ann and Don Casey (bottom right), pose with several Notre Dame student-athletes. Special shout out to Lauren Cifelli (top right), daughter of JHC members Paul and Jennifer Cifelli, for fitting right in with college crowd!
Notre Dame Athletics In Action
Winter Weekend attendees were Notre Dame Hockey’s good luck charm on Friday night! The Fighting Irish defeated Michigan State 6-3 while our group cheered the team on from O’Brien’s Club. Saturday’s Men’s Basketball game against UVA was a tough battle for the Fighting Irish, but our group enjoyed viewing the game together from Club Namioli.

Private Tour of Rolfs Athletics Hall
The final event of the weekend was a private tour of Rolfs Athletics Hall, the new Indoor Basketball Practice Facility, led by Sr. Deputy Athletics Director Missy Conboy. Following opening remarks (and a brainstorm into who the next Notre Dame Stadium musical act may be) by Jack Swarbrick, Missy led our group through all three floors of the state-of-the-art facility. Thank you to those of you who helped make this impressive building possible for our student-athletes!

Jack Swarbrick discusses features of the new Rolfs Athletics Hall with JHC & ADC members on Saturday afternoon.

BATPA Resources Added to DEV-Fundraiser Best Practices

Thank you to the following fundraisers who generously served as table facilitators at Becoming a Trusted Philanthropic Advisor (BATPA) sessions: Brian Green, Henry Scroope, Tom Molnar, Kim Biagini, George West, Eileen Murdock, Stephen Smith, Luke Conway, Lynn Hubert, Dan Santucci, Jesse Meyer

The following resources, have recently been added to Team Drive Dev-Fundraiser Best Practices:
Notes from Last Week’s 101 and 301 Table Discussions:

Badin Guild Love Thee Notre Dame Naples Reception

Dear Colleagues,

This week, Badin Guild members with preferred and seasonal addresses in the greater Naples, Florida area will receive an invitation through email and mail for our Love Thee Notre Dame cocktail reception on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Naples Art Association.

Hosted by Frank and Dominica Annese and the John and Nancy Dee Foundation, guests will have the opportunity to hear from special guest speaker, Chris Stevens, Associate Teaching Professor at Mendoza and formerly Vice President Corporate Relations and Customer Development at Keurig Green Mountain.

Please see this list for detail on benefactors who will be receiving this invitation.

For more information on this event, please contact Laura Snell Walker.

Eddy Street Operations/Maintenance Office closing due to weather

Due to the extreme weather conditions the Operations Office for Eddy Street Commons will be closed beginning Tuesday, January 29th 11am through Thursday, January 31st 11am.  This includes the property service personal, security, porters, janitorial, & maintenance staff. We apologize for any inconvenience; safety is an upmost priority. Andy Gilmour, Operations Manager, will be available for any urgent property related concerns via mobile phone (574) 250-9315 or email

Respect for Life Prayer Service

Please join the Notre Dame Alumni Association, students, staff, and faculty as we pray for a greater respect for all human life. We will pray the Rosary and offer submitted intentions.
Monday, January 28, 12:30-1:00 p.m. at the Grotto (Sacred Heart Crypt if inclement weather)

Dan Allen ’07, ’11 M.Div.

Spirituality Program Director

University of Notre Dame Alumni Association


Senior Director, Regional Development

Head’s Up: We have re-opened the  Senior Director, Regional Development role – but only until 11:59 PM this evening (1/21/19)! – to accommodate those who may have experienced a technical issue when applying.  Applications will not be accepted after midnight tonight, so please be sure to apply before then. If you experience any issues, please reach out to Tara Gilchrist at for assistance. Thank you!

 Academic & Global Advancement Coordinator

We are pleased to post for applications the following opening on our Academic & Global Advancement Team:
Any questions can be directed to me, Michael Loungo.  The position is open for applications until Friday, February 1, 2019.
Thank you for you consideration,
Michael Loungo

Welcome Ashley Baranowski


Please join me in welcoming the newest Cavanaugh Council & President’s Circle Associate Director, Ashley Baranowski.

Ashley graduated from Notre Dame in 2007 as a double major in Management Consulting and Sociology. A South Bend native, Ashley has worked at ND since 2010, originally on the Gift Planning team and then in the Notre Dame Scholars’ Program. With the Scholars’ Program, she worked on the selection and programming for merit scholarship prospects and recipients. Her career started in the pharmaceutical sales industry.

In her new role, Ashley will assist in our efforts to hit our $23 million FY19 goal by working with the field on renewals and new member prospecting. She will also oversee our student engagement, impact storytelling, and our mentorship program.

Please join me in welcoming back Ashley to the Development family!

Best, Shelby