Academic Advancement Director: College of Arts & Letters Position

We are pleased to post for applications the position of AAD for the College of Arts and Letters.

See posting here: Academic Advancement Director: College of Arts & Letters

We are grateful for your referral of this posting and the position description to candidates you believe are capable of fulfilling these expectations.

As the primary engine of fundraising for the College of Arts and Letters, the individual we hire for this role will be expected to:

  • Proactively drive proposals to donors, from inception to conclusion;
  • Build and actively manage a proposal pipeline in collaboration with fundraisers; and
  • Meet or exceed annual collaborative production goals as developed with the Senior Director.

As a longstanding, core role on the Academic Advancement team, this individual will drive philanthropy to advance the ambitions of the College of Arts and Letters and its dean, Sarah Mustillo.

Any inquiries, please contact me directly at x7712, or by email at

Thank you for your consideration,

Michael Loungo

Best Wishes to Maria Di Pasquale

Hello again and good morning.

Our colleague Maria Di Pasquale has accepted the position of Associate Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. She will begin her transition into this new role in November.

Maria graduated cum laude from Notre Dame with degrees in art history and English and earned an M.A. in art history from Williams College and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her dissertation examined the work of Catholic painters who were members of the avant garde in late 19th-century France.

Following a career in higher education and the private sector, Maria returned to her undergraduate alma mater in 2011 as the inaugural academic advancement director for the College of Arts and Letters. Perhaps inspired by the painters she explored in her dissertation, Maria came to define the academic advancement profession with aplomb and consistently pushed boundaries with new and experimental ideas.

Maria’s contributions are broad and deep, and because of her work, our strength as a university has increased. In serving simultaneously the College of Arts and Letters and Development, she best served Notre Dame. Thanks to Maria, we have an academic advancement profession that helps fuel the growth of our University and challenges its practitioners to personal distinction.

We’ll remember Maria for many things. At this time, we congratulate her for taking on this new challenge, and give thanks that she remains here at Notre Dame.

-Michael Loungo

Condolences to Lori Tinkey


Please keep Lori Tinkey and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Lori’s father, Chester Ehrman, passed away October 14th.

Lori shared the following reflections on her father:
“He was a real people person who would just enjoy others to know about him. Dad loved Notre Dame from the minute of my connection with the University. He respected that this “very fine” institution (“very fine” was his way of denoting “of the highest caliber”) is firmly rooted in faith. A brilliant man with a superior intellect, he felt Notre Dame’s work in the research sphere contributed well to the world’s knowledge advancement. He was super proud to be a Notre Dame Dad and loved wearing the sweatshirt to prove it. Whether in Naples, FL, St. Joseph, MI, or Bay Head, NJ, he sported a Notre Dame cap that started many enjoyable conversations with alumni, friends, and families.”

Chester’s obituary can be read here.

On behalf of her Notre Dame family, we wish Lori comfort and peace during this time of grief.

Trick UR Treat

Come join your fellow UR colleagues on Thursday, October 29th from 4-6pm for some good “old-fashioned” trick or treating! You will have the option to sign up as a “trick or treater” or as a “home passing out candy”. We will collect home addresses and then create neighborhood maps for you to use. We ask that you wear masks and adhere to campus policies for social distancing, and above all else have fun, UR! If you have any questions please contact Amy Plotkin or James Riley.

October Matching Gift Email

The October Matching Gift Email will send this Tuesday, October 13 to this list of assigned entities who work for matching gift companies, have made a gift since July 1, 2020, and as of today have not yet matched their gift. Every quarter we pull back the previous three months of gifts so this will serve as a reminder to many of these entities to request the match for their gift. These gifts represent over $344K in potential matches.

Please note that individuals on the second tab of the excel file (“Fundraiser Outreach”) have not received the matching gift email message (all gifts exceeding $25,000) but may be eligible to match their gifts totaling over $429K. You are encouraged to reach out to your assigned benefactors directly to discuss the details and answer questions related to the matching gift process.

If you have any questions regarding this matching gift communication, please reach out to Laura Walker.

Sunset Yoga in the Stadium

University Enterprises and Events is hosting Sunset Yoga for all faculty and staff this Wednesday, October 14! Yoga extraordinaire Mindi Dugard will lead us through an hour of yoga with live music provided by the talented Bela Nanni on vocals and James Riley on percussion. Yoga is free of charge and open to the first 200 faculty and staff members that register. Please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle. Masks are required upon entry.

Register Here

Volunteers Needed for Flu Blitz #2: Oct 13-15

UHS and HR are again asking for volunteers to assist during the flu blitz clinic. Rest assured, they are not asking staff to administer the vaccines. Rather, volunteers are needed to greet people when they arrive, to check their scheduled appointment, to facilitate signing consent forms, to swipe IDs, to run supplies, to direct people and so on. With the need for physical distancing during this event, there is simply a need for more people to help with the steps necessary to get our students, faculty, and staff through the process as safely and efficiently as possible.

Staff can sign up to volunteer here. We need 15 volunteers on a variety of shifts (3 hours) throughout the day.

Directions are on the signup form and are:

  • Arrive at Gate B of the ND Stadium.
  • Complete your daily health screening prior to arriving.
  • Wear your mask.
  • Dress comfortably. Closed-toed shoes required.


Volunteers will receive an email on Monday, Oct. 12th with more information. Any volunteer questions can be directed to Kathy Brannock at

Please note that if any volunteers want their flu vaccine during their volunteer shift, they will be able to receive it at that time.

The Flu Blitz is particularly important during this time. As you may know, the University is requiring all students and strongly encourages all faculty and staff to receive the vaccine this year. For all information regarding this event, please visit HERE.

UR a Force for Good Ronald McDonald House Opportunities

In the month of October we will be partnering with the Ronald McDonald House of South Bend. This is an amazing organization supporting families whose children are receiving care at Beacon Memorial Hospital. If you would like to help out there are several ways to participate:


1) Chef for a Day Program– we are providing dinner for 25 people and the plan is to have 5-7 volunteers for each meal. The dates are October 11th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 25th. Meals do not have to be elaborate, for so many of these folks a warm meal from a caring person is enough to boost their spirits during a very difficult time. If you’re interested please sign up here.


2) Amazon Wish List– for those who want to provide other tangible items they can order off the wish list: Amazon Wish List
The neat thing about this is that items are sent directly to RMH!


3) Light Up the Night 2020– Four Winds Field will be featuring the Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 16th with a Halloween costume contest, concessions, and a Halloween themed fireworks display following the movie. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will go to the RMH.

3) Financial donations- Donations can be made online at


If you have any questions please reach out to Amy Plotkin or Grace Prosniewski and again thank you UR for all you do!