Congratulations and Best Wishes to Brian Powell

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It is with great excitement for our talented friend and colleague, Brian Powell, (and mixed emotions from our team) that I share the news that he will be leaving Notre Dame to start a new role as Senior Director for National Leadership & Planned Giving at Make a Wish America. Brian’s last day with Notre Dame will be Monday, March 7, and shortly after he will begin his new role, which is remote based. We are so glad that the Powell Family (including Brian’s wife, Katie, and three adorable kids, Cooper, Brooks, & Fitz) will remain in South Bend, and that Katie will continue to be the Associate Head Coach of ND Women’s Lacrosse.

Over the last 9 years, Brian’s leadership, creativity, and teamwork have been critical to the success and growth of the Athletics Advancement team, the Rockne Athletics Fund, the Monogram Club, and the Annual Giving team. Brian’s impact will be felt by generations of Notre Dame student-athletes for decades to come. We are so grateful for his hard work, and are happy that a special cause like Make a Wish is gaining such a wonderful teammate and person.

Please find a message from Brian below:
“To each one of you – thank you for your friendship over the last nine years. Working at Notre Dame, particularly on behalf of Athletics, has been one of the great privileges of my life. It’s as if I was able to walk into my dreams and those experiences became my day to day reality. I had so much fun. But I think what I ultimately enjoyed most about the job was getting to work with such kind and talented people. The lessons and memories will come with me, and I will cheer on your continued success. I might even throw in the occasional tour or ticket request just to keep everyone on their toes. Thank you so, so much. Go Irish!”

Please join me in congratulating Brian. You will be greatly missed!

Go Irish!

Kim Borza Donaldson

ESC Parking Garage Notice

Due to construction, the Eddy Street Parking Garage ramp between the 1st floor and 2nd floor will be partially closed next Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 through Friday, March 4th, 2022. There will be limited access for cars going between floors and there will be a few hours on Thursday that the ramp will be completely closed.

All ESC Development staff should park on the 1st floor on both Thursday, March 3rd, and Friday, March 4th. All ESC staff should return to their normal parking area (above the “bump” on the ramp to the 2nd floor) by 8 am Tuesday, March 8th.

As a side note, the work being completed does require a temperature of 40°F or higher. If temperatures require that the work be rescheduled, Kite will try to notify us as soon as possible. Even if a reschedule is needed and to avoid any confusion, cars will be allowed to park on the first floor without penalty between Wednesday, March 2nd through Monday, March 7th.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Lana Taylor & Dawn Smith

2022 True to Her Name Recognition Event

Invitations to the 2022 True to Her Name recognition event have launched to qualifying benefactors. For reference, the content of the electronic invitation appears below, and the event website is accessible at this link.

As a reminder, the list of invitees is available here, and fundraisers are encouraged to follow up with benefactors in their portfolios to encourage attendance at the April 23 event. An RSVP update will follow in next week’s edition of The Grateful Gazette. Please contact Tory Grimes or Mary Fisher with any questions in the interim.

DC Team Announcements

Please join us in celebrating the promotions of Anita Jones, Brigette Kinney, Katie Edel, Maureen Daday, Pam Mullin, Roz Palusci, and Sarah Nugent to the role of Regional Associate (RA). Each of these individuals has exhibited the high-level responsibilities and skills needed for this new role, and we look forward to their future growth as we continue to align the DC Team for exponential fundraising. Please congratulate them!

The RA position creates a new level in the DC Team career stream, which now includes some re-titled roles, as follows: Development Coordinator (DC), Regional Associate (RA), Assistant Program Director (APD, formerly SRDC), and Associate Director (AD, formerly Assistant Manager). The new titles reflect the evolved state of the roles and the high degree of autonomy/responsibility.

Though the changes incorporate some additional responsibilities and restructuring, all managerial reporting relationships will remain the same, as will all fundraiser (RD and SRD) partnership assignments.

Thank you and congrats to all!

~Lori & Team

An Enthusiastic Welcome to Sam King in Storytelling!

We are excited to welcome Sam King to the Storytelling & Engagement team on Monday, February 21! Sam brings a wealth of experience to our writing team, from his work as a scholar of American history, a legal writing specialist, a content creator for wikiHow, and an NHL team writer. Sam holds a BA from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina.

Sam specializes in the history of post-Civil War America, including Chicago history, Asian American studies, race and ethnicity, and immigration history, and has written about these topics extensively. Notwithstanding such burnished credentials, he’s perhaps best known for his work as a zombie extra in an NYU student film… at least according to his IMDb page. Sam is a die-hard fan of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, and he has a senior cat, Jane Addams—named after the early 20th century American social worker activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

Sam brings to our team key research, organization, and a demonstrated capacity for inquisitive and creative thinking. We are so happy to welcome him to South Bend and look forward to the many contributions he will make to Development and the University of Notre Dame!

David Chaudoir

Please Join Us for the Badin Guild Mass of Thanksgiving

Dear Colleagues,

Please plan to join us on Thursday, March 17 at 4 PM ET, for the Badin Guild Mass of Thanksgiving at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. will be the celebrant.

A link to the livestream will also be available on the day of the event and a recording will be made available to Badin Guild members.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Walker.

Best Wishes to Terry Donze in Retirement

Colleagues and friends,

It is with great sadness that I announce that effective March 1, 2022, Terry Donze will retire from Notre Dame and our University Relations team.

Since July 1988, Terry has served University Relations with great distinction in several important roles. Terry began her Notre Dame career by working for Fr. Ted’s niece, Ann Johnston, in the Annual Fund. She then transitioned to the Special Events team, where she worked for Jim Gibbons and Pam Spence. In 1996, Terry become Officer Assistant to Vice President for University Relations, Bill Sexton, and served along his side until his retirement six years later. And for the past two decades, Terry has worked closely with me and served as a cherished colleague, confidante, and essential leader of our team.

One of the division’s longest-serving members, Terry is beloved and admired across campus and within the broader Notre Dame family. A friendly face and welcoming presence for generations of alumni, parents and friends, Terry’s characteristic warmth, genuine love for the Notre Dame family, and complete dedication to the mission will be greatly missed.

As many of you know, Terry has battled health challenges over the past few years and will now focus her energies on getting better. While we are deeply saddened by Terry’s retirement, we also celebrate Terry and her exemplary career of service. Please join me in thanking Terry for her incredible dedication to Our Lady’s University over the past 34 years. I know that Notre Dame, Our Mother, will continue to watch over Terry, her husband, George, and all of their wonderful family from atop the Dome.

With love and utmost gratitude,

Announcing Josh Tullis’ Transition to the Academy


It is with excitement for Josh Tullis that I share his next adventure as the Managing Director of the Notre Dame Wireless Institute’s new NSF Spectrum Innovation Center, SpectrumX, beginning March 7th. In this new position, Josh will work closely with faculty leaders, research administrators, industry partners, and government collaborators. SpectrumX—initiated by a recent 5-year, $25M center grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation—is the world’s largest academic hub where all radio spectrum stakeholders can innovate, collaborate, and contribute to maximizing the societal benefits provided by this precious resource.

During his five years in Development, Josh has been instrumental in growing key relationships in Corporate Relations, including through the notable and transformational $20 million gift from IBM for the Notre Dame – IBM Tech Ethics Lab. The CFR team remains grateful to Josh for his work with companies on behalf of the University.

Please join me in wishing Josh all the best on this next chapter in service of Notre Dame’s mission.

Michelle Joyce

Bookstore Changes

Spring break is considered to be a time to refresh, and that’s the case this year for the Notre Dame bookstores. The stores will be closed over spring break, March 5-13, so management can smoothly transfer from Follett to Barnes & Noble College (BNC). The dates were chosen, in part, to cause students and faculty as little disruption as possible.

Notre Dame operates five bookstore retail properties and an online order fulfillment center.

The two largest stores are the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore on campus and the Hammes Bookstore and Cafe at Eddy Street, which will close Friday, March 4, and Saturday, March 5, respectively. Both will reopen Monday, March 14, under BNC management.

When the bookstore re-opens, department discounts will be 20%, no longer the 30% received in the past. Personal faculty and staff purchases will continue to receive a 20% discount.

Between April and July, the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore will be renovated one section at a time to cause as little disruption as possible for shoppers. A new cafe experience, offering coffee, pastries and sandwiches, will open in the spring.

At the Hammes Bookstore and Cafe at Eddy Street, shoppers will notice some cosmetic changes to the store come August. Additional renovations will occur in spring of 2023. Other than being temporarily closed between Sunday, March 6, to Sunday, March 13, the Starbucks inside the Eddy Street location will be unaffected by the change in store management.

Please note that Departmental/FOAPAL, student and Domer Dollar transactions will be unavailable Tuesday, March 1, through Sunday, March 13.

For more information, please read this article.