Baby Gardner is Here!

Please join me in congratulating Kat and Wills Gardner on the birth of Parker Flynn Gardner. Parker entered the world on Monday, October 23, 2023, at 1:38 pm, weighing 6lbs, 8 ounces, and measuring 19 inches. Welcome to the world, Parker!

– UR Family

Eddy Street Parking Reminder

Kite is asking each tenant group to provide a quick reminder to staff about the loading/unloading area on the ground floor:

  • Vehicle parking along the circle or the concrete island is for loading and unloading purposes only. These spots are not for long term parking.
  • Vehicles should not block the drivable lanes leading to the entrance or exit to the circle.

If there are any questions, please reach out to Lana Taylor (

AAD Reorganization Announcement


Over the past year, we have been gathering feedback from Development colleagues and on-campus leaders and partners on Academic Advancement. While we heard how critical the role of the AAD is to our fundraising efforts, we also heard that the current flat organizational structure of the AAD team has not scaled to match the growth of the field, to foster a talent pipeline, or to serve the units with For Good priorities strategically.

In response to this feedback, we are excited to share a new AAD organizational structure to better serve the fundraising field and our overall Development goals, helping us drive philanthropy to the Colleges, Schools, Divisions, and units.

Effective November 1st, this new organizational structure will include three “verticals”, grouped thematically, led by a newly-created Senior Associate Director role. Each vertical will benefit from a new Assistant/Associate AAD who will maintain a small portfolio while supporting the efforts of the AADs in the vertical. We will be utilizing the proven Graduate Fellow model to support the groups, as well.

We are excited to share the promotion of Ellen Kirol and Matt Gelchion to the role of Senior Associate Director. Ellen has served as Academic Advancement Director for Arts & Letters since 2021, working closely with Dean Sarah Mustillo to launch several College priorities, including the efforts on mental health. Prior to this role, she worked across a variety of roles on Annual Giving, focused on alumni giving and crowdfunding efforts. In his role as AAD for Financial Aid and Student Life, Matt successfully collaborated with 87 different fundraisers to close gifts. A proud co-captain with Ellen of #TeamMentalHealth, he has helped Student Affairs already raise more than double the funds for the purpose of student mental health and wellness in For Good than were raised in the entirety of Boldly.

We will be posting the new roles of Assistant/Associate AAD (commensurate with experience) shortly and look forward to conversations about these three roles. We are currently hiring for the open Senior AAD role, which will serve as the newly-created Senior Associate Director – posting to be out soon.

Finally, please know of our tremendous gratitude for your candid feedback and awesome partnership as we work together For Good!

Michelle and Katy

UR Walks – October 26 at 12:00PM (Main)

Hello UR Team! If you are interested in joining us for our next UR Walks this Thursday, October 26th, please fill out this form. Michelle Joyce will be leading the walk from Main Building at 12:00PM. As there may be some non-pavement, trail walking, we advise that appropriate footwear be considered. Signing up also helps us to contact those who are interested just in case we need to cancel at the last minute due to inclement weather. We look forward to catching up with you while getting in our steps. Happy trails!

Annual Giving Fall Renewal Mailing #3

Dear Colleagues,

The third fall renewal mailing (renew #2) is dropping in mailboxes starting Friday, October 20 to all our unrestricted and giving society benefactors. As a reminder, this mailing is sent to all assigned and unassigned benefactors whose annual giving is less than $25,000, asking them to renew their previous calendar year gift by their respective fund owner. This mailing is being sent to over 20,000 households and will be followed by email reminders in the weeks to come. If you have any questions regarding our renewal strategy, please reach out to the appropriate fund (Sorin, Rockne, Law, etc.) owner on the annual giving team and they can assist.

Annual Giving Team

ESC Parking Garage Adjustments for 10/16-10/20


Kite will be power washing the Parking Garage 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Floors starting Monday, October 16th-Thursday, October 20th, which will require parking adjustments for staff next week.

  • All parking garage patrons (employees, tenants, etc) should use the 1st floor and basement to park on Monday, October 16th through Friday, October 20th.
    • Basement parking can be accessed at the Burns Ave entrance. You may need to swipe in at both the entrance to the garage and the entrance to the basement. You will also need to swipe out at both locations to exit the garage. For ESC tenants, your access card will allow you access to the basement area.
  • On the morning of Monday, October 16th, any vehicles on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors will be towed.
  • After Friday, October 20th, normal parking procedures will be back in place. Staff should park above the 1st-floor ramp “bump” and on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th floors.
  • Signage will be attached at each entrance starting today (Thursday, October 12th).

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on the IE team


2023 University Relations All Souls’ Day Book of Remembrance

On All Souls’ Day, members of the Notre Dame family will gather at the Grotto to pray a Rosary in honor of family members, friends, and other loved ones who’ve died. The Alumni Association sends out a call for prayers to alumni, parents, and friends around the world — and typically receives about 5,500 intentions. We cordially invite you to join us at the Grotto on Thursday, November 2, at 12:30 p.m., to be part of this moving experience.

We especially want to remember individuals who’ve passed away in the last year. If you wish, please take a moment to share the names of deceased neighbors, colleagues, family members, and friends by submitting this form. The names will be included in the intentions prayed on November 2.

University Relations has another opportunity to celebrate our beloved dead — an Ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos. Consider sharing a photo and a brief story in order to remember loved ones you’ve lost.

Welcome New Mendoza College of Business AAD, Aimee Sharpe!


I’d like you all to welcome our new Mendoza College of Business Academic Advancement Director, Aimee Sharpe! Aimee received her B.B.A. in Accounting from James Madison University in 1998. And she also has a minor in Russian Studies. She received her M.B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2004 where she was a full-time student and Graduate Assistant, as well as the Women’s Lacrosse Coach. Her experience ranges from healthcare to publishing and sales enablement, which will serve her in the AAD role.

As the Business AAD, Aimee will be responsible for driving philanthropy to the Mendoza College of Business, working closely with Martin J. Gillen Dean and Bernard J. Hank Professor of Finance, K.J. Martijn Cremers. This position has been vacant since July 2023, so we are excited that Aimee’s first day in Development will be Monday, October 23, 2023. We have space reserved for her in the AAD Huddle Rooms at ESC (3262 & 3264) for the first few weeks, so please stop by and say hello.

And if Aimee looks familiar, she is also Sean Sharpe’s wife!

We are thrilled to have Aimee join the team!!!