Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
May 2012 
In This Issue
Alumni Annual Meeting
Dave Coulier at NDP
Networking Breakfasts
Golf Outing
East Side Happy Hour
Detroit Tigers Tickets
NDAA Election
Alumni Nurses
Hall of Famers
Ashleigh Iserman '04
Greg Stempin '97
John Motyka '85
ND Lifers
Big Band Dinner Dance
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

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Here at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, our students are gearing up for their final exams, securing their prom dates and counting down the days until summer vacation. Our seniors in the class of 2012 will, in just a few short weeks, graduate and be proudly welcomed into our alumni association.
We invite you to join the alumni association at its upcoming summer events, including an East-Side Traveling Irish Happy Hour on June 7, and the annual Detroit Tigers Outing on August 7.
Irish blessings,


Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations


Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy

1300 Giddings Road, Pontiac, MI  48340

Office: (248) 373-2171 Ext. 3




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Alumni Annual Meeting - Tuesday, May 8
NDPMA Pontiac Campus, 6:00 p.m.

All alumni are invited to attend the Alumni Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy (Pontiac) in the board room.


Members of the alumni board of directors will be in attendance and available to answer questions or hear suggestions about alumni programming and events. The meeting will be open-format. No RSVP required.


DaveCoulier'Full House' star Dave Coulier's comedy show at Notre Dame
450+ attendees expected on Saturday, May 12


Dave Coulier, best known by '90s children for his role as Joey Gladstone on the ABC sitcom "Full House," is coming back to his home state of Michigan for a performance at Notre Dame Preparatory in Pontiac.

"I moved to Los Angeles when I was 19. I've been there for 33 years. I would love to move back to Michigan in the very near future," said Coulier in an email interview with The Oakland Press. "I'm back in Michigan quite often, visiting family and friends, working, attending charity events and luckily get to play hockey with the Red Wings Alumni once in a while."
  Full Story  (Source: The Oakland Press. By NDP alumna, Monica Drake '06).

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Notre Dame Promo

Dave Coulier '77 (NDHS) talks about his upcoming comedy show at Notre Dame to benefit the

Fr. Bryson Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Alumni Business Networking Breakfast  - Thursday, May 31 


The next alumni business networking session is on Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 a.m., at the Stuffed Bun, located at 603 East Walton Blvd., Pontiac, MI 48340. 
For more information and to RSVP, visit  
Notre Dame's annual golf outing  - Monday, June 4
At Wyndgate's Eastwynd in Rochester


Alumni and friends are invited to join us for Notre Dame's annual golf outing on Monday, June 4, 2012.  This year's golf outing will be held at Eastwynd, the Wyndgate Country Club's private course in Rochester, Mich.


To RSVP, please contact Rick Sutkiewicz at 248.207.9788.  


EastSideTraveling Irish Happy Hour - East Side!   Thursday, June 7
Cass Bar in Utica from 6 - 8 p.m. 


Join Notre Dame alumni for its annual East Side Traveling Irish event. A happy hour gathering will be held at Cass Bar in Utica, located at 45108 Cass Ave. The establishment is managed by NDHS alum Darvin Mileski '77.


Stop by anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. and say hello to fellow Notre Dame grads. We look forward to seeing you there!


Appetizers will be provided by the alumni association. Drinks and meals can be purchased on a pay-your-own-way basis. No RSVP required. Contact with questions.   

TigersDetroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees  - Tuesday, August 7
Tickets available now!


Join the alumni association for its annual Detroit Tigers Outing at Comerica Park. All alumni and guests are welcome!


Tickets are now available for purchase online. We have reserved a block of tickets in section 216.


Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at 7:05 p.m.
vs. the New York Yankees $20.00 per person

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Election ballot for new Alumni Board members - vote through May 8


All alumni are invited to vote for nominated candidates. The election ballot will remain open through Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. Newly elected Alumni Board of Directors members will be announced at the annual alumni meeting on May 8, and will be communicated in the next e-newsletter.

The Alumni Board of Directors is a group of dedicated alumni who gather monthly to plan events and networking opportunities, and to keep alumni close to their Notre Dame family. The board of directorsis comprised of: the director of alumni relations, a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 members-at-large (including a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer).


Celebrating alumni nurses during National Nurses Week


National Nurses Week is celebrated annually from May 6 through May 12, in honor of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. For the eighth consecutive year, nurses have been voted the most trusted profession in America for their honesty and ethical standards, according to Gallup's annual survey of professions. (Source: American Nurses Association). 


We'd like to recognize our alumni nurses, many of whom have taken care of our loved ones and members of our Notre Dame community at some place or time. Among our alumni nurses are:


Leah Howdyshell '03 (NDP)who works with cutting edge research on the Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit of Harper University Hospital in Detroit; Elizabeth Hollenkamp '01 (NDP), a pediatric oncology nurse at the University of Michigan's Mott's Children's Hospital, who uses some of the latest breakthroughs to help cure the smallest of cancer patients; Lyndsey Clements '03 (NDP), an ER staff nurse at the DMC Surgery Hospital and a Pediatric ICU staff nurse at St. John's Hospital, who also is pursuing a Masters in Nursing at Wayne State University for Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner; Nicole (Trudeau) Klimek '02 (NDP), part of Troy Beaumont's Cardiac Care Unit; Colleen (Robinson) Ellis '02 (NDP), on the Intensive Care Unit at Rochester's Crittenton; Lizzie Merrelli '06 (NDP), a nurse at St. John Providence Hospital; Jackie Garry '03 (NDP) and Sara Oles '05 (NDP), both nurses who regularly cover 12-hour shifts; Kelly Patrello '02 (NDP) and Cari Naborczyk-Strzalka '03 (NDP), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at St Joseph Mercy, Ann Arbor and Beaumont Hospital in Grosse Pointe, respectively. Full Story By Kelly Patrello '02 (NDP). 

Three NDP alum athletes slated for hall of fame
Jeff Bultinck '06, Molly Coldren '08 and Brogan Wells '08 


The Catholic High School League announced that three former Notre Dame Prep athletes have been inducted into the CHSL Hall of Fame. Jeff Bultinck '06, Molly Coldren '08 and Brogan Wells '08 will be honored at the league's annual dinner to be held June 11 at Fern Hill Country Club in Clinton Township.

Bultinck played baseball at Madonna University; Coldren is a shortstop on the Central Michigan University softball team; and Wells is on the volleyball team at Hillsdale. Full Story



5K walk/run in memory of NDP alumna, Ashleigh Iserman '04
Sunday, June 3. Proceeds benefit boating safety education


One day before her own high school graduation party, Ashleigh Iserman's life was tragically cut short while operating a personal watercraft on Long Lake (Oakland County, Michigan) at a friend's graduation party. While looking back at a tube she was pulling, Ashleigh collided with a boat and was killed instantly. She did not have a boating safety certificate, which is required by Michigan law, and was given the keys to this vessel by its owner without question as to her certification or experience. A deadly mistake.


In Ashleigh's memory, the Iserman family established The Ashleigh Iserman Boating Safety Foundation to help promote boating safety education in order to keep families safe while riding in boats, jet skis or other vessels on Michigan waterways.


The third-annual "Light the Lakes" 5K walk/run will be held on Sunday, June 3, at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Ashleigh's foundation and all alumni and friends are invited to attend. Pre-registration pricing (all prices include t-shirts): Adults $20, Youths $15, Family $70. More information and registration packet.  


NDHS alum in basketball finals in Portugal


Greg Stempin '97 (NDHS) and his team FC Porto are waiting to find out who their opponent will be in the finals of the LPB professional basketball league in Portugal. He was named MVP of a first-round game in the playoffs with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Also, he was recently featured by his team in this "day-in-the-life" type video.


Invictos 23-03-2012 - Greg Stempim
A day in the life of Greg Stempin '97 (NDHS), who plays professional basketball in Portugal.


"Blues Fest" fundraising event in memory of NDHS alum's brother
Brother of John Motyka '85 was a talented Detroit musician


John Motyka's brother, Brian "Moe" Motyka's, life was taken on October 6, 2011, in Detroit. Moe was a talented musician on his way to perform at the Harbor House in downtown Detroit when he met his untimely demise. In hopes that this tragic mystery is solved and the killer(s) is/are brought to justice, Motyka's family has planned a fundraising event to benefit Moe's Memorial Fund. 


Moe's Rock'n Blues Fest will take place on Sunday, July 8, 2012, at the VFW in St. Clair Shores. The show runs from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and will feature a long list of professional blues musicians performing on four acres. World-class Polish and BBQ cooking from Mama Moes Kitchen will be offered, along with children's games and activites. John Motyka says, "It will certainly be fun for the whole family," and invites all alumni to attend. More event info.   

Notre Dame Lifers
Graduating seniors who attended ND Marist


Forty-five members of the Notre Dame Preparatory School class of 2012 are considered Lifers, due to their attendance of Notre Dame Marist Academy from at least the sixth grade. And, twelve members of the class are Gold-Level Lifers, having attended Notre Dame Marist Academy's lower division through the twelfth grade.



Big Band Dinner Dance - Friday, May 18 
Featuring the NDP Jazz Ensemble and alumni performances

All are invited to attend Notre Dame Preparatory School's 12th annual Big Band Dinner Dance, which will be held on Friday, May 18, at 6:00 p.m., at the Lafayette Grande in Pontiac.


Tickets are $30 and include a buffet dinner, live music presented by the NDP Jazz Ensemble, alumni performances and dancing. Cash Bar. To purchase tickets, click here.


ND Marist Academy students learn about international cultures


In keeping with the International Baccalaureate program of the school, each year a day is set aside to focus on specific cultures from around the world. This year at the lower division, students learned about life in Lithuania, Lebanon, France, Jamaica, Taiwan, Japan and Sri Lanka. Learning to use chop sticks, trying out wooden shoes, tasting French mousse, hearing a book read Jamaican-style, figuring out a currency exchange rate and tasting foods from various countries were just a few of the activities enjoyed by the students.


"Children learn that differences in people are to be celebrated," said Mary Jo Ervin, the Spanish teacher at the lower division. "They learn to be curious, respectful and open-minded as they experience life in faraway places from authentic and knowledgeable speakers. They practice courtesy and respect by listening attentively and shaking hands with the speakers afterwards or thanking people individually." Full Story 

NDP's Killer Bees score 7th in Michigan, place at World Championship

NDP's Killer Bees defended their State Champion title at the FIRST Robotics 2012 Michigan State Championship. The competition was tough and the stakes were high as the team strived to earn a spot at the FIRST Robotics World Championship Competition in St. Louis on April 27.
In Michigan, 193 teams competed for the State Champion title, and only 18 of those teams went on compete with other states and nations in the world championship. The Killer Bees took seventh place at the state competition and won the prestigious Chairman's Award, and at the world championship ended the qualifying round 8-1 and in 1st place in their (Galileo) division. The team also won an award for Best Industrial Designed Robot in the World Championship.   
List of upcoming reunions in the planning stage:


If your graduation year ends in a 2 or 7, you should be thinking of planning a reunion in 2012. The alumni office can help you organize your special event. Call (248) 373-2171 ext. 3 or email for details.


NDHS Class of 1962, 50-year 

August 16, 2012, at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy

Contacts: Jerry Lesperance,; Jerry Alderman,; Tom Lueck,


St. Michael Class of 1962, 50-year

Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Canterbury Village's King's Court Castle, Lake Orion.

A reunion information e-mail "Hot Line" has been established at Contact: Dick Stevens,  


NDHS Class of 1963, 50-year

Date TBA, September 2013. Tentative plans for a reunion weekend include a Tigers game, dinner at a Detroit casino, and a Sunday morning Mass downtown.

Contacts: John McCabe, (586) 822-5153; Don Herman, (586) 781-0220. 


NDHS Class of 1965, 50-year

Contacts: Dennis Berger,, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski, 


NDHS Class of 1972, 40-year

Saturday, September 1, 2012, at Gino's Surf in Harrison Twp., Mich. Other reunion weekend activities are being planned, including a Friday golf outing and a Sunday picnic. The reunion committee asks that classmates please update their contact information. Invitations will be mailing out soon. Contact: John Berra, (949) 357-3926,; Terry Cirocco, (313) 378-5368,; Michael Montpetit, (734) 433-2399,


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1972, 40-year

August 3 & 4, 2012, at Kennedy's (Waterford) and White Lake Park

Contacts: Maureen Horton-Phillips, (231) 233-6113,; Joanne Walters-Malito, (773) 520-7454.   


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1977, 35-year

August 11, 2012, at Santia Hall in Keego Harbor. Reunion Committee: Paula, Frank, Bridget, Chuck, Liz and Mary are making contact with classmates via Facebook.   


NDHS Class of 1987, 25-year

Contacts: John Childs, or, (248) 787-0616; John Vermiglio,, (586) 212-4763. 


NDP Class of 2002, 10-year

Contacts: Steve Skok,; Bill Higgins,; Teresa Elliott,; Jane Dika,

NDP Class of 2006, 6-year

June 9, 2012, at Rochester Mills Beer Co., in Rochester, Mich.
Contact: Maria Carnago,    


NDP Class of 2007, 5-year

June 16, 2012, at Rochester Mills Beer Co., in Rochester, Mich. 

Contact: Marie Tashjian, or Steve Cox        


For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit


We pray for the sick:

Joey Caretti, the twelve-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa (Verkest) Caretti (Regina '84), was released from the hospital in March after receiving a cord blood transfusion to treat leukemia. The leukemia was a rare side effect to the treatment he was receiving for brain cancer. He is currently at home and recuperating. The family is requesting prayers that Joey continues to gain strength and that his cancer does not return. They wish to express their sincere thanks to all the individuals who have supported them during this difficult journey. 


Doreen Vermiglio, long-time staff member at Notre Dame High School. From 1972 - 2005, Doreen served as secretary to NDHS principal, Bill Raymond, and to NDHS athletic director, Joe Spada.  She also ran the school bookstore. Doreen is the mother of Ken Vermiglio '71 (NDHS) and John Vermiglio '87 (NDHS), and the mother-in-law of Joseph Connolly '71 (NDHS). Doreen is recovering from some medical issues and appreciates your prayers.


Addison Puma, the young daughter of Vince Puma '92 (NDHS), underwent radiation treatments at St. Jude Children's Research Center in Memphis, Tenn., for an inoperable brain stem tumor. Addison is now home and continues to remain stable. She looks forward to her family's annual camping trip this summer. Continued prayers are needed for Addison's restored health.


Norman Kotarski, a beloved long-time educator at Notre Dame. Norm appreciates your continued thoughts and prayers as he undergoes treatment for cancer.  


Marne Housey, wife of Michael Housey '84 (NDHS).  Marne was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in June of 2011.  The tumor was successfully removed and Marne is undergoing chemotherapy to ensure that the tumor does not return.         


We pray for those who have died:   


Thomas Ostin '70 (NDHS). 4-30-2012
Jeannette Sciuto, grandmother of Andrea Sciuto '07 (NDP). 4-29-2012
Louis Amateis, father of David Amateis '75 (NDHS). 4-28-2012
Mary Ann Karle, mother of Christopher Karle '79 (NDHS). 4-26-2012
Leah Fazzini, mother of NDP faculty member, Dave Fazzini. 4-24-2012
John Sedrowski '73 (NDHS). 4-22-2012
Joan Sloan, mother of Thomas Sloan '87 (NDHS). 4-20-2012
William Kozyra, grandfather of William Kozyra '03 (NDP) and Lauren Kozyra '05 (NDP). 4-19-2012
Concezio Quagliato, father of Anthony Quagliato '85 (NDHS). 4-18-2012
Joanne Diz, grandmother of John Putnam '03 (NDP). 4-18-2012
Frances Feery, grandmother of Amy Casey '01 (NDP). 4-18-2012
Eugene Boylan '59 (NDHS). 4-17-2012
Gail Gorniak, mother of Robert Gorniak '84 (NDHS). 4-17-2012
Arnold "Arnie" Lawrence Klott, father of Brian Klott '82 (NDHS), Jeff Klott '83 (NDHS) and Scott Klott '88 (NDHS). 4-15-2012
Robert Goltz, father of the late Daniel Goltz '67 (NDHS). 4-15-2012
Gene Wujczyk, grandfather of Lisa (Wujczyk) Mueller '00 (NDP) and Daniel Wujczyk '02 (NDP). 4-13-2012
Frieda Lorenz, retired kitchen employee of Pontiac Catholic. Passed away at age 95.
Angeline DeCoster, mother of Douglas DeCoster '65 (NDHS). 4-10-2012
Frank Zuckero, father of David Zuckero '75 (NDHS) and Frank Zuckero '83 (NDHS). 4-9-2012
Joan Romeo, grandmother of Joshua Romeo '09 (NDP) and Jacob Romeo (NDP senior). 4-8-2012
Michael Figa '42 (St. Frederick), father of Thomas Figa '79 (PC), Jane Wiant '82 (PC), and Jacqueline Rapacki '81 (PC). 4-4-2012
John Rollins, father of Daryl Rollins '68 (NDHS). 4-3-2012
Stephen Yuhase, father of Stephen Yuhase '64 (NDHS). 4-2-2012
Jack Kosaian, grandfather of Anthony Casali '09 (NDP).
Mary Zora Chakel, mother of James Chakel '64 (NDHS). 3-28-2012


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8- Alumni Annual Meeting, 6:00 p.m. 

12 - Dave Coulier "LIVE" at Notre Dame, 8:00 p.m. 

16 - Admissions coffee at Notre Dame Marist Academy (middle division, Pontiac)
23 - Liturgy, 9:00 a.m. at the Pontiac campus

31 - Alumni Professionals Networking Breakfast 



4 - Golf Outing

7 - Traveling Irish Happy Hour - East Side