Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
June 2012 
In This Issue
East Side Happy Hour
Detroit Tigers Tickets
Whitney Robinson '98
Coulier Show a Success
Super Raffle
Lisa Savagian '12
Class of 2012
Annual Fund
Dassault Systemes
ND Athletics
Job Posting
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
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Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office. Last month our alumni association welcomed 159 new members from the Notre Dame Preparatory School Class of 2012. We congratulate the class on their achievements and offer best wishes as they begin a new and exciting chapter of their lives.
I hope you enjoy the June issue of the Alumni E-Newsletter. Happy Summer!
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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EastSideTraveling Irish Happy Hour - East Side!   Tomorrow, June 7
Cass Bar in Utica from 6 - 8 p.m. 


Join the alumni association for its annual East Side Traveling Irish event. A happy hour gathering will be held this Thursday 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. Drinks and meals can be purchased on a pay-your-own-way basis. No RSVP required. Contact with questions.   

Retirement Celebration for Cathy Bembas & Ellen Tessada - June 13


Members of the Notre Dame Prep faculty and staff will gather to celebrate the retirement of two beloved teachers, Kathy Bembas and Ellen Tessada, on Wednesday evening, June 13.


If any alumni are interested in attending, please contact Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP) for more information. Email or call 248.373.2171 ext. 3. Must be 21 years old to attend.


From left: retiring NDP faculty members,

Ms. Kathy Bembas and Ms. Ellen Tessada.

TigersDetroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees  - Tuesday, August 7
Get your tickets today - friends and family are welcome!


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

Purchase Tickets

Notre Dame Prep hires alum as men's varsity basketball coach
Whitney Robinson '98 (NDHS)


Notre Dame Prep's athletic department has hired Whitney Robinson as the new men's varsity basketball coach. Robinson is a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods ('98) and Central Michigan University ('03).
He comes to Notre Dame after four years as a basketball coach at Walled Lake Central High School in Walled Lake, Mich. Prior to this coaching experience, he was the coordinator and director of the Whitney Robinson Basketball Camps and assistant coach for Providence Boys and Girls AAU Basketball.
"I'm very excited to be the new coach at NDP," said Robinson. "I fell in love with NDP instantly! The campus is amazing...likewise are the faculty, staff and student body. My high school years at NDHS (Harper Woods) were seriously some of the best years of my life! And I'm looking forward to duplicating those sentiments for the current and future student-athletes at NDP."
ND Alumni Association welcomes newest members at  senior barbeque
The alumni association officially welcomed its newest members, from the Notre Dame Prep class of 2012, by hosting a celebratory barbeque on May 15 at the Pontiac campus. 159 seniors along with faculty and staff were in attendance on a sunny afternoon outdoors.
The senior barbeque is a long-held tradition at Notre Dame. In recent years the alumni association began hosting catered barbeque events for the graduating classes.
Members of the class of 2012 were addressed by director of alumni relations, Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP), and guest speaker Harold Rutila '11 (NDP), who attends Purdue University.
Special thanks to Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP) for her efforts in organizing the event!  Visit our Facebook page to view more photos from the barbeque.
Coulier wows at NDP's benefit for scholarship fund

TV and comedy star Dave Coulier returned to Michigan recently to headline a benefit show at Notre Dame in Pontiac.

Coulier, 53, a 1977 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, performed a hilarious and crowd-pleasing comedy routine on May 12 in front of a packed cafetorium on NDPMA's Pontiac campus. The night opened with a set of standards performed by the Notre Dame Prep Jazz band. More than 450 were in attendance.

Proceeds from the benefit, which was sponsored by the Notre Dame Alumni Association, go to the Fr. John Bryson, s.m., Memorial Scholarship Fund. Fr. Bryson, who died in May of 2011, was a Marist priest who dedicated almost the entirety of his ministry to students at Notre Dame High School.


Sporting his old ND varsity hockey jersey at the show, Coulier reminisced about Bryson and talked about how he was delighted to help with raising scholarship money in Fr. Bryson's name. Full Story

At Right: Dave Coulier '77 (NDHS) together with faculty and staff members from Notre Dame High School. From left: Mark Recor '62 (NDHS), Brother Louis Plourde, Richard Wagner, Dave Coulier '77 (NDHS), Ken Parent, Gini Kelly and Fr. Joe Hindelang '68 (NDHS).

Special thanks to Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) and other members of the Notre Dame Alumni Association for their volunteer efforts in organizing this event.
Super Raffle - Chance to win $50,000
Tickets mailing to alumni homes in June


The main fundraiser for the Notre Dame Prep Parents Club is the $50,000 Grand Prize Super Raffle. Raffle tickets will be mailed in June to alumni who graduated more than five years ago. Based on feedback from some of our younger alumni, tickets will not be mailed to recent graduates but are available for purchase by calling the advancement office at 248.373.2171 ext. 2. Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased through mid-September.


The funds raised cover the expenses of more than 50 Parents Club activities and return more than $150,000 to the school each year. The Super Raffle is the result of a consolidation of many previous fundraisers held at the school. The Super Raffle culminates with a community-wide Oktoberfest-Irish Style celebration designed to thank parents for their efforts in fulfilling their raffle ticket obligation and bring the community together in a fun, positive manner.

2012 ND Prep graduate honored by Columbia College for her writing
Lisa Savagian, a member of Notre Dame Preparatory School's Class of 2012, received a first-place award for her creative nonfiction story, "The Death of a Boxer," as part of Columbia College Chicago's Young Authors Award 2012.

She was chosen over more than 300 entries from across the country in the category of Creative Nonfiction. Columbia's Young Authors awards program, in its 15th year, attracts entries from high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors from across the nation.
ND Prep graduates its 2012 class, new record in scholarships

On May 20, 2012, Notre Dame Prep's Class of 2012 received their diplomas, marking the completion of a high school career. But perhaps more importantly, it signals that these young men and women of Notre Dame are about as fully prepared as any for the next phase of their academic careers - and for life.


Many colleges and universities will welcome Notre Dame's Class of 2012 in the fall, including the University of Michigan, which is enrolling 24 graduates from NDP.

To date, nearly $13 million in college and university scholarships and grants have been offered to the class, which numbers 159. This is a record amount in total for the school and the $80,000+ per-student average exceeds the per-student average of 17 previous NDP graduating classes.

Also, this year's graduating class logged more than 20,000 hours in community service - once again proving that besides turning out academic scholars, Notre Dame continues to graduate "Christian people and upright citizens." Full Story 
Notre Dame announced 17 valedictorians  from the class of 2012, all with 4.35 GPA or higher. View photos from graduation.
AnnualFundNotre Dame Annual Fund

It's not too late to support the Notre Dame Annual Fund this fiscal year, which closes in just a few weeks, on June 30. It's been a record-breaking campaign, both in terms of dollars raised from alumni and in the number of alumni participating. We are truly grateful for all the support we've received.


We are happy to report that we have donors from nearly every class of the two Notre Dame schools we represent (the High School and the Prep). Because of this, for the first time the NDPMA Annual Report, which will be published in the fall, will list alumni donors from NDHS and NDP by class year.


Will the number of donors in your class be the highest? You can be the one to make that happen. If you haven't yet made a gift, or would like to make an additional gift, please click here.


If you have any questions about the Notre Dame Annual Fund, please click here or contact our Annual Fund Director, Frank Castronova '89 (NDHS) at 248-373-2171 ext. 5 or

NDP adopts Dassault Systèmes 3D Experience platform
First high school worldwide to initiate engineering curriculum with technologically advanced platform


AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 10, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced that Notre Dame Preparatory School (Pontiac, Mich.) is using Dassault Systèmes' 3D Experience platform, including CATIA application for virtual design authoring, DELMIA for digital manufacturing, SIMULIA for realistic simulation and ENOVIA for collaborative innovation.

Equipped with technologies implemented by today's leading manufacturers, students are creating products -- from initial design through 3D prototype -- for a variety of industries, including automotive, consumer goods, energy, aerospace and defense. The 3D Experience platform and applications serve as the backbone for Notre Dame Prep's emerging engineering curriculum, which supports the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Coalition initiative focused on STEM education required in order for the U.S. to remain an economic leader in the global marketplace. Full Story
Notre Dame concludes a "phenomenal" weekend in athletics
It was quite a weekend for the Notre Dame Prep athletic program. In three days, the Irish won three district championships, one regional championship and two track and field individual state championships. Here is a summary of what Athletic Director Betty Wroubel says was a "phenomenal couple of days!"
Thursday, May 31: Men's golf wins district; senior Aaron Knutson medalist with score of 71.
Friday, June 1: Men's lacrosse wins third straight regional, 11-2 over De La Salle.
Saturday, June 2: Women's soccer wins district 1-0 over Detroit Country Day in overtime (goal by Taylor Timko).
Also on Saturday:
The NDP softball team won its sixth straight district, defeating Lahser 14-0 (5 innings, no-hitter) and Detroit Country Day 11-1.
Women's track and field finished seventh at the Division 2 state finals. 
Senior Jake Romeo placed seventh in the 100 at the boys track and field Division 2 finals with a time of 11.06.
Women's tennis team had its best finish at the state finals after finishing its best season in history.   Full Story
JOB POSTING:   Admissions Assistant


Notre Dame is seeking an Admissions Assistant to work in a support role with to Dean of Admissions and Diversity. The assistant supports all aspects of the admissions process (from recruitment/point of inquiry to enrollment, as well as re-enrollment/retention). The assistant reports directly to the Dean of Admissions and Diversity. The major responsibilities of the assistant will include management of admissions files, databases, and application materials, support for admissions events, and work with technology-based initiatives (website, social networks, Constant Contact).


Position: Admissions Assistant (part-time - 19 hours per week)

The following skills are required for the position:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access)
  • Sound computer and technology skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Familiarity with Twitter, Constant Contact, Internet communications
  • Willingness to learn current data management system (Blackbaud - Admissions Office)
  • Self-starter, team player, organized, independent thinker, hard worker

Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter via e-mail to Gregory Simon '89 (NDHS), Dean of Admissions and Diversity -

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,


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. Invitations will be mailing out in June. 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:

Russ Cannon, retired NDPMA faculty member, recovering from a severe heart attack. Russ is home and limited in activity for a few months.


Joey Caretti, the twelve-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa (Verkest) Caretti (Regina '84). The family received news recently that there is no evidence of cancer in Joey's blood cells following the blood cord transplant that he received earlier this year to treat leukemia.  The family is thankful for all the prayers and support and requests that you continue to pray for a complete recovery. 


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:   


Joseph Francis, grandfather of Justin Everhart '00 (NDP), Douglas Everhart '06 (NDP) and Evelyn Everhart '09 (NDP). 5-31-2012
Thomas Karakeka, father of Michael Karakeka '00 (NDHS) and Thomas Karakeka '97 (NDHS). 5-29-2012
John Barzyk, brother of James Barzyk '84 (NDHS). 5-29-2012
Lucille Barrett, grandmother of the late Brian Barrett '97 (NDHS). 5-28-2012


Marion Petras, grandmother of Kaelyn Petras '06 (NDP) and Megan Petras '10 (NDP). 5-27-2012
Patrick Ryan '63 (NDHS), brother of the late Michael Ryan '67 (NDHS). 5-25-2012


Eleanor Rink, grandmother of Stephanie Rink '05 (NDP), Lauren Rink '08 (NDP) and Alexander Rink '11 (NDP). 5-24-2012


Frank Harla '68 (NDHS). 5-22-2012


Tom Zalewski, father of David Zalewski '87 (NDHS) and Michael Zalewski '92 (NDHS). 5-21-2012


Albert Stragier, father of Gary Stragier '76 (NDHS). 5-15-2012


Eileen Cilli, stepmother of Don Cilli '90 (NDHS). 5-14-2012


Betty Bultinck, mother of Jerry Bultinck '62 (NDHS); grandmother of Matt '01 (NDHS), Jeff '06 (NDHS); mother-in-law of Paul Olinzock '78 (NDHS). 5-14-2012


Joseph Bolus, father of Joseph Bolus '67 (NDHS). 5-12-2012


Sophia Elizabeth Edge, 2-year-old daughter of Brian Edge '96 (NDHS). 5-11-2012


Arthur Neate, father of Edward Neate '68 (NDHS). 5-10-2012


Edward Wilt, father of the late John Wilt '76 (NDHS). 5-9-2012


Ralph Rice, grandfather of Kelley Rice '07 (NDP). 5-6-2012


Frank Joseph Denryter, Jr. '68 (NDHS). 5-3-2012


Lawrence Blascyk '57 (SF), husband of Sally Blascyk '64 (SM). 5-2-2012


Thomas Kilbride, brother of Bernard Kilbride '65 (NDHS) and Ronald Kilbride '66 (NDHS). 4-8-2012

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7 - Traveling Irish Happy Hour at Cass Bar in Utica, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

12 - Alumni Board of Directors Meeting at NDP, 6:00 p.m.

13 - Retirement Celebration for Kathy Bembas and Ellen Tessada