Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
August 2012 
In This Issue
Chicago Irish Event
Tigers Outing
Stephanie Hamood '10
Le Tour de Shores
Ruairi McGreevy '12
Joe Vicari '75
Board of Directors
Super Raffle
ND Football
Beach Volleyball
ND Job Postings
ND Jazz Band Album
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear  ,  


Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office! Summer has flown by and classes will begin in just two weeks here at Notre Dame in Pontiac. Over the next few months, Notre Dame will play host to many alumni and school-sponsored events and activities - we hope to see you around campus soon!
The Fall 2012 issue of IRISH Magazine will be mailing to alumni homes in early September. If you'd like to update your mailing address or share your news in this issue, please contact the alumni office
Irish blessings,
Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations


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HOMECOMING!  Friday, September 28

Join us in the alumni tent for free food and a sideline view of the game!


Join the alumni association for its annual Homecoming tent celebration on Friday, September 28, 2012, at Notre Dame Prep's Alumni Field. 


Each year we welcome home more than 200 alumni and their guests for a fun-filled evening. Come and enjoy free barbeque food and premium sideline-view seating/standing area for the NDP varsity football game.


Tent celebration to begin at 6:30 p.m. Game time at 7:30 p.m. vs. Dearborn Divine Child.


Alumni will receive free admission to the game.


Saturday, October 6, 2012


Join Notre Dame for its fifth annual Oktoberfest event on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at the Pontiac campus. The evening begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner served at 7:00 p.m., followed by live music and dancing, and the $50,000 Super Raffle drawing held at 9:00 p.m.


Tickets are $30.00 per person and include a barbeque buffet dinner, beer, wine and entry to win door prizes. Dress is fun casual. Adults 21+ only.


RSVP by September 17, 2012, by calling Joan Kopytek in the advancement office at (248) 373-2171 ext. 2. 


Interested in bartending the event?

The alumni office is seeking bartenders to serve beer and wine. You must be 18 years old. If you are interested, please contact Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP) at or (248) 373-2171 ext. 3.

Traveling Irish Bar Night - CHICAGO!

October 2012


The alumni association is planning its first-ever Traveling Irish event in the Windy City. The event will be held on a weekend evening in October 2012 - the exact date and location will be determined in the coming weeks. More details to follow in next month's e-newsletter.  If you are interested in attending or helping organize the event, please contact Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) at



60 alums and guests attend Detroit Tigers Outing on August 7

Sixty alumni and their guests attended the annual Detroit Tigers Outing at Comerica Park on Tuesday, August 7, as the Tigers beat the Yankees 6-5.


The alumni association hosted a pre-game gathering at Cheli's Chili downtown, where free hot dogs and beverages were enjoyed by all. The gathering was sponsored in kind by Frank Coppola '73 (NDHS) and David Johns of DMJ Interiors in Rochester, Mich. David Johns is the father of Jennifer (Johns) Miller '99 (NDP) and Michael Johns '03 (NDP). 


A special thank-you to Frank Coppola '73 (NDHS) and the Notre Dame Alumni Association Board of Directors for their efforts in planning a great event.  


Alumna's album release show at Meadow Brook Theatre, Aug. 12
Stephanie Hamood '10 (NDP) tours with Anita Baker, releases first CD

While performing at her family's coffee house, Stephanie Hamood '10 (NDP) was discovered by American R&B/soul jazz singer-songwriter, Anita Baker.


Before long, Hamood began touring with Baker and recently was mentored and supported by Baker while recording her debut album, No Longer My Own.


Hamood will play an album release show on Sunday, August 12, at 6:00 p.m. at Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester, Michigan.


For ticket information, visit:


Le Tour De Shores attended by NDHS alums on July 21


Le Tour de Shores took to streets of St. Clair Shores on July 21 for the annual bicycle bar crawl. The event was created by Joe Eovaldi '05 (NDHS) and Brian Kies '05 (NDHS) three years ago and has grown to over 200 riders from Notre Dame, De La Salle, Regina, and the three St. Clair Shores high schools and two Grosse Pointe high schools.


St. Clair Shores Cops for Kids has received $1,525 from sales of tour t-shirts the past two years. This year the tour included stops at Pepper Bottom's, Coyote Station, Channel Marker, Brownie's on the Lake and Waves. (Source: The St. Clair Shores Patch)

2012 graduate receives 'Boards' at USAFA


In a ceremony held August 7, Notre Dame Prep grad Ruairi McGreevy '12 (NDP) received his "boards," signifying his acceptance as a full cadet into the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Acceptance Day marks the end of basic training for the new cadets. They receive shoulder boards that formally identify them as full cadets in the Cadet Wing of the USAFA. McGreevy chose fellow NDP grad and Academy cadet Nick Hafner '10 (NDP) to pin one of his boards.
Ruairi is the son of Mark McGreevy '76 (NDHS), the brother of Colin McGreevy '08 (NDP) and the nephew of Michael McGreevy '73 (NDHS).
Ruairi McGreevy, NDP Class of 2012, receives his shoulder boards at USAFA
Ruairi McGreevy, NDP Class of 2012, receives his shoulder boards at USAFA
Vicari's 3 Andiamo sites to be steakhouses


The Andiamo Restaurant Group's three premiere locations, including its Warren flagship, will be renamed and converted into upscale Italian steakhouses by early August, Andiamo founder and CEO Joe Vicari '75 (NDHS) confirmed Tuesday, July 10.


The new concept -- called Joe Vicari's Andiamo Italian Steakhouse -- will feature a wide selection of aged, high-quality steaks and chops, more fresh seafood choices and updated sides and salads, along with a core group of the traditional pasta dishes "that made us who we are today," Vicari said. Full Story 


(Source for story and photo: Detroit Free Press)

Join the NDAA Board of Directors


The 2012-2013 Board has 10 current members and 5 available seats. If you are interested in learning more about joining this dynamic group of alumni, please contact alumni director Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP) at, or board president Daniel Marchese '02 (NDHS) at
The Notre Dame Alumni Association Board of Directors serves to strengthen the relationship between Notre Dame Preparatory School & Marist Academy and the alumni of Notre Dame Prep, Notre Dame High School, Pontiac Catholic, Oakland Catholic, St. Frederick and St. Michael. Board members meet at the NDPMA Pontiac campus the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the board room. For more information, visit
The 2012-2013 NDAA Board of Directors. From left: Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP), Daniel Marchese '02 (NDHS), Daniel Terzano '10 (NDP), Jane Dika '02 (NDP), Keaton Curran '10 (NDP), Trent Thiry '00 (NDP) and Frank Coppola '73 (NDHS). Not pictured: Meredith Gifford '02 (NDP), Sarah Fredin '09 (NDP) and Scott Lockhart '98 (NDP).
Super Raffle - Chance to win $50,000


Don't miss your chance to win a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 prize in Notre Dame's annual fundraiser, the Super Raffle.


Raffle tickets were mailed in June to alumni who graduated more than five years ago. Tickets also are available by calling the advancement office at (248) 373-2171 ext. 2.


Tickets are $10.00 each and can be purchased through mid-September. 

ND football coach previews upcoming team and season
In a recent video interview, Notre Dame Prep head football coach Kyle Zimmerman talks about the varsity team's upcoming season and assesses its offense, defense and special teams, including the possibility of a rather unique new kicker joining the team. Practice sessions start August 6.
NDP Zimmerman interview
Coach Zimmerman discusses varsity team and upcoming football season
Work continues on beach volleyball courts


Work is continuing on the new beach volleyball courts planned for Notre Dame's Pontiac campus. Located between the softball and baseball fields, the area will feature two regulation-size volleyball courts side by side. In mid-July a work crew began construction, which is scheduled for completion in August.
The cost of the facility was donated by two families in the Notre Dame community. According to school athletic director, Betty Wroubel, the courts will be an integral part of conditioning for all sports at Notre Dame, not just volleyball.


"We think first and foremost it will be great for conditioning for all programs here," she said. "Plus it will be included into the PE curriculum for both the high school and ND Marist Academy. And it also could be used by both our parent and alumni communities. It's really going to fun!" Wroubel says she doesn't think any other high school in the area has such a facility "so it's still another great and unique thing about Notre Dame."
Above left: The new beach volleyball courts will occupy a space near Notre Dame's baseball and softball fields on the school's Pontiac campus. (Photo July 2012)
NDPMA Hiring:   Spanish Teacher, Sports Coaches


Notre Dame Marist Academy is looking to hire a Spanish teacher for its middle division. Interested and qualified applicants should contact principal Jill Mistretta at


NDPMA also is looking for middle school coaches in volleyball (fall), cheerleading (fall) and girls basketball (winter).  Please contact assistant athletic director Megan Thayer at or (248) 373-9647 if you or someone you know is interested.  



1977 Notre Dame Jazz Band album copies available on CD
Notre Dame High School's music director, Larry Egan, and the award-winning Notre Dame Jazz and Dance Band recorded an album in 1977. The album was originally produced in limited quantities but is now available on CD through the alumni office.
Notre Dame Jazz Band Album (CD)
Cost is $15.00. Shipping included.
Please allow 3 weeks for processing and delivery.
From the album cover: "What you are about to hear is the top ranked high school jazz and dance band in the state of Michigan today, having won plaudits in all competitions. If you haven't heard them, you are about to be pleasantly entertained. This group of young men from Notre Dame High School has entertained many people. Their performances have included various festivities for General Motors, Michigan Bell and other organizations. People have celebrated their wedding, anniversary, New Year's Eve party, or a moonlight cruise aboard the Bob-lo Boat with this exciting big band sound."
List of upcoming reunions:


If your graduation year ends in a 3 or 8, you should be thinking of planning a reunion in 2013!


The alumni office can help you get started. 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

Visit for information and to RSVP. Golf outing on Friday, August 31. Reunion celebration on Saturday, September 1 at Gino's Surf in Harrison Twp., Mich. Reunion picnic on Sunday, September 2. Tigers Game on Monday, September 3. Contact: John Berra, or (949) 357-3926; Terry Cirocco, (313) 378-5368,; Michael Montpetit, (734) 433-2399,


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1973, 40-year

Event is in the early planning stage. Contact Nancy Mazza '73 (PC) at


Pontiac Catholic Class of 1977, 35-year

August 11, 2012, at Santia Hall in Keego Harbor. Reunion Committee: Mary (Wellington) Pappas, Bridgette Marie, Paula, Frank, Chuck, and Liz. Contacts: Bridgette Marie at BMCOPC@AOL.COM, or Mary Pappas at


NDHS Class of 1987, 25-year

Saturday, August 11, 2012, at RedOx Tavern. Reunion Committee: John Childs, or, (248) 787-0616; John Vermiglio,, (586) 212-4763.


NDP Class of 2002, 10-year

Saturday, November 24, 2012 at TBD location. Contacts: Steve Skok,; Bill Higgins,; Teresa Elliott,; Jane Dika,


St. Frederick 2012 All-Class Reunion

Sunday, September 9, 2012. The old school will be open from 9 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. for touring. Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 at St. Vincent de Paul church in Pontiac. A 1:00 p.m. luncheon will follow at Santia Hall in Keego Harbor. Tickets available at Kennedy's Irish Pub on W. Huron St. in Waterford, or contact Jim Russell at 248-363-4209, or Ticket deadline is September 6, 2012.


St. Michael 2012 All-Class Reunion

Sunday, September 16, 2012. Mass at 11:00 a.m. at Shrine of St. Joseph, 400 South Blvd. W., Pontiac, Mich. Reunion celebration at 12:00 p.m. at Scott Lake Banquet Center, 2100 Scott Lake Rd., Waterford, Mich. Buffet served at 1:30 p.m. Cash bar. Special recognition for classes of 1942, 1952 and 1962. Reservations required - no sales at the door. Deadline for dinner reservations is September 8, 2012. Download reservation form.


For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit 

We pray for those who have died:    
Janet Teetor, grandmother of Matthew Teetor '99 (NDP) and Elizabeth Teetor '01 (NDP). 8-3-2012


Carl Mueller, father of Ted Mueller '01 (NDP). 7-29-2012


John Tempia '62 (NDHS). 7-27-2012


Elena Slubowski, mother of Michael Slubowski '72 (NDHS) and David Slubowski '74 (NDHS). 7-27-2012


Margaret McLane, mother of Notre Dame Marist Academy principal Jill Mistretta. 7-26-2012


Primo Roncelli, father of Kenneth Roncelli '67 (NDHS). 7-25-2012


Violet Pisani, grandmother of Jeffrey Pisani '05 (NDP). 7-23-2012


Virginia Cumming, mother of Michael Cumming '75 (NDHS). 7-23-2012


Esther Nowak, mother of Jeffrey Nowak '71 (NDHS) and Dennis Nowak '73 (NDHS).


Carol Lenz, grandmother of Rachael Lentz '05 (NDP). 7-22-2012


Luca Paonessa, four-year-old son of Paul Paonessa '90 (NDHS) and nephew of Jim Paonessa '91 (NDHS). 7-21-2012


Leonard Dziekan, grandfather of David Dziekan '89 (NDHS) and Michael Dziekan '92 (NDHS). 7-20-2012


Grace Ciolino, mother of the late Anthony Ciolino '73 (NDHS), Joseph Ciolino '77 (NDHS), and John Ciolino '79 (NDHS). 7-19-2012


Hattie Tosch, mother of Robert Tosch '63 (NDHS). 7-14-2012


Robert Lech '62 (NDHS). 7-13-2012


Phyllis Messina, mother of Louis Messina '77 (NDHS) and Paul Messina '80 (NDHS). 7-10-2012


Raymond Wilking, brother of Daniel Wilking '71 (NDHS). 7-6-2012


James Watko, father of Scott Watko '79 (NDHS) and Michael Watko '81 (NDHS). 7-5-2012


Zigmund Kucinski, father of James Kucinski '67 (NDHS). 7-2-2012

Thomas Andre, grandfather of John Kennelly '05 (NDP) 7-1-2012


We pray for the sick:


Joey Caretti, the twelve-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa Caretti (Regina HS). The family asks for continued prayers that Joey's cancer does not return and that he quickly returns to feeling better.

Email your prayers and petitions to

To view all prayers, visit  


You are invited!      



14 - Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at NDPMA Pontiac



11 - Alumni Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at NDPMA Pontiac

28 - Homecoming