Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
July 2012 
In This Issue
Detroit Tigers Tickets
New Alumni Board Officers
Retired ND Faculty
Traveling Irish - Utica
NDP '06 & '07
Alayna Lekosiotis '09
Building Bridges - Golf
New Science Labs
ACT Scores
ND Jazz Band Album
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear  ,  


Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office! While Notre Dame students are home for the summer, our graduates can continue to enjoy fun-filled events through the alumni association. We hope to see you at the Tigers outing in August!
Irish blessings,
Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations


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TigersDetroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees  - Tuesday, August 7
Over 50 tickets sold! Last chance to reserve your seats.


Join the alumni association for its annual Detroit Tigers Outing at Comerica Park. All alumni and guests are welcome! More than 50 tickets have already been sold.


Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, the alumni association will host a pre-game gathering at Cheli's Chili downtown. Ticket holders are welcome to stop by for a free beer and hot dog before the game.


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

$20.00 per person.


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

HOMECOMING!  Friday, September 28
Save the date!


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 over 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. We hope to see you there!

Alumni Board names new members and officers


At the annual Notre Dame Alumni Association meeting on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, two new members were elected to the association Board of Directors: Meredith Gifford '02 (NDP) and Daniel Terzano '10 (NDP).
Also at the meeting, the board bid farewell to its founding president, Jim Gammicchia '99 (NDP), who completed his three-year term. Under Jim's leadership, the NDAA Board of Directors was established in 2008 and Gammicchia was instrumental in creating its formal set of bylaws, which is currently used today. As well, he was involved in the creation of many of our annual alumni association events. In 2011, Gammicchia was the first alumnus to be recognized by Notre Dame Prep as "volunteer of the year."  
The alumni board also bid farewell to Gina (Coppola) Cereska '00 (NDP), who served two years as the board's secretary. Coppola has worked very hard to keep the board meetings and documents organized and detailed. She also has provided leadership for the annual Alumni Irish Games event among other association activities. "Both Jim and Gina have contributed greatly to the alumni association and will be missed," said Director of Alumni Relations Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP).
At the June 2012 NDAA meeting, an election was held for the open executive board positions. Current board members voted to elect Daniel Marchese '02 (NDHS) as president (formerly serving as vice president), Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP) as vice president, and Meredith Gifford '02 (NDP) as secretary. Trent Thiry '00 (NDP) remains in the treasurer position, fulfilling his three-year term.

Above: newly elected to the Notre Dame Alumni Association Board of Directors are, from left, Daniel Marchese '02 (NDHS), president; Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP), vice president; Meredith Gifford '02 (NDP), secretary; and Trent Thiry '00 (NDP), treasurer.
Alumni Board of Directors members for the 2012-2013 year are:
Daniel Marchese '02 (NDHS) - president
Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP) - vice president
Trent Thiry '00 (NDP) - treasurer
Meredith Gifford '02 (NDP) - secretary
Frank Coppola '73 (NDHS) - member at large
Scott Lockhart '98 (NDP) - member at large
Jane Dika '02 (NDP) - member at large
Sarah Fredin '09 (NDP) - member at large
Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) - member at large
Daniel Terzano '10 (NDP) - member at large
Retired ND faculty and staff  return "home" to campus, celebrating retirement of  Ellen Tessada and Kathy Bembas

At the 2012 end-of-year faculty and staff party, NDPMA bid farewell to two beloved teachers, Ellen Tessada and Kathy Bembas. Many retired faculty and staff members came to join the celebration, including Dolores (Connors) Elbode, Roy Johnson, Norm Kotarski, Marie Place, Anthony Borton, Sue Foster, Ken Parent, Ken Engler '61 (NDHS), Kirby Smith, Larry Sigel, Carol Belkowski, Kathy Downs, and Dr. Laurie Alkidas.


To view more photos, visit our Facebook page!


From left, retired ND faculty: Ellen Tessada, Kathy Bembas, Ken Engler '61 (NDHS), and Ken Parent.

Alumni gathered at Traveling Irish Happy Hour  in Utica 

The alumni association sponsored a Traveling Irish Happy Hour event at Cass Bar in Utica, Michigan on Thursday, June 7, 2012. The bar is managed by NDHS alum, Darvin Mileski '77. To view more photos, visit our Facebook page!



Pictured above from right, counter-clockwise: Megan Mott '99 (NDP), Daniel Terzano '10 (NDP), Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP), Keaton Curran '10 (NDP), Daniel Marchese '02 (NDHS), Tony Block '80 (NDHS), Frank Castronova '89 (NDHS), Frank Coppola '73 (NDHS), Mike Kelly '73 (NDHS), Jerry Alderman '62 (NDHS), Emma Frye '08 (NDP), Cari Drolet '08 (NDP).
NDP Classes of 2006 and 2007 celebrated reunions in Rochester, Mich.
The Notre Dame Prep Class of 2007 held its 5-year reunion at the Rochester Mills Beer Co. in downtown Rochester, Michigan on Saturday, June 16. More than 40 were in attendance. Thanks to Marie Tashjian '07 (NDP) and Megan McFarland '07 (NDP) for their efforts in planning a great event!
The weekend prior, on June 9 the Class of 2006 held a 6-year reunion at the same venue. Reunion chairperson, Maria Carnago '06 (NDP), reported that classmates enjoyed, "a good turnout and a really fun time!"
To view more photos from both reunions, visit our Facebook page!
Marketing major credits Notre Dame for college success


Alayna Lekosiotis '09 (NDP) is one busy person. Currently at Michigan State University in East Lansing, the 2009 Notre Dame Prep graduate says that besides a heavy dose of coursework, she stays very involved in a host of extracurricular activities, including membership in the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the Women in Business Students Association at MSU's Broad College of Business.


In her sorority, she held a number

of positions, including house manager

and Panhellenic delegate, which earned

her a trip to the National Conference

in Arizona. In addition, she also helps

market fundraising events for the Haven

House Homeless Shelter in Lansing and

was working as a student-athlete tutor.

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Building Bridges Golf Outing - July 26
Proceeds to help students from low-income families  

The 17th-annual Building Bridges Golf Outing, which provides need-based grants to students from low-income families, will be held on Thursday, July 26, at Greystone Golf Club in Romeo, Mich.
Building Bridges was founded by Paul Housey '88 (NDHS) on the belief that thousands of children in metro Detroit are lacking much-needed positive interaction with caring adults. The charity organization's work includes quality education and mentoring for children, an annual holiday gift giving program, and future plans to extend its reach to children in long-term hospital care.
Thanks to the golf outing and ongoing support, Building Bridges will have more than 13 students on education grants at Notre Dame Prep in the next school year.
Gregory Simon '89 (NDHS), NDPMA's dean of admissions and diversity, says that the kids who attend NDP through this program are strong, hardworking students from low-income families. "These students typically come from the Pontiac area and crave the challenge of a top-notch, college-preparatory education."
For a foursome at the outing, the cost is $600, which includes greens fees, a cart, driving range, Bloody Mary bar, breakfast bar, on-course lunch, soft drinks, beer, dinner and contests. For more information, download the flyer, or contact Paul Housey at
Work continues on new science labs


The importance of science in our rapidly changing society is unquestioned. Proper training of the scientists, researchers, physicists and chemists of tomorrow is not just necessary, but absolutely necessary. Therefore it is of vital importance that leading schools like Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy stay on the cutting edge of preparing students for successful post-secondary study in the sciences.

In an effort to further enhance NDPMA's curriculum in the sciences, the administration has approved of and construction has begun on the complete renovation of the science and chemistry labs located on the Pontiac campus.
Among the major steps taken in the renovation project is that classroom C-3, which was a biology lab, will be converted to a chemistry lab. This means that after the work is completed at the end of the summer break, the school's two chemistry labs will be adjacent to one another. The biology labs will now also be together in the B-wing.


The total cost of the renovation is estimated at $200,000, the majority of which was donated by the Jurkiw and Schwabauer families. Full Story
Photo Above: Old cabinets, tables and flooring have been removed in C-3 biology lab. Renovation expected to be completed by the end of summer.
Notre Dame graduates ACTing up again
Post record-breaking ACT score


Notre Dame Preparatory School continued its string of obliterating previous academic records by posting a new school-record ACT average composite score of 27 for the 2012 graduating class, which is higher than any average composite score earned at the school since it opened in 1994.
Last year's graduating class posted a school-record 26.58 score and the 2010 class averaged 26.27, both of which far exceeded state averages for each year. Last year, the American College Testing Program (ACT) said the Michigan average was 20.00 and the national average 21.1. Scores are on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest.
It is also worth noting that in the past four years, Notre Dame has had five students earn a perfect individual (student) ACT score of 36. Less than one-tenth of one percent of individual test takers nationwide score such perfection.
1970s 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 the 1970s. 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

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. 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 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

Details being finalized. 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 09-06-12.


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 Road, 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:    


Michael Serra, son of the late Albert Serra '48 (SF) and the late Lois (Oliver) Serra '48 (SF). 6-29-2012
James Dean '48 (SF). 6-27-2012


Sr. Constance Hoffman, I.H.M. (formerly Sr. M. Olivia, I.H.M.), taught at St. Frederick. 6-27-2012


Kim Beaumont, son of the late Gwendolyn Beaumont '50 (SF). 6-26-2012


Terrence Chesney '79 (NDHS). 6-22-2012


Gerald R. Trombley '60 (NDHS). 6-19-2012


David Heinemann, father of Megan Heinemann '02 (NDP). 6-18-2012


Pablo Castaneda, father of Philip Castaņeda '87 (NDHS) and Gerard Castaņeda '94 (NDHS).


Sister Evangeline Nestor, I.H.M. (formerly Sister Carmeline), was a teacher at St. Frederick and Pontiac Catholic. 6-10-2012


Addison Puma, daughter of Vince Puma '92 (NDHS) and Melissa (Wargo) Puma. Passed away on her fifth birthday after a courageous 9-month battle with brain cancer. 6-9-2012


Robert Spaulding, grandfather of Rachel (Flajole) Ridley '96 (NDP), Emily Flajole '98 (NDP), Julia (Flajole) Thomas '99 (NDP), and Molly Flajole '07 (NDP). 6-9-2012


Shirley DeCoopman, wife of the late Thomas DeCoopman, Sr. '60 (NDHS) and mother of Thomas DeCoopman, Jr. '81 (NDHS). 6-8-2012


Antonia Soave, mother of Benedict Soave '68 (NDHS). 6-5-2012


Judith Chrzanowski, mother of Charlie Lehman '97 (NDHS) and Ben Lehman '99 (NDHS). Stepmother of Brandon Chrzanowski '99 (NDHS) and Christopher Chrzanowski '99 (NDHS). 6-4-2012


Lois (Oliver) Serra '48 (SF). Wife of the late Albert Serra '48 (SF), sister of Dorothy (Oliver) Cauley '40 (SF), sister of the late Arlyle (Oliver) Doyle '43 (SF), sister-in-law of John Cauley '40 (SF), and sister-in-law of Maria (Serra) Mauro '46 (SF). 6-4-2012

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You are invited!      



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

26 - Building Bridges Golf Outing



7 - Alumni outing at Comerica Park, 7:05 p.m.