Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office. Last month our alumni association welcomed 189 new members from the Notre Dame Preparatory School Class of 2013. We congratulate the class on their achievements and offer best wishes as they begin a new and exciting chapter of their lives.
We hope to see many of you at the annual Detroit Tigers outing next month. We have a block of tickets reserved at a discounted rate. Friends and family are welcome too. Be sure to purchase your tickets soon as it's first come first serve.
As well, we invite you to consider taking a leadership role within the alumni association through joining its board of directors. This diverse group of alumni volunteers meets once monthly and is looking for new members to help further its goals. More info is within the e-news below.
Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)
Director of Alumni Relations
Alumni Tigers Outing! Reserve your tickets soon
Tuesday, July 30: Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Nationals
Join the alumni association for its annual Detroit Tigers Outing at Comerica Park! See the Tigers take on the Washington Nationals. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at 7:05 p.m. All alumni and guests welcome!
$18 tickets (discounted from $26).
Purchase your tickets today!
Ticket includes a seat in section 211 and access to Comerica Park's exclusive, indoor Tiger Club, which offers luxurious amenities, gourmet cuisine and a full service bar--with a spectacular view of the game! Special thanks to John McCabe '63 (NDHS).
Annual Alumni Election and Meeting - Tuesday, August 13
Join the Alumni Association Board of Directors!
The Notre Dame Alumni Association Board of Directors has five available seats and is looking for new members. To learn more about this dynamic group and to nominate yourself or another alumnus to the ballot, visit: www.ndpma.org/alumniboard. Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2013. All graduates and former students of Notre Dame Prep, Notre Dame High School, Pontiac Catholic, Oakland Catholic, St. Michael and St. Frederick are eligible. The election will take place in early August and new members will be announced at the Alumni Annual Meeting
Alumni Annual Meeting
All alumni are invited to attend the Alumni Annual Meeting, which will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 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 final election will take place for new board members and executive positions, and the election results will be announced. The meeting will be open-format.
If you would like to attend, and/or have a topic for the agenda, please email Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP), president of the alumni board of directors, at email@example.com.
Homecoming to celebrate 20 years of NDP, 60 years of NDHS
Friday, September 27
Save the date for NDP's Homecoming football game and alumni tent celebration: Friday, September 27 at Notre Dame Prep's William Kozyra Alumni Field. The Irish will face Detroit's Loyola. Festivities to begin around 7:00 p.m.
This year's homecoming celebration marks the beginning of Notre Dame Prep's 20th academic year, as well as the beginning of the 60th anniversary year of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods. We look forward to welcoming our alumni back to campus to join in this milestone celebration. If you are interested in volunteering
on the Alumni Homecoming event planning committee, please email event chairperson Keaton Curran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
30 Valedictorians for the Class of 2013, All With 4.35 GPA or Higher
This year, Notre Dame Preparatory School has named 30 young men and women out of a total of 189 graduates to represent its 2013 valedictorian class, far more than any previous year at NDP.
At Notre Dame, traditional courses are weighted on a 4.000 basis, honors courses on a 4.500 basis, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses on a 5.000 basis. A student must have at least a 4.350 GPA to be considered a member of the Valedictory Court. Congratulations to these truly outstanding "Christian people, upright citizens and academic scholars." http://www.ndpma.org/drupal/node/3088
Alumni Association welcomed newest members at Senior Barbeque
The alumni association officially welcomed its newest members, from the Notre Dame Prep class of 2013, by hosting a celebratory barbeque on May 14 at the Pontiac campus. 189 seniors along with faculty and staff were in attendance on a spring 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 2013 were addressed by NDPMA vice president Andy Guest '84 (NDHS) and guest speakers Audrey Tatum '12 (NDP), who attends University of Notre Dame, and Al Smith '12 (NDP), who attends University of Michigan.
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.
Notre Dame and NYU Among Universities Enrolling New NDP Grads in the Fall
On May 19, 2013, Notre Dame Prep's Class of 2013 received their diplomas, marking the completion of a high school career.
Many colleges and universities will welcome Notre Dame's Class of 2013 in the fall, including the University of Michigan, which is enrolling 28 graduates from NDP, and the University of Notre Dame, with four from Notre Dame Prep. New York University and the College for Creative Studies also will see Notre Dame Prep grads among their new students in the fall. See the full list of colleges and universities here.
To date, more than $15.5 million in college/university academic scholarships and grants have been offered to the Notre Dame Prep graduating Class of 2013, which numbers 189 students. This is once again a record amount in total for the school and the $82,000+ per-student average exceeds the per-student average of 18 previous NDP graduating classes.
|NDP alumna passionate about leading, helping others
'13 grad Carly Joseph interviewed by the Michigan Catholic
PONTIAC - The question was: what makes Carly Joseph tick?
It came near the end of an interview with this 17-year-old alumna - as of a couple of weeks ago - of Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, going over her high school career, her extracurricular activities, her outside school interests.
She expressed herself easily, yet a bit cautiously, but conveyed the notion that her thoughts were in order and that she knew exactly what she wanted to share. Full Story
(Source: Michigan Catholic, by Don Horkey)
|NDP alum plans for long career in the Air Force
Interview with Ruairi McGreevy '12 (NDP)
Ruairi McGreevy, a 2012 graduate of Notre Dame Prep and a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy, met with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on March 27 at an event in Southfield. McGreevy was appointed to the academy a year ago and is well into his freshman year at the Colorado Springs-based military service school. Stabenow was instrumental in the nominating process last year that earned McGreevy his appointment.
McGreevy recently received his "wing and prop" from the academy, which recognizes him for outstanding work during his first 10 months of service. He now is no longer considered a "doolie" and has officially moved up in rank as a full member of the USAFA. NDP grad Nick Hafner ('10) also is at the Air Force Academy, currently a junior.
In an interview with NDPMA, McGreevy talks about his first year in the academy as well as his time spent at Notre Dame. Read the interview here.
|Notre Dame Marists join celebration of 150 years
A member of Missionary Sisters of the Society of Mary recounts the recent Boston celebration of 150 years in the United States by the Marist Fathers and Brothers.
"It was a beautiful spring morning - Pentecost Sunday - as 28 of us boarded the bus in Waltham to make the trip to Our Lady of Victories in Boston to join in the Marist Fathers and Brothers celebration of 150 years in the USA, and 130 years in Boston. Full Story
Left: Father Robert Champagne, s.m., center, and Brother Leonard Haley, s.m., right, who were key figures in the early years of Notre Dame in Harper Woods, Mich., join others on a bus ride from their residence in Waltham, Mass., to Our Lady of Victories in Boston for Mass and a celebration of 150 years of Marist ministry in the United States.
IRISH baseball players earn new honors
A number of players from Notre Dame Prep's varsity baseball team were named all district by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA): Aiden Cullen, Luke Shilling, Anthony Gunn and Will Mullen.These four will be advancing for a chance to be all regional and all state this week. In addition the following seniors will be getting academic all state honors: Mike Broderick, Tom Michielutti, Nathan Cowdin and Nick George.
Finally, the varsity baseball squad, which ended its season in the district final vs. St. Mary's Prep, is expected to be named an academic all state team by the MHSBCA with a team grade point average of 3.54. The Irish finished 18-17 and were CHSL finalists, district finalist, and took second place in the Catholic League East-West Division.
Sports Illustrated cover subject speaks to middle schoolers
Terry Eurick, who once graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine as a member of the 1977 Notre Dame national champions, spoke to students from Notre Dame Marist Academy's middle division in May as part of its annual Field Day. (Eurick is the father of Kyle '05 (NDP), Kristina '09 (NDP) and Kianna '13 (NDP) and has two children currently enrolled at Notre Dame.) His message to the students Monday included topics ranging from faith to football and being true to yourself.
More on Eurick from Sports Illustrated's website archives:
"As a fullback at Notre Dame from 1974 through '77, Terry Eurick was not an All-America, nor did he have a 1,000-yard rushing season. In fact, he ran for a total of 806 yards in his career. But Eurick, one of three captains on the Fighting Irish's 1977 national championship team, had a knack for being in the right place at the right time. A power-running, short-yardage specialist, he scored nine touchdowns over three seasons, and then reached the end zone on two of his four carries in the title-clinching 38-10 thrashing of top-ranked Texas in the '78 Cotton Bowl. Full Story
|Lower division International Day celebrated on video
On May 10, students at Notre Dame's lower division were treated to another of many extraordinary internationally themed events as the Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division International Day 2013 was held at the school's Waterford campus. Junior-kindergarten through fifth-grade students witnessed representatives presenting a number of different countries and their respective cultures. Botswana, Germany, Brazil, Canada, England, Spain and Italy were among those celebrated by the children who also study within the prestigious International Baccalaureate curriculum.
Julie Chow-Wah, a Notre Dame parent and chairperson of International Day at the lower division, says it's vital to share the international experience with our children. "It's really important that we teach our kids how to embrace and respect differences in culture and countries around the world."
Sophomore amasses landscape tools for Habitat for Humanity
NDP sophomore Jenna Sassack saw a need and filled it. Big time. Sassack had been volunteering with Habitat for Humanity for a couple of years, mostly with landscaping work. She noticed that many of the tools she and other volunteers used were old and shabby, especially garden shovels, rakes and post-hole diggers. She thought that the volunteers, who spend a lot of their own time helping those less fortunate, deserved better. So Sassack sprung into action. Full Story
Notre 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. We're anticipating another record-breaking campaign, both in terms of dollars raised from alumni and in the number of alumni participating. We thank those who've already made a gift, but we need the help of all alumni to break a record.
You can be the person who sets the record for us. 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 email@example.com.
Network with other alumni on LinkedIn
You can network for your career with other members of the alumni association on LinkedIn. All alumni are encouraged to use this networking group to your advantage. You can connect with others in your industry, or post questions, jobs, internships and
Visit www.linkedin.com and search "Notre Dame Alumni
Association (Pontiac, MI)."
Notre Dame Alumni Association on Facebook, Twitter
"Like" the Notre Dame Alumni Association Facebook page to receive news and updates. Follow us on Twitter too!
All alumni are encouraged to join the conversation and post your own memorable photos and videos from your time at Notre Dame or one of our predecessor schools. Or you can post recent status updates and photos to let other alumni know what you're up to!
List of upcoming class reunions:
If your graduation year ends in a 3 or 8, your class should be celebrating a reunion in 2013.
Considering planning a reunion for your class? The alumni office can help you get started. Call (248) 373-2171 ext. 3 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
NDHS Class of 1963, 50-year
September 14 and 15, 2013. Dinner on Sept. 14 at Sterling Inn, Sterling Heights, Mich. On Sept. 15, 10 a.m. Mass at Old St. Mary in Greektown, Detroit, followed by a Detroit Tigers game. Contacts: John McCabe, (586) 822-5153; Don Herman, (586) 781-0220.
NDHS Class of 1965, 50-year
Contacts: Dennis Berger, email@example.com, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDHS Class of 1973, 40-year
Friday June 21 - afternoon golf scramble and 19th hole meet and greet.
Contacts: Scott Spicuzzi - email@example.com; Frank Coppola at (586) 295-9375 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pontiac Catholic Class of 1973, 40-year
Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at The Shark Club, located at 6665 Highland Rd., Waterford, MI. 7:00 p.m. Invitations were mailed in May. The reunion committee is still working to locate some classmates. Please send your information, including email address to jgaffney2001-PCHS1973@yahoo.com.
Reunion contacts are Nancy Mazza at email@example.com
and Joan Connell at (248) 666-8171.
NDHS Class of 1978, 35-year
Will be planning a 35-year reunion for 2013. Class volunteers needed to help on the planning committee. If you are willing to help, please contact Ron Yanik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDHS 1983, 30-year
Will be planning a 30-year reunion for 2013. Committee is in formation. Contact Mark Gaynor at email@example.com.
NDHS 1989 State Championship Baseball Team, 25-year celebration
Sunday, September 15. 10 a.m. mass at Old St. Mary's downtown, followed by a Detroit Tigers Game at 1:00 p.m. Contact Eric Stanczak '89 (NDHS) at (248) 251-3856 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Coach John McCabe '63 (NDHS) at (586) 822-5153 or email@example.com.
NDHS Class of 1989, 25-year
Reunion is in the early planning stages for a TBA date in 2014. Reunion committee in formation. If you would like to help, contact Gregory Simon at
NDP Class of 1998, 15-year
Classmates are discussing plans for a reunion gathering via Facebook. If you would like to volunteer to help plan the reunion, please contact the alumni office at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scott Lockhart at email@example.com.
NDP Class of 2003, 10-year
Reunion being planned for Thanksgiving weekend 2013. Reunion contacts: John Putnam, firstname.lastname@example.org; Bridget Maher, email@example.com; Aaron Bozicevich, firstname.lastname@example.org; Erin O'Brien, Emobrien8525@gmail.com; Cindy Kraus, email@example.com; Kristi Lewandowski, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Nick Giacona, email@example.com.
NDP Class of 2008, 5-year
Reunion is in the early planning stages. Reunion contacts: Shannon Bartlett, SBartlett@pulse220.com; Katie Berlin, firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Frederick All Class Reunion 2013
33rd annual All Class Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013. St. Frederick school building open for touring at 9:30 a.m. Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul, Pontiac. Luncheon at 1:00 p.m. at Santia Hall, Keego Harbor. Tickets available at Kennedy's Irish Pub, Waterford. For more information, contact email@example.com.
St. Michael All Class Reunion 2013
24th Annual All-School Reunion will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. For more information, contact John Martin '51 (SM) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Michael Class of 1963, 50-year
50-Year Reunion to take place on September 28, 2013 at "It's a Matter of Taste", located at 2323 Union Lake Road, Commerce, MI. Invitations have been sent to most classmates, but the committee has not been successful in locating everyone. If you did not receive an invitation, please update your contact information. Contact Gary Kraft at email@example.com.
We pray for those who have died:
Catherine LaRiviere, mother of Paul LaRiviere '68 (NDHS). Grandmother of Jim Gammicchia '99 (NDP), Christopher LaRiviere '99 (NDP), Jennifer Gammicchia '02 (NDP), and Marissa LaRiviere '04 (NDP). 6-8-13
Timothy Haney '74 (NDHS), brother of Christopher Haney '77 (NDHS). 6-7-13
Philip Simon, father of longtime NDPMA teacher and current Dean of Admissions and Diversity, Gregory Simon '89 (NDHS), and Richard Simon '85 (NDHS). Uncle of Elias Khalil '88 (NDHS). 6-6-13
Helen Brisson, mother of Fr. Robert Brisson '70 (NDHS) and Thomas Brisson '77 (NDHS). 6-6-13
Georgette Abood, grandmother of Jason Abood '02 (NDHS) and Brian Abood '04 (NDHS). 6-6-13
Deborah Ann Carroll, mother of Joshua Carroll '10 (NDP). 6-6-13
Carmine F. DeMichele,
father of Gerard DeMichele '79 (NDHS) and Damon DeMichele '83 (NDHS). 6-6-13
Joseph Mitchell '03 (NDP).
grandfather of Robert Trecapelli '07 (NDP) and Kathryn Trecapelli '11 (NDP). Grandfather-in-law of Alexandra (Solt) Trecapelli '07 (NDP). 6-4-13
Marco Soave, father of Francis Soave '79 (NDHS). 6-4-13
John Dalzotto, grandfather of John Dalzotto '96 (NDHS) and Jeffrey Dalzotto '00 (NDHS). 6-4-13
Jim Mandl '66 (NDHS), father of Jim Mandl '90 (NDHS). Dedicated volunteer who, along with his son, has given years of service to the alumni of Notre Dame High School. Passed away in the comfort of his home on June 2, 2013, due to complications of cancer surgery.
Patrick Wisniewski, brother of Harry Wisniewski '90 (NDHS). 6-2-13
Raymond Ralston, grandfather of Kyle Ralston '06 (NDP).
Mary Koenig, mother of Everett Koenig '57 (SM). 5-28-13
David Nienaltowski, brother of Gary Nienaltowski '75 (NDHS). 5-26-13
Dante Marchione, father of Ernesto Marchione '69 (NDHS). 5-26-13
Joan Bzdok, mother of Michael Bzdok '63 (NDHS). 5-26-13
John Sulick, father of Douglas Sulick '71 (NDHS) and Duane Sulick '74 (NDHS). 5-24-13
Joseph Randa, father of Jeffrey Randa '81 (NDHS). 5-23-13
Donald Mountain '60 (SM), brother of the late Robert Mountain '50 (SM) and the late John Mountain '57 (SM). 5-21-13
Julia Koterba, grandmother of Katherine Koterba '06 (NDP) and Joseph Koterba '09 (NDP). 5-17-13
Gerald Cattaneo, father of David Cattaneo '80 (NDHS) and Jeffrey Cattaneo '84 (NDHS). 5-16-13
Marguerite (Landry) Gregory '67 (SF),
sister of the late Therese (Landry) Leone '58 (SF), Louise (Landry) Lyons '60 (SF), Roger Landry '62 (SF), Rene Landry '66 (SF), and Marc Landry '72 (PC). Sister-in-law of Rose (Tenuta) Landry '58 (SM). 5-14-13
Mary Louise Massana, mother-in-law of Douglas DeCoster '65 (NDHS). 5-14-13
Jane Horlacher, wife of John Horlacher '62 (NDHS). 5-14-13
Raymond Fuhrman, father of Raymond Fuhrman '76 (NDHS). 5-13-13
Frances Clancy, grandmother of Thomas Clancy '04 (NDP). 5-11-13
Joan Nagel, mother-in-law of John Sloan '73 (NDHS). 5-9-13
Carlton Witkowski '59 (NDHS) 3-19-13
Eyan Konal, son of Jeff Konal '89 (NDHS). A joyful prayer of thanksgiving that Eyan is cancer-free! The family writes, "Please continue to pray for Eyan to remain cancer free and for all our fellow warriors who battle, those who remain cancer free and the angels who have gone to heaven and their families! God bless and keep you and yours!... Thank you so very much for all the continued prayers and support! God bless you and the entire ND family from the Konal family!"
Barbara Boiteau, sister of Frank Roche '67 (NDHS).
Dorothy Hier, mother of Ronald Hier '66 (NDHS).
Lisa Denardo, wife of Frank Denardo '89 (NDHS) who is battling cancer. Lisa is the sister-in-law of Tony Denardo '90 (NDHS) and Joe Denardo '96 (NDHS).
Carol Stencel, grandmother of Katrina Stencel '11 (NDP) and Kayla Stencel (current student) who is undergoing a stem cell transplant for lymphoma.
Nicholas Ureel, 16-year-old grandson of John Ureel '58 (NDHS) and Joan Ureel, who is undergoing treatment and surgery for cancer.
Elaine Just, wife of Ed Just '66 (NDHS), was recently diagnosed with stage-three ovarian cancer. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.
Joey Caretti, the 12-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa Caretti (Regina HS). The family asks for prayers as he continues to recuperate from various side effects related to his cancer treatment and bone marrow transplant.
Email your prayers and petitions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NDP = Notre Dame Prep; NDHS = Notre Dame High School; OC = Oakland Catholic; PC = Pontiac Catholic; SM = St. Michael; SF = St. Frederick.
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30- Alumni Tigers Outing
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27 - Homecoming