Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
July 2013
In This Issue
Tigers Outing
NDAA Election
Hal Rice
Lacrosse Alums
Dave Coulier
Mark Binelli '88
Fr. John Bolduc, s.m.
Walt Szymanski '72
Brian Barker '92
Social Media
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear  ,


Greetings from the Notre Dame Alumni Office, and Happy Summer!


While Notre Dame students are home for the summer, our graduates can continue to enjoy fun-filled events through the alumni association. We look forward to seeing nearly 80 of our alumni at our annual Detroit Tigers outing later this month!  


Here on campus, construction continues on our new lower-division school building with completion scheduled for mid-August. The Office of Advancement and Alumni Relations has moved to "Fr. Colin House" at 1389 Giddings Road, a renovated 103-year-old home situated across from the main Pontiac campus and adjacent to the new lower-division. We look forward to hosting alumni gatherings at our new, quaint space in the near future. 


As we prepare the Fall 2013 issue of IRISH magazine, we welcome all alumni to share their updates for inclusion in Class Notes. Your classmates will enjoy hearing from you! Email your updates before August 10 to or visit  

Irish Blessings,  


Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations


Alumni Detroit Tigers Outing at Comerica Park   

Tuesday, July 30:  Detroit Tigers vs. Washington Nationals  


The Notre Dame Alumni Association looks forward to seeing nearly 80 alums and guests  at its 2013 alumni Detroit Tigers Outing! Though our original block of tickets has sold out, tickets still are available for a discounted price of $18 each. Please note that available tickets are located outside of our main group section and only in quantities of two and three seats. If you are interested in purchasing tickets, please call the advancement office at (248) 373-2171 ext. 3 or email The last day to order tickets is today, Thursday, July 18.  


Tickets include access to Comerica Park's exclusive, indoor Tiger Club, which offers luxurious amenities, gourmet concession options and a full service cash 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 alum to the ballot, visit: 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
HOMECOMING 2013 - celebrating ND's 20th & 60th anniversaries 

Friday, September 27, 7:00 p.m. in the alumni tent! 


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. Alumni Tent festivities to begin around 7:00 p.m. Plan to join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening! There will be free barbeque food, drinks and a premium, sideline view of the game for all of our alumni and their guests.

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 Keaton Curran '10 (NDP) at   
Notre Dame loses longtime educator and friend
Harold "Hal" Rice passes away at the age of 80
The Notre Dame community lost a beloved friend this week as longtime educator and administrator Harold (Hal) Rice passed away Sunday at his home in Warren. According to his daughter, Terri Krasicky, he died peacefully, sleeping in his chair.

Rice spent 33 years as a faculty member at Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods and then nearly 10 years at Notre Dame Preparatory School in Pontiac. He retired in 2009 but still continued to teach part time at NDP.

Much loved and respected by both former students and fellow teachers, Rice had a big impact on all he came in contact with. In a recent issue of Notre Dame's alumni magazine, "IRISH," Alexis (Burns) Bonucchi, O.D., a 1997 graduate of ND Prep, said "I loved Mr. Rice. He had such a good way of relating to us as teenagers. He never made you feel stupid."

Nineteen seventy-five NDHS graduate Michael Paletta, M.D., said in another issue of IRISH that he thought Rice made him a better scholar, more thorough researcher, better writer and a "more critical thinker." Full Story

Notre Dame's Harold (Hal) Rice, left, shares a laugh with friend and fellow ND teacher Norm Kotarski in a photo taken at Notre Dame Prep in 2008.
Rice passed away Sunday, July 14
ND faculty and staff celebrate retirements and "Teacher of the Year"
At the 2013 end-of-year faculty and staff party, NDPMA bid farewell and congratulations to two beloved, long-time faculty and staff members retiring: vice principal Donna Kotzan and religion department faculty member Kathy Chinavare.
Also at the party, current middle-division teacher and former alumni director, Kelly (Cole) Patterson '99 (NDP), was named "Teacher of the Year" for the middle division. Donna Kotzan received the same award for the upper division.  

Along with all current faculty and staff members, many retired ND faculty and staff members came to join the celebration, including Dolores (Connors) Elbode, Roy Johnson, Norm Kotarski, Marie Place, Anthony Borton, Ken Parent, Hal Rice, Kirby Smith, Carol Belkowski, John Grossman, Deacon Anthony Morici, Betty Morici and Deacon W. Kessler.

Above, left: Donna Kotzan and Kathy Chinavare retire from NDPMA after thirteen and seventeen years of service, respectively. Above, right: Kelly (Cole) Patterson '99 (NDP), current middle-division teacher and former alumni director, and Donna Kotzan, newly retired vice principal of the upper division, accept Teacher of the Year awards.
For more photos visit our Facebook page. 
NDP alum players coach Marist Academy lacrosse team

Brandon Beauregard and Joe Gifford, both 2011 graduates of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, together coached a team of middle-schoolers at the Cranbrook Lax Jam lacrosse tournament on June 2, 2013.  The team included ten Notre Dame Marist Academy students along with players from other local schools and lacrosse teams.


Beauregard and Gifford, who were lacrosse teammates at Notre Dame Prep, now attend University of Detroit Mercy where they are teammates on UDM's Division 1 lacrosse team - recently named MAAC 2013 Mens Lacrosse Champions! It was a great experience for Notre Dame Marist Academy students to be coached by alumni players.  

Above: Brandon Beauregard '11 (NDP), at left, and Joe Gifford '11 (NDP), at right, coached Notre Dame Marist Academy students on the Leprechaun Lacrosse Team at the 2013 Cranbrook Lax Jam tournament. 

Alum comedian Dave Coulier returns to MI for summer  shows

Comedian and actor Dave Coulier, who graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1977, will return to his home state for live comedy shows in late July and August.


The St. Clair Shores native is bringing his family-friendly stand-up comedy show to the historic Frauenthal Theater in Muskegon on Wednesday, July 31, and to the Temple Theatre in Saginaw on Saturday, August 3.

Coulier has been a regular face on television, first starring as Joey Gladstone in the ABC-TV sitcom "Full House" from 1987 to 1995. He also had a stint hosting "America's Funniest People." In between, he's acted in movies and continues a successful standup comedy routine at colleges and clubs around the country.

Above: Dave Coulier '77 (NDHS) wearing his ND hockey jersey on stage May 12, 2012, at NDPMA in a special comedy show fundraiser to benefit the Fr. John Bryson, s.m., Memorial Scholarship Fund.
ND alum to moderate Q&A with cast of new cable drama
Notre Dame High School alum Mark Binelli '88 will be moderating a question-and-answer session in Ann Arbor later this month with the producer and cast members of the filmed-and set-in-Detroit cable drama "Low Winter Sun," which premieres in August on AMC.


Binelli is author of "Detroit City is the Place to Be," his second book, published last year. He was featured in the spring 2013 edition of IRISH magazine.

The Q&A will follow an advanced screening of the premiere episode, which will be held at 8 p.m., July 29, at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor. The screening and Q&A will be simulcast to more than 20 other theaters across the country. 


"Low Winter Sun" executive producer Chris Mundy and cast members Mark Strong ("Zero Dark Thirty," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy") and Lennie James ("The Walking Dead") will be on hand to answer questions from Binelli and audience members. There is no charge for the event, but donations will be accepted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Above: Mark Binelli '88 (NDHS) was in Harper Woods in May for a book-signing event.
Marist on a mission
Fr. John Bolduc, s.m. is a missionary around the world   
Father John Bolduc, s.m., who taught at Notre Dame High School in the '60s and '70s, has been serving for 40 years as a missionary around the world in countries ranging from Jamaica to Senegal. Currently stationed at Marist School in Atlanta, Bolduc looks back fondly on his tenure at NDHS. "I have wonderful memories of my years at Notre Dame in Harper Woods," he said.
When Marist provincial Fr. Ted Keating, s.m., asked Bolduc to write about his missionary work, he was still recovering from major heart surgery. "But I did so right away after he asked me-I think I was still under medication from heart surgery. I guess that means it was coming from the heart!"

Along with helping out at Marist School, Bolduc, now 70, spends a lot of time working with the Latino community at his parish in Atlanta.

Read Fr. Bolduc's missionary memories from his memoir, "The U.S. Province, An International Communion."
Alum to headline at local jazz club

Walt Szymanski, a 1972 graduate of Notre Dame High School, opens a four-day gig this week at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café in Grosse Pointe Farms. Currently a professor of jazz studies at a branch of the University of San Francisco in Ecuador, Szymanski has played with many jazz luminaries in his career, including the late, great bandleader and drummer J.C. Heard.


Read two recent news articles on Szymanski in:
The Detroit News
Metro Times 

Szymanski plays July 17-20 at the Dirty Dog Jazz Café, 97 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.; 313-882-5299 for reservations.

Right: Szymanski played a Miles Davis tribute show in 2011 at the Diva Nicotina club in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Notre Dame names alum Brian Barker '92 as new hockey coach

Brian Barker '92 (NDHS) has joined the Fighting Irish athletics staff as head coach of varsity hockey, effective immediately. Barker replaces Bob Rosbury, who resigned at the end of last season.
A 1992 graduate of Harper Woods Notre Dame High School, Barker comes to Notre Dame Prep after serving in a number of coaching positions, most recently as head junior varsity hockey coach at Warren De La Salle High School. He also coached hockey at Orchard Lake St. Mary's Preparatory School and Dearborn Divine Child High School.
"We are fortunate to get a coach like Brian for our hockey program," said Betty Wroubel, NDP's athletic director. "He has competed and coached at many levels and shows a real passion for not only the game of hockey but most importantly for the mission of our school. We look forward to continuing the growth and stature of Irish hockey under Brian's leadership."
Currently a teacher and campus minister at De La Salle, Barker had playing stints that included the North American Junior Hockey League, the United States Hockey League, the US National Select 17 Team, which competed in Japan for the Phoenix Cup, and as part of the University of Wisconsin-Superior team that competed in the 1996 and 1997 national championships.
Barker was was named to the NCAA All-Academic team in 1996 and 1997 and the NCAA All-American team (2nd team) in 1996 and 1997. He has worked at numerous hockey schools, including the Turcotte Stickhandling Hockey School, and has served as hockey director of the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Mich., from 1999 to 2001.
Barker received his undergraduate degree from UW-Superior in Superior, Wisc., and a graduate degree from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He resides in St. Clair Shores, Mich., with his wife, Jacquelyn. 
Upper division students test language skills in Europe 


Five Notre Dame Preparatory School students put their language skills to the test last month when they traveled to Spain and France for a week-long visit. Twelfth-graders Guilford Guthrie, Anthony Manganiello, Kayla Piskoroski and Lauren Sadowski, and 11th-grader Alison Lyiynen began their tour (with NDP modern language chair Kim (Rose) Anderson and parent Jennifer Beaudoin) in the vibrant city of Madrid where they were able to visit the palace of the royal family, the historical Museo del Prado, which is the main Spanish national art museum, and the modern Reina Sofia museum.   


Other stops throughout the week included a culinary school in Madrid, the famous Chocolateria San Gines in Barcelona, the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, and a traditional outdoor concert series in France's beautiful Provence region. Students from Notre Dame have been traveling with the modern language department since 1998.
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NDP students achieve 100% International Baccalaureate success 


Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy announced this month that 100% of its upper-division students enrolled in the International Baccalaureate curriculum have successfully received an IB Diploma, a first for the school and well above the worldwide average of 78%. The U.S. average is 70%.


Twenty eight students at Notre Dame Prep were in the IB Diploma Programme at the beginning of the school year and all 28 successfully passed the International Baccalaureate final examinations taken in May 2013. This year, more than 120,000 students from over 130 countries participated in the examination session, which is known for its extremely high academic rigor. The marks are internationally moderated so that the same standards apply throughout the world. 


"One-hundred percent is a great reward for all the hard work of our students and staff," said Notre Dame head of school Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m. '65 (NDHS). "It also provides a benchmark for us going forward." 

Notre Dame senior promoting healthy snacks across country 


Michael Wayne, who is heading into his final year at Notre Dame, has started his own business that he hopes will encourage people in Oakland County to make better and healthier choices when it comes to vending machines.

He decided to start this business when he forgot to bring a snack to school and realized it was nearly impossible to find any healthy food inside a vending machine.

Read the full article in the Oakland Press. 

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 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 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,, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski,


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 

Reunion contacts are Nancy Mazza at 

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 


NDHS 1983, 30-year

Will be planning a 30-year reunion for 2013. Committee is in formation. Contact Mark Gaynor at  


Pontiac Catholic 1988, 25-year

Will be planning a 25-year reunion for 2013. Plans are underway and committee is trying to locate all classmates. For more information, please contact Michelle Harkins at    


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; or Coach John McCabe '63 (NDHS) at (586) 822-5153 or   


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, or Frank Castronova 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 or Scott Lockhart at

NDP Class of 2003, 10-year

Reunion being planned for Thanksgiving weekend 2013. Reunion contacts: John Putnam,; Bridget Maher,; Aaron Bozicevich,; Erin O'Brien,; Cindy Kraus,; Kristi Lewandowski,; and Nick Giacona,

NDP Class of 2008, 5-year

Reunion is in the early planning stages. Reunion contacts: Shannon Bartlett,; Katie Berlin,

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

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  


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

For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit

We pray for those who have died:    
Marilyn Quigly, mother of Dennis Quigly '79 (NDHS). 7-16-13

Harold "Hal Rice,
father of David Rice '81 (NDHS). Mr. Rice taught for 51 years with the Marists at Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Preparatory School. A beloved teacher and friend to many. He will be dearly missed. 7-14-13

Mary Vago,
mother of Paul Vago '66 (NDHS) and David Vago '69 (NDHS). Grandmother of Scott Vago '98 (NDHS). 7-14-13

Stanley Formanczyk,
father of Rodney Formanczyk '67 (NDHS). 7-13-13

Margaret (Sheridan) LaForge '40 (SF),
sister of Patricia (Sheridan) Blust '43 (SF). Widow of Donald LaForge '43 (SM). 7-12-13

Kay Schanz,
mother of George Schanz '73 (NDHS). 7-10-13

Joan Kline,
widow of James Kline '51 (SF). 7-10-13

Vincenza Iafrate,
mother of Dominic Iafrate '69 (NDHS). Grandmother of Stephen Iafrate '00 (NDP). 7-10-13

Esther Tarchalski, mother of Jeanne Tarchalski '67 (SF), Susan (Tarchalski) Ferguson '69 (PC), and Douglas Tarchalski '72 (PC). 7-10-13  


Jerry Steinhelper '56 (SM), husband of Mary "Pat" (Hayden) Steinhelper '56 (SM). Brother of Judy (Steinhelper) Montiegel '54 (SM), Charles Steinhelper '59 (SM), Richard Steinhelper '64 (SM), and Lynn Steinhelper '65 (SM). 6-29-13 

Frank Guerra, father of Joseph Guerra '83 (NDHS), Frank Guerra '85 (NDHS). 7-9-13


Marjorie Strong, wife of John Strong '51 (SM). 7-7-13  

A. Ward Stoddard,
grandfather of Daniel Stoddard '03 (NDP), Matthew Stoddard '04 (NDP), and Jonathan Stoddard '08 (NDP). 7-6-13

Mary Etta Bannigan,
mother of Thomas Bannigan '73 (NDHS). 7-5-13

Eris Bleau,
mother of James Bleau '76 (PC) and Robert Bleau '77 (PC). 7-3-13

Robert Janks,
father of Gregory Janks '69 (NDHS). 6-30-13

Casper Laudicina, father of Robert Laudicina '67 (NDHS). 7-1-13

John Swatowski,
father of John Swatowski '91 (NDHS) and Robert Swatowski '96 (NDHS). 6-28-13

Mary L. Kent,
mother of Joe Kent '76 (NDHS) and Rick Kent '78 (NDHS). 6-22-13

Robert Pitters,
grandfather of Christopher Pitters '07 (NDP). 6-22-13

Kenneth Lucas,
husband of Mary (Lozano) Lucas '55 (SM). 6-21-13

Leonard Brillati,
brother of the late Salvatore Brillati '59 (NDHS), Santo Brillati '61 (NDHS), and Thomas Brillati '70 (NDHS). 6-20-13

Agnes Flannery,
mother of Michael Flannery '72 (NDHS), Timothy Flannery '73 (NDHS) and Kevin Flannery '75 (NDHS). 6-17-13

Patricia Fraser,
mother of Donald Fraser '84 (NDHS) and James Fraser '89 (NDHS). 6-16-13

Regina (Luzod) Rose '53 (SF),
sister of Lawrence Luzod '49 (SF). 6-13-13

Frank Recchia '73 (NDHS),
father of Jacqueline Recchia '05 (NDP) and Michael Recchia '08 (NDP). 6-17-13

Fr. Donald Kuntz,
honorary St. Frederick alumnus. Served as assistant pastor of Pontiac's St. Vincent de Paul from 1946-50. 6-13-13

Catherine "Kate" Giroux '71 (PC). 5-3-13

Doris Sullivan, mother of Peter Sullivan '82 (NDHS) and John Sullivan '83 (NDHS). 2-27-13 

We pray for the sick:    


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), who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment for stage 3 ovarian cancer.

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.

Marne Housey, wife of Michael Housey '84 (NDHS). A prayer of thanksgiving! After an MRI last week, Marne showed no signs of her brain tumor or cancer and the scan even showed additional healing around the area of her surgery! The family asks for continued prayers for another clear MRI in December 2013. They wish to express their thanks for all of the prayers and support over the past year.  


Email your prayers and petitions to


NDP = Notre Dame Prep; NDHS = Notre Dame High School; OC = Oakland Catholic; PC = Pontiac Catholic; SM = St. Michael; SF = St. Frederick.   


You are invited!      


30- Alumni Tigers Outing



13 - Annual Alumni Meeting and Election, 6:00 p.m.



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

27 - Homecoming