Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
August 2013
In This Issue
'63 Football Players
Mass at Old St. Mary's
Anniversary Weekend!
NDAA Election
90 at Tigers Outing
1977 golfers
Andrea Bierema '08
Stephen Dueweke '76
Notre Dame News
Super Raffle
Ladies Night Out
NDPMA Hiring!
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear  ,


Greetings to all members of the Notre Dame Alumni Association! 

We hope to see you on campus over the next couple months at our many FREE special events for alumni including Homecoming on September 27!

Save the date for Notre Dame's Grand Anniversary Celebration Weekend on October 19 and 20. Commemorating 60 years of Notre Dame High School, 45 years of Pontiac Catholic and 20 years of Notre Dame Prep, we look forward to welcoming alumni and guests for a Saturday night pasta dinner with live music, and a Sunday family Mass and pig roast lunch. There is no cost to attend, and it's sure to be an enjoyable weekend on campus for all.

Irish Blessings,  


Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations



50-year alum football players to be honored at NDP varsity game  

Friday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m. 


Alumni football players from Notre Dame High School's Class of 1963 will be honored on Friday, September 13, at Notre Dame Prep's home varsity football game against Ortonville Brandon High School. Join us as we recognize our 50-year alumni on the field. A brief presentation will take place just before kickoff at 7:30 p.m.  



Latin Mass at Old St. Mary's Church, honoring ND alums     

Sunday, September 15, at 10:00 a.m. Choir to sing ND fight song  


Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., '65 (NDHS), President of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, will celebrate Latin Mass at Detroit's beautiful, historic Old St. Mary's Church.  


The Mass will be held on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Notre Dame High School's Class of 1963 will be in attendance and recognized as they celebrate their 50-year reunion weekend. Alumni of all class years and their families are invited to attend this special celebration. For more information, please contact the alumni office

HOMECOMING 2013 - celebrating ND's 20th & 60th anniversaries 

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


NDP's 2013 Homecoming alumni tent celebration will take place Friday, September 27, at Notre Dame Prep's William Kozyra Alumni Field. The Irish football team will face Detroit's Loyola. Alumni 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. 

 anniversaryNotre Dame's Grand Anniversary Celebration Weekend!

 Saturday, October 19 - Sunday, October 20  

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy will welcome all alumni and current families to its Grand Anniversary Celebration Weekend on October 19 and 20, commemorating the following noteworthy anniversaries: 
150 years of Marist Fathers apostolate in the U.S.A.
60-year anniversary of Notre Dame High School
45-year anniversary of Pontiac/Oakland Catholic

20-year anniversary of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy 

Special welcome for alumni of St. Frederick and St. Michael schools


A tentative schedule of weekend events is below. More details to follow in the September E-Newsletter. For more information, contact  


Saturday, October 19, 2013

All Alumni Reception   
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

 Gathering for all alumni and guests in NDP's cafetorium.

FREE pasta dinner, beer, wine and a live band!

18+ welcome. Must show ID to be served.  

Space is limited to the first 300 who RSVP. 


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Family Mass and Pig Roast Lunch 

 10:00 a.m. Family Mass in NDP gym

 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Pig roast lunch on campus 

Join us for a special family Mass celebrated by the Bishop and Marist Fathers.  

Followed by a fun-filled day outdoors for all alumni families, current families and friends!

FREE food, drinks and musical entertainment. Plus activities for the kids.

All three divisions will be open for self-guided touring.  

Space is limited to the first 1,000 who RSVP.  


VOTE!  Notre Dame Alumni Association Board Election
New members to fill open seats on the alumni board of directors
All alumni are invited to vote for nominated candidates. The election ballot will remain open through Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. EST. The newly elected Alumni Board of Directors will be announced at the annual alumni meeting, and will be communicated in the next e-newsletter.


The 2013 Alumni Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy (Pontiac) in the Fr. Colin House at 1389 Giddings Road, the new home of Notre Dame's office of advancement and alumni relations. Members of the alumni board of directors will be in attendance and available to answer questions or hear suggestions about alumni programming and events. If you would like to attend, and/or have a topic for the agenda, please e-mail Victoria Sidor '01 (NDP), president of the alumni board of directors, at
A "Grand Slam" Alumni Detroit Tigers Outing  


Nearly 90 alumni and guests gathered on Tuesday, July 30, for the annual Detroit Tigers alumni outing at Comerica Park. We must have brought the Tigers our "luck o' the Irish" as Alex Avila hit a grand slam and led the Tigers to a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. Special thanks to John McCabe '63 (NDHS) who arranged a VIP gathering in Comerica Park's exclusive indoor Tiger Club. View all photos from the outing on our Facebook page. 


1977 grads gather for a golf outing at Garland Lodge & Resort

Members of Notre Dame High School's Class of 1977 got together for a golf outing last month at Garland Lodge and Resort in Lewiston, Mich. Pictured below in the back row (L to R): Dennis Lesnau, Brian Kelly, Bob Perry, Dave Bologna, Joe Ciolino, Ron Schypinski, Jim Saylor, Tony Locricchio,  Brian Gijsbers. Front row (L to R): Bill Cirocco, Dave Dufour, Kevin Popis, Tom Keenan, Gerard Housey, Dave Coulier, Pat Adams, Mark Cendrowski, Leo Studzinski.



Alumna graduates from University of Michigan after heart transplant  

Andrea Bierema '08 (NDP)


Andrea Bierema of Oakland Township became a college graduate. Three years ago, she wasn't sure she was going to live. Bierema, a University of Michigan psychology major, suffered a massive heart attack her sophomore year of college and needed a heart transplant when she was only 19 years old.

She was one of the many students excited to graduate college this spring, but this 22-year-old woman has a success story that extends beyond the classroom. Bierema was healthy throughout her four years at Notre Dame Preparatory High School until she graduated in 2008. (Source: Oakland Press.) Full Story   

Above photo courtesy of Cris Rea: Andrea Bierema on her graduation day with Sarah Henning, one of the ICU nurses in U-M hospital's cardiovascular center. "It was a very emotional experience with my nurse being able to see me walk across that stage for my psych graduation," Bierema said. (Source: Oakland Press)  

Alum to perform at Detroit's Center Galleries exhibit opening reception 
For the first time in Detroit, Center Galleries presents an exhibition of drawings, watercolors and prints by the legendary 20th century avant-garde composer and writer John Cage (1912-1992) pictured at right. Celebrating what would be his 101st Birthday, the project is entitled "Nothingtoseeness: The Visual Art of John Cage," an exhibition of works installed based on a "Cagean" chance-derived score that will randomly alter the installation on a regular basis.

The opening reception on Friday, September 6, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. will be a birthday party for John, featuring a Cage-inspired performance by Detroit performance writer Stephen Dueweke '76 (NDHS). The exhibition runs September 7 - October 19, 2013.
Notre Dame expands campus and IB program 


In the last three years, Notre Dame Preparatory School has graduated 100 students with International Baccalaureate degrees - the only Catholic school in the state that offers the IB program and the only one in the nation that provides it from elementary through high school.   

Photo at left courtesy of The Oakland Press/TIM THOMPSON: Principal Diana Atkins and Fr. Leon Olszamowski '65 (NDHS) outside the entrance of the new Lower Division School in Pontiac.

This fall, Notre Dame's lower division students from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will move to the main campus at Giddings and Walton in Pontiac, near the main Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy campus run by Marist Fathers and Brothers. This will make it easier for teachers to work together to create a smooth transition in the demanding IB teaching and learning through all grades, officials said.

The relocation of the lower division from St. Benedict School's building in Waterford Township to the new school now almost completely constructed has already increased enrollment by 20 students to 159, said the Rev. Leon M. Olszamowski, president.

Full Story (Source: The Oakland Press)    

New coaches announced for women's swimming and diving team    


Notre Dame Preparatory School Athletic Director Betty Wroubel announced today that the school has hired Mike Venos as new head women's swimming and diving coach and Jaime Badhorn as assistant coach.


Venos comes to Notre Dame after 29 years of coaching, 15 as head of swimming and diving at Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice where he compiled a 105-21-1 record. His teams at Brother Rice earned fourteen straight Catholic League championships and two Division-1 state championships. He has coached nine individual state champions, five  relay-team state champions, 91 All-State swims, 52 All-American swims and two United States Olympic Trial qualifiers. Named coach of the year by The Oakland Press and Observer-Eccentric newspapers and twice honored as the Class A/Division-1 Michigan high school swimming coach of the year, Venos has coached more than 50 swimmers who have competed in Division 1, 2 and 3 at the university level. Venos will continue as a religion teacher at Brother Rice.


Badhorn joins Notre Dame's staff after more than seven years coaching at a number of schools and organizations, including Lamphere schools in Madison Heights, Mich., the Parkwood YMCA in Lansing and the Birmingham Country Club in Birmingham, Mich. Badhorn currently works at St. John Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Mich., as a telemetry technician. 
ND football coach talks about upcoming season 


In the short video below, Notre Dame Prep's Kyle Zimmerman, now in his fifth year as head football coach, discusses the varsity team's season last year as well as some of their upcoming big games this season. 


The Irish closed out the 2012 regular season 8-1, finishing first in the Catholic League. In the division-4 state playoffs, Notre Dame defeated Livonia Clarenceville 41-20 before suffering a tough 14-12 loss against a strong Detroit Country Day team.
Coach Zimm video
ND's head football coach, Kyle Zimmerman, discusses upcoming season.

Notre Dame senior chosen as cantor for World Youth Day events 

NDP senior, Brittany Johnson, was picked to be a cantor at World Youth Day for young adults held last month at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Pope Francis celebrated International World Youth Day July 27-28 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For those in the United States who could not travel to Brazil, Chicago held a World Youth Day for teens and Detroit hosted events for young adults. 


Johnson is a member of the Archdiocese of Detroit choir and since she is its youngest member, she was asked to cantor for Holy Hour with Bishop Donald Hanchon on July 27, and for mass with Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Bishop Arturo Cepeda on July 28 at the cathedral. "It was an honor to be asked to participate in such a meaningful event for young people," Johnson said.

Super Raffle - Chance to win $50,000 


Don't miss your chance to win a $50,000, $10,000, $5,000 or $1,000 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.

Photo at left: Winners of Notre Dame's 2012 Super Raffle $50,000 grand prize, the Holloway family, pose with Br. Louis Plourde, s.m.

Ladies Night Out to benefit Angels of Hope, a family cancer foundation 

The San Marino Club's Ladies Auxiliary, of Troy, Michigan, will present "Ladies Night Out" on Thursday, September 26, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Angels of Hope, a family cancer foundation. The evening will include shopping from more than 40 vendors, raffle prizes, a strolling dinner and complimentary wine with a cash bar. Cost to attend is $25 and the event is open to ladies and gentlemen of all ages.

Some members of the Notre Dame Alumni Association also are members of the San Marino Club, which is hosting and sponsoring this fundraiser.
NDPMA seeking substitute teachers  

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is looking for substitute teachers to work periodically throughout the school year. Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree. If you are interested, please contact vice principal Shari Derico at

Coaches needed for fall, winter and spring sports 

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is hiring head coaches for the sports listed below. If you or someone you know may be interested, please contact Dean Allen in the NDPMA Athletics Office at


Marist volleyball, 2 positions



NDP Freshman girls basketball

Marist grades 5/6 boys basketball

Marist grades 5/6 girls basketball



NDP varsity track  

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 13, 14 and 15, 2013. 50-year football players honored at NDP home game on Sept. 13 at 7:00 p.m. Dinner on Sept. 14 at Sterling Inn, Sterling Heights, Mich. Mass on Sept. 15, 10 a.m., at Old St. Mary's Church 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

30-year reunion tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. The Rochester Mills Beer Co., downtown Rochester, MI. 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 2003, 10-year
Friday, November 29, 2013, from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at Star Lanes / Emagine Theatre, located at 200 North Main Street, Royal Oak, Mich. More information to follow on Facebook and invitation to be sent to all classmates. 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, Mich. 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:    
Joseph Ferrari, father of Joseph Ferrari '65 (NDHS) and Stephen Ferrari '70 (NDHS). 8-7-13

Fred W. Sudy,
father of Brian Sudy '79 (NDHS) and Kevin Sudy '81 (NDHS). 8-3-13

Loraine Hartner,
grandmother of Andrew Hartner '02 (NDP). 7-18-13

We pray for the sick:    


Dennis Gornic '69 (NDHS), has been diagnosed with early-stage cancer and underwent surgery on August 7. Dennis will begin treatment in August.

Christopher Havrilla '97 (NDHS)
underwent an emergency donor cornea transplant for a work-related accident in the Coast Guard. Chris is recovering from a serious infection in his right eye is being treated at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.  Prayers for Chris are appreciated
by his 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), 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). Marne received a second MRI in July and has continued to show no signs of her brain tumor or cancer. The family wishes to thank everyone for their prayers, and asks that you continue to pray that Marne remains cancer-free.  


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!      



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



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

13 - NDHS 1963 football players honored at NDP home football game

15 - Latin Mass at Old St. Mary's Church honoring NDHS Class of 1963

27 - Homecoming     



5 - Oktoberfest at NDPMA - more info to follow in September e-news 

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

19 & 20 - Grand Anniversary Celebration Weekend

27 - Open House at NDPMA, all divisions