Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
October 2013
In This Issue
Football back in Harper Woods
1963 Soup Bowl Champs
Alumni Theatre
Alumni Art Show
Grand Anniversary
Jeremy Winkler '02
Bob Artymovich '70
Coldren Sisters
Open House
Super Raffle
Notre Dame News
NDPMA Hiring!
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Greetings to the Notre Dame Alumni Association! 

This weekend (Friday and Saturday) alumni have the opportunity to celebrate the special football history of Notre Dame.
On Friday, October 25, Notre Dame Prep's varsity football team will play their final, regular-season game at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods, whose field was formerly and originally that of Notre Dame High School's until 2005. 
Then on Saturday, October 26, all alumni are invited to attend the Catholic High School League's Prep Bowl XLI at Ford Field, which will honor the Notre Dame High School 1963 Soup Bowl Championship team celebrating 50 years! Details and information below. 
Irish Blessings,  


Rachel (Alexander) Miller '00 (NDP)

Director of Alumni Relations



Irish to play at former NDHS football field, Harper Woods 
Friday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m.


Notre Dame Prep's varsity football team will play its final regular-season game this Friday night at Chandler Park Academy in Harper Woods, whose football field was formerly and originally that of Notre Dame High School's until 2005. All are invited to come out and cheer the Irish on to victory. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

NDHS '63 Soup Bowl Champions to be honored at 2013 Prep Bowl
Saturday, October 26 at Ford Field


The Catholic High School League will honor the 1963 Soup Bowl Champions, The Notre Dame High School Fighting Irish, at Prep Bowl XLI on Saturday, October 26 at Ford Field. The Shrine High School 50-year players also will be honored, as the 1963 Soup Bowl ended in a tie game with NDHS winning on yardage. 


All alumni are invited to attend and celebrate this special reunion of the '63 team, coaches and classmates at Ford Field. Each year, the Catholic League Football Championship (now called the Prep Bowl®) is held at fabulous Ford Field and attended by upwards of 25,000 people. 


The day begins at 8:00 a.m. with CYO exhibition games followed by the CYO Championship game at 10:00 a.m. Your ticket allows you to enter Ford Field to watch any part of the day's action. 1963 players will be led down to the field during the 4th quarter of the 4:00 p.m. CD Championship game. The AB Championship game will follow at 6:00 p.m.


Tickets are $10.00 each and available at the door. For more information, visit


Alumni Night at the Theatre: The Sound of Music
Saturday, November 16


Calling all alumni, especially those who were actors, chorus members, musicians, stage crew, designers and student directors for their high school performances! Notre Dame Prep Players will present their fall musical, "The Sound of Music," running Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, November 17, at Avondale High School in Auburn Hills, Mich.


Alumni night is Saturday, November 16, and the performance is at 7 p.m. Come out and see your fellow ND thespians. For all show times, visit Tickets are available at the door and are $12.
Alumni Art Show 2014
Opening Night Reception on Thursday, January 30, 2014
Show runs January 30 - February 6, 2014


The 2014 Alumni Art Show will run January 30 to February 6 (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) in the main lobby of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. An opening night reception will be held on Thursday, January 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. Wine, punch and appetizers will be served. Cost is free. RSVP by January 27, email Please indicate your name, class year, and number of guests. All ages welcome.


Calling all alumni artists: painters, illustrators, sculptors, potters, photographers and graphic designers!
To display and/or sell your artwork in the 2014 Alumni Art Show, send in or drop off your artwork along with submission form(s) before January 17. Alums away at college or out-of-towners, bring your artwork home with you over the Christmas holiday and drop it off at the school. Download the printable form at To arrange a time for drop-off, call the advancement office at 248-373-2171 ext. 3. There is no fee to participate in the art show.
Homecoming celebration enjoyed by more than 350 alums, guests 


On Friday, September 27, more than 350 alums and guests joined Notre Dame Prep students, parents and fans for a momentous Homecoming, commemorating the 20-year anniversary of Notre Dame Prep, the 60-year anniversary of Notre Dame High School and the 45-year anniversary of Pontiac Catholic. 


At halftime, two key members of NDP's varsity football team were crowned Homecoming king and queen, senior placekicker Taylor Timko and senior linebacker Aidan Cullen. The Irish fought the very tough Detroit Loyola Bulldog team during the homecoming game, but came up short, losing 36-29 in the CHSL divisional matchup. The Irish are currently 6-2. 


Below, the short video with a very unique perspective, has been edited together showing the exciting early moments of Notre Dame Prep's homecoming game on September 27.  

Notre Dame Prep Homecoming 2013 | Aerial Imagery Works
Notre Dame Prep Homecoming 2013
Aerial Imagery Works


A Grand Time had by all at Notre Dame's Grand Anniversary!

A weekend of celebration ended Sunday evening as the caterer tucked away the last of the table linens for his next event. But it might be hard for his next event to top what happened at Notre Dame during the two days of its big "Grand Anniversary Celebration." NDPMA's head of school Fr. Leon Olszamowski '65 (NDHS)'s vision for a "grand" celebration of a number of milestones came to life October 19-20 on Notre Dame's Pontiac campus after much planning, hard work and accommodating weather. 


Two days of celebration kicked off on Saturday night with an all-alumni spaghetti dinner-dance, featuring a catered meal and music supplied by NDHS graduates Gerry Mattei '73 and Gary Ferro '76 and other members of their blues-rock band, "The Real Deal."  Then on Sunday, Frs. Joe Hindelang '68 (NDHS) and Jim Strasz '70 (NDHS) concelebrated a Mass in the school gymnasium, which was followed by a pig roast celebration and open house. Notre Dame's "Grand Anniversary Celebration" featured a number of activities for children, including balloon "sculpturing" by two clowns and face painting by NDP art students. 


Freshly made caramel corn, fresh-squeezed lemonade and apple cider were available on Sunday. Hundreds of alumni, parents, children and staff enjoyed food, drink, music and a general good vibe on the grounds of a school that continues to flourish and grow.


At left: NDP Jazz Band performs in one of three tents at ND's Grand Anniversary Celebration. 


The event celebrated five different important milestones in the history of Notre Dame: the 150-year anniversary of the Marist Fathers Apostolate in the United States; the 60-year anniversary of Notre Dame High School; the 45-year anniversary of Pontiac/Oakland Catholic; the 20-year anniversary of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy; and the 10-year anniversary of Notre Dame Marist Academy - Lower Division.


"Today is a day of fulfilled mystery and great joy to many, including our loving God," Olszamowski said on Sunday. "Please enjoy our Marist hospitality. We thank you all for your wonderful support of this great Catholic school founded in honor of Our Lady 20 years ago." Full Story

Jeremy Winkler '02 (NDP) is mad about science

Aspirin and a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) have long been prescribed by doctors as a way to reduce inflammation in the body, inflammation that also can exacerbate heart disease, lung and kidney disease, as well as arthritis, cancer, and other ailments. But exactly why aspirin and fish oil do this has been a big mystery in the medical and scientific community. Until now.

Notre Dame Prep graduate Jeremy Winkler '02, along with a team of fellow scientists, recently completed research that goes a long way in explaining this phenomenon. It's research, he says, on which he spent pretty much the last quarter of his still-young life.

"I spent more than half of my 20s trying to make this molecule," Winkler says. "It wasn't easy, but it's finally finished!" 

Full Story

From Cola to Cruisin'

The Fall 2013 issue of IRISH included many articles on graduates of Notre Dame High School, including the story below about a 1970 NDHS alumnus who has taken a business from his garage to a new 80,000 square-foot building in Sterling Heights. 

Full Story

NDP alums (and sisters) square off in CYO Volleyball match

Two Notre Dame Prep alums coached their CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) varsity volleyball teams against one another on Sunday. September 29, at Notre Dame Prep.

Danielle Coldren '05 teaches and coaches the varsity (7/8) volleyball team at Our Lady of Refuge grade school in Orchard Lake and sister Molly '08, who teaches at Notre Dame's lower division, coaches the ND Marist 7th- and 8th-grade team. Both sisters were standout athletes at Notre Dame Prep, with Molly helping the Irish earn the 2007 state championship in volleyball. Their older sister Julie, who graduated from NDP in 2003, teaches school at 
St. Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

On Sunday, September 29, Danielle avenged an earlier loss to Molly, with OLOR defeating NDMA in three sets. They are now 1-1 in the intra-family record book.


NDP alums and sisters Molly, left, and Danielle both coach varsity CYO volleyball. Their teams met Sunday. September 29, at Notre Dame Prep. Also pictured is longtime volleyball official Owen Nakamaura. 

Notre Dame Opens Its House - Sunday, October 27


Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
(Grades Jr.-Kindergarten through 12)
Now with all classes on one campus in Pontiac.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

* Only Catholic school in the state with the International Baccalaureate curriculum
* Named one of the nation's Top 50 Catholic schools four times since 2005
* 2013 graduates:
    - $16.8 million in scholarship money; averaging over $88,000 per graduate
    - 27.0 average on the ACT
    - 38 students with 30+ on the ACT
* 50+ music, theatre and visual-arts opportunities
* 200+ athletic championships
* CYO- and CHSL-member school
* Michigan's only Exemplary Athletic Program (2010)
For more information: 

Super Raffle Grand Prize Winner picks up $50,000 check


The 2013 Super Raffle culminated October 5 in the drawing of four prize winners: $50,000, $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000. On Friday, October 11, grand-prize winner Keith Burke, a current NDPMA parent and Rochester Hills resident, picked up his check for $50,000 at the school's Pontiac campus.


Notre Dame's Vice President for Advancement Andy Guest '84 (NDHS) says the annual Super Raffle is a big fundraiser for the school. "More than $350,000 was raised this year for Notre Dame," he says, "And the proceeds will go toward financial aid, technology upgrades and other classroom enhancements." 
Notre Dame takes possession of 3D printer


This month Notre Dame took possession of a new 3D printer, which has been installed in Katrina Palushaj's ND Prep CAD classroom. The MakerBot Replicator 2X will be able 

to print many of the designs Palushaj's students are coming up with, including parts for miniature robots, wheels and machine gears. 


Worldwide shipments of 3D desktop printers (those priced less than $100,000) will grow 49% in 2013 to reach a total of 56,507 units, according to a recent study by technology research and analyst firm Gartner. The printer's cost to Notre Dame came in under $3,000.
3D printing is already well established today in industries ranging from automotive manufacturing to consumer goods to the military, as well as the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Notre Dame administration officials say that it just makes sense to get students familiar with the technology, especially since many of today's high school students eventually will be working with 3D technology during their careers.
Middle Division students stage a "pink out" 


To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Notre Dame's middle division held a Pink Out day on Thursday, October 10. Students and staff wore pink clothing and they handed out pink ribbons to everyone who entered the school. 


"The kids were invited to honor a survivor or remember a loved one by tracing their hands and writing the name of the family member or friend on a colorful banner," Brenda Kambakhsh, the middle division's International Baccalaureate coordinator, said. "An honor tree was placed outside the school's chapel where the Notre Dame community was invited to add the name of their own loved ones to a pink ribbon and place it on the tree."


Donations also were accepted for The Pink Fund, a non-profit organization providing short term non-medical assistance to breast cancer patients in active treatment. For more information see
iPads in full use at Lower Division


Notre Dame took another big step in its plan to make digital devices in the classroom as ubiquitous as desks. Students at the school's lower division went "totally iPad" in late September as second through fifth graders took possession of their own Apple iPads. 


According to Joanne Widmaier, NDPMA's registrar and academic technology coordinator, access to tablets are now available to all lower division teachers and students. "Besides the 1:1 deployment for grades 2 through 5, we have two carts of thirty Apple iPads for junior-kindergarten and first-grade students with two Apple MacBooks, one for each of the carts," she said. "The MacBooks are used to configure iPads and create iBooks." 
Going forward, the plans for the middle and upper divisions may go in a different direction than iPads, Widmaier said. Notre Dame's Educational Technology Team (ETT), a group of teachers and staff charged with bringing the school into the digital world, has been comparing tablet devices and currently are leaning toward a Windows 8-based hybrid tablet/PC with a rollout schedule in the works. Full Story
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

List of  upcoming class reunions:


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 1959, 55-year

55-Year Reunion Planning Committee in formation for a 2014 reunion event. Volunteers needed to join the committee. Please contact Ron Kolito at  


NDHS Class of 1964, 50-year

50-year reunion planning committee in formation - volunteers needed! Please contact Paul Perse at if you are interested in helping.


NDHS Class of 1965, 50-year

50-Year Reunion being planned for 2015. Details TBA. The committee is looking to update e-mail addresses and contact information. Reunion Committee: Dennis Berger,, (909) 223-4483; Fr. Leon Olszamowski,

NDHS 1983, 30-year

30-year reunion on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at The Rochester Mills Beer Co., downtown Rochester, MI. Invitations have been mailed. 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 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. The committee asks that all classmates RSVP with payment ASAP, deadline is November 15. Reunion contacts: John Putnam,; Bridget Maher,; Aaron Bozicevich,; Erin O'Brien,; Cindy Kraus,; Kristi Lewandowski,; and Nick Giacona,
NDP Class of 2008, 5-year

5-Year reunion scheduled for Friday, November 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Rochester Mills Beer Co., downtown Rochester, Michigan. Check for updates at contacts: Shannon Bartlett,; Katie Berlin, 


2014 Reunions -  Seeking class volunteers to plan the following reunions: 

NDP Class of 1999, 15-year

NDP Class of 2004, 10-year

NDP Class of 2009, 5-year

NDHS Class of 1959, 55-year

NDHS Class of 1964, 50-year

NDHS Class of 1969, 45-year

NDHS Class of 1974, 40-year

NDHS Class of 1979, 35-year

NDHS Class of 1984, 30-year

NDHS Class of 1994, 20-year

NDHS Class of 1999, 15-year

NDHS Class of 2004, 10-year

PC/OC all class years ending in 4 and 9. 

Contact the alumni office at


For a complete list of reunions and event details, visit

We pray for those who have died:    
No deaths have been reported to the alumni office in the past month. 
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).

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). 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!      



25 - NDP Football Game at former ND Harper Woods field

26 - Catholic League Prep Bowl, honoring NDHS 1963 Soup Bowl Champions

27 - Open House at NDPMA, all divisions     



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

16 - Alumni Night at the Theatre - Sound of Music