Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
April 2014 
In This Issue
Big Band Dinner Dance
Golf Outing
Sarah Burns '07 (NDP)
Chris Holsbeke '82 (NDHS) and Chris Holsbeke II '11 (NDP)
Alumni Hall of Famers
NDP Musicians
ND Annual Fund
New Football Coach
NDP Robotics
2014 Students Sign to Play College sports
NDP Teacher Michael Carman
World Marist Leader Fr. John Hannan
Class Reunions
Prayers for Alumni
Event Calendar
Quick Links

Dear , 


Happy Easter to all of our alumni and Notre Dame family members! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday last week.


Spring is in the air and our alumni association is on the move this month. Keep an eye out for news on our annual alumni Tigers outing happening on Tuesday, July 8. Also, an alumni Traveling Irish dinner to take place in June at the Stray Cat Lounge in Clinton Township.


We have some great events coming up in the next several weeks. Don't forgot the NDP Big Band Dinner Dance on Friday, May 16, and the 18th Annual NDP Golf Outing on Friday, June 2. It would be great to see you at these events. 


If you have any questions or alumni news or updates, please feel free to contact me at I would love to hear from you.  



Irish Blessings! 


Karen Guest

Interim Director of Alumni Relations


Big Band Dinner Dance
Friday, May 16
All alumni, family, and friends are invited to the 14th annual NDP Big Band Dinner Dance, featuring performances from the Notre Dame school bands and alumni jazz band.


Friday, May 16
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


The Lafayette Grande
One Lafayette
Pontiac, Michigan 48342


Tickets $35/person
Limited Seating
Cash Bar


Ticket order deadline is May 2.
Tickets will not be sold at the door. 

Flyer and ticket order form here.


Please contact Andrea Moriguchi at 248-475-1957 for more information.

18th annual golf outing
Friday, June 2 
Alumni and friends are invited to join us for Notre Dame's annual golf outing on Friday, June 2, 2014, 1:00 p.m. start. The outing will be held at the Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills, Mich. Mark your calendar for this fun alumni event. 
For more information and to register, click here. 
4th annual Notre Dame alumni Tiger baseball outing
Tuesday, July 8, at 7:08 p.m.
Mark your calendar for this fun alumni event. 
Detroit Tigers will be playing the L.A. Dodgers!
More information and pricing will be available soon.

Giving page set up for injured NDP alum, William Skwarczewski '03 

Bill Skwarczewski '03 (NDP) was injured in a pedestrian/automobile accident around midnight on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Macomb Township. Bill was crossing the street at 21 Mile and Garfield when he was struck by an automobile. He was admitted to Henry Ford Hospital in Macomb Township in extremely critical condition.


Bill's family is asking for your prayers.  


A group of Bill's friends has set up a giving page to help with his hospital bills. They are hoping to raise $5000.00 


To read about Bill's recovery progress or if you would like to help the family out by giving toward Bill's medical bills, click here 


2nd annual Bill Jennison '03 (NDHS) fundraiser  

Notre Dame High School alum, Bill Jennison '03 (NDHS), passed away suddenly on March 26, 2012. In his memory, a fundraiser is being held on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at St. Isaac Jogues Church hall in St. Clair Shores. 


There will be 50-50 raffles, prize raffles, silent auction, live auction, music, food and good times. 


For more information on this event, click here 


If you have any questions regarding the event or would like to make a donation toward the event, please contact Lee Dyer '03 (NDHS) at


Sarah Burns '07 (NDP) U.S. Marine to run in the NYC marathon for charity
Sarah Burns '07 (NDP), runs along the Buddy Phillips bridge in Jacksonville, North Carolina, while training to run the NYC Marathon in November. 

Sarah Burns '07 (NDP), who graduated from the United States Navel Academy in 2008, is a marine stationed at New River Air Station in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Running has always been a big part of Sarah's life. She completed seven marathons. On November 2, she will be participating in the NYC marathon and this time she will be running for charity to benefit the United Service Organization.  USO takes care of the marines at Camp Leatherneck and Camp Pendleton, Okinawa, and all over the world.


Her previous marathons have included the Marine Corps Marathon, which she has run twice; the Boston Marathon which she's run three times; a marathon in Harrisburg, Penn., and the Sun Trust Marathon in D.C..


To see Sarah's complete story or to donate to her cause, click here.

Chris Holsbeke '82 (NDHS) and Chris Holsbeke II '11(NDP) restore a New Haven historic landmark

Chris Holsbeke '82 (NDHS), on the right, owner of Holsbeke Construction of Mount Clemens and his son Chris Holsbeke II '11 (NDP), plan on restoring the New Haven Farmers Elevator. Holsbeke Construction purchased the 2 -acre site with plans to open a second office location and preserve the historic landmark Purina silos.


To read the complete Macomb Daily feature, click here.

Destiny Tolliver '10 (NDP) and Doug Brown '70 (NDHS) to be inducted into the CHSL Hall of Fame 


Two former Notre Dame athletes and the school's booster club will be honored at this year's Detroit Catholic High School League (CHSL) Hall of Fame banquet on June 9. 


Destiny Tolliver '10 (Notre Dame Prep), a captain on the University of New Hamphire's volleyball team during her senior year, and Doug Brown '70 (NDHS), a former steeplechase Olympian who graduated from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods in 1970, will be inducted into the CHSL Hall of Fame. Tolliver is inducted because she is a graduating college senior athlete, and Brown will be inducted as an "alumni" athlete since he graduated from college before the CHSL began inducting college seniors in 1976.


In addition, NDPMA's booster club will be honored as the league's Booster Club of the Year at the annual event. According to the CHSL, which consistently recognizes the importance of parent boosters to its league-member schools, Notre Dame Prep's booster club was "commended for supporting your school and the Notre Dame Preparatory School athletic community. The sound athletic program and the solid education that is your trademark are due in part to your organization's active role and commitment to growth. 


To see Tolliver and Brown's photos and story, click here.

Notre Dame musicians get big scores at festival 



Congratulations to the Notre Dame students who participated in the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association (MSBOA) district 4 festival on March 15. The Notre Dame Prep Symphony Band (top photo) received all first-division ratings and the Notre Dame Marist Advanced Band received all second-division ratings. 


NDPMA band director Joe Martin said he was very proud of their performance and accomplishments. "It was a pleasure conducting them. Also, it meant a lot to see so many parents there supporting the bands," Martin said. "We are truly blessed!"




Notre Dame Annual Fund- Every Gift Matters  


The 2014 annual fund is in the home stretch. Each year, the school asks alumni, parents, and friends of the school to make an annual gift to help the school remain healthy, innovative, and accessible.


For more information about the annual fund and its importance, please watch the following message from Gregory Simon '89 (NDHS) -


NDP names new head football coach  


Pontiac Notre Dame Preparatory School announced that it has hired Patrick Fox as head varsity football coach. Fox replaces Kyle Zimmerman who has taken the top football position at Davison High School.


With more than 30 years of coaching experience, Fox comes to Notre Dame from Milford High School in Highland, Mich., where he served as head coach from 2000 to 2007 and then from 2011 through last season.
To see complete story, click here.


NDP's robotics team wins state championship 
On Saturday, April 12, the NDP Killer Bees put together a great weekend of robotics match play and earned the state championship of the (FIRST) For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology competition held at Eastern Michigan University. It's the second time in four years (2011) that the Bees earned the state championship.


To see the complete story, click here.
Eight NDP student-athletes sign to play at university level 
From right to left, Brad Wong '14 (NDP), Alejandra Gomez '14 (NDP), Nick Swanson '14 (NDP), Aidan Cullen '14 (NDP), Max Schwegman '14 (NDP), Dani McCormick '14 (NDP), James Durkinm '14 (NDP) and Victoria Bayliss '14 (NDP)
In a busy ceremony held Wednesday, April 16, at Notre Dame Prep in front of a cafeteria full of their peers, eight seniors signed to play college athletics. Congratulations to all! 
To read about the students and their college plans, click here.
NDP teacher chosen for NEH scholar workshop  


Michael Carman, a social studies teacher at Notre Dame Preparatory School, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a nation-wide applicant pool. As a result, he will attend one of seventeen NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops. The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.

Carman will participate in a workshop entitled "America's Industrial Revolution," which is a one-week program to be held this summer at The Henry Ford in Dearborn and is directed by Paula Gangopadhyay.
To see Michael's complete story, click  here.


NDP sophomores help with 'Buckets of Rain'
Notre Dame sophomores were in Detroit Monday, April 14, to help Buckets of Rain, a charity organization dedicated to growing produce to feed the homeless and hungry.
Sophomores from Notre Dame Prep began their retreat the week of April 14 in Detroit as they helped start an urban garden for Buckets of Rain, a Leelanau County, Mich.-based charity that installs and maintains urban gardens in Detroit, Flint and Guatemala. The vegetables grown in the Detroit gardens will benefit the Detroit Rescue Mission's homeless shelters and kitchens. 
In addition to the Detroit Rescue Mission, Buckets of Rain benefits Cass Community Social Services and Urban in Detroit. 
World Marist leader celebrates Feast of the Annunciation at Notre Dame
General Superior Fr. John Hannan, s.m., center, celebrates Mass March 25 with Notre Dame Prep principal Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m., left, and Notre Dame pastoral minister Fr. Jim Strasz, s.m. Hannan is on a tour of Marist ministries in the U.S.


On the feast of the Annunciation of Mary, which marks the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he told her that she would be the mother of Jesus, Fr. John Hannan, s.m., the general superior of the Society of Mary (Marists), concelebrated Mass for the faculty and staff of Notre Dame.


Hannan heads the worldwide congregation of Marists and is currently touring their ministries throughout the U.S. A native of Ireland, he currently lives in Rome, where he serves in his ministry of responsibility and care for the whole Society and for each of its members. He said in 2010 after he was installed as the Marists 13th superior general that his key tasks are "seeing the Society grow and develop and ensure that it is governed effectively and wisely led."


Hannan professed as a Marist in 1963 and was ordained a priest in 1968. He was twice named provincial superior of Ireland's Marists and also served as provincial superior of the combined European province.

Fr. Strasz, left, shares a selfie with Fr. Hannan after Mass.

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 Class of 1974, 40-year

40-Year Reunion Planning Committee in formation for a 2014 reunion event. Volunteers needed to join the committee. Reunion to be held possibly at Notre Dame Prep. Please contact Carlo Vitale at  

NDHS Class of 1984, 30-year

Reunion to be held in Fall 2014 is in the early planning stages. Reunion committee contacts: Todd Grzelewski, tsg663@aol.comPaul Gaynor,; and Andy Guest,  


NDHS Class of 1986, 30-year

Will be planning a 30-year reunion for 2016. Reunion Committee: John Kaminski jkaminski1700@yahoo.comH: (612) 822-4759 C: (952) 261-5546; Dan O'Brien (248) 840-8391; Paul Arnone; Stephen Schultz; Jonathan Zaidan


NDHS Class of 1989, 25-year 

Reunion is on Saturday May 17, 2014 at Park Bar in downtown Detroit. If you haven't received an invitation yet please contact Gregory Simon directly at


NDP Class of 2009, 5-year

5-year reunion will be planned for 2014. Date and location will be determined by end of April. Class captain contacts are: Alayna Lekosiotis,; Victoria Thompson, and Sarah Yahrmatter, 


St. Frederick All School Reunion - New Date!

Sunday, September 14, 2014. Memorial Mass will be on Sunday at 11 am at St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church. Luncheon will be at 1:00 pm at the Santia Banquet Center, 1985 Cass Lake Road, Keego Harbor, MI. More details will follow in the upcoming months. 


St. Michael, 25th Annual All School Reunion 

Sunday, September 21, 2014. Mass and reception will be held at Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy. Details TBA.

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

NDP Class of 1999, 15-year

NDP Class of 2004, 10-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 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:       

Lisa Bartoy,  wife of Michael, former NDHS head golf coach and assistant hockey coach, mother of Jonathan Bartoy '01 (NDHS), sister of Mark Calcaterra '68 (NDHS), and Matthew Calcaterra '76 (NDHS), aunt of Zachary Goldasich '14 (NDP). 1-19-14 
Roger Thompson Sr., father of NDP teacher Joanne Beauchamp, grandfather of Abigail Beauchamp '07 (NDP) and Emily Beauchamp '09 (NDP). 3-6-14
Charles McEvoy '62 (NDHS), brother of Thomas McEvoy '59 (NDHS) and the late Timothy McEvoy '64 (NDHS). 3-12-14.  
Paul Rybicki, former teacher at NDHS. 3-17-14 
Jacob Dib '96 (NDHS), brother of Michael Dib '88 (NDHS). 3-28-14
Aldo Colandrea '70 (NDHS). 4-17-14
We pray for the sick:    


William Skwarczewski '03 (NDP) pray for Bill as he recovers from multiple injuries that he sustained in a pedestrian automobile related accident on March 4, 2014 in Macomb, Michigan.


Christopher Havrilla '97 (NDHS), earlier this year underwent an emergency donor cornea transplant for a work-related accident in the Coast Guard. Christopher's donor cornea was rejected and he will be undergoing another surgery after the holidays. The Havrilla family appreciates your continued prayers for Chris to regain sight in his right eye. 


Lawrence Potwardowski '74 (NDHS), brother of Jim Potwardowski '76 (NDHS), Ron Potwardowski '78 (NDHS) and Michael Potwardowski '82 (NDHS) who underwent quadruple bypass heart surgery on October 28. 

Barbara Boiteau, sister of Frank Roche '67 (NDHS).

Dorothy Hier,
mother of Ronald Hier '66 (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, 14-year-old son of Joe Caretti '84 (NDHS) and Lisa Caretti (Regina HS). The family asks for your prayers so that Joey continues to feel better each day and remains cancer-free. 


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!      




28 - All School Liturgy, 9 am in gymnasium - St. Peter Chanel Feast Day  



16 - Big Band Dinner Dance at LaFayette Grand, Pontiac, MI  


2 - 18th Annual Golf Outing at Wyndgate County Club in Rochester Hills

TBA- Alumni Traveling Irish Dinner at the Stray Cat Lounge, Clinton Township 



8 - Alumni Tiger Outing