Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
February 2018
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It is an exciting time here on campus! The March on to Victory Campaign has raised nearly $5.5 million and the new 26,000 square foot expansion is set to open in the fall of 2018. If you haven't already, check out our website for all the details about the expansion.  

Hoping for a class reunion this year? Be sure to click on the reunion link in this email. If you do not see a reunion on the list for your class and would like to get something going, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. I would love to help you! I can provide you with contact information for your classmates and a small budget to get things going. We have had some wonderful reunions this past fall.

The next edition of IRISH magazine will be out soon! Please click here to send in an update! We love to hear about what is going on in your life. 

Beth Campbell
Director of Alumni Relations

Upcoming Events

Notre Dame Prep Fashion Show
March 15, 6 p.m. at Petruzzello's Banquet and Conference Center

Spring Play-
Tony n Tina's Wedding
April 19-21st 7:00 P.M. 
Tickets  at
Notre Dame Prep's 1st ever dinner theatre

Tony n' Tina's Wedding is a one-of-a-kind night of entertainment - an immersive comedy show staged as an evening of nuptials for two Italian-American families. It invites the audience to actively participate in all festivities: everyone is a welcome guest at the ceremony and reception, there's real food, real dance, and real mingling with the cast of lovable characters.


Interested in coaching at NDP? We are looking for a 
    • Assistant girls lacrosse coach
    • Middle school boys lacrosse coach
If you interested, please send your resume to Maureen Radulski at

When 2012 Notre Dame alum Micaela Colonna was growing up, the television at home was usually tuned in to NBC, including news shows and regular programming. She said that as soon as she was old enough to actually understand the concept of news, she knew she'd one day work in the business. Now, nearly six years after graduating from Notre Dame Prep and then getting a degree in journalism from Michigan State University, she is in fact working in the news business - for NBC, no less - and specifically on the network's TODAY Show.

"My family was an NBC family, and I grew up watching TODAY every morning during breakfast and NBC Nightly News every evening during dinner," she said. "So needless to say, it feels like an absolute dream to be in the position I'm in now, working right alongside the correspondents that I've admired for so many years."

As a researcher for TODAY working in NBC's Washington, DC, office, among Colonna's daily assignments is to assist on spots (segments) that air on the show each morning. She is responsible for gathering elements and helping to create a comprehensive research packet consisting of all the material that the NBC  correspondent and producer will need to write and edit the spot. The spots could be politically based, including the White House, Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, the State Department, etc., or they could consist of anything else non-DC related, just depending on the day. 

To read more of the story, click here.

When 2004 Notre Dame grad Paul Bonenberger got to Michigan State University as a freshman, he wasn't quite sure what he would major in although he knew it would be business-related. He also didn't know then that his interest in business would ultimately lead him to a successful career in global manufacturing and operations management as well as a second career as a business owner.

"I was undecided for my freshman year and focused on entering the Broad College of Business at MSU while I decided on a specialization," said Bonenberger, currently working in risk management at General Motors, while maintaining his own company,  M1 Craft Co., which specializes in made-to-order home fixtures, tables, shelving, lighting fixtures and wall art.

Bonenberger got bit by the global supply-management bug when, as a student at MSU, he spent a summer abroad in Rome, Italy, participating in a program focusing on global interdependence. 

"Following that experience and my general interest in global business, I chose to focus on supply-chain and operations management, which eventually led to a bachelor's degree in supply-chain management," he said. Bonenberger then went on to receive an Oakland University MBA, which focused on operations management and entrepreneurship.

To read more of Bonenberger's story, click here.

Bob Hindelang is an attorney living and working in the Grosse Pointe area, not far from where he attended and graduated high school at Notre Dame (1964). He works primarily on business law, including forming new business entities and all of the related work, which could involve the purchase of buildings or factories, international purchases of machinery or products, the related banking and U. S. Customs entry work, and income tax preparation and filings.

Lots of complicated projects on his resume and radar, for sure.

But one that he likes to talk about fairly often involved one of Detroit's Big 3 automakers and the 
"Chicken Tax." Yes, the Chicken Tax.

"In my dealings with U. S. Customs, I have worked on a number of issues, all of which have reinforced the proposition that if a company or corporation plans in advance, it can save money and make its imported product more competitive in the U.S.," said Hindelang, who is the older brother of NDP principal Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m., a 1968 NDHS graduate. 

"Years ago, one of the Big 3 was involved with an interesting import involving the "Chicken Tax" under which vans imported into the U. S. as passenger vans were subject to a 5-percent rate of duty, but if vans were imported as cargo vans, the duty rate was 25 percent rate."

To read more on Hindelang's story, click here.


On an advanced tour of the interior of the new science, art and technology wing today, school corporate president Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., got a chance to view the new concrete flooring as it was being poured. 

His main mission on the tour, however, was to strategically place a number of religious and saints' medals into the still-wet cement to help ensure the facility will carry the proper blessings.

According to Olszamowski, among the medals "buried" today were those of St. Michael, St. Pio, St. Peter, St. Teresa of Calcutta, the Holy Family and one for the Guardian Angel.

The new wing has been sealed from the outside weather with temporary windows and is now heated to facilitate the build-out of all of the interior features, walls and floors.

To read more about the MOTV Campaign, click  here. 

On Saturday, Feb. 17, eight teams from Notre Dame's VEX middle- and high-school robotics activities did great work at the Michigan East Regional Championship at Monroe County Community College in Monroe, Mich., according to one of the teams' mentors, Jerry Palardy.

"Overall they did outstanding, but it wasn't easy," Palardy said. "There were many unexpected technical issues and disappointing match results along the way, but in the end, we prevailed with six teams advancing to the Michigan State Championship next Sunday at the Jenison Field House in East Lansing."

The high point of the day Saturday for Notre Dame's middle school was during the final playoffs when the All Bees Alliance knocked off the favored #1 Alliance, advancing them to the finals thereby qualifying three of ND Marist teams for the states finals.  

On the high school side, team 33T, called He Who Shall Not Be Named, finished ranked in third and also won the Skills Champion Award.
"Not every team from Notre Dame won, but everyone had fun, while at the same time learning about robots, teamwork, planning, perseverance, sportsmanship, and other important life skills," said Palardy, who also noted that NDPMA was awarded "volunteer of the year" at the event for helping organize the competition and for providing fields and the emcee.

To read more of the story, click here.

What some of our students are saying about Notre Dame is due in no small part to the help the school gets from its SPCS members.

The St. Peter Chanel Society (SPCS) is comprised of leadership donors making annual gifts of $1,000 or more to The Notre Dame Fund. Through their annual contributions, members provide the school with the resources necessary to fulfill our mission to form Christian people, upright citizens and academic scholars.
Members of the SPCS include parents, alumni parents, alumni, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff. To get an idea of how NDPMA and those SPCS donors are making a difference in the lives of our students, we asked!

Click here, to read some of the messages from Notre Dame's middle and upper divisions, all serving as powerful reminders of the impact NDPMA and its SPCS members are having on the daily lives of every student, every day. More on the St. Peter Chanel Society is  here.


Student-artists from Notre Dame earned 50 awards in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition for the Southeastern Michigan region, beating last year's 45 awards, which was a huge increase from the 2016 school record of 27 awards.

According to Sandy LewAllen, Notre Dame's art chair, earning 50 awards tops the number of awards ever won at Notre Dame Prep and is one of the largest groups from any school in the region, including very large public schools, including Stoney Creek and Novi. 

"I couldn't be any more proud of all of our art students and their efforts," she said.

The awards include 20 Gold Keys, 14 Silver Keys, 16 Honorable Mentions and one Gold Key Portfolio.
LewAllen also noted that one of the award winners, senior Thomas Fazio, earned the competition's American Vision Award, which means his art was chosen as the "Best of Show" from all of the artwork entered in this year's Southeastern Michigan regional competition. 

"Each regional program across the country selects the five most outstanding works of art from their Gold Key recipients," said LewAllen, who also was tabbed to receive Scholastic's regional Inspiring High School Teacher Award. "Thomas will be among the five young artists to represent the region on the national level as American Vision nominees. A national panel will then select one of the nominated works from each region as the American Vision Award Recipient for 2018."

Notre Dame senior Destiney Sandle received a special "Scholastic Gold Key Portfolio" award in the region.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation's largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.

To read more on this story, click

In celebration of World Marriage Day, which was celebrated Sunday, Feb. 11, and Valentine's Day, Notre Dame director of choirs David Fazzini has released an original song (and video) called "Have Faith in Us," an homage to the joy and beauty of marriage. The video features 14 couples, seven of whom are associated with Notre Dame as either alumni parents or current teaching staff - or both. 

"I thought the song had something powerful to say about the institution of marriage and I wanted a way to release the song on YouTube, so I started brainstorming for video ideas," said Fazzini, who also appears in the video. 
"We invited couples to a professional photo shoot and then juxtaposed the studio shots with photos from each couple's wedding album. I think the result is something special." 

To read more on this story, click here.
For more Notre Dame news,  click here.
For a 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. 

Kenneth Barr - Father of James '82 (NDHS) Keith '87 (NDHS), father-in-law of Joseph Palleschi '84 (NDHS), uncle of Tim '81 (NDHS), Tom '83 (NDHS) and Todd  '88 (NDHS) 12-31-17
Merrie Ruzzin - Mother of Mark '80 (NDHS) and Gregory '82 (NDHS) 12-28-17
Edward Quirk - Father of Dave '83 (NDHS) , Larry '85 (NDHS) and John '88 (NDHS) 12-27-17
Tim Smith- Father of Hayden '11 (NDP) 1-16-18
Zenaida V. Capulong - Mother of Wilfred '87 (NDHS), Winston '93 (NDHS) and Walter '98 (NDHS) 1-16-18
Michael Drobnicki- Brother of David '76 (NDHS) 1-16-18
Robert Barnes- '68 (NDHS), Brother of David '71 (NDHS) 1-25-18

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