Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
June 2018
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What an amazing amount of love and support for our 3rd annual #BevsDay4MarysWay! Together we raised $14,000 towards scholarships and financial aid!  Beverly Williams taught at Notre Dame from 1999 until her untimely passing in 2009. She was loved by faculty and staff, parents and students for her energy, compassion, generosity and infectious sense of humor. To read more on Bev's Day, click here.
In April, we honored all of our championship softball and baseball teams at the Bless the Bats event! More than 40 alumni were in attendance as we blessed our new fields and remembered all of the accomplishments of both programs. To read more about the event, click here.

Please join the alumni board for refreshments and appetizers on June 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the upper division media center for a sneak peek of the new Arts, Science and Technology wing before it opens in the fall.   With more than $5.8 million raised, the March on to Victory campaign is well on its way to being our most successful project to date! Don't miss this chance to see the future of Notre Dame!

Please click  here to RSVP for this event. 

Don't forget to keep your current contact information updated in our database. So many things are happening on campus. Be sure you don't miss out.  Update here.

Have a wonderful summer!

Beth Campbell
Director of Alumni Relations

On May 20, we welcomed 195 graduates  into the alumni association.

To see more picture of the Class of 2018, click here.


1985 alum brings extensive coaching experience to the Fighting Irish program. 

Notre Dame Preparatory School announced that Tom Kocik is taking over its girls basketball program, effective immediately. Kocik becomes head coach of the Irish varsity team and will have overall responsibility for the entire girls program at the school. He replaces Kathleen Offer, who is stepping aside to concentrate on her role as dean of admissions at Notre Dame.

Kocik said he is excited about his new role at Notre Dame and looks forward to next season.

"As a coach, I recognize the responsibility that has been placed in my hands," he said. The development of the athlete both physically, mentally and spiritually is foremost my primary concern. I believe that just as being a Christian is a tremendous privilege, so is being an athlete."
Currently working as program director-SAP practice at VisionIT, a global software development company with headquarters in Detroit, Kocik most recently was head varsity girls basketball coach at Parkway Christian School in Sterling Heights, Mich., a position he's held since 2015. Prior to that, he was head coach of Parkway Christian's girls JV team and assistant coach for girls varsity.

Kocik, who is a 1985 alum of Pontiac Catholic High School, also coached a number of Parkway Christian boys basketball teams, including junior varsity and 7th- and 8th-grade. In addition, he was pastor and building manager for the Waterford Christian Association and served as pastor, principal, athletic director and coach at Mt. Zion Christian School in Waterford, Mich.

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


Notre Dame alum Brian Eisbrenner ('99), who is the president of Motor City Paint-Shelby Paint & Decorating, earlier this year finished up a rather novel process for naming paint, a typically daunting task given the literally millions of paint variations and names in the marketplace.

Eisbrenner conducted a contest in conjunction with the Detroit Historical Museum after he and his staff came up with 75 new colors based on a year-long study of many of the historical buildings, furniture, consumer products and cars that have helped define Detroit for many years.

"The contest was so awesome," said Eisbrenner, who took over the 40-plus-year-old company from his father in 2008. "We ultimately came up with 75 total authentic Detroit historical colors and 25 of them were named by the public."

He said it was interesting to hear all the different name ideas from people from all over the area. 

"It's wonderful to see what Detroit means to other people and it was difficult to narrow down the names," he added. "It was tough, but we picked the names that best describe each color and its Detroit link."
Winning paint names chosen for Motor City Paint's new line include White Stripes,  Corktown Celedon, Black Bottom Blue, Pale Pewabic and Belle Isle Blue, all coming from hundreds of entries sent in from around the state.

To read more of Eisbrenner s, click  here.  


On Sunday, May 27, 2018, Notre Dame Prep Principal Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m., will celebrated his 40th anniversary as a Marist priest. He joins fellow Marists serving at NDPMA, Fr. Leon Olszamowksi, s.m., (48) and Br. Louis Plourde, s.m., (50) with at least 40 years in the Society of Mary.

A faithful servant for many years to God, Mary, his fellow Marists and to the faculty, staff and students of Notre Dame, Hindelang shows no sign of slowing down.

Mary Jane Pasko, who has worked in the Notre Dame Prep front office with Hindelang since October of 2003, said the longtime principal is probably the most Marist, Christian, wise person she's ever met, with the possible exception of her own father. She helped organize a special celebration for Hindelang on Thursday.

"Sometimes a sensitive situation arises in the office that I consult with him on and he always has the perfect solution," Pasko said. "He is an absolute gem to work for!"
Ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1978, Hindelang is a 1968 alumnus of Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods. His four brothers also graduated from Notre Dame: Ron ('59), Tom ('61), Mike ('63) and Bob ('64). So for Fr. Joe, his Notre Dame and Marist roots go very deep.

BY the time he took over as principal of Notre Dame Prep in 2002, succeeding NDPMA founder Olszamowski, Hindelang's curriculum vitae already included a lengthy list of service to Catholic education and the Society of Mary.
Marist servant

In 1972, during his apostolic year as a seminarian, Hindelang taught religion and history at Bishop Grimes High School in Syracuse, New York, followed by a stint as a deacon at Holy Name parish in Detroit. 

I mmediately after his ordination, Hindelang became an associate at the parish of St. Joseph in Haverhill, Massachusetts, from 1978 to 1981 and soon thereafter was hired on at Notre Dame in Harper Woods to teach religion. In 1987, he was appointed vice principal at NDHS and superior of the Marist community on campus a year later, serving in that position until 1991.

From 1991 to 1998, Hindelang served as provincial of the Boston Province, Society of Mary, and in 1998, as chaplain to the Marist Brothers. He's also served as vicar-provincial for the Marists and is a member of the editorial board for "Today's Marist," a magazine published by the Marist Fathers and Brothers of the United States Province. When he first arrived on the Pontiac campus of Notre Dame Preparatory School in 1998, he joined the school's teaching staff, later becoming assistant principal until assuming the principal position in 2002.

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


By the time students at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy graduate from the upper school, they have a pretty good idea what the school's mission statement is all about.  The idea of service to others is one of the key components of the NDPMA mission, and it is so well-integrated into the activities of students that by the time they graduate, it has become second nature.

That is why we frequently run into alumni of the school who not only carry the NDPMA mission through college, they end up in actual careers that focus on serving and helping others in need.

Kathryn Woodstock, who graduated from NDP in 2007, is another great example of this phenomenon. She currently is chief development officer for the Methodist Children's Home Society, a not-for-profit agency that helps children who are in either the foster care or adoption systems and who have experienced traumatic child abuse or neglect.
She is absolutely convinced that Notre Dame Prep played a role in influencing her career path. 

"I remember that during our school volunteer hours, I worked as a Sunday school teacher at St. Andrew's in Rochester," she said. "I taught kindergartners and first graders about God's Word and felt so amazing and connected to the Word through those kids. I knew right there and then that I wanted my career to involve helping children."
Helping children was a major theme for Woodstock in college as well. She graduated from Grand Valley State University and majored in health professions and minored in business. During grad school at the University of Detroit Mercy in its health services administration program, she found her calling.

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


Photo by Jeff Cancelosi

During the mid-60s through to the late 70s, Detroit's Cass Corridor was the city's version of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury - home to a hodgepodge of counter-culture-types, progressive music, protest and politics along with a vibrant community of visual artists who managed to create what was Detroit's first major contemporary art movements: the Cass Corridor Movement.

One of those artists is Notre Dame alum Carlo Vitale, from the Class of 1974, who has been making a name for himself in the local and national art scenes for many years with his sometimes massive abstract pointillist compositions.

Born and raised in Detroit, he spent summers during his high school days and beyond working on a relative's farm in Michigan's thumb area. After graduating from Notre Dame High School, Vitale received his BFA and MFA degrees in painting from Wayne State University. 

He says that due in part to his time spent on the farm, his work has been influenced by agricultural themes along with the colorful imagery of his everyday life. 

"With my work, I try to generate the kinetic and optical effects that are conjured up from both my musical obsessions and the spirituality I find in the art process itself," he said.

Currently living in Macomb, Mich., where he maintains a studio (he also works out of a studio in Sandusky, Mich.), Vitale credits art classes at Notre Dame for helping to kick-start his more than four decades of success as a professional artist.

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


Notre Dame Preparatory School announced today that the athletic department has hired Mark McGreevy, a longtime religion teacher at Notre Dame's middle school, as its new head girls swimming and diving coach, effective immediately. McGreevy replaces Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, who has resigned to pursue other opportunities.

"We are very pleased that Mark has agreed to take over the girls program at Notre Dame," said Betty Wroubel, athletic director and assistant principal at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. "He is totally committed to the mission of NDPMA and has considerable experience with our swimming program."

McGreevy, who holds a bachelor's degree from U-D Mercy and a teaching certification from Oakland University, comes to this new position after nearly 40 years of coaching experience that began when he was an assistant swim coach at Harper Woods Notre Dame High School, his high school alma mater (1976). 

He currently is assistant boys swim coach at Notre Dame and has held that position since the team's inception in 2010-11. Since then, NDP's boys team has attained a state ranking as high as 8th. The team's first state meet appearance was in 2013 and the Irish have been there every year since. 

During the 1990s, McGreevy also developed several intramural sports programs for a number of local Catholic schools and parishes in multiple sports, including basketball, baseball and soccer. He's also a former soccer coach for Notre Dame Marist Academy and he's coached club soccer for the U-12 to U-17 age groups.

To read more about McGreevy check out this story from 2015, click here.


Frank Migliazzo, a 1969 graduate of Notre Dame High School who leads a Merril Lynch private banking and investment group in Troy, Mich., has been named one of the Financial Times "Top 400 Financial Advisors." Financial Times also named Migliazzo to its Top 400 Advisors list in 2015 and 2016. Eighty Merrill Lynch advisors were recognized this year, the most of any firm. 

This is the third time this year Migliazzo has received national recognition as one of America's top financial advisors. He also has been named to the 2018 Barron's "Top 1,200 Financial Advisors" list and 2018 Forbes "Best-in-State Wealth Advisors" list.
Migliazzo began his Merrill Lynch career in 1979. As the leader of MKG & Associates, he provides strategic direction and investment policy for the team and applies his knowledge, experience and judgment in crafting investment portfolios that anticipate and respond to varied market environments. In addition, Migliazzo is one of approximately 80 advisors nationally who are designated as Global Institutional Consultants at Merrill Lynch.
The formula the Financial Times uses to grade advisers is based on six broad factors and calculates a numeric score for each adviser. The factors are assets under management, AUM growth rates, years of experience, compliance record, industries certifications, and online accessibility. Assets under management accounted for an average of 70 percent of each adviser's score. AUM growth rate accounted for an average of 17 percent.

Migliazzo earned his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University and his M.B.A. from the University of Detroit. He is a certified financial planner, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. He also holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst® (CIMA®) designation sponsored by the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA) at the Wharton School.
Migliazzo serves on the board of the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan and the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House. 


Notre Dame alum Bill Hammers ('68) remembers May 19, 1972, as his "rebirth day." That's because it was the day he nearly lost his life in a very serious industrial accident only a month after graduating from Eastern Michigan University. It left him a quadriplegic. 

"I got a night-time summer job after college as a steel worker at Paragon Steel, located at Hoover and 8 Mile Rd.," Hammers recalled. "On my fourth night on the job, I was knocked off of a 12-foot-high stack of 40-foot-long beams. I landed in a sitting position, but my legs were impaled on two rebar and my head hit another stack of steel beams, cutting my scalp ear-to-ear and breaking my neck - causing instant paralysis below the collar bone, including my hands and half of each arm."

Two of the beams he'd been standing on - weighing about 2,500 lbs. total - then fell across his hips and cracked his pelvis. When the ambulance arrived, the EMTs didn't know how to pick him up because all the usual places on his body to lift were broken. 
"By then, I was going in an out of consciousness, so I don't know how they got me in the ambulance," said Hammers in an interview from his home in Arizona. "Neither the EMTs nor the ER doctors at Saratoga Hospital expected me to live more than a few hours."

He calls that fateful day in 1972 his "re-birth day" because it sent him off on a new life journey that included master's degrees from Arizona State University, Berklee College of Music and Oakland University, a Ph.D track in learning and instructional technology from ASU, and a hugely successful career as an educator and businessman. If that's not enough, he's also an amateur pilot.

Two of the beams he'd been standing on - weighing about 2,500 lbs. total - then fell across his hips and cracked his pelvis. When the ambulance arrived, the EMTs didn't know how to pick him up because all the usual places on his body to lift were broken. 
"By then, I was going in an out of consciousness, so I don't know how they got me in the ambulance," said Hammers in an interview from his home in Arizona. "Neither the EMTs nor the ER doctors at Saratoga Hospital expected me to live more than a few hours."

He calls that fateful day in 1972 his "re-birth day" because it sent him off on a new life journey that included master's degrees from Arizona State University, Berklee College of Music and Oakland University, a Ph.D track in learning and instructional technology from ASU, and a hugely successful career as an educator and businessman. If that's not enough, he's also an amateur pilot.

Where math met music

Hammers' success is undoubtedly due to talent and to perseverance in the face of unthinkable odds. But he also credits the intersection of math and music that he experienced in grade school at St. Raymond on Detroit's east side and which continued throughout his four years at Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods.

"I started playing in dance bands when I was 13, learning eight instruments over time," he said. "But, oddly enough, I never got to play in any of [Notre Dame band director] Larry Egan's bands because I couldn't sight-read music. I still can't. I can write out anything I hear but have made lead sheets from recordings so that songs and musical pieces could get copyrights, plus I've won a number of performance and composition contests in college. I also hold my own music copyrights, but I just can't read music - which is why I didn't pass the auditions for becoming a music major in college."

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


On Sunday, May 20, seniors in the 24th class to graduate from Notre Dame Preparatory School received their diplomas in a moving ceremony in the school's gymnasium. These 195 young men and women are heading out to college armed with arguably the finest all-around educational experience available in Michigan.

Now, as the school looks ahead to finishing this term for the rest of NDPMA students, administrators also are keeping a keen eye on the immediate future for the school as it nears its 25th graduating class. According to Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m., NDPMA corporate president and founder of the school, he and other school officials are considering a number of ways to help celebrate its 25-year milestone.

"I have several ideas for the 25th celebration, but Andy [Head of School Andy Guest] and others in our administration will need to review these as well," said Olszamowski, who will also be celebrating his 25th anniversary with NDPMA in 2019. "I'm hoping to have a big celebration to open the 25th year and then one to end it, perhaps. One in the fall and one in the late spring. I'm also hoping that such celebrations can also raise the status of the school in the minds of both our internal and external constituencies."

Olszamowski said that the school's new science, art and technology wing, which is slated for completion in August, is opening at a perfect time for such a celebration. Notre Dame broke ground for the $7 million-plus facility in June of last year.

The new building will consist of a one-story science, technology and arts wing that will be connected to the existing middle division and upper division wings. The wing will house science-laboratory facilities, collaborative-learning classrooms, a robotics lab, a specially designed greenhouse, and a fine arts studio.
But Olszamowski said the school is not hitting the brakes with its plans for the future.
The next 25 years

"We hope to be ready to announce our next capital campaign as we bring the anniversary year to a close," he said. "There are many projects on my wish list, including building a new a chapel, Ste. Chapelle de la Notre Dame de Victoire, using artifacts that include the stained-glass windows (most cast in 1900 in Munich, Germany, and some a little later in Chartres, France) and the Grand Casavant Concert Organ created in 1931 in St. Hyacinth, Quebec, which currently are at the recently closed Our Lady of Victories church in Boston. I have access to these items for free even though they have an estimated value of some $3 million in today's dollars."

Olszamowski also said the school needs to start a substantial endowment as part of any new capital campaign and he'd like to raise at least $2 million to support programmatic and staff requirements.

To read more of the story, click here.


One hundred ninety five seniors walked across the stage Sunday, May 20, and received their diplomas after four years at Notre Dame's upper school. Not only did Notre Dame Prep's 24th graduating class leave behind a beautiful campus, a very proud faculty and staff, and the state's  number-one Catholic high school , they are leaving behind a number of impressive statistics as a group.

According to figures released by Notre Dame Prep's counseling department, this year's class of graduating seniors earned more than $16 million to date in academic merit scholarships from colleges and universities (this number will go up as graduates continue to receive scholarship offers in the days and weeks ahead). That total amount of dollars works out to more than an $82,000 average for each member of the class.
In addition, the Class of 2018 averaged 26.9 on the ACT and includes 61 students who scored a 30 or above on the test. Also, Notre Dame's graduating seniors averaged 1346 on the SAT and will finish the year with an overall grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.76, matching the 2016 class average.

Twenty-two graduates fill out this year's valedictory court for the class, which also features 66 candidates for the prestigious International Baccalaureate diploma, a record for the school. In addition, many of the finest colleges and universities across the country have accepted graduates in the Class of 2018, including the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame and Cornell.

And finally, perhaps most important, each of this year's graduating seniors spent increasingly significant amounts of time on leadership-level projects as part of their service requirements - once again proving that besides turning out "academic scholars," Notre Dame continues to graduate "Christian people and upright citizens."


Destiney Sandle, who graduated from Notre Dame Prep on May 20, was given the Kirby R. Smith Art Award, which is presented annually to an NDP senior student-artist who exemplifies among many of the former art teacher's attributes his hard work and talent.
According to Sandy LewAllen, visual art teacher and chair of Notre Dame's art department, Sandle is the perfect fit for the award.

"When I think of Destiney, the first few words that come to mind are determination and creativity," LewAllen said. "She has exhibited an exemplar work ethic throughout her four years here at NDP and especially during her two years in IB Visual Art. She continually pushes herself and her boundaries to become the artist that she is today."

LewAllen said that while many think that art is mostly about natural talent, it's also at least equally about hard work. 

"Destiney possesses both talent and great-big doses of focus and hard work," she said. 
"I know she has a very bright future and I could not be more proud of her accomplishments and the person that she is."

Awards in New York

Now heading to Syracuse University in the fall to study architecture, Sandle leaves Notre Dame Prep with a portfolio full of awards and honors, the  Kirby Smith award only the most recent.

About a year ago, Sandle was chosen by the Canvas Pontiac program, which is sponsored by the Pontiac Downtown Business Association, as one of only 25 area artists to have their art reproduced and enlarged into eight-foot-by-10-foot canvases and placed around downtown Pontiac in 2017. 

She also was recognized as a regional and national  Scholastic Art Award winner this year, and during her four years at NDP, she's received an additional and impressive array of Scholastic awards, including three Regional Gold Keys, one Regional Gold Key Portfolio, one Regional Silver Key, two National Gold Medals, one National Gold Silver, and one National Silver Medal for her portfolio titled, "Everything in Me." In addition, Sandle and fellow 2018 grad Maria Mora will be traveling to New York City this summer to accept their National Gold Medal awards at Scholastic's annual awards event.

Among the other awards Sandle's earned at NDP are the President's Award for Educational Excellence, a Syracuse University Grant, an Architecture Portfolio Award and a Certificate of Excellence in Computer Science from Notre Dame Prep.

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

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We pray for those who have died:

Steve Wylie- Father of Caitlin '06 and husband of former teacher Sue. 6-4-18

Alyxandra Cornfield- Sister of Nick '03 (NDP) 5-8-18

Gregory Kurtz-
Father of Greg '01 (NDP) and Stacey '03 (NDP) 4-8-18

Jeff Romero '87 (PC) Brother of Jay '85 (PC) 3-29-18
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