Notre Dame Alumni E-Newsletter
October 2018
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We hope you will join us next weekend for Homecoming 2018! We have a wonderful weekend planned and hope you will make a special effort to attend! 

Over the past few months we have celebrated many reunions! It's been fantastic connecting with all of you. Reunions are constantly being added to our reunion page on the website, so be sure to check back often. To see a list of current reunions in the works, click here. 

Thank you to all of the alumni who made it out to our first Chicago reunion! We had a wonderful time connecting and catching up! We are hoping to plan events like these all over the country in the next few years! Keep an eye out for a Traveling Irish Reunion coming to your town soon. 

As we prepare the Spring 2019 issue of IRISH magazine, we welcome all alumni to share their updates for inclusion in Class Notes. Your classmates will enjoy hearing from you! Email any updates before August 17 to or  here  to update through our website. 
Looking forward to seeing you at Homecoming! 
Beth Campbell
Director of Alumni Relations
October 6- Oktoberfest, alumni seating available. Please contact Beth Campbell if you are interested in attending.
October 12-13- Homecoming 
5 p.m. Pregame tailgate at the Fr. Colin House located at 1389 Giddings Road, Pontiac
7 p.m. Football game vs. Portland High School at William Kozyra Alumni Field. RSVP here
October 13-
Homecoming Alumni 5K Fun Run/Walk 9 a.m. at the lower division. RSVP here

October 24- Speaker Series with focus on Entrepreneurship
We are still looking for speakers. If you are interested in sharing your career with our students please contact Mike Kastler '75 (NDHS), alumni board member, at  

November 1- Speaker Series with focus on Engineering
We are still looking for speakers. If you are interested in sharing your career with our students please contact Mike Kastler '75 (NDHS), alumni board member, at

November 3- NDP Class of 2008 10-year reunion. Rosie O'Grady's, in Ferndale, at 7 p.m. To RSVP, contact or register here.

November 13- Alumni Board Meeting 6 p.m. at the Fr. Colin House. All are welcome.

November 16- Alumni Theatre Night - NDP Musical Footloose
The alumni office has 20 complimentary tickets available to alumni. Email to reserve your free tickets. Additional tickets for alum will be offered at a discounted rate at the ticket booth for $12. Refreshments will be served after the show as we invite alumni to attend the opening night cast party backstage.

November 21- NDP Class of 2013 5-year reunion. Red Ox Tavern, in Auburn Hills, at 7:30 p.m. RSVP here.

November 22- Turkey Trot Alumni Meet Up

All alumni from Notre Dame registered for the "2018 Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot" in downtown Detroit are invited to "meet up" for a group photo at 7 a.m. behind the statue of Joe Louis in the Cobo Center Atrium. We are offering a bus that will leave Notre Dame at  5:30 a.m. All alumni are welcome to ride the bus for free, but must email Andy Guest to reserve your spot.

November 23- NDP Class of 1998 20-year reunion. The Meeting House, in Rochester, at 7 p.m. RSVP here.


More than 30 Notre Dame alums living and working in the Chicago area got together Aug. 9 at the Frontier restaurant in downtown Chicago for a reception hosted by the Notre Dame Alumni Association. The alumni, which represented Notre Dame High School and Notre Dame Prep, dined on hors d'oeuvres and drinks as they reminisced about their alma mater with members of Notre Dame's administration. "More traveling alumni receptions are planned, so stay tuned," said alumni relations director Beth Campbell.
Over 200 alums gathered on September 9, 2018 to celebrate an all school reunion. The reunion was held at Santia Hall of Keego Harbor. Graduates from St. Fred, St. Michael, Pontiac Catholic, and Oakland Catholic were in attendance. Special congratulations to the Class 1958 (PC) for celebrating 50 years.   
Alumni slide show is in the works!

Send any photos you may have from your high school days and we'll compile them into a rotating slide show that will be on display in the alumni tent at homecoming, Friday, Oct. 12! Send photos via email to before October 10 and we'll do our best to include them. Thank you!

Attention Notre Dame Prep Alumni!
Would you like a free copy of your class yearbook? For more information, please contact Beth Campbell at

Friday, October 12, 2018

5-6:30 p.m.
Pre-game tailgate at the Fr. Colin House

1389 Giddings Road, Pontiac
Join us for appetizers and drinks.
Parking at the lower division for easy exit after the game.
Bring your family! Activities for the kids will be available.
6:30 p.m.
Alumni Tent at William Kozyra Alumni Field Opens
1300 Giddings Road, Pontiac
Dinner will be available by 6:30 p.m.
Look for the balloon arch for the alumni-only entrance off of Giddings Road.
Click here to RSVP.
7:00 p.m.
Notre Dame football vs. Portland High School

Saturday, October 13, 2018 
5th Annual Notre Dame Fun Run/Walk

8 a.m. Registration at the lower division
9 a.m. Race starts in the lower division parking lot
(Please park at Notre Dame Prep, 1300 Giddings, Pontiac)
This event is open to all current families, friends, and alumni.
Cost is $20 per runner and children 10 and under are free.  To register online,   click here.

Planting for the future
New botany teacher and greenhouse manager is sowing seeds for a strong and vibrant future at Notre Dame.

One of Notre Dame's new teachers this year didn't take too long to get used to the school's campus in Pontiac. That's because Carolyn Tuski, the school's botany teacher and greenhouse manager, is a 2010 graduate of Notre Dame Prep.

She's also no stranger to a greenhouse, or, for that matter, to growing things period. That's because Tuski spent her childhood on her family's 60-acre farm near Lapeer, Mich., and then spent about three years working in a greenhouse while going to college.

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

Living (and working) the school mission
Compassion, benevolence and social conscience inform career for Notre Dame alum.

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.

To read more of Woodstock's story, click here .
From Miami to MIT and Harvard
Notre Dame alum begins special collaborative program sponsored by both Harvard and MIT.

Connor Verheyen, a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame, finished up his undergrad last year at the University of Miami and earned a degree in biomedical engineering. Now his sights are set on a PhD as he begins the Medical Engineering and Medical Physics (MEMP) program, a five- to seven-year course of study that leads to a PhD awarded by either MIT or by the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

"The Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology (HST) is a unique collaboration that brings together the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals, and local research centers to integrate science, medicine and engineering to solve problems in human health," said Verheyen, who moved in at MIT in late August.

To read more of Verheyen's story, click here .
Board continues to build alumni association

Notre Dame has one of the most vibrant high school alumni associations in southeast Michigan. One of the reasons for that is its alumni board, which is comprised of representatives from Notre Dame Prep as well as from Notre Dame High School, Pontiac Catholic and St. Frederick. Those Notre Dame Alumni Association board members were asked recently about their memories of high school. They also were asked about why it's important for them to take such an active role with NDPMA and their fellow alums.

To read more of the alumni board's story, click here .
A 'quiet genuineness'
Notre Dame alums from the Class of 1977 get together to honor much-beloved classmate with donations to The Notre Dame Fund.

Joe Ciolino graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1977. Since then, he has lived life to the fullest, graduating from Eastern Michigan University, marrying the love of his life, Shelly, after which came two children and two beautiful grandchildren. He also was a partner and CFO at Birmingham, Mich.-based BELFOR Property Restoration, one of North America's largest companies specializing in integrated disaster recovery and property restoration services.

To read more of Ciolino's story, click here .
Big dreams, bright future

The Syracuse University School of Architecture's undergraduate program is ranked #3 in the United States. It's also the fourth oldest architecture school in the country. With such bona fides, it's not surprising that 2018 alum Destiney Sandle, one of NDP's superstar artists, decided to enroll in the program.

"One of the reasons I'm in Syracuse University's architecture program is because of their ranking compared to other university programs," she said this week shortly after officially moving in on campus as a new freshman. "I also chose Syracuse in general because of its location in the same state as New York City. I believe I will be able to learn and grow even more based on this surrounding area."

To read more of Sandle's story, click here .
Fall Open House set for Nov. 4 
Open House 2018 to feature Notre Dame's new science, art and technology wing and the number 1 Catholic high school in the state. 

Join hundreds of interested parents and their children who will be attending Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy's 2018 Open House on Sunday, November 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. Visitors will experience the school's pre-kindergarten through 12th grades and learn about what the school's lower, middle and upper schools have to offer in terms of an overall excellent educational experience and the school's rigorous International Baccalaureate program, all of which helped Notre Dame Prep earn the top ranking of all Catholic high schools in Michigan three of the last four years. 

To read more about Open House, click here.
Notre Dame announces board changes 

Two new trustees, an additional member of the board's strategic planning committee and a new vice chair are in place as Notre Dame begins its 2018-19 new school year. Board focused on total student experience and long-term growth.
To read more of the board changes story, click here
A new era opens 
Notre Dame's new science, art and technology wing opens with a blessing and ribbon-cutting.
More than 350 were on hand on August 17 when Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy hosted a special blessing and ribbon-cutting to officially open its stunning new science, art and technology wing. Dignitaries on hand for the event included school board members, Atlanta Auxiliary Bishop Joel Konzen, s.m., who conducted the blessing ceremony, and Pontiac Mayor Dr. Deirdre Waterman, who said she was delighted to be on campus for the event.

"It is a privilege to have this premier institution of learning right here in the City of Pontiac," Waterman said. "I congratulate all those who made the effort to make this beautiful facility a reality."

To read more of the blessing and ribbon-cutting story, click here.

NDPMA names development veteran to lead school advancement activities

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy has named Mark Roberts to the newly created position of vice president for institutional advancement, effective August 20, 2018. The announcement was made by NDPMA Head of School Andy Guest, who said Roberts' responsibilities will include oversight of Notre Dame's admissions, alumni relations, fundraising and marketing activities, now combined into one department. 
Guest also said that Roberts brings a wealth of experience to NDPMA.

To read more of Roberts' 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. 

We pray for those who have died:
Brian Leon- Father of Brian '95 (NDP), Brad '98 (NDP) and Alison '99 (NDP) 9-16-18
Patricia Zuby- Mother of Matthew '01 (NDP) and Jessica '04 (NDP) 8-3-18
Deacon Gary Krueger - Taught at ND High School; father of Steve '87 (NDHS) 7-23-18
James Navetta'67 (NDHS) Brother of Robert '64 (NDHS) 8-15-18
Prayer List:  click here
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.