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irishIn this issue:Notre Dame alum says high school drafting classes inspired career in civil engineeringSpecial ‘victory is ours’ issue March on to Victory…
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irishIn this issue:Notre Dame alum says high school drafting classes inspired career in civil engineeringSpecial ‘victory is ours’ issue March on to Victory campaign finishes with record $7 million raised for new wingplus: Heritage schools Career speaker series Athletics update Irish news Alumni class notes spring/summer ’19. . .and much more22Royal Oak, MI Permit 615 Notre Dame Preparatory School 1300 Giddings Road Pontiac, MI 48340PAIDNon Profit U.S. PostageHOMECOMINGNotre Dame Homecoming Weekend Sept. 20, 2019 • Pre-game tailgate, alumni tent, football gameDiving Beneath the Surface SET GOALS. PLAN WELL. EXECUTE AND MONITOR. Serving Middle-Income American Families and Small Business Owners We can help you build a financial strategy and a plan - Affordably! No minimum income or balances required.• Cash Flow • Education Plan • Retirement Plan• Risk Management • Tax and Estate • Investments• Portfolio Monitoring • WorkshopsFiduciary, Fee-Only Financial Planning and Consulting888-566-1841 KastlerFinancialPlanning.com (Please see our website for important disclosures.)Mike Kastler, MSF NDHS, Class of 1975CONTENTS Spring/Summer 2019 Volume 12, No. 2I Rirish ISH IRISH is a magazine devoted to the alumni, parents and friends of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, Notre Dame High School, Pontiac/Oakland Catholic High School, St. Michael High School and St. Frederick High School. It is distributed free of charge.CONTENTS 5 IRISH NEWS Get the latest news about Notre Dame Prep and Marist Academy. 12 VICTORY IS OURS Notre Dame surpasses $7 million campaign goal, announces victory. 16 VICE PRESIDENT FOR ADVANCEMENTMark Roberts DIRECTOR OF ALUMNI AND DONOR RELATIONSBeth Campbell P’25, P’27, P’30CREATIVE COLLABORATORS Stations of the Cross come to fruition after unlikely team gets together.DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT 22 HONOR ROLL OF DONORSDEAN OF ADMISSIONS We recognize those who supported the March on to Victory campaign.Kathleen Offer 24 EDITOR/DIRECTOR OF MARKETING 28 IRISH is published three times per year (spring/summer, fall and winter) by the Office of Advancement. 30 HOMECOMING1389 Giddings Road Pontiac, MI 48340FIELDS OF DREAMS Athletics department benefits from philanthropy, technology, hard work and devotion to mission. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Letter from director and “Strength in Numbers.” Notre Dame’s 2019 alumni tailgate party and homecoming game set for September 20.Gregory Simon ND’89, P’22, P’25Mike Kelly ND‘73, P’00, P’03 34 ROAD SCHOLAR Decades of civil engineering inspired by alum’s high school drafting classes. 36 ALUMNI NOTES Find out the latest about your classmates. 45 REUNIONS AND UPCOMING EVENTS 46 REUNION PHOTOS Check out the photos taken at recent reunions.Contact us: Office of Advancement 1389 Giddings Road Pontiac, MI 48340 248-373-2171 advancement@ndpma.orgLike us! Use your smart-phone QR code scanner app to be connected instantly to the NDAA Facebook page.ON THE COVER: The robotics center was made possible by the contributions of many. See page 12. SPRING/SUMMER 2019 3LETTER FROM THE VICE PRESIDENTNotre Dame will celebrate its 25th anniversary next fall, but the history of our campus in Pontiac, Mich., and how we reached this significant milestone goes back generations in southeast Michigan. Our story is a successful one. It’s also part of a larger one set against the backdrop of declining enrollment and Catholic school closures here and across the country. We opened our doors on August 29, 1994, with 18 faculty and staff members and fewer than 200 students, and now educate a thousand students from prekindergarten to 12th grade. The Archbishop of Detroit proposed our current site in 1994 to Fr. Joseph Hindelang, s.m., who was serving as Provincial Superior of the Marists at the time, based on their work at Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods. It was a bold move by The Marist Fathers and Brothers to accept Cardinal Adam Maida’s invitation. This 100-acre campus was built as Pontiac Catholic High School in 1968, when two local schools, St. Michael and St. Frederick, merged. In 1988, the school was renamed Oakland Catholic High School, but it closed in 1994. We are proud to carry on the legacy of our five heritage schools. Each one has played a role in our success during the last quarter century, and, at the same time, we recognize each has had its own rich history distinct from the school we know today. Jesus also teaches his disciples there is strength in numbers, which is why we consider the graduates of our heritage schools members of the Notre Dame AlumniAssociation. Today our 11,400 alumni from Notre Dame Preparatory School and our five heritage schools live in all but two states across the country, and 13 countries abroad. Head of School Andy Guest ND’84 recently announced the March on to Victory campaign has reached a successful finish. We raised $7.0 million in four short years. Most striking is the enclosed courtyard with a statue of The Blessed Mother standing at its center; it has become the very heart of our campus. You can read in this issue about the Timothy J. Easterwood Science, Art and Technology Wing, the Melissa Kozyra Greenhouse and Botany Learning Lab, and the other classrooms, labs, and art studios that were made possible by the generosity of hundreds of donors. We extend our heartfelt thanks to the alumni, parents, faculty and friends who made this Notre Dame’s most successful fundraising campaign ever. During this Easter season, let us think and act as Mary did when she joyfully responded to God’s call after the Resurrection. Like Mary, we are called to imitate Christ, serve others, and seek wisdom, the three hallmarks of a Notre Dame education. Go Irish! Mark Roberts Vice President for AdvancementNew school schedule features later start timeWhen Notre Dame opens in August for the 2019-20 school year, students in the middle and upper schools will immediately notice one big change to their daily routine. That’s because their first class will be starting at 7:45 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m., which will match the starting time for NDPMA’s lower school. “The schedule is being finalized, but we do know it will include eight available periods, with five class periods meeting each day and rotating over an eight-day schedule,” said Andy Guest, Notre Dame’s head of school. “This means that our students in the middle and upper schools will never have more than five academic classes on any given day.”4 IRISH He also said the classes themselves will be 65 minutes each versus the current 45. “In addition, we built flex time into the schedule each day, including time that students can use to meet with advisors, catch up on homework, and attend presentations as well as time to schedule speakers, Masses, pep rallies or other non-academic activities,” Guest said. The decision to change the schedule was based on Notre Dame’s own research and its partnership with Independent Schools Management (ISM) as well as recommendations from faculty and students. According to middle school principal Brandon Jezdimir, the new schedule offers additional opportunities for more project-basedlearning, student-teacher collaboration, and community time. “Throughout the new rotation, students will see each class at their optimal learning time and the teacher’s optimal teaching time,” he said. “The schedule will be an adjustment for everyone, but I believe it will provide an aligned schedule that brings our students closer to our mission to form Christian people, upright citizens and academic scholars.” Guest said the new schedule will not necessarily reduce the total amount of homework, but it will be spread out over more days. It also potentially will limit the number of tests that a student may have on any certain day. “We believe the new schedule will give everyone the opportunity for perhaps a few extra minutes of sleep or to get ready in the morning,” he said. “But most important, we want our Notre Dame family to know that we are constantly looking for ways to make each day and school year both productive and enjoyable for students and staff, and that we’re taking steps to continue to improve this school for them.”IRISH NEWSIB Diploma Program candidates honored Notre Dame’s second-largest class of IB Diploma Program candidates celebrated in special ceremonyFifty-one International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidates were honored and introduced April 8, 2019, in a ceremony held in Notre Dame’s media center. According to IB-DP coordinator Kim Anderson, it was a special way to recognize the dedication and talent of the seniors who are heading into the IB examination period in May, and also the NDP juniors in the program who will follow in their footsteps. “Like the classes that came before them, this group of senior IB-DP candidates were both thoughtful and industrious as they developed and carried out their CAS projects and extended essays,” Anderson said. “I am always amazed each year at what our students come up with, and then to see all the hard work they put into their endeavors. I am super proud of all of them!” It was the second-largest group of IB Diploma Program candidates Notre Dame Prep has ever had since inaugurating the IB program in 2007. At the April 8 event, a number of DP candidates had a chance to discuss their Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) experiences and projects as well as their extended essays, which included such titles as “Detroit Riot of 1967: What was the primary cause and effect of the 1967 riots in Detroit?” by Bridgette Joslin; and “The Impact of Louise de Bettignies and the Alice Network During World War I: How successful were the contributions of the Alice Network and its leader, Louise de Bettignies, in helping the Maria Agoytia NDP’19Allies during World War I?” by Alena Manzor. Also discussing her extended essay was senior Maria Agoytia, whose topic was “The Impact of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment on America.” “I wanted to research how the perception of African-Americans changed after the Civil War by looking into the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, which was the first all-black regiment in the Civil War, and to see if it actually influenced the perception of blacks throughout the U.S. at that time,” she said after the ceremony. “The research for this project was at times a tedious-but-stillrewarding process. I had to look at various historical services, some online discovery, but mostly I went to my local public library to find information for my essay. But the main reason I chose this topic is because a while ago I saw a movie about the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, and wanted to figure out the influence they had in the U.S. overall.” David Mikkola NDP’19 NDP senior David Mikkola also talked about his EE. “My extended essay was about Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and how they established America as a strong economic and political force in the world,” he said. “I looked at a lot of different factors from each of their administrations, and how they contributed to the country’s newfound position as a global superpower. It was a lot of work, but history is one of my passions, so this topic was something I liked a lot.”SPRING/SUMMER 2019 5IRISH NEWSNOTRE DAME NAMES NEW TRUSTEES; BOARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS ALSO ANNOUNCED Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy announced that its Board of Trustees approved the nomination of Anne Kennedy and Noel Villajuan as school trustees. The board also announced that Bruce Barron and Michael Genord, M.D., have accepted positions on its advancement committee. Kennedy has been an active member of the school community since 2015, when she and her husband, John, enrolled daughter Kathryn as a freshman in Notre Dame’s upper school, and Jessica as a sixth grader in the middle school. Anne also currently serves as treasurer of the Notre Dame Parents Club. Stephen V. Pangori, current chair of NDPMA’s Board of Trustees, is delighted with Kennedy’s appointment to the board. “Anne brings a wealth of business and finance experience to Notre Dame, along with a strong background in nonprofit governance,” Pangori said. “As we enter our 25th year of providing the most extraordinary Catholic education to thousands of students in southeast Michigan, Anne will further bolster Ann Kennedy was named an already exceptional roster of to the NDPMA Board of trustees who are charged with leadTrustees in March. ing Notre Dame into an even more exciting and prosperous future.” Now retired, Kennedy served for many years at Birmingham, Mich.-based Munder Capital Management, a Victory Capital Management Inc. company, in positions of increasing responsibilities, including fixed-income portfolio manager and managing director of institutional marketing and client service as she led Munder’s institutional marketing activities and clientservicing professionals. Kennedy currently serves on the investment committee that reports to the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, and from 2012 to 2017 served on the Michigan Catholic Conference Pension Board, which oversees all MCC pension plans. In addition, Kennedy volunteers at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Hospital, located in Pontiac. Currently a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Kennedy earned a BBA degree from the University of Detroit Mercy, and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.   Noel Villajuan and his wife, Emily, have been active members of the Notre Dame community since 2015, when they first enrolled their son Augustin, now in fifth grade, in Notre Dame’s lower school. Their daughter, Ellory, also is enrolled as a first grader in Notre Dame’s lower school. In addition, Noel has been a member of the board’s strategic planning committee since August 2018.   “We are fortunate to have someone like Noel join our board as a trustee,” Pangori said. “His business and finance acumen, along with his devotion to the Notre Dame mission, will 6 IRISHserve to be genuine assets for our students, faculty and staff. He joins a board that is totally focused on maintaining NDPMA’s reputation as one of the top Catholic schools in southeast Michigan.” With more than 18 years of financial-services experience, Villajuan, who is a Certified Financial Planner professional, currently is a director in the Private Client Services division of Midwest-based Noel Villajuan was named to the NDPMA Board of Sequoia Financial Group, LLC, Trustees in April. a financial services firm providing financial planning, asset management, family wealth and retirementplanning services to individual clients, families and institutions. In addition to Sequoia, he has worked with a number of other financial-services companies, including Charles Schwab, Merrill Lynch and Fidelity Investments. A longtime proponent of the arts, Villajuan previously has served on the boards of the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings ensemble and the San Francisco-based Cypress String Quartet.   “I am a strong advocate of the school, and now as a board member I am very excited to do what I can to help the school continue its mission of developing compassionate, inquisitive students on their path to becoming generous and caring citizens to everyone in our society,” said Villajuan, who is a member of the Holy Name Catholic Community in Birmingham, Mich.     Currently a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Villajuan earned a BA in English from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., and his Juris Doctor from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Bruce Barron, who recently was named to the board’s advancement committee, served as a school trustee from 2002 to 2012 and chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2012. He previously served on the board’s committee on trustees, and advancement and finance committees. Currently, he is president and CEO of Oxford, Mich.-based Barron Industries, a full-service manufacturer of ferrous and non-ferrous precision investment castings, rapid prototypes, machined components, fabrications and assemblies. Barron earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and currently serves on the Board of Directors of St. Catherine of Siena Academy, an all-girls Catholic high school located in Wixom, Mich. He also is a member of the Board of Directors for the Catholic FounBruce Barron, left, and Michael dation of Michigan. In addition, Genord were named to the Barron holds memberships in NDPMA board’s advancement the National Defense Industries committee.Association, Association of the U.S. Army, Investment Casting Institute, Michigan Israel Business Bridge and the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association. Barron and his wife, Lissa, are residents of Oakland Township and members of St. Joseph Catholic Church and parish, located in Lake Orion. They have four children: Elizabeth NDP’09, P.J. NDP’10, Sara NDP’12, and Michaella. Michael Genord, M.D., also named to the board’s advancement committee, is a senior vice president and chief medical officer of Health Alliance Plan (HAP), a Michigan-based, nonprofit health plan. He also is president and CEO of HAP Midwest Health Plan, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of HAP. Prior to joining Health Alliance Plan, Genord was the chief medical officer of HealthPlus as well as its president and CEO before merging with HAP in 2016. He is a board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist who worked in private practice for 16 years while holding leadership roles at Beaumont Health System and United Physicians Group. Genord earned his medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, a master’s degree in business administration from MSU’s Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. He has served on the boards of the Greater Flint Health Coalition, Greater Detroit-area Health Council, and the Michigan State Medical Society, and is a past president of the Oakland County Medical Society. Genord and his wife, Jill, reside in Rochester, where they are members of St. Andrew Catholic Church. They have four children, all graduates of Notre Dame Prep: Alexandra NDP’11, Hannah NDP’13, Ian NDP’16 and Claire NDP’18. CHINN IN THE RUNNING FOR TOP ATHLETE IN THE STATE Add the nomination as one of the State of Michigan’s top student-athletes to Notre Dame Prep senior Maddy Chinn’s many accolades. She was so honored on March 20 at the Detroit Athletic Club as potentially the No.-1 female high school athlete in the state. She joined five other female studentathletes and six male student-athletes at the club as nominees for one of Michigan’s most prestigious high school honors. In November, Chinn, who will be attending Purdue University in the fall, was named Michigan’s Miss Volleyball for 2018 in a ceremony in front of her school classmates at Notre Dame. In addition, she was named an All-American by four different organizations; an MIVCA scholarship winner; a Detroit Free Press Sports Awards volleyball finalist; Individual Academic AllState (2018); and was part of Notre Dame’s 2017 Class B State championship team. Chinn was joined by her parents and Wroubel along with herfellow nominees in attending the DAC Breakfast of Champions at the venerable downtown institution. They will return there on May 13, when the award is announced. Sponsored by the DAC and its DAC Foundation, the Michigan High School Athlete of the Year award holds significant benefits, even for nominees. According to Shannon Murray, the DAC’s athletic development director, Chinn and her fellow nominees were introduced to those in attendance at the DAC; received a banner announcing her as a Michigan High School Athlete of the Year nominee; and was interviewed by Lorne Plant of State Champs. If Chinn is chosen as the top female High School Athlete of the Year, she will receive a $5,000 scholarship and further recognition at the May 13 event.From left, junior Amelia Cumming earned National Gold Key and Silver Key Awards
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