It is the mission of the Alumni and Development Offices at Notre Dame to culminate all three institutions that have built Notre Dame as it stands today – St. Francis de Sales, Utica Catholic Academy, and Notre Dame. Although in their solitary existences each institution has traditions of their own, all graduates and attendees will be members of the Notre Dame family as it stands today.

If you are interested in assisting us in reconnecting with classmates or helping to plan alumni events, please be sure to contact us.

There has been so much occurring at Notre Dame with our students, faculty, and staff – sports, new class availabilities, technology improvements, and faculty additions to name a few. As an alumnus/a, if you have any questions or concerns about alumni events, planning your reunion, or future plans for Notre Dame, you can contact 315-724-5118.

You may be wondering why we decided to re-embark on this journey to alumni connectivity. There are a few parts to this mission:

  • Promote the growth and development of Notre Dame to alumni, creating opportunities for them to give back to their alma mater as an individual and a group.
  • Reconnect classmates, fellow alumni, and the school.
  • Create networking and relationship building for all, especially young alumni.


Notre Dame is pleased to announce the 2022 Distinguished Alumnus – Mr. Jim Wurz, ND ‘75

Mr. Jim Wurz, Notre Dame Class of 1975, was honored as the Distinguished Alumnus at the commencement ceremony for the class of 2022 in the Michael Walsh Memorial Gymnasium in June. Jim is also a graduate of the former Our Lady of Lourdes, now Notre Dame Elementary School.

After graduating from Notre Dame, Jim earned a B.S. in Accounting from Villanova University. He returned home to Bonide Products, Inc., the family business. In 1990, Jim became president and CEO of the company until his retirement in 2019. Jim holds a private pilot’s license and NYS Pesticide applicator licenses in multiple categories. Formerly, Jim was president of the Lawn and Garden Manufacturers and Distributors Association and maintains a seat on the boards of several professional associations and non-profit organizations.

Jim is a communicant of St. Paul’s Church in Whitesboro, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim is married to his wife of 37 years, Debbie, and the proud father of Sarah, and her husband Craig, and grandfather to their two daughters, Julia Joy and Haley Hope.