August 2010

Feature Team of the Week

The Spirit Committee will be publicizing a Feature Team of the Week for the each of the fall, winter and spring 2010-11 CJ athletic seasons.  Each sport will receive a week of coverage dedicated to promoting a team and one upcoming match. The Spirit Committee will be encouraging students to attend a designated game each week through daily announcements, by word of mouth, and with bulletin board advertising 

Support the first team to be featured this fall, the CJ Men’s Varsity Soccer team (1-1 overall), by showing your Eagle pride as they face off against Bellbrook High School this Saturday, Sept. 4 at Wright State University.  The game starts at 7p.m., tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. This week’s theme is “Avatar” so all fans should wear blue to the game.

“We’ve got a lot of experience this year,” senior captain Sam Auricchio said. “We don’t have just one star player, but we have great team chemistry.”

Besides scoring goals this season, fellow senior captain Matt Engel said the team has also set some goals to keep them focused along the way. The Eagles have already shown early signs of being up to the task of fulfilling these goals—which include being resilient, getting ten shutouts, and winning a playoff game—by bouncing back from a season-opening loss at Oakwood with a 3-0 shutout victory over Yellow Springs.

Spirit Committee Vice President Adrianne Marx, junior, said the Feature Team of the Week concept was created this year in order to build enthusiasm within the CJ community for all of its athletic teams.  “We’ve always felt that there are a lot of important teams at CJ deserving recognition and we didn’t want the focus to be just about the football team this fall,” added Marx, who is also a member of the Lady Eagles golf team.

In addition, the Spirit Committee is selling new blue and green spirit shirts for $10 which can be worn during school by each member of the feature team on the school day of, or prior to, their spotlighted contest.   Spirit Committee, a subsidiary of CJ Student Council, is responsible for planning pep rallies, the Student Council Bon Fire, and various other spirit activities throughout the school year.

CJ STEMM to Start

It has been more than a year since the arrival of the CJ STEMM program and students now have more opportunities than ever to explore first-hand the fields of science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

Since February 2009, CJ STEMM has offered high school and grade school students challenging and engaging activities, allowing them a chance to gain hands-on, real world experience in some of today’s most sought after careers. With an emphasis on increased awareness and a focus on having some fun, the program for the 2010-11 school year is sure to provide an abundance of events for every member of the CJ community.

Leading off is the monthly Idol Speaker Series beginning Tuesday, Sept. 14 in the CIL.  All students are welcome to attend the homeroom sessions in which local professionals, including CJ alumni, come to speak about each of their STEMM-related fields.

“The most popular speaker from last year’s series was neuroscientist Jim Olson, Ph.D., who brought in some actual brain specimens,” said CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger.

A large part of the aim of the CJ STEMM program is to get students exposure to a variety of different career paths, Draeger said, highlighting two upcoming job shadowing days.  The first, a Healthcare Career Exploration at Good Samaritan Hospital’s North Health Center, is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Students will learn about careers in health sciences, athletic training, and sports medicine.

Then on Friday, Oct. 22, students are invited to Wright Patterson Air Force Base for the annual Fall Job Shadow Day. The event is open to all Dayton-area juniors and seniors with a limit of 70 participants.  CJ students who wish to participate may use a college visit day in lieu of being counted absent.

“We also hope to get more students involved with competitions this year,” Draeger said. Last year, students in the Project Lead the Way engineering courses built and entered a robot into the Bots competition held by the Dayton Tooling & Manufacturing Association. All students are invited to join this October 20-21 as the team hopes to enter two robots in 2010. In addition, there will be an opportunity to compete in the Art in Architecture Student Design competition put on by the American Institute of Architects, Dayton Chapter.

CJ STEMM will also try to team up with the Ministry and Service office this year to complete projects within the community in an effort to incorporate service learning.  According to Draeger, doing so would “allow students to use some of the technical skills they’ve learned in the classroom,” while simultaneously earning service hours.  Possible endeavors include working with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton to build a storage shed as well as providing CJ student-tutors to inner-city grade schools for help with math and science.

Although the CJ STEMM Gateway Academy Summer Camp caters to kids grades 7 to 9, Draeger would like to increase the program’s outreach to Catholic grade schools by hosting events geared towards engineering and biomedical science in labs on campus. She also hopes to implement two field trips -- one in the fall and spring -- for campers and their parents to visit places such as the Motoman Technical Education Center in West Carrolton and Eurand, a pharmaceutical company in Vandalia.      

“One of the best things about the program is that it exposes all students to things that they may not have been aware of and gets them thinking about careers they might want to pursue in the future,” Draeger said.  She also tries to increase awareness and involvement by posting scholarship and internship opportunities on CJ STEMM’s Web page.  “Plan ahead, keep your eyes open and start applying for them in the fall and early winter because most of the deadlines are approaching fast,” she advised.

Leading Lives of Learning

CJ students weren't the only Eagles focused on earning diplomas this past year. Four members of CJ’s faculty and staff earned Master’s degree during the past spring and summer months, and four more received Project Lead the Way certification in order to teach courses in the biomedical sciences and engineering fields.

Those earning master’s degrees include Andy Helms, head football coach and business instructor, receiving his Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Mount Vernon Nazarene University; Gina Harrington, receiving her Master of Education Technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia; Erin Bole, ’04, receiving her Master of Education along with a reading endorsement from the University of Portland; and President Daniel Meixner, ’84, who received a Master of Education, Educational Leadership degree from the University of Dayton.

It was important to Meixner to study at UD due to the university's focus on integrating the Catholic mission into the classroom. “My Master of Education degree helped me gain an appreciation for the learning process and has helped me to ask better questions that will allow us to improve the quality of our curriculum and instruction,” he said.

Meixner also stressed the important role CJ faculty and staff play in setting an example for students, showing Eagles that learning shouldn’t ever stop whether inside or outside of the classroom. “This is an educational community of faith and as such, all of us should always be continually learning.”

Assistant Director of Ministry and Service Erin Bole shares that view. “I think it’s important as a staff member to commit to being a lifelong-learner because that is what we try to instill in our students.”

Bole earned her master’s through the University of Portland’s Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) two-year program. Similar to the Lalanne program at UD, students enrolled in PACE, "earn graduate degrees in education, while serving as teachers in Catholic schools,” according to their website.

Faculty instructing Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses, which offer students engineering and biomedical science classes, must first be certified before they can teach any of the CJ STEMM initiatives. Those receiving certificate’s at CJ include; Brad Kassner, Digital Electronics; Amy O’Loughlin, '86, Medical Interventions; Amanda Ooten, Principles of Biomedical Science (she also received her Integrated Life Sciences teaching license from UD); and Bob Young, Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering.

“CJ students have more practical experience when they leave high school,” Young said. Students in his engineering courses work with computerized 3-D drawings, project management software, and compete in robotics competitions throughout the year.

According to its website, PLTW.org, “graduates of the program are five to ten times more likely than non-PLTW students to study postsecondary engineering and technology, and 97 percent of PLTW seniors intend to pursue four-year degrees.”  CJ is one of roughly 3,500 secondary schools to offer such curriculum nationwide.

Eagles Flock to Blue and Green Field

It was a night of firsts for friends and family of the CJ community as the Eagles celebrated the start of the fall athletic season at home on Blue and Green Field.

Not only did CJ host its first ever Meet the Eagles Night on campus August 19, but an estimated crowd of 1,000 parents, students and supporters also had the opportunity to get a first glimpse of the new Student Conditioning Center located on Eaker Street.

“It’s nice to see that the campus plan is starting to develop. The center is wonderful, and something that will take our teams to whole other level,” said Mary Reis ’77, CJ parent who was visiting the new facility with her husband, Jeff, and their children, Rebecca ’12 and Ben ’14 who both are currently running cross country.

“It has more functionality than we had in the Faust, and sports that never had a place to go, now have this. It’s pretty awesome. It’s something we can be proud of.”

Chaminade Julienne also welcomed newcomer Jon Payne, athletic director, who joined the Eagles’ celebration for the first time.  “I thought it was great,” Payne said, “I enjoyed my first Meet the Eagles Night. The tours of the new Student Conditioning Center went really well and I think people are very excited for what is to come this year.”

The 2010-11 Eagles football team will head north to take on Troy in their first contest of the season Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m.  CJ hopes to repeat last year’s results where they defeated the Trojans 10-0 in the season opener at Welcome Stadium on their way to an 8-2 record and a playoff birth.

Student Conditioning Center Preview

Chaminade Julienne is putting the final touches on its new Student Conditioning Center in anticipation for the special student and parent preview at Meet the Eagles Night Thursday, August 19.

“The new Chaminade Julienne Student Conditioning Center is a facility unlike any other in the Miami Valley and perhaps the entire Midwest,” said project coordinator Steve Budde '69. A grand opening ceremony is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at the President’s Leadership Reception, however students can expect to start using the center in August.

“Perhaps the jewel of the facility is the weight and conditioning area,” Budde said.  Equipped with $125,000 worth of fitness machines courtesy of a Chaminade alumnus, the Student Conditioning Center is an upgrade nearly 40 percent larger than the former athletic training building, the Faust Center.

The 25,000-square-foot facility on Eaker Street also features a indoor multi-sport surface, a multi-purpose room which will help accommodate wrestling, and an outdoor sport field turf over 60 yards in length. These venues are available for all students to condition as well as physical education classes and CJ’s sport programs. “For years, CJ Eagles will be able to utilize what is really a phenomenal facility,” Budde said.

The Student Conditioning Center is the first new building developed on CJ’s campus in 25 years and Dan Meixner '84, CJ president, is making sure its use maximizes all students’ success.  “Our view is that it is customizable to be used in a whole lot of ways for a variety of student activities.”

Administrators have begun to look at utilizing the center for student activities such as the freshmen retreat and sophomore leadership day.  “We hope to make it available to youth leagues, specifically seventh and eighth grade basketball, and to parents and alumni as well,” Meixner said.  The Student Conditioning Center is the first step towards the completion of CJ’s Campus Master Plan, he added. The plan contains provisions for future improvements including a field house and a multi-purpose stadium.

Student Conditoning Center

Meet the Eagles!

Join us as we kick-off the fall athletic season Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. with Meet the Eagles Night, hosted for the first time on CJ’s own Blue and Green Field!

Parents, students, little sibs and Eagle fans are invited to come out Thursday evening to support the 2010-11 Eagles. Enjoy the musical stylings of the pep band as coaches introduce members of their teams, plus take a special preview of the new Student Conditioning Center located nearby on Eaker Street after the Meet the Eagles program.

Meet the Eagles Night is a wonderful opportunity for parents to get involved and acquainted with the CJ community. Chances to volunteer with groups including the Co-Educators and the Blue and Green Club will be available. Students can purchase All Season Activity Passes, good for admission to all home events, for just $50—more than a $200 value. Vendors will also be on hand selling spirit wear, CJ window decals and concessions.

Come early, bring lawn chairs or blankets (seating is limited) and cheer the Eagles to victory this season!

Teachers Prepare for the 2010-2011 School Year

Just as parents and students gear up for the new school season, faculty and staff at Chaminade Julienne High School began preparations for the 2010-11 school year with orientation for those new to the CJ family and an opening retreat.

New faculty and staff members spent Friday, August 13 learning about the history of CJ’s founding orders and familiarizing themselves with the school’s unique and strong community—setting the table for an outstanding 160/125 anniversary year.

This year, CJ welcomes aboard 13 fresh faces—some more recognizable to the CJ community than others. Joe Whatley '04, working as a teaching assistant and choir accompanist in the Performing Arts Department, says he felt called to come back and serve his alma mater. “As soon as you walk in the door you feel like you’re right back at home.” Whatley assisted with performing arts programs last year including his work with theater.

Erin Bole, also a 2004 graduate, says she is excited to take on her new role as the assistant director of ministry and service, and spoke from personal experience, “I’m really looking forward to working with campus ministry because of all the great opportunities it offers students.”

All members of the faculty and staff descended upon the Bergamo Center at Mount St. John’s Monday, August 16 before the official start of the school year for an opening retreat. They spent time together reflecting on the important aspects of teaching in a Catholic school.

The day—focused on the theme of CJ’s Catholic identity and history—included breakfast, icebreakers such as games of Jenga and school trivia, large and small group discussions, departmental meetings and a closing Mass. The next day, teachers were back on campus for orientation in anticipation of greeting new students on Wednesday, Aug. 18, and all students on Thursday, Aug. 19.

The table is set, ready for all to join in CJ's banquet of learning.