November 2012

STEMM Idol Dr. Christine Schubert Kabban '88

Making her return to the halls of Chaminade Julienne, alumna Dr. Christine Schubert Kabban served as the final STEMM Idol Speaker of the month Tuesday, Nov. 27. The 1988 graduate and current assistant professor of statistics took a familiar place at the head of the classroom during the stop at her alma mater.

Dr. Kabban teaches and advises graduate students in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), located on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. She holds a master’s degree from Wright State University and a doctorate from AFIT, and brings more than 15 years of experience as a statistician.

“My duties include teaching, research and service,” she said. Although deeply rooted in mathematics, the many practical applications of statistics and data analysis often overlap into the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine. Components of Dr. Kabban’s research and service work include modeling childhood growth and disease progression, detecting and modeling structural damage such as on aircraft, and ensuring the safety of patients during clinical studies as the statistician on Data Safety Monitoring Boards.

On Tuesday, Dr. Kabban told students she was inspired to pursue her career in high school after taking math with teacher Ann Meyers '76. In the time after her four years at CJ, she has received funding for research from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Her work has also been published in more than 45 scholarly papers.

In February 2012, the AFIT assistant professor was spotlighted in the LEADER Ledger for her outstanding accomplishments. The publication is produced by the LEADER (Launching Equity in the Academy across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region) Consortium, which partners AFIT, Central State University, the University of Dayton and WSU to promote recruitment and advancement of women in faculty STEM positions.


CJ Raises Awareness Before Giving Thanks

Each year, Chaminade Julienne students, faculty and staff use the week before Thanksgiving to actively raise community awareness about the local, national and international issues of hunger and homelessness.

A combination of donation drives, service opportunities and co-curricular enrichment experiences make up CJ’s “Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week,” organized by the office of ministry and service. During the week of Nov. 12-19, all members of the school community are being encouraged to choose one way to become involved in the plight of others.

“It is our responsibility as a faith-based community to challenge students to be people of compassion, justice, integrity, service and peace throughout all aspects of their education,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. “The activities in place during this week give students a deeper understanding of these values by allowing them to intentionally live out each with a call to action.”

Activities each of the six days include:

Daily morning prayer and song, played over the PA, that align with the themes of the week.

An optional homeroom lecture series Tuesday that featured dietitian Jennifer Dalton, the University of Dayton’s Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics.

An all-faculty and-staff service project Wednesday morning during the teachers' planning period in which educators prepared bag lunches for St. Vincent Hotel and hot meals for children in the after-school program.

A student-led REACH service site visit to The Foodbank after school Wednesday.

A school-wide, optional “Fast Day” Thursday. Instead of eating lunch, students who choose to participate will also pack lunches for St. Vincent in the cafeteria.

A daily collection of monetary contributions and non-perishable food, clothing and toiletry items during first period classes. Money and goods will be donated to OxFam, Catholic Charities and various Dayton-area food pantries.

Thanks for Your Support!

Due to the tremendous support of students, parents, faculty, staff and the greater CJ community, the school raised $2,973.05 and collected 2,515 non-perishable items, all of which will be donated to local, national and international service organizations (including The Dayton Food Bank/Holiday Aide, St. Vincent Hotel, Catholic Charities and Oxfam).

Early Signing Period a Family Affair at CJ

Three CJ student athletes autographed NCAA National Letters of Intent during the early signing period this November, becoming the first members of the CJ class of 2013 to officially commit to continue their athletic careers in college.

On Nov. 14, Heidi Hess and Grace Kauth agreed to play volleyball at Ohio Dominican University and Cleveland State University respectively. A day later, rower Gretchen Bruggeman signed to join the crew team at the University of Notre Dame.

After years of playing club and Eagles varsity volleyball together, cousins Hess and Kauth penned the next individual chapters of their athletic careers alongside one another during a joint college signing ceremony after school.

CJ’s pair of four-year varsity starters will spend the next four apart. Hess will play libero and be a defensive specialist for the NCAA Division II Panthers of Ohio Dominican University, where she’ll major in early childhood education. Kauth, an outside hitter, is headed to Division I Cleveland State University to study business and marketing.

At CJ, Kauth recorded more than 1,000 kills. She was selected the District 15 Player of the Year as a senior, earned first team All-State honors as a junior and has twice been named the GGCL Grey North Athlete of the Year. Hess has been named to the first team GGCL Grey North (2011, 2012), first team District 15 (2012) and was awarded team MVP throughout her career as a setter for the Eagles.

From 2009 to 2012, the cousins helped guide CJ’s program to a 61-37 record (.622 wining percentage) and 12 postseason victories. Both played for the Dayton Juniors Volleyball Club.

The girls come from a family with a rich CJ volleyball lineage that traces back more than 30 years. Moms Margie (Meyers) Kauth ’84 and Rita (Meyers) Hess ’82 were both four-year volleyball players for the Eagles. (Read the Dayton Daily News' 2009 feature story for more on the Meyers family's volleyball legacy.)

Senior Gretchen Bruggeman signed Thursday afternoon to row with the crew team at the University of Notre Dame.

Gretchen will receive an athletic grant and re-join her sister Molly, a 2010 CJ graduate, in South Bend where she intends to study biomedical engineering. The elder Bruggeman is currently a junior rower with the Fighting Irish.

Entering her fourth crew season overall, Gretchen will earn her third varsity letter when the Eagles take the water this spring.

CJ men’s and women’s crew athletes compete as members of the Dayton Boat Club under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles. Three women's rowers have gone on to Notre Dame in the last five years. Along with the Bruggeman sisters, 2009 CJ graduate and rower Abby Meyers is currently a senior on the team there.


CJ Performing Arts Students in Spotlight

Members of CJ’s pop a cappella choirs spent the weekend perfecting their craft and showcasing their skills at the fourth annual Kettering A Cappella Festival, held Nov. 17-18.

Performing arts students participating in Vega and Age V, CJ’s two pop a cappella groups, joined more than 30 other schools from Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan for one of the nation’s largest events of its kind at host Fairmont High School.

The two-day festival included educational workshops and an optional competition, the winner of which earned the right to open a Saturday night concert headlined by the a cappella group ‘Delilah’ of NBC’s The Sing-Off. The all-female octet along with professional arranger, producer and coach from the TV show Christopher Diaz (pictured with Vega above) were on-hand all weekend to share their expertise with attendees.

“These events give students exposure to industry professionals who they work with directly through clinics, give them a chance to mingle with other students much like themselves, and give them performing experience in front of people other than the usual concert crowds,” said Joe Whatley, director of choirs at CJ.

Vega entered the optional preliminary competition and took first place by a wide margin, winning the opportunity to perform two songs on stage in front of a sold out crowd of roughly 800 at the open of the festival’s marquee event (watch a live recording below). The 2012-13 group is comprised of sophomores Cassidy Aughe, Addi Helms, David Marshall and Daniel Jackson as well as seniors Maddie Brown, Caitlin Pearn and Andre’ Tomlinson.

“Our vocalists, much like sports players, always love getting outside feedback on ways to improve and love to showcase what they can do against other students who do the same things,” Whatley said. “Competing is also a great motivator to push students to another level and it leaves the students wanting to learn what the next step is.”

Competition from both outside and within the school building has helped the exclusive group get better each year since its inception in 2010-11, Whatley said. Students who make it through try-outs spend six hours per week practicing as a group in rehearsals on top of the individual work each member is expected to put in at home.

“CJ students know the standards of Vega before they even get in the group. This is evident in that each new Vega group has almost picked up where the group before them left off, with the result being each group gets better and better,” Whatley said.

This fall, Vega produced and released its first studio album, titled "Momentum," which features nine tracks from artist such as B.O.B, Taylor Swift, Natasha Bedingfield, Adele, Kelly Clarkson and other pop stars. Fans can pick up a copy of the CD by returning an order form and $10 payment to the performing arts department.

The next opportunity to see both CJ pop a cappella groups Vega and Age V live is Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Christmas Concert.

Dayton Regional Science Festival at CJ

Area educators, students and professionals are ready to “Ignite Innovation” at several locations around Dayton in celebration of the Dayton Regional Science Festival. The Nov. 15-17 events offer something unique for anyone interested in exploring STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

As part of that celebration, Chaminade Julienne is proud to host, “STEMM Celebration for Families,” an afternoon of interactive displays; interaction with students, teachers and professionals from area schools, universities and businesses; and make & take activities. (The extra “M” stands for Medicine at CJ.)

“We are so pleased with the response from those who have worked with us in the past and who want to be here as part of this celebration of all things ‘STEMM,” said Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator. “We can’t express our gratitude enough for their participation and investment in making this an excellent experience for all who attend.”

Participants include the Maggot Man as well as several exhibits from the University of Dayton; Five Rivers MetroParks; Dayton, Power & Light; Institute of Industrial Engineers, Dayton chapter; and partners from area Catholic grade schools.

“This collaboration is just one of the ways CJ STEMM has connected to the larger math, science and technology movement that has been whole-heartedly embraced by the greater Dayton area,” said John Marhsall, CJ principal.

“CJ has built upon the excitement buzzing throughout our community in regards to these types of fields by offering our students, and other area youth, innovative and engaging ways to learn about college and career opportunities beyond the classroom. The Dayton Regional Science Festival is a perfect example.

“We understand the importance of creating the spark early in a child’s educational experience and we’ve seen how working side-by-side with adults in the STEMM fields can ignite a student’s passion for learning even further,” Marshall said.



  • Experiment with cooking techniques invovling molecular gastronomy
  • Make origami artwork and paint with insects
  • Learn about CJ's summer camp and mission trip opportunities
  • Play games provided by the Ohio Energy Project
  • Generate electricity on the "Energy Bike"
  • Take part in task sorting and sequencing activities
  • Construct and test "earthquake-proof" straw structures
  • Build foil boats buoyant enough to carry coins
  • Drive CJ's XtremeBots, used in DRMA battle competitions
  • Find out more about the FIRST Lego League (FLL)
  • Try your hand at tower building challenges using materials such as spaghetti, marshmallows, K'Nex, Legos, and magnets.
  • Fly "whirleycopters"
  • Piece together tangram puzzles
  • Discover spatial relationships and geometric shapes with GeoFix sets
  • Explore anatomy using clay models
  • Test your knowledge of the human body with fun Project Lead the Way activities
  • Delve into the skeletal system with demos using pasta and cereal
  • Navigate aspects of nanotechnology with games and activities
  • Work with live animals to discover adaptations
  • Create electric circuits
  • Hear more about the STEMM Ministry project, Toys for God's Kids
  • Filter water for drinking during the Clean Water Challenge
  • Witness the power of wind and solar energy firsthand
  • Win candy at Chemistry Bingo using the periodic table of elements
  • Partake in DP&L's "Think Hot, Stay Safe" presentation
  • Enjoy snacks and bottled water from C'Est Cheese and Alexandra's Creations (proceeds benefit a charitable cause)



  • Alexandria's Creations
  • American Chemical Society, Dayton Chapter
  • Dayton Power & Light
  • Five Rivers MetroParks
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur


  • University of Dayton
  • Miami Valley Career Technology Center
  • Bishop Leibold School
  • Mother Brunner Catholic School
  • St. Albert the Great
  • St. Christopher School


  • Rob Drought ‘80, Procter & Gamble Packaging Engineer
  • Steven Jennison ‘12, SCC engineering student, computer science and robotics
  • Alexandra Rivers ‘04, Alexandra's Creations
  • Arthur Siwecki ‘12, UD engineering student, Lego Mindstorms

Learn more about the events of the 2012 Dayton Regional Science Festival: Explore Innovation at


Saying 'Thank You' to Vietnam Veterans

Students who learned more about the Vietnam War by participating in CJ’s fall play, “A Piece of My Heart,” or attending as an audience member, took time this week to write notes of gratitude to Veterans. The notes inscribed inside of play programs will be placed on lunch trays at the VA Center on Veteran’s Day.

The October production followed the lives of six women who were sent to Vietnam to serve their country, struggled to make sense of what transpired, and searched for ways to cope when they returned to a nation that shunned them. Through the experience of the play, students had the opportunity to learn what it was like for these six women to be transported into a world that they could never have imagined and then asked to take on responsibilities that most could never understand.

“Students had a glimpse of what it was like to serve in a medical unit under heavy pressure to save as many lives as possible. They saw how they were expected to do the best that they could with little training and fewer resources, all while knowing that they, too, were targets of attack,” said Tina Wagoner, service project moderator.

“Writing notes of appreciation to Veterans was a way for students to react to what they had learned and channel the emotions they experienced into something meaningful. This gave them a way to directly connect with women and men who served our country during this era and say, ‘thanks.’”

Nearly 20 students participated in the project.

STEMM Idol Speaker Jennifer Dalton

In theme with Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, observed Nov. 12-19, CJ welcomes dietitian Jennifer Dalton as the month’s first STEMM Idol speaker on Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Merriam-Webster defines dietetics as, “the science or art of applying the principles of nutrition to diet.”  The field is anchored in subject areas of math and science, and can be found in programs of study at colleges and universities around the world including just down the road at the University of Dayton, where Dalton serves as the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, a division of the school’s Department of Health and Sport Science.

Serving in her first year as a full-time faculty member there, professor Dalton instructs undergraduates taking upper level courses and serves as an advisor to more than 70 students enrolled in the program. She is also a board member and president elect of the Dayton Dietetic association, and holds her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University as well as a Master of Science in Nutrition from the University of New Haven.

The Didactic Program in Dietetics at UD is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Education of Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Upon graduating, UD dietetics majors leave the university prepared to become Registered Dietitians, or experts in food and nutrition.

Jobs for dietitians exist not only within the traditional realm of the health care system, but also in fields such as education, journalism, sports medicine, culinary arts, laboratory research, and the food and beverage industry. According to numbers released by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), there were nearly 86,000 Registered Dietitians in the United States as of September 1, 2012. Close to 4,000 are registered in the state of Ohio.

The CDR is the credentialing agency for the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association).

Any CJ student wishing to learn more about the field of dietetics is encouraged to attend this STEMM Idol session with professor Dalton during all homeroom periods in room 126.


CJ Receives OHSAA Sportsmanship Awards

The Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) has named Chaminade Julienne a winner of two of its prestigious sportsmanship awards for the 2011-12 academic year.

CJ is one of 29 schools selected by the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity (SEI) Committee as a “Respect the Game Challenge” recipient, and is also one of 24 schools to earn the Harold A. Meyer Award. Since the Meyer Award’s inception in 1991-92, CJ has been honored 10 times.

“Receiving the Meyer Award is tangible evidence that the school’s mission and core values are present and vibrant in its athletic programs,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director. “Through guidance from our coaches, students are able to apply the character education they receive at CJ to how they compete on the field.”

Selection for the SEI awards is based on a three-tiered process implemented by the OHSAA to affirm the veracity of existing sportsmanship, ethics and integrity programs put in place by member schools. The final tier is known as the Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Sportsmanship, and winners will be announced at the state basketball tournament in March.

The complete list of 2011-12 recipients was accepted at an OHSAA Board of Directors meeting on October 18, and published in a press release on its Web site on October 25


Fall Concert 2012: Autumn Overtures

Join us for a free evening of uplifting music Monday, Nov. 5, as the CJ Performing Arts Department presents its annual fall concert, Autumn Overtures, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Friends and family members of all ages are invited to enjoy the musical stylings of the concert band, concert choir, pep band, string ensemble, a cappella choirs and CJ's own Hands in Harmony (not the University of Dayton group by the same name). Following performances, concert-goers are encouraged to stick around for a dessert reception in the cafeteria, hosted by members of the Parents of Performing Art Students (PoPS).

See you there!

CJ parents interested in becoming more involved with the Performing Arts department are encouraged to attend any of the monthly PoPS meetings, which are generally held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at CJ. The next meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 1.

If you have questions, contact Laura Meixner, PoPS president, at

Eagles Make Memorial Stop Before State

After posting the program’s first state-qualifying team time in nearly 30 years at the regional tournament Oct. 27, members of the men’s cross country team made a memorial stop to pay tribute to a fallen Eagle at his final resting place.

Following CJ’s fourth place finish, seniors Matthaus Ayers and Will Bonner along with junior John Carper collected their teammates’ race bibs and headed to Calvary Cemetery to place their numbers at the grave of Lucas Pfander. A three-sport athlete, Lucas tragically passed before he could serve as cross country team captain during the fall of his senior year at CJ in 2008.

Visiting the south Dayton cemetery has become a tradition (along with running in the annual memorial alumni race bearing Lucas' name) for the men’s and women’s cross country program, both after big meets and during practices. The 4.2-mile round-trip run from CJ and back on Patterson Boulevard has not only strengthened the team spiritually, but has also been a key component of training during one of the most successful seasons for Eagle runners—as a whole—in recent memory.

For the first time since 1983, the men’s team qualified for the OHSAA state tournament and will run this Saturday, Nov. 3, in the final meet of the 2012 season. The Eagles – made up of Ayers (a regional medalist), Bonner, and Carper, plus senior Sam Wittman, juniors Conor Hickey and Ben Reis, and sophomore John Hawthorn – will compete against the top 16 teams and 38 individuals in Division II at the National Trail Raceway in Hebron. The race begins at 11:45 a.m.

Participating in the championship race seems a fitting end to a successful year in which the Eagles began to peak later in the fall postseason. The men finished second and third respectively at the October GCL North and southwest district races. Five individuals earned all-league honors.

CJ men's runners represent the school's third fall sports program to compete at state this fall. The women's golf team finished as runners-up and a women's tennis doubles team finished in third place in two earlier Division II tournaments.

The women’s cross country team finished the season by taking 10th at the regional meet.