December 2012

STEMM Idol Speaker Dan Mullins '97

In 1997, Dan Mullins was probably best known around Chaminade Julienne for leading the Eagles on the court as a senior captain and three-year varsity letterwinner on coach Joe Staley’s men’s basketball team. Today, the CJ alumnus lives in Germany and is excelling as an engineer at one of the world’s foremost automotive industry leaders, Porsche AG.

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Mullins will return to his alma mater and present to students as the first CJ STEMM Idol Speaker of 2013. All students are invited to room 144 during homeroom periods to learn more about living abroad, and studying and working internationally in the STEMM -- science, technology, engineering, math and medicine -- fields.

Even long before the CJ STEMM program became available to students, Mullins pursued his interest in the fields of science and engineering immediately out of high school. He studied mechanical engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Mich., where he obtained his bachelor’s degree. Continuing his education, Mullins then earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Germany’s own Esslingen University of Applied Sciences through its renowned one-year MBA program.

The 1997 CJ grad now makes a living in Europe leading the development of future automobiles among a lineup of impressive sport-utility, luxury and high-performance vehicles. Prior to taking his current position with Porsche one year ago, Mullins worked stateside in Honda's (Ohio) research and development center from 2006 to 2011. He is currently a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), speaks fluent German and holds a US Patent (#6,398,066) as the inventor of a gripping handle assembly for a fryer basket.


Christmas with Hispanic Catholic Ministry

Since she took over as moderator of the Language Club years ago, veteran Chaminade Julienne Spanish and Latin teacher Linda Colas has led the group in a volunteer project every Advent season that benefits those served by the Catholic Hispanic Ministry.

The club organizes an annual Christmas bake sale and accepts donations in order to purchase clothing, grocery gift cards and presents for families in need. Students also craft handmade, holiday-themed piñatas to contribute. This year, all $430 in proceeds helped brighten the holidays for one special family.

“Sister Maria Stacy gave us one large family to provide for this Christmas. We bought coats for the women and toys for the kids,” plus a dozen $25 Meijers gift cards said Colas, who is in the middle of her 29th year at CJ.

Sr. Maria, SND, is the director of the Archiocese of Cincinnati’s Hispanic Minstry program for the Dayton region. In addition to coordinating holiday donations, she also plans celebrations at St. Mary Church located at 310 Allen St. (off Xenia Avenue) for “La Navidad” (Christmas) and “Los Tres Reysmagos” (The Feast of the Three Kings), where the piñatas are used for fun party games.

“In some years we’ve done this service project and no one even knew about it, but we did it anyway,” Colas said. “I wanted a service component for the club, so this is how we decided to make a difference.”

The Language Club is open to all CJ students taking French, German, Latin, Spanish or American Sign Language. Members meet every Wednesday after school, but Colas said gatherings become more frequent during the winter months as the group prepares for service projects and other school-wide initiatives, including CJ’s celebration of Language Week in January.

“We’re not a big club, but we do a lot,” Colas said. Students interested in joining can stop by room 334 or email Mrs. Colas for more information.


CJ Students Serve in Spirit of Advent Season

For senior members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God’s Hands Today) and Eagle softball players, serving others is just as much a part of celebrating Christmas as decorating the tree and hanging the stockings.

Both groups were spotted spreading Christmas cheer among the young and elderly members of the greater Dayton community during the first week in December. According to Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, creating a holiday tradition of giving back helps keep students reminded of the real reason for the season.

“We went Christmas caroling at Mercy Siena because we wanted to serve others to keep in the spirit of the Advent season,” said Kinnear, who chaperoned FLIGHT carolers on their first period field trip to the North Main Street retirement community Wednesday, Dec. 5.

“It is important to remember as we prepare for Christmas that there is a lot more than just giving material gifts during these liturgical seasons,” she said. Those in attendance were also able to meet a few Marianist brothers in residence at the home while caroling, a tradition that was initiated for the first time during the 2011-12 school year.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, members of the CJ softball team also volunteered for a second consecutive year at the City of Moraine’s Pancakes with Prancer community breakfast. The event benefits the Christmas Smiles Program, which provides gifts and food baskets to needy families in the southern Montgomery County city, said head coach Dee Bowlling.

“The City of Moraine requested the softball team come back this year because the girls really made it enjoyable for the kids. I have received many compliments about how nice and attentive the girls are and how well they represent CJ,” Bowling said.

Softball players worked with children of all ages at art-and-craft stations before taking a team picture with Santa Claus. An estimated 350 people enjoyed the fun holiday breakfast and as a result, 127 families and 296 children -- who otherwise might go without -- will receive food baskets and gifts this Christmas, according to Bowling. Some players will return Dec. 14 to help assemble give-away baskets.

For many Eagles teammates, the breakfast was the second such weekend morning spent serving the community this year. On Saturday, Nov. 3, the girls also volunteered to stand in as “victims” for the Moraine Citizen Emergency Response Team’s (C.E.R.T.) mock disaster training final exam.

“Members of the CJ softball team assisted us as ‘victims’ and their willingness to assist and enthusiasm for the task made this a realistic and educational experience for the C.E.R.T. members,” wrote Moraine Fire Chief Anthony Trick in a letter to Principal John Marshall. He thanked the team for their time and effort.

“The softball team is about giving back,” Bowling said. “The girls are always willing to help and I am so proud every time with the giving and selflessness my players and parents give each season – most players don’t need the service hours to fulfill their religion requirement, but are always willing to help.

“It isn’t always just about playing the game of softball that’s important. I feel community service is key to allowing each player a well-rounded high school experience in line with the mission of Chaminade Julienne,” Bowling said.

CJ Senior Finalizes Her KSU Commitment

Chaminade Julienne senior point guard Krista White put an end to a long college recruiting process Dec. 12 by placing her signature on a National Letter of Intent to join the Golden Flashes of Kent State University.

The four-year varsity letter winner will receive a full athletic grant and plans to study international relations at the northeastern Ohio university, located about 50 miles south of Cleveland. Her commitment should come as no surprise to the Eagle faithful who have followed her high school career and nor to KSU supporters, who learned of White’s recruitment more than one month prior to her signing ceremony at CJ.

"Golden Flash fans will enjoy watching Krista play as she brings an energetic and active brand of basketball to the M.A.C. Center," said Danielle O'Banion, first-year Kent State women’s basketball head coach, in a Nov. 14 web release posted online at

"Her athleticism and tenacity make her an impactful defender on the ball. She has the potential to make major contributions as a youngster for that reason," O’Banion said. The NCAA Division I Golden Flashes compete in the Mid-American Conference.

With her future plans laid out, the two-time recipient of Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League (GGCL) Grey North Honorable Mention accolades intends to put the focus back on the objectives she and her Eagles teammates set out to achieve during their 2013 campaign – goals that include earning the women's basketball program’s sixth consecutive share of the GGCL title.

“As a senior, I want to win the league and get to game eight, which is state,” White said. The Eagles narrowly missed making an appearance in Columbus last season, falling short by one point in the Division II regional finals.

Nearing the halfway point of the regular season, CJ (7-2, 0-1 GGCL) plays league opponent Fenwick on Dec. 22 before a re-match with undefeated Potter’s House Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) on Dec. 29 in the 9th Annual Braggin’ Rights Classic hosted at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati.


Culinary Arts Teaches Skills to Grill

Before the cold winter weather arrived, Culinary Arts students gathered around the grill for a tasty lesson.

Family and Consumer Sciences instructor Judy Costa and CJ parent Jason Sattler teamed up during the first week in November to show Culinary Arts I classes all there is to know about grilling. Students started by testing their knife skills while learning how to slice wholesale cuts of meat for retail. Once proportioned, the pork ribs and beef steaks were trimmed, marinated and seasoned before hitting the grill and smoker temporarily stationed on the lawn in front of school.

“Mr. Sattler smoked the ribs in the courtyard and shared with students tips of preparing the grill and fire. He shared more cooking tips as the students grilled cuts of steak using thermometers to prepare their cut of meat to perfection,” Costa said.

Along with techniques, Sattler also discussed the reasons why each method of cooking works best when familiar with the different areas of the animal a cut comes from. Depending on the meat's tenderness a chef can determine if a cut should be prepared at a low temperature for a long time (like smoking) or if it can be cooked at a high temperature relatively quickly (like grilling).

The Periods 3-and-4 classes were finally able to enjoy the fruits – or rather meats – of their labor just before lunch.

“Culinary Arts is more than just baking, as we prepare students for life’s skills,” Costa said.

During the first semester, Culinary Arts students also learned about planning and preparing meals, nutrition and healthy meal alternatives, and ethnic and holiday foods. The final unit includes a lesson on budgeting, which challenges students to source, cost out and prepare a healthy meal for less than $3.50 per serving.

Culinary Arts I and II are just two life skills classes offered through the Family and Consumer Sciences department. CJ also offers semester-long courses including Family Living, Life Management, Parenting and the Art of Housing & Interior Design.


STEMM Idol Speaker Chris Woolley

Chaminade Julienne recognizes Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), Dec. 9-15, this Tuesday with STEMM Idol Speaker and software developer Chris Woolley.

First implemented nationally in 2010, CSEdWeek aims to raise awareness of computing’s growing role in today’s society and improve the level of computer science education available to children in grades K-12. All students are invited to get involved in CJ’s celebration during homeroom periods Dec. 11 in room 126.

Computer science is heavily based in principles of mathematics and engineering. Essential to working in any of the field's varying branches is the application of basic problem solving and critical thinking skills in order to improve the way today’s technology functions.

As a software developer, guest presenter Chris Woolley will speak about the computing skills and tools he uses to help program the United States Air Force’s Web-based parts management system known as the Stock Control System (SCS). Woolley writes computer source code that instructs SCS to perform duties such as ordering, shipping and disposing of aircraft parts as efficiently as possible.

Woolley has more than 25 years of experience working in the field and is in his fifth year with Peerless Technologies Corporation, an award-winning small business based in Fairborn that contracts to serve the IT needs of the federal government. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wright State University.

“Previous to working for Peerless, I was a software consultant and did work in 43 of the 50 states as well as several projects in Canada, Germany and Japan,” Woolley said. Now back home, the native Daytonian -- a product of Catholic education -- is a member of Incarnation Parish (and formerly Holy Angels).


Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert

Watch a sneak preview of what will be featured this Thursday, Dec. 13, as the performing arts department presents Sounds of the Season: CJ's Christmas Concert, at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

All are cordially invited downtown for a free musical celebration of Christmas. Sounds of the Season will feature sacred and secular songs performed by the concert choir, concert band, liturgical choir, percussion ensemble, string ensemble, Hands in Harmony, and a cappella groups.

Patrons are invited to stay for refreshments following the concert as the Parents of Performings Arts Students (PoPS) host a reception in the library afterward.

Please Join Us!

Two CJ STEMM Educators Awarded Grants

Two CJ STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math and medicine) educators were awarded grants totaling $2,000 this fall that will go toward enhancing the learning experience for students during the 2012-13 school year, and beyond.

Grant Winners


Science teacher Maura Lemon won a $1,500 grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS). She is one of 105 applicants to win a 2012-13 ACS-Hach High School Chemistry Grant, which are awarded annually to high school educators to “support ideas that enhance classroom learning, foster student development and reveal the wonders of chemistry,” according to

Funding from the grant was used to purchase 32 ActiVote Learner Response Systems, produced by Promethean. The system allows teachers to anonymously poll students electronically via wireless, hand-held devices. Lemon expects the new technology to impact approximately 140 CJ students enrolled across the school’s five chemistry courses.

“This [system] encourages greater student participation in the assessment and also provides the instructor with an accurate and immediate grasp of student understanding of the material,” Lemon wrote in her grant application.

“It is our goal to create classrooms where all students feel they can express their ideas and receive feedback tailored to their understanding.”

More than 400 U.S. high school chemistry teachers have received the ACS-Hach grant since its inception for the 2008-09 school year.


Meg Draeger has been selected to receive a $500 Innovative Teaching / STEM Grant by the Miami Valley branch of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Schools Office. The school's CJ STEMM Coordinator was one of 18 applicants chosen from 16 different schools, to receive funding for her proposal, titled ‘Toys for God’s Kids.’

The goal is to build and distribute handmade wooden toys for children in need across the world. The service initiative will be the school’s first ongoing STEMM-focused ministry project, said Draeger, and was inspired by the efforts of the national Toys for God’s Kids organization, headquartered in Colorado.

“The project will provide a context for educating our students about the work of industrial, manufacturing and quality engineers,” she said. Grant money will be used to create a fully-equipped, student-staffed workshop led by “CJ production team leaders” for designing and producing the cars.

Learn more about Toys for God’s Kids by visiting its Web site, 

Award-winning Innovative Teaching Grant projects will be displayed, and applicants will receive certificates, at the annual Teacher Recognition Banquet on May 7, 2013, at Kettering’s Presidential Banquet Center.

Did You Know?

CJ remains near the top of an elite and growing class of United States high schools offering STEMM education through Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – the nation’s largest and leading provider of the curriculum – according to statistics released by the non-profit organization.

CJ has offered PLTW’s innovative and rigorous biomedical science and engineering programs since 2008-09, and became the first Catholic high school in the country to earn dual certification in June 2011. On Oct. 15, PLTW officials released national numbers for the 2012-13 school year, announcing a 20 percent increase in programming.

Of the 5,211 total programs located in all 50 states;

CJ remains the only dually certified Catholic high school in Ohio, and one of just two nationwide (the other being St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, Wisc.), and

CJ is one of two schools in the Miami Valley – and one of just 10 in the state – to hold dual certification among the nearly 300 Ohio schools offering PLTW curriculum.

In the organization’s October release, PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram commended schools and districts that have adopted STEM educational programs.

"America is facing a crisis. Education must prepare students for the global economy by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the projected job growth in STEM-related fields. Project Lead the Way is the solution to this problem, and it works,” stated Vince Bertram, PLTW President and CEO, in the release.

CJ offers four years of biomedical science and engineering coursework taught by four certified PLTW instructors. Students enrolled are guaranteed opportunities to learn from and work with area industry professionals and businesses, and may become eligible for college credit and admissions preference at more than 60 PLTW affiliate colleges and universities nationwide.

The PLTW biomedical sciences program at CJ is funded in part by Good Samaritan Hospital.

Locate a Project Lead the Way school at


STEMM Idol Speaker Brian Butler

Attend the month’s first CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series session with mechanical engineer Brian Butler on Dec. 4 and get the scoop on an upcoming career exploration event for high school students.

For nearly 20 years, Butler has been employed with Emerson Climate Technologies. The company is the world’s leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications, according to its Web site.

The mechanical engineer holds bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of Dayton School of Engineering, as well as a Master of Business Administration from UD. He oversees the development of the next generation of Emerson’s scroll compressors for residential air conditioning systems.

In addition, Butler also coordinates two seminars per year catered to high school students interested in careers in engineering at his employer’s Sidney-based locations. All CJ students are encouraged to attend his next career exploration seminar, scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Learn more about this great enrichment opportunity during all homeroom periods in room 126 this Tuesday.