July 2016

Opening Festivities Announced for Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles

A week-long of festivities will be held to celebrate the opening of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles.

Festivities will begin on the night of the school’s traditional “Meet the Eagles” held Thursday, August 18 beginning at 7 p.m. This is the same event where just last year, news of the stadium was first announced. In addition to the pep rally-style introduction of participants in fall sports and performing arts activities, the new complex will be dedicated and blessed in the company of students, parents, teachers, coaches and staff.

On Friday, August 19, younger students will be invited to Roger Glass Stadium for Kid’s Night Under the Lights. This invitation only event is for students who attended a CJ Eagles Summer Camp and 6th grade students from around the Dayton-area. A slate of on-field activities are planned for kids and their families to test out their soccer, lacrosse, track, basketball and football skills in the new venue and in the Student Conditioning Center adjacent to the stadium. This event is in partnership with The Foodbank and attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item.

Saturday, August 20 will serve as the official grand opening of Roger Glass Stadium with “Soccer Day at CJ”. The public is invited as the JV and Varsity men’s and women’s soccer teams will host Butler High School in competition beginning at 1 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on the field of Roger Glass Stadium. Tickets for the soccer games will be $6 for adults and $4 for students.

The first home football game for the Eagles will be Friday, August 26 at 7 p.m. against Marion Local. There will be a short pre-game ceremony before the competition begins.

Tickets for all home football games will be available online this year. Parents and alumni will have a pre-sale ticket opportunity beginning Monday, August 8. They will receive an electronic newsletter with details regarding the purchase of tickets. On Wednesday, August 10, ticket sales will be made available to everyone on the CJ website. Ticket-holders can print out their tickets at home or have ticket barcodes scanned straight from their smartphones.

You can learn more about how the dream of Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles turned into a reality here.

Posted July 26, 2016


Alumni Return for CJ Eagles Summer Camps

Most students do not return to school during the summertime, but several alumni have taken time out of their busy schedules to stop by many CJ Eagle Summer Camps to share their talents with younger students. Most recently, alumni returned to CJ during the STEMM: Computer Science & Technology camp.

"I thrive on being able to bring local professionals from the community into the classroom especially when they're CJ graduates," shared CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger. "I'm amazed by the scope and variety of careers our alumni choose."

Hanen Alkhafaji '07 and Matt Mize '98 were just two of the CJ graduates to visit during the camp.

"I really like working with younger students," expressed Alkhafaji. "I think it's fun because I remember how it was when I was learning all of this stuff. To see the kids as they're discovering this is exciting."

Mize agreed, "It's exciting to be here. I enjoy watching kids respond to the programming and maybe later on a few kids will get into this. If this is their temperament, it's a great way to be doing something they love."

Mize shared that his passion for computer programming started in a CJ classroom. 

"I got into computer science at CJ because there was a Marianist teacher, Brother Bob Wiethorn, who had a programming class I was able to take," Mize said. "I had no interest prior to this in computer science. Because of the class, I fell into programming."

Alkhafaji reflected that she too did not think about computer sciences as a career at first.

"My dad enforced that I needed backup plan," noted Alkhafaji. "I always liked computers growing up but I took the chemistry and biology classes because I thought I was going to go into the medical field.  To escape from the chemistry and biology work I would work on computer programming projects."

Both Alkhafaji and Mize assist with other STEMM programming throughout the school year including the Special Ops Club, CJ STEMM Idol, and the Hour of Code.

"I am amazed by the professionalism and expertise of our alumni and how they're willing to share it," Draeger said. "The whole idea of living the faith and wanting to give back to the community and CJ is present."

Alumni have also assisted at other camps this summer including volleyball camp, boys basketball camp, musical theatre camp and performing arts camp.

Posted July 21, 2016


CJ Included in Downtown Dayton Partnership Initiative

Entrepreneurs, artists, crafters, creators and makers are on the forefront of creating a "start-anything" culture in downtown Dayton. At the heart of Dayton's comeback are talented people taking risks and shaping the city. A groundswell of entrepreneurial and creative activity is changing Dayton. The Downtown Dayton Partnership has been recognizing this growth and change and has begun joining together groups of creators and supporters of downtown to make the city a place for entrepreneurs to thrive.

Brett Chmiel '02, director of admissions, is co-leading one of the working groups.

"CJ leadership is a part of this initiative because we are recognizing more and more that millennials want to live, work, and play in the same space," Chmiel said. "Eventually, they will want the same for their own children, and we are the vessel for those future families." 

The working group Chmiel is co-leading is constructing the downtown entrepreneurial narrative. The goal behind this group is to collect the story and personal narratives of creatives and entrepreneurs from various sectors and share those stories with seekers of downtown Dayton.

"CJ is a part of this organic growth of downtown Dayton and our rich history is also tied in with the center city," Chmiel shared. "Creatives will come downtown because they feel welcomed and supported in driving their passions. This is the foundation of what we do here at CJ. We create a community rooted on the collaborative spirit in order to step into the world and serve the good God."

CJ, the Downtown Dayton Partnership, and dozens of other partners will continue to meet over the next year to invest in a strategic plan focused on bringing even more creative life to downtown Dayton. 

Posted July 15, 2016

Workshop Focuses on a Musical About the Marianist Founders

This year marks the bicentennial celebration of the Foundation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI) and in 2017, the Society of Mary (SM) will celebrate its bicentennial. To mark the celebrations, Nick Cardilino, the associate director of campus ministry at the University of Dayton, has begun collaborating and writing a musical about how the two institutes were founded by the Venerable Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

"Over the years, I've heard bits and pieces of the stories of the founders," said Cardilino. "About eight years ago I heard a retelling of the founders' story from the beginning to the end and I thought wow, this is a great story. There is danger, there is adventure, and with Adèle, there are questions about romance or not. I thought, this could make a really cool musical.

"I didn't do anything for years until I realized we were coming up on the bicentennials," Cardilino continued. "I thought, I need to get going on this."

Cardilino enlisted help from music composer Brother Stan Zubek, SM and Jim Ford, the executive director of the Marianist Retreat Center in St. Louis, to create the musical. With the first act complete, Cardilino recently came to CJ to hear students and alumni perform a reading of the musical.

"It's so exciting having the students act it out and do some of the singing," Cardilino shared. "It's like a dream come true." 

Jacob Troutwine '17 said he didn't want to miss out on the opportunity to see the musical come to life.

"I thought it would be a great experience to see what is developing theatre wise outside of CJ," Troutwine explained. "It's a way to integrate both what I've learned in religion and acting.

"It's neat because it allows you to see the whole process leading up to a production," Troutwine continued. "Those of us in performing arts see a lot of development from the early stages in productions. By being in the middle of this production, figuring out how this could be on the stage and the execution of an actual performance, it's exciting. We're seeing a really creative mind at work and a look at how he wrote the music. We can look at what Mr. Cardilino has done and learn from it."

Cardilino said he hopes to have the musical completed by the end of 2016. He plans on making the musical available to schools, including the three Marianist universities and 17 Marianist high schools, as well as churches that are interested in putting on the production.

Posted July 13, 2016


Students Reflect on Solsberry Mission Trip

Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors recently spent five days in Solsberry, Indiana to serve those in the community and to learn more about themselves as part of a mission trip at Solsberry Hill.

"I attended the same trip last year so I knew what to expect, but I also knew there were parts of myself that I hadn't discovered quite yet," shared Brianna Gavin '17. "I knew those parts of myself may be used to make improvements within the community to make it a better place."

The nine CJ students attended the mission trip with students from Moeller High School in Cincinnati. Together, the students were split into three volunteer groups with goals to serve either out in the community or at Solsberry Hill. 

"The first day, my volunteer group went to a warehouse and sorted through bags that Indiana University students donated to Hoosier to Hoosier," explained Gabby Elders '17. "The second day, we were home crew (the group that stays home, cooks dinner, plans prayer, etc...) and helped begin the building of a tiny stone house by leveling gravel, mixing mortar, and laying down stone. On the third day, my group went to the food bank garden, weeded a bed of cucumbers, and then moved over to the food bank to bag two six-foot bags of potatoes into smaller ten-pound bags."

"On the first day, my group interacted with kids at a preschool, and then did yard work for a local family going through a tough time," reflected Carly O'Loughlin '17. "On the second day, we did manual labor at a Habitat ReStore. On the last day, we stayed on the Solsberry Hill property and worked on the projects there that needed work, such as the deck coming off of the chapel."

The students agreed that one of the most memorable parts of the mission trip was during the last evening at Solsberry Hill.

"On the last night of our stay, we had a group bonfire at the limestone amphitheater on the property, built by past groups," O'Loughlin said. "We were all told to go find a twig, and each of us came up to the front individually and told what negative things we're leaving behind and also what we took away from the trip. When we were done speaking, we threw the twig into the fire. It was so cool to listen to people tell stories of the memories they made."

Gavin added, "I found that the group was very cohesive between Moeller and CJ throughout the entire trip, but this was most evident on the last night. We all sat in the same open grassy area of the retreat center, looked at the stars, and talked about nonsense things until the time ran out. It made me feel like I was a part of something, made me gain confidence in both myself and what a difference I may be able to make."

When looking back on the trip, Elders noted, "Mission trips like this are important because they teach you valuable lessons and give you life experiences that you can't get anywhere else; not only do they teach you to dive into the service of others and live simply, but they give you the opportunity to try new things and make real relationships with others."

Posted July 7, 2016

College Boot Camp for the Class of 2017

Students in the Class of 2017 looking to get a jump-start on their college application process are encouraged to attend one of two CJ College Boot Camp sessions. The first session will be Wednesday, July 13 from 9 a.m. - noon and the second session will be Wednesday, July 27 from 5-8 p.m.

Parents are welcome to attend these sessions but are not required. Representatives from the University of Dayton and Sinclair Community College will be at the sessions to answer questions about the college application process.

Students attending these sessions will learn more about requesting a letter of recommendation, spend time on Family Connection by adding colleges they are interested in and looking at the tool's resume builder, work on college application essays and have the opportunity to register for the ACT or SAT test. If a student has questions regarding the college application process, these sessions are great time to get those questions answered.

Additionally, the CJ Guidance Department will hold a FAFSA workshop for students and parents during the 2016-2017 school year. The date for this session is still to be determined.

For more information regarding the CJ College Boot Camp, contact Emily Saunders at esaunders@cjeagles.org.

Posted July 5, 2016


Memories Made During Pilgrimage to Lourdes

The itinerary for the pilgrimage to Lourdes may not have gone exactly to plan, but organizers and students on the trip said their experience created life-long memories.

Students from schools including CJ, Alter, Carroll, Centerville, Fairborn, and Tipp City, college students and adults attended the pilgrimage to Lourdes, organized by the group 4Mary Inc., from June 4-13, 2016.

"Our basic mission is to bring people closer to Jesus through Mary," said group organizer and CJ teacher Tim O'Loughlin. "Through Marian pilgrimages, we hope that kids will make a special connection with Our Blessed Mother and that will in turn strengthen their connection with Jesus.  Our pilgrims come from all walks of life, but no matter where they are in their faith journey, there is something special about a mother's love and there's something special about getting closer to Jesus by getting closer to Mary."

This was the first trip to Lourdes for Mo Zopff '16.

"I had never been to Lourdes before but I was initially interested in the pilgrimage because of my past trips to Medjugorje," Zopff explained. "In Medjugorje, I loved learning about Marian apparitions and I really enjoyed having time set aside to focus on my faith life."

While in Lourdes, the group began with Mass every day O'Loughlin shared.

"Most days we had private Mass in the Youth Village where we stayed, but we also had Mass at the grotto, in the Lourdes underground cathedral, in Bartres (a neighboring town where Bernadette lived briefly), and in Betharram (another nearby Marian apparition site)," continued O'Loughlin.

Some of the activities the group participated in included a tour of campus ("The Sanctuary",) walking through campus and town, learning about the life of Bernadette and her family, taking a one hour walk to a town where Bernadette lived twice when her family could not afford to feed her and going to The Baths where pilgrims were allowed to pray and be dunked in baths of spring water fed by the original miraculous spring revealed to Bernadette by Our Blessed Mother during one of the apparitions.

The group also spent one day dedicated to service which included helping with crowd control at the grotto Masses and in the afternoon, helping transport handicapped pilgrims from a train to a bus.

"The people were on the train for 36 hours," Zopff recalled. "Our group waited with wheelchairs to help move the passengers with disabilities to the buses. I helped a blind lady who couldn't speak any English but she could walk. I held her arm and guided her to the bus. Although we didn't completely understand one another, I knew she was very grateful and I had a great time helping."

On that same evening, the group helped manage a candlelight procession.

"Everyone who goes to the service carries a candle while the rosary is being prayed in a number of languages," Zopff noted. "Our group was asked to help at the procession by carrying taller candles to help other pilgrims know the path. After the procession ended, our group went up on the stage area to be recognized. It didn't even feel like service to me, it was just fun. But I know that through our service, the procession ran much smoother and the real workers seemed to be grateful for our work."

Some other activities the group participated in during their pilgrimage included visiting Betharram, a local Marian apparition site that occurred before Lourdes, participating in Stations of the Cross in Lourdes and in Betharram, and visiting Cenacolo, an international faith-based rehab center.

"We also has intercessory prayer," O'Loughlin added. "Everyone brought petitions with them, so we prayed for people, lit candles, and brought back spring water for loved ones."

On the way back to the U.S., the group had to take a detour.

"Our return flight was canceled because of a local airline strike, so we had to take a 10 hour bus ride to Paris to catch a different flight," explained O'Loughlin. "It ended up being a huge blessing because we were then able to stop by Nevers, France and see St. Bernadette's incorrupt body and have Mass in her chapel."  

Zopff agreed, "I absolutely loved this part of the trip and I think it made it more real. We walked the path of Bernadette in Lourdes and we finished the trip where she died. I thought it was an amazing end to the pilgrimage to Lourdes."

O'Loughlin said this was the third international youth pilgrimage organized by 4Mary Inc. He hopes to take a group to Fatima next year for their 100 year anniversary.

"I think others should take part in these pilgrimages because it's a great way to get away from the busy world we live in, meet new people from the area, improve your faith life, and more," Zopff said. "It was hard for me to step back from using my phone, but when I did, it made the trip ten times better. I learned a lot about my faith and I even learned more about myself. I grew closer to people I never probably would've grown close to. Before the pilgrimage, I thought my faith life was pretty great but now when I look back on it to compare it, it's so much better now after the pilgrimage." 

Posted July 1, 2016