August 2016

3DP Road Show Stops at CJ

Experiencing state-of-the-art, large-format 3D printing technology firsthand and engaging with industry experts all without leaving campus – more than 100 Chaminade Julienne students got to do just that. The 3D Platform Road Show made a visit to CJ on August 30 so students could check out the 3DP Workbench in person.

“These are the kids who need to be seeing this,” 3DP technician Donald McFarlane said. “They are going to need to know how to use this technology.”

The visit was made possible by graduate Ben Staub ’84, the owner and president of BasTech, an industry leader in additive manufacturing – 3D printing. BasTech hosted the CJ event.

“They hadn’t even invented 3D printers when I was in school,” Staub said with a smile. “But I always had an interest in the engineering side, even when I was here.”

The 3DP Road Show is traveling coast to coast, demonstrating the flagship 3DP Workbench – a large-format printer that can produce a 3-foot-square product. When Staub made a phone call to CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger about making a visit to CJ with the Workbench, there was no hesitation.

“This is an opportunity for our students to see the equipment and experience the technology that is actually used in the industry,” Draeger said. “We can bring the inside outside for teaching and learning.”

While students from the Engineering Design and Development class engaged with McFarlane early in the day, the experience wasn’t limited to science classes. Students in homeroom were also able to check out the unique capabilities of the industrial strength, large-format 3D printer. From a chair, to a gas tank, to a sword and, even, eagle paper clips – the product range was extensive.
Junior Blake Wogoman had only ever seen this technology demonstrated online until her Algebra II class visited the 3DP Road Show.

“I think it’s amazing,” she said. “I’m interested in going into the medical field and I know there are also many applications there.”

Opening School Mass

Today's Gospel and the message delivered by Fr. Bob Jones SM, chaplain, both focus on the aspect of what we experience as members of the CJ community. Here is a portion of what was shared today at the openening school Mass:

In the First Letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul writes, "As the body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ...If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be?" (1Cor 12:12, 17)  All members of the CJ community are special and unique individuals with a diverse set of gifts and talents given to them by God. It is this diversity that makes the CJ family so rich when it comes together as a community.  If one member were missing, something would be lost because their uniqueness and their giftedness would be lacking from the community.

As we gather together in the bond of unity through the Holy Spirit, we begin to resemble the Body of Christ.  Of course, this takes work. Just being together in the same building does not automatically create unity.  We are challenged to hear the words of Jesus to his disciples and to us: "This is my commandment: love one another as I love you" (Jn 15:12).  In small ways, Jesus invites us all to love our brothers and sisters so that we can become what we receive in the Eucharist: The Body of Christ.  This is when we are at a our Eagle best: united as a diverse community through our love for each other, reflecting God's love for each one of us.

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Each class as well as members of the faculty and staff made a commitment to each other and to the school community for the 2016-2017 school year;

Freshmen - Class of 2020
We the freshman, the class of 2020, are eager to be taught the word of God. As we start our high school careers, we ask the upperclassmen for encouragement and support throughout our faith journeys these next four years. Lord, please help us to not be afraid in offering our gifts and talents to the Chaminade Julienne Community.”

Sophomores - Class of 2019
We the sophomores, the class of 2019, dedicate ourselves to learning about Christ’s kingdom and becoming active leaders in the community.  We are committed to learning the traditions of Chaminade Julienne and strengthening our bonds as a class.  Lord, give us the patience and courage to listen, learn, and lead with open hearts.

Juniors - Class of 2018
We the Juniors, the class of 2018, commit ourselves to carrying out the spirit of service in our greater community.  We are ready to step up and become leaders in the community.  Lord, help us grow in the Spirit of Chaminade Julienne to be bearers of Christ’s justice in our world.  Help us to create a sense of community within our grade.

Seniors - Class of 2017
We the Seniors, the class of 2017, have shared in the tradition of those who have graduated before us.  We are eager to lead our Chaminade Julienne community and to be servants of Christ.  Our past 3 years here at CJ have taught us what it means to truly be an Eagle.  This next year, we strive to prepare the underclassmen to take our place and be the leaders that our community needs.  Lord, provide us with the wisdom and courage to take advantage of the time we have left here at Chaminade Julienne and create the legacy of 2017

Faculty and Staff
We the faculty and staff of Chaminade Julienne strive to lead these young people academically and spiritually in becoming Christ’s light.  We are honored to serve in the Catholic community of faith.  We understand that it is our duty to pass on the traditions of this school.  Lord, grant us the ability and wisdom to serve this community by our words, teachings, and examples.

Whole School Community
We are the Eagles of Chaminade Julienne.  We have been entrusted with a rich heritage.  Lord God, help us to carry the traditions we have inherited with dignity and grace worthy of the generations who have come before us in Chaminade Julienne tradition.  Teach us to trust in you, Lord, that you may renew our strength, and that we might soar with Eagles’ wing.

(Pictured; Sr. Damien Grismer, SNDdeN, former CJ teacher, traveled from Cincinnati to join CJ for its opening school Mass)


Notre Dame Academy - Celebrating History

 A collaboration between Lisa Powell, Dayton Daily News staff writer, and Kary Ellen Berger, Chaminade Julienne communications coordinator, recently helped bring Notre Dame Academy for Young Women to the forefront. Notre Dame Academy, established in Dayton 130 years ago, was spotlighted in the publication’s History Extra feature. Photographs dating back more than a century helped tell the story of the institution founded by five Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1886. From the vintage Notre Dame Academy school bus to dedicated students studying chemistry, the History Extra piece offered a snapshot into the institution that helped lay the groundwork for the Chaminade Julienne of today. While much has changed since Notre Dame Academy first opened its doors, one thing has not – a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual enrichment. 

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August 24, 2016

CJ Welcomes New Employees

Wide-eyed freshmen and excited transfer students aren’t the only newcomers to Chaminade Julienne as the 2016-17 school year gets underway.

The Chaminade Julienne community is welcoming a number of new faculty and staff members into the fold this year. And while their backgrounds and areas of expertise vary greatly, what they have in common is a shared excitement about being a part of the CJ family.

“I am truly looking forward to getting to know all members of the community and to figure out ways we can collaborate and support each other and the mission of the school,” athletic director Brian Reinhart said. “I'm especially looking forward to the opening of Roger Glass Stadium and ways it can benefit all aspects of the school community.”

Reinhart is not completely new to the CJ community.

“It's great to be back at CJ after spending some time here over the years with Catholic Heart Workcamp,” he said. “CJ has been everything it promotes itself as and more as everyone has been very friendly and supportive. It's a blessing to be a part of the community and the spirit and feeling here is truly special.”

Joining the CJ community in a new capacity is also meaningful to annual giving coordinator Elaine Bonner who already had a CJ connection with three graduates of her own in the classes of 2007, '10 and '13. “I have already been inspired by the people who are the ‘CJ Community,’” Bonner said. “I hope to grow in my faith and reacquaint myself with CJ after a brief time away.”

The new faces will also usher in a new era.

“Andrew Gazzerro – the new Eagle Pride band director – will lead the Eagle Pride onto the new Roger Glass Stadium field this year and will have the opportunity to begin new traditions as we experience the new facilities,” principal John Marshall said.

University of Dayton graduate and PULSE volunteer Dominic Sanfilippo plans to be working with several innovative programs like City Connects and the Interdisciplinary Social Justice Research Project.

New faces will also be a part of the growing arts initiative as the partnership between Chaminade Julienne and the K12 Gallery & TEJAS is in its second year of full-scale implementation. And four new instructors are joining the ranks of the growing program this year.

[Pictured: top l-r: Fr. Bob Jones SM, Leslie McGeady, Elaine Bonner; bottom l-r: Regina Emery, Brian Reinhart, and Dominic Sanfilippo]

New CJ Faculty and Staff Members at a Glance

Father Bob Jones - Math teacher and Chaplain
• Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton; master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College; Seminary at Pontifical University St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome, Italy
• Relocating from St. Louis, Missouri, at Chaminade College Prep

Brian Reinhart - Director of Athletics
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism-public relations from OSU; master’s degree in theological studies from the University of Toronto
• Relocating from Annapolis, Maryland as Assistant Principal & Director of Formation at St. Mary’s Parish

Jessica Hanley - Science teacher
• Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton in adolescent to young adult education in sciences; master’s degree in education, students with special needs
• Returning to CJ after spending time with United Rehabilitation Services and Dayton Leadership Academies

Dominic Sanfilippo - PULSE volunteer
• Bachelor’s degree in philosophy and human rights studies from the University of Dayton
• From Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Illinois

Andrew Gazzerro - Eagle Pride Band Director
• Bachelor’s degree in music education from Miami University, Carroll High School graduate
• Lalanne music teacher at Our Lady of Rosary

Leslie McGeady - Development database coordinator
• Bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Dayton
• Master’s degree in social work from OSU

Elaine Bonner - Annual Giving coordinator
• Purdue University graduate
• Spent the last two years in development for K12 Gallery & TEJAS and Learning Tree Farm

Colleen Mason-Norris – School nurse
• Graduate of the Wright State University nursing program
• Has been employed with the Combined Health District of Clark and Montgomery counties and worked for the Adolescent Wellness Clinic

K12 Art Instructors
• Regina Emery - Art I
• Leese Haapapuro - Ceramics
• Chanda Hunt - Ceramics
• Kaitlyn Puskarich - Photography

Aug. 23, 2016

Eagle Ambassadors Prepare to Welcome Families

Eagle Ambassadors prepare for the 2016-17 school year

It was a moment that brought Danielle Lewis to tears and led her to where she is today.

It was my first day at CJ and I could not, for the life of me, get my locker open,” Danielle said. “I started crying and then this Eagle Ambassador comes over – like an angel – and helped me get my locker open and led me to my class. I remember her saying ‘I can help you,’ and she did.”

Fast forward three years and, now, it’s Lewis who is there to help as the senior is in her third year as an Eagle Ambassador herself. Eagle Ambassadors are representatives of the CJ community. They are the main source of information for prospective families, whether it’s during the CJ Discovery Days, Open House, Eagle Experience Day, or at community events.

“The biggest advantage is that it’s not an adult talking to you, it’s students talking about their experiences,” she said. “You are on the same level.”

A new class of 60 ambassadors recently participated in their annual retreat and training session in preparation for the 2016-17 school year. The program – which began seven years ago with just 25 ambassadors – is now more than 160 strong. Eagle Ambassadors participate in approximately 40 events a year and host as many as 300 student shadows.

“It’s about creating a positive on-campus experiences,” said Brett Chmiel, director of admissions. “The ambassadors are telling their story – telling the CJ story. They are caretakers of the mission.”

Sophomore Matt Reuter, of Beavercreek, is a first-year Eagle Ambassador following in the footsteps of his sister Annie and brother Nathaniel who have both been ambassadors. While there was little doubt that Matt would be an Eagle – with two siblings already at CJ – shadowing an ambassador and attending open house, sealed the deal. Becoming an ambassador himself was the next logical step.

“The ambassadors help create a more welcoming environment,” he said. “I really like CJ and I want to be able to promote it.”

Junior Continues Got Veggies? Mission

A student in the Class of 2018 is ensuring a successful 2016 Senior Capstone project lives on over the summer and throughout the upcoming school year.
Evan Eichenauer ’18 has enlisted several other CJ students to collect fresh fruits and vegetables which in turn are donated to Catholic Social Services as part of the Got Veggies? capstone created last year. 
“There are many reasons that I decided to continue on the Got Veggies? program, but the main reason was for everyone in the community,” said Eichenauer. “I feel that it is wrong that a zip code can sometimes limit people to getting fresh produce to put on the table. By continuing on the program, I get to provide people with fresh produce that they sometimes lack, putting smiles on peoples’ faces each and every day.”
Eichenauer’s sister, Emma ’16, was a member of the original Got Veggies? Senior Capstone group. Last year, those members collected more than 10,000 pounds of fresh produce and were honored by Catholic Social Services with their Youth Leadership and Appreciation awards.
"It is so exciting that Catholic Social Services’ food pantry will continue to receive fresh produce this summer and fall,” Senior Capstone Coordinator Molly Bardine shared. “This is a great partnership which now involves current students and alumni and shows the power of Capstone to create a real legacy. Got Veggies? continues to make an impact on the food deserts in Dayton."
Zachary Bridgett ’18, who has helped Eichenauer over the summer, added, “It gave me a good feeling because I am helping people with my time.”
During their junior year, students complete a research paper that sometimes sparks ideas for their future Senior Capstone Project.
“I have multiple ideas on what my Capstone could be but I am interested in this one,” Bridgett reflected.
So far this summer, Got Veggies? members have gleaned more than 3,000 pounds of fresh produce. Eichenauer shared that volunteers are always needed to continue the program.
If people would like to help, they can email me,” Eichenauer explained. “This help could include donations of produce as well as volunteering to help sort through and deliver produce on Saturday evenings. I need roughly two to three volunteers each Saturday from 6:45 p.m. to around 8:30-9:00 p.m. Volunteers would help sort through and weigh the produce, then help deliver it to Catholic Social Services.
“We are also in need of a bathroom scale to help weigh the produce as we need to provide Catholic Social Services the weight of the donations so they can keep track of how much of the produce is used,” Eichenauer continued. “For anyone who has a scale that they are willing to donate, they can email me as well.”
Posted August 9, 2016

Life-Changing Marianist LIFE Week

Eight students spent what they described as a life-changing week with more than 60 people from around the world as part of the Marianist LIFE Week at Mount Saint John.

“I gained a lot from my time at LIFE week, although most of which is very difficult or impossible to put into words,” said Andrew Buchanan ‘18. “I met a ton of new people who I became very close with and I am grateful to call them my family. I grew closer to God than ever before and grew closer to the other CJ kids who went with me.”

Clay Mathile ’18 agreed, “It was awesome! Getting to know people just like you from around the country was just such an amazing feeling.”

The LIFE in LIFE week stands for Living in Faith Experience. Members of CJ’s Marianist LIFE Community (MLC) group organize activities throughout the school year, in particular, MLC Mondays.

“Marianist LIFE aims to ignite a passion for this vision and prepare students of Marianist institutions and parish groups to take this unique idea of community back to their own schools and parishes,” explained teacher Libby Harbaugh, who served as the CJ group leader during the week. “I went to LIFE week when I was in high school so this was a pretty full circle experience for me. Among the other students were three young women from my high school.

“I remember LIFE week being so formative and life giving to me in high school and now, on the teacher side of it, I can't say much has changed,” Harbaugh continued. “The experience will definitely be one of my favorite memories of my first year at CJ.”

The CJ group spent time together as well as separated in other groups with students from other schools.

“Some of my favorite activities during the week included our meetings with our mixed MLC; a group of about eight people and two moderators, none of whom we knew, all from different schools and backgrounds,” reflected Buchanan. “They were our ‘sharing’ group for the week and we all became very close.”

“My Mixed MLC group and dyad partner were my favorite because I met new people and was able to open up to them so quickly,” added Mathile.

Cecilia Meadors ’18 said an activity where the students renewed their Baptisms was one of her favorite memories from the week.

“We started off the night with a group of kids from all different schools, who we had met with a few times previously for reflections and discussions,” Meadors said. “In our group, we each wrote down, on a small rectangle of paper, a quality about ourselves that made us feel weak or inferior. We went around in a circle and explained our papers, then dropped our papers in a bowl of water that was sitting in the middle of us. Immediately, the papers dissolved and our weaknesses became our strengths. After that, we read a few prayers and renewed our Baptisms with the same groups.

“The people I met at LIFE week are now family to me,” Meadors continued. “We each made personal connections in different ways, no matter what city, state, or even country a person was from! Being so close with kids my age from all over the beautiful earth our God created helped me embrace community even more than before.”

Harbaugh added, “I saw our students grow so much during their LIFE week. I watched them push and encourage themselves and others out of their comfort zones. I watched them grow in faith, in understanding, and in community. They shared and swapped stories with students from other Marianist schools and groups across the world and in doing so, learned about themselves, their local communities and the global Marianist community to which they belong.”

Posted August 5, 2016

Football Team Attends Rosary Rally

Football players and coaches from local Catholic high schools recently gathered together not for a game under the lights, but at Holy Trinity Church in Dayton. On July 22, Archbishop Alter, Carroll, Lehman Catholic, Bishop Fenwick and Chaminade Julienne players attended a Rosary Rally organized by Sportsleader, a faith-based athletic character building program. The Point Men group, a faith-based group where many members are CJ alumni or parents, served as the host of this year's program. 

"As a Christian, I was thrilled to see so many young men in one place, in fellowship, praying to Our Lord and Our Lady," said Point Men group member and CJ religion teacher Tim O'Loughlin. "It was inspiring and, as a member of the CJ community, I was proud to see our school well represented."

"I really enjoyed going to the Rosary Rally," Alex Mayer '18 added. "It was a lot of fun being able to be with my teammates besides just on a football field. I loved being able to share our faith together by practicing the Rosary.

"Also, being able to see our opponents we will face this year was exciting too," Mayer continued. "As I sat and prayed the Rosary with my teammates, I looked around at all the different faces from other schools. Sure, we may be opponents on the field, but besides that one game, we can look at each other and see how we are all family through God."

During the event, Jonathan Bell '18 led the first decade of the Rosary by reading the opening mystery.

"The Rosary Rally brought the team together as a whole by opening up our faith lives together," Mayer shared. "It brought faith up in conversation, and allowed us to talk to each other about our faith lives. We talked and shared some of our beliefs. It also, at least to me, helped me see my teammates as my brothers. It grew my trust in them as I see them more as faithful children of God. I can look to my left and right on the field and know I can trust my brothers and that they'll be there for me."

O'Loughlin said that while on most Friday nights, one may think that football players would be on the field or with friends, he was impressed by the number of young men who came to the Rosary Rally.

"It was a Friday night, it was hot, most had to travel together on a bus, for some that probably meant four hours of their evening... for what? To PRAY with RIVAL football teams," O'Loughlin emphasized. "Who does that?  I'll tell you who: Archbishop Alter, Bishop Fenwick, Carroll, Chaminade Julienne, and Lehman Catholic do that. 200 men strong."

"I hope the Rosary Rally stays a tradition and that our team can participate in it my senior year as well," Mayer reflected. "It was a blessing to unite together and be able to practice the Rosary with my team and opposing teams as well."

Posted August 2, 2016