October 2018

St. Paul Church "Pays It Forward" to CJ & Others

A church that closed its doors is now helping countless others in a significant way. A special “pay it forward” presentation was held by the pastor and members of St. Paul Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church on Wednesday, October 31 at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

St. Paul held its last service at the end of 2017. The sale of the church’s assets totaled more than $1 million. A church advisory committee chose to contribute the funds to several area organizations.

The presentation of funds coincided with the Protestant celebration of Reformation.

“Part of the Reformation was about change,” said Pastor Bob Miller of St. Paul. “So often in the church we talk about it but don’t do anything about it. St. Paul did something about it even though our outcome came to a close — we decided to go out with a change, which is reforming.”

Organizations that received funds during the presentation on Wednesday, in addition to CJ, were 4 Paws for Ability, Daybreak, Jeremiah’s Letter, New Hope Ministries, Shoes 4 the Shoeless, St. Paul United Methodist Church - Huffman District, and the Victory Project.

“It is inspiring and humbling for us to have the opportunity to be the stewards of St. Paul’s resources,” reflected CJ president Dan Meixner ‘84. “This congregation has meant so much to so many people in this community.

“We feel a sense of obligation to use this gift to maximize the impact for our students, the community we serve, and to make sure that our students leave here with the heart to make the same kind of difference St. Paul’s and their congregation made over their 160 year history,” Meixner continued. “It’s an awesome responsibility.”

Additional funds from St. Paul went to organizations including Habitat for Humanity, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton, Lutheran Outdoor Ministries in Ohio, Rebuilding Together and South Community Behavioral Services.

Posted October 31, 2018


CJ to Celebrate, Volunteer During Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day is one of the largest service days of the year for CJ students. All are encouraged to help in the Dayton community by spreading their love and support by volunteering. The two-day event is part of a combined area-wide effort with the United Way of Greater Dayton. Students volunteering include several Eagle sports teams, clubs, and student-led organizations. Make a Difference Day was showcased to the CJ community through posters around the school encouraging others to attend and volunteer.

Service is at the heart of the CJ community, which traces back to Father Chaminade and Saint Julie, the founders of the school’s sponsoring orders. When thinking about service, students said, “Going out to help the community with a group of people is a chance to get to know them better,” and, “Volunteering helps my faith life grow!”

Kelli Kinnear, director of Ministry and Service, helps the coordination of students for Make a Difference Day.  She spoke about the fun-filled day connected to the Sisters of Notre Dame's’ Mission Statement.

“Part of our mission statement is that we prepare young men and women to be filled with integrity of service,” she explained confidently. “Students are called on the most basic levels of faith to follow Jesus in His footsteps, and keeping service central as people of faith.”

Students enjoy volunteering because it is a part of CJ’s character as a community that bonds everyone together. The Dayton community is surely stocked with students volunteering at service sites inside and out of Chaminade Julienne, and this will be evident as part of Make a Difference Day.

Written in collaboration with Kerry Kadel ‘21

Posted October 25, 2018

STEMM Idol: Premier Health

When thinking of the medical profession, typical jobs that usually come to mind include doctors and nurses.

On Tuesday, October 23, representatives from Premier Health Network will speak to students about additional essential roles in the medical field. Their presentation is part of the school’s STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Students are invited to listen to the presentation during their homeroom time. The presentation will take place in the school’s community space (former library).

Posted October 22, 2018


Eagles Honor Hispanic Heritage Month

From September 15 to October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated. During the 30 days, the CJ community recognized those with Hispanic lineage and the Hispanic culture overall.

Each school day, a student with a Hispanic background was highlighted. The CJ community was asked to guess who the student was based upon clues focused on where the student’s family was from and traditions they would enjoy with relatives.

Other highlights throughout the month included Hispanic heritage trivia during lunch and a bilingual Mass.

“It feels really great to be recognized and to know that you’re important and so is your history,” said Juliana Yoss ‘20.

Maria Osnaya ‘19 agreed, “It is special to be recognized as a CJ Hispanic student and it makes us really appreciate our culture.”

Jack Nauseef ‘19 said in Spanish, “I love my Hispanic culture. I would never throw it away. I am also proud to be an American.”

Posted October 17, 2018

CJ Debuts Pro Artist Speaker Series

Four actors visited CJ as part of the school’s new initiative, the Pro Artist Speaker Series.

While all living in California for their careers, the actors were all in the Dayton area earlier this month for a family event. Liam Cronin and Kieran Cronin are the brothers of CJ drama and choir teacher, Caitlin Bennett. The Cronin brothers’ significant others, Angela Henderson and Stephanie Bignault, also came to speak with the students.

The actors have a variety of credits to their names including TV shows, commercials, and movie roles. They said, though, that some of their favorite time performing was on the stage.

“I feel most proud about the plays I did in high school and college,” Liam Cronin said. “That was my motivation to become an actor.”

“It’s an exciting feeling when you see people moved by what you do,” Kieran Cronin added.

“You quickly learn what fame is, and how empty it can be,” Bignault shared. “The art doesn’t come from that. The things we put our heart and soul in are what is special.”

Henderson agreed, “I’m most proud of is my short that I just put out. I paid to make it - I wrote it and produced it. I wanted to express myself. You can book these big jobs that make you money, but the things that you’re most proud of as an artist are the things where you can let your voice be heard.”

As part of the Pro Artist Speaker Series, the actors talked with the students about their careers and workshopped with the students in preparation for the CJ fall play, A Murder is Announced.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ Pro Artist presenter? Contact Mark Phillips, CJ PoPS President, at mphillips@cjeagles.org.

Posted October 15, 2018

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Autumn Overtures

The performing arts department's first concert of the 2018-2019 school year will be on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in the CJ Auditorium.

All are invited to attend this free event featuring the Concert Choir, Concert Band, Eagle Pride, Hands in Harmony, String Ensemble and Pop A Cappella Choirs.

CJ's fall production, A Murder is Announced, will show three times in November:

Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m.

Posted October 9, 2018

STEMM Idol Speaker Series: Lauren Fievisohn, Ph.D.

On Thursday, October 9, students learned more about analytical work at the professional level during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series.

Lauren Fievisohn, Ph.D. has more than five years experience as a threat intelligence analyst. Dr. Fievisohn is currently an analyst for [redacted] LLC. and was previously a computer network exploitation analyst at the National Security Agency for three years.  Dr. Fievisohn earned her Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Tulsa, a MS in cyber operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a BS in mathematics from The Ohio State University.

While in high school, Fievisohn said she knew she had a passion for math, but didn't know where it would lead her. Relatives pointed her in the direction of the NSA, and her interest in cyber security grew from there.

"What I am doing now is something you can do all over the country which is really nice," Fievisohn said. "Depending on what you get in to, you could be anywhere over the country because all companies are making cyber security a priority."

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at mdraeger@cjeagles.org.

Posted October 8, 2018

STEMM Idol: Mile Two, LLC

When focused on STEMM careers, students may not always think of psychology and its involvement with technology. However, Dr. John Flach, a former psychology professor with Wright State University, recently shared with students how he is using his passion with the local technology company, Mile Two, LLC.

Flach was joined by Mile Two’s Chief Technology Officer and software developer Jorge Sánchez during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation on Tuesday, September 25. Mile Two was founded on the motto of creating technology to serve people, not replace people.

“When you’re designing technology, you’re making it to work with people,” Sánchez emphasized.

After his career at Wright State, Flach said he was intrigued by the opportunity to work with Mile Two because of their philosophy.

“Mile 2 recognizes that the human factor is an important thing,” Flach said. “In my job, I make sure the technology is meeting the needs of the consumer.”

You can learn more about Mile 2 here.

Are you interested in becoming a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presenter? Contact Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, at (937) 461-3740 x487, or at mdraeger@cjeagles.org.

Posted October 1, 2018