April 2021

Chaminade Julienne Welcomes New Women’s Head Basketball Coach

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School announces the hire of Logan Allen as the new head coach of the women’s basketball program.

“We are incredibly excited for what coach Allen brings to the CJ community,” said Jeremy Greenleaf, athletic director. “His experience in the Dayton and national women’s basketball communities, along with many other factors, make him a fantastic addition to our women’s basketball program and school community.”

For the last 16 years, Allen has served as a head coach in the Dayton Lady Hoopstars Club Basketball organization. He has also held positions within the organization including president, vice president, and executive board member, providing young women an educational environment to learn the game of basketball and compete in highly competitive regional and national tournaments, many of which with college recruiters present.

“I’ve always considered CJ home,” said Allen, who attended CJ as a student. “It’s been quite some time since I walked these halls. I cannot wait to get back into this environment with such a diverse mesh of students from all over the Greater Dayton area. I’m excited for what this union means to me personally and I hope the efforts of myself and our staff are reflective of that.”

Allen also spent eight years at his alma mater, The Miami Valley School, serving as assistant athletic director and being awarded the OHSAA Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Award while there. Other off the court accolades include serving as an associate with nationally recognized basketball organizations U.S. Junior Nationals and BlueStar Basketball. He also served on the advisory board for the Ohio Amateur Athletic Union.

“What a blessing it is to join the CJ community in a coaching role,” said Allen. “I look forward to each and every opportunity presented to us. I’m extremely excited to get to work with our student athletes to build even further on an already storied and proud tradition.”

 

 

--This story was published on April 29, 2021. 

Give. Grow. - CJ Day of Giving

To invite more alumni, parents, and past parents to take an active role in growing the mission of Chaminade Julienne in our world, we present the school's first Day of Giving (5.1.21)

Why This New Initiative?

“The school owes much gratitude to our loyal Chaminade, Julienne, and St. Joe’s graduates,” said Elaine Bonner, annual giving coordinator. “Many in our community have already prioritized annual giving to CJ, some for more than 30 years! Now it is time that we must reach out in a different way to our next generation of givers.”

As a part of the CJ Annual Fund program, a new effort was developed this year that is geared to inspire and increase participation among more recent CJ graduates and to energize these members of our community to give for the first time.

“Our goal is to recruit 100+ alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends who will help us share the good news about CJ so we can fortify our tradition in a strong way,” said Bonner. “During this program, you will see some familiar faces and perhaps some new ones featured who have stepped up to make our Day of Giving a success.”

Scroll to the bottom of the page to meet a few of our supporters!

During the weeks leading up to May 1, volunteers will help CJ spread the word through email, text messages, and through social media stories starting on Sunday, April 18. Additionally, current junior and senior students will make nightly calls from 7:00-8:30 p.m. to ask those to share the Day of Giving message or consider making a gift.

“In this year of adaptation and change, we hope this avenue for giving will allow our community to realize how gifts of all sizes impact the student experience at CJ. We will highlight and share the wonderful memories our students experienced this year, in the midst of a pandemic,” said Bonner.

The May 1 Day of Giving coincides with the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker.

“What a beautiful way to honor the life of St. Joseph, who the Holy Father proclaimed this year as the year of St. Joseph,” said Bonner. “Pope Francis wrote in Patris Corde against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, that St. Joseph has helped us see more clearly the importance of ‘ordinary’ people who, though far from the limelight, exercise patience and offer hope every day.

“Whatever the connection to CJ, we’d love for those who hear our message to participate and unite together for our students today. This act of kindness, might seem quite ordinary to many, but this collective effort can result in such hopefulness for our community.”

Those who wish to help spread the good news of CJ with family, friends, and connections, should contact Elaine Bonner, annual fund coordinator, at (937) 974- 6120, or ebonner@cjeagles.org.

This campaign will remain active through May 15. Access the Day of Giving page here to learn more about the campaign and team members or make a contribution below. 

 

 

--This story was published on April 14, 2021.

#becauseofCJ: Kate Allaire '20

Young alumni are sharing how they are succeeding after high school in our #becauseofCJ series. Through your gift to the CJ Annual Fund, you make this happen for all students. As Kate Allaire '20 shares how her experience at CJ helped maintain her faith while attending the University of Cincinnati, please consider joining others today in supporting the mission of CJ — thank you!

"As I finish my first year of college at the University of Cincinnati, I was given the opportunity to reflect on my years at CJ. I attended CJ all four years, following in the footsteps of my two older brothers. I came to CJ with a handful of other students from my grade school, so I knew making friends was going to be a large part of my freshman year. I took to this opportunity with an open mindset and made friends who I knew I would be friends with for a lifetime. I was given the same situation at the University of Cincinnati, coming with a handful of fellow 2020 CJ graduates, but being placed in a much larger pool of people. 

I believe that CJ truly taught me that without a strong foundation of what you believe in and what you value, when pressure is applied to who you are at the core, you will crumble. The foundation that CJ allowed me to build as a student is the foundation I will stand strong on for the rest of my life. As I began to meet people and interact with those in my college courses, I felt a lot of my values and morals come into play. Holding on tight to faith and the values as us Catholics hold has been more than essential thus far in my college career. CJ gave me that faith through the teachers I had, the students I interacted with every day, and the numerous religious experiences CJ was able to provide. 

It took me until college to be put into a community that is not faith based to realize I have to hold onto my faith more tightly than anything. This goes back to making friends; regardless of what faith we practice, it is important we share the same values. Instead of finding the similarity of sharing the same faith, I looked to find similarities in life experiences at UC as well. I found this mindset and approach to making friends enhancing my own life experiences from my past as well. I think one of the main lessons I learned from CJ was that you learn to embrace what you bring to the table, even if you are the only one bringing that thing. Embracing diversity is essential in any life experience, whether that is diversity in beliefs, education, or race. Throughout my life, I have always tried to fit in with other students or how other people looked, but at the end of the day, CJ really emphasized that it isn’t about fitting in. 

While attending CJ and now UC, I have learned to take time to listen to others about their upbringing and culture. It is so valuable to do so because it will not be a lost aspect of their life in this large community of a couple hundred students and thousands of students all with different backgrounds. Being able to have conversations about who others are at their core is another way to connect with people, despite values or religious beliefs. This conversation topic has been one I enjoy when others are comfortable sharing it with me because I learn about them and about a whole new world of culture that I otherwise would never know. 

Finding a faith based community was important to me in college and Catholic Bearcats here on campus attend mass at St. Monica’s and engage in activities hosted for students. Catholic Bearcats is an active group that I recommend incoming Bearcats to check out looking to maintain a strong faith in college. I would like to thank all the staff members from CJ who continue to support me and all other graduates in our endeavors. I am forever grateful for the knowledge, life experience, mentors, friends, and faith that CJ gave me."

- Katie Allaire ‘20

 

 

 

--This story was published on April 22, 2021. 

CJ Performing Arts Presents Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Chaminade Julienne Performing Arts is excited to present Puffs or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic by Matt Cox, available to live stream on Friday, April 16 and Satuday, April 17!

For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

Streaming will be available for free via the Broadway on Demand platform. Streaming will begin at midnight on Friday, April 16 and end at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, April 17.

View the stream here

Puffs
CAST LIST

Wayne Hopkins - Jason Caldwell

Oliver Rivers - Rob Culpepper

Megan Jones - Maggie Weckesser

Narrator - Chi Ejinaka

Ernie Mac and Others - Taren Prinz

Hannah and Others - Mia Brown

J. Finch Fletchley and Others - Seth Sanders

Leanne and Others - Mikayla Jette

Sally Perks and Others - Megan Jette

Susie Bones and Others - Moey Kadel

Cedric and Mr. Voldy - Joey Nartker

& Others - Emily Vlcek

& Others - Mac Weatherspoon

Puffs
CREW LIST

Stage Manager - Gabby Kennedy

Assistant Stage Manager - Caleigh Coyle

Sound Techs - David MacLeod & Lilliain Bradshaw

Deck Chief - Allen Eads

Prop Crew
Aspen Grey
Mary Grady
Lilliain Bradshaw

Costume Crew
Lainey Groll
Maria Ely
Jasmine Acuna

Film Assistants
Josh Cross
Jake Schaefer

Build Crew
Josh Cross
Jake Schaefer
Allen Eads
Olivia Cotton
Susanna Lain
Reese Hawkins
David MacLeod
Evanson Good
Oscar Gilman

 

-- This story was published on April 8, 2021.