As part of Chaminade Julienne's 160/125 Anniversary Celebration, the school is recognizing alumni, faculty/staff members, current students and friends of CJ on a monthly basis. Recipients of the Member of the Month award are true models of the CJ mission who represent the charisms of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Congratulations to the following winners for the month of February:
Student: Laura VanDorpe '12
Faculty/Staff: Kelly Muhl
Alumni/Friend: Steve Budde '69
Laura VanDorpe '12
Junior Laura VanDorpe goes over and above what needs to be done to serve the CJ community as evidenced by her volunteer work at The Foodbank and involvement leading freshman orientation. She loves to help others and is willing to do anything for her fellow Eagles.
“She has such a positive attitude and always makes CJ shine brighter in a dark world,” according to a CJ staff member. A mature, responsible and respectful individual who is not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve, VanDorpe exemplifies the characteristics of a CJ student. She looks forward to continuing her service efforts this spring by volunteering at the Dayton Life Enrichment Center every week during the month of March.
Steve Budde '69
Since graduating from Chaminade High School in 1969, Steve Budde has had an influential effect on nearly all areas of his alma mater, helping to mold CJ into the school it is today.
From coaching men’s basketball and serving as the “Voice of the Eagles” at home football games to literally shaping campus as the project manager of the newly constructed Student Conditioning Center, Budde has been an avid volunteer in the CJ community for many years. The current Facilities Advisory Council member is always willing to search out opportunities for improvement. Budde, whose wife Cindy works as an administrative assistant in the Welcome Office, has had a hand in the development of Blue Green Field and has additionally assisted with the implementation of Project Lead the Way curriculum at CJ.
“To be recognized is not why I do these things,” said Budde, a Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. “It is just nice to be able to give back.”
As both an administrative assistant in the guidance office and current CJ parent, Kelly Muhl is truly a treasured member of the Chaminade Julienne community.
“For me it is a huge honor to be the member of the month because I’m being recognized by others on staff in the building,” she said. Balancing her time between assisting co-workers and helping students and their parents with college applications, transcripts, and grades, Muhl continually embodies the charisms of CJ by serving others with patience, kindness and a smile. During her time away from work, she enjoys supporting her son Nick ’11 and daughter Courteney ’13 in their endeavors at school.
Kelly along with husband Michael, CJ class of 1987, are members of St. Peter Parish in Huber Heights, w