Leading in Faith Today


CJ Exceeds Goal of its $20 million effort,
LIFT - Leading In Faith Today

September 14, 2016

It was an ambitious goal but that suited the Chaminade Julienne administration and Board of Trustees just fine.

In 2011, Chaminade Julienne quietly launched a campaign initiative later called LIFT – Leading in Faith Today – with a goal of $20 million to support school operations, strengthen the school’s endowment, improve the campus and the teaching and learning environment, and develop student programming.

Trustee and graduate Antonette Lucente clearly remembers attending the Board meeting where the ambitious campaign was approved. "Although, we knew the CJ community was steadfast and supportive of past endeavors, we had never undertaken a campaign of this magnitude,” Lucente said.

“We knew that our goals for LIFT were ambitious, but we believed the CJ community was ready to make significant investments in the Catholic educational experience at Chaminade Julienne,” said President and CEO Dan Meixner.

Meixner was right. The campaign – announced publicly in 2014 – has exceeded expectations and monetary goals and raised $21.2 million. Members of the community were so inspired by the progress being made possible because of LIFT, they contributed gifts amounting to $7.5 million beyond the priorities outlined in LIFT.  One such project is Roger Glass Stadium, Home of the CJ Eagles, opened in August 2016.

“Together, we dreamed big and have made history,” Meixner told benefactors at the celebratory dinner on Wednesday. “We have celebrated along the way, as each new initiative or project came to fruition, but now we celebrate the conclusion of this journey of faith and hope.”

“As we moved through the phases of the campaign, we began to understand how deeply committed our CJ community really was. At every turn, we conveyed our message and the community responded,” Lucente said. “We heard stories of the strong impact CJ had on past graduates and families of our alumni.”

The results of LIFT are visible and impactful including renovated classrooms, hallways, gym and cafeteria as well as additions like the CJ STEMM Center and Eagle Tennis Center. The campaign has also funded strategic programs and grown the endowment and annual fund, enabling more students to experience all that CJ has to offer.

CJ’s impact on the Dayton community has not gone unnoticed as Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley visited school Wednesday to announce that September 14, 2016 was officially declared Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School Day in Dayton.

Honorary LIFT Co-Chairs Brother Ray Fitz SM, Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice, University of Dayton and Sister Carol Lichtenburg, SNDdeN, Provincial Leader of the Ohio Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, share the success of LIFT.

“LIFT has greatly advanced Chaminade Julienne’s capacity to provide an education that will prepare young people to make a difference with their lives,” said Brother Ray Fitz SM, Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice, University of Dayton. “This campaign has provided resources to enhance the excellence of the curriculum, to transform our educational facilities, and most importantly to provide families and students access to a CJ education.”

“LIFT proves that there are so many people in the area and around the country who believe in the mission of Chaminade Julienne,” Sister Carol Lichtenburg, SNDdeN, Provincial Leader of the Ohio Province of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. “The heart of the educational experience is intangible, but it certainly is enhanced by updated classrooms and facilities. The generosity of innumerable supporters has made it possible to bring an already outstanding school to a new level of excellence.”

Chaminade Julienne LIFT Capital Improvements Completed to Date
* Eagle Tennis Center (2011)
* CJ STEMM Center (2013)
* Mary, Our Lady of Victory gym (2013)
* Building One Classrooms (2015)
* Cafeteria (2015)
* Performing Arts Rehearsal Space (2015)
* Auditorium (2016)

In addition to the LIFT effort:
* Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles


CJ Performing Arts Center Renovations Announced

On Sunday, November 1, 2015, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School announced plans to renovate and expand the school’s performing arts rehearsal and performance spaces.  The $1 million project, planned to open in the fall of 2016, will double the school’s performing arts rehearsal and classroom spaces, and rejuvenate the current 740 seat auditorium originally constructed in 1951.

The new development is funded through LIFT — Leading in Faith Today, a $20 million initiative that brought to life the CJ STEMM Center, the Eagle Tennis Center, the renovation of Building One learning spaces and Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym — all opened within the last four years. The capital investment in the performing arts program is in addition to the construction of Roger Glass Stadium — Home of the Eagles. This new athletic complex, which was announced in August 2015, will also debut next fall.

Building One Renovations Unveiled

August 19, 2015

The first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year was also a day to celebrate the opening of Building One. Students saw first hand just some of the improvements while eating lunch in the remodeled cafeteria, and continue to experience the renovations day-to-day. An HVAC unit, new mechanical and lighting systems to facilitate year-round learning opportunities , enhanced performing arts rehearsal spaces and modernized classrooms and hallways are just some of the highlights of the renovated building. On the first day of school, students celebrated the renovations with cupcakes during their lunch periods.

On August 19, LIFT contributors were invited to the official ribbon-cutting of Building One. Following the ribbon cutting, Dan Meixner '84, president, made the special announcement of CJ's next development, inspired by LIFT, the Roger Glass Stadium, Home of the Chaminde Julienne Eagles. You can watch the announcement of the stadium here.


January 16, 2015

In the same bright style and theme of the CJ STEMM Center, renovation will continue through Building One! Work to revitalize classrooms, update the band room and transform the cafeteria into a community place of welcome and gathering will begin over Easter break with the majority of the work completed by the first day of school in August. In attendance were representatives of the Board of Trustees and the LIFT Steering Committee who were acknowledged for their work and dedication in validating the priorities of LIFT and helping CJ gain community support for the effort.
Chaminade Julienne is able to march forward with progress because of the continued support of CJ community following the public announcement of LIFT last January. This amounted to an additional $3.1 million which brings the total raised to $16.5 toward the $20 million goal.
In pep rally style, Dan Meixner '84, president, disclosed this next project to the entire school community, while reminding them of the opportunities and experience that they are already enjoying because of the LIFT effort, including the capital projects: Eagle Tennis Center, CJ STEMM Center and Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym.

CJ Announces LIFT Initiative

January 30, 2014

At a one-of-a-kind celebration held January 30 during Catholic Schools Week, Chaminade Julienne revealed its $20 million comprehensive campaign, LIFT— Leading in Faith Today, and announced that $13.4 million of the goal had already been met.

LIFT is an initiative to firmly position CJ as the premier Catholic educational experience in the Dayton region, empowering even more students to have an even greater impact in our world. The campaign includes three priorities:

ELEVATE - to create a campus and learning spaces contemporary to today's students and worthy of Chaminade Julienne's heritage.

PROPEL - to be an active force in driving CJ to its fuller potential of supporting outstanding educators; providing excellent academic programs; and modernize learning spaces.

ENGAGE - to participate in strengthening the school's financial foundation, and continue in investments that impact students the most.


GOAL of $10 Million

The largest investment goal of LIFT is $10 million to fund capital improvements. Within the next two to three years, CJ expects to:

  • modernize the school’s 745 seat auditorium
  • add rehearsal spaces for the growing performing arts program
  • redesign the cafeteria to also function as a community gathering space
  • build gateways and landmarks that will unify the campus and more clearly identify the school’s Catholic, Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur heritage
  • further develop Blue Green Field into a competition venue for soccer and lacrosse
  • modernize buildings and heating and cooling systems to allow for year-round learning
  • renovate classrooms into bright learning spaces that match today’s innovative style of teaching.

Projects already accomplished include:

  • Initial expansion of Blue Green Field
  • Eagle Tennis Center
  • CJ STEMM Center
  • Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym

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Goal of $4 Million

LIFT prioritizes strategic programs and endowment growth for teacher development, tuition assistance and ministry and service. Programs that were either conceptualized or supported through this investment include:

  • City Connects at CJ
  • CJ Writing Lab
  • Connected Classroom powered by Google
  • Project Lead the Way engineering and biomedical curriculum
  • Retreats, mission trips and liturgies
  • Senior Capstone Project

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Goal of $6 Million over 5 years

The final goal of of LIFT is to increase the Annual Fund over five years to raise $6 million for annual operations and tuition assistance — a priority that has been generously answered over the last three years, giving the school confidence that the increased levels of participation will continue over the next two.

Each year, gifts from more than 4,000 members of the CJ community provide vital support for all aspects of the Catholic educational experience at CJ including teacher salaries, student activities and maintenance. The generosity of alumni, parents and friends who contribute to the Annual Fund serves as a critical bridge between income from tuition and other sources and the cost of operating expenses. 

For every student, the Annual Fund fills the gap between the actual cost of an education and the amount charged in keeping tuition as affordable as possible. The Annual Fund also supports the tuition assistance program for families who want to choose CJ, but lack the financial resources to pay full tuition — more than 70 percent of families already receive some form of financial aid.

LIFT will assure the steady growth of the Annual Fund and provide every member of the CJ community with the means to play an essential role in the success of LIFT through their prayerful contributions.

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