February 2011

Student Council Donates $500 to Relay For Life

Members of Chaminade Julienne's Student Council presented a check for $500 to representatives from the American Cancer Society Wednesday, Feb. 23, in support of the organization's national Relay for Life fundraiser during a small after-school ceremony in the auditorium.

The donation, made possible by a January student-fundraiser hosted on campus in support of breast cancer awareness, was accepted on behalf of the American Cancer Society by representatives Stephanie Terrill and Jon Thalman, who also coordinates Kettering’s Relay for Life event.

“We’re glad that the youth are involved,” Thalman said. “This is a good educational experience for the students and it allows them to show their support for cancer victims.”

Those also on hand for the presentation included Angela Ruffolo, Student Council moderator; John Marshall, principal; and Dan Meixner, president. A cancer survivor himself, Meixner said he was especially pleased with Student Council’s efforts to help raise awareness throughout the school.

“What the kids have done through this process is help our students recognize that many people in the CJ community have been affected in one way or another by cancer, whether it is a classmate, a member of the faculty and staff, or an alum,” Meixner said. Three years after graduating from CJ, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1987, but has been in remission for 14 years.

“I’m proud of our students because they’re doing what they can do to make sure that another 21-year-old college junior doesn’t have to experience what I have experienced.”

On May 14 and 15, teams of current students led by Jay Bryant, junior class president, will represent CJ during the all-night Relay for Life walk at Delco Park in Kettering. In recognition of the school’s participation, Terrill and Thalman awarded CJ a “We are a Relay School” banner.

Feature Team of the Week

The winter athletic season may be nearing an end, but the men's varsity basketball team—this week’s feature team—is looking forward to new beginnings as the proverbial second season starts tonight at 6 p.m. with a first round tournament game against Valley View at Lebanon High School.

Despite getting off to a slow start, the young team has seemingly hit its stride down the stretch. Since losing their first seven games in December, the Eagles (8-12 overall, 6-8 GCL) wrapped up the regular season by going 8-5 in 2011.

“With inexperience, hard times will come early,” said point guard Tim Szabo, one of the team’s three seniors. “Everyone was learning at the beginning of the season and we’re still learning now.”

According to Szabo and fellow seniors Logan Daugherty and Michael Russell (pictured below), the key to the team’s continual improvement has come on the defensive end of the court, where CJ has allowed opponents to score an average of just 46.2 points per game.  That stinginess was on display during the month of February in which the squad recorded two signature wins against Division I opponents.

On the heels of the program’s monumental victory against Moeller last year, the Eagles beat a GCL South school for the second consecutive season with a decisive 54-41 win over St. Xavier at home, beating the Bombers for the first time since the 1997-98 season. The team then finished the season by downing the Greater Western Ohio Conference South co-champion Panthers 51-49 at Springboro.

“The win against Springboro really helps build up our confidence to make a run in the tournament,” Russell said. Sixth seeded CJ faces a familiar playoff foe in eighth seeded Valley View (14-6 overall, 9-3 SWBL), who they last played in the first round of the Division II Sectionals in 2009, winning 70-30.

“We can’t take them for granted,” Daugherty said of the Spartans. The winner of tonight’s game will move on to play seventh seeded Franklin (11-9 overall, 6-6 SWBL) on Tuesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at Lebanon High School.

CJ's Ski Club a Success

Long thought of as a sport meant only for the wealthy upper class, skiing has taken CJ by storm this winter in the form of the newly created CJ Ski Club.

The club, started by senior John Buerschen with some help from Mrs. Beth Marshall, English teacher, took trips to Perfect North Slopes nearly every Friday during January and February, skiing for around four to five hours before coming back to CJ tired, but happy.

“I’ve been skiing for a few years and I knew the club director at Perfect North, so I thought it would be cool to get it going at CJ,” said Buerschen on what gave him the idea and motivation to start the club.

In its first year of existence, the club has had more than 25 people join and almost everyone who has gone has enjoyed themselves. “It’s really fun to get to do something new to CJ, and have a great time skiing with friends,” junior Allie McMahon said.

The inaugural trip to Perfect North came on Friday, Jan. 7. The club took a bus from CJ to the slopes–which are about an hour and a half away–and returned home around 1 a.m. “It was so much fun. [Skiing] was really easy to pick up and I can’t wait to go on the next one,” said junior Sam Spees, enthusiastically recalling his time at the slope.

The experience, a first for some, was enjoyable and full of adventure. According to junior Camille Dickens, “It was rough at first but then everyone got the hang of it and you got to see the talents of your friends.” Newcomers shouldn’t worry, though; you don’t have to be a professional to join this club. Most people are beginners and a lesson is free with ski rental.

Although the Ski Club’s season has ended, new members are encouraged to join the club next year and in the years to come. Contact John Buerschen or Mrs. Marshall for information about opportunities to participate next year.

By: Will McKelvey '12

This story was first published in the February 2011 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.

An Anniversary Assembly for the Ages

Members of the CJ community were treated to an assembly of historic proportions Friday, Feb. 4, during a combined celebration of Catholic Schools Week and the school’s 160/125 anniversary.

Current students, faculty, staff and about 25 guests, including members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and Society of Mary, filled the auditorium to see, feel and experience 160 years of memories via a 90 minute multi-media presentation. The event included live speakers, photos, video clips, and an original song—We Didn’t Start the School, a parody of Billy Joel’s 1989 hit of similar name—recorded by VEGA, CJ’s first-year a cappella group under the direction of Joe Whatley ’04.

The idea, according to Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher who helped organize the massive undertaking, was to educate students on their school’s past in order to provide them with a better understanding of where CJ is today, and where it might go in the future. Those integral in making the program a success, said Brooks, included members of the assembly’s planning committee Nancy Egbers, Laurie Eloe, Angela Ruffolo, Tim Dillon, Peg Regan and Cindy Budde, as well numerous other faculty and staff members who made contributions.

“History is a tough sell to teenagers so we knew that if we were going to do that we needed an audio-visual approach to it, and so the key person who edited it all together was [2008 graduate] David Brun,” Brooks stated. Clips consisted of narrated segments, each containing pictures and information from different points in the school’s history beginning with the founding of Notre Dame Academy and St. Mary’s School for Boys in the 1800’s and leading up to the present day accomplishments of those at Chaminade Julienne.

“I’ve never seen our students more attentive for that period of time which tells me that something was going in, and that they were paying attention to everything that was happening,” added Brooks, who’s spent 31 years at CJ teaching and coaching.

Students delighted in seeing their fellow senior classmates  Riviere Duffy and Cassie Zehenny outfitted in authentic Julienne uniforms on stage as they alternated reading aloud the Notre Dame Courtesy Code, and likewise as seniors Joe Ferneding and Jarred Jones took turns reading excerpts from the 1930 CHS yearbook dressed in sport coats, slacks and ties.

“I was very pleased with the student response. The combination of audio-visual presentation and live speakers was very good,” he said. Guest speakers representing different periods in the school’s past were chosen to compliment the themes of each video segment’s era and included: Charlene Wheeler, 1965 Julienne graduate and current guidance department chairperson; Don Nooks, a 1969 Chaminade graduate; Ann Meyers, a 1976 CJ graduate and current math teacher; and Jim Place, former CJ football coach and athletic director.

“I was to talk about when the schools merged,” Meyers recounted. “I was a freshman when I found out and a sophomore the year it happened.  Then the next year St. Joseph’s Commercial High School merged in, and merging two schools together was crazy; just really crazy.”

Having the opportunity to hear first-hand the similar experiences some of her teachers had while attending the same school is something senior Seanice Reynolds said was very rewarding. She described the assembly as a great experience, but admitted her favorite part came during the conclusion when Meyers, along with the 20 other current faculty and staff members who graduated from CJ or one of its predecessor schools, shared some of their most memorable high school stories on video.

“I just thought it was incredibly well-received by the students,” Meyers said. “Anyone that was at the assembly left the auditorium feeling more informed, but also feeling energized about being a part of this community.”

Anniversary Assembly Reception

Following the assembly, guests including former faculty and staff members, as well as members of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and Society of Mary, were invited to a reception hosted in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame room. A few shared their thoughts on the ceremony:

Bro. Paul Jablinski, S.M., Chaminade class of 1954 and former art teacher at his alma mater, called the assembly "very nice, and very moving." He now lives with the Marianists above the annex at CJ and enjoys meeting with students on walks around campus.
Don Nooks, Chaminade class of 1969 and guest speaker at the assembly, reflected on his time at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets and reminisced, "The four years I spent down here were the finest years of my life." He admitted his favorite part of the assembly was seeing his former principal Mr. Ed Regan, who was in attendance with his wife Dot. "Next to my father, I respect him more than any other man," Nooks said. "I don't think he really ever knew how important he was to all the Men of Chaminade. He was a father-figure, a teacher, an administrator and a big brother."
Kathleen Stanaford, a 1990 graduate who taught at her alma mater from 1994 to 2007, enjoyed being back at the school she considers home. "I thought the assembly was incredible, the presentation was well put together, and the students were well-behaved," she said. "A few students came up to greet me even though they had never had me in class."

More Catholic Schools Week Fun: January 31 - February 4

Due to the inclement weather that closed CJ during most of Catholic Schools Week, many of the planned festivities were postponed until Friday, Feb. 4 to accompany the Anniversary Assembly. These activities included Catholic T-shirt Day—when students, faculty and staff were able to wear a Catholic elementary school shirt, a CJ t-shirt, or a Catholic college t-shirt to school—and the annual Teacher Appreciation Luncheon hosted by the Co-Educators.

Additionally, the delivery of special Catholic Schools Week cakes and posters to area grade schools (pictured below) was a success, even if delayed by the snow and ice. Volunteers from CJ's faculty and staff dropped off the gifts for their fellow educators at 17 Catholic elementary schools around the city. Posters contained a photo and a "Thank you" from current CJ students who got their start at each school.

Feature Team of the Week

The Eagles headed into the Sectional tournament Friday, Feb. 18 with 11 varsity wrestlers set to compete, each carrying with them the confidence that comes from being the CJ Feature Team of the Week in addition to the 2011 GCL North Champions.

The team, recognized this week by the Spirit Committee for their outstanding achievements on the mat, brought home their third trophy of the season Saturday, Feb. 12 after winning the league meet by 21 and one-half points over second place Carroll High School, good for fifth place amongst all GCL teams. According to teammates Lyle Plummer, ’14, and Josh Marshall, ’11, winning the league was just one goal the squad has worked hard to fulfill this year.

“Under the leadership of Coach Begley, our tough practices have finally been paying off,” said Plummer, league champ in the 103 weight class. Marshall credited his coach as well, adding that in his first year back as head varsity coach at CJ, Begley has succeeded in getting his team to wrestle at the next level.

“We’re a rather young team,” Plummer said. “We only have three seniors and a lot of kids are new to wrestling, but it’s been amazing to watch them all get better.”

The trio of representatives from the class of 2011 include Marshall along with Nick Muhl and Lee Hollis, Jr. (pictured below). Each has been mentoring their underclassman teammates with a unique style of leadership, helping to build upon the program’s tradition of excellence.

“I see myself as a leader by example,” said Marshall, whose brother Aaron is a freshman on the team. He admires his fellow seniors Hollis and Muhl for the hardworking, will-to-win attitudes they try to instill in others.

CJ Hall of Fame Celebrates 30 Years

In congruence with the 160/125 Anniversary Celebration, Chaminade Julienne is excited to also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the inception of the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame. On Saturday, Feb. 19, this year’s inductees will be recognized during halftime of the men’s varsity basketball game vs. Alter at the Trent Arena.

First introduced in 1981 by founder and alumnus Jerry Raiff, ’55, the Hall of Fame exists today to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to athletics at CJ and its predecessor schools.

“It gives alums across all generations the opportunity to share in the great traditions of our school as one,” said Mike Lehner, assistant development director. Originated eight years after the 1973 merger of Chaminade and Julienne High Schools—and seven after the addition of St. Joseph’s Commercial High School—the program has flourished and brought together generations of members of the CJ community as a direct result of Raiff’s leadership, foresight and dedication.

“I want to thank Jerry as well as the hundreds of volunteers who have helped make the Hall of Fame such a special program over the last 30 years,” Lehner said.

Those also instrumental in contributing to the success of the program include: Mike Hohner and Sr. Carol Lichtenberg, who, as CJ staff members in 1980, fully backed the initiation of the project; Bill Duffy, a 1937 CHS grad and longtime supporter of the school’s athletic programs; “Doc” and Eileen Harsha, who worked for years facilitating the awards ceremony and reception for inductees; and Denny Gorman, ’66, and Rick Iannarino, ’67, for their efforts helping with the annual CJ Golf Outing.

“I think the Athletic Hall of Fame really brings back a lot of history and memories for the alumni of all the schools and it’s been great for CJ,” Raiff stated. A former three-sport athlete himself, Raiff hoped by establishing the Hall of Fame he could help boost spirit amongst supporters at a time when the school’s identity was uncertain to some.

“I felt the school was in dire need of some perk,” he reprised, so he decided to undertake the responsibility of acquiring all the funds to cover the first year start-up costs. Today, Raiff still enjoys welcoming each new class of inductees, but has since left the fundraising associated with keeping the program running up to the Golf Outing held in August.

“Every year is special to me and I’m very happy for the six new inductees who we’ll be honoring this year,” Raiff said.

Joining the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame as members of the class of 2010 include:

Richard Wessels '62, Baseball, Basketball

John Meyer '68, Track

Paul Harker '98, Football

John Szabo '00, Football, Basketball

Erin Treadway Hazelbaker '00, Volleyball

Amy Brand Powell '00, Volleyball

Living Lab Comes Alive for Students

Freshmen and sophomore students taking Honors Biology were able to place themselves in the shoes of a Wright State University nursing student and behind the controls of a remote presence robot during a February field trip to the Living Laboratory in Centerville.

The Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio, headquartered on the campus of WSU, renovated the house now known as the Living Laboratory on the grounds of the Bethany Village Retirement Community in November 2009. Home to a family of human patient simulators and wired for video conferencing, the lab serves as a training and instructional facility for professionals in the healthcare industry as well as students.

“This technology is state of the art and on the cutting edge of the STEMM-related fields that we try to emphasize here at CJ,” said Amanda Ooten, science teacher and department co-chair.  She organized the field trip for two of her classes February 7 and 8 as a way of introducing CJ students to the principles of engineering, biomedical science, nursing and math on display at the lab.

Students were split into two groups for hands-on demonstrations led by members of the Nursing Institute’s professional staff. From inside the home, one group participated in treating the human patient simulators, which ranged in age from infant to adult and suffered from a variety of ailments. Treatments included administering shots, checking pupils, addressing wounds, and taking the heart-rate and blood pressure of the life-like, computer controlled mannequins.

Meanwhile, from a location outside of the Living Lab, a second group completed a robotics seminar and had the opportunity to monitor the activity in the lab by driving a remote presence robot named Morgan.  At just over five feet tall, the robot is mounted with a display monitor as well as a camera, and can be operated from nearly anywhere—a capability students tested first-hand by taking the controls of a similar robot in Santa Barbara, Calif.

“It’s like Skype for doctors,” explained Claire Meyers ’14, referencing the popular Internet video conferencing Web site. The technology, she added, breaks barriers by giving doctors the ability to diagnose patients, and teachers the ability to instruct students, without needing to be in the same room.

As one of roughly 40 CJ students in attendance, Meyers said she enjoyed being able to touch everything inside the Living Lab in order to literally get a feel for what it is like to be a nursing student.

“The trip gave me a greater understanding of what nurses in training go through,” she said of the job’s pressures. “If you mess up, it could cost someone their life.”

February Member of the Month

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.”

Kelly Muhl
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

STEMM Idol Speaker Andrew Shepherd

Students watched in the CIL as guest speaker Andrew Shepherd of Riverside Research rerouted an airplane’s flight path to avoid an oncoming storm with just the click of a mouse, and while the plane and weather were only virtual, he made it evident that the real world applications of such technology permeate career fields in today’s science and math industries.

The cutting-edge technology, ironically, is grounded in a scientific discipline that is nearly as old as the planet itself known as geodesy. Through measurements and mapping, geodesy allows scientists to gain a better understanding of the Earth, which can be used to study both the aerospace and environmental arenas.

From his laptop, Shepherd demonstrated to those in Mrs. Secor’s geometry class the usefulness of 4-D modeling and satellite imaging using computer software known as a Satellite Tool Kit. The program, similar to Google maps but operated by a physics and math engine, can assist students and professionals with everything from calculating the shortest distance between two coordinates on Earth to helping border patrol agents plan missions, objectives and tasks.

“You’re always dealing with trigonometry and geometry when you’re calculating these kinds of missions,” he told students. In addition, the CJ STEMM Idol speaker also demonstrated electronic surveying techniques using a simulated model of the city of Dayton, and showed ways to predict how and when tide levels at coasts around the world will be affected by natural disasters such as tsunamis.

As an adjunct faculty member at both Sinclair Community College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Shepherd is familiar with lecturing to students. He stressed the importance of a having a solid foundation in math, but highlighted the value of keeping in mind an end-goal.

“In everything from algebra to physics, if you can look and see that there are fun applications for the math you’re using, it is going to be more meaningful and practical for you.”

Shepherd, a Dayton-area native, comes from a family of pilots and actually learned how to fly before he could drive. He supports the development of innovative modeling and simulation tools at the Riverside Research Institute, a non-profit organization involved in the fields of intelligence, remote sensing and surveillance.

Student Help Throw Super Bowl Party at St. Vincent's

The men at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter were treated to a Texas-sized Super Bowl party Sunday, Feb. 6, thanks in part to a collaborative effort by volunteers from area Catholic high schools Alter, Carroll and Chaminade Julienne.

A congregation of about 30 students, parents and moderators from each school helped bring America’s biggest game from Cowboys Stadium in Dallas to the shelter’s gymnasium, located just minutes south of CJ on Apple Street in downtown Dayton.

Guests dined on a bevy of donated snacks, foods and desserts while watching the Green Bay Packers defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 on a big-screen display courtesy of a projector and sound system provided by those from Carroll. All three schools teamed up with St. Vincent’s to fill out a menu that included BW3’s wings, Domino’s pizza, Mike-sell’s potato chips, homemade meatballs, fried appetizers, nachos, fruit salad, popcorn and cookies.

“Many of the guys stopped me during the evening and were very grateful to the group for making their Super Bowl Sunday a special one,” said Melissa Pangaean, manager of volunteers at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter.  She, along with CJ parent Elizabeth Calhoun, were instrumental in organizing and planning the event—the first of its kind at the shelter.

According to Pangaean, who has worked at St. Vincent’s for seven years, Super Bowl Sunday is the toughest day of the year to get volunteers, so she decided to “turn a negative into a positive” by hosting a Super Bowl XLV party. As a result, over 200 men were fed and directly served by volunteers working in teams of two from 6 to 9 p.m.

“I really believe that our guests had a spectacular time,” she said.

CJ junior Maggie Switzer arrived at 4 p.m. to help with decorations and prepare food alongside fellow classmates April Grierson, ’11, Cassie Zehenny, ’11, Jacob Calhoun, ’12, Mikaela Hadaway, ’13, and Courteney Muhl, ’13. Giving up part of her weekend to help others, however, is nothing new for Switzer.

“I already volunteer at St. Vincent’s on my own, so I like going there and being involved in service in general,” she said. “Every Saturday morning at 7 a.m. I serve breakfast to the families that stay there.”

For Switzer, Sunday’s service project was also a unique opportunity to catch up with some Alter and Carroll friends she met while previously working the "Dresses for Degrees" dress sale as a member of CJ’s Key Club. The November 14, 2010 initiative involving all three Catholic high schools allowed CJ to raise $1,145 in scholarship funds for two young girls in impoverished areas of Belize.  

The students’ dedication to serve others is something Pangaean said is evident amongst the members of the CJ community, a number of whom volunteer at the Gateway Shelter on a regular basis.

“It really excites me to see these kids do their [service] hours here at St. Vincent and decide to continue volunteering just because they want to.”

According to stvincentdayton.org, the St. Vincent de Paul Hotel Gateway Shelter is a 220-bed facility operating 365 days a year to provide shelter and emergency assistance to homeless men, women and families during their period of crisis.