October 2011

STEMM Idol Speaker Charlie Weikert

The idea behind the University of Dayton ETHOS program needs no explanation—its name, an acronym standing for Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-Learning, mostly speaks for itself. But Charlie Weikert, a UD junior, explained to CJ students Tuesday, October 11 that his ETHOS experience was truly “life-changing.”

During homeroom periods, Weikert detailed his summer service-learning trip to La Paz, Bolivia. There, in the poorest country in South America, the mechanical engineering student spent 10 weeks living with a host family and working onsite with natives to design and build wood dryers—25-foot steel structures used for drying up to two tons of wood at the point of lumber collection in the forest.

It was challenging enough, Weikert told students, to engineer such structures in nature, where things like electricity, protected facilities, and automated tools—items often taken for granted—were scarce, if available at all. However, a monumental hurdle to overcome was the communication barrier between himself and his two assistants, who spoke no English.

“They must have thought I was crazy,” Weikert told students as he demonstrated some of the charade-type techniques he and his fellow workers used to communicate with each other.

Despite the difficulties of working in a foreign land, Weikert said he enjoyed assimilating with South American culture during his brief stay. His cultural experiences ranged from exciting stints fishing for piranha and catching anacondas in the Amazon River to frustrating travel delays caused by political demonstrations.

In summary, Weikert explained to students the appreciation he gained for the cultural differences that can separate people in third world countries from others who enjoy the privileges of a developed nation.

Charlie Weikert is a mechanical engineering student at the University of Dayton. While attending Columbus East High School in Columbus, Ind., Charlie designed, patented and successfully marketed a new style of yo-yo, the popular children’s toy, after taking pre-engineering courses offered through his school’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program.

Between his sophomore and junior year of college in the summer of 2011, the UD ETHOS student spent 10 weeks in La Paz, Bolivia working as an intern with Prolena-Engineering Research to build industrial wood dryers in an effort to help stimulate rural economic growth.

In addition, Charlie has also served as a guest speaker at the 2010 PLTW National Innovation Summit and was given the Maverick Awards Young Entrepreneur Award by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.

Volleyball Featured for Senior Night

Support the feature team of the week during their final home stand of the season Thursday, October 6 as the Eagles battle Carroll beginning with the freshmen and junior varsity games at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Then celebrate Senior Night with members of the varsity team at 6:30 p.m. before the girls take the court and continue their quest for a GGCL championship.

Recognizing Seniors: Help CJ congratulate Holli Kossoudji and Emma Stumpf, the Eagles only seniors, who will be recognized during a short ceremony before the game.

Eagles Eyeing Sweep: With a victory, the varsity will have swept league rival Carroll this season and will improve to 4-1 in the GGCL Grey division. In four years, the Class of 2012 is 7-0 against the Patriots at the varsity level.

Surpassing Season Highs: A win would also make the 2011 campaign the program’s most successful season since 2008 when the Eagles finished 18-4. The girls are 12-5 overall with four regular season games remaining.

Traditions: Take notice of CJ women’s volleyball traditions, such as cheering teammates before the game and prayer before and after matches. Also look for a special Senior Night tradition in which the Eagles will recognize Carroll seniors by exchanging flowers with their opponents.

All in the Family: The Stumpf sisters, Emma ’12 and Beth ’15, will take the court together at home with teammates one last time. The varsity roster includes two freshmen (B. Stumpf and Haleigh Shaw), four sophomores (Samantha Cudney, Kelsey Dufresne, Claire Meyers, Rachel Rogers), four juniors (Gretchen Bruggeman, Heidi Hess, Grace Kauth, Anna Kroger), and two seniors (E. Stumpf and Kossoudji).

Undefeated October:  If the team can stay undefeated in October, CJ will solidify a share of the 2011 GGCL Grey North title. The Eagles biggest remaining match comes Tuesday, October 11 versus Alter at 6:30 p.m.

Eagles Among Area Best: Chaminade Julienne ranked third in Divisions I-II in the area girls volleyball coaches poll for October 4.  

By the Numbers: All five of the team’s losses have come against state ranked teams:  Mount Notre Dame, D-I No. 2; Centerville, D-I No. 20; Wyoming, D-II No. 2; McNicholas, D-II No. 5; Alter, D-II No. 10.  

Catching up with Kauth: In August, the Dayton Daily News named junior Grace Kauth one of six local “Players to Watch” this season.  

Traditions: For their team’s introduction during the school pep rally on Friday, September 30, seniors Holli Koussodji and Emma Stumpf adorned their two freshmen teammates with locker signs and funny costumes—a playful CJ women’s volleyball tradition that has been passed on through the years to welcome the freshmen varsity players at the first fall pep rally.

CJ Names Four Distinguished Alumni

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School honored the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees during an awards dinner at NCR Country Club on Thursday, September 29.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, first started in 1997, are intended to honor graduates of CJ and its four predecessor schools (Notre Dame Academy, Chaminade, Julienne, and St. Joseph Commercial) who have made significant impacts on their communities and professions. The awards ceremony is a celebration of the entire CJ community, highlighting the past as the foundation for the future.

Four new members were inducted Thursday evening:

The Honorable Robert L. Moore, ’63 

Judge Moore graduated from Chaminade High School in 1963 and went on to receive degrees from the University of Dayton and Ohio Northern University Law School. He has served on the Kettering Municipal Court for the last 15 years and during that time has earned an excellent reputation among attorneys and colleagues. His deep ties to the Dayton community are evident in his investment in countless community organizations, including over 40 years volunteering with Optimist International. A lover of sports, Judge Moore has enjoyed great success officiating baseball, basketball, and football games, ranging from CYO to serving as an NFL official for 13 years. He and wife Toni have three children and seven grandchildren.


Robert G. Stachler, ’47

After graduating from Chaminade in 1947, Robert Stachler went on to be one of the most prominent and respected lawyers in the country. His victories in sports litigation won him the spotlight in high profile cases with the Cincinnati Bengals and Cincinnati Reds. During his 54 years as a lawyer, Mr. Stachler has been involved in numerous community and charitable organizations. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton and University of Cincinnati College of Law and has practiced law with Taft Stettinius & Hollister since 1957. He and his wife of over 50 years, Betty, have five children and seventeen grandchildren.


Fr. Joseph M. Davis, S.M. ’55 

The only African American in his 1955 Chaminade graduating class, Fr. Davis went on to be a strong voice for black Catholics in the church in the 60’s until his death. He was the founder and former director of the National Office for Black Catholics as well as a founder of the National Black Clergy Caucus. His ministry took him from teaching at Chaminade High School in the ‘60s to teacher and administrator in Marianist schools in Africa. Fr. Davis was a graduate of the University of Dayton and received his master’s degree from Catholic University of America. He was ordained in 1991 and served at St. Aloysius Parish in Cleveland until his death in 1992.


James R. Brooks

Mr. Brooks has been part of the Chaminade Julienne community for over 30 years as educator, coach, and volunteer.  His contributions to the English Department and as the boys and girls tennis coach have had a profound impact on the Chaminade Julienne community. Mr. Brooks seeks to educate the whole person both inside the classroom and out and his dedication is apparent in the ways he challenges and encourages his students. His wife and fellow CJ teacher, Peg Regan, is a 1973 graduate of Julienne and daughters Colleen and Carmen graduated in 2010 and 2011 respectively. We are pleased to honor Mr. Brooks as an honorary alum.