November 2011

Awareness Week Benefits Hungry & Homeless

Students, faculty and staff at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School raised more than $3,100 and collected approximately 2,000 non-perishable items for local and world service organizations in the week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

The annual event known as Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is organized each fall by the school’s office of ministry and service. Students are challenged to meet a school-wide donation goal, but the week’s efforts are aimed at raising the collective consciousness about the plight of others said Erin Bole, an assistant director of ministry and service at CJ.

“Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week is an opportunity to grow in awareness of the needs of the Dayton community right outside of our doors,” Bole said.

“Our students recognize how working towards the common good helps the community they live in and they make a great collaborative effort at giving what they can to help those in need, especially in the greater Dayton community.”

The fruits of several activities throughout the week of November 14-21 will directly benefit the hungry and homeless locally:

Thousands of collected canned food items, toiletries, hats and gloves are being given to neighborhood organizations including St. Vincent Hotel, The Food Bank and the Life Enrichment Center.

Bagged lunches and hot meals prepared by CJ faculty and staff on Wednesday morning fed more than 100 local students who participate in after school programs through St. Vincent de Paul.

Approximately 300 more bagged lunches were donated to the House of Bread Thursday after students prepared meals during their own lunch period in the cafeteria.

All monetary contributions will benefit two international hunger-relief agencies: Oxfam international, a 15-organization collaborative working in nearly 100 countries to fight poverty and injustice; and Catholic Relief Services, the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the U.S. according to its Web site,

Thanks to members of FLIGHT (Faith Leaders in God's Hands Today) who helped organize the events throughout the week by collecting donations, creating a prayer service for the kick-off, and encouraging participation among the student body.

"FLIGHT’s dedication and their willingness to put in extra hours of work to make this week a successful one is inspiring," Bole said.

STEMM Idol Speaker Nate Eloe

Nate Eloe is a 2006 graduate of Chaminade Julienne and a 2010 graduate of the Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Physics. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Missouri S&T.

While working for Google during the summer of 2010, Nate was named one of the “30 Under 30” up and coming alumni of Missouri S&T.

According to a feature article in a winter 2010 issue of its alumni magazine, “Eloe was one of 1,026 students from 69 countries accepted into Google Summer of Code, a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open-source software projects. Thousands of students from all over the world apply and Eloe was fortunate enough to be selected for the program.”

On Tuesday, Nate spoke with CJ students during homeroom periods about the opportunities available in the field of computer science as November’s fourth STEMM Idol Speaker.

Computer science, Eloe summarized, is the combination of playing games, building models, and solving puzzles with studying and writing. Technicians must rely on researching and applying such topics as chaos theory, bioinformatics, game development, artificial intelligence, visual relationships and Calculus to arrive at creative solutions.

Eloe described the tools he has put to use through his own experiences working on exciting college projects, including designing a spacecraft launch-time predictor, designing and building a functioning plasma speaker, and programming a remote-controlled dog to follow its owner.

In his free time, Eloe enjoys applying his technical knowledge and skills to the light and sound systems used for theatrical and musical productions. The CJ graduate envisions using his talents to teach others, continue his research, and eventually develop a smartphone / tablet gaming application that incorporates the Foursquare concept with a “hazardous trap twist.”

Look for Nate’s 'Hazards' app on your electronic devices in the near future!


Dr. Seuss-Inspired Play Hits CJ's Stage

William Shakespeare and Dr. Seuss make quite an unlikely pair. But they come together perfectly for CJ’s fall play, The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet.

The show stars freshman David Marshall and junior Maddie Brown as the title characters, but features a cast of more than twenty student performers. Many of these actors are brand new to CJ’s drama productions, including sophomore Bobby Krupa. “I auditioned for the show so I could see if this is something I want to do for the rest of my time here at CJ,” said Bobby, who will be playing Paris. “And believe me, it's been a blast so far!”

Not only are there many new performers, but even the show’s director is also brand new to CJ drama. Mrs. Bennett, who works in the development office during the day, graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in theater and is excited to finally get back into theater, especially here at CJ. “I’m not only teaching students how to have fun but to learn about their craft, and about themselves,” Mrs. Bennett said.

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet is pretty much what it sounds like: the plot from Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet with a Dr. Seuss rhyme scheme. “This is a funny twist on the famous tragedy,” sophomore Kaylee Piatt said. Sophomore Jenny Meier added, “If you could take Romeo and Juliet, Dr. Seuss, and a handful of amazing CJ students and put them on a stage, you would get The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet!”

Mrs. Bennett is extremely proud of the work her actors have done. “The cast exceeds my expectations in professionalism and talent,” she said. She added that the actors have created some great, funny moments. “The show is funny!” she said. The actors also have grown to love certain parts. Kaylee said, “My favorite part would have to be the alternate endings. They add more comedy into the show.” Mrs. Bennett’s favorite part is a surprise, however, that students will have to attend to see!

The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet opens on November 18 and runs through November 20. Everyone is encouraged to come. “It's a great time with a bunch of great people,” Bobby said. Quoting Dr. Seuss, Kaylee summed up: “We hope you’ll enjoy it, 100 percent!”

By: Carly Meixner, '13

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


STEMM Idol Speaker Lt. Col. Lucy Lehker

When not working her day job as a nurse manager for Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, U.S. Air Force Reservist Lucy Lehker makes up one-third of the Critical Care Air Transport team aboard a “flying Intensive Care Unit/Operating Room.”

Lehker, who has been deployed four times including a six-month stint in Afghanistan, serves as a specially trained critical care nurse with one respiratory therapist and one trauma surgeon who, together with 800 pounds of equipment and gear, work to save the lives of wounded soldiers.

Amidst the complexities of administering medical treatment and performing surgery at high altitudes in a moving aircraft, the medical team must put their math and chemistry skills to use at all times to continually update the pilot, so as to avoid technical problems in-flight. The team is tasked with operating technology and equipment – such as ventilators, monitors, suction machines, and wound care systems – that are particularly made to be compact in order to fit in the treatment bays aboard planes such as a C-17 or C-130.

One of Lucy's favorite parts of the job is training non-medical personnel, such as pilots, to use medical equipment to administer "self aid" and "buddy care" in emergencies to save someone's life. She also works closely with flying paramedics, better known as para-rescuers or para-troopers, whose efforts can help stabilize and transport patients to the hospital within 24 hours.

During her presentation, she challenged students to design an innovative "litter" (stretcher) for air transport care. The current design has been in use since the Korean War, and is less than effective.

Lt. Col. Deborah “Lucy” Lehker has served over 15 years in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. She has been activated four times since 9/11 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In March 2010 she returned from a seven-month deployment in Kandahar, Afghanistan, as a Critical Care Air Transport Team (CCATT) nurse. Her newly appointed position is the Chief Nurse for the 752nd Medical Squadron, March ARB, Calif. Lehker was awarded in 2007 the "Nurses Health Care Hero Award" from Phoenix Business Journal and "Military Nurse of the Year" from March of Dimes.

Lehker has been an employee of Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center for over 16 years. She works as a registered nurse in the  trauma intensive care unit and as the senior nurse manager for the In Patient Wound and Ostomy Department. She has a master's degree in nursing, and an advanced practice certification as a wound and ostomy nurse, and she maintains advanced certifications in trauma nursing (TNCC), cardiac (ACLS), burns (ABLS), and pediatrics (PALS). Currently completing a second Master's of Military Operational Art and Science degree, she is FEMA certified as part of her Hospital's Emergency Response Team (HERT).

Lehker is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Air Force Reserve Officer Association, World Council of Enterstomal Therapists, Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society, American Nurses Association, Women in Military Service Memorial Foundation, Association of Military Surgeons United States and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.


Q&A Session Supplements HHAW Activities

Unlike students, who may only be confronted with the worldwide issues of hunger and homelessness during one November week at Chaminade Julienne, guest speaker Melodie Bennett literally faces the problem on a daily basis at the local level as the executive director of the House of Bread.

The House of Bread is a not-for-profit community kitchen located at 9 Orth Ave. in downtown Dayton. In January 2010, the organization transitioned from operating six days per week to welcoming guests every day at lunchtime. The dining room, open 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, sees an average of 220 people come through its doors each day.

“I can’t imagine living in a community where we didn’t care for the hungry and homeless,” Bennett told CJ religion and English students.

Before preparing to serve hundreds of guests on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 12—the second day of Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (HHAW)—Bennett visited CJ to share her firsthand experiences and answer questions on the topic. The school’s HHAW efforts, organized annually by the office of ministry and service to precede the Thanksgiving holiday, are aimed at educating the CJ community and collecting donations for the less fortunate.

“No one chooses to be poor, or hungry, or homeless or to live in poverty,” Bennett explained. “There is not one single reason why someone may end up needing our services.”

In addition to feeding hot meals to all comers, the House of Bread also provides clothing vouchers to St. Vincent de Paul stores and helps guests locate shelter and emergency services.

“I hope students will take away the idea that no matter how big or small, there is something that everyone can do to make a postive impact on hunger and homelessness in their community,” Bennett said.

Thursday, Nov. 17 is “Fast Day” at CJ. Students are encouraged to fast – if not from a whole meal, then from junk food or soda – during all lunch periods. Freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are also invited to help prepare bagged lunches in the cafeteria, which will be donated to the House of Bread.

Visit the House of Bread's Web site,, for more information about opportunities to volunteer and/or donate.

STEMM Idol Speaker Beth Hart

Beth Hart has worked at the University of Dayton for more than 10 years as an academic advisor and a professor in the university’s School of Engineering. Her duties include advising first-year students, organizing the Summer Honors Engineering camp and Women in Engineering (WIE) summer camp for high school students, and helping with undergraduate freshmen and sophomore seminars.

On November 14, 2011, Beth talked with CJ students about the wide variety of college and career opportunities available to those interested in engineering. Hart, a UD alumnae holding both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemical engineering, described her experiences working as a chemical engineer and senior production manager at H.B. Fuller. She assisted in designing and perfecting the pink adhesive that is used to seal bags of M&M's candy.

Since returning to UD in the summer of 2001, Hart has utilized her expertise in the field by teaching and advising students in the department of chemical and materials engineering. Before choosing an area of specializaiton, she recommends that all undergraduates choose from one of the four pillar engineering disciplines – chemical, civil, electrical/computer, or mechanical. According to Hart, students who graduate with an engineering degree can pursue several future career paths and are very desirable candidates for graduate schools with medical and veterinarian programs.

During her homeroom presentations, Hart also talked with CJ students about the challenges many face when transitioning from high school to college. She highlighted some support mechanisms in place at UD such as learning communities, tutoring and co-op programs and outlined how these supports can keep students successful in the classroom and during their hunt to find jobs after graduation.

With questions about UD’s engineering program, students can contact professor Hart at 937.229.2627 or via email at


John Staley Signs with NKU

Eagles fans will not have too far to travel to watch basketball standout John Staley compete at the collegiate level one year from now.

After verbally committing to Northern Kentucky University in September, the CJ senior made it official on Thursday, Nov. 10, signing his National Letter of Intent to join the Norse next season.

“It feels great to sign with NKU,” Staley said. “I have played basketball all my life because I love the game, so it’s just a bonus to be able play for four more years and get my college education.”

John, son of head coach Joe Staley and mother Michelle (pictured above), earned a full athletic grant to cover all tuition costs after turning in a stellar junior season. The 6-foot-5 forward led all GCL scorers and finished fifth in rebounds with 17.7 points and 7.4 boards per game.

The Kettering native admitted proximity to home – NKU’s campus is a little more than an hour drive south of Dayton –factored into his decision, and said he is grateful for an opportunity to play Division I NCAA basketball.  The school’s athletic program is expected to move up from Division II for the 2012-13 season.

“I would like to thank all my coaches and all the guys I’ve had as teammates,” Staley said. Heading into his third varsity season at CJ, Staley’s resume includes first team all league and special mention all Southwest Ohio district honors, as well as a GCL North team championship in 2009-10.

The Eagles 2011 season begins Saturday, December 3 with a home-opener against Greeneview at 7:30 p.m.


CJ STEMM Certified at PLTW Conference

Chaminade Julienne was officially recognized as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Nationally Certified School at the annual Project Lead the Way Ohio Fall Conference on Thursday, Nov. 3.

CJ administrators and educators were awarded national certification plaques for both the school’s PLTW biomedical sciences and pre-engineering courses during a presentation on the campus of the University of Akron. According to, Ohio has the fifth most registered programs in the U.S. with more than 200 at the high school and middle school level. Of those institutions, CJ is one of just four secondary schools—and the only Catholic high school in the nation—to achieve dual certification.

“Through Project Lead the Way, Chaminade Julienne has opened up some truly unique, STEM-focused educational opportunities for all students in the Dayton region,” said John Marshall, principal. Marshall, one of six school representatives in attendance at the conference, added that he envisions CJ serving as a model for other Catholic schools interested in incorporating components of STEM education into the curriculum.

Project Lead the Way is the leading provider of innovative, project-based STEM education curricular programs. Students enrolled in CJ’s certified courses are guaranteed opportunities to learn from and work with area industry professionals and businesses, and may become eligible for college credit and admissions preference at more than 40 PLTW affiliate colleges and universities nationwide.

“National certification affirms that our five years of planning, implementing, assessing and modifying the CJ STEMM program have truly taken shape,” Marshall said.


Long Signs to Play Basketball at Vandy

Less than 16 hours into the official opening of the high school signing period Wednesday, Nov. 9, Chaminade Julienne senior Raytea Long inked her National Letter of Intent to play basketball for the Commodores of Vanderbilt University.

As part of her commitment, Long will receive a full athletic grant to cover all tuition costs at the university located in Tennessee’s capital city, where she plans to study chemical engineering.

“Vanderbilt was just a perfect fit for me. The location, the academics, and the basketball program all felt right,” Long said.

Long will join the Commodores of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), a NCAA Division I powerhouse, following her final campaign at CJ in 2011-12. Throughout her three varsity seasons, the 6-foot senior has been a major interior presence for the Eagles. She has twice been named first team all-league, earned Ohio Division II Southwest all-district special mention honors as a junior, and helped lead CJ to three consecutive seasons atop the GGCL Grey North – including an outright league title and a regional finals appearance in 2010.

“I’m very excited and anxious, and I want to thank all those who have supported me along the way,” Long said, making special reference to the love shown by her teammates, coaches and parents. Raytea resides in Dayton with her father Kevin Long and mother Rachel Thompson (pictured above).

The Eagles basketball season, under first-year head coach Mandy Myers (pictured below), opens on the road Saturday, November 26 against Wilmington at 2:30 p.m.

“Our goals this year are to get past the regional finals, improve on our weaknesses and keep getting better as a team,” Long said.


STEMM Idol Lt. Col. Joel Luker

On Tuesday, November 8, Lt. Col. Joel Luker shared with students the highlights of his satisfying and exciting 17-year career with the Air Force as an Engine Safety Engineer and Squadron Commander at the National Air & Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at WPAFB.

As part of his presentation, he shared video clips and photos of an experience working at the site of a fighter jet crash on a remote mountainside, where Luker led a team effort to find out what caused the aircraft to crash. Over a period of 30 days aircraft parts were loaded and lifted by a chain suspended from a helicopter, hauled to a worksite, dismantled and, in some cases, literally torn apart. This method of investigation helped lead the commander to conclude that the culprit was a very small part of the engine, which had actually been damaged prior to the time of the crash.

The STEMM Idol Speaker also discussed flying everything from jet fighters to Blackhawk helicopters and even the Goodyear blimp while studying to be and serving as a Flight Test Engineer. According to Luker, the academic course content required to graduate from the program was extremely challenging, and entailed multiple master’s level courses condensed into one week’s worth of curriculum!

Lastly, Lt. Col. Luker discussed his most recent assignment working as part of a team of engineers to test the “small diameter bomb,” one of the most advanced precision-strike weapons in the U.S. arsenal (each can strike a 3-foot square target from a distance of 50-60 miles). For safety, he described how the systems must be tested on floating barges in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico using global positioning systems (GPS) and sensors.

Students with a curiosity about the possibilities of being an engineer in the Air Force found genuine excitement from Joel's presentation, and learned that it is an opportunity to encounter many challenging and once-in-a-lifetime jobs.

Lt. Col. Luker has served as an officer in the United States Air Force for more than 17 years. He currently works at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) as a Squadron Commander, leading a group of approximately 100 people in their assessment of foreign electronic warfare systems, and is additionally a military Flight Test Engineer.

“I test military aircraft and associated systems,” Luker said. During his years as a Flight Test Engineer, Lt. Col. Luker has flown about 50 different types of aircraft. It is his job to design and carry out tests that will explore the capabilities of those aircraft along with the onboard weapons and instrumentation systems.

Luker studied extensively before joining the workforce, earning a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University of Minnesota; a master’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology; and, most recently, earned a master’s in Military Operational Arts and Sciences from Air University in 2007. He has impressively been named a distinguished graduate of the Reserve Officers’ Training Program (ROTC), the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Squadron Officer School (SOC) and the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC).

In his free time, Lt. Col. Luker enjoys pursuing his passion for hockey. He has played the game since age 6 and has coached youth teams in both Dayton, Ohio and Pensacola, Fla.