September 2012

2012 CJ Distinguished Alumni Awards

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School honored the 2012 class of Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees during an awards dinner at NCR Country Club on September 27.

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.

Five new members were recognized Thursday evening:

Richard A. Zimmer, ‘51, posthumously received the Professional Achievement Award. Dayton’s longest tenured city commissioner, Zimmer served the city for 21 years—spanning four decades from 1978 to 2005—before passing away in April 2010 at age 77. The North Findlay Street Bridge was dedicated in honor of the former commissioner in March 2011

Deborah A. Denise ‘69, also received the Professional Achievement Award. Denise is the executive vice president of production and executive producer for Sony Pictures Imageworks. Denise, who grew up in Assumption parish, attributes her love of the arts to her time at Julienne and on the stage at Chaminade.

Fr. Thomas Schroer, S.M., ’60, received the Christian Service Award. In 2011, Fr. Thomas celebrated his golden jubilee with the Society of Mary, having dedicated 50 years to religious life. He was ordained a Marianist priest in 1972 and holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Richard ’67 and Leslie Iannarino received the CJ Community Award. The couple—proud parents of CJ alumni Sandi ’88; Dominic ’92; and Michael ’94—has  given more than 35 years of service and support to the school in several different capacities.

Dr. Steven M. Kleinhenz received the Honorary Alumni Award. Dr. Kleinhenz has given his time and talent as the physician to the Chaminade Julienne Eagles football program for more than 25 years. He and his wife Heather are the proud parents of CJ alumni Molly ’97; Ben ‘99 (Julie ‘99); Nick ’02; and Chris ’07.

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High Schoolers Host City's Young Pros

Dayton’s teenaged up-and-comers hope to school the city’s current generation of young professionals over lunch this Friday at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, located at 505 S. Ludlow St.

On September 28, members and guests of Generation Dayton (GenD) will be reminded why it is important to ‘Act Like a Teenager,’ as CJ seniors share about their experiences with community involvement, service, faith and diversity on and around the school’s downtown campus. The partnership is a result of GenD’s monthly Fourth Friday Lunch Speaker Series.

“By investing in today’s young professionals, we are assisting the leaders of tomorrow, the next generation of our Dayton region,” said LaDonna Wulfeck, program manager.

A program of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, GenD focuses on attracting and retaining the city’s young talent, ages 21 to 40, by offering professional development, community service and networking opportunities. During the noon to 1:30 p.m. luncheon, Dan Meixner, CJ president, will also address the group about his experiences as a leader in the community.

“We hope the future leaders who walk the halls of Chaminade Julienne can remind and inspire today’s generation of professionals to actively seek opportunities that impact positive outcomes for change,” Meixner said.

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Experience the CJ Junior Service Fair

Take a photo tour around the tables and displays at CJ's Junior Service Fair, held in the gym Friday, Sept. 21, during homeroom. The fair is organized each year by the office of ministry and service to help students find local agencies where they can complete the 25 hours of community service required by all junior religion classes.

Thanks to representatives from 19 different Dayton-area service agencies who gave up part of their day to talk and meet with CJ students.

  • Rebecca DeLong with St. Vincent de Paul outlines a few service opportunities for one CJ junior. The organization, located on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, "assists the homeless and impoverished by sharing God’s love by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing, household items, and guidance to leading a self-sufficient life," according to its Web site.
  • Liz Kelly with Dayton Habitat for Humanity, headquarted on Linden Avenue, hammers home the opportunities available for CJ students to work with her ogranization. According to its mission statement, the Christian non-profit organization helps ensure "that there are decent and affordable homes in safe communities where families can live and grow." Volunteers can expect to get hands on, building and renovating houses in the area.
  • The United Rehabilitation Services (URS) of Greater Dayton was represented Friday afternoon by Diane Osman, volunteer coordinator. The Miami Valley organization has provided individualized client services for children and adults with special needs for more than 50 years. URS, fondly known for hosting the annual Rubber Duck Regatta on the Great Miami River, is located just north of Needmore Road on Old Troy Pike.
  • Elaine Bonner, the director of parenting education at the Dayton Life Resource Centre on North Findlay Street, discussed ways to get involved with the local pro-life group. The Centre encompasses programming such as Dayton Right to Life, the Greater Dayton Pro-Life Education Foundation, the Stork's Nest Emergency Baby Pantry, the Abstinence Resource Centre, and more, which promote the sanctity of life.
  • Jim Marks of the Suicide Prevention Center addressed a group of students huddled around his table in the gym. The center works to provide hotlines, support groups, and training programs for those in need. Volunteers (18 and older) may apply to answer the center's 24-hour crisis prevention hotline. Non-crisis line volunteers are also needed to assist at events, including the Make a Difference... Save a Life 5K Race/Walk.
  • Cathy Guerrant with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV) returned to the Junior Service Fair again this school year to find student-volunteers interested in serving at their three area locations. CSSMV, an agency of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, operates within the guiding values of faith, service and charity to strengthen the futures of individuals and families in need. The organization also has affiliations with the United Way of Greater Dayton.

Including those listed above, representatives from the following organizations were also in attendance:

  • Adventure Central
  • AIM for the Handicapped
  • Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm
  • Clubhouse/Dreambuilders Group
  • Dakota Center, Inc.
  • Grandview Hospital
  • Hospice of Dayton
  • Mercy Siena Retirement Community
  • Montgomery County Stillwater Center
  • 10 Wilmington Place
  • The Glen at St. Joseph
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program
  • YWCA of Dayton

Other organizations with which juniors may find service opportunities include:

  • Bethany Village
  • City of Kettering
  • Engelwood Manor
  • Life Enrichment Center
  • Good Neighbor House
  • Humane Society of Greater Dayton
  • Resident Home Assocation

STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Dieter Krewedl '61

The 2012-13 CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series got rolling September 25, with a presenter considered a “rock” star in his field… Geology that is!

Dr. Dieter Krewedl, a 1961 alumnus, spoke with students about his experiences working as a minerals exploration geologist during all homeroom periods Tuesday afternoon. Krewedl shared information about the college and career possibilities available in field, as well as how he got his start.

“I experienced the ‘American Dream’ through education, hard work and perseverance,” said Krewedl, who immigrated to the United States as a child refugee – speaking no English – from Yugoslavia in 1949.

The Chaminade grad, now retired, enjoyed more than 40 years working “literally in the field” for three different mining companies, where he served as vice president of exploration for each. He continues to serve as a geological consultant.

“I participated in the discovery of gold, silver and uranium mines throughout the world including the recent discovery of a major gold deposit in Eastern Nevada,” Krewedl said.

Dr. Krewedl hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Dayton, a master's from Bowling Green State University, and a doctorate from the University of Arizona. His resume also includes stints as president of the Geological Society of Nevada and the Albuquerque Geological Society.

“Geology has been a wonderful profession, giving me the opportunity to travel, meet people from all over the world, and have lots of adventures,” Krewedl said. Those adventures have taken him to places throughout the western United States (including Alaska), and to countries and continents such as Mexico, Australia, Germany, South America and Africa.

In his personal life, Dr. Krewedl enjoys skiing and playing golf in Lake Tahoe, Calif., where he and wife Beth make their home. The couple has been married 41 years, have four children and four grandchildren, and serve as marriage prep counselors at their local Catholic Church.


Opening School Liturgy at Emmanuel

CJ students, faculty and staff gathered together as a community to celebrate the first all-school Mass of the year Wednesday morning at Emmanuel Church. Fr. Matt Robben, who joined the office of ministry and service as the school’s chaplain, served as celebrant.

The monthly all-school liturgies, which are performed at the historic church on the opposite side of Franklin Street, are planned and led by the ministry and service staff in conjunction with CJ students. Mass is also held each day before school at 7:15 a.m. in the CJ chapel (located in the annex near the business office). Parents and CJ community members are invited to join.

CJ Mass Schedule

Mon. - Fri., 7:15 am  |  in the CJ Chapel

Wed. - Sat., 7:30 am; Sun., 10:30 am; Holy Days, 7 am  |  at Emmanuel Church

Wed., Sep. 12  |  Opening School Liturgy

Wed., Oct. 10

Thurs., Nov. 1  |  All Saints Day Liturgy

Wed., Dec. 12  |  Our Lady of Guadalupe         

Wed., Jan. 16  |  Chaminade Day Liturgy

Wed., Feb. 13  I  Ash Wednesday Liturgy

Wed., Mar. 27  |  Holy Week Liturgy

Wed., Apr. 24   |  Easter Season Liturgy

Wed., May 22  |  Senior Farewell Liturgy

Thu., May 30  |  Baccalaureate Mass

Dating as far back as the pre-Civil War era, Emmanuel Parish -- Dayton's oldest Catholic Church -- is celebrating its 175-year anniversary in 2012.

“Emmanuel has been favored with two beautiful churches. The first was built in 1837; the second one in 1871 and is one of the largest church buildings in the Archdiocese [of Cincinnati],” according to the parish Web site,

The downtown landmark is located just north of CJ’s main building, adjacent to the Marianist Mission. Mass at Emmanuel has become an integral part of the unique Chaminade Julienne experience for students. In years past, CJ has additionally used the building to host retreats and house overflow classrooms.

Emmanuel was formerly staffed by Marianists priests and brothers for about 55 years, but is now staffed by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood.

Filmmaker Directs Writing Workshops

Los Angeles writer and director Nichol Simmons, a 1987 CJ graduate, shared a unique lesson with students at her alma mater during the first few weeks of school this September.

On a short return trip to the Dayton area, the filmmaker volunteered to offer screenwriting workshops to sophomore English and senior creative writing students over two school days. Student-participants were introduced to the nuances of screenwriting and reminded of the importance of “showing vs. telling,” while learning about the emphasis placed on plot and character development in the movie business.

“Many students are interested in movies and letting them see how important writing is to any movie is both eye opening and fun,” said Mike Kelly ‘87, English teacher.

Mr. Kelly, who opened the classroom to his Eagles classmate, felt Simmons’ lessons “re-emphasized” what he was teaching and opened students’ minds to different writing styles and possibilities.

“We will read several plays this year that have been turned into movies. Some of the stories we will read have also been turned into movies,” Kelly said, “but moreover, we talk about things like tense and perspective, and working with screenplays brings those ideas to the foreground.”

As part of the workshops, students in classes with Mr. Kelly (periods 3, 6 and 7) and fellow English teacher Mr Jim Brooks (period1) explored excerpts from Simmons’ script, How Rabbit Brought Fire to People, and also completed a writing exercise of their own. The sophomores will "try their hand at writing a mini-screenplay, as well," Mr. Kelly said.

Simmons holds a degree from Wright State University's Motion Picture Production Program. She was honored at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival for her short film, Dry Mount, and also helped write and direct the FilmDayton web series Freak Club, which was partially filmed on location at CJ in August 2012.


CJ Among Nation's Top Schools

So just how does Chaminade Julienne, a Catholic high school located in downtown Dayton, Ohio, stack up against other schools across the country?

According to Jay Mathews – Washington Post columnist, New York Times best-selling author, and creator of the High School Challenge Index – the numbers dictate CJ ranks among the most challenging educational institutions in America in terms of preparing students, across all levels, for the academic rigors of college.

“Since 1998, Mathews has ranked Washington-area public high schools using the Challenge Index, his measure of how effectively a school prepares its students for college,” reported The Washington Post. The veteran news reporter, who has covered education in the nation’s capital for more than 40 years, expanded the index to include data from public high schools in all 50 states for the first time in 2011.

Then in May 2012, Mathews broadened the scope of his efforts again. He included a small sampling of 30 private United States high schools to his annual compilation, where Chaminade Julienne appeared as Ohio’s lone non-public representative.

“We essentially raised our hand to take part after learning that college-readiness data from private high schools would be included,” said John Marshall, principal. “The transparency and candidness of the process aligned with our overall philosophy to openly share our students’ successes.

“Participating in the survey was just another opportunity for us to assure parents that CJ is delivering on its promise to provide a quality, integral Catholic education to every child that steps through our doors,” Marshall said.

Mathews’ index uses a simple grading rubric: Take the number of college-level tests administered to students in a given school year; divide that by the number of graduating seniors; then, use the resulting number to compare institutions. All schools with a High School Challenge Index rating above 1.000 make the cut.

In spring 2011, CJ graduated 140 seniors. A total of 160 students took 223 Advanced Placement exams across 13 areas of study that school year, of which 56 percent scored a three or higher – the make-or-break mark for earning college credit. As a result, the school’s index rating calculated to 1.593, good for 29th out of the private schools Mathews sampled.

“I contacted or searched the Web sites of about 200 private schools across the country and got the data I needed from 30, including President Obama’s alma mater, Punahou,” Mathews wrote in his May 21 article, New Challenge Index: Why do private schools hide data?

His research found that, regardless of designation as public or private, CJ and all 29 fellow sample schools ranked “in the top six percent of American schools measured this way.” Of those sampled, 13 are institutions of faith (nine Catholic) and 17 are considered independent or boarding schools.

“The ranking affirms what I personally already knew. Whether CJ is in the top 30 in the state or the top 30 in the nation, I think this is yet another metric that measures our school’s commitment to preparing young people for their future as life-long learners,” Marshall said.

More than 2,000 private and public schools nationwide earned a 1.000 or better to place on the 2012 High School Challenge Index. Thirty-two of them are located in Ohio.

Marshall said next spring, he plans to include CJ’s 75 to 100 biomedical sciences and pre-engineering students who are eligible to earn college credit by passing exams administered by Project Lead the Way when submitting data for the 2013 index. Those students did not factor into the school’s 2012 score.


Teachers Invite Parents Into the Classroom

Less than a week after welcoming students to campus for the start of the 2012-13 school year, CJ formally opened its doors for parents to follow their child’s schedule at Meet the Teacher night August 28.

Thanks to everyone who made time to stop by and meet members of the faculty and staff. If you were unable to attend, or would like to discuss your child’s individual progress, please contact his or her teacher directly to schedule a time to meet.



Please help us extend a warm CJ welcome to the following new and returning faculty and staff members as you interact with each this school year.

Jacob Browning returns to teach German this school year. The Dayton native brings 10 years of teaching experience, and previously taught in CJ’s foreign language department from fall 2006 to spring 2010. He is currently pursuing an additional degree in engineering from the University of Dayton.

Away from school, Jacob serves on the board of the Kettering Sister City Committee and is a member of the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner. He describes himself as demanding and honest, and looks forward to growing the German language program back up at CJ.

Jessica Hanley joins the science department to teach biology and physical science. As a recent UD graduate and current enrollee in the school’s Lalanne Program, she is serving the students of CJ as part of her two-year post-graduate teaching commitment.

Originally from Columbus, Jessica attended Bishop Ready High School. She describes herself as motivated, outdoorsy, and energetic, and a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Michelle Mize also joins the foreign language department for the 2012-13 school year. The Kettering resident, and graduate of Carroll High School, will teach three periods of French at CJ while also serving as an adjunct professor at Wright State University. She brings three years of teaching experience at Lakota and National Trail high schools.

Michelle and her husband welcomed their first child to the family, a three-month-old boy Lex, this year. The couple enjoys spending time together outdoors, playing sports, and rooting for the Buckeyes football team. Michelle describes herself as energetic, hopeful and fun.

Fr. Matthew Robben joins the office of ministry and service and will serve as chaplain. A Cincinnati native, Fr. Matt completed his studies at Mount St. Mary's Seminary and was ordained by Archbishop Schnurr on May 19, 2012. He is currently working on his thesis for obtaining a master’s in Biblical Studies at the Mount.

Outside of school, Fr. Matt lives in residence and celebrates Mass on the weekends at St Peter Parish Huber Heights. He enjoy singing, sports (especially basketball, bowling, and golf), and has a passion for cooking and baking. He describes himself as compassionate, dedicated and competitive, and is excited to teach in the classroom as part of the CJ community.

And Mike Hoendorf '03, who in years past has assisted with facilities management and served as a substitute teacher, will also join Fr. Matt in ministry and service as an assistant director. As part of his new role, Mike will work closely with the Marianist LIFE club. He is currently studying to earn his master's degree in theology from Franciscan University.


Birds of a Feather Reunite at BGSU Race

Eagle runners ran into familiar faces at the Mel Brodt High School Invitational hosted September 1 on the campus of Bowling Green State University.

After winding through and around BGSU’s intramural fields, golf course, and football stadium during the race, CJ men’s and women’s teams caught up with recent alumna Nicolette Johnson ’11 (pictured above). The former Eagle, now a Falcon, is currently a thrower for the school’s NCAA Division I track and field team.

The university's annual race, in its 26th year, encompasses both high school and collegiate divisions. It is named after the late Mel Brodt, a native of Fairborn and legendary BGSU distance coach. View meet photos >

CJ did not need to look far this school year to find its next head women’s cross country coach.

Maura Lemon, who began her second year teaching in the science department, takes the reigns for the 2012-13 season. She succeeds fellow faculty member Greg Mueller, English teacher, who remains an assistant with the program.

“Maura is considered one of the greatest distance runners in UD history, and will be a terrific representative for CJ in this new role,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director.

“She brings a wealth of knowledge and a fresh perspective on the sport for our student-athletes,” Pierce added.

Lemon is a 2011 graduate of the University of Dayton and a highly decorated Flyers’ cross country and track alumna. She earned the Atlantic 10 all-academic team award twice at UD.

“I am very passionate about running, and my goal is to pass along my passion for the sport to others” Lemon said. She hopes to encourage students to make running a lifelong hobby