February 2013

STEMM Idol Speakers March 5th & 8th

Two professionals with a combined 61 years of experience in the engineering and healthcare career fields will speak with students during the first full week in March as CJ STEMM Idol Speakers.

On Tuesday, March 5, Don Moore from GE Aviation will discuss progress on the company's $51 million Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER), being built on campus at the University of Dayton. Then Friday, March 8, alumnae Ann Saluke, MD, '72 will talk about her experiences as a healthcare professional specialized in treating children ages 21 and younger.

Tuesday, March 5
Moore, who holds bachelor's degrees in math and computer science from Morehead State University, has worked for GE Aviation Systems for nearly 25 years. He currently serves as a power generation product leader, ensuring that quality products are delivered to customers on time.

In 1991, Moore filed a U.S. Patent (#5,457,800) as co-inventor of an "adaptable datalink interface" computer system for aircraft. Additionally, he is a member of the Calvin College Advisory Council and serves as an advisor/judge for the Michigan State University Engineering Capstone program.

Friday, March 8
A 1972 graduate of  Julienne High School, Saluke has worked as a pediatrician for more than 30 years. She is currently one of 12 physicians on staff at Anderson Hills Pediatrics, which has two offices outside of Cincinnati in Amelia and Anderson. On top of her regular duties, she has also provied training to medical students and nurse practitioners, practiced healthcare at clinics in rural areas and participated in mission trips to Peru, Romania and Guatemala.

Saluke holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the College of Mt. St. Joseph and a doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. She completed her pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, where she also served on the Child Abuse Team for 17 years.


CJ Presents City Connects to Ohio Senate

Administration and staff at Chaminade Julienne testified before members of the Ohio Senate Feb. 26 about the effectiveness of the school’s dynamic student support program, known as City Connects.

The Tuesday evening hearing -- organized by Senate Education Chair Peggy Lehner (R-Kettering) and Senate Public Safety, Local Government & Veterans Affairs Chair Frank LaRose (R-Copley) -- was the second of two Statehouse sessions focused on addressing school safety.

In front of a special joint Senate committee, John Marshall, principal, and Jama Badinghaus, student support coordinator, presented the City Connects at CJ program as a model of support that promotes healthy childhood development and curbs tendencies that can lead to bullying. Educators from several Ohio public school districts also addressed the committee.

“Hearing testimony from the three superintendents who spoke before us truly affirmed everything we’ve been doing at CJ for the last three years in terms of providing student support,” Marshall said. “The City Connects program has encouraged faculty and staff to get to know more about each one of our kids personally. By doing so, we’ve been able to identify issues before they can impact a student’s ability to learn.”

City Connects at CJ is designed to maximize academic growth by tapping into existing resources that will meet a child’s social and emotional needs. This process begins with holistic individual student reviews. Based on a student’s strengths, weaknesses and needs, a tailored set of services is provided with opportunities for follow-up. The model demands input from students, parents, teachers, and counselors, and seeks out collaboration with community agencies and partners where possible.

“Counselors can be very proactive with the services they suggest because the program is driven by the data that's collected from all parties involved,” said Badinghaus, who doubles as a counselor in the guidance office.

City Connects is based on a model developed by the American School Counseling Association. The program was initiated by Boston College in 2001 and aimed at serving grades K-8. With support from a local private foundation, Boston College expanded programming to Ohio at two Dayton Catholic schools: Our Lady of the Rosary began offering City Connects’ optimized student support system during the 2008-09 school year, and CJ was chosen to pilot the program at the high school level beginning in the 2010-11 school year.

The next step, said Badinghaus, is to adapt the program again to work in a college setting.

"This February, we hosted a planning team from Sinclair Community College for a dialogue with CJ faculty and staff about building a City Connects model at the post-secondary level,” Badinghaus said.

“Our collective goal is to help this whole program move forward in Dayton.”

Posted February 27, 2013


Vega Earns National A Cappella Finals Bid

With a big win at the Ohio Valley regional singing tournament, the sky seems to be the limit for Chaminade Julienne’s pop a cappella group Vega. The CJ septet, named after one of the brightest stars in the sky, has earned a spot in the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) in New York City this spring after coming out on top at the Feb. 23 event held at Centerville High School.

Finishing with a final score of 398, Vega outshined fellow competitors from Kings High School (Mason, Ohio), Bearden High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) and the second place group from Kettering Fairmont High School by more than 50 points to earn CJ its first trip to the national finals. In just its third year in existence, the group from Dayton will have an opportunity to perform in The Big Apple at the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s Concert Hall this April.

“I’m so proud of all the hard work we’ve put into this group, and it paid off,” said Caitlin Pearn (senior, alto), one of Vega’s three second-year members. “Winning regionals was one of our goals from the beginning of the year, so when we met that goal it was one of the greatest feelings ever.”

Pearn’s performance earned her co-Outstanding Soloist honors. Sophomore Daniel Jackson received an award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion, and the group received an Outstanding Choreography award. As Ohio Valley champions, CJ is slated to compete against nine fellow regional finalists, plus one Wild Card group, in the national championship round on April 19.

Vega was formed in 2010 under the direction of alumnus Joe Whatley, ‘04, CJ’s director of choirs, and the group has been making its voice heard in local and national a cappella circles ever since. This year’s ensemble features student vocalists Pearn and Jackson as well as classmates Cassidy Aughe (sophomore, soprano), Maddie Brown (senior, soprano), Addi Helms (sophomore, alto), David Marshall (sophomore, bass) and Andre’ Tomlinson (senior, tenor).

“This group of kids has become a shining example of what hard work, passion and talent can achieve. Our students rise to the occasion time after time in each of their performances, and it’s earned them the honor of being recognized as the best,” said John Marshall, principal.

“While Vega is the CJ performing arts department’s most visible group, the overall program is continuing to blossom as evidenced by everything from the vibrancy of the Eagle Pep Band to the recent development of our string ensemble.

“Many of our students play multiple instruments, plus sing and perform in our plays and musicals, on top of their participation with athletic teams, academic extracurriculars and service opportunities. After witnessing the diversity of talent and the dedication of time by our students through their on-stage performances, I’m often left feeling that I have the best job in the world,” Marshall said.

If it seems like a storyline out of a movie for the CJ seven, that is probably because their remarkable rise is not far off.

Pitch Perfect, the popular 2012 musical comedy film directed by Jason Moore, is actually based on the college version of the ICHSA, known as the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). Both are sponsored by the Varsity Vocals organization.

Shortly after the film’s release in September, Varsity Vocals selected Vega’s single “Price Tag” off its debut studio album -- aptly titled Momentum -- for inclusion on the annual BOHSA: Best of High School A Cappella 2012-13 greatest hits compilation. Before that, Vega won first place at the Kettering A Cappella Festival in November, earning the right to open the event’s marquee concert in front of a sold out crowd at Fairmont High School.

Vega will perform the set that earned them the regional top spot at CJ’s Winter Concert, Tuesday, Feb. 26, and then travel south to participate in the third annual Voices in Harmony Festival hosted at Lexington Catholic High School in Kentucky on Saturday, March 2.

More information about Varsity Vocals and the International Championship of High School A Cappella (ICHSA) can be found at www.varsityvocals.com.

For more information about CJ performing arts, or to schedule an interview or appearance with Vega, please contact the CJ Communications office at (937) 461-3740 x221 or visit Vega's page at www.cjeagles.org.

UPDATE:  At the Voices in Harmony Festival on March 2, CJ was awarded Outstanding Soloist (Caitlin Pearn), Oustanding Vocal Percussion (Daniel Jackson) and Best Choreography (group).

STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Michael McCabe

Dr. Michael McCabe, UDRI director, joined students during homeroom periods Feb. 26 to serve as this year’s 13th CJ STEMM Idol Speaker. He is one of four speakers to have earned a Ph.D., the second U.S. patent-holder, and the third presenter from the University of Dayton.

On Tuesday, Dr. McCabe told students learning the foundations of math and science is analogous to riding a bike -- difficult at first, with perhaps a few falls, but once you get the foundations down, it's something you'll know forever. And pursuing STEMM subjects in high school and college, and as a career, will pay off. However, money won't keep you happy. You need to choose a career that excites you, and fulfills a passion.

Dr. McCabe's passion was chemistry -- he was inspired by the fact that groups of atoms can make up so many different kinds of materials, from soft flexble rubber tires to hard wooden furniture, to composite and ceramic jet engine parts, and even nanotech materials (that's "nano" as in 10 to the power 9 or 1/25,000th the width of a single human hair!).

His chemistry degree led him to the world of materials, a significant area of the $90 million of research done annually at the UDRI by more than 250 full-time research scientists. UDRI's work occurs primarily here in Dayton, not far from CJ's campus, but also takes place at WPAFB and places like Utah, Washington, D.C., and Georgia.

Approximately 60 percent of the research work is for military projects, but those projects are chosen so as not to conflict with the Catholic Marianist tradition of the University of Dayton. Areas avoided are weapons of mass destruction, nuclear and chemically toxic work, and stem cell research.

The aerospace industry is a very significant employer of many different teams of STEMM professionals. Dr. McCabe demonstrated how valuable the technology and research produced in those professions can be by sharing the fun "NASA Johnson Style" parody video (below) with students. The video was produced by a senior Ohio State engineering students while interning at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

About Dr. Michael V. McCabe
Currently, Dr. McCabe is the Vice President for Research at UD and Executive Director of the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI). He has managed various research organizations in both the university and industrial arenas for more than 25 years. Since his appointment at UD in 2005, Dr. McCabe has helped position the University and its Research Institute as a regional and national leader for research and development.

Dr. McCabe received his Ph.D. in 1975 and his master's degree in 1973, both in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Cincinnati. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Capital University in 1971, and also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati (1980).


Science Fair Engages Area's STEMM Pros

With the help and expertise of local science, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEMM) professionals, 11 students were selected to advance from the 2013 CJ Science Fair to the Montgomery County Science Day on March 2.

Thanks to the 12 judges who volunteered their time the evening of Feb. 7 to meet, hear from and share insights with this year’s 18 participants across grades 9-12 who presented projects in the cafeteria.

Partnering judges included three CJ alumni and represented eight local STEMM institutions including for-profit businesses, non-profit and government organizations, colleges and hospitals.

  • Beth Burke, education specialist; Five Rivers Metroparks
  • Clint Doolittle, manufacturing/mechanical engineer; GE Aviation
  • Felicia Graham ‘86, environmental compliance coordinator; City of Dayton Dept. of Water
  • Joy Haley, research chemist, materials and manufacturing directorate; WPAFB AFRL
  • Deborah Hoffer, manager, quality systems and microbiology, Rogosin Institute
  • Debbie Janis, RN, BSN, health care marketing and communications; Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Karen Mumy, microbiologist, WPAFB NAMRU-D (U.S. Navy)
  • Marigrace Ryan ‘70, biology professor, Sinclair Community College
  • Jonathan Spowart, materials; WPAFB AFRL/RXBC
  • Ken Turner, GE Aviation
  • Bruce Wagoner, marine biologist
  • Curt Zahn ‘73, senior health, safety and environmental engineer; Tenneco Inc.

The following students received a rating of Superior or High Excellent and qualified to enter their projects in the county science fair at the University of Dayton’s College Park Center.

  • Taylor Burrows ‘16;  "Which type of sweetener tastes the sweetest?"
  • Sarah Chapman ‘14;  "Skyglow"
  • Caroline Chick ‘15;  "Electrolytes in Drinks"
  • Amanda Draeger ‘16;  "The True Cost of Healthy Eating"
  • Margaret Geraghty ‘15;  "Permanence of Permanent Markers"
  • Annemarie Krug ‘13;  "The Effect of Sound on the Memory of Autistic People"
  • Abby O'Loughlin ‘15;  "Prolonging the Life of Cut Flowers"
  • Deter Spees ‘16;  "How Sweet It Is"
  • Matthew Weckesser ‘16;  "How is Rubber Band's Elasticity Affected by Temperature?"
  • Tom Weckesser ‘14;  "Bridges - Can You Truss 'Em?"
  • Helen Wittman ‘15;  "Does Gender Affect an Adult's Memory?"

Legacy of Sr. Dorothy Stang Alive at CJ

Today, Feb. 12, the Chaminade Julienne community remembers Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN ‘49. On this day in 2005, Sr. Stang was murdered in Anapu, Brazil while living out God's call as a Catholic missionary. She served the poor and marginalized people of the Amazon, who were continually subjected to abuse and oppression from loggers and landowners, for nearly 30 years.

Sr. Stang’s story has been retold and her life memorialized in many ways since her tragic passing. Students, faculty and staff began the morning of the eighth anniversary with a special prayer, written by Mariah Manson ‘13 -- member of FLIGHT -- and read aloud over the P.A.

God blessed are those who are persecuted because they believe in the life and ministry of the risen savior Jesus Christ. We ask that you would help those in foreign countries to stay strong in their faith despite the opposition. Help us here to stay focused on the task that God you have called us to. God we declare today that we will stand up for righteousness and justice for your children. We declare God that we would be a living sacrifice for your glory that we might forever please you in Christ our Lord. Amen.

In October 2011, camera and crew from Maryknoll Magazine traveled to Dayton to learn more about the legacy of Sr. Stang from members of the CJ community and her best friend, Sr. Joan Krimm, SNDdeN ‘48. The interview, conducted in the Sr. Dorothy Stang Room, was the subject of a story in the Winter 2012 issue of Vision, CJ’s alumni magazine.

“I tell people all the time that what separates CJ from other places is that service is incorporated in all aspects of the curriculum and school activities,” said Angela Richardson Mason ‘81 as quoted in Vision. Mason, niece of Sr. Stang, currently serves as an administrative assistant in the office of student services. She joined Sr. Krimm along with Cora Harrison ‘10, religion teacher Mick Mominee and Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, for the Maryknoll interview (the group is pictured above, from left to right).

You can now read managing editor Margaret Gaughan’s story, Angel Guides Alma Mater, in the magazine’s recently published January/February 2013 print issue and online at maryknollmagazine.org. An excerpt from the story is published below (courtesy of Maryknoll Magazine).

Sister Dorothy Stang is one alumna who will never be forgotten at Chaminade Julienne (CJ) Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio. Religion teacher Mick Mominee and a group of students have made sure of that. They turned one of the school's classrooms into a memorial honoring the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur who gave her life defending poor farmers in their struggle for land rights in the Amazon region of Brazil. Sister Stang was assassinated on Feb. 12, 2005, by gunmen hired by local loggers to silence the woman who spoke for the peasants the loggers were trying to drive off the land.

"We wanted to create a place reflecting Sister Dorothy's advocacy for the poor and the environment," says Mominee, who initiated the project in 2007 with the help of nine students eager to use their artistic talents to pay tribute to their school's modern-day martyr. . .

2013 National Signing Day at CJ

Four Chaminade Julienne student athletes signed agreements with colleges, universities and schools across the country Feb. 6 on what is considered National Signing Day for high school seniors.

The first day of the early signing period for football, field hockey, soccer, track and field, and cross country was marked at CJ with an after-school ceremony in the cafeteria (watch ABC 22 / FOX 45 coverage). Seniors Darrien Howard (West Virginia University, football), Ja’mel Sanders (Air Force Academy, football), Brandon Payne (Lindsey Wilson College, football) and Devanae Mitchell (University of Toledo, track) each put pen to paper to solidify their verbal agreements.

“What a wonderful representation of Chaminade Julienne these four students have been, not just on the field of play, but also in our hallways,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director. “This day is the result of the hard work they’ve each put in. All four are not just outstanding athletes, but even better people.”


Among the crowd of roughly 100 students, faculty, staff and family members in attendance at the ceremony, Mother Brunner Principal Veronica Murphy and CJ alumnus Zack Kauth ‘08 also joined well-wishers in the cafeteria. Principal Murphy (pictured above with CJ Principal John Marshall) had all four signees as grade schoolers at St. Rita (Mother Brunner Catholic School). And Kauth is the last Eagles’ football player to sign with Air Force Academy. He played wide receiver for the Falcons from 2009 to 2011.

While introducing players, head varsity football coach and teacher Marcus Colvin gave a shout out to fellow coach Jerry Puckett, who has had all four Eagles’ signees under his wing -- either as a member of the football coaching staff or as head of the track and field program.

In total, eight members of the class of 2013 have signed with college athletic programs. Heidi Hess (volleyball, Ohio Dominican), Grace Kauth (volleyball, Cleveland State) and Gretchen Bruggeman (crew, Notre Dame) signed Nov. 14. Krista White (basketball, Kent State) signed Dec. 12.

About the Eagles' Signees

School:  West Virginia University (NCAA Division 1)
Sport/Position:  Football; Linebacker (6’ 2”, 250 lbs)
Likely field(s) of study:  Education or Communications
Scholarships/Grants:  Full athletic grant
High school highlights:
Four-year varsity starter.
As a senior, recorded 75 tackles at LB and totaled five touchdowns and more than 200 all-purpose yards at FB/TE.
Ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com; considered a top 300 player nationally, and top 10 at his position, by most.
Four-time honoree on First Team All Greater Catholic League (GCL) North division.
Named to the Ohio Division IV First Team All State as a junior and senior.
Selected to the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl East Team.
Fast fact:  According to WVUsports.com, which tracked recruits commitments live on Signing Day, Darrien actually signed his National Letter of Intent at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6.

School:  Air Force Academy (NCAA Division 1)
Sport/Position:  Football; Defensive Back, Running Back (6’ 1”, 200 lbs)
Likely field(s) of study:  Business or Forensic Science
Scholarships/Grants:  Full athletic grant
High school highlights:
Three-year varsity starter.
Amassed two interceptions, 11 touchdowns and 1,135 yards in 29 career games.
Twice named First Team All Greater Catholic League (GCL) North division; named to Second Team as a sophomore.
Earned Ohio Division IV First Team All-Southwest District honors as a senior; named to Second Team as a junior.
Fast fact:  As outlined at www.goairforcefalcons.com, the Air Force Academy does not use the National Letter of Intent, as most civilian schools do. Instead, Ja’mel signed a non-binding agreement known as a Certificate of Intent.

School:  Lindsey Wilson College (NAIA)
Sport/Position:  Football; Running Back, Linebacker (5’ 9”, 215 lbs)
Likely field(s) of study:  Business Management or Criminal Justice
Scholarships/Grants:  Partial athletic grant and academic scholarships
High school highlights:
Two-year varsity starter (missed much of his senior season due to injury).
Amassed 14 touchdowns and 1,583 yards in 14 career games.
Named to the First Team All Greater Catholic League (GCL) North division as a junior.
Earned Ohio Division IV First Team All-Southwest District honors as a junior.
Fast fact:  Including Brandon and the teammates signing with him Feb. 6, a total of 10 CJ seniors have signed to play college football in the two seasons since Marcus Colvin took over as head coach in 2011.

School:  University of Toledo (NCAA Division 1)
Sport:  Track and Field
Likely field(s) of study:  Undecided
Scholarships/Grants:  Full athletic grant
High school highlights:
Four-year varsity track athlete under coach Jerry Puckett.
Finished 4th in long jump and 7th in 100m dash at the 2012 Ohio Divisoin II state tournament as a junior.
Finsihed 7th in the 100m dash and 8th in the 200m dash at the 2011 Ohio Division II state tournament as a sophomore.
Has been named to First or Second Team All Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League (GGCL) Grey North in five different events throughout her three seasons.
Fast fact:  Devanae was a key member of the Eagles’ indoor track teams that earned back-to-back Division II/III Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) state titles in 2011 and 2012. It was the first (and remains the only) time in school history for a CJ athletic team to win state titles in consecutive seasons.


Students Serve Up 3rd Super Bowl Party

Chaminade Julienne students have taken America’s biggest sporting event of the year and turned it into an annual opportunity to serve others in the Miami Valley.

“For the third year in a row, we had CJ students serve at the Super Bowl party hosted by the St. Vincent de Paul Gettysburg Gateway Shelter for Men, along with Carroll and Alter,” said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service.

Parents Scott Hadaway and Elizabeth Calhoun accompanied seniors Gretchen Bruggeman, Clare Geraghty, Mikaela Hadaway, Heidi Hess, McKenzie Johnson and Emily Shira at the shelter located northeast of the Possum Creek MetroPark, where they served snacks during the game and helped clean up afterward.

The Super Bowl Sunday tradition was initiated in 2011 by Ms. Calhoun, parent of CJ graduate Jacob Calhoun ’12, as a creative way to attract volunteers on a typically unpopular day for volunteering. It has since become a favorite service opportunity for many CJ students.

In a letter to the CJ community, Rebecca DeLong, manager of volunteers at St. Vincent, thanked volunteers and CJ culinary arts classes for providing donations of food for the Feb. 3 event.

“I also want to express our appreciation to the student and adult volunteers who not only served the dinner but stayed until half-time to serve appetizers, snacks and desserts and assist with the clean-up,” DeLong wrote.

“The clients in shelter were very grateful for the tasty food and the kindness shown by the Chaminade Julienne volunteers, and the Super Bowl party was enjoyed by all!

“Without assistance from dedicated groups like yours, we at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter would be unable to serve and care for the homeless. Thank you so much for your support and interest in our organization!”

The mission of the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter is to provide shelter and supportive services to homeless men, women, and families during their period of crisis. For more information about our organization, please visit our website at www.stvincentdayton.org.

DCOWA Brings Guest Speaker, Expert to CJ

Before he served as the featured speaker at the 2013 Dayton Council on World Affiars (DCOWA) Annual Meeting and Program, national security expert and author William Hartung stopped by CJ to discuss current world affairs with freshman social studies students.

After hearing a preview of Hartung’s Jan. 28 DCOWA address, first-year students studying the Middle East and the Arab Spring in period 5 Honors World Cultures with teacher Tony Ricciuto were invited to ask questions and share their own opinions. Topics ranged from homeland issues to military strategies abroad, and included discussion on:

  • the effects of the debt crisis and the “fiscal cliff” on the Pentagon’s defense budget, and vice versa.
  • the outcomes (both locally in the Miami Valley and nationally) of reducing Pentagon and defense spending.
  • the changing landscape of warfare and the role of the armed forces.
  • the importance of diplomacy in facing nuclear threats.
  • the amount of military aid provided to countries in the Middle East, namely Egypt and Israel.

Conversation was facilitated by newly elected DCOWA president and Montgomery County treasurer Carolyn Rice, who accompanied Hartung on his visit to CJ. The national security expert currently serves as director of the Arms & Security Project for the Center for International Policy.

According to its Web site www.ciponline.org, the Center is a non-profit research and advocacy “think tank” based in Washington, D.C. The group calls for transparency and accountability in US public foreign policy and promotes international cooperation, demilitarization and respect for human rights. It was founded in 1975 in response to the Vietnam War.


CJ Swimmers "Making a Difference"

During the weekend of Feb. 1, WHIO-TV news anchor James Brown profiled the CJ men's and women's swim team in his monthly segment, titled "Making a Difference" on Channel 7.

The story, which can be seem in its entirety below, focuses on what CJ junior James Schwendeman and his Eagles teammates are doing to make a difference in the community.

Read a transcript of WHIO-TV's teaser and watch the full video below.

Challenges: They're a part of life, but this young swimmer faces more than most and he meets them with a smile.

"He is the most lovable, delightful teenager you have ever met in your life," said Kate Whistler, CJ swim coach.

He's not the fastest on the team and he's never won a race, but James Schwendeman is making a difference one stroke at a time.

"He is a special, special kid," Whistler said.

His incredible story [Feb. 1] at 5 p.m. on News Center 7.


Posted February 1, 2013