August 2013

CJ STEMM Center Dedicated August 28, 2013

Chaminade Julienne dedicated its newly constructed CJ STEMM Center during a grand opening Wednesday, Aug. 28. Dayton area STEM professionals and educators, alumni and partners came to campus to see how the new learning spaces would make a difference in the education of today’s students. Though the Center was planned and designed to support science, technology, engineering, math and medicine education, all departments will have the option to use the new facility, and every student will use the remodeled spaces.

“The plans announced in January have finally come to fruition and the new CJ STEMM Center is just as great as our teachers and planners had imagined it would be,” said Dan Meixner, president. “In seven months we’ve been able to transform a portion of our 50-year-old building into a breathtaking, leading edge learning facility.

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“Because we took a look seven years ago at where we needed to be in order to meet the demands of students preparing for college, and because there were alumni, parents and partners who shared in the vision of providing students living in the Miami Valley with a premier Catholic educational experience, we have an outstanding STEMM program for young adults and are standing in this beautiful Center today.”

The CJ STEMM Center will be used by all students, most of whom take four years of traditional science courses. It also fully facilitates the school’s nationally certified Project Lead The Way biomedical sciences and engineering programs. Four years of curriculum are offered for each discipline and students can earn college credit.

Facilities were designed to also support and enhance this year’s rollout of CJ’s Connected Classroom pilot program, powered by Google© — a technology integration initiative that provides members of the Class of 2017 with a Chromebook laptop computer to augment and support learning in all their classes.

According to Meixner, CJ’s nearly $3.6 million investment in high school STEMM education is already attracting students and families to connect into the school’s offerings and early opportunities in STEM-related fields in and around the city.

“The Dayton region itself is a buzzing hub for the STEMM sector’s growing educational, industrial and career opportunities,” said Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM Coordinator. As part of a program that extends well beyond classroom time, Draeger builds and maintains many active partnerships with organizations and colleges such as Good Samaritan Hospital, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the University of Dayton, Sinclair Community College, Wright State University and more than 100 individual STEMM professionals from a variety of local and global employers.

“The Center incorporates modern industrial styling with furniture and furnishings that adapt to accommodate classroom, lecture and laboratory learning environments,” she said. “Spaces were designed with input from our teachers, and we took the time to research similar facilities in education and industry in order to best enhance current and projected teaching and learning styles.

“The new science, math and engineering spaces were built keeping in mind the culture of higher education. As a result, the learning spaces feel like the environment that our students will experience when they attend colleges and universities, and eventually enter the workforce,” Draeger said.

Amenities include:

  • 10 adaptable lab/classrooms
  • three teacher prep areas
  • a fabrication and prototyping lab
  • a distance learning center
  • ceiling mounted projectors
  • mobile teacher stations
  • original building systems replaced — electrical, plumbing and heating systems
  • central air conditioning system incorporated
  • barrel-shaped acoustic hallway ceilings

"The CJ STEMM Center gives a new vibrancy to our math and science wings," said junior Laura Bullock '15. She will take three classes -- Accounting, Algebra II & Trigonometry, and Anatomy and Physiology -- in the Center's new labs and classrooms. "I like the organizational and creativite aspects that were put into the renovations."

Progression photos (slideshow) January - August, 2013

Architectural and interior designs were created for sustainability. Recycled metals and energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems are incorporated. A new white PVC membrane roof reflects sunlight to reduce temperatures and sloped ceilings in learning spaces take greater advantage of natural light.

Dayton’s Pinnacle Architects and Shook Construction, which also developed the CJ Eagle Tennis Center in the summer of 2011, collaborated to complete the 17,700 square feet of renovations. Steve Budde ‘69, a long-time member of the school community and trained LEED and Six Sigma expert, volunteered his time to act as the project manager for CJ.

“Our Center is the result of our community coming together and providing the best possible opportunities for students, faculty and staff not only for today, but for the future,” Meixner said.

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is jointly owned and sponsored by the Marianists and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The school serves more than 660 students and families from more than 50 zip codes who seek a Catholic educational experience and excellent academic opportunities. CJ became one of the first Catholic high school in the nation to be dually certified in biomedical sciences and pre-engineering by Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in June 2011, and continues to be one of just two dually certified PLTW schools in the Miami Valley. For more than 125 years, CJ has been located at 505 S. Ludlow Street, Dayton, OH, three minutes north of the University of Dayton, a fellow Marianist institution.


Introducing New 2013-14 Faculty & Staff

In case you didn't have a chance to meet our newest faculty and staff members at Meet the Teacher Night on Aug. 27, here’s a guide to help you get to know more about those joining the flock of Eagle educators for the 2013-14 school year.

Annette Alex, Classroom Technology Coach

  • Annette joins the staff as the school’s on-site representative for VARtek, CJ’s provider of technology management systems. She will work with teachers and students to ensure the successful integration of technology in the classroom. Annette brings 10 years of teaching experience and holds both master’s and bachelor’s degrees.

Daniel Eiser, English teacher

  • Daniel recently graduated from the University of Dayton and is originally from Cincinnati where he attended La Salle High School. He will teach five sections of English as part of his commitment to Lalanne, UD’s post-graduate teacher service program. Second year science teacher Jessie Hanley is also a Lalanne enrollee.

Cathryn Farwick, science teacher

  • Cathryn joins CJ from Cincinnati’s Dohn Community High School. She is a 2010 graduate of Thomas Moore College and will teach in the new CJ STEMM Center in place of Lynzee Johnson, who returned to her alma mater Bellbrook High School to teach and coach.

Rhonda Fox, Intervention Specialist (reading endorsement)

  • Rhonda, a National Board Certified teacher, holds two master’s degrees and has taught for the last 10 years in Sidney. She teaches three courses in the Cuvilly Department and is also "team teaching" freshman English students.

Matthew Fuhs, science teacher

  • Matt joins CJ from West Creek High School in Nashville, Tenn. He is a 2010 graduate of Indiana University and will be teaching Chemistry and Honors Physics courses in the new CJ STEMM Center. Matt takes over for long-term substitute Eric Stoiber, who began his aspirancy with the Marianists in August at the Casa Maria Community in San Antonio.

Alan Rozanski, math teacher

  • A recent University of Dayton graduate and native of Northville, Mich., Alan joins the math department in place of long-time CJ faculty member Laura Eloe, who departed after 29 years of service to pursue a doctorate of theology from UD.

Emily Saunders, administrative assistant (Guidance office)

  • Emily joins the Guidance team from Holy Angels Elementary School in Dayton. The CJ parent takes the place of another CJ parent, Kelly Muhl, who accepted a position with the Dayton Bar Association.

Beau Slater, Alumni Relations Coordinator

  • Beau is a Beavercreek High School alumnus and 2013 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He joined the Alumni office in June to take the place of Caitlin Cronin Bennett, who remains on staff as a part-time Events Coordinator in the Development office (a newly created position). Caitlin will also teach drama part-time in the Performing Arts department.

Steve Wendel, Project Lead the Way instructor

  • Steve Wendel is a professor of mechanical engineering technology and the director of the National Center for Manufacturing Education at Sinclair Community College. He joins the faculty part-time to deliver the school’s nationally certified Project Lead the Way (PLTW) engineering curriculum in the CJ STEMM Center. Wendel holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton and doubles as the director of PLTW Ohio affiliate at Sinclair.

It begins!

On this first day of school, the building quickly filled with bright smiles, hugs and anticipation for the new year. Students were greeted by teachers and staff who prepared for their arrival by attending a retreat on Monday, which was directed by the ministry and service office. "Sewing Seeds of Faith" provided faculty and staff the opportunity to start the year off together in prayer and conversation that focused on the longterm impact they make on all students with each encounter. "Though everyone had many to-do items on their lists, we took a moment's pause to pray together, laugh and offer each other support," said John Marshall, principal. "We were ready for our students."

Adding to the anticipation of the day, was the opening of the CJ STEMM Center for classes. Closed for construction since last January, students finally re-entered spaces that had been radically transformed over the last seven months. "I expected that there would be a change, but I didn't think it would be so dramatic," said Nyjia Lott '16. "Last year we saw drawings and I thought that it would turn out more like the demonstration classroom that they upgraded last year. It made me smile."

"When I walked up there this morning, I just stopped and looked around. It was so different," said Thomas Carmody '14. "I was expecting it to be nice, but not at all to this level or degree of organization. I am taking AP Chemistry and the facilities are so much nicer; it makes me want to start right in with experiments — we have so much more available to us now.

"I've seen a lot of change of the last four years; CJ is pushing. This is just one more way that CJ shows progression and making it better than anything else out there. It's cool to be part of this evolution."

Once students settled into their first class to the tune of, "Are You Ready for This," pumping through the hallways, the day began with prayer, pledge, an introductory to the Center by Mr. Marshall, and a blessing for the new Center and school by Fr. Matt Robben, who later walked into every learning space and office in the building and blessed all with holy water. "This is going to be a great one," said Marshall.


Eagles Join New GCL Coed Division

Beginning this school year, Chaminade Julienne men’s and women’s athletics teams will compete as members of the same league for the first time in school history.

On Monday, Aug. 12, Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, announced details of the Greater Catholic League’s realignment , which splits 18 Dayton- and Cincinnati-area Catholic high schools into three divisions. CJ will be part of the the GCL Coed Division along with Alter, Carroll and Fenwick (north), and Badin, McNicholas, Purcell Marian and Roger Bacon (central). Matthew Koenig is the division’s commissioner.

“The formation of the new GCL gives us the opportunity to reaffirm the Catholic mission of our high school athletic programs,” Rigg told The Catholic Telegraph. “Just as our high schools exist to foster the faith, so, too, do our sports teams.”

The GCL South, comprised of Division I all-boys schools Elder, LaSalle, Moeller and St. Xavier, will remain intact as its own division. The former Girls’ Greater Cincinnati League has been absorbed and becomes its own similarly named division -- the Girls’ Greater Catholic League (GGCL) -- comprised of Division I all-girls schools McAuley, Mother of Mercy, Mount Notre Dame, Seton, Ursula and Ursuline

“In terms of how we serve our students, league realignment is a positive change for CJ athletic teams,” said Scott Pierce, athletic director.

“Having the GCL Coed Division in place allows us to affirm our relationships and work more closely with the seven other schools in our league that are most like us in terms of our mission and the students we serve,” Pierce said.

The Eagles first joined the GCL, established in 1931, with Alter, Badin and McNicholas for the 1990-91 school year. Women's teams did not join the GGCL, established in 1966, until the 2006-07 school year when CJ entered with Carroll and Fenwick.

Learn more about the league at the GCL Coed Division’s new Web site,

Other New Developments in Athletics

  • The varsity football and varsity women's tennis teams are wearing new uniforms during this fall season.
  • Varsity football will play five of its six home games at Wayne High School. One home game will be played at Centeville High School.
  • OHSAA divisional realignment bumped CJ football down from Division IV to Division V. Wrestling, men’s basketball and baseball also move down from Division II to Division III through the 2015 season. These changes are in effect through the 2014-15 school year. Women’s sports divisions remain unchanged.
  • Women’s lacrosse is now a school sponsored interscholastic varsity sport for the spring season. Men’s lacrosse remains a club sport.

CJ STEMM Center Nears August Opening

Crews are working to put the finishing touches on the brand new CJ STEMM Center, a $4 million project first announced in early January 2013. Construction to renovate an existing section of second floor classrooms, hallways and laboratories continues to wind down as the 2013-14 school year approaches.

Doors to the CJ STEMM Center are on pace to initially open for use by students, faculty and staff on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at New Student Orientation and on Thursday, Aug. 22 for the first official day of classes. The space will be open to parents and the CJ community at Meet the Teacher Night on Tuesday, Aug. 27.



Lucas Pfander Race Grows in 5th Year

Half a decade since its inception, the Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race -- and support for its cause -- continues to grow with the rising legacy of the race's namesake.

The 5th annual iteration of Chaminade Julienne’s summertime tradition took  place on campus Saturday, Aug. 10. More than 170 runners and families participated in the 1-mile youth walk/run and 2-mile adult run. Proceeds from donations and t-shirt sales at the free race supported the Lucas Pfander Scholarship.

The annual scholarship is awarded to a rising CJ senior who exemplifies the traits of the beloved teenager who passed away on July 11, 2008 -- a month prior to the start of his senior year. While at CJ, Lucas was an honor student who had completed 150 hours of community service, had perfect attendance, and played a sport (cross country, swimming and volleyball) every season.

Since the scholarship was introduced for the 2009-10 school year, the annual award amount has tripled to $3,000 and become one of the largest endowed scholarships available at CJ. This year’s recipient is senior Kyle Shoup ‘14.

Likewise, attendance at the race named for Lucas has continued grow both in downtown Dayton and places around the country thanks to the continuation of the "Virtual Lucas Pfander Alumni Race." For the second consecutive year, the CJ alumni office invited anyone who couldn't make it to campus to instead print a race bib and run for Lucas from anywhere.

Posted August 8, 2013



Moms Punt, Pass, Kick at Football Camp

It’s not just Eagle student athletes spending the final days of summer tuning up for the impending 2013 athletic season.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, about 30 parents of current students and Eagle Youth players put their game faces on and participated in the CJ Eagle Moms Camp. The morning seminar, hosted in the library and Student Conditioning Center, included a complimentary breakfast and breakout sessions with trainers and members of the coaching staff.

Topics discussed included:

  • CJ Football philosophy
  • CJ Football offensive & defensive plays
  • Nutrition and hygiene
  • Referee calls/signals
  • College football
  • Life after football

According to head coach Marcus Colvin, Moms Camp is designed as a friendly and inviting way for parents to learn the fundamental aspects of the game. It also provides families with an opportunity to get to know the Eagles football program, and each other, more closely before the season starts.

The 2013 Moms Camp was the second in Colvin's three-year tenure as head coach, and he said the program plans to make the seminar an annual event.

Chaminade Julienne's varsity football season opens Thursday, Aug. 29 with a 7 p.m. home game against Troy at Wayne High School.


Sr. Nicole Takes Perpetual Marianist Vows

Our prayers and best wishes go out to Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, who professed her final vows with the Marianists on Saturday, Aug. 3 at the University of Dayton’s Immaculate Conception Chapel. A 4 p.m. Mass was followed by a private reception.

Continue to keep Sr. Nicole in your thoughts as she embarks on the newest chapter in her life of faith and prayer.


Nicole Trahan: Taking my Vows