October 2013

Senior Runner Represents CJ at State

Congratulations to senior Rachel Craighead who qualified for the Division II state championship meet this season. She finished 42nd among a field of 139 runners on Nov. 2 at National Trail Raceway course.

"Rachel, a relatively new runner, has accomplished in two years what many runners will not accomplish in a lifetime," said head coach Maura Lemon. Since joining the team last year she shaved off more than five minutes from her personal best, becoming the program's top runner.

"Rachel has gladly made sacrifices of both body and time to make it to the state meet," Lemon said. "She wanted this more than she wanted anything else, which is precisely what it took to make this dream a reality."

The senior's state qualifying time of 19:33 was 26 seconds faster than her previous best this year, good for a 16th place regional finish.

The women's cross country team finished third at districts and advanced to regionals as a team for the second season in a row.


Mapping Out Join Hands Miami Valley

For over 20 years, members of the Chaminade Julienne community have partnered with the United Way of Greater Dayton during one fall weekend, volunteering at various organizations and community agencies in recognition of Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV) -- a local celebration of National Make A Difference Day.

This year, more than 140 CJ students and 14 faculty & staff members took time Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26 to volunteer at 13 different service sites in greater Dayton.

Our Partners

Thank you to all the community organizations who hosted CJ volunteers:

Cox Arboretum - Five Rivers Metroparks

Girl Scouts of Western OH

Marianist Environmental Education Center

United Rehabilitation Services

Adventure Central - Five Rivers Metroparks

Toys for God's Kids

Grace Hospice

Carriage Hill - Five Rivers Metroparks

Shoup Mill Conservation Area  - Five Rivers Metroparks

Rebuilding Dayton Together

Garden Station

Aullwood Audubon Center

Photo Gallery


Club Advocates Pro-Life Message Quietly

Sometimes saying nothing at all can be the greatest form of advocacy.

Classrooms and hallways were noticeably quieter during the school day Tuesday, Oct. 22 as the Eagles for Life, CJ’s pro-life club, promoted a day of silence in solidarity with victims of abortion. Participating students adorned red badges, bracelets, armbands and signs, marking themselves with messages supporting women and the thousands of unborn children who are forever silenced on a daily basis.

The words “I am silent today… I love babies” were conspicuously inscribed in black Sharpie marker against the red background of an 8-inch piece of duct tape worn as insignia by junior Victoria Thornton. When asked about it, she reached for pen and paper.

“I am very dedicated to the pro-life cause. I believe wholeheartedly that abortion is wrong,” Victoria wrote in reply, remaining silent while maintaining a respectful and responsive attitude toward her peers and others.

But why, if intending to raise awareness about the injustices of abortion, stay mute on the subject?

Kate Schultz, a senior member of Eagles for Life who has chosen to more closely examine the issue of abortion as part of her Senior Justice Capstone Project, said the significance of not speaking could be illustrated in one phrase.

“Our club’s motto is, ‘We are a voice for the voiceless,’ and I think that really helps put the day of silence into perspective,” she said. Kate helped organize the initiative -- which was modeled after the Pro-Life National Day of Silence -- and facilitated other pro-life awareness activities for students during the week of Oct. 22.

“We really appreciated the teachers’ support and respect of our choice to be silent,” Kate said, explaining how accommodations were made for alternative forms of communication. “It made the day much more meaningful knowing that the faculty supported our beliefs.”

Even more ubiquitous than silence were the Halloween themed, orange-capped baby bottles carried by students throughout the week. In partnership with Elizabeth’s New Life Center, the Eagles for Life distributed the bottles in homeroom with instructions to fill them with loose change and prayers.

Last year, a similar drive hosted by CJ’s Key Club helped raise more than $3,000, or enough to save six lives at the non-profit organization located on Forest Avenue in Dayton according to an article in their fall 2013 newsletter, the New Life News:  “Perhaps most touching were the heartfelt prayers the students submitted with the bottles, some simple in their sincerity and some as painstakingly detailed and decorated as the bottles.”

Bottles, prayers and donations to benefit Elizabeth’s New Life Center are being collected during the week of Oct. 28. This year’s results are expected to be announced soon.


2013 Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet

During the evening of Thursday, Oct. 10, Chaminade Julienne celebrated its 2013 class of Distinguished Alumni Award winners at a banquet hosted at the NCR Country Club. The annual awards are intended to honor graduates of Chaminade Julienne and its four predecessor schools.

Congratulations to each of this year's honorees:

Rosa Lee Weinert '46
Rosa Lee Weinert always knew she wanted to become a nurse. After high school she trained at Good Samaritan Hospital's School of Nursing, then went on to earn both her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Ohio State University. She accomplished many great things during her illustrious career, ultimately serving as assistant executive director of the Ohio Nurses Association, vice president of nursing at St. Lawrence Hospital (Lansing, Mich.), and executive director of the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Paul McEnroe '55
Paul McEnroe has affected each of our lives whether we know it or not. Shortly after graduating from Purdue University, Paul began a successful career at IBM. There, he led a team that would eventually create what we call the Bar Code, a technology used worldwide to this day. Paul now spends his time at Rancho La Purisma in Buelton, Calif. where he ranches and breeds horses.  Paul and his wife Tina are also actively involved with the McEnroe Reading and Language Arts Clinic at UC Santa Barbara.

The Honorable James Brogan '57
James Brogan earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from Georgetown after graduating from Chaminade in 1957.  He would go on to practice law in the United States Army JAG Corps and retire as a Colonel in the US Army Reserves. During his 44-year career in public service, James fulfilled many different roles including Ohio Supreme Court Justice and adjunct professor at the University of Dayton's Law School and at Sinclair Community College.

Paula Beach
Paula Beach taught first at Julienne High school in 1971, then went on to teach at Chaminade Julienne for 34 years. Many students recall Mrs. Beach as the teacher who always believed each student was capable of success, but to others she was much more. She  even volunteered her services as a bus driver and seamstress for CJ athletic teams. Paula and her husband Alan Beach '66 are the parents of CJ graduates Michael '00 and Lauren '02.

The Weckesser Family
On the first day of school in 1894, parents John and Elizabeth sent the first of two Weckesser children to St. Mary's, sparking a tradition that has lasted more than a century. The Weckesser family lineage can be traced through predecessor schools St. Mary's, Notre Dame Academy, Julienne, Chaminade, St. Joseph Commercial and CJ. In total, 58 family members are proud graduates and four are current students, representing each grade level.


Fine Arts Students Use Talents, Give Back

Chaminade Julienne performing and visual arts students lent their time and creative talents to assist two Dayton agencies fight poverty and hunger in our local community.

The musicians of Eagle Pride (pictured above) provided an enthusiastic performance for walkers and runners at this year's St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor Walk®. Pep band members served to entertain participants moving along the banks of the Great Miami River on Sept. 28. The Eagles have performed every year since the event first began in 2008 said Terry Williamson, development programs manager at St. Vincent.

"Once again, CJ came through with great spirit and energy for our Walkers as we walked to relieve poverty 'one step at a time,'" Williamson wrote in a thank you note to Debi Schutt, CJ performing arts department chair. "The band provided a great energy after the walk as they knew all the dances and shared their enthusiasm and joy of life with our event!"

Meanwhile, fellow fine arts students enrolled in ceramics classes with teacher Janet Lasley shared their contribution of handmade crafts in support of a House of Bread fundraising dinner on Oct. 10.

"On behalf of the House of Bread, I would like to thank you for your generous contribution for the Emply Bowls Fundraiser," wrote David C. Oakes, owner of CESO, Inc. The civil engineering firm has hosted the event at its Yankee Street location each of the last four years.

In exchange for a donation, more than 150 guests were invited to enjoy bread, dessert and soup, then take home their bowls. More than $5,000 was raised for the non-profit community kitchen located at 9 Orth Avenue as a result.

"The ceramic bowls you crafted were beautiful, and they certainly contributed to a successful evening. Your bowls will serve as daily reminders to our guests that there are hungry people in our community that we can help to serve."

Photo by Jan Underwood provided courtesy of St. Vincent de Paul, Dayton District Council.

Students Lap Up Leadership Seminars

October has kept students of the Chaminade Julienne community immersed in leadership activities.

This month students had the privilege of attending the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Student Leadership Conference and the Anthony Muñoz Youth Leadership Seminar. Both provided excellent opportunities for students to grow in community with peers from different high schools while simultaneously honing their own personal leadership characteristics.

On Oct. 1, Scott Pierce, athletic director, chaperoned a group of 14 students to the OHSAA Student Leadership Conference held at The Ohio State University. Topics at the conference covered the role of the student athlete, bullying and hazing, and healthy lifestyles.

“I believe the students were able to learn that participating in athletics to develop leadership skills will have an impact on their lives as adults," Pierce said. The event brought 900 student athletes from all over Ohio.

“Students listened to high level college athletes that became leaders in the fields of engineering, business and non-profit organizations,” he said, adding that events like these can increase a young person's chances for success far beyond their athletic pursuits.

The leadership endeavors didn’t end there, however. A week later on Oct. 9, a group of students led by Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service, attended the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Youth Leadership Seminar, which attracted nearly 100 schools from southwest Ohio and northern Kentucky to Xavier University’s Cintas Center for a fun-filled day of leadership initiatives. The seminar included music, motivational speakers, and panel and small group discussions, concluding with a call to action known as the "Service Challenge" project.

"This event is a great way to bring our schools together for a positive initiative,” Kinnear said. Chaminade Julienne and fellow Miami Valley Catholic high school Carroll traveled to the Cincinnati seminar together. The two groups now intend to collaborate on a combined service challenge project. Winning projects are eligible for prizes worth up to $2,000.

CJ STEMM Idol Speakers Oct. 22 & 25

Students are invited to celebrate National Chemistry Week, recognized Oct. 20-26, with a double serving of CJ STEMM Idol Speakers, both young up-and-coming women working in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

On Tuesday, Oct. 22, guest Terry Hare shares her experiences as a senior engineer for research and development at Procter & Gamble. The University of Dayton graduate is putting her Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree to use in the real world as she develops new products for the company’s line of laundry detergents including Tide and Gain. Terry has recently worked on projects involving the popular Tide Pods and Tide to Go, Instant Stain Remover pens. She is a native of Dayton and soon plans to travel to Belgium on international assignment.

Then on Friday, Oct. 25, program coordinator Kayla Ritter from the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) comes to CJ to discuss study abroad, co-op and career opportunities. Just this month alumnus Cameron Ingram ‘09, who enrolled in a CJ PLTW biomedical sciences course as a high school student, was recognized as the UC CEAS engineer of the month of October. Learn more >

All students are encouraged to attend a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Series presentation during homeroom periods and learn more about National Chemistry Week (NCW) at www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/outreach/ncw.html.


Eagles Tennis Player Flying Solo at State

Congratulations to sophomore Natalie Allen who represented the Eagles in the Division II state tennis tournament for the second consecutive year this weekend.

Natalie returned to Columbus on Oct. 18, this time flying solo, just one year after placing third in the state doubles tournament with teammate Brooke Sandridge ‘13. She finished the regular season with a stellar 20-3 overall record (4-0 GCL), and ended her tournament run at Ohio State on a hard-fought loss (6-4, 2-6, 4-6) in the opening round.

The first singles player helped lead the women's tennis team to a perfect 6-0 league record and a GCL Coed championship. She also recorded big victories over Division I state qualifiers Elizabeth Kong (Mason, singles) and Alexa Abele (Sycamore, doubles) in regular season matches.

In the postseason, Natalie took second at sectionals and third place districts. Teammate Kelly Pleiman, a freshman, also qualified for districts. The team will return all but two graduating seniors for 2014.

Great job on another successful fall season, Eagles!


Student Council hosts Autumn Festival

New this year, senior Student Council members are hosting an Autumn Festival at CJ this Thursday, Oct. 17. All members of the CJ community are invited to join in this seasonal celebration from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on campus. There is no cost for admission.

Chaminade Julienne's outdoor practice field (view campus map).

Thursday, October 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

All CJ students, faculty, staff and their families.

A smile, a great costume, and money for food, drink and the photo booth.

Carnival activities and games, pumpkin decorating contests, seasonal drinks, pizza, baked goods, a photo booth, a costume contest, and much more!

Hope to see you there!


Autumn Overtures: Free Fall Concert Oct. 15

Join us this Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium for Autumn Overtures, a free evening of music presented by the members of the CJ Performing Arts department. We will kick off the 2013-14 season with performances by our Concert Choir, Concert Band, String Ensemble, Hands in Harmony, Age V, Vega, and a special "Pigskin Review" performed by our Eagle Pride ped band.

"You won't want to miss seeing our students on stage in a fabulous performance," said Debi Schutt, department chair. Following the concert, guests are welcomed to join families, friends and students in the cafeteria for punch and cupcakes at a reception hosted by the Parents of Performing Arts Students(PoPS).

Parents are invited to attend monthly CJ PoPS meetings, generally held the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in room 100, to learn how to become more involved with performing arts opportunities at CJ. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7. If you have questions, please contact Margy Lisjak, PoPS president, at pops@cjeagles.org.