October 2013

CJ STEMM Students Explore Careers

More than 120 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) biomedical and engineering students explored career fields at three local STEMM institutions this fall.

First-year PLTW students enrolled in Principles of Biomedical Science visited Sinclair Community College's Hittner Nursing Patient Simulation Lab in late September. The class of 35 received hands-on, college-level instruction from staff members Cecilia Bidigare (associate professor), Vicki Gaffney (assistant professor), Andi Stoops (lab technician) and nursing students Melissa Blankenship and Nicole Moore.

“They could basically train you to do anything you can do at a real hospital,” said freshman Andrew Holmes. Students rotated through four patient care stations where they could try their hand at checking vital signs, using laparoscopic surgery tools, suturing and running a code on simulated patients in a hospital-like environment.

“Suturing was my favorite part,” said Bella Peters, freshman classmate. “We used a bone needle and got to do almost the entire process.”

Teacher Amanda Ooten planned the field trip as a way for students to experience areas of healthcare that might be of interest to them after high school. “My goal for this year is to provide as many of these hands-on experiences as possible so that my students will leave this class with a better idea of their future career path,” she said.

Engineering students celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) on Oct. 4.

All CJ students enrolled in a PLTW engineering course had the opportunity to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) on Oct. 4 at events hosted by two local businesses.

Bastech, Inc. opened its doors to first-year Intro to Engineering Design students and third-year Engineering Design and Development students for interactive 3D printing technology presentations and tours of their Vandalia laboratory. The company, owned by 1984 alumnus Ben Staub, also hosted CJ STEMM Gateway Academy campers in June.

At an open house hosted by American Testing Services, second-year Principles of Engineering students were among some of the first to witness the unveiling of “the world’s first open-source production vehicle,” known as the Smartforce Rally Fighter. According to the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), the car made its debut at various locations in Ohio and Kentucky in honor of MFG DAY.

“The Smartforce Rally Fighter represents what’s new and exciting in manufacturing. It is high-tech, locally made, crowd-sourced and fuel-efficient,” said AMT President Douglas K. Woods in a news release posted on the organization’s Web site. “The car’s ‘cool factor’ will help persuade students and parents to take a closer look at what manufacturing careers have to offer.”

Students were also treated to inspection demonstrations and tours of the non-destructive testing facility, located on Moraine Drive. Professionals from American Testing Services have continued to be actively involved with CJ students as industry mentors to members of the school’s robotics teams.

Students were accompanied on their MFG Day field trips by CJ engineering teachers Andy Helms, Bob Young and CJ STEMM Coordinator Meg Draeger. More than 800 MFG DAY events were planned at locations across the country according to www.mfgday.com.


CJ Golfers Return to State for 5th Year

In their fifth consecutive state tournament appearance, members of the CJ women's golf team capped a successful season with a third place finish in Columbus.

The Eagles, led by sophomore Ellie Cronin, shot a 680 at the two-day tournament Oct. 11-12 to finish one stroke behind second place Dover. View results >

The girls began the season with high expectations after coming off back-to-back top two finishes in Division II. Chaminade Julienne won its first women’s golf team state championship in school history in 2011, and followed up the next season as 2012 state runners-up. The team also holds sixth place (2009) and seventh place (2010) finishes.

In the regular season the girls were 24-1, including a perfect 10-0 record in league play to win the Greater Catholic League Coed division.

"The team’s average margin of victory in winning matches was an astounding 24 shots," said Scott Pierce, athletic director.
Along the road to state, the team recorded league, sectional and district tournament victories. The ladies also combined with the men’s team to win the Diana Schwab Invitational at Beavercreek Golf Club earlier in the season (pictured below).

Led by GCL Coed Coach of the Year George Menker, the team balanced youth with experience. Four-year letter winner Kaitlyn Cartone, junior Sarah Downing and Ellie Cronin each earned first team all conference honors, with Downing named the GCL Coed Player of the Year. Also returning for next year are sophomores Liliane Kaminski, Sarah Olzewski, Colleen Wagoner and Lizzi Yeazel, and freshman Sara Sue Bowman.

Congratulations on a great year, Eagles!


Little Sibs Program Making Big Impact

A Chaminade Julienne service-learning course lets students become the teachers at two local elementary schools for one class period each week.

The Little Sibs Program is a year-long elective offered through Ministry & Service for juniors and seniors interested in mentoring children. CJ students, or “Bigs,” serve K-2 graders known as “Littles” at Ruskin Elementary School and Immaculate Conception School in Dayton, where they lead activities for an hour every Thursday afternoon.

“Our program is truly a hidden gem,” said Marilyn McCrate, religion teacher and assistant director of ministry and service. Bigs spend class time learning techniques for working with children and managing a classroom. They then create and gather the materials necessary for implementing hands-on projects, and guide one another in teaching the projects to their Littles.

On Oct. 3, Bigs and Littles at Ruskin teamed up to create balloon people with drawn-on faces and feet cut out from cardboard (pictured above).

The projects and activities vary from week to week, said McCrate, but participation in the program has always proved to be a positive experience for all parties involved. Over more than 15 years teaching the course she has witnessed self-discovery in students -- both Bigs and Littles -- as a result of their weekly interactions with one another.

“The program really serves two purposes. First, it meets the needs of the elementary schools and Littles who may not get enough individualized attention,” said McCrate, adding that children seem to come out of their shell around the Bigs.

“Secondly, our Bigs learn a lot about different virtues, like responsibility and patience.”

CJ students must submit an application in the spring in order to become eligible to take the elective. No credit is awarded; however, the class is listed on a student’s final transcript.

Most importantly, McCrate said, the program has been shown to influence lives.

“Some of our students have gone on to realize their future career paths just by working with these children,” McCrate said, naming graduates who became teachers or sought involvement in the national Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteer program after high school.

Meet the Sibs
On Wednesday, May 7, the CJ community will have the opportunity to meet this year’s group of 26 Bigs and 27 Littles at the Service Awards Assembly. Participants will be introduced on stage, then share a picnic lunch together on campus that afternoon.