November 2013

Thanksgiving Drive Helps Hungry, Homeless

Chaminade Julienne will be providing tangible help to those who need it most this holiday season thanks to generous community-wide support for the school’s annual Thanksgiving donation drive.

During the week of Nov. 18-25, students raised $2,682.58 for Oxfam International and Catholic Relief Services, and collected 2,271 non-perishable items for St. Vincent de Paul and The Foodbank.

The drive is just one part of a six-day event known as Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week (HHAW). This year’s efforts were focused around Jesus' words to Peter in John 21:17: "Feed my sheep." Each day began with communal morning music, a prayer and a quote about hunger or homelessness. In addition, service learning and co-curricular activities allowed students, faculty and staff to take an active role in caring for the plight of others. 

The week’s activities included:

  • Special presentations and visits by guests including: Kathie Stevens, a dietician from Good Samaritan Hospital; Dr. Dennis Heldman, professor of food science at Ohio State and a CJ STEMM Idol Speaker; and Sr. Rita Sturwold (pictured right), SNDdeN, U.S. director of mission integration.
  • A Hunger Banquet hosted Tuesday by members of FLIGHT (pictured above) and Marianist LIFE. Sixty students were randomly divided into three groups and fed meals of varying nutritional value and proportion depending solely on the luck of the draw. The event is designed to demonstrate the differences between those living in poverty and prosperity in our world.
  • A faculty and staff service project in the cafeteria and Foods Lab before school Wednesday morning. Volunteers packed lunches to donate to St. Vincent de Paul and cooked a hot meal for the House of Bread.
  • A REACH service site visit after school Wednesday to The FoodBank, where students packed take-home meals in Good-to-Go Backpacks for children.
  • And an optional “Fast Day” for all members of the school community on Thursday. Those who abstained from all or part of a meal in order to be in solidarity with the hungry could pack lunches for St. Vincent in the cafeteria during lunch periods instead of eating. Religion teachers were invited to teach mini-lessons about the tradition of fasting in their classrooms.

STEMM Idol Speaker Deacon Brian Campos

Deacon Brian Campos returns to Chaminade Julienne on Tuesday, Dec. 3 as the eighth STEMM Idol Speaker of the 2013-14 school year. All students are invited to attend presentations during homeroom periods in the library.

Formerly the development database coordinator at CJ, Campos now works at the WPAFB Air Force Research Laboratory as an aviation safety investigator. His duties include investigating mishaps, overseeing flight safety programs, and enforcing safety regulations.

Campos holds his bachelor's degree in social science from Colorado State University and holds two associates degrees in criminal justice and aviation operations. He also holds a professional educator's license for the military.

After high school Campos enlisted in the Air Force and served on active duty for 21 years as an instructor flight engineer and flight safety investigator. His job took him to various assignments and duties all over the world, and he retired with 4,600 flying hours.

While at CJ in 2010, Campos attended the Athenaeum of Ohio in the diaconate formation program and was ordained a permanent deacon. He also chaperoned the school’s Right to Life March in Washington D.C. and served as announcer at Eagles men's basketball home games for three seasons.

A native of Detroit, Campos is a parishioner at Kettering’s Church of the Ascension and an active volunteer in the community.


Eagles Coxswain Signs with Canisius

Grace Horner became the first CJ student-athlete of the 2013-14 school year to sign a National Letter of Intent after agreeing to join the Golden Griffins of Canisius College during the early signing period on Nov. 20.

The coxswain intends to study anthropology at the private Jesuit institution located in western New York, where she will receive partial academic and athletic grants. The school’s NCAA Division I women’s rowing program competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

"Grace's quiet leadership and competitive success make her a natural fit for our coxswain corps here at Canisius,” said Griffins’ head coach Joel Furtek in a release posted on the school’s web site. “She had a lot of options to continue her education and her quest for speed, and I'm thrilled that she has chosen to be a Griff. We can't wait to get her piloting a boat down the Black Rock Channel.”

Horner is the 16th Eagles rower to sign with a varsity college crew program since 2006. CJ men’s and women’s crew athletes compete as members of the Dayton Boat Club (DBC) under the direction of coaches Mike and Trish Miles.

The CJ senior thanked her coaches for their support in the recruiting process. Horner began her rowing career with the DBC in 8th grade and said she could not have imagined the outcome back then. “I love rowing, it’s been a huge part of my life over the last five years, so to get to continue doing this in college is very exciting and meaningful.”

As a junior during the 2013 season, Horner and teammate Gretchen Bruggeman ‘13, now a rower at Notre Dame, were part of the DBC women’s 4+ boat which took 10th place at the USRowing Youth National Championships.


Hunger Banquet Demonstrates Disparities

Students at CJ’s Oxfam Hunger Banquet this fall had an opportunity to experience the pangs of real world disparities that exist between those born into prosperity and poverty in our global society.

Sixty participants, mostly students, arrived to the cafeteria on the evening of Nov. 19 expecting dinner. And a majority of those folks -- like the majority of the world’s population -- were left feeling hungry.

“This event is a metaphor for how resources are inequitably distributed across the world,” senior Zach Thomas, MC, told his classmates as they sat randomly separated into three groups.

About 10 percent were seated and served at a fancy, candle-lit head table. Another 20 percent were invited to walk through a buffet line and assemble their own sandwiches. The rest, or roughly 40 people, were corralled onto a small space on the cold floor without chairs or eating utensils and could help themselves (men first, then women) to scoops of rice and cups of tepid water.

“Our students intended to show how inequality and not lack of food is the driving force behind issues of hunger and poverty,” said Mike Hoendorf, assistant director of ministry and service. The Hunger Banquet was sponsored and staffed by members of student groups FLIGHT (Faith Leaders In God’s Hands Today) and Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience).

The learning experience elicited feelings of guilt and gratitude from students like senior Juleon Elmore, who had the fortune of sitting at the head table. “I felt like there was something I could do to help those without much food," Elmore said.

“This taught me that I’m very lucky to have food that I can rely on at home,” he said. “You can’t choose where you’re going to be born.”

Participants learned that even in America, more than 46 million people and one in five children are living below the poverty line according to Oxfam International. The non-profit organization encourages, mobilizes and provides planning materials to Hunger Banquet host partners.

CJ’s two-hour banquet ended with a prayer service and mixed small group discussion. It was the third time the school had hosted the event as part of its annual Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, which runs Nov. 18-25. In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, the office of ministry and service invites the entire CJ community to take part in outreach activities, service learning opportunities, and donation drives to raise awareness for these issues affecting our local community, nation and world.

To learn more about Oxfam Hunger Banquets, please visit

Tech-Savvy Students Assist at GESMV Fair

A group of Eagle volunteers took advantage of half a day of classes earlier this month, putting their tech savvy skills to good use at a community outreach event for people with disabilities.

When school was dismissed at noon for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Nov. 7, about 15 students headed to the Job Center on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard where they worked at stations during Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley's 2013 Assistive Technology Fair, co-hosted by Got-Autism. Volunteers showed guests ways of using an iPad and iPad apps during shifts from 1 to 6 p.m.

“The students from CJ did an awesome job, and the fair would not have been nearly as successful without their help,” said Martha O’Dell, volunteer program manager at GESMV. She was recently named the 2013 Miami Valley Volunteer Program Administrator of the Year.

“When it comes to using technology, who better to turn to than young people,” she rhetorically asked. O’Dell said the students were an asset not only because of their digital intuitiveness, but also for their welcoming, patient and responsive attitudes.

Freshman Anjalee Guy (pictured with classmate Amari Smith above) said she decided to volunteer at the fair because it sounded like an enjoyable way to fill the free afternoon.

“Service is just fun. You get to interact with people in the community and meet new people from around the school who you may not know,” said Anjalee, who has already surpassed the minimum service requirement for this semester. So far this fall she has served with the Key Club, volunteered at a Montgomery County Fairgrounds festival, and worked at the St. Peter’s food pantry.

At CJ, all grade levels are required to fulfill a service component for their religion class. Students are encouraged to stop in the office of ministry and service for an updated listing of approved service opportunities.


STEMM Idol Speakers November 18 & 19

Chaminade Julienne welcomes professors from two prestigious universities this Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 18-19. All students are invited to the library during homeroom periods to find out more about the STEMM-related programs that Ohio higher education has to offer.

On Monday, professor Beth Hart from the University of Dayton School of Engineering will discuss the college, career, and travel abroad opportunities in engineering at UD and beyond. Then Tuesday, Dr. Dennis Heldman, Ph.D., of Ohio State University will expound upon food science’s role in tackling world hunger issues.

Monday, Nov. 18
Hart graciously returns to CJ as a STEMM Idol Speaker for a third consecutive school year. In addition to teaching interdisciplinary Engineering Innovation and Design courses, she also serves as a faculty mentor and supports the Minority Engineering Program, the Women Engineering Program, and the ETHOS program.

This June, Hart will direct UD’s Summer Honors Engineering Camp for high school students in grades 9-11. During this overnight camp, students can explore engineering principles in state-of-the-art facilities with college professors and engineering students. The program closes with a graduation luncheon featuring a keynote speaker.

Tuesday, Nov. 19
In concert with Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week activities, Dr. Heldman -- a professor at Ohio State University's Department of Food Science & Technology -- will discuss the scientific push behind creating healthier, more sustainable food systems. Heldman is a member of OSU’s Food Innovation Center, a fully-funded project with the mission of “improving global life quality by inspiring sustainable multi-disciplinary food solutions.”

Over nearly 50 years working in the industry, the professor has served on the faculty at OSU, Michigan State University, the University of Missouri and Rutgers. He has also worked in the private sector for the Campbell's Soup Company and authored a number of publications on food engineering and processing. In 2011, Dr. Helman was named a recipient of the Life Achievement Award from the International Association for Engineering and Food.


The Importance of Being Earnest Nov. 15-17

The CJ Performing Arts Department invites you to learn the vital importance of being earnest at this year’s fall play, running November 15-17 in the auditorium.

Written by Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest follows Jack Worthing, played by freshman Jacob Troutwine, as he attempts to woo the beautiful Gwendolen, played by senior Kaylee Piatt. Hilarity ensues in this Victorian era comedy as the plot twists and turns to reveal the takeaway echoed in the show’s title.

On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6th graders from Holy Angels and St. Peter were invited to take part in a performing arts workshop with CJ students.

“One of the themes of this play is triviality,” said Caitlin Bennett, director and producer. “Wilde pokes fun at how we focus too much on the little things in life and tries to show the value of being honest and true to one’s self.”

The play, considered by many to be Wilde’s greatest work, humorously examines some of the social norms and values in place in England during the late 19th century. Consequently, the script’s unique vernacular and unfamiliar references challenged cast members to overcome a cultural and generational learning curve on top of memorizing lines and parts, said Bennett.

“The neat thing about the kids we have is that we are able to push them and challenge them to go beyond what even they thought was possible,” she said.

"Mrs. Bennett has done a great job getting everything together and pushing us," said Warren Reynolds, understudy for the lead role. The senior is participating in his first performing arts theater production on the CJ stage.

"A football injury last year freed up my fall, and I decided to add theater and acting classes to my schedule after some encouragement from Mrs. Bennett, so by the time the fall play came around I decided to try something new," he said.

"It was a great choice and I've made a lot of great friends. I've also received a lot of support from fellow cast members who've been in plays year after year."

The Importance of Being Earnest comprises a cast of 14, including six understudy parts, plus a crew of 20 students who designed the set. And when the curtain drops, the production will be entirely student driven.

“There is no adult running anything during the show to make it happen,” Bennett said. Crew members run sound and light during all performances.

Instrumental in helping to perfect the final product on stage were parents and adults who gave their support during the 10 weeks leading up to opening night. A special thanks goes out to CJ parent Mark Phillips who provided students with dialect training for honing their British accents. Thanks also to Derek Dunavent who serves as assistant director, Bryan Miller who serves as technical director, and Charis Weible who serves as costume designer.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, and theatergoers will have four opportunities to catch the show this weekend:

  • Friday, Nov. 15  --  7:30 p.m. (Opening Night)
  • Saturday, Nov. 16 --  2 p.m. (understudy cast) and 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 17  --  2 p.m.

"This is a play with a different feel," Reynolds said. "I encourage audiences to come out and experience something different."

2013 Fall Sports Season in Review

Reveled athletic tradition has always been a fulcrum for the Chaminade Julienne community and this 2013-14 fall season has been no different.

Successes were punctuated with state appearances by the women's golf team and individuals from our women's tennis and women's cross country teams. Their accomplishments continued a streak of 10 consecutive seasons with at least one “Walk to State” celebration dating back to the fall of 2010 according to Scott Pierce, athletic director.

"This season the athletes have represented CJ in a respectful, highly competitive manner throughout the regular season as well as the postseason. Congratulations to all of our fall athletes," Pierce said.

Team Highlights

Record: 6-9-3 (1-4-2 GCL)

Key Wins: Defeated Oakwood twice, including a 6-5 win in the opening round tournament game, which resulted from penalty kicks. Recorded regular season victories at Dayton Christian and at Miamisburg.

All Stars: Seniors Quinn Armstrong and Scott Stoermer were named to the GCL first team. Fellow seniors Kendall Pegues and Ryan Menker earned GCL second team honors.

Record: 7-10-1 (2-5-0 GCL)

Key Wins: A 3-0 shutout victory in the season opener against Butler, a huge 5-1 victory over Fairmont toward the thick of their season, and a 3-2 postseason victory against Milton Union allowing the Eagles to move onto the second round of competition.

All Stars: Seniors Rachel Strahorn and Emma Hawthorn were named to the GCL first team. Freshman Logan Dix and Sophomore Kate Quinttus both earned GCL second team honors.

Record: 17-5 (6-0 GCL)

Key Wins: A season sweep of all GCL Coed opponents to go undefeated in league play and win the league championship; three 5-0 wins against Tippecanoe, Fairmont and Beavercreek; and a 4-1 victory over state ranked Miami Valley School, then the area's top Division II team. Natalie Allen went on to represent the Eagles at the Division II state tournament after taking second place at sectionals and third place at districts. Kelly Pleiman also qualified for districts.

All Stars: Coach Jim Brooks was named GCL Coach of the Year, and sophomore Natalie Allen was named league Player of the Year. Senior Mackenzie Boyer and freshmen Brianna Douglas and Kelly Pleiman were honored with first team GCL. Juniors Margot Duffy and Ashley Huffman were named to the GCL second team.

Record: 4-3 (3-2 GCL)

Key Wins: Opening victory against crosstown rival Carroll; the team combined with the women’s golf team to win the Diana Schwab Invitational combined title at Beavercreek Golf Club.

All Stars: Senior Aaron Marshall was named to the GCL first team, while his teammate and fellow senior Chandler Spees earned second team GCL honors. Chandler also made the Division II Southwest District first team.

Record: 24-1 (10-0 GCL)

Key Wins: The Eagles only regular season loss came at the hands of Division I Ursuline Academy. The team swept the GCL Coed and won the league tournament. Other first place finishes were had at the Diana Schwab Invitational (both the combined and women's divisions) as well as at the sectional and district tournaments. The girls ended the year at state for a fifth consecutive season, finishing in third place.

All Stars: Coach George Menker was named GCL and Division II Southwest District Coach of the Year. Those named to both the GCL and Southwest District first team were junior Sarah Downing (the league Player of the Year), senior Kaitlyn Cartone, and sophomore Ellie Cronin. Sophomores Colleen Wagoner and Lizzi Yeazel were named Southwest District honorable mention.

Record: 9-15 (6-8 GCL)

Key Wins: A grueling five-set match win against Springboro, pus two victories over Carroll and a win over Butler in four sets.

All Stars: Junior Beth Stumpf was named to the GCL first team, as well as earning the Division II Southwest District first team. Senior teammates Samantha Cudney and Megan Murray were named to the GCL second team.

Key Moments: Finished second at the GCL Meet with a score of 50 points, behind Carroll (22 points). Senior Conor Hickey qualified as an individual for the Division II regional meet.

All Stars: Senior Conor Hickey was named to the GCL first team. Senior John Carper, senior Ben Reis, junior John Hawthorn and freshman Tucker Helms all received recognition on the GCL second team.

Key Moments: Finished third at the GCL Meet with a score of 90 points, behind Alter (23 points) and McNicholas (51 points). Rachel Craighead qualified as an individual for the Division II state meet, finishing 42nd overall out of 139 runners. The Eagles finished third at districts and advanced to regionals as a team for the second season in a row.

All Stars: Senior Rachel Craighead was named to the GCL first team, and junior Helen Wittman was awarded GCL second team honors.

Record: 6-5 (3-4 GCL)

Key Wins: Opening Victory against Troy 34-20, which marked the 500th win in program history; an early season 58-55 victory over fierce competitor Thurgood Marshall; and back-to-back conference victories against Fenwick (42-35) and Carroll (37-25).

All Stars: Many Eagles received this league honors season. GCL first team recipients include junior Zach Burneka, senior Juleon Elmore, sophomore Jacob Harrison, senior Will Peterson, senior CJ Riazzi, and sophomore Tyler Traylor. GCL second team recipients include junior Braxton Horton, senior Alex Livingston, junior Davion McKinney, junior Danny Meyer, junior Adam Pendergrass, junior Marvin Radford, sophomore Josh Simons, junior Sam Stidham, and sophomore Antwand Wilson.

GCL All Sports Trophy
The GCL All Sports Trophy recognizes across-the-board athletic excellence. Teams in each season are awarded points depending upon where they finish in the league. At the end of the school year, all points are totaled and the top school from each division (north and central) wins the trophy.

Fall sport athletes have put Chamiande Julienne in a phenomenal position to be able to claim that trophy. At the conclusion of this season, CJ is nestled in second place with 46.5 points, ahead of Fenwick and Carroll.

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Teammates Take Time Out to Volunteer

Twelve members of the CJ softball team spent a morning with the Moraine Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) patched up, in casts and incapacitated.

Fortunately -- for the sake of the students’ health and the team’s spring season outlook -- all ailments were staged as part of a mock disaster training drill.

“The girls are made up to look like they have various injuries that challenge the C.E.R.T. team during their final exam,” said head coach Dee Werbrich, who works for the Moraine Fire Division when not coaching at CJ.

The girls figuratively lent their lives and limbs to C.E.R.T. for three hours on Oct. 26. Exercises during the organization's instructional day were meant to teach citizens how to react to crises in their neighborhood or workplace when first responders are not immediately present.

“I didn’t have to do anything because I was playing dead,” senior pitcher Caitlin Mathews said with a smile, “but some of my teammates had eyeballs missing and broken arms and legs.”

The team has volunteered to play victims for C.E.R.T. for three years, an experience that gives new and returning teammates a chance to bond and have a little fun together, said Mathews.

“The girls do a great job in making it as realistic as it can be and have a blast doing it too,” Werbrich said.

The Eagles' coach purposefully builds service opportunities into the team's schedule. In recent years, softball players have assisted at the city’s Pancake’s for Prancer event and helped host a youth softball clinic for kids in grades K-8.


CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Crystal Taylor

All students are invited to explore college and career opportunities Tuesday, Nov. 5 with guest speaker Crystal Taylor from the University of Toledo’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

According to Taylor, studies show that by the year 2020 there will be a national shortage of pharmacists, with about 14,000 spots to fill in this region of the country alone. Meanwhile, the number of college of pharmacy graduates continues to rise. Ohio colleges ranked sixth nationally in the number of students receiving first year pharmacy degrees in 2011*.

UT Pharmacy Virtual Tour

Careers in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences present rewarding opportunities to work closely with patients. Professionals are trusted to provide safe and effective medications as well as daily counseling, said Taylor. Career paths also include jobs in forensic science, pharmaceutical sales, and drug design research and development.

High School seniors with an interest in the field are encouraged to consider applying to UT’s summer Pharmacy Camp, which takes place in June 2014. Campers experience what it’s like to be a pharmacy student, living in a residence hall and working in the school’s state-of-the-art pharmacy practice lab over four days and three nights.

The University of Toledo is a member of the Council of Ohio Colleges of Pharmacy as one of only seven schools in the state home to programs. Pharmacy students at UT have an on-time graduation rate of over 90 percent according to the school’s Web site.

Learn more about the field and the UT College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences this week during homeroom CJ STEMM Idol Speaker presentations in the library.