September 2014

Senior to Spend Year Studying Abroad

As a German language teacher, Jacob Browning tries to build confidence and impart life lessons in his students even when the lesson or road ahead seems foreign: “Find your own path,” he urges them.

The path senior Grace Klosterman discovered now points to Europe.

Grace, who attended St. Rita and Mother Brunner, is one of just 250 students nationwide to be awarded the prestigious Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) scholarship. The award covers an academic year of study and cultural immersion in Germany.

“Grace was selected as a Congress-Bundestag scholar due to her demonstrated academic qualifications, cultural open-mindedness and motivation,” according to a release issued by Allen Evans, program Manager at AFS Intercultural Programs, a worldwide non-profit student exchange organization.

The senior will forgo her final year at CJ and instead spend the 2014-15 academic year living with a German host family, the Konle family, and attending Johann-Michael-Sailer-Gymnasium, a local high school. She departs the United States for her year abroad on September 4 and will live in the village of Blindheim.

“Grace will serve as a ‘youth ambassador’ from the United States for the academic year, while participating in educational, cultural and political events, including receptions and meetings with government officials,” Evans continued.

Although she doesn’t speak the language fluently, Grace said she was inspired to pursue the study abroad opportunity after spending time in the host country as part of CJ’s Dayton-Augsburg exchange last summer with Jakob Fugger Gymnasium. She was also influenced by her teacher, Herr Browning, who wrote her a letter of recommendation.

“Where a lot of students are self conscious about speaking a foreign language, Grace was not afraid,” Browning said. After completing German 1 with Browning, Grace had to take German 2 through an online course offered at CJ due to a schedule conflict.

“She was very helpful to her classmates in German 1 and the class really missed her. She was a student who her peers looked to for direction,” Browning said.

After receiving the scholarship and making the difficult decision to study abroad, Grace needed to spend her summer finishing up math and social studies courses in order to meet CJ’s graduation requirements. She will also work with CJ English and Religion teachers throughout the course of her time overseas to earn the necessary credits in those subjects. The courses she takes in Germany will count as electives, and Grace will be eligible to graduate with a CJ diploma.

“We’ve had exchange students before, but usually they come here instead of our students going there,” said Steve Fuchs, assistant principal. In fact, Grace is the first CJ student to participate in the CBYX program since 2009.

“I decided to study abroad because I have always had a passion for Germany and after visiting there last year, I knew I had to return,” Grace said. “In fact, I loved Germany so much that after last year’s exchange, I was homesick for Germany for practically two whole months.”

She is most excited to tour the parts of the country she missed out on during her last visit, and said she looks forward to reconnecting with old friends from Jakob Fugger. Among the things the senior will miss most are her family, her dogs, and all of her friends from CJ.

“I’ve made amazing, lifelong friends at CJ who built me up into the person I am today and after this last summer before I leave, I’ve really been thinking about how thankful I am for them,” she said. She also thanked her teachers, coaches and mentors at CJ for their support.

“Socially, spiritually, and academically I have been transformed. So rather than the shy, aimless eighth grader I was before, I have become the culture-fueled, academically-curious person I needed to be to earn this scholarship.

“It will be difficult to leave the school I call home, but rest assured, I will always remain a part of this wonderful community.”

Introduced under a Presidential initiative in 1983, CBYX aims to strengthen U.S.-German relations through public diplomacy and cultural understanding. In this time of global interdependence, the strong ties that bind the U.S. and Germany through trade and diplomatic relations are essential in U.S. foreign affairs. CBYX sees the importance of youth ambassadorship as a means to strengthen these ties. Dedicated supporter Senator Richard Lugar (IN) calls CBYX “an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the world, gain a deeper understanding of people and issues, build lifelong skills, and expand horizons.”

To learn more about additional opportunities to study abroad, host an exchange student, or bring intercultural learning into the classroom with AFS-USA, the administering organization, visit


Teaching Students Servant Leadership

Five Eagles classmates attended a service leadership workshop hosted at the University of Cincinnati this September. The group joined more than 650 high school students and teachers from 72 area schools. CJ students were accompanied by teacher Sr. Nicole Trahan and Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service (pictured above).

Hear more about the day-long event from junior Emily Thie '16 as she reflects on participating for the first time this year:

On September 24, I attended the Mayerson Foundation Student Service Leadership Workshop. I was very honored when I first found out and had absolutely no idea what it was. A teacher nominated me to go to this workshop and, as a result, I learned more about working with others and how to make a change in my own community.

The Mayerson Service-Learning Program supports the involvement of high school students, teachers, and schools in volunteer community service. Students from Carroll, Alter, and CJ went together to the University of Cincinnati campus for this workshop. Throughout the day there were three breakout sessions and then a discussion/sharing time to conclude the day.

The breakout session that impacted me most was called, “Know Thyself.” During this session, I took a personality test and learned about myself and how I lead. In addition, I learned about what other personalities there were and how to best work with different types of people. This has given me a better outlook on how to work with others in group collaborations and also how to recruit others to volunteer and help.

Another part of the workshop that influenced me was the discussion time at the end of the day. In a group of about 10, we discussed the different service opportunities we each had at our respective schools. Some had many ways to serve their communities just like students at CJ, but there were others who went to schools that did not offer as many opportunities. These schools had clubs you needed to be a part of to serve, or service wasn’t really emphasized, and this made me think about how lucky CJ is to have the office of ministry and service. All students can come in at any time to become involved in service throughout the Dayton community.

This workshop showed me how important service really is. I have been fortunate enough to be part of a place that understands this to be true. The other students who attended with me can all help to make a difference together. Through service, we can help to improve our community and each other. The workshop leads me to think that someday, we can all lead the CJ community into serving more than our recommended hours, and not worry about how many hours we serve but how many people we serve.

STEMM Idol Dr. John Stireman III

CJ STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. John Stireman III will share his enthusiasm for ecology with all students this Tuesday!

A biology professor at Wright State, Dr. Stireman has spent 20 years working in the field with a focus on insects, particularly flies. He even has a wasp named after him!

Read on to learn more about Dr. Stireman, and be sure to stop in the library during homeroom periods.

Written by Meagan Pant, DDN staff writer, and first published December 26, 2012

Wright State University professor John Stireman has always been fascinated by monster-like insects — and now his own name has been immortalized by researchers who branded a wasp in his honor.

The large, often colorful wasp species, now called Ilatha stiremani, lays its egg inside another insect: a parasitic fly that Stireman has spent his career studying. Stireman describes the relationship as being like Russian dolls because the wasp lays its egg inside a fly growing inside a live caterpillar.

Stireman said it is an honor to have the wasp named after him because “every species is priceless.”

“Every one is unique and fascinating and has some important lesson to teach us about the world,” he said.

The insect took on Stireman’s moniker because he is a leading expert on the flies that host the wasps, said Don Cipollini, director of environmental sciences at Wright State.

“It is an honor for Wright State to have such well-respected researchers among its faculty,” Cipollini said.

Stireman was involved in studying the wasp by examining the fly pupa carrying the species. Stireman said it is much like the 1979 science fiction horror film “Alien,” in that the caterpillar carrying the fly larva lives until the fly is ready to emerge and the fly lives until the wasp is ready to emerge from it.

Stireman, whose laboratory at Wright State has drawers lined with fly specimens, said the parasitic bugs could help control insects on crops without using pesticides.

He will publish a paper next year naming 11 new species of parasitic flies with graduate student Diego Inclan. Stireman has taken several trips to Ecuador to discover new insects and study how they are connected.

Stireman has been fascinated by insects since he was a young boy. He majored in biology at the University of Utah and earned a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona. He did post doctorate work at Tulane and Iowa State universities before being hired at Wright State in 2005, according to the university.

“I’ve always been attracted to diversity and complexity. You can never get bored,” he said. “You can spend your whole life just studying the insects in your backyard.”

Stireman noted that is not uncommon for a person to have an insect bear their name because of the sheer number of bugs. There are about a million species of insects described, and “it’s thought that there are at least five times that out there waiting to be described,” he said.

This article is re-published at with permission from the author and Cox Media, Inc.


STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Chad Barklay

Four STEMM Idol Speakers are scheduled to meet and talk with students during the month of October. Next up is Dr. Chad Barklay, Ph.D., a distinguished research scientist from the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), who visits this Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Students are invited to come learn how UDRI supports space exploration missions by enabling safe, reliable, and long-lasting power sources. Presentations take place during all homeroom periods in the Trainor Library.

Dr. Barklay specializes in unique high-temperature testing, working with a special team of fellow engineers to subject materials, processes and space components to temperatures of up to 1500 °C -- approximately three-tenths the temperature on the surface of the sun!

Over more than 25 years working in the engineering and space field, Dr. Barklay has earned awards from institutions including NASA, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Argonne National Laboratory.

He also dedicated part of his life to serving his country, having retired as a Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve. He holds four degrees from Wright State University, the University of Dayton (2), and the U.S. Naval War College, where he was named a Mahan Scholar.

This STEMM Idol Speaker presentation is in conjunction with World Space Week 2014, which is being celebrated Oct. 4-10. Learn more about the celebration at, and add the following upcoming speakers to your calendar.


Five Receive Distinguished Alumni Awards

Chaminade Julienne will honor its 2014 class of Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame inductees the evening of Thursday, Oct. 2. The program begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7 p.m. at NCR Country Club in Kettering.

This year’s recipients include current faculty and staff members Cindy Budde, administrative assistant, and Marguerite “Peg” Regan ‘73, foreign language department chair. Also being recognized are alums Cecil Giscombe ‘69, Norbert Schlei ‘46 and Timothy Will ‘66.

Since 1997, the Distinguished Alumni Awards (DAA) have been bestowed on more than 100 graduates and friends of CJ and its predecessor schools. The awards are meant as a formal way to celebrate the lives and accomplishments of those who have seen success and given back to their community through time, talent, and treasure.

Cynthia “Cindy” Budde
Cindy Budde has been part of the CJ community for 20 years. Her career began in the development office where she served as an administrative assistant to Dan Meixner ‘84, president, who at the time served as director of development. She currently works in the Welcome Center as the administrative assistant to the president. Cindy and her husband Steve '69, a 2009 DAA recipient, have three children: Michael ‘97, Julia ‘02 and Laura ‘02.

Marguerite “Peg” Regan ‘73

Peg Regan ‘73 was born and raised a member of the CJ community. Her parents, Ed ’40 -- a 1998 DAA inductee -- and Dorothy ’44 are both graduates, while her father also served as a teacher, coach and principal. After graduating from Julienne in 1973, Peg soon returned to her alma mater to teach Spanish. She has served as a faculty member for more than 35 years and is currently chair of the foreign language department. Peg and her husband Jim Brooks, CJ English teacher and a 2011 DAA recipient, have two daughters: Colleen ’10 and Carmen ’11.

Did you know that outside of Cindy Budde and Peg Regan ‘73, there are four current faculty and staff members who are also Distinguished Alumni Award recipients? They are:

1997 inductee Ann Meyers ‘76, math teacher

2001 inductee Charlene Wheeler ‘65, director of guidance

2007 inductee Ann Szabo ‘72, admin. assistant in development, and

2011 recipient Jim Brooks, English teacher.

Cecil S. Giscombe ‘69
Cecil Giscombe ‘69 is a nationally recognized poet, a published essayist and the recipient of the 1995 Fulbright Research Award. In 2008 he was awarded the American Book Award for Prairie Style, a compilation of poems, and won the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library. In addition, Griscombe won the Stephen Henderson Award for poetry in 2010. The writer has also served as a professor at Cornell University, Syracuse University, Illinois State University, Pennsylvania State University, and University of California, Berkeley.

Norbert A. Schlei ‘46
Norb Schlei ‘46 is posthumously awarded the Professional Achievement Award. Schlei passed away in 2003 at the age of 73 in Santa Monica, Calif., where he made his home and practiced law. According to his obituary, Schlei “was an assistant attorney general and chief of the Justice Department's Office of General Counsel from 1962 to 1966. He coordinated the legal groundwork for the Civil Rights Act and the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act and the Immigration Reform Act passed the next year.” He is remembered for his role in the American civil rights movement having advised President John F. Kennedy to dispatch federal troops to the then-segregated University of Mississippi in October 1962 in order to allow James Meredith, an African American student, to enroll.

Timothy R. Will ‘66
Shortly after Tim Will ‘66 graduated from Chaminade and Sinclair Community College, he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Upon his return to the States, he pursued a master’s degree in city and regional planning, then traveled with his wife Eleanor to Honduras in 1976 to implement rural economic development programs through the Peace Corps. There, Will designed and implemented the Nicaraguan Refugee Camp at the start of the Contra War. Will has also done urban redevelopment work in New Orleans, where he implemented housing rehabilitation and homeowner training. He later served as mayor of Surfside, Fla.

Tim Will '66 currently lives in North Carolina where he's taught history, geography, government, economics and human georgraphy. He is a principal with the Catalpa Institute, a not-for-profit strategic planning and conflict resolution consulting practice. In 2009, Will was awarded the Purpose Prize and Hewlett Packard's Hackborn Award for his work connecting Appalachian small farmers to urban customers through a transactional Web site.


Quiz Bowl Combines Competition, Smarts

Answer: An Eagles team, looking for enthusiastic newcomers, that is poised to compete for championships behind a veteran coach and the leadership of its returning members.

If you buzzed in with, “What is the Chaminade Julienne Quiz Bowl Team?” you'd be in control of the board.

But this is not your favorite TV game show; it's Quiz Bowl. In addition to learning how to answer in the form of a question, students also show off their knowledge and quick responses by participating in this popular extra-curricular activity at CJ.

“Quiz Bowl is basically an academic Jeopardy-type of competition,” according to captain Laura Bullock ’15. “We have a team of four people and we compete across a bunch of categories all of which can vary across different time periods.”

Not only do these categories test students’ knowledge, but Quiz Bowl also tests their ability to think and respond quickly. “It’s more than just knowledge, you have to have a quick hand to buzz in in time,” said teammate Nick Nevius ’15.

“The categories we compete in often coincide with what I am studying,” says Bullock, who appreciates learning new things every practice. It's also an excellent resume builder for students and, according to Nevius, “a great conversation starter” as well.

CJ’s Quiz Bowl team competes in tournaments throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas with a regular competition every Tuesday and occasional weekend competitions. Last year, the team was crowned co-champions of the Greater Cincinnati Academic League and placed 6th in the regional tournament.

The Eagles have been to the regional tournament 11 consecutive years. Each of those years, Jim Sparrow, social studies teacher, has been coach of the team. Sparrow played Quiz Bowl in college and brought his knowledge of the game to CJ’s program. He even recruited Bullock when she was a sophomore taking his AP U.S. History class.

“Mr. Sparrow was one of my favorite teachers that year and I was good at U.S. History. I thought I could add something to the team,” Bullock said of her motivation to join. "The rest is history."

This year the team is expected to be young, but strong. Eight of their 16 members graduated last year, leaving half a team to fill. And both Sparrow and Bullock agree they'd like to see more female players. The senior captain is one of just two female students on the team, but all students in all grade levels are invited to give it a try.

Practices take place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays to accommodate student schedules. Students only have to attend two practices a week, but have four practice time options. This allows Quiz Bowl to be flexible for students involved in other activities. “Almost everyone on the team is involved with something else as well,” Nevius said.

The team is actively seeking new members. Quiz Bowl try-outs began this week and another tryout will be held Monday, Sept. 29 at 3:10 p.m. in Room 150. Try-outs consist of a typical round of Quiz Bowl. If the student successfully completes the round, he or she may be asked to join the team.

Like any other Jeopardy game, Sparrow understands that it is sometimes important to “quit while you are on top,” and frequently jokes that after the team wins the regional tournament, he will retire.

“Yep, I will quit at that very moment!" he joked. "Just like Jim Brown and Vince Lombardi, you want to go out while you’re on top."


STEMM Idol Speaker Patrice Hall

Ever wonder who's behind the Web sites and apps you love to use on your computer, smartphone or tablet? Now is your opportunity to meet someone who designs them for a living!

On Tuesday, Sept. 30, CJ welcomes STEMM Idol Speaker Patrice Hall during all homeroom periods in the Trainor Library. Ms. Hall serves as the senior marketing strategist at Marxent Labs in Kettering.

Blending visual arts, graphic design and STEMM fields, Ms. Hall works with popular brands and organizations to creatively design “augmented reality” apps. Don't know what an augmented reality app is?

“I plan out strategy and user experience, communicate with clients, and work with a team of designers and developers to create new digital experiences,” Hall said.

“I've created brands and campaigns for organizations of all types, from local startups to Fortune 500 companies. My work has been recognized by SXSW, MTV .com, AdWeek, and Gizmodo.”

The STEMM Idol Speaker got her start just down the road at fellow Marianist institution the University of Dayton, where she earned her degree in visual communication design. She enjoys being involved in local creative projects, previously serving as president of the Dayton Creative Syndicate. Ms. Hall has also volunteered with FilmDayton and TedXDayton.


VIDEO: Tour the Junior Service Fair

The office of ministry and service hosted the annual CJ Service Fair in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 18.

The Junior Service Fair is an annual in-school event that provides students with an opportunity to become involved with a local community service agency. As part of their religion curriculum, all juniors are required to complete 25 hours of community service at one location.

“We have been coming as an organization to this fair for several years,” said Jenny Hymans of Adventure Central. “We keep coming back because of the excellent volunteers that we get, the commitment to service, the enthusiasm and the hard work that CJ volunteers provide to our organization.

“[These student volunteers] really help us keep our program exciting and keep it free, which is very important to our families,” she said.

This year CJ hosted representatives from more than 30 service organizations. These organizations work daily to meet the needs of the poor, the homeless, the sick, the young and the elderly in the Dayton area.

“It’s a very positive event for the students and for our students whom they tutor,” said Jim Henry, who returned for the 13th year. Henry, a retired Dayton Public School teacher, has worked with the E.J. Brown Tutoring program at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wilkinson Street since 2001.

“We have had very good luck with CJ students, they are wonderful and the kids love them. They think the high school kids are really cool so they fall in love with their tutors and we appreciate all the service they’ve given to us over the years. CJ students are tops,” Henry said.

Junior Graham Curry ‘16 said the fair helped him decide what he’d like to do and where he’d like to complete his 25 hours of service. “The Service Fair was very helpful in determining which choice to make. I feel that the representatives really did a good job of telling us what they did and appealing to our interests."

The junior plans to look into opportunities to tutor at Westminster or volunteer at the Stillwater Center, a home for children and adults with disabilities in Montgomery County.

Thanks to all the representatives who could be with us today to partner with our students in serving God’s people, promoting peace and working for justice. 

Students Build Toward a Bright Future

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students, and the instructors certified to guide them, learn by doing, building, testing, and working together in teams. That’s the philosophy behind the hands-on assignments taking shape in St. Barbara, Room 235, the engineering hub of the CJ STEMM Center.

In early September, students enrolled in the Civil Engineering and Architecture course -- a new PLTW offering in 2014-15 -- built scale models of structures from household materials like cardboard, foam board and hot glue (pictured top). Meanwhile, their studious peers in Principles of Engineering built machines out of levers and pulleys using kits supplied by VEX Robotics (pictured below).

“PLTW classes have been really interesting and I know they’ll help me with what I hope to study in the future,” Matt Allaire ‘16 said. The junior has already completed two of the four engineering offerings at CJ and is currently discovering different styles of architecture and design elements in class with teacher Matt Fuhs.

“I see us PLTW teachers preparing students for on-the-job type training,” Fuhs said. The second-year CJ instructor himself spent the summer training at a PLTW Ohio workshop at Sinclair Community College to become certified to teach the course.

“It’s important for students to work on projects, to have deadlines, and to meet project specifications,” Fuhs added. He and Allaire both feel PLTW courses also provide a good way for students to test out different engineering fields while still in high school, before making any college decisions.

Architecture students will design 3D models of commercial and residential structures on computer software in the engineering labs throughout the year, Fuhs said.

His new PLTW colleague, first-year CJ teacher Eric Grimm, started out the year by challenging his students to engineer a compound machine out of several different simple machines. Eventually, he said, those same machines will be programmed by students to run robotically through C++ computer coding.

“I learned to teach these assignments by doing the same activities during the PLTW certification process,” Grimm said. He, like Fuhs, spent the summer training to teach the Principles of Engineering (POE) course at Purdue University.


Not Your Typical Abstinence Talk

Guest speaker Jason Evert of the Chastity Project does not give the typical abstinence talk that your parents probably heard years ago when they were in high school, and for good reason. The scare tactics synonymous with school presentations about sex simply do not work, he admitted to students at the opening of his whole-school presentation.

Jason Evert uses social media outlets like Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to effectively connect with his youthful audience.

Instead, Evert uses a unique style of delivery, combining his faith, insightful facts and a refreshing frankness that resonates with teens. So much so that a pair of seniors who had heard his talk before and related to his message felt compelled to offer a small gesture of kindness.

“Victoria and I introduced ourselves before the presentation to make Mr. Evert feel welcomed, and we also wanted to welcome him into our faith community,” said Catherine Grady '15. She and Victoria Thornton '15 (pictured above) are both members of F.L.I.G.H.T.

After the interaction Evert took the stage and spoke in front of a receptive audience of CJ students in the auditorium the morning of September 16, not long after talking with students at Carroll High School. He also made stops at Fenwick, Lehman Catholic and a few area parishes on his visit to Dayton.

“We’ve shown our freshman and senior religion classes an abstinence education video of Jason and his then-fiance, Crystalina, so we knew his presentation had been received very positively in the past,” said Dr. Tim Dillon, teacher and religion department chair. “I felt like the live presentation is even better.”

The 39-year-old professional speaker and author shared a few of the latest statistics on sex. Roughly a third of U.S. high school students said they were sexually inactive and a majority reported being virgins, according to Evert. The two-thirds of high schoolers who had had sex admitted that they wished they would've waited longer, he said.

“Jason is able to to hit more topics in one presentation at a pace that’d be very difficult to match in the classroom,” Dr. Dillon said.

Among other topics discussed, Evert addressed societal pressures placed on teens by visual stimuli, cultural trends, music, and other popular forms of media. These pressures lead to misconceptions about “manhood” in boys, double standards for girls, false expectations of beauty, and a devaluation of marriage, he said.

“Know that if you hope to marry someone you are promising to love and cherish one person for the rest of your life,” Evert told students.

“Respect yourself out of respect for your future spouse,” he said. Evert cautioned all students to practice modesty and protect their own dignity, adding that it’s never too late to change behaviors. 

The assembly was intentionally scheduled just a few days ahead of Homecoming Weekend -- celebrated at CJ September 19 and 20, 2014 -- in order to spread the message to all, Dr. Dillon said.

CJ’s next whole-school speaker presentation is Thursday, Oct. 16 and features Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Catholic motivational speaker who survived genocide in Rwanda.


Jason Evert has traveled to six continents to bring the message of chastity to more than one million people over the past 15 years, including World Youth Day in Spain and Australia. Jason earned a master’s degree in Theology, and undergraduate degrees in Counseling and Theology, with a minor in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is a best-selling author of more than 10 books, including Theology of the Body for Teens, Saint John Paul the Great, and How to Find Your Soulmate without Losing Your Soul. He and his wife Crystalina are frequent guests on radio programs throughout the country, and their television appearances include MSNBC, Fox News, the BBC, and EWTN. Together, they lead an international alliance of young people who promote chastity in more than 40 countries. Read more at