August 2015

Eagles On Teen Ambassador Board

Two students are representing CJ and the state of Ohio as teen ambassadors for the 2015-2016 school year.

“This is an impressive group that will further help my office protect Ohio’s families with an emphasis on young people,” said Attorney General Mike DeWine in a release.

Allison Huffman '16 and Noah Mussin Phillips '17 are two of the more than 170 students from 44 counties selected to be members of the Teen Ambassador Board.  To be considered, students had to have an average 3.8 GPA and complete an application form explaining why they wanted to be a part of this program.

"I think it is exciting being able to talk with other high school students about issues that are relevant to us," shared Huffman. "I like knowing that we can actually make a difference through our projects."

"I'm also excited to make a difference," agreed Mussin Phillips.

Members of the Teen Ambassador Board are divided into small groups to focus on an issue facing Ohio youth today. While Huffman and Mussin Phillips were assigned different small groups, both of their groups are reflecting on the same topic, drugs and alcohol.

"I have to research law enforcement and media outreach as potential actions to present to the Attorney General senior staff, which could make my group's proposal into legislation," explained Mussin Phillips.

"I have to meet and talk to my group members and come up with ways to solve or help with the problem we are assigned," echoed Huffman.

Teen Ambassador Board members will meet twice in Columbus during their term and with their small groups, present their ideas to Attorney General DeWine or his staff.

"The Teen Ambassador program seems like a fine way for our students to classroom knowledge to a program which models our Ohio General Assembly," said Tony Ricciuto, moderator of the Mock Trial team which Huffman is a member. "Both students will be able to network with students from across the state as well as Ohio government officials."

Both Huffman and Mussin Phillips hope to use their experience on the Teen Ambassador Board to help them in their future after CJ.

"I want to one day go into politics like my dad, so hopefully this will prepare me for that," said Huffman.

Mussin Phillips agreed, "This has been a very cool experience so far for me, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in government or law enforcement as something to consider."

Roger Glass Stadium To Debut in Fall 2016

With hundreds of CJ students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters in attendance, President Dan Meixner '84 announced "what's next" for the CJ community with the development of Roger Glass Stadium, Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles.

“As a Catholic school sponsored by the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, our primary objective for this facility was to invest in a place that would expand growth and leadership opportunities for young people from every corner of the region,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president. “Ever since we developed what is now Blue Green Field in 2008, many of our community members have imagined a stadium in its place. Because of tremendous support, it is exciting to now make that dream a reality. This is something special.”

The downtown Dayton multi­purpose competition venue will be located at the corner of Longworth and Eaker Streets and is poised to serve the Greater Dayton region. Immediate stadium seating stands at 2,150 with two ticket booth gateways to accommodate capacity crowds, and a 99,600 sq. ft. field large enough to host professional soccer games in addition to football and lacrosse competitions.

"This is unbelievable," said Nick Barnes '17, a member of the men's soccer team. "I cannot wait to play my senior season on such a great field."

Roger Glass '60, who was present at the announcement, shared his vision for the stadium with the school development team. And, because of his lead gift, the school has raised $6 million to ­fund the project beyond the goal of the LIFT campaign.

"We have had this great LIFT campaign," said Glass. "We have great academics here at CJ, absolutely the best. The time is now to have another great addition to this community." 

In addition to the stadium, the west campus development will include an exterior concourse leading to the main gateway, a plaza for community events, and an 80,600 sq. ft. practice field adjacent to the stadium. Both fields will eliminate travel time to off-­site practices and home games, and project planners anticipate a swelling of school pride and Eagle spirit when the community’s new home begins to emerge on campus. ­

Glass reminisced, “When I was a student here, we would hold band practices at the Sears parking lot across town and the football team would practice in fields and parks across the river. I now realize the additional time that our parents had to spend in affording us the opportunity to be part of a team. Our sense of community and school spirit was always strong, but we never had that feeling of ownership of the place, of being able to open up our own home to others. Now we will be able to provide that sense of welcome so true of CJ.”

As a member of the LIFT-Leading In Faith Today steering committee, Glass was inspired by the effort’s vision — the regeneration and elevation of the school on multiple levels. He appreciated the wide and overwhelming support of the community as well as the numerous contributions of individuals and school partners who were making lead gifts to accomplish LIFT priorities. Seeing how quickly the school was nearing the LIFT goal of $20 million, Glass shared his own idea of how the school could bring to life this community dream much sooner than the school's 2004 master campus plan anticipated.

“I am extremely excited to be part of this historical effort by the CJ community and to take part in the overall elevation of our campus. I am proud for what CJ is already accomplishing, and for what these advancements will mean for our students and the Dayton community,” said Glass.

While attending Chaminade High School from 1956 to 1960, Glass participated in the marching band and was a four­-year member of the speech and debate club. After graduation, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton. He began his career as a teacher in Catholic elementary schools, then joined the family business, Marion’s Piazza, founded by his father, Marion, in 1965. Roger continues to own and operate Marion's, which now has nine area locations, is recognized by national trade publications, and is regularly voted as a hometown favorite in local publications and surveys.

Meixner and school leadership are appreciative for the new opportunities the complex will bring in addition to high school athletics and band.

“When we opened the Student Conditioning Center in 2010, we did not anticipate how frequently the facility would be used by area youth teams and community STEM programs, as well as our own educational, ministry, and services programs. We can only begin to imagine the opportunities our new fields and spaces will provide to the greater community,” said Meixner. “We are already planning how events like Reunion Weekend, summer camps, athletic tournaments and band performances can be held in these inspiring new spaces. I am confident that our community and school partners will join with Roger in imagining even greater possibilities for what is yet to come.”

The announcement for the west campus project was made shortly after the ribbon-­cutting of the school’s Building One. Renovations to that building were announced in January as part of the school’s  LIFT campaign. The $20 million initiative also produced the CJ STEMM Center in 2013, a remodeled gym in 2014, and Eagle Tennis Center in 2011, the school’s first outdoor competition venue. Shook Construction is serving as the general contractor for the project while MSA Sport, the official architect of the Cincinnati Reds, is serving as the design and architect team. The stadium is scheduled to be complete by fall 2016. 

CJ In The News!

Click the media affiliate below to read their report on this exciting announcement!

Additionally, the Dayton Daily News took a look at several area Catholic schools expanding, including CJ. You can find that article here.

Click the picture below to watch President Dan Meixner and Bro. Ray Fitz talk about the development of Roger Glass Stadium on WDTN's Five on 2 program.



Ribbon Cutting Held for Building One

During the annual Meet the Eagles event on Wednesday, August 19, benefactors of the LIFT- Leading in Faith Today campaign, along with CJ students, faculty and staff, participated in the official ribbon-cutting of Building One.

"This evening is a testament to what can be accomplished when you create a plan, when you invite the community to support that, and you showcase the wonderful students that we have," said Dan Meixner '84, president.

The $2.5 million project was opened to students on the first day of the 2015-2016 school year. During all lunch periods that day, Meixner welcomed students back and students enjoyed cupcakes as part of the celebration.

On Wednesday, more than 100 members of the CJ community gathered in Building One's renovated cafeteria for the official ribbon cutting.

"We talked about our vision for what Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is called to do," shared Meixner. "As a Marianist and Notre Dame Catholic School, we are called to transform young people's hearts, allowing them to become the kind of students and the kind of people God is calling them to be."

"I first arrived when my class piloted the Chromebooks and the STEMM Center first opened," Yasmin Espino '17 told the crowd. "I was truly shocked at how the CJ community had a commitment to improving the whole school. So it wasn't a surprise when the Building One renovations were announced, and to see this here tonight is amazing."

The Building One project is the latest success in the progression of LIFT capital improvements for the school. Two years ago, CJ opened its doors to the CJ STEMM Center — a complete renovation of ten science and engineering spaces that accommodate traditional science and math classes and the Project Lead the Way biomedical and engineering college credit program. The newly refreshed Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym opened in the fall of 2013, and the Eagle Tennis Center opened its gates in 2011, introducing many students to the sport and establishing itself as the school’s first outdoor competition venue.


Seniors Make Healthy Impact in Dayton

Update- August 24, 2015: To date, the Got Veggies? group has donated more than 5,500 pounds of produce to Catholic Social Services. According to the group's Facebook page, even though they have well surpassed their original goal, the students want to continue their mission of bringing local produce to CSS throughout the school year. To contribute to the group, you can e-mail them here.

First Report- July 2015: The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that teens and adults eat around two cups of fruits and two cups of vegetables every day. For families in financial need, this is not always possible. Five members of the Class of 2016 chose to spend part of their summer helping those families get fresh fruits and vegetables with help from home produce growers and farmers in our community.

Drake Dahlinghaus,  Emma Eichenauer, Halle Mason, Audrey Thacker and Katie Ward formed the group Got Veggies? at the end of June.

"It's kind of like the Got Milk? commercials," said Thacker. "It's catchy while quickly getting the point across."

"We wanted something familiar on flyers so we took the name Got Veggies? asking if people had vegetables to give," agreed Eichenauer.

The group's first donations came from people contributing leftover vegetables from home gardens. Members of the group then drove to homes to pick up donations and took the produce to Catholic Social Services (CSS.)

"It's rewarding knowing that the work you are doing is for people who are right here in our community, and knowing that what you are doing is actually helping," said Ward.

Mason shared that she saw firsthand how Got Veggies? is making a difference. "I have been volunteering at St. Vincent de Paul homeless shelter for a couple of years now. I would often watch families come in with junk food because they had a limited amount of money. Now, families can use the coins they have for food and vegetables from the CSS Food Pantry down the street."

Some of the produce the group has donated to CSS so far includes corn, lettuce, raspberries, beets, green beans, and cucumbers. Monnin's Fruit Farm has also contributed to Got Veggies? donating hundreds of pounds of produce. The group set an original goal to donate 1,000 pounds of food to CSS and have now surpassed that.

"Something unexpected that I have learned from being in this group is that so many people are willing to donate and help spread the word," said Thacker. "I have gained a greater sense of hope for the community."

The group said they were motivated to continue their mission because of a startling statistic. According to a report by WHIO-TV, the Dayton metropolitan area was listed as one of the worst in the nation for food hardship because of so many "food deserts."

"Before this group formed, I did not know Dayton was ranked ninth in the nation for worst food deserts," Eichenhauer explained.

The USDA referred to a food desert as "urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food." The group said with continued help from the community, they know they can make a difference in the Dayton area.

"We hope to continue our mission by continuing to collect food throughout the school year," said Ward.

Mason agreed, "In order to help our community, people can spread the word or donate."

The students will keep track of their contributions and continue researching this subject as part of their Senior Capstone Project. The group has also begun putting down groundwork to keep the organization going after their graduation.

Got Veggies? has a Facebook page with information about how to donate. Along with fruits and vegetables, the group also collects eggs. You can also e-mail the group to schedule a donation pick-up.


You can read WHIO-TV's story on Got Veggies? here.

Meet the Eagles

Fall athletes, cheerleaders, and Eagle Pride members showed their CJ spirit during the annual Meet the Eagles on Wednesday,  August 19. 

The event, normally held outdoors, was moved inside to the Mary, Our Lady of Victory gym due to severe weather concerns. The excitement about the fall season was just as contagious in the gym as if the event were outside, parents said.

Every player from each group was introduced during Meet the Eagles. The Eagle Pride band began and concluded the event, playing for the hundreds of parents, alumni and fellow students in the stands.

Following Meet the Eagles, the announcement about the development of Roger Glass Stadium was made. You can read more about the project here



Lucas Pfander Remembered in Memorial Race

Viva La Vida, or Live the Life, was something Lucas Pfander embodied. On Saturday, August 15, more than 150 members of the CJ community kept Lucas’ memory alive by participating in the eighth annual Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race.

“You would think over an eight year period, the further you get away from it, the interest may go down, but it hasn’t. For us, that’s heartwarming,” said Greg Pfander, Lucas’ father.

“I think the entire Viva La Vida phrase says a lot about living your life, and living your life to the fullest,” Matt Allaire ’16, a member of the current CJ men’s cross country team, concurred. “Doing things for each other, and helping us remember what life is about.”

Lucas passed away on July 11, 2008. Many of the current CJ students who ran in Saturday's race never met Lucas. However, they said this event, and Lucas’ memory, is something they will keep with them well after graduation.

“It’s good to see everyone in the community united for a cause,” shared Matt Weckesser ‘16. “Students from a lot of different sports participated in the race and it’s good to see them come together for this one event.”

Weckesser was this year’s recipient of the Lucas Pfander Scholarship. The scholarship is given to a CJ senior who exemplifies the traits of Lucas. While at CJ, Lucas displayed academic excellence, had perfect attendance, completed 150 hours of community service beyond his required hours, and competed in a sport every season (cross country, swimming and volleyball.)

Helen Wittman ’15, who was awarded the scholarship last year, participated in the race all four years when she was a CJ student and also ran in the race this year.

“Lucas went to the same grade school as me,” Wittman explained. “He was also my bus buddy when I was kindergarten. So knowing him and then being awarded the scholarship was a special connection.”

Several alumni returned to CJ to participate in the race. CJ alumni who are now in Washington, D.C. also organized a group to run a virtual race on Saturday. The virtual race allowed anyone around the world to take part in the event.

Seeing the continued support of the CJ community was something the Pfander family said makes this race encouraging.

“It’s our faith, our family and our friends who keep us doing this,” Greg Pfander said.

“Keep your faith and stay active,” Daisy Pfander agreed. “Lucas wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.”

Before the race, the Pfander family shared a memory of Lucas and his appearance on the Tonight Show. Lucas wrote an email to the program about his talent of hopping on a pogo stick and jumping rope at the same time. The talent was something the Pfanders did not necessarily know would be showcased on national television.

“But you don’t know unless you ask, and you don’t know unless you try,” Greg Pfander explained. “If you do that, you’ll be a winner in anything you do.”

The Lucas Pfander Memorial Alumni Race consisted of a 1-mile elementary student run/walk and a two-mile adult run. The top place finishers were:

1-mile run 

  • William Dannemiller
  • Carolyn Marshall 


2-mile run (Men’s top 5)

  • Jack Dalton
  • Nate Sink
  • Duncan Burke
  • Mike Carper
  • Cody Potts



2-mile run (Women’s top 5)    

  • Lizzie Gleason
  • Helen Wittman
  • Maura Peck
  • Rachel Coughlin
  • Kathryn Marshall

Click here to see more photos from this year's event.


New Faculty and Staff Join CJ

The new school year ushered in new faces to the CJ community. This year, three of the eleven new faculty and staff members are CJ alumni. And while some new members were a part of the CJ community before the school year started, manyt are taking on expanded roles.  Learn more about all our new faculty and staff below, and welcome them to CJ!

Dillon Barley joined the CJ community during the middle of last school year. He is a Wright State graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology. Barley is teaching introduction to ceramics and advanced ceramics with the partnership through the K12 program.

Alex Clune is with our science department teaching biology and physical science. He is a graduate of Bowling Green University with a bachelor's degree in science education. He was most recently serving  as a youth minister at St. Augustine Catholic Church in his hometown of Minster, Ohio.

Katlyn (Wallace) Delong '98 is teaching part-time in the English department. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Dayton and most recently taught at Lehman Catholic High School.  DeLong is also the daughter of former CJ principal TJ Wallace.

John Gutendorf '00 is with our Cuvilly program and is a full-time intervention specialist. He holds a masters in special education from Johns Hopkins University and most recently taught social studies at Elizabeth Seton High School in Maryland. Gutendorf also previously served in the special education department at Miami County Education Service Center in Troy.

Libby Harbaugh spent the last year student teaching at CJ and is now with our language department as a full-time Spanish teacher. She received a dual undergrad with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Dayton. Harbaugh is also TESOL certified.

Katie Harding also joins the language department, teaching German, and is also assisting with our Cuvilly program. Harding has a bachelor's degree in German and anthropology and a master's degreein translation from Kent State University, where she also taught German.

Dustin Malone (not pictured) is a familiar face to Eagle Pride members, and is now the director of the group. Malone has assisted with Eagle Pride since 2012. He is a graduate of Wright State University with a bachelor's degree in music education.

Tim O'Loughlin is joining the religion department full-time after assisting during the second semester last year. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame, MBA from the University of Dayton, and has been working towards a master's degree in theology at Franciscan University. O'Loughlin is a CJ parent and is married to science department co-chair and STEMM teacher Amy O'Loughlin '86.

Kathleen Stanaford '90 is returning to CJ as a part-time math teacher and moderator of the Eagle Learning Center. She was previously on the CJ faculty from 1994-2007. She said that after spending valuable time at home with her children, she is excited to return to CJ. Stanaford earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Bowling Green State University.

Alex VanderSluijs began at CJ in June in the communications office as the marketing associate. VanderSluijs is the head men's soccer coach and was previously at Defiance College where he was the head soccer coach for both the men's and women's teams. He has a bachelor's degree in sports marketing from Wilmington College and a master's degree in education from Defiance. 

Fr. Jim Mueller is the school chaplain and works with our Ministry & Service department. Fr. Mueller comes to CJ most recently from San Antonio, but he has ministered all over the world including France, Japan, Canada, and several U.S. states. Fr. Mueller is a sports fan who previously participated in football, hockey and enjoyed skiing.




Building One Opening Celebration

The first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year was also a day to celebrate the opening of Building One. Renovations to Building One, originally constructed in 1951, were unveiled as the continuation of major capital improvements planned for the school through LIFT — Leading in Faith Today, a $20 million initiative.

The $2.5 million project was announced in January with work beginning in April and continuing throughout summer. Building One — the oldest building on campus, was fortified and restructured to accept new mechanical and lighting systems to facilitate year-round learning opportunities. Other highlights include enhanced performing arts rehearsal spaces; modernized classrooms and hallways; and a reconfigured cafeteria, which also serves as a community gathering space.

“Approximately ten years ago, Chaminade Julienne committed to remain in the heart of Dayton so that students from all backgrounds, living in all areas of our region, would have best access to an extraordinary Catholic educational experience,” said Dan Meixner '84, president. “Once we made this commitment, we knew that we had to improve our facilities and expand our campus. It became a priority to provide the kind of learning opportunities that would greatly elevate the experience for our students and attract new families to our school.

“The renovations that we are celebrating today are born out of that vision and are made possible through the generosity of our partners, alumni, families and friends. They strongly believe that an excellent education, rooted in the traditions of the Marianist and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, must be made possible for all students who come to CJ from all parts of the Dayton region.”

"It's really cool that keep updating parts of the school." shared Nikki Gabriel '18. "It helps bring in other students and the community not just because of our great education, but because of everything that is new.

"I'm excited that it won't be as hot on the third floor for English," Katie Lehrter '18 added.

Students celebrated the opening of Building One during their lunch periods. Meixner spoke with the students about the renovations before inviting them to have a cupcake. 

The Building One project is the latest success in the progression of LIFT capital improvements for the school. Two years ago, CJ opened its doors to the CJ STEMM Center — a complete renovation of ten science and engineering spaces that accommodate traditional science and math classes and the Project Lead the Way biomedical and engineering college credit program. The newly refreshed Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym opened in the fall of 2013, and the Eagle Tennis Center opened its gates in 2011, introducing many students to the sport and establishing itself as the school’s first outdoor competition venue.

“We are living in times that demand leadership, innovative thinking, and bold initiatives to best serve today’s students,” said Meixner. “What we are accomplishing today will certainly have an impact on the success of the Dayton region. We are educating students to become life-long learners, contributing members of society, and people of compassion, integrity, and service. Every corner of our world needs that kind of servant leadership, and our community has prioritized advancing this mission.”

You can read WDTN's report on the Building One celebration here.


International Student Program Embarks Initial Year

Seven current CJ students and two CJ alumni acted as true ambassadors as they spent their last Friday of their summer break back at CJ welcoming new international students to school.

“The orientation was to give the new international students an initial overview of the building and of our community,” shared Brett Chmiel ’02, Director of Admissions. “It allowed them to meet some of the other students in a more intimate setting without experiencing too much culture shock.”

This school year will mark a first for the international student program. Chmiel said throughout the year, the program will be evaluated often by community members in order to make decisions on the coming years of the program. The five current students will graduate and earn an official diploma from Chaminade Julienne.

The new students are from China and South Korea. Some traveled more than 7,000 miles to come to CJ. The four new male students are freshmen, while the one new female student is a sophomore.

“I feel excited and very happy to be an American student,” said David Chen ‘19.

“Even though they grew up on the other side of the Earth, I can definitely see a lot of similarities with the new students and CJ students,” expressed Tommy Krug ‘16.

Krug said he felt confident the new students would be embraced by the entire CJ community.

"It may take some adjusting, but just like any freshman student, they’ll do just fine," Krug shared.

Chmiel agreed. "Because of our Marianist and Notre Dame heritage, and the guidance of Father Chaminade and St. Julie, we are caretaking the mission with these new students by giving our current students a global perspective of faith and justice for needs of others. We are going to prepare them for college and we want them to fit the profile of a CJ graduate which is that of a life-long learner."

Each new student went through an interview process with a group of CJ faculty and staff. During his interview, Chen played the piano, something that stuck out in the mind of Tony Ricciuto '74 when he also greeted the new students on Friday.

Chen acknowledged that while coming to school in the U.S. may be an adjustment, "I know I can do this, and friends and teachers will help me."

"We think the new students are going to enhance the building for us," said Chmiel. "They’re going to enhance the community by increasing the diversity of our student body and allowing our students to be more global minded."


Eagle Pride Excitement Resonates During Camp

“It’s exciting.”

That was the overall tone of Eagle Pride members during a week-long rehearsal camp at CJ.

Eagle Pride consists of students who play traditional marching and percussion instruments, as well as a color guard. Some CJ students who are in Eagle Pride now also participated in the group during their 7th and/or 8th grade year, including Emily Thie ‘16.

“I have been in Eagle Pride since 8th grade,” Thie said.  “When I first started in Eagle Pride, we walked onto the field and performed. Now, we march around the field with multiple formations for each song.”

Eagle Pride’s half time show during football games will consist of current, up-beat songs; something Will Marshall ’19 said he knows will get the crowd excited.

“Our half-time show is fun for everyone, in the band and in the stands,” Marshall expressed.

“I really like when we get everyone pumped up; it’s really energetic,” agreed Kyle George ’17, who is in the guard for her second year.

Along with performing during the half-time of football games, Eagle Pride members also take part in various events including leading students through the school hallways during Walk to State recognitions. The group also performs at the University of Dayton's Band Day, the St. Vincent's 5K walk/run, and the annual CJ President's Dinner.

The CJ community can see Eagle Pride in action during Meet the Eagles on Wednesday, August 19. The event also recognizes all fall student athletes and cheerleaders.