December 2015

Dayton Dynamo Committed To Play at Roger Glass Stadium

A professional soccer team, that is calling Dayton home once again, has committed to playing at Roger Glass Stadium beginning in 2017.

The Cincinnati Saints announced they would be relocating to Dayton earlier this fall. On December 3, in the CJ Library, the owner of the soccer team, David Satterwhite, announced the new name for the organization, the Dayton Dynamo. The name is a homage to the Dayton Dynamo indoor professional soccer team that played in Dayton from 1988 to 1995 before moving to Cincinnati and becoming the Cincinnati Silverbacks.

“We felt it was appropriate” said Satterwhite. “Since we were coming from Cincinnati, we would return the Dynamo back to the Gem City. We wanted an identity that represented the community of Dayton. We wanted to reflect the great soccer history in Dayton and we can't wait to write the next chapter.”

“When we announced the construction of Roger Glass Stadium: Home of the Eagles in August, we anticipated that the beautiful new facility would be a place of welcome and prominence in downtown Dayton,” said Chaminade Julienne President Dan Meixner '84. “We are excited for this opportunity to be the future home of the Dayton Dynamo and join them in welcoming a growing number of new and returning fans from across the region. We look forward to hosting professional soccer downtown in a facility perfect for the sport.”

The soccer team has been a part of the Midwest Region of the National Premier Soccer League for the last two years. According to the NPSL website, the organization became the largest national soccer league in the U.S. soccer development pyramid in 2014. 68 teams participated in the NPSL in 2015.

After the announcement was made, CJ Men’s Head Soccer Coach Alex VanderSluijs said, "We couldn't be more  thrilled about the buzz  that Roger Glass Stadium is bringing to the community and now having the Dayton Dynamo playing there in 2017.  It's a really special time here at CJ, especially for soccer."

CJ soccer player Yusef Muqtadir '18 agreed, "It will be exciting and it sets up a goal for us to achieve; maybe one day we will be playing at the level the professionals are playing."

The Dayton Dynamo will be playing their first game in Roger Glass Stadium in the spring of 2017. For 2016, they plan to play at Welcome Stadium.

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SNDdeN 175th Anniversary Celebration Held at CJ

On Thursday, December 3, the Chaminade Julienne school community, along with representatives from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, gathered to commemorate and celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Sisters’ arrival in the U.S. The celebration also served as the unveiling of the Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN Ohio Historical Marker.

"The marker will be a great addition to the city and community," said Sr. Judi Clemens '58, SNDdeN.

On October 31, 1840, a group of eight pioneering women came to Cincinnati, Ohio from Belgium at the invitation of Bishop John Purcell to build a strong Catholic school system in the dioceses. Only one of the Sisters spoke English at the time of their arrival.

With these eight women came the establishment of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in the Unites States, an order initially founded in France in 1804. Within ten weeks of their arrival, the Sisters had started a high school, academy, and a free school for the poor. In the order’s now 175 years of history in the U.S., the Sisters have established more than 100 schools, including Notre Dame Academy in Dayton, a predecessor school of Chaminade Julienne Catholic School, and have taught in more than 200 schools in 22 states.

"They were following St. Julie's beliefs, to teach all that is needed for life, as they lived the revelation of God's goodness, " Sr. Judi told the CJ community during the ceremony. 

Also attending the celebration were Chloe Johnson and Anjali Phadke from the Dayton Regional STEM school who organized the approval of the Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN Ohio Historical Marker. 

"Looking back, I realize how excited I was about the thought of getting a historical marker," said Johnson. "To be a part of the process to get it here today is amazing."

Sr. Dorothy was murdered in February 2005 while doing missionary work in Brazil. Johnson and Phadke said a history class assignment prompted them to consider a group of historical Ohio figures who could be recognized with an Ohio Historical Marker.

"We were told to fill out an application for an Ohio Historical Marker in hopes that it would get approved," Johnson explained.

"It was interesting because I didn't know a lot about historical markers before this project," Phadke noted.

After learning more about Sr. Dorothy's martyrdom and her mission, the pair said they were excited to apply and be approved for an Ohio Historical Marker honoring Sr. Dorothy.

"It is amazing how Sr. Dorothy did everything even with a bounty on her," Phadke said. "We are glad that this marker can be a tribute to her and we're glad it is at Chaminade Julienne so it can be seen by everyone."

Sr. Judi added, "Those girls were inspired, and that's what we want to happen. The marker is not private property of CJ or the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur; Dorothy is a global citizen."

The official dedication of the marker will be held at a later date.

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