December 2016

Dogs Help Relieve Stress From Exams

As the last bell of the day rang on Monday, December 19, dozens of students swarmed the CJ library for a chance to interact with dogs from 4 Paws for Ability. Three dogs from the organization were at the school to help relieve stress from exams.

"I attended a conference in the fall that discussed pets being a tool for facilitating communication with students and for reducing stress and anxiety," said counselor Susan Eichenauer, who organized the stress relief event. "As December 1 college deadlines approached, a very stressful time in any school counseling office, I decided to test this out by creating a pet bulletin board. Students and staff eagerly shared pictures of their dogs/cats for display and when talking about their pets I noticed them smile, laugh and share funny stories. Students also would sometimes stop in and show their pet picture to their friends and again I noticed they were smiling and laughing doing so. I also read an article that spoke about colleges using service dogs to address mental illness, stress, and homesickness for new students. In high school, exams are such stressful times for both students and faculty so it seemed like the best time to bring in the dogs." 

Madison Grothouse '18 and Jacob Fischer '18 came to see the dogs after their exams and shared that they also volunteer with 4 Paws for Ability.

Fischer proclaimed, "Having dogs after exams?... What's better than seeing three puppies after school? After having three exams in one day and then seeing puppies, it releases a lot of stress."

Grothouse agreed, "It makes me feel happy and more calm because they're fun to play with and it releases stress from thinking about exams. It helps a lot."

Sarah Obach Wrona '94 has a service dog at her home and is a volunteer with 4 Paws for Ability. She said she was happy to come back to her Alma Mater for a good cause.

"So many students said, 'Oh, this is a great idea, this is the best day ever, this is so wonderful,' after taking exams," Wrona shared. "So many kids said thank you and loved petting the dogs."

Eichenauer said having therapy dogs at the school to relieve stress is something she hopes to continue in the future.

"The dogs did everything and more that I hoped they would," Eichenauer noted. "Students and adults alike were smiling, laughing and relaxing during one of the most stressful times in a high school." 

Posted December 28, 2016


Alumni Return for the Last 5 Luncheon

Nearly 70 alumni from the Classes of 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 came back to CJ on Monday, December 19 for the Last 5 Luncheon.

"I thought it was our best ever," shared Alumni Relations Coordinator Ann Szabo '72. "It was a beautiful thing to look out and see the students, faculty and staff talking."

Szabo noted for several alumni, this was their first chance at seeing the latest campus improvements.

"Many had been gone for several years and they were amazed at the building and renovations," said Szabo. "They were so happy be home."

Pictures from the 2016 Last 5 Luncheon can be found on the CJ Alumni Facebook page.

Alumni - Save the Date!

The 2017 CJ Reunion Weekend will be June 23-24. Activities will include the Taste of CJ for all alumni (ages 21 and up), the Golden Eagles Luncheon, Alumni Mass and individual class parties for the '2 and '7 graduation years.

Posted December 23, 2016


Teacher, Coach Zaidain Retires After 43 Years of Service

"My biggest regret is that I'm not 23 and can do it all over again."

After 43 years of service, John Zaidain '68 taught his last class at Chaminade Julienne on Thursday, December 15.

"It was special to come back and it was special to be here the first year of the merger," Zaidain shared.

While attending the University of Dayton, Zaidain volunteered as an assistant with the Eagles football team. He later began working at the school full-time as a teacher and coach. During his time at CJ, Zaidain taught social studies and physical education and was a coach on the football, tennis and volleyball teams.

"This place is special - not because of all of the improvements, it's special because of the people," Zaidain reflected. "That goes for the staff, teachers and kids. Anything that is successful is because of the people and not just the place."

Zaidain will continue to coach for the Eagles. He and his wife, Kathy, are the parents of two CJ graduates, Jessica '02 and Joanna '05.

Friends and former students shared their well wishes for Zaidain on the CJ Facebook and CJ Alumni Facebook pages. Here are just some of their comments:

Frank Ambrose: Had the honor of being coached by him and then working and coaching along side him. A great man of Chaminade. Congrats Coach Z. Enjoy.

Shelley Michel Baldwin: Congratulations, Mr. Zaidain and THANK YOU for your service to CJ!

Patrick Cahill: Congratulations on such a long successful career of shaping our children, God bless and thank you!

Letitia Golf-Evans: Congratulations, Mr. Zaidain! I still remember running laps around the building at the start of phys ed class

Paul Schreel: An amazing teaching/coaching career. Enjoy retirement Coach Z!

Natalie Geel Smith: Congratulations Mr. Z! You are what CJ is all about! You are a true inspiration !

Posted December 21, 2016


Livingston Commits to Transylvania University

For the second year in a row, a women's lacrosse player will continue her athletic career at Transylvania University.

Olivia Livingston '17 committed to playing for the Pioneers on Wednesday, December 14.

"They had what I wanted and they have a great lacrosse program," Livingston said.

Livingston noted that she's looking forward to playing lacrosse with former Eagles, Kate '16 and Julie '14 Ward, as well as teammates from a summer lacrosse program.

"I played for Velocity Lacrosse in Cincinnati and four or five of us committed to Transylvania," Livingston explained.

Along with Velocity Lacrosse, last year Livingston was selected to represent the U.S. with  American International Sports Teams and traveled to England and Scotland.

"During the years I have known Olivia, I have been proud to be her coach at CJ," said head women's lacrosse coach Danielle Cash. "She has been, and continues to be, one of my most dedicated players."

Livingston, who is a member of NHS and has received several academic awards including Academic All-Ohio by the U.S. Lacrosse Association, plans to study Anthropology.

Posted December 20, 2016


STEMM Idol: John Razauskas '11

Redesigning a yogurt cup may not seem like a large undertaking, but for John Razauskas '11, a project engineer at the Dannon Company, it was a $6 million project. Razauskas talked with students about this project and the steps he took to become a project engineer during the STEMM Idol Speaker Series on December 13.

Razauskas said by the end of his senior year at CJ, he had a passion to be an engineer. He also told students that being involved in several school activities helped prepare him for his career.

"The background at CJ in terms of outside of the classroom with football and NHS helped me from a communications stand point, and that's essential in my job," Razauskas explained.

After CJ, Razauskas attended the University of Dayton and studied chemical engineering. It was during his time at UD that Razauskas said he took advantage of completing several co-ops. He had a co-op at Lafarge in 2012 and three co-ops with the Dannon Company. It was connections he made during his co-op at the Dannon Company that helped lead him to his current role there.

Razauskas shared with the students that recently at Dannon, he was asked to help with the redesign of a yogurt cup, a $6 million project.

"I was told what the new dimensions of the cup were and I had to figure out the different pieces of equipment needed to make it happen," said Razauskas.

He also concluded with this advice to the students, "Don't shy away from something because it's a challenge, and Go Eagles!"

Posted December 16, 2016


Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN Historical Marker Dedicated

The weather may have been chilly outside, but the spirits and hearts were warm inside of those who attended the public dedication of the Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN, Ohio Historical Marker on Monday, December 12.

During the 2014-2015 school year, Chloe Johnson and Anjali Phadke from the Dayton Regional STEM School were given an assignment by their teacher, Kevin Lydy, on Ohio Historical Markers. Out of a list of names Lydy provided, the pair chose to learn more about Sr. Dorothy Stang and apply for an Ohio Historical Marker in her honor. The marker was approved by Ohio History Connection and in March 2015, it was announced that the marker in Sr. Dorothy's name would be put on the CJ campus. In August 2016, the marker was placed in its permanent home on the pedestrian plaza at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles. 

The public dedication was attended by Johnson, Phadke, Lydy, several of his current students, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, Ohio State Representative Mike Henne, Sr. Judi Clemens '58, SNDdeN, Amy Rohmiller '04 from Ohio History Connection, members of Sr. Dorothy's family and dozens of CJ students, faculty and staff.

"It's an amazing feeling to know that an idea that we had came full circle," shared Johnson. "The fact that people will be able to see it for years to come is wonderful."

Phadke agreed, "When we went through this process, we were both really amazed that two high school students could create something so big that will be here forever. It's so amazing."

CJ In the News

Read WDTN's report about the public dedication here.

Posted December 15, 2016

Marianist Icon Travels to CJ

A Marianist icon that was commissioned in honor of the order's bicentennial and being taken to Marianist communities around the world was on display at Chaminade Julienne on Thursday, December 8. The icon's visit correlated with the school's celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

"The icon itself was made by an Italian Marianist artist," said school chaplain, Fr. Bob Jones, SM. "The icon is a way to unify every Marianist community. The icon started its travels in France, which is the foundation site of the Marianist Sisters, and then traveled to Switzerland, Italy, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and now it's in the U.S."

The icon contained a picture depicting the Wedding at Cana and two letters from the order's founders, the Venerable Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

"What's unique about these letters is that they were written by  Adèle and Chaminade," Fr. Bob explained. "Those letters are more than 200 years old. They aren't a facsimile, they are originals. To see something the founders touched is really cool."

The icon was placed in front of the altar at Emmanuel Catholic Church during the school's Mass. In his sermon, Fr. Bob acknowledged the importance of the icon's visit and reflected on the Wedding at Cana.

"That scripture was very dear to Fr. Chaminade," shared Fr. Bob. "Specifically, because in that scene is one of the few places Mary speaks in the Bible. In it she says, 'Do whatever He tells you.' Fr. Chaminade took that as the motto of the Marianists - do whatever He tells you. We are to listen and to have that stance of faith.

"The icon helps us enter into that scene," Fr. Bob continued. "It's depicting that scene from scripture and the icon draws you into it. This icon has three individuals, Jesus, Mary and one of the servants. The invitation is for you to put yourself in the place of one of those individuals. Most of us would put ourselves in the place of the servant. 

"As Marianists, one of the things we take away from the Wedding at Cana is that water is very ordinary. We believe that God can take it and make something wonderful of it, and He can do the same with us."

Brothers and priests from the Society of Mary and Marianist Sisters from around the U.S. attended the Mass. Another special guest, Fr. Chami, a mascot-like character, also made an appearance during the recessional.

"It was a fun thing to show the kids that this wasn't a regular Mass," Fr. Bob noted. "It hopefully created a memorable moment because it's not something you see every day."

Fr. Bob added, "All of this is much bigger than CJ. It's so easy for us to be insulated, that we're just CJ in downtown Dayton. Yet, we wouldn't be here, existing as we are, if Fr. Chaminade and Adèle hadn't started this 200 years ago. We really are a legacy of that foundation."

Posted December 14, 2016


Student Investors Place Second in UD Competition

Four students in the Financial Investing class qualified for the University of Dayton's Davis Center portfolio high school competition, and looked to repeat as champions at the final presentation on December 8.  

For the fall semester, students from area high schools were asked to learn how the stock market worked, outperform one other using their stock selection, and make a profit. The CJ group of Jacob Johns '17, Darian Jones '17, Logan Koch '17 and Mike Poteet '17 was ranked first overall in the Dayton-area before the final presentation.

"This was completely new to all of us," Jones shared. "When the semester started, we were trying a bunch of different methods, some of which worked and some that didn't. However, it eventually all worked out."

Poteet added, "It kept us engaged in the class the whole semester."

"This is a big part of the class," teacher Don MacLeod noted. "The market usually opened during the class period."

MacLeod shared that three weeks before the conclusion of the competition, all groups were in the negative.

"In the end, three out of four CJ groups made money," MacLeod said. "The top group made a $3,700 profit; that's a 20% annual return and a good chunk of change."

"We changed up our strategy a bit and focused on smaller companies and in the end, that's what made us money," Johns reflected.

Koch added, "A lot of stocks fluctuated after the presidential election. We started to look at the trends of stocks and we invested in stocks that we thought would do well as a result of the election."

Out of CJ's four groups, three groups ended the competition with a profit. Those three groups also placed in the top 10 overall in the Dayton-area. The top group was the only group from CJ to advance to the final presentation.

At the final presentation, the CJ group placed second, and was out of first place only by two points.

"It was a good competition overall," MacLeod said."There were a lot more prepared teams this year compared to last year. It was a tough competition and I'm proud of our group."

Poteet added, "It was cool to represent CJ." 

"I feel like coming into this we were really good friends and we're leaving as better friends," Jones reflected. "I'm very proud of our team."

Koch agreed, "We're disappointed, but we came a long way. I'm proud of our team and our teacher."

"It's disappointing not to come home with the trophy, but I'm proud," Johns added.

Posted December 8, 2016


STEMM Idol: Michael Uhl

Taking advantages of opportunities helped Michael Uhl, the COO of Atrium Medical Center in Middletown, get to where he is today and where he’ll be in the future. Uhl shared what those opportunities were and how they didn’t necessarily coincide with his original career path when he spoke with students as part of the STEMM Idol Speaker Series last month.

“I wanted to be a DEA agent when I was a kid,” Uhl shared. “As a result of taking advantage of different opportunities and talking to individuals about different career paths, I think that put me in the route of professional nursing. That opened a lot of different opportunities for me, not just working on the bedside, but looking at other parts of the healthcare industry including management.”

Uhl credited his father’s diverse background of being a healthcare administrator and part-time police officer as part of the reason he got into healthcare.

“I took advantage of the opportunity to be a part-time firefighter and paramedic years ago and that gravitated me into nursing,” Uhl explained. “After spending many years at the bedside, I had an opportunity to be the department educator which flipped me into management. It gave me a whole new exposure from the clinical route.”

Uhl also mentioned that previously, his connections at former employers helped open some doors for his future.

“Every opportunity led me to where I am today, and I always found a way to make it work,” Uhl emphasized.

He also shared with students how recent technological advancements in hospitals are playing a large role in the future of healthcare.

“What we're doing today gets quickly outdated and there's new technology coming behind it,” noted Uhl. “Technology in healthcare is providing better consistency of care and making things easier to share information about patients. It's also helping provide safeguards for the patients. Things that we used to manually calculate or work through now can be done on a computer. I think it's helping continue evolve science behind healthcare and how we care for our patients, which in turn can increase longevity.” 

Posted December 7, 2016