September 2017

Eagles Eager to Commemorate Marianist Bicentennial

A prayer rally will be held on Monday, October 2 as the CJ community celebrates the Marianist Bicentennial.

"Monday's celebration is part of the Marianist Bicentennial celebration that has been going on for the last two years," shared Jama Badinghaus. "CJ's Mission Integration Team was contacted about trying to do something special for that day at an assigned time."

All Marianist communities will be praying at the same time around the country. For Eastern Standard Time, the prayer will take place at 2 p.m.

"Our faith is only made richer when we celebrate and value the history and diversity of our members," Badinghaus said. "The 200th celebration of the Society of Mary's Foundation is a beautiful reminder of the many people who have worked to keep the Charism alive and have continued the mission of making Christ known in the world, no matter the time or place. "  

Ahead of the celebration, students. faculty and staff are decorating prayer flags within their sodality groups.

"I think it's cool how they're all going to be different," said Terry Slaybaugh '21. "There will be a lot of different prayers on each one."

Jessica Brunner '21 agreed, "It's amazing knowing there will be so many. I like the idea of having so many people come together and pray."

"Prayer flags were a way to help us represent our interconnectedness," Badinghaus added. "We borrow from the Tibetan tradition the idea that prayer flags carry messages of good will through the wind. We thought that symbolism embodied our hopes for trying to send out prayers of intention, peace, and gratitude in solidarity with our Marianist sisters and brothers around the world, and visually represents our energy when we gather together with and for one another."

Following the prayer rally, the CJ community will gather for fellowship.

"Taking time out of our regularly scheduled day helps to remind us all of our greater purpose and the greater hope we have as a community of faith," Badinghaus reflected. "We are guided each day by the gift of both the Marianist and Notre Dame Charisms, and it is important to stop sometimes to recognize the role all who have been inspired by Mary's call to bring her son into the world - and to remember that each of us is called to be animators of that charism as members of the Chaminade Julienne community."

Posted September 28, 2017

CJ Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The CJ community is learning more about many of their own as the school celebrates Hispanic Heritage month from September 15 - October 15.

“Hispanic Heritage month is definitely a tie in when studying Spanish,” language chair and Spanish teacher Peg Regan ‘73 noted. “We also have a good number of students who are of Hispanic heritage and we wanted to recognize that. Another good way was to recognize our employees who are of Hispanic heritage.”

During the first week of Hispanic Heritage month, clues were given during the morning announcements about English teacher, Dan Eiser, Administrative Assistant to the President, Katie Espino, and Assistant Athletic Director, Jeremy Greenleaf — all who are of Hispanic descent.

“My mom’s family is from Matamoros, Mexico,” Eiser said. “My grandpa came over from there and we’ve been back a couple times.”

“Both of my parents are from Mexico but I was born in the U.S., so I’m Mexican American,” Espino shared. “I’m very proud of my culture. I live in a community with a lot of Latinos and I do a lot of work in the Latino community here in Dayton.”

“My mom is full Spanish and I was born in Spain,” Greenleaf reflected. “My dad was stationed over in Spain and met my mom. We moved to Germany when I was three and moved to the U.S. when I was seven.”

Along with recognizing CJ employees of Hispanic descent, Regan said the CJ community has additional opportunities to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month.

“There is Hispanic music being played this week in the mornings before school starts,” Regan shared. “We will also have Hispanic trivia during the student lunches on Friday, October 13. All are invited to join us for Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Sunday, October 15 at 1:15 p.m. as the church is a Hispanic parish.”

Espino noted, “I think it’s important to recognize Hispanic Heritage month given our recent increase in Latino students in the CJ community.”

Eiser agreed, “As our community grows, we’ll celebrate it more and more.”

Posted September 27, 2017

Muse Machine Takes Students Back to the 60's

Students took a trip back in time during the first Muse Machine performance of the year. Time Signature: The 1960s, gave students a lesson in history along with experiencing classic songs.

“The 1960s were full of cultural revolutions, controversial war and musical revolutions as well,” reflected performer Elliot Cromer.

“The production fits into the timeline of everything going on right now,” added stage manager Ben Morrison. “We hope students can draw something from it.”

Time Signature used music including Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and several artists who performed at Woodstock, to give students a better understanding of the revolutionary decade.

“My favorite part of the show is singing John Lennon’s song, ‘Imagine’ with Tia Seay (another performer),” Cromer shared. “The harmonies and the gentle vibe of the song have always connected with me.”

“My favorite part is when the students talk about what they have learned,” Morrison said. “Some of those responses get to me.”

Both Cromer and Morrison agreed that Time Signature is a timely production that students could connect with current world events.

“I think news is a little more readily available for them,” Morrison stated. “It pops up whether they want to see it or not.”

Cromer noted, “So what this show presents is history that makes it stand out and come alive right in front of their eyes. I hope the show peaked the interest of students who hadn’t thought about history and/or theater before.”

Posted September 20, 2017

Volleyball Coaches Keep It In the Family

The Chaminade Julienne women’s volleyball team isn’t unique in employing CJ faculty or alumni on their coaching staff. However, they are unique in one respect — women’s volleyball is the only team at the school where all its coaching staff works at CJ or went to CJ for high school.

Head coach Gretchen Wolfe joined the CJ faculty this year in the Cuvilly Department. This is her second year as the head coach and is enjoying her first year on the CJ faculty.

“I absolutely love being a part of the CJ community as a teacher and as a coach,” said Wolfe. “It is great being in the building during the day and seeing and teaching my players. I think it is important to build that relationship with your players outside of the gym and being in the building has helped me do that.”

Former men’s volleyball player and graduate of the Class of 2007, Alex Edgel, assists with the varsity team while his sister, Jordie Orr, is the freshman coach. Orr is a math teacher at CJ and 2005 graduate.

“I think having CJ graduate on our coaching staff is a very positive thing,” said Orr. “They devoted four years of their life to this program, this school and this sport, so they have even more of a desire to work extra hard and make the program successful."

Heidi Hess and Grace Kauth, both who graduated in 2013, joined the staff this year as the junior varsity coaches. 

Orr said she embraces the connections the coaching staff have to CJ.

“I think it is great to have people on staff who know the history and tradition of the program, and the great heights it has been at in the past," she added. "This allows those coaches to motivate the players and constantly work towards better and higher program standards and expectations."

Posted September 15, 2017  |  First published in the CJ student newspaper, Ludlow Street Journal, by Yusef Muqtadir


Senior Spending Her School Year Overseas

A member of the Class of 2018 is spending her school year more than four thousand miles away. Chloe Crabb '18 is studying abroad in Belgium this year.

"I chose to apply for this opportunity because I want to know more cultures and learn different languages," Crabb shared. "I want to know French by the end of this experience, and maybe even a couple different languages as well."

Crabb learned about the opportunity to study abroad through teacher Tony Ricciuto '74 and the Rotary Youth Exchange.

"One day during a JCOWA meeting, Mr. Ricciuto mentioned a study abroad program with Rotary Youth Exchange," Crabb recalled. "I did some research and found out that Rotary Youth Exchange is a worldwide program that sends students abroad to other countries for a year. They stay with host families, attend school, and become a part of the life in their host country. I've always wanted to do a study abroad, either in high school or college, so I went to Mr. Ricciuto's classroom and asked him about it. He gave me the information for the application so that I could fill it out and apply."
While Crabb initially had hopes to go to France, she was excited to learn that her second choice, Belgium, was a possibility.

"I learned that one of my aunts did an exchange through Rotary to Belgium," Crabb said. "She was the reason I chose to study French in high school and wanted to study abroad. I grew up listening to her stories about being in Belgium and it just kind of inspired me."

Prior to leaving Dayton, Crabb spent her summer working with her Senior Capstone partners and taking courses at Sinclair to complete her English credit at CJ. She began classes at Notre-Dame des Anges near Brussels on September 1.

"Rotary Youth Exchanges provides the opportunity to not only experience the culture of your host country but also the culture of the many different exchange students from around the world," Crabb noted. "You make connections and relationships with people from all around the world. By the end of this I hope to have a broader world view."

Details about program opportunities through the Rotary Youth Exchange for the 2018-2019 school year can be found here.

Posted September 14, 2017

Memorable Service Fair for CJ Students, Graduate

The annual Chaminade Julienne Junior Service Fair brought back memories for both a student and graduate on Tuesday, September 12.

More than 20 organizations partnered with the school’s Ministry & Service office this year to provide opportunities for members of the Class of 2019. Those students’ service requirement is to volunteer at one organization for 25 hours.

“I think it’s really cool,” reflected Noah Jackson ‘19. “It’s different, but I think putting that much effort into an organization and really getting to know the people you’re working for, know why you’re doing it and who you’re doing it with, is an exciting experience.”

June Preston Haney ‘19 said she was focused on volunteering at Grandview Medical Center for personal reasons.

“Earlier in the year, my mom was in a car accident and the hospital workers were really good to her and helped her,” Preston Haney said. “When one of the nurses saw how helpful I was with my mom she said, ‘You could potentially become a nurse. We have programs that you could shadow.’ I had thought about it before — it’s exciting because I know what I could look forward to when I get older, and it’s fun.”

Peter Evans ‘13, who volunteered at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm during his junior year, represented the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) at the Service Fair.

“It’s cool to have an impact,” Evans shared. “I remember trying to navigate a world that was as fresh to the Class of 2019 as it was to me back then.”

During his junior year, Evans added that he also volunteered at MEEC. In addition to representing them at the service fair, he is also volunteering through Marianist PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education).

“It’s given me a good space to reflect, live in a community and learn more about what it means to live in the Marianist family,” Evans added. “I get to envision myself in what it would mean to live in a life of service as I discern the brotherhood; or live in the community otherwise, and how I can be of service in the future.”

Beth Groff, the Volunteer Coordinator of Grandview Hospital, was representing the organization for the first time at the Service Fair.

“We want to bring more youth into our hospital and expose them to more areas of the hospital,” Groff shared. “It allows them to explore opportunities because there are so many young people who want to go into medicine. It not only provides them that opportunity, but also Grandview provides many to those who are under-served, so it provides students that opportunity to get a good feeling of both service aspects.”

Director of Ministry & Service, Kelli Kinnear, added, “The Service Fair gives our students a chance to meet and interact with people who are out in the Dayton community — trying to make changes, do good things and meet them face-to-face. It’s a fun afternoon for our students and the agency representatives.”

Posted September 12, 2017

Students Continue Got Veggies? Mission

A Senior Capstone project, which began with members of the Class of 2016, lives on as several members of the Class of 2018 continue the Got Veggies? mission of bringing fresh produce to those in need in the Miami Valley.

Eight members of the Class of 2018 have split into two Senior Capstone groups to continue the Got Veggies? mission.

“One group is focused on the physicality of the gleaning, the expansion, the social media, and recipe cards,” shared Katie Kohnen about her and other group members - Cole Breeding, Evan Eichenauer, Sarah Hartley, and Clay Mathile. “The other group is focusing on education and is making a video about GotVeggies?, food deserts, why people have been inspired to get involved, and how others can get involved.

“Dr. Jacqueline Housel from Sinclair Community College, Dr. Diana Cuy from the University of Dayton, and Steven Mackell from Mission of Mary Farm have all been contacted throughout this process and have been good assets to us,” Kohnen continued. “This Capstone group is comprised of Andrew Buchanan, Samantha Evans, and Nicole VanVoorhis. We all work together on Saturday evenings to bring the produce to Catholic Social Services.”

Over the summer, Kohnen shared how group members organized fruit picking at Monnin’s Farm which resulted in more than 40 volunteers coming together.

“Family and friends, some of which go to CJ, gleaned the fruit, which we brought to Catholic Social Services,” Kohnen reflected. “Ambassador Tony Hall, a former Senator of Ohio, helped us plan and glean this day.”

The group shared that while they have been able to glean seven times since the beginning of this growing season, they hope to find other farms open to their cause.

“Catholic Social Services depends on us for fresh produce for their food pantry, which is open during the week in the mornings,” Kohnen said. “If we had more farms to glean at, we could expand our project profoundly and possibly expand to donating to more food pantries in Dayton.”

Eichenauer added, “We are in dire need of more crates in order to go above and beyond last year’s total.”

When reflecting on the accomplishments by the Got Veggies? group, Senior Capstone Coordinator Molly Bardine noted, “Capstone is about moving beyond service and learning how to become advocates for social justice centering on the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The Got Veggies? group is making a significant impact on our Dayton food deserts with the ultimate goal of more community engagement and increased knowledge about the issue.”

Bardine said Buchanan, Evans and VanVoorhis will produce a documentary about their work to share with the world, specifically school’s connected to CJ’s sponsors, the Society of Mary and Sister of Notre Dame de Namur.

Learn more by following Got Veggies? on social media:

Posted September 7, 2017

Eagles Encourage Contributions of Soccer Items

Two Eagles women's soccer players have a goal to take their passion for the game and to serve those in need.

Julia DiLoreto '20 and Ella Waldspurger '20 are volunteers with the organization, Pass it Back Soccer.

"We have been working with this organization since it started a few months ago," Waldspurger said. "We have been playing soccer since we were four years old, and providing proper equipment was never a problem for either of our families."

Pass it Back Soccer was organized by two other high school students, who Waldspurger and DiLoreto know.

"They knew of kids playing with cleats that were too small and falling apart," Waldspurger explained. "It bothered them that these kids couldn't play to the best of their ability based on something they couldn't control. From that experience, Pass It Back Soccer was born."

On Tuesday, September 5 and Wednesday, September 6, the Eagles soccer teams are collecting gently used soccer equipment, such as cleats and shin guards, which will go to Pass it Back Soccer. JV games start at 5:30 and Varsity games start at 7:30 both days.

Waldspurger added, "We believe everyone should have proper equipment to play and enjoy the game of soccer in a safe way."

You can learn more about Pass it Back Soccer here.

Picture and logo Courtesy: Pass it Back Soccer

Posted September 5, 2017

CJ Welcomes Special Guests from Archdiocese, SNDdeN

On the same day as the first all-school Mass of the 2017-2018 school year, the CJ community welcomed special visitors from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Susan Gibbons, the superintendent of Catholic schools, Michelle Hinton and Vince Woodall joined students, faculty and staff for Mass at Emmanuel Catholic Church on Wednesday, August 30. Meg Sharpe and Sr. Kim Dalgarn, both from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, were also welcomed guests.

During Mass, the group heard Fr. Bob Jones' challenge for all with #BetheChangeCJ. It sparked the goal for the community to bring water cases for victims of Hurricane Harvey. 200 cases were brought in for distribution in two days time.

After Mass, the guests took a tour of the CJ campus and had lunch with some of the students in Cuvilly.

"This is a great community," Gibbons shared. "It was wonderful to be here, share in the faith element and be with students."

Posted September 5, 2017