April Member of the Month

As part of Chaminade Julienne's 160/125 Anniversary Celebration, the school is recognizing alumni, faculty/staff members, current students and friends of CJ on a monthly basis. The following Member of the Month recipients—all nominated by CJ community members—are being recognized as true models of the CJ mission who fully embody and reflect the charisms of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.

Student:: Sal Hollan ‘12
Faculty/Staff: Susan Eichenauer
Alumni/Friend: Ken Spitzig ‘75

Since his freshman year, Sal Hollan has shown a commitment and desire to become a better person with each new day. His continued maturity and personal growth, nurtured through the teachings of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, is something that has been getting noticed by fellow students, faculty and staff. As one teacher described, the CJ junior is, “kind, honest and generous with his energy.”

During his time at CJ, Sal has most enjoyed participating in Eagles athletics as a member of the baseball and wrestling teams.

In her ten years working closely with CJ students and families, guidance counselor Susan Eichenauer said she has never been recognized with anything quite like being named the Member of the Month, but according to her, having the opportunity to work at the school and within its community is a reward in itself.

“I am very blessed that I’ve been able to spend my time here surrounded by all the incredible people who make up the CJ community,” she said. “I just really love doing what I do.”

Both her work with and impact on students extends outside of the guidance department. Susan’s kind, affectionate attitude can be found in the myriad of interactions she has with Eagles through her involvement with mission trips (including the summer trip to Belize), Habitat for Humanity, support for student service projects, and as Key Club moderator.

Ken Spitzig, a 1975 graduate of Chaminade Julienne, has been a part of many things in the school’s 160 year history: he experienced the merging of Chaminade, Julienne, and St. Joe’s Commercial High School in 1973 and 1974; he was a member of the first CJ cross country team as a junior and senior; and in 2011 was named CJ Member of the Month.

“This is a big honor because this is my alma mater,” he said. Ken has been serving the school for nearly a decade as a cross country coach and recently became the head men’s varsity coach. He enjoys teaching and showing current CJ harriers what it means to be an Eagle.

“Running is a passion of mine that I’d like to pass on. I really enjoy working with the kids and I have fun,” Ken said. His wife, Jeanne Shultz Spitzig, '75, is currently an administrative assistant in the admissions office at CJ.