Eagles Defeat Cubs 37-14

Chaminade C -on white- Eagles V2On Friday, October 13, Chaminade Football improved its record to 6-1 on the season (3-0 in the Mission League) after a decisive 37-14 victory at Loyola. Next up for the Eagles is a home game against Bishop Alemany on October 20. The Mission League match-up kicks of at 7:00 p.m. at Booster Stadium (West Hills).

To read more about the win over Loyola, visit the Los Angeles Daily News site.

AP Capstone Students Participate in Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility

By Lee Ann Metivier
Director of Development,
Leadership Giving and Special Initiatives

There was a time, shortly after college when I wished I could be a professional student. The idea of being able to sit in a classroom, read, and discuss ideas and opinions on a daily basis sounded much more appealing than getting up five days a week to commute back and forth between home and the office. Then the steady paychecks came, my quality of life improved, and I forgot my professional student aspirations.

Until I sat in on the AP Capstone Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility.

AP Capstone is a program new to Chaminade, and it was created by the College Board in response to feedback from colleges and universities seeking students passionate about learning, who think both collaboratively and independently, and who are effective communicators. On paper, it sounds like a new way for high school students to expand their academic experience, and start learning at the college-level. In person, at Chaminade, it is exactly as described. AP Capstone is Chaminade living its promise to educate for adaptation and change.

The forum, held in the Media Center of the Condon Center, gathered all 60 AP Capstone students for a day of higher learning. Dressed in business attire instead of their usual uniforms, the students heard from four panelists who work in four different career fields.

Sean Walsh ’81, a principal at Wilson Walsh George Ross, provided a perspective on corporate social responsibility (CSR) from both the private and government sectors. While Todd Stevens P ’19, chief executive officer and president of California Resources Corporation shared insight from the energy sector. A food industry and non-profit viewpoint was provided by Robert Egger of the LA. Kitchen and CForward. The group was rounded out by Jit Bhattacharya ’96, chief technology officer at Fenix International, who comes from the social enterprise world.

Pictured left to right: Todd Stevens P ’19, Robert Egger, Jit Bhattacharya ’96, and Sean Walsh ’81

Vice Principal, Jennifer Poole, moderated the forum, and asked each panelist to answer:

  • How does your company define CSR?
  • How should companies behave in terms of social responsibility?
  • Do companies have a responsibility to the community, their employees, the environment, or their consumers? What are the limits on these responsibilities?
  • Should corporations have political influence?
  • What is the role of government?

After the moderated portion of the forum, students were invited to ask questions of their own. Each student who stood up in front of their peers asked thoughtful questions, which demonstrated their clear interest in the day’s topics and issues at hand. Panelists were asked questions ranging from, “In order to keep prices so low [for solar power systems] what do you do about labor costs?” to “What should I do to be prepared for the jobs of tomorrow?” to “What sort of push back do you get on communities intent on preserving traditional ways of life?”

The time passed quickly, and the forum ended before everyone’s questions could be answered. However, students had the opportunity to eat lunch with the panelists and ask more questions on an individual level. In addition, later in October, AP Capstone students will go on a field trip to the L.A. Kitchen and see social responsibility in action.

The forum is just the beginning for AP Capstone students, who are in the seminar portion of the program. They are learning to investigate real-world issues, to work independently and with a team to research a topic selected by their teacher, and develop a written report after information analysis and making evidence-based arguments. Next year, they will take on the research half of the two-year program to address a real-world topic of their choice. Their research practices and writing skills will be put to the test, and ultimately each student will present and orally defend their findings and methodology.

Society of Mary 200th Anniversary Prayer

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Monday, October 2, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Mary.  This is a joyful day for the Marianist brothers and priests, and they ask all of us to help them celebrate in a simple and profound way.

The Marianists have composed a special prayer commemorating their bicentennial, and encourage everyone at all sponsored schools and other ministries to join as one voice, simultaneously, on that day.  Think of it: all students, Marianist educators and parents across the Province joining in prayer with Marianists at the same time!  Truly, we will be what Blessed Chaminade called a “spectacle of saints.”

The following time zones will gather us into one voice to pray:

Time Zone

Hawai’i
Pacific
Central
Eastern
Ireland

Begin prayer at

8 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
7 p.m.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., a SHINE (middle school) and LIFE (high school) Team member will say the Bicenntenial Prayer over the public address system. All classes will come to a halt to pray the prayer.

The entire Chaminade family is invited to join the Marianist family in prayer today:

Holy God,
you chose Mary to be the mother of your son,
and you have chosen us to know, love, and serve you
as members of the Marianist Family today.

Help us bring Christ anew to the world!

We give thanks for your faithfulness
And for the faithfulness of Marianist brothers, sisters and priests
across 200 years of Marianist life and service.

And we give thanks for the Marianist Family that today
carries on the inspiration of our founders.

Help us discover and faithfully live our vocations,
with Mary as our model, letting your word be fulfilled in us.

Bless all of us in the Marianist Family;
may we together practice the love of Christ
and continue to know, love, and serve you for centuries to come.

May we be a spectacle of saints,
for the world and all those we meet,
helping your kingdom come!

And may the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be glorified in all places,
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
Amen.

Chaminade Film Wins “Best Editing” at Calabasas Film Festival

Filmmakers Aidan Hall ’19, Matthew Stewart ’19, and Robert Shainsky ’19 took home the prize for “Best Editing” in the category of Student Film at the 4th annual Calabasas Film Festival. The award was one of only five prizes given for exceptional achievement in student filmmaking. They produced their short film “iSolation” in their Film II last year.

The film “iSolation” was produced by Stewart, written and filmed by Hall, and edited by Shainsky, with additional editing by Hall and Stewart. The film stars Jater Webb (’20) and Natalie Rowland (’17) and can be seen on the Chaminade Film Program YouTube Channel at: https://youtu.be/Z0TTnPKJTuc

Overall, four films created by Chaminade students were selected for the student film program in the festival and were screened for an audience in the Calabasas Hall on Sunday, September 17th. To be eligible for the student category, students must be currently enrolled in one of these schools: Chaminade, Viewpoint, Calabasas High School, Agoura High, Louisville, Oaks Christian, and El Camino. The four films selected from the Chaminade entries represented the work of Andy Dyer ’18, Carter Williams ’18, Mike Mariano ’18, Louis Gerny ’18, Justin Thomas ’18, Luke Macias ’18, and Tony Restivo ’18.

The Calabasas Film Festival ran for five days, beginning on Wednesday evening, September 13 and continuing through the weekend. More information on the festival can be found at: http://www.calabasasfilmfestival.com/

Chaminade Welcomes Two Marianists

Pictured left to right: Bro. Jack Dempsey, Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, Fr. Joseph Raj and Fr. Martin Solma

Two Marianists from India recently joined the Chaminade family. Fr. Joseph Raj, S.M., and Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, S.M. arrived in August and quickly jumped into the rhythm of Eagle life. They both share a joyful enthusiasm with everyone around them and bring a vibrant energy to both campuses.

Fr. Joseph serves as our school chaplain, which allows Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58 to scale down his ministerial duties at Chaminade. Fr. Ted will mentor Fr. Joseph, and continue to be present at our Masses and retreats.

Before coming to Chaminade, Fr. Joseph worked with the Marianist REDS Program in India. REDS (Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme) helps street children, young men, and women. Fr. Joseph has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Dayton’s extension program in Bangalore, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Bro. Kumar serves as a pastoral associate on both campuses. He assists Fr. Joseph, as well as Bro. Adam Becerra, the director of mission integration and ministry, and provides pastoral care for students in Campus Ministry. Bro. Kumar will also help with and attend retreats.

In May 2017, Bro. Kumar graduated from the University of Dayton (Ohio) with a Masters in educational leadership. Prior to this, he was the director of Chaminade Vocational Training Institute in northern India, where he taught English as a second language to job-seeking students, ages 15 to 35. In 2011 he completed undergraduate work in philosophy through the University of Dayton (India) and a B.A. in history, sociology, and English literature from Bangalore University.