Eagles Win Mission League Title

Photo by Andy Holzman/SCNG  |  Los Angeles Daily News

 

Chaminade Football finished the 2017 season, 6-0 in Mission League play are league champions after their 57-33 win over Bishop Amat on Friday, November 3. The Eagles will play in the first round of the Division 1 CIF-SS playoffs on November 10, and have secured a opening round home game against Orange Lutheran.

The game on Friday kicks off at 7:00 p.m. at Booster Stadium (West Hills). Tickets are $10 per adult and $5 per student.

For more on the Eagles Mission League title-clinching victory, visit the Los Angeles Daily News.

A Time to Share Your All Souls’ Day Prayer Requests

img_7433Dear Chaminade Family,

Each year at this season, the Chaminade Marianist Community is closely joined in interest and concern with all members of the Chaminade College Preparatory family. November is a time to share with one another the memory of relatives, friends, former teachers, and students who have been called by God to that eternal life we all hope to share.

All Souls’ Day, November 2, is a way for each one of us to remember our departed loved ones. To make our prayers more specific and significant, we invite you to submit the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.) We will place these names on the altar in our Marianist community chapel and remember them as we celebrate the Eucharist throughout the month of November.

Let this be our offering to you. We are grateful for your continuing friendship and are privileged to minister to you through this on-going Chaminade tradition.

Please click here to fill out the form with the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.)

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Joseph Raj, S.M.
Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58

Chaminade Chaplains

Respect Life Week

From October 10 to October 20 Chaminade joined Catholic schools around the Los Angeles Archdiocese in celebrating Respect Life Week. Each October we try to set aside some time to focus on the very precious gift of human life and the ways that we can contribute to treating that gift with reverence and dignity. This year we focused on the seven Catholic Social Teaching Principles:

  • The Dignity of Human Life
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Options for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity, and Stewardship
  • Care of God’s Creation 

We celebrated a beautiful Mass on each of our campuses highlighted by a candlelight procession symbolizing how we can be light to the world and stand up for human dignity. Gia Frank ’24, pledged to take care of God’s creation and challenges all of us to do the same saying “each of us has a calling to make the world a better place.”  Alec Simoni ’18, says that respect life is about “valuing dignity in one another regardless of who or where you are in life.”  He promotes the dignity of human life through the club that he founded, Caring Hearts, whose mission is to help sick and impoverished youth in our community and around the world.

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.