Hundreds of students cheered as Mike Thorsen, a junior psychology major from Edison, N.J., was named this year’s winner of Catholic University’s all-male pageant, Mr. CUA, the evening of Feb. 13. In addition to the traditional evening wear, talent, and interview portions, contestants now participate in a lip sync battle, a donut eating contest, and a toilet paper dress-making competition. (Photos by Rachael Salamone)
CUA student-athletes, coaches, and staff of the Department of Athletics marched up to Cardinal Stadium on Jan. 31 to jump in an icy tank of water as part of the Polar Plunge, which raises money for Special Olympics D.C. Each participant had to come up with a minimum of $50 in donations for the charity. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
On Jan. 29, Catholic University President John Garvey joined Australian Catholic University Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven for a signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on a shared Rome Center located about a mile from the Vatican. A group of about 30 deans and administrators from the two universities gathered in Curley Hall for the ceremony. When it opens in September 2015, the Rome Center of The Catholic University of America and Australian Catholic University will offer newly renovated living quarters for undergraduates, a wing for graduate students, apartments for visiting faculty, a studio for architecture majors, a chapel, and a garden, among other amenities. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Catino Foto/Rome, Italy)
On Jan. 27, The Catholic University of America and Dominican House of Studies, in association with the National Catholic Educational Association, celebrated National Catholic Schools Week at the annual University Mass in honor of St. Thomas Aquinas, which was broadcast from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on EWTN and CatholicTV. This year’s celebrant and homilist was Very Rev. Ken Letoile, O.P., prior provincial for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
On a sunny, mild morning, hundreds of Catholic University students gathered in Caldwell Hall Jan. 22 to attend a rally before traveling to the National Mall for the 42nd Annual March for Life. President John Garvey and Students for Life President Kyle Herrington addressed the students at the rally. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
More than 700 students, faculty, and staff from The Catholic University of America served neighbors in need on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 19 — the largest contingent in the 10 years the University has participated in the MLK Day of Service. It also marks the largest community service event ever at Catholic University. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
Hundreds of students, faculty members, and members of the Brookland community were in attendance Jan. 12 as the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), led by Music Director Christoph Eschenbach, performed a free concert at The Catholic University of America’s Hartke Theatre. The performance marked the beginning of the music school’s year-long 50th Anniversary Celebration and was the culmination of the 2015 NSO In Your Neighborhood series, a week of events in the Brookland and NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. In the hours leading up to the concert, a brass quartet from the NSO interacted with music students as part of Studio X, the music school’s weekly music colloquium in which undergraduates gather for presentations, performances, and master classes. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
University photographer Ed Pfueller has compiled a selection of his best photos of 2014 to share with the CUA community. Happy New Year to all!
The Catholic University of America celebrated the Christmas season with several events on Friday, Dec. 5. In the afternoon, CUA's religious in residence sang carols with Red (the University's mascot) in celebration of Advent. That evening, the CUA community gathered with President and Mrs. Garvey in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center for the annual Light the Season event featuring singing, a live Nativity, treats, and the lighting of the Christmas tree. Also that evening, the 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity was held at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica, the concert featured the CUA Chamber Choir, University Singers, University Chorus, and the CUA Symphony Orchestra. A freewill offering was taken for the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, which raises money to support a highly regarded infant and maternity hospital located 500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, held Nov. 16 to 22, provided the CUA community an opportunity to shed light on poverty and advocate for the rights of the homeless and poor. Events included a Vigil for Hope, a special CUA on Tap event, homeless food runs, and service opportunities. (Photos by Rachael Salamone)