The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music celebrated the 24th annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Dec. 6 in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica, the concert raised funds for Bethlehem House, which provides Christian residential communities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
President John Garvey paid special tribute to Catholic University staff and faculty who have provided 10 or 20 years of full-time employment to CUA at the Annual 10- and 20-Year Service Awards Dinner held Nov. 19 at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Thirty-two honorees celebrated a decade of service; eight honorees celebrated two decades of service.(Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Michael Ryan, B.A. 1959, owns and operates the historic Clemsonville Christmas Tree Farm in Frederick County, Md. In December 2012, he hosted staff from The Catholic University of America Magazine at his 250-acre farm. A feature article about that day appears in the fall 2013 issue of the magazine. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Team Capitol DC, led by students from Catholic University’s School of Architecture and Planning, built a sustainable home on a parking lot on CUA’s campus for entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Once completed, the home was transported to the international competition in California, where the team placed seventh. Its house, HARVEST HOME, was designed as a place of solace and healing for wounded veterans. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
At the annual Commitment to Nursing & Blessing of the Hands Ceremony on Oct. 19, Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, blessed the hands of 92 junior nursing majors. The blessing of hands — a symbol of the commitment the students have made to the nursing profession — celebrates the start of their clinical rotations.
On an unseasonably warm afternoon, author John Feely led a group of several students, faculty, and staff on a tour of the Brookland neighborhood that surrounds Catholic University. Feely, a Brookland resident and CUA alumnus, kicked off the Oct. 3 walking tour in front of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library on campus before heading into Brookland. The event was part of the “Know Your Neighborhood” series sponsored by CUA Libraries.
In September, alumni from all classes returned to The Catholic University of America campus to celebrate their alma mater with old and new friends. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
At CUA’s annual Freshman Convocation, held Sept. 11 in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, first-year students were formally received into the academic community. Randall Ott, dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, delivered the Convocation’s main address, titled “Many Small Disciplines – One Big Universe.”
Students enjoyed free food, giveaways, and games at the annual Fall Fiesta, an annual celebration held in conjunction with the Student Involvement Fair. Officers from every student organization were on hand to invite students to get involved in the campus community. The event was sponsored by the Program Board and the Office of Campus Activities. Fiesta-style food was donated by CUA’s Dining Services.
The University’s purpose “is to reconfirm for ourselves the conviction that we are truly capable of making a better world — of manifesting God’s kingdom of peace, truth, justice, kindness, understanding, compassion and love, here and now,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and University chancellor, in his homily at Catholic University’s Mass of the Holy Spirit Aug. 29. The Mass marked the opening of the 2013-2014 academic year.