The 2016 Baccalaureate Mass, which was celebrated by Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M., University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, took place before a standing room-only crowd of students, family members, and friends in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass was offered a few hours after the Honors Convocation for Undergraduates, a ceremony that recognized student members of national honors societies, as well as those who completed the University’s honors curriculum or were selected to receive individual honors in their disciplines.
Teaching awards presented at the spring faculty luncheon included the Provost’s Advancement in Teaching Award, which was presented to Patrick Tuite of the Department of Drama and Jennifer O'Riordan of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for their Irish Summer Institute. Other award winners were Gregory Behrmann of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, teaching excellence in early career, and Joseph Shields of the National Catholic School of Social Service, overall teaching excellence. More than a dozen retiring faculty members were also honored.
The campus community enjoyed Campus Ministry's end-of-the-school-year party, Luaupalooza. The community celebrated the last day of classes with rides, games, food, fun, and a concert from Oh Honey!
The Catholic University of America invited families from Brookland and the University community to Cardinal Stadium for Field Day on April 24. Kids had opportunities to learn a new sport, play games, and enjoy fun exercises with current Catholic student-athletes and coaches.
Students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room on April 19 for the Cardinal Leadership Celebration, which recognizes the accomplishments of students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of leadership, scholarship, and service. Held annually, the ceremony seeks to acknowledge the contributions of students to the campus community. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)
On Friday, April 15 the campus community engaged in the annual Relay for Life, hosted by Colleges Against Cancer. Students gathered on the Law School Lawn for a night of advocacy, remembrance, and entertainment. Each student organization - from Kappa Tau Gamma and CUA SOL to Campus Ministry and Program Board - hosted booths that offered food, games, and prizes. A Luminaria Ceremony was held to honor those who have fought or have lost the fight against cancer, followed by laps around the lawn to raise money for research. Performances by on-campus groups such as FOCUS, Redline A Cappella, Pure Alignment, and CUA Gaels kept participants engaged throughout the night. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)
Students and faculty gave oral presentations and presented posters on a range of scholarship in the University's first ever Research Day. The day highlighted serious scholarship, but the presentations were geared to a general audience. Research Day also featured musical performances and food trucks. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)
On April 8, The Catholic University of America welcomed students admitted to the Class of 2020 for an up-close look at the people and programs on campus. Students and their parents had the opportunity to meet the University’s faculty, learn more about the First-Year Experience, and explore the educational and internship opportunities available to students. President John Garvey welcomed guests at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception before students headed to a student life fair, presentations from the University’s 12 schools, and sessions on campus life, ministry, and culture. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)
On March 23, members of Catholic University's Office of Marketing and Communications and students joined the other plaintiffs and co-plaintiffs in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v Sylvia Matthews Burwell, et al., for a rally while the case was being argued before the United States Supreme Court. The plaintiffs are arguing against the implementation of the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that would require The Catholic University of America and other religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, prescription contraceptives, and drugs that cause early stage abortions. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)
Approximately 150 students gathered March 21 in front of the Office of Campus Ministry on a cold and windy night for an annual Catholic University tradition — the Way of the Cross. Each year in remembrance of the Lenten season and in preparation for Holy Week — the final week before Easter — students carry a life-size cross throughout campus in a candlelit procession that commemorates the Stations of the Cross, 14 moments in the passion of Jesus. (Photos by Dana Rene Bowler)