In early November, University President John Garvey toured a construction site on West Campus that eventually will become part of a new main entrance to Catholic University with Jerry Conrad, associate vice president for facilities operations, and Kurt Wiebusch, director of facilities planning and construction. West Campus consists of more than 40 acres of land to the west of Harewood Road, adjacent to North Capitol Street. The development of this land is part of the 2012 Master Plan. The plan — which will take some years to bring to fruition — proposes a new main entrance to the campus via North Capitol Street through West Campus.
Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a CUA alumnus, gave a presentation on the economy Nov. 13 as part of a National Policy Forum organized by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR). The governor’s speech in Caldwell Auditorium was titled “An Economy with a Human Purpose — Better Choices for Greater Middle Class Opportunity.” O’Malley’s speech was followed by a panel discussion. Moderated by Stephen Schneck, director of IPR, the panel included Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute; Matthew Green, IPR fellow and associate professor of politics; and Carrie Budoff Brown, a reporter for Politico. The event was the second in the National Policy Forum series.
The natural beauty of The Catholic University of America's campus is striking in a special way in the fall. The excitement of a new academic year is framed in bright fall colors that seem to reflect the energy on campus. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Homecoming and Reunions Weekend was renamed Cardinal Weekend this year and held Oct. 17 to 19. Events included a reception with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., former CUA president; receptions; a football game tent party; class celebrations; and more. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Catholic University’s newly renovated Father O’Connell Hall — built in 1914 and now LEED certified — was formally dedicated with an Oct. 17 ceremony featuring remarks by University President John Garvey, an invocation by Most Rev. Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington, and self-guided tours of the building. The guest of honor was Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Diocese of Trenton, for whom the building is named. Bishop O’Connell, a CUA alumnus, served as University President for 12 years from 1998 to 2010 prior to his elevation to bishop. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
Families of students came to campus Oct. 3 through 5 for Family Weekend, which featured a football game, service opportunities, a reception with President John Garvey, a Mass, tours of campus, a monuments cruise, a guest performer, and more. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
Capital Fest 2014, a concert for Catholic University students featuring the band Walk the Moon, was held Sept. 27 on the University Lawn. Program Board, the University’s student-run organization that plans undergraduate events, put the concert together. The band Coin opened for Walk the Moon. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
The 2014 Dean’s Vespers on Sept. 25 at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family in Washington, D.C., gathered the School of Theology and Religious Studies community together as well as people from across the University community. The homily by Very Rev. Mark Morozowich, interim provost, accentuated the intimate connection between the academic life and living up to Christ’s call to love one another as a sign of the deep connection between God’s love and our actions. He concluded by thanking God for the gifts already bestowed and asked God to bless the students, faculty, and the staff as we begin this new school year. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
The University stepped up its recycling efforts on Sept. 23 by placing new receptacles in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center for food waste and other compostable material as well as recyclables and landfill waste. Student volunteers wearing "Go Green" shirts were on hand to help members of the community learn what materials belong in each bin. The new receptacles are part of an effort by the Office of Facilities Operations to expand recycling and further decrease landfill waste on campus. Compostable materials include any food waste and paper napkins. Materials that can be disposed of in recycling bins across campus include not only paper waste, but also aluminum, glass, and most plastics. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
At Catholic University’s annual Convocation, held Sept. 10 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. Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics, delivered the Convocation’s main address, titled “One Small Change.” Todd Lidh, assistant dean of undergraduate studies and director of the First-Year Experience, President John Garvey, and Provost James Brennan also spoke at the ceremony. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)