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)
The first Cardinal Tailgate of the 2014 football season drew a big crowd Friday night, Sept. 5, to the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center parking lot. Students were invited to load up their cars with food and drinks, and to use the grills provided by the Department of Athletics to cook hamburgers and hot dogs. The event was organized by Custos and The House, whose members provided face painting, corn hole, and food. The CUA football team lost its home opener to McDaniel College by a score of 34-31. (Photos by Ed Pfueller and Rachael Salamone)
On Sept. 2, students enjoyed free food, giveaways, and games at 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 Catholic University of America community received a message of inspiration and a call to action during the Mass of the Holy Spirit Aug. 28. The Mass, which is held annually at the opening of the school year, was celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and University chancellor, who asked God to invoke the gifts of the Holy Spirit on the University community to strengthen and guide students, faculty, and staff throughout the 2014-15 academic year.