Several hundred alumni, students, and guests gathered April 26 and 27 at the Hartke Theatre for a gala weekend celebrating the 75th anniversary of Catholic University’s Department of Drama (CUADrama) and honoring the department’s contributions to theatre and screen. The department is among the earliest university drama programs in the nation, founded in 1937 under the guidance of Rev. Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P. Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Halo Wines and former CUADrama Chair William H. Graham Sr. served as honorary co-chairs, with CUADrama veteran and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Michael Cristofer serving as honorary chair.
On April 12, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the University community welcomed admitted students in the Class of 2017. The students and their families spent the day on campus learning about academic programs, sampling some of the extracurricular activities CUA has to offer, touring the campus, and socializing with future classmates.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, some students and alumni were hit hard. Others jumped in to lend a hand. “Storm Brings Out Good Samaritans,” a feature article in the spring 2013 issue of The Catholic University of America Magazine, tells their stories. For the story, University Photographer Ed Pfueller went on assignment to the hard-hit New York towns of The Rockaways, Breezy Point, and Long Beach. While in Long Beach, he photographed Karen Danca Smith (B.A. 1995) and her family, who are featured in the article.
More than 40 years after the passage of Title IX, today's female student-athletes have grown up in an era where they could be a "beast" on the field while still wearing a bow in their hair. They are excelling, both on the field and off. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
When the white smoke billowed out of the Sistine Chapel chimney and bells across campus started ringing, many CUA students converged on the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The first-floor food court took on a party atmosphere. A live feed from the Vatican was projected from a computer onto a big screen. Students responded with cheers and shouts when Pope Francis was introduced. The media also converged on the CUA campus, interviewing students, President John Garvey, Father Mark Morozowich, and others. At the end of the day, students gathered in Caldwell Chapel for a Mass of thanksgiving for the new pope, celebrated by Father Marek Stybor, O.F.M. Conv., associate chaplain for faith development. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
On Feb. 28, The Catholic University of America celebrated cultural diversity with Global Fest, held in the Edward J. Pryzbla University Center. The festival featured representatives from embassies in Washington, D.C., and campus cultural organizations, as well as performances, cultural displays, and foods from countries around the world. Sponsored by the Center for Global Education, the festival is a feature of International Week, which took place at Catholic University Feb. 25 through March 1. This year, more than 300 people attended the Global Fest, including about 175 students and representatives from 21 embassies. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
In a welcome break from D.C.’s climate of gridlock, students and faculty from Catholic, George Washington, and American universities worked Feb. 27 on a house for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international sustainable home competition. This collaborative team of 75 students began construction on a one-of-a-kind, energy-efficient home custom-designed to foster the healing of a U.S. military veteran. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
In a thrilling doubleheader, Catholic University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams captured Landmark Conference Championships Feb. 23 at the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center. The women’s team finished the regular season 24-1 while the men finished 22-3. Both Cardinal teams have advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
On Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced he would step down. The University has a special connection to Pope Benedict XVI. Nearly five years ago, on April 17, 2008, the Holy Father visited the campus of The Catholic University of America, one day after he had visited the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The pope greeted a crowd of thousands that had gathered on the University Mall. He met with the bishops of the United States in the Basilica and presided over Solemn Vespers in the Crypt Church on April 16. The next day, he delivered a formal address on Catholic education at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
Despite temperatures in the low 20s, a joyous atmosphere was created by approximately 500 CUA students who gathered on Jan. 25 for the 40th Annual March for Life on the National Mall. Students gathered in Caldwell Auditorium to pray, focus, and build enthusiasm before heading downtown for the demonstration. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)