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.
On Thursday, Aug. 21, new students arrived to their new home at The Catholic University of America. Students and their families spent the morning moving into residence halls before attending other Orientation events, such as alumni welcome events, an introduction from President John Garvey, Orientation Mass, Real World CUA, a picnic, and a "House of Cards" casino night. Orientation ran the four days before classes began on Monday, Aug. 25. (Photos by Ed Pfueller)
Approximately 100 people gathered on the sidewalk of Monroe Street on the morning of July 28 to witness the opening of one of the anchor stores of Monroe Street Market — Barnes & Noble at The Catholic University of America.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) delivered a policy address on the nation’s values at The Catholic University of America on July 23. Titled “Strong Values for a Strong America,” the senator’s speech was delivered in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center and was co-sponsored by Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) and the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. Sen. Rubio’s address was followed by a panel discussion of analysts and scholars who analyzed the topic and the senator’s remarks from different perspectives. Moderated by Stephen Schneck, director of IPR, the panel included Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention; Penny Nance, president of Concerned Women for America; Richard V. Reeves, a fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution; Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project; and Sister Ann Patrick Conrad, associate professor of social work at CUA.
Eight U.S. Catholic cardinals and 750 guests gathered in New York City on Friday, May 30, for the 25th American Cardinals Dinner, held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Approximately $2.1 million was raised at the dinner for scholarships for The Catholic University of America. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, and John Garvey, President of Catholic University, served as co-hosts for the dinner, which was preceded by Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Speaking with a self-described "Alabama twang" before a crowd of thousands at the 125th Annual Commencement Ceremony on May 17, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had two Latin words for The Catholic University of America Class of 2014: “Nunc Coepi,” or “Now I begin.” The University conferred approximately 1,550 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during the ceremony.
At the May 16 Baccalaureate Mass for the Class of 2014, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, urged the graduates to find the place Jesus has prepared for them in life. Addressing the crowd of more than 3,000 people who filled the pews and lined the walls of the Great Upper Church in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Cardinal Tagle assured the graduates that “each of you has a place God has prepared for you.”
Catholic University celebrated the last day of classes with the annual Luaupalooza on Friday, May 2. Some students lined up the night before the event to be the first to get this year's Luaupalooza T-shirt. The celebration featured performances from student dance and singing groups, including CUA's own Backstreet Boys. Food, music, and games took place on lawn next to the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. The Virginia band The Last Bison closed out the evening before fireworks filled the sky.