Catholic University held a ceremonial groundbreaking March 12 for Opus Hall, a state-of-the-art residential facility that is slated for completion by 2009. The event was attended by university administrators, CUA trustees, D.C. government officials and other members of the CUA community.
The Catholic University of America community marked Ash Wednesday on Feb. 21 with four Masses on campus. Shown here are images from two services in Caldwell Chapel as well as Lenten displays in McMahon Hall and the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.
Winter was late in coming to CUA in 2007. But it made up for lost time in February with a long string of days when the mercury did not reach 32 degrees and a storm of sleet and snow that briefly closed the campus.
Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, accompanied Valdas Adamkus, president of Lithuania, and his wife, Alma Adamkiene, on a tour of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11. Father O’Connell presented Adamkus with an honorary degree in 1998.
Provost John Convey hosted a reception on Feb. 6 for Ms. Mabel McGlothlin in the atrium of the Columbus School of Law. Ms. McGlothlin retired from CUA after serving the university for more than 27 years, most recently as senior executive assistant to the provost.
The Catholic University community ushered in the 2006 Christmas season on Dec. 1 with the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in front of McMahon Hall and the 18th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. A standing-room only crowd gathered in the Basilica for the concert, presented by the CUA Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and the Choir of the Basilica. The event raised $13,000 for the Spanish Catholic Center of Catholic Community Services.
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presented four performances of Handel’s opera “Julius Caesar” or “Giulio Cesare” Nov. 9 through 12 at Ward Recital Hall. The opera, presented in Italian with English supertitles, was directed by Jamie Roberts and conducted by Joel Lazar.
Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presented the musical “Grand Hotel” on Oct. 27-29, 2006. Set in an elegant Berlin hotel in 1928, the musical tells the story of five guests whose lives intersect over the course of a weekend. CUA faculty member Jane Pesci-Townsend directed.
On Oct. 23, students and faculty from the School of Architecture and Planning celebrated at the unveiling of the latest CUAdc project — the redesign of the Stuart-Hobson Middle School library in Northeast Washington. CUAdc — an award-winning design collaborative that provides services free of charge to nonprofit groups — transformed the antiquated room into a light-filled, inviting space. CUAdc and seven Washington, D.C., architectural firms, were selected to design new library spaces in several D.C. public schools on a pro bono basis for the School Libraries Project.
More than 500 Catholic University alumni and their loved ones returned to campus on Oct. 13 and 14 to celebrate a combined Homecoming Weekend and Reunions Weekend. Alumni Achievement Awards went to six remarkable individuals, classmates and friends reunited, and the crowd cheered on the CUA football team. The weekend included reunions for the classes of 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971, 1966, 1961 and 1956.