History and Mission:
The Senators Club was formed at The Catholic University of America in 1923 by a group of largely commuter students in the then School of Engineering and Architecture. The Club was traditionally all male and mostly social in nature. As the years progressed, graduated members of the club formed the Senators Club Alumni and have stayed together as a group, meeting at least twice yearly ever since. For more than thirty years, the club hosted a cocktail party in conjunction with the Homecoming Ball. All CUA alumni were invited and the event became a popular tradition. Over the years, the Club’s membership has grown to include graduates from all schools of the university and of course, both women and men.
In addition to its social aspect, the Club has served many purposes throughout the years including a networking hub, a recruitment and placement entity and as a philanthropic organization. This mission has carried the “Senators” from their early beginnings to the strong and important part of the CUA Alumni Association that they are today.
Many of our members have served The Catholic University of America in various positions, including National Presidents of the Alumni Association, the Alumni Board of Governors, and the Board of Trustees.
The Senators Club Alumni are known most recently for their informational semi-annual luncheons. It is a goal of the club to return to hosting receptions for members at important university functions such as Homecoming & Reunions and the Athletic Hall of Fame inductions.
A few years ago, Washingtonian magazine did an article on the builders of Washington — those men and their companies that were the architects, engineers and builders of some of DC’s most revered structures. Many of those listed in that article were members of the Senators Club Alumni. These men networked with each other to design, engineer and construct those buildings. In doing so, they received great satisfaction for their final product and also helped fellow CUA alums to advance their business interests. It is the objective of the club to bring back that networking “edge.”
The Senators have always believed that one of their ultimate responsibilities is to give back to CUA. They firmly understand that the successes they have achieved are due, in large measure, to the solid friendships and the strong educational foundation that comes from their having attended CUA. In light of that, it has always been a goal of the club to help students obtain an education as good as or better than their own. To that end, the Senators have endowed a scholarship in the name of the club that has assisted countless men and women afford to attend CUA. This endowment grows each year through the philanthropic efforts of the members of the club. Since its inception in 1986, the Senators Club Alumni Scholarship Fund has grown to be the largest organizational scholarship fund at the university, and now stands at more than $360,000.
Senators Club Recruitment Committee
John P. Cooper, B.C.E. 1997
Clark Construction Group
Senior Project Mgr.
Vincent J. Serritella, B.S.Arch. 2003
Ammon Heisler Sachs Architects, PC
Richard M. Johnson, B.A. 1966
Richard M. Johnson &
Straton C. Laois, B.E.E. 1955
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (ret.)
Dr. Charles C. Nguyen, D.Sc.
CUA School of Engineering, Dean
Randall W. Ott
CUA School of Architecture & Planning, Dean
Stephen J. Paddack
B.A.E. 1959, M.A.E. 1964, Ph. D. 1973
NASA, Independent Contractor
William Rogers, B.E.E. 1957
Philip A. Stevens, B.C.E. 1958
Stevens Builders Inc. (ret.)
Nicholas T. Yannarell, B.E.E. 1956
Fairfax County Park Authority, Volunteer
Recruiting and Placement:
The Senators Club Alumni, as a primary focus, has always been interested in helping young men and women learn about the educational community that is The Catholic University of America. They are dedicated to helping the CUA Office of Admissions to recruit the finest individuals to the university. This objective needs to be enhanced and continued. In addition, and of concurrent importance, the Senators believe it is part of their mission and heritage to assist in the placement of CUA graduates in the world of work.
New Member Recruitment:
Starting as a modest network of students on campus, the lists of CUA’s Senators Club members now read like a Who’s Who in engineering, architecture and construction in Washington, D.C. Recent CUA graduates from the Schools of Architecture and Engineering are invited to join this exclusive group of successful businessmen.
For more information, contact:
Mike Minetti firstname.lastname@example.org
OR by mail at:
The Senators Club Alumni
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Craves Family Alumni Center
Ground Floor, Father O'Connell Hall
Washington, DC 20064
In the Office of Alumni Relations, contact:
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