The Catholic University of America

Alumni Relations



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. 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. Over the years, the Club’s membership has grown to include graduates from all schools of the University.

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 Catholic University Alumni Association that they are today.

Leadership

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.

Social

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 Cardinal Weekend and the Athletic Hall of Fame inductions.

Networking

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. These men and women 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 Catholic University graduates to advance their business interests. Today, it is the objective of the Senators Club to bring back that networking “edge.”

Philanthropy

The Senators have always believed that one of their ultimate responsibilities is to give back to Catholic University. They understand that the successes they have achieved are due, in large measure, to the solid friendships and the strong educational foundation that comes from having attended Catholic University. 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 men and women afford to attend Catholic University. 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

Chuck Cerria, B.S.Arch./B.C.E. 2006
FTI Consulting, Senior Project Mgr., Global Real Estate

Michael K. Green, Jr., B.A. 1992
CFP (r), CTFA, CCPS (tm), Pinnacle Advisory Group

Edward Lyons, B.A. 1993
Rutherford, Account Executive

Michael Wijdoogen, B.S.Arch. 1999
Jenkins Restorations, Architect

Dr. Charles C. Nguyen, D.Sc.
School of Engineering, Dean

Randall W. Ott
School of Architecture & Planning, Dean

Philip A. Stevens, B.C.E. 1958
Stevens Builders Inc. (ret.)

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 Catholic University Office of Admissions to recruit individuals to the University. In addition, and of concurrent importance, the Senators believe it is part of their mission and heritage to assist in the placement of Catholic University graduates in the world of work.

New Member Recruitment

Recent Catholic University graduates from the Schools of Architecture and Engineering are invited to join this exclusive group of successful businessmen.

For more information, please contact at cua-alumni@cua.edu or (202) 319-5608.

The Catholic University of America

620 Michigan Ave., N.E. • Washington, D.C. 20064
800-288-ALUM (2586) • cua-alumni@cua.edu