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Dec
17
Associate Professor of History Michael Kimmage will spend 2015 working across town from his hilltop office in Marist Hall. As Catholic University's first Franklin Fellow, he will work at Foggy Bottom in the Department of State's Office of Policy Planning. 
Dec
17
As part of Catholic University's continued efforts to create a vibrant living-learning environment on campus, students who live in Centennial Village (a neighborhood of eight residence halls near the middle of campus) now have an outdoor space for either athletic activity or quiet reflection. Earlier this semester, The Catholic University of America completed construction on a sports court and reflective space in the middle of Centennial Village. 
Dec
16
Alumni cast members of Fiddler on the Roof include musical theatre graduates Alex Alferov, B.M. 2014; Kurt Boehm, B.M. 2005; Jimmy Mavrikes, B.M. 2013; Tracy Lynn Olivera, B.M. 1999; Jesse Palmer, B.M. 2008; and Maria Rizzo, Class of 2013, as well as Barbara Pinolini, who earned her M.F.A. in drama in 1985. 
Dec
16
The USGBC's Center for Green Schools assisted The Catholic University of America in developing the course and conducted a pilot program there from spring of 2011 through 2013, says Jaime Van Mourik, the director of higher education at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 
Dec
05
The fall issue of The Catholic University of America Magazine has hit the stands. The music school's 50th anniversary and the University's Rome Center are among topics featured in the issue.
Dec
04
At a preview for the media, National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) Director Susan Sterling Fisher acknowledged the contributions of The Catholic University of America and the Embassy of Italy to the landmark exhibition Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea. 
Dec
01
Recent Catholic University alumna Colleen O'Neill, B.S.N. 2014, always knew she wanted to be a nurse. Her interest dates back to when she was a child and her cousin was very ill. After spending so much time in the hospital visiting him, O'Neill began to consider a career serving others who were sick. 
Nov
21
In early November, University President John Garvey toured a construction site on West Campus that eventually will become part of a new main entrance to Catholic University with Jerry Conrad, associate vice president for facilities and operations, and Kurt Wiebusch, director of facilities planning and construction. West Campus consists of more than 40 acres of land to the west of Harewood Road, adjacent to North Capitol Street. 
Nov
21
Catholic University will celebrate the Christmas season with events that take place over the course of the next month. Unless otherwise noted, events will occur on campus. 
Nov
14
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, B.A. 1985, spoke on the economy as part of IPR's National Policy Forum.
Nov
13
Brian Engelland, associate dean and professor of marketing in the School of Business and Economics, has been named the first-ever Edward J. Pryzbyla Chair of Business and Economics. The endowed chair was established in 2002 with a gift from the late Edward J. Pryzbyla, B.A. 1925. 
Nov
12
The nursing school was chosen to participate in a new ceremony designed to instill commitment to the profession in nursing majors.
Nov
10
Senior politics major Sarah Hendley has been selected as a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship, which enables young Americans to study at the graduate level at a United Kingdom institution in any field of study. 
Nov
10
Catholic University's two soccer teams won Landmark Conference championships on Saturday, Nov. 8. 
Nov
10
The School of Theology and Religious Studies (STRS) at The Catholic University of America hosted separate talks by two cardinals last week. The talks, which took place Nov. 3 and Nov. 6 in Caldwell Auditorium, were highly attended by students, faculty members, seminarians, clergy, and guests. 
Nov
07
The Catholic University of America will celebrate International Education Week 2014 this month with an evening of Brazilian music, a Thanksgiving cultural potluck, and a theatrical production that blends the drama of Shakespeare with the Latino style of magical realism. 
Nov
05
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, B.A. 1985, will deliver a policy address at The Catholic University of America on Thursday, Nov. 13, titled "An Economy with a Human Purpose -- Better Choices for Greater Middle Class Opportunity." 
Nov
04
With program support from scholars at The Catholic University of America in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Washington, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) will host Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea -- a landmark exhibit opening Dec. 5 that features more than 60 paintings, sculptures, and textiles by many of the best-known Renaissance and Baroque artists. 
Nov
04
Catholic University has a bumper crop of outstanding teams on the athletic field this fall, led by its field hockey team, which is ranked in the top 10 nationally. 
Oct
30
Anne Schrandt, B.A. 2014, took her first art history class in high school and that began her love of studying art. Then during the summer before her senior year, she visited the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis with her family and was fascinated by an exhibit on art conservation. 
Oct
30
The drama of Shakespeare will merge with the Latino style of magical realism next month when the CUA Department of Drama presents La Perdida, a full-length musical directed by M.F.A. directing candidate Elena Velasco.
Oct
27
Cardinal Walter Kasper, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, will be honored at The Catholic University of America on Thursday, Nov. 6, as the 2014 recipient of the Johannes Quasten Award, the only academic award given by the University's School of Theology and Religious Studies (STRS).
Oct
27
Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents American composer Carlisle Floyd's apocryphal tale of Susannah in an intimate staging in Ward Recital Hall, Nov. 20 through 23.
Oct
23
This summer, Allison Wetterauw, traveled to Ireland to participate in the International Rose of Tralee Festival. 
Oct
23
Monsignor Kevin Irwin, the Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S.S. Professor of Liturgical Studies at The Catholic University of America, was recently named the winner of the Frederick McManus Award by the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. 
Oct
21
Beginning in spring 2015, the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will offer a new academic program, an online Certificate in Christian-Muslim Relations. 
Oct
17
The dedication of Catholic University's newly renovated LEED-certified Father O'Connell Hall was held Oct. 17 under bright blue skies on the first day of Cardinal Weekend, the University's annual celebration of homecoming and reunions. And as noted by University President John Garvey, the ceremony marked an extra special homecoming. 
Oct
17
Eleven items from Catholic University's Semitics/ICOR (Institute of Christian Oriental Research) Library have been loaned to the Smithsonian Institution's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for an exhibit titled "Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips." 
Oct
15
Catholic University's German Studies Program within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host a week of events, Oct. 20 through 24, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. 
Oct
07
The Catholic University of America is included in the 2015 edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College, a resource published by The Cardinal Newman Society recommending 27 Catholic colleges, universities, and higher education programs for their strong Catholic identity. 
Oct
02
Andrew Simpson, music professor, composed the musical score for a short film discovered by the Library of Congress of the Washington Senator's in game 7 of the 1924 World Series. 
Oct
01
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Sharon Christman, soprano, and Ivo Kaltchev, piano. To read more about them, click the link above. 
Oct
01
After years of writing and editing, three graduate students in the Department of Drama's M.F.A. playwriting program are seeing their original plays come to life this semester at college campuses in Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kansas. 
Sep
30
The sweeping score of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel will come to life this fall as the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its fall musical on stage at The Catholic University of America's newly renovated Hartke Theatre. 
Sep
29
The Catholic University of America Knights of Columbus Council 9542 was honored with a top award this weekend when it was named this year's Outstanding College Council during the 2014 Knights of Columbus College Councils Conference in New Haven, Conn. The award, which is given annually, honors a university council for its "exemplary accomplishments and service."
Sep
24
Capital Fest 2014, a concert for Catholic University students featuring the band Walk the Moon, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m., on the University Lawn. 
Sep
23
Ambassador Robert L. Gallucci will give the 2nd Annual John Oh Memorial Lecture on the North Korea Nuclear Issue, on Monday, Sept. 29, at 4 p.m. For more information click the link above. 
Sep
22
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 23, the University will collect food waste for composting in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Student volunteers will be present near new receptacles for landfill waste and recyclable and compostable materials to help members of the community learn what materials belong in each bin. 
Sep
22
Over the weekend of Sept. 12 to 14, approximately 270 first-year students took part in the Office of Campus Ministry's Freshman Retreat at Sandy Hill Camp in North East, Md. The weekend featured talks, fellowship, prayer, and games. Freshman Retreat Team Leader Angela Fragale, a sophomore international business major and Spanish minor from the Bronx, N.Y., and freshmen Mary Margaret Olohan, an English major from Warrenton, Va., Christa Nuno, a nursing major from San Gabriel, Calif., and David Fisher, a marketing and politics major from Highland, Md., reflect on their experiences at the retreat. 
Sep
20
Pope Francis has named Most Rev. Blase Cupich, S.T.L. 1980, S.T.D. 1980, bishop of Spokane, to be the new archbishop of Chicago. He will succeed Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., M.A. 1965. Every U.S. cardinal who currently leads an archdiocese is an alumnus of The Catholic University of America. 
Sep
19
The Catholic University of America School of Philosophy presents its 47th annual Fall Lecture Series, which this year explores the theme of music and philosophy. 
Sep
18
Catholic University alumna Pamela O. Long, M.S.W. 1971, was among 21 "geniuses" named to the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows. The announcement came from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on Sept. 17.
Sep
18
Philosophy Professor Thérèse-Anne Druart was recently honored by the University of Dayton with its 2014 Marianist Award. Named for the religious order that founded the University of Dayton, the award "recognizes a Roman Catholic whose work has made a major contribution to the intellectual life," according to the event program. 
Sep
16
The School of Engineering received a special visitor Sept. 8, as Most Rev. Vincent Nguyen, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, was honored during a special lunch in Pangborn Hall. Prior to becoming a priest, Bishop Nguyen -- born in Saigon, Vietnam -- earned his bachelor's in applied science in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto. 
Sep
16
Even though many Catholic University students weren't in classes over the summer, they didn't take a break from learning. As the days lengthened and the temperatures rose, many students spent their time gaining career experience through valuable internships and volunteer positions related to their majors. Click to learn about  four students who put their summer breaks to good use by building their résumés. 
Sep
12
The School of Architecture and Planning (CUArch) announces its 2014 Walton Critic, architect Eliana Bórmida. She will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., on Architecture and Nature in the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies' Koubek Auditorium. 
Sep
10
At Catholic University's annual Convocation, held Sept. 10 in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, first-year students were formally received into the academic community. 
Sep
10
Elizabeth Denholm, a senior art history major, spent the fall semester of her junior year in the Czech Republic. The summer before going away, she worked as an intern at Washington, D.C.'s Transformer Gallery. When she returned from abroad in January, the staff at the gallery wanted to meet with her. To Denholm's surprise, they offered her a part-time job as program assistant. 
Sep
09
A ceremony will be held at CUA's Crough Center on Sept. 15 to acknowledge the building being designated LEED Existing Building Operations and Maintenance (EB: O+M) certified. It is the first building in the world to be certified by students as part of a formal course. 
Sep
09
Members of the University and Washington, D.C. area communities will enjoy a more comfortable theatre experience this semester at Hartke Theatre, thanks to the many renovations and updates recently completed at the building, including new carpets and refurbished theatre seats. 
  

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