Category Archives: Catholic University

CUA Field Day Welcomes Brookland Families This Sunday

Catholic U invites the Brookland & CUA community families to participate in a Field Day, which  is a free afternoon of sports and fun. Kids can learn a new sport, play games, and enjoy some exercise! Prizes and snacks will be provided. The field day will be Sunday, April 26th 2015 from 12:00-2:00 pm at DuFour Field, Catholic University. For more information check out the flyer below and to register click here.

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Polar Bear Plunge, Benefitting The Special Olympics, Returns To CUA

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is  a charity event in support of  Special Olympics D.C. The event will take place at Catholic University’s  DuFour Athletic Center and at Cardinal Stadium from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8 2015. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the Catholic University Department of Athletics website:

In order to participate in the plunge, individuals must raise a minimum of $50.00 to plunge with contributions going directly to Special Olympics D.C….The three-day event begins on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the corporate plunge, followed by the high school and university plunges on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.

On Friday, the CUA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host the university plunge from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Several Cardinals athletics teams have signed up to participate and raise money for Special Olympics D.C. and for their specific team.

Along with the chilly plunge, there will be music, food, beverages, and indoor game of unified bocce with Special Olympic athletes.  All plungers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a digital photo of their momentous jump into the pool.

To find out more information and to sign up, click here.

25th Annual Christmas Concert For Charity Coming Up On Friday December 5th

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Many thanks to reader Katie for passing along the following information about this neighborhood tradition:

The Catholic University of America and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will celebrate the 25th annual Christmas Concert for Charity on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Sponsored jointly by the University and the Basilica, the concert benefits a different charity each year.

This year, a freewill offering will be taken for the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, which raises money to support a highly regarded infant and maternity hospital located 500 yards from the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the basilica, said the hospital “stands as a beacon of hope for women, children and families throughout the Holy Land.”

“For 25 years, the National Shrine and The Catholic University of America have collaborated in producing the Christmas Concert for Charity,” he said. “I am pleased that for this 25th anniversary concert, we have chosen the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation as the beneficiary of the concert.

“The Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation raises funds to support the hospital, which provides urgent medical care to help the poorest of the poor throughout the Holy Land without regard to religion, nationality, or financial ability,” he said.

“Given the continued unrest and the many injured and displaced because of war in the very land in which our Lord walked, designating the Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation as the beneficiary of this year’s 25th Anniversary Christmas Concert is a small collaboration in working toward healing and peace for peoples in the Holy Land.”

The first portion of the concert features the Choir of the Basilica, conducted by Peter Latona, director of music. The second half will feature the CUA Chamber Choir, University Singers, University Chorus, and the CUA Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor and director of choral studies and the Institute of Sacred Music.

As in the past 14 years, the concert will feature the premiere of a new work by a CUA student or faculty member. This year’s performance features the premiere of “Nativity” by Jeff Cortazzo, a doctoral student from Palmerton, Pa.

“Nativity” is the first two movements of what will eventually be a full cantata focusing on the birth of Christ. Cortazzo drew the texts from the gospels of John and Luke.

“I believe the bible is the word of God, every single word, so to handle that is a very daunting task,” he said.

Other works performed at the concert will include:

•       Music composed as the Catholic faith came to the Americas:
•       The Peruvian processional hymn, “Hanacpachap Cussicuinin,” the earliest published polyphonic work in the New World
•       Manuel de Sumaya’s “¡Albricias mortales! que viene la aurora” for the Cathedral of Mexico City, performed by faculty and alumni soloists

•       A set of three works to pray for peace:
•       Francis Poulenc’s “Priez pour paix”
•       From Joseph Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai, “Agnus Dei … Dona Nobis Pacem”
•       Franz Xaver Gruber’s “Silent Night,” in a setting by Leo Nestor

•       Sussex Carol’s “On Christmas Night All Christians Sing”
•       Jan Sandström’s “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”
•       The premiere of Leo Nestor’s “I Sing of a Maiden”
•       Max Reger’s “Mariä Wiegenlied”
•       “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
•       George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah” in Mozart’s orchestration

Admission is free, and early seating is recommended.

Free parking is available at the Basilica Harewood Road parking lot. For more information on the concert, visit music.cua.edu orwww.nationalshrine.com.

The National Ballet To Perform The Nutcracker At Catholic U

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com

Thanks to reader Jessica for passing along the following info:

The National Ballet, a 66 year old company based in the Washington DC area, will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the Hartke Theatre, Catholic University:

Known for high artistic quality and outstanding dramatic performances, The National Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” has been entertaining audiences for many years.  Exciting dancers from around the world dazzle the audience with their performances while the children display charm and skill in their many antics at the Christmas party.

The National Ballet Company will perform the full length ballet.  Tickets are available online at www.nationalballet.com where they can be printed after purchase, or by calling 301 218-9822.  Discounts for schools, seniors, military, and groups are available for all performances.

Performance Schedule:
Dec. 5: 10:30 AM
Dec. 6:  2:30 PM and 7:00 PM
Dec. 7:  2:30 PM
Dec. 8:  10:30 AM
Dec. 9:  10:30 AM

Hartke Theatre is located on Catholic University’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E.

Catholic U Homecoming Is This Weekend

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Homecoming – it’s gonna be bananas!

As the Brookland nights begin to cool, and the leaves begin to turn, it can only mean one thing – CUA homecoming is around the corner! One of the cool things about Brookland is the Catholic U alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held from Thursday October 16 – Sunday October 19th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the Catholic U homecoming page for the list of events.

Upcoming Opera And Shakespeare Performances From Catholic U

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of Goldstar.com

From time to time we try to post about the cultural goings on at Catholic University. It really is a great source of nearby entertainment at great prices. Here are two upcoming shows.

The opera Don Giovanni will be showing March 20, 21, 22, at 7:30 p.m. and March 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 – $20 – what a bargain! Purchase tickets here. From the CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website:

An opera in two acts with Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Drama and comedy collide as we explore the various incarnations of opera’s most famous leading man on his day of reckoning in Mozart and da Ponte’s immortal Don Giovanni. Is he pursuer or pursued? Will he ever know true satisfaction? Is it possible to save him from hell, or will he choose damnation over decency?

In April the CUA Theatre Department will be putting on The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare and directed by Eleanor Holdridge. From the CUA Drama Department website:

In Shakespeare’s classic tale about prejudice, revenge, justice, and redemption, one man’s efforts to win his lady’s love amid the fierce religious divide and bigotry of the Renaissance sets in motion a questionable business deal between his friend, the Merchant of Venice, and Shylock the Jew. The shocking consequences of that deal call into question the beliefs of Venice’s people, expose the tangled legal strains of mercy versus justice, and test the tenacity of young men and women in love.

The performance dates are April 24, 25, and 26 at 7:30 p.m and April 26 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $5 – $15 and can be purchased here.

Wow. Sounds exciting! Performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus at 3801 Harewood Road, N.E. For more information and other CUA School of Music and Drama Department events, check out their events calenders here and here, respectively.

Take The Polar Plunge At CUA And Support The Special Olympics!

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

We recently learned about an interesting challenge, the Polar Plunge, in support of  Special Olympics D.C. at Catholic University. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the event announcement:

Special Olympics DC athletes take on challenges in our community every day with perseverance, grit, and optimism, despite the difficulties they encounter. Show your spirit and commitment to helping D.C.’s 1,400 Special Olympic athletes by taking a dip into an icy cool above-ground pool while raising much-needed funds on their behalf.

The first-ever Special Olympics D.C. Polar Bear Plunge will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at Catholic University. There will be music, food, beverages, activities, and of course, plunging!

Find out more and register for the Plunge at www.plungedc.com. You can set up an online personal page to participate in the Plunge, or you can donate directly to Special Olympics D.C.

Hope to see you on February 8.

CUA School Of Music Peforms ‘Sweet Charity’ This Friday – Sunday

Sweet Chartity logo courtesy of the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.
Sweet Chartity logo courtesy of the CUA Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

This coming weekend, why not enjoy a live musical performance right here in our backyard? From the CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music website:

Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine. Charity is a dance hostess who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man.

Tickets range from $5 – $20 and the show will be performed at Hartke Hall on CUA’s campus. You can get your tickets here. For more information on shows put on by the CUA School of Music, many of them free, check out their calender here.

Your Rundown Of Catholic U Homecoming Events – Starting This Thursday

CUA Women's Soccer team. Photo courtesy of CUACardinals.com
Football is great, but we have our eye on the CUA Women’s Soccer team. Photo courtesy of CUACardinals.com

As the Brookland nights begin to cool, and the leaves begin to turn, it can only mean one thing – CUA homecoming is around the corner! One of the cool things about Brookland is the Catholic U alumni who discovered our neighborhood while in college and decided to make it their home after graduation. Homecoming is always a special time to reconnect with your alma mater and reminisce with current students, friends, and fellow alums. This year CUA’s homecoming will be held on Thursday September 27 – Sunday September 29th and there are a ton of activities in store. From the Catholic U website, here is an updated list of events:

Thursday, September 27


School of Engineering Luncheon*
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Pangborn Hall, Scullen Room

Andrew J. Youniss, B.S.C.S. 1983, will be honored at the 2013 School of Engineering Alumni Homecoming Luncheon, receiving the 2013 Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award. Engineering alumni who would like to attend please contact the dean’s office at harpera@cua.edu or 202-319-5178.


Friday, September 27


 

2013 CUA Athletics Golf Classic*
12:30 p.m.
Renditions Golf Course
Davidsonville, MD 21035

To register, click here.

Note: This event is separate from the general Homecoming registration.

Alumni Association Board of Governors Meeting*
4 p.m. – Fall Board Meeting
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

All alumni are welcome at the meeting.

R.s.v.p. requested. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

Tennis Family Homecoming Party*
5 – 8 p.m.
DuFour Center, Tennis Courts

We invite players, parents, alumni, and friends to join us in an early celebration of Coach Martin Dowd’s induction into the CUA Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bring your tennis racquet and shoes! We will have refreshments and CUA Tennis gear for raffle and purchase.

Please R.s.v.p. to Dana Dowd, B.A. 1989, at 703-585-0548 or danadowd10s@gmail.com.

Department of Psychology Alumni Award Presentation and Reception
5 – 6:30 p.m.
O’Boyle Hall, Room 324

University Honors Program Alumni Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Vincent P. Walter Jr. Board Room, Curley Hall
CUA Campus

Attendees will have the chance to catch up with their favorite honors faculty members and see honors classmates.

School of Business and Economics Cocktail Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
May Gallery, Mullen Library

All alumni from business and economics are welcome. A brief update on the status of the School of Business and Economics by Assistant Dean Philip Brach. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served, free of charge.

Class of 1963 Welcome Reception
6 – 8 p.m.
McMahon Hall, Foyer
Cost: $30 per person

Begin the weekend with a special reception for this year’s 50-year reunion class,
a great opportunity to get reacquainted with your classmates and the campus!

Event open to Class of 1963 undergraduate alumni.

School of Theology and Religious Studies Alumni Presentation and Reception
6:30 p.m.
Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room, Caldwell Hall (100)

“Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” — Voices of the Past, Present, and Future

President’s Society Reunion — Classes of 2002-2013*
6 – 9 p.m.
The Liaison Capitol Hill
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW

For more information, please call 202-319-5100.

Note: This event is separate from the general Homecoming registration.

Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Concert and Alumni Reception
7:30 p.m.
Ward Recital Hall

Join fellow music alumni for a showcase concert with a reception to follow.


Halfway Home Happy Hour
8 – 10 p.m.
Mad Hatter
1519 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Kick off the weekend with fellow Cardinals who are back “home” in Washington, D.C. Appetizers and drink specials will be provided for CUA alumni. A cash bar will be available for drinks.

Saturday, September 28


 

Year-End Tax Saving Opportunities!
9 – 10 a.m.
Room 321, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center

Free gift and continental breakfast! Join us for a lively, interactive presentation and Q&A. Receive great tips for tax wise year-end planning. Also learn how to make your estate “work for you” through creative estate planning. Open to all.

Presenter: Ann Black, Certified Financial Planner, The Washington Group

R.s.v.p requested through the Homecoming and Reunions registration.

12th Annual National Catholic School of Social Service Homecoming Conference*
9 a.m. – noon (registration will open at 8:30 a.m.)
Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium
Cost: $20 per person; includes 3 CEUs

Lecture Title: “HIV/AIDS and Implications for Social Work Practice”

Presenter: Melissa Sellevaag, Chief of Programs at Metro TeenAIDS

To register, click here.

Note: This event is separate from the general Homecoming registration.

School of Nursing Homecoming Brunch and Meeting: Transformational Leadership: A Foundation for Success
9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B
Cost: $25 per person. Please register in advance using the regular Homecoming registration.

Guest speaker: Joan Carlin Halpern, B.S.N. 1991

For more information, please contact Carolyn Sponn, B.S.N. 2005, at carolynsponn@hotmail.com or 443-604-8428.

Campus Tours
10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Meet at front entrance steps, McMahon Hall

Campus tours are sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Pre-Game Tent Party
Join the pre-game picnic where there’s good food, music, and fun for all ages! Special ticket price for members of the Class of 2013 celebrating their first Homecoming. A ticket to the Homecoming football game is included with each picnic ticket. There will be reserved tables for all reunion classes, young alumni, SPD, ADG, KTG, Golden Cardinals, President’s Society, and Senators Club, and a moon bounce and face-painting for the kids.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Homecoming tent, Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Field

Cost:
Adults  $40 in advance ($60 day of)
Class of 2013 Alumni $20.13 ($30 day of)
Class of 2014 Senior Students   $15  ($25 day of)
Children (4-12)    $10
Children (Under 4) Free

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

For any independent tailgating outside of the Pre-Game Tent Party, please reference the Catholic University of America Event Tailgate Policy, which can be found here.

Homecoming Football Game
Cheer on the CUA Cardinals as they take on the Amcats of Anna Maria College.

1 p.m.
Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium

Please note: Admission to the football game is included in the Pre-Game Tent Party price. Alumni and guests will need to checkin at the registration tables to receive official nametags and wristbands for event.

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

Athletic Alumni Post-Game Reception
Join other athletics department alumni for a post-game reception after the football game

3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
DuFour Center, Cardinal Room, 2nd Floor
Cost: No Charge

Women’s Soccer vs. Drew
Watch the CUA Cardinals take on Drew University in Landmark Conference action.

1 p.m.
DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium
Cost: No Charge

Men’s Soccer vs. Drew
Watch the CUA Cardinals take on Drew University in Landmark Conference action.

3:30 p.m.
DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium
Cost: No Charge

CUAdrama Reception*
Join the new chair, Dr. Patrick Tuite, and fellow Drama alumni for refreshments and an opportunity to reconnect. To register, email cua-drama@cua.edu or call 202-319-5351.

2 – 4 p.m.
Upper Lobby, Hartke Theatre
Cost: No cost

Class of 2008 5-Year Class Reunion

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Post-game tailgate back at the tent
Food, drinks, music, tailgating games
Cost: $20

Class of 1978 35-Year Class Reunion

After the Game: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Law School Lawn
On-Campus
Cost: $30 per person

Class of 1973 40-Year Class Reunion

After the Game: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Law School Lawn
On-Campus
Cost: $30 per person

Class of 1968 45-Year Class Reunion

After the Game: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Law School Lawn
On-Campus
Cost: $30 per person

Class of 2003 10-Year Class Reunion

8 -10 p.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
Cost: $15 includes appetizers and first drink

Class of 1993 20-Year Class Reunion

6 – 8 p.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Cost: $15 per person includes appetizers and first drink

Class of 1988 25-Year Class Reunion

6 – 9 p.m.
201 Bar
201 Massachusetts Avenue, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
Cost: $25 per person includes appetizers and open bar

Class of 1963 Golden Cardinals Celebration Dinner
The Class of ’63 celebrates its 50th reunion and induction into the ranks of Golden Cardinals.

6 – 9 p.m.
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
CUA Campus
Cost: $50 per person

Event open to Class of 1963 undergraduate alumni.

Class of 1983 30-Year Class Reunion

7 – 9 p.m.
The Dubliner
4 F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Cost: $25 per person includes appetizers and first drink

Class of 1998 15-Year Class Reunion

8 – 10 p.m.
Fado Irish Pub
808 7th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Cost: $15 includes appetizers and first drink

Young Alumni Saturday Night Destination

8 p.m.
Kelly’s Irish Times
14 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Cost: No Cost

Sunday, September 29


 

Homecoming and Reunions Mass
Sunday Mass celebrated at Catholic University with special intentions for the 50-year reunion Class of 1963.

11 a.m.
St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, between Millennium North and Millennium South halls, John McCormack Road

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

Champagne Brunch Honoring CUA’s Golden Cardinals
All Catholic University alumni, staff, faculty, and guests are invited to celebrate CUA alumni who graduated 50 years ago or more.

Noon
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
CUA Campus
Cost: $35 per person

Event is open to law school alumni as well.

Easter Egg Hunt And More For The Kiddies At Catholic U This Sunday – Sign Up Now!

CUA Easter Egg Hunt 2013From the CUA website:

CUA invites the Brookland & CUA community families to join us for a fun spring afternoon!  Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including an Easter egg hunt.  The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the day a safe and enjoyable time for our welcomed community guests.

The activities will include the Egg Hunt, a Moonbounce, Face painting, a Duck Pond Game, and Obstacle Course – how fun! You can fill out a registration form here,  call 202-319-5575 or email cua-service(at)cua(dot)edu. The event will be this Sunday, March 24th from 12:00 – 2:00 pm and will take place in front of the Pryzbyla Center on the Lawn. If it rains, they will move it inside to the Pryzbyla Center Great Room. The Pryzbyla center is located in the star on this map.