Yesterday Catholic University announced that it received an anonymous $6 million gift which will go towards the creation of a new student dining hall. From CUA’s website:
The gift is a critical investment that will enable Catholic University to ease crowding, expand food options, and improve the entirety of the student life experience. Envisioned as a dramatic, sun-filled, and welcoming open area more than double the size of the current facilities, the new dining hall will provide a contemporary space with display cooking, ample seating, informal student gathering space, and a prime location near first year housing.
The project is in the planning stages, and CUA is currently looking for an architect. If all goes according to plan, the new dining hall will open in 2020.
The Catholic University of America will waive tuition and other student fees to welcome up to 40 students currently enrolled in degree programs in colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to support them in the wake of damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Students are now eligible to apply to be enrolled in the spring semester.
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 super-reasonable prices. This fall the university will present a program of events with something for everyone from opera and musicals to plays, orchestra recitals and Holiday concerts. From the CUA website:
The Catholic University of America will present a full line-up of arts events this fall. The Department of Drama will bring two productions to the stage, tackling themes of identity and the dangers of revenge. Students from the Benjamin T. School of Music will also have much to offer, including the fall musical Kiss Me, Kate and the opera double bill The Old Maid and the Thief and Doctor Miracle, as well as performances from the CUA Symphony Orchestra, the wind ensemble, and guests pianists.
Every year around this time local residents are taken by surprise by a fireworks display over Catholic U. We get Tweets and emails with people asking if they are hearing gunshots or lamenting that they didn’t know about it ahead of time, and would have liked to have enjoyed the show. So, we figured we would give readers a heads up. The fireworks are a part of Luaupalooza, a celebration of the end of CUA’s school year. This year the event will be tonight, Friday April 28th. A CUA employee informed us that the fireworks will begin around 9:45 pm. So grab a blanket, find a clear view of the sky and enjoy!
This Sunday, April 23rd, there will be a Field Day event from 1:00- 3:00 pm. The event is free, but they ask that you sign up here. From the event page:
The Catholic University of America Athletics Department invites the Brookland & CUA community families to join us for a fun spring afternoon of sports at the DuFour Center on Sunday, April 23 at 1 p.m. Kids can learn a new sport, play fun games and enjoy some fun exercise. Prizes and snacks will be available. The fourth-annual event will be run by Cardinals student-athletes from many of our sports teams.
We thought readers would be interested in a recent article in the Washingtonian about the relationships between DC Universities and their respective neighborhoods. The article is especially favorable towards our neighbor Catholic University, with passages such as this one:
Catholic, for instance, intentionally tried to nurture a student-friendly atmosphere around its campus, working with developers and nonprofits to build entirely new space for businesses and art studios. But it’s the exception. Around AU, as at most of the area’s campuses, neighborhood politics and zoning rules make it seem as if Washington wants students seen but not heard.
Much of the article compares CUA to American University, and as someone who attended AU (ok, a long time ago, but still) I would say that the characterization is spot on. I think it would be great to increase the “college town” vibe in our neighborhood even further. What do you think?
The Polar Plunge is an annual charity event in support of Special Olympics D.C. The event will take place at Catholic University’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday, February 3, at 6 p.m. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the Catholic University Department of Athletics website:
Everyone is invited to take the plunge in the swimming pool which will be erected on the field, directly behind the DuFour Athletics Center.
It is a quick dip that makes a big impact in the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.
Every year around this time local residents are taken by surprise by a fireworks display over Catholic U. We get Tweets and emails with people asking if they are hearing gunshots or lamenting that they didn’t know about it ahead of time, and would have liked to have enjoyed the show. So, we figured we would give readers a heads up. The fireworks are a part of Luaupalooza, a celebration of the end of CUA’s school year. This year the event will be Friday April 29th, and we are guessing the fireworks will begin when it gets good and dark outside. So, grab a blanket, find a clear view of the sky and enjoy!
The annual Easter community event on CUA’s campus is always a fun event for neighborhood kiddies. This year the event, Spring to CUA, will take place on Sunday, March 20 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm. The event is free and includes an egg hunt, moonbounce, face painting, duck pond game and an obstacle course. From the event page:
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.
Register/RSVP for the event here. The event will take place on the University Lawn (behind The Columbus School of Law). In case of rain, it will be indoors in the Pryzbyla Center – Great Room.
This July Catholic U’s Drama Department will be conducting Summer on Stage, a program for high school students looking to improve their singing and acting skills. We thought neighbors who know of such aspiring students would like to pass along the info. From the program’s website:
The CUA High School Drama and Musical Theatre Institutes are two-week residential programs for students who wish to pursue intensive summer training in the performing arts. Study voice, movement, and acting with experts in the field.
Increase your ability to develop and demonstrate acting skills that require you to assume and sustain roles, use your voice effectively, and communicate character through movement and gesture.
Strengthen your singing and dancing skills and prepare for college auditions.
Draw inspiration from Catholic University instructors and theatre professionals.
Immerse yourself in theatre and college campus life, collaborating and living with others who share your passion for the performing arts.