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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.

Catholic University LGBTQ Student Group, CUAllies, Continues Fight For Official Recognition

I recently found out about a group, CUAllies, made up of Catholic University of America (CUA) students and supporters, who are working to make university life at CUA more welcoming for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Questioning (LGBTQ) students. We recently caught up with Bob Shine, a 2012 alum from CUA, who is handling media relations for CUAllies, and asked him the following questions.

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Tell me a little bit about your organization and your purpose.

CUAllies is an unrecognized student organization aimed at fostering a safe, welcoming, and affirming campus at The Catholic University of America, particularly for those students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.

Working within the particular Catholic nature of the University, CUAllies affirms the harmony of spirituality and sexuality as each person is created in the image of God regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

CUAllies sustains a marginalized community of LGBTQ students and allies through peer support and on-campus programming. Previous events have included speakers, service projects, prayer vigils, and weekly support meetings.

CUA administrators recently declined to recognize CUAllies as a student organization. Because of this, what rights and privileges is CUAllies denied that other groups have?

 A successful CUAllies application in 2012 to become a student organization would have meant that leaders could reserve campus rooms for events, access student activities staff and funding, post announcements around campus. Presently, students are required to find empty rooms impromptu and struggle to promote events, while paying out of pocket.

Yet, the real right CUAllies is denied is a recognized place in the Catholic University community. Continued denial by the administration states, in effect, that LGBTQ students and their allies cannot positively contribute to the campus well-being, or at least contribute as who God create each of us to be. This message is spreading to the student body and it is in direct contradiction to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ request that all those with a homosexual orientation be welcomed into the community.

From what I understand, CUA administrators fear CUAllies will engage in LGBTQ “advocacy” if recognized. What does that mean, and is advocacy part of your activities?

In President Garvey’s denial based upon these fallacious “advocacy” claims, he demonstrated an unwillingness to truly listen to and respect all students at CUA. Nearly a year of dialogue on the present application with countless meetings and written exchanges was disregarded for the very reason of advocacy given as early as 2012.

In the ten months leading up to this December, CUAllies endeavored towards a compromise with supportive staff helping us navigate. We envisioned a student organization that openly addressed the administration’s advocacy concerns, while remaining true to the peer support mission we believed deeply in.

CUAllies has not engaged in advocacy of the “homosexual lifestyle” as the University so crassly described it. In accordance with the Catholic Church’s understanding that sexual orientation is morally neutral, we have only advocated on campus for the promotion of students’ safety and flourishing, without engaging any broader cultural issues surrounding the LGBTQ community.

What would you say to people who question why LGBTQ students would attend, or ask acceptance from, a University whose bedrock is a religion that by and large is opposed to the full expression of gay and lesbian lives and gay rights?

Contrary to popular opinion, the Catholic Church most truly defined as the People of God, all of us, is not opposed to supporting the LGBTQ community. I currently minster at an LGBT-positive Catholic organization and daily witness Catholics affirming every person’s dignity, foundational teachings on social justice and non-discrimination, and living out the love stemming from Christ in and amongst every one of us.

LGBTQ students at Catholic University inspire me by their sacrificial love in service of others and their integration of faith and sexuality. The University’s persistent denial that these students offer anything falls gravely short of Christ’s witness of abundant love of all doctrine.

In short, LGBTQ students attend Catholic University because they empower the school and Catholic Church with far more love than University administrators or bishops have ever shown them. Every student attends CUA for personal reasons, but all acknowledge the true Catholic identity of the University, which is love, dignity, and justice that the present administration has strayed far from.

Tell me a little bit about the CUAllies petition.  Can anyone, even those of us not affiliated with CUA sign it? (Note: Petition link below)

Shortly after President John Garvey’s denial of CUAllies, student leaders began the petition with twofold purpose. LGBTQ students, allies, and those deeply invested in CUAllies were deeply rejected. All signs, like the months-long dialogue with administrators and a decision the day before at the University of Notre Dame to positively address LGBTQ issues, had us hopeful that Catholic University would step forward. The petition foremost became an expression by fellow students, alumni, family members, faculty and staff, local community members, Catholics, and those worldwide that you are loved and welcomed in our hearts. All are welcome to sign! Second, we aimed to show the administration that people understood CUAllies as peer support and not advocacy – and should be supported at a Catholic campus. Over 700 signatures so far gives us hope to keep struggling and, perhaps, caused President Garvey to rethink his decision.

Aside from the petition, how can those who want to support LGBTQ students at CUA help?

The rejection in December has caused a period of reflection among student leadership and supporters about the most positive way to proceed.  We are looking at how we can fulfill our mission to keep students safe and welcomed, even if just in our CUAllies community, in the face of an administration refusing to budge.

A campus culture of suppression, sometimes enacted personally against CUAllies leadership, has created a fear-based atmosphere, amplified so greatly by this rejection.

As we rebuild, supporters can aid in three ways. First, connect with us – on Facebook, Twitter, our mailing list and other social media – to get updates when we launch our next steps. Second, consider making your voice heard as community members in Brookland, by writing to President John Garvey. Third, spread the word to your family, friends, and networks, who can then inspire students by connecting and pressure the administration.

What are the various ways our readers can keep up with your group?

CUA Allies Facebook Page

CUA Allies Twitter Feed

Email this address to join their mailing list: cuallies(at)gmail(dot)com

CUA Allies Petition is located here

All photos courtesy of CUAllies Facebook page

Catholic U Continues Its Eco-Friendly Ways With Solar Panels, Green Roofs

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The green roof on Aquinas Hall. Photo courtesy of the Catholic University of America.

Did you know that our neighbor Catholic University is one of the most eco-friendly universities in the country?  Earlier this year CUA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for using more green power than any other University in the Landmark Conference for 2011-2012. In September, the school dedicated the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) panel system in DC. In addition to solar power, CUA purchases green power through renewable energy credits (RECs). Combined, these electricity saving measures offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions at a rate equivalent to almost 4,000 average American homes every year. Recently, the school also installed its third green roof on the roof of Aquinas Hall;  the other two are on the roofs of Father O’Connell Hall and the Columbus School of Law parking garage. The benefits of the green roofs are several – they extend the life of the roof by two to three times, and the plants absorb storm water which cuts down on runoff, which in turn helps keep the Anacostia and Potomac rivers cleaner. Additional green roofs are planned for the campus in the upcoming years. Way to go Catholic U!

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Solar panels being installed on Flather Hall. Photo courtesy of the Catholic University of America.

Catholic University Homecoming Next Weekend – Tons of Events, Something For Everyone

Catholic University Brookland NE Washington DC
CUA Homecoming 2012 Homecoming Logo Courtesy of The Catholic University of America

One of the cool things about Brookland is the CUA 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 Friday October 26 – Sunday October 28th and there are a ton of activities in store. Check out the full schedule here.  

Here are some highlights:

2012 CUA Athletics Golf Classic – Friday October 26th at 12:30 p.m.
Located at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville, Md. 21035.
To register for this event click here.

“Halfway Home” Happy Hour – Start the weekend of right with fellow Cardinals. Friday October 26th from 8 – 10 p.m at Clyde’s of Gallery Place 707 7th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Campus Tours – I am sure that this will be of interest for many alumni. The university is going through rapid change, and this will be a good way to get up to speed. Tours will be given on Saturday October 27th at 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Meet at front entrance steps, McMahon Hall.

Pre-Game Tent Party –  On Saturday October 27th enjoy a pre-game picnic with food, music, and fun for all ages, including a moonbounce and face-painting for the kiddies. A ticket to the Homecoming football game is included with each picnic ticket. The picnic is from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Homecoming tent, Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Field.

Homecoming Football Game – Of course, the highlight of any homecoming weekend is the football game. Cheer on the CUA Cardinals as they take on the Generals of Washington and Lee College. Saturday October 27th  at 1 p.m at Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Young Alumni Party – The young alumni party will be such good times, it needs two establishments to contain it. Starting at 8 p.m on Saturday October 27th at  My Brother’s Place (237 2nd St., Washington, D.C.) and  Kelly’s Irish Times (14 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.)

Catholic U Drama Dept. Kicks Off Its 75th Season With Deep Discounts

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Photo of Hedda Gabler Flyer. Flyer Courtesy Of CUA Drama Dept.

The 2012-13 Season at Hartke Theatre promises to be a special one -they are celebrating their 75th anniversary! Catholic University’s Department of Drama  was founded in 1937 by Father Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P. I really dug how they sent the flyer to the left out to Brookland community. In honor of the Anniversary Season, they are offering 75% off tickets for their first production of the season, Hedda Garbler. The show runs from October 9 – 14th. Just use the code “Celebrate” when ordering.  Here is a description of the show from CUADrama’s website: 

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen,translated by Michael Meyer, directed by Eleanor Holdridge. Considered scandalous in its day, Henrik Ibsen’s classic Hedda Gabler examines the life of an ambitious, talented woman trapped by obligation and societal conventions in a boring and loveless marriage. One of modern theater’s most infamous protagonists, Hedda Gabler lies, cheats, schemes and steals to escape her own boredom, heedless of the consequences to those around her, until the very bitter end.

Order your tickets to Hedda Gabler here. Here are the other shows offered this Season:

  • #crazypants – A new play by Katherine Clair. Directed by Kathleen Akerley
  • Brutus (an abridged version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar) – Directed and edited by Allison Fuentes
  • Spooky Action at a Distance – A new play by Matthew Buckley Smith and Directed by Jerry Whiddon
  • Ken Ludwig’s Shakespeare in Hollywood – Winner 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play and Directed by Jay Brock

The Season will be capped off in April with two days of performances, festivities, honors and a gala reception:  

 April 26 at 8pm – Shakespeare in Hollywood
(special performance and pre-show party)

  April 27 at 7:00 pm – 75th Anniversary Event
and gala reception