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CUA to Host 2004 Gillespie-McAuliffe Debate: 12-12-03 The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, announced today that two CUA alumni, Edward Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Terry McAuliffe, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will engage in a debate hosted by the university on March 18, 2004, at 8 p.m., in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. See story.

 

Update on Campus Robbery: 12-3-03  Authorities have arrested the second of two brothers on charges of robbing the Engraving and Printing Federal Credit Union, located in Leahy Hall on the western edge of campus. The incident occurred Monday, Dec. 1, 2003, at approximately 9:30 a.m. See story.

 

CUA Education Research Will Benefit Special-Needs Students: 11-20-03 A multidisciplinary team at The Catholic University of America is designing an educational program aimed at enhancing the literacy of special-needs children by incorporating arts into the classroom. See story.

 

CUA and National Shrine to Sponsor 15th Annual Charity Concert: 11-19-03 Musicians and choral singers from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America will come together to perform the 15th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity at the Great Upper Church of the Basilica, Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.  See story.

 

Shakespeare Theatre Director Leads CUA’s ‘Twelfth Night’ Production 11-14-03 PJ Paparelli, associate artistic director at The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., will direct CUA graduate drama students in their production of “Twelfth Night,” William Shakespeare’s play of mistaken identity and misdirected passion. See story.

 

Catholic University Celebrates Recycling Day: 11-10-03 The Catholic University of America will get a jump on Saturday’s America Recycles Day when students, staff and faculty observe CUA Recycles Day on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, with educational presentations, games, prizes, music and food offered in front of the Edward J. Prybyla University Center. See story.

 

CUA Helps Kennedy Center Celebrate Renovated Opera House: 11-6-03 Hundreds of students, faculty and alumni from The Catholic University of America will help the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts celebrate its newly renovated Opera House with a free, hour-long “preview” program on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m.  The program will include excerpts from Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers,” featuring opera sensation and CUA alumna Harolyn Blackwell, in addition to students and faculty of The Catholic University of America Orchestra and Chorus. See story.

 

CUA Honors Outstanding Alumni, Sister Helen Prejean : 11-4-03 Catholic University honored Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of the best-seller “Dead Man Walking,” and six alumni for accomplishments in their respective fields at An Evening of Celebration, held last Friday at the Washington, D.C., campus. See story.

 

CUA Indicates Intent to Purchase 49 Acres of Adjacent Land 11-4-04 The Catholic University of America (CUA) has notified the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) that it intends to purchase 49 acres of AFRH property adjacent to the university’s campus.  See story.

 

CUA to Honor Death Penalty Foe Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J. 10-28-03

Death penalty foe and best-selling author Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J., will receive The Catholic University of America Alumni Association’s highest honor, the James Cardinal Gibbons Medal, during “An Evening of Celebration,” a dinner honoring CUA’s donors and Alumni Achievement Award recipients, to be held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 31, at the university’s Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E. See story.

 

Peter Steinfels to discuss his new book, “A People Adrift: The Crisis of the Roman Catholic Church in America.” 10-17-03 Peter Steinfels, who writes The New York Times’ “Beliefs” column on ethics and religion, will visit CUA to discuss his widely reviewed new book. See story.

 

The Rev. Francis J. Moloney Named School of Theology Dean 10-17-03  The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of the Rev. Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., as dean of the university’s School of Theology and Religious Studies.  See story.

 

CUA Presents Vincent Woods’ Play ‘At the Black Pig’s Dyke’ 10-10-03  Murder, violence and betrayal — these are central themes in CUA’s adaptation of  “At the Black Pig’s Dyke,” a play by Irish playwright Vincent Woods that caused a furor in Ireland when it premiered there in 1992. The CUA performances, sponsored by the Department of Drama, will be held at Hartke Theatre on Oct. 16-18 and Oct. 23-25 at 7:30 p.m. and on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. Woods will attend one of the performances.  See story.

 

Church Historian to Receive Medal and Give Lecture on Medieval Monasticism  10-10-03  Brian Tierney, professor emeritus of Cornell University, has been selected as the 2003 recipient of Catholic University’s Johannes Quasten Medal for Excellence in Scholarship and Leadership in Religious Studies.  See story.

 

Leading Dante Expert to Speak at Catholic University 10-10-03 CUA’s Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies presents “How Art Changes Morality: Dante’s Purgatorio X-XII,” a lecture by Giuseppe Mazzotta, president of the Dante Society of America, the oldest scholarly association in the United States. See story.

 

Catholic University Brings Noted Italian Director Pupi Avati to Campus 10-9-03  In conjunction with the 2003 Washington, Italia Film and Music Festival, which celebrates Italian cinema in the United States, CUA’s Media Studies and Italian Studies programs are bringing prominent Italian director Pupi Avati to campus for A Conversation with the Maestro Pupi Avati. The event will include a director’s talk, film clips and question-and-answer session. See story.

 

University Pays Respects to Dean Stephen Happel at Memorial Mass 10-7-03 Monsignor Stephen Happel, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies of The Catholic University of America, was mourned by a standing room only crowd of family, friends, colleagues and students during a memorial Mass held Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003, in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. See Story.

 

CUA Writers’ Series Features Two Noted Poets  10-6-03  Washington, D.C., poets Judith Harris and E. Ethelbert Miller will read from their forthcoming collections at a presentation this week at The Catholic University of America. See Story.

 

CUA Marks September 11 Anniversary During Memorial Mass at National Shrine 9-11-03 The Catholic University of America joined with the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in commemorating the second anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States on Thursday, Sept. 11, during a noon Mass at the National Shrine. See story.

 

STRS Dean Joins Delegation of Roman Catholic Clergy to Armenia 9-9-03 Leader of Armenian Church Interested in Sending Priests to CUA for Study Monsignor Stephen P. Happel, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, was part of an 11-person delegation of American Catholic clergy to Armenia from Aug. 27 to Sept. 3, 2003.  See story.

 

CUA School of Religious Studies Gets a New Name, Structure 9-9-03 CUA’s School of Religious Studies has undergone a name change that reflects its new organizational structure.  On Aug. 22, 2003, it added two words, becoming the School of Theology and Religious Studies.  This change corresponded to the replacement of the school’s four departments with seven “academic areas.” See story.

Statement Regarding Shots Fired on South Campus 9-2-03 At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2, several shots were fired from a moving car in the vicinity of Conaty Hall, a student residence hall on the south end of CUA’s campus, located at Michigan Ave. and Monroe St., N.E. Two bullets entered the building – one into a student residence room, another into an office. No one was injured. See More.

 

Music School Dean’s Requiem Airs on PBS 8-29-03 Rafael Schaechter couldn’t fight the Nazis with guns or knives, so he used Verdi’s “Requiem,” filled with themes of human liberation, as his weapon. Schaechter’s story is recounted in the PBS special Defiant Requiem, a recreated concert performance led by Murry Sidlin, dean of CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.  See Story.

 

Convention: Contemplating Christ through the Eyes of Mary 8-29-03

The Sept. 14 event will include presentations offering reflections on Mary’s role in the Catholic Church as well as workshops on various topics.

See Story.

 

Catholic University Begins Fall Semester 8-25-03 Catholic University welcomes approximately 2,650 undergraduate and 2,950 graduate students to campus on Monday, Aug. 25, 2003.  See Story.

 

CUA Responds to Computer Virus 8-22-03 CUA students, faculty and staff are being asked to help the Center for Planning and Information Technology contend with the recent proliferation of computer viruses and worms by making themselves aware of the threat and taking steps to protect their laptop and desktop computers. See Story.

 

Back-to-School Story Ideas and Photo Ops Available at Catholic University 8-19-03 Catholic University will welcome approximately 2,650 undergraduate and 2,950 graduate students to campus on Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. Media opportunities for back-to-school coverage are available. See Story.

 

CUA Graduate Honored for Outstanding Community Service 7-8-03 Jason Willis, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology, has been named an outstanding Washington, D.C., volunteer for the month of June by District Mayor Anthony Williams. See story.

 

CUA President Appoints New Dean of Architecture  7-7-03  The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M, president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Randall Ott as dean of the university’s School of Architecture and Planning, effective Aug. 1, 2003.  See story.

Southeast European Students Visit D.C. Area for Leadership Program 7-7-03  A group of 94 high school students and their adult advisers from Southeast European countries that were formerly under Communist rule are participating this month in a four-week leadership program hosted jointly by The Catholic University of America and Towson University.  See story.

CUA Student Wins Miss District of Columbia 2003 Pageant  6-23-03   Lisa Ferris, a rising junior at The Catholic University of America, has been crowned Miss District of Columbia 2003 in the local scholarship program leading to the 2003 Miss America Competition.  See story.

CUA Releases Findings on Immigrants and Worship Communities 6-17-03 The Life Cycle Institute of The Catholic University of America today released the findings of a major three-year study of immigrant worship communities in the Washington, D.C., area that will inform religious leaders and policymakers about the role religion plays for immigrants acclimating to life in the United States. See story.

CUA Lands $868,900 Grant to Recruit Hispanic Nurses 6-6-03

Catholic University’s School of Nursing has been awarded a three-year, $868,900 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration for a new academic program aimed at recruiting more Hispanic nursing students. See story.

 

CUA Holds International Conference on Aging Policy 6-5-03 The Catholic University of America’s International Center on Global Aging (ICGA) will hold its third International Seminar on Aging Policy on June 7- 15, 2003. As part of the weeklong seminar, international government officials and scholars in the fields of health and welfare will have a June 16th conference with their U.S. counterparts to compare policies and practices affecting older citizens in their respective countries.  See story.

 

Catholic University Appoints Orchestra Conductor 6-4-03 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has announced the appointment of veteran conductor Kate Tamarkin as the first full-time conductor of the CUA Orchestra, effective Aug. 25, 2003.  Tamarkin, who has been music director of the Monterey Symphony in California since June 1999, also will serve as director of orchestral studies and of the graduate orchestral conducting program at CUA. See story.

 

CUA President Appoints William Fox to Succeed Douglas Kmiec as Dean 6-2-03 The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president, has announced that Douglas W. Kmiec will step down from his position as dean and St. Thomas More Professor of Law in July 2003.   Effective July 15, Professor William F. Fox Jr. will assume the position of dean for the 2003-2004 academic year. See story.

 

Annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative Award and Lecture 6-2-03

The Catholic Common Ground Initiative will present their annual Cardinal

Joseph Bernardin Award to the Most Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Rev. Joseph Komonchak, professor of religion and religious education at CUA, will deliver the annual Catholic Common Ground Initiative lecture. See story.

 

Scholars to Explore Impact of Terrorism on Communities 5-22-03 Scholars will be gathering to discuss the impact of the threat of terrorism on communities and how mental health professionals can help, during a spring social work institute at the Catholic University of America. See story.

 

Covenant House President Calls on CUA Grads to Be 'Peacemakers'  5-17-03  Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C., called on the 1,072 newest graduates of The Catholic University of America to be peacemakers in a troubled world, during the Washington, D.C., university’s 114th Annual Commencement Ceremony.  See story.

 

CUA Announces New Dean of Library and Information Science: 5-9-03 The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Martha L. Hale as dean of the CUA School of Library and Information Science, effective June 2. See story.

 

CUA Commencements to be Held May 17 and May 24 5-12-03

The Catholic University of America will confer more than 1,300 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees during its 114th Annual Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 17. See story.

CUA Announces New Dean of Library and Information Science 5-09-03 The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Martha L. Hale as dean of the CUA School of Library and Information Science, effective June 2, 2003. See story.

California Supreme Court Justice to Speak at CUA Law School Commencement 4-25-03 Janice Rogers Brown, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, will deliver the 2003 Commencement Address at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.  See story.

 

U.S. Cardinals to Meet in San Francisco for May 2 CUA Scholarship Fundraiser 4-24-03 America’s Catholic cardinals will travel to San Francisco to raise money for college scholarships at the 14th American Cardinals Dinner, to be held May 2, 2003, at The Fairmont San Francisco. See story.

CUA to Host Symposium on Heritage of the Rev. Paul H. Furfey 4-23-03 CUA is hosting an international symposium on the intellectual heritage of the late Rev. Paul H. Furfey, a well-known Catholic social activist and 41-year veteran professor and alumnus of the university who served as head of the Department of Sociology from 1934 to 1963.  See story.

An Operatic ‘Agamemnon’ Debuts at CUA 4-15-03 A new opera, “Agamemnon,” will debut in its first full-stage production at Catholic University at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 27. The 95-minute opera is the work of a husband-and-wife team of CUA faculty members: Assistant Professor of Music Andrew Earle Simpson composed the music, and Greek and Latin Adjunct Instructor Sarah B. Ferrario translated the libretto’s English text directly from Aeschylus’ Greek tragedy of the 5th century BC. See story.

 

Noted Biblical Scholar to Deliver Inaugural Lecture at CUA 4-14-03 

The Rev. Francis J. Moloney, S.D.B., will deliver his inaugural lecture Tuesday, April 22, as the holder of the Katharine Drexel Chair of Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.  See story.

 

CUA Dedicates New Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center 4-11-03 The Catholic University of America dedicated its newly completed Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center on Thursday, April 10, capping off a week of special events for students, staff, faculty, alumni and trustees who came to see the university’s new central gathering place. See story.

 

Message From the President on the Colonel Brooks’ Tragedy 4-7-03

I speak for the entire Catholic University community when I say that we were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic deaths Sunday of three employees at Colonel Brooks’ Tavern: Rodney Barnes, Joshua Greenberg and Neomi Payne. That these senseless crimes occurred on the Lord’s Day – a day of worship and rest, a day of peace – makes them even more horrible.  See story

 

Covenant House President to Speak at CUA Commencement 3-31-03 Sister Mary Rose McGeady, the president and CEO of Covenant House, will deliver the address at the 114th Annual Commencement for The Catholic University of America. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, located at 400 Michigan Avenue, N.E. See story.

 

CUA to Dedicate New Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center April 10 

3-27-03 The Catholic University of America will dedicate its newly completed Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center on Thursday, April 10, amid a week of celebratory events for students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, local leaders and others.  See Story

 

President's Message in a Time of War 3-20-03  In the days ahead, much of our attention and conversations will be focused upon the subject of war.  Especially within a university setting, where intellectual inquiry and the free exchange of ideas are the “stuff” of our daily lives, those conversations will reflect not only the activity of our minds but also the content of our hearts. See Story

 

CUA Mounts Production of Leonard Bernstein's MASS, in Concert: Weeklong Symposia Build up To the Event  3-18-03 Catholic University’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music celebrates the dedication of The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center with a production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS, in concert, to be held at 7:30 p.m., April 5 and 6.  See Story

 

CUA Experts on ‘Just War’ and Christian Non-violence: 3-17-03 

The following experts from The Catholic University of America are available to discuss the concept of “just war,” Christian non-violence, the peace movement and the stance of Pope John Paul II on war in Iraq. See Story

 

Symposium on Symbolism, Politics and the Sacred: 3-14-03

Scholars from France, Canada and the United States will join their colleagues at Catholic University on March 21 and 22 for an interdisciplinary symposium examining the symbolism of transcendence and the sacred in politics, art, literature, philosophy and anthropology.  See Story

 

CUA Receives $1 Million for Native American Scholarships: 3-12-03

The Catholic University of America has been awarded $1 million to use for undergraduate scholarships for Catholic Native Americans.   See Story

 

Decline and Fall? 3-12-03  The conference will explore Church trends in the United States, the Republic of Ireland and the Canadian province of Quebec from 1950 to the present to understand the forces leading to changes in Catholicism since the second Vatican Council in Europe, the United States and other parts of the Western world.   See Story

 

CUA Cosponsors Training On Norms For Canon Lawyers: 2-27-03 

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in conjunction with The Catholic University of America, has been providing training for priest canon lawyers in the canonical procedures for implementing the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons.  See Story

 

Eighty CUA Students Planning Service-Oriented Holidays: 2-26-03 Jason Willis’ favorite spring break memory doesn’t involve late-night revelry on a crowded beach. Instead, he remembers a child’s laughter. Willis is the president of Catholic University’s student chapter of Habitat for Humanity, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to building affordable homes for the poor.  See Story

 

CUA Men’s Basketball Team To Compete in CAC Tourney: 2-24-03  The No. 4-ranked CUA men’s basketball team will take its first steps toward the NCAA Division III tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 25, when it faces Gallaudet University in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference’s championship tournament.  See Story

 

Leonard Bernstein's MASS, in concert: 2-21-03  Catholic University celebrates the dedication of its new Pryzbyla university center with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's MASS, in concert. Murry Sidlin, who was named dean of CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in August of 2002, will conduct.  See Story

 

Catholic University to Open New Community Mental Health Center: 2-12-03 The Catholic University of America’s School of Nursing celebrates the grand opening of its new Child and Family Community Behavioral Health Center.  See Story.

 

CUA President Appoints New Dean of Canon Law: 1-17-03  The Very Reverend David M. O’Connell, C.M, president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Monsignor Brian Ferme as dean of the university’s School of Canon Law.  See Story.

 

Washington Theological Consortium Presents Annual Ecumenism Award to Geoffrey Wainwright: 1-13-03 CUA will host the Washington Theological Consortium’s 2003 Annual Ecumenism Award presentation.  See Story.

 

Bishop William Lori Elected Chairman of Catholic University’s Board of Trustees: 1-28-03 The Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, announced today that the university’s Board of Trustees has elected the Most Rev. William E. Lori, bishop of Bridgeport Diocese in Connecticut and alumnus of CUA, as chairman of the board. See Story 

 

30 Years After Roe: A Town Hall Meeting Internationally Televised From Catholic University: 1-23-03 Thirty years to the day after the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision, leaders of the pro-life movement met at Catholic University to assess the state of their movement on a 90-minute live television broadcast. See Story

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