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2007 Releases

Director of Campus Ministry Receives Papal Honors: 12-21-07 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has conferred papal honors upon Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., chaplain and director of the Office of Campus Ministry of The Catholic University of America, by bestowing upon him the prestigious Benemerenti Medal. See story.

CUA Provost Is Main Speaker at Panama Commencement: 12-20-07 On Dec. 18, James F. Brennan, Ph.D., provost of The Catholic University of America, was the main speaker at the first commencement awarding baccalaureate degrees through a consortium of American universities in Panama. See story.

Bishops' Conference Releases U.S. Papal Visit Logo: 12-19-07 The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a logo commemorating Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 visit to the United States. See story.

Three CUA Athletics Staff Members Honored at Dinner: 12-19-07 Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, honored three staff members from the university's Department of Athletics at an on-campus dinner Tuesday, Dec. 18. See story.

Catholic University Christmas Recess: 12-18-07 The Christmas holidays begin on Friday, Dec. 21, at the close of business and the university re-opens on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 9 a.m. See story.

CUA Donates More than 400 Gifts to Brookland-Area Children: 12-13-07 Campus ministers sorted through a sea of colorful bags and boxes this week as they organized more than 400 presents donated by Catholic University students, faculty and staff to Catholic University's Giving Tree Christmas drive. See story.

Catholic University Creates Center for Global Education: 12-12-07 A new Center for Global Education has been established at The Catholic University of America, under the direction of Tanith Fowler Corsi, who will assume the newly created position of assistant vice president for global education on Jan. 4. See story.

Child Welfare Officials Stage Emergency Response Scenario at CUA: 12-11-07 Approximately 30 child welfare administrators and some of their staff from seven members of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments are expected to participate in a daylong conference at Caldwell Hall at The Catholic University of America on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See story.

Catholic University's Law School Launches New Academic Journal: 12-10-07 CUA's Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture and the university's Columbus School of Law have released the inaugural issue of the Journal of Law, Philosophy and Culture. See story.

U.S. Department of Defense Honors CUA Graduate Studen: 12-5-07 Rocco Arizzi has been overcoming hurdles since the age of 3, when he was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy. See story.

Annual Contest Offers Eloquent Students Chance at $1,000: 12-4-07 Students who enjoy using public speaking skills are invited to vie for the third annual Hartke Declamation Prize. See story.

CUA and National Shrine to Hold 19th Annual Charity Christmas Concert: 12-3-07 Musicians from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and The Catholic University of America will present the 19th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity in the Basilica's Great Upper Church on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. See story.

CUA Launches Web Site for Pope Benedict's April 2008 Visit to Campus: 11-30-07 The Catholic University of America has launched a Web site dedicated to the April 17, 2008, visit of Pope Benedict XVI to CUA. See story.

Catholic University Celebrates Christmas with Tree Lighting, Concerts: 11-29-07 The Catholic University of America is preparing for the holidays in many ways, including its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which this year will be held in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. See story.

CUA Students Donate 102 Bags of Thanksgiving Groceries for Area Elderly: 11-20-07 CUA students delivered 102 bags of Thanksgiving groceries on Nov. 19 to Emmaus Services for the Aging in Northwest D.C., where seniors are able to pick up the food today to take it home to prepare for Thursday's holiday. See story.

CUA Engineering Professors Prime Recipients of $2.7 Million Grant: 11-16-07 Through its convex, compound eye, a fly creates an array of images, a panoramic view that enables the insect to detect motion 10 times faster than the human eye and so escape even the quickest flyswatter. See story.

Prince Firas bin Raad of Jordan Speaks at CUA: 11-15-07 His Royal Highness Prince Firas bin Raad of Jordan spoke of the need for "legislation, regulation and persuasion" to help bring disabled citizens into the workforce during a lecture and discussion with Catholic University students and faculty on Nov. 14. See story.

CUA Students Raise $5,000 for Catholic School in Brookland: 11-15-07 Nine Catholic University student ministers were greeted with hugs and high-fives when they visited St. Anthony Catholic School in nearby Brookland on Nov. 14. See story.

A Lecture by His Royal Highness Prince Firas bin Raad: "Social Development and Social Policy in the Middle East": 11-14-07 His Royal Highness Prince Firas bin Raad of Jordan will give a lecture titled "Social Development and Social Policy in the Middle East." See story.

Pope Benedict XVI to Visit Catholic University on April 17, 2008: 11-12-07 Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has confirmed the announcement by His Excellency, The Most Rev. Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will visit the campus of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., on Thursday afternoon, April 17, 2008. See story.

$1 Million Opus Prize Awarded to AHADI International Institute: 11-12-07 The $1 million Opus Prize for faith-based humanitarian entrepreneurship was awarded to the AHADI International Institute in Tanzania, at a Nov. 8 dinner attended by 360 people, half of them Catholic University students, at CUA's Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. See story.

Cheatle Qualifies for NCAA Championship: 11-12-07 Alys Cheatle (Hickory, N.C./St. Stephen's) ran her way into the Catholic University record books Saturday, Nov. 10, at the NCAA South Region Cross Country meet. See story.

Retiring CUA History Professor Honored with Conference of International Scholars: 11-8-07 Assembling a number of highly respected international scholars for an academic conference can often be a daunting task, but when the CUA Department of History told invitees the day would honor history professor and medieval scholar Uta-Renate Blumenthal, they were only too happy to participate. See story.

$1 Million Opus Prize Awarded In Honor of Brother Constant Goetschalckx: 11-8-07 The $1 million Opus Prize for faith-based, social entrepreneurship was awarded to AHADI International Institute in Tanzania in honor of Brother Constant Goetschalckx, F.C., founder and director. See story.

CUA Greets Opus Prize Finalists with Discussion and Prayer: 11-7-07 After months of preparation, the CUA community welcomed the three finalists for the 2007 $1 million faith-based humanitarian Opus Prize with the first of a series of events on campus meant to celebrate their life-long contributions to the poor. See story.

Rev. John Whalen, CUA Interim Rector in 1969, Dies: 11-7-07 Rev. John Whalen, interim rector of The Catholic University of America in 1969, died Nov. 7 at his home in Silver Spring, Md. See story.

CUA Sophomore Wins $10,000 Economics Prize: 11-7-07 Chase Nordengren, a politics major and sophomore in the University Honors Program, earned a $10,000 prize from the Brookings Institution for his proposal to train rural health care providers using video networks and the Internet. See story.

Student Organizations Raise $1,300 with Penny Wars: 11-6-07 The Biology Club, Nursing Students Association, CUA Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Green Club raised $1,300 with their Penny Wars fundraiser in October. See story.

Press Conference: $1 Million Opus Prize Winner to Be Announced: 11-5-07 The Opus Prize Foundation, in partnership with The Catholic University of America, will announce the winner of the 2007 $1 million faith-based humanitarian Opus Prize at a press conference at SOME, an interfaith charity serving the poor and homeless in the nation's capital. See story.

CUA Doctoral Student Awarded Nearly $100,000 to Study Caregiver Stress: 10-31-07 Sarah Halpert, a clinical psychology doctoral candidate, has received a National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award totaling nearly $100,000 over a three-year period. See story.

Conference: "United States Energy Policy in a World of Rising Energy Demands and Constrained Supplies": 10-31-07 The conference will review the findings of the National Petroleum Council's comprehensive study of the global energy outlook, "Facing the Hard Truths about Energy," as well as examine the council's proposed strategies. See story.

A Lecture by Sir Patrick Cormack: "The Crucial Alliance?: The United Kingdom and The United States in 2007": 10-29-07 Catholic University's School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Department of Politics and the Study Abroad Program, will host "Crucial Alliance?: The United Kingdom and The United States in 2007," a lecture presented by British Parliament member Sir Patrick Cormack. See story.

CUA to Present Andrew Lloyd Webber's Musical "Evita": 10-25-07 CUA's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will bring viewers into the world of Argentina's most famed first lady with its presentation of the musical "Evita" at Hartke Theatre Friday, Oct. 26, through Sunday, Oct. 28. See story.

CUA Biologists Help Discover A Viral Motor's Might: 10-25-07 A team of Catholic University biologists and physicists at the University of California, San Diego, has shown that a tiny viral motor generates twice as much power, relative to its size, as an automobile engine. See story.

Monsignor Frederick R. McManus Lecture: "Liturgy, 40 Years After Vatican II": 10-25-07 Cardinal Godfried Danneels, archbishop of Malines-Bruxelles, will give the first in a series of lectures in honor of Monsignor Frederick R. McManus, a canonist, renowned expert in the post-conciliar reform and renewal of Catholic liturgy, and a Catholic University professor who passed away in 2005. See story.

$1 Million Opus Prize Winner to Be Announced at Nov. 8 Press Conference: 10-24-07 At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, The Opus Prize Foundation, in partnership with The Catholic University of America, will announce the winner of the 2007 $1 million faith-based humanitarian Opus Prize at a press conference at SOME, an interfaith charity serving the poor and homeless in the nation's capital. See story.

CUA's Student-Written Prayer Book Debuts: 10-22-07 Copies of Now and Forever, a student-written prayer book created by the Office of Campus Ministry, are available this week at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. See story.

CUA Alumnus and Trustee Elevated to the College of Cardinals: 10-17-07 Pope Benedict XVI named CUA alumnus and trustee Daniel N. DiNardo as one of 23 new cardinals on Oct. 16. See story.

Student Organizations Sponsor Penny Wars: 10-15-07 Several student organizations are sponsoring a Penny Wars fundraiser Monday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct. 19, to raise money to send T-shirts to children in Tanzania. See story.

President's Special Envoy for Sudan to Lecture: "The Future of Sudan" : 10-12-07 Andrew S. Natsios, the President's Special Envoy for Sudan, will deliver a talk titled "The Future of Sudan," addressing the refugee crisis in Darfur, the May 2006 Darfur Peace Agreement, and U.S. financial sanctions targeting Sudanese entities. See story.

CUA to Host National Conference on Architects as Stewards of the Earth: 10-11-07 Catholic University is hosting a national conference Oct. 11 through 13 that will bring about 50 scholars from around the country to examine the role of architects/designers as stewards of the Earth at a time of increasing concern about society's impact on the environment. See story.

2 CUA Professors Receive Fulbright Scholar Awards: 10-9-07 Two professors at The Catholic University of America have been awarded Fulbright Scholar grants to lecture and research abroad during the 2007-2008 academic year. See story.

Opus Prize Film Series at CUA to Explore 'Pursuit of Human Dignity': 10-5-07 In October a three-part documentary film series tied to the $1 million Opus Prize will explore the theme of social justice. See story.

Two Engineering Doctoral Candidates Attend Course in Italy: 10-4-07 This week, CUA doctoral candidates Patrick O'Malley and Teresa Woods are participating in something fairly routine for graduate students: a seminar on their area of interest, in this case, laser vibrometry. See story.

National Conference at CUA: "The Role of Law Schools in Fostering Commitment to Pro Bono Publico": 10-3-07 The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is sponsoring a two-day conference Oct. 5 and 6 that will examine the ways law schools currently meet their ABA obligation to "provide substantial opportunities" for student participation in pro bono activities. See story.

CUA Presents "The Beggar's Opera": 10-2-07 CUA's Department of Drama presents "The Beggar's Opera," John Gay's 1728 masterpiece, a satiric musical that compares the thieves and prostitutes of London with their aristocratic and bourgeois "betters." See story.

CUA to Honor Cardinal Lubomyr Husar: 10-1-07 Catholic University will award an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church, on Thursday, Oct. 4, at a ceremony following dinner at 7 p.m. See story.

International Philosophy Scholars Participating in Seminar at CUA: 9-27-07 A team of scholars from around the world is in residence at Catholic University participating in a seminar through the end of October that is examining the enrichment of philosophy from the full breadth of human cultures in order to evolve a more adequate vision of philosophy for the newly globalized world. See story.

CUA Acquires Century-Old Printing Press: 9-26-07 The contraption looks a little like an antique metal sewing machine operated by a foot pedal, only it's about three times bigger and 600 pounds heavier. See story.

CUA Presents a Lecture on Global Warming: 9-24-07 Mike Tidwell, founder and director of the U.S. Climate Emergency Council, Washington, D.C., will speak on the need to reduce carbon emissions to stop the spread of global warming. See story.

CUA Lecture Series to Explore "Spirituality and Architecture": 9-19-07 Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will explore the role of spirituality in the imagination of architecture in its Fall 2007 Architecture Lecture Series. See story.

CUA Senior Interns with President's Council on Bioethics: 9-14-07 When CUA senior Genevieve White applied for an internship with the President's Council on Bioethics this past summer, she thought it would be a great opportunity to fuse her dual degrees - chemistry and philosophy - into a practical career opportunity. See story.

CUA's Fall Philosophy Lecture Series to Explore Pre-Socratic Philosophy: 9-12-07 The School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America will dedicate its 40th annual Fall Lecture Series to the study of pre-Socratic philosophy. See story.

CUA Expert on Iraq Available to Discuss Gen. David Petraeus' Testimony: 9-10-07 An expert at The Catholic University of America is available to discuss Army Gen. David Petraeus' testimony on Iraq to Congress beginning Monday, Sept. 10. See story.

Library and Information Science Student Receives Rovelstad Scholarship: 9-10-07 CUA's School of Library and Information Science has announced the selection of graduate student Nora Daly as the recipient of the Mathilde and Howard Rovelstad Scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. See story.

$200,000 Biology Grant Enables Students to Conduct Research: 9-7-07 If all cells are made from a person's DNA, then what causes some cells to become bone cells, some muscle and some skin? And why do some cells develop "mutant" DNA that can lead to disorders such as Saethre-Chotzen Syndrome, a genetic disease that causes shortened fingers and craniofacial defects such as drooping eyelids or an asymmetrical skull? Associate Professor Ann Corsi recently received a grant from the National Institutes of Health for more than $200,000 to continue her research on those questions. See story.

Library and Information Science Graduate Receives Fulbright Grant: 9-6-07 Cyril Emery, a 2007 M.S.L.S. graduate from the School of Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America, was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct a year of research in Belgium and Poland beginning this month. See story.

CUA Professes its Faith at Opening Mass: 8-30-07 Catholic University's president, Very Rev. David. M. O'Connell, C.M., challenged the CUA community to make each day a "Holy Thursday" of loving service during his homily Aug. 30 at the university's opening Mass of the academic year in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. See story.

$1 Million Opus Prize Finalists Announced: 8-30-07 The Catholic University of America, in partnership with The Opus Prize Foundation, today announced the finalists for the 2007 $1 million humanitarian Opus Prize. See story.

Student Leaders Bring Lessons on Catholic Social Teaching to CUA: 8-29-07 As students returned to campus this week, classmates swapped stories of summer jobs and vacations. However, two student leaders, Brendan Koeth and Catie Picou, brought back important lessons to share from the symposium "Catholic College Students and the Common Good: Building a Better World," which they attended in Riverdale, N.Y., for a week in May. See story.

CUA Sophomore Raises More Than $3,500 for Soldiers at Walter Reed: 8-22-07 As sophomore Maureen Martin prepares for the new school year, which starts Aug. 27, her father, U.S. Army Col. Andrew Martin, is serving in Iraq as the commander of a military intelligence unit. Mindful of her dad, who is expected to be there for 12 to 15 months, Martin raised more than $3,500 this summer for wounded soldiers who are being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Northwest Washington, D.C. See story.

Kennedy Center to Stage Plays by Five CUA Students: 8-20-07 Every young playwright dreams of having one of their plays performed at Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. That dream will come true for four of CUA's playwriting students and one doctoral student in composition at the Kennedy Center's Page to Stage Festival from Sept. 1 to 3. See story.

Catholic University Back-to-School Tip Sheet: 8-16-07 For the second year in a row, Catholic University will welcome a record number of freshmen for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 27, with more than 880 students from 38 states and 14 countries. See story.

CUA Expert on Bridges Available to Discuss Minneapolis Bridge Disaster: 8-2-07 The Catholic University of America has an expert available to discuss bridge structures and the bridge that collapsed over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. See story.

2 CUA Architecture Majors Win Design Competition: 7-30-07 Last February, Catholic University students Chris Evans and Matt DeLuca said "Arrivederci!" to Cefalù, Italy, but next month they'll head back there as winners of a design competition sponsored by the seaside resort city and the School of Architecture and Planning. See story.

Catholic University Appoints New Orchestra Conductor: 7-26-07 Catholic University's Benjamin T. Rome School of Music has announced the appointment of David Searle as conductor of the CUA Orchestra, effective Aug. 15, 2007. See story.

Architecture of Stewardship Lecture: "Architecture as an Act of Civil (Dis)Obedience": 7-16-07 Dan Pitera, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture, will give a lecture titled "Architecture as an Act of Civil (Dis)Obedience." See story.

Architecture of Stewardship Lecture: "Public Architecture and the 1% Solution": 6-29-07 John Peterson, founder of Public Architecture, San Francisco, will present a lecture titled "Public Architecture and the 1% Solution." Peterson will discuss the work of Public Architecture, which identifies and solves practical problems of human interaction in the built environment and acts as a catalyst for public discourse through education, advocacy, and the design of public spaces and amenities. See story.

CUA Hosts Variety of Summer 2007 Events: 6-28-07 Even though most full-time students are home for the summer, The Catholic University of America is far from deserted. In addition to the more than 1,700 students enrolled in the university's summer sessions programs, more than 5,000 visitors are expected on campus for a variety of conferences and events over the next couple of months. See story.

Two Grants Fund Groundbreaking Medical Research at CUA: 6-26-07 Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Jessica Ramella-Roman has received two prestigious grants totaling $380,000 to conduct medical research in the prevention of diabetes-related blindness and the care of persons with spinal injuries. See story.

New Student Orientation Information Is Online: 6-25-07 Incoming freshmen, transfer students and their parents can sign up for "Orientation 2007: Chart Your Course," CUA's award-winning program for new students, by visiting http://orientation.cua.edu/. See story.

Architecture of Stewardship Lecture: "ecoMOD: Affordable, Sustainable and Prefab Housing": 6-18-07 John Quale, founder and project director of ecoMOD at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, will present a lecture titled "ecoMOD: Affordable, Sustainable and Prefab Housing." See story.

CUA Names Interim Dean for School of Canon Law: 6-12-07 Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., the university's president, today announced the appointment of Sister Rose McDermott, S.S.J., associate professor of canon law, as interim dean of the School of Canon Law of The Catholic University of America, effective Aug. 1, 2007. See story.

CUA Summer 2007 Lecture Series to Examine 'Architecture of Stewardship': 6-8-07 Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning will present "Assuming Responsibility: Investigating the Architecture of Stewardship," a lecture series this summer on the role of the architect as a steward of society and the possibilities for humanitarian design work that benefits the disadvantaged. See story.

CUA Announces New Dean of Library and Information Science: 6-4-07 Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Kimberly B. Kelley as dean of the CUA School of Library and Information Science, effective Aug. 20, 2007. See story.

CUA Magazine Wins National Awards: 6-1-07 Each May the Catholic Press Association hands out awards in numerous categories to Catholic magazines, newspapers and book publishers to recognize the very best. This year, the association judged two articles in Catholic University's alumni periodical, CUA Magazine, to be the year's best in their respective categories. See story.

Former Theological College Rector to Lead St. Mary's Seminary & University: 6-1-07 Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., most recently the rector of Theological College at The Catholic University of America, has been named president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore, effective July 1, 2007. See story.

CUA Professor Earns Prestigious Chemistry Award: 5-30-07 WASHINGTON - Diane Bunce, the associate professor of chemistry whose creative approach to teaching has included an annual masquerade party of elements at Halloween, as well as the use of handheld wireless devices for students to participate in lectures, has been awarded the 2007 James Flack Norris Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Teaching of Chemistry. See story.

CUA Faculty Earn Fellowships to Study Colonial America and Viking Age: 5-30-07 Two School of Arts and Sciences professors will spend the next several months traveling back in time - at least in terms of their research - after both won separate research fellowships to study two distinct historical phenomena: the fear of a Catholic conspiracy in the newly settled American colonies and the cultural identity revealed in Viking-age stone sculptures. See story.

Veterans Affairs Secretary to Speak at Law School Commencement: 5-21-07 Catholic University's Columbus School of Law will hold its annual commencement on Friday, May 25, 2007, at 2 p.m. See story.

Metropolitan College Awarded $220,482 Grant to Provide Job Training: 5-21-07 CUA's Metropolitan College has received a $220,482 grant from the D.C. Department of Employment Services for a program unique in the Washington area that will prepare workers to advance professionally in the health care and hospitality industries, identified as high-growth fields by the U.S. Department of Labor and the District of Columbia. See story.

CUA Students Embark on Service Trips: 5-14-07 This summer, instead of sunning on the beach or working for pay, a number of Catholic University students will complete community service projects. See story.

Tony Snow Encourages 2007 Graduates to Love: 5-12-07 White House Press Secretary Tony Snow gave the newest graduates of The Catholic University of America several rules for living - emphasizing the power of love and prayer - at the university's 118th Annual Commencement exercises, held May 12, 2007. See story.

CUA Best Buddies Volunteers Honored as Outstanding College Chapter: 5-7-07 Best Buddies, an international organization that provides friendship and job opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities, has presented an Outstanding College Chapter of the Year Award to its CUA volunteers. See story.

Professors Receive CUA's Top Faculty Awards From Provost: 5-4-07 Five prestigious annual awards were bestowed on CUA professors at the May 3 spring faculty luncheon in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. See story.

Catholic University to Confer More Than 1,100 Degrees at Commencement: 5-3-07 The Catholic University of America will confer more than 900 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees during its 118th Annual Commencement Ceremony to be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12, on the east steps of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. See story.

18th American Cardinals Dinner Raises $1.2 Million: 4-30-07 The 18th American Cardinals Dinner, held April 27 in Las Vegas, raised $1.2 million for student scholarships for The Catholic University of America. Five of America's Catholic cardinals and about 500 guests attended the gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. See story.

CUA Biochemistry Major Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship: 4-30-07 Catholic University junior and biochemistry major Alys Cheatle of Hickory, N. C., has been named a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, one of 317 undergraduates - and 143 women - to receive the prestigious award nationwide. See story.

CUA Students Get a Glimpse of Mission Destinations: 4-27-07 While their friends are packing to go home for the summer or to move into apartments after graduation, 28 CUA students are packing their bug spray, sunscreen and work clothes for two weeks of mission work in Latin America. See story.

U.S. Cardinals to Gather in Las Vegas April 27 For Annual CUA Scholarship Fundraiser: 4-24-07 America's Catholic cardinals will gather in Las Vegas to raise money for college scholarships at the 18th American Cardinals Dinner, to be held Friday, April 27, 2007. See story.

CUA to Present Symposium on Torture of Military, Political Prisoners: 4-20-07 Catholic University will present "An Exploration of Torture from the Legal, Religious and Survivor's Perspectives," a symposium on Monday, April 23, about the legal, moral and religious issues surrounding the ongoing debate on the torture of military and political prisoners. See story.

Ribbons Show Support for Virginia Tech: 4-20-07 Today, CUA students, faculty and staff participated in "Orange and Maroon Effect Day," a nationwide effort to show support for the victims of the shootings, their families and the Virginia Tech community by displaying the colors of Virginia Tech. See story.

Rev. Melvin C. Blanchette, S.S., Named Rector of the Theological College of The Catholic University of America: 4-20-07 Baltimore, MD - The Provincial Council of the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice announces the appointment of Sulpician Father Melvin C. Blanchette, M.A., Ph.D., as Rector of Theological College, the seminary of The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, effective July 1. See story.

Catholic University Shows Support for Virginia Tech: 4-19-07 The Catholic University of America continues to show its support for the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University several days after the tragic loss of more than 30 lives there. See story.

President of Major Publishing House Speaks on Balancing Life as a Poet and a Businessman: 4-19-07 Catholic University's School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Department of English, will host "A Part-Time Poet: A Life in Publishing and Letters," a lecture presented by Jonathan Galassi, poet and president of Farrar, Straus & Giroux Publishers. See story.

CUA Presents "Romeo and Juliet": 4-19-07 The Department of Drama presents William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," the classic story of blood feuds and life lived on dangerous impulses. See story.

Catholic University to Present Earth Day Lecture on Global Climate Change: 4-18-07 Kevin F. Forbes, director of Catholic University's Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship, will present "Global Climate Change: Some Additional Inconvenient Truths," the 2007 Thomas and Marie Rojas Earth Day Lecture on Energy and Environmental Stewardship on Thursday, April 19. See story.

Prize-Winning Poets to Visit CUA: 4-18-07 Catholic University's Department of English presents a spring poetry reading by two of America's leading poets, Jeffrey Harrison and Jeanne Marie Beaumont. See story.

Catholic University Mourns Virginia Tech Victims: 4-17-07 Yesterday afternoon The Catholic University of America community gathered to mourn the victims of the shootings at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. See story.

Experts on Public Tragedies and Grieving Available at CUA: 4-17-07 Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the psychology of mass shootings as well as a community's grief in the wake of the murders April 16 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. See story.

Catholic University Reacts to Virginia Tech Tragedy: 4-16-07 Early this afternoon Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, sent a message of condolence to Charles Steger, the president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, regarding the murder of dozens of individuals on the Blacksburg, Virginia, campus. See story.

Visiting Catholic Executives (and Multimillionaires) Say Ethics Equal Profits: 4-13-07 Students who doubted that honest businessmen finish first got a new perspective April 12 in Assistant Professor Andrew Abela's senior marketing class, after a visit from two of Philadelphia's most successful Catholic businessmen. See story.

White House Spokesman Tony Snow to Speak at CUA Commencement: 4-12-07 White House Press Secretary Tony Snow will address graduates at The Catholic University of America's 118th Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held Saturday, May 12, 2007. See story.

National Gallery of Art Dean Explores the Origins of the Italian Renaissance: 4-12-07 Catholic University will host "Not a Renaissance but a Recovery: Count Malvasia's Anti-Vasarian History of Art," a lecture presented by Elizabeth Cropper, dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. See story.

SLIS Alumni Association presents the 17th annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture: 4-11-07 Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress and dean of CUA's School of Library and Information Science from 1989 to 1992, will present the 17th annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture, titled "Culture Shock: The Changing Nature of Library Science Education." See story.

Center for Irish Studies presents 'The Origins of Irish Identity': 4-11-07 Catholic University's Center for Irish Studies will host "The Origins of Irish Identity," a lecture presented by Tom Garvin, professor of politics at University College, Dublin, and presently the Burns Library Scholar for Boston College's Irish studies program. See story.

CUA Biochemistry Major Awarded Prestigious Merck Scholarship: 4-4-07 Catholic University junior and biochemistry major Paul Kelley, of Weems, Va., has been awarded a United Negro College Fund/Merck Science Initiative award, one of 15 undergraduates to receive the prestigious award nationwide. See story.

CUA President Exhorts Catholic Institutions to 'Live Up to the Ideal': 4-4-07 At the invitation of Bishop Lawrence Brandt of the Diocese of Greenburg, Pa., Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University, addressed administration, faculty and staff of two Pennsylvania schools on the subject of Catholic identity and mission in Catholic institutions of higher learning. See story.

Easter Message from the President: 4-4-07 Father O'Connell sends a holiday message to the CUA community. See story.

CUA Alumnus Jon Voight Visits Campus: 3-30-07 At the invitation of Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University, Academy Award-winning actor Jon Voight, B.A. 1960, one of CUA's most famous alumni, visited campus today. See story.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks Several CUA Programs in Top Tier: 3-30-07 U.S. News & World Report has placed Catholic University's law school and several CUA graduate programs in nursing and law librarianship in the top tiers of its 2008 rankings for graduate and professional programs nationwide. See story.

CUA to Present Symposium: "An Exploration of Torture from the Legal, Religious and Survivor's Perspectives": 3-28-07 At 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, a four-member panel of experts will discuss the legal, religious and moral issues surrounding the ongoing debate about the torture of military and political prisoners. See story.

Lecture: "The Origins of Irish Identity," by Tom Garvin: 3-26-07 Catholic University's Center for Irish Studies will host "The Origins of Irish Identity," a lecture presented by Tom Garvin, professor of politics at University College, Dublin, and presently the Burns Library Scholar for Boston College's Irish studies program. See story.


CUA to Present Conference on "The American Dream": 3-26-07 CUA's Life Cycle Institute will present a conference Wednesday, March 28, exploring society's perception of the American dream, which references both the acquisition of wealth as well as access to a living wage, affordable housing and universal health care. See story.


CUA Class Celebrates 10 Years of Learning from The Allman Brothers Band: 3-23-07 More than 70 Catholic University students marked a decade of rambling on to New York City's Beacon Theatre March 20 for an invitation-only performance by The Allman Brothers Band. See story.

Jurors Selected to Award $1 Million Humanitarian Prize: 3-23-07 The Catholic University of America, located in the nation's capital, in partnership with The Opus Prize Foundation, announced today the selection of 10 prominent individuals from the fields of journalism, academia, health care, and social and humanitarian action to serve as the 2007 Opus Prize jury. See story.

Jim Ellis, Swim Coach and Inspiration for the Upcoming Movie 'Pride,' to Speak at CUA 3-23-07: Jim Ellis, a coach whose successful efforts to build an inner city swimming program in 1970s Philadelphia inspired the upcoming Lionsgate film "Pride," will speak at The Catholic University of America following the movie's Washington, D.C., release on Friday, March 23. See story.

CUA Biologists Help Unravel Structure of Enzyme Critical to DNA Packaging: 3-22-07 Researchers at The Catholic University of America and Purdue University have discovered the structure of an enzyme essential for the operation of "molecular motors" that package DNA into the head segment of some viruses during their assembly. See story.

NYU Legal Philosopher Jeremy Waldron to Speak at CUA about the 'Case Against Torture':3-22-07 The Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law presents "What Can Christian Argument Add to the Case Against Torture?", the 2007 Law, Philosophy and Religious Traditions Lecture presented by Jeremy Waldron, LL.B., D.Phil. See story.

Former Va. Secretary of Education Belle S. Wheelan To Speak on "Closing the Achievement Gap for African-American Students": 3-19-07 CUA presents Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., former secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and current president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, as the featured speaker at the Department of Education's annual Dr. Euphemia Lofton Haynes Colloquium. See story.

Chilean Ambassador to Speak at CUA as part of Arts and Sciences Centennial Series: 3-16-07 Catholic University's School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, will host "Chile and Latin America," a lecture by Mariano Fernandez, ambassador of Chile to the United States. See story.

Interfaith Marriage: Challenges and Opportunities for Couples and Pastors: 3-15-07 CUA's Institute for Interreligious Studies and Dialogue in conjunction with the Washington Theological Consortium present a roundtable discussion "Interfaith Marriage: Challenges and Opportunities for Couples and Pastors.” See story.

Professor Appointed to Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences: 3-14-07 Nelson Minnich, a professor in the School of Theology and Religious Studies, was appointed to the Pontifical Committee of Historical Sciences on March 8. See story.

CUA Hosts Ceremonial Groundbreaking for Opus Hall: 3-13-07 With a front-end loader and a cluster of CUA flags as a backdrop, Catholic University held a ceremonial groundbreaking March 12 for Opus Hall — an approximately $25 million residential facility that will blend state-of-the-art amenities with a “collegiate Gothic” architectural design. See story.

Rev. Lawrence Wrenn, J.C.D., to Deliver Provost Memorial Lecture: 3-6-07  Rev. Lawrence Wrenn, J.C.D., a renowned canon lawyer with many years of experience in Church tribunals within the United States, will deliver CUA’s Fourth Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture. The title of Wrenn’s lecture is “The Life, Death and Possible Rescue of the Summary Process.” See story.

CUA to Hold Groundbreaking for New Residence Hall: 3-6-07 The Catholic University of America will hold a ceremonial  groundbreaking Monday, March 12, at its campus in northeast D.C. for Opus Hall, an approximately $25 million seven-story residential facility that is slated for completion by 2009 to accommodate an increase in undergraduate enrollment. See story.

CUA President Meets with Lithuanian President: 2-12-07 Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, met with Valdas Adamkus, president of Lithuania, and his wife, Alma Adamkiene, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, Feb. 12. See story.

Fairfax Libraries Chief to Speak on How Book Collections are Pruned: 2-12-07 Edwin Clay, director of libraries for the Fairfax County Public Library system, will speak on how libraries determine which materials to include and which ones to remove from their collections in a lecture at CUA. See story.

Remembering Soldiers a Long Way from Home: 2-7-07 CUA senior Elizabeth Hudson knows what it means to have her dad far away from the family on military duty for long periods of time. Her father was, until his recent retirement, a Navy pilot of the P3 planes that track enemy submarines. See story.

CUA to Host Discussion Series on ‘Economic Justice for All’: 2-7-07 Two decades ago the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sent out a pastoral letter asking American Catholics to consider their economic behaviors and responsibilities to the poor in the context of their religious beliefs. See story.

CUA Names Winner of New Tagline Contest: 2-5-07 Catholic University announced the winner of its $1,000 tagline contest Jan. 31 during half-time of the CUA men’s basketball game. See story.

CUA Celebrates International Week: 2-5-07 The Catholic University of America will celebrate International Week with a wide array of cultural activities held throughout the week of Feb. 5. See story.

Engineering Faculty Awarded $1.5 Million in Grants: 2-1-07 Four members of the faculty of The Catholic University of America’s School of Engineering have been awarded grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service in excess of $1.5 million. See story.

CUA President Appoints New Provost: 2-1-07 Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president of The Catholic University of America, has announced the appointment of Dr. James Brennan, provost of Towson University in Maryland, as the next provost and chief academic officer of The Catholic University of America, effective June 18, 2007. See story.

World-renowned Expert on Early Islamic Development to Lecture at CUA: 1-31-07 Catholic University’s School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, will host “God or Allah: A Dilemma?,” a lecture by Rev. Gerhard Bowering, S.J, a world-renowned expert on early Islamic development, at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5. See story.

Three CUA Students Take Prizes in 2nd Annual Hartke Declamation Contest: 1-31-07 Three Catholic University graduate students — two in drama and one in music — won prizes Jan. 29 at the Second Annual Hartke Declamation Contest, with readings based on the theme “Stories from the Last 100 Years.” See story.

CUA Students Participate in NPR’s “Talk of the Nation”: 1-26-07 Thirteen CUA students were part of a National Public Radio studio audience for a discussion on Jan. 25 between Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, and Donna Brazile, chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Voting Rights Institute, about whether partisanship has a place in politics. See story.

Media Studies Sleuths Investigate Rare Bibles: 1-25-07 A hundred Catholic University students are testing their knowledge of “incunabulum” and “rubrication” as they view an exhibit of rare bibles today at the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. See story.

Sidlin Conducts 12th New Year’s Eve Concert at Kennedy Center: 1-5-07 Murry Sidlin, conductor and dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, once again delighted a National Symphony Orchestra audience during his 12th annual New Year’s Eve Concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. See story.