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Experts Can Comment on Papal Exhortation: 4/5/16 Catholic University has experts available to comment on the role of families in the Church, Church teachings on divorce and remarriage, the importance of marriage preparation programs, raising and educating children, and canon law.

Social Work School Achieves Top 50: 3/31/16 The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) ranked 47th on the U.S. News & World Report 2016 rankings for the Top 50 Best Schools of Social Work.

Biology Department Mentors Science Medalist: 3/30/16 Kunal Shroff, high school senior and lab assistant in Catholic University’s Department of Biology, won the third-place medal of distinction for basic research for his work on Huntington’s disease at the award ceremony for the Intel Science Talent Search earlier this month.

Catholic University Represented at Supreme Court: 3/30/16 CUA had representatives both inside and outside of the Supreme Court during the March 23 oral arguments of a case that involves the implementation of a controversial mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Conference to Explore Trust in Society: 3/29/16 The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents an interdisciplinary conference on "Rebuilding Trust."

Statement on Supreme Court Oral Arguments: 3/23/16 Today the Supreme Court of the United States heard the oral arguments of the co-plaintiffs in Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington, et al. v Sylvia Matthews Burwell, et al., against the implementation of the mandate by the Department of Health and Human Services that would require The Catholic University and other religious organizations to provide health insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, prescription contraceptives, and drugs that cause early stage abortions. A decision by the Court is expected before the end of this term.

Students Participate in Way of the Cross: 3/23/16 Approximately 150 students gathered March 21 in front of the Office of Campus Ministry on a cold and windy night for an annual Catholic University tradition — the Way of the Cross.

Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan to Address Graduates: 3/21/16 Stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and creative partner, Jeannie Gaffigan, will address the Class of 2016 at The Catholic Catholic University of America Commencement Ceremony on May 14.

IPR Hosts Carolyn Woo and Rev. James Martin: 3/20/16 The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies honored two of the country’s most influential Catholics during its annual dinner March 19.

Conference on Intersect of Business, Faith: 3/17/16 This week, more than 250 business, faith, and academic leaders are gathered at The Catholic University of America for a three-day conference on human ecology — the systematic study of humans and their interactions with one another and the world around them.

Celebrating Murphy's: A New Gathering Place: 3/16/16 Murphy’s, a new lounge and restaurant in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, will open in fall 2016.

CUA to Operate Normal Schedule: 3/15/16 The Catholic University of America will operate on a normal schedule Wednesday, March 16, 2016. WMATA has announced a 29-hour shutdown of all Metrorail services beginning at midnight tonight for emergency inspections, until 5 a.m. on Thursday, March 17. According to its website, Metrobus and MetroAccess will operate on a normal schedule.

Lifelong Lessons from a Mission Trip to Jamaica: 3/15/16 Senior English major Michaela Shea, who spent her spring break on Catholic University’s mission trip to Jamaica, shares a reflection on the experience.

IPR to Honor Carolyn Woo, Rev. James Martin: 3/15/16 The Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will honor two of the country’s most influential Catholics during its annual dinner March 19.

President Serves as Parade Grand Marshall: 3/15/16 President John Garvey served as grand marshall of the 45th Annual St. Patrick's Parade of Washington, D.C.

Celebrate Murphy's March 14: 3/10/16 A New campus lounge is coming in fall 2016 to Pryzbyla Center.

Remembering 1916: Moments in Irish History: 3/10/16 The Drama department and Irish Studies program collaborate to host staged readings to commemorate Easter Rising of 1916.

President Garvey Named Parade Grand Marshall: 3/9/16 President John Garvey will serve as grand marshall of the 45th Annual St. Patrick's Parade of Washington, D.C.

Music School to Present Opera Double-Bill: 3/8/16 Audiences have the opportunity to experience the works of two operatic masters in one evening as the music school presents a double-bill of La Serva Padrona and Gianni Schicchi.

Singer Renée Fleming to Give Master Class: 3/7/16 The world-renowned classical vocalist will share her expertise with musical theatre and vocal performance students.

Conference on Business and Human Ecology: 3/7/16 The Napa Institute and The Catholic University of America School of Business and Economics are hosting a conference titled “Human Ecology: Integrating Business and 125 Years of Catholic Social Doctrine” March 16 through 18, at CUA in Washington, D.C.

University Hires Dean of Admissions: 3/4/16 James Dewey-Rosenfeld, who has previously worked at Babson College, will be the new dean of undergraduate admissions.

Seminarians Reflect on Scalia Funeral: 3/2/16 Two Theological College seminarians were among those who served the funeral Mass for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia last month.

Symposium to Take on Pope’s Call to Action: 2/29/16 A one-day symposium will explore the political, theological, and scientific backgrounds, contributions, and implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si'.

Cardinal Napier Addresses Racial Reconciliation: 2/25/16 South African cardinal says racial reconciliation is only possible where there is respect for human dignity and equality.

Black History Month Display Honors Law Alumnus: 2/22/16 Otis Milton Smith served with the Tuskegee Airmen, was the first African-American justice to serve on the Michigan Supreme Court, and the first black vice president and general counsel at General Motors. Now Smith is the subject of a Black History Month display at the Columbus School of Law.

Associate VP of Marketing/Communications Hired: 2/19/16 President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Jacquelyn Malcolm as the new associate vice president for marketing and communications, effective March 15.

Molecular Biology Lab Opens on Campus: 2/19/16 Classes are meeting in a completely new, modern laboratory that opened this month in the Department of Biology.

Washington International Piano Series at CUA: 2/19/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Hugue Leclère performing works by Chopin, Liszt, and Mussorgsky.

Renée Fleming Master Class: 2/19/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a master class by Renée Fleming, one of the most acclaimed singers of our time.

Lynn Harrell Master Class: 2/19/16 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a master class by American classical cellist Lynn Harrell.

Kolbe Relic Tour Is at CUA: 2/17/16 The St. Maximilian Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv., Relic Tour is making its lone stop in the Washington, D.C., area at The Catholic University of America Feb. 17 through 19.

Student-Written Plays Come to Life at Hartke: 2/17/16 Plays written by M.F.A. playwriting candidates will tackle issues of racial injustice, addiction, and the search for something better this month at Hartke Theatre.

University Mourns Death of Justice Antonin Scalia: 2/15/16 The Catholic University of America mourns the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Vatican Economist Discusses Financial Reform: 2/12/16 In a talk sponsored by the Provost's Office, Vatican Economist Joseph F.X. Zahra said financial reforms should support the common good.

South African Archbishop to Speak at CUA: 2/9/16 South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, archbishop of Durban, will speak on racial reconciliation on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and will deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Music Student Receives Helen Hayes Nomination: 2/5/16 Senior John Sygar, who studies in the Music School, was among the talented local performers to receive a nomination this week for the 2016 Helen Hayes Awards.

Into the Woods Offers Fairy Tales with an Edge: 2/5/16 Audiences will experience an inventive take on storybook characters this month as the Music School presents its spring production, Into the Woods.

Catholics For Family Peace Joins NCSSS: 2/3/16 Catholics for Family Peace has become part of the National Catholic School of Social service.

Aquinas Mass a Reminder of God's Love: 1/29/16 Members of the University community were encouraged to take solace in God's love during CUA's annual Mass honoring Thomas Aquinas.

Student Reflects on MLK Day of Service: 1/22/16 Michaela Shea, a senior English major, reflects on the MLK Day of Service.

Annual Aquinas Mass to Be Nationally Televised: 1/19/16 The Catholic University of America and the Dominican House of Studies, in association with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), will kick off the second semester of the academic year and National Catholic Schools Week at the annual University Mass on the patronal feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Yale Professor to Speak on Faith : 1/19/16 Carlos M.N. Eire, a Yale University professor and National Book Award winner, will talk about how his experiences as a Cuban-American contribute to his faith on Monday, January 25.

Executive Director of Communications Hired: 1/15/16 President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Elise Italiano as the new Executive Director of University Communications, effective Feb. 15, 2016.

Creating a Culture of Life: 1/15/16 This year, students from Catholic University will lead the March for Life, but pro-life ministry is a year-round movement at the University.

Experts on Life Issues: 1/13/16 The following Catholic University professors are available to serve as experts on issues related to bioethics, the pro-life movement, and other topics related to the respect of life.

University to Mark MLK Day with Service: 1/12/16 Catholic University is aiming to send more than 800 members of its community into D.C. neighborhoods to participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

CUA Receives Grant for Theology Institute: 1/11/16 The University has received a grant of $565,689 to educate high school students about theology in daily life.

Vatican Economist to Speak Feb. 4: 1/8/16 Joseph F. X. Zahra, a Maltese economist who has played a key role in putting the Vatican’s financial house in order, will speak at CUA about the progress of reform efforts.

University Hires V.P. for Finance and Treasurer: 1/5/16 President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Robert M. Specter as the new Vice President for Finance and Treasurer, effective Jan. 1, 2016.

Freshman Becomes Youngest D.C. Official: 12/22/15 Isaiah Burroughs, a freshman politics major, recently became one of the youngest public officials in the District of Columbia.

Physics Professor Receives Major Federal Grant : 12/21/15 The nuclear physics group, led by Associate Professor Tanja Horn, has been awarded a federal grant of $750,000 from the National Science Foundation.

Literary Association to Move to Catholic University: 12/18/15 The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers (ALSCW) will move to the campus of The Catholic University of America in early 2016.

Concert Raises $13,000 for Brookland Convent: 12/17/15 The 26th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity raised $13,000 to support the work of a convent near The Catholic University of America.

VSL Awarded $5.7 Million for Research: 12/16/15 The Vitreous State Laboratory accomplished an impressive feat this semester when it was named the recipient of 14 awards within three months.

Experts Can Comment on Mercy: 12/15/15 On Dec. 8, 2015, the Catholic Church will begin celebrating the Year of Mercy, a jubilee year announced by Pope Francis last March. The following Catholic University professors can comment on topics related to the Year of Mercy and jubilee years.

CUA Begins Year of Mercy with Penance Service: 12/7/15 The Office of Campus Ministry kicks off the Jubilee Year with an evening of prayer and reconciliation.

World AIDS Day: 11/30/15 Professor Venigalla Rao discusses new findings from his lab that could lead to a potential HIV vaccine, and answers questions on advances in the HIV field.

Music School to Present Christmas Concert: 11/24/15 The music school will kick off its Christmas celebrations Dec. 4 with a night of seasonal sacred music during the 26th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity.

Thanksgiving with Father Jude: 11/23/15 Students staying on campus will have the opportunity to share a Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Father Jude.

Events to Usher in the Christmas Season: 11/23/15 Catholic University will celebrate the Christmas season with events that take place over the course of the next month.

Diversity Celebrated During Thanksgiving Potluck: 11/20/15 Students shared foods representing their unique cultures during a Thanksgiving potluck Nov. 19.

Father Ford on Saint Junípero Serra: 11/20/15 Junípero Serra was canonized by Pope Francis during his September Mass at the Basilica. Father John Ford talks about this new saint.

Architecture Offers Three New Programs: 11/16/15 This fall the School of Architecture and Planning is offering three new degree programs.

CUA Engineering Honors Intelligence Director: 11/16/15 The School of Engineering recently honored Letitia Long with its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award.

Big Egos, Dueling Divas in The Impresario: 11/12/15 The larger-than-life antics of a busy opera company will be brought to life on stage this month as the music school presents Mozart's opera.

CUA President: 'Heartened' by Court's Action: 11/6/15 President Garvey said he is "heartened" by the U.S. Supreme Court's announcement that it will take up all seven pending cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) mandate.

Care for Creation Extends to Relationships: 11/4/15 A recent interdisciplinary conference examines Pope Francis's encyclical through various academic lenses.

Professor Testifies on Hill on Refugees: 11/3/15 V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy, will testify on Capitol Hill about the growing refugee crisis in Europe.

Drama Students Perform Poe Tribute: 10/30/15 Drama graduate students celebrated Halloween early with a night of theatre adapted from the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

Engineering Begins Grand Scholars Program: 10/29/15 The new program is designed to prepare students to solve grand challenges facing society in the 21st century.

Scholars to Examine "Dei Verbum at 50": 10/29/15 God’s revelation will be the topic of a one-day conference scheduled to take place at CUA Nov. 6.

Conference to Focus on Criminal Justice Reform: 10/28/15 In preparation for the Year of Mercy, Catholic University will co-host a day of discussions related to restorative justice.

Benefactor Gives Endowed Professorship: 10/28/15 Catholic University has accepted the Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professorship, named in honor of benefactor Joe Della Ratta.

Events to Mark German Reunification: 10/23/15 The German Studies Program is hosting events in October to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the German reunification.

Event Explores the Death Penalty in the U.S.: 10/22/15 CUA partnered with the European Delegation to the United States this week to host the premiere of a new documentary.

CUA Drama Supports Female Playwrights: 10/19/15 The Department of Drama was honored recently as a recipient of the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 2015 50/50 Applause Award.

Film Premiere to Explore the Death Penalty : 10/19/15 CUA is partnering with the European Union Delegation to the United States to host the premiere of a new documentary.

Conference to Discuss Laudato Si': 10/14/15 The University will partner with the USCCB for a daylong conference examining the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment.

Events for International Open Access Week: 10/9/15 University Libraries is hosting three events in October to support International Open Access Week, Oct. 19 through 25.

Experts on Synod of Bishops on the Family: 10/8/15 Experts at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

May-December Romance in 'Most Happy Fella': 10/5/15 Audiences will be swept away by a tale of comedy and romance as the music school presents The Most Happy Fella.

Social Work Lecture to Feature 2 Speakers: 10/5/15 The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) Center on Global Aging (COGA) is hosting the 2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Professor Appointed to White House Council: 9/28/15 Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America, has been appointed as a member of President Barack Obama’s third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

American Authors to Perform at Capital Fest: 9/25/15 American Authors will perform at Capital Fest on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. on the lawn of The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law.

2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture: 9/25/15 The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Services Center on Global Aging is hosting the 2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture.

CUA Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy: 9/21/15 Submission of SAT or ACT test results is now optional for students applying for undergraduate admission.

New Play to Depict Civil Rights Activist: 9/17/15 Selma 65 tells the story of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist who demonstrated against discrimination toward African-American voters.

Evolutionary Biologist to Speak on Species: 9/14/15 Sean B. Carroll, internationally recognized evolutionary biologist, will be the keynote speaker for the Department of Biology’s annual graduate student research symposium.

Endless Forms Most Beautiful? The Making and Unmaking of the Animal Kingdom: 9/14/15 Sean B. Carroll, an internationally recognized evolutionary biologist, author, educator, and executive producer, will be the keynote speaker at the annual symposium hosted by The Catholic University of America’s biology department.

University Libraries Host Events: 9/14/15 University Libraries hosts two events on Wednesday, Sept. 16, a Wiki-Edit-A-Thon and a Know Your Campus guided history tour.

Exhibit Highlights Pope's Teachings on Grace: 9/11/15 CUA's Department of Art presents artist Pat Costigan's project, "Grace: The Words of Pope Francis."

Grant to Fund Nursing School-VA Partnership: 9/9/15 As part of a grant of up to $2 million, the School of Nursing is entering an academic and clinical partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to enroll VA nurses in a program that will educate them as adult gerontology practitioners with master’s and doctoral degrees.

Students Urged to Serve During Opening Mass: 9/3/15 Members of the University community were encouraged to walk with Pope Francis through their prayers and actions as part of the annual Mass.

The Basilica and CUA: A Seamless Relationship: 9/3/15 The Basilica and CUA are drawing on their close relationship as they prepare to host Pope Francis.

New Rome Center to Open Sept. 5: 9/2/15 Saturday, Sept. 5, marks the official opening of the Rome Center of The Catholic University of America (CUA) and Australian Catholic University (ACU) at Via Garibaldi 28.

Pope Appoints Professor as Synod Expert: 8/31/15 Pope Francis has appointed John Grabowski, associate professor of moral theology/ethics, as an expert to the 2015 Synod of Bishops Oct. 4 through 25.

New Students Join CUA 'Family': 8/27/15 Catholic University welcomed nearly 1,000 first-year and transfer students to campus Aug. 27.

CUA to Celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit: 8/26/15 The Mass marks the official start of the academic year at Catholic University.

CUA to Welcome 1,000 New Students: 8/26/15 This year's Orientation includes information on all aspects of college life, a casino night, a playfair, and a Mass.

CUA Musicians to Perform at Papal Mass: 8/25/15 The University Chamber Choir and the Symphony Orchestra will be among those performing at this fall's canonization Mass.

Engineering Strengthens Ties with Vietnam: 8/24/15 The Engineering School hosted the Vietnamese vice minister of construction earlier this month.

This Year's Drama Productions Announced: 8/21/15 This year's drama productions will include Selma '65, Big Love, and Pride and Prejudice.

Music School Anniversary Events Continue: 8/17/15 The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music continues its 50th anniversary celebration this fall.

Upcoming Musical Theatre and Opera Events: 8/12/15 The Musical Theatre and Vocal Divisions of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music present their 2015-2016 events.

Taiwanese Students Experience American College: 8/12/15 Twelve college students from Fu Jen Catholic University spent three weeks living at Catholic University as part of an exchange program between the two universities.

Readers Share Their Best Career Tips: 8/7/15 For the summer 2015 special issue on careers, CUA Magazine readers share their best career advice.

CUA Alumni Love Their Jobs!: 8/7/15 Here are responses from CUA Magazine readers who love their jobs. More appear in the print edition of the special issue on careers.

CUA Launches Spanish-Language Web Pages: 8/3/15 The Spanish-language section of the website mirrors much of what is offered on the main CUA website, including information about academic programs, student activities, residence life, safety and health, and admissions.

High School Students Receive Drama Training: 7/23/15 Sixteen high school students took part in this year’s program, which included classes and workshops on a wide variety of theatre topics.

Catholic Groups Work to End Human Trafficking: 7/16/15 CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service is working with other Catholic groups to wipe out human trafficking.

President Garvey, D.C. Mayor Greet Youth Group : 7/10/15 President John Garvey and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser welcomed District of Columbia youth to Catholic University on July 8.

CUA Ranked Top Catholic Social Work School: 7/7/15 The National Catholic School of Social Service has been rated the top Catholic school of social work in the nation.

CUA Honored with Catholic Press Awards: 7/7/15 Catholic University received eight awards from the Catholic Press Association.

CUA to Host Conference on Human Trafficking: 7/7/15 Catholic University's school of social work, together with Catholic Charities and the USCCB, will address the problem of human trafficking.

Archdiocese Announces Pope's Visit to DC: 6/30/15 The Vatican today announced the confirmed schedule for Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to the United States this September, which includes a stop in Washington, D.C.

Experts Can Comment on Pope's U.S. Trip: 6/30/15 Experts at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C., are available to discuss Pope Francis’s upcoming trip to the United States.

University to Receive Study Abroad Grant : 6/24/15 CUA was selected to receive $7,500 to support new scholarships for study abroad from the Institute for International Education.

Media Studies to Offer New Certificate: 6/23/15 Beginning in fall 2015, the Department of Media Studies at The Catholic University of America will offer a new academic program, a certificate in Video Production and Digital Storytelling.

Experts on Church and Environment: 6/18/15 The following experts from The Catholic University of America are available to comment on the Pope’s encyclical on the environment, which is expected in coming months.

Conference on Syriac-Christian Culture: 6/16/15 On June 21-24, The Catholic University of America will host The Seventh North American Syriac Symposium.

Conference Celebrates Interreligious Friendship: 6/4/15 Representatives from three of the world’s major religions came together for a conference celebrating interreligious friendship and dialogue.

Andrew Abela Named Catholic University Provost: 6/2/15 President John Garvey has announced that he has appointed Andrew V. Abela as the new University Provost, effective June 3.