The Catholic University of America

Aug. 16, 2007

Catholic University Back-to-School Tip Sheet

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. In addition, CUA expects to enroll about 100 transfer students and more than 1,000 new full and part-time graduate and law school students.

Total undergraduate enrollment at CUA may exceed 3,200 students (full-time and part-time) in fall 2007, approaching the previous high of 3,251 full-time and part-time undergraduates in 1988, according to W. Michael Hendricks, vice president for enrollment management.

TV crews seeking B-roll footage of new students on campus can get video prior to the first day of classes by attending CUA's new student orientation, to be held Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007, through Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007. CUA expects more than 2,500 parents and new students to attend educational sessions, mixers, skits and other events designed to help them make the high school-to-college transition. This year students and their families can learn more about the Brookland neighborhood, where CUA is located, by taking a trolley tour of the area. Families also will help students move into their residence halls during this time.

CUA admissions, housing, student life and orientation staff are available to comment for back-to-school stories. To arrange interviews or other coverage, call Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

Photo/Video Opportunities

CUA New Student Orientation: Aug. 23-Aug. 26, 2007
Students Move into Residence Halls: Aug. 23 (new students)
Aug. 25-26 (returning students)
CUA First Day of Classes: Aug. 27, 2007

Additional back-to-school news at CUA includes:

CUA Implements New Safety Measures
Catholic University is in the process of investing more than $900,000 to upgrade its security on campus. In July CUA began preparations for installing 22 smart closed-circuit television cameras in strategic locations around campus as part of the university's security updates. The cameras, equipped with behavior-recognition technology, will permit CUA's Department of Public Safety to monitor key areas and passageways on campus. Cameras will be mounted on buildings, poles and emergency phone stanchions, and will have the capability to automatically alert public safety officers if unusual or suspicious behavior is detected.

By the end of September, 11 new emergency phones will be installed on stanchions that will include a blue emergency strobe light and a closed-circuit TV camera. The university is also doubling the number of public safety assistants who will be assigned to student residence halls and athletic facilities.

In addition, the university has selected "Alert DC" as its emergency text message provider. The system is offered by the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Faculty, staff, students and others who sign up will receive urgent e-mails or text messages to their cell phone, Blackberry or other mobile device in the event of imminent danger. CUA will be making a concerted effort to encourage all members of its campus community to sign up.

Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be celebrated at noon on Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Following the Mass, CUA will hold its second annual University Picnic on the lawn and west patio of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Classes will be cancelled between 12:10 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Room Blessings
Franciscan friars from Campus Ministry help students settle in and set their intentions for the coming school year with "Room Blessings," which will occur Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from Monday, Sept. 17, through Thursday, Sept. 27. In recent years approximately three-quarters of students living on campus have taken part in the back-to-school ritual, which has grown in popularity since its inception in the mid 1990s.

Campus Ministry Provides Masses for New Athletic Conference
CUA begins its first season in the new Landmark (Athletic) Conference with seven other colleges and universities in the Northeast United States. Because the conference teams will travel primarily on weekends, Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M., university chaplain and director of campus ministry, has created an information packet listing Mass times at Catholic churches closest to each university in the conference and has distributed it to Catholic campus ministers at other Landmark schools and CUA's athletic director. He also has offered visiting teams the use of CUA's chapels for Masses. Mike Allen, athletic director, has posted the information on the athletic department's Web site so that visiting teams can easily view the information.

MEDIA: For additional information or to arrange interviews with CUA staff, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.