The Catholic University of America

Aug. 27, 2009

CUA Welcomes New Students With Orientation 2009

Orientation adviser Lauren Boyce (Photo by Jenna Isaacson)

Catholic University welcomed new students and their families for the 2009-2010 school year on Thursday, Aug. 27 - the first day of Orientation 2009 for the incoming class of 2013.

"Doors Opening," the orientation program, provides four days for new students to become accustomed to the campus that will become home, meet their academic advisers and get to know their residence-hall roommates and neighbors before beginning classes on Monday, Aug. 31.

Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, addressed the new students and their families at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center during three sessions that were open to all students, faculty and staff of CUA.

During Orientation, students and parents participate in sessions on financial aid, career services, safety and on-campus job opportunities. On Aug. 28, events include the student resource fair, where new students can learn about organizations and activities, as well as a Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Weekend activities for the students include Movies on the (CUA) Mall, an ice cream social with Campus Ministry's House, a "Cardinal Carnival" and excursions to Washington, D.C., monuments, the National Zoo and the neighborhoods of Georgetown and Chinatown.

For more information on Orientation, visit


  Sophomore Dominic Dixon in the newly renovated Office of Enrollment Services in McMahon Hall.


Senior Kerry Convery works on a computer outside the new enrollment services office.  


  Incoming freshman Colby Cooley of Salt Lake City gets a kiss from mom Karen Cooley as she and dad Doug Cooley help their son move into Magner Hall in Centennial Village. (Photo by Jenna Isaacson)


Resident assistant Sarah Mehlmann greets Claire Kuchler as she checks in to Centennial Village. (Photo by Jenna Isaacson)  


  Mom Juliet Wilkins and her daughter, also Juliet Wilkins, of Upper Marlboro, Md., set up a room in Centennial Village. (Photo by Jenna Isaacson)


Father Nick D'Aleandro Jr. and son Nick D'Aleandro III, left, of Doylestown, Pa., and Kyle Kramer, of Downingtown, Pa., with the CUA Cardinal. (Photo by Jenna Isaacson)  


  Bobby Mickle, right, of Andover, Mass., moves into a South Campus residence hall with parents John and Jeanne Mickle.


South Campus resident assistant Maria Kaufmann checks in freshman Katrina Owunna of Pittsburgh.  


  Father O'Connell greets new students and their parents in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.