Most Undergrads Ever
For the third year in a row, the size of CUA’s new freshman class has set school records — this year with 908 freshmen. Undergraduate enrollment at CUA totals 3,469 full-time and part-time students this semester, surpassing the previous high of 3,251 in 1988. There has been remarkable growth over the past decade, says Vice President for Enrollment Management W. Michael Hendricks, noting that undergraduate enrollment was only 2,154 in 1998 when Father David O’Connell took the helm as president.
Thérèse-Anne Druart, professor of philosophy, was elected vice president/president-elect of the American Catholic Philosophical Association and began that role at the association’s annual meeting this fall.
World-Class Academic Publications
In July the European Science Foundation ranked four scholarly journals edited by Catholic University faculty as being among the world’s top peer-reviewed academic journals. Two of the CUA-edited journals — The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and The Catholic Historical Review — received an “A” ranking, meaning that the foundation considers them to be among the world’s top 10 to 25 percent of journals covering the discipline of religious studies and theology. Two other CUA-edited journals — Bulletin of Medieval Canon Law and The Review of Metaphysics — were honored as “standard international publications with
a good reputation among researchers of the field in different countries.”
Frank G. Persico, vice president for university relations and chief of staff, and Craig W. Parker, associate vice president and general counsel, each received a Benemerenti Medal granted by Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28. The medal is conferred upon individuals who have exhibited long and exceptional service to the Catholic Church. Both men are CUA alums and have served the university for three decades in key leadership positions.
Dean R. Hoge, professor emeritus of sociology, passed away on Sept. 13. He taught at CUA from 1974 until after his retirement in 2004. One of the nation’s pre-eminent experts on the sociology of religion, he was author of many studies on trends
in the U.S. Catholic Church and served as director of the university’s Life Cycle Institute from 1999 to 2004.
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