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Aug. 25, 2003


Catholic University Begins Fall Semester



Catholic University welcomes approximately 2,650 undergraduate and 2,950 graduate students to campus on Monday, Aug. 25, 2003.


“I want to say a word of welcome and welcome back to the entire university community,” said the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president. “Many necessary and long-overdue improvements have been made to the campus during the summer months…and there are more to come!”


A pair of improvements readily apparent to returning students are two newly renovated residence halls — Ryan and Regan. CUA's more than 2,078 housing slots are nearly filled, says Katherine Boone, CUA director of housing and residential services. The renovation of Ryan and Regan halls has created 38 more spaces for students this fall. CUA will have 1,300 returning students living on campus in fall 2003, as well as 650 freshman/transfer students living in the dorms.


Other new initiatives on campus this fall include a new four-part discussion series co-sponsored by CUA's School of Philosophy and Division of Student Life. Called "Exploring Faith and Forming Intellect," the Sept. 23 — Nov. 4 series explores issues of faith and reason. It will be led each week by two different philosophy professors who will offer short presentations and then participate in a discussion with students.


"College students are in the process of forming themselves intellectually, as they study and decide what they want to major in. They're asking questions, establishing opinions — this is the time when they're trying to fit things together," said Jean De Groot, associate dean of philosophy. "The series will offer students a chance to have a dialogue with professors about how reason helps to unify the spiritual and intellectual aspects of our lives. The aim is to provide a framework for reflection on modern life and the culture in which we're living."


For other back-to-school news and information, check out the latest edition of Inside CUA Online.




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