[CUA Office of Public Affairs]

          Aug. 9, 2005


Catholic University Back-to-School Tip Sheet


Catholic University will welcome approximately 800 freshmen, 110 transfer students and 525 full-time graduate students for the start of classes on Monday, Aug. 29, 2005. Following are facts about CUA’s enrollment and housing this school year, along with story ideas for back-to-school coverage.


Television crews seeking B-roll footage of new students on campus can get video prior to the first day of school by attending CUA’s new student orientation, to be held Thursday, Aug. 25, 2005, through Sunday, Aug. 28, 2005. About 96 percent of the freshmen and 50 percent of transfer students and their families will be attending educational sessions, mixers, skits, book discussion groups and other events designed to help them make the high school-to-college transition. 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 Chris Harrison at 202-319-5600.


Photo/Video Opportunities


             CUA New Student Orientation:                     Aug. 25 – Aug. 28, 2005

             Students Move into Residence Halls:            Aug. 25 (new students)

                                                                              Aug. 27-28 (returning students)

             CUA First Day of Classes:                           Aug. 29, 2005



The enrollment trends for Catholic University continue to move upward; this year’s undergraduate enrollments represent an 11 percent increase in the number of new students entering the university over the previous year. Members of the freshmen class represent 46 states, 22 countries and many different religions. Similarly, enrollments at the graduate level have experienced an increase of more than 20 percent in matriculated students for fall 2005 over fall 2004.

 Final enrollment numbers will be available inSeptember.


CUA’s 2,129 housing slots are filled, says Jonathan C. Sawyer, associate vice president for student life and dean of students.


Story Ideas at CUA


Thematic Housing

This year 86 students in a Catholic University residence hall will live in six thematic housing communities that they initiated. The communities are centered on topics that include the arts, Spanish language, two areas of literature, community service and leadership development. The program, now in its second year, brings together students who have common educational or extracurricular interests so they can learn together and foster community in the residence hall and campus wide. 


Fire Prevention

In the wake of student fatalities in on- and off-campus fires at other universities in recent years, CUA has focused on implementing new fire safety measures for the 2005-2006 school year. In September, which has been designated as Campus Fire Safety Month, CUA will host Safety Awareness Week Sept. 19 to 23 with activities scheduled at Caldwell Auditorium and the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. As part of the activities targeted at students who live in off-campus housing, CUA will give away smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Catholic University has just completed a $5 million, four-year upgrade project, installing new fire alarms and sprinklers in the residence halls.


More Wireless Laptops at Mullen Library  

The John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library expects that wireless laptop usage there will continue to increase in 2005-2006. Mullen Library, which first provided laptops for students at the library in the fall of 2000, saw a 107-percent increase in laptop usage from 2003-2004 to 2004-2005. Mullen will add 10 PC laptops in the fall, bringing to 30 the total number available to students. CUA continues to expand its wireless network on campus with wireless capability now available in 10 residence halls, the modular student housing, the Columbus School of Law, the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies and the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.  


Computer Security Measures/File Sharing

In the fall, Catholic University will start implementing a new system for registering student computers on the university network. The system will allow CUA to identify and isolate virus-infected machines, and help students repair them. It will also help CUA notify students of Internet file-sharing violations, which have already declined from 40 two years ago to 15 last year. Part of the decline is due to the popularity of the “What is Wrong with Ripping” video available on CUA’s Campus Legal Information Clearinghouse at http://counsel.cua.edu/copyright/publications/. Craig Parker, CUA general counsel, is available to talk about CUA’s program to prevent illegal file sharing.


Eucharistic Ministry at Washington Hospital Center

This fall Catholic University students will serve as volunteer eucharistic ministers at the Washington Hospital Center in Northwest Washington through a new program sponsored by Campus Ministry. The students will help the Catholic chaplains, who minister to Catholic patients at the hospital center as well as the National Rehabilitation Hospital and Children’s National Medical Center.


Room Blessings

Franciscan friars from Campus Ministry help students settle in and set their intentions for the coming school year with a “Room Blessing” ritual that has grown in popularity over the past eight years. In recent years approximately three-quarters of students living on campus have taken part in the back-to-school ritual. Room blessings begin on Sept. 13 and continue through the end of September on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings.


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






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