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Victor David

Sophomore Starts CUA Pep Band

Sophomore politics major Victor David came to Odyssey Day from Joliet, Ill., in April of 2010 wondering what CUA had to offer in the way of a pep band. When he realized CUA’s last pep band had stopped performing many years ago, he says he thought about starting a new one.

He talked with President John Garvey at the Freshman Convocation reception in September 2010 and began making this possibility a reality.

“I asked President Garvey what he thought about starting a pep band to perform at sporting events on campus and he was really supportive of it. His enthusiasm encouraged me to act quickly and begin following the necessary steps to start a new student organization,” said David.

David met with the Office of Campus Activities and began recruiting band members. By the end of David’s first semester at CUA the pep band was officially recognized as a student organization.

The band currently has 18 members. It performs regularly at CUA home basketball and football games and also plays at special events. The band’s most recent appearance was at the 125th Anniversary Celebration in April.

David is also involved in several other organizations on campus. He joined the CUA Knights of Columbus Council 9542 in the fall semester of his freshman year and currently serves as its recorder. He is responsible for keeping all records accurate for the group and also contributes service regularly with his fellow members.

As a member of the University Hearing Board, David listens to disciplinary issues raised during student conduct hearings and works with faculty, staff, and other CUA students to determine whether the student is accountable for the infraction. David said he enjoys working on the board because it allows him to practice what he learns in his politics classes.

David also brings his leadership experience to prospective CUA students, working as a Cardinal Ambassador for the admissions office and giving tours of the campus.

This past fall, David was chosen to be a mentor for the Emerging Leaders Program by the campus activities office.

“Victor was asked to serve as an Emerging Leaders mentor because he is very involved in the campus community and clearly demonstrates a passion for making this community an engaging and welcoming one,” says Ryan-Allen McKinney, associate director of campus activities.

David also volunteers for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as one of its master of ceremonies, making sure the day’s Mass goes as planned and helping the main celebrant with anything he may need.

His devotion to the Church and leadership experience have inspired him to stay active in service after he graduates.

“I am confident that my involvement at CUA will pay off later down the road. Whatever path I take, I want to continue to lead and serve and inspire others to do the same,” said David. 

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Victor David

Hometown: Joliet, Ill.
Major: Politics

Instruments he plays: Clarinet, bass clarinet, alto sax, concert percussion, brass

Hobbies: Reading, watching the news, and spending time with friends

Favorite place he’s visited:
Las Vegas

Favorite time of the year on campus: Fall — “I love the change in colors of the beautiful trees.”