Pianos & Little Flags


Name: Brian Nysewander
Age: 21
Pebble Beach, California
Political Science
Swimming and hiking.
What's your favorite class?
Any class taught by Dr. Bernard Way. He is passionate and very engaging.
Do you play any sports?
Pretty much all the intramural sports.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities?
I performed in the Mystery Dinner Theater last year.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom?
The people.
Why did you choose Christendom?
Because of the outstanding liberal arts education and Catholic atmosphere.
What do you plan to do after graduation? I'm thinking about going to grad school.


Talent Shines Bright at Piano Night

On Friday night, the St. Lawrence Commons was transformed into a concert hall as fourteen Christendom students performed piano pieces for their peers and several faculty members, during the annual Piano Night.

Students are used to constantly hearing the two pianos in the St. Lawrence Commons being played, but Piano Night gave the most gifted pianists an opportunity to formally show off their aptitude for music.

The night was filled with a mix of classical, modern, and original compositions, played by some of the school’s best musicians.

“I have been going to Piano Night for three years and I am always blown away by the amount of talent showcased,” Junior Kelsey McCrum said.

After the standing ovation given to the performers at the end of the night, everyone seemed to agree that Christendom attracts the highest calibre of talent. Despite being a liberal arts college, the fine arts are an integral part of the campus culture and are highly encouraged.

John McWhirter played Bach's Italian Concerto (First Movement).

Sophomores Emi Funai and Sadie Bratt played Grieg's Anitra's Dance.

Sophomore Colleen Harrington played a rendition of Kenny Chesney's country music hit "You Had Me From Hello."

Honoring the Fallen

On Saturday, the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Freshman Savanna Buckner, with the help of the Young America's Foundation, organized a 9/11: Never Forget Project event. Buckner, along with several other students, put 2,977 flags on display in front of Christ the King Chapel to represent those who died during the terrorist attacks. Students also organized a silent Holy Hour from 3-4pm for the victims and the protection of our country.

Event organizer Freshman Savanna Buckner of Stafford, Va., stands with the flags.

Each year Young America's Foundation helps students across the country properly remember the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks through their 9/11: Never Forget Project.

It was a great reminder not only to those on campus, but also to every car that passed by.

A special extraordinary form Mass was offered as well. It was the First Mass of Christendom Alumnus Fr. Michael Stein, a priest of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

World Trade Center

On Saturday night, a group of students gathered for a 9/11 Memorial Movie Night on the big screen projector in St. Kilian’s Café. Students watched World Trade Center, starring Nicholas Cage, which truly allowed them to grasp just how real the terrible events of 9/11 were.

It was a touching story about two police officers who were trapped in the rubble of the disaster, and the faith both they and their families had to have in order to get through this catastrophe. The night was organized primarily by Student Activities Council member Daniel Mitchell, who later commented that “the night proved to be a great way to remember those Americans who died nine years ago today.”

Drinks and a plethora of snacks were served, and it certainly appeared that all in attendance were in some way touched by the movie and its inspirational message.

Freshmen Adriana Albizures and Elizabeth Altomari enjoyed the film.

Wiffleball Heats Up Crusader Gymnasium

The Intramural Sports year has officially kicked off with the exciting and unique team sport of wiffleball! This game is a more laid-back form of baseball, in which players use a plastic bat and “wiffle” ball in the Crusader Gymnasium. This year, there are eighteen teams, each consisting of five players. These teams switch around, playing different teams constantly.

On Thursday, the teams assembled for the third time this semester to try to hit home runs and get their players around the bases.

"This is my first experience with intramurals, and I am having a ton of fun with wiffleball," Freshman Joe Marra said.

The teams are already anticipating their next games this week, hoping that they will come out the Wiffleball World Series Champions!

Senior Jack Anderson gets ready to send the ball "out of the park."

Senior Dinner

The Senior Class enjoyed a special meal with the Faculty on Monday Night. Delightful fare was provided by the college's Chef Dennis Paranzino and his staff. As dessert was served students and faculty enjoyed a lecture by Classical and Early Christian Studies Professor Dr. Edward Strickland, entitled St. Nilus: Pastoral Care? The special and everyday encounters with the faculty are all part of what makes Christendom's education a personal experience.

Classical and Early Christian Studies Professor Dr. Mark Clark dines with Karl Haislmaier, Ben Allen, Joe Ruhl, David Klosterman, and Maggie McGann.

Fr. Planty Continues Series of Spiritual Talks

On Tuesday evening, College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty spoke to students about the importance of mental prayer during the second talk in his Chaplain's Tuesday Series. He discussed the relationship between faithful Catholic Christians and their prayer life.

“Fr. Planty really convinced me of the value of mental prayer," Junior Fran Dewey said. "In his discussion, he drew upon the importance of the saints, who serve as examples for us. I really liked that.”

Walking students through the steps to prepare for prayer, he gave out helpful guidelines in order for students to experience the most thoughtful mental prayer possible. He also introduced the “Lectio Divina” or Divine Lesson. Fr. Planty plans to continue the discussion on the Lectio Divina next week where he will further delve into the most effective ways to have a meaningful prayer life.

Freshman Year Trailer

hristendom Junior Brian Pelletier took his video camera everywhere with him during his Freshman year. He put this little mock "trailer" together using some of the footage that he collected. Enjoy!


Coming September 23rd!


Theology 101: The Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine

During the course of the school year, freshmen deepen their faith as they learn the basics of Catholicism and explore what it truly means to be a Catholic in the core course Theology 101: The Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine. This course presents the mysteries of the Faith, the liturgy, and the sacraments, as well as scriptural studies. Freshmen have the oportunity to be taught by College Chaplain Fr. Donald Planty or by Founding Faculty Member Prof. Raymund O'Herron.

“Prof. O’Herron is so knowledgeable about everything he teaches," Freshman Rebecca Ellefson says. "His class is captivating and has taught me that Faith and reason don’t have to be at opposite ends of the spectrum, but can work together. He’s very patient and realizes that everyone comes from different stages in their Faith journey.”

The Chronicler caught up with Prof. O’Herron to get his take on the importance of Theology in the core curriculum.

The Chronicler: Why is it important that Theology is included in Christendom’s Core Curriculum?
Prof. Raymund O'Herron: Theology is the subject matter most directly concerned with God and with His message of salvation, and it is a human reflection on the content of God’s revelation. Here at Christendom, we begin with a catechesis on the fundamentals of Catholic doctrine courses, which is an essential first step to the study of theology.
C: What is your favorite unit or topic to teach in Theology 101?
RO: I find the attributes of God and Creation to be the most enjoyable for me and also the most enlightening for the students.

C: What are some of the challenges you have encountered teaching Theology to freshmen who are not well versed in Catholic Doctrine?
RO: I expect that many students aren’t well prepared. The purpose of this course is to remedy that situation. I have found year after year that the students in this course are very docile to the Truth, so it has not been difficult to teach that.

C: What advice would you give to prospective students who feel a Catholic Theology class would be too challenging or unnecessary?
RO: The course is geared to the level of understanding appropriate to a student’s age. So a student could expect that the material would be presented in such a way that he could understand. It is a serious mistake to think that one could dispose of the study of the content of the Catholic faith since it is the most important subject matter that a student will ever deal with; even more so than his other courses.


Lady Crusaders Volleyball Gets 2nd Win of the Season

On Tuesday evening, the Christendom women’s volleyball team swept Washington Bible in 3 games with a solid team effort to put their record at 2-1 for the year. The volleyball team starting line-up features 5 out of 6 players that were not on the team last year. The played in front of a very excited group of Christendom Crazies who gave the team great support and vocal cheering, even using the “storied” vuvuzelas (made famous during the World Cup) to booster the team’s energy on the court.

The match saw Christendom race out to an early lead in the first game, going up 12-6 before Washington Bible would cut it to just 2 points. Timely passing from Sophomores Anna Harris and Lisa Hill along with solid front-line play from Freshmen Mary Barbale and Bridget Vander Woude, Senior Mary Kate Vander Woude, and Sophomore Theresa Jalsevac helped the Lady Crusaders pull away to a 25-18 final win.

The 2nd game started off much closer as Washington Bible took a lead at 10-8 only to see the Christendom team re-group and battle back. Setters Senior Sarah Massett and Lisa Hill provided quality sets throughout the match which often resulted in a crushing spike by Mary, Mary Kate, or Bridget. In the 2nd game Bridget and Lisa’s powerful service game gave Christendom the edge and they went on to win 25-22.

In the final game the Lady Crusaders proved to be too consistent for the Washington Bible Cougars and the Christendom women’s team finished the sweep of the 3 games. The win moves the Lady Crusaders to 2-1 and undefeated when playing at home. The home crowd's support has really created a home-court advantage that we only hope continues throughout the year. The Lady Crusader's victory over Washington Bible gives them the lead in the Shenandoah Chesapeake Conference. The team is off until Friday when they travel to play at Division III Hood College.

Mary Kate Vander Woude gives Washington Bible one of her spikes.

Lisa Hill sends the ball over the net.

No fans are crazier than the Christendom Crazies.

Theresa Jalsevac adds one to the Lady Crusaders' score.

Q. Since Christendom does not accept Federal Funds, does it offer any scholarships, grants, or loans?

A. You are right in saying that Christendom does not accept any sort of Federal funding but this does NOT mean that we do not offer any financial aid to our students. What this means is that the money that we offer to our students in the form of loans, grants, or academic scholarship, comes from us, due to the generosity of our many donors, rather than from the government and the tax payers. While we accept no direct federal aid, nor participate in indirect programs of federal aid such as the Student Guaranteed Loan, we maintain a robust financial assistance program that matches and mirrors support received through federal aid programs.

We have a strong commitment to providing a comprehensive Financial Aid Program for our students. We offer financial assistance through our need-based aid and merit-based academic scholarships. Need-based aid consists of loans and grants while merit-based scholarships are granted automatically upon acceptance, and are based on your SAT or ACT score. All students are also able to apply for on-campus student employment, regardless of their financial situation. We currently have approximately 150 on-campus jobs for our students.

Financing a college education can be a huge challenge and fiscal undertaking. Our Financial Aid Office is ready to work with you as you consider your college education financing options. Please, do not hesitate to contact us. Ms. Alisa Polk is the Financial Aid Officer in charge of the office and she has been working in that office since I was a freshman at Christendom back in 1986! I always tell everyone, if she doesn’t know the answer to your financial aid question, there is no answer. Happy You will always talk to a person when you call our Financial Aid Office and will not have to jump through a lot of hoops as you might with government/Federal funding. Our process is simple and your answer comes in easy to understand language.

Christendom’s financial aid is given to help defray all or some part of the cost of tuition. Outside loan programs are available as well to help Christendom students defray the cost of room and board, fees, books, and living expenses not covered by our Financial Aid Program.

Students wishing to request need-based financial aid from the College need to fill out the College’s unique Financial Aid Application Form (found HERE) and not the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. However, if you are completing a FAFSA for other colleges, much of the FAFSA information is easily transferable to Christendom’s Financial Aid Application form. Remember, Ms. Polk in the Financial Aid Office can assist you with any questions you might have about our Financial Aid Application ([email protected]).

If you want to get a jump on things, you are more than welcome to fill in the one-page Financial Aid Estimator and send it in. You can get a quick response and get a good idea of how much you may qualify for at this early date, rather than finding out next March. I highly encourage you to fill it out and send it in real soon.

I hope that helps and thanks for asking,
Director of Admissions
[email protected]
800.877.5456 ext. 1290

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