Christmas Can't Be Very Far Away
From: Manassas, Virginia
Major: English Language & Literature
Hobbies? Reading, sleeping, facebooking and occasionally picking up the guitar... and making homemade peppermint mochas for my dorm.
What's your favorite class/professor? Every class in my second semester of sophomore year was phenomenal, especially Prof. Bracy Bersnak's history class and Dr. Patrick Keats' literature class. Catholic Modern Literature with Dr. Trey Stanford has been amazing, as well as any class with Prof. Sharon Hickson. Overall, one of the most incredible classes I have taken at Christendom was Art & Architecture of Rome... in Rome.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I played volleyball my junior year,but I could tell the team was intimidated by my bench-warming skills, so I left my athletic career at that. I've done stage crew for a couple of plays and I am a volunteer counselor at the Crisis Pregnancy Center here in Front Royal.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Without a doubt, my favorite thing about Christendom is the friends and acquaintances I've made, as cliché as it sounds! Not to mention the teachers that constantly encourage the students and serve as examples of good Catholic men and women. Christendom serves as a path to better understanding the Catholic Faith, and throughout my three and a half years, I've truly come to appreciate that.
Why did you choose Christendom? My older brother came here seven years ago and I remember him walking away at graduation with a lot of solid friends and a genuine appreciation for the professors and academics. I remember thinking, "I want that." (Seven years later my brother still hangs out with those friends and talks about his old college professors.)
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? The sincere interest the teachers have in the formation of their students in multiple aspects of life.
Plans after graduation? Go to a few weddings and take a few naps. But really, I hope to teach elementary school—preferably second grade.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Trust in God, put away your books on Saturday night, enroll int he Rome Program, and stick a dollar in the tip jar at the café.
The lucky ladies who won were Juniors Molly Morey and Frances Allington, Sophomores Eileen Dziak, Colleen Harmon and Sara Federico and Senior Bernadette Horiuchi.
“Although it might sound like win-a-date would be awkward for the guy and the girl, it was actually a really great experience going to one of Christendom’s best events with a really great guy,” Frances Allington said.
Senior James Hannon answers one of the humorous questions during lunch.
“The SAC really went all out this year with the decorations, and I loved how the dance floor that they brought in was much larger this year,” says Senior Elise Anderson. “It was an overall amazing night, and I couldn’t have asked for a better time.”
A fancy holiday dinner and desserts were served for all at 6 pm, followed by an address by College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. The senior class also sang songs about all the members of their class to the tunes of famous holiday songs. The dance began shortly afterwards, and everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves dancing for hours to an assortment of music, including many Christmas favorites.
Dr. O'Donnell told students that we ca relate to the prophets in the Old Testament in their deep longing for the coming of Christ.
The Ladies enjoyed a few dances with Santa Claus (Senior Bill Waller).
Anastacio Hinojosa swings with Sophomore Olivia Aveni.
The dance floor stayed hoppin' all night.
The Formal heightened the anticipation of Christmas for all the students.
“Decorate my home away from home with my girls really got me excited for the Christmas season,” Freshman Colleen Anderson said. “A little bit of competition among the floors didn’t hurt the spirit in the least and added to the festivities. I think the creativity of the girls really showed through during the party. It was a great experience.”
Students enjoy a game of Scategories by the fireplace.
"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel." (Elf)
“Singing Christmas carols makes the season so much more exciting,” Sophomore Olivia Aveni said. “I thought we sang a great collection of songs this year, but my favorite by far was ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’.”
The violins played by Sophomores Taylor Anderson and Sarah Halbur, along with Freshman Veronic Halbur, were beautiful.
The acoustics in the Rotunda made the carols resound with full and amazing sound.
The crowd welcomed the return of former-chaplain Fr. Daniel Gee as the referee of the matches. Each match consisted of three rounds. The first winner was Mike Enzeo and the winner of the second match was David Byers.
“Equal contenders put their hearts on the line and gave an amazing show,” Senior Ben Ranieri said. “With nothing left, each boxer gave his all and showed the crowd what it is like to truly be a boxer.”
Inzeo gets ready to go in for the kill.
Curtin and Ruhl exchange blows to the head.
Fr. Gee announces Ruhl as Christendom's new champion.
On Wednesday night, December 8, the semester's last Pub Night was held in the St. Lawrence Commons. It was by far one of the most exciting and entertaining Pub Nights of the year.
“The degree of musical talent at Christendom is just unbelievable,” Freshman Pat McKenna said. “I loved every single performance, and especially how the crowd really got into the music and was even dancing.”
In between musical acts, everybody helped themselves to yummy snacks and drinks, and fine beers were served to those over 21.
It was a great way to relax before the craziness of finals.
Theresa Lamirande has an album available for download in the iTunes Store.
Alicia Stanton always brings a lot of energy to the stage.
Jimmy Munson, Rob Fetsko and Matt La Fave show off their skills.
Don Juan and the Long Johns played a few hits from the 90's.
Nick Freeman & the Texas Heat got everyone up and dancing.
Deck the Halls
Seniors Lauren Oligny and Bernadette Horiuchi prepare the center pieces for the Christmas formal tables.
Senior Catherine Briggs helps Junior Molly Morey decorate the second floor window of the gym.
Sophomores Sarah Belk and Rachel Milani create and paint the fireplace used in the Formal's photo spot.
Sophomore Philip Briggs gives the tree the trim.
Creating the "the sea of swirly twirly gum drops."
The Wardrobe of Narnia in Campion's Basement.
Freshman Angelica Cintorino puts the finishing touches of Narnia up.
A Winter Wrap-Up
Well here we are one day before finals begin in cold and blustery Virginia with a chance to look back at the world of Crusader sports for the past few months. The semester through the eyes of the sports department has been a great success with four out of the five teams having a .500 winning percentage or higher and with numerous faces making big statements for their prospective teams.
Overall, the past few months have been a great time for Christendom sports and we look forward to more of the same in the spring semester of 2011. We wish you all a very blessed Advent and a Merry Christmas!
Morgan Kavanagh sends the ball to the net.
Bridget Vander Woude gives the Lady Crusaders another point.
Paul Nangurai battles through Southern Virginia's defence.
Rensch takes it to the hole.
6'7" Brian Fox is hard to stop.
The Cazies came out in record numbers with buckets of spirit.
Q: I am interested in going into the field of education when I’m done with my studies. Is Christendom College a good choice for a person who has this goal, and specifically, what does Christendom have to offer a person who has this goal?
A. This is a very good question and, in fact, one that is asked of me quite often. As a general answer, a Christendom education is beneficial to anyone interested in any field of work because of the overall well roundedness of our program. We educate our students, rather than train them. We believe that by giving our students a classical liberal arts education, they will be ready to meet all of the challenges that come their way upon graduation. In fact, we have seen this to be the case with our graduates. Our graduates are involved in many varied and different careers, from medicine to law, journalism to law enforcement, from owning their own businesses to working on Wall Street.
Now to address the specifics of the question: What does Christendom have to offer a person interested in entering the field of education upon graduation?
Through our core curriculum, through the study of history, philosophy, literature, theology, political science, math, and science, our students are truly educated in the things that matter. They are not educated to do one thing or another, but are simply educated. Because of this, those who have an interest in teaching are always welcomed, and even sought after, by many Catholic school systems. School officials realize that although teaching methods are very important, the most important thing in teaching anyone is the love and knowledge of the Faith and the desire to pass on, not only head-knowledge, but more importantly, a love of God, His Church, and the good Catholic life in general. Christendom College prepares its students for that.
Other colleges, in their education programs, may teach its students how to teach math to 4th graders, or how to organize your classroom to make it more learning friendly. We believe that these things will work themselves out once you are in the classroom so there is no real need to spend a bunch of money and time on being trained in specifics when you will end up learning these things on-the-job later.
Now for those who may want to get their feet wet in teaching before graduation, we do offer a Teacher Formation Program as part of our curriculum. Seniors are given the opportunity to work as teacher aids with local Catholic and public schools, helping to plan classes and teach certain subjects. More information on this program can be found by going here.
I hope this helps!
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