A Procession of Musical Talent
From: New Castle, Delaware
Major: Political Science
Hobbies? Animation, designing, saxophone.
What's your favorite class/professor? Dr. John Cuddeback's Metaphysics. I like Dr. Cuddeback's teaching style, and the class material was also interesting and engaging. I definitely enjoyed this class over any other Philosophy class I've taken. It was a challenging class for me, but, if anything, it was a bonding experience for those of us with bad grades...
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Intramurals and boxing. I especially love working in the kitchen.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The people. It's so easy to make friends because everyone is down to earth and shares my beliefs.
Why did you choose Christendom? I wanted to go to a school where I wouldn't have to worry about the professors teaching contrary to the Faith. I knew Christendom would fill my intellectual as well as spiritual needs.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? How much I have changed and learned from my experience here.
Plans after graduation? They change daily. Right now I would like to go back to school after Christendom and go into designing, architecture, marketing, or business.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? The freshmen aren't harassed very much by the upper-classmen, which is one less thing to worry about if you come here!
“I’m always impressed by how many volunteers we get from Christendom to donate. People do not realize how necessary the blood we donate is,” says Junior Fran Dewey who organized the event. “All the hospitals in the area really count on the blood we give—the high school and college blood drives in the area truly make a difference. The fact that people take time out of their day to donate says something about our community.”
Nineteen students were first-time donators and 45 pints were filled. The drive takes place each semester and the Red Cross is always in need of donors.
Freshman Conor O'Donnell, Junior Catherine Antunes, and Freshman Andrew Helpler enjoy the goodies from the Red Cross after donating.
Mrs. Hickson gave a truly uplifting and captivating talk on confidence. She spoke about believing in oneself, and never doubting what one is capable of doing. She especially stressed trusting in God, for everything is truly possible through Him.
“Mrs. Hickson’s words were incredibly inspiring and positive,” says Freshman Bernadette Donahue. “I loved how she touched on the importance of bringing others up, instead of saying things that only tear people down.”
All in attendance left feeling more confident and happy that they got to enjoy a fun night with friends.
There's not much that tastes better than fire-roasted s'mores on a fall evening.
Our faculty engage students on a personal level inside and outside the classroom. Good luck finding such a faith-filled and dedicated faculty anywhere else!
An assortment of instruments was played, including the violin, piano, saxophone, and even cello. Many students showcased their impressive singing voices, usually accompanied by the piano or some other instrument. Several student bands performed, including student band, Fools for No One, and there was even a Christian rap sung by Freshman Paul Fiesel.
“St. Cecilia’s Night was very entertaining!” says Freshman Sarah Peterson. “There are so many people here at Christendom who have amazing musical talent, and it was quite enjoyable to listen to and watch them perform.”
Freshman Jason Sparks performed "Stars" from Les Miserbales. Sophomore Max Hess accompanied him on the piano.
Senior Karl Haislmaier and Freshman Luke Tillotson played Bach's "Double Violin Concerto."
Senior Mary Kate Vander Woude and Sophomore Nick Blank sang "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera. Senior Matt Rensch accompanied them on the piano.
Accompanied by a quartet, Sophomore Sarah Halbur performed "Duo Seraphim" by Richard Dering.
Juniors Andrew Ciskanik, Chris Foeckler, Ted Cantu, and Richie Lancaster along with Senior Francis Aul brought the house down with a few blues numbers.
Fools for No One featured the talents of Juniors Richie Lancaster, Dan Beller, Ted Cantu, and Rob Fetsko.
Sophomore Gloria Klosterman sang a couple duets with her brother David, a senior.
Then all joined in a Eucharistic Procession around campus.
“For me, the procession was very moving and symbolic of the way Christ can come into our individual lives,” Freshman Tim Johnson said. “He touches us by His presence so that we come to follow Him.”
All joined in prayer and hymns processing behind the Holy Eucharist - carried by Fr. Planty.
After retuning to the Chapel for closing prayers, everyone went to the St. Lawrence Commons for a festive brunch.
Here is a video featuring highlights from the Mass and Procession:
Following the debate, a Crusades re-enactment was performed by several male Christendom students. Later that night a dance was held, where many traditional contra style dances were performed.
“The re-enactment of the Crusades was very enjoyable but the dancing after was even better,” said Freshman Gloria Connolly. “I loved seeing all the costumes—dressing up was so much fun!”
During dinner, a choir sang traditional songs in Latin.
Professor William Diem argued boldly in the debate.
Students enjoyed a contra-style dance following the dinner.
Students had a blast dancing the evening away in their medieval garb.
Thanksgiving and Tearful Goodbyes
Experiencing everything that we have in the past few months is such a blessing, for which we are, and should be, truly thankful.
And so, in this last Rome Report, as all of us go home, and are welcomed by loving arms, I urge my fellow Rome students, to remember that we are STILL changing. Rome is just the beginning of something greater. Our Rome experience is not yet over, it has only just begun. So go, take Rome with you, continue to change, and BE CHANGED!
In Christo Rege,
Thanksgiving Dinner in Rome.
Students will miss their classroom balcony that overlooks St. Peter's.
The Fall 2010 group posses with the World Youth Day Cross in St. Peter's Square at the beginning of their semester.
From Across the Pond
Chronicler Reporter Maeve Gallagher got a few of our international students together to ask them about living life on both sides of the pond.
Powder Puff 2010
Photos courtesy of Paul Fiesel
Although the offense of the Freshmen-Juniors could move the ball, they could not to put the ball in the end zone... Enter the defense! Once the Seniors-Sophomores got the ball back, Kat Anderson dropped back to pass and threw one that freshmen Mary Barbale intercepted and returned for the first Freshmen-Junior touchdown—tying the game at 6.
The Freshmen-Junior offense under the guidance of Molly Morey moved down the field looking to tie or win the game, but on the pivotal 4th down play, the Sophomores-Seniors defense would rise to the occasion and stop the “young ones” and seal the victory!
The game featured much support and enthusiasm from the fans and players and the event, which has been a staple in the college calendar, chalks up another successful close Powder-Puff game!
Junior Molly Morrey fires one down field.
Fast as lightening: Sophomore Theresa Lamirande.
Morrey makes a dash for the end-zone.
Jane Snyder looks to shoot up the middle.
Freshman-Juniors: look forward to a victory next year.
Sophomore-Seniors celebrate their sweet victory.
Q: Can you tell me more about your Equestrian Program? It sounds like a wonderful opportunity
A. We began offering the equestrian program in the Fall of 2009, and, from everything I can tell, it seems like it is a big hit with those that are taking part in it.
Students may choose from the following extra-curricular programs:
Casual Option ($135 per semester):
This is designed for the student who just wants to ride on an occasional basis. Group Rides are scheduled two (2) times per month (6 per semester). The first several sessions focus on the formation or enhancement of riding skills. Later sessions are trail rides or organized riding activities in an arena.
This is for the student who would like to work on riding skills, but only has a limited amount of time. Group sessions are scheduled weekly (12 per semester) and are under the direction of a certified instructor. Students will see steady progress in their riding skills and will learn about basic horse care.
Focused Option ($495 per semester):
This is for the student who wants to accelerate the pace of improvement in his or her riding skills. Group Sessions will be smaller and there is more individualized training by a certified instructor. Sessions occur nominally twice a week (any combination of week days or weekend days (24 per semester)). As much as possible, sessions will be tailored to the skill of the individual rider.
Here is the link on our website about the equestrian program and you can also learn more about all the other amazing recreational activities that our area offers our students by going here.
Director of Admissions
800.877.5456 ext. 1290
If anyone has questions about applying, visiting, scholarships, financial aid, campus life, rules and regulations, majors, core curriculum, transfer credits, or even about the food here at Christendom, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time.