Music & Marid Gras
From: Ellington, Connecticut
Major: Undeclared - maybe Political Science
Hobbies? My Catholic Faith, ultimate frisbee, Lord of the Rings, piano, improv, talking, making friends
What's your favorite class/professor? I really love all my classes, but my favorite is probably History of Western Civilization with Prof. McGuire. I love history and his enthusiasm for his subject makes learning about the past incredibly fun and interesting.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I participate in intramural sports (esp. dodgeball) and the swing dance club as well. In the future, I'd like to get involved in the school plays and Shield of Roses.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the diverse range of personalities at Christendom. Also the way that what we learn in a particular class can overlap and expand on other classes—and all of this is tied into the Faith.
Why did you choose Christendom? I had my graduation from Seton Home Study at Christendom and really fell in love with the campus. Christendom had everything I wanted in a college: small student body, a strong sense of Catholicity, and a good balance between academics and extracurricular.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? People here are pretty normal and the food is surprisingly good. Gotta love desserts.
Plans after graduation? Not really sure. I'd like to do something low level in politics, like being an aid or assistant to a politician, but no definite plans as of yet.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Extend yourself, get to know other people, and Christendom will become like a second family. Also don't be afraid to ask upperclassmen for advise or help. They are some of the best help you can find for exams and papers.
He spoke on how to prepare for, and how to handle the interview, as well as the general structure of most interviews and how to approach them.
Mr. Robinson conducted a seminar style presentation which sought answers to questions from the audience. Each question helped students see how to use their answers to help and not hinder them.
Mr. Robinson worked as an executive coach assisting senior technology executives in their career exploration strategies and career search tactics.
“I loved seeing some of my friends show off their musical skills and perform for us,” said freshman Morgan Kavanagh. “Christendom has so many talented students and I think events like ‘Cup O’ Coeli’ give them a chance to showcase themselves. And Regina Coeli was packed, which just shows how much Christendom students support their friends.”
Students snacked on refreshments and enjoyed watching their friends showcase such amazing talent for a small college.
Sophomores Mary and Sadie Bratt sing with Freshman Katherine Shannon. Sophomore Hugh Bratt joins them on the bodrum.
Sophomore Gloria Klosterman is accompanied by Sophomore John Rogers on the piano.
Freshman Monica Davis and Sophomore Charlie Van Hecke were part of group that did a philosophical rap about Plato.
Seniors Margaret McShurley and John Kilackey played beautiful pieces on their violins. Sophomore Hugh Bratt accompanied them on the guitar.
Sophomore Eric Machue played a couple favorites.
Sophomore Jimmy Munson played great guitar solo.
Sophomore PJ Freeman played a classical number on his violin.
To follow on the theme of Mardi Gras, not only were masks available for all to wear, but there was also traditional "King Cake," one for the boys, and one for the girls. Crowns were given to the girl and boy who respectively found the baby Jesus in the King Cake.
Fun was had by all, and the students enjoyed the opportunity to have one more dance before the more somber season of Lent begins.
Gabe Schuberg sang "Earth Angel."
The band played fantastic renditions of oldies that were great to dance to.
Sophomores Nicole Koopman and John Rogers enjoy a dance.
A merry Mardi Gras masquerade.
He opened by briefly talking about shockingly sad statistics of global monetary priorities. He showed how it is hard to grow spiritually when one is so consumed with material things, and quoted St. John of the Cross, saying, "He who seeks pleasure in something will not be empty so that God can fill him with His ineffable joy. . . because his hands are full and he cannot take what God wants to give him."
Tu es Petrus
“I, the Lord, am with you always, until the end of the world” (Matt 28:20).
In the Gospel of Saint Matthew, these are the last words spoken by Christ before His Ascension, the words with which He promises constant protection to a group of eleven frightened men—to whom He has just given the seemingly ridiculous command to go out and evangelize all nations.
View from academic center.
Two thousand years later, thirty-eight college students from a nation over four thousand miles away hear the same words as they gather in the most famous church in the world: a basilica built in honor of one of those same eleven men.
On Monday morning, we officially began our orientation in Rome with Mass in the Crypt of Saint Peter’s Basilica, at the tomb of the Prince of the Apostles. As we went forward for Communion, Christ’s words to the apostles re-echoed through the chapel, and I realized that I, and each of my companions, and the Church we were standing in, were all solid, living proof that Christ has fulfilled His promise—we are members of a Church against which the gates of Hell will never prevail.
However, despite our regret over Siena, many of us breathed a sigh of relief at the thought of settling down in Rome. With our pilgrimage-week at an end, it seemed as though we were going home. Of course, in more ways than one, Rome really is our home, and it’s not just because we happen to live here. It’s because this city is the center of the Church to which we belong, because it is a city sanctified by the countless saints that have walked its streets, and most of all, because it is where our father—il papa, the pope—lives.
|The angelus seen and heard by students in Rome last Sunday. (Video jumps to English part of the Pope's address.)|
Benedict XVI is the two-hundred-and-sixty-sixth in the line of Popes who have fed the sheep of Christ in unbroken apostolic succession. We need have no doubt that there will be popes enough for yet another two thousand years, or longer, even until the end of the world. For Christ has promised to remain always with His Church. It is founded upon a rock.
The Duomo of Siena.
View of Siena (and the Duomo) from students' hotel.
On tour in Siena: our guide explains the 17 family districts of Siena and the Palio, an annual horse race.
On tour in Siena: in front of the house of St. Catherine of Siena.
Enjoying the Trevi Fountain while hunting for good gelato.
At home it Rome.
Teacher Formation Program
This week, The Chronicler is getting a better look at the Teacher Formation Program, a program that Christendom College offers to senior students to give them the opportunity to be an Apprentice Teacher under a Master Teacher at one of the local schools. The program counts for six credits and lasts one semester, during which Christendom students spend six hours a week first observing and then teaching lessons to both small groups and whole classes.
| Dr. Eleanor Kelly|
Teacher Formation Program Director
“The workshops include lesson planning, educational resources and materials, and effective teaching techniques,” explains Dr. Kelly. “The major emphasis of the course is on the analysis of effective teaching behavior, both verbal and non-verbal.”
Dr. Kelly further describes how she, along with a group of the Christendom Apprentice Teachers, observes each Apprentice Teacher twice. “At the post-lesson observation conference, all share their analyses of the lesson presentation,” says Dr. Kelly. “The Apprentice Teachers consider this experience most valuable.”
“The Teacher Formation Program is of great benefit to Christendom students because it gives them an opportunity to experience the teaching profession,” says Dr. Kelly. “In addition, the students in the program gain increased confidence, effective communication skills, and a professional attitude.”
After graduation, many Christendom students who participated in the Teacher Formation Program go on to teach in Catholic and lay-run private schools, and many others pursue a Master’s Degree.
|Senior Katie Cruser|
"The Kindergarteners get so excited when I come in, and I really look forward to going, Cruser says. "Dr. Kelly really knows what she is doing and gives excellent pointers, and she really makes me and all the other students in the program excited about teaching. It is a great way to get some experience and grow in knowledge of a great profession.”
“I encourage anyone who might be considering a teaching career and all who are interested in home schooling to register for the program,” Dr. Kelly says.
For more information about Christendom's Teacher Formation Program click here.
Members of the Teacher Formation Program, Spring 2011.
Indoor SoccerTakes Over on Campus!
Like so many other intramural sports, indoor soccer is played in the ever-bustling Crusader gymnasium where it is converted into a den of soccer mania two nights a week. With hockey goals, 4 player teams and no out of bounds one can see what this sport might be the most exciting on campus. Last year the indoor soccer season boasted over 20 teams and a total student participation of about 115 out of 350 students on campus. This year seems to be following suit.
This past Monday evening was the opening night for indoor which consisted of 12 teams and 6 games. The goal of intramurals is to have as level a playing field as possible in terms of the talent of the teams. The more teams capable of winning on any given night, the more fun each team will have and the more excited they will be to play. Coordinators Joseph Stephens and Nicholas Blank have done a great job forming the teams and setting up the whole season which surely will be a successful one.
With all the rosters in, the early odds look to favor team 7 which consists of Mike Bugin, Lisa Hill, Blaise Buckner, Francis Aul, Mike Inzeo, and Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch. Prof. Wunsch is an avid European soccer follower who looks to teach some of his students something outside the classroom!
They will definitely be challenged by a number of other teams including Team 14 which includes Rob Hambleton, Hugh Bratt, Brendan Krebs, Scott Lozyniak and Lauren Oligny. However, with multiple solid teams this season looks to be a very exciting one upcoming.
For information regarding the indoor soccer schedule as well as current rosters and standings please visit the intramural blog or sign up to follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Right now, as of this writing, we have received close to 120 deposits for the fall. Last year at this time, we had only received 70 deposits, the year before that, just 42, so it looks like we may fill up faster than usual. And on top of that, we are awaiting the decision of about 55 other accepted students.
Junior Robert Fetsko fights his way to the goal.
Junior Tim Ginkski challenges Sophomore Chris Roberts.
Sophomore Dean Dewey and Prof. Wunsch fight for control of the ball.
Q. If I apply after Christendom’s application deadline of March 1, what are the chances of me being accepted?
A. The answer is pretty simple. I don’t know! But here’s what I can tell you. We are a small college and we do not plan on growing which means that we have a limited amount of housing available. Therefore, we only plan on enrolling about 115-120 new students this upcoming fall to remain at around 410 total students.
Between now and May 1, we will have some of the 53 send in their deposits, and we will have some of the 120 ask for their deposits back. By May 1, we should have a more solid idea about how things look for the fall. So, right now, I believe that many of those who missed the March 1 deadline and still want to apply will very likely be placed on a waiting list until we can determine if there is any room. Over the past two years, people on the waiting list are usually notified if there is room sometime in late May or early June. And many on the waiting list have gotten in, so don’t despair…
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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.