Christendom's Got Talent
From: Falls Church, VA
Hobbies: Irish dancing, traveling, hanging out with friends, backyard sports.
Who's your favorite professor or class? This is such a hard decision! There are so many amazing classes. Two of my favorites in my four years have been Prof. Sharon Hickson and Dr. John Cuddeback, both of them make you love whatever you are studying, and you can easily see that they are invested in their students.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I've participated in intramural sports including the annual Powder-Puff game.
I am also an RA, which involves a lot of extra-curricular activity regarding events.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love the atmosphere of the school. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the formation of the students and it encourages us to take as much as we can away from our experience here. Also, the sacraments are so readily available, which is something you definitely can't find at many colleges.
Why did you choose Christendom? Because I wanted a strong Catholic education to support me in anything I choose to pursue.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? How much I would grow and learn. I knew the education and experience here was valuable, but I never could have imagined the blessings I've received in my time here.
What are your plans after graduation? The possibilities are endless.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Take advantage of every opportunity, you won't regret it!
“There was some stiff competition, but it was a lot of fun to participate,” says Senior Rob Fetsko. “I am really glad this competition was incorporated into the Dorm Wars events.”
From these couples the winners were chosen. Freshmen Gabrielle Cintorino and Andre Moreau of team "#Swag" won the waltz competition, while Junior Nick Blank and Senior Brianna Miller of team "Triple L's" won the swing dancing competition.
Junior John McFadden and Senior Caroline Deucher show off their waltzing skills.
Swing dance winners Junior Nick Blank and Senior Brianna Miller.
“The Genius Bowl was a true test of my knowledge of the world,” says Sophomore Conor O’Donnell. “Even though our team was not the most knowledgeable, the competition was fierce and we had fun with it.”
The "Off-Beats" put their genius to the test.
“The Olympics was an exciting and physically competitive event,” says Sophomore Sean LaRochelle. “I really enjoyed interacting with my team with competing with the other students.”
The many events took place all afternoon, keeping the fun going for hours and allowing for fresh recruits for the different competitions.
Senior Paul Nangurai competes in the shot-put contest.
Flying across field in the wheelbarrow race.
Mega-Shield leader, Senior Christopher Tipton, organized the event. Above, he and Senior Christine Nussio led the group in prayer.
Christendom College students are active in pro-life work year round, enthusiastically participating in (and sometimes leading) the March for Life, as well as taking part in sidewalk counseling and volunteering at a local crisis pregnancy center.
Tries were scored by four different Crusaders—Larry Urgo, Matthew Worley, Paddy Norton, and Gabe Schuberg.
The team ends their winning season with 5 victories, 2 losses. This is their third winning season in as many years.
Earlier in the season, the Crusaders beat two local rivals: The Catholic University of America and American University.
Crusader Rugby 2012
There were many great performances, including a group of students, organized by Senior Chris Foeckler, who put on the Monty Python Skit, “The Worlds Funniest Joke,” and “The Argument.”
Sophomore Faith Leopold entertained the audience with her original and very clever song, “Lump of Love.” Junior Peter Spiering had the audience in stitches with his comedy routine, as did Sophomore Katie Shannon with her video, “Things Christendom Kids Don’t Say.”
Senior Eryn Landry and Co. impressed the audience with their Christendom rendition of “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Cousins Erin Clark and Terri Hibl performed an impressive and original, “Swift Medley.”
However, probably the most loved act that night, which received a standing ovation was by Seniors Kelsey McCrum, Becky Matthews, and Laura Beth Osterhague, called, “Three Girls Meet at a Barre.” The girls performed an impressive choreographed dance routine.
The event was a great time for all!
Freshmen Noah de la Cruz and Sandy Bobrowski perform "Tears in Heaven."
Junior Emi Funai and Senior Lizzie Crnkovich perform an intense variation on "Chop Sticks."
Kelsey McCrum, Becky Matthews, and Laura Beth Osterhague's act featured ballet, tap, and hip-hop dancing.
"Tradition!" ... Christendom-style.
"The Funniest Joke in the World" had people dying with laughter.
Juniors Eric Machue, Theresa Lamirande, Peter Hill are joined by Senior Kirk Slocum and alumnus Hugh Bratt as they play a song which featured one guitar being used as percussion, rhythm, bass, lead, and harmony.
“I thought that the closing ceremonies were a perfect ending to an amazing first-ever Dorm Wars competition,” says Sophomore Matt Speer. “I especially had fun playing corn hole and grilling hot dogs for everybody at the cookout.”
Overall, the Dorm Wars events spanning the past two weeks were a huge success, and Christendom's campus cannot wait for next years’ events already.
Campus Champions: "The Triple L's"
Sophomore Matt Speer and Junior Dan Mitchell man the grill.
Enjoying a game of corn-toss on a lovely spring day.
Even Professors Mark Clark and Eric Jenislawski got involved in the debate.
Before a crowd of about 400 college students, faculty, staff, and guests, Cuccinelli, who plans on running for the Governorship of Virginia next year, encouraged all present to be active in the political process and to be Catholic leaders in all areas, but particularly in the areas of science, media, and politics.
"Every single thing that government does to expand its power, comes directly at the expense of your liberty," he said. "It's not enough to be a faithful Catholic and learn the tenets and precept of our faith. We have to be actively Catholic—engaging and leading the world around us."
A key opponent to the HHS mandate, Cuccinelli said that the Obama administration has delayed many regulatory decisions until after the November elections, but in the case of this mandate, he thinks they made a fatal mistake.
"There is an easy way—well a simple way—to get out from underneath that mandate, and that's get a new president," he said. "We need to elect people that will follow and uphold the Constitution."
Many students lingered after the talk to meet the Attorney General and discuss the topic further.
Click here to read more about this lecture or download it at Christendom on iTunes U.
Florence and More
While in Florence, we took a tour of the famous Uffizi museum, home to hundreds of works from famous artists. Among these artists were Michelangelo, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, and Caravaggio. By way of the layout of the museum, we were able to trace the development and trends in art in all of history. Florence is also home to the famed statue by Michelangelo, the David, which many of us went to see.
Florence is also well known for its high quality handmade leather goods, and fine neckties. All of us spent time walking through the outdoor market shopping for these items. Some of us walked home with leather jackets that will last half a decade, some of us carried out silk scarves and jewelry, and some of us left with piles of beautiful neckties.
When we returned to Rome, many of us attended the Palm Sunday Papal Mass. St. Peter’s Square was transformed for this special occasion. The area around the large obelisk in the middle of the square was decorated with palms and trees creating an oasis that seemed to drop us right in the New Testament scene in Jerusalem. The Palm Sunday Mass was a great doorway to this year’s Holy Week in Rome.
After the morning of artwork, we spent the afternoon in fellowship, fun, and games. Thomas More College hosted us on their Rome campus and challenged us to a soccer match. Although at halftime the two teams were tied, and both teams were working hard, I am happy to say that the game concluded in a Crusader victory!
Palm Sunday with Pope Benedict XVI.
On tour with Prof. Liz Lev.
Crusader soccer victory in Rome.
Every weekday afternoon, a student driver stops by the guys’ and girls’ dorms to pick up any students who need to go into town for any reason. Ran out of shampoo? Need to run by the bank? Out of dorm snacks? No problem. You can easily jump in a fifteen-passenger van and tell the driver where it is you need to go. The driver takes everyone’s needs into consideration and thereby decides on a route for that day. Popular van run stops include Target, Wal-Mart, and Martin’s grocery store.
Students thus need not be hindered by their lack of a car (or gas money to fuel their car), for they can take advantage of Christendom van runs any day they would like!
One of the van's many stops.
Indoor Soccer Finishes in Style
If one needs proof all one has to do is to visit the gym on Monday or Thursday evenings and sometime even Wednesday evenings. No other sport to date has seen the excitement and passion that dominated this past indoor season. Teams practicing, jerseys synced, yes, all for an indoor intramural game where just one side of the “field” is out of bounds and everything else goes, except full power shots inside the three point line of course!
Teams 8 and 6 moved onto the championship where the party started! Led by Nicholas Blank, Theresa Nelson, and Johnny Foeckler the championship game included a World Cup-like procession, the National Anthem and starting line-ups not to mention an entertaining play-by-play broadcast by Johnny Foeckler.
Finally as the game wore on in the second half, the experienced Team 6 would put the nail in the coffin with their second goal. They went on to claim the championship, a first for all of them including seniors David Frank, Chris Foeckler, and Mike Bugin.
The game was followed by a pizza reception hosted by the Athletic Department for the players and fans. The result of the season was possibly the longest and most enjoyed intramural season in recent history with over 130 participants. Next on the intramural calendar is the ever-popular Dodgeball beginning immediately after Easter as well as 3-on-3 Basketball. However in an effort to continue to the success of indoor soccer the athletic department is searching for the next “big thing.”
Q. I’ve met a couple of your alumni, and they seem like pretty decent people. They are definitely great Catholics, but I’ve sometimes wondered if all of them end up having to go to grad school and rack up more debt, due to the fact that a degree in the subjects you offer would not be of much use in today’s job market. Any thoughts?
A. Do I have any thoughts? Never ask an Admissions Director this
Our alumni do all kinds of things after graduation. The one thing that you can pretty much count on when earning a degree in one of our majors (history, theology, philosophy, political science, English, and classics) is that you will generally not work in that field after graduation (Check out our list of what our alumni do).
When I was a Director of Religious Education back in the mid-90s, I was responsible for teaching the RCIA class, for those who were interested in becoming Catholic. It was a great experience, but one of the things that I came to realize is that there is a lot of bad information going around about the Catholic faith. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what we actually believe versus what people think we believe. For example, I can’t tell you how many times my students would tell me, “Tom, why do Catholics worship Mary?” Of course, as we all know, this is not true because we do not worship Mary, but rather, we venerate her and ask for her intercession with her Son on our behalf – Big difference! As soon as I would say that, they’d respond, “Ahhhh. I see. Tell me more.”
Why am I telling you this little fun fact? Well, right now, and for many years in the recent past, there has been a lot of bad information going around about the value and benefits of a liberal arts degree. There is a lot of misunderstanding about what liberal arts grads actually do versus what people think they do. And one of these big misunderstandings is that people think the following: Those poor liberal arts students, since they wasted their college years on studying the higher things and getting educated in a broad manner, now they have to go on and spend another 2-4 years actually getting a worthwhile education in a specialized field that will help them land a job. What a shame that they have to spend extra time and money to be competitive in the workforce
Of course, as we should all know, this is not true. Maybe it was at some point in time, but not now. How can I say this with such conviction? Because I know the majority of our approximately 1500 graduates, and yes, I know the majority of them personally (I have a strange ability to remember things and people), and I know what they do, and I know that most of them did not go to graduate school to do what they currently do. They went to Christendom, graduated, and then got on with their lives and worked hard to achieve the great things that they have achieved. We have alumni who are involved in just about every type of industry, with many of them now acting as leaders, managers, and directors in their workplaces, and again, the majority did not go to grad school.
And our grads are not the only ones with liberal arts degrees succeeding. There are a couple hundred liberal arts colleges in the US, and they all have their own little success stories to tell.
Over our 34 years, about 15% of our grads have gone to graduate school (University of Virginia, William & Mary, The Angelicum, Oxford University, Notre Dame, University of Dallas, Catholic U, Harvard, etc), which, of course, means that 85% of our graduates have not. In fact, only about 9% of Americans over the age of 25 have a graduate degree, so apparently, it’s not just Christendom students who are choosing to enter the workplace following their undergrad education, but just about everyone else, too (although only about 30% of Americans over 25 have a college degree at all).
The usefulness of a liberal arts degree in finding a job in the workplace will be debated forever, most likely, and people are sometimes very stubborn in their willingness to change their minds on the subject. All I can ask is that you take a look at some actual facts, figures, and stats and make a decision on your own, without all the interference that sometimes accompanies this subject.
Read this little brochure. Especially the part that talks about the Truth about a Liberal Arts Degree: http://data.axmag.com/data/201202/U20116_F76593/index.html
And make sure you read more about this whole subject: http://www.christendom.edu/admissions/faqs-alumni.php
Thanks for asking about this and I hope that you are now a little more informed about the whole matter!
Director of Admissions
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