From: Memphis, TN
Hobbies: Playing chess with people I think I can beat, arguing with refs over bad calls, interfering with SAC events, wondering if fish have personalities, still looking for RAs as I walk out past curfew, and ballet.
Who's your favorite professor or class? Looking back on my classes I would have to say that my favorite thus far has been Society and the Common Good with Philosophy Professor Dr. John Cuddeback. It was amazing seeing how man, by participating in society to his fullest extent, can attain the highest natural good.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I participate in all of the intramural sports (except soccer because I'm not talented like that), food pantry (because I feel guilty not doing any charitable work), being a Resident Assistant (because I have an inordinate desire for power).
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? My favorite thing at Christendom is definitely having the chapel within walking distance at all times. Don't get me wrong, I love the classes and the friendships I've developed here, but put simply: Jesus > classes + friends.
Why did you choose Christendom? A big factor was that all of my siblings had come here before me. I've enjoyed going to college with a couple of my siblings enrolled at the same time.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The people here. It's a mixture of people from many different backgrounds and most of them are willing to step out of their comfort zones to do the right things when they need to be done. I have never been around people of such great character before.
What are your plans after graduation? After graduation, I'm going to go to law school.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? While many people will say that the friendships that your have formed here are the greatest part of being at this college—and in some sense they are right—the classes are like none you will ever experience. Rarely is philosophy taught in line with an authentic Catholic tradition, rarely is theology taught with such fidelity, and rarely do you see professors practice what they preach. Here at Christendom, you have all of these things. I know my experiences here have deepened my faith and will provide a good foundation for what is to come after I leave here.
“Anna Harris, Becca Ellefson and I had a blast organizing spirit week,” says Sophomore Maeve Gallagher. “Christendom is such an amazing place and I love the fact that we get to celebrate the spirit that’s cultivated here for a week. The students were really receptive to all the activities and games we did. We can’t wait to plan for next year!”
The week is an entertaining and hilarious way to show off Christendom spirit.
Monday was class color day, where each class had to dress in their specified color. The most colorful awards went to Freshman Joe Herman, Sophomore Sean Ryan, Junior Natalie Lucas, and Senior David Frank.
Tuesday was school spirit day.
The most spirited awards went to Freshman Karolyn Pondo, Sophomore Morgan Kavanagh, and Junior John McFadden, who had to participate in a contest of drawing the Christendom Crusader mascot blindfolded.
Students wore the craziest outfits and hairdos they could for Wacky Wednesday, and the wackiest students were called on stage to perform Crusader cheers.
Conor Coyne and Mary Barbale won the "Cheer Contest."
Thursday was “dress-up-a-freshman” day, where the Seniors made the Freshmen dress up in crazy costumes.
The winning group of Freshmen was the “Johnny Foeckler Fan Club.”
Friday was East-West day, where students prepared for the upcoming football game by wearing their team colors.
Freshmen Gabrielle Cintorino and Philip Gilbert won the most spirited awards and had to participate in a trivia game.
Student team: Morgan Kavanagh, Mary Barbale, Bridget Vander Woude, and Rebecca Ellefson.
The winning foursome—Joe Volk, Mike Volk, Scott Hardy and Scott Rohlan—were part of the major tournament sponsor NVMS and beat the returning champions, alumni Sean Kay, John Clark, and their team.
Alumnus Dennis Pregeant drives the ball downt the green.
The event, organized by Legion of Mary and led by Fr. Planty, was a huge success. There was a great turnout, and the organization behind the event paid off. Students volunteered to each be a bead of the Rosary, and say the prayer for that bead. Throughout the Rosary, students passed a candle to one another as the prayers were said. The rest of the students and faculty participating in the prayers stood in the center of the large circle, and followed the leaders with the appropriate prayers.
Dedicating the month to Mary was a great way to start out October, the month of the Holy Rosary.
After the Friday's Student vs. Alumni Basketball Games, the alumni joined the current seniors for a relaxing social evening. While unwinding from all of the excitement of the day, they were able to network with each other.
On Saturday evening, the alumni and faculty dressed-up for the newly named Warren H. Carroll Alumni Reception in the Chapel Crypt where they enjoyed delicious heavy hors d'oeuvres and fine beverages. Old friends were reunited and couples enjoyed hopping over to the St. Lawrence Commons to dance to the live swing band, Yesterday Swing Orchestra.
Alumnae catch-up with English Professor Dr. Robert Rice at Friday's reception.
Alumnus Ryan Doughty ('10) chats with Director of Alumni Relations Tom McFadden.
Old friends reunite on Saturday and recount the days when Theology Professor Raymund O'Herron was the Dean of Student Life.
Class of 1991 - 20th Anniversary Reunion.
Alumni Marya Doylend and TJ Nacey ('10) enjoy a dance.
Senior David Frank glides Freshman Margaret Killackey across the dance floor.
Sophomores Matthew Van Natta and Abagail Mathews enjoy the live music.
The debate, one of the most important debates the Society has ever held, was a success, with incredible participation, from freshmen, to alumni, members of the Society and otherwise. Some pre-selected (and some spontaneous) “Devil's Advocate” debaters took the pro-side (stating that there is no God) and used varied arguments to demonstrate this, while others took the con-side, arguing passionately for the reason for our faith.
The next debate will take place sometime after fall break, and all are encouraged to attend and participate. The Society will be debating the resolution, “The Natural Law requires God.”
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Admissions Director Tom McFadden explains the Christendom experience.
Associate Director of Admissions Eve Owen leads one of the campus tours.
Another Lovely Week in Bella Roma... and Beyond!
We started the week taking our Moral Theology, Roman Perspectives, and Italian classes. Our classes have been so enjoyable that I often forget that they’re actual classes! Our teachers are amazing and I wish they could be on our Virginia campus so we could enjoy more classes with them!
The next morning, we went on a bus tour of the area. We explored the Aillwee Caves, prayed in an Irish Church called St. John the Baptist, saw an Irish poulnabrone (praying rock), walked along the Cliffs of Moher, strolled around a castle, and saw several other beautiful sites along the way! It was rainy and foggy, so we didn’t see much on the Cliffs, but we still had so much fun and took lots of pictures! After returning to Galway, we went to an Irish pub and ate Irish Beef Stew and drank Guinness for dinner. Delicious, to say the least!
Never a dull moment in Europe! Yet another amazing week finished and I cannot believe our Rome experience is almost half over! Sometimes, it feels like we have been here for forever, but there is still so much to see and do!
I love Rome.
Enjoying the Amalfi Coast - Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
On the Cliffs of Moher
View from an Irish bus.
A stylized photo from the trip to England.
Rome students snap a photo with Fr. Jerome Fasano, the pastor St. John the Baptist in Front Royal, Va, who was visiting the Eternal City.
Exploring the Colosseum.
Learning ancient Rome.
Exploring the Roman Forum.
Discovering one of the great basilicas in Rome, St. Mary Major.
Alumni Network and Recruitment Network
Christendom College offers a wide variety of opportunities for alumni to connect to the College and to other alumni, and to be of crucial assistance in fundraising and recruitment efforts, through the Alumni Network and the Volunteer Recruitment Network.
Christendom offers its students an incredibly rigorous, Catholic, liberal arts education, and it also does all it can to help form tomorrow's leaders on its campus today through working with its students to determine how they might best live out Christendom's motto of "restoring all things in Christ" after graduation.
Homecoming Weekend Full of Fun and Excitement!
Homecoming Weekend featured many events for alumni, faculty, staff, and students to enjoy each other’s company and even enjoy some competition.
After the Golf Tournament, many of the alumni proceeded to Crusader Gymnasium for the Alumni vs. Students Basketball Games. A tradition in the homecoming schedule the games pit the Christendom College varsity teams against the returning alumni. The fans are the real winners of these two games with alumni spanning many generations on a mission to prove they still have it on the court!
So at the end of the night the score would be Alumni 1 – Students 1!
The game might have been one of the best pure football games in recent memory with only two turnovers in the game and each team trying to impose their will on each other with a solid running game.
The homecoming athletic activities were great fun for all involved—fan and player alike. We look forward to next year’s events already after a great three days of fellowship and Christian competition!
Mary Barbale takes it to the hole for two.
2011 Alumnae Team.
David Townsend sneaks past Alumnus Pat Vander Woude.
2011 Alumni Team.
An epic face-off. (Photo by Joe Stein.)
Tim Beer flies into the end-zone for the tying touchdown. (Photo by Joe Stein.)
Pat Stein looks for fellow Senior Ted Cantu in the end-zone.
Where do you think you're going?
Senior Joe Stephens tries to pull the catch in.
Senior Peter McNeely looks for the open man.
Senior Paddy Norton flies down the field.
East fans show their support.
West 2011: the end of a dynasty.
East 2011: sweet victory.
Q. I am really good at my math and science-related subjects in high school, particularly math, yet, I also like the idea of Christendom’s liberal arts curriculum, which doesn’t seem to offer much in the math and science department. Is there some way that I can do both if I attend Christendom?
A. This is a very common question that is asked of me, and I am glad that I can once again try my hand at giving you a suitable answer.
When I came to Christendom as a freshman many years ago, I was the math kid. It was my favorite subject. I scored 200+ points higher on the math section of my SAT than on the reading section. My Dad has an Electrical Engineering degree, two of my brothers have computer science degrees, one of my brothers has a doctorate in Electrical Engineering, and my sister is a math teacher. Math seemingly runs through my blood.
But I am here to tell you that Christendom has many offerings for those who tend toward “right side of the brain” activities. We offer many math classes (in which one can get a minor in math, if desired)
- Introduction to Mathematical Thought
- Euclidean Geometry
- College Algebra and Trigonometry
- Computer Programming
- Calculus I, II, III
- Linear Algebra
- Probability and Statistics
- Symbolic Logic
- Modal Logic
- Mathematical Logic
- Differential Equations
And we also offer a number of science courses as well:
- Introduction to Scientific Thought
- Descriptive Astronomy
- General Physics I and II
- Laboratory for General Physics I & II
And besides the actual math and science offerings, there are many subjects that work well with the “right side of the brain” people. If people like objective truth, it doesn’t get much more objective than Theology. If people like to figure things out and learn to understand what makes things tick, then Philosophy is the subject to study. History is also very good for people who like to keep things objective. Studying these subjects definitely fulfills the needs of a “right brain” person, so it is not always necessary to actually study math/science in college, even if it is your favorite subject. Take it from me, a Theology major.
Because he had taken so many math courses at Christendom he didn’t need to take any more math courses to fulfill his degree in engineering, and he finished up with his EE degree in just three additional years. He eventually went on to get his doctorate in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Delaware. He currently works in Texas and recently told me that he tends to use more of what he learned in his two years at Christendom than he does all the scientific stuff he studied for 8 years. I asked him why and he said that it is because scientists spend much of their time doing various projects, and when the project is over, there needs to be some sort of synopsis or paper written up about it. As a result of his Christendom liberal arts education, he says that he is quite often selected to be the project manager and therefore, the one responsible for writing up the findings. So, there’s something to be said for a well-rounded, well-read scientist.
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