Apples & Oktoberfest
From: Portsmouth, VA
Major: Undecided, but I'm keeping Political Science in mind.
Hobbies? Going to the beach, bonfires.
Who's your favorite professor and what's your favorite class? English Professor Dr. Thomas Stanford. We have enthralling discussions in class about what we are reading.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am on the varsity soccer team and I play intramural volleyball.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? I love being able to thrive in the Faith more and more each day. I am so grateful to have such awesome peers. Fellowship with other good Catholics is so imperative in growing closer to God.
Why did you choose Christendom? My family and I were attracted to the value of a liberal arts education. Christendom has great academics and a "breath Catholic" atmosphere.
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? I knew before coming here that I would have my faith and morals in common with mostly everyone. However, I was surprised at the diversity of interests and talent here at Christendom.
Plans after graduation? Not sure yet, but I trust God has an amazing plan for me.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Take advantage of your weekends and have fun!
The students had a great time munching on snacks, provided by SAC, and spending some time with their friends while enjoying an interesting, accurate, and well made movie. The movie sparked some great historical discussions afterward, which added an educational element to the fun.
Students enjoy discussing the film afterward.
The King's Speech won many awards including the oscars for Best Achievement in Directing, Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Writing: Original Screenplay.
The bake sale, which raised funds for the local Pregnancy Center, took place at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, where parishioners were very generous, and helped Students for Life raise about $500.
The girls work hard to make the tastiest looking cupcakes.
Wow! Nice job... perhaps there should be a pastry shop on campus.
Members of Students for Life and their countless cupcakes.
Sophomore RAs Mary Barbale and Morgan Kavanagh planned the trip in an effort to have all the Campion Hall girls get to know each other better and have a great day picking apples and turning them into yummy treats. After the girls returned to Christendom campus, they went to St. Kilian’s Café to peel, slice, and dice apples into yummy pies and apple crisps.
Plenty of apples were left over for snacking on, and apple cider and vanilla ice cream topped off a perfect October day!
Stribling Orchard is less than 30 minutes from Christendom.
Hanging out in the orchard.
Morgan Kavanagh and Sarah Neterer help prepare the topping for the apple crisp.
Mary Barbale serves up some of the crisp.
Enjoying the fruits of their labor.
A dance was held after dinner, which included the annual polka contest. This year, the children of Admissoins Director Tom McFadden, Dominic and Cecilia, showed off their superb polka skills and won the contest. The Virginia Reel, the Ländler, the Minotaur, and the Trenchmore were some of the favorite dances of the night.
"It was really great to see the professors and students alike get into the spirit of Oktoberfest by dressing up and dancing traditional German dances,” Sophomore Gloria Connolly said. “I especially enjoyed dancing the Ländler.”
Associate Chaplain Fr. Joseph Fox and students enjoy some of the tasty German fare served up by Chef Dennis.
Philosophy Professor Eric Jenislawski joins English Professor Dr. Robert Rice in singing the Bavarian national anthem.
Dancing the Ländler.
The McFadden children show of their skills on the dance floor.
Best Week. EVER!
Monday. We received a special treat—a communications lecture by Prof. Ashley Noronha, the very talented wife of our Rome Director Mr. John Noronha. Her captivating lecture entitled “Communicating the Faith” is one that I could easily spend several hours learning and discussing.
Wednesday. The most incredible day ever. Period. The end.
If that wasn’t enough to make for an amazing day, we also had a Scavi tour, during which we explored the excavations under St. Peter’s Basilica. We ended the tour with a peek at St. Peter’s bones. His bones are surrounded by stone directly beneath the main altar on the main level in St. Peter’s. Seeing Peter’s bones reverently kept under St. Peter’s Basilica surrounded by stone brings a whole new meaning to Christ’s words: “You are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church” (Mt. 16:18). Christ has allowed us to witness physically what He teaches us spiritually, that the Pope is the head and foundation of the Church.
Thursday. Several of us watched The Scarlet and the Black on the terrace. It was really exciting to be able to point out all the places we recognized! Needless to say, we felt very learned and important!
After such an inspiring and incredible week, words seem too trivial to describe the awe that results. Every day here in Rome brings more blessings, more learning, and more unforgettable experiences. I can hardly believe that I am actually living in Rome and receiving the blessing of living my faith in such a tangible and personal way! I really, really love being Catholic! We have so much history and so many neat traditions!
Best week. EVER! Until next week, probably! God is so great!
Mrs. Noronha leads a tour through Piazza Navona.
Enjoying a view of St. Peters from the terrace of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.
Waiting for il Papa.
The pope approaches.
On the way to Loretto.
Gelato never gets old.
Snapping photos at St. Paul Outside the Walls.
A sunny fun day outside Rome's city walls.
The Director of Career Development
Chronicler Reporter Madeleine Murphy stopped by the office of our Director of Career Development, Mr. Mike Mochel, to find out more about him and how he is helping students become tomorrow's leaders.
Mochel: For my first career, I served 27 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in September, 2004. The first four-and-a-half years of my Air Force career were spent as an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Combat Crew Member at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri. The remainder of my career was spent as a Project Officer or Program Manager on a variety of weapon systems at various of bases, all in the Continental U.S. Following my Air Force career, I spent roughly six-and-a-half years as a contractor supporting a variety of government program offices, primarily within the Department of Defense, until I came to Christendom in July of this year.
Over the course of my first two careers, I led several different teams that varied in size from 4 or 5 to over 100. One of the highlights of those leadership positions was working with those junior to me—whether junior officers, government civil servants, or contractor personnel—to help them plan the next steps in their careers. I have long felt that a primary responsibility of those in leadership positions at any level of an organization is to help prepare those in the next generation to step up into those positions. We all have to remember that we won't be around forever (that applies to jobs every bit as much as life), and if we don't help prepare those who will succeed us we doom our organizations to failure. When I saw Christendom's Director of Career Development position advertised, I realized that it would be an opportunity to do what I had always enjoyed doing, but at an even earlier point in the individual's career, the point where I could help young people step confidently out into the world following graduation.
Murphy: As Director of Career Development, what duties do you have and what are your goals for helping students?
Mochel: My mission can be stated quite simply: it's to ensure that when a student graduates from Christendom she or he is confident in their ability to take their degree and transition into whatever constitutes the next step in their life, whether that be a career, graduate school, or whatever. While that mission is simple to state, it's not so simple in execution given that I have roughly 400 unique personalities to deal with, each with its own set of interests, strengths, areas for improvement, etc. The complexities of dealing with all those different personalities drive my current goals, the first of which is to get to know the student body as individuals (and yes, that will take awhile). I also want to put in place appropriate tools to help our students in their career discernment process; things like providing computers in the Student Center that students can use to search job databases, or establishing a career development reserve section in the library with resources students can use to help them prepare effective resumes or get ready for job interviews. Those computers and books have been ordered, and I hope soon to be able to announce their availability.
My other significant duty at this point in time is related to the college's Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Since the focus of the QEP is on enhancing career discernment among our students, I'm involved in working with the faculty members on the QEP Leadership Team in all facets of developing and implementing the plan. One of the key aspects of the plan is the implementation of career development curriculum, consisting of both classroom sessions and workshops, at both the freshman/sophomore and junior/senior level. You'll be hearing more about the QEP, entitled "Education for a Lifetime: Christendom's Academic and Professional Program," over the coming months.
Mochel: As someone who has been actively involved in the hiring process for several years, I believe that the liberal arts program at Christendom provides our students with two significant advantages that will help them succeed in any career field they enter. The first is the ability to solve problems using critical thinking skills. Those skills allow our students to dig below the surface of a problem or issue to find the root cause and then apply logical techniques to identify and implement effective solutions. The ability to do that is highly in demand in the professional workplace, and those who demonstrate that ability will quickly find themselves on a path to positions of increased responsibility.
The other advantage I believe our students develop over their Christendom career is the ability to write well. Much of what happens in the professional world relies heavily on the written word, and it was almost depressing to read some of the resumes that crossed my desk from individuals seeking employment at anything from the entry to the managerial level. You would think that people applying for a job would want to put their absolute best foot forward—in this case by providing a well written resume that would serve to gain them an interview—but you would be amazed at how poorly written so many of those resumes were. I saw it all; everything from grammatical and spelling errors to punctuation problems to mixed tenses to run-on phrases that didn't present a coherent thought and more. That's why I encourage our students to take advantage of the writing opportunities they have during their courses here. Employers do pay attention.
Murphy: What is your favorite aspect of Christendom College thus far?
Mochel: That's an easy one, especially when we remember that Christendom College is not the land, brick and mortar, books, or any of the other physical artifacts that we find on the campus grounds. The faculty, staff, and students form the beating heart of Christendom, and in my short time here I have observed to my great delight that in all three categories the people at Christendom are a cut above. And it's not just that we share a common view of the importance of our relationship with God that makes me feel that way—although that is certainly a key component. The people here are just genuinely nice folks who are all focused on the same mission. They realize the best way to accomplish that mission is for each person to succeed at whatever his or her role in that mission happens to be, so they actively root for and help each other. How refreshing!
Lady Crusaders Soccer Fights Weather and Injuries
Going into this season there was much hope with the return of a Senior Theresa Nelson who had sat out last year due to an ACL injury and the addition of many new faces to the team including seniors Laura Osterhage and Lindsey Mershon.
This past Saturday the team traveled to Valley Forge Christian College to take on the Patriots. A season that has been marred by cancelled games due to weather and injuries at every position the battered Lady Crusaders took on the Patriots on a wet and soft field with slips at every turn.
Despite the loss to their anchor in the defense the team would battle throughout the game playing good defense against the attacking Patriots but could never break through the lines of defense of their opponent. Molly Morey the senior goalkeeper played another superb game stopping close to 20 shots on goal throughout the game. The defense for the Crusaders led by Katie Coyne also played a strong game but the patriots of Valley Forge would overwhelm the Lady Crusaders in the end and gain the victory by a 4-1 margin.
Christendom had defeated the Cannons earlier in the season and it was obvious that the Cannons were out for revenge. Sophomore forward Morgan Kavanagh would find the net for the Lady Crusaders on a pass from senior Frances Allington. Molly Morey would continue her solid play but—along with her defense—would be worn down by the Cannons attack, allowing 2 goals throughout the match.
The team is off for a few days due to Homecoming Weekend and poor field conditions, but looks to finish their season strong next week.
Goalie Molly Morey sends the ball down field.
Ashlynne Woodhead looks to center the ball for an assist.
Morgan Kavanagh takes the ball down field.
Sadie Bratt races to beat the goalie to the ball.
Frances Allington charges through the defense.
Q. I was thinking about visiting Christendom this fall. When is a good time to do this, and what’s the procedure? Hope to see you soon!
Prospective students can plan their visits just about any time throughout the Fall (or Spring) semester, although we do have a number of “blackout dates” as well as a number of recommended visit weekend dates.
In general, students arrive either on Thursday night or Friday morning. They meet their Student Ambassador who will serve as their host for their visit. Visitors sit in on classes on Friday, attend Mass, eat lunch, meet with me, and get a tour of campus. Then, over the weekend, students do a bunch of various fun social events, depending on the weekend, and depart either Sunday or Monday.
This Fall’s suggested visit weekends are the following:
- October 28-30 (will include Halloween Dance on 10/29)
- November 4-6 (will include St. Cecilia's Musical Night, Girls Powederpuff football game, Pub Night, and Schubertiade)
- November 11-13 (will include the Fall play: Room Service as well as men and women's home basketball games)
- November 18-20 (will include men's home basketball game and the Fall Dance)
If none of the suggested weekends work for you, you are able to schedule a visit during the weekday pretty much anytime. We need about a week’s notice, but you could come on a Monday and leave on a Thursday, if that works better for you. While here, your meals are free and, if flying, we provide your sheets, towels, and pillow, and we pick you up from Dulles Airport for free. If driving, you are asked to bring your own bedding and towels. All visitors sleep either in the Ambassador’s bed or on a comfortable inflatable air mattress.
Admissions Counselor Liz Twaddle is the visit program coordinator and is more than happy to help you plan your visit to our campus. Please look to our visit page on our website for more information.
I hope to see you this Fall!
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.