From: Ventura, CA/Lander, WY
Major: History and Political Science
Hobbies: Sports (just about any), hiking, cooking, SAC, playing guitar.
What is your favorite class or professor? This is a really tough one, but I have to say Historiography with Dr. Schwartz. This class approaches the study of history from an entirely new perspective, and the discussions that Dr. Schwartz conducts are filled with fascinating and profound insights that are presented in a such clear and understandable fashion.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I play on the Christendom Baseball and Soccer teams and participate in most intramurals. I’m also the Students for Life President, Business Manager for The Rambler, a volunteer in Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop, and a member of SAC.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Classes and people. Being a Senior, I realized I only have 1 ½ semesters of classes left and I am really going to miss them, especially the discussions. I am also very grateful for the friendships I have been able to develop through my time here at Christendom.
Why did you choose Christendom? When I was looking at colleges, I wanted to attend a school where I would strengthen my foundation in the Catholic Faith while studying the liberal arts from the Catholic perspective. I chose Christendom because it does this well and also because of its healthy balance between academics and campus social life.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? It's hard to remember back to Freshman year what I found surprising, but it was probably the wide variety of people who go here; they're not just a bunch stereotypical homeschoolers.
What are your plans after graduation? After I graduate, I'm planning to study Finance at the University of Virginia and then hopefully break into corporate finance or wealth management.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? If you're at all interested in attending Christendom, go for it! I think the complete personal formation (spiritual, intellectual, and social) you can get here is invaluable and very unique to Christendom.
“Dressing up as a tree with my ‘twin’ Claire Kosten made this week so amazing,” says Senior Hilary Horner. “I love how Christendom gives students a week to get creative and just dress crazy.”
On Monday, students dressed according to their class color. Tuesday was “twin day,” where students dressed alike with a friend or sibling, and Wednesday was “Christendom spirit day.” Seniors dressed up the freshmen students in any costume they desired for Thursday’s “dress-a-freshman day,” and on Friday, students sported their “East-West” colors—gearing up for the Annual East-West Flag Football Game.
Sophomores sport their purple colors.
Freshmen rockin' the pink.
The winners of the twin day competition came down to the sophomore Bobby Crnkovich Doppelgängers and the Anime School Children.
Twin day saw a visit from the Blues Brothers.
Spirit Week is full of zany fun.
From the set of Disney-Pixar's Brave.
Your favorite cereal characters.
West fans cheer during a trivia competition.
The winning foursome included current students seniors Max Hess and Tommy Salmon.
The Blue Ridge Shadows Golf Course, which Golfweek Magazine ranks as the "#3 Best Course you can play in Virginia."
Senior Sara Federico has been a counselor with Shield for the past three years.
"Sidewalk counseling has been a great opportunity for me to witness in a real and deep way the mercy of God," she says. "When a woman is in her final moments before making one of the biggest decisions of her life, we are there to say, 'someone cares about you and wants to help you through this.'"
On Saturday, 13 members of the class of 2002 (along with some of their spouses and faculty and staff members), enjoyed a catered reunion luncheon in the Chester-Belloc room of the Regina Coeli Hall.
Later that evening, the Classes of 1992 and 1982 held private reunion events on campus, where a number of alumni who had not been to campus in a while made appearances. Approximately 250 alumni took part in the main event of the weekend celebrations, the Warren H. Carroll Alumni Reception, which was held in the Chapel Crypt. Many walked over and joined the students at the Homecoming Dance, held in the St. Lawrence Commons.
Robyn Lee ('02) catches up with College professors Robert and Mary Alice Rice.
The Class of 2002 reunion posses for a photo near the grave of College founder Dr. Warren Carroll.
Alumni chat with College president Dr. Timothy O'Donnell.
College Professor Dr. Brendan McGuire and Director of Development Paul Jalsevac converse with alumni.
A group shot of the 20-year reunion—some have children attending Christendom now.
Alumnae Jan Akers and Bethany Sargis pose for a photo with their former professor and Director of the Teacher Formation Program Dr. Eleanor Kelly.
“The Homecoming dance was by far one of the most fun dances I’ve attended so far,” said Freshman Alexis Seaver.
Everyone enjoyed themselves as the Commons was filled with constant conversation, eating, music, and most importantly dancing.
Sophomore Leif Pilegaard swings it with sophomore Maria Bonvisutto.
Freshmen Maribel Lopez and Peter Blank share a dance.
Brother and sister: sophomore Sandy and senior Mike Bobrowski dance.
Yesterday Swing Orchestra kept the floor hoppin'.
Junior Matt Speer and senior Katrina Shanley glide across the floor.
Director of Admissions & Marketing Tom McFadden gave remarks on O'Donnell's achievements.
McFadden explained that when Dr. O’Donnell took the reins in 1992 the College had an enrollment of 144 students, an operating annual budget of less than 2.5 million dollars, total assets of slightly less than 5 million dollars which included an endowment nearing the half a million mark and building assets of 3 million dollars. Today the College has 388 students, an operating annual budget over 10 million dollars, total assets over 36 million dollars which includes a 10 million dollar endowment and building assets over 13 million dollars.
O'Donnell explains that the best decision he ever made, after marrying his wife, Cathy, was coming to work for Christendom College.
One of the gifts Dr. O'Donnell received was this spoof on the College's Quarterly Magazine, Instaurare.
The Vespers ended with Benediction—a beautiful beginning to the Year of Faith at Christendom.
) take us all over Rome exploring with Professor Lev as our guide. The very nature of the tour class, however, ensures Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are always different. The flexibility necessary when working with in city the transportation system, museum hours, tourist traffic, allows for no “typical” class schedule. One tour day we may meet early in the morning to beat the pilgrim rush in a church or basilica. Another, we may have an all-afternoon museum tour. Each week is different, which makes it all the more interesting and fun. It also makes receiving the weekly schedule highly anticipated.
Morgan and Marilyn find Rome's "Bigfoot."
On tour in the Capitoline Museum with Prof. Liz Lev.
Taking notes in the Capitoline Museum.
Students discover the original statue of Constantine.
Conor Knox examines ancient inscriptions.
Exploring the Coliseum.
Taking notes at the Roman Forum.
On tour at the Roman Forum.
A group shot at the Coliseum.
Alumni in Every Field
During its 35 years, Christendom has turned out 3122 alumni, 15% of which have gone on to graduate school. Christendom alums have attended schools such as the University of Oxford, John Hopkins University, and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. Not only are graduates accepted into these institutions, but many also receive substantial academic scholarships to go there. Even without advanced degrees, the countless alumni who have gone to work straight out of Christendom have successfully found their place in every corner of the working world.
Alumni have gone on to work in fields such as non-profit business management, (Mark Rohlena, ’00—CEO of Catholic Charities in Colorado Springs) and politics (Cyrus Artz, ’10—Professional Policy Staff at Republican Study Committee). For alumni, the flexibility and depth of their liberal arts degrees from Christendom are assets that have been essential to obtaining their current occupations.
Christendom has also fostered an impressive roster of 135 alumni religious vocations. There are currently dozens of diocesan priests that hail from Christendom, as well as 18 seminarians. Many other alumni belong to religious orders such as the Nashville Dominicans, Carmelites, Fathers of Mercy and the Poor Clares.
Christendom alumni are "restoring all things in Christ" by taking their education and skills into every aspect of society. It’s a legacy that future Christendom alumni will surely carry on for years to come.
Alumni Return to the Basketball Court
The Student vs. Alumni annual basketball games now have another classic to add to a long list of memorable finishes. On the Men’s side, the alumni would triumph with a defensive stand in the final seconds; however on the Women’s side the students would emerge victorious.
Katy Vander Woude led the way for the alumni team with 8 points and was complimented by Kathleen Willard, who had two critical second half threes, while Abby Hill provided lock down interior defense. Yet the strong defense and explosive offense of the Lady Crusaders was too much for the Alumni team to contain and once again the student lead team came out with the win.
The Fox brothers grouped with Scott Halisky and Greg Monroe controlled the boards and contributions by Patrick Quest allowed the Alumni to go into the final minutes with the lead. With less than 30 seconds to play the Alumni team had a chance to ice the victory at the charity stripe, but came up short—converting only one of two free throws, giving the Crusaders one last opportunity. With ten seconds to play Minick went for the tie with a top of the key three pointer, yet the shot rimmed out and time would expire after two more missed shots. For the second year in a row the All-Star Alumni team captured victory.
Sophomore Liz Slaten flies to the hoop.
The alumnae team of 2012.
Freshman Ryan Tappe shoots a three.
The size of the alumni was too much for the Crusaders.
Alumnus Ben McMahon maneuvers around sophomore Brian McCrum.
The alumni team of 2012. From left to right (back) Brian Fox, Greg Monroe, Marion Miner, Scott Halisky, Matt Hadro, Tom McGraw, Sam McMahon (Front) Kevin Fox, Victor Alcantara, Pate Quest, Ben McMahon, John Echaniz, David Booz, and Zac Inman.
Q. What is a typical day like at Christendom?
A. The short answer is that there is no such thing as a typical day at Christendom! The reason I say this is that every student’s schedule is varied, depending on their classes, extra-curricular activities, on-campus jobs, and sleep patterns
But, let me see if I can give you some sort of idea.
Monday through Friday: Mass is offered at 7:30 am, with Eucharistic adoration offered from the end of this Mass to the beginning of the next Mass at 11:30am. Students sign up to adore Christ in the Eucharist for 30 min spots throughout the week. Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:30am each morning. Then classes begin at 8:30. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays classes are held from 8:30-9:20, 9:30-10:20, and then 10:30-11:20. Then everything stops and our community Mass is offered at 11:30am. (with confessions heard for a half hour prior to it). Following Mass is lunch which is served from 11:45-12:45. Then classes resume from 1-1:50, 2-2:50 and 3-3:50. Quite often, the various sports teams have practice at 4pm. Dinner is then served from 5:15-6:00 and then the Rosary is said in community in the Chapel at 6:00, at which time confessions are also heard from 6-6:30pm nightly. Then, there are a couple of classes offered at night (6-9pm), but normally they are upper division classes for Juniors and Seniors.
A freshman at Christendom normally takes 6 classes, worth 18 credits, and generally spends 18 hours of his/her week in class. The rest of the time can be used to pray, play, study, work, build friendships, eat, sleep, or whatever. A typical freshman class schedule may be this:
8:30-9:20 Euclidean Geometry
9:30-10:20 Literature of Western Civilization
10:30-11:20 Elementary Latin
1:00-1:50 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine
8:30-9:45 Introduction to Philosophy
10:00-11:15 History of Western Civilization
The evenings during the week are generally spent in study, although many students do take part in the intramurals which are held most Monday and Thursday nights in the gym.
That’s the basic schedule, but as I said earlier, everyone has a different schedule based on all of their many activities.
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