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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From: Nashville, Tennessee
Hobbies: Guitar, running, theater, writing.
What is your favorite class or professor? My favorite professor would probably have to be Prof. Mark Wunsch, because he's a very engaging teacher who also really takes the time to get to know his students. Before coming to Christendom I was dreading having to take philosophy, but Prof. Wunsch made it such an enjoyable experience that by the end of the year I loved it, and I learned a lot!
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I'm a member of the Christendom Players, a student Ambassador, a staff writer for The Rambler, and I also work for Christendom's online newsletter, The Chronicler. Last year I played intramural volleyball and I hope to do it again. The extra-curricular activities at Christendom have really allowed me to branch out, try fun things that I never would have done at home, and especially to meet new people and form some amazing friendships.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom because it provides an incredible environment for me to pursue my passion in the humanities in an environment where I could grow in my faith and be supported by peers who believe the same things that I do.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? The fun variety of people here and the fact that the majority of them take their faith very seriously. It's very inspiring to me.
What are your plans after graduation? I'd like to either go to grad school for journalism or get into the book publishing/editing business. It's still a way off though, so things could change!
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Get involved and take advantage of all the great spiritual, academic and social opportunities that Christendom offers. The college years are some of the best years of your life, so live them to the full!
This semester’s theme is on mercy, and Dr. Cuddeback kicked off the conversation on Wednesday with a discussion of “looking for mercy in the right places.” Mr. Brown and Dr. Cuddeback led students in several fun folk and Irish songs, and the Student Activities Council provided s’mores for everyone.
“I thought it was so awesome that over fifty students came to the bonfire to sing and listen to Dr. Cuddeback,” says Sophomore Peter Romanchuk. “My favorite part of the night was when everyone joined in singing ‘Irish Rover.’”
Dr. Jenislawski and Mrs. Stanford will be giving the reflections at the next two “Fireside Chats” this semester.
Students gather 'round the fire for conversation and s'mores.
“It was great to see everyone come and willingly donate. This was the first blood drive of the year and I am very happy about the turnout,” said Faith Leopold, the head of the committee.
In the United States, alone, there is constantly a need for blood donations, meaning that each drive held helps those in need daily. One donation saves three lives!
Faith Leopold with Sophomore Peter Deucher—ready to give blood.
For sophomore Andre Moreau, one of the best parts of the event was the festive atmosphere. “I felt as if I was at a county fair from the funnel cakes to the folk country music,” he said.
When students weren’t listening to the constant music, attendees challenged each other to rounds of corn-hole and Bocce Ball or socialized around one of several fire pits set out for the occasion. The gazebo in the center of the Quad was festooned with lights and served as a concession stand where students lined up all night to enjoy refreshments such as root beer, freshly grilled burgers and hot dogs, and especially the handmade funnel cakes.
Junior Chris Ferrara plays guitar for the crowd.
Students crowd the Gazebo for fresh fair-style food.
Students chill on the lawn behind Regina Coeli Hall as they enjoy the music.
Freshman Madeleine Deighan, Seniors Katie Wunderlich and Peter Spiering and Sophomore Roseanne Spiering chat around the fire.
Sophomores Nancy Feuerborn and Bernadette Sartor and senior John McWhirter enjoy a game of corn-hole.
Senior Nate Collins performs at the festival.
"I am really impressed at the number of students who came out for the walk," sophomore Mark Turner says. "It is an important witness to America, especially with the elections coming up so soon."
Turner is a member of the College's varsity soccer team, which participated in the walk as a team. The Walk for Life raised money for an ultrasound machine for the Pregnancy Center—a much-needed addition that will help the clinic reach out with greater impact to women in the local Front Royal area.
Crusader Soccer players walk for life.
College professor Dr. Andrew Beer walks with his son during the event.
“It was great to be able to leave campus and enjoy a fun time with friends. Who doesn’t love roller-coasters?” said Freshman Elise Litterio.
Luckily, the rain held off and the day filled with roller coaster thrills and delicious park food, was an enjoyable one.
Sophomores Angela Wimmer, Alexis Witiak, Karolyn Pondo, and Rebecca Neltner enjoy some ice cream at the end of a long day.
Freshman Suzy Curran and Anne Fox get ready to ride the Drop Tower.
A group of Christendom students brave the roller-coasters!
“It was a really classy, elegant event,” said senior Rachel Milani. “Everything looked great.”
Senior Matt Camp started off the event by giving a short introduction and presenting the first musician. From Debussy to movie scores, the performers played their hearts out, giving an impressive show of talent. Highlights of the evening included variations on the tune “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sean Connelly and a comical duet by Seniors Rachel Kujawa and Matt Camp. The show was split into two halves by a brief intermission, during which the audience and pianists mingled and partook of an amazing spread of sparkling cider, cheese and crackers, and chocolates. Attendees all enjoyed the experience of attending such an upscale event and hearing the work of their talented peers.
Junior Tim Johnston plays a piece.
Junior Sean Connelly wows the crowd with his witty rendition of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
Students help themselves to some of the delicious fare during intermission.
“I had so much fun dressing up for Oktoberfest this year and getting into the German spirit,” says Senior Sarah Barren. “It’s awesome that Christendom celebrates so many different cultures throughout the year.”
The night came to a conclusion with a mix of polka and contra-style dancing, which is always a favorite part of the night for students and for children of the faculty members.
There is always some singing in German at Oktoberfest.
Dr. Rice leads everyone in the signing of the Bavarian national anthem.
Members of the Student Activities Council raise a glass to Dr. Rice who celebrated his last Oktoberfest as a professor at Christendom.
The commons was decorated with the colors of Germany and Bavaria.
Students enjoy a little contra dancing following the feasting.
Sean LaRochelle built the custom Corn Hole sets and was assisted by Julie Wells, Bernadette Sartor, as well as, Angelica and Maria Cintorino with the painting and design. If you're interested in participating in the raffle contact senior class president David Townsend at firstname.lastname@example.org.
College president Dr. Timothy O'Donnell signs one of the sets as David Townsend and Sean LaRochelle look on.
The Academic side of Christendom’s semester in Rome is composed of two variations of class days. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are Art and Architecture Lectures and Tours, while Tuesday and Thursday are “in the classroom” classes. Though every day in Rome is a little varied (the city offers many different adventures) a typical Tuesday/Thursday would be:
6:00 – Alarm goes off for an early morning jog
There are obviously many places to run in Rome–along the Tiber, in the city parks, even to the Coliseum–but running around the Vatican is a must. How often can you brag about running laps around an entire country?!
As the Vatican is a few minutes walking distance from Residence Candia, the only thing slowing you down would be your morning shower. Mass is offered by the college later in the day, but there’s no better way to start the day than celebrating Mass in the heart of Christendom.
8:00 – Breakfast: the other best part of the morning
Some prepare food in the apartment kitchens at Residence Candia. Others, if running late, grab a cappuccino and breakfast pastry on the way to class. Good luck choosing from the numerous delicious looking croissants, muffins, and rolls!
9:00 – Announcements at the Instituto Maria SS Bambina (the convent that hosts the classes)
The Rome director, Miss Ott, runs through important information for the week–when and where the next tour will be; travel plans for the upcoming weekend; sometimes relative, local politics (recently Italian workers went on strike, canceling our museum tour for the day).
The first class of the morning and one of the best. Reading classics like Livy’s The Rise of Rome while in Rome makes homework pretty fun. Take the book, ride the bus or metro to a random place in the city and experience history on site.
11:30 – Mass with Christendom
Fr. Bergida celebrates Mass at the Instituto chapel, in the same building as classes. Having Mass in English is a nice break after the usual Italian. It also gives students an opportunity to altar serve, lector, or sing in the choir during Mass.
12:00 – Pranzo (lunch)
This is at the Terminal, a metro/train station near the Instituto where we eat lunch together in the cafeteria between Tuesday/Thursday classes.
13:30–17:20 – Moral Theology (offered the fall semester) followed by Elementary Italian
17:20 – Free time!
After classes finish, gelato is a nice reward. Old Bridge Gelateria, conveniently located on the walk back to Candia, is a favorite with the girls… if you’re friendly enough with the gelato boys, you get extra ice-cream!
Following dinner, the wise student spends the rest of the evening doing homework. The rest go explore the city at night, maybe busking in piazzas. Others relax in the dorms, perhaps making plans for an upcoming travel weekend. However the evening ends, the next day is sure to hold as many exciting adventures and opportunities…. so sleep is a good investment of time.
Students enjoy a morning cappucino.
Students march through St. Peter's Square on their way to class.
Enjoying lunch at the Terminal Cafeteria.
Italian lessons with Prof. Benzaia.
Gelato-fest at Old Bridge Gelateria.
Students share a meal at Residence Candia.
Hard to beat a view of St. Peter's in the evening.
Importance of Visiting Campus
The college decision process can be a daunting task. Despite a lot of research, students applying to Christendom still might be left wondering if it’s the best fit for them. The only way to be truly sure of this is a campus visit. Thanks to a variety of options offered by Christendom’s Admissions Department, it’s easy for anyone to experience what it’s like to be a student here.
Freshman Maryann Riccardi was deeply influenced by her visit to Christendom.
“It is important for prospective students to visit Christendom before deciding to go here because it is so utterly different from other schools," she says. "Every experience, from classrooms, school events, or just spending quality time with friends is so unlike other schools. I would greatly recommend visiting Christendom—you will not regret the experience.”
“I first came to Christendom during the summer program of 2010,” he says. “I was skeptical at first, but by the time I got settled in, I was very glad I came. The classroom sessions at the summer program were highly engaging. There were several professors teaching core subjects that gave me a glimpse of the actual college experience. Also, I made many new friends over the course of just one week, most of which are in my class today.”
Whether it’s a few hours or seven days, every moment spent on campus counts in the college decision—so come visit and experience for yourself what Christendom is all about.
This dominating victory over Trinity came fresh off Monday’s resounding win against Appalachian Bible. On Monday, the Lady Crusaders took three of four sets to win the five set match. Another McMahon sister, this time freshman Bridget McMahon, starred in the Monday night game.
“Bridget McMahon had a great game and was huge at the net,” volleyball coach Josh Petersen said after the game.
The victory over Trinity on Tuesday had special importance for the team since the last time the two teams met it took five sets to decide the winner. The Christendom team won the match, but with Trinity coming to “our house” the Lady Crusaders vowed the result would be swifter!
"Tonight everyone played a key part in the victory," sophomore Gabbi Muskett said. "We all played our absolute best.”
With their record standing at 6-7 with three matches to go, the Lady Crusaders take to the hardwood once again tonight at 7pm as they play host to Penn State Mont Alto and then Davis College on Saturday at noon. The next three home games will be the last games for seniors Anna Harris, Lisa Hill, Bridget Lademan, Katie Wunderlich and Theresa Jalsevac.
Team Captian Gabbi Muskett serves the ball.
Julie McMahon sends the ball over the net for another Crusader point.
Q. I was looking through your list of majors on your website and was interested to see that all the ones I am looking for you do not have. I had been thinking of applying to Christendom, but now that I see the lack of majors, I am not so sure. Are you going to add any more soon because I really want to be able to get a job when I graduate.
Christendom grads are employed in just about every field possible. We have alumni who have degrees in philosophy who are financial analysts and teachers. We have alumni with history degrees who are marketing professionals and officers in the military. Theology majors are now electrical engineers and computer software programmers. We have alumni who are doctors, lawyers, physical therapists, accountants, managers, nurses, educators, salesmen, graphic artists, editors, entrepreneurs, project managers, tradesmen, builders, carpenters, priests, religious, music teachers, art directors, drama teachers, missionaries, real estate agents, insurance salesmen, architects, dentists, college professors, Montessori teachers, computer scientists, and everything in between.
The liberal arts education that Christendom offers is good and useful in and of itself, but it also makes our graduates very employable. Our graduates are easily able to adapt to an ever-changing work environment and they have all the most sought-after skills, as evidenced by the following information:
- Liberal arts students advance more quickly to middle and senior management positions than their colleagues who pursued other fields of study . . . these graduates become employees that are ready to learn (AT&T Management Study).
- The liberal arts are more effective in teaching communication skills, general knowledge and information, an understanding of people, an appreciation of ethical concerns, an ability to organize and prioritize, and vital leadership skills (Fortune 500 study).
- Business leaders value liberal arts grads for their critical thinking and problem-solving skills, strong writing and speaking skills, self-discipline, exposure to diverse ideas, and global perspective (Hobart & William Smith Colleges study).
- Strong communications skills are the single most important attribute a candidate can have – and also the one most lacking among job applicants (Poll of hiring managers by the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
- A broad liberal arts education is preferred for future CEOs – blending knowledge of history, culture, philosophy, and economic policy, with international experience and problem-solving skills (The Wall Street Journal).
- Employers focus on finding graduates with the right skills rather than the right major, as a new employee with the right skills can easily learn the specifics of an industry. Employers desire transferable skills, skills employees take with them to any job, such as written and verbal communication skills, the ability to solve complex problems, to work well with others, and to adapt in a changing workplace–and these are characteristic of a liberal arts education (Survey by National Association of Colleges and Employers).
So, please do not stop thinking about us and definitely don’t write us off because of the majors we offer. Apply online today!
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.