From: Rome, Ohio
Major: History with a Classics minor
Hobbies: Singing, playing guitar, and jumping in the Shenandoah river early in the morning!
What is your favorite class or professor? History 102 with Dr. Brendan McGuire was amazing! He is great at teaching anything that has to do with the Crusades.It is fascinating! History 201 and 202 with Dr. Adam Schwartz would definitely be my favorite classes! Dr. Schwartz presents the information in such a way that it flows like a story - it is so easy to listen to that the time flies in that class!
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am in the choir, the Chester-Belloc Debate Society, I participate in the Works of Mercy program, and I really love the intramural sports!
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom because it is very comfortable here. It fosters a great learning environment and being around other young, like-minded people is something you can't experience anywhere else. I also can't express how much I value the availability of the sacraments and having a chapel that is only a two minute walk from anywhere on campus. The chaplains here are the best ever!
What surprises you the most about Christendom? That everything on this campus never ceases to interest me and makes me want to participate!
What are your plans after graduation? That is for God to know and me to find out.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Be as balanced as possible. Obviously one should not stretch themselves too thin, but don't be afraid to jump in to new activities, even ones that are outside your comfort zone. There are so many wonderful opportunities and people here that you will never experience unless you take a chance every now and then! And above all take advantage of the availability of the sacraments!
“I have always wanted to see the cherry blossoms that everyone has always raved about,” said Sophomore Bernadette Sartor. “Spending the day relaxing underneath them with good friends was a great way to experience the beautiful day.”
After picnicking under the trees, the students were able to drive into quaint Georgetown and enjoy the rest of the day getting ice cream and sightseeing.
Bernadette Sartor gets a closer look at the blossoms.
The Jefferson Memorial.
Tourists can take paddle boats out onto the Potomac River.
The Washington Monument.
Cherry blossom time 2013.
"One of my former Admissions Counselors, Margaret Ginski (now Margaret Kay), came up with the idea back in 2006. She wanted to reward our student amabassadors in some way, and she thought that having homemade chocolate chip cookies would be very welcomed and appreciated," says Admissions Director Tom McFadden. "And I agreed with her, so I asked my then-13-year-old son if he wanted a weekly job of making cookies. He said yes and the rest is history."
Ambassador Cookie Day will continue in the fall and although John will not be making them, one of his sisters will continue on with the tradition and use his same recipe.
Throughout the year the chaplaincy at Christendom offers "Faith-Filled Fun Field Trips" which feature the College chaplains leading formative excursions to nearby places of Catholic interest, including local places of pilgrimage, culture, hikes, and more. Recently Fr. Donald Planty took students to a Maronite Mass.
Group photo following the Mass.
This senior class alone has helped to raise over $21,000 for the Student Endowment fund, an amount that anyone can be proud of. It is definitely an unprecedented achievement for a class that is still at the school, and it sets the bar incredibly high for future classes that come through Christendom, and challenges them to show their love and support for the high quality education and experience that they have received at Christendom College.
Students grab some of the tasty fare.
Enjoying a game of cards on the O'Donnells' deck.
Students enjoy a game of corn-toss on the O'Donnells' new custom set.
The Chester-Belloc Debate Society is Christendom College's premier forum for extra-curricular intellectual self-development. Twice monthly, the Society argues topics of philosophy, theology and politics in the refined style of parliamentary debate. It forges the virtues of critical thinking, rhetorical prowess and political leadership in an atmosphere of aesthetic refinement and camaraderie. Debates are open to the entire campus. Membership is elective and is open to both students and faculty.
Alumnus Michael Strickland (valedictorian of the class of 2012) participates in the debate.
Professor Eric Jenislawski drives his point home.
Senior Sarah Halbur makes her argument.
Father gave students a history of Vatican diplomacy, and explained how the Holy See functions diplomatically throughout the world. He also provided a wealth of fascinating and entertaining anecdotes and information from his own time working as a diplomat for the Holy See. Students got a true insider’s look into what is really involved in the Vatican’s outreach to the governments of the world.
Fr. Planty kept his audience entertained and intrigued with stories from his own experiences.
Fr. Planty outlined how Vatican diplomacy works for the students.
"If this is done," she said, "everything else will follow naturally."
The guys cooked some hotdogs before attending the talk.
The Presence of St. Thomas Aquinas in Our Curriculum
In keeping with the teaching of the Church, we acknowledge the essential role played by St. Thomas Aquinas in our curriculum. All our students who would pursue wisdom—both natural and supernatural—owe a special debt to the Angelic Doctor, because the truth has been set forth most clearly in his writings.
As Pope John Paul II has said:
If today also . . . philosophical and theological reflection is not to rest on an “unstable foundation,” which would make it “wavering and superficial,” it will have to draw inspiration from the “golden wisdom” of St. Thomas, in order to draw from it the light and vigor it needs to enter deeply into the meaning of what is revealed and to further the progress of the scientific endeavor.
The philosophy of St. Thomas deserves to be attentively studied and accepted with conviction by the youth of our day, by reason of its spirit of openness and of universalism, characteristics which are hard to find in many trends of contemporary thought.
—From the Address on the Perennial Philosophy of St. Thomas for the Youth of Our Times, at the Angelicum, Rome, 1979.
So the college, in trying to be one in mind and discipline with the Church in the formation of our students, is committed to a Thomistic educational policy: programs of instruction in philosophy and Sacred Theology are all taught according to the spirit, method, and principles of St. Thomas.
Rome and Beyond
Ciao! Greetings from Rome! Hope you all had a great week!
I seriously cannot believe that we started finals and have about nine more days here in Rome. Time has definitely flown by this semester, but it has always been so busy. So, what have we been doing with ourselves during our last few weeks here in Rome? Here are the highlights:
Last Wednesday, we went out for a group dinner and tried some Ethiopian food. For most of us, it was a first. Although I would not necessarily say it would be my first choice in cuisine, it was really neat to experience!
Well, that is it for now. Until next time, ciao!
Fun in the sun at Ischia.
Padre Pio's confessional.
A view of Padre Pio's town, San Giovanni Rotondo.
Interview with a Crusader
This week I had sophomore Joe Walsh catch up with freshman Ryan Tappe to get his take on life as a Crusader.
J: What sports do you play at Christendom?
R: Basketball and baseball
J: What’s the first sport you played?
R: Baseball, I played 2nd base and Shortstop
J: When did you first start playing Basketball?
R: I first started playing basketball when I was 9
J: What’s your favorite sport?
R: Baseball - it’s the first sport I ever played and my family is really into it. Also, it’s a game with a lot of strategy that constantly changes each play
J: When did you first hear about Christendom?
R: From my older brother who graduated in 2007
J: Did you consider any other colleges?
R: No not really but I had an offer to play lacrosse at Division 2 Belmont Abbey
J: Why did you choose Christendom?
R: I chose Christendom for the unique faith formation it offered and the unity of the student body
R: I’m leaning toward Political Science
J: Who’s your favorite professor?
R: Professor O’Herron is my favorite because even though he is challenging and rigorous he makes class fun and interesting
J: What has surprised you the most about Christendom?
R: The amount of dances and activities we have here
J: What have you most enjoyed about Christendom?
R: Being on the sports teams and the sense of unity amongst the student body
J: Complete this sentence: The Coaching Style of Coach VanderWoude is best likened to…
R: A koala bear: He seems patient and calm but if necessary he will turn wild and vicious
J: What advice would you give to an incoming freshman athlete?
R: Don’t underestimate the competition and be prepared to work hard
Q. I've looked at the Christendom website and am very interested in some of the fine arts activities, especially theatre and the film club, but I can't find anything art related (i.e. drawing). Does Christendom offer any clubs or electives that are connected to art?
A. Christendom does not specifically have anything for artists who are interested in drawing. But, with that being said, there are some opportunities for budding artists to add to the college community. One way is to help with set design for the various theater productions we put on each year. We have a fall and spring play, as well as a mystery dinner theater, and all of these need backgrounds and sets designed. So, those who can draw and paint are most welcome to lend a hand.
Additionally, we do offer a variety of guilds each fall semester, and one of these guilds is an art guild (some of the other guilds offered this past fall were cooking, landscaping, electricity, iconography, and wood working). The art guild was run by local artist, Henry Wingate (http://henrywingate.com), and students were given the opportunity to improve their drawing and painting skills over the course of the semester. These guilds are extra-curricular, and have an added cost to them as well.
So, although art and drawing are not part of the actual curriculum, hopefully you can see that there are still opportunities for people to grow in their abilities and for them to use their God-given talents for the betterment of the college community.
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