Dancing & S'mores
From: McLean, VA
Hobbies: Growing my awesome beard (which I trimmed for my mom), honing my rugby skills, walrus impersonations, chillin’ with the great Christendom gals (and guys sometimes)
What is your favorite class or professor? I don’t think I could single one out. I have had and currently have many good teachers and classes. Some of my favorites this year are Prof. Michael Kelly’s History 201, Prof. Eric Jenislawski’s Old Testament, and Prof. Mike Brown’s Ethics. In my freshmen year I really liked, Dr. Patrick Keats, Fr. Donald Planty, Dr. John Cuddeback, and Dr. Timothy O’Donnell to name a few.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? Serving and being a sacristan, rugby, the intramurals (they are all really fun), Upper-Under and East-West (I was on Upper and the East—we won both this year by a lot), helping SAC events to be a blast, residence hall clubs, and spring break mission trips.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? Apart from the tremendous availability of the sacraments, and the great classes, my favorite thing about Christendom is that it has become another home to me full of great loving people.
Why did you choose Christendom? Originally I was thinking of going to a different school to get a Math or Science major, but I had a desire to learn about being a good man and to build a strong foundation for life by studying the liberal arts. That may sound kind of cheesy, but that’s why.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? I don’t know if I can get surprised easily or, if I do, I don’t feel surprised. So I can’t think of any surprising things about Christendom, but its chaplain makes it almost like a parish in that it offers so many opportunities to grow in faith... and rugby is a great sport.
What are your plans after graduation? I’m not sure yet, I may try to pick up a math or science degree or get a job and a life or see what my vocation is.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Christendom is a great liberal arts school with lots of great people. If you come here get involved in the sacraments, SAC, the intramurals, dance at the dances, get to know the people here (and don’t forget about the faculty and staff they are very good people) and RUGBY(it teaches a ton of valuable lessons).
“Contra Semi-Formal is always one of my favorite dances of the semester,” says Senior Rachel Kujawa. “It is always such fun to take a break from studying and dance the night away with friends!”
As always, the Virginia Reel and Ladies’ Chain were very popular dances as well.
Seniors Johanna Troendle and Nicholas Weber enjoy a dance.
There was an elegant spread of gourmet foods to enjoy.
Contra dance events always feature a variety of dances that are fun and easy to learn.
Sophomore Alex Clark sashays with junior Monica Davis.
“The bonfire was very enjoyable because I got to hang out with my peers all night,” says Freshman Sean Salmon. “The marshmallows just enhanced the atmosphere!”
The hot cocoa and s'mores, made it a great way to enjoying the cool fall night.
The Chester-Belooc Debate Society hosts a number of debates each semester, intentionally choosing provoking issues that encourage students to practice public speaking and hone their rhetorical skills.
Freshman Hugh Forester argues against the proposition.
“Dr. Wilson delved deep into the annals of conservative history, making distinction after distinction about where the movement has gone and where it is heading,” says Senior Matt Naham. “It was a real privilege to attend such a learned presentation on culture and philosophy.”
The Cincinnatus League is student-faculty club, which aids students in the application of the philosophical foundation they have received at Christendom to contemporary education, culture, and politics.
The College holds Eucharistic and Marian processions every year.
The next morning, Thanksgiving Day, the remaining students attended Mass at the tomb of St. Peter. Our semester began with Mass at the tomb, so to end there made the semester seem complete. At the farewell luncheon with the faculty and staff, we discussed how it was fitting the semester end coincided with Thanksgiving. Perhaps the Italian lunch was not turkey and pumpkin pie, but the emotions felt at the conclusion of our semester tied in perfectly with the idea of the holiday. Living in Rome for three months gives you much to be thankful for! We thanked the teachers and faculty for their hard work. Even more so, we were thankful for our families, homes and country to which we would soon return.
The excitement and beauty of the semester was encountering our faith, which can only impact us personally and change our world view for the rest of our lives.
Thanksgiving in Rome.
Frolicking through Roman fields.
The great pyramid of Rome.
Coin toss in the Trevi Fountain.
Conor Knox helps Helen Snyder perfect her paper airplane for flight...
...from the dome of St. Peter's.
They're going to miss that brick oven pizza!
Twilight in the Eternal City.
Pizza and the Roman skyline.
Professors & Academics Beyond the Classroom
While the professors at Christendom College provide one of the best personal educational experiences in the nation, they do more than just teach. Many of the faculty participate in a variety of fascinating academic activities outside of the classroom. From lecturing as guest speakers at various events to attending conferences to writing books, teachers keep themselves busy outside of school hours.
It’s not uncommon for faculty members to be invited to give talks to audiences outside of Christendom, whether in Virginia or other parts of the world. In June of 2012, Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell gave several talks at the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Closer to home, Philosophy Professor Mark Wunsch delivered a lecture this month sponsored at the Institute of Catholic Culture. Held at St. Michael Catholic Church in Northern Virginia, his speech was entitled “Desire: Understanding the Will of Man.”
Besides all of this, there are numerous other interesting academic projects Christendom professors have been involved in. This summer, Philosophy Professor Dr. John Cuddeback participated in a series of Catholic Lecture Courses being filmed for St. Benedict’s Press. Meanwhile, in June, Astronomy Professor Dr. George Garrigan joined hundreds of other astronomers in Hawaii to observe the rare transit of Venus.
One can be sure that if Christendom professors aren’t grading a paper or delivering a classroom seminar, they’re staying busy and making important contributions to the academic community at large throughout the world.
Student-Athletes Receive National Recognition
Ten Christendom College student-athletes are nominated to the 2102 USCAA National All-Academic Team. To receive the nomination each student-athlete achieved at least a 3.5 GPA in addition to their contributions to their teams.
This fall’s recipients were seniors Tim Beer, Nicholas Blank, Lisa Hill, Katie Wunderlich, and Charlie Rollino; juniors Klarissa Blank and Jonathan Fioramonti; and sophomores Peter Foeckler, Mark Turner, and Peter Stephens.
These student-athletes participated in one of three fall sports that Christendom offers: women’s volleyball and soccer, as well as men’s soccer. Christendom boasts seven varsity intercollegiate sports, which sets itself apart from other colleges who are similar in size and enrollment.
“We believe that Christendom offers a uniquely balanced opportunity for student-athletes, like these ten, to be able to compete at the college level, while at the same time being formed academically and spiritually through a Catholic liberal arts education,” Vander Woude says. “These recipients demonstrate what is possible here at Christendom—to strive for excellence in all they do.”
The USCAA is a national organization that exists to provide quality athletic competition on a regional and national level. The USCAA focuses specifically on smaller institutions of higher learning and their student-athletes. The association believes that all athletes and programs deserve the same national opportunities as larger institutions and works to provide those opportunities. Find out more at theuscaa.com.
If you are not going to make the December 1 deadline, nothing to worry about, for now. You can still apply and get everything in to my office by March 1, the Regular Application Deadline, and you have lost nothing. You can still apply for financial aid (loans and grants), and you can still take your SAT or ACT many more times to achieve academic scholarship levels (1920 or higher on the SAT or 29 or higher on the ACT), but the downfall to waiting until March 1 is that you will not get an answer from our admissions committee until right around April 1. Sometimes, though, based on space and the quality of applicants, we do give answers before April 1, it depends.
Q I am a bit of a procrastinator. In fact, I was going to ask you this question about a month ago, but, well, I put it off.
A. There is always hope, my friend, even for the procrastinators out there! OK, so here's the deal. December 1 is the Early Action Application Deadline. What that really means is this: those who get all of their application materials in to my office by Dec. 1 will get an answer from our admissions committee by December 15. Those people can then apply for financial aid in February, and they have to send in their deposit to reserve their spot by March 15.
Christendom does not accept federal funds or financial aid, but we do offer a robust financial aid program, funded by our generous donors. Therefore, the FAFSA does not work for us, but rather, we have our own financial aid form that needs to be filled out and submitted. Here is a link to our current form for this year, the new one for the 2013-14 year will be on our website in January. You can't do this, normally, until tax returns have been filed for the 2012 year.
So, there you have it. There is plenty of time, and plenty of money left for you to get, so don't put it off too long, or you may just end up on the waiting list!
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