From: Brookfield, WI
Hobbies? I play guitar and enjoy fishing.
What's your favorite class? Old Testament with Prof. Jenislawski. He has such great insight on the Bible and the Catholic Faith in general. He has the ability not just to give facts in class, but truly to see the teachings of the Faith and the reasons for them.
Do you play any sports? I play soccer. It has always been my passion and I have played since I was a kid. I've also played on the basketball team.
Do you participate in any drama or music related activities? Nothing formal, but I do get together with friends to play guitar.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The Catholic community, the close proximity of the chapel, and of course, the athletics.
Why did you choose Christendom? I chose Christendom because it offered a solid Catholic education. I know that Christendom will help me in any career I go into after school. Another huge factor was the well-developed Athletics Program we have here. Even though Christendom is small, its teams play at competitive levels.
Plans after graduation? Getting a job in the emergency medical field.
Blessed John XXIII Gets Blessed
Many were excited to see the statue of him, and Josh Zeringue remarked after seeing the statue, “I love Pope John XXIII. It's pretty cool.”
Refreshments and discussion were held afterwards.
The statue is now located in the St. John the Evangelist library.
Fine Music on a Fall Evening
While hanging out with friends and listening to the Killackey Bros., Freshman Tommy Salmon, from Ireland, said with a smile, “It feels like a dancer should be up there!”
Students took advantage of the chance to take a breath, have some fun with friends, and relax after two weeks of midterms, and prepare for one more week of work before Fall Break.
Schutzman and Long sing a ballad.
When the Killackey Bros. play, you feel like you're at a pub in Ireland.
Juniors and Seniors sing some campus favorites.
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
Slumdog Millionaire won Oscars for Best Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Music, Sound, Writing, and Motion Picture of the Year.
Honoring a Hero
The ceremony began with Mass offered for the repose of the soul of Mr. Vander Woude in Christ the King Chapel, con-celebrated by College Chaplain Fr. Daniel Gee and alumnus Fr. Tom Vander Woude, the eldest son of Mr. Thomas Vander Woude.
At the dedication that followed Mass, College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell welcomed all and invited Philosophy Professor and long-time friend of the Vander Woude family, Dr. John Cuddeback, to say a few words.
“We rejoice today in all the good that Tom Vander Woude did in his life,” Dr. Cuddeback said. “That good has remained with us; and so much was done right here on this court.”
Cuddeback remarked that Vander Woude set a tone for the sports program, a tone that continues to this day. Cuddeback reflected on Vander Woude’s upbringing on a farm in South Dakota, and how he brought a strong moral character to bear in all that he did. Cuddeback also noted that Vander Woude’s greatest legacy was his seven sons—five of whom attended Christendom—and their families.
Read more about this event here.
The Vander Woude family poses for a photo in front of the court's entrance.
Grüß Gott, Oktoberfest!
Dr. Robert Rice and Mr. Eric Jenislawski were an iconic sight at Oktoberfest in their customary clothing and lederhosen.
Bavaria comes to Christendom.
Jude, son of The Chronicler Online's Managing Editor Niall O'Donnell, poses for a photo with Prof. Jenislawski.
Following dinner, a variety of games were set up to challenge the festive students. The cornhole station was in constant use behind the commons. Water-jug races, followed by a jug toss, were held on another part of the lawn. The men displayed their strength in a test to see who could throw a 5-gallon tank of water the farthest. Tug-of-war was the final event during the games portion of the evening.
The night was concluded, to the pleasure of the students, with a mix of polka and contra dancing.
Healthcare Reform Examined
Dr. Way began the presentation by talking about the way the current system works and the kind of changes that may be put into effect. He also spoke on the consequences that such changes would have on the whole system of the United States. Mr. Balch then spoke about common misconceptions of the care and monetary systems of our country.
“It's the inter-relation between what people earn and what people pay that is important and decides the real change cost,” said Mr. Balch.
He proceeded to talk about the changes being effected and how this relates to the the consumer.
Both Dr. Way and Mr. Balch covered a multitude of important aspects that left the entire audience feeling enlightened on the subject. Following the talk, attendees enjoyed some refreshments and Q & A with the speakers.
The Daily Grind
“It's a great place to go and just hang out, or use the wireless and study,” Sophomore Philip O'Neill said.
Students love the fact that they have a place off-campus, but still nearby, where they can escape to when they just need to have some fun hanging out or studying in a different environment.
The staff is friendly and always ready to help.
Senior Laura Judge works on her thesis at the Daily Grind.
Lady Crusader Volleyball Finishes Season
and Looks to a Strong Future!
Middle-hitter Theresa Jalsevac was the team’s most consistent hitter and proved to be a substantial force on the front line; the Christendom faithful will look forward to seeing more of her strikes in years to come. Another newcomer, Lisa Hill, made a huge impact for the team from the first time she stepped onto the court. Her passing skills, coupled with a thorough knowledge of the game will be a great compliment to Theresa's hitting. Also freshman Katie Wunderlich has taken huge strides this season, playing her first year of competitive volleyball.
The Lady Crusaders will definitely miss their two seniors, Anna Adams and Rachel Williams, who played their last game this past evening. Both ladies were key starters for the team throughout their time here at Christendom. Anna, who started off playing as a defensive specialist, transitioned to a hitter and setter this year and provided the team with boundless energy and competitiveness, which were contagious on the court. Her attitude and personality will definitely be missed in years to come. Rachel Williams, despite her small stature played, huge during her time at Christendom. One of the best players on the team, Rachel was the do-it-all team member for Coach Mirsad Mehic, from passing to striking, not to mention an occasional set when needed. Rachel’s passion for volleyball and desire to learn and improve set her apart on the court. Her jump-serve will also be sorely missed in future years.
Anna Adams sets the ball for Rachel Williams.
Rachel prepares to add another point to the Lady Crusaders score.
See even more pics of the Lady Crusaders in action at Christendom's Picasa Web Album!
Viva il Papa!
Wednesday’s Papal Audience brought many emotions and much excitement for all of us as we arrived at St. Peter's Square. The whole group set out early in the morning when most of Rome was still quiet. When the guards opened the gates, the massive crowd of people flooded in. Fighting the crowds and running to claim front row seats became the main objective. We successfully claimed the two first rows on the left side of the square. When his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI rode by in the Pope-mobile, the crowds went wild and a few of the students proudly held up our blue Christendom banner, while shouting: "Amamus Te! We love you Holy Father!"
I saw the glimmer in his eyes.
On Sunday, part of our group attended a Mass and canonization ceremony, in St. Peter’s Square. We were able to witness Pope Benedict XVI canonize five saints—it was heavenly! At the end of this long week, we were reminded how blessed we all are to be living in the presence of such great faith and holiness.
Pope Benedict loves Christendom College.
As Pope Benedict approaches it's hard to decide what to do: snap a photo, wave, shout that you love him, or just relish the moment?
You can't help but try and do all of the above.
Q. I am interested in going into the field of education when I’m done with my studies. Is Christendom College a good choice for a person who has this goal, and specifically, what does Christendom have to offer a person who has this goal?
A. This is a very good question and, in fact, one that is asked of me quite often. As a general answer, a Christendom education is beneficial to anyone interested in any field of work because of the overall well-roundedness of our program. We educate our students, rather than train them. We believe that by giving our students a classical liberal arts education, they will be ready to meet all of the challenges that come their way upon graduation. In fact, we have seen this to be the case with our graduates. They are involved in many varied and different careers, from medicine to law, journalism to law enforcement, from owning their own businesses to working on Wall Street.
Now to address the specifics of the question: what does Christendom have to offer a person interested in entering the field of education upon graduation?
Through our core curriculum, through the study of history, philosophy, political science, literature, math, science, and theology, our students are truly educated in the things that matter. They are not educated to do one thing or another, but are simply educated. Because of this, those who have an interest in teaching are always welcomed, and even sought after, by many Catholic school systems. In our own Diocese of Arlington, VA, we have probably close to 50 graduates teaching, and most of them started teaching directly after graduation (without earning a teaching certificate).
School officials realize that although teaching methods are very important, the most important thing in teaching anyone is the love and knowledge of the faith and the desire to pass on, not only head-knowledge, but more importantly, a love of God, His Church, and the good Catholic life in general. Christendom College prepares its students for that. Other colleges, in their education programs, may teach its students how to teach math to 4th graders, or how to organize your classroom to make it more learning friendly. We believe that these things will work themselves out once you are in the classroom so there is no real need to spend a bunch of money and time on being trained in specifics when you will end up learning these things on-the- job later.
Now for those who may want to get their feet wet in teaching before graduation, we do offer a Teacher Formation Program as part of our curriculum. Seniors are given the opportunity to work as teacher aids with local Catholic and public schools, helping to plan classes and teach certain subjects.
I hope this helps and thanks for asking!
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