The CUA Cardinal - Official Newsletter of the Catholic University of America Alumni Association
Volume I, Issue 12
December 2006

Graduates Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Get Together
The Second in a String of Young Alumni Gatherings!

Join your fellow recent CUA alums for an informal get together at Capitol City Brewing Company (Union Station); Washington, D.C. this Thursday, December 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

One night each month, CUA's Office of Alumni Relations throws a young alumni evening party at one of D.C.'s favorite watering holes. We'd love to see you, so stop in and say "hi" if you're in the neighborhood. Here's the schedule thus far:

Thursday, December 14 - Capitol City Brewing Co.
                               (Red Line, Union Station)
Thursday, January 18 - Fado Irish Pub
                               (Red Line, Chinatown)
Thursday, February 15 - Hawk 'N' Dove
                               (Orange and Blue Lines, Capitol South)
Thursday, March 15 - Irish Times 
                               (St. Patrick's Day Kick-Off)
                               (Red Line, Union Station)
Thursday, April 19 - The Pour House
                               (Orange and Blue Lines, Capitol South)

The Alumni Travel Program has returned, and it’s better than ever! Come join us as we experience the irrestible charms of Tuscany!  In the summer of 2007, we’ll spend seven memorable nights in a beautiful Tuscany villa and visit Florence, Siena, San Gimignano, Lucca and the Chianti region.

The tour includes lodging at a first-class hotel, three full meals each day, wine tasting, cooking demonstrations, countryside and city private tours, and a personal English-speaking local guide throughout your stay. Join your fellow alumni for this exciting experience! For more information, contact Dani Barnett, associate director of alumni relations.

Attention Reunions Classes: Mark Those Calendars!

Be sure to save the date for next year's Homecoming and Reunions Weekend – October 19–20, 2007! We'll be celebrating the classes of 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962 and 1957. In January, reunion class members will be receiving an invitation to apply for "Class Agent" to represent their class and help plan their fall reunions! Contact
Dani Barnett, associate director of alumni relations, for more information.

The CUA Alumni Office is pleased to announce a new CUA tradition: alumni Game Break Gatherings at our Cardinals home basketball games. Call your friends and bring the kids to the DuFour Center for an up-close seat for some exciting college basketball!

Alumni admission for both the men's and women's games is $5 and can be purchased on game day. Alumni and friends are invited to gather immediately following the end of the 2 p.m. women's game for complimentary snacks and cold drinks before watching the men's game at 4 p.m. 

If you’d like to join, us let us know. Contact Brandon at for details and to R.s.v.p. 

We’ll meet you upstairs at the DuFour Center for the following home games:

Saturday, January 13 vs. York
Saturday, February 10 vs. Salisbury
Saturday, February 17 vs. Mary Washington

CUA Hockey Night: DC Capitals vs. Boston Bruins
"Score" $35 seats for just $15 as a CUA Alum!

On Tuesday, February 6, 2007, join your fellow CUA alums at Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center (formerly the MCI Center) at 7 p.m. to root for the Capitals hockey team as they square off against the Boston Bruins!

We've purchased a block of tickets exclusively for CUA alumni, and we are offering mezzanine-level tickets (regularly sold at $35) for just $15 to our CUA alums. Spaces are limited (two tickets per alum), so R.s.v.p. today! To save yourself a seat, contact Brandon at, or call 202-319-5608!

Before the game - join us at 5:30 p.m. at Washington's largest multi-tap brewery, RFD's (810 7th Street NW - Red Line: Chinatown), to grab a drink and pick up your tickets. Can't make the pre-game? Don't worry - tickets will be available at will-call after 6:30 p.m.

On February 1, 2007, CUA proudly welcomes David L. Paterson, B.A. '89, home as the author/ playwright returns to Catholic University to speak about Bridge to Terabithia, his mother's book, which he recently adapted into a full-length, major motion picture for the Disney corporation. The film is scheduled to open nationwide on February 16.

Complete details on this project and a trailer for the film can be found by visiting this Web site.

New job? Recently married? New baby? Submit an Alumni Class Note to keep your old friends and classmates up-to-date on the latest chapter in your life or professional career! Don't forget, new CUA babies will receive an "I'm a Little Cardinal" bib courtesy of the Office of Alumni relations!

On Thursday, January 4, 2007, join us at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia at 6:00 p.m. as the Office of Alumni Relations and CUA's Career Services office host an alumni networking event to kickstart the new year! We need volunteers to share tips, networking advice and experiences with CUA alums of tomorrow.

If you can be a part of this invaluable networking opportunity, contact
Sarah Richards or John Meehan in the Office of Alumni Relations.

On February 3, 2007, from 1– 4 p.m., the Office of Alumni Relations hosts the first of two "Family, Fun & Friends" events scheduled in 2007. Bring the family to the DuFour Athletic Center and chase your winter blues away at the CUA Cabin Fever Festival - we’ll be having an open swim, so pack your suits! We're also planning a Pre-Valentine’s Day craft activity and snacks too! The event is open to all alumni and their children ages 12 and under – the cost is just $8 per person, but reservations are required. R.s.v.p. today by calling 202-319-5608!

Also, mark your calendars for CUA's Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch! On March 31, 2007 winter will be over and spring will be here, so from 10 a.m. –  1 p.m., bring the kids back to your alma mater as CUA alums and their families gather on the lawn of St. Vincent’s Chapel (Rain location: DuFour Athletic Center) for an Easter Egg Hunt and brunch! Smile for your keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny! The cost for this event is $10.00 per person (event for ages 12 and under), so R.s.v.p. today by calling 202-319-5608!

The Second Annual Father Gilbert V. Hartke Declamation Contest is scheduled for January 29, 2007, to honor both the 100th birthday of Father Hartke and the 100th anniversary of the School of Arts and Sciences. Declamations will be given by CUA students representing the Columbus School of Law, Theological College, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs from CUA's School of Arts and Sciences and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

The contest will take place in the Callan Theatre at 7 p.m., and an alumni reception will follow in the upper lobby of the Hartke Theatre. Admission is free for alumni from all CUA programs and schools. For more details, contact Sarah Richards.

On Thursday, January 11, 2007, join fellow CUA alums living in the Boston area for the first in a string of monthly Boston alumni chapter events!

Start the year off right! Meet us at Kitty O'Shea's (131 State Street) in Boston at 6 p.m. for drinks and a CUA Alumni Pub Party. To R.s.v.p. for this event, contact Sarah Richards or call 800-288-ALUM.

On Friday, February 9, through Sunday, February 11, the Department of Drama presents Will Shakespeare Live! CUA Alumnus Joe Plummer's one-man show mixes biography with some of Shakespeare's best-loved characters including Falstaff, Macbeth and Juliet, to bring to life the bard's turbulent career at the Globe Theatre.

Shows will be held at the Callan Theatre and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings; Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Tickets are just $25 and all proceeds benefit scholarships for students in the Department of Drama. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 202-319-4000.

Susan Oetgen earned a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America in 1999, and still gets nostalgic for the cherry trees in the courtyard of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, not to mention Thomas Reilly’s tough love coaching and Jane Tavernier’s impeccable ear for detail. 

Trained as a classical coloratura, Susan has since applied her voice to a great many musical projects, including opera, zarzuela, classical and contemporary art song, jazz, pop and her own original vocal music. To learn more about Susan, visit the
Alumni Spotlight.

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