The CUA Cardinal - Official Newsletter of the Catholic University of America Alumni Association
Volume II, Issue 1
January 2007

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

Join your fellow recent CUA alums for an informal get together at Fado Irish Pub (Gallery Place/ Chinatown); Washington, D.C., this Thursday, January 18, 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, 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. Paddy's Kick-Off)
(Red Line, Union Station)

Thursday, April 19 — The Pour House
(Orange and Blue Lines, Capitol South)

Cross the Bridge To Terabithia with David Paterson

On February 1, 2007, CUA proudly welcomes David L. Paterson, B.A. '89, 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.

Alumni Travel Program — Tuscany, Italy!
July 1-9, 2007

Please join us to experience the irresistible charms of Chianti in a Tuscan Villa, where you'll unpack only once and spend seven memorable nights in the beautiful Villa Borgo di Cortefreda in the small hilltop village of Tavernelle Val di Pesa. In addition, you'll enjoy perks that simply aren't available to those who travel independently — like cooking classes, wine tastings, and private, guided tours! Experience the fun and unique opportunity to travel with fellow alums. 
Click here for more info!

The Office of Alumni Relations is seeking volunteers to serve as reunion class agents for the following class years celebrating a reunion at Homecoming and Reunions Weekend 2007, October 19–20: 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967, 1962 and 1957. The Reunion Class Agent is the spark that brings together her or his class for Homecoming and Reunions Weekend. For more information, click here!

Join CUA In Celebrating 100 Years of Arts & Sciences!

In 2006–2007, CUA celebrates a pair of noteworthy milestones: the 100th anniversary of the founding of arts and sciences at The Catholic University of America, and the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of our most prominent campus figures, Rev. Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P.  The school of arts and sciences, in collaboration with its 18 departments, will present a range of lectures, performances and other events to commemorate our twin centenaries. Click this link to learn more!


New for 2007! Next month, the Office of Alumni Relations will launch a completely redesigned Web calendar to help you keep track of all of the exciting programs, events and get togethers we've scheduled for 2007 and beyond! Check back soon to see what we've got in store for the weeks and months to come.

Join a select group of local CUA alumni for the CUA Executive Network Lunch, hosted by John Kenny, Esq., J.D. 1973. On Thursday, February 22, 2007, join us for lunch at Infotech Strategies' Washington Office (1341 G Street, NW, Suite 1100) as John Kenny of Infotech Strategies briefs an exclusive group of CUA alumni on how his organization’s innovative approach in infotech consulting has enabled him to help his clients become more efficient, more competitive and more profitable.

egistration is limited to 20 CUA Alumni. Please register by calling or e-mailing Dani Barnett, associate director of alumni relations, at 202-319-5608. Selected attendees will be notified via a confirmation e-mail one week prior to the date of the upcoming lunch.

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, February 10 vs. Salisbury

Saturday, February 17 vs. Mary Washington

Hockey Night  Caps vs. Bruins: SIX TICKETS LEFT!

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 Washington Capitals hockey team as they square off against the Boston Bruins!

Due to an overwhelming number of pre-orders, only six tickets remain for this event! 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. To save yourself a seat, contact Brandon at, or call 202-319-5608! Alumni who have made reservations should pay for their tickets no later than Friday, January 26. Tickets not paid for by then will be made available to those on our waiting list, so make sure to contact us if you wish to be added!

Even if you aren't going to the game but just happen to be in the area, 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. Can't make the pre-game to pick up your tickets? Don't worry tickets will be available at will-call after 6:30 p.m.

"Karen Danca Smith: Is That Your FINAL Answer?"

Do you recognize the alumna in the photo to the left? If you guessed "Karen Danca, Class of '95" you're on the right track... but is that your FINAL answer?

Keep your eyes peeled for this familiar face on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24 of next week, as CUA alumna Karen Danca-Smith, B.A. 1995, will be trying her luck as a contestant on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Check your local ABC affiliates for program broadcast details! Also see if you can pick out the voice of Karen's fellow CUA alum, Brian Curran, B.A. 1997, who makes a cameo appearance as her phone-a-friend lifeline! 

Do you know an incoming student who is applying to CUA? As an alumnus or alumna, you know firsthand the powerful and lasting impact of a CUA education. You can help us continue the tradition of educational excellence at CUA by nominating prospective undergraduate students for the CUA Alumni Grant. Freshman and transfer applicants are eligible for the $1,000 grant, renewable for up to four years. The regular decision deadline for Alumni Grant applications is February 15, so click here to learn more or to obtain an application today!

A parish scholarship of $3000, renewable for four years, is also available to all incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2007. A Parish Scholarship Application is included in the hard copy Undergraduate Application for Admission or
may be obtained online. Please note that your parish pastor must complete the lower portion of the form.

The completed Parish Scholarship Application may be submitted with the Undergraduate Application for Admission or submitted directly to the Office of Admissions by the parish office. Transfer applicants must submit their completed form with their application. The pastor may recommend any number of parishioners for this award.

Note: This scholarship is available only to new, full-time freshmen and transfer students. If it is not pursued prior to enrollment at CUA, it may not be sought in later years.

CUA Head Baseball Coach Ross Natoli is conducting instructional baseball mini-camps on Friday evenings and Saturday and Sunday mornings through Feb. 11. All camps will be held in the DuFour Center. Camps are open to players ages 8 to 18, of all ability and experience levels.

Attendees will be instructed by members of the CUA baseball coaching staff, local college and high school coaches, and college and professional players. Emphasis will be placed on baseball fundamentals as well as exposing talented high school prospects to college recruiters. Individual videotaping included.

Group and team discounts are available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Brochures and applications can be downloaded from
this Web page
. For more information, contact Coach Natoli at 202-319-6092.

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 February 3, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Office of Alumni Relations hosts the first of two "Family, Fun & Friends" events scheduled in 2007. It’s summer in February, so bring your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews — even your neighbors' families — to the CUA Cabin Fever Family Festival

All children and families are welcome — we have something for everyone! We’ll be having an open swim, pre-Valentine’s Day craft activity, and snacks, too — perfect for children ages 12 and under! 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 outside St. Vincent’s Chapel (Rain location: DuFour Center) for an Easter Egg Hunt and brunch! Smile for your keepsake photo with the Easter Bunny! The cost for this event is $10 per person (event for ages 12 and under), so R.s.v.p. today by calling 202-319-5608! 

Miss Your Old Classmates? Join "The OC" Today!

Fox network might be bidding farewell to their "O.C.," but at CUA, The CUA Online Community — "The O.C." — is bigger and better than ever before! To date, more than 5,000 CUA alums have already registered for this online community, and "The O.C." continues to provide its members with a number of helpful, alumni-exclusive benefits, including:

Permanent e-mail forwarding: Choose a new e-mail address ( and it automatically forwards directly to the e-mail account of your choice. That way, you'll never have to worry about notifying all your old pals every time you switch jobs, change Internet providers, or register a new e-mail address.

CUA Alumni Career Network:
Simply plug in your business info to search for other alums living and working in your area. A perfect tool for career networking, and an invaluable resource when looking for a familiar face when relocating to a new line of work or moving to a new town.

Ready to join? Registration is free and easy — all you will need is your name, degree year and security information! Your personal security information (included at the bottom of this newsletter) can be found by clicking here.

Due to an influx of new user registrations over the past several weeks, we are currently experiencing minor delays in providing users with individual e-mails notifying them of their security information. If you'd like to register today but have forgotten your security information or have yet to receive it from us, please
click here to view all you'll need to register for "The O.C." today.

CUA Alumni Pub Party: Cuff's Irish Bar @ Jurys Hotel
The Second in a String of Monthly Boston Alumni Events!

Couldn't make last month's party? Had so much fun you want to join us again?

Meet us on Thursday, February 8, 2007 at Cuff's Irish Bar @ Jurys Hotel (350 Stuart Street) in Boston from 6 to 8 p.m. for drinks and the second of CUA's Boston Alumni Pub Parties.

To R.s.v.p. for this event,
call 800-288-ALUM. For complete details on a number of other exciting alumni events scheduled for the Boston Alumni Chapter including a pre-lenten Gospel Mass – click here.

Boston Alumni Chapter: CUA Alumni Service Day

On Sunday, February 25, from 2 to 5 p.m., join your classmates and give back to the city! We will be meeting at St. James Church (1991 Massachusetts Avenue) outside of Boston in nearby Cambridge, Massachusetts, and we will be voluteering with non-profit agency Bread & Jams, Inc. to make meals for the homeless. 

To R.s.v.p. for this event, call (800) 288-ALUM. To learn more about Bread & Jams, Click here.

From 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 held at the Callan Theatre 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.

Also save the date for CUA's upcoming performance of Romeo and Juliet, playing in CUA's Hartke Theatre from Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22.

Share your love of reading! Read-Across-America Day is also the birthday of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. Join CUA students and fellow alums on March 2, 2007, at St. Anthony’s School, 12th and Monroe streets in Brookland (across from the Brookland-CUA metro station and almost next-door to Colonel Brooks’ Tavern).

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, read your favorite Seuss book (or any book!) to a small student group and have a slice of birthday cake. Here’s an opportunity to turn the joyous and generous spirit of the holidays into a New Year’s resolution and do a good deed in ’07. Sign up now!

To R.s.v.p., contact
Marion Gosney or call 202-319-5608

Thirty years after Tutankhamun’s treasures last visited the United States and more than 3,000 years after his death, they will come to Philadelphia, the final stop on the current U.S. tour — and CUA has your exclusive tickets! On Wednesday, March 7, 2007, the Catholic University Office of Alumni Relations journeys to The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to explore Tutankhamun And The Golden Age of The Pharaohs.

The 18th Dynasty, also known as the “Golden Age," produced some of the most exquisite pieces of art for some of Egypt’s most famous rulers. Within the exhibit witness not only a child-sized throne made of wood, gesso, gold, ivory and copper alloy but also artifacts from the five other pharaohs, who ruled during the “Golden Age." See artifacts actually excavated from the tomb of King Tutankhamun, as well as more than 70 pieces from tombs of other rulers who were also part of the “Golden Age." All of the antiquities within the exhibit date back more than 3,500 years.

We've purchased a block of tickets exclusively for CUA alumni. Tickets are just $30 for CUA alums, and spaces are limited so R.s.v.p. by calling 800-288-ALUM today!

Lent is just around the corner, and the Office of Campus Ministry and The Catholic University of America community has been busy at work preparing for this holy season. As we enter this time of prayer and reflection, CUA cordially invites all alumni living in the Washington, D.C. area to consider taking part in "RENEW," a weekly adult Bible study program that currently boasts more than 180 student members organized into 16 chapters on the CUA campus.

Each chapter meets once a week, and meeting times can be adjusted to accomodate the availability of those interested. To read more about this exciting program, visit
this Web page, or contact John Meehan to register for an alumni RENEW chapter today!

"Strict nuns, rulers and memorizing." While we may not have learned Catholicism exactly the same way our parents and grandparents did, many adult Catholics can't help but find themselves looking for a more comprehensive understanding of the Catholic faith, its heritage and its traditions.

Come explore the teachings of the Catholic tradition found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the new United States Catechism for Adults. Delve into the Creed, the sacraments, the Ten Commandments and prayer with Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings in the Office of Campus Ministry. To learn more, contact Rev. John Koziol or call the Office of Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

Come join us for cosmopolitans and camaraderie at the Cosmos and Candide Alumni Reception! On Friday, March 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., join us in the Vincent P. Walter Room of Curley Hall (at CUA). Sip cosmos and snack on sumptuous hors d’ouvres while enjoying the sounds of CUA student musicians performing a sampling of their work!

Then, join us for the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music performance of Candide following the alumni reception! A special alumni price for both concert and reception: $25, or, if you'd rather attend the reception only: $10. Reservations are required, so R.s.v.p. today to 800-288-ALUM (outside Metro-D.C. area) or 202-319-5608!

Originally from Rome, Gianluca (“Luca”) Callini moved to the D.C. area to attend CUA. Graduating from Catholic University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, he subsequently moved to Cambridge, Mass. to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Aeronautics and Astronautics graduate program.  

To learn more about Luca and his experiences with NASA, visit the 
Alumni Spotlight.

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