The CUA Cardinal - Official Newsletter of the Catholic University of America Alumni Association
Volume IV, Issue 6
June 2009

As we count down the days until Homecoming and Reunions Weekend, Oct. 23–25, 2009, the CUA Alumni Association has made it an annual tradition to host online photo albums featuring pictures excerpted from each of our reunions classes' senior yearbooks. We're starting with the classes of 2004 and 1999. Click here to see this month's galleries, and check throughout the summer as we'll be posting photos dating all the way back to our newest Golden Cardinals, the Class of 1959! 


Tomorrow, Saturday, May 16, CUA honors the graduating Class of 2009, and welcomes our distinguished guest Commencement speaker, Raymond W. Kelly, police commissioner of New York City. 

For complete details on this year's Commencement activities, click here. If you would like to request a DVD of this year's ceremony, click here.


On Dec. 3–7, the CUA Travel Club will return to the Emerald Isle for our third annual Ireland Pub and Shopping Tour. Featuring plenty of food, sight-seeing, shopping and more, this is truly "a vacation as only the Irish could live it," and a great way to explore new places with your old friends!

Early Bird Registration Deadline: Guests registering before July 15 will save $100 for each traveler in their party. For complete details, pricing, and travel itinerary for this year's trip, click here.

Don’t miss the fun and excitement of the 2009 Homecoming and Reunions Weekend. Check out just a few of the weekend's highlights below — we have something for everyone!

• Class Welcome Parties to start the weekend off with a bang!

• A pre-game tent party to gather and ramp up the energy for the big game!
• A post-game happy hour to meet up with more friends.
• The All-Class Homecoming Bash, featuring reserved tables for the
   classes of ’54, ’59, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99 and ’04.

• The Homecoming Alumni Mass to reflect on your memories and faith.

Check your mailbox in July for the 2009 Homecoming and Reunions Weekend brochure with more details about the weekend’s events, or look online for the most up-to-date information (and online registration) at

Don’t let the Classes of ’54 and ’59 beat your class in attendance, join your Reunions Committee today by contacting Meghan Comey at 202-319-6745 or

CUA alumni have already become LinkedIn thanks to our online networking group. To join LinkedIn and start networking with fellow alumni today, click here.

It is with tremendous pride that the CUA Alumni Association recognizes the CUA baseball team and the women's lacrosse team, each of whom took home their respective titles as the 2009 Landmark Athletic Conference Champions. Congratulations to these outstanding student athletes! To learn more about CUA's athletic programs, visit

By the looks of the backboard, we're guessing this photo was taken in CUA's old gymnasium. But judging from the less-than-enthusiastic expression on the face of the CUA coed in the center of the picture, we're guessing this event probably wasn't a CUA basketball game.

To let us know if you are one of the alums in the picture above, click here. If you can correctly identify yourself in this month's photo flashback, we'll send you a free CUA T-shirt!


Registered members of the online community receive a number of exclusive benefits, including pre-sale notification e-mails to let them know when those hard-to-get tickets to select alumni events will go on sale. That way, you can beat the rush and be the first in line!

If you're a first-time visitor to and would like to join our online community (to be added to the pre-sale notification list and more), all you'll need is your security information. Yours is included in the e-mail copy of this newsletter.


Molly Smith, B.A. 1974,
is directing the world premiere of Legacy of Light by Karen Zacarìas at Arena Stage (1800 S. Bell St. Arlington, Va.). This funny, tender and time-bending new drama jumps between the 18th and 21st centuries as two women scientists contemplate motherhood and the changes it will bring to their lives and careers. We'd like to offer Catholic alumni half-priced tickets on the following dates:

Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 22, at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 12, at 8 p.m.

Discounted tickets start at $25. To purchase tickets, call 202-488-4380 and mention this offer.


5/16 - CUA 2009 Commencement Excercises
5/18 - Summer Session I Classes Begin
5/22 - CUA Law School Commencement
5/30 - Young Alumni Beach Bash

6/29 - Summer Session II Classes Begin

7/15 - Ireland Early Bird Registration Deadline

For years, the off-campus Brookland "Beach Bash" was a beloved (if unofficial) tradition of The Catholic University of America student body. This year, one of CUA's own is bringing it back, alumni style!

On Saturday, May 30, CUA Graduates Of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) are invited to join Sean Joiner, B.A. 2005, for a Young Alumni Beach Bash. For complete details, find Sean on Facebook or click here.

Mari Pohlhaus, B.S.N. 1979, M.S.N. 1991, her husband, Michael Schaefer, have just moved to Naples, Italy, with their two daughters. Mari and Michael will be working as civil servants for the Navy for the next three years.

James "Jamie" Hill, B.A. 2003, and Mary Cheely were married on Oct. 11, 2008 at St. Mary of the Angels Church in Chicago, Ill. The wedding guests included two fellow CUA alums, James Walsh, B.A. 2003, and Joseph Camm B.A. 2002, M.A. 2003.

Danielle Pagé Helenski, B.A. 2000, and her husband, James Helenski, welcomed their first child, Thomas James, on April 10, 2009. The family resides in Wallingford, Conn.

Christina Scarmeas Marmor, B.A. 2000, and her husband, Chuck Marmor, are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Liliana Grace, on Jan. 28, 2009. In April, Lily was baptized by Rev. Kyle Ingles, B.A. 1999. Christina, Chuck, big brother Christian (age 2), and Lily reside in Kensington, Md. 


graduating CUA seniors have joined in the past month.

As a college professor and a professional architect who specializes in designing educational facilities, Nancy Rogo Trainer, B.S.Arch 1982, is one of a only a handful of teachers who can simultaneously lay claim to shaping young minds and the very buildings in which those minds are formed.

To learn more about this month's spotlight alumna,
 click here.


The CUA Alumni Association is all over the World Wide Web, and keeping tabs on CUA alumni events and activities has never been easier.

1) Become a registered user of 
to browse the online alumni directory, share photos, post class notes and register for events online. If you're a first-time user all you'll need to join is your security information. Yours is included in the e-mail copy of this newsletter.

2) Become a fan of the CUA Alumni Association Facebook Page to add upcoming alumni event reminders to your Facebook calendar and more.

3) Get LinkedIn with fellow CUA alumni and start making those all-important business contacts!

4) Follow the CUA Cardinal Mascot on Twitter for late-breaking updates and fun facts from campus.

CUA alums are already fans of our Facebook Fan Page. To join them, click here.


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