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January 21, 2005

Making Headlines: Vice President Dick Cheney Delivers Speech at CUA

Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney delivered a Jan. 13 address on Social Security in Caldwell Hall Auditorium on Catholic University's campus. The speech was covered by 16 news media outlets including live coverage by C-SPAN and coverage by Fox, MSNBC and CNN. CUA was mentioned in connection with Cheney’s speech by Jan. 13 Associated Press, Reuters and Bloomberg articles that were picked up by assorted media outlets and also by other articles published in the Jan. 14 Washington Post, the Jan. 14, 15 and 18 New York Times and the Jan. 24 issue of Time Magazine.


The Nov. 17, 2004, report on CUA that was given to the U.S. bishops at their meeting in Washington by Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., president, was the subject of an article by Catholic News Service that recently was picked up by at least 29 Catholic newspapers around the country. The CNS article focused on the parts of the report describing university finances, enrollment and recent events such as the university-sponsored conference on stem-cell research and CUA’s purchase of 50 acres of land.

Father O’Connell was featured in a November Western New York Catholic (Buffalo, N.Y.) article previewing the Jan. 27, 2005, “Celebrate Catholic Education” dinner at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, where he will serve as keynote speaker. The annual dinner raises money for schools and religious education programs across western New York state.

He was quoted in a Dec. 16 Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) article about the appointment of Monsignor Michael Bransfield, M.A. 1974, as bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., by Pope John Paul II. Monsignor Bransfield currently serves as rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.


The Dec. 3 Washington Business Journal noted Marion Gosney’s Nov. 17 appointment as CUA’s director of alumni relations. Gosney previously served as CUA’s associate director of alumni relations.


Randall Ott, dean, was featured in a Dec. 9 Washington Post article focusing on top faculty at Washington, D.C., area universities. The article mentioned Ott’s “theoretical chapels” — avant-garde designs set in mountain and oceanic landscapes that are intended “to take people back to natural theology.”

Canon Law

Monsignor Thomas J. Green, professor, was quoted in a Jan. 4 St. Louis Post-Dispatch article about a conflict between St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke and board members of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish over control of St. Stanislaus Church. Archbishop Burke is warning that he may withhold Church sacraments from the board members if they continue to reject his proposal to hand control of the parish back to the archdiocese.


Gary Sloan, assistant professor, was featured in a Dec. 8 Washington Post article for his role in “The Diary of Anne Frank,” performed at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Md., from Nov.10 to Dec. 12.


Shavaun Wall, chair and associate professor, was quoted in a Jan. 9 Associated Press article about a new CUA program funded by the U.S. Department of Education that will train teaching aides to meet new standards of the 2001 No Child Left Behind law.


Joseph Hidler, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was featured along with Dean Randall Ott in the Dec. 9 Washington Post article about top Washington, D.C., faculty. The article described Hidler’s work on robotic devices that help patients recovering from strokes and spinal cord injuries.

General Counsel

Craig Parker, general counsel, was quoted in a Jan. 7 Chronicle of Higher Education article about the growth of legal staffs within institutions of higher education across America.


Michael Noone, professor of law, appeared on the Dec. 6 broadcast of “NBC Nightly News” and discussed the lawsuits filed by service members challenging the U.S. Army’s “stop loss” program.

Library and Information Science

A Dec. 9 Washington Post article noted that Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony Williams appointed Martha Hale, dean, to serve on a Washington, D.C., commission designed to help revamp the city’s struggling public libraries.


Murry Sidlin, dean, and Andrew Simpson, associate professor, were quoted in a Dec. 20 Catholic News Service article noting that in fall 2005 the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will offer a master’s degree program to train composers to write music for a variety of genres, including dance, opera and musical theater. The article also mentioned that the music school recently launched an initiative focused on excellence in musical theater, enabling music school students to study with renowned Broadway composers, directors and musicians.

Having led Washington, D.C.’s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts New Year’s Eve celebration for the past 10 years, Sidlin was featured in a Jan. 3 Washington Post review of some of the district’s premier New Year’s Eve musical performances. Sidlin’s arrangement of John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” was mentioned as one of the pieces performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at this year’s Kennedy Center celebration.

Kate Tamarkin, associate professor, and the CUA Chorus and Symphony Orchestra were mentioned in a Jan. 7 Washington Business Journal brief about the Dec. 3 Christmas concert sponsored by CUA and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The concert raised money for SOME (So Others Might Eat), a D.C.-based organization that helps feed, clothe and provide health care to the underprivileged. Tamarkin and the Chirstmas concert also were mentioned in the Dec. 30 Catholic Standard.


Vladimir Krasnopolsky, research professor of physics, was quoted in a Nov. 23 New York Times article about a team of scientists who reported that Mars’ atmosphere contains methane — an indication that there might be microbes living on the planet.


Phillip Henderson, associate professor of politics, participated in a Nov. 15 interview with WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) and discussed changes made within President George W. Bush’s administration after his re-election.

John Kenneth White, professor and director of the Life Cycle Institute, participated in an Oct. 15 interview with VEJA (San Paulo, Brazil), the country’s best-selling weekly magazine, and discussed the role of values in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.

He was quoted in a Nov. 8 Knight Ridder article indicating that Michigan Catholics cast more votes for Sen. John Kerry than for President Bush in the 2004 election, despite the fact that Bush won the U.S. Catholic vote. The article ran in the Nov. 8 issue of the Detroit Free Press.

He wrote an analysis of the November election which appeared on political pollster John Zogby's Web site, White's analysis received high praise from nationally syndicated columnist David S. Broder, considered by many as the news media’s  “dean of political commentary,” who described the piece as “one of the clearest and most succinct of the many post-election analyses that have crossed my desk.” Broder’s comment about White ran in his Dec. 5 column, which appeared in the Washington Post; The Salt Lake (City) Tribune; Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram; The Seattle Times; The Repository (Canton, Ohio); The State (Columbia, S.C.); and Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. White's analysis of the election also appeared in the Dec. 1 issue of The Hill (Washington, D.C.).

White participated in a Dec. 1 interview with Voice of America and discussed division among the U.S. populace after the election. He was mentioned in reference to the interview in a Dec. 6 Washington Post article about Democratic and Republican partisan allegiance among U.S. voters.

He participated in a Dec. 18 interview for the WATR-AM (Waterbury, Conn.) program “Special Edition Saturday” and discussed the values divide in America.

He participated in a Dec. 29 interview with ABC News Radio and discussed Bush’s second term in office. The interview was scheduled to air several times that week.

Social Service

John Noble, professor, was quoted and Susanne Bennett, assistant professor, was mentioned in an Oct. 22 Catholic News Service article suggesting that men may be less prone to recognize the symptoms of depression and may cope differently with it than women. The article ran in the Oct. 22 Catholic Telegraph (Cincinnati) and the Nov. 7 Southwest Kansas Register (Dodge City).


Dean Hoge, professor, was quoted in a Nov. 9 Newhouse News Service article about research he and Purdue University’s James Davidson have been conducting to measure U.S. Catholics’ resentment over the Church’s sexual abuse scandal. The article ran in the Nov. 9 Bay City (Mich.) Times. Hoge and Davidson’s research article, titled “Catholics After the Scandal: A New Study’s Major Findings,” ran in the Nov. 19 issue of Commonweal magazine (New York City). Religion News Service also ran an article Dec. 14. about their research. The article appeared in the Dec. 14 Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
Hoge was quoted in a Nov. 21 Indianapolis Star article about donation patterns and traditions within churches, temples and mosques in Indiana.

He wrote an op-ed piece for the Nov. 18 issue of The Dialog (Wilmington, Del.), arguing that Catholic laypeople should be given a larger role in managing parish functions.

CUA in General

EWTN-TV filmed the Dec. 3 Christmas concert at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception featuring The Catholic University of America Chorus and Symphony Orchestra and the Shrine choir. EWTN aired the concert on Dec. 19, 22 and 25, and WHUT-TV in Washington, D.C. aired the concert on Dec. 24 and 26.

CUA was included in a list of “D.C.’s Top 20 Private-Sector Employers” in a Dec. 9 Washington Post sidebar.

CUA was mentioned by a Dec. 10 Catholic News Service article as the host of a December fair that offered Christmas gift-givers the opportunity to donate money to various charities in other people’s names. The fair was organized by the consumer advocacy group New American Dream. The article ran in at least 16 Catholic newspapers across the country.


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