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May 4, 2005

Summer Events Lineup

Dozens of groups are scheduled to meet at CUA this summer, keeping the campus humming with activity. In addition, many summer courses will be offered by the university, one of which will transport students and a professor to Madaba, Jordan, to take part in an archaeological excavation of a 2,900-year-old site.

Following is a chronological lineup of some of the events:

Campus Ministry Service Trips to Hawaii and Panama
The Office of Campus Ministry will sponsor a Habitat for Humanity trip to the Hawaiian island of Kauai May 8-24. Fifteen students will travel with Emmjolee Mendoza, CUA's associate campus minister for community service, where they will build affordable houses for low-income families.
     From May 17 to June 7, 17 students and Rev. Robert Schlageter, university chaplain, will travel to Caizan, Panama, to take part in a Campus Ministry-sponsored mission trip, titled Mission Panama. Participants will reside with local host families and dedicate a portion of their retreat time to harvesting indigenous crops. 

Summer Sessions (Including Ministry Program)
CUA will open its classroom doors to the more than 300 high school, college and adult students registered for the many summer sessions offered by the university from May 9 to Aug. 6.
     Beginning this year, courses within CUA’s Doctor of Ministry program will only be offered in the summer. The new structure requires D.Min. students to register for two classes per summer over the course of four years. Six credits within the 36-credit program must be gained through online coursework between summer semesters. For more information, contact Charles Gravenstine, associate supervisor of pastoral studies and director of the Doctor of Ministry program, at

Special Olympics
From May 11 to May 13, CUA will host more than 1,000 Washingtonians with intellectual disabilities for the 2005 Special Olympics D.C. Summer Games. This year’s athletes constitute the largest group to participate in the annual event in the past 10 years. All events will take place on the grounds of the Raymond A. DuFour Center. For more information, contact Kristine Manning, interim director of athletics, at 202-319-5286.

South American Architectural Excursion
From May 30 to Aug. 5, architecture students will travel to the Brazilian city of Salvador to participate in “CUArch Brazil,” a program requiring them to design and construct a community and cultural center using local, recycled and natural building materials. The nine-credit program is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. Those interested in independent study are also welcome. For more information, contact Meghan Walsh at 202-667-3012 or

Dominican Third Order Conference
In celebration of its 200th anniversary, the Dominican Third Order, a province of the Dominican order, will hold a congress at CUA June 9-12. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Dominican House of Studies, located across the street from CUA. Approximately 400 congress attendees are expected. For more information, visit

Leadership for Social Justice Institute
From June 12 to June 17, CUA will host the Leadership for Social Justice Institute, coordinated through the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vt., and the Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. Approximately 185 participants from at least 20 countries in Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe are expected.

Summer Opera
The Hartke Theatre will continue its tradition of providing a venue for the Summer Opera Theatre Company. This summer’s opera schedule is as follows:
• Cendrillon (a new and updated Cinderella), by Jules Massenet, conducted by H. Teri Murai, at 2:30 p.m. on June 12; 7:30 p.m. (with a free lecture at 6:30 p.m.) on June 15; 7:30 p.m. on June 17; and 2:30 p.m. on June 19.
• Rigoletto, by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Kate Tamarkin, director/associate professor of orchestral and conducting studies, at 2:30 p.m. on July 10; 7:30 p.m. (with a free lecture at 6:30 p.m.) on July 13; 7:30 p.m. on July 15; and 2:30 p.m. on July 17.
     For more information, call 202-526-1669.


Michael Weigl

Excavation in Jordan
A small group of CUA students will join Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies Michael Weigl on a trip to Madaba, Jordan, where they will earn course credit for participating in a June 15 – July 31 archaeological excavation. Weigl is the co-director of the dig, and the CUA students will make up part of a 75-member excavation team comprising scholars and students from the United States, Canada and Europe. The CUA students — undergraduate and graduate, none of whom have excavated before — enter the project representing a variety of majors and backgrounds.

Young Leaders
Beginning the week of June 17 and repeating for five consecutive weeks, CUA will host Lead University, an intensive six-day conference for young leaders in search of challenge. The conference is run by Lead America, one of the nation’s leading leadership education organizations. Approximately 265 participants are expected for each conference. For more information, visit  

Greater Washington Suzuki Institute
The Greater Washington Suzuki String Institute, a program that teaches instrumentalists the musical pedagogy of master violinist Shinichi Suzuki, will be held June 21-25 on the CUA campus for the ninth consecutive year. Approximately 120 participants are expected. A Teacher Training Institute takes place June 18-26. For more information, visit

Sounds of the Liturgy
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music’s Center for Ward Method Studies will present “Liturgical Music and the Restoration of the Sacred,” a June 21-26 music colloquium. Highlights include choral clinics, sung liturgies in English and Latin, and classes in Gregorian chant. For more information, call 202-319-5420.
     From June 27 to July 15, the Center for Ward Method Studies also will offer summer courses and workshops in Gregorian chant and the Ward method of teaching music to elementary-school and home-schooled students. For more information, contact the director, Rev. Robert A. Skeris, at

Catholic School Presidents and Principals
The National Catholic Executive Leadership Series will present a July 18-22 conference titled “Growing and Developing: The Catholic Secondary School President/Principal Model.” Participants will explore a variety of challenges facing school presidents and principals during a series of information sessions. The CUA-co-sponsored conference, to be held at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, will include opportunities for social interaction and networking. For more information, contact Merylann Schuttloffel at

National Urban League Youth Leadership Summit
The National Urban League’s annual “Incentives to Excel and Succeed” youth leadership summit will be held July 27-31. Designed to reflect the positive aspects of youth while providing opportunities for personal and leadership development, the summit is expected to draw more than 400 participants. For more information, visit

For a complete list of summer events, visit


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