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Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M.
, president, announced Oct. 2 that he had notified the university's Board of Trustees of his decision to step down as president in August 2010. Numerous media outlets ran stories about his intended departure, including The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Associated Press, Washington Business Journal, WTOP-FM, NBC 4 TV (Washington, D.C.), Catholic News Service. The Oct. 25 issue of the National Catholic Register featured a front page story about his career at CUA.

Canon Law

Rev. John J. M. Foster
, assistant professor, was quoted in an Oct. 14 Denver Catholic Register article about his being the invited speaker for a Sept. 18 study day on the sacrament of penance for the priests of the Archdiocese of Denver.

Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter and the Erie Times-News covered the third annual Frederick R. McManus Memorial Lecture, “The Language of the New Missal in Light of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy,” delivered on Oct. 22 by Most Rev. Donald W. Trautman, bishop of the Diocese of Erie, Pa. The event was sponsored by the School of Canon Law.

Career Services

Alan Goodman
, director, and senior Brittney Miranda were interviewed for an Oct. 15 Medill News Service video story about youth unemployment.


The Sept. 30 issue of The Washington Post previewed the 2009 International George Bernard Shaw Conference that was held on campus Oct. 15-18 and the staging of plays related to it that involved CUA alumni and students.

Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

An Oct. 23 Catholic News Service article noted that the Life Cycle Institute had been renamed the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. Stephen Schneck, the director of the institute and associate professor of politics, and James Brennan, provost, were quoted in the article.


On Oct. 14, Professor Clifford Fishman was profiled in a Washington Examiner article about his current job as a professor and his previous experience as an assistant district attorney.

Fishman also was quoted in an Oct. 26 Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about police surveillance cameras in that city.

Mary Leary, associate professor, was interviewed for a Sept. 23 Family News in Focus radio report on the Iowa Supreme Court's decision to uphold the conviction of a teenager for “sexting,” the sending of sexually explicit messages through cell phones.

Media Studies

Stephen McKenna, associate professor and chair, was quoted in an Oct. 3 Toronto Star article about President Barack Obama’s failed bid to bring the 2016 Olympics to Chicago.  


Eden Kan
, assistant professor, was quoted in a Sept. 30 Advance for Nurses article about the dangers of using the Internet to conduct nursing research.


An Oct. 27 Washington Post article noted that the university received a gift of $2.5 million to establish an endowed chair in CUA’s School of Philosophy.


Maryann Cusimano Love
, associate professor, wrote a column for the Oct. 5 issue of America about the importance of Catholic identity in education, especially when it comes to educating the poor and vulnerable. Her column appears regularly in the magazine.

Stephen Schneck, associate professor and director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was interviewed Oct. 5 on WAMU-FM’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about how the debate over abortion could impact health care reform efforts. He also was quoted in an Oct. 11 Our Sunday Visitor article about the Catholic Church’s stance on the role of big government in citizens’ lives, specifically within the context of health care reform.

Wallace Thies, professor, politics, was interviewed Oct. 20 about Afghanistan on the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio.

John Kenneth White, professor, was quoted in an Oct. 10 Connecticut Post article about the first selectman political race in Trumbull, Conn.


William D’Antonio, adjunct professor, was cited in a Sept. 29 Religion News Service article about the growing number of people who do not identify themselves with any religion.

Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor, sociology, was quoted in an Oct. 27 National Post (Toronto) article about the possibility of an Anglican church in Philadelphia joining the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI announced last month that disaffected Anglican priests, parishes and individuals were invited to join the Roman Catholic Church.

Theological College

Rev. Melvin C. Blanchette
, rector, was mentioned in an Oct. 25 Modesto (Calif.) Bee article about the Year for Priests.

Theology and Religious Studies

Robert Miller II, associate professor, appeared on an Oct. 5 ABC “Nightline” segment about modern violations of the commandment against taking God's name in vain, such as saying “Oh my God” in text messages.


Doctoral student Jay Carney was quoted in an Oct. 17 Arkansas Catholic story about students from Rwanda who study in the United States in order to return to their home country to improve conditions.

CUA in General

The Oct. 4 issue of the National Catholic Register noted that a team of scholars from around the world gathered at Catholic University to participate in a seminar from Sept. 28 to Oct. 30 examining how people are shaped by their religious and secular backgrounds and how that affects their interaction with each other. Titled “The Sacred and the Secular: Complementary and/or Conflictual,” the seminar was co-sponsored by the international Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, which is based at Catholic University, and CUA’s Center for the Study of Culture and Values.

An Oct. 5 online article for the National Catholic Reporter previewed the “Ministerial Priesthood in the Third Millennium: ‘Faithfulness of Christ, Faithfulness of Priests’ ” symposium held on campus Oct. 6 and 7 in honor of the Year for Priests. An Oct. 6 story on the same paper’s Web site detailed the first day of the event. The Catholic Standard, Zenit News Agency and Catholic News Service ran articles about the symposium after the event.

An Oct. 6 Washington Post article detailed plans for the transformation of the university’s South Campus area into a mixed use development. The article was based on a public presentation of the proposal before the D.C. Zoning Commission.

The Catholic University of America announced on Wedneday, Oct. 21, that it is creating the largest solar-energy system in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with the installation of more than 1,000 solar panels. More than a dozen media outlets picked up the story, including The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, Reuters, NBC 4, MSN and Fox Business.

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