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The tenure of Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., as president of The Catholic University of America was the subject of a Nov. 8 Our Sunday Visitor article. Father O’Connell; John Convey, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education; Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies; and Stephen Schneck, associate professor of politics and director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, were quoted in the article. Father O’Connell will step down as president next year.

Father O’Connell delivered remarks about the university at the general assembly meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore on Nov. 16. His remarks were quoted in a Nov. 17 Washington Times article. A Nov. 17 America magazine online article noted Father O’Connell’s remarks and summarized his accomplishments at the university. A Nov. 19 Catholic News Service article highlighted Father O’Connell’s remarks.

Father O'Connell appeared on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer on Nov. 17 to discuss the Catholic perspective on same-sex marriage and health-care reform. He also discussed his brother's battle with swine flu.

He was quoted in a Nov. 18 Houston Chronicle article about Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, and his role in the health-care debate.

Father O’Connell was interviewed for a Fox News Radio segment on Nov. 23 about the ethical issues surrounding communion and who should or should not receive it.


Answers to questions about college applications written by Christine Mica, dean of undergraduate admissions, appeared on The Washington Post’s Web site feature “The Answer Sheet” on Nov. 3.

Architecture and Planning

Miriam Gusevich
, associate professor, was quoted in a Nov. 12 Washington Informer article about the potential redevelopment of the McMillan Reservoir Sand Filtration Site in Northwest Washington, D.C.


Brooks Singer, coach of the men’s lacrosse team, was featured in a Q-and-A article on the Lacrosse All Stars Web site on Nov. 16.

Business and Economics

Andrew Abela
, chair, was quoted in a Nov. 9 Daily Finance online article about statements made by Goldman Sachs Group’s chief executive officer, who said the bank was doing “God’s work.”

Canon Law

Rev. Phillip J. Brown
, assistant professor, was quoted in a Nov. 5 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about archives of confidential files maintained by the Catholic Church and whether they can be accessed by authorities for court cases.


Diane Bunce, professor, was quoted about the chemistry of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner and  pop-up timers used in roasting turkeys in the Thanksgiving issue of Chemical & Engineering News.  Her Nov. 19 lecture “Thanksgiving Dinner and Chemistry—What’s the Connection?” was featured in a video segment on the American Chemistry Society’s “Bytesize Science” Web site.The video was picked up by several news Web sites including The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Time, Wired, Consumer Report and Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times. The Nov. 30 edition of The Washington Post also wrote about it. The society also featured the lecture in its newsletter.


The National Review Web site noted on Oct. 29 that the university had received a gift of $2.5 million to establish an endowed chair in CUA’s School of Philosophy.


The Ventura County (Calif.) Star ran an article on Nov. 12 about the lecture “Religious and Catholic Peacebuilding: The Challenge of Peace Over 25 Years Later,” delivered by Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor, politics, on Nov. 10 at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. She also wrote a column for the Nov. 16 issue of America about how the differences between Iraq and Afghanistan require different strategies to improve those countries. Her column appears regularly in the magazine.

Stephen Schneck, associate professor and director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, was quoted in a Nov. 1 Canwest News Service article on President Barack Obama’s declining approval ratings.

Schneck discussed the health care bill and abortion on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “The Bob Dunning Show” on the Catholic Channel on Nov. 10 and 17. He also was quoted in a Nov. 13 National Public Radio segment on the show "All Things Considered" about the role of U.S. Catholic bishops in the health-care reform debate. He was quoted in a Nov. 23 Politico article about the same topic. 

He was interviewed by National Public Radio's "Tell Me More" for a segment on Nov. 25 about abortion and health-care reform, the dispute between Catholic Charities and the D.C. City Council, and the claim by Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy that he was told by the bishop of Providence not to take Communion because of his pro-choice views.

John Kenneth White, professor, appeared on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” on Nov. 22 to discuss his book Barack Obama's America: How New Conceptions of Race, Family and Religion Ended the Reagan Era.

Semitic and Egyptian Languages

The Oct. 29 issue of Today’s Zaman (Istanbul, Turkey) noted that Rev. Sidney H. Griffith, professor and chair, received a Rumi Peace Award, which is given by the Rumi Forum to individuals and organizations who have greatly contributed their time, energy, leadership and dedication to the cause of dialogue, peace, community service and understanding.


Rev. Paul Sullins
, associate professor, was quoted in a Nov. 10 Religion News Service article about married Episcopal priests who convert to the Catholic Church and their feelings on the Church’s celibacy requirement for priests. Father Sullins, who is married, converted to Catholicism 10 years ago.

Theology and Religious Studies

Rev. James Wiseman, O.S.B.
, professor, was quoted in a Nov. 5 Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) article about how creationism is taught at various Christian universities.


Daniel Bajger, a third-year law student, wrote a Nov. 6 Baltimore Sun editorial on the growing sense of disillusion amongst the younger generation of Obama supporters.

John Fahy, a sophomore biochemistry major, was featured in an Oct. 28 Somerset (N.J.) Reporter article about his bid in the Somerset County freeholder election. Fahy did not win the election. 

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a doctoral candidate in politics, wrote an opinion article about the development of radical Muslims in the Nov. 24 issue of the National Post (Toronto).

CUA in General

A Nov. 11 Washington Post article noted that the D.C. Zoning Commission gave preliminary approval of plans for the transformation of the university’s South Campus area into a mixed-use development.

Fox 5 TV, WUSA-TV and the Catholic Standard covered the installation of solar panels on top of Flather Hall on Nov. 17. The Washington Post and Express also ran a photo of the panels on Nov. 19. The panels will be part of the largest solar energy system in the Washington metropolitan area. Brian Alexander, director of energy and utilities management at CUA, appeared on “Washington Business Tonight” on News Channel 8 on Nov. 19 to discuss the solar panels. In addition, a Nov. 10 Electrical Construction & Maintenance magazine article and a Nov. 12 Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) article detailed a contract awarded to John E. Kelly & Sons Electrical Construction Inc. to install the wiring and electrical connections for the solar panels on campus.

Catholic News Service ran an article Nov. 20 about a public forum the previous day at Catholic University featuring Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., of Chicago and scholar Charles Taylor. The forum was created to offer insight into a 15-month research project that will re-examine religion and faith for both the spiritual seeker and all the faithful in a secular society. Zenit News Agency also ran an article on Nov. 25 about the forum.

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