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CUA Appoints John H. Garvey President of CUA

The Catholic University of America announced at a press conference on June 15 that John H. Garvey, dean of Boston College Law School since 1999, has been appointed CUA’s 15th president effective July 1. Garvey, a nationally renowned constitutional law expert, was introduced at a press conference at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center by Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, archbishop of Detroit and chairman of both the CUA Board of Trustees and the CUA Presidential Search Committee. He was joined by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., outgoing president of Catholic University, and Garvey’s wife, Jeanne. Several media outlets attended the press conference, including The Washington Post, Catholic Standard, Catholic News Service, National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.), National Review and the Local News Service. The Washington Post featured a Web article (June 14) and a print article (June 15) on the appointment. A number of other media outlets noted Garvey's appointment, such as The Washington Times, Associated Press, Washington Business Journal and Inside Higher Ed.



Father O’Connell Leaves CUA to Become Coadjutor Bishop of Trenton, N.J.


Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., was the subject of a May 13 America magazine online article about his success at CUA.


Father O’Connell was profiled in a May 20 Washington Times article about Catholic higher education and his tenure at CUA. He reflected on his years at CUA in a May 24 Catholic News Service video segment, a May 24 WAMU 88.5 FM radio interview, and a May 27 Catholic Standard article, which was also picked up and disseminated by Catholic News Service.


His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI announced June 4 that he had appointed Father O’Connell as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey. His appointment was noted by numerous media outlets including The Washington Post, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, the Associated Press, Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Catholic News Service, Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, Cherry Hill (N.J.) Courier-Post, The Tablet (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Zenit News, Trenton Times, Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times, America magazine and the National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.).


The June 9 issue of the Monitor (Trenton, N.J.) included extensive coverage of his appointment as bishop of Trenton. James Brennan, provost; Susan Pervi, vice president for student life; and Cathy Wood, vice president for finance and treasurer, were quoted about him. Bishop O’Connell was the focus of June 16 and 20 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) articles about his appointment. He was featured in a June 21 Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times article about his career and his connections to Pennsylvania.


Bishop O’Connell was featured in a July 7 Washington Post profile about his tenure as president at CUA.


Several news outlets covered the July 30 ordination of Bishop O’Connell as coadjutor bishop of Trenton, including the Associated Press, Catholic News Service, Philadelphia Inquirer, Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, Cherry Hill (N.J.) Courier-Post, Times of Trenton, the Trentonian and Bucks County (Pa.) Courier Times. The ordination was aired live on EWTN TV and broadcast later on Catholic TV. James Brennan, provost, and Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, theology and religious studies, were quoted in an Aug. 4 Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) article about the ordination.

President Garvey

President John Garvey was featured in an Aug. 17 Catholic News Agency and EWTN website article about the 20th anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the impact the apostolic constitution has had on Catholic higher education.

President O'Connell

Bishop O’Connell’s commencement address was summarized in a May 19 Catholic News Service article and a May 20 Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) article. The May 15 issue of The Washington Post noted that Bishop O’Connell delivered his final commencement address as CUA president.

A lecture given by Bishop O’Connell as part of the Brothers of Charity’s March 19 celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of its founder, Canon Peter Joseph Triest, was summarized in the June issue of Deus Caritas Est, the magazine of the religious congregation.

A photo of Bishop O’Connell celebrating the 2001 men’s basketball team national championship was featured in a July 12 Washington Post online photo gallery for a story about college presidents’ efforts to bond with students.


The May 3 issue of the Washington Business Journal, the May 10 issue of The Washington Post and the May 17 issue of Nursing Spectrum noted that Patricia McMullen had been appointed dean of CUA’s School of Nursing.

The May 20 issue of the Washington Business Journal and the May 24 issue of The Washington Post noted several appointments at CUA: Grayson Wagstaff as dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music; Michael Mack as dean of undergraduate studies; Peter Shoemaker as director of the university honors program; Todd Lindh as director of the First-Year Experience program; and Brian Johnston as assistant vice president for planning, institutional assessment and student learning outcomes assessment.

The July 16 issue of the Washington Business Journal noted that Stephen Connaghan had been appointed director of CUA’s libraries.

Christine Mica, dean of university admissions, was quoted in an Aug. 18 article about the increasing number of students applying to college using ACT scores rather than SAT scores.


The April 22 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald previewed “A Living Presence: Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Sacred Architecture,” a two-day symposium exploring tradition and innovation in church architecture held April 30 and May 1 at Catholic University. A May 5 Catholic News Service article summarized remarks by Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, as the symposium’s keynote speaker. A May 19 Arlington Catholic Herald article detailed remarks made by Rev. Donald Planty, pastor of the Holy Family Church in Dale City, Va., at the symposium.

Arts and Sciences

L.R. Poos, dean, and CUA student Krista DeNovio were quoted in an Aug. 16 Washington Post article about the rising number of university students taking community college courses.


David Dunn, head football coach, was quoted in a May 5 Stamford (Conn.) Times article about the Cortese brothers who both will be playing football for CUA this fall. The article quotes older brother Vincent and younger brother Nick. Vincent Cortes was quoted in a similar Aug. 9 Stamford (Conn.) Advocate article.

Business and Economics

A May 9 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) article detailed CUA’s new Master of Science in Business Analysis program. Andrew Abela, chair of the business and economics department and associate professor of marketing, and Stewart McHie, director of the program and adjunct professor, were quoted in the article.

Abela was featured in an Aug. 15 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) Q-and-A article about moral dilemmas Catholics face in the workplace. The article originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Legatus Magazine.

Campus Ministry

Rev. Jude De Angelo, O.F.M. Conv., chaplain and director of campus ministry, appeared in an Aug. 23 WRC-TV (Washington, D.C.) segment on the murder of CUA student Neil Godleski. CUA staff members Katherine Acuff and Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, who were CUA students together with Godleski, were also interviewed.

Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, associate campus minister for community service, was interviewed for a May 21 Catholic News Service video segment about a new website on Catholic social teaching titled “Transforming Our World: Our Catholic Faith in Action.” The site is meant to be a resource for students and campus ministers.

Canon Law

Rev. John Beal, professor, was quoted in a May 26 Catholic News Service article about the role of canon law in the Church, especially in dealing with cases of alleged clergy sexual abuse. He was quoted in a similar May 26 America magazine online article. Father Beal was quoted in a June 24 Religion News Service article about the secrecy surrounding clergy abuse cases. He was quoted in a July 1 New York Times article about the role of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in clergy sex abuse investigations. He was quoted in a July 28 Catholic News Service article about a bishop’s ability to close any parish as long as that decision is made in the best interests of the diocese.

Monsignor Thomas Green, Stephan Kuttner Distinguished Professor of Canon Law, was quoted in a June 22 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article about what canon law dictates about individuals who assist in some way in procuring an abortion for a woman.

Kurt Martens, associate professor, wrote an opinion piece that was published in the June 29 issue of De Morgen newspaper (Brussels, Belgium). The piece was about the June 24 raids by Belgian police on the Cathedral of Mechelen and the palace of the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussel. Martens was also quoted in the July 1 issue of De Standaard newspaper (Brussels) on the raids and the Vatican’s reaction to the events.

Center for Global Education

Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president, and CUA’s Center for Global Education were noted for their effectiveness in an Aug. 1 “Global Education” blog written by Laurence Peters.


Diane Bunce, professor, was featured in a July 22 Washington Examiner Q-and-A about how she gets her students excited about science.


Eleanor Holdridge, head of the M.F.A. directing program, was profiled in an Aug. 12 article.


Lilla Kopar, assistant professor and director of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, was interviewed by radio program “Museum” on NRK Radio (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) for a May 9 segment about Anglo-Scandinavian sculpture.


Michael Kimmage, assistant professor, wrote a May 4 review of three books on communism for Dissent magazine. He was quoted in a June 5 Washington Post article about a class on the Founding Fathers.

Capitalism and the Jews, a book by Jerry Muller, chair and professor, was reviewed by Bloomberg News on May 31.

Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies

Stephen Schneck, director and associate professor of politics, appeared on “The Drew Mariani Show” on Relevant Radio on Aug. 3 to discuss the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. He also was a guest on “Across the Nation with Bob Dunning” on Aug. 12 to discuss religious issues that may arise in the fall elections. The radio program is on Sirius Radio’s Catholic Channel.

Joseph Capizzi, fellow and associate professor of theology and religious studies, was quoted in a May 28 Ventura County (Calif.) Star article about a controversial decision to terminate a pregnancy for a mother whose life was in peril at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix.

John Convey, fellow and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Professor of Education, was quoted in a June 11 Baltimore Sun article about a plan by the Archdiocese of Baltimore to ask its parishes to help fund local Catholic education.

William D’Antonio, fellow and adjunct professor of sociology, was quoted in a June 4 USA Today online article about a survey he conducted on how Catholics feel about the role women religious play in the Church. He also was quoted in an Aug. 15 Cleveland Plain Dealer article about parishoners who began celebrating Mass in a commercial space they leased after their parish was closed.

Robert Destro, fellow and professor of law, was quoted in a May 24 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.)article about Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s potential role in cases involving issues important to Catholics.

William Dinges, fellow and professor of theology and religious studies, appeared in a June 18 WTVD-TV (Raleigh, N.C.) story about a special prayer service held at a Raleigh church for those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Kevin Forbes, fellow, associate professor of economics and director of the Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship, was quoted in an Aug. 23 Wall Street Journal opinion article about wind power.

Christopher Grech, fellow, associate professor of architecture and planning, and director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program, was featured in a July 25 Malta Independent article about sustainable design and his family home in Malta.

Matthew Green, fellow and assistant professor of politics, was quoted in a June 12 CQ Weekly article about the use of Congressional conference committees to resolve differences between proposed legislation in the House and proposed legislation in the Senate.

Maryann Cusimano Love, fellow and associate professor of politics, wrote a column for the April 26 issue of America magazine about the need for worldwide nuclear disarmament. She wrote a column for the June 7 issue of America about the need to regulate the trade in materials used to manufacture electronics. Conflict over these materials has led to war in Congo. She wrote a column for the Aug. 30 issue about creating peace in Sudan. Her column appears regularly in the magazine.

Rev. Paul Sullins, fellow and associate professor of sociology, was quoted in a May 27 story about how monks make money to sustain their monasteries.

James Youniss, fellow and Wylma R. & James R. Curtin Professor of Psychology, was quoted in a July 30 New York Times article about the benefits and disadvantages of various volunteer programs.


Marshall Breger, professor, was quoted in a May 12 Toronto Star article about the importance of the city of Jerusalem in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. He was quoted in an Aug. 11 Forward (New York City) article about a visit to Nazi concentration camps by a delegation of Muslim leaders. Breger, who came up with the idea for the trip, led the delegation. He was quoted in a similar Aug. 18 Politico article and an Aug. 22 Jerusalem Post article about the visit. He also co-wrote an Aug. 23 Washington Post online article about the trip.

Roger Colinvaux, associate professor, was quoted in a June 18 New York Times article about nonprofit organizations run by Richard Berman, who also owns a for-profit communications firm. Some people have speculated that the nonprofit organizations are financing the communications firm with money that has not been taxed.

Clifford Fishman, professor, wrote a May 10 National Law Journal article about misconceptions of the Miranda warnings read to a suspect arrested by police.

A July 29 Legal Times blog entry and the Aug. 2 issue of The Washington Post noted that Donna C. Gregg has been appointed director of the Columbus School of Law’s Institute for Communications Law Studies. She is the former chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Media Bureau.

Megan La Belle, assistant professor, was featured in an Intellirights website video segment about a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on patentable subject matter. 

Mary Leary, associate professor, was quoted in a June 26 Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel article about restitution paid to victims of child exploitation. She also was quoted in an Aug. 25 Wall Street Journal article about the penalties for “sexting” — the practice of sending sexual content through cell phone text messages.

Amanda Leiter, associate professor, wrote a June 21 article for the American Constitution Society’s website about the need to reduce the demand for oil and to conserve energy in light of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. She was quoted in an Aug. 8 Associated Press article about the impact that the three female justices on the U.S. Supreme Court may have.

Lisa Lerman, professor, was quoted in a June 6 Providence (R.I.) Journal article about a case in which a divorce lawyer sued her client because she did not pay her attorney fees.

David Lipton, professor and director of CUA’s Securities Law Program, was interviewed by Bloomberg Law Radio on May 3 about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s lawsuit against Goldman Sachs. He also was quoted in an Aug. 19 Bloomberg News article about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s first fraud case against a state.

Suzettte Malveaux, associate professor, was interviewed June 30 by her twin sister, anchor Suzanne Malveaux, on CNN's "The Situation Room." She discussed the Congressional confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

Mark Rienzi, assistant professor, was quoted in a May 20 Gazette (Gaithersburg, Md.) article about an anti-abortion pregnancy center that has sued Montgomery County, Md., over a law requiring it to post information about the care it provides. He was quoted in a May 24 front-page Washington Times article and a June 25 Catholic News Service article on the same case. Rienzi is the lead counsel representing the pregnancy center in the lawsuit.


An Aug. 7 article noted the Aug. 6 passing of Jane Pesci-Townsend, chair of the musical theater division. The Aug. 22 issue of The Washington Post profiled the life of Pesci-Townsend.

Andrew Simpson, associate professor and coordinator for the master's program in composition, was quoted in a July 4 Washington Post article about how new operas are being staged at smaller venues. He also was featured in an Aug. 27 article about his work as a silent film accompanist.

A May 2 Washington Post online article reviewed an April 30 performance by the Great Noise Ensemble at CUA.  


Fred Bruhweiler, professor and director of CUA’s Institute for Astrophysics and Computational Sciences, and Bridget Patterson, doctoral candidate in physics, were quoted in an April 26 WUSA 9 TV online article about the possibility that aliens exist.

Comments made by Sten Odenwald, research professor and senior astronomer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, during a panel discussion titled “Hot Topic: Solar Storms: Protecting Your Operations Against the Sun’s ‘Dark Side’ " at the Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc.’s annual conference in Boston, April 25-29, were quoted in a May 9 article. 


CUA’s politics department was ranked 25th out of the top 105 political science doctoral programs in the quality of its political theory training.  The survey was published in the April 2010 edition of the journal PS: Political Science and Politics. Claes Ryn, professor, was ranked by the same publication as among the top 50 scholars “doing excellent work today whose work will be influential during the next 20 years.”

Wallace Thies, professor, politics, appeared on “Fox 5 Morning News” (Washington, D.C.) to discuss Iran’s creation of a long-range unmanned bomber.

John Kenneth White, professor, wrote about how the changing American landscape will impact the elections in November for a June 26 guest entry for “Political Bookworm,” a Washington Post blog. He was quoted in a July 8 Washington Examiner article about Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Ehrlich's appeal to Democratic voters. He was also quoted in a July 13 Washington Examiner article about the statistical dead heat in polls between Ehrlich and his opponent, Gov. Martin O’Malley. He wrote a July 19 blog entry about the future of the Catholic Church for the Patheos website. He was quoted in an Aug. 8 Las Vegas Review-Journal article about the role religion is playing in the Nevada Senate race between current Sen. Harry Reid and his challenger, Sharron Angle. He was quoted in an Aug. 20 Washington Examiner article about the close race for governor in Maryland.


David Jobes, professor, was quoted in a July 31 St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press article about the “Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention” conference held July 29-30 in Jefferson City, Mo. Jobes gave two presentations at the conference. He appeared on C-SPAN on Aug. 23 as a member of the Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. The task force called a press conference to discuss its research findings and recommendations.

Theology and Religious Studies

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean, was quoted in a July 9 article in L'Osservatore Romano (Vatican City) about the work of the U.S. Methodist-Catholic Dialogue on the Eucharist and the stewardship of creation. Monsignor Irwin has presented papers at three of four dialogue meetings in the past 18 months.

Rev. Brian Johnstone, C.SS.R., Warren Blanding Chair of Religion and Culture, was quoted in a June 8 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article about a nun in Phoenix who has been excommunicated because she assented to the abortion of a fetus because of danger to the life of the mother.

William Mattison, assistant professor, was quoted in a May 5 Agence France Presse article about the use of birth control pills by Catholic women, despite the Catholic Church’s stance against it.

Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, assistant professor, was quoted in a May 3 Associated Press article about whether priests accused of sexual abuse should be defrocked. He also was quoted in a May 7 Catholic News Service article about the public anger at the Catholic Church over sexual abuse by priests. He was quoted in a May 30 New York Times article about the screening process for prospective seminarians. Monsignor Rossetti was quoted in a June 4 Wall Street Journal article about psychological treatment of priests accused of sexual abuse.


Chris Bowen, a master’s student in conducting, was quoted in a May 20 Stanford (Calif.) Daily article about funding for projects by performing arts students.

Sophomore Mike Dillon was quoted in a May 10 Washington Post article about a book signing by former first lady Laura Bush.

A May 27 Catholic Standard article profiled Kara Fitzgerald and Jonathan Jerome, winners of the President’s Award at CUA’s commencement ceremony on May 15. The award is the highest honor given to graduating seniors in recognition of service, leadership and outstanding scholarship.

Deacon Keith Fournier, a doctoral candidate in moral theology, wrote a May 25 Catholic Online editorial praising Bishop O’Connell’s leadership as CUA president.

Will Haun, a second-year law student, wrote a June 22 article for the Daily Caller website about judicial restraint in a recent property rights case brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Victoria Kark, a doctoral candidate in nursing, wrote a May 18 Advance for Nurses article about the future of nursing research. She wrote a June 28 article for the same publication about how to write an abstract and an Aug. 11 article on how to use statistics in nursing research.

The July 6 Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal noted that Kristen Laubacker, a media studies major from Poughkeepsie, won first place and a $10,000 scholarship in the Call to Service Competition sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation.

El Shaddai Gebreyes, a student in the School of Library and Information Science, was interviewed about her poetry in a May 10 Tadias Magazine article.

The May 11 issue of the Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.) noted that rising junior Colin Schmitt had started a political action committee named New Dawn. He was quoted in that article and another the following day in the same paper.

CUA in General

The April 22 issue of the Arlington Catholic Herald noted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named CUA a 2009-2010 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the Landmark Conference, the athletic conference that includes CUA and seven other members.

An April 29 Catholic Standard article summarized CUA’s Year for Priests website.

A May 26 Washington Post blog noted that CUA is expecting its largest freshman class ever — approximately 950 students.

An Aug. 16 Washington Post article revealed that Abdo Development has teamed with The Bozzuto Group, a Washington D.C. area-based residential real estate company, and Pritzker Realty Group, a Chicago-based real estate investment company, to finance the redevelopment of Catholic University’s South Campus into a mixed-use, transit-oriented community. The Washington Business Journal and a number of other publications subsequently wrote about the new partnership.

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