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June, 2019

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Architecture and Planning


Chris Grech, associate professor of architecture and director of the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program, was quoted in an article in the March issue of Architect Magazine about sustainable design programs offered in higher education.




Steve Howes, men’s basketball coach, was quoted in a Feb. 25 Washington Examiner article that previewed CUA’s Feb. 26 game against the University of Scranton (Pa.) for the Landmark Conference championship.

Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies


Stephen Schneck, director and associate professor of politics, was a guest on Sirius Catholic Channel’s “Bob Dunning Show” on Feb. 24 to discuss the possible federal government shutdown due to an impasse in negotiations over budget cuts. He also was quoted in a Feb. 28 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article about how federal budget cuts may negatively impact programs that aid the poor. He was quoted in a March 4 National Catholic Reporter article about new conscience regulations released by the Obama administration that relate to protecting health care workers from having to perform procedures they find morally objectionable. Schneck was quoted in a March 23 Catholic News Service article about a recent survey that found American Catholics have more favorable views about same-sex couples than Americans in general and members of other Christian denominations. His comments on the survey also appeared in Religious Dispatches magazine, Christian Post (Washington, D.C.), National Post (Toronto), and in blogs on the USA Today and Reuters websites.


Timothy Meagher, fellow, university archivist, and associate professor of history, was quoted in a March 16 National Geographic News article about the history and traditions of St. Patrick’s Day.

A March 15 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article and a March 15 Catholic News Service article detailed a speech Miguel Diaz, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, gave at CUA on March 14. Diaz spoke on “Building Bridges: Religion, Diplomacy, and the Pursuit of the Common Good” as the second annual Hoge Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies.

A March 23 Catholic News Agency article and a March 25 Catholic News Service article covered a speech by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles at a March 21 conference titled "The Catholic Church and Immigration: Pastoral, Policy and Social Perspectives" held at The Catholic University of America. The conference was sponsored by CUA's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.



Marshall Breger
, professor, was a guest on WAMU-FM’s “The Diane Rehm Show” on March 10 to discuss the Congressional hearings on Muslims in the United States.


David Lipton, professor and director of the Securities Regulation Program, was quoted in a Feb. 28 Wall Street Journal article about the increased number of disciplinary cases filed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2010.


Suzette Malveaux, associate professor, law, was quoted in a March 27 Press Associates, Inc., news service article about a class action lawsuit filed by current and former female employees of Wal-Mart against the retailer. She also discussed the case in a March 28 Christian Science Monitor article, on CNN on March 29, a March 29 Center for American Progress online article, and a March 29 Law 360 article. The United States Supreme Court recently heard arguments on whether lower court judges were correct in allowing the women to join together in a single, massive lawsuit.

Mark Rienzi, assistant professor, and students Melodie Bales and Blair Warner were quoted in a March 3 Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) article about a group of CUA law students who were part of a successful effort to challenge a Baltimore law that would have forced pregnancy aid centers to post signs stating they do not make referrals for abortions or birth control. Rienzi and Bales were quoted in a similar March 13 Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Ind.) article and a similar March 16 Life Site News online article.

A March 28 Chronicle of Higher Education article summarized “Pursuing Diversity in the New Economy: A Shared Responsibility,” a conference held at the Columbus School of Law on March 25.


Media Studies


Jennifer Fleeger, assistant professor, appeared in a Feb. 25 “Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly” (PBS) segment about the moral, ethical, religious, and spiritual themes in this year’s Academy Award-nominated movies.


Modern Languages and Literatures

Claudia Bornholdt, associate professor of German, was interviewed for a March 1 Deutsche Welle (Bonn, Germany) online article and radio segment about the “Summit on the Future of German in the Region,” an event Bornholdt helped organize to develop strategies to maintain German-language instruction in the United States. The event was held at CUA on Feb. 26.

Mario Ortiz, assistant professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, and Sarah Funes, a junior nursing major and co-president of the Latin Alliance, were quoted in a Feb. 3 El Pregonero (Washington, D.C.) article about Hispanic students, faculty, and services at CUA.


The March 21 issue of The Washington Post ran a review of a League of the Unsound Sound concert held March 19. The concert featured a performance of the piece “Selfish Houses on Blood Strange Roads” composed by Stephen Gorbos, assistant professor of theory and composition at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music.

A March 15 Washington Post article previewed a March 21 musical tribute to Jane Pesci-Townsend. Pesci-Townsend taught at CUA from 1994 until her death in 2010. She served as chair of musical theatre from 2004 until 2010. Tom Pedersen, current chair of musical theatre, was quoted in that article.

Two choral pieces composed by Andrew Simpson, professor and chair of theory and composition, were the focus of a March 7 review in The Washington Post. The review described Simpson’s talents as “eclectic, but they are certainly not superficial.” 

The Feb. 28 issue of The Washington Post ran a review of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music’s staging of the operas “Trouble in Tahiti” and “The Medium.” The review described the productions as “quite elegant.”  


Kathryn Jean Lopez, a CUA alumna and journalist, wrote a Feb. 28 Headline Bistro online article about her memories of Rev. Kurt J. Pritzl, O.P., dean and associate professor of the School of Philosophy, who passed away on Feb. 21. The March 3 issue of the Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) covered the Mass of Christian Burial for Father Pritzl. President John Garvey, Professor Timothy Noone, and graduate student Ryan Williams were quoted in that article.


Wallace Thies, professor, was quoted in a March 12 Washington Examiner article about President Barack Obama’s refusal to bend to political pressure while pursuing his agenda. 

An article titled “Barack Obama’s America” by John Kenneth White, professor of politics, was selected as the March 2 featured article for the elections section of the website BestThinking. He was quoted in a March 24 McClatchy Newspapers article about how the United States is headed toward change in the country’s economic and political order. He also was quoted in a March 26 Washington Examiner article about the role the United States is playing in Libya.

Theological College

The March 19 issue of The Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune noted that Rev. Phillip J. Brown has been named rector of Theological College, effective July 1.

Theology and Religious Studies

Monsignor Kevin Irwin, dean and Walter J. Schmitz Chair of Liturgical Studies, appeared on WTTG Fox 5 TV (Washington, D.C.) on March 2 to discuss excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s book in which he exonerates the Jewish people for the death of Jesus Christ. Monsignor Irwin also was quoted in a March 10 Catholic News Service article about the Catholic sacrament of penance.

Robert Miller II, associate professor, was quoted in a March 9 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) article about the New American Bible Revised Edition, for which Miller translated a number of psalms.  


Photos of students working on Habitat for Humanity projects in Corpus Christi, Texas, during spring break were featured in the March 7 issue of the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Kerry Cavanagh, a sophomore architecture major, and Ellen Jansen, a sophomore business major, were interviewed for a March 9 KIII-TV (Corpus Christi, Texas) segment about the group of CUA students who were working on the projects. 

CUA students Trish Kelly, Vanessa Napoli, and Steven Serafin were quoted in a March 19 Berlin (Conn.) Citizen article about the community service they completed near Kensington, Conn., over their spring break. The article also noted that CUA students Sal Biase and Andrew Finley participated in the community service.

Emily Moniz, a doctoral candidate in theology and religious studies, was quoted in a March 24 Boston Globe article about the 3rd Conference on Middle-earth held March 26 in Westford, Mass. Muniz presented her paper “Gondor Needs No King: Images of Kingship in the Ramayana and J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ ” at the conference.

CUA in General

The March 8 issue of the Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) featured an article summarizing the Feb. 28 lecture “The Catholic Writer Today” by poet Dana Gioia. Catholic News Service issued the article on March 21. The lecture, held at CUA, was part of a series of events tied to President John Garvey’s inaugural year theme, “Intellect and Virtue: The Idea of a Catholic University.”

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