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  Erin Vick

From Tragedy, Hope

In December 2012, just after the end of fall classes, senior nursing student Erin Vick was killed in an automobile accident on her way home to Connecticut.

The CUA community was shocked by the news. Erin volunteered in outreach programs and had recently returned from a medical mission trip to Nicaragua with fellow Catholic University nursing students. She raised money for autism awareness and was active in the annual March for Life. In short, she was a very involved Catholic University student with “an infectious smile, bubbly personality, solid work ethic, selfless nature” and a bright future in nursing, according to Pat McMullen, dean of the School of Nursing.

“Erin had an incredible ability to study hard, include others, and create fantastic relationships with everyone she met while at CUA” says McMullen. “She was always willing to lend a helping hand to those she loved and those she hardly knew because of her desire to truly make a difference on this Earth; as a nurse-in-training she touched so many lives in wonderful ways.”

In honor of Erin, the CUA community, family, friends, and faculty members began making contributions to the School of Nursing. The school created The Erin B. Vick Memorial Nursing Scholarship in the hope that her enthusiasm for life will be passed along to generations of nursing students. Within three months of Erin’s death, the scholarship has grown to more than $39,000.

If you would like to help ensure a bright future for nursing students at The Catholic University of America, please click on the “Make a Gift Button” at and specify The Erin B. Vick Memorial Nursing Scholarship. You may also send contributions to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Aquinas Hall, 620 Michigan Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20064.

“Thank you for sharing your light with me, Erin. May God’s blessings shine on you.” – Dean Patricia McMullen, School of Nursing

Joseph L. and Christine M. Carlini


Carlini Family Endowed Scholarship

With a gift of $100,000, Joseph L. and Christine M. Carlini have established The Carlini Family Endowed Scholarship for undergraduate students in the School of Engineering. This scholarship will annually support, in perpetuity, an undergraduate student in CUA’s School of Engineering who is from either Long Island, N.Y., or the greater metropolitan Philadelphia region.

Joe and Christine Carlini are alumni of Catholic University’s School of Engineering. Christine earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a concentration in biomedical engineering in 1986. Joe graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering.

Joe was the first member of his family to attend college. He also played football at CUA. Like many students, however, he had to work part-time while attending CUA. He has always wanted to ease the financial burden for current Catholic University undergraduates. Christine grew up in a household where education was paramount, particularly Catholic education. Her parents lived simply in order to be able to send her and her four siblings to college. While at CUA, Christine could be found either in Pangborn Hall poring over engineering work or on the fields and courts playing intramural soccer, volleyball, and touch football with friends.

Joe and Christine met several years after graduation in a new employee orientation group at American Systems Engineering Corporation, and found they shared similar experiences at Catholic University that have inspired them to help current and future generations of CUA engineers. Though they came from very different backgrounds, they both believe that the education they received at Catholic University provided them with a strong foundation for a successful future.They have instilled this belief in the importance of education in their children as well.

Both Joe and Christine are active on volunteer boards in the Philadelphia area, including the Philadelphia Police Foundation, St. Norbert Catholic School, Malvern Preparatory School, and the Academy of Notre Dame. Joe has served since 2010 on Catholic University’s Board of Trustees, where he is a member of the Development Committee. In addition, he is a founding committee member of the Philadelphia Leadership Network (PLN), a group of dedicated alumni that engages fellow CUA graduates from in and around the Philadelphia area. They promote networking among CUA alumni and help support undergraduate education at CUA through the PLN Annual Fund Scholar. In the 2012–2013 academic year, PLN awarded a total of $20,000 to two CUA students.

Through The Carlini Family Endowed Scholarship, Joe, Christine, and their children, Joey, Gabrielle, Victoria, and Billy, commemorate how their CUA degrees changed the Carlinis' lives and offer students in the engineering school, today and in the future, that same opportunity.

We are honored by the Carlini family’s sustained and generous support of Catholic University!

New VP for Institutional Advancement

John L. Hannan joins the Office of Institutional Advancement as vice president, leading a team of 31 development and alumni relations professionals.

Hannan brings more than 26 years of experience in higher education fundraising to Catholic University. He comes to CUA from the University of Notre Dame, which he joined in 1995. From 2003 to 2013, he was Notre Dame’s director of regional development. Prior to that, he was director of regional development at Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., from 1990 to 1995. He also served there as director of annual giving from 1990 to 1992, associate director of planned giving from 1992 to 1994, and director of major gifts from 1994 to 1995. From 1986 to 1990, Hannan was director of annual giving and development information systems at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

Commenting on Hannan’s selection, Catholic University President John Garvey said, “At this time in the University’s history, we need a transformational leader and prolific fundraiser with the experience, ability, and drive to raise the tens of millions of dollars necessary to realize the visionary changes set forth in our strategic and master plans. During his tenure at Notre Dame John has closed more than $190 million in gifts. For seven years, since fiscal year 2000, he annually raised more than $9 million. Last year he was honored with the ‘Top Performer’ award among all of Notre Dame’s fundraisers. These achievements, the breadth and depth of John’s experience, the evidence of his strategic approach to fundraising, and his record of collaboration with administrators, deans, and faculty members all lead me to conclude that he will be a superb leader of our advancement efforts.”

Hannan is a 1978 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. He and his wife, Koral, have five grown children.