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Election of Pope Francis
On March 13, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, archbishop of Buenos Aires, was elected Pope Francis. A number of CUA administrators, faculty members, and students were interviewed by the media in March about issues related to the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, the Conclave, and Pope Francis, including:
- John Garvey, University President, was interviewed by The Washington Post, CNN, WTOP Radio, WNEW Radio, NBC Universal, WUSA 9, WJLA 7, Fox 5, and NBC 4. His statement about the election of Pope Francis was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Religion News Service, and the CBS Local website.
- Jennifer Barbera, student experience manager in the School of Business and Economics, was interviewed by Catholic News Service.
- Rev. John Beal, professor of canon law, was quoted in the National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.).
- Michael Bissex, a seminarian at Theological College, was interviewed by NBC 4 and WUSA 9.
- Rev. Phillip Brown, S.S., rector of Theological College, was interviewed by CNN and NBC 4, and quoted by The Washington Informer.
- Julieanne Dolan, writer in the Office of Public Affairs, was interviewed by Catholic News Service and quoted in The Washington Post.
- Deacon Dustin Dought, a seminarian at Theological College, was quoted by Catholic News Service and interviewed by WUSA 9 and EuroNews.
- Kyle Doustou, a seminarian at Theological College, was quoted by Catholic News Service.
- Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor of theology and religious studies and coordinator of Hispanic/Latino Programs, was interviewed by CNN and BBC.
- Brett Garland, a senior theology and religious studies major, was interviewed by Catholic News Service.
- Nora Heimann, chair and associate professor of art, was quoted by The Washington Post.
- James Hickman, a seminarian at Theological College, was interviewed by WUSA 9.
- Tobias Hoffman, associate professor of philosophy, was quoted in L’Osservatore Romano.
- Deacon Scott Holmer, a seminarian at Theological College, was quoted by Catholic News Service.
- Tom Horsman, admissions counselor, was interviewed by Catholic News Service.
- Joe Hubbard, a senior history major, was interviewed by Catholic News Service.
- Monsignor Kevin Irwin, Monsignor Walter J. Schmitz, S.S. Professor of Liturgical Studies, was quoted or interviewed by CNN, National Catholic Register, Catholic News Service, National Public Radio, PBS’ “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Fox News Latino, KABC-TV (Los Angeles), The Catholic Register (Toronto), WPIX TV (New York City), NBC New York, CBS New York, WABC TV (New York City), “The Busted Halo” on SIRIUS Radio’s Catholic Channel, Action News Channel 6 (Philadelphia), and NYOne TV (New York City).
- Rev. Robert Kaslyn, S.J., dean of canon law, was quoted in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
- Rev. Joseph Komonchak, professor emeritus of theology and religious studies, was quoted by The Washington Post.
- Helena Lado, a senior English major, was quoted in USA Today College.
- Austin Lipari, law student, was quoted in The Washington Post.
- Hellen Mardaga, assistant professor of New Testament, was interviewed by NBC Universal, ABC News Digital, WUSA 9, C-SPAN Radio, Voice of America, and BBC International France Radio.
- Kurt Martens, associate professor of canon law, was quoted in The Washington Post, The Washington Times and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. He was interviewed by Fox News, WUSA 9, and “Ter Zake,” a news program on Belgian-Flemish public television.
- Louis Masi, a seminarian at Theological College, was interviewed by WUSA 9.
- Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, was quoted in The Washington Times. He appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”
- Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean of theology and religious studies, was quoted in The Washington Times. He also was interviewed by NBC Universal, CNN, WTOP Radio, WNEW Radio, WUSA 9, WJLA 7, Fox 5, Voice of America, WAMU 88.5, El Correo (Spain), and Hearst TV. His Hearst TV appearances consisted of individual interviews with TV anchors in such cities as Baltimore, New Orleans, and Milwaukee.
- Mario Ortiz, associate professor of Spanish and director of Latin American and Latino Studies, wrote a reflection for Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.).
- Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of historical and systematic theology, was interviewed by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Minneapolis Star Tribune, National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” and WJLA 7.
- David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship, was interviewed by Catholic News Service and Action News Channel 6 (Philadelphia).
- Chris Pierno, assistant director of annual giving in the Office of Institutional Advancement, was interviewed by Catholic News Service.
- Christopher Ruddy, associate professor of historical and systematic theology, was quoted in The Washington Times, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Associated Press, NBC News, Bloomberg News, The Journal News (Westchester County, N.Y.), The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.), and Belleville (Ill.) News Democrat. He also was interviewed by WUSA 9 and Fox 5.
- Lauren Scharmer, a junior social work major, was interviewed by Catholic News Service.
- Stephen Schneck, Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, appeared on PBS’ “Religion & Ethics Newsweekly” and was interviewed by National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and Austrian TV. He was quoted by The Washington Post, National Journal, Catholic News Service, and Ria Novasti (Russian news agency).
- Deacon Chris Seibt, a seminarian at Theological College, was interviewed by NBC 4, USA 9, Fox 5, and EuroNews.
- Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor of sociology, was interviewed by CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio and Huffington Post.
- Andreas Widmer, director of entrepreneurship in the School of Business and Economics, was quoted in CNN’s “Belief Blog” and Forbes. He also was interviewed by CNN, NBC News, WUSA 9, and WJLA 7.
- Rhett Williams, a seminarian at Theological College, was quoted in Catholic News Service.
- Julia Young, assistant professor of history, wrote about the Catholic Church in Latin America for Commonweal. She also was quoted by The Wall Street Journal.
A March 11 Washington Post online article noted that some of the papabili attended Catholic University.
The Washington Post, CBS TV, NBC 4, and Austrian TV covered a March 13 Mass held in Caldwell Chapel to celebrate the election of Pope Francis and to pray for the new Pope.
The March 21 issue of the Catholic Standard (Washington, D.C.) featured a story about CUA students who were gathered in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center to watch the announcement of Pope Francis.
President John Garvey wrote a March 1 op-ed for The Washington Post about the stellar quality of the student-athletes at Division III schools, especially at Catholic University, and decried the lack of media coverage accorded to them.
Garvey was quoted in a March 12 National Catholic Register (North Haven, Conn.) article about a meeting between U.S. bishops and theologians to advance the New Evangelization at Catholic colleges and universities.
A March 15 National Catholic Reporter (Kansas City, Mo.) article summarized comments Garvey made about anti-Semitism at a Feb. 27 hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations. He was quoted in a similar Feb. 28 JTA News Agency article, a March 2 Catholic News Agency article, and a March 6 Cutting Edge online article.
He was quoted about the University’s Jan. 29 Mass of St. Thomas Aquinas in the February/March issue of Momentum, the journal of the National Catholic Educational Association.
James Brennan, provost, was quoted in a March 8 Catholic News Service article about a new partnership between Catholic University’s Integral Economic Development Management Program and the Peace Corps to provide graduate school scholarships to returning Peace Corps volunteers.
Julieanne Dolan, writer, public affairs, wrote a March 10 review of the book Evangelical Catholicism for the Wall Street Journal.
Architecture and Planning
William Jelen, director of CUAdc, and Kyle Noell, a graduate student in architecture, were quoted in a March 16 Washington Examiner article about the construction of a solar powered house for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon. Students from CUA are working with students from George Washington and American universities on the project. Jelen and Noell were both quoted in a March 5 article about the project on the Elevation DC website.
Matt Donohue, head women’s basketball coach, and players Jenny McGann and Jill Woerner were quoted in a March 2 Washington Examiner article about the team’s first NCAA Tournament victory in the program’s history.
Steve Howes, head men’s basketball coach, was quoted in a March 4 Washington Times article about his team.
The success of the men’s and women’s basketball programs were featured in a March 1 CBS Local website article. Howes, Donohue, and Woerner were quoted in that article along with players Chris Kearney, Shawn Holmes, and Katarina Owunna. That same day, Howes, Donohue, Woerner, Holmes, Owunna, and player Nate Koenig were interviewed for similar stories that aired on WJLA 7 and NBC 4.
Business and Economics
The March/April issue of BizEd magazine detailed the University’s recently created School of Business and Economics. A March 1 Legatus Magazine article also focused on the new business school. John Garvey, University President; Andrew Abela, dean; and Neil Watson, a student in the Master of Science in Business Analysis program, were quoted in the article.
A March 8 Catholic News Agency article noted that approximately 100 Catholic University students spent their spring break on mission trips abroad and in the U.S.
On March 22, the D.C. Metro Theater Arts website gave a four-star review to the Department of Drama’s production of “Spooky Action at a Distance.” The review described the production as “intriguing.”
Michael Kimmage, associate professor, was quoted in a March 19 Associated Press story about a birthday celebration in Newark, N.J., for the novelist Philip Roth. Kimmage was decribed as a Roth scholar.
Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies
Stephen Schneck, director, associate professor of politics, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service, was quoted in a March 20 Washington Post article about the U.S. ambassadorship to the Vatican, a position that has been vacant since November. He was quoted in a March 21 National Catholic Register article (North Haven, Conn.) article about whether Republican leaders are weighing a retreat from defending traditional marriage.
Maryann Cusimano Love, fellow and associate professor of politics, was quoted in a March 13 Catholic News Service article about the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. She also was quoted in a March 15 Catholic News Service article about efforts by the Catholic Church to stop violence against women and girls.
Daniel Attridge, dean, was featured in a March 22 Catholic Review (Baltimore) article about his appointment as dean and his goals for the law school.
Robert Destro, professor, co-wrote a March 21 op-ed about Christians living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for the “On Faith” section of The Washington Post.
Victor Williams, clinical assistant professor, was quoted in a March 10 Boston Globe article about the impact partisan deadlock in Washington has had on approval of judicial appointments to U.S. court vacancies. He also was quoted in a March 20 CreditCards.com story about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
On March 16, the D.C. Metro Theater Arts website gave a five-star review to the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music’s production of the opera “Romeo et Juliette.” The review called it a “tingling, fists-up production” that is “a vigil to the future of the creative arts.”
Ken Miller, professor and associate dean for administration, spoke about the debate over expanding the authority of nurse practitioners on the March 26 edition of WAMU Radio’s “Diane Rehm Show.”
Anthony J. Hill, assistant clinical professor, was interviewed about the growth of legalized gambling for the March/April issue of Social Work Today Magazine.
Theology and Religious Studies
Rev. Mark Morozowich, dean, was interviewed March 19 by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for a story about Latin and Eastern Catholic Easter.
Joseph Capizzi, associate professor, was quoted in a March 20 Our Sunday Visitor (Huntington, Ind.) article about the vote by Maryland’s state legislature to repeal the death penalty.
Christopher Ruddy, associate professor, was quoted in a March 15 Washington Post article about people who gave up social media for Lent. He was a guest on the March 21 edition of Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” to discuss whether Satan exists.
Joanna Gardner, a senior English major, wrote a March 14 reflection of her four years at Catholic University for the Catholic Star Herald (Camden, N.J.).