The Catholic University of America


1,000 Strong

Last month President John Garvey announced a challenge gift that aimed to inspire friends of Catholic University to donate before the end of the fiscal year. He pledged a gift of $25,000 from the Garvey family if the Division of University Advancement could encourage 1,000 individuals to join him in making a gift to the University between March 1 and April 30. So far, we are making great progress! We invite all students, parents, faculty, and staff to #MarchwithGarvey so we can finish this fiscal year on a high note.

The Division of University Advancement greatly appreciates this generous gift from the Garvey family and we are eager to use this opportunity to engage with the entire CUA community.

The Catholic University Alumni Association is pleased to honor 10 CUA luminaries at the 2015 Alumni Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 11.

This year, we are especially proud to announce that Emmjolee Mendoza Waters, associate director of campus ministry and community service in Catholic University’s Office of Campus Ministry, will receive our Frank A. Kuntz '07 Award, which recognizes the "unsung heroes" of CUA’s current staff or faculty. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in politics in 2001, Emmjolee volunteered for two years with Jesuit Volunteers Corps, teaching remedial reading and serving as the school librarian in Punta Gorda, Belize. At CUA she has helped lead thousands of students to volunteer in a variety of venues. Each year she goes with students on a mission trip to Punta Gorda and, over the course of her career, has accompanied them on service visits to Jamaica, Tanzania, and various states throughout the United States. Emmjolee has a master’s degree from the National Catholic School of Social Service and has served on the Alumni Board of Governors as well as the Catholic Volunteer Network.

The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association — the Gibbons Medal — recognizes an individual for distinguished and meritorious service to the Church, the nation, or the University. This year, we are celebrating the accomplishments of Tim Shriver, chairman of Special Olympics. Shriver has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities. He earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Catholic University, and a doctorate in education from the University of Connecticut. To read his full biography, visit our webpage.

To read the biographies of the rest of our winners and for more details about the event, visit our website.