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Cardinal Weekend and Cardinal Access

Office of Alumni Relations News

Over the last weekend in October, the Office of Alumni Relations hosted a successful Cardinal Weekend with record-breaking attendance of 1,632 people. You can view some of the photos from the weekend here:

The class-based events were very well received by the participants, and we wanted to be sure to give a special “hats off” to the classes of 2010 and 1965, who had record attendance for their 5th and 50th class reunions, respectively.

Also, at the Alumni Association Board of Governors meeting on Friday night, Oct. 23, we were pleased to install Carrie Grundmayer, B.A. 1990, as the new president. Her two-year term runs through October 2017. Likewise, we are thankful to our outgoing president, Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., B.A. 1989, M.A. 1993, D.Min. 2012, for his dedication and many efforts on behalf of our alumni.

As of Monday, Oct. 26, reunion classes had raised a total of $431,955.63, with the Class of 1980 leading the way with $124,363 in gifts.

We were so happy to have so many excited and happy Cardinals on campus, and can’t wait for next year! Mark your calendars: Oct. 14–16, 2016. 

Advancement News

Benefactor Gives Endowed Professorship

In an Oct. 20 ceremony, President John Garvey and Provost Andrew Abela accepted on behalf of the School of Business and Economics the Centesimus Annus Della Ratta Family Endowed Professorship, named in honor of University benefactor Joe Della Ratta, B.A. 1953. The inaugural recipient is Associate Professor Maximilian Torres.

“For years, Joe’s generosity has made it possible for many students to attend Catholic University. With the gift of this endowed professorship, we can further strengthen the education we provide them,” President Garvey said during the ceremony in the foyer of McMahon Hall.

At the ceremony, Torres received the Centesimus annus Medal, named after the Centesimus annus encyclical written by Pope John Paul II in 1991. The encyclical examined political and economic issues of the time, including social and economic justice.

For the full story, click here.

Provost Andrew Abela and Associate Professor Maximilian Torres
Benefactor and alumnus Joe Della Ratta, center, with his family at a ceremony in McMahon Hall


University Advancement Hosts  Cardinal Access Event

On Oct. 22, the Division of University Advancement hosted this year’s Cardinal Access event series. Cardinal Access is an annual event designed to introduce the University’s most generous supporters to a wide variety of students, staff, and faculty who are outstandingly committed to sustaining the vibrancy of our institution. Catholic University’s Board of Trustees member Lee Ann Joiner Brady, B.A. 1978, chaired the event.

The daylong series opened with a breakfast conversation with University President John Garvey and Provost Andrew Abela in the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library’s May Gallery, followed by dean and student “chats,” during which deans from the School of Business and Economics, the School of Theology and Religious Studies, the School of Nursing, the School of Architecture and Planning, and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music interviewed students about their academic experiences, as well as their plans for the future.

The day closed with a lovely lunch in Heritage Hall, where nearly 60 guests gathered. President Garvey presented each donor with a silver tray featuring McMahon Hall as a token of the University’s gratitude.

Pictures from the day are below. We are already looking forward to next year’s series and, as always, we are grateful to those who continue to play a significant role in the University’s ongoing success.

Left to right: Brian Engelland, interim dean of the School of Business and Economics; Monica Mayhew, Class of 2016; Emily Curato, Class of 2016; Grayson Wagstaff, dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music; Cole Thomas, Class of 2017; Sarah Madden, Class of 2017; and Patricia McMullen, dean of the School of Nursing.
William Mattison (right), interim dean of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, interviews Daniel Lopes (left), a senior majoring in theology and religious studies with minors in medieval and Byzantine studies, philosophy, and anthropology. Daniel also serves as president of the Theology and Religious Studies Undergraduate Student Association.
Randall Ott (right), dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, interviews Emily Curato, a senior architecture major. Emily is an active member of Catholic University’s American Institute of Architecture Students chapter.
Heritage Hall is the perfect backdrop for a lovely day with our donors.
A close-up of the McMahon Hall tray presented to donors as a token of thanks for their generosity to the University.