The Catholic University of America


Updates from the Division of University Advancement


As of March 30, the Advancement staff have moved from their location in Aquinas Hall to the 2nd floor of Father O'Connell Hall. Please save the date for April 20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. for coffee and light breakfast (in the Craves Family Alumni Center) and to tour the new Advancement space.

FY 2016 Fundraising Goal Attained
As of March 11, the University exceeded its $35 million fundraising goal in gifts and commitments for this fiscal year, which ends on April 30. We are tracking to complete the fiscal year well in excess of $40 million. Within these overall totals, the CUA Fund is currently at $1.5 million toward our $2.2 million goal and the National Collection has yielded $4.6 million toward our goal of $5.8 million this year.

This past March, the CUA Fund launched the #2000reasonsCUA campaign, which aims to inspire 2,000 of our alumni, students, parents, and friends to donate to CUA by April 30. So far, more than 382 donors have made a gift and shared their reason:


We want to know your reason. We hope faculty and staff will join us in making a gift and sharing your reason for supporting CUA. For more information, visit

Murphy’s Construction Launch
History is about to repeat itself at CUA, although with a new twist. Construction has begun on Murphy’s, a contemporary answer to the old Rathskellar (the “Rat”). Murphy’s will open in the fall 2016 semester. During the summer, the second floor of the old bookstore will be converted into a student lounge with comfortable seating, TVs, a pool table, fireplace, space for entertainment, and a sound system. Plans for the lower bookstore include a restaurant and pub; a construction date has yet to be finalized.

On Monday, March 14, there was a “threshold” ceremony, where donors and friends gathered to mark this important fundraising milestone. University trustee Enrique Segura committed $1.2 million primarily toward the Murphy’s project and Aramark Corporation made an $800,000 gift. Together, these two donors provided more than a third of the funding for this important project. To date, 213 alumni have contributed $4,010,000 to the project in cash and pledges. There is approximately $500,000 left to raise, but we are feeling optimistic about the project’s forward momentum. A challenge match has been issued by an anonymous alumni donor to help close the gap.
To view a video of the event as well as photos of the space, visit


Washington, D.C. St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The Alumni Association had a wonderful time marching in the Washington, D.C., St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 13, alongside the CUA Gaels and President Garvey, who served as the grand marshal. The parade was very family friendly, and we encountered many alumni along the way. We are already looking forward to next year!

Annual Alumni Family Easter Egg Hunt
The Alumni Association’s annual Easter Egg Hunt had more than 150 people in attendance on March 12. It was a fun day of crafts and we were so happy about the turnout!