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Community Updates

Summer Sports, Architecture, and Engineering Camps Offered at CUA

  Baseball camp
  Baseball Coach Ross Natoli has offered camps to youths for more than 25 years.

Although many of its undergraduate students go home during the summer months, the Catholic University campus in Washington, D.C., stays abuzz with activity — thanks in part to summer camps.

High school students with an interest in engineering or architecture have the opportunity to learn more about both the academic and professional sides of the disciplines.

Summer youth programs include Experiences in Architecture and Engineering New Frontiers, as well as basketball, lacrosse, baseball, and field hockey camps. 

> Read more about summer youth programs

 

 

 

Solar Decathlon Team Invites D.C. High School Students to Help Build Home

Several members of Team Capitol DC visited Francis L. Cardozo High School in Washington, D.C., to invite high school students to help build furniture for Harvest House, a home being built on CUA’s campus for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition.

“In addition to designing a cutting-edge prototype of a net-zero home for the Solar Decathlon competition, we are also charged by the Department of Energy to communicate and express our passion to the public,” says faculty advisor Bill Jelen, a lecturer in the School of Architecture. A net-zero home is one that produces as much energy as it requires.

“Working with Cardozo High School is one of the many ways we are attempting to reach out and broaden the impact of Team Capitol DC while engaging students in the clean energy future,” he adds. “What better place to start than with the next generation of architecture students and construction leaders?”

> Continue reading
 

Students From CUA, AU, GWU Work  as 'Team Capitol DC' in Solar Decathlon

  Solar team
  Students from CUA's School of Architecture and planning work on HARVEST HOME. Visit the photo gallery to view more photos.

In a welcome break from D.C.’s climate of gridlock, students and faculty from Catholic, George Washington, and American universities worked together this morning on a house for the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, an international sustainable home competition.

This collaborative team of 75 students began construction on a one-of-a-kind, energy-efficient home custom-designed to foster the healing of a U.S. military veteran.

The partnership represents an unprecedented collaboration across academic disciplines and universities for the citywide “Team Capitol DC,” which includes architecture students from CUA; engineering, landscape and interior design students from GWU; and communication students from AU.

> Continue reading

 

School of Music Presents Spring Performance Preview

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America presents an exciting schedule of  performances for the spring 2013 semester. Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place on the CUA campus, and admission is free and open to the public. For more information on these events or to purchase tickets, visit http://music.cua.edu/calendar/index.cfm or call 202-319-5416.

 

Drama Department Sets Spring 2013 Performances

The Catholic University of America Department of Drama presents its schedule of performances for the 2013 spring semester. Unless otherwise noted, performances take place at the Hartke Theatre on the Catholic University campus: 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington D.C. For more information on these events or to purchase tickets, visit http://drama.cua.edu, email cua-drama@cua.edu, or call the box office at 202-319-4000. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for senior citizens, CUA alumni, faculty, and staff; and $5 for students.

 

Community Liaison Meeting

Local ANC commissioners, civic association members, and local community members are invited to attend:

September 17, 2012, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Leahy Hall 280.
 

 

CUA Athletics Hosts Community and Youth Night

Catholic University Athletics invites members of the Brookland community as well as children from the surrounding areas to come see the CUA football team in action on Friday, September 7 when the Cardinals host crosstown rival Gallaudet University.

Cost of admission is free for Brookland residents (with ID) and children from the surrounding areas (children who wear their youth team jersey receive a free snack)

> More information

 

University to Celebrate Emancipation Act and Brookland’s 125th Anniversary

This year, the District of Columbia is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the D.C. Compensated Emancipation Act, which marked an end to slavery in the city more than eight months before President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

The Brookland neighborhood in Northeast D.C. is also celebrating its 125th anniversary. To celebrate both of these anniversaries, the School of Arts and Sciences is hosting two lectures in September:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. “The Changing Faces of Brookland” by John J. Feeley Jr. and Rosie Dempsey, authors of Brookland (Images of America) (2011). Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B. A reception will follow.
     
  • Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. “The African-American Catholic Experience in Washington, D.C.” with Rev. Raymond Kemp, director of Faith in the City at Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University. Father Kemp is formerly pastor of St. Augustine Parish (1974-1981) and Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish (1986-1992). Father O’Connell Hall, Great Room. A reception will follow.


Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5114.

 

CUA Hosts More Than 9,000 Summer Visitors

 
 

Catholic University hosted Special Olympic D.C.'s summer games for the 12th consecutive year. 

Most of Catholic University’s students have left for the summer. While they’re gone, more than 9,000 visitors will take their place during summer conferences and events.

Last month the University hosted Special Olympics D.C.’s summer games for the 12th consecutive year. In addition, more than 60 diverse local, national, and international faith-based and community-based groups will be using campus space for housing, meetings, and conferences.

Residence halls serve as accommodations for conference guests and more than 250 students and interns.
Groups using campus spaces this summer include Catholic Relief Services, D.C. Preparatory Academy, several Girl Scout troops, Capital City Public Charter School, Providence Hospital, the District of Columbia Healthcare Association, and Catholic Charities USA.

According to Tim Carney, associate vice president for campus services, many groups choose to come to Catholic University not only because of the facilities and services it offers, but also because of its convenient location in Washington, D.C. and easy access via Metrorail.

The University offers visiting groups a variety of meeting facilities including classrooms, conference spaces, auditoriums, reception rooms, computer labs, and athletic facilities.
 

CUA Architecture Students Tour Monroe Street Market Site

  Monroe Street Market
  Architecture students survey the excavation of one of the three sites where construction is under way on the Monroe Street Market project.
On April 12, a sunny and blustery morning, the construction site along five city blocks south of the Catholic University campus served as a real-world classroom for a group of graduate and undergraduate students from CUA’s School of Architecture and Planning.
 
The Monroe Street Market project — a $200 million development — is under way with the goal of transforming the University’s South Campus into a vibrant, mixed-use community. When finished, Monroe Street Market will consist of approximately 720 residential units, 45 townhomes, 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artist studio space, a 3,000 square-foot community arts center, and 850 parking spaces. At a groundbreaking ceremony last November, Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray said the project should serve as a “prototype” for relationships between universities and their surrounding communities.
 
 
 

Catholic University to Present Madama Butterfly

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the spring opera production of Madama Butterfly Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18, in Hartke Theatre.

Giacomo Puccini's 1904 masterpiece Madama Butterfly sets to music the heart wrenching story of Cio-Cio-San, a beautiful geisha in Nagasaki. A marriage broker has arranged for the young maiden to become the wife of U.S. Navy Lieutenant B. F. Pinkerton.

Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on March 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. on March 18. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students, and CUA alumni, faculty, and staff. For more information, to purchase tickets, or to request disability accommodations, call 202-319-5416 or visit http://music.cua.edu/calendar/butterfly.cfm.

> Read a full article about this performance

 

University Publishes Final Submitted Draft of Campus Master Plan

  Master Plan Report cover
  > View PDF of Master Plan

In a December 2011 letter to The Catholic University of America and the citizens of the District of Columbia, University President John Garvey said the 2012 Campus Master Plan "presents the foundation for our anticipated, continued enhancement of The Catholic University of America campus environment."

The 118-page document addresses improvements to University facilities and landscape to support the goals set forth in the University's Strategic Plan.

Garvey wrote that the Campus Master Plan "includes initiatives to highlight our historic buildings, increase green space on campus, and improve sustainability. We believe that these efforts will benefit the experience of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as our neighbors in the Brookland area."

He continued, "We have renewed our commitment to provide facilities that support the intellectual, cultural, and spiritual life of the campus community through improvements that are respectful of our neighborhood environment."

Click on the image at right to view the entire Campus Master Plan document in PDF format.

A copy of the accompanying Transportation Study also is available as a PDF download.

 

Winter Music Preview

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America has announced its winter schedule of performances. The schedule of 11 events includes a lecture, original student compositions, the annual Christmas concert, the women's chorus, honor band, Town and Gown Community Chorus, a special 125th anniversary musical revue, the musical "Cabaret," and the opera Madama Butterfly.

> See full story for details.

 

Sense of Community Emphasized at Campus Groundbreaking

  Garvey at groundbreaking
  Catholic University President John Garvey speaks at the Monroe Street Market groundbreaking ceremony.

Monroe Street Market — a $200 million mixed-use development on The Catholic University of America’s southern edge — will unite the University and surrounding neighborhoods, several speakers said this morning during a groundbreaking ceremony for the project.

The University has partnered with developer Abdo Development, residential real estate company The Bozzuto Group, and real estate investment company Pritzker Realty Group on the project, which will ultimately consist of a progressive mix of uses: approximately 720 residential units, 45 townhomes, 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artist studio space, a 3,000 square-foot community arts center, and 850 parking spaces.

Before a tent overflowing with spectators, Catholic University President John Garvey joined Tom Bozzuto, chairman and CEO of The Bozzuto Group, and Jim Abdo, president and CEO of Abdo Development, on a cloudless morning for the groundbreaking. Also present were representatives of the partnering companies along with D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Council member Harry Thomas, Jr., and other D.C. government officials.

Garvey said Monroe Street Market was important to both the University and the neighborhood and that it provides the “opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Brookland and provide [it] with access to the same amenities our students will enjoy.”

> Continue reading "Sense of Community Emphasized at Campus Groundbreaking"

> South Campus "Monroe Street Market" plans detailed on Abdo Development website

 

Brookland Children Invited to Halloween on Campus

  9/11 service day
 

Students hand out candy for Halloween on Campus.

Tiny princesses and Power Rangers will troll for Halloween candy at Catholic University Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Each year, the Office of Campus Ministry hosts an evening of Halloween games and trick-or-treating on campus for youngsters who live next door to the University, in the Brookland neighborhood of Northeast Washington, D.C.

More than 300 children participated last year, including little ones whose parents study or work at the University.

“It’s a way to give back to a neighborhood that gives so much to us,” says David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship.

This year the festivities take place on Marist Lawn, where there will be food, games, and face-painting. Costumes are not required but welcomed.

As he did last year, University President John Garvey will attend the event.

Throughout the evening, groups of children will be escorted door-to-door through Curley Court. They’ll stop at the upperclassmen’s residences to sing out “Trick or treat!” and receive treats.

Aside from being a day of costumes and candy, Halloween is a vigil celebration of the Nov. 1 feast of All Saints, which honors all the saints in heaven. Indeed, the word “Halloween” means “all hallows eve” or “all saints eve.” 

 

 

University Prepares Draft of 15-year Master Plan

  Draft Master Plan
  > View Master Plan Draft (PDF)

Representatives of Catholic University and the architecture firm, Ayers Saint Gross, have held numerous open community meetings to provide an orientation to the proposed 15-year Master Plan that CUA is preparing to file with the District government. 

The meetings have featured highlights of the plan that would further tie CUA to the community through development of green space, distinctive borders, and construction on CUA’s campus that would enhance the University’s mission while also providing employment opportunities for individuals and businesses from the community.  

Community input has helped CUA’s leadership and planners in refining the Master Plan, and the University will continue to welcome the insights and perspectives of its neighbors even after the Plan is submitted. 

 

CUA/Brookland Crew Cleans up Taylor Street Sidewalk

  Fershman Service Day
  CUA freshmen (from left) Mariah Kelly of Yardley, Pa., and Claire Wagner of Cleveland pick up trash along Taylor Street.
> Photo Gallery

A cleanup crew that included members of the Catholic University community as well as Brookland residents picked up trash, trimmed bushes, and cut back weeds along Taylor Street at the north end of campus this weekend.

The efforts yielded “a wonderful improvement that makes the sidewalk much more attractive,” said Kevin Petersen, director of facilities maintenance and operations. “It’s much easier and safer to walk along the south side of Taylor Street now.”

Suggested by representatives of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 5C, the cleanup took place Saturday, Sept. 17, along the sidewalk on both sides of Taylor Street and under the bridge between Harewood and John McCormack roads.

“This kind of project brings the local community and Catholic University together to help make our neighborhood look better,” Petersen noted. “It also enables the University to meet its goals of improving our surroundings visually and making them more functional.”

The cleanup crew included 12 members of the CUA grounds crew, several Brookland residents, and about 15 CUA students, primarily freshmen who helped as part of the University’s Freshman Service Day.

The volunteers met at 6 a.m. by the Metrorail bus stop across Taylor Street from the 7-11 store. The grounds staff organized the volunteers into groups to help with the cleanup.

The project ended around noon with a cookout of hot dogs, hamburgers, fish and turkey patties, and spicy chicken sausage at the University grounds shop around the corner from Taylor Street.

In addition to ANC 5C, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation collaborated on the project.


 

Catholic University Presents 2011–2012 Drama Season

The Department of Drama at The Catholic University of America announces its lineup of performances for the 2011–2012 academic year. All performances are open to the public and take place in the Hartke Theatre on CUA’s campus, 3801 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C.

 

CUA Fall Music Performances Include Concerts, Musical Theatre, and Opera

  Concert

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America presents an exciting schedule of performances this fall. Highlights include the fall musical theatre show, On the Town, in October, and the opera, Suor Angelica and La Voix Humaine, in November. The annual Christmas Concert for Charity, as well as the Wind Ensemble Concert, Carnegie Concert Review, Vocal Division Concert, Great Noise Ensemble concert, and Honor Band concert will be held in December.

The public is welcome at all these CUA performances. For more details, see the Fall Music Preview.

 

 

Local Community and University to Work Together on Clean-up Project

Local residents and members of the University community are planning a joint project to clean up the wooded area along Taylor Street at the north end of the campus on Sept. 17, 2011. The project was suggested by representatives of the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission.

Kevin Petersen, director Facilities Maintenance and Operations for the University, said the work will be led by members of the CUA grounds staff, who will organize volunteers into groups to help with trash pick-up, trimming, and cutting back weeds. Petersen also hopes to have enough time and volunteers to clean up the landscape next to the Taylor Street ramps that lead to John McCormick Road.

Volunteers will meet at 6 a.m. by the bus stop across the street from the 7-11 store. They plan to work until 11:30 a.m., then have a cookout lunch.

 

University Plans Meetings with Area ANCs about Master Plan

Representatives of four local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are invited to attend one of four meetings about Catholic University's master plan. The plan, which has been under development for several months, will define how the University hopes to develop its campus and facilities. The purpose of these meetings is to seek input and feedback on the master plan from representatives of the local community.

The following meetings are announced:

  • 5C-10 Single Member District, 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Great Room C of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center on the campus of Catholic University. The purpose of the meeting is to review the draft master plan.
     
  • ANC-5C, 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the Franklin Nash United Methodist Church, 2001 Lincoln Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. The purpose of the meeting is to brief ANC council members on the draft master plan.
     
  • 5A-01 Single Member District, 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 in Gowan Auditorium, Room 126 Gowan Hall, on the campus of Catholic University. The purpose of the meeting is to review the draft master plan.
     
  • ANC-5A, at a time and date to be determined. The purpose of the meeting is to brief ANC council members on the draft master plan. 

Please check back on this website for updates and additional information.

 

University Publishes 2010-2011 Community Service Report

Upon graduation from The Catholic University of America, between 70 to 78 percent of seniors have participated in some form of community service or volunteer work, according to a report recently compiled by the University. In a typical year, administrative and academic units of the University conduct more than 200 separate community service activities, the report says.

The 2010-2011 Community Service Report was compiled by the Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Student Learning Outcomes Assessment. The data for the report was gathered at the beginning of the fall 2011 term.

The University strives to foster a sense of caring and commitment as part of its education of students with the hope that they will incorporate community service in their professional and personal lives. Students individually volunteer their time to community outreach programs that respond to the needs of the sick, elderly, disabled, poor, homeless, young, school-aged, or under-represented residents of D.C. Projects and programs, which are sponsored by a number of different Catholic University organizations, offices, and groups, encompass health and social service needs, educational needs, religious needs, legal needs, local environmental needs, cultural needs, recreational needs, or economic needs of people living in surrounding communities, recreational needs, or economic needs of people living in surrounding communities.

Academic Schools and Departments concentrate their efforts on educational outreach activities ranging from in-service workshops and programs for teachers to one-on-one tutoring programs for elementary school students. The common denominator in each of these programs is their attention to the educational, social, and cultural health of students, teachers, and administrators. Each year thousands of students, teachers, and administrators from local elementary and secondary schools benefit from the formal and informal activities undertaken by faculty, staff and students.

Read the full report (PDF)

 

Preliminary Proposal Outlines Master Plan Concepts Being Considered

  ASG presentation cover

Representatives of Ayers Saint Gross Architects & Planners presented preliminary concepts for the University's master plan at a community meeting on Aug. 11, 2011. The presentation (see PDF version) deals with a number of ideas being considered to materially support the University's strategic plan. Concepts under consideration include:

  • Proposals to better connect the campus core to the Metrorail, student housing, and DuFour Center;
  • Ways to strengthen the open space and pedestrian environment on campus;
  • Ideas that would build upon the picturesque, pastoral, and formal landscape qualities of the campus;
  • Plans to strengthen sight-line axes and campus focal points;
  • Suggestions for how to separate vehicular and pedestrian traffic;
  • A proposed new vehicular approach to campus from North Capitol Street;
  • Development of new sacred and contemplative spaces, and nurturing existing ones;
  • Enhancement of the historic qualities of spaces and buildings;
  • Improvements to safety, lighting, signage, and landscape at campus edges.

The Ayers Saint Gross consultants also presented ideas about continuing CUA's leadership in sustainability, enhancing student housing, and managing transportation issues. They also reported on issues and concerns raised at the community meeting on July 20.

 

Reminder about Second Community Outreach Workshop

The Catholic University of America invites local residents to attend the second community outreach workshop on the University’s process to undertake a comprehensive revision of its Campus Master Plan.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 11, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 327 (not the Great Room, as originally announced). All members of the local community are invited to participate.

The agenda of the workshop will include a recap of the first community workshop on July 20, an update of the Master Plan process, a review of Master Plan key issues and concepts, and a discussion with community members in attendance.

In order for the organizers of the workshop to plan appropriately, all members of the Brookland community wishing to attend are asked to R.s.v.p. no later than Wednesday, August 10. Please send an e-mail to cua-public-affairs@cua.edu or call 202-319-5600.

Please send questions or feedback about the Campus Master Plan to: CUA-COMMUNITY-RELATIONS@cua.edu.
 

Students Will Start Returning to Campus on August 12

Between Friday, Aug. 12, and Saturday, Aug. 27, the population of the Brookland neighborhood will grow by approximately 6,000, as undergraduate and graduate students return to Catholic University for the start of the fall semester.

The earliest to arrive will be student leaders working in the Office of Campus Ministry and the Division of Student Life.  Members of fall athletic teams will report to campus starting on Aug. 13.

First-year students will move into the residence halls on Aug. 25. They and their families will be on campus for orientation Aug. 25-27. Upperclassmen and graduate students will return to campus on Aug. 27. Classes begin Aug. 29.

Move-in schedule

FALL ATHLETIC TEAMS     CAMPUS MINISTRY  
Football Aug. 13   Resident Ministers Aug. 12
Field Hockey Aug. 18   Freshmen Retreat and RENEW Teams Aug. 20
Women's Soccer Aug. 18   STUDENT LIFE  
Men's Soccer Aug. 19   Resident Assistants Aug. 12
Volleyball Aug. 21   Orientation Advisors Aug. 16
Women's Cross Country Aug. 26   Program Board Aug. 17
         
FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS Aug. 25   UPPERCLASSMEN Aug. 27

 

CUA Invites Brookland Residents to Second Community Outreach Workshop

The Catholic University of America invites local residents to attend the second community outreach workshop on the University’s process to undertake a comprehensive revision of its Campus Master Plan.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 11, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room. All members of the Brookland community are invited to participate.

The agenda of the workshop will include a recap of the first community workshop on July 20, an update of the Master Plan process, a review of Master Plan key issues and concepts, and a discussion with community members in attendance. The August 11 workshop will not be a repeat of the one that was conducted on July 20.

Catholic University President John Garvey and other University officials will be in attendance. Representatives from Ayers Saint Gross, the architectural consultant that the University has engaged for the Campus Master Plan process, will lead the workshop.

The purpose of the Master Plan is to articulate how the campus’s physical infrastructure may be modified to support the future vision of the University. It has two components: academic and physical plant. The academic component connects programming plans with their associated effect on facilities.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at the workshop.

In order for the organizers of the workshop to plan appropriately, all members of the Brookland community wishing to attend are asked to R.s.v.p. no later than Wednesday, August 10. Please send an e-mail to cua-public-affairs@cua.edu or call 202-319-5600.

Please send questions or feedback about the Campus Master Plan to: CUA-COMMUNITY-RELATIONS@cua.edu.

 

Fall Athletic Schedule Includes More Than 40 Contests

  CUA Fall SPorts Schedule 2011

The Catholic University Athletics Department has announced an exciting fall schedule of sports events that includes four home football games, as well as soccer, field hockey and volleyball contests.

Local residents are invited to join the University community in cheering on the CUA Cardinals. Tickets for CUA football and men’s and women’s basketball games are $5. There are no advance sales. All Catholic University students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with a University ID.

Limited parking is available in the lot at the Raymond A. DuFour Center at Taylor Street, N.E., and John McCormack Drive. On football game days, additional parking is available along John McCormack Drive.

> CUA Fall Sports Schedule (PDF)

 

University Officials Meet with Community Members about Master Plan

On Wednesday evening, July 20, approximately two dozen people attended the first community outreach workshop on Catholic University’s process to revise its Campus Master Plan.

The workshop commenced with a campus tour that highlighted changes to the physical infrastructure of the campus that have occurred under the Campus Master Plan that was adopted in 2002. Afterwards, University President John Garvey, who recently completed his first year as CUA’s leader, offered welcoming remarks and outlined his vision for the University’s future.

Catholic University Vice President for Finance and Treasurer Cathy Woods spoke about the University’s accomplishments under the 2002 Master Plan. She was followed by Adam Gross and Kevin Petersen, two representatives of the architectural firm Ayers Saint Gross, which the University has hired as its consultant to help formulate the revised Master Plan. Their presentation focused on the objectives and key issues associated with the revised Master Plan that must be approved in spring 2012. After their presentation they conducted an open forum to solicit input from participants about the key issues that they think the University should consider in the master planning process.

Mr. Petersen said that Ayers Saint Gross expects to be meeting with community stakeholders every month to solicit their input until a draft revised Master Plan is produced toward the end of the current calendar year.

Please send questions or feedback about the Campus Master Plan to: CUA-COMMUNITY-RELATIONS@cua.edu.

 

Community Outreach Workshop on Master Plan

The Catholic University of America will be hosting a community outreach workshop on the University’s process to undertake a comprehensive revision of its Campus Master Plan.

The workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room. All members of the Brookland community are invited to participate.

The workshop will begin with welcoming remarks by University President John Garvey. Thereafter, workshop attendees will be given a 20-30 minute tour of campus. Following the tour, workshop participants will reconvene in the Great Room where they will hear a presentation on the implementation of the University’s 2002 Campus Master Plan and be introduced to the objectives and key issues related to the new Campus Master Plan, which will be reviewed and approved by the District of Columbia Office of Planning in 2012. Time will be allotted following the presentation for a discussion.

In addition to President Garvey and other University officials, representatives from Ayers Saint Gross, the architectural consultant that the University has engaged for the Campus Master Plan process, will participate in the workshop.

The purpose of the master plan is to articulate how the campus’s physical infrastructure may be modified to support the future vision of the University. It has two components: academic and physical plant. The academic component connects programming plans with their associated effect on facilities.

A second community workshop on the 2012 Campus Master Plan will be held in late August, on a date yet to be determined. It will build on the presentation and discussion at the July 20 workshop.

Light snacks and refreshments will be provided at the July 20 workshop.

In order for the organizers of the workshop to plan appropriately, all members of the Brookland community wishing to attend are asked to R.s.v.p. no later than Tuesday, July 19. Please send an e-mail to cua-public-affairs@cua.edu or call 202-319-5600.

Please send questions or feedback about the Campus Master Plan to: CUA-COMMUNITY-RELATIONS@cua.edu.

 

University Publishes 2009-2010 Community Service Report

  Student service with elderly

More than 70 percent of the students at The Catholic University of America volunteer for community service activities, according to a report recently compiled by the University. The number of service activities facilitated by the University exceeds 200, the report says.

The 2009-2010 Community Service Report was compiled by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. The data for the report was gathered at the beginning of the spring 2010 term.

Catholic University strives to foster a sense of caring and commitment as part of its education of students with the hope that they will incorporate community service in their professional and personal lives. Students individually volunteer their time to community outreach programs that respond to the needs of the sick, elderly, disabled, poor, homeless, young, school-aged, or under-represented residents of D.C. Projects and programs that are sponsored by a number of different University organizations, offices, and groups, encompass health and social service needs, educational needs, religious needs, legal needs, local environmental needs, cultural needs, recreational needs, or economic needs of people living in surrounding communities.

Academic schools and departments concentrate their efforts on educational outreach activities ranging from in-service workshops and programs for teachers to one-on-one tutoring programs for elementary school students. Each year thousands of students, teachers, and administrators from local elementary and secondary schools benefit from the formal and informal activities undertaken by faculty, staff and students.

> Read the full report (PDF)

 

Steps in Master Plan Process Outlined

The University has embarked on a comprehensive revision of the Campus Master Plan, a District of Columbia-mandated document formally revised every 10 years.

This plan contemplates how the physical infrastructure will be modified to support the future vision of the University. It has two components: academic and physical plant. The academic component connects programming plans with their associated effect on facilities.

There are seven steps in the process of developing the Master Plan, including observations, concepts, precinct studies, design standards, a draft plan, and the plan rollout with final documents.

The ultimate implementation of the plan is based on the goals, objectives, initiatives, and priorities set forth in the University Strategic Plan, which also is currently being developed. Before initiating any new building or renovation projects, the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction evaluates the proposed project with respect to its compliance with the Campus Master Plan.

> See graphic representation of the Master Plan process (PDF)

> Please send questions or feedback about the Campus Master Plan to: CUA-COMMUNITY-RELATIONS@cua.edu.

 

South Campus Demolition Rubble Will Be Recycled

Bricks, concrete, steel reinforcing bars, and other materials from three demolished Catholic University residence halls are being recycled into building materials for other projects, according to University officials.

The three buildings, Conaty, Spalding, and Spellman halls on the corner of Michigan Avenue, N.E., and Monroe Street, N.E., were torn down to make way for a planned development project that will bring townhomes, apartments, shops, and art studio space to the Brookland neighborhood known as South Campus.

Altogether, 92 percent of the buildings will be recycled, said Carl Petchik, CUA’s associate vice president for facilities operations. Metal door frames and iron pipe fixtures will go to a steel re-use center. Masonry that has been ground up will be used as a paving material for area roadways and a new outdoor volleyball court on campus.
 

 

University Plans Community Service Partnerships in Brookland Neighborhood

  Litle Sisters of the Poor home

The University is spending the summer meeting with local organizations and schools to plan for community service partnerships for the upcoming academic year. Catholic University partners with nine different schools and organizations in the Brookland neighborhood to share resources and gifts with the community.

The University will be focusing on engaging all the CUA community – staff, faculty, students, and alumni – in service. Below are some of the neighboring organizations that are service partners with the University.

  • St. Anthony’s Catholic School
  • Hope Community Charter School
  • St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home
  • Bethlehem House
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home
  • Beacon House
  • Brookland Elementary
  • Little Sisters of the Poor
  • Halloween on Campus
  • Spring to CUA
  • CUA Giving Tree (in collaboration with Edgewood/Brookland Family Collaborative)
     

CUA Hosts Nearly 9,000 Visitors This Summer

  Special Olympics 2011
  One of the athletes in the 2011 Special Olympics D.C. summer games competes in a relay at Catholic University's Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center.

School may be out, but the Catholic University campus is still buzzing with activity.

Earlier this week, the University hosted Special Olympics D.C.’s summer games for the 11th consecutive year. More than 950 athletes visited the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center to compete for a chance to move on to the national competition.

In addition, more than 200 interns will be staying on campus this summer, and a number of diverse local, national, and international faith-based and community-based groups will be using campus space for housing, meetings, and conferences. With nearly 3,000 residential participants and 6,000 commuting participants, the campus will remain active throughout the summer.

Groups using campus space this summer include Booz Allen Hamilton, Catholic Charities, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Providence Hospital, and the United States Holocaust Museum.

 

South Campus Project

South Campus decelopment

This artist's rendering of part of the South Campus project shows the signature clock tower and public square that is envisioned for the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, N.E. For more information on the project, see the Abdo Development website.
(Rendering courtesy of Abdo Development)

 

Project Lands Financing

The redevelopment of Catholic University’s South Campus into a college main street took a big step forward in August 2010 when CUA announced that financing for the project had been secured. Joining Abdo Development, CUA’s partner on the project, are The Bozzuto Group, a Washington, D.C., area-based residential real estate company, and Pritzker Realty Group, a Chicago-based investment firm. The Washington Post called the partnership “a major equity investment in new housing construction the likes of which have been rare since the economic collapse in 2008.”

   Demolition
   Demolition of three former residence halls makes way for South Campus development. See photo gallery.

To make way for the approximately nine-acre project along Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street, N.E., CUA has demolished Conaty, Spalding and Spellman halls. The demolition phase of the project, which began on Feb. 11, 2011, was expected to take eight weeks.

Cathy Wood, CUA’s vice president for finance and treasurer, said that Catholic University expects to break ground on the building phase of the project in the second half of 2011.

The project will include approximately 720 apartments, 45 townhomes, 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artist studio space, a 3,000-square-foot community arts center and 850 parking spaces.

 

 

City Plan Supports South Campus Development

The D.C. Office of Planning's final version of the Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan was approved by city council following a hearing on Feb. 10, 2009. The approved plan supports the university's vision for development of the South Campus area. Witnesses at the hearing were about evenly split in numbers, in support of the plan and in  opposition to it. The main deficiencies in the plan identified by the witnesses against the plan, were (1) the need to protect the Brookland Green near the Metro Station, (2) a need to re-visit the "decking" or "deck and fill" options explored by the Small Area Plan process but not included in the final plan and (3) the need for a more comprehensive transportation study by the city of the larger Brookland area, for example extending from the Hospital Center on the west to the Brookland Metro station on the east. An additional concern expressed by some neighbors was the original proposed height of two of the Abdo South Campus buildings, up to 8 stories. Responding to those concerns, Abdo and the University have lowered the maximum height of buildings in the project to 6 stories, the limit recommended in the Small Area Plan.

Regarding the North Capitol Street Cloverleaf study, the process has focused on what kinds of changes to the North Capitol Street / Irving Street interchange might benefit the neighborhoods around the cloverleaf. Proposals being discussed by the Office of Planning and many neighbors include redesigning the intersection to reduce speed of traffic but preserve relatively good traffic flow; enhancing the pedestrian appeal of the area; using existing spaces in the structure to increase community green space or monument space; and increased density of buildings for increased retail or residential uses. The land area encompassed by the interchange is approximately 13 acres.

In the Small Area Plan review process, witnesses in support of the Small Area Plan, including businesses as well as individual residents and representatives from "smart growth," arts and other non-profit organizations, identified benefits to the community from "transit oriented development" including safer streets, more retail opportunities, better pedestrian areas and better traffic flow.

Since beginning the public phases of the CUA South Campus project, Abdo has conducted more than 30 meetings with neighbors, ANCs and civic organizations in Brookland and Edgewood.

Brookland area residents who have questions about the project can contact Toby Millman, Vice President at Abdo Development, (202) 265-9393.

 

CUA Finalizes Agreement with Abdo Development for South Campus Project

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America announced May 21, 2008 that it has finalized an agreement with Abdo Development to develop the university's nearly 9-acre South Campus site located adjacent to the Brookland / CUA Metro station on Michigan Avenue in Northeast Washington, D.C. The concept drawing above is looking east over toward Monroe Street, N.E., where it intersects with Michigan Ave., N.E., in the foreground.

Abdo will lead the process to obtain a Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval from the DC Zoning Commission for a mixed-use development. The PUD process is expected to take about a year, during which Abdo will work closely with the Brookland neighborhood, city officials and the university to determine the best vision for the property.

"Jim Abdo has a reputation for being a community builder, which is exactly what we wanted as we selected a partner in bringing this new development to the Brookland community," said Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of Catholic University. "Jim has a refreshing perspective and a 'can do' attitude," Father O'Connell said. "He works well with community residents and produces excellent projects. We are excited to be able to join with him and his team in this project of major importance to the future of the university and the Brookland community."

"The South Campus represents a tremendous opportunity to connect Catholic University with the surrounding Brookland neighborhood and bring community-oriented retail and arts amenities that the neighborhood has been seeking" said Jim Abdo. "We are extremely excited to be working in this beautiful and diverse part of the city."

Abdo founded his company more than 10 years ago and is well known in the District of Columbia for successful retail and residential development throughout the city. Notable recent projects include the development of 476 condominium and rental apartment units on the site of the former Capital Children's Museum on H Street, NE and 87 new loft condominiums in two warehouse-inspired buildings on Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington.

Julie I. Englund, vice president for finance and administration at CUA, has led the process at the university resulting in Abdo's selection. "Our goal is to have a project that meets the university's needs and also provides amenities needed in the neighborhood," said Englund. She added that key principles guiding the university's process include achieving development that enhances the attractiveness of the university to current and prospective students as well as benefiting the Brookland neighborhood.

"We want to work with the community to have a neighborhood project that will be a good long-term complement to the university while fitting into the area aesthetically, especially as it will open onto our campus front door along Michigan Avenue," Englund noted. "CUA wants a high-quality project that takes advantage of its unique location next to the Metro, creates a unique sense of place within the Brookland neighborhood and improves safety for the whole area."

CUA, the largest land-area university campus in the District, has worked with its neighbors and the District's Office of Planning since 2006 in the "Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan" to develop planning principles and concepts for the area around the Metro stop. The South Campus site is bounded roughly by Michigan Avenue on the north; the Dominican House of Studies on the west; Lawrence Street on the south; and the Metrorail tracks on the east. CUA has already reached out to immediate neighbors to inform them about the future project.

"We conducted an extremely thorough process in selecting Abdo Development," said Englund. CUA screened more than 40 major development organizations and chose Abdo from the final four teams after an extensive process that included touring built projects, interviews and financial due diligence. CUA is advised in its development process by John Gibb, Kurt Haglund and Peter Larkin from The Staubach Companies; development consultant Jody F. Winter; and Michael Goodwin and Alex Hallett of the law firm of Arnold & Porter.

Media: Questions should be directed to Victor Nakas at Catholic University (202) 319-5600 or Toby Millman at Abdo Development (202) 265-9393.