Christendom College

November 20, 2001

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Christendom Comes Alive with the Sound of Music

Presenting four performances over the weekend of November 9-11, 2001, The Christendom Players, under the direction of Mike Powell, a Christendom junior, performed an exceptional rendition of Rogers and Hammerstein's musical, "The Sound of Music," in Christendom College's St. Lawrence Commons in Front Royal, Virginia. Christendom junior Linda Antunes, from Eastford, CT, gave a stellar performance in her role as Maria Rainer (later to become Maria von Trapp). Joining Antunes in leading roles were Christopher Lane as Captain von Trapp,…

Tolkien Finds Fellowship at Christendom

Before an audience of over 350 Tolkien enthusiasts, Joseph Pearce, noted English author, lecturer, and Catholic convert, presented a lecture on "Tolkien as a Catholic" at Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, on November 5, 2001. John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien was born in South Africa in 1892 and died in 1973. In addition to authoring a world's best-seller, The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit, The Silmarillion, and other poems, stories, and myths. For many, The Lord…

Paul Jalsevac, The Wonder Boy, Comes Back!

On March 4, 2001, Paul Jalsevac, a Christendom College sophomore, was involved in a serious car accident on his way back to campus. Paul was taken to the local hospital, Warren Memorial Hospital, where it was determined that his liver had been cut in half. In fact, the doctors there said that it was the toughest case they could remember in the hospital's history. Paul was operated on and then stabilized. Due to the extreme nature of his injuries, he…

Christendom College Breaks Ground for $6 Million Library

On October 7, 2001, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, after renewing its consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, ceremonially broke ground for its new 39,000 sq. ft. St. John the Evangelist Library. Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O'Donnell, Founding President Dr. Warren Carroll, VP for Development John Ciskanik, College Librarian Andrew Armstrong, Board Member Robert Scrivener, Petrine Construction President Frank O'Reilly, and library Architect Jim O'Brien…

Computer Services Department Upgrades Performance

Douglas Briggs, Computer Services Manager, has been a one-man show in managing the growth of the computer services at the College for the past fifteen years. But due to the growth of the student population and the increased number of faculty and staff, Nat Lloyd, a self-proclaimed “techie,” and a 1997 graduate of Boston University, was recently hired to assist Briggs with his services. Formerly an Anglican, Nat converted to Catholicism on the feast of the Epiphany in 2001. Nat’s…

Christendom Announces New Chairman of the Board

After serving as Christendom College's Chairman of the Board of Directors for nearly fourteen years, J. Laurence McCarty recently resigned his position. "I have been here [at Christendom] when we were broke and bankrupt; when there seemed to be no hope of survival; when we didn't know from where the next dollar was coming. I have seen us build a beautiful campus and stand at the threshold of completing it fully. We have a growing endowment fund and more students…

Christendom Ranked for Third Consecutive Year by US News

Christendom College's ranking in the latest edition of US News & World Report's "Best Colleges" issue marks the third consecutive year this national secular magazine has found Christendom to be one of the best 218 Liberal Arts colleges in the US. According to the rankings, for the second consecutive year, Christendom College ranked first among all Catholic national liberal arts colleges in America in the category of "least debt incurred by its graduates." The study revealed that the average debt…

College Community Grieves with Nation After 9/11 Attacks

The Christendom College community was shocked, grieved, and deeply distressed by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. A number of students had relatives who worked in the Pentagon and in the World Trade Center. Others had relatives who were firemen and policemen in New York City, and a number of Christendom’s alumni either worked near or in the areas attacked. Thanks be to God, and surely due to the tremendous outpouring of prayer being offered up, none of these…

Entire Christendom College Faculty Makes Oath of Fidelity to Church

On August 26, 2001, at the opening Mass of the Holy Spirit, His Excellency Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, VA, amidst a standing-room-only congregation, received the Oath of Fidelity from Christendom’s entire faculty. At the beginning of each new academic year, although not mandated by ecclesial law, Christendom College’s entire faculty, both graduate and undergraduate, voluntarily takes the Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. In fact, Christendom remains the only Catholic college…

Steven Snyder and Thomas Stanford Join Christendom College Faculty

In an effort to keep up with the ever growing student body, yet maintain its12:1 student to faculty ratio, Christendom College recently announced that two new professors will be joining its faculty when it begins its twenty-fifth academic year on August 28, 2001. Steven C. Snyder, Ph.D., will be a welcome addition to Christendom's renowned Philosophy department, serving the college as Associate Professor of Philosophy. Since 1995, Snyder as been an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Pontifical College Josephinum…

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