On May 24, Christendom College will hold its first-ever President’s Invitational Golf Tournament at Bull Run Golf Course in Haymarket, Virginia.
Set at the foothills of historic Bull Run Mountain, Bull Run Golf Club, one of the area’s premier upscale daily fee courses, is surpassed only by the beauty that surrounds the course. Created and designed by nationally acclaimed golf course architect Rick Jacobson, Bull Run is a modern classic that is both fair and challenging. Large wide fairways through the beautiful hardwoods and rolling hills of Virginia provide ample landing areas from the five sets of tees. With no parallel fairways, each hole stands alone with the golfer’s task right in front of them.
Proceeds from this tournament will go toward the costs of building a new Student Union Center on Christendom’s campus. Dean of Student Life J. Michael Brown has been feverishly trying to raise money for this venture which he believes will aid tremendously the already vibrant student life on campus.
“As a Catholic liberal arts College, Christendom strives to form the whole person,” says President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. “Our mission is to form our students intellectually, spiritually, morally, and socially, as well as to prepare students for their vocation in life, and it centers its education on the values and the teachings of Christianity. We believe that no education is meaningful and true unless it is Christ-centered, in fact, our very motto is: ‘Restore all things in Christ.’ We truly hope that our students will themselves be restored in Christ through their experiences at Christendom; but even more importantly, that they will become leavens within the Church and within society, helping to restore society and the Church to Christ.”
The College has by and large been successful in its twenty-seven year history in accomplishing its mission. It has attracted a very talented and very committed faculty, and it boasts one of the finest student bodies in the country. Few Colleges have been as blessed as Christendom in attracting students of talent; students who possess a strong moral sense, and who possess the desire to grow in the love and knowledge of Christ and to serve Him throughout their lives.
To form its students fully, the College must adequately integrate the spiritual, intellectual, and social lives of its students. One way in which a College brings about this integration is through a social center or what is often referred to as a student union. “Students need to have a designated and an appropriate resource for recreation and leisure on campus,” says Dean Brown. “Currently, the College does not have such a place. In the past few years, the lack of a student center has been a consistent concern of Christendom students. Just as a family needs a ‘living room,’ that is, a place for the family to gather to commune and to nourish their relationships, so our students need a similar place to make possible their desire to live out the life of community, the life of friendship.”
Christendom College is now in a position to address this most important need. Plans are currently underway to construct a student center which will hopefully become the vibrant center of community life on campus.
Christendom’s Board of Directors is supportive and enthusiastic about this project. The student body itself has taken on the task of raising more than $60,000 for the project! They are extremely excited about the prospect of having a student center, of having something that is specifically dedicated to meeting their needs. The College is committed to meeting its goal and to having the Center completed and opened by fall of 2005, if the needed $400,000 is raised.
The Center will offer some very appealing features: it will offer a mini-theater; a meeting place for student organizations and clubs; private study space; a common room featuring traditional recreational games as well as comfortable and durable furniture for conversation; a coffee bar; offices for Student Life personnel; and the College bookstore. In addition, the Center will have an attractive covered pavilion for outdoor dining, and lighted courts for basketball and volleyball. These are features which should assist all of the students, regardless of talents and interests. They will provide an indisputably wholesome environment for the sorts of social interaction and activities that round out a solid undergraduate education.
“With a modest financial goal but rapid action we can provide our students–like we never have before–with the opportunity fully to integrate faith, reason, and the joys of communal life, and in so doing provide a tremendous witness to the fullness of Christian life on campus,” adds Brown.
For more information on either the Golf Tournament or the newly planned Student Union Center, please contact Dean Brown by calling (800) 877.5456, ext 271 or by firstname.lastname@example.org.