From: Anderson, South Carolina
Hobbies? Reading, farming, studying Medieval Spanish history, traveling, and playing sports.
Who's your favorite professor? Dr. Brendan McGuire
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I am the co-founder and member of the Confraternity of Don Bosco. I played soccer freshman year, but severely injured my ankle. However, I'm hoping to play again senior year. And I am currently playing on an intramural volleyball team.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? The academic program, and the integrated study of the liberal arts in particular. The availability of the sacraments is also a unique aspect of Christendom.
Why did you choose Christendom? I did not choose Christendom. Actually, I did not even want to come here. However, after three years I'm very thankful that I'm here. (Thanks Mom!)
What has surprised you the most about Christendom? The amount of different opportunities to get involved with, despite the small size of the college.
Plans after graduation? Going to graduate school to study veterinary medicine.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? There is nothing that I can say here that you haven't already heard or hasn't been said. However, I will say that you should take advantage of the opportunities that are offered here. There are more opportunities here than you could possibly exhaust: for your spiritual growth, for solid and wholesome friendships, for leadership opportunities, and for totally engaging yourself in the liberal arts. These four years go by so fast. As a freshman, it will probably be hard to see the importance of these things, but if you give them due attention during your time here—and have a great time as well—you will get the most out of your time here at Christendom College.
On Thursday night, students gathered to celebrate Halloween Christendom-style with a Haunted House and Dance. The Halloween Dance is annually hosted by the freshman class, and, as always, they did a wonderful job putting everything together. The Haunted House successfully scared those who went through, and everyone thought the gory operating scene at the end was a fittingly disgusting finale. The dance was equally well-attended and enjoyed. Students arrived dressed in a variety of costumes and delighted in dancing to the sounds of a live band throughout the night.
“I thought the band was a really wonderful idea," sophomore Julie Rollino said. "They sounded great—the live music really helped make the evening exceptional.”
St. Lawrence Commons was decorated for the occasion with orange and purple lights, pumpkins, and spider webs, creating the perfect atmosphere.
Freshmen Brendan Williamson and Clare Fletcher share a dance.
Freshmen Nicole LaRochelle, Tammy Rivera, and Josh Huber represent Alice in Wonderland.
A gypsy and a ninja dance: sophomore Patrick Hilleary and freshman Jordan Eidle swing to the music.
The Duskwhales impressed everyone with their upbeat tunes.
Everyone joins in the Macarena.
The dancing, music, and company made the evening enjoyable for everyone.
Competition of Saints
Fr. Donald Planty, Head Chaplain and Theology professor, hosted a Saint Trivia Pub Night on the feast of All Saints’ on Friday evening in St. Kilian’s Café. Nine student groups competed in a series of rounds whereby Fr. Planty asked questions pertaining to such topics as patron saints and details about the lives of the saints. Although the questions were grueling, students truly showed their knowledge of the saints’ lives. Those students who did not participate directly enjoyed the competition and the refreshments provided by the Student Activities Council (SAC).
“I’m really glad that I participated in Padre’s Saint Trivia Night, and it was made even more exciting by the fact that my team was victorious,” freshman Bridget Handy said with a smile. “I loved the friendly Catholic competition, and I am very proud that our team knew our saints!”
Everyone had fun playing games and conversing with one another both before and after the trivia competition.
Nine teams competed to be trivia champions!
Head Chaplain, Fr. Planty, hosted the event and kept score!
The winning trivia team with Fr. Planty!
Freshmen girls enjoying Trivia Pub Night!
Students play a game of Catch Phrase after the trivia competition is over.
Shield of Roses, Christendom College’s student-run pro-life group, held its Mega Shield event on Saturday morning. Over 150 students travelled to the Planned Parenthood clinic in Washington, D.C., to prayerfully protest abortion.
Shield of Roses travels to Planned Parenthood every Saturday morning during the academic year, but it organizes Mega Shield once a semester in an effort to get as many students, faculty, and staff members as possible to participate and be a witness for the pro-life movement.
The Christendom community truly made its presence known this past Saturday, on the feast of All Souls, and joined together across the street from the Planned Parenthood clinic to pray all the mysteries of the Rosary for an end to abortion. In addition, trained sidewalk counselors were present to talk to the women who came to the clinic and try to help them change their minds.
“I was very happy with the turnout of students and faculty at Mega Shield this year, and I felt it was very well organized,” said sophomore Dom Borchers, the transportation coordinator for Shield of Roses. “It was good to see how we approached it this year, and I felt that the focus was really on the women themselves and how we could help them. In addition, I felt as if we attracted more attention by standing across the street, rather than directly in front of the clinic, for more people could see us this way and we seemed to have made more of an impact than in the past.”
Students stand in prayerful protest across the street from Planned Parenthood.
Students prayed the Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious mysteries of the Rosary together.
Everyone kneeled for the Sorrowful mysteries.
Christendom students are true witnesses for the pro-life cause.
On Saturday evening, Piano Night drew a crowd of over 100 students, who were excited to listen to their talented classmates perform a wide range of songs. Performances included senior Kelsey Ingold's "The First Noel," sophomore Joe Pelczar's 3 song melody, and a duet at the end by Max VanHecke and Matt Hambrick, who brought the crowd to their feet.
The fact that Christendom holds events like these, which draw such a high number of students, demonstrates how greatly valued the fine arts are here. There are frequent pub nights, as well as a St. Cecilia's Night and coffee houses, that give the students a chance to sing or perform a musical instrument.
"The piano is one of my favorite instruments to listen to and piano night has always been a great event," senior Veronica Halbur said. "I thought the pianists did a lovely job and the crowd obviously enjoyed listening as well. We had a great turn out of students and even faculty and staff as well. It was a relaxing and classy evening for everyone; a nice study break especially for the senior thesising. I was also very grateful to our musicians who not only performed, but helped organize a great event."
Senior Kelsey Ingold performs "The First Noel."
Sophomore Amy Marter peforms a beautiful piano piece.
The duet at the end was a fantastic finish to the evening.
Freshman Cameron Delafleur plays a peaceful piano piece.
Senior Veronica Halbur thanks everyone for attending the performance.
Flag Football Time
Sunday afternoon was full of excitement as students gathered on Campion field for the annual Powder Puff and East vs. West flag football games.
The powder puff game kicked-off the afternoon, as the Junior- Freshman ladies took on the Senior-Sophomore ladies. Juniors Pat McKenna and John David Speer coached the freshman/junior team, who were led by junior captains Brigid Coyne and Julie McMahon. Senior Conor Coyne coached the sophomore/senior team, along with sophomore Nick Jaroma. The game was a nail-biter, as the score was at 0-0 at halftime. But a few minutes into the second half, senior Morgan Kavanaugh raced down the field scoring the only touchdown of the game and making it a 7-0 victory for the Sophomore-Senior ladies.
The East vs. West game followed immediately afterwards. It was a hard fought game for both sides, but the East came through, winning 14-2. This was the third consecutive year that the East won. Touchdowns were made by freshman Peter Gaetano and sophomore Pat Audino. Freshman Andrew Ford played a huge role as quarterback for the West team, sending the football down the field multiple times throughout the game—but just could not get in the endzone.
Junior Julie McMahon prepares to send the ball flying.
Senior Morgan Kavanaugh flies down field leaving the oposition in the dust.
The Junior-Freshman Team 2013.
The victorious Senior-Sophomore Team.
Nate Harrington out maneuvers his opponenet.
Freshman Andrew Ford dives in an attempt to score a touchdown.
Pat Audio reaches for what could have been another touchdown for the East.
Junior John David Speer finds his open man.
Nate Harrington flies down field to catch the ball.
West Team 2013
The victorious East.
History of Homeschooling
On Wednesday afternoon, Mrs. Dixie Lane delivered a lecture to students and faculty entitled "Homeschooling Since 1950: A Historical Perspective." In this fascinating lecture, Lane delved into the roots of the homeschooling movement and some of the key legal battles that ensured the parents' right to educate their child.
Lane is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of Notre Dame. Her dissertation,"Skipping School: Homeschooling and the United States, 1950-2010," examines nationwide trends in education, family, religion and politics by studying the exponential growth of an unpredictable educational movement. Lane lives in Front Royal with her husband, Christendom history professor Christopher J. Lane, and their two children.
You can download this lecture at Christendom on iTunes U.
Crusader Sports Center
Crusaders Top the USCAA Rankings
This fall season marks a historical season for the Christendom Athletic program. The men's soccer team completed its best season in Christendom history with an overall record of 11-2-1 and scored a record 78 goals. Furthermore, the women's soccer team posted a 6-5-1 record after a remarkable comeback finishing off their season with a 6-game winning streak, and the women's volleyball team finished a strong 10-10 record.
To cap off this successful season, not only did several players excel in the USCAA' s statistical rankings, but also five Christendom Student Athletes were recognized on the national level for their outstanding performances in the USCAA throughout the season. Each of Christendom's fall sports teams was represented nationally by one of its key players.
For women's volleyball in the USCAA, senior Bridget Vander Woude was selected for the All-American 2nd Team. Vander Woude was also ranked No. 1 in the USCAA for service aces per set.
For women's soccer, senior Morgan Kavanagh was given USCAA All-American Honorable mention, and she was also ranked No. 8 in the USCAA for goals scored.
For men's soccer, seniors Timmy Vander Woude, Jonathan Fioramonti, and Johnny Foeckler were all recognized for their performances on the field. Vander Woude made All-American 2nd Team, and was ranked No. 12 in save percentage, while Fioramonti and Foeckler both received All-American Honorable Mentions. Fioramonti played as the virtual backbone of the team throughout the season earning MVP in their opening season tournament hosted by Valley Forge Christian College, and Foeckler finished No. 18 in the USCAA for goals scored throughout the season.
"It's an honor to represent Christendom in such a unique way on the national stage," said Fioramonti. "It really is a testament to the team we had, and I see this as recognition of what we were able to accomplish as a team this year, as well as how much respect we garnered by the way we competed."
Each of these five seniors had phenomenal seasons and played key roles on their teams this year, contributing to the overall success of their respective teams.
"I think we've worked really hard to establish a competitive program over the last few years and I'm proud to help Christendom make a greater impact in the USCAA,” volleyball team captain Bridget Vander Woude said. “It's really exciting to see some of our hard work pay off."
Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley
Check out the little video below to hear students talk about our beautiful campus. Don't forget to schedule a visit so that you can discover how beautiful it is for yourself.