Student Profile

Jordan Mann

Age: 23
Year: Senior
From: Lovettsville, VA
Major: English Language and Literature
Hobbies: Spending time with my fiancée and friends, working out and fitness research, watching movies, reading
What's your favorite class or professor? That's a hard question. Dr. John Cuddeback is an excellent teacher and I especially enjoyed his Ethics class. Dr. Adam Schwartz taught some incredible classes, especially The Inklings. I really get a kick out of Prof. Michael Brown's teaching style. But I have especially enjoyed Dr. Thomas Stanford's English classes; I've actually taken his classes seven out of my eight semesters here.
What extra curricular activities do you participate in? I was my team's captain in this year's Dorm Wars; participating and coordinating my team in the events was fun, especially since we won. I've also taken part in intramurals, playing indoor soccer, dodgeball, and volleyball with my friends.  I also spent one year singing in the choir, have served as a sacristan and altar server, and I've worked in the peer tutor Writing Center for three years.  
What's your favorite thing about Christendom? I think for me, my favorite aspect is the solid Catholic community built on an education in faith and reason. I really hold dear the relationships I've made at this place.
Why did you choose Christendom? I ultimately chose Christendom College over other college options because of the integration of faith and reason offered in the education here, as well as the strong Catholic community built on this education and common Catholic ideals.
What surprised you the most about Christendom? The breadth of the education is impressive.  It encompasses many fields in satisfying depth. I always expected I'd learn much here, but until I actually came here as a student, I was not aware of just how much there was to learn.
Plans after graduation? I'll be getting married in June to my classmate, Lauren Enk, and will start working with an insurance agency, Coverage Inc., in Chantilly, Va. 
Any parting words of advice for prospective students? If you are interested in acquiring a fantastic education in the liberal arts, come to Christendom. Not only can you pursue a good education, but you can also do so in a supportive community that shares your goals.

Student Life

Broadway in the Rotunda

The St. John the Evangelist Library held a special event, “Broadway in the Rotunda,” last Wednesday evening, April 30. Due to the popularity of “Caroling in the Rotunda” at Christmas-time, Mrs. Mickey Krebs, the Library Acquisitions Assistant, and the library staff hosted a similar event where students, faculty, and staff sang popular Broadway show songs and other fun tunes together in the library rotunda. The library staff joined students in singing tunes from the "Sound of Music," "Mary Poppins," "Les Miserables," "Annie," "My Fair Lady," "Singing in the Rain," and "Phantom of the Opera."

Students joined together to sing their favorite musical and Broadway songs!

Mrs. Mickey Krebs, the Library Acquisitions Assistant, and History Professor, Dr. Michael Kelly, join in the singing.


Spring Formal 2014

The students of Christendom College enjoyed an elegant and fun evening of dancing on Saturday night at the school’s annual Spring Formal. This year’s dance took place at Trumpet Vine Farm, a quaint outdoor setting in Stephens City, Va., about half an hour from Christendom’s campus. The dancing took place under a pavilion covered in twinkling lights and glittering fabric. A live band played for the occasion. When students weren’t dancing, they enjoyed socializing and eating delicious food in the adjacent wide grassy space surrounded by stately old trees and a rustic outdoor fireplace. Everyone loved the atmosphere of the venue and the great music. It was a night of great fun for all.

Junior John Jackson spins Maggie Ostrowski.

Juniors Mike Heffernan and Karolyn Pondo are all smiles as they dance the night away.

Sophomore Dominic Borchers and Freshman Nicole LaRochelle share a dance.


Freshmen Sarah Padgett and Luke Williams swing dance together.


Freshmen Josie Ostrowski and Nick Wenzel out on the dance floor



May Crowning

Every first Sunday in May, Christendom College celebrates Mary's month by crowning her after Mass. The senior girls all place a rose in a vase at her feet, while the youngest freshman girl holds the honor of crowning her. This lovely ceremony is a beautiful way to highlight the devotion many of Christendom's students, faculty, and staff have for Our Blessed Mother, and to pay her the loving respect she is due. She will remained crowned throughout the month.

Freshman Carolyn Manion crowns the statue of Mary.


Cheese and a Choral Performance

On Sunday evening, the men’s choral group, The Suspicious Cheese Lords, treated Christendom’s students to a heavenly performance of both Renaissance and modern classical works, including a song composed by Christendom College’s own choir director, Dr. Kurt Poterack.

Freshman Clare Fletcher shared that she was thrilled with the men’s talent and pieces they chose to perform.

“The performance was so cool," she said. "I was very excited that they chose to perform 'Ubi Caritas' during the encore. The range of their voices was truly impressive”.

As always, those who attended thoroughly enjoyed the men’s stunning voices and look forward to their next appearance on campus. Learn more about this talented musical group HERE.

Singer Clifton West shares the humorous story behind the group's unique name.



Crusader Sports Center

Three Crusaders

As the year winds down, senior and Sports reporter Johnny Foeckler sat down with three of Christendom's athletes, Bridget Vander Woude, Mary Barbale, and Ben Scrivener to ask them a few questions about their experiences as Crusaders.

Bridget Vander Woude

What sport(s) have you played?
Volleyball and basketball.

What position(s) did you play?
Outside hitter for volleyball and shooting guard for basketball.

What was it like balancing playing a sport with all your other responsibilities?
Playing sports definitely taught me how to prioritize my time. There were a lot of away games and long road trips, so it was important to look ahead at my schedules to figure out when I would have time to work on different things.

What was your greatest game overall in your career as a Christendom Crusader?
I think my greatest game was this past year when we played Penn State Mont Alto in Volleyball. I had my longest career serving streak and we played really well as a team.

What's your favorite sports related memory as a Crusader?
I think one of my favorite memories was sophomore year when we beat Davis to win the tournament, having already lost twice to them during the regular season. We really played as a team to shut down their offense.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen considering sports?
Do it! Christendom offers such a unique opportunity to continue playing competitive sports while also bettering yourself, forming friendships, and growing in the faith. Some of my favorite memories and strongest friendships were made on the court and I highly encourage you to give it a chance! You won't regret it.

Mary Barbale

What Sport(s) have you played?
Volleyball and basketball.

What position(s) did you play?
Middle and outside hitter for volleyball and point guard for basketball.

What was it like balancing playing a sport with all your other responsibilities?
It definitely takes discipline in order to schedule your time appropriately but overall, playing sports actually helps me to utilize my time better.

What was your greatest game overall in your career as a Christendom Crusader?
My greatest game was this past year when we beat Trinity University, a first in Christendom's history. We played good team basketball.

What's your favorite sports related memory as a Crusader?
My favorite sports related memory is blasting our basketball theme song "Dixie Land Delight" on every road trip. A tradition that started my freshman year, it has evolved so that we will actually observe a moment of silence before playing it. It's a blast!

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen considering sports?
To all freshman considering sports, just try it out! It might seem like it's an overwhelming commitment but especially for freshman year, it is a great way to meet people. Four years of college will fly by and I personally think that if it is something you truly enjoy, just do it.

Ben Scrivener

What Sport(s) have you played?
Crusader Rugby

What position(s) did you play?
I mainly played lock, but I have also played flanker.

What was it like balancing playing a sport with all your other responsibilities?
Playing a sport helped me to prioritize and organize my time. Taking a full class load can be very demanding, but Rugby kept me disciplined in my studies as well as my spiritual life, allowing me to participate in all the great events that Christendom puts on.

What was your greatest game overall in your career as a Christendom Crusader?
My greatest game probably came my sophomore year against Catholic University of America (CUA). I stole a majority of their lineouts including one that I tapped to Bobby Crnkovich near our own 22 and he went the distance to score what became the game-winning try with a final score of 18-17.

What's your favorite sports related memory as a Crusader?
My greatest memory is going to be from this past season, when we had the great opportunity to play in the Cherry Blossom Tournament and played against a Division I team (West Virginia) with a enrollment of more than 32,000 students. It was one of the best games we have ever played as a team, our tackling was near perfect, and while we were outweighed by close to 300 pounds, we were able to hold our own in the scrums by the end of the game and held them to their lowest scoring game of the tournament and came within 2 points of winning with a final score of 8-10.

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen considering sports?
Don't be scared to commit yourself. Whether it is Rugby or another Crusader sport you choose at Christendom you will be surprised what you can accomplish by pushing yourself as a student-athlete. School work can get tough at times, but playing a sport will definitely help you to balance everything, and plus some of your best friends and memories will come with wearing a Crusader jersey.



Special Report

An Interview with a History Professor:
Dr. Michael Kelly

In the midst of the school's last full week of classes, Chronicler reporter Abigail C. Reimel sat down with history professor, Dr. Michael Kelly, to ask him some questions about his background and how he has enjoyed his Christendom experience so far, as he is currently completing his second year of teaching at the college.

So, Dr. Kelly, you teach history here at Christendom College, but you double majored in college. What were your areas of focus, what is your doctorate in, and why did you choose to ultimately focus on history?

As an undergraduate I majored in english and history, with a minor in medieval studies. The best teacher I had in college, a literature professor, urged me to become a historian. I followed his advice, but sometimes I envy my colleagues who get to immerse themselves deeply in the Great Books. At length, in graduate school I studied modern European history, and specialized in early modern Great Britain. My dissertation focused on the various understandings of the crime and sin of sacrilege among English protestants in the post-Reformation era.

This is your second year teaching at Christendom College. What made you join the faculty here, and how has teaching here been different than previous teaching experiences?

In 2012, when Christendom Professor Christopher Shannon won a prestigious fellowship from the Historical Society for the study of post-War narratives of Progress, I was invited to teach in his place for a year. I already knew the caliber of Christendom alumni since working with now-Professors Brendan McGuire and Christopher Lane in our overlapping graduate school days at St. Louis University and Notre Dame. The promise of pulling in harness with such colleagues was a real draw and made much easier my decision to move from Oregon to Virginia, when I was invited last Spring to join Christendom’s history faculty for good.

What is your favorite aspect of the college?

My favorite part of the College is working with Christendom students. I especially enjoy experiencing the diversity of origins in our student body. Whether born in Liverpool, County Mayo, New Zealand, North Dakota, Napa, or northern Virginia, our students bring, along with their faith, integrity, and commitment to the intellectual life, something of their local color and culture into the classrooms.

I heard you are teaching a new class on the First World War this fall. What are your expectations for this class and what made you decide to offer it? What other classes are you currently teaching?

At present I am teaching core courses in Western Civilization to freshmen and sophomores. In the fall, I will again teach an upper-level course in my area of specialization—Tudor Stuart Britain. I decided to offer the class on World War I because 2014 marks the hundredth anniversary of the commencement of the Great War. My expectations for the class? I would say that this fall I expect to find myself working with intellectually curious students prepared to learn the facts about a crucial period in world history, eager to explore the historical record in an academically-disciplined way, and simply unable to contain the joy that comes from composing masterful history papers in elegant English prose.

Why do you feel that history is so important to a liberal arts education, and why do you think Christendom College students in particular need to be reminded of this?

The number of history majors at present suggests to me that Christendom students are not unaware of the importance of history. While history can’t claim as exalted a place in Christendom’s liberal arts curriculum as some other disciplines, I expect that even theology and philosophy majors come to recognize, and to cherish, history as a bulwark and support in their pursuit of truth. Besides, as G. K. Chesterton noted: “We most certainly live in a novel. What I like about this novelist is that he takes such trouble about his minor characters.” Historians, who, with rare exceptions are minor characters themselves, have the privilege of studying the major characters and the minor, as well as situating historically all those other disciplines: natural science, the arts, philosophy, theology. It’s all in history. We may (or may not) be of a literary bent, but we do get to study the work of the greatest of all Novelists.

When you’re not teaching or lounging in the library basement what do you enjoy doing? Any hobbies?

Some of my favorite things/diversions include winery tours, travel, hiking and birding with my wife, choral singing, film, and reading, especially Charles Dickens and that greatest writer of English in the twentieth century (according to Hilaire Belloc and Evelyn Waugh), P. G. Wodehouse.

Thank you for your kind questions, Miss Reimel. By the way, when you see me in the library's Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop, I am working, decidedly not lounging. smile


Tom McFaddenAsk the Director

Q: What is a typical day at Christendom like? How many hours are spent in class, study, prayer, and free time?

A. Great question! Well, first of all there is never really a typical day. Depending on which year you are in and what you are majoring in you will have classes at varying times. But, in general, here's what I can lay out for you:

Monday through Friday: Mass is offered at 7:30 am. Breakfast is served from 8:00-9:00. Then classes begin at 8:30. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays classes are 50 minutes each. So, classes are from 8:30-9:20, 9:30-10:20, and then 10:30-11:20. Then everything stops and our community Mass is offered at 11:30am. (with confessions heard for a half hour prior to it, generally). Between the end of the 7:30 Mass and the beginning of the 11:30 Mass we have Eucharistic Adoration where students sign up to adore Christ in the Blessed Sacrament in half hour increments. Following the 11:30 am Mass is lunch, which is served from 11:45-1:00. Then classes resume from 1-1:50, 2-2:50 and 3-3:50. Dinner is then served from 5:15-6:30 and then the Rosary is said in community in the Chapel at 6:00, at which time confessions are also heard from 6-6:30pm nightly. Then, there are a couple of classes offered at night, but normally they are upper division classes for juniors and seniors.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes are one hour and 15 mins long. Classes go from 8:30-9:45, 10-11:15, 1-2:15, 2:30-3:45, and 4-5:15. Other than that everything is as listed above.

A freshman at Christendom normally takes six classes, worth 18 credits, and generally spends 18 hours of his/her week in class. The rest of the time can be used to pray, play, study, work, build friendships, eat, or whatever. Generally, much of the "outside of class" time is spent studying for tests, writing papers, reading for class, doing research for projects, and other such academic pursuits. Of course, we have a lot of activities for the students to do on the weekends (as evidenced in the Chronicler), and throughout the week, there are sometimes lectures, events, and activities scheduled.

A typical freshman class schedule may be this:

8:30-9:20 Euclidean Geometry
9:30-10:20 Literature of Western Civilization
10:30-11:20 Elementary Latin
1:00-1:50 Fundamentals of Catholic Doctrine

8:30-9:45 Introduction to Philosophy
10:00-11:15 History of Western Civilization

I hope this helps!

God bless,




Issue 5/8/2014