From: Seminole, Florida
Major: Undeclared, but possibly Philosophy
Hobbies: Irish dancing, traveling, reading, and being with family and friends.
What is your favorite class or professor? It’s hard to choose a favorite, because I truly enjoy all of my classes! But if I had to choose one, it would probably be Ethics with Professor Mark Wunsch.
What extra-curricular activities do you participate in? I participate in most of the intramurals.
What is your favorite thing about Christendom? All of my classes and professors are incredible! The professors here are so approachable and always willing to help—inside and outside the classroom. I also love how readily available the Sacraments are on campus. My friends are pretty great too. :)
Why did you choose Christendom? When I was first looking at colleges, I knew I wanted a Catholic college. After visiting a few times, I was positive Christendom was the place for me. The small Catholic community and friendly people made it very appealing.
What surprises you the most about Christendom? All four of my older brothers have attended Christendom. I was lucky to have most of my questions answered by them, as well as by my three sister-in-laws. By the time I came, nothing really surprised me!
What are your plans after graduation? At the moment I don’t have any definitive plans. I’ve been considering law school for some time now, and recently have been looking into nursing school. Since I’ve been a competitive Irish dancer for 11 years, I have also thought about becoming an Irish dance teacher part time.
Any parting words of advice for a prospective student? Christendom is a great place, but you have to experience it for yourself. Make a visit!
Bonfire at the River
A bonfire, with a tailgate theme, was held down by the Shenandoah River on Friday. The event, which was run by sophomore Nate Harrington and senior Aisleen Gibson, drew nearly a hundred students, coming and going throughout the night. Two students drove their pick up trucks down to the site, in order go along with the tailgating theme and allow students to sit and chat in the back of them. Snacks and drinks were provided, as well as live entertainment from the students themselves. Several brought a musical instrument with them, in order to participate in the Irish tunes that were played.
"I loved having the opportunity to play music with my friends around a campfire," junior Veronica Stanton said. "It was so much fun!"
Christendom's 120-acre property runs along the Shenandoah, providing many lovely views of the river from many spots on campus, and the College has a marina and dock area for the community to use in accessing the water.
Students brought their guitars to play some tunes during the evening.
Sophomore Micah Miller with her concertina and juniors Brigid King and Maggie Schuberg.
Roller Coaster Excitement
On Sunday, a group of 40 Christendom students, led by Director of Student Activities Caitlin Bowers, and Residence Life Director Dan Mitchell, took part in Christendom College’s annual trip to Kings Dominion amusement park, located just outside of Richmond. The College is able to get a great group discount so that the trip is affordable for all students, and it provides transportation to and from the park as well.
Students went to a special morning Mass, had a quick breakfast and coffee, and then were off to the park with excitement. Once there, everyone had all day to simply run around and enjoy all the rides and roller coasters, and because it was such an ideal time of year, there were practically no lines, and thus no waiting for rides!
“The Kings Dominion trip was one of my favorite memories from last year, and so I was anxious to go again this year,” says sophomore Nick Murphy. “It did not disappoint, and it was actually even more fun due to the nice weather and short lines for rides.”
Christendom College always provides opportunities every semester for fun and exciting student trips off campus, and the Kings Dominion trip is always a student favorite.
Junior and senior guys scream on the Drop Zone.
Christendom sophomores get ready for the launch.
Freshman Rosie McNeely and sophomore Peter Blank wave from up high!
Christendom students are not scared to take the front.
Everyone is proud to have braved the Intimidator.
Kings Dominion trip 2013
Swing 'n Sundaes
Students gathered for the second Swing ’n Sundaes of the semester on Sunday evening. It was obvious that the previous one was a hit, for everyone arrived promptly at eight o’clock with enthusiasm. Under senior Matt Speer and sophomore Catherine McFadden’s instruction, everyone learned fun new moves.
“The evening was so much fun," said freshman Liz Dorrs. "It was great having the opportunity to build upon the dance moves we learned a few weeks ago. And the music was fantastic as well!”
Swing dance has always been popular among the students at Christendom. Throughout the year, there are dances held including swing competitions and formals. All of these are greatly loved and add to the lively culture at the College.
Matt Speer and Catherine McFadden demonstrate the dip.
Freshman Sarah O'Neill was all smiles during the event.
Sophomore Eily Weichert and freshman Joe Kuplack practice a fun dance move.
Freshman James Wright dips freshman Colleen McCrum.
Junior Josh Scotto dancing with junior Claire Kosten.
Crusader Sports Center
Off to an Impressive Start
The Men’s soccer team continues their successful season with a winning record of 7-1, and has scored an unprecedented 53 goals this season with only 6 goals scored against them.
Last Thursday the Crusaders faced one of their toughest games of the season against USCAA opponent and NCAA Division II Washington Adventist. The Washington Adventist Shock team traveled to Front Royal to play the Crusaders at Skyline Soccer Complex, fully expecting to trounce them as they did last year. However, this year was quite a different story.
With an enthusiastic crowd supporting them, the Crusaders played a very intense and physical first half, and were able to match the very strong Washington Adventist squad. Their efforts were rewarded towards the end of the first half when the Crusaders scored the first goal of the game. Senior Goal Keeper, Tim Vander Woude drop kicked the ball up the field to fellow senior, Johnny Foeckler, who sent the ball into the back of the net with a left footed volley.
“Timmy just saw me up on the left wing and punted the ball, placing it perfectly behind their defense so that all I had to do was run on it and put a simple left footed strike on it,” Foeckler said. “It gave us a huge boost of momentum.”
The Washington Adventist players were shaken up at this, but managed to come back and tie the game. After Crusader freshman Joey Kuplack's goal, the Shock then score the go-ahead goal in the 88th minute. Despite the loss, the game showed the toughness and ability of the Crusaders and the men look forward to the rematch later in the season.
Not dismayed by the loss, the Crusaders bounced right back to play local rivals, Patrick Henry College last Saturday. After a shaky start in which the Crusaders gave up a goal, the men regrouped and began to play like they have been playing all season. The men finished up that game with an impressive 8-1 win in front of an impressive fan base despite the heavy rains that picked up in the second half.
The Crusaders’ next home game is today at 5:30 against another local rival, Lord Fairfax Community College. Go Crusaders!
The Dining Services at Christendom College
Every morning before classes, afternoon after Mass, and evening before festivities, students flock to the St. Lawrence Commons to enjoy the wide variety of meals the Dining Services at Christendom College offer daily. Ranging from Specialty Bars, including the popular Deli Bar, to home-cooked favorites such as Meatball Subs or Pork Country Ribs, the Dining Staff never fails to satisfy students' hunger with meals that are both appetizing and unique.
The exceptional variety of meals offered ensures that every student is bound to find something that appeals to them, and the fact that each meal is cooked in Christendom's own kitchen—and not delivered in pre-wrapped packages—means that students can enjoy food that is fresh, healthy, and warm three times a day, as opposed to most universities' cold, repetitive mean plan.
If the particular meal of the day does not appeal to the students, there is an enticing salad bar offered every day at lunch, along with a tempting assortment of ice cream, cookies, and other desserts to take care of a sweet tooth. As described on the Dining Services website, "…there's something for everyone".
Christendom's Dining Services also take into account the special needs of each student by always having "No Meat Fridays" and by preparing special, individual meals for those with dietary restrictions (such as allergies to wheat and dairy).
But what really sets Christendom's Dining Services apart is the exceptional staff. Chef Dennis Paranzino, a former resort chef, has been planning and preparing meals for Christendom students for almost three years, and has shared that "it is a pleasure to work in this environment with a great supportive staff and administration." The staff truly works hard every day to provide students not only with delicious meals, but also with a clean, friendly environment. Quite a few students are employed by the College as kitchen staff, and can be seen serving food, washing dishes, and preparing materials before and after each meal.
It is obvious that everyone—from those cleaning tables to those making and serving the food—cares about each and every student, and strives to make every visit to the Commons as enjoyable as possible. For more information about Christendom's first-rate Dining Services, the meals offered, and to learn more about Chef Dennis, visit their website.