The Blue Mantle 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION | 2017-18
THE BLUE MANTLE CHRISTENDOM COLLEGE YEARBOOK 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION | 2017-18
CONTENTS YEAR IN REVIEW.....6
CAMPUS LIFE.....10 40TH ANNIVERSARY CONVOCATION.....16 DANCES.....24 CHRISTMAS AT CHRISTENDOM.....34 DORM WARS.....40 40TH ANNIVERSARY GALA.....43 SPRING FORMAL.....54
ATHLETICS.....56 VARSITY SPORTS.....58 BOXING BOUT.....66 INTRAMURALS.....67
HEADSHOTS.....68 FRESHMEN.....70 SOPHOMORES.....75 JUNIORS.....79 SENIORS.....84 FACULTY & STAFF.....90
GRADUATION.....94 MEET THE STAFF.....100 5
40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR IN REVIEW
Fr. Marcus Pollard was appointed as the new Head Chaplain.
New year, new student life staff: Christendom welcomed new dean of students Tim Judge and director of residence life Christa McMahon.
The 40th Anniversary year started well, with a new record enrollment of 493 students.
The newest (and largest) residence hall, St. Clare's, was blessed and dedicated by Bishop Michael Burbidge at the beginning of the year.
The 40th Anniversary Academic Convocation featured awards, remarks from special guests, and a fireworks spectacular to top it all off.
Dr. O'Donnell celebrated 25 years as president of the college on October 11th.
Once again, everyone took part in the annual March for Life in D.C.
A new biography on college founder Dr. Warren Carroll was released â€” the perfect reflection during the 40th Anniversary.
40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR IN REVIEW Ian Heisler threw a no-hitter for the Crusaders on opening day of the season for the baseball team.
Helena Briggs was named the USCAA student-athlete of the year.
The 40th Anniversary Gala in Washington D.C. was an elegant event, with remarks from Senator Rick Santorum, Francis Cardinal Arinze, and others.
Archduke Imre of Austria gave the final Major Speaker lecture of the year.
Founding faculty member Ray O'Herron retired after 40 years of service and was given an Honorary Doctorate during graduation weekend.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was the commencement speaker for Christendom's 39th graduation.
Chuck Norris (yes, THAT Chuck Norris) endorsed Christendom College in a new article.
The Crusaders made it to the semifinals of the Collegiate Rugby Championship, earning an appearence on ESPN.
Life at Christendom:
Orientat ion WEEKEND Diocese of Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge made his first official visit to campus to start the academic year.
Dr. Cuddeback leading hayride tours.
The senior class.
SAC won the annual RAs vs. SAC dodgeball game.
The Class of 2021. 15
Fr. Pollard welcomes students, faculty, staff, guests, and benefactors to the Academic Convocation.
Pro-life heroes Chris and Joan Bell were awarded the Pro Deo et Patria Medal.
Mother Assumpta Long was awarded the St. Catherine of Siena Award.
Dancing, dessert, and fireworks.
ACADEMIC LIFE 2017-18
Mr. O'Herron's final class. Thesis presentations. Robotics workshop with Mr. Fedoryka.
Thomistic Tuesdays. 18
Dr. Wunsch delivered the senior dinner lecture.
Fr. Robert Spitzer The Four Levels of Love
“It’s much easier to look for the bad news than for the good news. Instead of focusing on the bad, look for kindness. Look for the good news in others. This causes empathy. My point is: God died for you. He loves you that much.”
Dr. Janet Smith Humanae Vitae, 50 Years Later: Progress or Regress?
“The Church has realized that if it doesn’t fight for religious freedom in regard to contraception, it won’t be able to fight for any religious freedom. Places like Christendom would not be able to exist without Humanae Vitae.”
Archduke Imre 100 Years Later: Quo Vadis Europa?
“As Catholics, we have a duty, just as Blessed Karl showed us, not to remain passive, but to do all we can to work for the common good, to love God and our neighbor. It is our goal and it is your mission."
Major Speakers 20
St. Thomas Aquinas lecture w/ Rev. Stephen Brock.
Macbeth lecture w/ Dr. R.V. Young.
Musicam Sacram talk w/ Professor Jennifer Donelson.
Emotional Virtue talk w/ Sarah Swafford. Notre Dame Conference.
Marian lecture w/ Jack Lake.
Spirituality talks w/ Fr. Pollard.
Outside the Box talk w/ Sen. Rick Santorum. Thinkin' About Lincoln lecture w/ Dr. Michael Zuckert.
Fr. Joseph Mary Brown offered Mass on top of the mountain.
MASS on the
Alumna Marie Miller spoke about her path to music.
Alumni Shelagh Bolger and Mike Brown spoke on event planning.
Alumni John Clark and Matt Hadro spoke on journalism.
Alumnae Catherine McFadden and Margaret Luckey spoke on healthcare.
Alumni Francis Aul and Matthew Akers spoke on law.
One of the best parts of Life on Tap: the food.
Alumni Ben Ferri and Ben McMahon spoke on real estate.
Luau Night Italian Night
Back to School Dance
Alexandra's Dance Under the Stars
CHRISTENDOM'S GOT TALENT Music & Talent Nights Piano Night
Crusader Chamber Orchestra
Cup O' Coeli
Senior Benefit Concert
UPPER-UNDER FLAG FOOTBALL RESULT: UNDER WINS
EAST VS. WEST FLAG FOOTBALL RESULT: WEST WINS
POWDERPUFF FLAG FOOTBALL RESULT: S/S WINS
The halftime show: Ian vs. Ambrose in a dance-off.
Anthony Suess and Marcus Hynfield.
Christendom Players Present
Samuel Morales and Thomas Wilson.
John Howard and Charlotte Twetten.
ROM E Fall in the
This year's theme: A Christmas Carol.
Christmas at Christendom
SAC spent long days and nights setting up.
Campion Christmas Party.
Caroling in the library rotunda.
Seniors singing the annual Senior Carol.
Life at Christendom:
The March For LifE
The weather was gorgeous this year at the March.
T co h is m ye pe ar tit 's iv Do e r ga m m W e ar sh s ow th s. em
Minute To Win It Jeopardy
Dancing with the Stars
The Voice The Amazing Race
Minute To Win It
Sadie Hawkins A Festival of the Arts Students embraced the theme of the dance, creating costumes reflecting the arts.
Three of the remaining living college founders. Students and guests enjoyed dinner, remarks, and dancing at the historic Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
Saint Patrick's Day
Kilts, swords, and Irish songs â€” what more could you want?
St. Joseph's Day was an all-day event this year, with the procession occuring after the 11:30 a.m. Mass.
Saint Joseph's Day
Spring Semester in Rome
Ireland Mission Trip.
Dominican Republic Mission Trip.
Peru Mission Trip.
Damn Yankees! A C hr ist en dom Play e rs M us i c a l Pro duc ti o n
MYSTERY DINNER THEATER MURDER on board
THE SS MDT
LU N C H E O N
Joe McGlynn Award: John Paul Cook
William Luckey Award: William Skuba
Caitlin Bowers Award: Chloe Herrmann
Robert C. Rice Award: Morgan Witt
Outstanding Philosophy Major Award: John Martz
Warren Carroll Award: George Summers (in absentia)
William Marshner Award: Jack Lake
Outstanding Achievement in Latin Award: Luke Maschue
Outstanding Achievement in Greek Award: Emma Wynne
This year's Formal was held at nearby Trumpet Vines Farm.
Athlet ics 57
8-10 RECORD 38 GOALS SCORED #16 OVERALL 58
8-7 RECORD 65 GOALS SCORED #16 OVERALL 59
14-13 RECORD #15 OVERALL #7TH OVERALL, HITS PER SET (MICHAELA PENNEFATHER)
10-5-1 (15s), 12-4-1 (7s) RECORD #15 OVERALL REACHED SEMIS OF 7S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
5-12 RECORD 47.9 PPG #1 FT PCT (GRACE NYMAN) 62
The Crusaders played their first NCAA opponent on their home court, North Carolina Central.
5-12 RECORD 63.3 PPG #4TH PTS PER 40 MINUTES (LUKE SCHULTZ)
6-18 RECORD 107 RUNS NO-HITTER (IAN HEISLER)
The Wilson brothers.
5 WINS (11 GAMES PLAYED)
7 FRESHMEN (15-MAN ROSTER) 639 TOTAL POINTS 64
STATS 10-10 RECORD
257 RUNS #3 BATTING AVG. (SOPHIE ADAMS)
CROSS COUNTRY STATS
4 MEETS 4TH (MEN) AND 5TH (WOMEN) OVERALL, FROSTBURG INVITE
BOXING BOUT The Christ's Cross Boxing Club held its annual boxing match, the War on the Shores, in April.
Freshmen Evan Aiello
Jacob Mary-Catherine Altmanshofer Anderson
Isabella Di Falco
Sophomores Kyra Andersen
Olivia Di Falco
Mary Angela Giuntini
Maria Teresa Gonzalez
Mary Margaret Heisler
Lucy La Fave
Adela Carlos Pardo Gasque Pardo Gasque
Maria Guadalupe Ortega
Tommy Vander Woude
Juniors Margaret Adams
Nicolas Del Rosal
John Paul Janaro
Joseph D. Kelly
Joseph P. Kelly
Genevieve La Fave
Mary Katherine Mooney
Maria Rose Nyman
John Henry Willson
Seniors Francis Adams
John Paul Cook
Alexandra Di Falco
seniorcouples Kieran & Cynthia
Michael & Teresa
Richard & Danielle
Joe & Hannah
Matthew & Morgan
Will & Angela
Luke & Genna
Joe & Elise
Will & Michaela
Joe & Paulina
Luke & Jane
Alex & Jennifer
Joe & Bethany
Bobby J & Cecilia
Bobby & Fiona
J.D. & Dylan
Stephen & Sophie
Faculty & Staff Jeffrey Alban (Music)
Joseph Arias (Theology)
Andrew Armstrong (Library Director)
Douglas Briggs (Director of Computer Services)
Michael Brown (Philosophy)
Joseph Brutto (Political Science & Economics)
Timmy Cook (Residence Director)
David Costanzo (Philanthopy Officer)
Pete Crisman (Maintenance)
Vince Criste (Asst. Director of Alumni Relations)
Luke Fier (Controller)
Tim Flagg (Philanthropy Officer)
John Ken Englestad Ferguson (Maintenance) (Executive Vice President)
Carol Balint (French & Spanish)
Andrew Beer (Classics)
Bracy Bersnak (Political Science & Economics)
Klarissa Blank (Admissions Counselor)
Marilyn Charba (Director of Student Activities)
John Ciskanik (Exec. Director of Planned Giving)
John Cuddeback (Philosophy)
Douglas Dailey (Mathematics & Natural Science)
James DeFrancis (Theology)
Douglas Flippen (Philosophy)
Aileen Mike Foeckler Foeckler (Mathematics & (Vice President Natural Science) for Operations)
Miriam Susan Byers Cairns (Mathematics & (Food Services) Natural Science)
George Garrigan (Mathematics and Natural Science)
Allen Gheen (Food Services)
Amanda Graf (Director of Student Affairs)
Daniel Gutschke (Philosophy)
Michael Hahn (Theology)
Paul Jalsevac (Vice President for Advancement)
Walter Janaro (Registrar)
Eric Jenislawski (Theology)
Tim Judge (Dean of Students)
Patrick Keats (English Language & Literature)
Eleanor Kelly (Education)
Michael Kelly (History)
Mickey Krebs (Acquisitions Asst., Library)
Steven Kunath (Political Science & Economics)
Debbie Lamb (Food Services)
Christopher Lane (History)
Danielle Linda Lemieux Lively (Stewardship (Food Services) Coordinator)
Lisa Matt Jackie Marciano Marcolini Marcus (English (Director (Business Office) Language and of Careeer Literature) Development)
Cindy Martin (Chaplain's Asst.)
Sarah Leslie Mason Matthews (Donations (Advancement) Asst., Library)
Rafael Madan (Political Science and Economics)
Sharon Donald Hickson Higby (English (Executive Chef) Language and Literature)
Maribeth Kelly (Academic Success Coach)
Tom McFadden (Vice President for Enrollment)
Brendan McGuire (History)
Glen McLeod (Advancement)
Raymund O'Herron (Theology)
Rev. James O'Kielty (Assoc. Chaplain)
Katherine Ott (Rome Program Director)
Roseanne Podlinsek (Advancement)
Alisa Polk (Financial Aid Officer)
Mary Alice Rice (French)
Michael Rubin (Philosophy)
Christa Daniel Niall McMahon Mitchell O'Donnell (Director of (Asst. Director (Director, Residence Life) of Operations) Creative Services)
Timothy O'Donnell (President)
Roberta Karl Peer Petrick (Cataloging (Advancement) Asst., Library)
Sam Phillips (Director of Admissions)
Rev. Marcus Pollard (Chaplain)
Kurt Poterack (Music/Choir Director)
Patrick Quest (Athletic Director)
Ben Elizabeth Reinhard Rensch (English (Residence Language & Director, Rome) Literature)
Catherine Schneider (Associate Director of Admissions)
Adam Schwartz (History)
Vicki Seal (Food Services)
Brenda Seelbach (Executive Asst. to the President)
Stephen Pilon (Assoc. Librarian)
Christopher Shannon (History)
Alexandra Skuba (Residence Director)
Kelly Smith (Nurse)
Zachary Steven Smith Snyder (Public Relations (Philosophy) Specialist)
Edward Strickland (Classical and Early Christian Studies)
Michael Strickland (English Language & Literature)
Mark Turner (Residence Director, Rome)
Susie Twetten (Assoc. Philanthopy Officer)
Michael Valadez (Food Services)
Jessie Wines (Business Office)
Kelly Wing (Spanish)
Mark Wunsch (Academic Dean)
Craig Spiering (Asst. Director of Computer Service)
Mary Stanford (Theology)
Richard Carolyn Gregory Kevin Taylor Tharpe Townsend Tracy (Food Services) (Business Office) (Vice President (Classical and for Academic Early Christian Affairs) Studies)
Rev. Mark Wenzinger (Assoc. Chaplain)
Trey Stanford (English Language and Literature)
Matthew Tsakanikas (Theology)
Adam Bonnie Debbie Wilson Williams Williams (Student Billing (Business Office) (Director of Planned Giving) Officer)
Graduat io n
Fr. Paul Scalia celebrated the Baccalaureate Mass.
Alexandra Di Falco toasts the faculty.
Chloe Herrmann toasts the Mr. O'Herron becomes Dr. O'Herron. staff.
Fr. Scalia was awarded the St. Thomas More Medal.
Marygrace Tucker and her baby get The alumni children of the Class of 2018. ready for Commencement.
Emma Wynne was the salutatorian.
Chloe Herrmann was awarded the Student Achievement Award.
John Martz was the valedictorian. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the Commencement Address.
Meet the 40th Anniversary Yearbook Staff Editor-in-Chief: Zachary Smith Managing Editor-in-Chief (Fall): Nicole Feldman Managing Editor-in-Chief (Spring): Maria Pogue Campus Life Section Editor: Maria Pogue Athletics Section Editor: Sarah Ziegler Headshots Editor: Sarah Ziegler
Layout Designers: Benjamin Marsh, AJ Hill, Isabella Walsh, Nicole Feldman, Sarah Ziegler, Maria Pogue, Zach Smith Writer: Zach Smith Photographers: Tamlyn Sheng, Christiana Fedoryka, Krista Kosar, Milanna Fritz, Mary Katherine Mooney, Zach Smith, Niall O'Donnell, Benjamin Marsh, Nicole Feldman and Sarah Ziegler
From the Editor's Desk
Leaving Christendom for the summer was a challenge. Several of my classmates struggled to pack their stuff up. Not out of laziness, but rather because packing up meant saying goodbye. For the seniors, it was the end of a four year journey. Most of them will be travelling back home to begin hunting for a job and it will be some time before they are reunited with members of their class. The juniors watched the seniors receive their diplomas, realizing that it will be their turn in just one year and planning to make next year the best one yet. As the sophomores prepare for Rome, the reality will set in that the class will be separated for the next year or so. The freshmen, happy to be done with their first year at Christendom, are excited to be moving up in the ranks and to continue to grow as a class. Whether we were still tearing up because of Grace Mooney’s valedictorian address or because we were done with finals week, it was an emotional parting from the Front Royal campus. Christendom has that effect on its students. It has the ability to bring a group of people closer whether it be in the classroom, on the stage, on the field or court, or gathered together in the chapel. This academic year students have made many memories, more than can be captured in a single book. This past year, I, as well as many in the Christendom community, balanced a lot on my plate. I was the stage manager for both the fall play and the spring musical, played on the softball team, worked a campus job, and focused on my studies. Some days, I would question whether managing the yearbook was too much for me, but every time I came into the office to work on page layouts, I knew it wasn’t too much because I was doing what I love. I encourage those who will be returning to campus in the fall to get involved in the production of the yearbook. You will find it very rewarding when you have completed a spread and can submit it to an editor for review. The yearbook staff has the chance to take the memories that have been made over the past year and apply them to physical pages so they can be remembered for years to come. On that note, I would like to thank my wonderful staff for the work they put into this yearbook. This is a student run project that could not have been completed without you! As the campus prepares for it’s 40th anniversary this fall, many big things are on the horizon! Who knows what the year will hold- what new memories we will make, what new things we will learn, what new friends we will meet. All we know is that we will continue on, striving for greatness in all we do, because that is our Christendom legacy. I hope you enjoy looking through this snapshot of the past year’s memories, and we all will look forward to many exciting years to come.
Managing Editor-in-Chief (Fall)
the blue mantle: THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
Christendom College was founded under the patronage of Our Lady of Fatima in 1977, who has helped the college grow and flourish in the forty years since. When the Christendom College yearbook was first established in the 1980s, it took on the name "Blue Mantle" in honor of Our Lady. The yearbook would retain that name for a number of years, before the name changed simply to the "Christendom College Yearbook" later â€” a title that would stick through the 2012-13 academic year. For the yearbook's triumphant return in 2015-16, it was a no-brainer for the staff to bring the original name back as well, both as a tribute to the college's first yearbook staff and to the college's patroness as well.
IN FA I T H
B O L D LY
The "Blue Mantle," in its 1989 edition.
Y E A R S
The official college yearbook of Christendom College for 2017-18, featuring content celebrating the college's 40th anniversary.
Published on Aug 22, 2018
The official college yearbook of Christendom College for 2017-18, featuring content celebrating the college's 40th anniversary.