The Catholic University of America

Mission

The Orientation program facilitates the successful transition of new undergraduate students into Catholic University’s intellectual, social, and faith based communities; promotes student learning and development, encourages independence, and individual responsibility; and facilitates continued student success to graduation.

This is accomplished through programming that emphasizes the University’s academic and community expectations and social and developmental resources and opportunities.

Through personal connections with peer leaders, faculty, and administration, new students and their families will develop an introductory understanding and appreciation of the intellectual, social, and service opportunities available, and gain knowledge of campus and community resources

Vision

Affect the University's retention efforts through a model orientation program that helps students feel welcomed, connect with their new environment, explore their faith, understand expectations, and know where to seek support.

Establish a cohesive and comprehensive Cardinal Challenge program that more deeply explores what it means to be a student at CUA. Activities and programs will be directed toward student involvement, making connections with individuals and resources, academic success, and broadening student general knowledge of the University.

Sustain a rewarding student staff leadership experience that promotes interpersonal growth and development, and leads to an enhanced peer mentor relationship for new students.

Meet the Executive Staff

 Ana Lincoln, M.A.

 Assistant Director of Campus Activities
 Originally from Troy, Michigan; currently resides in Silver Spring, MD.
 
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  • Undergraduate degree from Hope College in Communication
  • Graduate degree from Bowling Green State University in College Student Personnel
  • Favorite class taken in college: World Religions
  • Favorite extracurricular activity in college: Orientation
  • Favorite thing to do at CUA: Spend time with students
  • Random fun fact: Has seven siblings
  • One thing to do before you graduate: Tour the monuments at night                                                       

 

Kathryn Jennings, M.Ed

 Associate Vice President for Student Engagement
 Originally from Pawcatuck, CT; currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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  • Undergraduate degree from Fordham University in Media Studies and Women’s Studies
  • Graduate degree from the University of Maine in Higher Education Administration
  • Favorite class taken in college: Twentieth Century Women Writers
  • Favorite extracurricular activity in college: New Student Orientation
  • Favorite thing to do at CUA: Meet and talk with students
  • Random fun fact: Spent a summer pulling lobster pots
  • One thing to do before you graduate: Go to all the Smithsonians

 

 Meet the Student Coordinators

 Caroline Eldridge

  Ally Morrison 

Caroline is a Senior Marketing major from Wellesley, Massachusetts. In addition to being involved with Orientation, she is also the President of Redline A Cappella and loves performing in shows with friends on campus. Caroline is thrilled to be one of this year's Orientation Student Coordinators, and advises incoming students to come into college confident and ready to take on the world. "This is a time in your life when you can take charge of your learning experience to study and do what you want in and out of the classroom. Take full advantage of this opportunity, and learn about things you've always been interested in but may not have had the time to explore. The possibilities are endless here at CUA and in Washington, DC!"
Ally is a Senior Accounting major from Cumberland, Maine. Her favorite extra curricular activity is Orientation. She also enjoys working with Best Buddies and spending time with her Buddy. On her first day of Orientation she introduced herself to President Garvey on accident... Here are a few words from one of this year's Student Coordinators, "Welcome to CUA! We are so excited to have you as a part of our community. These next four years are going to be filled with lots of ups and downs. Enjoy the ups and learn from your mistakes. Take yourself out of your comfort zone, if I hadn't done that I wouldn't be one of the Student Coordinators of Orientation. CUA is full opportunities for every student. CU soon!" 
 

 

 

Sarah Abel

Sarah is a Senior Nursing major from Phoeniz, AZ. Her favorite extracurricular activity is playing for the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Her advice to new students is, "Get involved in clubs and meet new people! Don't worry, everyone is just as nervous as you!"

 

Andrew Anderson

Andrew is a Senior Architecture major from Staten Island, NY. Andrew loves volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and participating in musical ministry. Here are a few words from Andrew to new students, "Welcome home! In these next four years you are going to have some of the most exciting and transformational times of your life! Study hard and make great friends, but most of all let your CUA experience help you grow closer to God in your faith."

 

Lizzy Andrew

Lizzy is a Junior Musical Theatre from Holland, Michigan. She loves performing for Centerstage Theatre Company at CUA. Her advice to new students is, "Don't feel like you need to give up the life you've known to fully appreciate this new life you're entering into."

 

MaryGrace Bangs

Mary Grace is a Senior Nursing major from Canton, Connecticut. She loves playing frisbee for the CUA Women's team. Her advice to new students is, "Be open to change, and make a point to step out of your comfort zone and try new things."

 

Madison Bell

Madi is a Junior Psychology major from Maple Glen, Pennsylvania. She loves being a Reseach Assistant in the Suicide Prevention Lab here at CUA. Her advice to new students is, "Never be afraid to reach out for help when you need it. Take advantage of every new opportunity you can."

 

Billy Braungart

Billy is a Sophomore Biology major from Niskayuna, New York. He is a member of the CUA Men's Lacrosse team. His advice to new students is, "Do not be nervous about starting school and being away from home. CUA does an amazing job helping students and parents deal with the transition of high school to college."

 

 

Teddy Bridgeman

Teddy is a Junior Marketing major from Scituate, Massachusetts. She loves going into the city in her free time. Her advice to new students is, "Be really open minded about Catholic and Orientation, and your transition into the CUA will be wicked easy and awesome."

 

Grace Brodeur

Grace is a Junior Mechanical Engineering major from Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She loves biking around the city in her free time. Her adivce to new students is, "Take as much advantage of the city while you can! The years fly by when you're here."

 

Katie Broshek - Team Captain

Katie is a Junior Psychology major from Huntington, New York. She loves being a part of Orientation and Best Budies here at CUA. Her advice to new students is, "Come into everything with an open mind! There are so many new opportunities and adventures to experience! Everyone is in the same boat, so don't be nervous to jump in!"

 

Jess Bruno

Jess is a Sophomore Architecture major from Broomall, Pennsylvania. She loves doing Yoga. Her advice to new students is, "Take advantage of being surrounded by new people. That one person that you go up and introduce yourself to could make the biggest impact on your life."

 

 

Theresa Button - Team Captain 

Theresa is a Junior Psychology major from Talahasee, Florida. She loves playing for the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Her advice to new students is, "Have a positive attitude and everything will work out."

 

Grayce Byrnes

Grayce is a Junior Nursing major from Charlotte, North Carolina. She loves working with Habitat for Humanity here at CUA. Her advice to new students is, "Go in with an open mind, its easy to close yourself off but the more you put in the more you get out."

 

 

Steph Cardonne

Steph is a Sophomore Accounting major from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. She loves building with CUA's Habitat for Humanity. Her advice to new students is, "Make sure to find a balance with school, activities, friends, etc. Too much of anything isn't good because you don't want to burn out."

 

Emily Carey

Emily is Sophomore History major with a minor in Asian Studies. She loves to dance and do service work. Her advice to new students is, "Take a deep breath, and be open to everything because college is full of unexpected surprises. Don't be afraid to say no to things; that's how to save you from stress."

 

 

James Carroll - Team Captain

James is a Senior Mechanical Engineering from Richborough, Pennsylvania. He loves chilling and finding new adventures in his free time. His advice to new students is, "Come in with a open mind and there will be something for you here."

 

Danielle Caruccio

Danielle is a senior Mechanical Engineering major from West Milford, New Jersey. In her free time she loves to run and explore DC. She wants new students to know that they "shouldn't be afraid to try new things and branch out. Adjusting to college life isn't always easy, but there are so many people here to help you along the way.

 

Jimmy Cassidy - Team Captain 

Jimmy is a Junior Media Communication Studies major from Pasadena, Maryland. He loves to write in his free time. His advice to new students is, "Give everything a chance! College is a very formative time in your life and it's important to be open-minded before discovering your passions."

 

Grace Castro

Grace is a Junior Mechanical Engineering major from Narragansett, Rhode Island. She loves playing for the CUA Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Her advice to new students is, "Take every momeny in, whether its the late nights studying with friends or the Pryz lunches that last long enough to turn into dinner. Your time here will fly by, so enjoy the little things."

 

Natalie Chiappetta

Natalie is a Junior Vocal Performance major from Medford, NJ. She loves sining for Take Note Acapella. Her advice to new students is, "Be open to new ideas! Have fun, and be yourself! GET INVOLVED!"

 

Joe Cihak

Joe is a senior Accounting major from Corvallis, Oregon. He loves being a part of the CUA Swim team. He wants to remind first years, "Don't stress. This is an important step."

 

Kate Connolly

Kate is a Junior Psychology major from Needham, Massachusetts. She loves to visit the Smithsonian Museums. Her advice to new students is, "Don't be nervous going into college, everyone is in the same boat."

 

Claire Conway 

Claire is a Junior Marketing major from Spring City, Pennsylvania. She loves being a member of Program Board. Her advice to new students is, "Be open minded. Take part in all the activities offered."

 

Daniel Cooley

Daniel is a Senior History major from Benicia, California. He loves playing volleyball in his free time. His advice to new students is, "Make use of all the resources Orientation has to offer! It's a great time to explore the school."

 

Alex Davis

Alex is a Sophomore Musical Theatre major form Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He loves participating in music ministry in his free time. He wants first years to know, "Don't stress out too much and have fun. It's a big change, but a good change."

 

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Mary Delaney

Mary is a Sophomore International Business major with a French minor. She loves to go hiking in her free time! Her advice to new students is, "Take advantage of Orientation. While you may be nervous or shy, Orientation is a time where everyone is in the same exact boat so it is the easiest time to make new friends, learn more about your new home, and get adjusted!"

 

Peter Duval

Peter is a Senior Finance major from Franklin, Massachusetts. His favorite extracurricular activity is Habitat for Humanity. His advice to new students is, "Get involved as often and as early as possible and call home."

 

Ruric Ellings

Ruric is a Sophomore Politics major from Seattle, Washington. He loves tossin' the frisbee in his free time. His advice to new students is, "CUA is filled with understanding and supportive people - DO NOT STRESS about fitting in and being accepted."

 

David Fisher

David is a Junior Accounting major from Highland, Maryland. He loves singing for Take Note Acapella. His advice for incoming students is, "Everyone at Orientation is in the same boat - so jump in and introduce yourself to everyone! Keep an open mind and a big smile!"

 

Kate Foster

Kate is Sophomore Nursing major from Northborough, Massachusetts. She loves, exploring the city, laughing and spending time with friends. Her advice to new students is, "Welome to such an amazing place! Do not be afraid because everything will work out okay and the way it should!"

 

Rachel Garfield 

Rachel is a Sophomore Exploratory Business major from Detroit, Michigan. She loves being a part of the Business Women's Council. Her advice to new students is, "Everyone is a mess this week (Orientation Weekend and the first week of school) and that's fine. CUA will feel like home really soon."

 

Ben Giltner 

Ben is a Junior International Business major from Akron, OH. He loves exploring DC in his free time. His advice to new students is, "Be open to new experiences, and jump in with both feet first."

 

Marlene Giron Bravo

Marlene is a Senior Biology major from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She loves dancing in her free time. Her advice to new students, "Find the perfect balance between school and play, and sey academic/ career goals for yourself from the start because they can help you stay focused on what's important."

 

Morgan Gluck 

Morgan is a Senior Nursing major from Mount Airy, Maryland. She loves playing for the CUA Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. She wants new students to remember that, "CUA has a place for everyone. Welcome home!"

 

Grace Gosnear 

Grace is a Junior Secondary Education and Music double major from Wayne, Pennsylvania. She loves singing. Her advice to new students is, "Trust each other and yourselves! College is an incredible experience, love every second!"

 

Alissa Gutierrez 

Alissa is a Junior Politics and Psychology major from Queens, New York. She loves being a member of Habitat for Humanity here at CUA. Her advice to new students is, "Have an open mind and an open heart, and approach CUA as an opportunity for growth and adventure!"

 

Caroline Hall - Team Captain

Caroline is a Junior History and Psychology from Westchester, New York. Her favorite extracurricular activity is Orientation. Her advice to new students is, take a, "deep breath. Everything will be alright."

 

 

Allie Harper 

Allie is a senior Elementary Education from Owings, Maryland. Outside of class Allie realy likes dancing. She wants new students to know that, "We are all a family here at CUA and so excited to welcome you!

 

Jimmy Harrington  

Jimmy is a Sophomore International Economics and Finance major with a Math minor from Chicago, Illinois. He loves being a part of the Student Government Association (SGA) here at CUA. His advice to new students is, "Embrace the amazing experience you're about to embark on, be who you want to be and love it."

 

Finbar Kantor

Finbar is a Junior Music and Economics major from Scarsdale, New York. He loves being on the CUA Men's Frisbee team. His advice to new students is, "Don't worry about finding friends, and don't change for people. You will always find your people in college."

 

Rose Klein

Rose is a Sophomore Nursing major from Fredericksburg, Maryland. She loves, drinking coffee, laughing and ROTC. Her advice to new students is, "Don't be afraid to be yourself and have fun!"

 

Cameron Konyak 

Cameron is a Sophomore Bio-Medical Engineering major from Pittsgrove, New Jersey. Her favorite extracurricular activity is being a Card(inal) and Student Government Association. Her advice to new students is, "Though this transition may be difficult at times, you will always find your twig in the nest that is the Catholic University of America."

 

Alex Law 

Alex is a Junior Elementary Education major from Yardley, Pennsylvania. She loves dancing with Pure Alignment. Her words of wisdom for new students are, "Never stop meeting new people. This school is filled with such awesome and kind people."

 

Sarah Lynch

Sarah is a Sophomore Marketing major from Smithtown, NY. She loves playing for the Women's Ultimate Frisbee team and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity. Her advice to new students is, "Get involved, try something new, go on an adventure and most importantly, have fun! Thats the best way to meet exciting people and start creating amazing memories."

 

Kathleen Malcotti 

Kathleen is a Junior Elementary Education major from Eldersburg, Maryland. She loves playing Rugby. Her advice to new students is, "Don't be afraid to jump in and try new things. You never know who you might meet or what you might like."

 

Briana Marcinauskis 

Briana is a Sophomore Marketing major from Shelton, Connecticut. She loves watching Netflix in her free time. Her advice to new students is, "Be open to new experiences but hold on to what makes you, you."

 

Bryna Masarik - Team Captain 

Bryna is a Senior Marketing major from Neptune, New Jersey. She loves drawing in DC in her free time. Her advice to new students it, "People come and go throughout college. Live in the moment and enjoy the little time you will have here! It's an amazing experience, and I can almost guarantee that any emotion you are feeling is shared by the rest of the incoming first year students."

 

Emily McGuire 

Emily is a Sophomore Exploratory major from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She loves playing frisbee for the Women's team here at CUA. Her advice to new students is, "Don't worry because I promise you everyone at Orientation is going through the same thing. Remember to be yourself and keep an open mind!"

 

Erin McNulty 

Erin is a Junior English major from Silver Lake, Ohio. She loves being a part of the CUA Cross Country team. Her advice to new students is, "Don't be afraid to be yourself and try to get to know other first year students. You will feel more confident in yourself and you might just meet your new best friend!"

 

Paige Melley 

Paige is a Sophomore Marketing major from Merrick, New York. She loves being a member of Toastmasters International here at CUA. Her advice to knew students is, "Even if you are nervous do not worry! You will find your niche and thrive!"

 

 Anna Mohler

Anna is a Senior Elementary Education major from Virginia Beach, Virginia. She loves being of Custos, the CUA spirit organization. Her advice to new students is, "Keep an open mind; college is all about trying new things and new expereinces! Takeadvantage of everything CUA has to offer."

 

Kevin Motylinski 

Mots is a Senior Mechanical Engineering Major from Shamong, New Jersey. He loves being a part of the CUA Men's Frisbee team. His advice to new students is, "Find new things and when you find one you like stay with it. Things like friends, and fun will come naturally."

 

Jax Mullen

Jax is Senior International Relations major from Seattle, Washington. She loves to do trapeze artistry in DC. Her words of wisdom for new students are, "Be loving to one another! This is a new phase of life for all of you. Get excited for a totally new adventure."

 

Fiona Mulroe 

Fiona is a Junior Nursing major from Montclair, New Jersey. Her favorite extra-curricular activity is Gaels Irish Dance. Her advice to new students, "Every single person is nervous; don't let it hold you back. Make friends in your Learning Community, you're going to see them everyday."

 

Jack Mundy 

Jack is a Senior Psychology and Hispanic Studies major from Lake Grove, New York. His favorite thing to do outside of class is Program Board. His advice to new students is, "Something my Dad told me on move-in day was this: "Literally every single person is in the same new situation." So don't fret, be open, and love the possibilities of starting a new stage in your life!"

 

Bella Okiye 

Bella is a Junior Biochemistry and Hispanic Studies major from St. Thomas, Virginia Islands. Her favorite extracurricular activity is volunteering. Her advice to first years is, "Take a deep breath, I promise everything will be great."

 

Hannah Paul 

Hannah is a Sophomore Social Work and Psychology major from St. Louis, Missouri. She loves going to the Friday Nights with House. Her advice for new students is, "Don't feel rushed to adjust to CUA - it's going to take time no matter what, so be patient with yourslf and surround yourself with people who you think will help you grow."

 

Maria Pera 

Maria is a Sophomore Chemistry major from Haddonfield, NJ. Her favorite thing to do is sleep. Her advice to new students is, "Keep an open mind."

 

Bailey Piazza 

Bailey is a Senior Politics major from Harleysville, Pennsylvania. She loves searching for great restaurants in D.C. on Instagram and then trying them out. Her advice to new students is, "Take a risk! You just might make the best decision of your life; if not, it will make for a great story down the road."

 

Brie Pickeral

Brie is a Senior Secondary Education and English major from Huntingtown, Maryland. She loves dancing and horseback riding. She wants new students to know that they should, "take full advantage of all the opportunities Orientation gives you. Do as much as you cna to be involved in the CUA Community."

 

Megan Reilly 

Megan is a Sophomore Marketing major from Yardley, Pennsylvania. She loves being a member of Program Board. Her advice to new students is, "Don't worry! No matter how overwhelming this whole experience may feel, you're going to find a crazy, loving community here at CUA."

 

Susie Reiter 

Susie is a Sophomore Social Work major from Annapolis, Maryland. She loves laughing, Netflixing, and swimming. Her advice to new students is, "Remember that this is an incredibly exciting time an don't be too nervous! Everything is going to work out!"

 

Christina Revilla Chacon 

Christina is a Sophomore Politics major from Weymouth, Massachusetts. She loves playing tennis in her free time. Her advice to new students is, "It might seem scary and nerve racking at first, but the second you step on campus everyone at CUA makes it seem like home."

 

Wendy Reyes - Team Captain 

Wendy is a Junior Biomedical Engineering major from Silver Spring, Maryland. She loves working in the Office of Campus Activities and being on the Orientation team. Her advice to new students is, "Worrying over whether you chose the correct major or the best school for you is okay. Come to college with an open mind and little stress because things will work out."

 

Virginia Reynolds 

Virginia is a Junior Media and Communications Studies major from Houston, Texas. She loves to eat, go on adventures and PBS Documentaries. Her advice to new students is, "This is a great opportunity to discover what you love and what strikes your passion. It's okay to be nervous, but don't let it slow you down."

 

Becca Rizkalla 

Becca is Junior Psychology major from Germantown, Maryland. She loves to hang out with her friends. She wants first years, "To be open to new experiences and do not be shy to meet new people."

 

Mary Schmitt

Mary is a Sophomore Business Exploratory major from South Bend, Indiana. She loves exploring DC while eating at any new restaurant that looks good! Her advice to new students it, "Don't be afriad about leaving home, CUA became my home quickly in the best way. Everyone else is in the same place, so go out there and have fun."

 

 

Meg Seery  

Meg is a Junior Nursing major from Worcester, MA. She loves being a part of Program Board. Her advice to new students is, "Be open to new experiences and meeting new people!"

 

MaryKate Selgrath 

MaryKate is a Junior Architecture and Civil Engineering major from Horsham, Pennsylvania. She loves to go snowboardin. Her advice to new students is, "Be open to new ideas, new people and new opportunites."

 

Sarah Stearn 

Sarah is a Sophomore Elementary Education from Medford Lakes, New Jersey. She likes to spend time with friends and family. Her advice to new students is, "Don't worry - everyone's a little nervous! relax and have fun!"

 

Matt Suhosky 

Matt is a Junior Politics major from Huntingtown, Maryland. He loves giving tours to prospective students. His advice to new students is, "Have an open mind and stay positive and your college experience will be awesome."

 

Ted Tiu

Ted is a Sophomore politics major from Metuchen, New Jersey. He is on the Men's Tennis team here at CUA. His advice to new students is, "Meet as many people as you can and try new things! You may end up finding your best friends and doing the things you love!"

 

Christine Tomasic

Christine is a Junior Electrical Engineering major from Columbia, Maryland. She loves playing for the CUA Women's Ultimate Frisbee team. Her advice to new students is, "Come with an open mind and a great attitude and you will have the best time at CUA!"

 

Victoria Turner 

Victoria is a Sophomore Exploratory major (Leaning towards Social Work) from Yardley, Pennsylvania. She loves being a part of the CUA Track Team. Her advice to new students is, "Don't be nervous. Everything will fall into place! Be yourself and have an open mind."

 

Laurel Van Scoy 

Laurel is a Senior Architecture major from Denver, Colorado. She loves playing ultimate frisbee for the CUA Women's team. Her advice to new students is, "Keep an open mind, and don't be afraid to ask questions."

 

Anthony Vincent 

Anthony is a Sophomore Nursing major with a minor is Spanish for Healthcare from Pennsville, NJ. He loves being a member of Redline Acapella. His advice to first year students is, "Don't be afraid to get involved on campus. CUA offers so many clubs and activities that everyone can make great friends while doing something that you are passionate about."

 

James Walsh - Team Captain 

James is a Junior Civil Engineering major from Nesconset, New York. He loves playing for the CUA Men's Ultimate Frisbee team. His advice to new students is, "College is full of opportunities, be open to everything. The transition is never easy, look to student leaders for advice, we're not only here to help but to be a friend as well."

 

Cahlia Walton 

Cahlia is a Senior International Business from Mount Vernon, New York. She loves dancing with Pure Alignment and working with Dream Team. Her advice for new students is, "Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Everyone is in the same position as you the first year, so you won't be judged for anything and you won't regret expanding your horizons!"

 

Ella Wermuth 

Ella is a Sophomore Nursing major from Green Township, New Jersey. She loves playing basketball in her free time. Her advice to new students is, "Call your parents, you will need them. Be open minded to new experiences."

 

Brie Zschech 

Brie is a Senior International Business and German Studies dual major from Haddonfield, New Jersey. She loves to paint and do arts and crafts in her free time. Her advice to new students is, "Be you. Because there is no one like you and that is awesome to own."