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 

Steve Kreider - Director of Campus Activities

Steve returns to the Office of Campus Activities as the Director after previously serving from 2006-2015 in various roles in OCA. Since leaving OCA, he has been working at Anne Arundel Community College in the Office of Student Engagement working primarily with the student organizations providing leadership training, logistical and event planning support, and financial management. He is excited to return to OCA and CUA to serve as the Director of a great department and looks forward to getting back into the feel of everything CUA. Attending Penn State for his undergraduate degree and The University of Memphis for his graduate degree Steve has a variety of experiences including residence life, student conduct, leadership development, and of course campus activities. Outside of work Steve is very actively involved regionally and nationally with Ultimate Frisbee playing, coaching, and serving as a head referee for DC's professional team. Steve and his wife have 2 adorable puppies who want everyone to follow them on instagram at @taleswithwalter and @doodlewithlillian.

 

 Meet the Student Coordinators

Dante Nicotera

Olivia Davis

Dante is a senior double major in Biology and Psychological & Brain Sciences from Hanover, Massachusetts. In addition to Orientation, Dante can be found doing research in the Biology Department, giving tours as a Cardinal Ambassador, or playing saxophone in the Catholic University Wind Ensemble. As one of the Student Coordinators, Dante is excited to be able to help welcome the Class of 2023 to their new home at Catholic University. He has this advice for New Cardinals: "Catholic University is an incredible community full of people who are excited to get to know you and help you succeed. If there is ever a point that you seem lost or are unsure what to do, just reach out to someone. Everyone at Catholic- the Orientation Advisors, the Student Ministers, the Resident Assistants- are excited to and want to help! Lastly, make the most of your four days of Orientation. Talk to as many people as possible, go to all the events, get to know your student leaders; in no time you'll be calling Catholic University home."

Olivia Davis is a senior Psychology major from Bowie, Maryland. Along with Orientation, she loves to plan school events for Program Board and works in the Suicide Prevention Lab as a research assistant. Olivia is so excited to be a part of the Orientation Team as one of the 2019 Student Coordinators! She believes Orientation is the perfect way to start off your college career here at Catholic U. Our Orientation Advisors help first-year students forget some of their anxieties, step out of their comfort zone, and meet others by being their authentic selves. Liv's advice for new students is to "experience as much of Orientation as possible. You only get to go through Orientation once as a new student so do not miss out on anything! Do not be afraid to be yourself, have fun, and ask as many questions as you have. Orientation exists for a reason and that reason is to be there for you!"

 

 

Download the Catholic University App in early July to learn more about the 2019 Orientation Advisor Staff!