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
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.
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.
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
Madi is a Psychology major and History minor from Maple Glen, PA. In addition to her involvement in the Orientation program, she is a Research Assistant in CUA's Suicide Prevention Lab, where she is able to further her passion for the study and care of mental health. Madi is so excited to be able to contribute to Orientation this year as a Student Coordinator. She views the position as the ultimate way to give back to the CUA community, and she hopes to provide first year students and their families with a program that will imbue them with confidence in knowing that Catholic University isn't just a school, but a home. If she could impart any advice to incoming students, it would be: "Take every opportunity--whether it be in the classroom, with your friends, or in the city--and make the most of it, because you never know where you will find your passion. Be willing to take risks and step outside of your comfort zone, but don't forget that it's always okay to ask for help if you need it. Embrace your new home and new city for all it has to offer, and I promise you will have an incredible four years at CUA!"
Caroline is a History-Psychology double major from Westchester County, New York. Her favorite club is being a part of the Orientation Staff! Her other involvements include being a Research Assistant in the Childhood Cognitive, Affect, and Behavior Lab, Cardinal Ambassadors, and CUSTOS. She has been an Orientation Advisor for the past two years. Her advice for new students is, "Get ready for one of the biggest experiences of your life--college! Whether you love it here right away or are miserable from the minute you move in (like me), trust the decision you made to come here and embrace it. College is full of the best moments as well as some difficult ones. My advice to you is to take a deep breath, remember that everything will be okay, and open yourself to the newness."