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Honors Program News

Fall 2014

Two first-year Honors students have dived right into University life by participating in the Drama Department's performance of King Oedipus.  Helen Gorman and Joseph Weber lended their talents to making the show a great success.  You can check out both King Oedipus and more offerings at


Spring 2014

In the recent restoration of Pool, a painting by former CUA teacher Kenneth Noland, and its installation in Mullen Library, two Honors students and junior art history majors provided integral assistance. Charles Lavallee and Elizabeth Denholm researched Noland, his work, and his contributions to CUA in order to create the wall label that accompanies and explains the piece. You can see the fruit of their work alongside the painting in Mullen Library. Read more here.

Honors faculty member and English professor Dr. Tobias Gregory has been awarded a research fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in order to research John Milton's writings on the subject of liberty. Congratulations, professor!

Honors faculty members Dean Andrew Abela and Dr. Joseph Capizzi have recently released a new book entitled, A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching. This much-anticipated work promises to explore the demanding moral issues of today's business world.

Honors alumnus Ben Cunis, member of CUA's class of 2006, received a nomination for a Helen Hayes Award in Outstanding Movement, Resident Play, for his work on “The Three Musketeers” at Synetic Theater. See the full story here.

Dr. John Grabowski, an Honors faculty member and associate professor of theology and religious studies, has been appointed to serve as a theological adviser to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family and Youth from 2014 to 2016. This is his second time serving in this capacity.

Rev. Michael Witczak, an Honors faculty member and associate professor of theology and religious studies, has been appointed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity as a member of the Roman Catholic team for dialogue with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The commission met Jan. 8 to 12 in Nashville, Tenn., to begin a five-year discussion on the topic “Christians: Formed and Transformed by the Eucharist.”

Fall 2013

Honors sophomore psychology major Kateri Noble presented a poster at a conference for The Association for the Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies in Nashville, Tennessee. Her poster was titled, “Pretreatment Neuroticism and Psychological Inflexibility as Predictors of Outcome following a Mindfulness Intervention for Stress.” Kateri presented and fielded questions for an hour, and also got to meet some eminent psychologists. She was sponsored by a scholarship from the Merkel Fund. Congratulations, Kateri!

Honors faculty member Dr. Nora Heimann was interviewed about sacred art on college campuses in Our Sunday Visitor. You can find her insights here

Dr. Leslie Tentler's article, "Notown: The Detroit I Knew Is Gone," was featured in Commonweal.

A new Honors course offered in spring 2013, developed by Dr. Nora Heimann (Department of Art) and Dr. Andrew Weaver (School of Music) and entitled "The Mortal and Divine in Art and Music," was featured in the Summer issue of CUA Magazine. You can read the article here.

Rev. Regis Armstrong, O.F.M. Cap., a professor of Honors Theology, offers a reflection on the pope's new encyclical, Lumen Fidei.

Spring 2013

Honors graduate and physics major Tara Lakeman was recently featured in CUA News for her participation in Christian music group Full Armor, as well as her continuing education in graduate school at SUNY Buffalo.  Read the full article here.

Honors senior Brendan Duffy was awarded a Fullbright English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea for 2013-2014. Congratulations, Brendan! Read his Success Story here.

Honors sophomores Audra Nakas and Schultz McLean were featured in USA Today College as they eloquently shared their thoughts on the March for Life.

Honors faculty member Dr. Andrew Abela has been named the first dean of CUA's new School of Business and Economics. Read more in the news release here. Also, Dr. Abela was quoted speaking about the school's unique virtue-based business approach in the Wall Street Journal!

Dr. Kevin Forbes, Honors faculty member and associate professor of business and economics, delves into the fascinating effects of solar storms.

How should our country save Catholic school education? Dr. John Convey, an Honors faculty member who holds the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chair in Education, explores the answers. Check it out here.

Honors faculty member Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, also an associate professor of international relations, was highlighted by Vatican Radio as an expert on peace building.

Fall 2012

Congratulations to Senior Kristen Johnson, who was featured in the December 2012 issue of The Biochemist for her summer work with Dr. Greg Miller at CUA.

Sophomore Victor David was recently highlighted by CUA Press for his work in reinstating a pep band at the school.  Way to go, Victor!   

Congratulations to Class of 2012 graduate and University Scholar Helen Marie Berg, who has been awarded a Fulbright ETA to teach English in Turkey next year! 

Honors faculty member Dr. Claudia Bornholdt has successfully introduced a European Studies Certificate program at CUA; read more information about the initiative at Public Affairs.

Dr. Andrew Abela, a member of the honors faculty and the Chair of the Department of Business and Economics, recently delivered a talk at the Third International Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Economics and Business.

Two UHP faculty members, Andrew Weaver (Music) and Stephen Wright (English) were recently honored by Provost James Brennan and President John Garvey for excellence in teaching.  Read the news release here.

Dr. Stefania Lucamante, a member of the honors faculty, organized a Davy Carozza International Conference entitled "Elsa Morante and the Italian Arts" in October 2012, which focused on various aspects of the contemporary novelist's works.

Three UHP faculty members participated in a panel called "The Catholic Vote" in September: William Dinges, professor of theology and religious studies; Matthew Green, associate professor of politics; and Stephen Schneck, professor of politics, director of CUA’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, and acting dean of the National Catholic School of Social Service.

In a September lecture series dedicated to CUA Philosopher Rev. Kurt Pritzl, four Honors faculty members participated by delivering lectures: Jean DeGroot, Kevin White, Therese-Ann Druart, and Timothy Noone.