Alumni Achievement Awardees Announced

The Board of Governors of the Catholic University Alumni Association has announced that the following distinguished alumni will receive Alumni Achievement Awards at a campus luncheon on Saturday, April 17, 2010:

Meyer Chambers
Meyer Chambers, M.L.M. 1994
Founder of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Black Choir and recipient of the archdiocese’s Augustine Healy Award for his service work fostering educational opportunities and demonstrating faith and compassion
Jerry Filteau
Jerry Filteau, B.A. 1966, S.T.B. 1970
A Catholic News Service reporter from 1970 to 2007, known for his in-depth and authoritative reporting on the Church
Nancy Nielsen
Nancy Nielsen, M.S. 1967, Ph.D. 1970
Immediate past president of the American Medical Association and current senior associate dean for medical education at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Jim Phippard
Jim Phippard, B.A. 1954
USAID and ACDI/VOCA administrator who broke new ground in advancing enterprise and economic development in Africa and Eastern Europe

Photo: Beverly Rezneck
Sandra Robinson
Sandra Robinson, J.D. 1982
Immediate past president of the Civil Justice Foundation, in 2001 voted Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
Michelle Sakayan
Michelle Sakayan, M.Arch. 1993
Internationally renowned architect who helped design Oprah Winfrey’s school for girls in South Africa
Kathy Palomino
Kathy Palomino, B.M. 2003 —
Young Alumni Merit Award Recipient

Outstanding educator of learning-disabled students

The ceremony and luncheon take place in the Great Room of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, starting at 12:30 p.m. Everyone is invited; the price to attend is $50 per person. Register online at or by calling the alumni relations office at 202-319-5608 by April 7, 2010.

2010 Homecoming and Reunions Weekend

2010 Homecoming and Reunions graphic

Save the date: October 1–3 is the weekend we celebrate all things Catholic University. It’s also the date that the reunion classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000 and 2005 celebrate themselves! Reunions committees are being formed right now, so sign up to gather your classmates and friends and shape your reunion. E-mail Meghan Comey at to add your name to the list of class organizers.

Alumni Travel Club: Explore America’s National Parks

Grand Canyon

Las Vegas

Bryce Canyon


If 2010 is your year to stay closer to home, this classic Western U.S. experience is for you. If you haven’t yet visited America’s great parks, or if it has been some time since you have, our national parks trip is the best way to enjoy these national treasures.

This fantastic July 12–27 trip includes seven nights in national park lodges within Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion, and two nights in fabulous Las Vegas!

Here are some of the features included in the price of the trip:

  • 15 nights in deluxe, superior first-class, and first-class hotels, including the seven nights in official park lodges

  • 26 meals (15 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 2 dinners)

  • 19 sightseeing tours and cultural connections

  • All transportation via private deluxe motor coach with air-conditioning and restroom facilities

Price: $3,799, which includes airfare from Washington’s Dulles Airport. (For departures from other airports, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 800-288-ALUM.)

To reserve your place on this trip, call 1-800-322-6677 and reference group number G486-900. We hope you’ll come along!

KTG Alumnae Keep in Touch

2009 was a busy year for the sisters of Kappa Tau Gamma. In addition to welcoming 19 new sisters into the sorority, the alumni committee worked hard to keep in touch with sisters who have graduated and are bringing KTG’s mission of Christian service to the world. The sorority had a very successful Alumnae Tea in April 2009, and, once again, KTG was well represented at the Homecoming and Reunions Tent Party in October, sharing a table with alumni of the Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity.

To stay in touch with KTG, e-mail Rossanna Panara, KTG alumni chair, at She looks forward to hearing from fellow sisters!

Become a Career Ambassador —
Join the Cardinal Career Network

Have you ever thought, “If I only knew then what I know now …”? The Cardinal Career Network is a way that CUA alums can share the wisdom and perspective of their career experience with today’s CUA students … or with fellow alums. Whether you are sharing about your career, about a specific industry in your city, or about graduate school, you will make a tangible difference in the education and future of a fellow member of the CUA family.

To get started, go to the Office of Career Services home page ( and click on the Cardinal Career Network link. Once registered, you’ll be able to serve as a resource for students, as well as contact or be contacted by fellow alumni.

For those students and alumni looking for career information or advice, you can search for alumni career ambassadors by academic major, career field, job type, job title, company/organization name and geographic location. Career-enhancement tips, job-search strategies, career trends and information on companies are just a few of the benefits that await those who use the system.

Alumni Profile: One Woman’s Success Story

Carol Lynn Maillard
Photo: Dwight Carter

After graduating from CUA, singer and activist Carol Lynn Maillard, B.A. 1973, wasted no time putting her education to work as she made her dreams a reality. She helped found the a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock the same year she graduated. In the 37 years since, this extraordinary female vocal group has won a Grammy Award, been nominated for additional Grammys, and become a vital and innovative presence in the music culture of our nation’s capital and beyond.

Maillard’s career has been a marriage of her Catholic faith and her African-American heritage. Both of these elements have shone through her efforts with Sweet Honey in the Rock, whose name is derived from Psalm 81:16, which speaks of God’s promise to feed his people honey out of the rock. With co-founders Bernice Johnson Reagon, Louise Robinson and Mie, Maillard was a driving force in the formation of this group of African American women who boast a song repertoire steeped in the sacred music of the black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.

Maillard’s Catholic roots have impacted her professional endeavors, as she has been involved in a number of religious projects both on stage and onscreen. In 2000, she co-wrote and co-produced the score/songs for “The Nativity,” a Sweet Honey in the Rock music video for the American Bible Society.

When Sweet Honey in the Rock released its latest album, “Experience... 101,” The Washington Post hailed Maillard’s ability as a songwriter, noting that she “has a doo-wop-like knack for lacing a tune and a beat so tightly together that the song stays in your head long after the disc stops spinning.” — J.M.

CUA basketball player

Notre Dame Preseason Game

The Catholic University men’s basketball team takes on the Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame on Saturday, Nov. 6, as part of CUA’s celebration of its 100 years of basketball. Join the team, their parents and families, and fellow fans for a fun trip to Notre Dame that weekend. We’ll fly from Reagan National to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Saturday morning and travel by bus to South Bend. Tickets are limited in number and include airfare, bus, one-night hotel accommodation, tour of Notre Dame, game ticket, pre-game reception and Sunday brunch. Call the alumni office at 800-288-ALUM for details.