In mid-March, when Catholic University moved all classes online for the remainder of the semester, faculty, staff, and students had to get creative in finding ways to connect and advance learning in new ways.
The University’s annual Research Day and the Department of Drama’s production of Measure for Measure went online. Professors and students found ways to connect with each other outside of classroom hours, attending online prayer or meeting up for virtual lunch dates. Classes shifted their focus to the real-world implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty found new ways to engage students, and students found new ways to study and to socialize.
The University community also has continued to give back during the pandemic. A biology professor offered non-exclusive, royalty-free licenses to patents related to his research on viruses and vaccines while an engineering professor designed solutions for the shortage of medical equipment. The nursing school and the Environmental Health and Safety office donated personal protective equipment to area hospitals. The Office of Campus Ministry created digital resources for students, faculty, and staff who both need assistance and are looking for ways they can provide assistance to others. Law students have continued to provide pro bono services to their communities.
The stories below highlight this creativity, and speak to the innovation of the University’s faculty, staff, and students during a time of uncertainty.
In the theatrical world, where boundaries can be fluid, actors sometimes help other actors play a role. Just ask Danny Beason, M.F.A. 2018, who has been helping faculty members in the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) adjust to teaching in the virtual environment.Learn More
President John Garvey and Chancellor Archbishop Wilton Gregory conferred degrees on 2020 graduates of The Catholic University of America in virtual ceremonies on May 16, 2020.Learn More
As Catholic University quickly moved to a virtual learning experience in the second half of the spring semester, the Conway School of Nursing faced unique challenges.Learn More
Students in the School of Architecture and Planning have been studying how their homes are affecting their emotions and cognitive abilities.Learn More
Staff members from the Center of Career and Academic Success have adapted their operations to help students during their switch to virtual learning.Learn More
Catholic University's Library and Archives are collecting reflections related to the COVID-19 pandemics from students, faculty, staff, and alumni for inclusion in the historical record.Learn More
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be illuminated with blue this week, as part of the national “Light it Blue” campaign to show support for frontline healthcare workers.Learn More
The COVID-19 pandemic presented Allan Laino, conductor of the University Singers, with a challenge. He needed to replace the three weekly class meetings of the University Singers with a virtual experience.Learn More
Catholic University education majors have received a lesson in adaptability this semester as their student teaching placements have moved to virtual classrooms.Learn More
Catholic University Law students are volunteering their time and skills in a variety of pro bono projects during the COVID-19 pandemic.Learn More
Catholic University's annual celebration of the amazing array of research being conducted by students, faculty, and staff was presented for ther first time as a fully online event.Learn More
Faced with a global pandemic of staggering dimensions, some Catholic University professors are asking themselves: “What can we learn from this?”Learn More
The Busch School of Business hosted their first online CEO lecture with alumnus Jeff Cherry B.A. ‘82, M.A. ‘85, founder and executive director of Conscious Venture Lab on April 7.Learn More
A group of students from the Conway School of Nursing is working to sew fabric masks to be donated to nursing alumni working on the front lines to treat patients with COVID-19.Learn More
For the past two years, History Professor Lawrence Poos has tried to engage his students’ senses while teaching a course on Global Food History.Learn More
Rev. Ignacio de Ribera-Martin, assistant professor in the School of Philosophy, is just one out of the many professors at Catholic University finding ways to ease the transition to online classes for students during the coronavirus pandemic.Learn More
Livestreamed Masses are just one of the many ways the Office of Campus Ministry is working to keep the University community spiritually connected during the coronavirus outbreak.Learn More
A 2015 graduate of the Conway School of Nursing recently shared her personal account of working as charge nurse in an emergency room during the coronavirus pandemic and how her experiences at Catholic University are helping her to become a better nurse.Learn More
The Busch School of Business’ Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship is committed to supporting small businesses during these trying times by offering one-on-one coaching, virtual workshops, newsletters, and virtual happy hours to help navigate through the crisis.Learn More
After all classes were moved online for Catholic University students, the Conway School of Nursing gathered the personal protective equipment from their nursing skills laboratory and delivered it to Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md.Learn More