A Message from the President
I am writing to announce the formation of the Association of Students at Catholic Colleges. I hope that you will consider joining the ASCC. As a member, you will have the option to receive the Cardinal Newman Society’s Higher Education Alert and periodic updates from the ASCC.
The Cardinal Newman Society sponsors the National Association of Students at Catholic Colleges (ASCC) to foster networking and fellowship among students engaged in Church renewal and strengthening the religious identity of Catholic colleges and universities in the United States.
At many Catholic colleges and universities, students are actively engaged in promising efforts to strengthen the religious identity of their institutions and develop a campus life conducive to Christian living. The Cardinal Newman Society has identified dozens of Catholic campus groups across the country with widely varying approaches: Bible studies, Eucharistic adoration societies, campus newspapers, and community service groups, among others. The Cardinal Newman Society finds in these groups great promise for the renewal of Catholic campus life.
However, these groups suffer similar problems. These groups often enjoy vibrant leadership one year but lack such leadership the next. Student leaders often have little experience or training in club leadership, organizing events, and recruiting members. Student leaders also lack communication and fellowship with other faithful Catholic students on their campuses and at other institutions.
I believe that a national association is needed to foster communication and fellowship among Catholic student leaders, provide training and resources for successful leadership, and assist students nationwide to replicate successful models of student activity on their own campuses.
I hope you will join us in our efforts to renew Catholic campus life, one student at a time.
Thomas P. Harmon
President, Association of Students at Catholic Colleges
Gonzaga University ’03
The Cardinal Newman Society’s national association of students, the Association of Students at Catholic Colleges (ASCC) is designed to serve students at Catholic colleges and universities interested in preserving and building up the Catholic identity at their schools through a
variety of means.
The organization assists in fostering collaboration among existing groups and individual students at Catholic institutions throughout the country and acts to help students found groups concerned with living the Catholic faith in a way that is faithful to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church and guided by the Apostolic Constitution on Higher Education, Ex Corde Ecclesiae.