Christopher Newport UniversityMay 2011 
In This Issue
86th Commencement Exercises
CNU Sports
CNU in Top Three for Book Drive
CNU Music Continues to Soar
Chapel Construction Begins
TheaterCNU Announces New Season
Ferguson Center Announces Season
50 Alumni to Be Honored
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I welcome your advice, suggestions and questions. Let me know how we can do better or where we fall short of expectations. 

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50th Gala Celebration

CNU is celebrating our 50th anniversary  throughout 2011-12.  

Please join us on Sunday, Sept. 18,   for   



 Gala Celebration.     

Join the university family for a festive evening of live performances and elegant dinning.


We've had an amazing year at CNU. I want to share some of the incredible images from Commencement, exciting news about our programs and wish you a happy Memorial Day weekend!   

CNU Celebrates 86th Commencement

 Capt. Hat

More than 10,000 people were in attendance as the sun burst through gray skies when CNU celebrated Commencement on Sunday, May 15, at POMOCO Stadium.  Over 1,000 graduates, the largest class in CNU history, took part in the ceremony.  


Honors Convocation

CNU faculty, honorees and their families gather in the Ferguson Center for the Arts for the Latin Honors Convocation. 

John Conrad

CNU Rector John Conrad welcomes the commencement audience.

Sam Donaldson

Keynote speaker, ABC newsman Sam Donaldson, addresses the graduates. You can watch Mr. Donaldson's speech online on CNU's YouTube channel. 

Rosemary Hugs a Student

University First Lady Rosemary Trible embraces a graduate after she receives her degree.

ROTC Oath of Office

CNU ROTC graduates recite the oath of office and become the newest second lieutenants in the U.S. army.


Seniors at the Trib house

We are so very grateful for the more than 400 graduates who together donated more than $30,000 to support CNU through the senior class gift.   Participants gathered at the president's residence to celebrate with a champagne toast.


Softball  No. 2 in America


Softball image

The 2011 CNU Softball team made an exciting run to the NCAA Division III National Championship. The unranked Captains won seven straight games against nationally ranked opponents, including an epic 13-inning come-from-behind victory against No. 2 Emory. CNU finished with a 38-12 overall record and made a fifth straight NCAA Tournament and second straight NCAA Finals appearance.  Complete tournament information can be found at the NCAA's Division III Softball Championship website.



Baseball Sets New Mark

Baseball high five
Captains baseball enjoyed a record-setting season winning 39 games en route to a No. 1 national ranking, a USA South Conference championship and another NCAA Tournament berth. 


Golf Team Takes USA South Title 

CNU Golf


The CNU golf team won a first-ever USA South Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Captains continued their hot play at the NCAA Championships finishing 11th in the nation.











Football Under the Lights! 

A new era of CNU football begins at POMOCO Stadium on September 17th when the Captains play their first home game under the lights. The Captains open the season Labor Day weekend in POMOCO Stadium with a 1 p.m. game against Waynesburg and then return to campus to celebrate CNU's 50th anniversary on Sept. 17  against Salisbury at 7 p.m.  


The complete 2011 football schedule can be found HERE

Dusky Library
CNU a Top-Three School in Textbook Drive


Christopher Newport University ranked among the top three campuses in the fall 2010 CARE for AIDS Textbook Drive. Proceeds support Kenyan families living with HIV/AIDS. The other top schools were Texas A&M and Texas Christian University.

Twenty-seven campuses from across the United States participated in the drive, raising $90,000. Thank you to all CNU students who took part in this great cause, underscoring our longstanding commitment to making the world a better place. 

CNU Music Continues to Soar 


 CNU Orchestra  

CNU has built one the finest undergraduate voice programs in the country.


In this year's statewide National Association of Teachers of Singing competition, which includes the best voice majors from every school in Virginia, CNU captured three first-place awards: Caroline Scruggs in Freshmen Women, Wesley Evans in Junior Men and Marshall Severin in Junior Men Music Theatre. CNU also earned five second-place awards: Rachel Sowinski in Freshmen Women, Renae Erichsen in Freshmen Women Music Theatre, Michael Baggett in Senior Men, Marshall Severin in Junior Men and Wesley Evans in Junior Men Music Theatre. Winning Honors (third place) were Caroline Scruggs in Freshmen Women Music Theatre, Paul Keene in Sophomore Men, and Emi Frantz and Victoria Myers in Senior Women. CNU took home half of all the possible first- and second-place awards.


The CNU Indoor Drumline won the gold trophy in the Atlantic Indoor Competition Championships followed by the CNU Indoor Guard, which won the bronze, beating teams from the University of Virginia, The College of William & Mary, and other schools across Virginia.


In 2012 the Marching Captains will participate in London's New Year's Day Parade, the Women's Chorus will sing in the United Kingdom and the Chamber Choir in Germany and Italy.  This summer, voice and piano majors will be studying and performing in Cornwall and at The University of Oxford in what we hope will soon become an ongoing national summer music program.


Chapel Constuction Begins 


CNU Chapel

The University has broken ground on CNU's future chapel, which will welcome people of all faiths. Here we will nurture hearts and minds by hosting student groups, religious activities and weddings, as well as musical performances and lectures.  


The Chapel will be located near the entrance of campus between the Ferguson Center and the Library.  Funds for its construction were provided by generous donors and benefactors.     

Stage Set for TheaterCNU  


Pinafore Finale 

TheaterCNU brought to a close a triumphant year with six standing room-only performances of a sparkling production of Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore.  


Next year's TheaterCNU schedule includes Brighton Beach Memoires, Duchess of Malfi, Steel Pier and Humble Boy


Find out more at

Ferguson Announces 2011-2012 Season

The Ferguson Center for the Arts announced the 2011-2012 season of nearly 40 attractions featuring the finest performing artists in the world.  


Highlights include:

The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein  

Willie Nelson  

Tony Bennett


Celtic Woman A Christmas Celebration - The Symphony Tour  

Royal Philharmonic  

Damn Yankees  

Diana Krall  


Patti Labelle  

Mamma Mia 

and much, much more!


Now is a great time to subscribe and get the best seats in the house.  Visit for details.

50 Outstanding Alumni to Be Honored!


As part of our 50th anniversary festivities, Christopher Newport University will honor 50 alumni who exemplify the Captains spirit and have achieved success and significance in their lives.   


I invite you to nominate Christopher Newport alumni who in your opinion have made significant contributions to our university, community, commonwealth or country. 


Please submit your nomination here.   


Along with your name and contact information, be sure to include the nominee's full name, graduation year and achievements. We'll be collecting nominees now through June 1, 2011.


I look forward to hearing from you.