New administrators at Christendom College

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Christendom College in Front Royal recently appointed Catherine Schneider associate director of admissions. A native of Louisiana, Schneider earned a bachelor's in philosophy from Christendom in 2016.

"Catherine's love of Christendom will enable her to impact the college and its constituents in numerous positive ways, and help prospective students and their families come to a deeper appreciation for the unique educational experience that we offer. I'm thrilled to have her join our team," said Tom McFadden, vice president for enrollment.

As a student, she served in a number of leadership roles, including resident assistant, philanthropy board member and volunteer for the student activities council. As the associate director of admissions, Schneider will attend conferences, visit schools and homeschool groups, and spearhead four distinct "grassroots" programs. The first two programs will seek to involve current parents and alumni in the recruiting process by asking them to "adopt" a local parish or school. In the third program, "Meet Christendom College," families will invite others into their homes and share personal testimony on how Christendom has affected them. The fourth program focuses on social media, as Schneider encourages alumni, parents and current students to share news about Christendom across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

"People are more interested in Christendom than ever before, as families eagerly seek out an authentic, Catholic education for their children that will help them achieve the greatness to which God is calling them and become the leaders this world so desperately needs," said Sam Philips, director of admissions.

"We're excited to be undertaking these grassroots initiatives this year, and we are looking forward to collaborating more with the people who know Christendom best - the parents and alumni of the college - as we seek to spread their love, and our love, of the college to as many families as possible," said Philips.

Also new at Christendom is Colleen Harmon, director of career and leadership development. A former aide in the U.S. House of Representatives, Harmon will help students find on and off-campus internships and jobs, and work with them to discover their vocations.

"Colleen's exceptional background in politics and policy think tanks will help bring a new level of expertise and enthusiasm to the college's career office, ultimately helping students along every step of the way in discerning their God-given vocations. I'm delighted to have her join our team," said McFadden.

Harmon earned a bachelor's in English language and literature in 2013 at Christendom. As a student, she served on the activities council and volunteered as a member of the philanthropy board. She was a resident assistant, a student ambassador and a counselor for the Experience Christendom Summer Program.

As director of career and leadership development, Harmon will be the gateway for students into the job market, assisting them with resumes, cover letters and more. She will also work with area businesses and nationally ranked graduate schools to help make connections for students and alumni.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016