Hot on the heels of the public launch of Light the Way: The Campaign for Catholic University, we present Naming Rights for the Rest of Us, an opportunity for the everyman (and everywoman) with grand ambitions!

Right now, you may not be ready to make the kind of gift that would put your name on a building, plaza, study space, or even a library carrel. But with Naming Rights for the Rest of Us, you (Yes, you!) have the chance to bask in the glory of a named gift.

By making a gift to The Fund for Catholic University, you could add your name to the most famous — or infamous — campus places, aspects, or concepts. (We'll call them "places" for the sake of simplicity.)

  • That parking ticket that appears even when you just ran inside to grab your mail? Name it!
  • That campus map that stands alone in a traffic island outside Crough? Name it!
  • That very public basketball court in CV where everyone saw you airball a three-pointer? Name it!

These places need some love and attention; you need your name to be publicly lauded; and The Fund for Catholic University needs your support to make upgrades and improvements to even the most "special" aspects of campus.

Before the end of Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019), make a gift to The Fund for Catholic University and use the special link on the confirmation page to indicate which unnamed place you want to name. You have the opportunity for your name — and an overlooked part of campus — to be given the glory it deserves!

Frequently asked questions

Wait, what?

Sure, you could say that we're holding a ticker tape parade for an inanimate carbon rod. But work with us here: Let's shower some attention on you and some of the everyday aspects of life that we rely on.

We think of The Fund for Catholic University as the patron saint of the (sometimes) overlooked and underappreciated. Although unexciting, this fund is vital: It provides unrestricted operational support to the entire University.

Likewise, your gift is vital. No matter the amount, your gift to The Fund for Catholic University makes a difference.

How does this work?

From the second week of November through the end of Giving Tuesday (December 3, 2019), we'll select winning donors.

We thank you for indulging in this bit of irreverent hijinks, and we apologize in advance if your name isn't selected. We're grateful for your support of Catholic University.

I couldn't possibly put my name on ____!

It doesn't have to be your name! If you want to name it for someone else, be sure to tell us who you're honoring in the naming rights form. (Find the link to the form in the gift confirmation page.)

But, really, my name can go on ____?

When you make a gift to The Fund for Catholic University, tell us what you want to name in the naming rights form. (Find the link to the form in the gift confirmation page.) If you're chosen as a winner, we'll snap a photo and put your name on it.

Technically, your name will only be on the photo, and after December 3, 2019, we'll bring this program to a close. But you'll have your bragging rights for as long as the photo stays on the Internet, which is, basically, forever, right?

So if there's an unnamed part of campus that appeals to you, put your name on it.

Don't be mad once you see that he want it / If you like it, then you shoulda put a ring on it

Whoa, oh, oh, oh, oh-oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Named places
Steps to O'Boyle
McGuinness Steps to Success
Sheila McGuinness, B.A. 1990, credits these steps to O'Boyle Hall for her 30 years of achievements in the workforce. "Those steps were my personal life workout of body, mind, and soul." The steps challenged her and prepared her to be a teacher. Climb, students, to your success!
Outside Campus Ministry
Fr. Jude DeAngelo's Outside Office
Diet Coke, Camels, and Fr. Jude: At the Seton Hall Patio outside Campus Ministry, you can have conversations that are "filled with hearty laughs, quick banter, empathy, and the occasional tear." The staff of Campus Ministry names this "outside office" in gratitude of this son of St. Francis.
Front Desk of Flather
Battle Family Front Desk at Flather Hall
Late at night, Keely Battle, B.A. 2006, often found herself stationed at the Flather front desk for her work-study job. Her now-husband would jaunt down the hill to keep her company. Now during late nights, they are awake with their beautiful baby daughter!
Ringkamp organ
Ringkamp Organ Pedal
Nathan Ringkamp, Class of 2023, is a proud organ performance major. His father, Chris, jokes that Nathan is obsessed with the largest, deepest pipes. By making this gift in Nathan's honor, Chris has given his son the left-most pedal of the organ in St. Vincent de Paul Chapel.
Pope Leo Statue
Fricchione Family Foyer
When he accompanied his older sister on her campus tour, Patrick Fricchione, B.A. 2014, M.S.B.A. 2015, was awestruck by the statue of Pope Leo. She didn't enroll at Catholic University, but later, he did. He became a Cardinal Ambassador, starting and ending his tours at this spot.
Computer lab in Leahy
Matthew Hanka Computer Lab
Matthew J. Hanka, B.A. 2002, spent more than a little time in this computer lab in Leahy Hall. Because he didn't have a computer, he'd come here to type papers and socialize with friends and classmates. Eventually, he became a lab monitor. Now the lab bears his name!
Pryz 123A
Student Association General Assembly Memorial Office
According to Chris Pierno, B.A. 2011, M.S.M. 2017, “this is the place where plans were hatched, solutions proffered, decisions made, many naps taken, late night food ordered, papers written, sit-downs had, interviews conducted, people cried, laughed, and ultimately built friendships to last a lifetime.” Thank you, SAGA members!
Red by the Bell Rope in Caldwell
Masterson Bell Rope
Caldwell Hall was Catholic University's first building. But Mary Kate Masterson, B.S. 2019, considers it just her third favorite building. She made many friends in these halls, but "never got any work done." For her, this non-functioning bell rope is a kindred spirit.
Former admissions office in McMahon Hall
Michael and Jennifer Cummings Old Office of Admissions
Michael Cummings, M.A. 2009, and Jennifer Cummings, B.A. 2004, sought employment at the Office of Admissions. By the time they left, they were dating and shared a wellspring of wonderful memories, including the "best view of Pope Francis when he visited." Now the former office in McMahon is theirs.
Fountain outside CV
Nathan Reavey Fountain
Where does Nathan want to go to school? The nine-year-old is quick to answer, "Catholic University, where my mom works!" When Kristin Reavey works nights or weekends, young Nathan often comes along. One day, he played in the fountain at CV and refused to leave even when Kristin's was finished!
Red sits on the stairwell
Alumni of the Department of Library and Information Science Stairway
Nicholas Brown, M.S.L.S. 2017, notes that Caldwell Chapel fosters the same values as LIS alumni: "ensuring the public's access to safe spaces for personal growth and the acquisition of knowledge through our work in libraries, archives, educational institutions, and cultural heritage institutions." The stairwell is a perfect symbol.
Doorway to O'Boyle Hall
O'Neil-Kiser Memorial Door
Seth Kiser, M.A. 2012, Ph.D. 2015, worked alongside Katy O'Neil, B.A. 2013, all day in O'Boyle Hall. But they became friends outside this doorway, where they'd stop to chat before heading home. Kiser preserves "the memory of the numerous occasions where we first got to know each other."
Brian Keaney Beer Tap
Brian Keaney Beer Tap
On Tuesdays during Lent, Brian Keaney, B.A. 2003, visited The Rat after Mass. "Some of the best conversations I had in my four years were spent drinking that cheap beer." Now, Brian has established a spiritual successor by the Dan Lyons, Class of 2003, bar rail in Murphy's Grill.
Derrick Jones Control Booth
Derrick Jones Control Booth
"I spent more hours in the Lab Theatre control booth than likely any other room in the Hartke Complex or on campus. [...] Seventeen years later, I can walk into the booth and it still feels like home." At last, this control booth is home for Derrick Jones, B.A. 2002.
People holding a Radman Hill banner
Radman Hill
Named by Patrick Dwyer, B.S.B.A. 2007, in honor of a friend who took a nosedive down the entire length of the hill between CV and the Pryz. Patrick assures us that Radman was fine and stresses, "It was a purely comedic moment."
Name these places

This is not an exhaustive list of places you can name. Feel free to name a place that is meaningful to you, and if your name is chosen, we'll do our best to get a photo. (Use the "Other" field on the form.)