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July 26 to August 1, 2004

Sunday, Aug. 1,
to Saturday, Aug. 7

Very Rev. David M. O¿Connell, C.M., university president, will host the 12th International Congress of Medieval Canon Law, which is held every four years. The congress ¿ coordinated by Uta-Renate Blumenthal, CUA professor of history, and Kenneth Pennington, Kelly Quinn Professor of Legal and Ecclesiastical History and CUA professor of law ¿ will feature 200 historians and canon lawyers hailing from six continents as well as Catholic Church dignitaries. Various locations in the Columbus School of Law. For more information, contact

Upcoming Events
Thursday, Aug. 26
New student orientation begins. (See "Announcements.")

Monday, Aug. 30
Fall semester begins.

Guests On Campus
Monday, July 26,
to Friday, July 30

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration will hold its Youth Career Skills Challenge, which will test the academic skills of 200 teenagers from impoverished urban neighborhoods, rural areas and Indian reservations. The challenge will feature contests in mathematics and language arts, and will include a college and job fair. Various locations on campus.

CUA's Orientation Program
To give the university community advance notice of the upcoming Orientation Program and to prepare it for questions posed by incoming students, the Office of the Dean of Students provides the following overview of the event:

The Orientation Program for new freshmen, transfer students and their parents and families will begin on Thursday, Aug. 26, with parent sessions continuing through the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 28, and student sessions concluding on Sunday, Aug. 29. New students learn about university services and programs, meet with their faculty advisers and learn more about academic requirements. The Parent Orientation program provides parents with an overview of campus life, university policies and the changes and challenges they will experience as their children join the CUA community.

A brochure was sent out in early July providing details on registration for both programs, as well as requirements for matriculating at the university. A brief overview of the Orientation schedule, services available on campus and hotel accommodations was also mailed out.
The brochure also provides incoming freshman students with details of the "Reader¿s Program," which is designed to encourage new students to interact with faculty and develop rapport among peers who share a common interest in reading. Staff and faculty can view the full text of the Reader's Program brochure on the Orientation Web site at

In early August, a virtual brochure will be posted on the Orientation Web site. Titled "Frequently Asked Questions for New Students and their Families," it summarizes CUA¿s services and policies and is intended to complement other university mailings as well as publications such as the Student Handbook and University Announcements.

The final Orientation publication, the "Program Schedule," is distributed to new students and parents upon their arrival on campus for Orientation. Copies of the program schedule will be given to CUA faculty and staff during the week of Aug. 18.

As in past years, name tags will be provided to faculty and staff who traditionally participate in the Orientation program. Information will be sent to various offices in late July and requests for name tags may also be submitted by contacting the Orientation office at 202-319-5627 or via e-mail to Melissa Swanson at

For more information, contact Ellen Breipohl Thorp, assistant dean of students, at 202-319-5619 or visit the Orientation Program¿s Web site.

Work-Study Supervisor Training
In August, the Office of Career Services will hold four training sessions for work-study supervisors. The training is now required for any supervisors who wish to hire work-study students. The goal is to provide supervisors with a clear understanding of their responsibilities and the policies and procedures associated with the work-study program.

The sessions will cover listing and updating work-study positions, hiring and supervising students, processing the proper paperwork and monitoring students¿ hours. They will last approximately two hours and will be held on the following dates:

¿ Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

¿ Thursday, Aug. 5, Noon to 2 p.m.
¿ Tuesday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. to noon

¿ Thursday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to noon

Supervisors only need to attend one session. To register, contact the Office of Career Services at 202-319-5623 or An e-mail confirmation that lists the location of the session will be sent to registrants.

Health & Safety
Helping in an Emergency
In the event of an emergency, you can help your community by joining a local Community Emergency Response Team. CERT training is aimed at building a relationship between emergency personnel and the people they serve, providing citizens with basic emergency response skills so they may assist if needed during an emergency.

If a disaster occurs, CERT members may be called upon to provide response and organizational skills until professional responders arrive on the scene. Some target groups for this type of training include neighborhood associations, churches and schools.

Those who have questions about the CERT program can contact Jeff Potts at 202-319-5865. For more information, check out FEMA and local Web sites:


District of Columbia: p/view,a,1197,q,525633.asp

Virginia: ndex.htm


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