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December 2 to December 8, 2002

Tuesday, Dec. 3
4:10 p.m., CUA's Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship, the Department of Business and Economics and the university's Honors Program present "Oil Companies and the Environment: The Case of BP," by Sylvia V. Baca, vice president, health, safety and environment, BP North America. A reception will follow. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, contact Kevin Forbes, chair, Department of Business and Economics, at 202-319-4794.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
5:10 p.m., the Department of Mathematics continues its fall lecture series on Functional Analysis and Related Fields with "Neural Network Learning as Approximate Optimization," by Vera Kurkova of the Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. McMahon Hall, Room 209. For more information, contact Associate Professor Mikhail Ostrovskii at 202-319-5221.

5:30 p.m., Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., professor of church history at St. Meinrad Seminary, will receive the Johannes Quasten Medal and deliver a lecture on "Opening the Doors of History: Black Catholics in America and a Forgotten Past." Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

Friday, Dec. 6
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy continues its Franklin J. Matchette Foundation fall lecture series with "Realistically Speaking: How Science Fumbles, and Sometimes Forges, Ahead," presented by Susan Haack of the University of Miami. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

5:15 p.m., CUA holds the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event features carols, readings, prayers and a reflection by the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M. Cookies and cider will be provided. McMahon Circle. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

8 p.m., the annual Christmas concert will feature the Choir of the Basilica directed by Peter Latona, and the CUA Chorus and Symphony conducted by Professor Leo Nestor. Donations will be collected for the Jeanne Jugan Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Dec. 8
4 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Chamber Singers, conducted by Leo Nestor. The event is free and open to the public. Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Upcoming Events
Monday, Dec. 9
7 p.m., the Freshman Musical Theater Showcase will be directed by Jane Pesci-Townsend. The event is free and open to the public. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
7 p.m., the Sophomore and Junior Musical Theater Showcase will be directed by Ellwood Annaheim and Maureen Codelka. The event is free and open to the public. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Wednesday, Dec. 11
1 p.m., the Office of Human Resources, Training and Development and the Office of Computer Planning and Information Technology offer their MS Office Brown Bag Seminar. The one-hour class deals with questions users may have about MS Office software such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. Leahy Hall Conference Room. Please bring a lunch. Space is limited, so to reserve a seat, contact Jeannetta Clayton at 202-319-5941.
Monday, Dec. 2
The women's and men's basketball teams host Villa Julie College at DuFour Center. The women's game begins at 6 p.m.; the men's game starts at 8 p.m. For more information, contact the Athletics department at 202-319-5286. The games can be viewed online at this site.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
The women's and men's basketball teams begin their Capital Athletic Conference schedules when CUA hosts Salisbury University. The women begin at 6 p.m.; the men follow at 8 p.m. DuFour Center. For more information, contact the Athletics department at 202-319-5286. The games can be viewed online at this site.

AIDS Awareness Week
Dec. 2-8 is CUA's first AIDS Awareness Week. Members of the university community are invited to participate in the following events:

Dec. 2-6, AIDS ribbons will be offered during mealtimes for a donation of $2. All proceeds will benefit Camp Heartland, a camp for kids affected by HIV-AIDS. University Center East foyer.

Dec. 3, a Mass in remembrance of all those affected by AIDS will be held at 8 p.m. The House, Caldwell Hall.

Dec. 8, prayer cards for those affected by AIDS will be distributed at Sunday Mass.

For more information, contact Sasha Fles at or Carolyn Rosenberger at

Book and Coat Drives
The Undergraduate Student Government's academic branch sponsors a Children's Book Drive to benefit children at St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home. New or used books for elementary and middle school children can be donated from Dec. 3 to Dec. 6 to the Office of Campus Ministry or on Dec. 5 to the University Center Main Lounge.

USG's legislative branch sponsors a Coat and Blanket Drive for Washington, D.C.'s homeless. Old coats and blankets can be donated to the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events (200 University Center West) on Thursday, Dec. 5. For more information, contact Katie Bellebaum at

Christmas Shoe Drive
The Guild of Catholic Lawyers, the CUA Student Bar Association and Delta Theta Phi sponsor their second annual Christmas Shoe Drive for the children at St. Ann's home. Last year's drive was a great success, raising $2,500. Send in your donation by Friday, Dec. 20, so that these children may have a pair of new shoes on Christmas morning.

Contributions (checks made payable to St. Ann's or gift certificates to local shoe stores such as PayLess, Sears, etc.) should be sent to the Columbus School of Law's Office of Student Life and Special Events, Room 341. For further information, contact Joan Vorrasi at 202-319-6126 or
Immigrant Registration
The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service once more has expanded its registration requirements to include nonimmigrant males aged 16 and older from Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Eritrea, Lebanon, Morocco, North Korea, Oman, Qatar, Somalia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen. Men from these countries who entered the United States prior to Sept. 30, 2002, and who will remain beyond Jan. 10, 2003, are required to register at the local Immigration and Naturalization Service Office. Registration deadline is Jan. 10, 2003.

Men from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan and Libya who entered the United States prior to Sept. 11, 2002, must report by Dec. 16 to the local INS office to register. Individuals subject to these requirements who fail to register by these dates will be considered illegally present in the United States. Citizens from the affected countries who will be leaving the United States for the holidays do not need to register now with INS because they will be registered when they return.

These requirements apply only to individuals from the specified countries who are considered to be nonimmigrants in the United States, and do not apply to naturalized citizens, permanent residents, individuals granted asylum or those who have applied for asylum prior to Nov. 6, 2002. Those interested can visit this site.

For more information, call the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 202-319-5618, or visit this site.

Mullen Library Road Closure
From Dec. 2 to Dec. 6, a portion of the roadway on the north side of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library will be closed to vehicular traffic. As part of the library's renovation, the road is being cut to make a water line connection. Traffic will be redirected around Mullen Library. For more information, contact the Office of Facilities Planning and Construction at 202-319-5515.

Health & Safety
Preparing for Winter Driving
The leading cause of death during winter storms is transportation accidents. Preparing your vehicle for the winter season and knowing how to react if stranded or lost on the road are the keys to safe winter driving. Now is the time to have your mechanic inspect your vehicle and check the following important items: battery, antifreeze, wipers, lights, heater, brakes, defroster, oil level and tire treads. Keep a windshield scraper for ice and snow removal in your car and try to have at least a half tank of gas at all times. When taking long trips, listen to the radio to check on road conditions, try to drive during daylight hours, and travel with a companion. Finally, keep some type of winter car kit in your vehicle. It should include a flashlight, batteries, blanket, bag of sand and booster cables. For more information, contact Jeff Potts at 202-319-5865 or check the Federal Emergency Management Agency Web site at

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