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January 20 to January 26, 2003

Monday, Jan. 20
Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday).

Tuesday, Jan. 21
8 p.m., Vigil Mass for Life in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Cardinal Anthony Bevilaqua, chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops' Pro-Life Committee, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. CUA will provide accommodations in the DuFour Center for high school students arriving from out of town for the annual March for Life.

Wednesday, Jan. 22
CUA community participates in the annual March for Life on the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

4 p.m., The Law and Public Policy Program at the Columbus School of Law sponsors a conversation with public defender Frank Dunham, J.D. 1970. Dunham was recently appointed to defend Zacarias Moussaoui, accused of being an al-Qaeda associate and of assisting in the Sept. 11 attacks. Though Moussaoui is acting as his own lawyer, Dunham leads a team of five court-appointed attorneys for his defense. Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom. A reception will follow in the atrium. For more information, contact Jason Papanikolas at 202-319-6255.

9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., EWTN TV broadcasts a live, pro-life town hall meeting following the March for Life. Experts will discuss the pro-life movement and its future. They will field questions from CUA students as well as phone calls from a worldwide viewing audience. Caldwell Hall Auditorium. Admission is by ticket only and seating is limited. Faculty and staff wishing to attend must stop by Campus Ministry Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 21, to pick up tickets. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

Upcoming Events
Monday, Jan. 27
2 p.m. to 7 p.m., Delta Theta Phi hosts a blood drive for the American Red Cross. A bloodmobile will be parked in front of the Columbus School of Law for those wishing to give blood. To schedule an appointment and for more information, contact Lauren Pisano at

Tuesday, Jan. 28
12:10 p.m., Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. University Mass in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Very Rev. Joseph Barranger, O.P., prior of the Dominican House of Studies, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. All priests who attend are invited to concelebrate and are asked to bring their albs and stoles, if possible, and to vest by noon in the sacristy of the Crypt Church. The academic procession will form in Memorial Hall on the ground level of the Basilica. At noon the university marshal will lead members of the administration and faculties (in academic attire) and superiors and representatives of neighboring religious houses of study into the Crypt Church. Noon classes are cancelled. Classes that usually meet at 1:10 p.m. will commence at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 29
10 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Customer Service Training Initiative. (See Announcements.)

5:30 p.m., CUA's History Department Colloquium hosts "The Second Battle of Covadonga: The Politics of Commemoration in Modern Spain," a lecture by Carolyn Boyd, professor of European history, University of California-Irvine. Richard Kagan, professor of early modern European history at Johns Hopkins University, will be the commentator. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. The lecture is based on a pre-circulated paper. For a copy of the paper or for more information, contact Roman Sola at 202-319-5484 or
Friday, Jan. 31, to Sunday,
Feb. 2

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Best Foot Forward, a music theater research project. Ellwood Annaheim is the director; Maureen Codelka is the music director. Ward Recital Hall. The performance will be held at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Customer Service Training
The Office of Human Resources, Training and Development invites faculty and staff to participate in the Customer Service Training Initiative. Session One, titled "Culture of Service," will be held twice on Jan. 29.

Session Two, "The Fish Philosophy," will be held twice each day on Feb. 5 and 19. Session Three, "Dealing with Difficult Situations," will be held on March 5 and 19.

On each date, classes are from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All classes will be conducted at the Life Cycle Institute, Room 201.

To reserve a space and for more information, contact Jeannetta Clayton at 202-319-5941 or

Tuition Assistance Benefits
The deadline to submit applications for tuition assistance for the spring 2003 semester is Wednesday, Jan. 22 (the last day to add or drop classes). All applications must be turned in to the Office of Human Resources (Leahy Hall, Room 170) by 5 p.m. that day. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Open Enrollment Satisfaction Survey
CUA employees are invited to share their opinions about the recent open-enrollment period in an online survey to assist the Office of Human Resources to improve the annual process. The survey can be accessed at this site. It must be completed by Jan. 31.

Tax Forms
CUA employees who claimed "exempt from federal taxes" on their 2002 W-4 tax forms must submit new W-4s by Feb. 15. Failure to do so will result in the loss of exempt status as of Feb. 16. For more information, contact the payroll office at 202-319-5512.

Alumni Career Network
The offices of alumni relations and career services invite CUA employees who are also alumni to visit the Alumni Career Network Web site. Visitors can register on the site (this site, share professional knowledge with students and fellow alumni, field students' questions about career paths and job searching, and use the site as a networking tool. For more information, contact Lynne Dardis at 202-319-5301.

Weight Watchers Program
CUA faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Weight Watchers at Work program, cosponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students and the Washington, D.C., branch of Weight Watchers International.

The 12-week program helps people make decisions about nutrition and exercise through weekly group meetings that provide motivation, mutual support, encouragement and instruction. Participants have lost a total of 300 pounds since the classes came to CUA last July. Those interested can register on Jan. 21 at 12:30 p.m. at Pangborn Hall, Room 303. The fee is $150.
Employees interested in participating should contact For more information on Weight Watchers International, visit their Web site at

Health & Safety
Power Supply Device Recall
Many computer users on CUA's campus have backup power supplies to protect their machines during a power failure. Please note that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Power Conversion Corp. are recalling approximately 900,000 power-supply devices. The faulty supplies can fail, causing a computer to overheat and potentially creating a fire hazard.

If you have one of the recalled units, immediately discontinue its use and follow the instructions in the recall notice excerpted below:

APC has received six reports of units overheating, resulting in the melting of the unit's outer casing, and three reports of minor property damage. No injuries have been reported. The recalled Back-UPS(r) CS Uninterruptible Power Supply devices include the Back-UPS CS350 and the Back-UPS CS 500 models. The model number can be found on the front of the unit, along with the words "Back-UPS CS" and "APC."

In addition, one of the following numbers shows up on the bar-code label located on the bottom of the unit: BK350, BK500 or BK500BLK. The recalled power-supply devices also have one of the following serial numbers: AB0048 through AB0251, BB0104 through BB0251 and JB0125 through JB0251. These numbers can be found on the bottom of the unit. Units with an "R" at the end of a serial number included in the aforementioned ranges are not part of this recall.

National retailers, computer and electrical distributors and catalogs sold the units from November 2000 to December 2002 for between $70 and $130.

CUA employees with these devices should shut them down by turning off the power to all connected equipment, turning the Back-UPS CS off and unplugging it from the electrical outlet.

To obtain a free replacement unit, consumers should contact the American Power Conversion Corp. at 866-APC-RELY (272-7359) between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or visit

To see pictures of the recalled products, visit this site.

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