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January 27 to February 2, 2003

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.)

12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute's Brown Bag Series presents "Theoretical and Psychometric Approaches to the Measurement of Psychological Distress and Quality of Life Among Cancer Patients," a lecture by Dean James Zabora of CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, contact 202-319-5999.

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

Thursday, Jan. 30
5:15 p.m., The Public Lecture Series by the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents "Cassian the Great: John Cassian's Place in Western Culture," a lecture given by Prof. Boniface Ramsey. Ramsey is the author of several books and has translated the Conferences and Institutes of John Cassian. Light refreshments will follow. McMahon Hall, Room 200. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5795.

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.

Upcoming Events
Friday, Feb. 7
2 p.m., The Graduate Student Lecture Series by the School of Philosophy sponsors "Petty Thievery and the Root of Evil: Augustine's Theft of the Pears," a lecture given by Scott MacDonald, Norman K. Regan Professor in Christian Studies, Cornell University. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of the School of Philosophy at 202-319-5259.
Saturday, Feb. 8, and Sunday, Feb. 9
The CUA Symphony Orchestra performs at the Historic Takoma Theatre. Selections include Richard Wagner's "Overture to Rienzi," Johannes Brahms' "Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, Op. 102," Gabriel Faure's "Suite from Pelleas and Melisande" and Jean Sibelius' "Finlandia, Op. 26." Kate Tamarkin is the conductor; Jody Gatwood is the violinist; Robert Newkirk is the cellist. The Feb. 8 performance will begin at 7 p.m., and the Feb. 9 concert at 3 p.m. Admission is free. The Historic Takoma Theatre, 6833 4th St., N.W., Washington, DC. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Home Basketball Games
The CUA women's and men's basketball teams will face Gallaudet University on Saturday, Feb. 1, and Marymount University on Saturday, Feb. 8. The women's games will be at 2 p.m., and the men's games will be at 4 p.m. DuFour Center. For more information, contact 202-319-5286.

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. (Those classes are currently full, but employees can sign up to attend make-up sessions.)

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. (Please note that employees must complete Session One before moving on to the next two sessions.)

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

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 open/survey. 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 Award Nominations
CUA's National Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its Alumni Achievement Awards. The awards recognize alumni whose prominence in their chosen fields reflect the university's strength. Nominations can be made at onform.cfm, and must be submitted by Feb. 7. The awards will be presented at this year's Homecoming Weekend (Oct. 30-Nov. 1). For more information, contact 202-319-5608.

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 (http://alumnicareernetwork.cua .edu), 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 Feb. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at Pangborn Hall, Room 303. The fee is $150. Employees interested in participating should contact Ellen Breipohl Thorp at 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 (see below), 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 appears 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, 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 erel/prhtml03/03068.html.

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