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February 3 to February 9, 2003

Tuesday, Feb. 4
4:30 p.m., the Brendan Brown Lecture Series by the Columbus School of Law presents "A Crisis of Law? Reflections on the Church and the Law over the Centuries," a lecture by Charles Donahue Jr., Paul A. Freund Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, call 202-319-5438.

Thursday, Feb. 6
4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law and the School of Religious Studies present "The Papal Conclave: Its Past and Future," a lecture by Prof. Alberto Melloni, University of Rome III and director of the Alta Scuola di Formazione alla ricerca della Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII Bologna. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, call 202-319-5438.

Thursday, Feb. 6, to Sunday, Feb. 9
The Catholic University Foreign Affairs Club presents the fourth annual Catholic University Model United Nations Conference. Opening and closing ceremonies will be held in Caldwell Auditorium. Conference committee meetings will be held in Caldwell, Hannan and McMahon halls. For more information, contact 202-319-6948.

Friday, Feb. 7
2 p.m., The Graduate Student Lecture Series at the School of Philosophy sponsors "Petty Thievery and the Root of Evil: Augustine's Theft of the Pears," a lecture 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.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Feb. 12
12 p.m., Staff Compensation Study town hall meeting. (Please see Announcements.)

Friday, Feb. 21
2 p.m., The Graduate Student Lecture Series at the School of Philosophy sponsors "The Seduction of Images: A Look at the Roles of the Image in Husserl's Phenomenology," a lecture by John Brough, professor of philosophy, Georgetown University. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, call the Office of the Dean of the School of Philosophy at 202-319-5259.

Monday, Feb. 24
4:30 p.m., Professor Geoffrey Wainwright of Duke University receives the Annual Ecumenism Award from the Washington Theological Consortium. A lecture and reception will follow. The event is cosponsored by the School of Religious Studies. Caldwell Lounge. For more information, call 202-319-5683.
Home Basketball Games
The CUA women's and men's basketball teams will face Marymount University on Saturday, Feb. 8, and St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 15. 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, call 202-319-5286.

Staff Compensation Study
A town hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at noon in Caldwell Auditorium to provide information and answer questions about the Staff Compensation Study initiated in January. Launched by the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., CUA president, the initiative aims to establish a compensation system for staff members that is fair and equitable by categorizing jobs based on pre-defined job elements.

The town hall meeting will be conducted by a project team of staff members carefully selected to serve as a representative sample of the entire community. Focus groups and department meetings will also be held to keep employees informed and to collect data. The initiative is scheduled to conclude in May.

All full-time and part-time staff positions will be included in the salary compensation study. It will not affect faculty, because faculty salaries are established in a different manner. For more information, contact Chuck Mann, associate vice president for business services, at 202-319-5046 or, or Barbara Coughlin, director of human resources, at 202-319-5598 or

Changes in Procurement Card Processing
All CUA Visa procurement cardholders are now required to turn in their monthly billing statements within five business days of receipt. This should result in the submission of statements, with appropriate approvals, by the 20th of each month. To ensure that re-posting of monthly expenditures from the default organization budget to another organization budget is processed, cardholders must adhere to the new deadline. Re-posting requests that are received after the 20th of the month won't be processed unless approved by CUA Controller Angie Maske. Deadline enforcement will begin with the receipt of January 2003 statements in February.

Statements must contain the appropriate approvals or they will be considered late. All monthly transaction statements must be signed by the cardholder and the department manager or chair, acknowledging approval of the itemized purchases.

For grants and contracts, the principal investigator must sign the statements for all cardholders associated with the project. Receipts must be returned with the statement for all purchases charged to a grant or contract. If there are any questions about who has the manager/approval authority for a particular organization budget, please contact the Office of Purchasing at 202-319-5044 or the Office of the Controller at 202-319-6414.
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, call 202-319-5608.

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
Pumping Gas Safely
In these days of self-serve, most people pump their own gas. But they might not know about a potential danger: static electricity.

According to the Petroleum Equipment Institute, there have been approximately 150 cases of static fire associated with pumping gas.

Most static buildup, the institute says, is caused by people moving around in their car seats. In recent years, increased use of synthetic materials in car seats has worsened the problem. Materials used in high-mileage tires may also contribute to the problem.

Static can occur when drivers begin filling their gas tanks and then re-enter their cars to wait until the tank is filled. This is most likely to happen in the dry, cold winter months. When a person returns to the pumps and touches the nozzle, static caused by sliding around in the seat can set off a spark that may ignite fuel vapors around the nozzle.

To avoid such a problem, stay outside of the car during the entire time that you're filling up your gas tank. For more information, contact Don Luster at 202-319-5206.

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