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February 10 to February 16, 2003

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

12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., The Brown Bag Series at the Life Cycle Institute presents "U.S. Bishops and Call to Action: The Relationship Between an Organization and a Social Movement Within," a lecture by the Rev. Anthony Pogorelc, CUA adjunct professor. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call the LCI at 202-319-5999.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, Feb. 18
7:30 p.m., The Catholic University of America and the Washington Theological Consortium present the Annual Celebration of Christian Unity. The Rev. Lucy Hogan, Wesley Theological Seminary, will be the homilist. The homily and vespers will be held at Caldwell Hall Chapel. A reception will follow in the Department of Theology lounge. For more information, contact the Washington Theological Consortium at 202-832-2675.

Thursday, Feb. 20
3 p.m., The Digital Libraries Series at the School of Library and Information Science sponsors "Transforming Library Services in the Digital Age," a lecture by Tamara J. Miller, head of planning and program development, University of Tennessee Libraries. The lecture will be held at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Va. Directions can be obtained by visiting Transportation is available. For more information, contact William Turner, assistant dean of the library and information science school, at 202-319-5085 or

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 26
6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Department of Art hosts a reception for artist Michelle Vitale Loughlin, B.A. 1993. Loughlin's "Shroud" exhibit is on display through Feb. 26. Using hand-knit blankets as her canvas, Loughlin combines craft, sculpture and painting. Salve Regina Gallery. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the art department at 202-319-5282.
Home Basketball Games
The CUA women's and men's basketball teams face St. Mary's College of Maryland on Saturday, Feb. 15, and York College of Pennsylvania on Wednesday, Feb. 19. On Feb. 15, the women's game will be at 2 p.m., and the men's game will be at 4 p.m.; on Feb. 19, the women's game will be at 6 p.m., and the men's game will be at 8 p.m. DuFour Center. For more information, call 202-319-5286.

The Office of Alumni Relations sponsors the CUA Alumni Pre/Post Game Barbecue at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 15 in the DuFour Center. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. For more information, contact Dani Fay, assistant director of alumni relations, at 202-319-6745 or

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 reposting 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.

U.S. Savings Bond Regulations
The minimum holding period for newly issued EE and I U.S. savings bonds has increased from six months to a year, effective February 2003. This means that Series EE and I savings bonds with February 2003 and later issue dates cannot be redeemed until they are at least 12 months old. For more information, visit or contact the Office of Payroll at 202-319-5510.

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's 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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