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June 9 to June 15, 2003

Monday, June 9
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Associate Professor of Politics Stephen F. Schneck will host an informal chat on "Spin Control and Political Right: Plato and Cicero." (See Announcements.)

Upcoming Events
Monday, June 16
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Associate Professor of Politics Stephen F. Schneck will host an informal chat on Property/Justice: Locke, Smith, Marx and Aquinas." (See Announcements.)

Saturday, June 21
Last day of Summer Session 15 classes.

Monday, June 23
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Associate Professor of Politics Stephen F. Schneck will host an informal chat on "The Soul of America: Madison, Jefferson or Adams?" (See Announcements.)

Friday, June 27
8 p.m., the School of Religious Studies and the Catholic Common Ground Initiative present "'Is Christ Divided?' Dealing with Diversity and Disagreement." The CCGI's fifth annual lecture is to be given by the Rev. Joseph Komonchak, professor of religion and religious education. Father Komonchak will speak on what he sees as the divisions in the Church that were present at Vatican II, and will examine how those have played out down to the present.

The Most Rev. Daniel E. Pilarczyk, archbishop of Cincinnati, will follow with a reflection on what differences of interpretation of the clergy sex abuse crisis he has experienced and observed, and will suggest whether or not they are related to the divisions discussed in Father Komonchak's lecture.

The CCGI will also present its annual Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Award to the Most Rev. Harry Flynn, archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, for his career of pastoral leadership. The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room. For more information, contact Sister Catherine M. Patten of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative at 212-431-782 or

Saturday, June 28
Last day of Summer Session 16 classes.

Monday, June 30
First day of classes for second summer session. Sessions are divided into sessions 25 and 26. Session 25 ends on Saturday, Aug. 2. Session 26 ends on Saturday, Aug. 9. For more information, call 202-319-5257.

Staff Holidays and Holy Days
The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce the 2003-2004 Staff Holidays and Holy Days, which have been granted by the President. To read the list of holidays and holy days, please go to holidays.cfm. You may direct any questions to Michele Bell, manager of benefits in the Office of Human Resources at 202-3198-5050.

CUA Basketball Camp
This summer Catholic University will hold its 11th annual Boys and Girls Basketball Camp for children ages 8 to 16. The camp will be divided into two sessions: one from Monday, June 23, to Friday, June 27, and the other from Monday, July 7, to Friday, July 11.

The sessions will last from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take place at the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center. Adult supervision will be provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the convenience of working parents. Several local sports celebrities are scheduled to appear daily as guest speakers. Swimming will also be available.
The cost for the camp is $160 and includes a Catholic University Basketball Camp T-shirt. Group discounts are also available.

For more information, please call Mike Lonergan, head coach, men's basketball, at 202-319-6046.

School of Nursing's
Summer Institute

On Friday, July 18, and Saturday, July 19, the School of Nursing's Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Program will hold "Screening and Assessment of Behavioral Issues of Children and Adolescents in Primary Care," a summer institute focusing on the screening and assessment of pediatric behavioral and mental health problems.

The institute is the first of three. The second and third will be held during the summers of 2004 and 2005, respectively. Both will focus on early intervention and management strategies useful to pediatric primary care providers. The cost of this year's institute is $75 if one registers before June 28. After June 28, the registration fee is $100. For more information or to register, contact Carly Gumbert at 202-319-6451 or

Update on Work Schedule for Brookland-CUA Metro Station
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has revised the two upcoming weekend closures of the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. The new schedule is as follows:

Saturday, June 14, and Sunday, June 15: CUA station side (west) entrance closed for canopy installation work (in lieu of June 7 and 8).

Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22: CUA station side (west) entrance closed for removal of protective decking (in lieu of June 28 and 29).

As with the previous closing that occurred on the weekend of April 26 and 27, shuttle bus service will be provided between the west and east entrances during entrance closures. One shuttle bus will make regularly scheduled trips approximately every 15 minutes.

Station entrances remain open as usual during periods not specified for closure.

General Counsel Warns
of E-mail Fraud

General Counsel Craig Parker warns faculty and staff not to be fooled by the flood of faxes and e-mails coming to CUA and seeking their personal information such as e-mail address, telephone numbers and bank information. The general theme of the message is always the same: A person in a foreign country has come into vast wealth (usually $30 to $100 million) and is seeking help in transferring the funds to a good cause. Most claim to be Nigerian with a husband or father killed in "the war," who had secretly set aside "oil revenue" for his family.

A recent variation that has appeared and might have appeal on Catholic campuses is from a "Father Siska of Saint Mary Parish" in Brazil, who "found" $54 million left at the church in a trunk by an anonymous donor. "Father Siska" reports that God has instructed him to seek people's help in using this money. In exchange, they will allegedly receive a 10 percent commission. Parker advises that such e-mails simply be deleted. His office has tried unsuccessfully in the past to work with the Justice Department and other agencies to limit the distribution of such e-mail on campus. For more information, contact the Office of General Counsel at 202-319-5142.

Children's Education
Center Closed

The Barbara A. Bernhardt Children's Education Center has closed. Faculty and staff can use the Optimum Assistance Resource to research and secure daycare services for their children. Employees of the university can call 877-747-7126 for more information.
Alumni Political Chats
To foster stronger relations between the Department of Politics and its alumni, Associate Professor Stephen F. Schneck will host a series of chats on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. during the month of June.

The topics for the chats are "Good War? Augustine and Machiavelli" on June 2; "Spin Control and Political Right: Plato and Cicero" on June 9; "Property/Justice: Locke, Smith, Marx and Aquinas" on June 16; and "The Soul of America: Madison, Jefferson or Adams?" on June 23.

The events are open to alumni and members of the CUA community, but those interested should contact Professor Schneck at, indicating which chats they wish to attend and how many people will accompany them. Hannan Hall Auditorium.

Weight Watchers Program
CUA faculty, staff and graduate students 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. Because 20 people need to be registered before the program can begin, exact meeting times and locations have not yet been set, though the next sessions are expected to be held in June. (In the past, meetings have been held on campus from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.)

There is no registration fee, but the program costs $150. Payment can be made by cash, credit card or check (for the full amount or two $75 checks). Those interested in joining should contact Andrea Cohen, research associate, Vitreous State Laboratory, at 202-319-5402 or to be placed on the pre-registration list. For more information on Weight Watchers International, visit their Web site at

Health & Safety
West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus is found in many areas of the eastern United States. It is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito and can infect people and many types of animals, including birds and horses.

For the spring and summer seasons of 2003, the Washington, D.C., Division of Animal Disease Prevention will not be collecting or picking up dead birds. If a dead bird is found on campus, contact the Facilities Service Center at 202-319-5121 to report its location.

Those with questions about West Nile Virus or the handling of dead birds should contact the Washington, D.C., Department of Health's West Nile Virus coordinator at 202-535-2325.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a Web site containing health-related information on West Nile Virus: d/westnile/index.htm.

Those interested can also contact the CUA Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 202-319-4461 for further information.

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