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July 14 to July 20, 2003

Monday, July 14
The Office of Summer Sessions sponsors the third session of professional development workshops, which will run through Friday, July 18. (See Announcements.)

Upcoming Events
Monday, July 21
The Office of Summer Sessions sponsors the fourth session of professional development workshops, which will run through Friday, July 25. (See Announcements.)

Monday, July 28
The Office of Summer Sessions sponsors the fifth session of professional development workshops, which will run through Friday, Aug. 3. (See Announcements.)

Monday, July 28, through
Saturday, Aug. 2

The Office of Summer Sessions sponsors the Lion Drummers World Percussion Workshop, a series of classes, held Monday through Friday, aimed at teaching elementary, middle school, high school and college students the fundamentals of playing percussion instruments in rock, jazz, Afro-Latin and African music.

The elementary school class will run from 9 a.m. to noon, the middle school class from 12:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and the high school/college class from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A joint concert will be held on Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m. All the classes are taught by Master Instructor Luis Garay. For more information, contact Garay at 301-649-5217 or or visit drummers.htm.

Guests On Campus
Visiting Groups
The Office of Conferences and Event Planning announces that the following organizations will be using campus facilities this month:

On Thursday, July 17, So Others Might Eat, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that aids the impoverished, will hold a one-day conference, cosponsored by CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321. For more information, contact Barbara Early, associate professor, at 202-319-5456.

From Sunday, July 15, to Saturday, July 19, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will hold its second annual Teach Vietnam Teachers' Conference, aimed at sharing with educators effective methods to teach about the Vietnam War. Caldwell Auditorium and Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, call 202-319-5291 or visit

On Saturday, July 19, Christian Communities Group Homes will host its fifth annual Intergenerational Swing Dance, cosponsored by the Catholic University Ballroom Club. This marks the third consecutive year that the nonprofit, which runs three Washington, D.C., homes for low-income senior citizens, has brought the dance to CUA. The event — this year titled "Thank the Generation That Brought You Swing" — will last from 8 p.m. to midnight. Caldwell Auditorium. For more information, call 202-635-9384.
From Friday, July 25, to Sunday, July 27,, the world's largest job-seeker Web site, will hold its Diversity Leadership Program, aimed at teaching local incoming college juniors and seniors about resume building, job hunting and interviewing. The classes will be held in Hannan Hall and Caldwell Auditorium. For more information, contact Chuck Knippen at 513-225-8538.

From Wednesday, July 30, to Saturday, Aug. 2, the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration will hold its Youth Career Skills Challenge, which will test the academic skills of 200 teen-agers from impoverished urban neighborhoods, rural areas and Indian reservations. The challenge will feature contests in mathematics and language arts, and will include a college and job fair. The contest will be held at various campus locations, including the Pryzbyla Center and Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-693-3377.

Summer Session Classes
The remaining three (out of five) sessions of professional development workshops — graduate-level classes to help education professionals such as teachers and adminstrators earn their certifications or get re-certified — will be held. The third session runs from Monday, July 14, through Friday, July 18; the fourth runs from Monday, July 21, through Friday, July 25; and the fifth runs from Monday, July 28, through Friday, Aug. 3. For more information, call 202-319-5572.

Undergraduate Orientation Program
The Orientation Program for new freshman and transfer students will be held from Thursday, Aug. 21, to Sunday, Aug. 24. Students will learn about CUA's services and programs, meet with their faculty advisers and learn more about the university's academic requirements. The Parent Orientation Program, to be held Aug. 21-23, will provide an overview of campus life and university policies as well as address the changes and challenges that parents might experience when their children join the CUA community.

Three Orientation brochures are sent to incoming students. The first brochure, "Orientation Information," was sent in May and provides details on registering for student and parent programs.

The second brochure, sent in June, informs incoming freshman students of the "Reader's Program," designed to encourage new students to interact with faculty and develop a rapport with their peers who share a common interest in reading. Each freshman is encouraged to read one of 19 books, pre-selected by CUA professors, prior to his or her arrival on campus. During orientation, the students who have read the same book and the professor who selected it meet for a 90-minute discussion. The Reader's Program brochure can be viewed at the Orientation Program Web site.

In August, the "Parent Handbook" will be sent to the parents of incoming students. This is a brief overview of CUA's services and policies, and is intended to complement other university mailings that new students have received over the summer, as well as CUA publications such as the Student Handbook and university Announcements book.
The final Orientation publication, the "Program Schedule," is distributed to new students and parents upon their Aug. 21 arrival on campus. Copies of the program schedule will be distributed to university faculty and staff during the week of August 18-22.

For more information, contact Ellen Breipohl Thorp, assistant dean of students, at 202-319-5619 or visit the Orientation Program Web site,

Summer Opera at CUA
The Summer Opera Theatre Company celebrates its 25th anniversary season with the following productions, which will be held at Hartke Theatre:

Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16; at 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18; and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 20. Prices for the July 16 performance run between $40 and $65; prices for the July 18 and 20 shows run between $75 and $110.

Elaine R. Walter, professor of music, will give a 6:30 p.m. pre-performance lecture on July 16. Reservations are required.

A memorial concert and tribute to John Lehmeyer, Summer Opera's resident stage director and costume designer, will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. Lehmeyer, who had worked with Summer Opera since 1980, died from cancer complications on May 26, one day prior to the beginning of the Summer Opera's rehearsal period. The concert is free and open to the public.

To make reservations for the Walter lecture, to order tickets or for more information, call the Hartke Theatre box office at 202-319-4000.

For Your Benefit
CIGNA Behavioral Healthcare
The Office of Human Resources announces a change in the way CUA employees can access CIGNA behavioral healthcare. Effective July 1, 2003, CIGNA HealthCare has eliminated the prior authorization requirement for routine outpatient behavioral care. CIGNA Behavioral Health, Inc., is the first behavioral health benefit company to eliminate this requirement.

Members can continue to verify provider participation in the CIGNA Behavioral Health network by going to or by calling the toll-free number on their ID cards (800-244-6224) for questions or personalized help. But they are no longer required to obtain authorization prior to accessing routine outpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment from providers participating in the CIGNA Behavioral Health network.

For more information, call CIGNA's toll-free number, visit the CIGNA Web site or contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

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