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August 18 to August 24, 2003

Thursday, Aug. 21
New student orientation begins.

Upcoming Events
Monday, Aug. 25
Fall classes begin.

Thursday, Aug. 28
University Mass of the Holy Spirit. 12:10 p.m. classes are cancelled. Classes starting at 1:10 p.m. will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Preparing for the Fall Semester
The following events will be held in preparation for the beginning of the fall semester:

— Monday, Aug. 18: New and returning graduate and law students will arrive on campus to move into the residence halls. Most will live in Caldwell Hall and its Seton wing and in Gibbons Hall, but a few will live in Curley Court and the new Millennium halls.

— Tuesday, Aug. 19: Registration for all law students begins. Orientation programs for first-year law students will be held from Wednesday, Aug. 20, to Friday, Aug. 22.

— Thursday, Aug. 21: New students will begin moving into their residence halls or will check in for Orientation. The students will live in Spellman, Conaty, Flather, Ryan and Regan halls, Centennial Village, Curley Court and the Millennium halls. The parking lots at the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (across from Harewood Road) have been reserved for students' families. Shuttle buses will run from the parking lots to residence halls and the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center.

— Saturday, Aug. 23, and Sunday, Aug. 24: Returning students begin moving in. Curley Court, Flather Hall, Centennial Village, Ryan Hall, Regan Hall and the Millennium halls will be most affected. Since this is in tandem with Orientation, there will be a large number of people on campus and parking will be limited; shuttle buses will run.

Traffic will start at Michigan Avenue, and will proceed through John McCormack Road, but it will be semi-blocked for residents unloading. Other parking lots and streets on campus will be blocked and/or parking will be eliminated to allow easier access for residents to move in. For more information, visit and click "Opening Information."

For more information about these events, contact Mara Duffy, associate dean of students for external and student affairs at the Columbus School of Law, at, or Katie Boone, director of housing and residential services, at

Federally Funded University Travel
The Office of Grants and Contracts issues the following reminder to all faculty and staff who intend to travel using federal funds (i.e. under a federal grant or contract):

Consistent with federal guidelines and university policy, anyone traveling and requesting reimbursement using federal grant or contract funds are reminded that all foreign air travel is subject to the Fly America Act, which states, with limited exceptions, that U.S. flag (domestic) carriers must be used. This requirement only applies to federally funded air travel.
Also, reimbursements for lodging, meals and incidentals will be based on actual expenses (not federal per diem or lodging rates) with proper supporting documentation or receipts. For further guidance on required receipts, acceptable travel costs, etc., please refer to CUA's travel policy (Financial Policy Manual, Policy 13, "Travel Policy") at

For more information or to request exceptions to these requirements, contact the Office of Grants and Contracts at 202-319-5039.

CUA E-Mail Upgrades
The following message to CUA e-mail users is from Zia Mafaher, CUA's chief information officer and executive director of CPIT:

You may notice some very small changes in e-mail over the next few weeks. We are busily upgrading the e-mail system, in response to heavy usage and the requests we've received for greater functionality. Should you have any difficulties, simply close your mailbox and try again five minutes later. We hope you'll be happy with the new system; in any event, don't worry, because all your old settings will still work. If you have any questions, concerns or difficulties, please contact the CPIT Information Center at or by calling 319-4357.

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

The university community is cordially invited to attend and participate in all sessions, events and activities for Orientation 2003, especially the opening sessions, scheduled for Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center Great Room. The session will include a welcome by the Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, and skits performed by the Parent Orientation advisers. The university community may attend one or both of the opening sessions, and faculty and administrators are asked to sit toward the front of the room in a specially designated area.

The Orientation publication, the "Program Schedule," will be distributed to new students and parents upon arrival on campus. Copies of the program schedule are available at the Orientation Web site. For more information, contact Ellen Breipohl Thorp, assistant dean of students, at 202-319-5619 or visit

PBS Music Special
On Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 8 p.m., WETA, Channel 26, presents the PBS special "Defiant Requiem," an opera written by Murry Sidlin, dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. The concert/drama recounts the story of Raphael Schaechter, who conducted 16 performances of Verdi's "Requiem" at the Terezin concentration camp between 1943 and 1944. The PBS program features an April 2002 performance of the opera that Sidlin, then resident conductor of the Oregon Symphony, conducted. For more information, visit
Farewell Reception
The Office of the Registrar announces that after more than seven years of service to the Catholic University community, Associate Registrar Gordon Loomis is leaving CUA. He has accepted the position of registrar at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City.

The university community is invited to bid farewell to Gordon on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the foyer of McMahon Hall. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, call 202-319-5308 or 202-319-5829.

Health & Safety
Cardinal Cards and Building Requests
The Department of Public Safety makes the following announcements for the CUA community:

— Public Safety is issuing the university's new Cardinal Card, which will replace all current CUA identification and access control cards. To facilitate an efficient and orderly process, the distribution will occur in two phases.

Phase one, which began on Aug. 12, applies to students only. To distribute the cards, the Campus Transportation Management Office in Leahy Hall has been closed and all services relocated to the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Rooms 321-323. The office will reopen in Leahy Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 2 and return to normal business hours.

Phase two will involve all faculty and staff identification and access-control cards and is scheduled to begin in early October. A schedule will be sent out as soon as the dates are finalized. For more information, contact Capt. James P. Battle, administrative services officer, at 202-319-5111 or

— Faculty and staff are invited to purchase their parking permits at the Pryzbyla Center, Rooms 321-323, from Aug. 26-29 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Those wishing to purchase permits after Aug. 29, may do so at Leahy Hall, Room 121.

— It is the policy of The Department of Public Safety to open or close buildings and rooms at the request of the building administrators. Building administrators or their designees are asked to review requests for buildings to be opened or closed. Requests for building openings or closures during non-business hours should be submitted to the building administrators or their designees. Administrators or their designees should contact Capt. Winslow McGill, patrol services officer, at or fax the request to 202-319-5110.

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