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August 25 to August 31, 2003

Monday, Aug. 25
Fall classes begin.

Wednesday, Aug. 27
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts the fourth annual Campus Employment Fair in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room. For more information, contact Beth Andrews, student employment coordinator, at

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

Upcoming Events
Monday, Sept. 1
Labor Day (Holiday).

Friday, Sept. 5
2 p.m., as part of its fall lecture series, the School of Philosophy presents "Welfarism in the Theory of Practical Rationality," by Mark C. Murphy, Georgetown University. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact the School of Philosophy at 202-319-5259 or

Sunday, Sept. 7
4 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a faculty recital featuring John Robilette, adjunct professor, piano. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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

News from Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety makes the following announcements concerning identification cards, parking permits, building access and crime alerts:

CARDINAL CARD — 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. During this phase, 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 (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

Phase two will involve issuance of 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

PARKING PERMITS — Faculty and staff are invited to purchase their parking permits at Pryzbyla Center Rooms 321-323, from Aug. 26 to 29 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Those wishing to purchase permits after Aug. 29 may do so at Leahy Hall, Room 121.
BUILDING ACCESS — 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 nonbusiness hours should be submitted to the building administrators or their designees. Building administrators or their designees should contact Capt. Winslow McGill, patrol services officer, at or fax the request to 202-319-5110.

CRIME ALERTS — These are published when crimes that potentially threaten the university community occur on or near campus. The crime alerts are e-mailed and/or faxed to each CUA campus watch captain. Watch captains post the alerts in residence halls and on security bulletin boards throughout campus. Information alerts are distributed to let the campus community know about crime activity on or near campus that does not present a direct threat to the university community. The Department of Public Safety also maintains a crime/incident log that can be viewed by members of the community during normal hours of operation.

Free Fitness Classes
During the week of Aug. 25 to 29, the following fitness classes will be offered free of charge to the CUA community by Lifetime Activities and Leisure Studies at the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center:

— Monday, Aug. 25, and Wednesday, Aug 27, 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Weight Training (faculty and staff only)

— Monday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Pilates

— Monday, Aug. 25, and Wednesday, Aug 27, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Weight Training/Body Sculpting

— Monday, Aug. 25, 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Tai Chi

— Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Step Aerobics

— Tuesday, Aug. 26, and Thursday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Tae Kwon Do

— Friday, Aug. 29, noon to 1 p.m.: Tai Chi

— Friday, Aug. 29, 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.: Yoga

For more information, contact Jone Dowd, associate director of the athletic center, at 202-319-6043 or

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 is 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 applies only 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.

For Your Benefit
CIGNA Optional Life Insurance
In response to employee requests for an additional voluntary life insurance benefit, CUA and CIGNA have partnered to offer university employees the opportunity to purchase additional life and accident insurance.

This fall, employees may select additional life insurance coverage of one to five times their salary, to a maximum of $500,000. They may also select spousal coverage equal to 50 percent of their benefit — to a maximum of $250,000 — as well as life insurance for their unmarried, dependent children. When CUA employees purchase additional life insurance, they will also receive accident insurance, which can help their families pay expenses in the event of a serious accident.

By purchasing this insurance through CUA, employees benefit from affordable group rates, convenient payroll deductions and access to knowledgeable service representatives.

If employees take advantage of this opportunity during the initial enrollment period (which ends on Sept. 19, 2003), they and their dependents are entitled to choose insurance coverage up to the guaranteed amounts, without having to provide evidence of good health or other medical information.

Deborah Gold, CIGNA representative for CUA, will host a series of 20- to 30-minute informational sessions to review the details of the plan and answer any questions employees might have. She will provide rate information and applications at these meetings. The sessions will be held in Leahy Hall's first-floor conference room on Wednesday, Aug. 27, and Thursday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Employee participation is necessary to make this benefit offering a success. CUA must have a participation level of 20 percent (or approximately 250 employees) in order to offer this benefit. Those interested should respond as soon as possible to this offering so that the Office of Human Resources may determine if it has met its goal. Employees are advised not to cancel any existing life insurance policies until their enrollment in the university plan has been confirmed. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Tuition Benefits
The Office of Human Resources reminds employees that the last day to add or drop classes for the fall 2003 semester is Wednesday, Sept. 3. All applications for tuition assistance benefits for the fall semester must be received by the human resources office no later than the close of business on Sept. 3. For more information, contact Sherill Sampson at 202-319-4177.

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