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January 19 to January 25, 2004

Monday, Jan. 19
Martin Luther King Day (Holiday).

Tuesday, Jan. 20
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All-day session for faculty, staff and Metropolitan College students to pick up their mandatory Cardinal Card. Leahy Hall, Room 127. See "Announcements" for details.

5:30 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Politics, the Life Cycle Institute and the Center for American Catholic Studies present "United or Adrift: American Catholics in the 21st Century," by John Zogby, Zogby International. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. For more information, call 202-319-5115.

Wednesday, Jan. 21
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Final all-day session for faculty, staff and Metropolitan College students to pick up their mandatory Cardinal Card. Leahy Hall, Room 127.

4:10 p.m., the Department of Mathematics presents "Metric spaces poorly embeddable into Lebesgue and Euclidean spaces," by Mikhail Ostrovskii, associate professor. McMahon Hall, Room 209. For more information, contact Alexander Levin, associate professor, at 202-319-5221 or

8 p.m. National Vigil Mass for Life. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Thursday, Jan. 22
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Columbus School of Law's CommLaw Conspectus journal, the Institute for Communication Law Studies and the Federal Communications Commission host a symposium about digital issues in various communications industries. "The Journey to Convergence: Challenges and Opportunities" will be divided into four panels, each with a moderator and three to four panelists. The keynote address will be given by Kathleen Abernathy, FCC commissioner; the luncheon address will be given by Winston J. Maxwell, a partner in the Paris office of Hogan & Hartson, L.L.P. Columbus School of Law.

For more information, visit um/convergence. Those interested in attending may contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or

Noon. March for Life. National Mall.

12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its brown bag lecture series "The Moral Dimension of Economic Decision-Making," by Joseph G. Eisenhauer, professor, Canisius College. Life Cycle Institute Library. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Friday, Jan. 23
10:30 a.m. to noon, the Columbus School of Law presents a colloquy composed of women leaders in the pro-life movement. "Abortion and the American Woman: Women, Abortion and the Law," will feature Cathy Cleaver Ruse, director of planning and information in the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Serrin Foster, president, Feminists for Life; and Georgette Forney, executive director for the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life. Helen Alvare, associate professor in the Columbus School of Law, will be the moderator. Registration will begin and refreshments will be served at 10 a.m. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. To r.s.v.p. and for more information, contact

8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a guest artist/faculty recital featuring soprano Rosemarie Houghton and pianist Carlos Rodriguez. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Jan. 25
10:30 a.m., the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts an undergraduate open house. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, call 202-319-5305 or visit

Upcoming Events
Monday, Jan. 26
6:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning, the Embassy of Austria/Austrian Cultural Forum and Architekturzentrum/Vienna present "Housing for Everyone: Vienna-USA," a panel discussion about public housing options in Vienna and the United States. The discussion coincides with an exhibit titled "Housing in Vienna: Architecture for Everyone" that opened on Jan. 6 and runs through Jan. 30. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Tuesday, Jan. 27
12:10 p.m., Patronal Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas. University Mass. Noon classes are cancelled. Classes that usually meet at 1:10 p.m. will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Catholic University Law Review hosts its winter symposium, "Ensuring the Continuity of Government in Times of Crisis." Panelists will discuss current contingency plans in case of terrorist attacks on the Supreme Court, Congress and the Presidency. A continental breakfast will be provided. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom.

Panelists include:

— Lloyd N. Cutler, senior partner, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
— Howard M. Wasserman, assistant professor of law, Florida International University College of Law.
— Randolph D. Moss, partner, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering
— Norman J. Ornstein, resident scholar, American Enterprise Institute
— John C. Fortier, executive director, Continuity of Government Commission
— John Yoo, visiting professor of law, University of Chicago Law School
— James Ho, chief counsel, U.S. Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights for Sen. John Cornyn.

For more information, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or

6:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning, the Preservation League and the D.C. Heritage Tourism Coalition present "From Early Settlement and School Segregation to Visionary Plans," a panel discussion focusing on CUA Associate Professor Iris Miller's book Washington in Maps, 1606-2000. The City Museum, 801 K Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-383-1860 or visit
Thursday, Jan. 29
10 a.m., Delta Theta Phi, the Student Bar Association, the ABA National Security Law Report and the Military Law and National Security Student Association invite the CUA community to the Columbus School of Law's second annual military justice lecture. "Ethics in Military Justice and Current Issues in the Navy JAG Corps," will be given by Rear Adm. Michael F. Lohr, judge advocate general, U.S. Navy. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. Attending this lecture will fulfill one elective ethics requirement. For more information, contact Marlena Larson at 202-319-5491 or

12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its brown bag lecture series "Looking Backward: A Cross-National Study of Religious Trends," by Larry Iannaccone, Koch Professor of Economics, George Mason University. Life Cycle Institute Library. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

12:15 p.m., the Office of Public Affairs hosts "Faculty and the Media: What To Do When A Reporter Calls," a brown bag lunch for all campus faculty. Associate Professor Helen Alvare (Columbus School of Law) and Professor John K. White (Department of Politics), both of whom have extensive experience doing media interviews, will be the featured speakers. Beverages will be provided. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's Music Theatre Research Project presents Nymph Errant, a musical based on the James Laver novel of the same name. The music and lyrics were written by Cole Porter. Ellwood Annaheim is the director and Maureen Codelka the music director.Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on both days and at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Feb. 1
3 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a faculty/guest artist recital featuring vocalist Jane Pesci-Townsend and pianist Howard Breitbart. Admission is free. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria campus, 3001 North Beauregard St., Alexandria, Va. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Saturday, Feb. 14
7 p.m., internationally acclaimed medieval music ensemble Anonymous 4 will perform a public concert of polyphonic music and chant titled "la Bele Marie." Tickets are $20 general admission and $10 for CUA students. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at 202-319-5416.

Monday, Jan. 26
7 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Albright College.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
The women's and men's basketball teams host York College of Pennsylvania. The women play at 6 p.m. and the men play at 8 p.m.

All athletic events will be held at the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center. For more information, call 202-319-5286.

Cardinal Card Schedule
The Department of Public Safety is issuing to faculty, staff and Metropolitan College students CUA's new Cardinal Card, which will replace all current CUA identification and access control cards. The cards, which are mandatory for everyone, can be obtained at Leahy Hall, Room 127, on the following dates:

— Tuesday, Jan. 20, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

— Wednesday, Jan. 21, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those who can't attend either of these sessions may contact Public Safety during regular business hours to set up an appointment. For more information, visit or contact Rana Silver, implementation specialist, at 202-319-6403 or

Cardinal Card Benefits
The new Cardinal Card can be used to enter secure buildings and sites on campus. It can also be used at the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, the Office of Health Services, all dining halls, the Office of Housing and Residential Services, the Department of Public Safety and the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center for a variety of other purposes, including payment of medical services, purchase of parking permits and payment of library fines and fees. Soon it will also be possible to use it to purchase books and supplies at the CUA Bookstore.

In addition, each card is individually programmed to permit use of meal plans selected by staff, faculty and students. Funds may also be deposited on the Cardinal Card to simplify on-campus cash purchases and for use at selected off-campus businesses.

Those wishing to add cash to the card's debit feature should contact and include their name, CUA student or employee identification number and their university e-mail address and username, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Allow 24 hours, then proceed to rdinalcard_addfunds.cfm, where a password may be obtained.

Cardinal Cards also can be used at the following off-campus locations:

— 7-11, 333 Hawaii Avenue, N.E.
— Colonel Brooks’ Tavern, 901 Monroe Street, N.E.
— Domino's Pizza, 333 Hawaii Avenue, N.E.
— Hunan Delight, 333 Hawaii Avenue, N.E.
— Island Jim's Crab Shack and Tiki Bar, 901 Monroe Street, N.E.
— Kelly's Ellis Island Restaurant, 3908 12th Street, N.E.

Additional off-campus establishments will be added.

Media Training Program for Faculty
During the spring 2004 semester, the Office of Public Affairs is conducting a media information and training program open to all CUA faculty. This will include two brown bag lunches for faculty, presentation of helpful information via the CUA Web site and individualized training sessions developed in cooperation with the deans.
During the first brown bag lunch on Jan. 29, two faculty members who have extensive track records in giving interviews to the print and electronic media will share their experiences. This presentation will be held in the Pryzbyla Center's Great Room C at 12:15 p.m. See "Calendar" for more information.

During the second brown bag lunch, on Feb. 19, two local journalists will explain how they cover the news and share their perspectives on the role that faculty experts can and do play. Amy Argetsinger, higher education reporter for The Washington Post, and Andrea Roane, news anchor for WUSA-TV, will also field questions from the audience. This presentation will commence at 12:15 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center's Great Room B.

For more information about the brown bag lunches or about the media information and training program, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600 or

Town and Gown Singers
Interested in choral music? Want to sing better? The Town and Gown Singers is CUA's community chorus, offering students, faculty, staff, alumni and surrounding community members a chance to experience choral music of many styles. This group requires no auditions and allows singers of all experience levels to hone their skills while having fun through performance. Rehearsals are Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Ward Hall, Room 210. For further information contact Kevin O'Brien at

Service Learning Classes
CUA's Center for Service Learning is soliciting applications from faculty and students to attend three service-based initiatives being held this semester at Georgetown University's Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service. The initiatives, made possible by a $400,000 federal grant to the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, are:

— Partners for Urban Research Project: One CUA faculty member may attend each semester and learn how to conduct community-based research.
— Learning Circles: Two CUA faculty members may attend each semester and learn how to incorporate their own service experiences into their teaching.
— Student Forum and Student Fellows. Two students (undergraduate or graduate) may attend and learn how to plan and lead their own service projects.

Modest stipends will be provided for those who are selected for the programs. Depending on the number of applicants, subsequent sessions for CUA faculty might be held on campus at the Center for Service Learning. Faculty interested in applying should contact Mimi Schuttloffel, director of the Center for Service Learning, at Students should contact Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575. All applications must be received by Friday, Jan. 23.

For Your Benefit
From Tuition to Investing
The Office of Human Resources makes the following announcements to CUA employees regarding tuition assistance, CIGNA HealthCare, retirement plans and retirement investment portfolios:

— The deadline for tuition assistance requests for the spring semester is Wednesday, Jan. 21 (Thursday, Jan. 22, for Columbus School of Law students). Those who wish to receive a tuition benefit for themselves or a qualified dependent must submit their completed tuition assistance applications to the Office of Human Resources no later than the close of business on Jan. 21 to be considered for the benefit.

— Employees enrolled in any of the CIGNA HealthCare plans should continue to use the ID cards they received when they enrolled. These cards do not expire and will not be reissued again this year. Employees or dependents who need to replace lost ID cards should contact CIGNA directly at 1-800-CIGNA24 or

— Retirement Plan Update: The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the pension saving limits for 2004 as mandated by the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001. In general, employees under age 50 will be able to contribute up to $13,000 toward their retirement savings, and employees over age 50 will be able to contribute up to $16,000. CUA employees with more than 15 years of service may be eligible for even greater savings. These savings levels are guidelines and may not apply to each employee. To determine their specific allowable contributions, employees are encouraged to contact TIAA-CREF and ask for a TDA (tax deferred annuity) calculation. Those who wish to change their retirement contributions for 2004 should complete and submit a new Authorization for Salary Reduction form, which is available at or at Leahy Hall, Room 170.

— As part of their retirement investment portfolios, employees now have the opportunity to invest in nine mutual funds offered through TIAA-CREF’s Investment Solutions. To learn more about these important plan enhancements, those interested should attend one of the group meetings conducted by TIAA-CREF at the Pryzbyla Center, Room 324. Meetings will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and on Friday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. Employees should contact the Office of Human Resources to reserve seats in one of these sessions, and also look for a home mailing from TIAA-CREF with detailed information about Investment Solutions.

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

This Week @ CUA is published weekly during the academic year. Please submit items to the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600; fax, 202-319-4440; e-mail, Items must include a phone number and contact person. The next issue will begin Monday, January 26, 2004. Deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2004. CUA's Calendar of Events is updated regularly at

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