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January 26 to February 1, 2004

Monday, Jan. 26
10 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See Announcements.)

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. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church.

The Very Rev. Joseph Baranger, O.P., prior of the Dominican House of Studies, will be the principal celebrant. Rev. Richard Schenk, O.P., will be the homilist. Priests in attendance are invited to concelebrate and are asked to bring their albs and stoles, if possible, and to vest in the sacristy of the Crypt Church by noon.

The academic procession will form in Memorial Hall on the ground level of the basilica. At noon, the university marshal will lead members of the administration and the faculty in academic attire into the Crypt Church. Faculty and administrative staff who are unable to bring their academic attire are still invited to join the procession.

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 Adjunct 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

11 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See Announcements.)

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. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room C. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

Friday, Jan. 30
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy and the Graduate Student Association present as part of their Graduate Student Lecture Series "Potency and Act in Aristotle," by John Cooper, professor, Princeton University. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

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.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, Feb. 3
8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a faculty/guest artist recital featuring pianists Irina Koulikova and Ivo Kaltchev. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents as part of its Digital Libraries Lecture Series "Why Libraries? A Sixth-Century Answer Modified for the Twenty-First," by James J. O' Donnell, provost at Georgetown University and a CUA professor from 1981 to 2002. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5085.

Thursday, Feb. 5
7 p.m., CUA's Center for Irish Studies presents as part of its annual speakers series "The Literary Fenianism of A Portrait of the Artist," a lecture by Coilin Owens, associate professor of English, George Mason University. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium. For more information, contact Christine Mahony, center director, at 202-319-5488 or

Saturday, Feb. 7,
and Sunday, Feb. 8

The CUA Symphony Orchestra performs Einojuhani Rautavaara's Lintukoto: Isle of Bliss; Bartok's "Viola Concerto"; Anton Arensky's "Variations on a Theme of Tchaikovsky"; and Igor Stravinsky's Firebird Suite (1919 version). Kate Tamarkin and Stephen Czarkowski are the conductors. Richard Field is the violist. The Feb. 7 show will be at 8 p.m. and the Feb. 8 performance at 3 p.m. Admission is free. The Takoma Theatre, 6833 4th St., N.W., Washington, DC. 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." 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 4
The women's and men's basketball teams host Salisbury University. 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.

How to Obtain Cardinal Card
The Department of Public Safety is continuing to issue to faculty, staff and Metropolitan College students CUA's new Cardinal Card, which will replace all current CUA identification and access control cards. Cards can be obtained by contacting public safety during its regular business hours from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, visit or contact Rana Silver, implementation specialist, at 202-319-6403 or

Dining Discounts
The Office of Dining Services has launched a new permanent discount dining program for CUA faculty and staff. Those who present their new university identification cards at the Food Court registers in the Pryzbyla Center will receive a 10 percent discount off their total purchase.

In addition, on Mondays through Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., faculty and staff who present their I.D. cards in the Pryzbyla Center's student restaurant can purchase an all-you-can-eat meal for $5.25 plus tax. For more information, call 202-319-5295.

Other 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 Rana Silver at 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.

Fitness Classes
The Athletics Department invites CUA faculty and staff to follow through with their New Year's resolutions and take the following fitness classes at the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center's second floor studio this semester.

— Staff and faculty fitness classes will be meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m. Ten-class cards cost $40 and 20-class cards $70.

— Pilates classes will be held on Mondays at 1 p.m. and cost $100. Those interested can attend a free trial class on Jan. 26.

— Yoga classes will meet on Fridays at noon and cost $100.

For more information, contact Jone Dowd at 202-319-6043 or

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

Customer Service Training
The Office of Human Resources invites faculty and staff to participate in the Customer Service Training Initiative.

Session One, titled "A Culture of Service" and "The Fish Philosophy," will be held on Jan. 26, Feb. 24 and March 23. Each session meets from 10 a.m. to noon.

Session Two, "Dealing with Difficult Situations," will be held on Jan. 29, Feb. 26 and March 25. Each session meets from 11 a.m. to noon.

The sessions will be conducted at the Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. To reserve a space and for more information, contact Jeannetta Clayton at 202-319-4716 or

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. Weight Watchers meetings will be held Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 351.

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). Registration for the spring session will be held on Feb. 12 at 12:30 pm in Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. The session will run from Feb. 19 to May 6. Those interested in joining should contact Donna Jones in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at 202-319-5700 or For more information, visit

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

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

— 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, February 02, 2004. Deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, 2004. CUA's Calendar of Events is updated regularly at

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