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February 2 to February 8, 2004

Monday, Feb. 2
4:30 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies Students' Association hosts "Finding Common Ground: Modern Physics Meets Ancient Faith," by Stephen Barr, a professor at the University of Delaware's Bartol Research Institute. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321. For more information, contact David Delaney at

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
4:10 p.m., the Department of Mathematics presents "Fluctuation Theory for a Three-Dimensional Model of Maxwellian Molecules," by Paul Bezandry, professor, Howard University. McMahon Hall, Room 209. For more information, contact Mikhail Ostrovskii at 202-319-5221 or

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, 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, professor, George Mason University. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium. For more information, contact Christina 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.; the Feb. 8 performance will be at 3 p.m. Admission is free. The Takoma Theatre, 6833 4th St., N.W., Washington, DC. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, Feb. 11
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute and the Center for American Catholic Studies present "The Transformation of American Religion," by Alan Wolfe, author of One Nation, After All and The Transformation of American Religion. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Thursday, Feb. 12
12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its brown bag lunch series "Research on Why Protestant Pastors Leave Local Church Ministry: Findings of the Duke University Study," by LCI Director Dean R. Hoge and doctoral student Jacqueline E. Wenger. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Thursday, Feb. 12,
through Saturday, Feb. 21

The Department of Drama presents Le Bourgeois Avant-Garde. The Feb. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 shows will be held at 7:30 p.m.; the Feb. 15 performance will be at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for senior citizens, CUA staff, faculty and alumni, and groups of 10 or more; $5 for children and CUA students; and $3 for student rush. Hartke Studio Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-4000.

Friday, Feb. 13
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy and the Graduate Student Association present as part of their Graduate Student Lecture Series "Against Materialism," by Alvin Plantinga, professor, University of Notre Dame. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

8 p.m., the CUA Chamber Singers will perform Russell Woollen's Alexandria Suite. Leo Nestor is the conductor. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. 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. Reserved seating is $20 general admission and $10 for senior citizens and students. Advance ticket sales only. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at 202-319-5416.
Sunday, Feb. 15
3 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a faculty recital featuring violinist Jody Gatwood, cellist Robert Newkirk and pianist Marilyn Neeley. 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.

Thursday, Feb. 19
12:15 p.m., the Office of Public Affairs hosts "Academia and the Media: What Journalists Want," a brown bag lunch for all campus faculty. Amy Argetsinger, higher education reporter for The Washington Post, and Andrea Roane, news anchor for WUSA-TV, will explain how they cover the news and share their perspectives on the role that faculty experts can and do play. Beverages will be provided. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
The women's and men's basketball teams host Mary Washington College. The women play at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 14
The women's and men's basketball teams host St. Mary's College of Maryland. The women play at 2 p.m. and the men at 4 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 a Cardinal Card
The Department of Public Safety is continuing to issue CUA's new Cardinal Card to faculty, staff and students. The cards replace all current CUA identification and access control cards. Cards can be obtained by visiting public safety during its regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about the card's features, 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.

Family and Couples Therapy
As part of its clinical psychology doctoral program, the Department of Psychology is offering family and couples therapy to the CUA community. The sessions, which each cost $10, will be held Thursdays at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will be conducted by doctoral students under the supervision of department faculty. O'Boyle Hall, Third Floor (room has yet to be determined). For more information or to book an appointment, contact Barry Wagner, associate professor, at 202-319-5762 or 703-485-4535.

Alumni Association Awards
CUA's Alumni Association is soliciting nominations for the following awards, which will be conferred during 2004 and beyond:

— The Alumni Achievement Awards recognize alumni from the various schools of the university who have excelled in their fields of endeavor.

— The Young Alumni Merit Award honors alums who demonstrate high levels of professional achievement, leadership ability, potential for future leadership roles and a commitment to serving others. Nominees must have been alumni for no more than 15 years.

— The James Cardinal Gibbons Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the CUA Alumni Association. It recognizes an individual, who may or may not be a CUA alumnus, for distinguished and meritorious service to the church, the nation, or The Catholic University of America.

— The George J. Quinn '50 Distinguished Service Award recognizes alumni who have given "conspicuous and meritorious service" to the CUA Alumni Association, and may be presented to no more than five alumni each year.
— The Frank A. Kuntz '07 Award honors the "unsung heroes" of CUA whose efforts might otherwise go unrecognized.

— The Edward J. Pryzbyla '25 Award for the Support of CUA Athletics. Named in honor of the late Edward J. Pryzbyla, B.A. 1925, CUA's most generous benefactor, this award recognizes those who have rendered extraordinary service and support to the CUA athletics program.

Athletics Hall of Fame. Located in the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center, the Hall of Fame honors former CUA athletes distinguished for their outstanding performance, leadership or coaching ability. Nominations are currently being sought for the 2005 induction ceremony.

Those who submit nominations should attach a statement indicating why they feel the nominee should be considered for the award, as well as supporting materials such as resumes, newspaper clippings and Web page addresses. Nominations for all of the awards listed here can be made online at onform.cfm. Nominations for the 2004 awards will be accepted until Feb. 13. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

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.

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

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 the 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

For Your Benefit
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 Feb. 24 and March 23. Each session meets from 10 a.m. to noon.

Session Two, "Dealing with Difficult Situations," will be held on 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

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