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February 16 to February 22, 2004

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Monday, Feb. 16
5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity and the Graduate Student Association present "The Qur'an in Abbasid Christian Texts (750-1258)," by graduate student Clare Wilde. McMahon Hall, Room 309. Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. in McMahon Hall, Room 300. For more information, call 202-319-5795.

Tuesday, Feb. 17
12 p.m., Town hall meeting on the new CUA Staff Compensation Program. Caldwell Auditorium. See "For Your Benefit" for additional information. Town hall meetings are also scheduled for Feb. 18 and 19.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
4 p.m., the Department of Physics and the Graduate Student Association present a colloquium on "Spitzer and GALEX: New Windows in Space," by Jeffrey J.E. Hayes, IACS, physics department, CUA and NASA HQ. Coffee and cookies will be served at 3:45 p.m. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, contact Charles J. Montrose at 202-319-5347.

5:30 p.m., the Department of History, the Graduate Student Association and the Association of History Graduate Students present a colloquium on "Peacemaking in the Oltrarno, 1287-1297," by Katherine Jansen, associate professor of history. Kenneth Pennington, professor of law and theology and religious studies, will be the commentator. Light refreshments will be served at 5:15 p.m. Based on a pre-circulated paper. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321. To request a copy of the paper or for more information, contact the history department at 202-319-5484 or Solar@cua.edu.

8 p.m., the College Republicans and the Undergraduate Student Government classes of 2005 and 2006 present "The Daily Briefing: An Inside Look at Today’s Current Events," by Ari Fleischer, former press secretary to President George W. Bush. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. Question-and-answer session to follow. For more information, contact Jackie Ducci at 202-238-1546 or 75ducci@cua.edu.

Wednesday, Feb. 18,
to Sunday, Feb. 22

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the opera Coronation of Poppea. Stephen Czarkowski is the music director; Michael Scarola is the stage director. The Feb. 20 and 21 performances will be at 8 p.m. and the Feb. 22 show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. A special preview performance will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 8 p.m. Tickets for that showing are $5. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Thursday, Feb. 19
12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its brown bag lunch series "They Call Him Pastor: Married Men in Charge of Catholic Parishes," by Ruth A. Wallace, emerita professor of sociology, George Washington University. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

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.

Friday, Feb. 20
Noon to 3 p.m., the Office of Housing and Residential Services hosts an "Off-Campus Housing Fair" for upperclassmen, law students and graduate students. Participants can explore off-campus housing opportunities, obtain helpful resources and meet realtors and renters insurance representatives. Free refreshments and door prizes will be provided. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, contact Joanna Beres, off-campus housing coordinator, at 202-299-2600 or beresj@cua.edu.

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, Feb. 24
10 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See Announcements.)

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Ash Wednesday.

8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Instrumental Ensembles. Richard Fazio is the director. Admission is free. Ward Hall, John Paul Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Thursday, Feb. 26
11 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See Announcements.)

5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity and the Graduate Student Association present "Autonomy, Free Will and Housework: Jacob of Serug on Mary at the Incarnation," by Susan Ashbrook Harvey, professor, Brown University. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5795.

7 p.m., Minority Voices, the Black Organization of Students at The Catholic University of America, the College Democrats, the College Republicans and the Junior Class will host "Soul School Jeopardy," a competition among all CUA student organizations for a chance to win food for one group's meetings for an entire year. Door prizes and free food will be available. Pryzbyla Center, South Food Court. For more information, contact William Ellis at 50ellis@cua.edu.

7:30 p.m., the Resident Ministry program presents the first installment of its Spring 2004 Lecture Series. "Inside the Da Vinci Code: Exploring the Secrets and Searching for the Truth behind Dan Brown's Bestseller," will be given by Rev. John P. Beal, J.C.D., associate professor of canon law, and Rev. Berard Marthaler, O.F.M., Conv., professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies and executive editor of The New Catholic Encyclopedia. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium. A question-and-answer session and a reception will follow. For more information, contact Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.
Friday, Feb. 27
Noon to 2 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity and the Graduate Student Association present "Revisiting the Daughters of the Covenant: Women's Choirs and Sacred Song in Ancient Syriac Tradition," a seminar by Susan Ashbrook Harvey, professor, Brown University. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5795.

Athletics
Saturday, Feb. 21
The women's and men's basketball teams host Goucher College. The women play at 2 p.m. and the men at 4 p.m.

Announcements
Tickets for Gillespie-McAuliffe Debate
CUA will host the first debate of its kind between the chairmen of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee on March 18 at 8 p.m., in the Pryzbyla Center's Great Room. Tickets for the debate between the two CUA alumni, Terry McAuliffe, B.A. 1979, and Edward Gillespie, B.A.1983, will be available in early March.

Students may pick up tickets beginning March 8. Alumni, faculty and staff tickets will be available beginning March 1. Seating for the event is limited to 725 and tickets will be available only to members of the CUA community. To accommodate as many members of the Catholic University community as possible wishing to attend this historic debate, no tickets will be available for the general public but the debate will be broadcast live via the Internet at http://www.cua.edu.

Tickets may be obtained as follows:

— Beginning March 8, students may obtain tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk in the Pryzbyla Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. A CUA photo ID will be required to obtain a ticket and only one per student will be issued.

— Beginning March 1, alumni may obtain tickets by calling the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608. Ticket availability is limited.

— Beginning March 1, CUA staff may obtain tickets on a first-come, first-served basis at the Information Desk in the Pryzbyla Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. A CUA photo ID will be required to obtain a ticket and only one per staff member will be issued.

— Beginning March 1, faculty may obtain tickets from the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences, 109 McMahon, 202-319-5115.

Simulcast: Since demand for tickets is expected to exceed available supply due to space limitations, special overflow seating will be available in the Pryzbyla Center for members of the CUA community without tickets who wish to enjoy the debate via video simulcast. The debate will be simulcast in the Pryzbyla Food Court, in various meeting rooms throughout the Pryzbyla Center and on the Internet at www.cua.edu. The general public is encouraged to view the webcast.

Security: Attendees are advised to refrain from bringing book bags, briefcases and backpacks to the event, as they may need to be checked and/or searched prior to entering the Great Room. CUA faculty, staff and students should be prepared to show their CUA ID for entrance into the hall. Videotaping, audiotaping and flash photography of the event are prohibited.

Schedule: The debate will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Those not seated by 7:45 p.m. will be considered "no-shows" and will forfeit their seats. No exceptions will be permitted.

Format: Questions for the debate will be submitted primarily by members of the faculty of the Department of Politics and by CUA students. Students who wish to submit a question should e-mail it, along with their full name, major, year of graduation and hometown to debate-questions@cua.edu.

Student Employee
of the Year Nominations

To honor CUA's student workers and their supervisors, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, has proclaimed the week of April 11-17 as "Student Employment Week" at CUA.

During that week, the university will honor one undergraduate and one graduate "Student Employee of the Year." The Office of Career Services is calling on supervisors to nominate from their areas one undergraduate and/or one graduate student employee (work-study or non-work-study) whose contribution to that office or department the supervisor believes is exceptional.

The Office of Career Services will begin accepting nominations on Feb. 18 and is looking for students who are reliable, do high-quality work, and show creativity and independence in dealing with work situations. A committee of readers will select one undergraduate and one graduate student for the award. Each nominee, along with award recipients, will be publicly acknowledged on campus. Supervisors should visit http://careers.cua.edu/seoty.h tm, complete a nomination form and submit it to career services by March 12.

For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at 202-319-5623.

Bookstore Closing
The CUA bookstore will be closed on Friday, Feb. 20, for inventory. It will reopen on Saturday, Feb. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5232 or visit http://www.cua.bkstr.com.

Black History Month
To commemorate Black History Month, the Office of the Dean of Students offers a complete list of on- and off-campus events and general information on the month at http://multicultural.cua.edu. For more information, contact Akima Rogers, associate dean of students, at 202-319-5619 or rogersa@cua.edu.
ATLAS Academic Clinics
ATLAS is offering free academic clinics to all CUA students. The science clinics will meet on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Hannan Hall, Room 105. The math clinics will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Hannan Hall, Room 103. Students can bring questions about course content, concepts and homework. In the future, ATLAS hopes to establish an ESL conversation group. For more information about the clinics, contact ATLAS at 201-319-5018 or cua-atlas@cua.edu.

Kitchen Donations
The Office of Campus Ministry is asking faculty and staff to donate old, mismatched or outdated kitchenware and cooking utensils to the recently opened Resident Ministers' "Cellar," a newly refinished meeting space used to host all kinds of on-campus programs, events and receptions. Campus Ministry would greatly appreciate donations of old pots, pans, plates, flatware or cooking utensils. For more information, contact Rev. Robert Schlageter, director of Campus Ministry, at 202-319-5575.

Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty and staff how to find out about the closing or delayed opening of Catholic University because of inclement weather. The quickest ways to find out are to check the CUA Web site at www.cua.edu or to call the university’s main number — 202-319-5000. The information is available through those two sources by 6 a.m. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio outlets, and they too report the information.

For Your Benefit
Staff Compensation Program
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president, has announced a new CUA Staff Compensation Program. The Office of Human Resources invites CUA staff to learn more about the new program by attending any one of the following town hall meetings:

— Tuesday, Feb. 17, at noon in Caldwell Auditorium

— Wednesday, Feb. 18, at noon in Caldwell Auditorium

— Thursday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. in Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A

Members of the compensation committee will present specific details about the methodology and conclusions of the Staff Compensation Study. The presentation will last about 45 minutes, with a question-and-answer period to follow. For more information, contact Schlain Schmidt, compensation manager, at schmidts@cua.edu.

Reimbursement Deadline
The Office of Human Resources reminds all CUA employees that the deadline to file for reimbursement for expenses incurred in 2003 is Feb. 29, 2004. All requests for reimbursement should be sent to: Employee Security Inc., 7125 Thomas Edison Drive, Suite 105, Columbia, MD, 21046. Claims also may be submitted by fax to 410-997-3796. CUA employees are encouraged to keep a copy of any claim information sent to any university vendors. In keeping with the requirements of the plan, requests for reimbursement received after the Feb. 29 deadline will not be considered. Any questions regarding flexible spending benefits may be addressed to ESI or to the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

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. Each session meets from 10 a.m. to noon.

Session Two, "Dealing with Difficult Situations," will be held on Feb. 26. 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 clayton@cua.edu.

Health & Safety
Treating Those in Shock
A person who has fainted or is in shock may feel light-headed, confused or might be unconscious. Usually, a victim's pulse is weak and fast, the breathing slow and shallow, and the pupils might be enlarged.

If you encounter someone who has fainted or is in shock, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety recommends the following:

— Contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5111 on campus or call 911 off campus.

— Lay the victim on his or her back with feet elevated above the heart. If the person is vomiting or bleeding from the mouth, position the victim on their side to prevent choking.

— Keep the victim warm by covering him or her with a coat or blanket.

— Loosen tight clothing that may restrict blood flow.

For more information, contact Joe Beres at the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 202-319-6112.



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, cua-public-affairs@cua.edu. Items must include a phone number and contact person. The next issue will begin Monday, February 23, 2004. Deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 18, 2004. CUA's Calendar of Events is updated regularly at http://www.cua.edu.

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