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March 1 to March 7, 2004

Monday, March 1
Spring recess begins.

Faculty and staff tickets for Gillespie-McAuliffe debate available for pickup. See "Announcements."

Sunday, March 7
3 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a faculty recital featuring pianist Ivo Kaltchev. 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
Monday, March 8
Classes resume.

11:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., CUA's schools of social service, music and nursing present a lecture by harpist Therese Schroeder-Sheker, CUA artist-in-residence and founder of music thanatology. She'll discuss the principles of music thanatology, how it can enrich care of the dying, and the influence of cultural practices and traditions on care of the dying. The lecture is part of the graduate course Social Service: Death, and is open to the CUA community. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room. For more information, call 202-319-5458.

Noon to 1 p.m., the Department of Biology presents "Quality Animal Care: How much, and is it worth it?" by Katherine Nepote, director of laboratory animal care, University of Maryland, College Park. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 200. For more information, contact Andie Cohen at 202-319-5402.

Wednesday, March 10
12:20 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its brown bag lecture series "Eastern Orthodox Churches in the North American Religious Landscape: Challenges of Ethnic Traditionalism in the 21st Century," by Alexey D. Krindatch, Institute of Geography, Moscow, Russia. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Thursday, March 11
5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Graduate Student Association present "The Musical Language of Devotion: Cantigas de loor, laude spirituale and songs of Guirault Riquier," by Elizabeth Aubrey, professor, University of Iowa. Life Cyle Institute Auditorium. A light reception will follow. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

Friday, March 12
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy and the Graduate Student Association present as part of their Graduate Student Lecture Series "Concepts of Matter in Recent Science: A Philosophical Exploration," by Rev. William Wallace, O.P., CUA professor emeritus. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Department of Art hosts a reception for "Considerations: Being with the Stars; Sculpture and Drawings," an exhibition by Jeff Andrews, B.A. 1971, adjunct lecturer. The exhibition runs from March 8 to April 5. Salve Regina Gallery. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 202-319-5282.

Friday, March 12,
to Sunday, March 14

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its musical theatre production of The Civil War. Grover Gardner is the director; Debbie Wicks La Puma is the music director. The March 12 and 13 shows are at 8 p.m. and the March 14 performance is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for senior citizens and $5 for students. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5416.
Saturday, March 13
6:30 p.m., the Columbus School of Law hosts its 2004 Law and Public Policy Banquet, featuring Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.) as the keynote speaker and honoring its 2004 LLP certificate candidates. A cocktail reception will be held at 6:30 p.m. and a dinner at 7:30 p.m. Those interested in attending must R.s.v.p. by March 5 via phone at 202-319-6255 or e-mail at

DuFour Center
Spring Break Hours

The Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center is open on a modified schedule as follows during Spring Break:

— Monday, March 1, to Friday, March 5: Noon to 6 p.m, the center will be open to faculty, staff, students and members.

— Saturday, March 6, and Sunday, March 7: The center will be closed.

— Monday, March 8: The center resumes its regular hours.

For more information, call 202-319-5286.

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. Half of all the tickets to the event have been reserved for students. 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

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 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

Accounts Payable Manager
Edree Tebo, accounts payable manager, is currently on leave. During her absence, Lisa Fletcher will serve as the acting accounts payable manager. Those with questions can contact Lisa Fletcher at 202-319-5854.

Health & Safety
Save Your Vision
The American Optometric Association ( has designated March as "Save Your Vision" month. March also marks the start of allergy season, but for people who suffer from allergy-related eye problems, a number of over-the-counter and new prescription medications are available to provide relief, according to the AOA.

Common allergy symptoms include itchy, red, burning, watery or swollen eyes. To decrease or relieve the symptoms, your eye care professional can suggest over-the-counter eye drops or prescribe various medications, some of which have just received FDA approval.

Dry eyes can affect everyone, but especially those who wear contact lenses. For treating dry eye, artificial tears or eye lubricants are recommended. More important, discuss with your eye care professional any medications you are currently taking. He or she can better diagnose and treat irritated eyes if made aware of all prescriptions or over-the-counter products being used.

For more information, contact Jeff Potts at 202-319-5865.

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