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April 26 to May 2, 2004

Monday, April 26
3 p.m. to 5 p.m., to celebrate Earth Week and discuss the environmental and political obstacles to saving the Chesapeake Bay, CUA's Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship and the Center for International Social Development sponsor a lecture, book signing and reception with Howard Ernst, author of the book "Chesapeake Bay Blues." Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room C and Gallery. For more information, contact Maryann Cusimano Love at 301-855-0135.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Columbus School of Law and CUA's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue present "Interreligious Dialogue in the Service of Peace," by Isa Jaber, former director of the Israeli Department of Education's Democracy Unit, and Ron Kronish, director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. Light refreshments will be served. Caldwell Hall, Dissertation Defense Room. For more information, contact Charles Jones at 202-319-6882 or

3 p.m. to 6 p.m., CUA¿s Department of Biomedical Engineering and other sponsors present "Technology for Promotion of Health, Function and Independence through the Lifespan," a symposium that addresses how the rapidly growing elderly population worldwide is presenting challenges to the medical community. A panel of experts in aging, telecommunications, health and rehabilitation will discuss the role of technology in ensuring healthy, independent lives for senior citizens. Pangborn Hall, Anthony J. Scullen Room. For more information, call 202-319-5181.

4:30 p.m., the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures presents "Poet as Hero: The Classical Qasida (Ode)," by Shawqi Talia, instructor. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, Room 035. For more information, call 202-319-5084.

7:30 p.m., the Office of Housing and Residential Services and the Residence Hall Association present "Sniper Trial: Commonwealth of Virginia v. John Allen Muhammad," by Colette Pumphrey, assistant commonwealth's attorney and one of the prosecutors on the case. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Kevin Valazza at 202-319-5521 or

Monday, April 26, to Saturday, May 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Department of Art presents its Senior Art Show, featuring paintings and conceptual art by seniors Michelle S. Fernandes, Edwin Lee and Jonathan Suchland. Salve Regina Gallery. For more information, call 202-319-5282.

Tuesday, April 27
10 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See "For Your Benefit.")

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., CRUX, CUA's literary magazine, will distribute copies of its second annual issue on the second floor of the Pryzbyla Center. The magazine is free for students and faculty. For more information, contact Kristin Mullarkey at

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Opera Workshop, directed by Elaine R. Walter. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Wednesday, April 28
2 p.m., as part of its speakers series on the general topic of "Progress in the Neuropsychology of Cognitive Function," the Department of Psychology presents a lecture by Lauren Kenworthy, director of the Neuropsychological Assessment Service at the Children's National Medical Center. She will speak on "Executive and Social Learning Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorders." O'Boyle Hall, Room 324. For more information, contact Pam Greenwood at 202-319-5816.
4:10 p.m., the Department of Mathematics presents "Deterministic Polynomial Time Primality Test," by Lawrence Somer, professor. McMahon Hall, Room 209. For more information, contact Mikhail Ostrovskii at 202-319-5221 or

8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Kate Tamarkin, and Chamber Singers, conducted by Leo Nestor. 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, April 29
11 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See "For Your Benefit.")

12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its brown bag lecture series "Is Jewish Identity in Contemporary Society Mutable or Immutable? Evidence from Qualitative and Quantitative Data," by Arnold Dashefsky, visiting scholar in sociology and Judaic studies, George Washington University. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

Friday, April 30
Last day of classes.

Saturday, May 1
4 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mark Cook. Admission is free. Ward Hall, John Paul Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

7:15 p.m., Maurice Saylor (B.M. 1980, M.M. 1984), head of CUA's music library, will give a lecture entitled "The Hunting of the Snark." This will precede the premiere of his composition The Hunting of the Snark: An Agony in Eight Fits, which will be performed at 8 p.m. by the Cantate Chamber Singers, directed by CUA alumna Gisele Becker (B.M. 1981). Tickets are $20 general admission and $12 for those under 18. Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, 6601 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, Md. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 301-986-1799 or visit

Sunday, May 2
3 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Latin American World Percussion Concert, directed by Luis Garay. Admission is free. Ward Hall, John Paul Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Upcoming Events
Monday, May 3
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its Freshman Musical Theatre Showcase, directed by Jane Pesci-Townsend. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Tuesday, May 4
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its Sophomore/Junior Musical Theatre Showcase, directed by Ellwood Annaheim. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Thursday, May 6
6 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a chamber music recital, directed by Robert Newkirk. Admission is free. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Reader's Program
The organizers of CUA's Orientation Program encourage faculty members to get involved with this year's Reader's Program, which is designed to encourage new students to interact with faculty and develop rapport among peers who share a common interest in reading.

Each new student chooses to read one of many selected books prior to his or her arrival on campus and then discusses it with the other students and a professor during the orientation program. The professor who has chosen the book facilitates this 90-minute meeting. Afterwards, the students and faculty gather for a reception.
There are no additional meetings or time commitments involved beyond preparing for and facilitating the discussion, which is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 28, 2004, at approximately 6 p.m. Faculty who are interested in participating should contact Ellen Breipohl Thorp at 202-319-5619 or for more information.

Central Heating Plant Shutdown
The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations has begun shutting down the university's central heating plant in preparation for the approaching warm weather and will soon start up air conditioning on campus.

The start-up of campus air conditioning normally begins three to four weeks after the heating season ends, depending on the weather patterns. Robert Fawbush, associate director of facilities, maintenance and operations, expresses his appreciation to the CUA community for its patience and understanding during this changeover time, "as there will undoubtedly be some overlap in heating and cooling needs."

According to Fawbush, once the cooling season starts, the university¿s electrical consumption typically doubles. The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations encourages the CUA community to adopt conservation measures, especially during the summer.

Some conservation tips include:

¿ Raising the thermostat setting to 78 degrees.

¿ Turning off air conditioning, especially window units, when not needed. This includes overnight and vacations.

¿ Turning off all lights and computers when not in use.

¿ Keeping outside doors shut (not propped open).

¿ Keeping windows closed when air conditioners are in use.

For more information, contact the Facility Service Center at 202-319-5121.

CUA Annual Fund
For the 2004-2005 CUA Annual Fund ¿ which supports scholarships, technology upgrades and other key operating projects ¿ the Office of Annual Giving is encouraging the CUA community to donate to the Faculty and Staff Campaign through small payroll deductions. To donate or for more information, contact Katie Acuff at 202-319-6927 or

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 April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Session Two, "Dealing with Difficult Situations," will be held on April 29 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 202-319-4176 or

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