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May 3 to May 9, 2004

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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.

Wednesday, May 5
4:10 p.m., the Department of Mathematics presents "Learning as an Inverse Problem in Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Spaces," by Vera Kurkova, professor, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. McMahon Hall, Room 209. For more information, contact Mikhail Ostrovskii at 202-319-5221 or ostrovskii@cua.edu.

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.

Upcoming Events
Friday, May 14
4 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church.

Saturday, May 15
10 a.m. Commencement. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, East Steps.

Saturday, May 29
2 p.m. Law school commencement. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church.

Announcements
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 to discuss 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 thorp@cua.edu for more information.

For Your Benefit
CIGNA Health Benefits
In order to promote healthy lifestyles, CIGNA HealthCare members can now receive special discounted rates on health and wellness magazine subscriptions. CIGNA has partnered with Group Discounts to provide members with discounts up to 80 percent off newsstand prices and 50 percent off subscription rates. Members can choose from magazines such as Prevention, Cooking Light, Shape and Health. To order, CIGNA members can complete a coupon and mail it in to Group Discounts with a check. Members also can renew existing subscriptions through this offer. These magazines are available only through http://www.mycigna.com.

In addition, CIGNA Healthy Rewards is now the only national carrier to offer all three Weight Watchers programs nationally in participating locations:

¿ Weight Watchers At Home Kit: includes an instruction guide, FlexPoints calculator, complete food and dining out companions, workout guides, 26 weeks of access to a toll-free helpline and more. CIGNA Healthcare members pay $89.95 plus $9.95 shipping and handling.

¿ Weight Watchers Online: online access to personalized tools, information and resources such as a journal, weight tracker and meal planner, a library of recipes and more. Price is $49.95.

¿ Weight Watchers Traditional Meetings: Free registration for weekly meetings held in the community that provides group support for making lifestyle changes. Weekly fee paid at the first meeting.

To find Weight Watchers on the CIGNA Web site (http://www.mycigna.com), select the "Health Resources" tab, then "Member Savings" or select "Healthy Rewards," then "Weight Management."
Health & Safety
Air Flight Hazards
Have you heard of air travel's "economy-class syndrome?" Although this is not a new phenomenon, it's garnering greater attention as airlines address cramped seating and the risk of potentially fatal blood clots caused by crowded conditions on long-haul flights. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the leg that can dislodge and move to the lungs or heart.

Being immobile for a long time can contribute to blood clots. DVT cases have risen as airlines have reduced the space between rows of seats in order to pack in more passengers. Travelers most at risk are the elderly, the overweight, pregnant women, those with a history of DVT and passengers traveling economy class.

To prevent DVT, one should:

¿ Prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water and little or no alcohol. Dehydration can promote blood clots by causing the blood to thicken.

¿ Wear loose-fitting clothes to avoid constricting blood vessels.

¿ Walk around the cabin when possible and do simple exercises in your seat to increase blood circulation. One good exercise is a foot press in which you move your feet up and down as if you're pumping an automobile gas pedal.

In recent years, several airlines have started showing videos and putting information cards in seat backs to educate passengers on the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while traveling.



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