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May 10 to May 16, 2004

Monday, May 10
Noon. The Columbus School of Law's Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion presents "Islam and the Concept of 'Secularity,' " by noted Iranian theologian Abdulkarim Soroush, scholar-in-residence, Yale University. A reception will follow. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 322B. For more information or to R.s.v.p., contact Constantia Dedoulis at 202-319-6081 or

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.

Upcoming Events
Monday, May 17
First sessions of summer classes begin.

Wednesday, May 19
6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the Department of Biology and the Chesapeake Society for Microscopy sponsor a poster show and exhibit that provides a forum for area microscopists to discuss and display their work, enjoy displays by various corporate sponsors and socialize over a snack buffet. McMahon Hall Foyer. For more information and registration details, contact Pamela Tuma at 202-319-6681 or

Tuesday, May 25
10 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See "For Your Benefit.")

Thursday, May 27
11 a.m. to noon. Customer Service Training Initiative. (See "For Your Benefit.")

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

Monday, May 31
Memorial Day. University closed.

Credit Union Closing
The Federal Engraving and Printing Credit Union located in Leahy Hall, Room 180, will be closed until further notice beginning Tuesday, May 11, due to construction work in its office space. A re-opening date has not yet been set, but the credit union's ATM machine located in the lobby of the main entrance of Leahy Hall will continue to be available for use.

Financial Policy Guides
CUA's finance division has issued two new campus user guides that supplement the financial policies of the university. They are "No. 1: Using the Policy and Procedures Manual" and "No. 2: Sale, Disposal and Transfer of Equipment."
These policies are located at yMan/Policy.htm and will be mailed throughout the campus next week.

CUA Libraries Online
The May issue of CUA Libraries Online is now available at 2.html. The newsletter contains information about new collections, policies and essential research tools. For details, click on the link or e-mail

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 May 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Session Two, "Dealing with Difficult Situations," will be held on May 27 from 11 a.m. to noon.

The sessions will be conducted at the Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. To reserve a space or for more information, contact Jeannetta Clayton at 202-319-4176 or

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

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 (, 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:

¿ Avoid 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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