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May 31 to June 6, 2004

Monday, May 31
Memorial Day. University closed.

Friday, June 4,
and Saturday, June 5

Reunions Weekend. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

Guests On Campus
Visiting Groups
The Office of Conferences and Event Planning announces that the following organizations will be using campus facilities this month:

On June 3-6, CUA's School of Theology and Religious Studies will host the 50th Annual Convention of the College Theology Society, a professional association of college and university theology and religion professors. Convention events will be held in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center and Caldwell Hall. For more information, call William P. Loewe, associate professor, at 202-319-5700 or 5701.

On June 17¿20, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the CUA student chapter of ASCE and the concrete manufacturer Master Builders, Inc., will host the 2004 National Concrete Canoe Competition. Participants will stay in residence halls and dine at the Pryzbyla Center. For more information, call 202-319-5291.

DuFour Center Summer Hours
This summer, the Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center will be open Monday-Friday from noon to 6 p.m. and will be closed on weekends. The pool, however, will be closed until necessary repairs have been made.

Baseball Camp
From Monday, July 12, to Friday, July 16, Catholic University will hold its 17th annual Instructional Baseball Camp for boys and girls ages 8 to 18, of all abilities and experience levels, who love the game and have a strong desire to improve their baseball skills.

The camp will run each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature quality professional instruction and live games supervised by college and high school coaches as well as Washington-area college players. Emphasis will be placed on the sport's fundamentals, and personal videotaping will be included. Supervised swimming also will be available. Adult supervision will be provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at no additional charge for the convenience of working parents.
Registration is limited, and group and team discounts are available. For more information or to obtain a brochure, visit /baseball.htm or contact Ross Natoli, head baseball coach, at 301-622-5058.

Feedback Requested
The CUA campus snack and beverage machine contracts are set to expire on July 31, 2004. Feedback on the performance of CUA's current service providers ARAMARK (snack provider) and Pepsi (beverage provider) is being sought from the CUA community. If you have any feedback or suggestions you would like to pass along, please do so by e-mailing Scott Anderson, associate director for housing, at by June 7, 2004.

For Your Benefit
Metrorail SmarTrip Cards
Beginning June 28, 2004, Metrorail riders who park in station garages will be required to pay for their parking with a Metro SmarTrip card as cash will no longer be accepted. Metrorail is shifting to a parking lot payment system that relies on SmarTrip card technology in an effort to eliminate suspected theft of parking fees.

To ensure the availability of SmarTrip cards to parking customers, Metrorail will install dispensing machines that sell the cards for $5 at stations with parking facilities. Customers will then need to add fare value to the card by taking it to a fare vending machine. Once loaded with the fare value, SmarTrip cards can be used to pay for parking fees and fares to ride Metrorail and some Metrobuses. Later this year, all Metrobuses will be outfitted with new fare boxes that accept the cards. Customers may add up to $200 in value on a SmarTrip card. CUA employees may use the fare cards that they purchase through the university's MetroChek payroll deduction to add value to their cards.
SmarTrip cards are available for purchase by cash, check or credit/debit card at three Metrorail sales offices, 11 commuter stores, special retail outlets, via U.S. mail, six Metrobus divisions or online at artrip.cfm. SmarTrip sales locations are also available online or by calling 202-637-7000.

If employees lose their SmarTrip cards, they don¿t lose the value. For a $5 fee to replace the card itself, Metrorail will issue a new card with the same value as when the customer notified officials of the loss. For this replacement feature, customers must register their card at the point of purchase, through the mail or online. Please visit the Metrorail Web site for more information.

Health & Safety
National Safety Month
June is National Safety Month and the start of the summer season. Thus, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety would like to remind the CUA community to take precautions against heat exhaustion. In the United States, more people die from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined.

Please remember the following tips when outdoors:

¿ Avoid becoming overheated. Take a break from outdoor work or play every 15 to 20 minutes and drink plenty of water.

¿ Be alert for the early signs of heat illness: muscle cramps, intense thirst, headache, dizziness and nausea. Use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or more, even on cloudy days. If possible, stay inside or in the shade between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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