This Week at CUA
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Guests on Campus

Upcoming Events


Announcements
Raymond A. DuFour Center Summer Hours

For Your Benefit
Reminder to CUA Retirement Plan Participants
Summer Vacation Plans
Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance Benefits


Health and Safety
As Summer Approaches, Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease

Calendar

Thursday, May 26

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. Corporate sponsors will display their wares and prizes will be awarded for the best posters. All are welcome to visit the show and socialize over a snack buffet. McMahon Hall Foyer. For more information or registration details, contact Pamela Tuma, assistant professor of biology, at 202-319-6681 or tuma@cua.edu.

Saturday, May 28
2 p.m., Columbus School of Law commencement, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. See http://law.cua.edu/Students/studentlife/commencement2005/ for more information.


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Guests on Campus

Monday, May 23, to Sunday, June 5
Twenty students from Stonehill College in Easton, Mass., visit Washington, D.C., and the CUA campus to take part in a summer semester focusing on American government and its political process. The students will interact with CUA academics, interest group representatives and members of Congress and the executive branch. For more information, contact John Kenneth White, professor of politics, at white@cua.edu.


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Upcoming Events

Monday, May 30
Memorial Day. University closed.

Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4
Reunions Weekend, classes of 1960, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985 and 1990. See http://alumni.cua.edu/reunions/reunionshome.cfm for more information.

Sunday, June 5, to Wednesday, June 8
The Program in Early Christian Studies sponsors a conference titled “Early Christian Studies and the Academic Disciplines." Registration is open for the conference but closed for on-campus housing and the opening dinner. Registration fees are waived for members of the CUA community. Caldwell Hall auditorium and the Life Cycle Institute auditorium. For more information, contact Catherine Peters at 202-319-5216 or peters@cua.edu .


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Announcements

Raymond A. DuFour Center Summer Hours
The Department of Athletics announces that the Raymond A. DuFour Center is now operating under revised summer hours. The athletic center is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The pool is open Monday through Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Department of Athletics at 202-319-5286.

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For Your Benefit

Reminder to CUA Retirement Plan Participants
Many employees received salary increases on May 1. If your salary changed, this would be a good time to take a look at your contributions to the CUA retirement plan to confirm that you are saving at a rate consistent with your retirement savings goals, and that your 2005 contributions will not exceed the maximum allowable contributions set by IRS. This mid-year review is particularly important if you also participate in the voluntary supplemental retirement plan. The 2005 maximum allowable contributions established by IRS are:

• $42,000  Combined employer and employee contribution

• $14,000  Employee maximum allowable contribution

• $4,000   Additional allowable contribution for employees 50 years old and over

• $3,000  Additional allowable contribution for employees who have been employed at CUA for 15 or more years

If you would like additional information about the 2005 maximum allowable contributions or you need assistance with the calculations, the following resources are available:

• The TIAA-CREF call center at 800-842-2776
• The TIAA-CREF Web site at www.tiaa-cref.org
• The Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050

A TIAA-CREF representative is available on campus every month or at the TIAA-CREF Washington office for one-on-one meetings with employees to discuss their accounts or retirement saving goals. You can make an appointment by phone at 202-637-8917 or online at www.tiaa-cref.org/moc. Please feel free to contact the CUA human resources staff if you have questions or need assistance.

Summer Vacation Plans
As we get closer to summer, you might be planning a vacation or day trips. Remember that CUA employees have access to a number of discount programs at theme parks and other attractions, as well as discounts on rental cars. Brochures and coupons are available at the Office of Human Resources located in 170 Leahy Hall. Please feel free to stop in and pick up information on discounts that are available to you. If you have questions, please call the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Faculty and Staff Tuition Assistance Benefits
If you, your spouse or child will be taking CUA courses during the summer sessions or in the fall, be sure to submit your tuition assistance application to the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible. The deadline for applying for tuition assistance is the applicable drop/add date listed on the academic calendar. However, we encourage you to submit your application as early as possible in case we have questions or need to follow up with you on any part of the request. Tuition assistance application forms are available at http://humanresources.cua.edu/forms/tuitionapp.doc.

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Health and Safety

As Summer Approaches, Beware of Ticks and Lyme Disease
Lyme disease was discovered in 1977 after a group of schoolchildren had been observed with symptoms of arthritis in Lyme, Conn. It was later detected that the disease is transmitted by a bacterium to humans via the bite of an infected deer tick. There were 23,763 reported infections to the Centers for Disease Control in 2002.

Deer ticks can be hard to detect with the naked eye and are much smaller than the common dog and cattle ticks.  In the larval stages the deer tick can be no larger than a pinhead. The route of exposure for humans is through skin contact with the tick. If the conditions are right, the tick will feed by inserting its mouth into the skin of the host (human) and take in blood. The Lyme disease infection will most likely be transmitted to the host after the tick has fed for two or more days.

Individuals who are in contact with tick-laden woods through hiking, camping, fishing, hunting or performing other outside tasks such as landscaping, brush cleaning, forestry, and wildlife and parks management are at higher risk of getting Lyme disease. The risk of obtaining Lyme disease is higher in the Northeast region.

Preventive steps that you can take to avoid Lyme disease:

-Avoid tick habitats
-Use personal protective measures
-Perform a tick check and remove any ticks with tweezers, if detected
-Take preventive antibiotics after a tick bite has occurred

For more information, contact Angela Ragan at 202-319-4461.


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