The Office of Campus Ministry announces it will continue its tradition of daily eucharistic adoration throughout the season of Advent. Through Dec. 16, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed following 12:15 p.m. daily Mass in Caldwell Chapel. All are invited to stop by the chapel for quiet moments of prayer throughout the day.
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The Office of Campus Ministry will offer two vigil Masses on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a holy day of obligation). Masses will be celebrated at 5 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel, and at 9 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Chapel.
Adopt-a-Platoon: Christmas Service Project
The Office of Campus Ministry asks members of the university community to remember and pray for the U.S. soldiers who are serving abroad and away from loved ones during the Christmas season.
Faculty and staff members wishing to donate Christmas gifts to troops overseas can do so by dropping off items at the Office of Campus Ministry by Monday, Dec. 12. Suggested gifts include snacks, DVDs, black socks, magazines, Chapstick, toiletries and money (for shipping).
For more information, contact Emmjolee Mendoza at 202-319-5575 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty and staff how to find out about the closing or delayed opening of Catholic University because of inclement weather. The quickest ways to find out are to check the CUA Web site at www.cua.edu or to call the university’s main number — 202-319-5000. The information is available through those two sources by 6 a.m. on those days when weather conditions are poor. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio outlets, and they too report the information.
Mandated Power Outages
In order to comply with Pepco's high-voltage testing and maintenance procedures, CUA's Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations will conduct mandated power outages between Dec. 21 and Dec. 30. The outages have been scheduled in order not to interfere with exams. Following is the schedule:
- Wednesday, Dec. 21: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Village.
- Thursday, Dec. 22: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Ryan, Regan, Flather, St. Vincent, Kane, Grounds/Vehicle Shop; Momentary outages throughout day: Life Cycle, Millennium, Centennial Village, Hannan, Power Plant, Ryan, Regan, Gowan, McCort-Ward, Nursing-Biology, Crough, Maloney, Power Plant, Pryzbyla, Pangborn.
- Tuesday, Dec. 27: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Gowan, Nursing-Biology, McCort-Ward, Maloney, Mullen, Power Plant; 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.: Pryzbyla, Keane, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding, Spellman.
- Wednesday, Dec. 28: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pryzbyla, Keane, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding, Spellman, Gibbons.
- Thursday, Dec. 29: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Power Plant, Crough, Pangborn, McMahon, Stucco, McCarthy, Leahy, Caldwell, Ward, Curley, Salve Regina, Hartke.
- Friday, Dec. 30: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hannan, Centennial Village, Millennium, Life Cycle, Law, Pryzbyla.
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The Office of Business Services is offering “Training for Cardinal Station: PeopleSoft Student Administration v8.0” to university staff. This course is designed to familiarize new administrative support staff and refresh current users with the necessary navigational skills for Cardinal Station. It loosely follows the structure of the Navigation Training Guide available at http://cardinalstation.cua.edu.
The class will be held in Leahy Hall, LL 40, on Dec. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is limited to five participants. Specific areas of training will be determined by the needs of those in attendance. For more information or to register, contact Rana Silver at email@example.com.
KETRA: New Tax Law — New Opportunities
The Office of University Development advises the university community that President Bush recently signed into law the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA) of 2005. This law encourages donors to continue supporting America’s non-profit organizations, which may experience funding setbacks due to the recent shifting of gifts to national disaster relief efforts.
Charitable contributions are generally tax-deductible up to 50 percent of a donor’s contribution base. For most individuals, the contribution base is the same as their adjusted gross income (AGI). KETRA temporarily suspends limits on deductions for gifts of cash made between Aug. 28, 2005, and Dec. 31, 2005, and donors may deduct qualified charitable gifts up to 100 percent of their AGI. KETRA does not require recipient organizations to be engaged in providing disaster relief, so gifts made to CUA qualify under this temporary law.
Should you receive questions or requests for more information, please refer them to Mike Catell, executive director of university development, at 202-319-6910 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructional Baseball Camps
CUA will conduct an instructional baseball mini-camp from Wednesday, Dec. 28, to Sunday, Dec. 31, and two six-week camps, each meeting one day a week from Jan. 7 to Feb. 13. (One session meets on Saturday mornings; the other session meets on Sunday mornings.) All camps will be held in the DuFour Center. Camps are open to players ages 8 to 18, of all ability and experience levels. Attendees will be instructed by members of the CUA baseball coaching staff, local college and high school coaches, and college and professional players. Emphasis will be placed on baseball fundamentals as well as exposing talented high school prospects to college recruiters. Individual videotaping included. Group and team discounts are available. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and space is limited. Brochures and applications can be downloaded at http://athletics.cua.edu. For more information, contact CUA Head Baseball Coach Ross Natoli at 202-319-6092 or email@example.com.
Wellness and You Workshop
The Office of Human Resources is offering a workshop on wellness, which is more than avoiding disease. The "Wellness and You" workshop will introduce the major components of wellness, including proper nutrition, regular exercise, a balanced lifestyle and stress management.
The workshop will take place on Dec. 15, from noon to 1 p.m., in the First Floor Conference Room of Leahy Hall. To register, contact Cherylnn Teklemariam at 202-319-5050.
CIGNA Healthy Rewards Benefits
Beginning Jan. 1, CIGNA will offer its members four new Healthy Rewards weight management and mind/body programs:
Jenny Craig: This weight-loss program provides personalized weight-loss and weight-management services, as well as an option to purchase pre-packaged food. CUA employees who are CIGNA participants can sign up for a trial membership or take advantage of discounts on six-month and one-year programs.
Yoga Journal: Yoga can reduce stress and increase flexibility and balance. Members can save money through several Yoga Journal offers, including discounts on annual subscriptions, DVDs and sponsored conferences.
LensCrafters Vision Care Network: Members can visit any participating LensCrafters provider for a 30 percent discount on eyeglasses and accessories (a 5 percent increase from the current discount), a 15 percent discount on conventional contact lenses and $5 off vision exams. LensCrafters offers members access to nearly 15,000 providers nationwide.
Weight Watchers “Corporate Edition At Home” Kits: Weight Watchers research shows that working people appreciate specific tips and strategies they can integrate into busy lifestyles. Weight Watchers has developed two new at-home kits: a 26-week kit for $179, and a 52-week kit for $269. Members who purchase a kit also receive access to a toll-free help-line that can be utilized for weekly progress reports.
Healthy Rewards offers CIGNA members a variety of benefits, including:
Discount offers on complimentary and alternative healthcare, including vision and chiropractic care, fitness club memberships and more.
Savings of up to 60 percent on products and services.
The convenience of no referrals, claim forms or annual limits.
Access to a suite of online tools from WebMD Health. Members can use these tools to assess health, determine health risks and receive customized information to improve overall health.
A 2001 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report found that five to 15 percent of body weight loss can help reduce the risk of obesity and associated illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure, health disease and some forms of cancer and gall bladder disease.
For more information about Healthy Rewards benefits for CIGNA members, visit www.myCIGNA.com.
Holiday Stress Management
The employee wellness benefit company LifeEra is offering CUA employees a free packet of informational articles on "Keeping it Simple" to avoid stress during the holiday season. This packet can help individuals:
Learn how planning in advance may make the holidays less stressful.
Discover how to create timeless traditions in less time.
Learn what to do to make the season more meaningful.
CUA employees may obtain the "Keeping it Simple" information packet by visiting the LifeEra newsletter Web site at www.liveandworkwell.com, entering the CUA access code (12549) and clicking on Read the Newsletter. Employees also may submit requests via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (877-318-9400).
LifeEra specialists are available to talk to CUA employees 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and can be reached at 877-747-7126.
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ICE Cell Phone Initiative
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety advises the university community that paramedics are encourging people to embrace an initiative called ICE (In Case of Emergency), which utilizes stored cell phone information in emergency situations.
To take advantage of the initiative, add a contact titled "ICE" to your cell phone address book, being sure to include the name and phone number of your emergency contact. Paramedics are trained to look for the ICE contact immediately in cases of emergency. Since many people store family members by first name only in their cell phones, making them very difficult to separate from other cell phone entries, the presence of an ICE entry can save paramedics valuable time should they need to call an emergency contact.
ICE is not a perfect solution. People other than emergency responders could call an ICE contact from a lost or stolen cell phone. In addition, because many cell phone users have password protection features and because cell phones can become damaged during accidents, emergency responders will not always be able to access ICE contacts. Therefore, it is advisable to also keep a card of emergency contacts in your wallet or purse.
For more information, call 202-319-6112.
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