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 Nov. 21 and Nov. 29:
- Monday, Nov. 21: 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., campuswide (except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law, Life Cycle, Kane, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Millennium, Pryzbyla).
- Wednesday, Nov. 23: 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., campuswide (except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law, Life Cycle, Kane, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Millennium, Pryzbyla).
- Monday, Nov. 28: 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Flather, Regan, St. Vincent, Ryan, Kane, Grounds/Vehicle Shop.
- Tuesday, Nov. 29: 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Life Cycle.
Mandated outages will also occur next month, beginning Dec. 21. Those outages have been scheduled in order not to interfere with exams. Check This Week @ CUA in December for a schedule of outages.
Thanksgiving Food Collection
The Office of Campus Ministry invites university offices and departments and individual faculty and staff members to participate in its Thanksgiving Food Collection. The collection is part of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Grocery bags and lists of needed items can be picked up in the Office of Campus Ministry. Needed items also are listed on the campus ministry Web site (http://ministry.cua.edu). Bags with donated items should be dropped off in the campus ministry office by Sunday, Nov. 20. They will provide Thanksgiving dinners for Washington, D.C., families served by Exodus Ministries.
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
The Office of Campus Ministry also invites members of the university community to participate in other Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week activities:
Monday, Nov. 13
8 p.m., Homeless panel. Current and former homeless individuals share their experiences and insights about homelessness. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium.
Thursday, Nov. 17
CUA faculty and staff members are invited to join students in serving hot breakfast at the So Others Might Eat facility. Van leaves from the Office of Campus Ministry at 6:45 a.m. and returns at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 19
Help the Homeless Walkathon on the National Mall. Participants should meet in the Office of Campus Ministry at 7:30 a.m. and bring their own Metrorail fare. T-shirts will be sold for $5. For more information about the walkathon, visit www.helpthehomelessdc.org.
For more information about Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, contact Lauren Heckman at 202-319-5575.
CUA on the Move Fitness Program
The Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center announces its launching of a healthy lifestyle program titled CUA on the Move. All members of the CUA community are invited to:
Join the CUA Walking Group on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. for its 2000-step walk around campus. The walk lasts 25 minutes and begins in the parking lot behind the Life Cycle Institute. In cases of inclement weather, the group meets in the McMahon Hall basement for an indoor walk.
Participate in Yoga Thursdays at noon in the fitness center.
Participate in T'ai Chi on Mondays and Wednesdays at noon in the fitness center.
For more information, contact Marie Kennedy at 202-319-5707 or email@example.com.
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Employee Open Enrollment Deadline: Nov. 18
The Office of Human Resources reminds CUA employees that Nov. 18 is the deadline for submitting enrollment/re-enrollment applications for 2006 medical coverage and flexible spending accounts. Employees not currently signed up for CUA's medical and dental coverage plan or wishing to make changes to their coverage must enroll by Nov. 18. Those who wish to have their medical and dental coverage remain unchanged do not need to complete any forms for 2006.
Faculty and staff enrolled in a 2005 flexible spending account (i.e., a Dependent Care Spending Account and/or a Medical Reimbursement Spending Account) who wish to continue participation in 2006 must submit a new enrollment form by the Nov. 18 deadline. Participation in this plan is not automatic and requires participants to re-enroll each year.
All enrollment forms must be received in the Office of Human Resources by Nov. 18.
Flexible Spending Account enrollment forms are available on the HR Web site at: http://humanresources.cua.edu/forms/Enrollform%20Flex2006.doc.
The employee wellness benefit company LifeEra is offering CUA employees two free packets of informational articles:
Emotional Awareness explains that a positive attitude is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. Researchers have discovered that a positive perspective can help people build successful relationships, handle stress and anxiety and heal from illness or injury.
Four Generations at Work explains that, for the first time in U.S. employment history, there is such a wide age diversity in the workplace that four generations may work equally alongside one another. Capitalizing on this diversity ensures a healthier and more enriching workplace.
CUA employees may obtain these two information packets 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.
Smoking Cessation Workshop
The Office of Human Resources will sponsor a smoking cessation workshop titled "Choices and Challenges" on Thursday, Nov. 17, from noon to 1 p.m., in the First Floor Conference Room of Leahy Hall. The workshop will outline helpful ways to stop smoking, including individual lifestyle approaches. Facts about the hazards of smoking and benefits of quitting also will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to:
Explore practical tips and activities to prepare for a smoking cessation program.
Understand the stages of the quitting process and identify the stage they are currently in.
Learn about the smoking cessation techniques deemed most effective by current research.
Make a personal plan to stop smoking.
To register, contact Cherylnn Teklemariam at 202-319-5050.
Weight Watchers Program
The Office of Human Resources and the Washington, D.C., branch of Weight Watchers International invite CUA faculty and staff members to participate in the Weight Watchers at Work program. Participants may join an upcoming weekly lunchtime Weight Watchers group to learn how to make wise choices, eat healthy, enjoy food and exercise. Dates and location are yet to be determined. Sessions will be held over 15 weeks. Cost is $150.00 per person. For more information, contact Cherylnn Teklemariam at 202-319-5050.