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Announcements
KETRA: New Tax Law — New Opportunities
Instructional Baseball Camps
Bookstore Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
Academic Regalia Orders
Call for Participation in Black History Month
Farewell Reception for Rev. John Smolko

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Tuesday, Nov. 29
5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Customizing an Electorate: A Theory of Cultural Campaigning," by David C. Leege, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Notre Dame and guest professor of political science at the University of Arizona. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, contact Ann Kasprzyk at kasprzyk@cua.edu.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its Brown Bag Series "A Critical Introduction to the Compendium of Catholic Social Doctrine," by Rev. Paul Sullins. George Garvey, vice provost and dean for graduate studies, will respond. Lunch provided. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, contact Ann Kasprzyk at kasprzyk@cua.edu.

3:30 p.m., the Department of Psychology and the Life Cycle Institute present "Getting Involved in Public Policy! Advocating Through the Legislative Process," by Annie Toro, J.D. Life Cycle Institute, Room 102. For more information, contact Giorgianna Achilles, assistant professor of psychology, at achilles@cua.edu.

5:30 p.m., the Department of History presents “A Barely Remembered Earthquake: Hobbes, Spinoza and the Intellectual Landscape of Western Modernity,” by Jerry Z. Muller, professor of history. Richard Velkley, professor of philosophy, will respond. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Refreshments will be served at 5:15 p.m. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321. For more information, contact Ramon Sola at solar@cua.edu.

Thursday, Dec. 1
5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents "O Altitudo: Some Problems in Augustine and Julian of Eclanum About Justice and Mercy: Making Philosophical Sense of Some Pauline Ideas," by University of Toronto and Istituto Patristico Augustinianum Professor John Rist. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Light refreshments to follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5795.

Friday, Dec. 2
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "Aesthetics and Ethics: Some Common Problems of Foundationalism," by University of Toronto and Istituto Patristico Augustinianum Professor John Rist. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

5:15 p.m., CUA holds the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event features carols, readings, prayers and a reflection by Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M. Refreshments will be served. McMahon Circle. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

7:30 p.m., The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception present the annual Christmas Concert for Charity, featuring the Choir of the National Shrine and the CUA University Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. Admission is free, but a collection will be taken to support SOAR (Save Our Aging Religious), a nonprofit agency dedicated to securing the future for elderly members of Catholic religious congregations in the United States. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

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Monday, Dec. 5
9:30 a.m., the Life Cycle Institute, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values, and Fondaca, Active Citizenship Foundation, co-sponsor "The Question of NGOs: Citizen Participation and Political Representation in Democracy," a conference presented in the framework of the Euro-American Colloquia on Citizenship — 2005 Edition. Second session begins at 1 p.m. R.s.v.p. (required for luncheon only) should be directed to Woinishet Negash at negash@cua.edu. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, contact Stephen Schneck, director of the Life Cycle Institute, at schneck@cua.edu.

12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology presents as part of its fall graduate seminar series “The Cell Biology of Genomes in Health and Disease,” by Dr. Thomas Misteli of the Hormone Action and Oncogenesis Section of the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi at 202-319-5274 or corsi@cua.edu.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its fall Brown Bag Series "Leading the War on Terror: Government's New Breed of Change Agents," by independent researcher Daniel P. Forrester, B.A. 1993. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, contact Ann Kasprzyk at kasprzyk@cua.edu.

4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute, the Department of Sociology and the School of Arts and Sciences present "Catholic Women in a Changing Church," by University of New Hampshire Professor of Sociology Michele Dillon. Reception to follow. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact Ann Kasprzyk at kasprzyk@cua.edu.

Thursday, Dec. 8
Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (holiday and reading day).

4 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the German Lyric Diction Class Recital, led by Henrietta Lund. St. Vincent's Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Thursday, Dec. 8, to Sunday, Dec. 11
The Department of Drama presents An Evening of One Acts. Two one-act plays will be featured: Chamber Music, by Arthur Kopit, and Picnic on the Battlefield, by Fernando Arrabal. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Student rush, senior citizen, alumni and subscriber discounts are available. Hartke Theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 202-319-4000.

Friday, Dec. 9
Last day of classes.

Saturday, Dec. 10
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a CUA Chamber Singers concert conducted by Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music Leo Nestor. Admission is free. Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, 3900 Harewood Rd., N.E. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Monday, Nov. 28
7 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Montclair State University. Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

Saturday, Dec. 3
2 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Marymount University. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Marymount University. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

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Announcements

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 catell@cua.edu.

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 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 natoli@cua.edu.

Bookstore Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day
The CUA Bookstore announces it will hold its annual Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Faculty and staff receive a 20 percent discount on general books, clothing, gifts and supplies (including sale merchandise). A drawing will be held for a $50 gift card. Refreshments will be served. The bookstore is located on the second level of the Pryzbyla Center. For more information, call 202-319-5232.
 

Academic Regalia Orders
The CUA Bookstore announces that a representative from Herff-Jones will be stationed in the lobby of the Pryzbyla Center on Wednesday, Nov. 30., from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take orders for the purchase of academic regalia. For more information, call 202-319-5232.

Call for Participation in Black History Month
Assistant Dean of Students Michael Andrews invites members of the CUA community to participate in planning for Black History Month.

Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African-Americans. In February 1926, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History, proposed the establishment of "Negro History Week" to honor the history and contributions of blacks to American life. Dr. Woodson, known as the "Father of Black History," chose the second week of February because it commemorates the birthdays of two men who greatly affected the African-American community: Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglass (Feb. 14). Negro History Week became Black History Week in the early 1970's. In 1976, the week-long observance was expanded to a month in honor of the nation's bicentennial.

In 2006, CUA will observe Black History Month in conjunction with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (Jan. 16) by focusing on the accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans to American society. We encourage all constituents of the university community to participate in and contribute to the celebration of Black History Month in events both on and off campus.

The Office of the Dean of Students will coordinate a calendar of campus and local events in association with Black History Month. If you are interested in planning an event, assisting on the planning committee or would like your event to be placed on the Black History Month calendar, please view and complete the Black History Month Participation Form, found on the dean of students Web site, or contact Michael Andrews at 202-319-5619 or andrewsm@cua.edu.

Farewell Reception for Rev. John Smolko
The School of Theology and Religious Studies invites CUA faculty and staff members to a farewell and appreciation reception honoring Rev. John Smolko, lecturer for the School of Theology and Religious Studies. The reception will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room of Caldwell Hall. R.s.v.p. should be made by Monday, Nov. 28, to Christopher Conlan at 202-319-5684 or conlan@cua.edu.

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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 on or after Dec. 1 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 (lifeera_articles@uhc.com) 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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