This Week at CUA
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Upcoming Events


Athletics

Announcements
Pryzbyla Center Columbus Day Weekend Operating Hours
Alcohol Awareness Week

Spirit T-shirt Sale
HP Laserjet Printer for Sale
Changes in Admissions Procedures
Central Heating Startup
Disability Awareness Month


For Your Benefit
Open Enrollment Benefits Fair
For Your Health

Calendar

Monday, Oct. 10
Columbus Day (holiday).

Tuesday, Oct 11
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology presents as part of its fall graduate seminar series “Assembly of Developing Blood Vessels — Lessons from the Zebrafish,” by Dr. Brant Weinstein of the Section on Vertebrate Organogenesis and the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi at 202-319-5274 or
corsi@cua.edu.

Wednesday, Oct. 12
4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents as part of its fall lecture series "Probing the Nature Disk-Driven Outflow in AGN: Recent Results From Simultaneous UV and X-ray Observations of NGC 4151," by Steven Kraemer, associate professor of physics. Refreshments will be served at 3:45 p.m. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, contact Gail Hershey at 202-319-5315.

5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies presents as part of its fall lecture series "The Battles Surrounding Declarative and Deductive Theology in Medieval Universities," by Boston College Professor Stephen Brown. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Light reception to follow. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room C. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents a PowerPoint presentation by University of Michigan Professor Jonas Hauptman on "Michigan Solar House," an energy-efficient, solar-powered house designed and fabricated by University of Michigan students for entry into "Solar Decathon." (For more information on Solar Decathlon, an international contest held on the National Mall, visit http://www.eere.energy.gov/solar_decathlon/.) Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, contact Michelle Reinhart, assistant dean of architecture, at 202-319-5265.

7 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents as part of its fall film series "Children of Heaven" (Iran, 1997), directed by Majid Majidi. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Thursday, Oct. 13
5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Department of Sociology, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Office of Disability Support Services present as part of Disability Awareness Month guest speaker John D. Kemp, attorney-at-law, nationally recognized disability advocate and adviser to the U.S. Department of State Committee on Persons With Disabilities. Reception to follow. Columbus School of Law, Room 205. For more information, call 202-319-521 or 202-299-2899 (TTY).

5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents as part of its fall lecture series "Enforcing Orthodoxy in Byzantium," by Oxford University Professor Averil Cameron. Co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Graduate Student Association. Light reception to follow. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5795.

Thursday, Oct. 13, to Sunday, Oct. 16
The Department of Drama presents The Government Inspector, by Nikolai Gogol. Directed by MFA candidate James Phillips. 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, Oct. 14, to Sunday, Oct. 16
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "Natural Law and the Problem of Public Reason," by V. Bradley Lewis, associate professor of philosophy. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan. Shows begin at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for general audience members and $10 for seniors, students, staff and children. Ward Recital Hall. For additional details or to reserve tickets, call 202-319-5416.

Friday, Oct. 14, to Sunday, Oct. 16
Homecoming Weekend. "An Evening of Celebration" begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday. For more information, contact Dani Fay, associate director of alumni relations, at 202-319-5608, or visit http://alumni.cua.edu.


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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct. 17
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology presents as part of its fall graduate seminar series “Co-opting Yeast to Identify Genetic Modifiers of Protein Conformational Diseases,” by University of Pittsburgh Professor of Biological Sciences Jeffrey Brodsky. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi at 202-319-5274 or
corsi@cua.edu.

Tuesday, Oct. 18
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Office of Human Resources hosts its Open Enrollment Benefits Fair. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, call 202-319-5050 or scroll down to the "For Your Benefit" section in this issue.

Wednesday, Oct. 19
3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services and the Department of Psychology present, as part of Disability Awareness Month, Neuroscience Colloquium. Featured lecture is titled "Brain Imaging and Reading Disorders" and delivered by Guinevere Eden, associate professor of neuroscience at the Georgetown University Center for Neural Injury and Recovery. Life Cycle Institute, Room 102. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

5:30 p.m., the Department of History presents "Christian Impurity Versus Socioeconomic Benefit in a Medieval Mediterranean Fatwa: The Case of Rumi Paper," by Professor Leor Halevi of the University of Texas, Austin, and the Library of Congress Kluge Center. Professor Leonora Neville, also of the University of Texas and the Kluge Center, will provide additional commentary. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association and the Association of History Graduate Students. Light refreshments will be served at 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact Ramon Sola at solar@cua.edu.

7 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents as part of its fall film series "Delicatessen" (France, 1991), directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Thursday, Oct. 20
Noon, the Peace Studies Program and the Department of English present Fall Poetry Reading, featuring poets Sam Hamill and Sarah Browning. Reception and book-signing to follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, call 202-319-5488. 

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services hosts as part of Disability Awareness Month its Faculty Appreciation Reception. Provost John Convey will deliver speech at 4:45 p.m. Caldwell Hall, Stephen Happel Room. For more information, call 202-319-5211.

Friday, Oct. 21
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "The Natural Moral Law in the United States Supreme Court," by George Mason University Professor Nelson Lund. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its Cardinal Composer's Society Concert. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Saturday, Oct. 22
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a University Chorus and Chamber Singers concert. Conducted by Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music Leo Nestor. Featuring organist Robert Grogan. Admission is free. Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., NW. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Tuesday, Oct. 11
3:30 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts York College. Trinity College Soccer Field.

Saturday, Oct. 15
1 p.m., the football team hosts La Salle University. DuFour Field.

Sunday, Oct. 16
1 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts Wesley College. Trinity College Soccer Field.

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Announcements

Pryzbyla Center Columbus Day Weekend Operating Hours
The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events announces that the Pryzbyla Center will operate on a revised schedule during Columbus Day weekend:

Friday, Oct. 7: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 8: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 9: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 10: 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.

For more information, call 202-319-5291.

Alcohol Awareness Week
Michael S. Andrews, assistant dean of students, announces that
CUA will observe National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week from Oct. 16 to 22. The purpose of NCAAW is, in part, to provide widespread campus participation to create support for alcohol abuse prevention programs and other health-related efforts. Programs conducted in conjunction with NCAAW have the opportunity to inspire a diverse body of students to review their lifestyles and to challenge their peers to make better, healthier decisions where alcohol abuse and health issues are concerned. NCAAW is used by many other college campuses across the country to educate, inform and challenge students.

The theme for NCAAW is “iChoose.”  The goals of this initiative at CUA are:

  • To provide programming, information and awareness to students in order to educate, inform, challenge and empower them to make healthy choices about alcohol use not only during this week but throughout the year
  • To raise awareness among all students about the myths and misperceptions regarding alcohol use and related issues, through a general population approach and targeted programs involving the university community

In the past, some faculty and staff have been involved in the week by coordinating classroom events that incorporate the “iChoose” theme. For more information, including details about assisting or adding a classroom event to the NCAAW calendar, contact Michael Andrews, assistant dean of students, at 202-319-5619 or andrewsm@cua.edu, by Wednesday, Oct. 12.

Spirit T-shirt Sale
The Office of Annual Giving announces that "The Shirt," CUA's 2005-06 spirit T-shirt, will go on sale begining Oct. 11 (the Tuesday of Homecoming Week). Cost is $10. All proceeds benefit The Competitive Edge Campaign for Cardinal Athletics. The schedule of sales is as follows:

Pryzbyla Center: Tuesday, Oct. 11, to Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center: Tuesday, Oct. 11, to Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In addition, T-shirts will be sold on Sat., Oct. 15, at the Raymond A. DuFour Center during the CUA football game (beginning at 1 p.m.); and the alumni tent (located in the DuFour Center parking lot), from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, contact Katie Acuff at 202-319-6297.

HP Laserjet Printer for Sale
The Life Cycle Institute currently owns a four-month-old HP Laserjet printer and is willing to sell it to an interested CUA office/department. The printer may be purchased for CUA use only. Any transaction must be made in accordance with the university's property administration policy and followed up with an appropriate budget transfer.

If interested, contact Woinishet Negash at negash@cua.edu.

Changes in Admissions Procedures
The Office of Enrollment Management announces that the following changes have been made to the admissions process:

Early Action Replaces Early Decision 
For undergraduate applicants, the Early Action (non-binding) option has replaced the Early Decision (binding) option. High school students who apply under Early Action terms receive admissions notification sooner than those who apply under Regular Decision terms. Early Action admission standards are more rigorous than those of Regular Decision.

New Standardized Tests
The College Board has re-formatted the SAT I exam to include Critical Reading, Math and Writing sections. In addition, the Math section now covers three years of high school math education; previously, it covered two. Undergraduate applicants must submit scores from either the new SAT I or the ACT. The highest combination of scores will be considered. Students submitting scores for the ACT in lieu of the SAT I should submit the optional writing section of the ACT as well. Admissions decisions will not be based on the writing section for either standardized test; however, they will be used for admitted students as part of course placement.

For more information on these two changes, contact Christine Mica, director of admissions, at
mica@cua.edu.

 

New Policy for Students With Disablities
Students with disabilities who are applying to CUA must complete the current application and apply through the standard application procedures. Admitted students who wish to request support services for students with disabilities are encouraged to contact DSS beginning June 1 to begin the registration process. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202-319-5211, 202-299-2899 (TTY) or cua-disabilityservices@cua.edu, or visit the DSS Web site at http://disabilityservices.cua.edu.

Central Heating Startup
Robert Fawbush, associate director of the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations, announces that as the cold weather approaches, his office will begin shutting down the central air-conditioning systems. Although this operation is tied to weather patterns, it normally occurs during the first part of October.

The startup of the Central Heating Plant normally takes place two to three weeks after chillers have been shut down. This also is dictated by the weather.

The first priority will be the residence halls. After these are receiving heat and functioning properly, the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations will bring the remaining buildings on line. The cooperation and patience of the CUA community are requested during this time, as there may be occasions in the early morning when buildings will be chilly.

As always, after the steam plant is up and running, emergency calls may be placed 24 hours a day to 202-319-5121.

Disability Awareness Month
The Office of Disability Support Services announces that October is Disability Awareness Month. Events will be listed in This Week @ CUA and posted on CUA's Calendar of Events. For more information, call 202-319-5211.

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Open Enrollment Benefits Fair
The Office of Human Resources invites CUA faculty and staff to its Open Enrollment Benefits Fair, held Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Great Room of the Pryzbyla Center.

Benefit plan representatives will be on hand to meet face-to-face with attendees and answer any questions about available CUA benefits. Discussion topics may include:

Options for saving money

  • Visit the TIAA-CREF, ESI and Credit Union tables
  • Get details on the mail order drug program
  • Attend the seminar on Flexible Benefit Plans

Medical coverage

  • Talk to CIGNA representatives about the HMO and POS options
  • View demonstrations on the MyCigna.com Web site
  • Pick up/turn in Open Enrollment forms at the CUA human resources table

Other benefits/discount programs

  • Talk with Liberty Mutual representatives about auto and homeowner's insurance
  • Get information on United Buying Service, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Zipcar discount programs
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit

Wellness information

  • Learn about CIGNA Healthy Rewards
  • Find out about fitness center programs, classes and facilities
  • Sign up for the upcoming Weight Watchers program
  • Learn about LifeEra (see below)

For Your Health
Curves International CUA employee discount

Curves International — a fitness center chain offering aerobic exercise and strength training programs for women — is currently offering membership discounts for CUA employees. Annual service fees (valued up to $149) will be waived for CUA employees who sign up for a 12-month check draft membership. Offer only valid for employees with CIGNA HealthCare or Healthy Rewards ID card. Monthly fees range from $29 to $69 depending on Curves location. To find the location nearest you, visit www.curves.com. Offer ends Dec. 31, 2005.

Healthy Rewards
Healthy Rewards offers access to a variety of health and wellness products.  Visit www.myCIGNA.com to find:

  • Discounts on services including complementary and alternative health and vision care, fitness club memberships and chiropractic care
  • Savings of up to 60 percent on products and services
  • The convenience of no referrals, claim forms or annual limits


LifeEra Resources
Free LifeEra informational packets on depression and time management are available for CUA employees and may be obtained in three ways:
  • Visiting www.liveandworkwell.com, entering Access Code 12549 and clicking on the "Read the Newsletter" icon on the left side of the page
  • E-mailing lifeera_articles@uhc.com, being sure to mention CUA employee status
  • Calling the automated Materials Request Line at 877-318-9400
LifeEra specialists are available to listen to and speak with CUA employees 24 hours a day. They can be reached at 877-747-7126.

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This Week @ CUA is published weekly during the academic year. Please submit items to the Office of Public Affairs.
202-319-5600 • Fax 202-319-4440 • E-mail cua-public-affairs@cua.edu
Items must include a phone number and contact person. The next issue will begin Monday, Oct. 17, 2005.
Deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2005. CUA's Calendar of Events is updated regularly at http://www.cua.edu.

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Last Revised 11-Oct-05 10:05 AM.