This Week at CUA
October 17 - October 24 View Archives


Upcoming Events


Family Weekend
Flu Shots
Alcohol Awareness Week

HP Laserjet Printer for Sale

For Your Benefit
Open Enrollment Benefits Fair
For Your Health

Health and Safety
Slips, Trips and Falls


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

1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m., the Department of Politcis and Catholic Relief Services present guest lecturers Rev. Antoine Berilengar, S.J., and Austin Onuoha. Father Berilengar, from Chad, and Onuoha, from Nigeria, will speak on African oil and poverty. The lectures are part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Africa Campaign. O'Boyle Hall, Room 106. For more information, visit, or contact politics Associate Professor Maryann Cusimano Love at 202-319-5128.

Monday, Oct. 17, to Sunday, Oct. 23
Undergraduate Student Government presents Hurricane Relief Week, an effort to raise financial and spiritual support for the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Interested parties will have the opportunity to purchase rosaries and riboons and sign up for spiritual bouquets. A list of the week's activities can be viewed at For more information, contact Daniel Favarulo at

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

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Office of Admissions hosts a Graduate Admissions Open House. Two welcome sessions will be held, at 5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. The admissions process and financial aid will be discussed. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, contact Julie Schwing at

Wednesday, Oct. 19
1:10 p.m. to 2:25 p.m., the Department of Politics and Catholic Relief Services present a guest lecture titled "The Crisis in Sudan." The lecture is part of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' Africa Campaign. O'Boyle Hall, Room 106. For more information,
contact politics Associate Professor Maryann Cusimano Love at 202-319-5128.

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Department of Psychology presents, as part of Disability Awareness Month, the Neuroscience Colloquium. The featured lecture is titled "Brain Imaging and Reading Disorders" and will be 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 202-319-5750.

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. Assistant Professor of History Leonora Neville will provide additional commentary. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association and the Association of History Graduate Students. Light refreshments served at 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact Ramon Sola at

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. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Thursday, Oct. 20
Noon, the Peace Studies Program and the Department of English present the 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 and 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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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct. 24
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology presents as part of its fall graduate seminar series “Mom's DNA ... Too Much of a Good Thing?” by Bryn Mawr College Professor of Biology Tamara Davis. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi at 202-319-5274 or

4 p.m., the Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture presents "Immanuel Kant and Intellectual Property," by Riccardo Pozzo, professor of humanities and philosophy. Susanna Fischer, professor of law, and Richard L.Velkey, professor of philosophy, will offer responses. Reception to follow. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Constantia Dedoulis at 202-319-6081.

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents as part of its fall lecture series "Grid to Diagrid: A Vision for Transforming the Metro in the Virginia Landscape," by New York Institute of Technology Professor John di Domenico, George Mason University Assistant Professor Zachary Schrag and di Domenico and Partners architect Laura Heim. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Tuesday, Oct. 25
3 p.m., the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies sponsors a workshop on languages linked to national security. Conducted by Susan Sharp of the National Security Endowment Program. Primarily directed toward CUA undergraduates interested in gaining scholarships for study abroad language programs. Pryzbyla Center, Room 342. For more information, contact Chris Wheatley, vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies, at 202-319-5017.

3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services presents as part of Disability Awareness Month its Open House and Disability Recognition Awards Ceremony. Presentation of awards begins at 4:15 p.m. Pryzbyla Center, Room 207. For more information, call 202-319-5211.

Wednesday, Oct. 26
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents the second annual Monsignor John Tracy Ellis Lecture "Presidents and Popes, Face to Face: From Wilson to Bush II," by Rev. James F. Garneau, M.A. 1983, Ph.D. 2000. Refreshments provided by the School of Theology and Religious Studies Student Association. Caldwell Hall Auditorium. For more information, contact Susan White at

Friday, Oct. 28
5 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents as part of its fall lecture series "The Tower of the Winds in Athens," by Greek architect and archaeologist Hermann J. Kienast. Sponsored by The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Friday, Oct. 28, and Saturday, Oct. 29
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Regina, an opera by Marc Blitzstein. Conducted by Kate Tamarkin, associate professor. Hartke Theatre. For more information about tickets, times or additional details, call 202-319-5416.

Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30
Family Weekend. For more information, see Announcements below or contact Kim Timpany, associate director for student programs, at 202-319-5291.

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Thursday, Oct. 20
7 p.m., the volleyball team hosts Gallaudet University. Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

Saturday, Oct. 22
1 p.m., the football team hosts Hamden-Sydney College. DuFour Field.

Sunday, Oct. 23
1 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Notre Dame Collge. DuFour Upper Field.

1 p.m., the women's soccer team hosts York College. DuFour Soccer Field. 

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Family Weekend
The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events invites the CUA community to participate in Family Weekend, which takes place from Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30. Events include a "Haunted" Open House, a Saturday brunch and a 5K run in support of the Competitive Edge Campaign for Cardinal Athletics. A master list of events can be found at University offices and departments wishing to participate should complete an online registration form, found at All events, with the exception of Washington, D.C.-area tours, are free for CUA faculty and staff members, who are welcome to participate on an individual basis. For more information or to reserve spaces for events, contact Kim Timpany, associate director for student programs, at 202-319-5291 or

Flu Shots
The Office of Student Health Services announces it will be offering flu shots to CUA students on Monday, Oct. 24. The office is expecting a second shipment of vaccines later this month and plans to host a flu clinic that will be open to CUA students, faculty and staff.  The clinic will be held at the Pryzbyla Center, and its time and date will be announced later.  For further updates, refer to the student health services Web site at For more information, contact Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director, at 202-319-5744.

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 encourage widespread campus participation to create support for alcohol abuse prevention programs and other health-related efforts. Programs conducted in conjunction with NCAAW provide 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

For more information, contact Andrews at 202-319-5619 or

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

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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 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 Offer ends Dec. 31, 2005.

Healthy Rewards
Healthy Rewards offers access to a variety of health and wellness products.  Visit 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, entering Access Code 12549 and clicking on the "Read the Newsletter" icon on the left side of the page
  • E-mailing, 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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Slips, Trips and Falls

The Office of Environmental Health and Safety announces that the onset of the winter season is almost here and members of the CUA community should prepare for the many hazards presented to those working in cold weather. Such hazards include slips, trips and falls, muscle strains, frostbite and hypothermia.  The most common of these hazards are slips, trips and falls. Due to the lower temperatures, walkways, working surfaces and stairs are more likely to stay wet or muddy after precipitation. In extreme temperatures, these surfaces become covered with ice and present an increased risk of falling.

Taking preventative measures can significantly reduce chances of falling. Such measures include wearing sturdy shoes/boots with treads that are in good condition, walking slowly and carefully during inclement weather, and using handrails when climbing stairs or traversing steep inclines/declines. Walkers should look out for slick/icy spots on stairs and walkways and black ice on asphalt surfaces. Before using ladders and other equipment, clear surfaces using de-icers.

Report any significant slip, trip and fall hazards to the Facilities Services Center at 202-319-5121. If you have any questions concerning the prevention of slips, trips and falls, or any other winter hazards, contact Will Wood of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 202-319-5865.

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