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Upcoming Events


Important Information for Academic and Administrative Managers
ATLAS Survival Workshops


Monday, Sept. 19, to Friday, Sept. 23.
Undergraduate Student Government sponsors "Safety First! Safety Always!" a week-long program focusing on campus safety. Themes include personal, vehicular, alcohol and fire safety. Each day at noon there will be events in or near the Pryz that will include demonstrations and giveaways. For a complete list visit The Department of Public Safety and the offices of the dean of students; university center, student programs and events; health services; and environmental health and safety are co-sponsors.

Tuesday, Sept. 20
7 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Department of Politics and in celebration of Constitution Day, presents "Origins of the 1787 Constitution," by Stephen Schneck, associate professor and chair of the Department of Politics. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. For more information, call 202-319-5128.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents as part of its fall film series "Good Bye Lenin!" (Germany, 2003), directed by Wolfgang Becker. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Thursday, Sept. 22
Noon to 1:30 p.m., the Office of Career Services sponsors an information session held by a representative of the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. Pryzbyla Center, Room 342. For more information, call 202-238-6772 or visit

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., CUA's Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue presents "The Shape of Christianity in the World of Islam: Apologetics and Ecclesial Self-Definition in the Churches of the Early Califate," by Rev. Sidney Griffith, professor of Semitics. Caldwell Hall, Stephen Happel Room. For more information, contact Norbert Hintersteiner, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, at

Friday, Sept. 23
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "Teleology and Evidence: Reasoning about Human Nature," by Jean DeGroot, associate professor of philosophy. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

Friday, Sept. 23, to Sunday, Sept. 25
Columbus School of Law Alumni Reunion Weekend. For more information, contact Jodie Sperico at

Saturday, Sept. 24
8 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Columbus School of Law's Law, Philosophy and Culture Initiative and St. Anselm's Abbey present the 32nd annual Thomas Verner Moore Lecture, by Cardinal Avery Dulles. Columbus School of Law, William J. Byron, S.J., Auditorium. Reception to follow. For more information, contact Rev. Joseph Jensen at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 26
5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents as part of its fall lecture series "Global Suburbs," by University of Michigan Professor Robert Fishman. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies presents as part of its fall lecture series "Subtle Latin: An Example of Medieval Text Editing," by Timothy B. Noone, professor of philosophy. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Light reception to follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

Thursday, Sept. 29
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., the Office of Alumni Relations presents the Washington, D.C., premiere screening of "Hamburger America," a film by George Motz, B.A. 1990. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. Q&A session with the filmmaker to follow. Open to all CUA alumni for a $5 fee. Reservations required. One free hamburger and beer provided for each attendee. For more information, contact Sarah Richards at 202-319-5301.

7 p.m., the Center for Irish Studies presents as part of its evening lecture series "Ireland and the EU: A Sustainable Success?" by Desmond Dinan, Jean Monnet Professor of Public Policy and director of the International Commerce Program at George Mason University. Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. For more information, contact Christina Mahony at 202-319-5489 or

Friday, Sept. 30
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "The Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Law," by University of Reading Professor David S. Oderberg. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Graduate Student Association hosts Crabfest 2005. Admission is free to all CUA graduate and law students with CUA ID. $5 admission fee for non-CUA students. Attendees must be 21 years old and able to present a valid ID to drink. CUA Mall. For more information, contact Stergos Kaloudis at

Friday, Sept. 30, to Sunday, Oct. 16
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents 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.

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Monday, Sept. 19
7 p.m., the volleyball team hosts Frostburg State University. Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

Tuesday, Sept. 20
3 p.m., the men's soccer team plays Marymount University. Trinity College Soccer Field.

Wednesday, Sept. 21
7 p.m., the volleyball team hosts York College. DuFour Gymnasium.

Saturday, Sept. 24
1 p.m., the football team hosts Randolph Macon College. Halftime ceremony will commemorate members of CUA's 1965 club team. DuFour Field.

4:30 p.m., as part of the CUA D.C. Classic, the women's soccer team hosts North Carolina Wesleyan College. DuFour Soccer Field.

Sunday, Sept. 25
1 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Christopher Newport College. DuFour Upper Field.

2:30 p.m., as part of the CUA D.C. Classic, the women's soccer team hosts Meredith College. DuFour Soccer Field.

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Important Information for Academic and Administrative Managers
The following information  intended for academic and administrative managers  describes the transition to the university’s new HR/payroll system, PeopleSoft HRMS. It is provided by Barbara Coughlin, director of human resources; Sheri L. Hardison, controller and assistant treasurer; and Laura Sweet, director of business services and support.

As you know, a team of professionals from various CUA departments has been working on the implementation of the PeopleSoft Human Resources Management System (HRMS).  We are happy to tell you that the system will go live on Oct. 1, 2005.  In light of this impending transition from the current HR/payroll system to HRMS, we would like you to be aware of the following:

— Immediately upon conversion to HRMS, university faculty, staff and student employees can expect minimal change.  After we go live with HRMS, we will continue working on implementation of the electronic processes that were designed by a cross-functional team prior to beginning work on HRMS.  At this time, the most significant change for employees will be in the look and format of the payroll checks and direct deposit advice forms (pay stubs).  We will inform the campus of these cosmetic changes in a separate communication.

— In light of the strict deadlines that must be maintained to switch systems without affecting pay dates, please note the following important dates and deadlines:

          — As we told you earlier in the summer, all employment transaction documentation must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources at least 14 days prior to the effective date.  By now, any transactions to become effective in September should have been submitted.  Any September transactions that have not been submitted must be sent to the human resources office (with cognizant vice president approval signatures) immediately. Please note that no special or off-cycle paychecks will be issued from Oct. 1, 2005, through Oct. 15, 2005, due to resource constraints during the transition period. Ensure paperwork is completed in a timely fashion so that employees are not penalized by a delay in pay.

          — Timesheets for the non-exempt pay period of Sept. 16 through 30 must be submitted early to the payroll office by Friday, Sept. 30.

          — The current system, SCT HR/Payroll, will not be available for data entry after Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2005.  Transactions for employment activity to become effective in October will be entered into HRMS beginning on Oct. 3, 2005.

          — As a matter of sound finance practice, after Oct. 1, 2005, the university will issue special or off-cycle paychecks only for the following reasons:
                    - Involuntary employment termination
                    - Administrative Payroll or HR processing errors 
                    - Direct deposit errors  
                    - Salary advances  
                    - Lost or stolen checks

          — Most employees who currently have access to SCT will have no access to that system beginning Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005.  If you need access to information stored in SCT, please contact Schlain Schmidt Faust at 202-319-5050.

          — In order to complete the work necessary for the first payroll on HRMS, the payroll office will be closed from Monday, Oct. 3, to Wednesday, Oct. 5.  For emergency issues, please contact Reginald Vieta, interim payroll director, at 202-319-5510 or Sheri Hardison, controller, at 202-319-5031.

In order to maintain the integrity of the system transition, the payroll, controller’s and human resources offices will not be making exceptions to the items listed above.  Please prepare accordingly.

If you have questions about the deadlines for submission of employee action forms and appointment forms, please contact Barbara Coughlin, director of human resources, at 202-319-5050.

If you have questions or issues with system access to HRMS, please contact Laura Sweet, director of business services and support, at 202-319-6098 or

The Division of Finance and Administration is doing everything possible to ensure that this transition will be a smooth one for all faculty and staff.  We look forward to the new capabilities that HRMS will provide.


ATLAS Survival Workshops
ATLAS (Academic Tutoring and Learning Assistance Service) is offering CUA students free "Survival 101" workshops over the next five weeks. Workshops will be held on designated Tuesdays, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m., in Room 200 of McMahon Hall. The schedule is as follows:

— Sept. 20, Note-Taking. Listen effectively and write intelligently during lectures.
— Sept. 27, Writing Papers. Get started, outline and use the library and Internet.
— Oct. 4, Test-Taking. Predict, memorize and answer test questions.
— Oct. 11, Foreign Language Study. Speak, memorize, study and pass.

Workshops are instructed by Reading and Study Skills Counselor Emily Rocque.

No registration is required. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 202-319-5765.

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