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Upcoming Events


Early Action Replaces Early Decision for CUA Applicants
Important Information for Academic and Administrative Managers

Health and Safety
Laboratory Safety


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. Edward M. 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. Edward J. Pryzbyla University 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. Free admission to CUA students and alumni currently employed by the university. $5 admission fee for all other attendees. Space is limited and reservations are required. One free hamburger and beer provided for each attendee. For more information or to reserve a space, 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 Institute, 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 Cardinal Card ID. $5 admission fee for non-graduate 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 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.

Sunday, Oct. 2
The undergraduate admissions office hosts an Open House. For more information, visit or contact Christine Mica at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct. 3
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology presents as part of its fall graduate seminar series “Mapping Complex Traits in the Domestic Dog,” by Dr. Elaine Ostrander, head of the Comparative Genetics Section and chief of the Cancer Genetics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute, at the National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi at 202-319-5274 or

Tuesday, Oct. 4
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents its annual Daughters of Isabella Lecture. Author Thomas Frank will discuss his book, titled "What's the Matter With Kansas?" Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact Woinishet Negash at

Friday, Oct. 7
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "Versions of Political Philosophy," by Saint Francis College professor Frank Slade. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Instrumental Ensembles. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Saturday, Oct. 8
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents an orchestra concert conducted by Kate Tamarkin, associate professor. Admission is free. Church of the Epiphany at Metro Center, 1317 G St., NW. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Tuesday, Sept. 27
4:30 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Mary Washington College. DuFour Upper Field.

Wednesday, Sept. 28
7 p.m., the volleyball team hosts Goucher College. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center Gymnasium.

Saturday, Oct. 1
1 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Villa Julie College. DuFour Upper Field.

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

3 p.m., the men's soccer team plays Bridgewater College. Trinity College Soccer Field.

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Early Action Replaces Early Decision for CUA Applicants
The Office of Enrollment Management announces the replacement of its Early Decision (binding) option with an Early Action (non-binding) option, effective for CUA applicants from the high school class of 2006. 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. For more information, contact Christine Mica at

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.

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Laboratory Safety

With the start of a new academic year, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety reminds all laboratory workers to be aware of their surroundings and follow the safety steps listed below:

— Do not drink, eat, smoke, chew gum, apply cosmetics or handle contact lenses within a laboratory setting.
— Do not store food or drinks in laboratory refrigerators, freezers, etc.
— Never pipette by mouth.
— Wash hands with soap and water as an effective means of removing chemical and infectious agents.
— When removing personal protective equipment, remove your gloves last.
— Read Material Safety Data Sheets to learn about the hazards of the materials you use.
— Be aware of emergency response procedures regarding personal area spills, fires, etc.
— Ensure that heavy objects and chemicals are not stored above five feet.
— Do not wear sandals or open-toed shoes in a laboratory where hazardous chemicals are used or stored.
— Avoid positioning flammable storage cabinets next to laboratory fire exits.

Please contact your immediate supervisor or principal investigator if you have questions relating to your laboratory. For more information, contact Angela Ragan at 202-319-4461 or

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