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Upcoming Events

Counselors Available to Talk About Hurricane Katrina
2005 Football Season Opener

Cardinal Station Training for Staff
Cardinal Station Training for Faculty


Health and Safety
September Is National Campus Fire Safety Month


Monday, Sept. 5
Labor Day (holiday).

Wednesday, Sept. 7
8:45 a.m., university's Day of Prayer and Communion for those affected by Hurricane Katrina begins with a morning prayer. Location TBD. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575 or check

12:15 p.m., the Day of Prayer and Communion continues with a Mass. Location TBD.

4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents "Ripples in Spacetime: A New Window on the Universe," by Dr. Beverly K. Berger of the National Science Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Refreshments to be served at 3:45 p.m. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, contact Lawrence Fagg at 202-319-5315 or

8 p.m., university prayer vigil for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Location TBD.

Friday, Sept. 9
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "Discovery and Obligation in Natural Law," by Monsignor Robert Sokolowski, Elizabeth Breckenridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

Friday, Sept. 9, to Sunday, Sept. 11
Freshman Retreat.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 14
5 p.m., Freshman Convocation. Freshmen are excused from 5:10 p.m. classes/labs. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Upper Church.

Thursday, Sept. 15
5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents its annual Andrew Mellon Lecture, "Henri Lubac and the Patristic Age" by Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies and director of the Center for the Study of Early Christian Studies. Light refreshments to follow. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5795. 

Friday, Sept. 16
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its annual fall lecture series "Virtues and the Moral Law," by Boston College Professor Jorge Garcia. Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

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Counselors Available to Talk About Hurricane Katrina
The CUA Counseling Center announces that its staff members are ready and available to talk with CUA students directly and indirectly affected by Hurricane Katrina about their concerns. The center encourages students to take advantage of counseling and other support services on campus. For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Monroe Rayburn at 202-319-5765.

2005 Football Season Opener
Director of Athletics Michael Allen invites members of the CUA community to DuFour Field on Saturday, Sept. 3, to watch the CUA football team open the 2005 season against the Shenandoah Hornets. Cardinal Kickoff begins at 10 a.m., with the game immediately following at 1 p.m. Allen encourages fans to to wear red to show their Cardinal spirit. For more information on Cardinal Kickoff, visit

Cardinal Station Training for Staff
The Office of Business Services is offering “Training for Cardinal Station: PeopleSoft Student Administration v8.0” to university staff. This course is designed to familiarize new administrative support staff and refresh current users with the necessary navigational skills for Cardinal Station. It loosely follows the structure of the Navigation Training Guide available at

Each class is limited to five participants. Specific areas of training will be determined by the needs of those in attendance. Training will be held in Leahy Hall, LL 40, on designated Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The dates for fall training are:

— Sept. 6
— Sept. 20
— Oct. 4
— Oct. 18
— Nov. 1
— Nov. 15
— Dec. 13

For more information or to register, contact Rana Silver at

Dates, locations and times for the spring 2006 training term will be announced in December.

Cardinal Station Training for Faculty
The Office of Business Services is offering “Self-Service Navigation Review: PeopleSoft Student Administration v8.0.” to university faculty. This course is designed to briefly help faculty members and advisers navigate through Cardinal Station self-service. It is done on a departmental basis.

To schedule a course for your department, contact Rana Silver at

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Saturday, Sept. 10
1 p.m., the football team hosts Augustana College. DuFour Field.

1 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Randolph Macon College. DuFour Upper Field.

Sunday, Sept. 11
1 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Washington and Lee University. DuFour Upper Field.

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Health and Safety

September Is National Campus Fire Safety Month
Campus fire safety is a serious concern. According to the non-profit Center for Campus Fire Safety, 75 people were killed in fires set to college student residencies (both on- and off-campus) from January 2000 through April 2005. Many more individuals were injured by these fires.

More than 75 percent of the above-listed deaths occurred in off-campus residencies, such as rented houses and apartments, where the majority of U.S. college students live. Common factors in many of these fatal fires included:

A lack of automatic fire sprinkler systems.
— Missing or disabled smoke alarms.
— Careless disposal of smoking materials.
— Alcohol consumption.

Below are some helpful hints related to fire safety.

Self-inspection checklist to help prevent fires
— Are smoke detectors in place? A minimum of one smoke detector should be located adjacent to each sleeping area. 
— Do smoke detectors work? Smoke detectors with test button features should be tested monthly. "Chirping" indicates a low battery. 
— Do you know a second way out? Have you made a plan? 
— Are hallways and stairways clear and unobstructed?
— Do sleeping room windows open completely? This may be a method of escape. 
— Do window bars release from the inside? 
— Do all doors leading to the outside open fully with little effort?
— If fire extinguishers are present, do you know where they are located?
— Are the fire extinguishers substantially charged? 
— In multi-unit apartment buildings, are the fire alarms visible?
— Are electrical outlets overloaded? 
— Are combustibles kept a safe distance from heat sources, such as water heaters? 
— Are candles and incense in non-combustible, secure holders? Never leave lighted candles or incense unattended. (Lit candles are not permitted in CUA residence halls.)

Tips for self-preservation
— Take all fire alarms seriously, and get out of the building if one sounds.
— If you become aware of a fire or hear a fire alarm, leave the building immediately. Do not stop.
— Feel door handles. If they are warm, do not open them. Find another way out of your room. If you can’t get out, signal for help.
— Close doors behind you.
— Stay low in smoke where there is cleaner and cooler air.
— Always use closest exit or stairway; never use elevators.
— If you pass a fire alarm on your way out, pull it.
— Once outside, never go back. Call 911. On the CUA campus, call x5111.
— If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop and roll.
— Cool burns quickly with water and seek medical attention.

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