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Upcoming Events

Message From Father O'Connell

Health and Safety
September is National Campus Fire Safety Month


Monday, Aug. 29
Opening of classes.

4:30 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents the 37th annual Pope John XXIII Lecture by Michael S. Steele, lieutenant governor of Maryland. Free and open to the public. Rev. William J. Byron, S.J. Auditorium. For more information, contact Maureen Soyers at 202-319-6126.

Wednesday, Aug. 31
10 a.m., to 2 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts its sixth annual Campus Employment Fair. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room. Those interested in participating should complete a registration form at the Office of Career Services, Pryzbyla Center, Suite 202, or contact Katie Hutchens, student employment coordinator, at or 202-319-5623.

4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents a colloquium titled "Quantum Entanglement: What Is It and Why Should We Care?" by Dr. Vitalij Garber, director of interoperability and systems integration at the Department of Defense. Refreshments will be served at 3:45 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, contact Charles Montrose, associate professor of physics, at 202-319-5347 or

Thursday, Sept. 1
12:10 p.m., Mass of the Holy Spirit. 12:10 p.m. classes are cancelled. 1 p.m. classes will begin at 1:30 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church.

3:30 p.m., new faculty convocation. All CUA faculty members are invited. Reception to follow. Columbus School of Law, Byron Auditorium.

Friday, Sept. 2
4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Graduate Student Association hosts a barbecue for first-year CUA graduate students. Food and drinks will be provided. Columbus School of Law, lawn. For more information, contact Stergos Kaloudis at

Saturday, Sept. 3
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Graduate Student Association, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events host Cardinal Kickoff, a morning filled with activities, music and food. CUA vs. Shenandoah University football game to follow. Raymond A. DuFour Center athletic field. Rain location will be the DuFour Center gymnasium. For more information, visit

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 5
Labor Day (holiday).

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, 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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Message From Father O'Connell

As we get ready to begin a new school year, I ask all the employees of the university  administrators, faculty and staff  to commit themselves to providing the kind of work environment where our fellow employees can strive for professional excellence while pursuing CUA’s Catholic mission and core values.  Consistent with those core values, all members of the university community are to conduct all interactions within and on behalf of the university with the highest degree of integrity and conformity to those ethical standards that derive from our Catholic identity and mission. In the event that you become aware of actions inconsistent with such standards, I am providing you with information on how to report the conduct. Discuss your concerns first with your supervisor or manager whenever possible.  If that is not possible or if you are unable to resolve your concern in that manner, please contact the following managers who are responsible for receiving and addressing concerns reported by members of the CUA community:

Employee/Supervisor Disputes
Human Resources:
Barbara Coughlin or
Gigi Washington

Discrimination or Sexual Harassment
Equal Opportunity Office:
Janet Mudd

Fraud or Other Financial Misconduct
Internal Audit:
Robert Njoroge
Anonymous hotline: 202-319-4500

I look forward to working with you to make this a successful year.

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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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