This Week at CUA
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Upcoming Events

Exercise Equipment for Auction
Advent Events

Changes to MetroChek Benefit
Year-End Payroll Information

Mandated Power Outages
Bookstore News

Tuesday, Dec. 5
8 p.m., CUA Town and Gown Community Chorus presents "A Winter Concert," directed by Kevin O'Brien, doctoral candidate. St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at 202-319-5414.

Thursday, Dec. 7
Last day of classes.

3 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents “Pain Management for the Terminally Ill: The True Right to Die with Dignity,” by Dr. Kathleen Foley, chair of neurology and pain management/palliative care at Sloane Kettering Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Foley will speak about the medical and ethical issues concerning pain management, with particular attention to Oregon’s physician-assisted suicide law. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

4 p.m., the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science presents "Removing Steganographic Information," by Patricia A. Lafferty. This is the second presentation of the IEEE-ACM seminar series. Pangborn Hall, SIP Laboratory, 216. Light refreshements will be served. For more information, call 202-319-5019 or e-mail

Thursday, Dec. 7, through Sun. Dec. 10
The Department of Drama presents the D.C. premiere of a basketball musical, "The Perfect Game," written and composed by CUA alumnus John Grissmer. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings, and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. Callan Theatre. For more information or to make reservations, call 202-319-4000.

Friday, Dec. 8
Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday). A Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m., in St. Vincent’s Chapel. There will be no 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel on Friday, Dec. 8, because the university is closed. For more information, call Jessica DePrizio at 202-319-5575.

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Saturday, Dec. 9
4 p.m., men's basketball hosts Hood College. Raymond A. DuFour Center.

6 p.m., women's basketball hosts Stockton College. DuFour Center.

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Monday, Dec. 11

8 p.m., Campus Ministry invites everyone to the Advent Celebration of Lessons and Carols — an evening of scripture, song and prayer. Caldwell Chapel. For more information, call Jessica DePrizio at 202-319-5575.

nday, Dec. 11, to Saturday, Dec. 16
Final examination period.

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Exercise Equipment for Aution
The Purchasing Office is auctioning four pieces of used exercise equipment. Included are three exercise cycles and a rowing machine. These items are available for viewing at the DuFour Center next to the racquetball courts. The minimum bid for each item will be $50. Submit sealed bids by Dec. 11 to Andrew Wolf in LL40 in Leahy Hall or by e-mail to

Advent Events
Advent Adoration begins on Monday, Dec. 4.  The Blessed Sacrament will be exposed in Caldwell Chapel following the 12:15 p.m. Mass daily (Dec. 4-7, 11-14), Monday and Tuesdays until 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays until 9 p.m.  All are invited to stop by the chapel for quiet prayer and reflection.  

Campus Ministry’s Advent Committee is selling Advent calendars; all proceeds will benefit Simple House.  Calendars will be sold during lunch and dinner at the Pryzbyla Center and at the Campus Ministry office.  Chocolate calendars are being sold for $3 and simple picture calendars are being sold for $1.

 For more information, call Jessica DePrizio at 202-319-5575.

Changes to Metrochek Benefit
Employees who receive the Metrochek transit benefit and use their Metrochek cards either as Metrorail farecards or exchange them for Metrobus tokens can now participate in a new program that is being offered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA):  SmartBenefits.

SmartBenefits is the "digital" way to receive a Metrochek transit benefit.  Instead of receiving paper Metrochek cards, you can electronically download the dollar value of your Metrochek benefit onto your WMATA registered SmarTrip card account on the first business day of the month.  More information on this new benefit is available at

For more information, call Renell Lewis at 202-319-6445.

Year-End Payroll Information
As the end of 2006 approaches, help the payroll department by turning in all timesheets and leave reports by the due date. The payroll department will not have time to process pay if timesheets or other documents are submitted late. Note that no off-cycle checks will be disbursed for late timesheets, late hiring forms or retroactive pay. Timesheets are due by noon on Dec. 15. November leave reports are due Dec. 5.  

Documentation for any employment activity must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, signed by the cognizant vice president, at least 14 days prior to the effective date to allow time for the departments in the approval cycle to complete their review and return the forms to the human resources office.

Did you move this year? To receive 2006 Form W-2s in a timely manner, submit address changes by filling out the top half of the Employee Data Form and sending it to the Office of Human Resources in Leahy 107. The form is available at No additional signatures are required for an address change.

Mandated Power Outages
To comply with Pepco's high-voltage testing and maintenance procedures, CUA's Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations is conducting mandated power outages between Dec. 18 and 29. For more information, call the office at 202-319-5121.

The outages have been scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, Dec. 18, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Village 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feeder #10, Ryan, Regan, Flather, St. Vincents', Fitness Center and Grounds
  • Friday, Dec. 22, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder #20, Gowan, Nursing Biology, McCort Ward, Maloney, Mullen and Power Plant boilers
  • Friday, Dec. 22, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. only, University Center, Keane, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding and Spellman
  • Tuesday, Dec. 26, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder #40, University Center, Keane, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding, Spellman and Gibbons
  • Wednesday, Dec. 27, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder #30, Power Plant 2nd floor, Crough, Pangborn, McMahon, Stucco, McCarthy 
  • Thursday, Dec. 28, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder #50, Leahy, Caldwell, Ward, Curley, Salve Regina and Hartke
  • Friday, Dec. 29, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hannan, Centennial Village, Millennium, Life Cycle Institute, Law School and University Center

Bookstore Events
The CUA Bookstore will host Student Appreciation Day on Tuesday, Dec. 5, offering a 20 percent discount on CUA clothing to students.

The bookstore will begin its book buyback process for course books on Wednesday, Dec. 6. 

Herff Jones will have a table set up in the Pryzbyla Center on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 12 to 2 p.m. for the ordering and purchase of academic regalia for members of the faculty.

Inquire in the bookstore for more details or call 202-319-5232.

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