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February 6 - February 13 View Archives


Upcoming Events


New Non-Exempt Time Sheets and Exempt Leave Reports
Instructional Baseball Camps

For Your Benefit
CIGNA Wellness Workshop and Individual Appointments
2005 Flexible Spending Account Deadlines
CIGNA Announces MinuteClinic

Health and Safety
Test Your Home for Radon


Monday, Feb. 6
12:10 p.m. to 1 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents as part of its Brown Bag Lecture Series "The Political Significance of Mel Gibson's 'Passion,' " by Visiting Professor of Sociology Joseph B. Tamney. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, contact Ann Kasprzyk at

Tuesday, Feb. 7
4:30 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents as part of its Lecture Series in Law and Literature "'Glad to Find Out Who I Was': Society, Nature and America in Huckleberry Finn," by University of California, San Diego, Professor Tracy B. Strong. Co-sponsored by the Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture and the School of Arts and Sciences. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, call 202-319-6081.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
5 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies Students' Association presents "John Paul II and the African Church," by Rev. Emmanuel Katongole, professor at Duke University Divinity School. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Refreshments will be provided following the lecture. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room. For more information, contact Susan White at

Thursday, Feb. 9, to Sunday, Feb. 12
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "The Furies," a new one-act opera based on the ancient Greek tragedy by Aeschylus. Accompanied by a chamber ensemble of instruments. Music by Associate Professor Andrew Simpson. English libretto translated and adapted from the ancient Greek by Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin Sarah Brown Ferrario. Directed by Michael Scarola of the New York City Opera. Performances begin at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings. Sunday matinee is at 4 p.m. Free admission. Ward Recital Hall. Simpson and Ferrario will present a pre-concert lecture in the music school one hour before each performance. (Signs in the recital hall will direct audience members to the lectures.) For more information, call 202-319-5416 or contact Simpson at

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Monday, Feb. 13
4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents "Climate Change: An Alaskan Perspective," by U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). Murkowski will provide an analysis of the problem of global warming and suggest possible responses to it. Lucia Silecchia, professor of law, and Heather Elliott, assistant professor of law, will respond. Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, call 202-319-5491.

5:30 p.m., as part of its spring lecture series in collaboration with the Japan Information and Cultural Center of the Embassy of Japan, the School of Architecture and Planning presents "The Gendering and Re-Gendering of Japanese Domestic Space," by Georgetown University Professor Jordan Sand. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188. 

Thursday, Feb. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 19
The Department of Drama presents "Marisol," by José Rivera. Directed by MFA candidate Suzanne Delle. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings. Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Student rush, senior citizen, alumni and subscriber discounts are available. Hartke Theatre. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 202-319-4000.

Friday, Feb. 17
2:10 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents as part of its Graduate Student Spring Lecture Series "Genes, Flux, and Forms: Are Natural Kinds Essential or Accidental?" by Richard V. Sternberg of the National Institutes of Health and the National Museum of Natural History. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Life Cycle Auditorium. For more information, contact the School of Philosophy, Office of the Dean, at 202-319-5259.

7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome Scool of Music presents Instrumental Ensembles. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Sunday, Feb. 19
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the chamber choir concert "Beautiful Music, Beautiful Space," by the CUA Chorus. Conducted by Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music Leo Nestor. Selections include Franz Xaver Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” Gabriel Fauré’s “Cantique de Jean,” Nestor’s “Soli Deo Gloria” and Gerald Near’s “The Best of Rooms.” Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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Saturday, Feb. 11
2 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Goucher College. Raymond A. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Goucher College. DuFour Center Gymnasium.

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New Non-Exempt Time Sheets and Exempt Leave Reports
The Office of Payroll announces that it has created new non-exempt time sheets and exempt leave reports. On the new forms, the Social Security Number field is replaced with EMPLID. The new forms also conform more generally to the PeopleSoft Human Resources Management System. Employees are asked to use the new forms for their next time-sheet or leave-report submissions. The forms are located at For more information, call the payroll office at 202-319-5512.

Instructional Baseball Camps
CUA will conduct instructional baseball mini-camps on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12. Camps will be held in the DuFour Center and are open to players ages 8 to 18, of all ability and experience levels. Attendees will be instructed by members of the CUA baseball coaching staff, local college and high school coaches, and college and professional players. Emphasis will be placed on baseball fundamentals as well as exposing talented high school prospects to college recruiters. Individual videotaping included. Group and team discounts are available. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and space is limited. Brochures and applications can be downloaded at For more information, contact CUA Head Baseball Coach Ross Natoli at 202-319-6092 or

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CIGNA Wellness Workshop and Individual Appointments
The Office of Human Resources announces that on Feb. 16, from noon to 1 p.m., a CIGNA Healthcare representative will conduct a wellness workshop in the first floor conference room of Leahy Hall. The workshop will cover various features of the CIGNA wellness programs available for participants. Following the workshop, the representative will be available to conduct 15-minute one-on-one sessions with CUA employees from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Office of Human Resources. Appointments are required. Employees with outstanding claims issues are advised to schedule an appointment. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 202-319-5050.

2005 Flexible Spending Account Deadlines
The Office of Human Resources announces that under tax-law changes made last year, CUA employees with remaining balances in their 2005 flexible spending accounts can receive reimbursement for expenses incurred through March 15, 2006. This includes the 2005 Dependent Care Account and the Medical Reimbursement Account. Employee Security, Inc., recently mailed balance statements to 2005 participants. For information about remaining balances, contact ESI at 410-884-3317.

Participants with remaining balances in their 2005 accounts must submit claims requests to ESI by June 13, 2006. For a Flexible Benefits Plan Reimbursement Request Form, visit For more information on flexible spending accounts, visit

CIGNA Announces MinuteClinic
Beginning Feb. 1, 2006, CIGNA members residing in Maryland have access to MinuteClinic, a new service for treatment of routine ailments. For more information, visit

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Test Your Home for Radon
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety announces that with the high price of heating, homeowners are making their homes tighter and leak-proof to save money on heating bills. However, a potential problem related to radon is created as a result of less ventilation.

Radon is a radioactive gas that can seep through the cracks of basement walls from the surrounding soil and rock. It is odorless, colorless, tasteless and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Surgeon General have strongly recommended that all residences (except those above the second floor in multi-level buildings) be tested for radon.

Radon is easy and inexpensive to detect, and homes with high levels can be fixed.  Radon kits are inexpensive and easy to use. Kits can be purchased at hardware stores or other retail outlets. Millions of people have tested their homes already.

For more information, contact Mahmoud Haleem, radiation safety officer, at 202-319-5206.

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