This Week at CUA
November 20 - November 27 View Archives


Upcoming Events

Holiday Heating Measures
Mandated Power Outages
Pryzbyla Center Holiday Hours
Meet Facilities Maintenance and Operations
CUA Giving Tree
Book Buyback

Enhancement Training for Runners

For Your Benefit
Open Enrollment 2007

Wednesday, Nov. 22, to Sunday, Nov. 26
Thanksgiving recess.

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Monday, Nov. 27
5 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents "Constantinople: The Telling and the Taking," by Michèle Longino, professor of French at Duke University. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321. For more information, contact Joan Grimbert, professor of modern languages and literatures, at

Wednesday, Nov. 29
5:15 p.m., the Department of History presents as part of its 2006 coolquium series "Theodora's Rhetorical Legacy: Power-Hungry Byzantine Empresses and the Functions of Women in Byzantine Historical Narrative," by Leonora Neville, associate professor of history. Elizabeth Fisher of George Washington University will comment. Pryzbyla Center, Room 322-B. For more information, contact Ramon Sola at

Thursday, Nov. 30
5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies presents "Resonances of Stoicism in High Medieval Thought: Adiaphora, Synderesis and Conscience," by Marcia Colish, professor emerita of Oberlin College and visiting professor of history at Yale University. Co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Association. Light reception to follow. Pryzbyla Center, Room 321/323. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

Friday, Dec. 1
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Augustine: Philosophical Questions, Theological Answers," by John Rist of the University of Toronto and the Istituto Patristico. The lecture is part of the School of Philosophy's fall lecture series titled "Augustine and Augustinianism." Life Cycle Institute Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

5:15 p.m., CUA holds the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The event features carols, readings and prayers. Refreshments will be served. McMahon Circle. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

7:30 p.m., the 18th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity will feature performances by the CUA Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor in the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. The Basilica Choir, under the direction of Peter Latona, will also perform. The concert is free and open to the public; a freewill collection will be taken up during the performance. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Upper Church. For more information about the concert, call 202-526-8300 or visit

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Holiday Heating Measures
To prevent problems to the heating systems, CUA's Facilities and Maintenance Operations office requests that members of the university community include the following items to their list of preparations for the extended Thanksgiving Holiday:

  • Make sure all windows are closed as tight as possible.  Even a small air leak can cause a heating unit to freeze.  Anyone having problems is asked to call the Facility Service Center at 202-319-5121 prior to leaving so the problems can be taken care of.
  • Make sure all heating units are turned on.  The temperature should be set back (where adjustable) to around 65 degrees.
  • In Curley Court, the units should be left in the normal heating mode (not emergency) and set to around 65 degrees.  These should always be operated in the normal mode, as the emergency heat is extremely expensive.
  • All units in McMahon should have the temperatures reduced and the fan in the low speed position.  The fan must be on for the heat to function.
  • Individuals occupying spaces with steam or hot water radiators should turn the valves to a position that is slightly cooler than the space is normally kept.

The Power Plant will be staffed during the entire Thanksgiving Break.  Call 202-319-5121 for heat or other maintenance emergency requests during this period.

Mandated Power Outages
To comply with Pepco's high-voltage testing and maintenance procedures, CUA's Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations will conduct mandated power outages between Nov. 20 and 28. The outages have been scheduled as follows in order not to interfere with exams:

  • Monday, Nov. 20: 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., campuswide, except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law, Life Cycle, Fitness Center, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Grounds, Millennium and Pryzbyla.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 22, 7 a.m. to 8:15 a.m., campuswide, except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law, Life Cycle, Fitness Center, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Grounds, Millennium and Pryzbyla.
  • Monday, Nov. 27, 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., Feeder No. 10, Regan, St. Vincent's, Ryan, North Fitness Center, Grounds 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 28, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Life Cycle

Pryzbyla Center Holiday Hours
University Center, Student Programs and Events has announced the Pryzbyla Center operating hours for the extended Thanksgiving Holiday:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 21: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 22 - 25: closed
  • Sunday, Nov. 26: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

For more information, contact Tim Gregory, associate director for operations, at

Facilities Maintenance and Operations
Faculty and staff are invited to the first Annual Facilities Maintenance and Operations Meeting to meet the director, assistant directors, managers and supervisors associated with FMO. It will be an opportunity for those who work on campus to familiarize themselves with the operational policies and procedures for requesting the many services provided by FMO. 

Meetings will be held:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Gowan Hall Auditorium.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Caldwell Hall Auditorium.

For more information contact Karen Kreamer at

CUA Giving Tree
CUA will be helping to provide gifts to the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative. Each year, the Edgewood/Brookland staff creates a toy store in their office the week before Christmas and invites parents to choose gifts for each of their children, free of charge. CUA's Campus Ministry is supporting this initiative by collecting gifts and money.

Members of the CUA community wishing to help fill the Edgewood/Brookland toy store are invited to bring all gifts/donations to the Campus Ministry office by Monday, Dec. 11. For more information, contact Emmjolee Mendoza, associate campus minister for community service, at

Book Buyback
The bookstore will begin its book buyback process for course books on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Inquire in the bookstore for more details or call 202-319-5232 

Enhancement Training for Runners
Are you a serious runner who wants to improve your time, distance and overall performance? If so, the Sports Science Research Group at CUA invites you to sign up for a research study workshop it is offering. The workshop, based on Mindfulness Meditation, teaches runners mental skills thought to improve athletic performance.

There will be two sets of sessions. The first workshop began Thursday, Oct. 26. The second workshop will begin Thursday, Nov. 30, and will run for four consecutive Thursdays. Sessions will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the NW Sport and Health Club near the Tenleytown Metrorail station in Washington, D.C. The sessions are free but there is an $18 materials fee to purchase the meditation CDs. This workshop is for serious runners who are committed to improving their running performance. Space is limited.

For more information or to register, contact Lili De Petrillo at 617-851-4413 or

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Open Enrollment 2007
The Office of Human Resources invites employees to learn more about the employee benefits that will be available in 2007 by attending a question-and-answer session. Cigna coverage will no longer be available after Dec. 31, so all employees must re-enroll if they want to participate in the one of the CUA health insurance plans, dental plans or flexible spending accounts. Forms are due in the Office of Human Resources no later than Nov. 28.

"Drop-In" Q-and-A sessions will be offered for employees to discuss questions or get additional information from the human resources staff. Q-and-A sessions will be offered on the following dates in the Leahy Hall Conference Room on the 1st floor:

  • Nov. 20 – 10 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 21 –  Noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

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