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Is CUA Open or Closed?

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Monday, Feb. 19
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents
"Engineering of G protein coupled purine receptors and their ligands," by Ken Jacobson, chief of the Molecular Recognition Section at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward, Room 215. For more information, contact Pamela Tuma at 202-319-6681 or

Tuesday, Feb. 20
5 p.m., CUA’s Black Law Students Association presents “Federal Sentencing Guidelines,” a discussion moderated by Stephen F. Smith, visiting professor of law at CUA and professor of law at the University of Virginia. Panelists Gerald Bruce Lee, a U.S. district judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Mary Price, general counsel for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, will discuss federal sentencing guidelines and the impact they have on minorities. Columbus School of Law. For more information, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or

Wednesday, Feb. 21
Ash Wednesday. Masses will be celebrated in Caldwell Chapel at 8 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 5 p.m. and in St. Vincent's Chapel at 9 p.m. For more information, contact Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

Thursday, Feb. 22
2:30-6:30 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents Pro Bono Day. The event features panel discussions and a networking reception with the opportunity for students to speak directly with local organizations seeking pro bono assistance. The moderator for the discussions will by Michael F. Curtin, J.D. 1965, partner at Curtin Law Roberson Dunigan & Salans, PC. Columbus School of Law. For more information, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or

Friday, Feb. 23
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Instrumental Ensembles. Ward Recital Hall. Free admission. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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Monday, Feb. 19
3 p.m., baseball hosts Villa Julie College, Raymond A. DuFour Center, Robert J. Talbot Field.

Saturday, Feb. 24
Noon, baseball hosts Westminster College, DuFour Center, Talbot Field.

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Monday, Feb. 26, to Sunday, March 4
Spring Break. No classes.

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Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty and staff how to find out about the closing or delayed opening of Catholic University because of inclement weather. The quickest ways to find out are to check the CUA Web site at or to call the university’s main number — 202-319-5000. The information is available through those two sources by 6 a.m. on those days when weather conditions are poor. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio outlets, and they too report the information.

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Important Health Insurance Reminder

Employees who enrolled in one of the HMOs offered for 2007 must select a Primary Care Physician (PCP) no later than Feb. 26. If you selected one of the HMO plans, check your UnitedHealthcare (UHC) ID card and those of your dependents to ensure that the PCP you selected is listed on the cards.  If your ID card indicates “No PCP Selected” or if the wrong PCP is listed, it is very important that you select a PCP or correct the PCP selection immediately to avoid claim or service delays or other problems. 

Find a list of participating Primary Care Physicians in the "Find a Physician" section of Select "Optimum Choice" from the drop down menu. You can find additional information about the physician and the 13-digit provider ID number by clicking on the physician’s name. You can also get a list of participating PCPs by calling UHC Customer Service at 1-800-815-8958.

Select or update your PCP information with UnitedHealthcare by using one of the following options:

— Online: Log on to (register if necessary). Go to "Change a PCP." Go to the “Physicians and Facilities” link and click "Change Primary Physician" option.

— Telephone: Call customer service at 1-800-815-8958. A customer service representative can assist with locating a participating provider and updating the PCP designation.

— E-mail: E-mail your information to You must include: your first and last name, your date of birth, each dependent’s first and last name, each dependent’s date of birth, PCP information for you and each dependent. Please include doctor’s name, phone number, address and PCP ID number. The PCP number must be 13 digits. If you have a PCP number that is less than 13 digits, it should be preceded with zeroes (e.g. a PCP number 123456789 would be 0000123456789).

When you or a dependent updates or selects a PCP, a new ID card will be generated. However, it is not necessary to wait until you receive the new card to access medical care. The PCP will be able to verify his/her status as your PCP by the next business day. Additionally, you can print a temporary ID card at

For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

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This Week @ CUA is published weekly during the academic year. Please submit items to the Office of Public Affairs.
202-319-5600 • Fax 202-319-4440 • E-mail
Items must include a phone number and contact person. The next issue will begin Monday, Feb. 26, 2007.
The deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2007.

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