This Week at CUA
February 26 - March 5 View Archives



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Pryzbyla Center Spring Break Hours of Operation
Student Leadership Awards Call for Nominations
Public Safety Update
Is CUA Open or Closed?

For Your Benefit
UnitedHealthcare HMO PCP Selection Deadline
UnitedHealthcare Establishes Additional Resources

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

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Friday, March 2
3:30 p.m., men's lacrosse hosts Kings College. Cardinal Stadium.

Sunday, March 4
1 p.m., men's lacrosse hosts Villa Julie College. Cardinal Stadium.
3:30, p.m., women's lacrosse hosts Greensboro College. Cardinal Stadium.

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Wednesday, March 7
4 p.m., the Center for American Catholic Studies, the Life Cycle Institute and the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives sponsor "Catholic Social Justice: The Current Legislative Agenda," a discussion including John Carr from the Office of Social Development and World Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Candy Hill of Catholic Charities USA, and Catherine Pinkerton of Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. For more informaiton, visit or contact Maria Mazzenga at 202-319-5065 or

5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Graduate Student Association co-sponsor "Thomas Aquinas and the Problem of Christ's Esse," a lecture by Michael Gorman, associate professor of philosophy. Caldwell Auditorium. Light refreshements will follow. For more information, call Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

Thursday, March 8
12:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Early Identification of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder," a Brown Bag Series lecture by Carole Brown, research associate professor in education and associate fellow in the Life Cycle Institute. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5999. 

5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents "John Chrysostom: The Deconstruction of a Myth," by Wendy Mayer, Research Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. Light refreshments to follow. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at

Saturday, March 10
8 p.m., CUA Chamber Choir and Players present a concert conducted and directed by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward professor of music. St. Ann's Church, 4001 Yuma St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at 202-319-5414.

Sunday, March 11, to Sunday, March 18
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the 2007 President's Festival of the Arts, a festival of music, lectures and discussions exploring "The Politics of Comedy" as reflected in the writing of Voltaire and the music of Leonard Bernstein. For more information on any of the following related events or to purchase tickets to the concerts, call 202-319-5416 or visit

Sunday, March 11
2 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Catholic Daughters of the Americas presents, "The Current Showdown on Marriage: What Can and Should the Church Offer?," the annual CDA lecture by Helen M. Alvaré, associate professor in the Columbus School of Law.  A reception will follow. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium. For more information, contact Christopher Kauffman at

4 p.m., the 2007 President's Festival of the Arts kicks off with "Voltaire's World, Bernstein's World," a chamber music concert by the music school faculty and graduate students. St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Rock Creek Church Rd. and Webster St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Admission is free.

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Pryzbyla Center Spring Break Hours of Operation
The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events announces the Pryzbyla Center operating hours for Spring Break:

Friday, Feb. 23: 7 a.m. to midnight

Saturday, Feb. 24: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday Feb. 25, through Saturday, March 3: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 4: 8 a.m. to midnight

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

Student Leadership Awards Call for Nominations

Each year, the university confers awards to outstanding members of our community at the Student Leadership Recognition Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, April 19 this year.  Identify worthy candidates by submitting nominations using the form found on the SLRC Web site, Nominations are due by Friday, March 2, at 5 p.m. For more information, e-mail Kim Timpany at

Public Safety Update
The Office of Public Affairs invites all members of the campus community to visit the Safety First Web page to read a Feb. 19 message from Director of Public Safety Thomasine Johnson updating the community on campus safety. Visit to read the message.

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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UnitedHeathcare HMO PCP Selection Deadline
Reminder — Monday, Feb. 26, is the deadline for all employees who are participants in one of the HMO plans to select a Primary Care Physician (PCP) from the list of Optimum Choice PCPs. If you selected a PCP on your enrollment form, please check your UnitedHealthcare ID card and those of your dependents to ensure that the PCP you selected is listed on your ID card. 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 no later than Feb. 26 to avoid claims or service delays or problems.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., special help sessions will be held in the first floor conference room of Leahy Hall to assist HMO participants who experienced problems with PCP selections prior to the Feb. 26 deadline.

Resources for Selecting or Changing a PCP:

— In Person: Through February 28 with human resources staff (if problems continue after Feb. 26) in Leahy Hall, Room 170. Call 202-319-5050 to schedule an appointment.

— Telephone: Call the dedicated customer service line at 1-877-211-6543 (M-F 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.).

— Online:  Find a PCP from the list of PCPs participating in the Optimum Choice network at Go to and select the link to Change PCP.

— E-mail:  Send an e-mail to  The subject line should be "CUA PCP Update."  In the body of the e-mail, include the following:

Subscriber (Employee) Name — Date of Birth — PCP ID # — PCP Name
Spouse’s Name — Date of Birth — PCP ID # — PCP Name
Dependent Name — Date of Birth — PCP ID # — PCP Name

UnitedHealthcare Establishes Additional Resources
CUA employees who are participants in the UnitedHealthcare HMO or PPO insurance plans now have two additional resources available to help resolve transition or implementation problems, to get help with claims or service concerns or to get answers to other health plan questions:

— Dedicated Customer Service Telephone Line: For assistance with any UHC problem or question, including claims issues or help with selecting or changing a Primary Care Physician (PCP), CUA employees can call 1-877-211-6543 to reach a customer service representative familiar with the CUA insurance plans and transition issues. The dedicated phone line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The dedicated telephone line will be available through March 31, 2007. 

— One-on-one Meetings:  A UHC account representative will be on campus to meet with employees one-on-one to discuss concerns, problems or questions relating to coverage under either the HMO plans or the PPO on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 6, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Leahy Hall, First Floor Conference Room.
Friday, March 16, 10 a.m.–noon. Leahy Hall, First Floor Conference Room.
Tuesday, March 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Pryzbyla Center, Room 331.
Monday, March 26, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Leahy Hall, First Floor Conference Room.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a UHC representative, contact human resources at 202-319-5050.

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