This Week at CUA
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Upcoming Events


Scholarship/Fellowship Awareness Event
Staples is Here
Equal Opportunity/Diversity Seminar
Changes to Conflict of Interest Policy
Egyptian Jewelry and Artifacts Display
CUA Libraries Online Newsletter

For Your Benefit
UnitedHealthcare Establishes Additional Resources

Monday, March 19, and Monday, March 26
7 p.m., Associate Professor of Drama Gary Sloan performs his one-man show, "Haunted Prince: The Ghosts of Edwin Booth," as part of the School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Celebrations and the citywide Shakespeare in Washington Festival. The National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged. For more information, call 202-275-0570. Additional performances will be April 2, 9 and 16.


Monday, March 19
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Membrane trafficking in salivary glands: moving from cell cultures to live animals," by Roberto Wiegert, chief of the Intracellular Membrane Trafficking Unit, Oral and Pharyngeal Cancer Branch at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward, Room 215. For more information, contact Pamela Tuma at 202-319-6681 or

Tuesday, March 20
10 and 11 a.m., training sesions for Staples Business Advantage. See Announcements.

3 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents "
Our Evolving Information Curricula: Digital Libraries and Beyond," by Robert B. Allen, associate professor, College of Information Science and Technology, Drexel University. Marist Hall, Information Commons, Room 132. Light refreshments to follow. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 21
9 a.m.-4 p.m., a representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to provide one-on-one retirement plan counseling sessions for employees by appointment only. Leahy Hall, First Floor Conference Room. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 202-637-0090.

10 and 11 a.m., training sessions for Staples Business Advantage. See Announcements.

Noon, Student Health Services, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the Division of Student Life sponsor “The Stomach Blues of Finals Week 2006: Was it Stress or Was it Norovirus? The D.C. DOH Investigates," by Shua Chai, epidemiologist with the D.C. Department of Health. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321/323. For more information, call 202-319-5744.

Thursday, March 22

9 a.m., the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy hosts the 2007 JCHLP Symposium, "Public Health Emergencies: Impacts on Legal Policy and Practice," with featured speaker, Edmund C. Tramont, M.D., director of the Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. A reception will follow in the law school atrium. For more information, call 202-319-5732.

12:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Tackling Transnational Crime Effectively: Assessing Police Cooperation in Drug Smuggling Cases," a Brown Bag Series lecture by Nadia Gerspacher, adjunct professor of sociology. Life Cycle Institute, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

4 p.m., the School of Canon Law hosts CUA's fourth annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture, "The Life, Death and Possible Rescue of the Summary Process," by Rev. Lawrence Wrenn, J.C.D., renowned canon lawyer. Pryzbyla Center, Room 321/323. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception. For more information, contact the School of Canon Law at 202-319-5492 or  

5 p.m., Scholarship/Fellowship Awareness Event. See Announcements.

5 p.m., the Department of Education hosts the annual Euphemia Lofton Haynes Educational Colloquium "Closing the Achievement Gap for African-Americans," featuring Belle S. Wheelan, president of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and former secretary of education of Virginia. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium. A reception will be held in the foyer from 4 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Tambra Riggs at   

5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents "Monastic Landscapes: The Construction of Late Antique Monastic Communities in Egypt," by Darlene L. Brooks Hedstrom, assistant professor of history, Wittenberg University. Life Cycle Auditorium. Light refreshments to follow. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at

7 p.m., the Center for Irish Studies hosts “Wealth and Contemporary Ireland — A Changing Dynamic,” a lecture by The Irish Times reporter Frank McDonald. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, call 202-319-5251.

8 p.m., Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music, presents a CUA Music Faculty Recital, featuring original instrumental chamber music and concert versions of silent film scores. Ward Recital Hall. The recital is free and open to the public. A dessert reception will follow. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Thursday, March 22, through Sunday March 25
The Department of Drama presents Laws of Construction by M.F.A. playwriting candidate Deborah DeGeorge Harbin. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday evenings, and Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12. Student, senior, alumni and subscriber discounts are available. Callan Theatre. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 202-319-4000.

Friday, March 23
5 p.m., the Cardinal Composers Society presents their spring concert. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Saturday, March 24
7 p.m., the CUA University Chorus presents "The Great Choruses," a concert conducted by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Great Hall, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. Admission is free. For more information, call the music school at 202-319-5414.

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Monday, March 19
3:15 p.m., women's tennis team hosts College of Notre Dame. Raymond A. DuFour Center, tennis courts.

Tuesday, March 20
3:30 p.m., men's lacrosse team hosts University of Mary Washington. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Thursday, March 22
2:30 p.m., softball team hosts University of Mary Washington. DuFour Center, Cardinal Softball Field.

2:30 p.m., men's and women's tennis teams host Hood College. DuFour Center, tennis courts.

Saturday, March 24
1 p.m., men's and women's tennis teams hosts St. Mary's College. DuFour Center, tennis courts.

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Monday, March 26
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Kaposi’s Sarcoma Associated Herpesvirus Phylogenetics and Viral MicroRNA Expression," by Denise Whitby, SAIC investigator in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute-Frederick. McCort-Ward, Room 215. For more information, contact Pamela Tuma at 202-319-6681 or

Tuesday, March 27
10 a.m. to noon, Equal Opportunity/Diversity Seminar. See Announcements.

4 p.m., The Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture sponsors "What Can Christian Argument Add to the Case Against Torture?" a lecture by Jeremy Waldron, professor at New York University Law School. Law School, Slowinski Moot Court Room. For more information, e-mail

Wednesday, March 28
9 a.m.-4 p.m., a representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to provide one-on-one retirement plan counseling sessions for employees by appointment only. Leahy Hall, First Floor Conference Room. For more information or to set up an appointment, call 202-637-0090.

1:30 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "The American Dream in the 21st Century: A Pre-Election Year Discussion," a conference on the history of the American dream as well as today's perceptions of the dream by different segments of society. International pollster John Zogby, senior fellow at the Life Cycle Institute and president and CEO of Zogby International, will provide concluding remarks. Life Cycle Auditorium. The conference is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Sandra Hanson at or John Kenneth White at

5 p.m., the Department of Business and Economics presents "Turbulent Waters: Discussing the Political and Economic Future of Latin America in International Markets," by Fidel Jaramillo, regional economic advisor for the Andean Region and the Carribean, Inter-American Development Bank. Pryzbyla Center, Room 321-323. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact

5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Graduate Student Association co-sponsor "Discovering What Happened at the Sieges of Rhodes in 1480 and 1522: Texts and Technology," a lecture by Kelly DeVries, professor of history at Loyola College in Maryland. Caldwell Auditorium. Light refreshments will follow. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at

7 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences hosts, "Chile and Latin America," a lecture by Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez, as part of the Centennial Celebrations. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium. A reception will precede the talk at 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Thursday, March 29
9 a.m.-4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents “Ethical Issues in Patent Law,” featuring a keynote address by Paul Michel, chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The daylong symposium explores ethical issues confronting patent law practitioners in a climate of widespread dissatisfaction with the patent system, as well as increasing pressure to implement major reforms to patent laws and practice. Four panels are scheduled to present, each focused on a different ethical dilemma. Columbus School of Law. For more information, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or

5 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents the 12th annual Alessandro Crisafulli Lecture "Changing Frames: Old French Literature and New French Studies in the Medieval Mediterranean," by Sharon Kinoshita from the University of California Santa Cruz. Life Cycle Institute, Room 102. Reception to follow. For more information, call 202-319-5240.

Saturday, March 31
10 a.m.-1p.m., the Office of Alumni Relations sponsors the CUA Family Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch. The family event is open to alumni, faculty and staff. The Easter Bunny will visit for photos. The egg hunt is open to children 12 and under. St. Vincent's Chapel Lawn. Admission is $10 per person, reservations required. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 202-319-5608.

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Scholarship/Fellowship Awareness Event
The Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies Shavaun Wall is hosting an event for all interested students and faculty to learn more about scholarship and fellowship opportunities available in the United States and around the world. Attend the session on Thursday, March 22, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Pryzbyla Center Great Room A to start planning ahead to apply for a scholarship opportunity for undergraduate or graduate work. For more information, contact Katherine Gamelin at 202-319-5017 or

Staples is Here
After extensive research of the CUA purchase card program expenditures, the CUA Department of Purchasing has observed enormous amounts being spent at Staples stores and online. As a way to continue to leverage the procurement power at CUA, the purchasing department has negotiated a partnership with Staples Business Advantage. This agreement offers Catholic University 20 percent off retail price and provides an online link through the CUA Web site. Staples Business Advantage will offer The Catholic University of America the following:
— Fully customized program
— Dedicated account manager to provide personalized and professional services to each member
— Next day delivery on all in-stock items for orders placed by 4:30 p.m.
— Convenient Internet ordering with
— No shipping or minimum order charges for orders more than $30
— Custom ordering link through Catholic University purchasing
— Source supplier for all office needs
— More than 60,000 office supplies, technology and furniture
This program will offer savings, selection and service for all CUA offices.

To register, visit

Training sessions will be held Tuesday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 21, at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in Pryzbyla Center Great Room C. For more information, contact Willandria Blount at 202-319-6401 or

Equal Opportunity/Diversity Seminar
The Office of Equal Opportunity sponsors an equal employment opportunity/diversity seminar on March 27 from 10 a.m. to noon addressing topics such as discrimination, sexual harassment and diversity, in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 205. For more information or sign up to attend the seminar, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at or 202-319-6594. Additional seminars will be held at the same time and place on May 8 and July 17.

Changes to Conflict of Interest Policy
The President and his council have approved a revision to the staff policy on conflicts of interest. The revision is to the section of the policy addressing work outside the university or work at CUA other than in the employee's primary position. The policy has always required staff employees to get approval from their department administrator before engaging in work outside the university. The revision, which is effective immediately, requires the same approval prior to accepting a part-time assignment at CUA in addition to the primary position. Please read the revised Conflicts of Interest Policy at  For more information on this or other staff policies, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050. 

Egyptian Jewelry and Artifacts on Display
During the month of March, the Semitics/ICOR Library presents "A Franciscan in Cairo: Brother Cleophas Steinhauser and Museum Collection No: 4965," a collection of Egyptian beads, statuettes and amulets from the first two decades of the 20th century. Mullen Library, May Gallery. For more information, contact Shannon Lee, curator, at

CUA Libraries Online Newsletter
After a hiatus, the CUA Libraries Online newsletter has returned with a Spring 2007 issue. To view the newsletter, visit

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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 telepone line will be staffed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. It 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 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 the human resources office at 202-319-5050.

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