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Monday, Nov. 5
12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "Sources of Medieval and Renaissance Music Theory in Library of Congress Collections: Old Friends and New Discoveries," by Susan Clermont, senior music specialist, performing arts division, the Library of Congress. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

3-4 p.m., The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music composition seminar welcomes visitors to sit in on a vist from composer William Bolcom, who will deliver a presentation on his opera "A View from the Bridge." Ward Hall, Room 139. For more information, contact

5:15 p.m., the Center for Early Christianity presents "St. Ephrem the Syrian on Freedom of the Will," a seminar led by Mark Mourachian, a graduate student in the Center for Early Christianity. McMahon Hall, Room 300. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Noon-2 p.m., the Division of Student Life and the Opus Prize Committee, in collaboration with CUA's academic departments, host a discussion event, “Witnesses to Human Dignity: A Conversation With the Opus Prize Finalists,” featuring Rev. John Adams, Rev. Norberto Carcellar, C.M., and Brother Stan Goetschalckx, F.C. Moderated by Dean James Zabora, the event will include a multimedia presentation about the finalists and a Q-and-A session. Free boxed lunches provided. Open to the entire CUA community. Eward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room. For more information, call 202-319-5600 or go to

8 p.m., Rev. Robert Schlageter, O.F.M. Conv., university chaplain, celebrates Mass for Opus Prize finalists and students. Finalist Brother Stan will give a reflection. The House, Caldwell Hall. Reception will follow. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

Thursday, Nov. 8
12:10 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Worldwide Value Trends: Findings from the World Values Surveys," by Dean Hoge, professor emeritus of sociology and Life Cycle fellow. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. This lecture is part of the Life Cycle Institute's Brown Bag Lunch Series. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

1 p.m., the Columbus School of Law and the Opus Prize Committee host "The Legal Challenges of Organizing the Homeless: A Philippine Success Story," a presentation by Opus Prize finalist Father Carcellar and colleagues from the Philippines. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. A reception will follow in the Keelty Atrium. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

4:30 p.m., Mass at St. Vincent's Chapel preceding the Opus Prize presentation. Mass is open to the entire CUA community. Dinner and awards ceremony to follow are by invitation only. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

Friday, Nov. 9
The Office of Admissions hosts an Academic Event Day — Focus on Engineering, Focus on Music — for prospective students. For more information, go to or e-mail Christine Mica, director of admissions, at

9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., the Department of History sponsors "Law and Society in the Middle Ages: A Conference in Honor of Uta-Renate Blumenthal," featuring talks by professors from across the country and around the world. For a listing of speakers and topics, go to Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room. For more information, contact Katherine Jansen at

4:30 p.m., the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures presents an afternoon of readings in Arabic poetry by Lourdes Alvarez, associate professor, modern languages; Shawqi Talia, Semitics instructor; and Jennifer Tobkin, doctoral candidate, Semitics department. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, the Semitics/ICOR Library. For more information, contact Talia at or 202-319-5084.

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Untimely Meditations on the Need for Sacred Architecture," by Karsten Harries, professor from Yale University. This lecture is part of the "Spirituality and Architecture" fall lecture series and offers AIA Continuing Education learning units. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Adnan Morshed at or 202-319-6185.

Saturday, Nov. 10
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chamber Choir presents a "CUA in the City" series concert. Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music, will conduct. St. Ann's Church, 4001 Yuma St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Nov. 11
The Office of Admissions hosts an undergraduate open house for prospective students. For more information, go to or e-mail Christine Mica, director of admissions, at

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Friday, Nov. 9
6 p.m., swim teams host Juniata and Randolph-Macon colleges. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Pool.

Saturday, Nov. 10
1 p.m., swim teams host Frostburg State University. DuFour Center, Pool.

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 Campus Ministry

Ring Blessing Mass
Join members of the classes of 2008 and 2009 on Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Vincent’s Chapel to witness the blessing and presentation of The Catholic University of America class rings. All are welcome. For more information, contact Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575 or the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events at 202-319-5291.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will take place Sunday, Nov. 11, through Saturday, Nov. 17. Check the Campus Ministry Web site at for notices of events as the week approaches.

Junior Retreat
The Junior Retreat — NOT ALONE: Relationships, Communication and the Holy Spirit — will take place Nov. 16-18. The cost for the weekend is $40; scholarships are available. Sign up at For more information, contact Casey O'Connor at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov. 12
5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Spirituality in the Architecture of Le Corbusier," by Francesco Passanti, research fellow from the University of Texas at Austin. This lecture is part of the "Spirituality and Architecture" fall lecture series and offers AIA Continuing Education learning units. Crough Center, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Adnan Morshed at or 202 319-6185.

Tuesday, Nov. 13
12:15, the Office of Disability Support Services hosts a brown bag lunch. See Announcements.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
5:30 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences with the Department of Sociology sponsor "Social Development and Social Policy in the Middle East," a lecture by His Royal Highness Prince Firas bin Raad of Jordan. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5445.

Thursday, Nov. 15, through Sunday, Nov. 18
CUA’s Department of Drama presents Listen, the thesis play of Meg Schadl, a graduate student in playwriting. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Hartke Theatre. For more information and tickets, call 202-319-4000 or e-mail

Friday, Nov. 16
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Francis Bacon's Third Sailing," by John McCarthy, associate professor. This lecture is part of the "Early Greek Philosophy: Reason at the Beginning of Philosophy" lecture series. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information contact the Office of the Dean at 202-319-5259 or e-mail

Friday, Nov. 16, to Sunday, Nov. 18
he Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "Elixir of Love," an opera by Gaetano Donizetti, performed in Italian. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for students, staff and seniors. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ward Recital Hall, Opera Theatre. For tickets or more information, call 202-841-5414 or visit

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After extensive research of CUA purchase card program expenditures, the Office of Purchasing noticed that an enormous amount of money was being spent at Staples stores and online. As a way to continue leveraging the procurement power of the university, the purchasing office has negotiated a partnership with Staples Business Advantage. This agreement offers Catholic University a 20 percent discount on retail prices.

Visit to register for a username and password. For more information, call Willandria Blount at 202-319-6401.

CUA Re-negotiates Deer Park Water Contract
The Office of Purchasing has renewed the annual service contract with Deer Park Water with a 36-percent savings to the university. All product pricing will be guaranteed through October 2008.

Lease rates for bottled dispensers per unit:
Hot/Cold: $3.99/month 
Room Temperature/Cold: $3.99/month

Lease rates for hard-wired water dispensers:
Filtration Units Hot/Cold: $26.99
Filtration Units Room Temperature/Cold: $25.99

Bottled Water Pricing:
Five-Gallon Spring Water: $3.49 
Five-Gallon Purified Drinking Water: $3.49
Half-Liter Bottle, 24-pack: $4.99

Note: The customer must maintain bottled water dispenser. This includes routine cleaning. If a unit becomes unserviceable, it will be swapped out immediately.

For more information, contact Norman Brown at 202-319-6538 or

Disability Awareness Training
The Office of Disability Support Services will host a brown bag lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 12:15 to 1:25 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. The lunch is geared toward faculty, but open to the CUA community. Two more brown bag lunches will be offered during the spring semester. 

Some of the topics that will be covered in the presentations include: Responsibilities of Disability Support Services, Students and Faculty; Working with Students with Disabilities; and Reasonable Accommodations vs. Over-Accommodation.

For more information, go to the disability support services Web site at, or contact Lauren Colandreo at 202-319-5211 or by e-mail at

Year-End Power Outages
The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations announces that, while complying with Pepco’s high voltage testing and maintenance procedures, it has made every effort to schedule the university's annual outages during periods that will have the least impact on daily operations. The schedule below was developed after careful review of the university calendars and the electrical needs for the construction of Opus Hall. Thank you for your cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • Monday, Nov. 19, 8-9:15 a.m. Campuswide (except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law School, Aquinas, Fitness Center, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Millennium, Marist, Marist Annex and Pryzbyla Center)
  • Wednesday, Nov. 21, 8-9:15 a.m., Campuswide (except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law School, Aquinas, Fitness Center, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Millennium, Marist, Marist Annex and Pryzbyla Center)
  • Monday, Nov. 26, 6-9 a.m., Aquinas, Marist, Marist Annex
  • Monday Dec. 17, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., Centennial Village
  • Tuesday Dec. 17, at 7 a.m., to Thursday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m., Feeder #10, Ryan, Regan, Flather, St. Vincent's and the Health and Fitness Center. Note: Feeder will be down in order to splice cables for Opus Hall.
  • Sunday, Dec. 23, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Aquinas, Marist and Marist Annex
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Feeder #20, Gowan, Nursing-Biology, McCort-Ward, Maloney, Mullen and Power Plant boilers
    7-10 a.m. only, Feeder #40, Pryzbyla Center, McGivney, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding and Spellman
  • Thursday, Dec. 27, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Feeder #30, Power Plant second floor, Crough, Pangborn, McMahon, Stucco, McCarthy, Feeder #50, Leahy, Caldwell, Ward, Curley, Salve Regina and Hartke
  • Friday, Dec. 28, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Hannan, Centennial Village, Millennium, Aquinas, Marist, Marist Annex, Law School, Pryzbyla Center and Opus Hall construction site
  • Monday Dec. 31, 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Feeder #40, Pryzbyla Center, McGivney, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding and Spellman

For more information, contact the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations at 202-319-5121.

Important Year-End Payroll and Human Resources Information
As the end of 2007 approaches, the Office of Payroll asks that all timesheets and leave reports be turned in by the due date. Note that no off-cycle checks will be disbursed for late timesheets, late hiring forms or retroactive pay. Timesheet deadlines for the rest of the year are: Nov. 14, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14 by noon. October leave reports are due Nov. 5, November leave reports are due Dec. 5. 

Documentation for any employment activity or salary action must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, signed by the cognizant vice president, at least 14 days prior to the effective date to allow time for the departments in the approval cycle to complete their review and return the forms to human resources. If unanticipated situations arise that may make it impossible to meet the deadline, please contact human resources as soon as you become aware of the situation.

Have you moved this year? The offices of payroll and human resources want you to receive your 2007 Form W-2 in a timely manner. If your home address has changed and you have not submitted the change to human resources, please update your home address by filling out the top half of the Employee Data Form and sending it via campus mail to human resources in Leahy Hall, Room 170, or via fax at 202-319-5802. The form is available at No additional signatures other than the employee’s are required for an address change.

Furniture Available for Office Use
The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events announces that it has a limited number of lounge armchairs available to any CUA department or office. Interested parties should contact Brian Mount, associate director for operations, at 202-319-6327 or No CUA furniture or equipment may be acquired for personal purchase or use.

Be Inspired: Opus Prize Videos
Two videos highlighting the Opus Prize are available online at The videos were created by Dustin White, remote education technology coordinator. For more information about the prize, go to

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