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Monday, Sept. 10
6:30 p.m., the Oliveira Lima Library presents "European Convict Labor in Portuguese Africa, 1850-1926," by Tim Coates, associate professor of history at the College of Charleston. Mullen Library, May Gallery. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Bob Bisconti at

Wednesday, Sept. 12
12:15, the Office of Disability Support Services hosts a brown bag lunch. See Announcements.

5 p.m., Freshman Convocation. Freshmen are excused from 5:10 classes/labs to attend convocation.

Thursday, Sept. 13
12:30-1:20 p.m., the Academic Tutoring and Learning Assistance Service sponsors a reading workshop for students and staff aimed at improving comprehension, retaining information, and completing assignments better and faster. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 202-319-5765.

Friday, Sept. 14
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Anaximander's apeiron and the Arrangement of Time," by Rev. Kurt Pritzl, O.P., dean. This lecture is the first in 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

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Tuesday, Sept. 11
4:30 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Gettysburg College. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Saturday, Sept. 15
10 a.m., CUA hosts Trinity College, Mary Washington University and Messiah College for the Guetle Invitational Volleyball Tournament. DuFour Center, Gymnasium.

1 p.m., women's soccer hosts Cabrini College. DuFour Center, Upper Field. 

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 Campus Ministry

Eucharistic Ministry to the Sick
The Office of Campus Ministry will be holding an information session for those interested in serving in eucharistic ministry to the sick on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Lounge. For more information, contact Jessica DePrizio at

Esto Vir Information Sessions
Esto Vir will be holding information sessions for men interested in finding out more about the organization. Sessions will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 327, on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. For more information, call the Office of Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

Jamaica Spring Break Mission Trip
Students interested in travelling to Jamaica on a mission trip over spring break 2008 can learn more at information sessions on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 9 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 13, at 8:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Lounge. Applications for the trip are due to the campus ministry office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. For more information, call 202-319-5575. 

Freshman Service Day
Freshmen are invited to sign up at to take part in Freshman Service Day on Saturday, Sept. 15. Students will be split into various groups in the community to spend time with the elderly, feed the homeless, clean the Brookland neighborhood and more. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

After Hours-Early Evening Catechism
The Office of Campus Ministry sponsors evening classes on Catholic Moral Living by Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C., a candidate for a pastoral degree in theology and religious studies, on Wednesday evenings beginning Sept. 12 and running through Dec. 5 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The classes will explore the official Church teachings on morality and moral decision-making. Campus Ministry, Prayer Room. Faculty and staff as well as students are invited to attend. For more information, call campus ministry at 202-319-5575.

Service and Justice Workshop
Associate Campus Ministers Emmjolee Mendoza Waters and Erin Crawford lead a workshop on Catholic Social Teaching on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Lounge. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Renew Sign-up Sunday
Students interested in Renew, small groups of people who come together for prayer, service and friendship, are invited to sign up after all campus ministry Masses on Sept. 16. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 19
4 p.m., the Department of Physics and Office of Campus Ministry offer a memorial service in honor of Charles J. "Chick" Montrose, former department chair. See Announcements.

5 p.m., the Columbus School of Law’s Securities Law Program presents “The Globalization of the Regulation of Markets and Brokers,” a lecture by Erik Sirri, director of market regulation for the Securities and Exchange Commission. Columbus School of Law, Walter S. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438 or e-mail

Thursday, Sept. 20
12:30-1:20 p.m., the Academic Tutoring and Learning Assistance Service sponsors a note-taking workshop for students and staff to help them listen effectively and write intelligently during lectures and meetings. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 202-319-5765.

Friday, Sept. 21
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "A Systematic Xenophanes?," by James Lesher, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 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

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New Network and E-mail Security Measures
CPIT announces it is implementing new technology procedures to help protect both the security of the CUA network and users' data. Unfortunately, for some, these procedures have led to the temporary loss of e-mail access.

Beginning this semester, new password procedures were implemented. All new passwords must be stronger than in the past. New passwords must include both upper and lower case letters, as well as at least one number and/or one special character (for example, !,@,#, etc.). If an old password was something like harrypotter, your new password must be something like HarryPotter101 or HarryPotter$. In addition, passwords must now be changed every 90 days.

A second related issue concerns CUA e-mail account expirations. As a result of a recent audit, the university needed to upgrade its security on electronic access and did so by implementing a procedure wherein access is linked to payroll. Thus, if a person goes off the payroll (even though the person knowingly will be coming back on the payroll or will otherwise continue a relationship with CUA) the e-mail account is automatically terminated. This constraint mostly affects certain contract and research members of the faculty, and has resulted in the inconvenient loss of access to e-mail. In the short-term, affected members of the community who believe their accounts should be extended are asked to call the CPIT Information Center at 202-319-4357 for immediate assistance. Since these affected faculty members may in fact not see this e-mail message because their account has expired, all department chairs and faculty who work with contract and research faculty should bring this to their attention. In conjunction with the provost and deans, CPIT is developing a longer-term solution that hopefully will be seamless from the perspective of any faculty, staff and students who are entitled to continuing access to e-mail.

For more information concerning the new Information Assurance Policy, go to

Memorial Service for Physics Chair Charles J. "Chick" Montrose
The CUA Department of Physics and Office of Campus Ministry invite the CUA community to a memorial service in honor or Charles J. (“Chick”) Montrose, associate professor and chair of physics, who passed away on Dec. 28, 2006. The service will take place at 4 p.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 19, in St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. It will be followed by an informal reception in the lobby of Hannan Hall at 5 p.m. Those expecting to attend the reception should R.S.V.P. to (Subject line: Montrose).

Disability Awareness Training
The Office of Disability Support Services will host a brown bag lunch series that is geared toward faculty, but open to the CUA community. The first lunch will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 12, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The second lunch will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. They will both take place in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. Two more brown bag lunches will also 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, which continues to be updated with resources applicable to faculty. For more information about the lunches, contact Lauren Colandreo at 202-319-5211 or by e-mail at

Faculty and Staff Meal Plans
The Office of Dining Services reminds faculty and staff that they can now sign up for meal plans. New this semester, faculty and staff can use the block meal plans at selected stations in the Pryzbyla Food Court through the meal exchange program. To sign up visit the Office of Dining Services in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 124; Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cash and credit card payments are accepted. For more information, go to or

Weight Watchers at Work

The Office of Human Resources and the Washington, D.C., branch of Weight Watchers International invite students, faculty and staff to register for a Weight Watchers at Work program to be held on campus for 12 weeks this fall. The program will teach participants how to make wise choices, eat healthy, enjoy food and exercise. The program fee for the 12 weeks is $168, payable in two installments. An information session will be held at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Leahy Hall, Room 100. For more information contact Marion Ficke at 202-319-5870 or  

Dining Services Catering Changes and Reminders
The Office of Dining Services announces that Tania Farries has left the staff of the catering department. Shannon Church is serving as interim catering director and can be reached at 202-319-6236.
A few reminders:

  • All catering requests should be sent by e-mail to
  • All catering e-mail requests will receive a confirming e-mail by the close of business verifying that the request was received.
  • A phone call will be made by a member of the catering staff to review catering requests.
  • To provide the service and food variety expected, a minimum of 48 hours notice for all catering orders is needed.
  • Everything possible will be done to handle any last-minute catering requests.
  • Contact will be made 24 hours prior to the event to reconfirm last-minute details.
  • For accounting purposes, please provide a signed event sheet and cost code information prior to the event.

For more information or to make any suggestions regarding Cardinal Catering, contact Roland C. Depew, director of dining services, at 202-319-5296.

Staples Digital Copying Solutions
In an effort to continue consolidating the university's purchasing power, maximize savings and streamline operating efficiency, the Office of Purchasing has established a partnership with Staples Business Advantage to supply CUA with digital copying needs, effective immediately. Staples Business Advantage will offer faculty, staff and students the following:

  • Fully customized program
  • Dedicated account management to provide personalized and professional services
  • 2nd-day delivery for orders placed by noon
  • Convenient Internet ordering via
  • Free delivery for orders of more than $50
  • Black and white copies starting at .04 cents for the first 1,000 copies
  • Additional discounts: .0325 cents for 1,000-2,000 copies; .03 cents for 2,000-6,000; and .029 cents for 6,000-10,000
  • Color copies starting at .23 cents per copy

Orders can be placed at or or by e-mailing (with an order form accompanying the e-mail). Please include any special instructions.

Staples contact information for digital copy services is as follows: Jason Sigler, account manager,, 443-737-1040 x671; Mike Condax, account manager, 1-888-595-6740 ext. 238,; Raj Dwivedi, copy solutions district manager,

Cardinal Financials Upgrade
The Office of Business Services announces that the university financials system will undergo an upgrade from Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. through Monday, Sept. 17. During that time, Cardinal Financials will be unavailable to all campus users.
The upgrade enhances the technology that supports this system and offers improvements to the requisitioning and reporting processes. In addition, the new version of the financials system will be incorporated into the Cardinal Station Web portal. Orientation sessions will be offered to campus users for the newly upgraded system. A schedule of these sessions will be available in upcoming weeks.  For more information, contact Laura Sweet, director of business systems and support, at 202-319-6098, or e-mail

CUA Offers Emergency Text Message Notifications
Following the shootings at Virginia Tech on April 16, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, authorized university officials to add instant text messaging through the “Alert DC” system established by D.C. government’s Department of Homeland Security to the array of emergency notification tools to be employed for alerting members of the campus community of imminent danger. Faculty, staff, students and others who sign up will receive urgent e-mails or text messages to their cell phone, Blackberry or other mobile device.

In order to be eligible to receive any messages, however, they must first sign up at Depending on the level and type of emergency, it will be used with one or more of the following communication options already in place at the university including fire alarms, audible public announcements broadcast via public safety vehicles, e-mails and list servs, CUA Web pages, phone messages and building safety captains.

For more information, go to the Safety First Web page,

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 Health and Safety

Maintaining a Healthy Office Environment
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, work-related musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent of all occupational injuries and illnesses reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics by employers every year. Job duties involving repetitive, forceful motions or prolonged awkward positions have a high probability of causing these disorders or exacerbating already existing ones.

Addressing daily tasks performed by many of us every day can minimize the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders. For example, many people work at computer stations for lengthy periods during a standard work day. Try the following tips to maintain a healthy office environment:

  • Place computer monitor directly in front of view and at least 20 inches away.
  • Ensure the top line of the computer screen is at or slightly below eye level.
  • Keep telephones within a primary work zone to minimize repeated reaching.
  • Consider using a speaker phone option for long conversations, provided the volume does not negatively impact co-workers.
  • Keep the area under a desk clear of clutter to accommodate legs and allow for periodic stretching.
  • Try using a document holder if paperwork is constantly referred to during keyboarding activities.
  • Change posture and activities often. Take short, frequent breaks from repetitious activities.

For more information, go to or for computer workstation ergonomics, or call the CUA Office of Environmental Health and Safety at 202-319-4461.

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