This Week at CUA
September 17 - September 24 View Archives



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Monday, Sept. 17
12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Latin American Center for the Graduate Study of Music present the lecture, "Renaissance Spain, Music Education and the Humanist Tradition: The Vihuela Prints as Commonplace Books," by Deborah Lawrence, assistant professor of music at St. Mary's College of Maryland. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, e-mail Grayson Wagstaff at

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

5:15 p.m., the Department of History presents the colloquia "What This Cruel War was Over: Soldiers, Slavery and the Civil War," by Chandra Manning, professor, Georgetown University. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321/323. For more information, e-mail

Thursday, Sept. 20
12:10-1 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Gender, Race and Education: A focus on the influences of teachers and schools on young African American women's high school science experiences," by Sandra Hanson, sociology professor and Life Cycle fellow. Maloney Hall, Third Floor, Life Cycle Institute. This lecture is part of Life Cycle's Brown Bag series. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

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
1:30 p.m., the Department of Biology presents the Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium with keynote lecture, "Frontiers in Cancer Science," by John Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. For more information, e-mail Ann Corsi at

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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Monday, Sept. 17
7 p.m., the volleyball team hosts Hood College. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Gymnasium.

Wednesday, Sept. 19
4 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts Marymount University. DuFour Center, Upper Field.

Saturday, Sept. 22
1 p.m., the football team hosts Randolph Macon University. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium. 

Sunday, Sept. 23
1 p.m., the women's soccer team hosts DeSales University. DuFour Center, Upper Field.

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 Campus Ministry

Room Blessings
Campus Ministry chaplains and ministry staff will be visiting every residence hall beginning Monday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. through the last two weeks of September. The schedule for each of the residence halls can be found at  To have a room blessed, get a flyer from the resident assistant or resident minister and place it on your door the evening your building is scheduled to be blessed. For more information call 202-319-5575.

Service and Justice Workshop
Associate campus ministers Emmjolee Mendoza Waters and Erin Crawford lead a service and justice workshop to discuss Catholic social teaching on Tuesday, Sept. 18, from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Lounge after the House Mass. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Jamaica Spring Break Mission Trip
Students interested in travelling to Jamaica on a mission trip over spring break 2008 must submit their applications to the campus ministry office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21. 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 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.

Renew  Groups Forming Now
Renew enables small groups of people to come together to share a time of prayer, the Word of God, service and friendship. Groups meet all over campus. There are 21 options for dates and times. The time of a group's meeting determines its location. Students are invited to sign up for Renew groups online at 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
Rev. Andy Santamauro, associate chaplain for faith formation and RCIA, is looking for students who are interested in being RCIA team members. Those interested can contact him at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Sept. 24
Noon, the Interdisiplinary Program in Law and Religion and the Middle East Religious Dialogue Program sponsor a discussion on U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East featuring Sen. Chuck Hagel, senior senator from Nebraska. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information or to R.s.v.p. (by Sept. 17) e-mail Constantia Dedoulis at

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Three Theoretical Chapels," by Randall Ott, dean. 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.

Tuesday, Sept. 25
9:30 a.m., the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents "Reason in Islamic Experience," a talk by Karim Douglas Crow, associate professor in contemporary Islam at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Gibbons Hall, B-12. For more information or to R.s.v.p., call 202-319-6089.

Wednesday, Sept. 26
Noon, the Office of Human Resources and the Washington, D.C., branch of Weight Watchers International hold an information session for students, faculty and staff interested in registering for a Weight Watchers at Work program to be held on campus for 12 weeks this fall. Leahy Hall, Room 100. For more information, contact Marion Ficke at 202-319-5870 or

Thursday, Sept. 27
12:30-1:20 p.m., the Academic Tutoring and Learning Assistance Service sponsors a test-taking workshop aimed to help attendees memorize content and predict and answer test questions. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 202-319-5765.

Friday, Sept. 28
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Reason and Myth in Early Pythagorean Cosmology," by Carl A. Huffmann, DePauw University. 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

3-4 p.m., Andrew Simpson, associate professor of music, welcomes visitors to hear players with the contemporary music group Great Noise Ensemble and its guest artist Duo 46 (guitar-violin) talk about their work, including a new concerto by Armando Bayolo, the ensemble’s music director. Ward Hall. For more information, contact

Saturday, Sept. 29
7 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies, the Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture and St. Anselm's Abby co-sponsor the 33rd Thomas Verner Moore Lecture "God in an Evolutionary World," by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University. Columbus School of Law, William J. Byron, S.J., Auditorium. Reception follows. For more information, call 202-319-5519 or e-mail

8 p.m., the Great Noise Ensemble and Duo 46 will present a concert featuring the premiere of "Concerto a Due," a flute and guitar concerto written by Armando Bayolo, the ensemble’s music director. Ward Hall. Admission is free. For more information, contact

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Photo Galleries Update
Photos are now available online of the faculty luncheon held on Sept. 6 and the Freshman Convocation held on Sept. 12. To view the photos, go to CUA’s online photo gallery at

McGivney Hall Construction Beginning
Facilites Planning and Construction announces that Hess Construction Company will begin renovation of McGivney Hall (formerly Keane Hall) on Monday, Sept. 17, with completion scheduled for summer 2008.  This work will include areas outside the building. Safety fencing will be installed around the building areas including the parking spaces to the east of McGivney Hall (which will be part of the construction site staging area, returned for use upon completion of the project), about half of Pryzbyla Plaza to the north, the sidewalk directly west of McGivney Hall and the south side of the building up to the curb. At this time it is not anticipated that the work will affect the operations of the surrounding buildings. For more information or concerns, contact Facilities Planning and Construction at 202-319-5515 or the Facilities Service Center at 202-319-5121 or e-mail

CUA On the Move
CUA On the Move invites students, faculty and staff to participate in Tai Chi classes to be held in the Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3 p.m. No experience necessary. For more information, call 202-319-5705.

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 capital and lowercase 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).

Faculty and Staff Meal Plans
The Office of Dining Services reminds faculty and staff that they can now sign up for meal plans. Faculty and staff can now 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

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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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