Habitat for Humanity Kickball Tournament
Come support CUA Habitat for Humanity at its 1st Kickball Tournament on Sunday, April 20, on the lawn of the Basillica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and games begin at 1:30 p.m. There must be eight to 15 participants per team, but individuals who register alone will be placed on a team. The price is $5 per person. Food and drink will be provided along with prizes for the 1st- and 2nd- place teams. For more information, e-mail Cara Montufar at 76Montufar@cua.edu.
Effective June 1, 2008, all CUA employees who receive Metrochek and commute to work via Metrorail, Metrobus, county bus services in Maryland and Virginia, or a commercial van pool service, will be required to participate in the SmartBenefits program and use a SmarTrip card to pay for their commuting costs.
The SmartBenefits program provides an electronically-distributed transit benefit. Your monthly commuter benefit amount will be issued through the SmarTrip card. When you use your SmarTrip card, you no longer need or use paper Metrocheks.
SmarTrip cards are plastic, like credit cards, and are embedded with special computer chips that keep track of the value of the card. They can be used to pay for travel on Metrorail, Metrobus, county bus services in Maryland and Virginia, and commercial van pool services.
You will download your monthly transit benefit onto your SmarTrip card at any Metro station, using the Passes/Farecards machine.You must claim your monthly benefit beginning the first day of the month through the last day of the month. You will have until the full benefit month to claim your benefits. If you do not claim it by the end of the month, you will lose that month's benefit and it will be refunded to you as taxable income on one of your paychecks.
Employees who ride in a commercial van pool will also be required to use the SmartBenefits program. Each van pool passenger must have a SmarTrip card. Van pool passengers will allocate their Smart Benefit via the Internet to their online Smart Benefits Van Pool Operator account. This allocation needs to be done only one time. After the initial allocation, no further action by the van pool passenger is required. For additional information about this process log on to www.wmata.com/smartbenefits and click on “Step 1" in the van pool passenger section.
Employees who ride the MARC, VRE and regional commuter bus services will continue to receive the paper Metrocheks until these systems start accepting the SmarTrip card for fare payment in late 2008.
To implement these changes, call 202-319-5050 and provide your SmarTrip card, nine-digit serial number from the back of the card, or bring it to the Office of Human Resources no later than April 30 to get your correct June passes. All cards must be registered with WMATA. If you do not currently have a SmarTrip card you can purchase one at sales outlets in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Visit www.wmata.com/smartbenefits for more information about SmarTrip cards and where to purchase them.
For more information, contact Human Resources at 202-319-5050.
The week of April 23, the Office of the Registrar will launch a new online transcript request service. Students and alumni who have/had Cardinal Station accounts will be able to request transcripts electronically through Cardinal Station, using their login ID and password as their signature. For more information, contact the registrar’s office at 202-319-5829.
Information Science and Technology Career Day
On Tuesday, April 15, the CUA chapter of the American Society for Information Science and Technology is hosting a career day panel of speakers from the Washington, D.C., area, including librarians from the U.S. Department of State, the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution and U.S. Navy Research Laboratory. The event will be held in the Information Commons of Marist Hall. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit the CUA ASIST Web site studentorg.cua.edu/asist, or blog cua-asist.blogspot.com. For questions, contact Meghan Gates at email@example.com.
Turning Down the Heat
The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations will shut down the heat on campus in mid-April. Three to four weeks later Facilities and Operations will start on-campus air conditioning, depending on weather patterns. Once the cooling season has started, the university’s electrical consumption typically doubles. Suggestions for any and all conservation measures that the campus community can help with are looked for and encouraged, especially during the summer. The office also provides the following tips to help with conservation:
• Raise your thermostat setting to 78 degrees
• Turn off air conditioning (especially window units) when not needed
• Turn off all lights and computers when not in use
• Do not leave outside doors propped open
• Keep windows closed when air conditioner is in use.
For more information, contact 202-319-5121.
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