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Sunday, April 13
2 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents the Catholic Daughters of the America's annual lecture, “‘The Wageless Work of Paradise’: Catholic Sisters in Parochial Schools" by Kathleen Cummings, associate director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism and assistant professor of history at the University of Notre Dame. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld
Auditorium. For more information, contact Christopher Kauffman at

Monday, April 14
12:30 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents the lecture, "The Conservative Turn: Lionel Trilling, Whitaker Chambers and the Lessons of Anti-Stalinism," by Michael Kimmage, professor of history. Maloney Hall, Room 302 B. For more information, contact 202-319-5999.

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Ruthless Optimism," by architect Lorcan O'Herlihy. This lecture is part of the "Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage" spring 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, April 15
5:30 p.m., Pax Christi CUA presents the third discussion in the Monsignor John A. Ryan Discussion Series, "Who Would Jesus Deport? Stories from the Front Lines of U.S. Immigration Policy," with Helene Robertson, director of the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. Refreshments, including fair trade coffees, teas, and homemade pie, will be provided. For more information, contact Chase Nordengren at

Wednesday, April 16
University closed (except for essential services).

Thursday, April 17
University closed (except for essential services).

Pope Benedict XVI will address presidents of Catholic colleges and universities and U.S. diocesan education leaders on the topic of Catholic education in the Edward J.Pryzbyla University Center. For more information, go to

Saturday, April 19
3 p.m., CUA’s Town and Gown Community Chorus will present its spring concert. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 619 Tenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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 Campus Ministry

National Prayer Breakfast
Volunteers are needed to serve breakfast at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Friday, April 18. Breakfast for volunteers is included. Sign up at

Novena for the Holy Father
Join us in prayer for the success of our Holy Father’s visit to CUA. Continuing through April 14, we will say a novena for the success of the Holy Father’s visit to CUA. The prayers will be said at the daily and Sunday Masses, and can be said individually in private. Prayer cards are available through Campus Ministry. The prayer can also be found on our Web page at

Papal Visit Preparation Events
Campus Ministry is holding three events to honor the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI. There will be a campus-wide Candlelight Rosary, Poster/Banner Gathering and All-Night Prayer Vigil in St. Vincent’s Chapel. The events take place as follows:

• Candlelight Rosary, 8 p.m. on Monday, April 14
• Banner/Poster Making party, 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15
• Prayer Vigil, 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16

For the Candlelight Rosary event, students will meet at Caldwell Hall and process around central campus making five stops. Participants will begin at the Campus Ministry Office and process to the side of the Pryzbyla  Center and the Crough Center for the first stop. Participants will then process around the corner to the lawn of the Columbus School of Law. They will then process up the access road between Centennial Village and the Eugene I. Kane Health and Fitness Center, up the sidewalk between Centennial Village and Aquinas Hall stopping for the third time in the area between Aquinas and Curley Court. Participants will then process up the driveway and turn left at Curley Hall and process to the lawn between Curley Hall and Salve Regina art studio for the fourth stop. Finally, participants will process down the road past Caldwell Hall and Leahy Hall to the Statue of Mary Seat of Wisdom for the fifth and final stop where the procession will end with a prayer and the crowd will disperse. The walk should take no more than one hour.

For the Banner/Poster Making event, students will meet in the food court at the Pryzbyla Center at 9 p.m.

For the Prayer Vigil, students will meet at St. Vincent’s Chapel at 8 p.m. and celebrate and pray for the Ministry of Peter. Confessions and all night Eucharistic adoration will follow. Also included in the evening are night prayer at 10 p.m., praise and worship adoration at 12 a.m., morning prayer and benediction at 6:45 a.m. and each hour on the hour – readings of the writings of Pope Benedict XVI.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 21
4:30 p.m., the Department of Politics presents a lecture by Luigi Vittorio Ferraris, the Italian ambassador, on "Italian Foreign Policy within NATO and EU." Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen Happel Room. For more information, contact the politics department at

4:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, the School of Library and Information Sciences is holding the colloquium, “The International Children's Digital Library: Using Technology to Expand Access to Children’s Books.”  The speaker will be Sheri Massey, a doctoral student at the University of Maryland. Marist Hall, Room 132. For more information, contact David Shumaker at

Thursday, April 24, through Sunday, April 27
The Department of Drama presents Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux, directed by Halo Wines, M.F.A. 1964. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26; and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 for senior citizens and alumni, faculty and staff; and $5 for students. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-4000 or visit

Friday, April 25
The 19th American Cardinals Dinner will be held in Boston to raise money for CUA scholarships.

Saturday, April 26
7:30 p.m., The Catholic University of America Chorus presents an evening of sacred music for chorus and organ. The Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St., N.W., Washington, D.C. For more information, contact the music school at

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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

Metrochek Changes
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 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 for more information about SmarTrip cards and where to purchase them.
For more information, contact Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Online Transcipts
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, or blog For questions, contact Meghan Gates at

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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