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Saturday, March 1
9:30 a.m., the School of Library and Information Science hosts an open house and career day for prospective students. The program includes talks by current students and alumni. Marist Hall, Information Commons. For more information, or to R.s.v.p., call 202-319-5085 or contact Tim Steelman at

Monday, March 3, to Sunday, March 9
Spring Recess

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 Campus Ministry

Easter on Campus
Students staying on campus for Easter can assist with music, liturgical ministries or preparing the chapel. Contact Jessica DePrizio in Campus Ministry at to find out the many ways to help.

Mass Schedule
On Sunday, March 9, there will only be a 9 p.m. Mass in St. Vincent’s Chapel.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 10
4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law is sponsoring the lecture, “The Future for EU-U.S. Political and Economic Relations.” Law school, Walter Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Thomas Haederle at 202-319-5438.

Wednesday, March 12
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Columbus School of Law is holding a forum on tribal sovereignty. Scheduled to participate are judges, legal scholars and political scientists. Law school, Walter Slowinski Courtroom.
For more information, contact Thomas Haederle at 202-319-5438.

12:15 to 1:15 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services is holding its final brown bag lunch series of the semester. For more information, contact Lauren Colandreo at 202-319-5211.

4 to 6 p.m., the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, the Rumi Forum and the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue present, "Mu'tazilism: Common Rational Theology Between Islam and Judaism?," by Sabine Schmidtke, professor at the Free University of Berlin. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen Happel Room. For more information, contact Charles B. Jones at 202-319-6882 or

5 to 6 p.m., the Department of Business and Economics presents the lecture, “The 2008 Elections: Proposed Policies and Their Impact on International Trade,” by Terry Miller. Miller is the director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation and a former ambassador to the United Nations. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Rooms 321/323. For more information, call the Department of Business and Economics at 202-319-5236.

Thursday, March 13
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning sponsors, "James Hoban, Architect of the White House: A Symposium." This lecture is part of the "Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage" spring lecture series. It is presented by the White House Historical Association and the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Stephen Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. N.W., Washington. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Adnan Morshed at or 202-319-6188. To register, go to

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law is holding a forum on the "YouTube Election?: The Role and Influence of 21st Century Media." Law school, Walter Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Thomas Haederle at 202-319-5438.

4 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents "The Remaking of Reading." The talk by Matt Kirschenbaum, an associate professor at the University of Maryland, will survey the remaking and technological re-engineering of reading at a time when the practice of reading is considered to be at-risk. Marist Hall, Room 132. For more information, contact David Shumaker at

Friday, March 14
4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents the 27th annual Karl Herzfeld Memorial Lecture. Michael Werner, chief scientist for astronomy and physics at the California Institute of Technology’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss exploring the infrared universe. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium, Room 108. For more information, call the Department of Physics at 202-319-4448.

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Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Hours for Spring Break
The Pryzbyla Center will operate on the following schedule for Spring Break:

  • Saturday, March 1 – 8 a.m. to  6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 2 – CLOSED
  • Monday to Friday, March 3 to 7 – 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 8 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 9 – 8 a.m. to midnight

Food operations in the Pryzbyla Center will operate on the following schedule:

  • Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2 - CLOSED
  • Monday to Friday, March 3 to March 7 
    Starbucks – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Food Court – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Loft Store – Noon to 5 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 8 – CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 9 - Student Restaurant and the Loft, 5 p.m. to midnight
    Starbucks – 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

The CUA Bookstore will be closed the first and second weekends in March and will operate Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Papal Visit—Student Essay Contest
Students are only 500 words away from the pope. Bring your writer’s skill, your desire to meet Pope Benedict XVI and your years of Catholic education together in the CUA Student Essay Contest, “How Catholic education has changed my life.” If your 500-word essay is chosen as the best, you will personally be introduced to Pope Benedict XVI by CUA President, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., prior to the Holy Father’s campus address. The essay contest winner attends the address and post-address reception as an invited guest. Second-place honors earn a seat in the audience of Catholic educators at the papal address and an invitation to the post-address reception. The contest is open to all registered CUA students —undergraduate, graduate and law. The deadline for entries is March 18, 2008. For complete rules, submission instructions and other important information, visit For more information, contact Emilie Wittenberg in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5238 or

Student Employee Awards
The Office of Career Services seeks candidates for “Student Employee of the Year.” The awards honor reliable, creative students who perform high-quality work. Student employee supervisors are asked to nominate one undergraduate and/or one graduate student from their offices (if there are several student employees in a department) for the awards. A committee of readers composed of staff members from various CUA departments will select an undergraduate and a graduate student for the awards. All nominees will be publicly acknowledged on campus. The two winners will be presented with certificates at the “Student Leadership Recognition Celebration," April 22, 2008. Nomination forms are available online at Submissions must be made by Tuesday, March 11. For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at 202-319-5623.

Student Leadership Recognition Awards
The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events seeks nominations for CUA community service awards. Each year, the university confers awards on members of the CUA community whose service and leadership deserve special recognition. The awards are to be presented this year at the Student Leadership Recognition Celebration scheduled for April 22. Nominations for the awards are due Thursday, March 6. For more information, including selection criteria, visit

Transfer Visit Days
The Office of Admissions will be hosting Transfer Visit Days on Wednesdays in March. The visits will include a noon lunch and 1 p.m. information session and campus tour. For more information, contact Michael Cummings at 202-319-5305.

University Policies
All faculty, staff and students should be aware that the university has posted the following new and or amended policies. If you wish to compare the new policy to the archived version, you may click the additional history button. There will be a short summary of changes, and the archived policy can be reached by clicking on the date.

Disability Accommodations for Students
This policy was updated to reflect current practices, and definitions were added. The confidentiality provisions were clarified.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse-Staff and Faculty
The drug and alcohol policy was split into two separate policies, one for students, and one for employees. This is the new version, specific to employees, and information that was only pertinent to students was removed.

Employee Electronic Communications and Resources
This policy was amended to clarify for employees the scope of discovery in potential litigation. Employees are put on notice about the consequences of using PDAs and other personal computer devices for work product.

Employee Indemnification
This is a new policy, which codifies the university’s position on the situations in which the university will legally defend or indemnify an employee.

Family and Medical Leave Act/Service Member Leave
This policy was updated in accord with a change in the law, which was effective Jan. 28, 2008. See Section IX of the Policy, which spells out the entitlement of eligible employees to take leave for a covered family member in the Armed Forces in connection with a *qualifying exigency,* or to care for a covered family member who has  incurred an illness or injury in the line of duty.

rary Policy on Children
This is a new policy that sets forth the rules on children in CUA libraries, with separate provisions for children of differing ages.

Prohibited Transactions
The amendments to this policy clarify that university funds may not be used for reimbursement of personal airline miles/points for university travel, and also may not be used for reimbursement for personal travel expenses when a trip itinerary includes both personal and business related travel.

Sexual Harassment/Consensual Relations
This policy was amended to include a prohibition on consensual relations with students or subordinates. The specific prohibition is limited to those situations where the staff/faculty has any current or foreseeable professional responsibility for the student or the employee. A violation of this prohibition may result in disciplinary action.

Student Medical Insurance
The definitions of domestic and international student were clarified, and additional language was added on the waiver students must submit if they do not wish to be automatically charged for health insurance.  

Student Organizations Tax Identification Numbers

This is new policy clarifying that student organizations are not permitted to obtain a separate and distinct tax identification number. In certain situations an exception will be made with permission from the Controller’s Office.

Travel Policy
There were a number of revisions to this policy. A summary of changes can be viewed on the additional history page.

Tuition Assistance
The amendment to this policy clarified that an employee may not receive tuition assistance for more than two courses per year, and added a link to the Categories of Employment policy, which contains the rule that full time students may not hold a regular part time or full time position at CUA.

All policies can be found online at and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to read and understand all university policies applicable to them. Questions can be referred to the responsible official listed at the top of the policy or to the Office of General Counsel.

Voice Mail

CUA is implementing a new voice mail system to replace its current, aging system.  The new voice mail system will go live Tuesday morning, March 4.  Users will need to record new greetings and set their mailbox security code; this can be done before March 4. All voice mail users must record new greetings and a name for their mailbox. This can be done in advance of the new system going live by dialing temporary extension 6288, and following the voice prompts. The temporary, one-time mailbox security code is the CUA zip code, 20064. Note that the new CallXpress system requires you to select a strong security code for your mailbox. Your security code

  • must be at least five digits long
  • must contain at least three unique digits
  • must contain at least three unique digits
  • cannot contain a simple sequence of numbers, and may not contain the mailbox number

Most voice mail functions use the same touch tone commands as the old system.  A few commands and functions are different; these are highlighted on the CUA web site For further information, call the computer help line at the Center for Planning and Information Technology at 202-319-4357 (HELP).

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