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Monday, Sept. 15
12:10 p.m. the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents poet and librettist Karren LaLonde Alenier in a lecture drawn from her recent book The Steiny Road to Operadom: The Making of American Operas. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, at 202-319-5835.

1 p.m., Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president, and Julie Englund, vice president for finance and administration, treasurer, host a town hall meeting for the CUA community to present plans for the development of South Campus. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room. See Announcements for more information.

Monday Friday (Sept. 1519) 
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values hosts the international seminar “Sacred and Secular: Complementary and/or Conflictual.” This first week’s discussion will center around Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age (2007), Christopher Dawson’s Religion and the Life of Civilization, and the Humanist Manifesto I, II, and III. Gibbons Hall, B12. For further details, visit

Tuesday, Sept. 16
12 to 1 p.m., the Office of Career Services presents an information session about the Peace Corps. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. All students and alumni are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required. To register, visit or call 202-319-5623 or stop by the career services office in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 202. For further information, go to

4:30 p.m., the Criminal Law Society, Legal Services Society and CUA Innocence Project present Brian Stolarz, J.D. 1998, and Bethany Nikfar and Craig Gaver of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, lecturing on “...nothing but one big setup,” their habeas corpus representation of a Texas death row inmate they believe is innocent. Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. Reception to follow. For more information call 202-319-6149.

Wednesday, Sept. 17
12:15 to 1:15 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services hosts a faculty awareness training brown bag lunch. Topics to be covered include the responsibilities of working with students with disabilities and reasonable accommodations versus over-accommodation. Pryzbyla Center, Room 331. For more information, visit

2 p.m., the University Center Student Programs and Events will offer workshops on how to schedule meetings and seminars by navigating Pryzbyla Center, Room 331. For more information, contact Sarah Bleaken at 202-319-5291.
3:10 p.m., the Center for Academic Success presents the workshop, “Take Effective Notes in Lectures.” Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. Enroll online at or drop by the center's office, 201 Pryzbyla Center. For more information, call 202-319-5655.

4:30 p.m., the Columbus School of Law presents its 40th Annual Pope John XXIII Lecture, “Six Phenomena that Bear on the Politics of Trade and Globalization,” delivered by Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, J.D. 1975, senior international partner, WilmerHale, and former U.S. trade representative. Columbus School of Law, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. Reception to follow in the Keelty Atrium. For more information, call 202-319-6149.

5:15 p.m., the Center for the Study of Early Christianity presents the annual Andrew Mellon Lecture by Philip Rousseau, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Professor of Early Christian Studies. Rousseau will discuss “Jerome and Cassian: Connecting Up the Dots.” McMahon Hall, Room 200. For further information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5795.

Thursday, Sept. 18
12:10 p.m., the Center for Academic Success presents the workshop, “Take Effective Notes in Lectures.”  Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. Enroll online at or in the center's office, Pryzbyla Center, Room 201. For more information, call 202-319-5655.

Friday, Sept. 19
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents a lecture on "Thomas Aquinas on Philosophy and the Preambles of Faith, ” by Monsignor John F. Wippel, Theodore Basselin Professor of Philosophy. Aquinas Hall Auditorium. For more information, visit or call 202-319-5259.

1:30 p.m., David Acheson, assistant commissioner for food protection, Food and Drug Administration, delivers the Biology Graduate Student Research Symposium keynote lecture, "What is the FDA Doing to Protect the Food Supply?" Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B (322B). For more information, contact Ann Corsi, associate professor of biology, at

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Wednesday, Sept. 17
4:30 p.m., the women’s soccer team hosts Marymount University. Raymond A. DuFour Center, upper field.

7 p.m., the volleyball team hosts Frostburg State University. Raymond A .DuFour Center.

Saturday, Sept. 20
1 p.m., the football team hosts McDaniel College. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

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 Campus Ministry

Additional Mass – Sunday, Sept. 21
There will be an additional Mass Sunday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. due to Movies on the Mall. The Mass schedule is 11 a.m. at St. Vincent’s Chapel, 4 p.m. in the Crypt Church, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Chapel.

Esto Vir
Interested in Catholic brotherhood? Come to an information session to learn more about Esto Vir, our campus men's group focused on developing Catholic brotherhood. The group is open to all men looking to strengthen their understanding of what it means to be a Catholic man on this campus and in the world, and to grow in faith with other men on campus. Information sessions for Esto Vir will take place Monday, Sept. 15, and Thursday, Sept. 18, from 9 to 10 p.m. in the Cellar, Caldwell Hall.

Room Blessings
Room blessings begin next week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from Sept. 15 to Sept. 29. Have your room blessed and have a peaceful year. Flyers will be available through your resident assistant or student minister. Hang the flyer on your dorm room and one of the priests will stop by to bless your room. The blessings begin at 7:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) as follows:

  • Monday Sept. 15: Millennium South and Curley Court
  • Tuesday, Sept. 16: Ryan Hall and Millennium North
  • Thursday Sept. 18: Caldwell, Seton and Camalier halls. Walton Hall (starts at 8 p.m.)
  • Monday, Sept. 22: Gibbons and Spellman halls
  • Tuesday, Sept. 23: Magner, Engelhard and Conaty halls
  • Thursday, Sept. 25: Flather Hall (starts at 8 p.m.) and Unanue and McDonald halls
  • Monday, Sept. 29: Reardon and Quinn halls

Men’s Discernment Mass and Dinner
Join Rev. Bob Schlageter, O.F.M.,Conv., university chaplain and director of campus ministry, and Rev. John Foster, J.C.D., for Mass in Caldwell Chapel Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., followed by a light dinner in the Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room. These evenings of prayer and formation will take place throughout the year. Young men considering a vocation to the priesthood or religious life are encourged to attend. For more information or to register, e-mail Father Bob at

D.C. Nationals Baseball Night
Friday, Sept. 19, is D.C. Nationals baseball night. Tickets will be sold in the Pryzbyla Center during meal times. They are also available through the student ministers.

RENEW Sign-ups
RENEW is more than just a prayer group. It’s made up of small groups of students coming together once a week to share a time of prayer, the word of God, and service and friendship. Groups meet all over campus. The location depends on what time your group meets. Upperclassmen can sign up online at Sign-up Sunday will be Sept. 14 after all the Masses.

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 Upcoming Events

Monday – Friday (Sept. 22-26)
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values hosts the international seminar “Sacred and Secular: Complementary and/or Conflictual.” This second week’s discussion will center around John Rawls’ “The Idea of Public Reason Revisited,” University of Chicago Law Review (Summer 1997, 64.3) and Juergen Habermas’ “Religion in the Public Sphere,” 2005 Holberg Lecture.

Monday, Sept. 22
12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Thomas Riis, professor, University of Colorado, who will give a talk on "The First African-American Musical Comedy." Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, at 202-319-5835.

2 p.m., the University Center Student Programs and Events will offer workshops on how to schedule meetings and seminars by navigating Pryzbyla Center, Room 331. For more information, contact Sarah Bleaken at 202-319-5291.

Tuesday, Sept. 23
6:45 p.m., Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., university president,  will deliver the annual John Carroll Society Lecture on “The Journey Continues: St. Paul Today.” An organ recital prior to the lecture will begin at 6:15 p.m. Admission is free. The Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
5:10 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies presents a lecture on "Chaucer and Images of Nation," by Lynn Staley, professor, Colgate University. Pryzbyla Center, Room 321-323. For further information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

Thursday, Sept. 25

4:30 p.m., the Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture presents a lecture, “Natural Reason, Religious Conviction and the Justification of Coercion in Democratic Societies,” by Robert Audi, professor, University of Notre Dame. Columbus School of Law, Room 213. For further information, contact Margaret Pooley at 202-319-6205 or
6 p.m, the Department of Sociology and the District of Columbia Sociological Society present a lecture by Jose Casanova, professor, Georgetown University, on "Public Religions in the Modern World." Aquinas Hall, Room 102. For more information, contact 202-319-5999.

Friday, Sept. 26
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents a lecture on “Thomas Aquinas on Demonstrating God’s Providence” by  Rev. Brian Shanley, O.P., president of Providence College. Aquinas Hall Auditorium. For more information, visit or call 202-319-5259.

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Town Hall Meeting on South Campus
On Monday, Sept. 15, at 1 p.m., Father David O’Connell, university president, and Julie Englund, vice president for finance and administration, treasurer, will host a town hall meeting for faculty, staff and students to present the development plans for the South Campus. The planned enhancements to the Brookland neighborhood will include a mixture of retail and dining amenities easily available to the CUA community. Jim Abdo, CEO of Abdo Development, will discuss plans for a vibrant new retail Main Street along Monroe Street, the design for an iconic clock tower on the corner of Monroe and Michigan, a  new Arts Walk near the Metrorail station and a mixture of for-sale and rental condominiums and apartments. Great Room, Pryzbyla Center. For more information, contact the office of Julie Englund at 202-319-5606.

Center for Academic Success
The Center for Academic Success is now open in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 201.  A priority of the center is to target first-year students who have not yet decided on a major, enabling them to progress thoughtfully and intentionally from registration to the declaration of a major. In addition, the center offers weekly, free academic success workshops for all undergraduate students on Wednesdays at 3:10 p.m. and Thursdays at 12:10 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 351.  Small-group tutoring is available for a fee for selected first-year courses. Upperclassmen may request tutors as well. For more information, stop by 201 Pryzbyla Center Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit

Display of 2009 Calendars
The Office of Procurement Services is holding a 2009 calendar show. Varieties of calendars will be on display. The event takes place Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at Caldwell Hall Auditorium. For more information, e-mail Willandria Blount at

Juvenile Literature Reading Room Opening
The University Libraries invite the campus community to the grand opening of the Juvenile Literature Reading Room on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3:30 p.m. Come see the renovated space that provides a home for the university's collection of children's and young adult literature, a new group study room, and a new office for Anne Marie Hules, reference librarian for library and information science. For more information, contact Hules at 202-319-5548.

Mailbox Station Available
The Office of Asset Inventory has a mailbox station available to any CUA department or office. Interested parties should contact Andrew Wolf at 202-319-6402, or e-mail, and are responsible for pick-up and transportation. No CUA equipment may be acquired for personal purchase or use.

Preview Discussions of ASIS&T Meeting
The University Libraries hosts "preview" talks Monday, Sept. 22, by members of the American Society for Information Science and Technology who will also be giving presentations at the society's national meeting in Columbus, Ohio, in October. The talks take place from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the May Gallery, John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. The cost is $15 for ASIS&T members, $20 for non-members and free for students. For registration and more information, visit

"Robes in Schools" Conference at CUA Law School
The Columbus School of Law is hosting part of the 2008 Just the Beginning Foundation Conference
on "Robes in Schools." The “Robes in Schools” conference at Catholic University is one of 20 taking place in schools and courthouses throughout the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., and Baltimore region on Thursday, Sept. 25. At each location, a racially and gender diverse panel of judges will speak to young people and share the obstacles they overcame, their paths to the bench, strategies for success, and insight into opportunities in the law. The event begins  at 11:10 a.m. in Room 307 of the law school and includes a panel discussion with the Honorable William T. Newman, Jr., Arlington Circuit Court, J.D. 1977; the Honorable Lynn Bush, United States Court of Federal Claims; and the Honorable Ivan Lemelle United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. A reception will follow.

Unclaimed Lost and Found Property Auction
The Department of Public Safety will hold an auction for unclaimed lost-and-found property on Friday, Sept. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Leahy Hall, first floor conference room. There will be a viewing of the property prior to the auction on Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for persons to claim lost property. In order to claim any property, you must provide proper identification and proof of ownership.
A list of the unclaimed lost-and-found property can be viewed on the Public Safety Web site at

Walk-In Wednesday For Students
The Office of Career Services holds its first "Walk-In Wednesday" on Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 202. Stop by for quick questions and resume and cover letter critiques. No appointment is required. If you can't make it, the career services office has regular walk-in hours Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  You can also e-mail your resume, cover letter or question to You are welcome to stop by any time; if no one is immediately available, appointments can be scheduled. For more information, contact career services at 202-319-5623.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Football Game
Provost James Brennan and members of CUA’s Athletics staff and student athletes invite CUA faculty and staff to Faculty and Staff Family Appreciation Day at the football game between CUA and McDaniel College on Saturday, Sept. 20. The reception will include food and beverages from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. outside the DuFour Center prior to the game at 1 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the Hall of Fame area on the second floor of the DuFour Center. Admission will be free for CUA faculty, staff and their families. Please R.s.v.p. with the number in your party on or before Wednesday, Sept. 17, to

Alumni/Employee Happy Hour
CUA alums who work on the CUA campus are invited by the Office of Alumni Relations to a special Alumni Staff Happy Hour. Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pryzbyla Arbor in front of Cardinal Hall for drinks and hors d'oeuvres. The event is free but a reservation is required. To register, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-5608.

For Your Benefit

TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions
Individuals can discuss personal finances on a confidential basis with a TIAA-CREF consultant to make more informed retirement choices. Sessions take place on Tuesday, Sept. 16, and  Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 342.  Sessions are also available in October on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the same location. To schedule an appointment, go to

Attention Exempt Employees — Vacation Leave Carry-Over Hours
As an end-of-summer reminder, the Office of Human Resources requests that employees remember to update monthly leave reports to include any of the carry-over vacation time used between May 1 and Aug. 31. Payroll will be adjusting leave accruals during the month of September and the adjusted accruals will appear on September pay stubs. For more information, call human resources at 202-319-5598. 

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