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Monday, Dec. 1
12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and Musicology Colloquium class present “Aspects of Compositional  Planning and Properization in the Old Hispanic Sacrificia," by Rebecca Maloy, assistant professor of musicology at the University of Colorado. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Grayson Wagstaff, associate professor of music, at 202-319-5858.

4:30 p.m., the Office of the President and the School of Theology and Religious Studies present "The Synod of Bishops on the Word of God: An Insider's View," by Most Rev. Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, university chancellor and Cardinal William W. Baum Professor of Theology. McGivney Hall, Keane Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

Wednesday, Dec. 3
5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the Writing Center and University Libraries sponsor a term paper clinic. See Announcements.

Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5
Faculty and staff appreciation days at the CUA Bookstore. See Announcements.

Friday, Dec. 5                         
Last day of classes.

2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "The Science of Being as Being," by Monsignor Robert Sokolowski, Elizabeth Breckinridge Caldwell Professor of Philosophy. This is the final lecture in the "Metaphysical Themes, In Honor of John F. Wippel" lecture series. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean at 202-319-5259 or e-mail

5 p.m., Light the Season: CUA’s Annual Holiday Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting. See Announcements.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception present the 20th Annual Christmas Concert for Charity. This year's concert will benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor, who operate the Jeanne Jugan Residence for the elderly poor in Washington, D.C. The concert will be preceeded by a carillon recital at 7 p.m. National Shrine, Great Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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Wednesday, Dec. 3
7 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Wesley College. Raymond A. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

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Campus Ministry

Advent Adoration
Advent adoration begins Monday, Dec. 1. Sign up in the Office of Campus Ministry, outside Caldwell Chapel or in St. Vincent's Adoration Chapel. Adoration takes place Monday through Friday, Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, after the 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel. Adoration hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, 1 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Advent Calendars for Sale
Advent Calendars are on sale in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center through Friday, Dec. 5. The calendars are $1 for traditional calendars, $3 for chocolate-filled ones. All proceeds will benefit A Simple House. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Apply for Summer Mission Trips
Campus Ministry is organizing summer mission trips for 2009. This summer we will be heading to Honduras and Belize for two weeks of mission work. Applications for the trips are available at and are due in the Campus Ministry office no later than 10 p.m. on Dec. 2.

2009-2010 Student Minister Applications
Are you interested in applying to be a student minister for the 2009-2010 school year? The first information session will be held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 9 p.m. in the House after House Mass. For more information, call 202-319-6972.

Fair Trade Fair
A Fair Trade Fair will be held in the Pryzbyla Center atrium on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact Erin Craine, associate campus minister for women's issues and social justice, at

Mass Schedule Change
There will be one campus Mass for the Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Monday, Dec. 8. The Mass will be at 9 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

CUA Giving Tree
After Thanksgiving, Campus Ministry will begin collecting new toys and clothes for the CUA Giving Tree. The gifts will benefit the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 8
Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Holiday and Reading Day).

Thursday, Dec. 11, to Saturday, Dec. 13
The Department of Rare Books holds a used book sale. See Announcements.

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Food for Fines
The week of Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, Catholic University Libraries will sponsor a Food for Fines amnesty intended to collect non-perishable food for those in need. Patrons with library fines at CUA libraries only will be allowed to bring non-perishable food items to the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library circulation desk. Fines from other consortium institutions do not qualify for exchange nor do fees for lost-item replacement or lost-item processing. Patrons’ fines will be forgiven $1 for every non-perishable item presented to the library. In conjunction with Campus Ministry, all food gathered will be donated to SOME (So Others Might Eat).

For more information, contact the Mullen Library circulation desk at 202-319-5060.

Holiday Luncheon
Dining Services hosts a holiday luncheon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the Pryzbyla Center, Food Court, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu will include: herb roasted leg of lamb stuffed with pine nuts, maple glazed tourne carrots, smoked white and green asparagus, cranberry wild rice, assorted desserts and a 22-ounce beverage for only $8.99. Cash, credit card and Cardinal Cash will be accepted. For more information contact

Term Paper Clinic
The Writing Center and University Libraries are teaming up on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a Drop-In Term Paper Clinic. Writing consultants and reference librarians will be available in the MERIC Classroom in Mullen Library offering free research and writing support for those end-of-semester papers for all CUA students. No appointments are needed. Students just need to walk in with their paper, sign in at the front and get the help they need finding and using good sources, putting together the best introduction, and polishing their work to grammatical and stylistic correctness. For more information, call 202-319-5070. 

Faculty and Staff Appreciation at the Bookstore
The CUA Bookstore invites faculty and staff to its annual appreciation event on Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Refreshments will be served and faculty and staff will be offered a 20-percent discount on select merchandise (see store for details). For more information, call 202-319-5232.

Light the Season: CUA’s Annual Celebration and Christmas Tree Lighting
Join your colleagues and friends on Friday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center atrium for CUA’s annual Christmas tree lighting. The celebration will include refreshments, music and a visit from Santa Claus. For more information, contact Bill Jonas, director of the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events, at  

Library Hours for Finals Week
In collaboration with the Student Government Association, Mullen Library will remain open 24 hours on each of four days during the fall reading and exam period. Mullen Library will open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, and remain open until 2 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Library hours for the rest of exam week are:
Thursday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 12, 8 a.m. to midnight
Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Not all reading rooms and services will be available during extended hours. For details, call the information desk at 202-319-5070.

Friends of Rare Books Used Book Sale
The Department of Rare Books is sponsoring a sale of donated used books from Thursday, Dec. 11, to Saturday, Dec. 13, in Mullen Library, Room 214. The books will include hardcovers and paperbacks, including literature, travel, scholarly books and beach reading, foreign languages, religion, cookbooks, biographies and more. Prices for books will be as low as 50 cents. Proceeds will benefit the department's acquisitions fund. The sale hours are:

  • Preview, Thursday, Dec. 11, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Half-price sale, Saturday, Dec. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information or to donate saleable books, contact Lenore Rouse, curator, rare books and special collections, at 202-319-5090 or

Spring Break in Greece 2009
Spaces are available for faculty, staff, students, and their friends and family members (who are 18 and over) on the spring break trip to Greece jointly sponsored by the Department of Greek and Latin and the Center for Global Education. More information is available at

The estimated price is about $2,983 for nearly all expenses. Trip applications can be found at and should be completed as soon as possible. For more information, contact Sarah Ferrario, assistant professor of Greek and Latin, at 202-319-5216 or

Important Year-End Payroll Information
As the end of 2008 approaches, the Office of Payroll asks that all time sheets and leave reports be turned in by the due date. Note that no off-cycle checks will be disbursed for late time sheets, late hiring forms or retroactive pay. The final time sheet deadline for the year is Monday, Dec. 15, by noon. November leave reports are due Wednesday, Dec. 3.

Documentation for any employment action or salary action must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources, signed by the cognizant vice president, at least 14 days prior to the effective date to allow time for the departments in the approval cycle to complete their review and return the forms to the human resources office. If unanticipated situations arise that may make it impossible to meet the deadlines, please contact the human resources office as soon as you become aware of the situation.  

The offices of payroll and human resources want all employees to receive university mailings in a timely manner. If your home address has changed and you have not submitted the change to the human resources office, please update your home address by filling out the top half of the Employee Data Form and sending it to the human resources office in Leahy Hall, Room 160. The form is available at No additional signatures other than the employee’s are required for an address change. 

For more information, call 202-319-5512.

Winter Baseball Camps
Catholic University Head Baseball Coach Ross Natoli will conduct instructional baseball camps for players ages 7 to 18 of all ability and experience levels. Camps will take place Dec. 12 to 14, Dec. 27 to 29, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 10 to Feb. 15, 2009. Quality professional instruction is provided by college coaches, high school coaches and Washington area college and professional players. Emphasis will be on fundamentals, skills development and college prospect exposure. Group and team discounts available. Registration is limited. For more information, call Natoli at 202-319-6092 or e-mail A brochure and application are available at

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 Save Your Energy

Make It a Clean Cleaning
Many students will go home over the holiday season, and many will be driving their cars for the first time in months. Brian Alexander, director of energy and utilities management, suggests using a commercial car wash if you're going to clean your car before cruising through your old neighborhood. Car washes recycle the water and do not let detergents and other chemicals get into the water supply.

The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations hopes everyone has a safe and sustainable holiday season!

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