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Monday, Dec. 15
1 p.m., Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, will bless and dedicate Opus Hall. Opus Hall, first floor. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

Thursday, Dec. 18
2 p.m., prior to the President's Annual Christmas Party, the Third Annual Advent and Christmas Mass for university faculty and staff will be celebrated for all of the intentions of faculty and staff. The main celebrant will be Father O'Connell. Caldwell Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

3 p.m., Father O'Connell invites CUA faculty and staff to the President's Annual Christmas Party. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

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Campus Ministry

Mass Schedule on Jan. 11
Please note that on Sunday, Jan. 11, there will be no 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. Campus Ministry Masses. Instead, please join us for the 9 p.m. Mass in St. Vincent's Chapel. The normal Mass schedule will resume on Sunday, Jan. 18.

Student Minister Info Sessions
Student ministers play a vital role in Campus Ministry and for their peers on campus. Visit for details about what the life of a student minister is like, or ask one of the House or resident ministers to tell you about their responsibilities and the benefits of being a student minister. The next student minister information session will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 14, after Praise and Worship Adoration (10:15 p.m.) in the Campus Ministry lounge. Applications can be found at

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, Dec. 20, to Sunday, Jan. 4
Christmas Break (University closed).

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Pryzbyla Center End-of-Semester Hours
The Pryzbyla Center's hours have been altered to coincide with the end of the semester. It will be open as follows:

Sunday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 19: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 20, to Sunday, Jan. 4: closed
Monday, Jan. 5, to Saturday, Jan. 10: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11: 7 a.m. to midnight (normal schedule resumes)

For more information, contact Brandon Pettit at or 202-319-5291.

Christmas Dining Hours
Dining Services will operate as follows for the week of Dec. 15 to Dec. 21:

Student Restaurant, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor (all-you-care-to-eat)
Closed. It will reopen on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m.

Food Court, Pryzbyla Center, 2nd floor (A-la-Carte and Meal Exchange)
Monday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed. It will reopen on Jan. 5.

Law School Cafe
Monday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday through Sunday: Closed. It will reopen on Jan. 5.
Leahy Coffee Kiosk
Monday through  Wednesday: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed. It will reopen on Jan. 5.

Starbucks, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd Floor
Monday through Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed. It will reopen on Jan. 5.

The Loft Convenience Store, Pryzbyla Center, 1st Floor
Monday through Thursday: Noon to 5 p.m.
Friday through Sunday: Closed. It will reopen on Jan. 5.

For more information, e-mail

Mandated Electrical Power Outages
The university is required to comply annually with Pepco’s high voltage testing and maintenance procedures. The Office of Facilites Maintenance and Operations makes every effort to schedule these annual outages during periods that will have the least impact on the daily operations of the university. The schedule of outages below was developed after careful review of the university calendars:

  • Monday, Dec. 15, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Centennial Village
  • Monday, Dec. 22, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder No. 20, Gowan, Nursing-Biology, McCort-Ward, Maloney, Mullen and Power Plant boilers

    7 to 10 a.m., Feeder No. 40, Cardinal Hall, McGivney, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding, Spellman and Gibbons
  • Monday, Dec. 29, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder No. 30, Power Plant 2nd floor, Crough, Pangborn, McMahon, Stucco and McCarthy

    7 to 8 a.m., Feeder No. 50, Leahy, Caldwell, Ward, Curley, Salve Regina and Hartke
  • Tuesday, Dec. 30, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder No. 50, Leahy, Caldwell, Ward, Curley, Salve Regina and Hartke
  • Wednesday,  Dec. 31, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Feeder No. 40, Cardinal Hall, McGivney, Shahan, Conaty, Spalding, Spellman and Gibbons
  • Friday, Jan. 2, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hannan, Centennial Village, Millennium, Aquinas, Marist, Marist Annex, Law School, Pryzbyla Center, Opus, Ryan, Regan, Flather and Fitness Center

For more information, call the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations at 202-319-5121.

Tribute to Franny Murray
The Athletics Department invites CUA faculty and staff to join them on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at a ceremony to officially name and dedicate the basketball court in honor of legendary equipment manager Franny Murray. The ceremony will be followed by a reception and dinner to celebrate his friendships and service at CUA.

Murray has been part of the CUA community for six decades as a student, athlete, employee, mentor and friend. His infectious personality, gentle guidance and unyielding loyalty have impacted countless lives during his time at CUA. Athletics hopes to bring the CUA community together to thank Murray for his dedication and to celebrate a lifetime of memories with him.

Visit to view the schedule of events and register online to attend. Please register by Friday, Dec. 19. For more information, contact Brandon Romanchok in the Office of Alumni Relations at 202-319-6597. Those unable to attend can visit the Web site to share some of their favorite memories.

Desk Available
The Office of Asset Inventory has a 6-foot-by-3-foot junior executive five-drawer wooden desk, a 5-foot-tall wooden bookcase and an 8-foot-tall wooden bookcase that are 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.

Holiday Food Drive
Join the Office of Dining Services and the Dining Services Advisory Board in a Holiday Food Drive. Any non-perishable food items can be left in marked boxes that are located outside the Pryzbyla Food Court. All items will be donated to a local shelter for the holiday season. The food drive will continue through Dec. 19. For more information, contact

Nominate Student Leaders for Recognition
On Tuesday, April 21, the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events will host the annual Student Leadership Recognition Celebration. Outstanding student leaders will be recognized along with exceptional faculty and staff. Visit to nominate students, faculty and staff for their significant leadership role within the CUA community. For more information, contact Ashley Handrich at

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. 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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 For Your Benefit

Salary Reduction Agreement for 2009 for Employee TIAA-CREF Plans
Contribution amounts for TIAA-CREF plans can be changed anytime during the year, but changes will never be effective until the following month. The maximum employee contributions have changed. For calendar year 2009, employees may contribute a maximum of $16,500. Employees 50 years old or older anytime during the 2009 calendar year may contribute an additional $5,500. Those who have worked at The Catholic University of America for 15 years or more may be eligible to contribute an additional $3,000 per year.

Employees must contact TIAA-CREF at 1-800-842-2776 and request a calculation and present the calculation to the Office of Human Resources to qualify for this additional amount. Those not wishing to make changes do not have to complete a new form. Changes must be postmarked or faxed no later than Dec. 31, 2008, to qualify for a change in January 2009.

The new form is available at under the heading of "Benefits." For more information, call 202-319-5050.

Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical Expenses
The Flexible Spending Account for medical expenses is a great approach to minimizing your out-of-pocket medical expenses. Please note that eligible expenses incurred through March 15, 2009, may be submitted against 2008 Flex Spending Account deductions. The final deadline for submitting documentation of expenses for the 2008 plan year is April 30, 2009.  If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Tuition Assistance Plan – New Improved Applications – “Easy as A,B,C!”
The application for tuition assistance has been revised. There are now three different forms, for three different needs:

  • Form A: For employees who will be taking classes themselves
  • Form B: For employees applying for a dependent who is a returning student
  • Form C: For employees applying for a dependent who will be an incoming freshman or transfer student

The new, revised forms can be found at As a reminder, employees must submit an application for tuition assistance by the deadline for each semester that they wish to receive the benefit. Applications for employees and returning students must be received by the Office of Human Resources by the last day to add or drop classes as indicated by the registrar. Applications for incoming freshmen and transfer students for the fall 2009 semester must be received by human resources by Feb. 15. For more information, contact the human resources office at 202-319-5050. 

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 Save Your Energy

Sustain the Season
Brian Alexander, director of energy and utilities management, reminds faculty, staff and students to please unplug all electrical appliances: computers, printers, refrigerators (don’t forget to clean it out and open the door), cell phone chargers, etc., before leaving residence halls or offices for the Christmas break.

With the economy tight and money in short supply, Alexander suggests trying these inexpensive sustainable gifts for family and friends:

Tire Gauge — Yes, improperly inflated tires increase gas mileage and tire gauges can be found for less than $5. Increasing gas mileage from 20 to 21 mpg for a car that drives 15,000 miles per year reduces carbon dioxide by 684 pounds annually.

CFL Bulbs — One CFL (compact florescent light) bulb can cost less then $5 and uses 80% less electricity than incandescent light bulbs for the same illumination.

Candles — Consider buying beeswax or soy candles instead of candles made with paraffin (because paraffin is petroleum based).

Have a nice holiday, travel safely and sustainably.

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