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

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Noon, Metropolitan College sponsors a presentation on graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates for CUA employees who have been thinking about going back to school. In addition to staff, two current students will be in attendance to answer questions. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 327. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to R.s.v.p. (required), call 202-319-5256.

3 to 6 p.m., the School of Nursing hosts a reception in honor of Sister Maria Salerno, O.S.F., associate professor, in honor of her retirement after 31 years of service. Curley Hall, Vincent P. Walter Board Room. Please R.s.v.p. to Verne Mattox at 202-319-5403 or

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

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Campus Ministry

CUA Giving Tree
Help bring smiles to kids in the Brookland community by buying gifts for our CUA Giving Tree. For gift ideas, pick up an ornament on university Christmas trees in the Pryzbyla Center, John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, Campus Ministry office or St. Vincent's Chapel, or visit Gifts and monetary donations should be dropped off by Monday, Dec. 8, between 4 and 7 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Monday, Dec. 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day of obligation. Catholics are asked to keep this day holy by attending Mass. Mass on campus will celebrated at 9 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Chapel. Please note there is no 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel.

Masses will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 7 a.m. (Crypt Church), 7:30 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament Chapel), 8 a.m. (Crypt Church), 8:30 a.m. (Blessed Sacrament Chapel), 10 a.m. (Crypt Church), noon (Great Upper Church) and 5:15 p.m. (Great Upper Church). Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will serve as celebrant and homilist of the noon Mass at the National Shrine. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

Students for Life Celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
On Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., Students for Life host a talk in Caldwell Chapel on Mary by Brother Richard Mary of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Discernment and Desserts
All women are welcome to enjoy dessert and attend a talk by Karen Mahowald, a 2008 CUA graduate, on Monday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Campus Ministry lounge. While at CUA, Karen was very active as student leader of the Chastity Outreach Group and with the French Club. Mahowald will talk about her experience at CUA and her preparations for a career after graduation. She is currently teaching at the new Pope John Paul the Great High School in Dumphries, Va. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

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

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. Caldwell Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

3 p.m., Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, invites CUA faculty and staff to the President's Annual Christmas Party. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information call 202-319-5600.

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Dining Hours for Monday, Dec. 8
Dining services will be open as follows on Dec. 8:

Student Restaurant, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor (all-you-care-to-eat): 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Starbucks, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Loft Convenience Store, Pryzbyla Center, 1st floor: noon to midnight
Food Court, Pryzbyla Center, 2nd floor; Law School Cafe; Leahy Coffee Kiosk: closed

For more information, contact

Pryzbyla Center Extended Exam Week, End-of-Semester Hours
The Pryzbyla Center will extend its hours and have select meeting rooms open during finals week for exam preparation and studying. The extended hours are below. A schedule of available meeting rooms will be posted in the center. Following exam week, hours will be altered to coincide with the end of the semester.

Friday, Dec. 5, to Friday, Dec. 12: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 13: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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.

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.

Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty and staff how to find out about the closing or delayed opening of Catholic University because of inclement weather. The quickest ways to find out are to check the CUA Web site at or to call the university’s main number — 202-319-5000. The information is available through those two sources by 6 a.m. on those days when weather conditions are poor. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio outlets, and they too report the information.

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

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. Hardcovers and paperbacks will be on sale, 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

Nominate Student Leaders for Recognition
On Tuesday, April 21, the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events is hosting 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

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 Brown 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. 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

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 202-3195050. 

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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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