This Week at CUA
November 17 - November 24 View Archives



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Upcoming Events

               *Mandated power outages on Monday and Wednesday mornings*

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Monday, Nov. 17
7 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science hosts a colloquium, "Achieving Relevance: Special Libraries in the 21st Century," by Stephen Abram, president of the Special Libraries Association. Marist Hall, Information Commons. For more information, contact David Shumaker, clinical associate professor of library science, at

Tuesday, Nov. 18
5 p.m., the Department of Greek and Latin sponsors “An Overview of the Poetry of Manuel Philes (1275-1345)” by Marina Bazzani, instructor of classics at Oxford University. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, Timothy C. May Gallery. For more information, contact Kathleen Powell at 202-319-5216.

Wednesday, Nov. 19
10  to 10:45 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m., the Office of Procurement sponsors a seminar by FedEx Office on how to submit orders via Print-Online. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 351. Seating is limited. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Samiha Muhammad, FedEx Office field account representative, at; or Dennis Largess, customer service representative at

12:30 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents "Resiliency Among People Who Were Homeless During the 2002 D.C.-Area Sniper Attacks," by Linda Donaldson, assistant professor of social work, and Fred Ahearn, professor of social work. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. This lecture is part of Life Cycle's annual Brown Bag Lunch series. For more information, call 202-319-5999. 

4:30 p.m., the Office of Law and Social Justice Initiatives of the Columbus School of Law, the Department of Media Studies and Campus Ministry sponsor a screening of "Made in L.A." as part of a social justice film series, "Screening Justice." Jennifer Horne, assistant professor of media studies, will lead a discussion following the film. Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Sandy Ogilvy, professor of law, at

Thursday, Nov. 20, to Sunday, Nov. 23
The Department of Drama presents the premiere of "Miranda is Morning," by Master of Fine Arts candidate Stephen Spotswood. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 for general audiences; $8 for senior citizens and CUA faculty, staff and alumni; and $5 for any student with a valid ID. For more information, call 202-319-4000 or visit

Friday, Nov. 21                         
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Merely Metaphysical Possibility," by James Ross, professor of philosophy and law, University of Pennsylvania. This lecture is part of 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

8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents Solemn Vespers for the Feast of St. Cecilia for the Catholic University Community. The University Chorus, Chamber Choir and musicians of CUA Campus Ministry will perform. The concert will be conducted by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music, accompanied by Jonathan Laird, graduate minister for music, on organ. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Wednesday, Nov. 19
7 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Washington and Lee University. Raymond A. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

Saturday, Nov. 22
1 p.m., the men's and women's swimming teams host Susquehanna University. DuFour Center, pool.

7 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Stevenson University. DuFour Center, gymnasium. 

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Campus Ministry

Advent Residence Hall Confessions
Priests will visit residence halls from 7:30 to 10 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 20, and Monday, Nov. 24, to give students the opportunity to offer confessions before Christmas. 

Confessions will take place at the following locations on these dates:
Monday, Nov. 17: Conaty, Ryan, Regan
Tuesday, Nov. 18: Spellman, Curley Court
Wednesday, Nov. 19: Caldwell/Seton
Thursday, Nov. 20: Gibbons
Monday, Nov. 24: McDonald, Walton, Reardon, Magner, Camalier, Quinn

For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, Nov. 17 to 22
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week will kick off with the Thanksgiving Dinner Drive and Sock Drive. Each night during the week will feature different events, including a faces-of-homelessness panel, a pizza and advocacy night, a 24-hour fast, poker tournament, Grate American Sleep-Out, service opportunities and the Hunger and Homeless Walk-a-thon. 

Pick up a brown grocery bag after Masses on Sunday, Nov. 16, or in the Campus Ministry office during the following week, and provide a hot meal on Thanksgiving for a local senior in need. Fill the bag with non-perishable Thanksgiving foods on the attached grocery list and drop it off in Campus Ministry any time during the week of Nov. 17. The Mass collection from Campus Ministry Masses on Sunday, Nov. 23, will go toward the Thanksgiving bags.

Participate in the sock drive throughout the week in the Pryzbyla Center by dropping off new socks or donating money so socks can be purchased for the homeless.

Monday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 20, at 6:45 a.m., students will meet at Campus Ministry to go to SOME (So Others Might Eat).

On Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m., National Coalition on the Homeless speakers will take part in a panel in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A.

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 9 p.m., participate in Advocacy Night in McMahon Hall, Room 201.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, beginning at 10:30 p.m., take part in the Grate American Sleep Out in Centennial Village Circle.

Students will take part in a 24-hour fast beginning after breakfast in the Cellar following the 8:15 a.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 20. The fast ends on Friday with breakfast following the 8 a.m. Mass in the National Shrine, Crypt Church.

On Friday, Nov. 21, at 6:30 p.m., the House hosts a poker tournament with proceeds benefitting the homeless.

On Saturday, Nov. 22, meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Metrorail station for the Hunger and Homeless Walk-a-thon.

For more information, visit or call 202-319-5575.

Mission Trip Spring Break Fundraiser
Joe Corbi’s Pizza and Cookie Dough are being sold for the next two weeks in the Pryzbyla Center during lunch and dinner hours to support the Spring Break mission trips to Jamaica and Honduras. Stock up before finals. For more information, contact Rev. Andy Santamauro, assistant chaplain for RCIA and faith development, at or Jeff Ossinger, associate campus minister for retreats and men's issues, at

Chastity Outreach
Chastity Outreach presents a seminar on Theology of the Body by Colin Nykaza, a speaker for Generation Life, on Monday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Christmas Giving Tree
The Christmas Giving Tree Planning Committee, which will organize the toy and gift drive for children in the Brookland community, will have its first meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Lounge. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

CUA on Tap
On Thursday, Nov. 20, CUA alumnus and 2007 Washingtonian of the Year Luis Vasquez will continue the theme of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, with a talk on hunger and homeless issues as they relate to Catholic social teaching at the final CUA on Tap of the semester at 8 p.m. in the Caldwell Hall auditorium. Come early to check out the open mic night beginning at 7 p.m. If you’re 21, don’t forget your ID and money for beverages. Those interested in participating in the open mic should contact Sarah Hayes at

Catholic Athletes for Christ Retreat
Catholic Athletes for Christ offers a new opportunity for CUA student athletes to play and pray together on retreat. The group will leave campus on Friday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. and return on Sunday, Nov. 23, by 4 p.m. Sign up at For more information contact Pat Quintana at

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Nov. 28
Thanksgiving Recess. University closed.

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Thanksgiving Lunch
Dining Services will offer a Thanksgiving Lunch for $8.99 in the Pryzbyla Food Court on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The menu will include slow roasted turkey with rich pan gravy, whipped potatoes with gravy, cornbread dressing, candied yams, green beans, jellied cranberry, assorted dinner rolls, pumpkin or pecan pie, and a 22-ounce beverage.

For more information, contact  

Thanksgiving Dining Hours
The dining schedule from Nov. 24 to Nov. 30 is as follows:

  • Student Restaurant, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor (all-you-care-to-eat):
    Tuesday, Nov. 25: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Nov. 29: closed
    Sunday, Nov. 30: 4 p.m. to midnight
  • Food Court, Pryzbyla Center, 2nd floor (a-la-carte and meal exchange):
    Tuesday, Nov. 25: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Sunday, Nov. 30: closed
  • Law School Cafe
    Tuesday, Nov. 25: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Sunday, Nov. 30: closed
  • Leahy Coffee Kiosk
    Tuesday, Nov. 25: 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Sunday, Nov. 30: closed
  • Starbucks, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor
    Tuesday, Nov. 25: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Nov. 29: closed
    Sunday, Nov. 30: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Loft Convenience Store, Pryzbyla Center, 1st floor
    Tuesday, Nov. 25: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Wednesday, Nov. 26, to Saturday, Nov. 29: closed
    Sunday, Nov. 30: 4 p.m. to midnight

Normal dining hours will resume on Monday, Dec. 1. For more information, contact

Library Hours for Finals Week
In collaboration with the Student Government Association, the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial 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 more information, call the information desk at 202-319-5070.

Surplus Office Chairs Available
The Office of Admissions has a surplus of office chairs available to any office or student group in need of rolling swivel chairs. For more information, contact Britt Freitag at 202-319-6936 or or stop by McMahon Hall, Room 102.

Spam E-mails Ask for Personal Information
The Center for Planning and Information Technology reports that many members of the CUA community have received junk e-mail (spam) that claims to be from the CUA Help Desk or "management," asking users to confirm their CUA computer user account information. CPIT never sends bulk e-mail asking for details about computer user accounts. Messages like these are junk mail and should not be replied to.

Here are some general tips for avoiding junk e-mail scams designed to steal a user's identity:

  • Be suspicious of any e-mail with requests for a user name or password or personal financial information and do not reply to the message or click links that it may contain.
  • Always be sure to run anti-virus and anti-spyware software on CUA networked computers and keep them updated. (Note that desktop and notebook computers deployed by CPIT are already configured with this software.)
  • Always ensure that a Web site is secure (HTTPS) when submitting credit card or other sensitive information via a Web browser.
  • Don't click on the links in an e-mail or instant message to get to any Web page if you suspect the message might not be authentic or you don't know the sender or user's screen name.

If you have any question about the validity of an e-mail message that you receive at your address, or if you have replied to one of these scam messages, please contact CPIT's Information Center Help Desk at 202-319-4357 (HELP).

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, Nov. 17, 8 to 9:15 a.m., Campuswide (except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law School, Aquinas, Fitness Center, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Millennium, Marist, Marist Annex, Opus, St. Vincent's and Pryzbyla Center)
  • Wednesday, Nov.19, 8 to 9:15 a.m., Campuswide (except Centennial Village, Hannan, Law School, Aquinas, Fitness Center, Flather, Ryan, Regan, Curley Court, Millennium, Marist, Marist Annex, Opus, St. Vincent's and Pryzbyla Center)
  • Monday, Nov. 24, 6 to 9 a.m., Aquinas, Marist and Marist Annex
  • 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 second 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.

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. Time sheet deadlines for the rest of the year are Tuesday, Nov. 25, and 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.

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 Save Your Energy

Go Cold Turkey
When heading home for the Thanksgiving break, faculty and staff as well as students can take steps to save energy on campus, or in their homes, if they are travelling. Brian Alexander, director of energy and utilities management, asks that everyone remember to:

  • Turn thermostats to 60 degrees.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances including printers, copiers, etc.
  • Turn refrigerators to lowest setting.
  • Remove perishable food from room refrigerators and common areas.
  • Bag and remove any trash containing food waste.
  • Turn off dehumidifiers.
  • Turn radiator settings to 2.
  • Set fan coil units on low speed.
  • Close all windows and lower blinds or shades.

The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations hopes everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday.

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