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Monday, March 10
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents discussions of classical Islamic readings. Discussions are scheduled for the same time on March 11, 13 and 14. Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, contact Rev. George F. McLean at

10 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center is celebrating its fifth birthday. Pryzbyla Center, Atrium. The campus community is invited to stop by for birthday cake.

12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Latin American Center for the Graduate Study of Music present the lecture, "Recent Research by Silvestre Revueltas in Mexico," by Roberto Kolb, professor, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, call the music school at 202-319-5414.

4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law is sponsoring the lecture, “The Future for EU-U.S. Political and Economic Relations.” Law school, Walter Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Thomas Haederle at 202-319-5438.

Tuesday, March 11
6 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Emerging Voices —  Landscape Urbanism, Boston and Onion Flats, Philadelphia." Featuring two films selected by the Architectural League of New York as its 2008 Emerging Voices, this event is part of the National Building Museum's "Spotlight on Design" lecture series. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Adnan Morshed at or 202-319-6185.

Wednesday, March 12
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Columbus School of Law is holding a forum on tribal sovereignty. Scheduled to participate are judges, legal scholars and political scientists. Law school, Walter Slowinski Courtroom.
For more information, contact Thomas Haederle at 202-319-5438.

12:15 to 1:15 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services is holding its final brown bag lunch of the semester. Pryzbyla Center, Room 331. See the Announcements section for more information. 

4 to 6 p.m., the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures, the Rumi Forum and the Institute for Interreligious Study and Dialogue present, "Mu'tazilism: Common Rational Theology Between Islam and Judaism?," by Sabine Schmidtke, professor at the Free University of Berlin. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen Happel Room. For more information, contact Charles B. Jones at 202-319-6882 or

5 to 6 p.m., the Department of Business and Economics presents the lecture, “The 2008 Elections: Proposed Policies and Their Impact on International Trade,” by Terry Miller. Miller is the director of the Center for International Trade and Economics at the Heritage Foundation and a former ambassador to the United Nations. Pryzbyla Center, Rooms 321/323. For more information, call the Department of Business and Economics at 202-319-5236.

Thursday, March 13
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning sponsors, "James Hoban, Architect of the White House: A Symposium." This lecture is part of the "Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage" spring lecture series. It is presented by the White House Historical Association and the Latrobe Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians. Stephen Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. N.W., Washington. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Adnan Morshed at or 202-319-6188. To register, go to

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Columbus School of Law is holding a forum on the "YouTube Election?: The Role and Influence of 21st Century Media." Law school, Walter Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Thomas Haederle at 202-319-5438.

4 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents "The Remaking of Reading." The talk by Matt Kirschenbaum, an associate professor at the University of Maryland, will survey the remaking and technological re-engineering of reading at a time when the practice of reading is considered to be at risk. Marist Hall, Room 132. For more information, contact David Shumaker at

5:10 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents the lecture, "Hereditary Laws and City Topography: On the Development of the Italian Notarial Archives in the Late Middle Ages," by Andreas Meyer. The lecture is sponsored by the Kelly-Quinn Chair of Ecclesiastical and Legal History. Caldwell Hall, Happel Room, First Floor. For more information, call Ken Pennington at 202- 319-5150 or 319-6364, or email at

Friday, March 14
2:10 p.m., the School of Philosophy and the Graduate Student Association present "Thomistic Metaphysics as an Example of the Greek Heritage of Christianity," by Rev. Lawrence Dewan, professor of philosophy, Dominican University College, Ottawa. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259 or go to

4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents the 27th annual Karl Herzfeld Memorial Lecture. Michael Werner, chief scientist for astronomy and physics at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will discuss exploring the infrared universe. Hannan Hall, Herzfeld Auditorium, Room 108. For more information, call the Department of Physics at 202-319-4448.

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 Campus Ministry

Easter on Campus
Students staying on campus for Easter can assist with music, liturgical ministries or preparing the chapel. Contact Jessica DePrizio in Campus Ministry at to find out the many ways to help.

Leave the Light On
A priest will be available to talk on
Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Office of the Dean of Students, Pryzbyla Center, Room 353. No appointment is necessary.

Lenten Residence Hall Confessions
Confessions begin at 8 p.m. The schedule is:

          Monday, March 10 –Flather Hall, Conaty Hall and Gibbons Hall

          Tuesday, March 11 –Curley Court and Millennium Hall North and South

          Wednesday, March 12 –Caldwell Hall and Seton Hall

          Thursday, March 13 –Spellman Hall and Regan Hall

Operation Rice Bowl
If you have been participating in Operation Rice Bowl, please return your rice bowl full of spare change to any of the Masses next weekend. 

The Power of Forgiveness
There will be a viewing of the documentary The Power of Forgiveness Wednesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. in Hannan Hall, Room 108.

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross take place Monday evenings at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel.

24-hour Lenten Fast
Wednesday, March 12, Campus Ministry encourages the campus community to join in a 24-hour Lenten Fast. For more information, or to sign up, go to 

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 17
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents discussions of faith and reason and Islam. Discussions are scheduled for the same time March 18, 20 and March 21. Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, contact Rev. George F. McLean at

Thursday, March 20, to Monday, March 24
University closed for Easter.

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Faculty Awareness Training
The Office of Disability Support Services will host its final bi-monthly brown bag lunch of the semester Wednesday, March 12, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. The lunch is open to any member of the CUA community, but is aimed primarily at faculty. Topics of discussion include:

  • responsibilities of Disability Support Services, students and faculty
  • working with students with disability
  • reasonable accommodations versus over-accommodation of students with disability

The event takes place in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 331. There are also resources available on the Disability Support Services Web site, For more information, contact Lauren Colandero at 202-319-5211 or

Summer Housing for CUA Students
Information on summer housing opportunities for CUA students is available at To be eligible for an on-campus summer assignment through Housing Services, applicants must be a current CUA student or a visiting college student enrolled in summer courses at CUA. Current CUA students do not need to be enrolled in summer classes to be eligible for summer housing. This is a great opportunity for CUA students to pursue internships and other career opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area during the summer months. Information on summer internships is available in the Office of Career Services and on its Web site at

Weight Watchers at Work
The Office of Human Resources and the Washington, D.C., branch of Weight Watchers International invite students, faculty and staff to join a Weight Watchers at Work program to be held on campus for 12 weeks this semester. The program teaches participants how to make wise choices, eat healthy, enjoy food and exercise. The program fee for the 12 weeks is $168, payable in two installments.  The program began in late January but participants may join at any time during the 12 weeks and pay a prorated fee. Meetings are at noon on Wednesday each week in Leahy Hall, Room 100. For more information, e-mail Marion Ficke at

Papal Visit—Student Essay Contest
Students are only 500 words away from the pope. Bring your writer’s skill, your desire to meet Pope Benedict XVI and your years of Catholic education together in the CUA Student Essay Contest, “How Catholic education has changed my life.” If your 500-word essay is chosen as the best, you will personally be introduced to Pope Benedict XVI by CUA's president, Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., prior to the Holy Father’s campus address. The essay contest winner attends the address and post-address reception as an invited guest. Second-place honors earn a seat in the audience of Catholic educators at the papal address and an invitation to the post-address reception. The contest is open to all registered CUA students —undergraduate, graduate and law. The deadline for entries is March 18, 2008. For complete rules, and submission instructions, visit For more information, contact Emilie Wittenberg in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5238 or

Student Employee Awards
The Office of Career Services seeks candidates for “Student Employee of the Year.”  Please remember to submit nominations by Tuesday, March 11. The awards honor reliable, creative students who perform high-quality work. Student employee supervisors are asked to nominate one undergraduate and/or one graduate student from their offices (if there are several student employees in a department) for the awards. A committee of readers composed of staff members from various CUA departments will select an undergraduate and a graduate student for the awards. All nominees will be publicly acknowledged on campus. The two winners will be presented with certificates at the “Student Leadership Recognition Celebration," April 22, 2008. Nomination forms are available online at Submissions must be made by Tuesday, March 11. For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at 202-319-5623.

Student Leadership Recognition Awards
The Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events seeks nominations for CUA community service awards. Each year, the university confers awards on members of the CUA community whose service and leadership deserve special recognition. The awards are to be presented this year at the Student Leadership Recognition Celebration scheduled for April 22. Nominations for the awards are due Thursday, March 6. For more information, including selection criteria, visit

Transfer Visit Days
The Office of Admissions will be hosting Transfer Visit Days on Wednesdays in March. The visits will include a noon lunch and 1 p.m. information session and campus tour. For more information, contact Michael Cummings at 202-319-5305.

University Policies
All faculty, staff and students should be aware that the university has posted the following new and or amended policies. If you wish to compare the new policy to the archived version, you may click the additional history button. There will be a short summary of changes, and the archived policy can be reached by clicking on the date.

Disability Accommodations for Students
All faculty, staff and students should be aware that the university has posted the following new and or amended policies. If you wish to compare the new policy to the archived version, you may click the additional history button. There will be a short summary of changes, and the archived policy can be reached by clicking on the date.

Family and Medical Leave Act/Service Member Leave
This policy was updated in accord with a change in the law which was effective January 28th, 2008. See Section IX of the Policy which spells out the entitlement of eligible employees to take leave for a covered family member in the Armed Forces in connection with a *qualifying exigency* or to care for a covered family member who has  incurred an illness or injury in the line of duty.

Tuition Assistance
The amendment to this policy clarified that an employee may not receive tuition assistance for more than two courses per semester and added a link to the Categories of Employment policy, which contains the rule that full time students may not hold a regular part time or full time position at CUA.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse-Staff and Faculty
The drug and alcohol policy was split into two separate policies, one for students, and one for employees. This is the new version, specific to employees, and information that was only pertinent to students was removed.

Sexual Harassment/Consensual Relations
This policy was amended to include a prohibition on consensual relations with students or subordinates. The specific prohibition is limited to those situations where the staff/faculty has any current or foreseeable professional responsibility for the student or the employee. A violation of this prohibition may result in disciplinary action.

Employee Indemnification
This is a new policy, which codifies the university’s position on the situations in which the university will legally defend or indemnify an employee.

Travel Policy
There were a number of revisions to this policy. A summary of changes can be viewed on the additional history page.

Prohibited Transactions
The amendments to this policy clarify that university funds may not be used for reimbursement of personal airline miles/points for university travel, and also may not be used for reimbursement for personal travel expenses when a trip itinerary includes both personal and business related travel.

Student Medical Insurance
The definitions of domestic and international student were clarified, and additional language was added on the waiver students must submit if they do not wish to be automatically charged for health insurance.  

Student Organizations Tax Identification Numbers
This is new policy clarifying that student organizations are not permitted to obtain a separate and distinct tax identification number. In certain situations an exception will be made with permission from the Controller’s Office.

Employee Electronic Communications and Resources
This policy was amended to clarify for employees the scope of discovery in potential litigation. Employees are put on notice about the consequences of using PDAs and other personal computer devices for work product.

Library Policy on Children
This is a new policy that sets forth the rules on children in CUA libraries, with separate provisions for children of differing ages.

All policies can be found online at and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to read and understand all university policies applicable to them. Questions can be referred to the responsible official listed at the top of the policy or to the Office of General Counsel.

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