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Monday – Friday (Sept. 29 – Oct. 3)
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values hosts the international seminar "Sacred and Secular: Complementary and/or Conflictual." This week's discussion will center around Hans-Georg Gadamer's "Truth and Method" and Juergen Habermas' "Religion in the Public Sphere" 2005 Holberg Lecture. On Friday, Professor Hsien-Chung Lee (Taiwan) will present "The Sacred and the Secular: Complementary or Conflicting in the Global Era: A Chinese Perspective," and Professor Alois Agus Nugroho (Indonesia) will speak on "Philosophy Expanding to a Global Horizon." For more information, contact Rev. George F. McLean at

Monday, Sept. 29
12:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the lecture "Conducting Archival Research in American Music: Reconstructing the 1853-54 American Tour by Louis Jullien's Orchestra," by Katherine Preston, professor, the College of William and Mary. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Grayson Wagstaff, professor of music, at 202-319-5858.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the National Urban League/Walgreens Take Care Health Tour, sponsored by the Office of Student Health Services. The health tour will offer six free screenings that will include cholesterol levels, blood pressure, bone density, glucose levels, waist circumference and body mass index. Parking lot east of Cardinal Hall on Michigan Ave. For more information, contact Terry Brady Novak, director, student health services, at

Wednesday, Oct. 1
1 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the lecture "Music, Civility, and Print Culture in 16th-century France," by Kate van Orden, editor, Journal of the American Musicological Society. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Grayson Wagstaff, professor of music, at 202-319-5858.

3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services presents a discussion by Alan Muir and Sarah Helm from Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities. If you are interested in attending, please contact Lauren Colandreo at People in need of accommodations (including alternative formats and interpreters or transcribers) should contact disability support services at 202-319-5211 or

3:10 p.m., the Center for Academic Success offers a workshop on test-taking, “Prepare for and Successfully Take Tests.” Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 351. Enroll online at or in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 201, or call 202-319-5655.

Thursday,  October 2
12:10 p.m., the Center for Academic Success offers a workshop on test-taking, “Prepare for and Successfully Take Tests.” Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. Enroll online at or in the  Pryzbyla Center, Room 201, or call 202-319-5655.

Friday, Oct. 3    
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents a lecture on "Why Is Metaphysics Called First Philosophy in the Middle Ages?" by Jan Aertsen, University of Cologne. Aquinas Hall Auditorium. For more information, visit or call 202-319-5259.

3:10 p.m., the Department of English presents a poetry reading by Stephen Cushman, Robert C. Taylor Professor of Literature and Poetry, University of Virginia. Hannan Hall, Room 108. The event is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. For more information, call the Department of English at 202-319-5488.

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Wednesday, Oct. 1
The women's field hockey team hosts St. Mary's College at 4:30 p.m. DuFour Center. Cardinal Stadium.

Saturday, Oct. 4
The football team hosts SUNY-Maritime at 12 p.m. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

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 Campus Ministry

Attention CUA Nursing Students
Register online for Servi Advocatique, the Nursing Spirituality Group. The group meets on Wednesdays from 7:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., or Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the fourth floor nursing lounge in Gowan Hall. For more information or to register, visit

Homecoming 2009
Tickets for the Hoco Charity Ball will be on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1. The ball is on Friday, Oct.10, which is Columbus Day weekend. Talk to a student minister for more details.

Attention Mission Jamaica Applicants
Interview sign-ups, round two, will begin on Monday, Sept. 29. Interviews will start this week. The sign-up sheet will be in the Office of Campus Ministry. 

Capture the Flag
Bring friends, a competitive nature and participate with the House in a campus-wide game of Capture the Flag Friday, Oct. 3. The House will distribute war paint and colored armbands.

First Inquiry begins Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Lounge.

RENEW Covenant Dinner
A prayer service at 6 p.m. in St. Vincent's Chapel will precede the RENEW Covenant Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 2. The dinner will follow in Caldwell Hall Auditorium.

Room Blessings
Regan Hall and Reardon and Quinn houses will be blessed at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29. Call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575 or email if you want your off-campus house or your campus office blessed.

Volunteer Tour Guides

Volunteer tour guides are needed at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in nearby Brookland, during the week, at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Contact the monastery at 202-526-6800, extension 490, if interested.

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 Upcoming Events

Monday/Wednesday/Friday (Oct. 6 – 10)
9 a.m. – noon, CUA's Center for the Study of Culture and Values hosts the international seminar "Sacred and Secular: Complementary and/or Conflictual." This fourth week's discussion will center around the thought of Paul Ricoeur and Mircea Eliade's "The Sacred and the Profane." On Friday Professor Ngimbi Nseka Hyppolyte (Congo) will present "Which Form of the Sacred Can Save/Redeem Us?" and Professor Arifa Farid (Pakistan), "The Sacred and the Secular: Iqbar's Ideology of a Muslim State." For more information, contact Rev. George F. Mclean at

Monday, Oct. 6
5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents, "The Cube in the Desert," a lecture by Javier Artadi, Artadi Arquitectos, Lima, Peru, and professor, Peruvian University of Applied Sciences. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. The talk is part of the School of Architecture and Planning fall lecture series in cooperation with the Embassy of Peru.

Thursday, Oct. 9
5 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents a colloquium on "Achieving Relevance: School Library Media Programs in the 21st Century," with Gail Bailey, director of school library media programs for the Montgomery County (Md.) Public Schools. Marist Hall, Room 132. For further information, contact David Shumaker, associate professor, at

Friday, Oct. 10                           
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents a lecture by Marilyn McCord Adams, Oxford University, on, "Mind and Body in the Life to Come." Aquinas Hall Auditorium. For more information, visit

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Disability Awareness Month
October is Disability Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Office of Disability Support Services will sponsor several activities in conjunction with various departments on campus, including a movie and discussion with the film's director, a weekly book club, and an American Sign Language interpreted play.  All month, persons with disabilities will be included in all religious service liturgy and prayers, and disability related bulletin boards will be on display in all residence halls. More information on events this month can be found on, at and in upcoming issues of ThisWeek@CUA. People in need of accommodations (including alternative formats and interpreters or transcribers) should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202-319-5211 or to make arrangements. 

Lathe Machine Available
The Asset Inventory Office announces the auction of a Clausing Manufacturing model 111 metal lathe machine. The bidding starts at $500. The university provides no guarantees or warranties on service or conditions of this lathe, which is available for viewing by appointment. Bids must be submitted in a sealed envelope to Andrew Wolf in Leahy Hall, Room LL40, by Oct. 9. For more information, call Andrew Wolf at 202-319-6402.

Presidential Management Fellows Program
Graduate students completing their degrees between Sept. 1, 2008, and Aug. 31, 2009, are eligible to apply for the federal government's Presidential Management Fellows Program. These are two-year paid positions at the GS-9, GS-11 or GS-12 levels, with  potential for promotion to GS-13. Career fields include accounting, finance, human resources, engineering, statistics, environmental sciences, health/medical science, information technology, public policy, public administration, international affairs and others. For information, visit

Rape Aggression Defense Systems
The Department of Public Safety offers free self-defense classes to faculty, staff and students.
Rape Aggression Defense Systems is nationally recognized as a comprehensive, women-only course that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on self-defense training. For more information about the program, visit To view public safety's class schedule and/or sign up, visit

Center for Global Education
The Center for Global Education, which includes CUAbroad and International Students and Scholar Services, is now located in McMahon 111 and open for business Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center coordinates and facilitates university-wide global education by sponsoring international exchanges of students and faculty and serving as a resource for departments and schools on campus that undertake international initiatives. In coordinating these initiatives, the center advances the international character of the university by promoting, supporting and developing a wide range of international and intercultural educational opportunities for members of the CUA community. The center offers a variety of services to the university community including the issuance of the international student/teacher identification card, overseas emergency evacuation insurance coverage and a travel resource library. For more information, call the center at 202-319-5618 or e-mail

Education Abroad Advising for Students
CUAbroad, the education abroad unit of the Center for Global Education, offers Education Abroad 101 information sessions on Mondays from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., and on Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. for students interested in learning about CUA's education abroad programs. This session features information on semester and yearlong programs, including exchanges, language programs and internships, and CUA short-term study tours led by CUA faculty as well as non-CUA programs. Walk-in advising hours are also available on Thursdays and Fridays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-6010 or e-mail

CUA Costa Rica Spring Break Tour
Co-sponsored by the Center for Global Education and the Office of Alumni Relations, the tour features opportunities to discover the natural wonders of Costa Rica while exploring national parks, ecotourism projects and rain-forest reserves. Participants will have a chance to see active volcanoes, relax on tropical beaches and experience rich Mesoamerican culture and cuisine. This program runs Feb. 28 to March 7, 2009, and is open to CUA students and non-CUA students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends. Space is limited, so apply today. Visit or call 202-319-6010 for more information. The deadline to apply is Dec. 19, 2008.

Homecoming and Reunions Weekend 2008
The Office of Alumni Relations welcomes back CUA students from the past 50 years as part of Homecoming and Reunions Weekend 2008, Friday, Oct. 10, and Saturday, Oct. 11. Reconnect with old friends and classmates at each of the many events scheduled for this CUA tradition. Weekend highlights include a pre-game tent party, a Reunions Mass and an All-Class Homecoming Bash. For the complete schedule of events, or to R.s.v.p. online, visit For more information, contact the alumni relations office at 202-319-5608.

Free Practice Tests
The Office of Career Services and Kaplan Inc. are cosponsoring free practice tests for the GREs, LSATs, MCATs and GMATs. The practice tests take place Saturday, Oct. 18, at 10:30 a.m. The entire CUA community is invited to attend, including students, alumni, faculty and staff.  All tests will be held in Hannan Hall, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to sign up, go to and click on Upcoming Events.

Open House
The Office of University Admissions hosts an undergraduate open house for prospective students on Sunday, Oct. 19. For more information, contact Christine Mica at or visit

Visited the Photo Gallery Lately?
Visit to view photos from CUA's 9/11 Memorial Service, Freshman Convocation on Sept. 10 and the Mass of the Conversion of St. Paul on Aug. 28. An archive of other past events can be found at

For Your Benefit

Summary Annual Reports for 2007
The Summary Annual Reports for 2007 will be posted on the CUA Web site on Monday, Sept. 29. The reports, required by the Department of Labor, contain information about medical, dental, vision, life, accidental death, disability and retirement plans. On the CUA home page,, click on Offices and Services, then Human Resources, and then Benefits, to see the new reports.

TIAA-CREF has posted information about financial security on its Web site. There is an extensive section on the site about current events and their effect on TIAA-CREF. Go to to access the information.

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This Week @ CUA is published weekly. Please submit items to the Office of Public Affairs.
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The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008.

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