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Monday, Dec. 7
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Enzymes in strange places: rhomboid intramembrane protease functions" by Sin Urban, assistant professor, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Nathalie Dautin at 202-319-5278 or

Tuesday, Dec. 8
Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception. University Holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 9
2:30 p.m., the Office of Conferences and Pryzbyla Management offers an event planning seminar on planning and campus spaces. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 311. For more information, contact Sarah Bleaken at 202-319-5291 or

4 to 7 p.m., the Office of Campus Ministry presents a Fair Trade Christmas Bazaar. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A and Third Floor Atrium. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

4 p.m., the American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives host the First Vatican Council Reception intended to present the new digital collection of the First Vatican Council Photograph Album. Rev. Gerald P. Fogarty, S.J., William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Virginia, will speak about the significance of Vatican Council I to Catholic history. The album will be on display. The digital collection can be viewed at Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5065.

4:30 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents "What Really Happens in CUA's Vitreous State Laboratory" by Ian Pegg, director of the laboratory and physics professor, as part of the Dialogue on Demand series. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. For more information, go to

Thursday, Dec. 10
5:10 p.m., the Center of Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures sponsor "Marketing Medieval Romance in the Sixteenth Century," by Emily C. Francomano, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Georgetown University. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

6 p.m., the Department of Sociology's Global Poverty Eradication class presents "Pressure Ulcers as a Major Problem in Hospitals of Eastern Europe and Poverty-Stricken Countries" by Col. Stanislaw Sosnowski, M.D., director of the Rehabilitation Ward and national military consultant for rehabilitation for Polish Armed Forces. Hannan Hall, Room 132. For more information, contact Adjunct Professor Leszek Sibilski at 202-319-5445 or

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Writing Center and the John K. Mullen of Denver  Memorial Library are offering term-paper clinics to help students with end-of-semester writing projects. Writing Center consultants and research librarians will be available to assist students on a first-come-first-served basis. Mullen Library, MERIC Lab. For more information, visit or contact Miranda Rodriguez at

Friday, Dec. 11
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a Chamber Orchestra Concert. Ward Hall, Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Saturday, Dec. 12
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a Composition Stage Scene performance. Ward Hall, Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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 Campus Ministry

Summer Latin America Mission Trips
Those interested in the summer mission groups that go to Belize and Costa Rica shortly after graduation and return to campus the first week in June should fill out an application. Applications are due no later than 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, and can be found at Beginning Monday, Dec. 7, interested students can vist the Campus Ministry office to sign up for an interview. Interviews will take place on Friday, Dec. 11, and Saturday, Dec. 12.

Advent Residence Hall Confessions
Confessions will be heard in the residence halls through Thursday, Dec. 10. Visit for the schedule.

Gifts for Brookland Children
Christmas Trees in St. Vincent’s Chapel, the Pryzbyla Center and Mullen Library will feature ornaments specifying gifts for local children from Monday, Nov. 30, through Sunday, Dec. 6. Gifts may be dropped off in the Campus Ministry office until noon on Dec. 11. For more information, contact Heather Donahue at

Lessons and Carols
Lessons and Carols — an evening of prayer, reflections and songs of the season of Advent featuring campus ministry choirs — will take place in Caldwell Chapel on Monday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575. 

House for the Holidays
The House hosts its annual Christmas Party featuring a prize for the ugliest sweater, music, food, games, crafts and movies.  The party starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. The first 130 guests will receive a special gift from the House. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Pro-Life Hospitality for the March for Life 2010
In January, CUA will host more than 1,200 teen pilgrims from around the country for the annual March for Life and Prayer Vigil. Campus Ministry needs more than 200 volunteers to provide hospitality services to the pilgrims. Students can sign up at

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Tuesday, Dec. 8, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass will not be celebrated at 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. Mass will be celebrated in St. Vincent's Chapel at 9 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Eucharistic Adoration
Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in Advent Eucharistic Adoration. Adoration will take place through Friday, Dec. 11, in Caldwell Chapel from 12:45 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 12:45 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays and 12:45 to 5 p.m. on Fridays. There will be no adoration on Tuesday, Dec. 8. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Student Minister Information Sessions
Students considering applying to be a student minister next year should attend an information session about the position. Sessions will be held in the Campus Ministry Lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 8 p.m., or Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 10 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

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Wednesday, Dec. 9
7:30 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts DeSales University. Raymond A. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 14
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a Musical Theatre Freshmen Showcase. Ward Hall, Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a concert by the CUA Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Mitchell, director of the ensemble. Archbishop Carroll High School, 4300 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington, D.C. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Tuesday, Dec. 15
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a Musical Theatre Sophomore/Junior Showcase. Ward Hall, Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Dining Services Hours of Operation on Dec. 8
The Office of Dining Services announces that dining hours will be as follows when the university is closed for the Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception:

  • Student Restaurant, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor: 8:30 a.m. to midnight
  • Food Court, Pryzbyla Center, 2nd floor: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Law School Cafe: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Starbucks, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd Floor: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • The Loft C-Store, Pryzbyla Center, 1st Floor: 9 a.m. to midnight

For more information, contact

Food for Fines
From Monday, Dec. 7, through Friday, Dec. 11, Catholic University Libraries will hold a Food for Fines amnesty to collect non-perishable food for those in need. Patrons with library fines at CUA libraries only (fines from other WRLC institutions do not qualify) will be able to bring in non-perishable food items to the Mullen Library circulation desk. Patrons’ fines will be forgiven $1 for every item they present to the library. All food gathered will be donated to families in need during this holiday season. Fees from Lost Item Replacement or Lost Item Processing do not qualify for exchange. For more information, contact the Mullen Library Circulation desk at 202-319-5060.

Mullen Library Open Late for Exams
Mullen Library will be open for extended hours during exams. The library will open at 8 a.m. on Monday and close at midnight on Friday. Hours during this period are:

  • Saturday, Dec. 12: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. 
  • Sunday, Dec. 13: 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. 
  • Monday, Dec. 14: Open 24 hours beginning at 8 a.m. 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, to Thursday, Dec. 17: Open 24 hours
  • Friday, Dec. 18: Closes at midnight 
  • Saturday, Dec. 19: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A valid CUA ID is required for admission after midnight.

For more information, call 202-319-5060.

CUA International Scholar of the Month Contest
The Center for Global Education announces that Travis Price, director of the Cultural Studies/Sacred Space Concentration in architecture and planning, has been selected as CUA’s International Scholar of the Month for December 2009. For more information on Price and CUA’s International Scholar of the Month Contest, visit To nominate colleagues and/or students for the contest, submit a nomination form, which is available on the same Web site.

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 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 20 to 31 and Jan. 10 to Feb. 14. Group and team discounts are available. Registration is limited. For more information, call Natoli at 202-319-6092 or e-mail A brochure and application are available at

Emerging Leaders
The Emerging Leaders Program is a leadership learning opportunity for undergraduate students. The program is intended to introduce new students to leadership opportunities at CUA. The program includes group discussions, workshops and interactive activities facilitated by members of the CUA community. Meetings will be held Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information or to register, visit or call the Office of Campus Activities at 202-319-6003.

Middle States Self-Study Report to Be Posted Online
On Dec. 14, the draft of Catholic University’s Middle States Self-Study report, an online form to solicit feedback about it and the schedule for a series of town hall meetings will be posted on the CUA Web site at At the town hall meetings, all members of the CUA community will have a chance to share their thoughts about the 180-page draft of the report, which addresses how CUA meets the Middle States Commission’s 14 “Characteristics of Excellence” standards. The report also highlights how, since 2000, the university has progressed in five areas: improving undergraduate education, enhancing support for graduate students, introducing new professional graduate programs, enhancing extramural research support and designing a strategy for strengthening CUA’s financial base.

The town hall meetings are the final step in the research and documentation used to create the self-study report. It is expected that feedback from the town hall meetings will help to refine the report.

The meetings, hosted by the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee, are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2 to 3 p.m., Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A 
  • Thursday, Jan. 14, 3 to 4 p.m., Pryzbyla Center, Room 321/323
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5 to 6 p.m. (to accommodate evening students), Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A 
  • Monday, Jan. 25, 2 to 3 p.m., Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A 

ATM Change — Pryzbyla Center
During the week of Jan. 4, the Wachovia ATM located in the Pryzbyla Center adjacent to the Information Desk will be removed and replaced with a SunTrust ATM. For more information, contact Renell Lewis, director of treasury services, at 202-319-6445.

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 For Your Benefit

On-Demand Workshops
The Carebridge Corporation and the Office of Human Resources have partnered to provide faculty and staff with free multimedia presentations on the topics of "Stress Management and Healthy Habits for the Holidays" and "Personal Money Management." To view these presentations, go to Enter access code HSBH4, and follow the directions to log in. A user name and password will need to be created. Presentations will be available for viewing until February 2010. For more information, call 202-319-4177.

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