This Week at CUA
February 23 - March 2 View Archives

***Emergency Notification System drill on Feb. 26***

I Promise


Campus Ministry

Upcoming Events

***Reminder regarding spam and phishing e-mails***

For Your Benefit
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Monday, Feb. 23
5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "The Radical Picturesque," by Lars Spuybroek, principal architect of Netherlands-based Nox. This lecture is part of "The Dutch Element at HH400 Commemorating the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson's Voyage to the Americas" spring lecture series and offers AIA Continuing Education learning units. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Adnan Morshed at or 202-319-6185.

6:10 p.m., the departments of English and media studies present "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939) as part of Professor Glen Johnson's Lincoln in Literature and Film course being given in celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. McMahon Hall, Room 200. The viewing is open to all CUA students. For more information, contact Johnson at

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Ash Wednesday. See Campus Ministry for Mass times.

Administrative Monday — Monday classes meet instead of Wednesday classes on this day only.

Thursday, Feb. 26
10:30 to 11 a.m., Catholic University will conduct a drill of its Emergency Notification System. At that time everyone on campus will be instructed to follow directions that will be provided during the drill. See Announcements for more details. 

12:30 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute presents “Resilient Leadership — A Work in Progress” by Rev. Robert Duggan, Life Cycle fellow. This lecture is part of the Life Cycle Institute's Brown Bag Lunch Series. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

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 I Promise

I Promise, Your Ticket to a Great Spring Break
Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27

The Counseling Center together with the support of many CUA offices presents a week of activities to help students learn how they can enjoy Spring Break while staying safe and responsible. Students can take the “I Promise” pledge online at: They can also visit the "E-Chug" online at to take a survey about alcohol.

For more information on any of the events listed below, call the Counseling Center at 202-319-5765.

Monday, Feb. 23, to Friday, Feb. 27
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events; Counseling Center; Office of Campus Ministry, and Kappa Tau Gamma Sorority present "I Promise" in the Pryzbyla Center. Students can stop by an information table to take the "I Promise Pledge" and grab some free items with information on alcohol and substance abuse, sun protection, and travel safety. They can also enter the "I Promise: Your Ticket to a Safe Spring Break" raffle by pledging or attending an event for a chance to win Starbucks gift cards and other prizes. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Second Floor Lobby.

The Office of Campus Ministry Web site,, will feature updates on prayers and rememberances to be offered at all campus Masses throughout the week for all those affected by alcohol.

The Eugene I. Kane Fitness Center will help CUA students support each other as they complete the Presidential Fitness Challenge. Students can also develop healthy habits by being physically active for 30 minutes for the five days of spring break. Those students who complete the challenge will earn the President’s Fitness Award and a chance to win prizes.

The fitness center offers workout plans for students interested in spending spring break starting training for a triathlon in the spring. Cardinal Adventures will be taking a group to the triathlon in April.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events sponsors Mardi Gras Beads in the Pryzbyla Center. Stop by the “I Promise” table for popcorn and Mardi Gras beads.

6:30 p.m., the Office of University Center, Student Programs and Events sponsors its 2nd annual Mocktails Event. Students, staff and faculty are invited to come and have a non-alcoholic drink as student organizations compete to create the best Mocktail. Judging begins at 7 p.m.. Pryzbyla Center, Lobby.

10 p.m., the Office of Residence Life sponsors "Test Drive Your Impaired Vision." Students are invited to see what it's like to race cars on Playstation 3 while wearing vision-impaired goggles. Reardon Lounge.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
7 p.m., the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee sponsors “Flicks and Facts” movie and refreshment night. Information about a safe spring break will be provided. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Cardinal Room.

8 to 10:30 p.m., Program Board sponsors Open Mic Night. Pryzbyla Center, Starbucks.

Thursday, Feb. 26
1 to 2 p.m.  the Counseling Center sponsors "Be a SMARTIE!" Stop by the information table in the Pryzbyla Center for Smarties candy and learn more about how to keep you and your friends safe for spring break. Information will be provided on alcohol, date rape drugs, preventing sexual assault and how to safely de-stress during and after mid-terms. There will also be a table providing information on healthy eating habits and eating disorders.
Friday, Feb. 27
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kappa Tau Gamma sorority, Alpha Delta Gamma fraternity, the Department of Athletics, the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations, and the Counseling Center sponsor a drunk driving course. Students can experience driving a golf cart through an obstacle course while wearing Fatal Vision Goggles. Law School Lawn.

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Saturday, Feb. 28
1 p.m., the women's lacrosse team hosts Washington and Lee University. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

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Campus Ministry

Mardi Gras Dance
Join the Office of Campus Ministry for an evening of fun and dancing the night away with the residents at the Little Sisters of the Poor on Monday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. Sign up online at For more information or special accommodations, contact Emmjolee Mendoza Waters at 202-319-5575 or

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25
Campus Masses will be celebrated at 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel; 12:10 and 5:10 p.m. in the Columbus School of Law, Mary, Mirror of Justice Chapel; and at 5 and 9 p.m. at St. Vincent's Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Days of Fast and Abstinence
Catholics are reminded that Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence as is Good Friday. All Fridays during Lent are also days of abstinence, during which Catholics should abstain from eating meat. For more information, contact Jessica DePrizio at

Praise and Worship
Praise and Worship Adoration is canceled for Ash Wednesday, Feb. 25.

Lenten Adoration
The university community is invited to participate in Lenten Adoration, a yearly tradition on campus. Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 26, and continuing through the season of Lent (excluding the week of Spring Break) the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed daily following the 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel. Adoration will take place on Mondays until 6 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross; Tuesdays until 8 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays until 10 p.m.; and Fridays until 5 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575.
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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 2, to Friday, March 6
Spring Break.

Tuesday, March 3
5:30 to 7 p.m., Metropolitan College will offer an Open House for Active Military Service Members and Veterans. GI Bill and federal financial aid experts will be available to answer questions. Military dependents and spouses are also invited. Pangborn Hall, Scullen Room. For more information, visit To R.s.v.p., e-mail or call 202-319-5256.

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Emergency Notification System Drill
The Catholic University of America will conduct a drill of its Emergency Notification System between 10:30 and 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 26. At that time, all students, faculty and staff on campus will be instructed to follow instructions to either evacuate or shelter in place.

Because you won't know ahead of time whether you will be instructed to evacuate or shelter in place, it is critical that you familiarize yourself with the two scenarios.

If you’re instructed to evacuate:

  • Be prepared: Before an emergency happens, identify at least two emergency exits from each of the buildings on campus that you enter regularly.
  • Be prepared: For those buildings that you frequent, familiarize yourself in advance with each one’s outside assembly area where evacuees will congregate (see the CUA Emergency Policy posters in building hallways for details).
  • Leave the building from the closest available exit. Don’t use the elevator.
  • If you can’t get out the door, get someone’s attention, e.g., yell and scream out a window. If you can, hang an attention-getting item on or from a window (e.g., a sheet, sign or coat) and phone 202-319-5111.

If you’re instructed to shelter in place:

  • Do not panic; stay calm.
  • If you are outside, you will hear alerts issuing from the emergency phone towers located on campus advising you to seek shelter in a building immediately. Follow those instructions — do not remain outside.
  • For news bulletins: monitor mobile devices (for “Urgent Alerts”), university e-mail and voice mail, the CUA home page ( and Safety First page (, on-campus cable TV, and commercial radio and TV.
  • Stay inside unless a fire alarm sounds or you have been instructed to leave by a CUA official.
  • Follow building-specific instructions from your resident assistant or the building watch captain.
  • Wait for further instructions from a CUA official.

If you are not registered to receive text alerts on your mobile device, you should do so prior to the drill. To register for text alerts, visit the “Alert DC” home page ( and create an account (click the New User link near the bottom of the page). Make sure to select The Catholic University of America under the Colleges/Universities alert option. Sign up for any other communities/neighborhoods you’re interested in and then select the level of alerts that you wish to receive.

Please note that Catholic University uses the Alert DC system only to warn subscribers of a life-threatening emergency. The system is not used for routine announcements pertaining to inclement weather or incidents that cause inconvenience (like power outages and flooding) but do not endanger life and limb.

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

Pryzbyla Food Court Happy Hour Specials
The Office of Dining Services invites students, faculty and staff to stop by the Pryzbyla Center Food Court for the following specials every Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. Happy Hour promotions cannot be used with block meal plan meal exchanges.

  • Bene Pizza — Buy one slice of pizza and get the second half off.
  • Fusion — Purchase a Fusion bowl and receive a free cookie and 22-ounce beverage.
  • Grille Works — Purchase any grilled sandwich and receive a free combo — fries and a 22-ounce beverage.
  • Grab-N-Go — Buy a Grab-N-Go salad or sandwich and get the second half off.
  • Friday Special — Save 10 percent on your total purchase when the last number of Friday's date matches the last number of your student ID card. This promotion can be combined with other happy hour promotions in the Food Court.

Also, purchase a Starbucks beverage and return with your receipt on the same day during Happy Hour to receive 20 percent off your entire purchase (cannot be combined with other promotions or discounts.)

For more information visit

Spam E-mails “Phish” for Personal Information
The Center for Planning and Information Technology reports that many members of the CUA community are receiving junk e-mail (spam) that claims to be from the CUA Help Desk or "management," asking users to confirm their CUA user name and password. Often, the pretext given in these junk e-mail messages is a system upgrade or potential violation of terms and conditions. These messages are scams designed to “phish” for your log-on credentials in order to compromise the computer systems.

CPIT never sends bulk e-mails asking for details about computer user accounts. Messages like these are junk e-mail “phishing” attempts and should never be replied to.

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

  • Be suspicious of any e-mail that asks you to reply with a user name or password or personal financial information no matter how realistic the pretext. 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. Use your browser to check the site's security certificate to make sure that it is registered to the company that owns the Web site you are accessing.
  • 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 questions 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, contact CPIT's Information Center Help Desk at 202-319-4357 (202-319-HELP).

Payroll Reminder — Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate
Employees who claimed exempt status in 2008 and prior and wish to continue their exemption for 2009 must submit a new form to the payroll department by Feb. 27. Employees should complete only boxes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 and sign the form to validate it. Individuals may not claim exempt status in 2009 if their income exceeds $950 and includes more than $300 of unearned income and they can be claimed as a dependent on another person’s tax return. For more information, call the Office of Payroll at 202-319-5512.

Student Employee Documentary Film — Nominees Requested
The Office of Career Services announces that it will be creating a short documentary-style clip of student employees for National Student Employment Week (April 19 to April 25). The students in the film will describe something they have learned, what they like best about their job, a special project they have worked on, an impact the job has had on them or a contribution they have made to the community. Student supervisors should contact Amanda Jones with the names of students they would like to nominate to be featured in the film at or 202-319-5623.

Survey of Interest in CUA Electronic Job Board
The Office of Career Services is exploring the possibility of creating an electronic job board where members of the CUA community (faculty, staff and students) could post their need for students to fill short-term/quick cash opportunities (i.e., babysitting, moving furniture, dog-walking, house-sitting), and where students would post their availability. The career services office requests that the university community assist in evaluating the need for this service by responding to the survey at by Friday, Feb. 27. For more information, call 202-319-5623.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations

The Office of Career Services seeks candidates for “Student Employee of the Year.” Submissions must be made by Thursday, March 12. Nomination forms are available online at  For more information, contact the career services office at 202-319-5623.

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 For Your Benefit

Delta Dental Subscriber Card Update
Delta Dental failed to send out all of the dental cards as promised for 2009 subscribers (some participants did receive cards). Because of this error, the Office of Human Resources has requested that Delta resend cards to all enrolled subscribers. If you have already received your Delta Dental card, you may receive a duplicate card. If so, you should keep the second card as an extra.

What to expect on your Delta Dental card: If you selected the EPO plan, your Delta Dental card will read “PPO.” Remember, all of the dentists in the PPO network will be in your plan. If you selected the PPO Buy-Up plan, your Delta Dental card will read “PPO Premier.” Remember that you can use dentists in the PPO and the Premier networks.

If you need to go to the dentist prior to receiving your card, you can simply use your policy number and ID. The policy number is 1252. Your Social Security number can be used as the subscriber ID for you and for family members covered by your plan. For more information, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050, visit Delta Dental's Web site at or call the Delta Dental customer service number, 1-800-932-0783.

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Recyclemania Update
CUA has completed the second week of Recyclemania, a 10-week competition with 500 other colleges and universities to recycle on-campus waste. The results from the second week are as follows:

Material                        Pounds
Paper                            13,400
Cardboard                        2,580
Bottles and Cans              2,380

Week One Total              16,300
Week Two Total              18,360

Stay focused on filling up those blue recycling containers!

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