This Week at CUA
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Monday, Jan. 12
Classes begin.

Wednesday, Jan. 14
1 p.m., the Columbus School of Law's Advocates for Life sponsor "The Practicalities of Advocating a Culture of Life in an International Forum," by Mary Leary, associate professor of law. Leary will discuss her experience as Head of Delegation for the Holy See at the Third World Congress Against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Columbus School of Law, Room 217. For more information, contact Patrick Decker, president of Advocates for Life at

Thursday, Jan. 15
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts a mid-year job fair. See Announcements.

4 p.m., the School of Arts and Sciences sponsors “Lincoln’s Intelligent Patriotism,” by Joseph Fornieri, associate professor of political science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom. This lecture is being presented as part of the school's celebration of the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth. For more information, call 202-319-5115.

4:30 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies invites the university community to join in celebrating Mass in honor of Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., professor emeritus, who died Dec. 12, 2008. Caldwell Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

5:30 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies hosts a reception to honor two of its faculty members, Rev. Patrick Granfield, O.S.B., on his recent retirement, and Rev. Joseph Komonchak, on his upcoming retirement. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

7:45 p.m., the Pope John Paul II Guild of Catholic Lawyers and the Military and National Security Law Students Association sponsor "Theology on Tap, Serving Those Who Serve,” a discussion on the unique mission of the Archdiocese for the Military Services and reflections on service in the Holy See’s Diplomatic Corps. The talk will be delivered by Most Rev. Timothy Paul Broglio, archbishop of the Military Services, USA. Columbus School of Law, Law School Cafe. Beverages and light fare will be served. This event is open to CUA students, faculty and staff ages 21 and over. For more information, contact

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Friday, Jan. 16
5:30 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Moravian College. Raymond A. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

7:30 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Moravian College. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

Saturday, Jan. 17
2 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts the University of Scranton. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts the University of Scranton. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

Sunday, Jan. 18
1 p.m., the men's and women's swimming teams host the United States Merchant Marine Academy. DuFour Center, pool.

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Campus Ministry

University Memorial Mass
Members of the university community who have died recently will be remembered at the monthly memorial Mass on Monday, Jan. 12, at 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel.

Student Minister Info Sessions
Student ministers play a vital role in Campus Ministry and for their peers on campus. Visit for details about what the life of a student minister is like, or ask one of the House or resident ministers about their responsibilities and the benefits of being a student minister. The next student minister information session will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 14, after Praise and Worship Adoration (10:15 p.m.) in the Campus Ministry lounge and Sunday, Jan. 18, after the 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. Masses. Student Minister applications are due Wednesday, Jan. 28, by 10 p.m. Applications can be found at

Martin Luther King Day: A Day ON Not a Day OFF
Spend Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19, serving the Washington, D.C., community. Join members of Campus Ministry as they volunteer at several locations in the city by signing up at

March for Life
Sign up to volunteer for the pro-life hospitality overnight on Wednesday, Jan. 21. For more information, contact Erin Craine, associate campus minister, in Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

To join CUA at the March for Life on Thursday, Jan. 22:

  • Inform your professors you will be at the march. Students will be required to make up all missed work.
  • Sign in at 10:30 a.m. in Caldwell Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 22. NOTE: You MUST march with CUA to be excused from class. Students will be required to sign in with a CUA representative downtown as well.
  • Please purchase a Metro card in advance to avoid being delayed by crowds.

Giving Thanks
The Campus Ministry staff wishes to thank everyone who participated in the 2008 CUA Giving Tree.
Approximately 400 gifts and $500 in gift cards were given to the Brookland community.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. (University closed)

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Innauguration Day. (University closed)

Sunday, Jan. 25
The Office of University Admissions hosts an undergraduate open house for prospective students. For more information, contact Christine Mica, dean of admissions, at, or visit

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Summer Housing for CUA Students
Summer housing is available for CUA students in Opus Hall. Caldwell and Seton halls are also available for graduate and law students seeking summer housing. More information, including the application, is available at In order to be eligible for an on-campus summer assignment through the Office of Housing Services, individuals must be current CUA students or visiting college students enrolled in summer courses at CUA. Current CUA students do not need to be enrolled in summer classes in order to be eligible for summer housing. This is a great opportunity for CUA students to pursue internships and other career opportunities in the D.C. area during the summer months. Information on summer internships is available in the Office of Career Services and 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. The program will teach 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. Meetings will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays  in Leahy Hall, Room 100, beginning Jan. 21. For more information, contact Marion Ficke at 202-319-5870 or

USPS Shipping Increases
The Office of Postal Services reminds the CUA community that effective Sunday, Jan. 18, the United States Post Office will be increasing its rates for the following services: Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International and M-Bags. Rates will remain the same for standard first-class mail (machine-sortable letters and packages under 13 ounces). For more information on new rates, visit

Mid-Year Job Fair
The Office of Career Services will hold a mid-year job fair on Thursday, Jan. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Great Room. The fair will be useful for work-study students who notified the career services office that they would defer working until the spring semester, work-study students who wish to change positions/offices and any student looking for a non-work-study position on or off campus.

A list of campus offices and outside companies with openings are posted at For more information, contact the career services office at 202-319-5623 or Campus offices wishing to attend should contact Amanda Jones at

Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty and staff how to find out about the closing or delayed opening of Catholic University because of inclement weather. The quickest ways to find out are to check the CUA Web site at or to call the university’s main number — 202-319-5000. The information is available through those two sources by 6 a.m. on those days when weather conditions are poor. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio outlets, and they too report the information.

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 user name and password. Often the pretext given in these junk e-mail messages is a system upgrade. Please be aware that CPIT never sends bulk e-mail asking for details about computer user accounts. Messages like these are junk mail and should never 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.

For more information about the validity of e-mail messages received at a address, or if you have replied to one of these scam messages, contact CPIT's Information Center Help Desk at 202-319-4357 (HELP).

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 through Feb. 15. Quality professional instruction is provided by college coaches, high school coaches and Washington area college and professional players. Emphasis will be on fundamentals, skills development and college prospect exposure. 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

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 For Your Benefit

Flexible Spending Accounts for Medical Expenses
The Flexible Spending Account for medical expenses is a great approach to minimizing your out-of-pocket medical expenses. Please note that eligible expenses incurred through March 15, 2009, may be submitted against 2008 Flex Spending Account deductions. The final deadline for submitting documentation of expenses for the 2008 plan year is April 30, 2009.  If you have questions, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

Tuition Assistance Plan – New Improved Applications – “Easy as A, B, C!”
The application for tuition assistance has been revised. There are now three different forms, for three different needs:

  • Form A: For employees who will be taking classes themselves
  • Form B: For employees applying for a dependent who is a returning student
  • Form C: For employees applying for a dependent who will be an incoming freshman or transfer student

The new, revised forms can be found at As a reminder, employees must submit an application for tuition assistance by the deadline for each semester that they wish to receive the benefit. Applications for employees and returning students must be received by the Office of Human Resources by the last day to add or drop classes as indicated by the registrar. Applications for incoming freshmen and transfer students for the fall 2009 semester must be received by the human resources office by Feb. 15. For more information, contact the human resources office at 202-319-5050. 

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 Save Your Energy

Resolve to Sustain
Thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Brian Alexander, director of energy and utilities management, offers a suggestion to start the new year off in a sustainable fashion. Turn the lights off when leaving a room in any building you live or work in. Think sustainability and be good stewards of every building.

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