This Week at CUA
January 5 - January 12 View Archives


Campus Ministry

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For Your Benefit
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Monday, Jan. 5
Law school classes begin.

Friday, Jan. 9
1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Center on Global Aging at the National Catholic School of Social Service sponsors "A Comprehensive Strategy for an Aging Society," a lecture by Yung-Ping Chen, gerontology expert and professor at the University of Massachusetts Boston. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery. For more information or to R.s.v.p., e-mail

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Campus Ministry

Mass Schedule on Jan. 11
On Sunday, Jan. 11, there will be no 11 a.m. or 4 p.m. Campus Ministry Masses. There will be a 9 p.m. Mass in St. Vincent's Chapel. The normal Mass schedule will resume on Sunday, Jan. 18.

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. Applications can be found at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 12
Classes begin.

Thursday, Jan. 15
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts a Mid-Year Job Fair. See Announcements.

4:30 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies invites the university community to join it 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, Reverend Patrick Granfield, O.S.B., on his recent retirement, and Reverend Joseph Komonchak, on his upcoming retirement. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room. For more information, call 202-319-5683.

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Pryzbyla Center Hours
The Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center will be open as follows:

Monday, Jan. 5, to Saturday, Jan. 10: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 11: 7 a.m. to midnight (normal schedule resumes)

For more information, contact Brandon Pettit at or 202-319-5291.

Dining Services Hours for Jan. 5 to Jan. 11
Student Restaurant, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor (all-you-care-to-eat)
Monday through Friday: Closed
Saturday: 5 p.m. to midnight
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to midnight

Food Court, Pryzbyla Center, 2nd floor (a-la-carte and meal exchange)
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Law School Cafe
Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: noon to 6 p.m. 

Leahy Coffee Kiosk
Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Starbucks, Pryzbyla Center, 3rd floor
Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Loft Convenience Store, Pryzbyla Center, 1st floor
Monday through Friday: noon to 5 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: noon to midnight

For more information, contact

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 Pryzbyla Center Great Room. The fair will be useful for work-study students who notified the career services office 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 from Jan. 10 to Feb. 15, 2009. 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 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 for 2009? 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 in or work in. Think sustainability and be good stewards of every building.

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