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*Town Hall Meeting on March 18*

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Monday, March 16, to Sunday, March 22
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the annual Catholic University President's Festival of the Arts. The theme of this year's festival of music, lectures and discussions is If It's Not One Thing, It's Another. For more information on any of the following related events or to purchase tickets to the concerts, call 202-319-5416 or visit

Monday, March 16
12:10 p.m., the Department of Chemistry presents "The Chemistry of Hangovers" by Professor Diane Bunce as part of her Chemistry 126 class. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, e-mail

12:10 p.m., the music school and musicology colloquium, as part of the President's Festival of the Arts, present R. Larry Todd, Arts and Sciences Professor of Music, Duke University, in a presentation entitled "Fanny Hensel, the Other Mendelssohn, and the Mendelssohn Bicentenary." Ward Hall, Chorus Room.

6:10 p.m., the departments of English and media studies present "Abe Lincoln in Illinois" (1940) as part of 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

Tuesday, March 17
11:10 a.m., the music school, as part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents “A Plea for Justice: Catholic University and the American Church’s Condemnation of the Nazis in 1938,” a lecture by Maria Mazzenga, CUA archivist, and Joseph Santo, assistant dean of the music school. The two will discuss the 1938 broadcast from CUA of a radio program condemning Nazi atrocities. Santo’s new work “Malachey Elyon,” which will be performed by the CUA Symphony Orchestra on March 18, was inspired by the radio broadcast. Ward Hall, John Paul Hall.

Wednesday, March 18
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Program of Italian Studies of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Graduate Students Association, and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., present "From Grazia Deledda to Melania Mazzucco: Italian Literary Narrative Trajectory into the 21st Century." The symposium will feature keynote speakers Margherita Heyer-Caput, professor of Italian at the University of California-Davis; Cristina Della Coletta, professor of Italian at the University of Virginia; and Stefania Lucamante, associate professor of modern languages and literatures at Catholic University. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 327. For more information, contact Lucamante at or 202-319-5240.

1 to 2 p.m., the Department of Public Safety holds a town hall meeting on "How We Manage Emergencies." See Announcements.

4 p.m., the School of Canon Law sponsors the Sixth Annual James H. Provost Memorial Lecture: "A Theory of Bonum Coniugum," by Klaus Lüdicke, professor of canon law from Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Münster. Caldwell Hall, Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5492.

7:30 p.m., the music school, as part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents a performance by the CUA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Searle, with the CUA Women’s Chorus. The concert will feature music of Claude Debussy and Mendelssohn as well as Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait,” which will be narrated by Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., Catholic University president. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the births of both Lincoln and Mendelssohn. Joseph Santo, assistant dean of music, will also present “Malachey Elyon,” an original work based on radio broadcast recordings discovered in CUA’s archives featuring the responses of several U.S. bishops and leading Catholics to Nazi persecution during World War II. Hartke Theatre. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and CUA faculty and staff.

Thursday, March 19
11 a.m.  to 2 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts the Spring Career Fair. The fair will feature opportunities for May grads looking for full-time jobs and students looking for summer jobs and for internships to round out work experience. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For a list of attending organizations, go to

1 to 9 p.m., the Life Cycle Institute, the Center for International Social Development of The Catholic University of America and the Catholic Leadership Council of the National Religious Coalition Against Torture sponsor "Torture, Conscience and the Catholic Moral Tradition." The day-long conference will feature three panels made up of nine expert theologians, academics and military personnel. Columbus School of Law, Moot Court Room. For more information, call 202-319-5999. To register (by March 17) visit

Friday, March 20
10 a.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies and the Order of Malta Federal Association, U.S.A., present the Year of St. Paul Symposium in honor of the 2,000th anniversary of the birth of the apostle Paul. The speakers include Rev. Frank Matera, Andrews-Kelly-Ryan Professor of Biblical Studies; Hellen Mardaga, assistant professor of New Testament; Rev. John Paul Heil, professor of New Testament; and Paul J. Achtemeier, professor emeritus of biblical interpretation at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information about the symposium, call 202-319-5683. To register for the event, visit

4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents the 28th Karl Herzfeld Memorial Lecture, "Mars Exploration: Scientific Discoveries from the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and the 2007 Phoenix Mars Lander" by Ramon P. De Paula, program executive, science mission directorate at NASA. Hannan Hall, Karl Herzfeld Auditorium. A reception will follow the lecture. For more information, call 202-319-5315 or go to

Friday, March 20, and Sunday, March 22
8 p.m. the music school, as part of the President's Festival of the Arts, presents Mendelssohn’s “Elijah, Op. 70” by The Catholic University of America Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music. The concert is presented in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Mendelssohn. St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 1725 Rhode Island Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. A freewill offering will be collected.

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Tuesday, March 17
1 p.m., the softball team hosts SUNY Plattsburgh. Raymond A. DuFour Center, softball field.

3 p.m., the softball team hosts Mary Washington University. DuFour Center, softball field.

Wednesday, March 18
3:15 p.m., the men's tennis team hosts Loyola College (Md.). DuFour Center, tennis courts.

4 p.m., the women's lacrosse team hosts St. Mary's College (Md.). DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium. 

Sunday, March 22
Noon, the men's lacrosse team hosts Penn State-Abington. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

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Campus Ministry

Women’s Discernment and Dessert Night
All women are invited to a night of discernment and dessert on Monday, March 16, at 6 p.m. in the Campus Ministry Prayer Room. Join us and our guest, Sister Margaret M. Kimmins, O.S.F. For more information, contact Pamela Tremblay at

Residence Hall Confessions
Residence Hall Confessions begin this week. The schedule follows:

Opus Hall on Monday, March 16, beginning at 8 p.m.
Caldwell/Seton on Wednesday, March 18, following adoration at 10 p.m.
Flather Hall on Thursday, March 19, beginning at 8 p.m.

For more information, call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575.

Lenten Observances
Stations of the Cross, a traditional Lenten devotion, will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. Lenten Adoration continues each weekday in Caldwell Chapel following the 12:15 p.m. Mass. All are invited to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in prayer. Remember that the Church asks us to abstain from eating meat on Fridays throughout Lent. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575. 

School Supply Drive
Do something extra this Lent and donate school supplies to the summer mission trips to Belize and Honduras. Drop off new and slightly used school supplies in designated boxes in Campus Ministry, Leahy Hall, or the Pryzbyla Center Information Desk before Easter break. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575. 

National Catholic School of Social Work St. Louise de Marillac Mass
Monday, March 16, on the feast day of the Patron Saint of Social Workers, Saint Louise, there will be a Mass in her honor at 12:15 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. All are invited and social work majors are especially encouraged to attend and receive a special blessing. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 202-319-5575. 

Lenten Retreat
The Office of Campus Ministry sponsors "Out of the Darkness ... and into the Light," the Going Deeper into Lent Retreat, Friday, March 20, to Sunday, March 22, preached by Rev. Frank Donio, S.A.C. The retreat is open to all CUA students but especially intended for those who have gone on a retreat before. It will include opportunities for liturgical prayer, silent meditation, talks on spirituality and meeting new people. Sign-up at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 23, and Tuesday, March 24
The Columbus School of Law presents "The Eighth Conference on Portuguese and American Law: A Comparative Discussion of Immigration Law in The European Union and The United States." The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Speakers will include Portuguese legal scholars from the University of Lisbon Law School and scholars in the areas of immigration law and policy. A keynote Address will be given by Michael Aytes, acting deputy director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. For more Information or to R.s.v.p., contact Patricia Davila at 202-319-5735 or via email at

Tuesday, March 24
1 to 2 p.m., the Department of Public Safety holds a town hall meeting on "How We Manage Emergencies." See Announcements.

Thursday, March 26, to Sunday, March 29
The Department of Drama presents the premiere of "Squat," by Master of Fine Arts candidate Stephen Lewis. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Sunday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $12 for general audience; $8 for senior citizens and CUA faculty, staff and alumni; and $5 for any student with a valid ID. For more information, call 202-319-4000 or visit

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Town Hall Meeting on Emergencies
The Department of Public Safety invites all members of the university community to attend one of three upcoming town hall meetings on "How We Manage Emergencies." Director of Public Safety Thomasine Johnson and other senior public safety administrators will talk about the university's preparations for responding to emergencies and solicit feedback from members of the university community. Among the topics to be reviewed will be procedures that CUA community members need to follow under the "shelter in place" and "evacuation" scenarios. Meetings will take place:

Wednesday, March 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A
Tuesday, March 24, from 1 to 2 p.m. in McGivney Hall, Room 102
Wednesday, April 8, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Aquinas Hall, Room 102

For more information, call 202-319-5111.

Furniture Available
The Office of Asset Inventory announces the availability of several wood bookcases and desks for any office or department. For more information, call Andrew Wolf at 202-319-6402.

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 For Your Benefit

Getting Fit
The Office of Human Resources would like to recognize all of the employees who are participating in the staff and faculty members’ Get Fit Challenge. Nine teams are demonstrating their dedication to health and fitness by recording their workouts every day for a six-week period. At the end of the challenge, certificates will be awarded to team members who earned a total of at least 35 points, and prizes will be given to recognize each of the top three teams. At the end of week five, the Leahy Cardinals are in the lead with an average of 35 points! STRS Deans are close behind with an average of 30. The RegiSTARS currently hold third place with an average of 29.25. All teams and participants are listed below, in random order: 

  • Leahy Cardinals: Craig Parker, Cathy Wood, Paula Casey, Ed Schaefer, Cathy Giancoli, led by Julie Englund
  • Team CPIT Fit: Chavonne Thomas, Karlton Tucker, Sue Weir, Sally Burdette, Roberta Spencer-Mayo, led by Jeanne Hubbard
  • The RegiSTARS: John Emmett Cooley, Kevin Woods, Adriana Farella, Tony Brown, Laura Anderson, led by Wendy White
  • Development Divas & Dudes: Gail Ferris, Jovita Loeri-Sebbe, Nicol Simmons, Cheryl Stuart, David McMullen, led by Karmen Kohl
  • The Human Race Horses: Lisa Koker, Terry Fletcher, Schlain Schmidt, Ivonne Ambrozkiewicz, Natasha Gray, led by Lisa Giljam Jordan
  • Team 315: Donna Hobson, Kristin Reavey, Lara Fredrickson, led by Carol Casey
  • The Healthy Resources: Christine Peterson, Ashley Oberdorff, Laurie Borman, Yasmin Mitchell, led by Bailey Mitchell
  • ATS Team: Lisa Hawkins, Dustin White, Rob Barclay, Jeremy Battle, led by Raylene Thompson
  • STRS Deans: Monsignor Kevin Irwin, William Barbieri, Reverend Mark Morozowich, led by Karen Korol

The challenge is in its final week, so stay tuned to see who “Got Fit.”

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 Save Your Energy

Keep Them Closed
How much carbon dioxide do various fuels add to the atmosphere?

One gallon of gasoline adds 19.6 pounds of carbon dioxide.

One kilowatt hour (kwh) of electricity adds 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide, while every 100 cubic feet of natural gas adds 100 pounds of carbon dioxide.

The power plant at Catholic University, which uses natural gas as its primary fuel, has emitted more than 10 million pounds of carbon dioxide since the boilers were started on Oct. 21, 2008, which is why the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations asks you to keep the windows closed and not waste heat.

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