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Monday, April 12
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "The genetic architecture of arousal and anesthesia in Drosophila" by Howard Nash, senior investigator, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi, associate professor of biology, at 202-319-5274 or

Monday, April 12; Wednesday, April 14; and Friday, April 16
The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family presents the 2010 McGivney Lecture Series. German philosopher Robert Spaemann will present a series of lectures on "Nature and Natural Law in the Present Cultural Situation: Issues Concerning the Dignity of Human Life." The lectures will be at 7 p.m. on April 12 and 14, and at 4 p.m. on April 16. McGivney Hall, Keane Auditorium. Tickets are required. For tickets or more information, call 202-526-3799.

Tuesday, April 13
6 p.m., CUAbroad hosts a CUA in Rome Information Session. The director of the Rome Program, David Dawson Vasquez, will describe the Rome semester and answer questions. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 351. Food will be served. For more information, call 202-319-6010.

7 p.m., the Office of the President sponsors "Nine Days That Changed the World" a documentary screening hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich. The film chronicles Pope John Paul II’s visit to Poland eight months after his election and explores how this event changed the course of the 20th century. Nearly one-third of the nation came to see the Pope, hear the word of God, and begin to throw off the shackles of communism. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, contact Daniel Bucherer in the Office of Campus Activities at or 202-319-6003.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in April
10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., the Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts Cardinal Visit days. Information sessions and campus tours geared specifically toward high school juniors will be offered. For more information, contact Christine Mica, dean of admissions, at, or visit

Wednesday, April 14
5:15 to 7 p.m., the History Department Colloquia Series presents "Personalism, Community and the Origins of Human Rights" by Samuel Moyn, professor of history, Columbia University. Hannan Hall, Room 108. The lecture will be based on a pre-circulated paper. To request a copy, contact the history department at 202-319-5484 or

6 to 7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents "Global Warming — Global Poverty: The Connections," by William Dinges, professor of theology and religious studies. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. This workshop is part of the Dialogue on Demand series and is presented as a prelude to Earth Day, which takes place on April 22. For more information, visit

Thursday, April 15
12:35 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music musicology colloquium and Graduate Student Association present "The Cry of the Schuhu: Dissonant History in a Late Schumann Song" by Susan Youens, J. W. Van Gorkom Professor of Music at the University of Notre Dame. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, e-mail Andrew Weaver, assistant professor of music, at

Thursday, April 15, through Saturday, April 17
Friends of Rare Books host a used book sale featuring donated books, both hardcovers and paperbacks, including literature, travel, scholarly books and beach reading, foreign languages, religion, cookbooks, biographies, and more. Prices start at 50 cents and proceeds will benefit the Department of Rare Books acquisitions fund. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, Room 214. The sale will take place Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a half-price sale will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information or to donate books, contact Lenore Rouse, curator, Rare Books and Special Collections, at 202-319-5090 or

Friday, April 16
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts Odyssey Day for admitted students and their guests. The day enables the students to experience academic and student life opportunities at CUA. For more information, contact Christine Mica, dean of undergraduate admissions, at, or visit

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's composition program presents "Stage Scenes." Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Saturday, April 17
12:30 to 3 p.m., the CUA Alumni Association hosts "A Cardinal Celebration," The Catholic University of America's Alumni Achievement Awards Luncheon. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, visit

2 p.m., Alpha Phi Omega host "Letters Today, Leaders Tomorrow," a leadership panel featuring Rashid Darden, director of development and communications for Damien Ministries; Hal Hagemeir, senior executive at the Department of Defense; Maura Harty, senior policy director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, former ambassador to Paraguay and former U.S. assistant secretary of state for consular affairs; and Jerry Schroeder, former deputy director of security at the Department of Justice. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, contact Kelly King at or 408-348-7839.

Sunday, April 18
4 p.m., the CUA Town and Gown Community Chorus present their spring concert, featuring Faure's "Requiem," Haydn's "Te Deum" and Parry's "Hear my words, ye people." St. Anthony of Padua Church, 1029 Monroe St., N.E., Washington. Admission is free. For more information, e-mail

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 Campus Ministry

Welcome to the Church
The Catholic University of America Office of Campus Ministry recently celebrated the Easter Vigil. Seven students were received into full communion with the Catholic Church: Sandra Wu, Stella Mbotiji, Kristopher Reynolds, Ashley Enger, Justus Parrotta, Alexandra Noel and Lydia Pulver.

Rice Bowls
Students who still have Operation Rice Bowls can drop them off in the Campus Ministry office through Thursday, April 15.

Last Call for CUA on Tap
Resident ministers sponsor the last CUA on Tap of this academic year on Thursday, April 15. The speaker will be Kevin Ryan, president and CEO of Covenant House, an organization that provides housing for the homeless. He will speak about living the Catholic faith beyond the walls of CUA and the dignity of work. Refreshments will be served for all who attend and $3 beer and wine will be available for those over 21. Open mic performances start at 7 p.m. and the talk will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575. To participate in the open mic, contact Matt Patella at

Shake-a-thon, a night of nonstop dancing in Caldwell Auditorium, will take place on Friday, April 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets will be sold in the Pryzbyla Center this week. For more information, contact a student minister.

CUA Hosts "Kids on Campus"
On Saturday, April 24, the CUA community will welcome children from the Brookland neighborhood for Kids on Campus day. Students are invited to play games, enjoy snacks and help the kids hunt for eggs. For more information, visit or e-mail or 

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Tuesday, April 13
4 p.m., the baseball team hosts Randolph-Macon College. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Robert J. Talbot Field.

Wednesday, April 14
4 p.m., the baseball team hosts Bridgewater College. DuFour Center, Talbot Field.

4 p.m., the women's lacrosse team hosts Goucher College. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Saturday, April 17
Noon, the women's lacrosse team hosts Susquehanna University. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

1 and 3 p.m., the softball team hosts the University of Scranton. DuFour Center, softball field.

2:30 p.m., the men's lacrosse team hosts Susquehanna University. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

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Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 20
5 to 7:30 p.m., the Writing Center and Mullen Library host an end-of-term Paper Clinic. Students can receive help outlining and revising papers, writing thesis statements, conducting research and more. Mullen Library. For more information, e-mail

7 to 9 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science hosts the 20th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture, "Scholarship, Cultural Memory and Libraries in the 21st Century," by Clifford A. Lynch, executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information. Caldwell Hall Auditorium. A reception will follow. There is no charge to attend, but donations (in the form of checks) will be accepted at the lecture for the Elizabeth W. Stone Scholarship Fund. For more information or to R.s.v.p. for the event, contact Robin Foltz at

Wednesday, April 21
5:15 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences present "The State of Medieval Studies: Some Disciplinary Perspectives," a roundtable discussion featuring Joan Task Grimbert, chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; Frank A.C. Mantello, professor of Greek and Latin; Rev. Mark Morozowich, assistant professor of liturgy; Kenneth J. Pennington, the Kelly-Quinn Professor of Ecclesiastical and Legal History; Kevin White, associate professor of philosophy; and Stephen Wright, professor of English. Caldwell Hall Auditorium. This event is part of the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies' 40th Anniversary Celebration Lecture Series. For more information, contact Lani Mullaney at 202-319-5794.

Thursday, April 22
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Department of Anthropology presents the Regina Flannery Herzfeld Memorial Symposium, "Keepers of the Past, Curators of the Future — New Directions in Managing Cultural Heritage." Presenters will include Kevin Gover, director of the National Museum of the American Indian; Stephen Loring, archaeologist with the Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History; and Margaret MacLean, senior analyst for the Cultural Center, U.S. Department of State. For more information visit or contact Anita Cook at 202-319-5080 or

7 to 9 p.m., Mullen Library and the School of Library and Information Science hosts a Library Game Night, featuring classic board games, Wii and Xbox. Mullen Library, MERIC classroom and May Gallery. Snacks will be provided. For more information, visit or e-mail Miranda Rodriguez at

Friday, April 23
2:10 p.m., the School of Philosophy and Graduate Student Association present "What Is Conceptual Activity," by Robert Pippin, professor of philosophy, University of Chicago. Aquinas Hall, Room 102. For more information, call 202-319-5259 or visit

7:30 p.m., the University Chorus presents its Spring Concert featuring Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music, as conductor. Ukrainian Shrine of the Holy Family, 4250 Harewood Road, N.E., Washington. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, April 25
4:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "Lovers: Temporal and Eternal," an opera scenes program with music by Puccini, Massenet and Menotti, conceived and directed by Elaine R. Walter, professor of music. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Join Jumpstart This Summer
Jumpstart Summer helps meet the needs of young children by providing its early childhood program partners with enthusiastic and well-trained adults in their classrooms. Jumpstart members have the opportunity to develop their early childhood knowledge and teaching skills through intensive classroom assistance experiences, serving full days as teaching assistants in pre-school classrooms while earning a $1,000 education award. For more information or to apply, visit or contact Kristin Dusch at 202-319-6068 or

Middle States Commission on Higher Education Visit
Every 10 years, The Catholic University of America is reviewed for institutional accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).  Over the last two years, more than 140 faculty, staff and students developed an institutional Self Study, which was completed in December 2009, and shared with various parts of the university community in January and February 2010.  From April 11 to 14, the MSCHE visiting team will conduct its review, based on the Self Study.

On Monday, April 12, a series of meetings with the MSCHE team for administrative support staff, faculty and students will be held as follows:

  • 9 to 9:30 a.m., Open Administrative Staff Meeting. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A
  • 3 to 4 p.m., Open Faculty Meeting, Przybyla Center, Great Room C
  • 4 to 5 p.m., Open Student Forum, Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A

For more information on the self-study, visit For more information on the MSCHE visit, go to

Volunteer for Commencement
The Office of Campus Activities is seeking CUA students to assist with Commencement 2010 by volunteering to serve as ushers for the Honors Convocation and Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 14, and main Commencement exercises and the various schools' diploma ceremonies on Saturday, May 15. In addition, volunteers will be asked to complete up to five hours of service for a university office (to be assigned) during the week of May 10 through 14.

Students who are selected to serve as Commencement volunteers must be in good disciplinary standing. Participants will receive a small remuneration. Participants who are campus residents will be permitted to stay on campus through noon on Sunday, May 16. Students interested in serving as Commencement volunteers should register by Wednesday, April 14, at or in the Office of Campus Activities, Pryzbyla Center, Room 107. For more information, contact Dan Bucherer at 202-319-6003 or

Off-Campus Housing Assistance
On Monday, April 19, the Office of Housing Services will host an Off-Campus Housing Fair. Students will have the opportunity to talk with property management companies, utility companies and campus offices about off-campus resources. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C.

The housing services office is also offering one-on-one consultation appointments to answer students’ specific questions related to living off campus. The Off-Campus Resource Center — located in the housing services office in Cardinal Hall, Room 160 — provides maps and informational material about apartment complexes and moving services. For more information on moving off campus and up-to-date information about informational workshops, visit

Student Leadership Recognition Celebration
The Office of Campus Activities presents the 2010 Student Leadership Recognition Celebration on Tuesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m., in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. This annual event celebrates achievements and service to the CUA community, recognizing outstanding contributions of students, faculty, and staff. For more information about the event, visit, or call 202-319-6003.

End of the Fiscal Year
Exempt employees are reminded that the end of the 2010 fiscal year is fast approaching. All leave reports should have been submitted for the fiscal year to the Office of Payroll except for April's report, which is due in the payroll office no later than Friday, April 23. For more information, call 202-319-5510.

Mini-Triathlon on April 24
On Saturday, April 24, beginning at 9 a.m., the university community is invited to swim, bike and run in CUA's Mini-Triathlon sponsored by the Cardinal Striders at the Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center. The events include a 300-yard swim, 5-mile bike ride and a 2.2-mile run. To sign up as an individual or a relay team, visit the fitness center or the table in the Pryzbyla Center between April 19 and April 21. The cost is $15 for an individual or $30 per team. T-shirts and snacks will be provided. For more information, call 202-319-5705.

Faculty Luncheon Discussion
On May 5, the Department of Education hosts "CUA Faculty Luncheon Discussion: Addressing the Needs of Low-Income Hispanic Families Through Interdisciplinary Research and Training." The panel of speakers at the luncheon will include Rev. Mario Dorsonville, director of the Spanish Catholic Center, Catholic Charities; Beatriz (B.B.) Otero, president and CEO of CentroNia; and Sandra Barrueco, assistant professor of psychology. The luncheon is being supported by the Better Way Foundation and the Opus Philanthropy Group. R.s.v.p.'s are required by April 15. For more information, or to R.s.v.p., contact Shavaun Wall, associate vice president for academic planning, at

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 For Your Benefit

Stepping Into Spring
The Office of Human Resources encourages faculty and staff to participate in the next wellness activity, Stepping into Spring, from April 19 to 30. Teams of five to 10 employees will track their total number of steps traveled each day. The first 250 people who sign up as members of teams will receive a pedometer to help them count their steps. The two teams with the highest number of steps will receive special rewards. For more information or to sign up to participate, call 202-319-5050.

TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions — Spring 2010
A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to provide one-on-one counseling sessions for employees on:  

  • Tuesday, April 20
  • Thursday, April 22

The sessions are free, but an appointment is required. To schedule an appointment, visit or call the Meeting Request Center at 1-800-732-8353. All sessions will take place in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 203, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information about the sessions or about CUA retirement benefits, contact the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

New Staff
New employees recently joined the staff of Catholic University. The Office of Human Resources invites the university community to visit to see who was hired and read other helpful information for new CUA employees.

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