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Monday, Dec. 6, through Saturday, Dec. 11
CUA's Colleges Against Cancer chapter presents "I'm Dreaming of a Cancer Free Christmas," a week of activities and events to raise funds, support children in the oncology ward of Children's National Medical Center, and remember those who have died from cancer. The week will end with an a capella concert on Saturday at 7 p.m. 

Dec. 7
3 to 9 p.m., Students on the Mount host a Posada Party (a Mexican Christmas tradition). CUA students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Rooms A and B. For more information, visit

5 to 7:30 p.m., the Writing Center hosts a Winter Paper Clinic for students to get help with outlining, revising, thesis statements, research, citations, grammar, style, and more. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library. For more information, visit or call 202-319-4286.

5:30 to 8 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents a screening of the film "Bamako." McMahon Hall, Room 202. For more information, contact Flor Argueta at 202-319-5240 or

Wednesday, Dec. 8
Patronal Feast of the Immaculate Conception. University holiday.

Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 9
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Center for the Study of Culture and Values hosts a seminar as the continuation of the project: “Faith in a Secular Age," on the role of the spirit in the socio-political global order. Four professors will present their papers: Mary Doak, associate professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego; Vince Miller, Gudorf Chair in Catholic Theology and Culture at the University of Dayton; Chad Pecknold, assistant professor of systematic theology at CUA; and Phil Rossi, professor and interim dean of the Helen Way Klinger College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University. Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, contact the Center for the Study of Culture and Values at 202-319-6089 or or visit

Thursday, Dec. 9
12:35 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's Musicology Colloquium presents "We Were at the Beach: Politics and the B-52s," by Fred Maus, associate professor of music theory at the University of Virginia. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Andrew Weaver, assistant professor of music and chair of musicology, at 202-319-5413.

3:35 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and Department of Media Studies present a lecture on music and film genre by Ben Model, silent film accompanist for the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Steve Massa, librarian at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. At 7 p.m., two silent films will be shown, "The Penalty" and "There it Is," with accompaniment by Model. Both events will be held in Caldwell Hall Auditorium. For more information, contact Jennifer Fellger at or Andrew Simpson at

Friday, Dec. 10
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "The Failure of the Modern Project," by Rémi Brague, chair of the study of religion at the Ludwig Maximilian University, in Munich. This lecture is part of the Fall 2010 Philosophy Lecture Series, The Modern Turn. Aquinas Hall Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a concert by the Chamber Choir, directed by Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music. St. Vincent DePaul Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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 202-319-5414.

8 p.m., the Program Board sponsors the annual Mistletoe Ball for students. Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel. For more information, visit

Saturday, Dec. 11
5 p.m., the Catholic University Wind Ensemble, conducted by John Mitchell, will present a concert with the CUA High School Honor Band. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

6 p.m., the Office of Residence Life invites students to "Skate into Finals," with ice skating at the Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. Tickets are on sale in the Pryzbyla Center. For more information, contact Michael Mandarino at 203-524-3570 or

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Saturday, Dec. 11
4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Gettysburg College. Raymond A. Dufour Athletic Center, gymnasium.

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 Campus Ministry

Residence Hall Confessions
Advent residence hall confessions will be heard on
Monday, Dec. 6, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Centennial Village and on Thursday, Dec. 9, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Opus Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Men’s Discernment
A men’s discernment meeting will take place Monday, Dec. 6. It will begin at 6 p.m. with Mass in Caldwell Chapel followed by dinner and a speaker in the Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room. For more information, call 202-319-5575.
Graduate Bible Study
Graduate students gather for Bible study on Mondays in the Campus Ministry lounge from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Advent Eucharistic Adoration
There will be 24-hour eucharistic adoration for expectant mothers, the unborn and the culture of life on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. For more information or to volunteer to spend an hour as a group or individual, contact David Pennington, associate campus minister, at 202-319-5575 or

Habitat Spring Break Trips
Students can still sign up for Habitat for Humanity Spring Break trips to Tacoma, Wash., and Taos, N.M. The cost is $350, due by Tuesday, Dec. 7. For more information, visit

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Masses for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception will be celebrated at 5:10 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel and at 9 p.m. in St. Vincent DePaul Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 8. 

CUA Giving Tree
The university community is invited to donate gifts for neighbors in the Brookland community and kids at Children’s National Medical Center. Presents can be dropped off through Friday, Dec. 10, in the Campus Ministry office. For more information, to view the wish list, or to sign up, visit

Friday Night at the House
Join The House Friday, Dec. 10, for its annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party at 8 p.m. The event includes Christmas movies, crafts, food, Santa, and horse-drawn carriage rides. The first 100 people at the door will receive a Christmas present. There will be a prize awarded for the ugliest sweater of the year. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

T-Shirt Design Competition
Designs must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 10, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2011 CUA T-shirts. The day of service is an opportunity for CUA students, faculty, and staff to serve in the community on Monday, Jan. 17. Designs must be submitted to the Campus Ministry office or e-mailed to The winner will be announced in January and his/her design will be printed and distributed to CUA’s volunteers that day. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Advent Lessons and Carols
The annual celebration of Advent Lessons and Carols will take place on Monday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. Join Campus Ministry for an hour of scripture readings and Advent carols. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Pro-Life Hospitality for the Annual March for Life
Campus Ministry is in need of more than 200 volunteers to help host more than 1,200 pilgrims traveling to campus for the 2011 March for Life. Volunteers will assist with registration, the overnight stay in the Dufour Center, meals, and the Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Students can sign up in Campus Ministry; after House Mass adoration and Sunday Masses; or online at For more information, e-mail Kerry McNamara at or Jamila Evans, associate campus minister, at

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 13
Last day of classes.

7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a showcase by freshman musical theatre majors. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

8:45 to 10 p.m., Love Out Loud hosts its annual Christmas party for students. Millennium North, Room 313. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Tuesday, Dec. 14
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a showcase by junior and senior musical theatre majors. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Wednesday, Dec. 15
10 p.m. to midnight, Program Board hosts Late Night Breakfast, including breakfast food and Karaoke. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, visit

Friday, Dec. 17
6 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a class performance by the chamber group. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty, staff, and students 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 website 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 days when weather conditions are extremely poor. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio stations.

BrowseAloud Information Session
An information session on BrowseAloud will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 321/323. BrowseAloud is a software program that reads aloud all website content. All CUA Web pages have this capability, putting the university ahead of the curve on complying with disability law.
The software reads Web pages aloud for people who find it difficult to read online, highlights text for those who need help focusing on particular portions of the text, helps those with literacy and visual impairments to read large blocks of text, and increases the number of people who can access content on a website.
Having BrowseAloud on a website can increase traffic and improve search engine rankings. Subscriber sites are automatically added to a member directory of speech-enabled websites. The process is done remotely, so website content contributors do not have to make any changes to their sites.
All CUA departments and schools are encouraged to send their website content contributors to this training session. For more information, contact Emily Singer, director of disability support services, at 202-319-5211 or

Dec. 8 Dining Hours of Operation
The Office of Dining Services announces the following hours of operation for Wednesday, Dec. 8:

  • Law School Cafe: 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Starbucks: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Student Restaurant: 8:30 a.m. to midnight
  • The Loft C-Store: 10 a.m. to midnight
  • Food Court: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, contact dining services at

Annual Auction by Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety will conduct the annual property auction of lost, found, and unclaimed property on Friday, Dec. 10, in the Leahy Hall conference room. Items will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to noon. The silent auction will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. All property winners will be notified by Monday, Dec. 13. Property that will be available for purchase during the silent auction includes:

black Prada bag and other assorted bags
pink umbrella
men’s rain jacket
Baltimore Orioles baseball cap
boom box/iPod dock
ladies' Pierre Cardin, Nine West, and Anne Klein watches
cell phone case
Mercedes Benz wallet
4GB, 8GB, and 80GB iPods
woman's sunglasses
white MP3 player
Texas Instrument calculator
HP laptop computer

For more information, call 202-319-5111.

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For Your Benefit

Carebridge Guidance Seminar
The Office of Human Resources and Carebridge Corporation offer the seminar, "Finding the Services, Elder Parent Needs" for faculty and staff from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 7, in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. For more information, contact Bailey Mitchell at 202-319-5598.

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