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Monday, Feb. 22
5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "From Gaze to Gaz: A New Interpretation of Humayun’s Tomb-Garden and the Nizamuddin Area of Delhi," by James L. Wescoat Jr., Aga Kahn Professor of Architecture in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The lecture is the second event in the school’s 2010 Spring Lecture Series “Crossing Boundaries: Modernism and Indian Cultural Traditions.” Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

6:30 p.m., Phi Alpha Theta's History Club sponsors a viewing of "The Pianist." Jerry Muller, chair and professor of history, will talk about the film before its showing. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, contact Jenni Krichbaum, club president, at 240-994-0716.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Visualizing intestinal lipid metabolism in live animals: Studies with guts” by Steven Farber, staff member at the Carnegie Institution Department of Embryology and adjunct associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi, associate professor of biology, at 202-319-5274 or

Wednesday, Feb. 24
6 to 7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents "Sport Psychology 101: An Introduction to Strategies for Building Mental Fitness," by Keith Kaufman, psychology research associate. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 327. This workshop is part of the Dialogue on Demand series. For more information, visit

6 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science sponsors "Google for Librarians," a colloquium series event by Dan Martin, who oversees Google's public policy blog and leads its communications efforts on issues including telecommunications policy, immigration, patent reform and cyber security. Marist Hall, Room 123 Information Commons. For more information, contact David Shumaker, clinical associate professor, at

Thursday, Feb. 25
12:35 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and Musicology Colloquium present "From the Motown to the Mowest: Marvin Gaye's Trouble Man," by Andrew Flory, assistant professor of music history, Shenandoah Conservatory. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Grayson Wagstaff, professor of music, at 202-319-5858 or

5 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents the 5th Annual Frank R. Mastrangelo Lecture, "The Roman She-Wolf: An Old Beast in the Modern City," by Cristina Mazzoni, professor of Italian at the University of Vermont. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, visit or call 202-319-5240.

Thursday, Feb. 25, to Sunday, Feb. 28
The Department of Drama presents "Picnic at Hanging Rock." Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. A pre-show discussion with playwright Laura Annawynn Shamas will take place Thursday night at 6:30. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and CUA alumni and staff, and $5 for students. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-4000 or visit

Friday, Feb. 26
6 p.m., CUA Ballroom presents the annual "Black and Red International Gala," a dance to raise money for A Simple House. Free ballroom lessons will start at 6 p.m. followed by a floor show of professional ballroom dancers from the D.C. community starting at 7:30. Caldwell Hall Auditorium. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple and are on sale in the Pryzbyla Center. For information, contact Angele Knapp at

Friday, Feb. 26, to Sunday, Feb. 28
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's musical theater program presents "All in the Timing," a performance of comedic one-act plays. Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, faculty, seniors and alumni. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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 Campus Ministry

Lenten Adoration
Sign-up sheets for an hour of adoration this Lenten Season in Caldwell Chapel are available in the Campus Ministry office. 

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross will be held Mondays at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel during the season of Lent (except for March 8). For more information, call 202-319-5575.

CUA on Tap
Resident ministers present CUA on Tap, "The Apocalypse ... Game over?" on Thursday, Feb. 25, in Caldwell Hall Auditorium. David Bosworth, assistant professor of theology and religious studies, will discuss apocalyptic literature and what the Bible says about the end of the world. Open mic night starts at 7 p.m., the talk will begin at 8 p.m. Free food and $3 beer for those over 21 will be served. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Ice Skating in the Pryz
The House invites students to attend the Program Board's "Skating in the Pryz" on Friday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. This event is free and ice skates will be provided. For more information e-mail

Mass Time Change
The 4 p.m. Mass in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church, will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28.

Lenten Retreat
“Found in Him,” a traditional Lenten retreat, will be held Friday, March 19, to Sunday, March 21, for all CUA students. The weekend features Lenten devotions, opportunities for liturgical prayer, silent meditation and talks on spirituality. Students can sign up at The cost is $40 (scholarships are available).

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Wednesday, Feb. 24
2:30 p.m., the baseball team hosts Christopher Newport University. Raymond A. DuFour Center, Robert J. Talbot Field.

Saturday, Feb. 27
Noon and 3 p.m., the baseball team hosts DeSales University. DuFour Center, Talbot Field.

Sunday, Feb. 28
1 and 3 p.m., the softball team hosts Stevenson University. DuFour Center, softball field.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, March 1
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Development of a metabolically active non-replicating sporozoite vaccine to prevent malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum” by Peter Billingsley, senior director, Entomology and Quality Systems, Sanaria, Inc. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi, associate professor of biology at 202-319-5274 or

Tuesday, March 2
8:30 p.m., the University Honors Council hosts the first of three book discussion groups on C. S. Lewis’ The Space Trilogy. Each discussion will be devoted to one book and each discussion can stand on its own, so everyone is invited to attend all three or just one session. Regan Hall Classroom, Room 27. This event is part of the University Honors Council’s “C. S. Lewis: Insights into a Brilliant Mind” celebration. For more information, contact Eleanor Brasfield at

Wednesday, March 3
6 to 7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents "Women in Sports," by Sandra Hanson, professor of sociology. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. This workshop is part of the Dialogue on Demand series. For more information, visit

7 p.m., the University Honors Council presents “Approaches to the Chronicles of Narnia: Astrology, Mythology, and Ethical Epistemology” by Sean Lewis, doctoral candidate in English. There will be a short lecture followed by a group discussion. Regan Hall Classroom, Room 27. This seminar is part of the University Honors Council’s “C. S. Lewis: Insights into a Brilliant Mind” celebration. For more information, contact Eleanor Brasfield at

Friday, March 5
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a concert by the Great Noise Ensemble. 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 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 days when weather conditions are extremely poor. No messages are posted if the university is opening on time. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio outlets, and they too report the information.

Pryzbyla Center Spring Break Hours
The Pryzbyla Center will operate as follows during spring break:

  • Friday, March  5: 7 a.m. to midnight
  • Saturday, March 6, through Saturday, March 13: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 14: 7 a.m. to midnight

Normal operating hours will resume on Monday, March 15. For more information, visit, or call 202-319-5200

Surplus Tools for Sale
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety announces the sale of two 10-inch table saws: a Delta cabinet saw and a Rockwell contractor saw. The university provides no guarantees or warranties on service or conditions of this equipment, which is available for viewing by appointment. For more information, call Andrew Wolf at 202-319-5602.

Student Leadership Recognition Celebration 2010
The Student Leadership Recognition Celebration identifies members of the CUA community whose service and committed leadership deserve special recognition. The Office of Campus Activities is requesting nominations of students and staff who embody these characteristics. Nominations can be made by visiting and clicking on the Student Leadership Recognition Celebration tab on the left. Nominations must be submitted by Monday, March 15, at noon.  For more information, contact Gabby Cugini at, or call 202-319-6003.

Free Practice GREs, LSATs, MCATs and GMATs
The Office of Career Services and Kaplan, Inc. are co-sponsoring free GRE, LSAT, MCAT and GMAT practice tests on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in Hannan Hall. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Preregistration is required and space is limited. To register, visit

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 For Your Benefit

Updated Holiday Schedule
The Office of Human Resources would like to remind faculty and staff that Monday, April 5, 2010, will no longer be treated as a holiday for the current academic year due to the recent weather related closings. All CUA employees are expected to be at work on April 5 (in accordance with normal work schedules). Staff members with concerns about this change as it relates to their own work schedule should speak to their direct supervisor/manager. To view the updated Holiday Schedule for 2009-2010, visit

New Tuition Assistance Application Deadline
CUA faculty and staff who wish to receive the Tuition Assistance benefit for dependents who will be incoming freshmen and transfer students in the Fall 2010 semester must submit the Application for Tuition Assistance Form C to the Office of Human Resources by Friday, Feb. 26.

Employees must submit an application for tuition assistance by the deadline for every semester that they wish to receive the benefit.

For more information on the tuition assistance benefit, go to Applications for tuition assistance are available at For more information, call the human resources office at 202-319-5050.

Knowing Your Numbers Wellness Fair
Employees currently enrolled in any of the UnitedHealthcare plans at CUA are invited to sign up for the wellness event on March 4 in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Rooms A and B, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To attend, employees must register online at . Enrollment is limited to the first 250 people who sign up. Attendees will have access to free testing of blood pressure, BMI and cholesterol and glucose levels. Insurance cards are required at the event. After the fair, employees can complete a Health Risk Assessment at and earn $75 in gift cards.

To register, employees should visit, enter their preferred e-mail address and select “No. I’m a new user.” After creating a profile, they can click "sign up," “All Events” and then “View” to pick a time. 

For more information, contact Laurie Borman at 202-319-4174 or

Wellness Podcasts
Three new podcasts are available on the UnitedHealthcare Web site. Health and wellness information is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Current podcasts include:

  • Women's Health: Top women's health concerns: heart, breast and brain health, osteoporosis, menopause, diet and exercise, and managing stress.
  • Men's Health: Top men's health concerns: heart, prostate and brain health, diet and exercise, and managing stress.
  • Back Health: Information on how to keep the back strong, how to address the causes of back pain and what to do when back pain strikes.

Each podcast has "chapters," enabling viewers to review only the sections that are most important to them. To access the podcasts, visit

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.

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, March 16
  • Tuesday, March 23
  • 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.

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