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Monday, Jan. 25
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Transcriptional regulation of mouse embryo development" by Heinrich Westphal from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Ann Corsi, associate professor of biology, at 202-319-5274 or

Wednesday, Jan. 27
12:10 to 1:10 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents "Do Higher Wind Power Penetration Levels Pose a Challenge to Electric Power Security?: Evidence from the ERCOT Power Grid in Texas" by Kevin Forbes, associate professor of business and economics and director of the Center for the Study of Energy and Environmental Stewardship. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. This lecture is part of the institute's Brown Bag Series. For more information call 202-319-5999.

6 to 7:30 p,m., the Initiative for Portuguese and American Law at the Columbus School of Law presents "Judging War Crimes: Experiences from East Timor," by Phillip Rapoza, chief justice of the Massachusetts Court of Appeals and former chief international judge of the Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor. Columbus School of Law, Slowinski Courtroom. A light reception will follow. For more information or to R.s.v.p., e-mail

6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Office of Career Services and the Office of Alumni Relations present "Job Search Crash Course," part of the "Beyond Brookland Series." Students are invited to meet with highly experienced staffing and human resources professionals and to receive critiques and coaching on how to find a job. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A. R.s.v.p. required. For more information, visit and click on the “Beyond Brookland” banner.

Thursday, Jan. 28
Noon, the Center for Global Education sponsors an information session for students on the Berlin European Studies Program at the Freie Universität. Pryzbyla Center, Room 323. For more information on the program, visit

12:10 p.m., the CUA community will celebrate the feast of St. Thomas Aquinas with a university Mass. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Center for Global Education sponsors an information session for faculty on the Berlin European Studies Program at the Freie Universität. The program offers courses in history, philosophy, politics and German. Faculty are invited for a discussion on how the program may benefit students. Pryzbyla Center, Room 323. For more information on the program, visit

Friday, Jan. 29
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science hosts the second annual symposium, "Bridging the Spectrum: A Symposium on Scholarship and Practice in Library and Information Science." Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, e-mail To register, go to

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 Campus Ministry

Party at the House
The first House party of the semester will be held Friday, Jan. 29. Doors open at 7 p.m. For more information, contact a student minister or call 202-319-5575.

Theology on Tap
Matthew Kelly, international speaker and New York Times best-selling author, presents "You Have One Life to Live ... What Are You Doing With It?" at this month's CUA on Tap on Thursday, Jan. 28, in Caldwell Hall, auditorium. "The Understudies," a CUA alumni band, will be opening and closing the event. Free food and $3 beer and wine for those over 21 will be served. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and Kelly will begin speaking at 8 p.m.

Lent Committee
The first meeting of the Lent Committee will take place Monday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Ministry lounge. For more information, call 202-319-5575

RENEW sign-ups are taking place. Students wishing to join the same group they were in last semester should contact their leaders. To join a new group, students can sign up at

Student Ministers
Applications for the position of student minister are available at and are due on Friday, Jan. 29, by 5 p.m. in the Campus Ministry office. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Gratia Plena
CUA women will gather at 7 p.m. on Sunday nights in the Campus Ministry lounge as members of Gratia Plena. The group will begin a series of reflections on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

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Saturday, Jan. 30
1 p.m., the men's and women's swimming teams host Salisbury University. Raymond A. DuFour Center, pool.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Feb. 1
12:10 p.m., the Department of Biology Graduate Seminar Series presents "Vibrio cholerae and cholera: Vaccine development and in vivo gene expression" by James Kaper, chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, contact Nathalie Dautin, assistant professor of biology, at 202-319-5278 or

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Bombay — Past Present Future," by Dhiru Thadani, principal and director of town planning for the firm of Ayers/Saint/Gross, Architects and Planners with offices in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Phoenix. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Study, Koubek Auditorium. This event is part of the "Crossing Boundaries: Modernism and Indian Cultural Tradition" spring lecture series. For more information, call 202-319-5188.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
6 to 7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents "Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks: Married to the Blues," a video conference led by Ernest Suarez, professor of English, with the two artists that have been nominated for Grammy awards. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. This lecture is part of the Dialogue on Demand series. For more information, visit

Wednesday, Feb. 3
3:30 p.m., the schools of theology and religious studies, canon law and philosophy present “Christianity — Alien Presence or Foundation of the West?” by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, archbishop of Vienna. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. For more information, call 202-319-5259.

Thursday, Feb. 4
5:15 p.m., the Center of Medieval and Byzantine Studies and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences present "Papal Registers and Liber Pontificalis: Curial Sources and Their Users," by Uta-Renate Blumenthal, professor of history. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen J. Happel Room. 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.

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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 the Hannan Hall. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to participate. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register, visit

Priority Application Deadline for CUA Summer in Italy 2010
The priority deadline for the CUA Summer in Italy program is Friday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. This three-week program is designed particularly, but not exclusively, for undergraduate students interested in the humanities. It focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the Italian culture and society through literature, visual arts, archeology and architecture.                       

Participating students will live and study in Rome for two weeks and spend one week on the island of Capri. In Rome, they will visit the Forum with a trained archeologist and the Catacombs, the Vatican Museums and St. Peter’s Basilica, among other famous sites. Further south, they will visit the archeological area of Pompeii. On the island of Capri students will meet a group of CUA architecture majors. Participants will attend lectures at Villa Malaparte.

For more information and an application, visit

 CUAbroad Information Sessions
Education Abroad 101 information sessions take place on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. in McMahon Hall, Room 111. 

Oxford Honors information sessions will also be held in McMahon Hall, Room 111, on Mondays at noon and Fridays at 2 p.m. every week until Friday, March 12th.

For more information, contact the Center for Global Education at 202-319-6010.

Parking Fines Increase
The Department of Public Safety reminds the CUA community that parking permits are required to park on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department of Public Safety oversees traffic and parking regulations. Effective Monday, Feb. 1, the following parking violation fines will increase:

Current Fine    Increased Fine Effective 2/1/2010
No Valid Permit    $15                                  $25
Improper Display of Permit             $10  $15
Other Violations (specified)  $15                                    $25
Unattended Vehicle in a Yellow Zone     $25 $35

For more information, call the public safety office at 202-319-5111.

Writing Center Open
The Writing Center is open for the spring semester and has increased its availability so more students can be helped. To make an appointment, visit

Let the Recycling Games Begin
For a 10-week period starting Sunday, Jan. 17, RecycleMania is pitting colleges and universities against each other to compete in various categories measuring the success of their recycling and waste prevention efforts.

This year's 501 participating schools, the most in the competition's history, represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Catholic University finished 66th last year by collecting more than 78 tons of paper, glass, plastic and metals.

Each week, the standings are posted online at for all participants to see, motivating campuses to work harder as they aim not only for the top rankings, but also to beat out their own rival schools, like Georgetown and George Washington universities. This year American University has joined the competition.  

Summer Assistant Position with Pryzbyla Center
Information sessions will be held for a summer assistant position to assist with summer operations with the Office of Conferences and Pryzbyla Management. Sessions will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, at the following times:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 12:15 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 28, at 5:15 p.m.
  • Monday, Feb. 1, at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit or e-mail

Need Maintenance? Use Online Form
To better serve the CUA community, the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations asks that departments and offices enter all routine maintenance requests at instead of calling the office. 

Report facility emergencies by calling 202-319-5121 and/or the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5111, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Middle States Self-Study Town Hall Meetings
The draft of Catholic University’s Middle States Self-Study report, an online form to solicit feedback about it, and the schedule for a series of town hall meetings are posted on the CUA Web site at At the town hall meetings, all members of the CUA community have a chance to share their thoughts about the 180-page draft of the report, which addresses how CUA meets the Middle States Commission’s 14 “Characteristics of Excellence” standards. The report also highlights how, since 2000, the university has progressed in five areas: improving undergraduate education, enhancing support for graduate students, introducing new professional graduate programs, enhancing extramural research support and designing a strategy for strengthening CUA’s financial base.

The town hall meetings are the final step in the research and documentation used to create the self-study report. It is expected that feedback from the town hall meetings will help to refine the report.

The remaining meeting, hosted by the Middle States Self-Study Steering Committee, will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, from 2 to 3 p.m., in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. 

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 For Your Benefit

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

  • Tuesday, Feb. 16
  • Thursday, Feb. 18
  • 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 number 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
Two 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 CUA employees.

On-Demand Workshops
The Carebridge Corporation and the Office of Human Resources have partnered to provide faculty and staff with free multimedia presentations on the topics of "Stress Management and Healthy Habits for the Holidays" and "Personal Money Management." To view these presentations, go to Enter access code HSBH4, and follow the directions to log in. A user name and password will need to be created. Presentations will be available for viewing until February 2010. For more information, call 202-319-4177.

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