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Upcoming Events


Last Issue for 2004
Training for Cardinal Station

Diversity Training

Heating Systems Over Christmas Break

Quarterly Sprinkler Testing

Alumni Cathedral Tour
Advent Adoration

Health and Safety
Christmas Tree Care and Decorations



Monday, Dec. 13
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Freshman Musical Theatre Showcase, directed by Jane Pesci-Townsend. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416 or visit

Tuesday, Dec. 14
7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the CUA Sophomore/Junior Musical Theatre Showcase, directed by Ellwood Annaheim. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416 or visit

Thursday, Dec. 16
3 p.m. to 5 p.m., CUA faculty and staff are invited to attend the President's Annual Christmas Party. Door prizes will be drawn at 4 p.m. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room.

6 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a chamber music recital, directed by Robert Newkirk. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416 or visit

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 20, to Friday, Dec. 31
Christmas break.

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Tuesday, Dec. 21
7 p.m., the CUA men's basketball team hosts Franklin and Marshall College. Raymond A. DuFour (athletic) Center.

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Last Issue for 2004
This issue of This Week@CUA is the last one for 2004. Those who wish to have items published in the Jan. 3-9, 2005, issue must submit them by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15.

Training for Cardinal Station
During the Christmas break, CUA will be upgrading the current version of Cardinal Students. The new Web-based version, Cardinal Station, will improve functionality for campus users while providing the same information on student records. The only true difference will be the "look and feel," since this latest version operates via the Web. Effective Jan. 3, 2005, the new Web site address will be .
The current icon on employee PCs (the cardinal bird) will no longer provide access to the system. Once in the Web site, users can navigate via the menu on the left the former "client" applications are under the heading "Student Admin/Human Resources."

To assist with the new navigational process, the Office of Business Services and the Office of the Registrar will provide voluntary training. The training schedule is as follows:

Week One

Jan. 3: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 4: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 5: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jan. 6: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During Week One, all classes will be held in McMahon Hall, Room 7.

Week Two

Jan. 10: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jan. 11: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Jan. 12: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 13: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

During Week Two, all classes will be held in Shahan Hall, Room 302.

Week Three

Jan. 18: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shahan Hall, Room 302
Jan. 19: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pangborn Hall, Room 301

Since space is limited, those who wish to participate are encouraged to register early. To do so, contact Andrew Wolf at Those registering should include first and last name, department and preferred training session (date and time).

Diversity Training
The Office of Equal Opportunity announces that it is offering a seminar entitled "EEO and Diversity Training," which will address questions such as "What is Equal Opportunity?" "What is discrimination?" and "How do I deal with a diverse workforce?" The training is available to all CUA employees and will be held on Jan. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. Employees are advised to get approval from their supervisors before signing up for the seminar. Those who wish to attend must call the Office of Equal Opportunity at 202-319-6594.

Heating Systems Over Christmas Break
As the Christmas break approaches, Facilities Maintenance and Operations would like to remind the CUA community of the following:

— All windows must be closed. Even a small air leak can cause a heating unit to freeze.

— All heating units should be turned on and left in normal heating mode with the fan on, if possible. The temperature should be set back (where adjustable) to around 65 degrees.


— Steam or hot water radiators should have their valves turned to a position that is slightly cooler than the space is normally kept.

For more information or to report any problems, call the Facility Service Center at 202-319-5121 prior to the Christmas break. The Power Plant will be staffed during the entire Christmas break. Emergency requests for heat during that time may be directed to 202-319-5121.


Quarterly Sprinkler Testing
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Chesapeake Protection will be conducting the quarterly test of several fire protection systems on campus during the week of Jan. 3, 2005. This will be the first quarterly test of the new systems in Mullen Library, Centennial Village and Conaty Hall.


The crews will begin by checking in at the Power Plant at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The first building they visit will be the Pryzbyla Center, around 7:15 a.m.


Due to the nature of the test, Environmental Health and Safety cannot develop a more detailed schedule. However, the testing will primarily be for the sprinkler systems and fire pumps. The bells should not ring. If they ring, it is an indication of a problem or an accidental activation. Therefore, occupant disruption should be minimal.

The following buildings will be tested:


Columbus School of Law and University Garage
Pryzbyla Center
Millennium North
Millennium South
Crough Center
DuFour Center
Flather Hall
Hannan Hall
Hartke Theatre
Leahy Hall and Computer Center
Grounds Complex
University Health and Fitness Center
Life Cycle Institute
Mullen Library


Those with questions may contact Louis P. Alar, occupational safety and health specialist, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, at 202-319-5789.


Alumni Cathedral Tour
On Jan. 9 at 2 p.m., the Office of Alumni Relations will host the Washington, D.C., alumni chapter for a tour of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. A coffee reception will follow the tour. The cathedral is located at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W. The event is free and the CUA community is invited to attend. Since space is limited, those wishing to attend must R.s.v.p. by Jan. 5 to 202-319-5608.


Campus Ministry invites the CUA community to donate gifts to its "Adopt-A-Platoon" Christmas Service Project. The gifts will be sent to U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Small items such as signed holiday cards, candy canes, DVDs, black knit and white socks, word search books and Chapstick are encouraged. To ensure that the packages reach the troops by Christmas Day, all donations must be received by Campus Ministry no later than Monday, Dec. 13. For more information, contact Emmjolee Mendoza at 202-319-5575 or


Advent Adoration
During Advent, the Blessed Sacrament is exposed each day after the 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel. This includes Mondays and Tuesdays until 8 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays through the scheduled evening adorations at 9 p.m., and Fridays until 5 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

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Health and Safety

Christmas Tree Care and Decorations
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety offers the CUA community the following tips for caring for and decorating a Christmas tree:

Tree Care

— Live Christmas trees are prohibited in all residence halls.

— The use of artificial Christmas trees is permitted and encouraged over live Christmas trees, provided the placement does not create an obstruction to egress.

— Cut or live, Christmas trees should only be allowed in the public areas of buildings such as main or floor lobbies.

— It is strongly recommended that cut Christmas trees be treated by either spraying or dipping (preferred) in a flame retardant solution. This recipe consists of nine ounces of borax, four ounces of boric acid (both of these are available in the grocery store or pharmacy), one gallon of water and half a teaspoon of low-suds detergent (e.g., Tide or dishwasher detergent).

— Make sure the tree is watered daily. Trees will consume between a quart and a gallon of water each day.

— Live Christmas trees should be removed from university buildings prior to the annual holiday closure.


— Decorations must be of non-combustible material and should not restrict egress or cover fire protection equipment (e.g., smoke detectors, horns or strobes).

— Paper decorations should not cover more than 25 percent of the surface area of any wall. For example, if an office wall is 8-by-10 feet, the paper decorations should not cover more than 20 square feet of wall area.

— Use only U.L. approved decorative lights.

— Keep decorative lights away from combustible materials such as curtains or paper.

— Do not overload electrical outlets and use only U.L. approved cords or power strips.

— Decorative lights should be turned off overnight or when the area or room is unattended.

— Canned snow or other flammable sprays are not to be used.

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Items must include a phone number and contact person. This issue of This Week@CUA is the last one for 2004. Those who wish to have items published for the Jan. 3-9 issue must submit them by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The next issue will begin Monday, Jan. 3, 2005.
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