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September 12 – September 18, 2011


Through Sunday, Oct. 23
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (on business days), the Rare Books and Special Collections department of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library presents Rara Nova, an exhibition featuring recently acquired rare books, manuscripts, and historical book-related technology. Included are never-before displayed items dating from the 16th through the 21st centuries. Mullen Library, May Gallery. Open to the public. For more information, contact Lenore Rouse at 202-319-5090.

Through Dec. 8
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (on business days), University Archives presents "Earth, Air, Fire, and Water: Elements of Design," an exhibition of late 19th and early 20th century prints donated by CUA alumnus Joan Strishock and her husband Daniel. Mullen Library, lobby. For more information, contact Leslie Knoblauch.

Monday, Sept. 12, Wednesday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 16
9 a.m. to noon, the Center for the Study of Culture and Values presents its international seminar “Responsibility, Personal and Social: Foundations for Life in a Global Age.” The theme for the week is the relevance of the cultural contributions from Asian, African, and Latin American thought, as well as the perspectives derived from world religions. Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. For more information, call 202-319-6089.

Monday, Sept, 12
7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents Capture the Cardinal, Class Trivia. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, West Lawn. For more information, contact Dan Bucherer at 202-319-6003.

Tuesday, Sept. 13
5 p.m., the Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Office of Campus Activities, and Department of Modern Languages and Literatures present a discussion with Miguel Diaz, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See. This discussion is part of the Hispanic Civic Engagement Series and kicks off CUA's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. The event is free and open to the public. A light reception will follow. For more information, contact Ryan-Allen McKinney, associate director of campus activities, at 202-319-6003.

6:30 p.m., the Center For Academic Success hosts a Town Hall Discussion on the liberal arts, featuring Tony Chiappetta, director of the Office of Career Services, and faculty members Elaine Walter, music, and Steven Brown, engineering. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Colin Pears at 202-319-2531.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, through Thursday, Sept. 15
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Office of Disability Support Services presents a workshop "Read&Write Gold." See Announcements.

Wednesday, Sept. 14

4 p.m., Class of 2015 Convocation. Freshmen are excused from 4:10 p.m. classes and labs to attend Convocation. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church.

6:30 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents the second workshop in the fall Emerging Leaders Program. Students will discuss how to expand leadership skills. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. For more information or to request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Ryan McKinney at 202-319-6003. .

6:35 to 7:35 p.m., the Integral Economic Development Management Program presents a seminar on community and entrepreneurial economic development in the United States and Africa by Patricia Ware, president and CEO of PFW Consultants, Inc. Caldwell Hall, Room 119. For more information, contact Beatriz Lopez at 202-319-6183.

7:30 p.m., the CUA International Society holds its first general meeting. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. For more information, contact Mallika Karunan at 202-238-1685.

Thursday, Sept. 15
12:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's musicology colloquium presents “'Da hab ich ihr gestanden': Framing the Narrative Voice in Dichterliebe," by Andrew H. Weaver, associate professor of music. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Weaver at 202-319-5413.

5 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities hosts a Hispanic Heritage Month Kick-Off Culture Picnic featuring Hispanic foods, activities, and music by Latino band Mambo Combo. Pryzbyla Center, west lawn. For more information, contact Ryan McKinney at 202-319-6003.

5 p.m., the Sports and Entertainment Law Society of the Columbus School of Law presents "Courtroom to Cleats: A Lawyer's Journey through the NFL," with alumnus Michael J. Bidwill, president of the Arizona Cardinals. Reception to follow. Law School, Walter A. Slowinski Courtroom. For more information, contact Tom Haederle at 202-319-5438.

6 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents "The Future of Public Libraries," a colloquium with Carla Hayden, director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library and member of the National Museum and Library Services Board. Caldwell Hall, auditorum. For more information, contact David Shumaker, clinical associate professor. 

7 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents DC Nite Out, a trip to Arena Stage for the D.C. Short Films Festival. Tickets are available by visiting and clicking CUA Nite Live. For more information, contact Dan Bucherer at 202-319-6003.

Friday, Sept 16

2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Thinking, Truth, and Technology. Heidegger's Later Philosophy as a Philosophy of Freedom," by Holger Zaborowski, associate professor of philosophy. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, auditorium.

5:30 p.m., the Department of Athletics presents the Cardinal Kick-Off. See Announcements.

Saturday, Sept. 17
7 p.m., as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2011 - Antonin Dvorák, a celebration of the shared inspirations between the Czech and American cultures, Professor Murry Sidlin will conduct The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra in a concert of Dvorák's Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, "From the New World," at the National Museum of the American Indian. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged.

Sunday, Sept. 18
6:30 p.m., as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2011 - Antonin Dvorák, the Rome Trio — music professors Jody Gatwood (violin), Ivo Kaltchev (piano), and Michael Mermagen (cello) — will perform Dvorák's Dumky Trio and works by Dvorák's student Josef Suk in the National Gallery of Art West Building, West Garden. Admission is free. Reservations are encouraged.

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Campus Ministry

DC Reads
DC Reads is now accepting applications for work study and volunteer positions. Work study starts at $12 per hour.

Live Out Love
Live Out Love will hold a meeting on Monday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. in Hannan Hall, Room 106. A short talk on the virtue of chastity will be presented, followed by a discussion and free food. For more information, contact Mike Pratt at 770-853-9051.

Liturgy Ministry
Students who would like to participate in a liturgical ministry at University Masses are invited to attend the following information sessions held at the St. Vincent dePaul Chapel:

  • Eucharistic Ministry — Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.
  • Lectors — Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.
  • Altar Servers — Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m.
  • Hospitality/Ushers — Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m.
  • Liturgy Committee (including New Missal Committee) — Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 202-319-5575.
Armed Forces
A group will leave from campus ministry to play Bingo at the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.                               

Students for Life Lecture
Students for Life presents "The Abortion Industry's Best Kept Secret: The Targeting of Minority Populations," by Walter Hoye, an African American Pastor from Oakland, Calif. He will speak about his experience in the pro-life movement, specifically regarding the abortion industry's targeting of minority populations and racism in the abortion industry. The lecture will take place on Thursday, Sept. 15, in Hannan Hall, Room 108, with refreshments beginning at 7:30 p.m. and the talk beginning at 8 p.m.   

Top Chef Party
Students are invited to participate in a Top Chef competition with their fellow classmates on Friday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the House.

Freshman Service Day
Freshman are invited to sign up to serve the Washington, D.C., community on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Service projects will include spending time with the elderly, serving the homeless, participating in community clean-up projects, and volunteering at neighborhood schools.
Fun with Nuns
Students are invited to sign up to visit with the sisters of the Servants of Our Lord for 11 a.m. Mass at St. Vincent's on Sunday, Sept. 18, followed by a brunch in the Campus Ministry lounge.

Washington Nationals
The House will host a trip to see the Washington Nationals play the Atlanta Braves on Friday, Sept. 23. Tickets are $5. The group will leave from the House at 5:30 p.m.                       

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Tuesday, Sept. 13
4 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts Marymount University. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, soccer field.

4:30 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Gettysburg College. DuFour Center, upper field.

Wednesday, Sept. 14
4:30 p.m., the women's soccer team hosts Gettysburg College. DuFour Center, soccer field.

Thursday, Sept. 15
4 p.m., the men's soccer team hosts the University of Mary Washington. DuFour Center, soccer field.

Friday, Sept. 16
7 p.m., the football team hosts Carnegie Mellon University. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

Saturday, Sept. 17
11 a.m., the volleyball team hosts Marymount University. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

3 p.m., the volleyball team hosts Misericordia University. DuFour Center, gymnasium.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Noon, the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Future Building Techniques," by Werner Sobek, principal architect at Werner Sobek in Frankfurt, Germany, and director of the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design, Stuttgart, Germany. This lecture is part of the series on contemporary German architecture. Goethe Institut, 812 7th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reservations required. For more information or to R.s.v.p., call 202-289-1200, ext. 165. 

Friday, Sept. 23
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Tracing Techne: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Legacy of Philosophy," by William McNeill, professor emeritus of history at the University of Chicago. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, auditorium.

Sunday, Sept. 25
4 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents "Baroque Music From Iberia to the New World," vocal and keyboard music of Cuba, Peru, Portugal, and Spain. The concert will feature Siena Sanchez-O’Brien and Nicholas Perry (violin), undergraduate students in music; Adjunct Professor Rosemarie Ruiz Houghton, soprano; Doctor of Music in Art candidate Anamer Castrello, mezzo-soprano; Administrative Coordinator Alexander Wolniak, tenor; piano instructor Nicolas Catravas, who will also sing continuo; and guest artist Carlos Rodriguez, piano. This event is one of several events being highlighted on campus to help celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Ward Hall, recital hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Read&Write Gold Workshops
The Office of Disability Support Services presents a workshop on a new software called "Read&Write Gold" that is now available to everyone at CUA. The workshops will be led by Jeff Levinson, regional sales director for Texthelp Systems. The software program helps students with reading, writing, research, and studying. Faculty, students, staff, and anyone else who works with students and would like to help them succeed are encouraged to attend. Sessions will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 353, as follows:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13
    8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Reading
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Study/Research
    1 to 2 p.m. — Writing
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14
    10:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Reading
    12:30 to 1:30 p.m. — Writing
    2 to 3 p.m. — Study/Research
  • Thursday, Sept. 15
    8:30 to 9:30 a.m. — Study/Research
    10 to 11 a.m. — Reading
    11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Writing
    1 to 2 p.m. — Study/Research

Registration is necessary for attendance. For more information, contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202-319-5211.

Freshman T-Shirt Competition   
Program Board invites members of the Class of 2015 to design the first class T-shirt. Designs should be submitted (with the designer's name and contact information) to or the Program Board office, Pryzbyla Center, Room 125, by midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Members of the Class of 2015 will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite design. The winning design will be unveiled at the Orientation Extended BBQ on Oct. 15.

Cardinal Kick-Off
Students are invited to cheer on the CUA football team in its 2011 home opener on Friday, Sept. 16, at the DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium. Kick-off is 7 p.m. Prior to the game, the Department of Athletics invites students to attend Cardinal Kick-Off from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. just outside Cardinal Stadium. The event features free food and drinks along with games and music. The first 200 students in the stands receive a free T-shirt. Students are encouraged to wear their CUA colors and show off their school spirit. An iPad will be awarded to the student with the most spirit. For more information, call 202-319-5286.

Alumni Cardinal Kick-Off
The Alumni Association is kicking off the Cardinals' home opener against Carnegie Mellon University with a pre-game party starting at 5:30 p.m. Hamburgers, hotdogs, soda, and beer will be served at Cardinal Stadium behind the end zone. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children (5-12), and free for children under 5. Admission includes a ticket to the game as well as food and beverage. Faculty and staff are welcome. For more information or to register, visit or call 202-319-5608.

Family Weekend

The Catholic University of America invites families to attend Family Weekend 2011 on Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8. A campus-wide celebration in honor of parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members, the weekend will provide them an opportunity to get a taste of University culture and spend time with their relatives enrolled at CUA.

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For Your Benefit

Required Employee Training
All CUA faculty and staff are required to complete training in two important areas: FERPA — protecting student academic privacy — and Harassment Prevention — fostering an environment of respect and fairness. Each training session is available online 24 hours a day and can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection. Both can be completed in less than an hour. CUA employees must repeat each training program every two years. To take the training, visit For more information, call 202-319-5050.

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

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