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September 26 – October 2, 2011


Through Sunday, Oct. 23
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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., 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.

Tuesday, Sept. 27
6 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Office of Campus Activities, Latin Alliance, and Latin American and Latino Studies Program present a bilingual poetry reading focusing on the Washington, D.C., area, with poets Luis Alberto Ambroggio and Carlos Parada Ayala. A reception will follow. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 323. For more information, contact

Wednesday, Sept. 28
6 p.m.–8 p.m., the Office of Career Services presents a “Nonprofit Panel.” CUA students are invited to connect with employers working in a variety of nonprofit organizations and to learn from CUA alumni why they are passionate and committed to their careers in the nonprofit world. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. To register, call the career services office at 202-319-5623.

6:30 p.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents Emerging Leaders Program: Discover Values & Ethics, which explores how one can behave ethically while pursuing professional goals. Participants will discuss the meaning of values with other CUA students and CUA administrators. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. For more information, contact

6:35 p.m., the Department of Business and Economics Integral Economic Development Management Program presents “Development and Practice Seminar on Affordable Housing in Latin America” with Clark Realty Capital development executive Xavier Arguello. McMahon Hall, Room 312. For more information, contact program director Beatriz Lopez at 202-319-6183.

Friday, Sept. 30
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Heidegger's 'The Truth of Being,' " by Richard Capobianco, professor and chair of philosophy, Stonehill University. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, auditorium.

Sunday, Oct. 2, to Tuesday, Oct. 4
The Department of Education presents a conference on “The Catholic Identity of Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools.” Speakers include Most Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., bishop of Trenton, who will give the keynote address "Catholic Schools: Hope for the Church" at 9:15 a.m. Oct. 3; and President John Garvey, who will talk about Catholic identity at 1:15 p.m. the same day. Other leaders in Catholic education will also speak and participate in panel discussions. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, email John Convey.

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Campus Ministry

Fun with Nuns!
Following the 11 a.m. Mass, in the Campus Ministry Lounge, Sister Elinor Gardner, O.P., clinical assistant professor of philosophy, will talk about “How to Rule Your Time (And Not Have it Rule You).” All CUA women are invited. Brunch will be served. To sign up, visit

Tacos, Faith & Justice
Students are invited to a free taco dinner at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, with Students on the Mount. Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor of sociology, will talk about the basics of Catholic social teaching and the connection between faith and justice. Stephen P. Happel Room, Caldwell Hall. For more information or for accommodations, contact Grace Kincaid or Jamila Evans.

Women’s Retreat
All CUA women are invited to Keep the Spark Alive!: A CUA Women’s Retreat! Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2. To sign up, visit or contact Jamila Evans.

CUA Campus Tree Planting
On Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., students are invited to learn site selecting, proper planting skills, and maintaining urban tree health from Casey Trees instructors, then help plant 30 trees around campus. Volunteers should meet in Room 102, Aquinas Hall. For more information, go to Casey Trees Events. To sign up, contact

Best Buddies Square Dance
Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization that serves adults with intellectual disabilities, hosts a Square Dance on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Caldwell Auditorium. For more information contact Bernadette Poerio. To sign up, visit

Armed Forces Retirement Home Car Show
Students are invited to help set up and participate in the Armed Forces Car Show, Sunday, Oct. 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students should meet at Campus Ministry, Caldwell Hall. For more information, contact Bridget Maley or Lauren Scharmer.

Men’s Discernment
Men who think they might have a calling to the priesthood or religious life are invited to Men’s Discernment on Monday, Oct. 3, with Mass at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel followed by dinner and a reflection led by Rev. John Foster, assistant professor of canon law, in the Happel Room.

DC Reads
DC Reads is accepting applications for work-study and volunteer positions. The starting pay for work-study jobs is $12 an hour. For more information, visit

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Saturday, Oct. 1
1 p.m., the field hockey team hosts Susquehanna University. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, upper field.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Oct. 3
4 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents the 16th Annual Alessandro S. Crisafulli Lecture "Susan Sontag's Imaginary Paris 1957-58," by Alice Kaplan, John M. Musser Professor of French at Yale University. McGivney Hall, Room 106. A reception will follow. For more information, contact Flor Argueta at 202-319-5420.

Tuesday, Oct. 4
5 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents a question-and-answer session on the Visions of Italy Summer 2012 program with faculty adviser Maria Mazzenga. Aquinas Hall, Room 101. For more information, email Maria Mazzenga or call her at 202-319-5065.

Wednesday, Oct. 5
8 a.m.–4 p.m., “Symposium on the Priesthood,” on the occasion of the publication of Why Priests Are Happy, A Study of the Psychological and Spiritual Health of Priests, by Monsignor Stephen Rossetti, clinical associate professor of pastoral studies and associate dean for seminary and ministerial programs. Speakers include Monsignor Rossetti; Most Rev. Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Atlanta; Catholic University Associate Professor of American Church History Joseph White; and Monsignor Robert Panke, president, National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information or to register, go to

Thursday, Oct. 6
11 a.m.–2 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts the Fall Career Fair. CUA students and alumni are invited to meet with employers offering internships and part-time and full-time jobs. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, contact the career services office at 202-319-5623.

5 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Office of Career Services presents “Learn about the new GRE,” an information session conducted by Kaplan, Inc. Pryzbyla Center, Room 323. To register, call the career services office at 202-319-5623.

Thursday, Oct. 6, to Saturday, Oct. 8
The School of Architecture and Planning presents “Transcending Architecture — Aesthetics and Ethics of the Numinous,” a three-day symposium in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact

Friday, Oct. 7

2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Drawing the Line: Political Thought in Heidegger's Lecture Courses and Seminars of 1933-35," by Richard Polt, professor and chair of philosophy at Xavier University. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, auditorium.

Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8
Family Weekend. See Announcements.

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Zipcar Adds Vehicles and Lowers CUA Membership Fee
The Office of Procurement Services and Zipcar now provide five Zipcar vehicles on campus as part of a growing demand from student associations. Zipcar is a member-based car sharing company providing automobile rental to its members — billable by the hour or day — delivering on-demand mobility while leaving a small footprint on the environment.

The Zipcar University program, in partnership with Ford, is offering a discounted annual membership fee for CUA students, faculty, and staff, who can join the program for $15 a year. Members will receive a Zipcard by mail. This card will allow access to Zipcar vehicles parked on campus, as well as in more than 50 cities across North America and the United Kingdom. Zipcar offers low hourly and daily rates, which include gas and insurance. Members must be 21 years of age to join. Zipcars can be found in the Caldwell Hall parking lot and the parking lot behind O’Boyle Hall. For more information, visit

On-Site Car Wash
The Office of Procurement Services has arranged for Detailing Dynamics to offer its car-washing services in the parking lot behind O’Boyle Hall Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Members of the CUA community are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to have their cars washed while they’re at work. The cost is $15 for a basic exterior wash; $35 for exterior and interior; and other services are additional. Cash, Visa, and MasterCard will be accepted. No reservation is necessary. Please remove all valuables from a vehicle before leaving it to be cleaned. For more information, contact Willandria Blount at 202-319-6401.

Compliance Awareness Training for CUA Staff
The University is subject to hundreds of laws that govern common, everyday activities. Those laws are not always obvious. All CUA staff are asked to attend a one-hour training session to learn about common risks and pitfalls, and the resources in place to help meet ethical and legal obligations when acting on behalf of the University. The following sessions will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 327:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

For more information, email Vin Lacovara, University compliance officer.

Catholic Education of Hispanic Youth
The Latin American and Latino Studies Program and the Office of Campus Activities present “The Catholic Education of Hispanic Youth,” a panel discussion Tuesday, Oct. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. Panelists from the Archdiocese of Washington include Bishop Francisco González, S.F., auxiliary bishop and vicar general, moderator for Hispanic ministries; Magdelena Gutiérrez, coordinator, evangelization and Hispanic Christian initiation; Manuel Aliaga, director, Office of Pastoral Affairs; and Rev. Mario Dorsonville, vice president for mission, immigrant, and refugee service, Catholic Charities. Rev. John T. Ford, C.S.C., professor and coordinator of Hispanic/Latino programs, School of Theology and Religious Studies, will serve as moderator. A reception will follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. For more information, email or

Finance Town Hall
The fall Finance Town Hall meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. Faculty and staff with University financial responsibilities are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. To R.s.v.p., email

Furniture for Sale
The Office of Environmental Health and Safety announces the sale of several pieces of executive-quality furniture. These include loveseats, tables, chairs, lamps, dressers, beds, and sideboards. The University provides no guarantees or warranties on service or condition of this furniture. They will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Andrew Wolf at 202-319-5602.

Desks for Sale

The School of Engineering announces the availability of 18 brand-new students desks with flip trays for sale. Available for viewing, they have a gray padded seat on a steel frame with a black tray. For more information, contact Ruth Hicks at 202-319-5170.

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

Important Updates for Tuition Exchange
The 2012-2013 Tuition Exchange Application is now available online. For more information, contact Bailey Mitchell at 202-319-6273.

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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