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October 31 – November 6, 2011  


Monday, Oct. 31
4:10 to 6 p.m., the Innocence Project at CUA Law presents "Wrongful Convictions and False Confessions" by Jim Trainum, former Metropolitan Police Department homicide detective. Columbus School of Law, Room 205. For more information, contact Kaitlin Flynn, treasurer, at 860-202-4700.

7 p.m., the Office of Residence Life hosts an open house and creative arts show. Flather Hall, Lobby. For more information, contact Lauren Schene at 410-591-2242.

Tuesday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the CUA Bookstore presents a faculty regalia sale. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Bookstore. For more information, contact Tammy Rogers, manager, at 202-319-5232.

11 a.m. to  2 p.m., the Office of Career Services hosts the Engineering Career Fair. CUA students and alumni are invited to meet with employers offering internships, summer jobs, and part-time and full-time jobs. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room B. For more information and a list of employers attending the event, visit

2:10 p.m., the Master of Science in Business Analysis Program presents "Entrepreneurship and the Ethics of Markets," by Frederic E. Sautlet, economics professor at George Mason University. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. This lecture is part of the "Moral Underpinnings of Economic Recovery" series. For more information, contact Jonathan Bell.

Wednesday, Nov. 2
6 p.m., the Department of History and Islamic World Studies Program hosts a reception on Islamic Studies and Washington Careers by Alexs Thompson, program instructor. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room. For more information, contact Jon Anderson, director of the Islamic World Studies Program, at 202-319-5080.

6:35 p.m. to 7:35 p.m., the Integral Economic Development Management Program presents a development and practice seminar featuring David M. Leege, deputy director of program quality and support for Catholic Relief Services. McGivney Hall, Keane Auditorium. For more information, contact Beatriz Lopez, program director, at 202-319-6183.

Thursday, Nov. 3
12:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's musicology colloquium presents "We Are Singers Seeking Employment: A Renaissance Advertisement" by Richard Wexler, professor of musicology, University of Maryland. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Andrew Weaver, associate professor of music, at 202-319-5413.

5 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents "Fundamental Aspects of Ecumenism and Future Perspectives," by Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Aquinas Hall, Room 102. For more information, call 202-319-6584.

6 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents "Learning from the Past: The Role of the National Archives" by David Ferriero, archivist of the United States. McMahon Hall, Room 200. For more information, contact David Shumaker, clinical associate professor.

Friday, Nov. 4
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Heidegger's Non-Idealistic Reading of Kant's Transcendental Philosophy," by Rudolf Makkreel, Charles Howard Chandler Professor, Emory University. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium.

4 p.m., the Department of Physics presents the 30th Annual Karl Herzfeld Memorial Lecture, "Shrinking Ubiquity to the Nanoscale: New Uses for Old Technology," by Michael J. Naughton, Evelyn J. and Robert A. Ferris Endowed Chair in Physics at Boston College. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, call 202-319-5315.

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. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, Lobby. For more information, contact Leslie Knoblauch, records management archivist.

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Campus Ministry

All Saints Day
All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, is Tuesday, Nov. 1. University Masses will be celebrated at 5:10 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel and 9 p.m. in St. Vincent's Chapel.

All Souls Day
All Souls Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, Nov. 2, with Masses at 12:15 p.m. and 5:10 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel and at 10:30 p.m. in St. Vincent's Chapel. The University Commemoration of the Faithful Departed will take place at the 5:10 p.m. Mass.

Students, faculty, and staff who have friends or loved ones to be remembered at the All Souls Day liturgy and at daily Masses through the month of November should fill out an All Souls Day Remembrance Card and drop it off in the Campus Ministry office or email David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy, with the names of the deceased.

Imitating Jesus in Pro-Life Conversations
Students for Life present a talk by Deirdre McQuade, pro-life spokesperson for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, on imitating the compassion and love of Christ in pro-life conversations on Thursday, Nov. 3, at 8 p.m. in Gowan Hall, Room 126. A reception will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

RENEW Service Day
RENEW groups host a day of service on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff can sign up to join them at or by emailing

Fun with Nuns
Female students are invited to sign up for "Fun With Nuns" following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Nov. 6, in the Campus Ministry Lounge. Sister Elinor Gardner, clinical assistant professor of philosophy, will give a talk titled "Wasting Time with the Lord: How to Have a Prayer Life in College." Brunch will be served.

Men’s Discernment
The next Men’s Discernment meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, Happel Room. Register at

Junior Retreat
Members of the junior class are invited to sign up for the junior retreat, which will take place from Friday, Nov. 11, to Sunday, Nov. 13, at Camp St. Charles in Maryland. The cost is $40 and scholarships are available.

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Saturday, Nov. 5
1 p.m., the football team hosts Guilford College. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Cardinal Stadium.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov. 7
Registration for spring semester begins.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the musical theatre senior class showchase. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

8 p.m., Live Out Love hosts a lecture and discussion on "Male and Female He Created Them: What Mary and Joseph Can Teach Us," by Rev. James Brent, O.P., assistant professor of philosophy. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, contact Vanessa Napoli at 215-499-1380.

Wednesday, Nov. 9
11 a.m. to noon, the Office of the Vice President for Finance presents a seminar, Financial Myths — Demystified, led by representatives from SunTrust Bank. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. For more information, contact Renell Lewis, director of treasury services, at 202-319-6445.

12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) presents a brown bag talk, "American Catholics Today: Some Major Findings from our Fifth Survey" by William D'Antonio, IPR fellow. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning presents "Old and New: Contextual Urban Space and Architecture in European Cities," by Karen Kellner, Lutz Schleich, and Eckhard Winderling, principal architects at Kellner Schleich Winderling Architekten + Stadtplaner in Hanover, Germany. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Study, Koubek Auditorium. For more information, call 202-319-5788.

6 p.m., the School of Library and Information Science presents the Health Information Technology Series featuring David Hale, project manager of Pillbox at the National Institutes of Health. Pryzbyla Center, Room 320C. For more information, contact Matthew Banta, manager of program development, at 202-319-55876.

Thursday, Nov. 10
6 to 8 p.m., the Office of Career Services presents a discussion on internships, the student career experience program, and full–time opportunities with the federal government. Pryzbyla Center, Rooms 321-323. Register online or call 202-319-5623.

Friday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Office of Admissions hosts Focus on Engineering, Focus on Nursing, and Focus on Music events for prospective students.

Noon, the Office of Campus Activities and CUA Veterans present "The New Greatest Generation: How a CUA Graduate Led the Fight for a New GI Bill," by alumnus and Iraq war veteran Patrick Campbell. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Daniel Bucherer, event coordinator, at 202-319-6003.

2 p.m., the School of Philosophy presents "Political Philosophy and the Ontological Question," by Richard Velkley, Celia Scott Weatherhead Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University. This lecture is part of the fall lecture series on the German philosopher Martin Heidegger. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium.

Sunday, Nov. 13
The Office of Admissions hosts an open house.

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Town Hall Meeting on Strategic Plan
The University community will receive a briefing and have an opportunity to pose questions about the draft of the new University Strategic Plan at a town hall meeting to be held at 5 p.m. on Nov. 1 in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. The draft plan (which is presented in table form and can be viewed online at identifies four strategic goals: to promote the distinctive Catholic culture of the University, strengthen the University’s academic excellence, enhance the student collegiate experience, and improve the experience of work at the University.

Members of the University community are invited to review the draft plan. Thereafter, they are encouraged to submit any questions they may have about it by logging in on the strategic plan website and accessing the menu item called "Feedback." Questions posed through the Feedback box will be a major topic of the Nov. 1 town hall meeting. In addition, meeting attendees will have an opportunity to submit written questions at the town hall meeting itself.

Summer Sessions Information Sessions
Summer Sessions will hold information sessions with coordinators of academic scheduling on Wednesday, Nov. 2; Thursday, Nov. 3; and Friday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Narquita Wright, program manager, at 202-319-5257.

Knit and Crochet Service Project
The Knit and Crochet Service Project is well underway, with members of the CUA community working together on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesdays from 5 to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Atrium. For more information on attending or how to donated homemade items, email Martha Krichbaum, undergraduate transfer coordinator.

"Glory Days" Get-Together
CUA alumni who graduated between 1970 and 1986 are invited to a happy hour from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Tuscana West Restaurant, 1350 I St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided courtesy of the CUA Alumni Association. Tuscana West is a short walk from the McPherson Square Metrorail stop on the Blue/Orange Line. To register, visit
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For Your Benefit

Additional Holiday Added for 2012
University President John Garvey has approved Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, as a paid holiday for the 2011/2012 academic year.

Open Enrollment Nov. 7 to Nov. 21
The Office of Human Resources announces that open enrollment for University benefits will take place from Monday, Nov. 7, to Monday, Nov 21. A bronze healthcare plan will no longer be available, there will be some changes to every medical and dental plan, and a new medical plan will be added.

Information sessions will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and Friday, Nov. 4, in Caldwell Hall, Auditorium. There will be two sessions each day, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Sessions on health savings accounts will take place in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C, on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

A computer room will be available in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 321, from 9 a.m. to 5  p.m. Nov. 7 through Nov. 11 for faculty and staff who would like help with open enrollment.

Beginning Nov. 1, information hotlines will be open at 202-299-CUA1 and 202-299-CUA2.

Benefits Fair
Faculty and staff (with or without CUA's health insurance) are invited to the Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, Auditorium. There will be seated massage, spinal screenings, healthy cooking demos, and raffle prizes. Those eligible for benefits can pick up the 2012 benefits booklet.  

Flu Shot Clinic
A flu shot clinic for faculty and staff will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 320C. Cash and checks will be accepted. The cost is $20. To sign up, email or call 240-826-8968.

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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