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November 21 – 27, 2011    


Monday, Nov. 21
5 p.m., students in the Politics 445 class will lead a charity walk as part of the Walk for Hunger and to contribute to the University's 125th Anniversary Cardinal Service Commitment. They will meet on the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center Lawn and walk the campus. For more information, contact Brendan Engelstad at 732-977-3250.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Composition Program presents a recital. Ward Hall, Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Tuesday, Nov. 22
9:35 a.m. and 11:10 a.m., the Department of Sociology presents panel discussions on homelessness led by homeless individuals and Michael Stoops, director of community organizing for the National Coalition for the Homeless. Pryzbyla Center, Room 321. For more information, contact Rev. Paul Sullins, associate professor of sociology, at 202-319-5943.

Wednesday, Nov. 23, to Sunday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving recess. University closed.

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

Joe Corbi's Food Fundraiser
Students going on CUA mission trips will be selling food products from Joe Corbi's in the Pryzbyla Center Lobby beginning Monday, Nov. 21. All proceeds of the fundraiser will be donated to the communities the mission trips serve. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Fun with Nuns
Female students are invited to sign up for Fun with Nuns with Sister Elinor Gardner, clinical assistant professor in the School of Philosophy, following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Campus Ministry Lounge. Brunch will be served. 

Coat Drive
Through Dec. 16, the Graduate Students Association is sponsoring a coat drive. New and gently used coats can be dropped off in Campus Ministry. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Thanksgiving Dinner with Father Jude
Students who are staying on campus during Thanksgiving break are encouraged to sign up to join Rev. Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., University chaplain and director of campus ministry, for dinner on Nov. 24.

Faculty and staff are invited to donate dessert and rolls for Father Jude’s Thanksgiving dinner. Donations should be dropped off in Campus Ministry by Tuesday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. For more information or to sign up to donate, contact Lani Collins, office manager.
CUA Giving Tree
From Monday, Nov. 28, to Monday, Dec. 12, the University community is invited to drop off presents for children in need at Campus Ministry. The collected gifts will be donated to the Edgewood/Brookland Family Support Collaborative. Ornaments specifying requested gifts can be found on the CUA Giving Trees in the Pryzbyla Center and Mullen Library, and in baskets in Leahy Hall and Campus Ministry. For more information, visit
Resident Advent Confessions
Priests will visit residence halls Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Wednesday, Dec. 7, to hear confessions. A detailed schedule will be posted to
Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
On Friday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m., Campus Ministry and the Office of Campus Activities host Light the Season! The tree will be lit in the Pryzbyla Center, Third Floor Atrium, followed by a reception in the Great Room. For more information, visit

Campus Ministry presents an Advent prayer service and live Nativity scene on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the University Mall. For more information, call 202-319-5575.
Posada Party
Campus Ministry and the Latin Alliance present a Posada Party, a tradition originating in Latin America that dramatizes the search of Joseph and Mary for lodging. The party takes place Sunday, Dec. 4, at 4:30 p.m. in McGivney Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5575.
Advent Vespers
On Monday, Dec. 5, from 7 to 8 p.m., Campus Ministry hosts Advent evening prayer in Caldwell Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Nov. 28
5 to 7 p.m., the Department of History and School of Theology and Religious Studies present the lecture "Saint Francis and the Sultan" by John Tolan, professor of history at University of Nantes, France. Pryzbyla Center, Room 321. For more information, contact Ramon Sola, assistant in the Department of History, at 202-319-5484.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents "Tuition Tax Credits: Catholic Schools' Perspective Conference." Mass will be held in Caldwell Chapel at 3 p.m. following the conference. For more information or to register, visit

Noon to 1 p.m., the Office of Instructional Technology offers Blackboard training to demonstrate the features and capabilities of CUA's newly upgraded Learning Management System, which can be used to enhance the learning experience. Leahy Hall, Room LL051. For more information or to R.s.v.p., contact Eric Gramatges at 202-319-4768.

Thursday, Dec. 1
2:10 p.m. to 3:35 p.m., the Master of Science in Business Analysis Program presents the last lecture in a four-part series. "Moral Responsibility in Business" will be presented by Andrew Yuengert, John and Francis Duggan Chair of Economics at Seaver College, Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Jonathan Bell.

5 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies Student Assocation presents the lecture "Optatum totius 16, doctrina S. Scripturae magis nutrita, and Resourcement Thomism," by Rev. Romanus Cessario, professor at St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Mass. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room. For more information, contact John Meinert at 573-225-6252.

Friday, Dec. 2
2 p.m., the School of Philosophy continues its fall lecture series with "Heidegger on Plato: Truth and Myth" by Rudolf Bernet, professor of philosophy, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. Aquinas Hall, Auditorium. For more information visit the website or call 202-319-5259.

7:30 p.m., The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception sponsor the Annual Christmas Concert for Charity. The CUA Symphony Orchestra and University Chorus will perform along with groups from the Basilica. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit A Simple House. Basilica, Great Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Dec. 4
2 to 3:30 p.m., the CUA Women's Chorus conducted by lecturer Kevin O'Brien will perform a Christmas concert. St. Vincent's Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Thanksgiving Hours: Columbus School of Law, Judge Kathryn J. Dufour Law Library and Café

  • Law Library
    Wednesday, Nov. 23, 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
    Thursday, Nov. 24, Closed
    Friday, Nov. 25, 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 27, 9 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

  • Law School Café 
    Wednesday, Nov. 23, noon to 6:30 p.m. 
    Thursday, Nov. 24, Closed
    Friday, Nov. 25, noon to 6:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Nov. 26, noon to 6:30 p.m.
    Sunday, Nov. 27, noon to 6:30 p.m.

Pryzbyla Center Thanksgiving Hours
Thanksgiving holiday hours are as follows: Monday, Nov. 21: 7 a.m. - Midnight; Tuesday, Nov. 22: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 23- Saturday, Nov. 26: closed; Sunday, Nov. 27: 2 p.m – Midnight. Normal Pryzbyla Center hours resume on Monday, Nov. 28.

Mandated Power Outages
The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations announces that in compliance with Pepco’s annual high-voltage testing and maintenance procedures, the University will experience outages as follows. These annual outages are carefully scheduled during periods that will have the least impact on the daily operations of the University.

  • Monday, Dec. 19, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Flather Hall, Ryan Hall, Regan Hall, St Vincent’s Chapel, and Eugene I. Kane Student Health and Fitness Center 
  • Tuesday, Dec. 20, 6 to 9 a.m. — Aquinas Hall, Marist Hall, and Marist Annex
  • Tuesday, Dec. 27, 7 to 8 a.m. — Feeder #50, Leahy Hall, Caldwell Hall, Ward Hall, Curley Hall, Salve Regina Hall, and Hartke Hall

    7 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Feeder #30, Power Plant Second Floor, Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Pangborn Hall, McMahon Hall, Stucco Building, McCarthy Building, and Power Plant
  • Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Feeder #50, Leahy Hall, Caldwell Hall, Ward Hall, Curley Hall, Salve Regina Hall, and Hartke Hall
  • Thursday, Dec. 29, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Feeder #40, Father O’Connell Hall, McGivney Hall, Shahan Hall, Gibbons Hall, Feeder #20, Gowan Hall, Nursing-Biology Building, McCort-Ward Hall, Maloney Hall, Mullen Library, and Power Plant boilers
  • Friday, Dec. 30, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Hannan Hall, Centennial Village, Millennium North and South, Aquinas Hall, Marist Hall, Marist Annex, Columbus School of Law, Pryzbyla Center, Opus Hall, Ryan Hall, Regan Hall, Flather Hall, and Student Health and Fitness Center

Nominate a Servant Leader
The Office of Campus Activities invites members of the CUA community to nominate upperclassman undergraduates to participate in the Servant Leadership Discussions for the spring semester. Servant Leadership Discussions is a series designed for small groups of CUA community members to explore various concepts of servant leadership and learn ways to apply these ideas in academics, student organizations, social lives, and careers.

President's Annual Christmas Party for Faculty and Staff
Campus Ministry invites University faculty and staff to attend a Celebration of the Eucharist on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel,  followed by the President’s Annual Christmas Party, hosted by President John Garvey and his wife, Jeanne Garvey, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. Door prizes will be drawn at 4 p.m. For more information, contact Joy Zang, administrative assistant, at 202-319-5100.

Flu Vaccines Available to Faculty and Staff
CUA staff and faculty who would like to receive flu vaccines can contact the Office of Student Health Services at 202-319-5744. Vaccines will be available weekly from Tuesday through Thursday between 9 and 11 a.m., while supplies last. The cost is $25 and may be paid with personal checks. 

W-2 Options Available Online
The Department of Payroll announces important changes regarding year-end W-2 information available in Employee Self-Service. In an effort to offer green alternatives, the W-2 consent option has been enabled, which provides employees with an electronic W-2 in a PDF format rather than a paper form. Electronic consent also allows employees to view any prior year's W-2 documents. To take advantage of this option, log in to Employee Self-Service within Cardinal Station and select the W-2/W-2c Consent link. Read the entire disclosure statement, check the box to enroll, and click the submit button. Online training is available on this topic and others. For more information, call 202-319-5512.

Employees who decline or withdraw consent will not be able to view any W-2 documents in Employee Self-Service. At the end of each tax year, they will receive a paper W-2 document in the mail, postmarked no later than Jan. 31 of the next year. These documents will be mailed to the home address on file with the Office of Human Resources, so it is very important to keep that information up to date. For more information, please call 202-319-5512 or email

Cardinal Station Employee Self-Service
The Department of Payroll announces that Cardinal Station Employee Self-Service features have been expanded. Employees can now update federal W-4 withholding exemptions and direct deposit selections online. The expanded features are completely secure. Online training is available for these and other topics. The payroll department will continue to accept and process paper forms for state withholding, W-4, and direct deposit through the end of the current year as the community continues its transition to Employee Self-Service. For more information, call 202-319-5512.

Environmental Health and Safety Department Welcomes Occupational Safety Specialist
The Department of Environmental Health and Safety accounces the hiring of Nathaniel H. Smith II, occupational safety and health specialist. He will be the primary staff member responsible for the fire safety program. For any fire safety concerns during the next 90 days, contact both Smith at 202-319-6112 and Louis Alar, director of environmental health and safety at 202-319-5789.

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For Your Benefit

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

Information hotlines are available during open enrollment at 202-299-CUA1 (2821) and 202-299-CUA2 (2822).

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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