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November 28– December 4, 2011    

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Monday, Nov. 28
5 to 7 p.m., the School of Canon Law, Department of History, Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies, 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. Caldwell Hall, Monsignor Stephen P. Happel Room. For more information, contact Ramon Sola, assistant in the Department of History, at 202-319-5484.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies presents Tuition Tax Credits: Catholic Schools' Perspective Conference at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 320 A-B. Mass will be held in Caldwell Chapel following the conference. For more information or to register, click here.

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, instructional specialist, at 202-319-4768.

5:15 p.m., the Center for Medieval and Byzantine Studies presents the lecture "Keeping Sacred Scripture Hidden: Vernacular Language and Power from the Ninth to the Eleventh Centuries"  by Professor Patrick Geary of UCLA, Los Angeles, Calif. A light reception will follow. Caldwell Hall, Happel Room. For more information, call 202-319-5794.

6 to 8 p.m., the offices of career services and alumni relations present “The Job Search Crash Course.”  CUA alums Lauren Torlone (Fox News), Bernadette Di Rita (Food & Friends), Jack Mahoney (ARUP Engineering), and Elizabeth Wroe (B&D Consulting) will share tips about finding jobs, writing resumes and cover letters, networking, and interviewing. Pryzbyla Center, Room 327. Students can register online or call 202-319-5623.

Thursday, Dec. 1
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies (IPR) presents "Race, Gender, and Place: Geography of Science Achievement" by Sandra Hanson, IPR fellow, and Patrick Stark, IPR graduate fellow. Maloney Hall, Room 302 B. For more information, call 202-319-5999.

2:10 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, Happel Room. For more information, contact John Meinert at 573-225-6252.

7:30 p.m., the Program Board invites students on a trip to Ford's Theatre to see A Christmas Carol. Students should gather at the Pryzbyla Center. Tickets are free and can be reserved by clicking here.

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 Chamber Choir, University Singers, Symphony Orchestra, and University Chorus will perform along with musicians from the Basilica. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit A Simple House ministry. Basilica, Great Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Saturday, Dec. 3
3 to 5 p.m., the Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and the Embassy of the Philippines present Paskong Pinoy, a Christmas celebration featuring several D.C. area choir groups. Admission is free. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, contact Jonathan Gray.

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.

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 through Friday, Dec. 9. 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. 

Men’s Discernment
Men’s Discernment will meet for Mass in Caldwell Chapel at 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 5 followed by dinner with President John Garvey and his wife, Jeanne Garvey, at Nugent Hall. To sign-up, click here.

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.

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, click here.
Residence Hall Advent Confessions
Priests will visit residence halls Tuesday, Nov. 29, through Wednesday, Dec. 7, to hear confessions. The schedule follows:
Monday, Dec. 5, 8 to 10 p.m.- Opis and Flather
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 7 to 9 p.m.- Unanue, Magner, McDonald, Walton
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.- Gibbons, Engelhard, Quinn, Reardon, Camalier
For more information, click here.

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 Christmas tree will be lit in the Pryzbyla Center, Third Floor Atrium, followed by a reception in the Great Room. For more information, click here.

Greccio
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.

Fair Trade Christmas Bazaar
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Campus Ministry hosts a Fair Trade Christmas Bazaar. Pryzbyla Center, Atrium. For more information, call 202-319-5575.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation. A vigil Mass will be celebrated at 5:10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in Caldwell Chapel. Masses on the feast day, Thursday, Dec. 8, will be celebrated at 5:10 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel and 9 p.m. in St. Vincent’s Chapel.

24-Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Life
Starting Dec. 7, there will be a 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration for life. Adoration begins after the 5:10 p.m. Mass and lasts until the 5:10 p.m. Mass on Dec. 8 in Caldwell Chapel. Students who would like to sign up their organization for an hour should contact one of their officers or e-mail David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy & worship.
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Athletics

Tuesday, Nov. 29
7 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts St. Mary's University. DuFour Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 30
7 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Carnegie Mellon University. DuFour Center.
 
Friday, Dec. 2
6 p.m., the swimming team hosts Howard University. DuFour Center, Pool.

Saturday, Dec. 3
5:30 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts Goucher College. DuFour Center.

7:30 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Goucher College. DuFour Center.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 5
5 p.m., Ayers Saint Gross, Catholic University’s planning consultant, will present the University’s 2012 Master Plan at a Town Hall Meeting. See Announcements for more details.

7:30 p.m., the Wind Ensemble, conducted by director, John Mitchell, will perfom in Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-318-5416.

Monday, Dec. 5, to Saturday, Dec. 10
Colleges Against Cancer will be raising money for the American Cancer Society by selling luminaria stockings to honor loved ones who have survived cancer or to remember loved ones who have lost their battles to cancer. The stockings can be customized and hung on office or residence hall room doors. The group will also be selling “I'm Dreaming of a Cancer Free Christmas” T-shirts.

The week of fundraising will end on Saturday, Dec. 10, with the second annual I'm Dreaming of a Cancer Free Christmas Concert featuring a capella groups Redline, Sixtus, and Take Note at 8 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, visit the website.

Tuesday, Dec. 6
7:30 p.m., the CUA Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Searle, assistant professor and director of orchestral activities and conducting studies, will perform an encore concert featuring selections from the orchestra's fall performance at Carnegie Hall. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Vocal Program will present a concert in Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Thursday, Dec. 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception. University closed.

Friday, Dec. 9
7:30 p.m., the Great Noise Ensemble, resident musicians at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, will present a concert in Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

8 p.m., the Program Board hosts the annual Mistletoe Ball for students at Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St., NW. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.

Saturday, Dec. 10
9 a.m., the Graduate Student Association will lead a trip to the Armed Forces Retirement Home, 3700 N. Capitol St., N.W., to sing Christmas carols and visit with residents. Participants should meet in the Pryzbyla Center Lobby. To sign up, email gsa.outreach@gmail.com.

10 a.m., the Women's Choir, conducted by lecturer Kevin O'Brien, will perform at Little Sisters of the Poor, 4200 Harewood Road, N.E. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

5 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will present the second annual All Catholic High School Honor Band Festival with a concert conducted by CUA Wind Ensemble Director, John Mitchell. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

Sunday, Dec. 11
2 p.m., the Town and Gown Community Choir, conducted by lecturer Kevin O'Brien, will perform its annual Christmas concert at St. Vincent's Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5416.

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Announcements

Town Hall Meeting on the Master Plan
Members of the Catholic University community are invited to attend a Town Hall Meeting on the University’s 2012 Master Plan on Monday, Dec. 5, at 5 p.m. in Caldwell Hall, Auditorium. Refreshments will be served. The Master Plan, which represents more than a year of work by both the Master Plan Steering Committee and the Master Plan Resource Panel (composed of CUA students, faculty, staff, and outside professionals), will be presented by the University’s planning consultant, Ayers Saint Gross. Following this informative presentation, the University community is invited to come forward with comments and questions regarding the plan. Members of the University community are encouraged to review the plan prior to the meeting on Dec. 5. Starting Tuesday, Nov. 29, the plan can be accessed at http://masterplan.cua.edu/. Although the main purpose of the Master Plan is to meet the zoning requirements of the District of Columbia, it also provides a roadmap for future improvements to CUA’s campus. For more information, call 202-319-5606.

Topaz Training Session
The Office of Instructional Technology is offering Topaz training on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. Training will demonstrate the features and capabilities of CUA's web content management tool, which can be used to create web pages, edit, format content, add images and links, and perform other tasks. Leahy Hall, Room LL051. For more information or to R.s.v.p., contact Eric Gramatges, instructional specialist, at 202-319-4768.

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 Garvey and his wife, Jeanne, 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 may 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 CUA-PAYROLL@cua.edu.

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.

Emerging Leaders Program Registration
The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is for any undergraduate students interested in getting involved in the CUA community and developing their leadership skills. Workshops begin Wednesday, Jan.18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. For more information, email cua-leadership@cua.edu.

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For Your Benefit

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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