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December 5 – December 11, 2011    


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. Caldwell Hall Auditorium. See Announcements for more details.

6:30 p.m., the student organization Radius announces the exihibit "Flannery O'Connor: A Limit With Infinite Measure," with a presentation by students Chiara Tanzi and Amy Sapenoff. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room B. For more information, contact Elise Crawford.

7:30 p.m., the CUA Wind Ensemble, conducted by Director John Mitchell, will perform in Hartke Theatre. Selections will include works by Sousa, Del Borgo, Kistler, Root, Hazelman, Leman, and Anderson. For more information, call 202-318-5414.

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 with 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
Noon to 1 p.m., the School of Nursing hosts “HIV and Clinical Trials: Advanced Practice Nursing Opportunities in International Research” by Sheryl Zwerski, acting director, Prevention Sciences Program, Division of AIDS/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. This lecture is part of the global health brown bag series. Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. For more information, contact Rebecca Robert, adjunct assistant professor, at 202-319-5502.

6 to 7 p.m., Students in Philanthropy hosts its final Christmas thank-you calling session for the year. Chinese food will be provided. Aquinas Hall, Room 106. For more information, contact John Eby.

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, Weill Hall. Faculty artists Sharon Christman (soprano), Jody Gatwood (violin), and Ira Gold (double bass) will be featured as soloists with the orchestra. Hartke Theatre. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Wednesday, Dec. 7
6:35 to 7:35 p.m., the Integral Economic Development Management program presents a seminar on development and practice, by Rev. Juan J. Molina, director for the Church in Latin America, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, contact Beatriz Lopez, program director.

7 p.m., the German Club presents Nikolaustag, a German tradition in which children put shoes in front of their door for St. Nick to fill with goodies. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A. For more information, contact Timothy Schmalz.

7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Voice Program will present a gala performance in Hartke Theatre. Arias and ensemble selections will be performed by faculty artist Sharon Christman (soprano), head of the voice program; instructors Fabiana Bravo (soprano), Rick Christman (tenor), In Dal Choi (baritone), Rosemarie Houghton (soprano), Kevin Strother (baritone), and Arianna Zukerman (soprano); and guest alumni Brandie Sutton (soprano) and Issachah Savage (tenor). WUSA TV anchor JC Hayward will be the master of ceremonies for this event. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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.

Deadline for submissions to the CenterStage One-Act Playwriting Contest. Submissions of 35- to 50-minute play to For more information, contact Wesley Coczello.

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

10 a.m., the Women's Choir, conducted by Lecturer Kevin O'Brien, will perform at the Little Sisters of the Poor Jeanne Jugan Residence, 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.

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

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, at Nugent Hall. To sign up, click here.

What They Didn't Teach You in Sex Ed Class Lecture
On Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:15 p.m., Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel, will talk on the effects of birth control. A reception will follow. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, contact 202-319-5575.

Coat Drive
Through Dec. 16, the Graduate Student 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
Through 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 through Wednesday, Dec. 7, to hear confessions. The schedule follows:
Monday, Dec. 5, 8 to 10 p.m.- Opus 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
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 email David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship.

Daily Mass
Monday, Dec. 12, to Friday, Dec. 16, there will be no 12:15 p.m. Mass in Caldwell Chapel. Other daily Masses are celebrated at 5:10 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel and at 10:30 p.m. in St. Vincent's Chapel. For more information, contact 202-319-5575.

March for Life Volunteers Needed
Each year CUA hosts more than 1,200 people overnight for the annual March for Life and Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Volunteers are needed to make this ministry a success. To sign up visit the Campus Ministry website.
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Wednesday, Dec. 7
5 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts Washington Adventist University. DuFour Center.
7 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts DeSales University. DuFour Center.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 12
6 to 7 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the musical theatre freshman showcase. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Last day of classes.

Tuesday, Dec. 13
6 to 8 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the musical theatre sophmore and junior showcase. Ward Recital Hall, For more information, call 202-319-5414.

Wednesday, Dec. 14
7:30 to 9 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a chamber music class recital. Ward Recital Hall, John Paul Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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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 presentation, the University community will be 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. The plan can be accessed at 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.

On-Site Auto Detailing
The Office of Procurement Services has arranged for Detailing Dynamics to offer its car-washing services in the parking lot behind O’Boyle Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 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; other services are additional. Cash, VISA, and MasterCard will be accepted. No reservation is necessary. Please remove all valuables from  vehicle before leaving it to be cleaned. For more information, contact Willandria Blount, purchasing agent, at 202-319-6401.

Blue Book Final Exam Booklets
The Office of Procurement Services has blue books available for examination purposes on campus. The cost is $7.50 for a book of 50. For more information or to arrange pick-up from the procurement office, contact Willandria Blount, purchasing agent, at 202-319-6401.

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. at St. Vincent's 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

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 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

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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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