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December 19 – December 25, 2011    


Friday, Dec. 23, to Monday, Jan. 2
University closed for Christmas break.

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Campus Ministry

Daily Mass
All Masses are suspended for Christmas break. Masses will begin on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at 9 p.m. Daily Masses begin on Jan. 9. 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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Friday, Dec. 30 
2 and 4 p.m., the women's basketball team hosts the CUA Holiday Tournament. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center.

Saturday, Dec. 31
TBA, the women's basketball team hosts the CUA Holiday Tournament. DuFour Center.

4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts the CUA-Residence Inn Greenbelt Classic. DuFour Center.

Sunday, Jan. 1
2 or 4 p.m., the men's basketball team hosts the CUA-Residence Inn Greenbelt Classic. DuFour Center.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, Dec. 23, to Monday, Jan. 2
University closed for Christmas break.

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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 John 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.

Pryzbyla Center Intercession Hours
The Pryzbyla Center will be open as follows:

  • Through Wednesday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 2: closed
  • Monday, Jan. 3, to Friday, Jan. 7: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 8, to Sunday, Jan. 9: 8 a.m. to midnight

Normal hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 10. For more information, e-mail

2010 Summary Annual Reports
The 2010 Summary Annual Reports for all of the health and welfare plans as well as the retirement plan are now available online. For more information, contact Laurie Borman, director of benefits, at 202-319-4174.

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.

Circular Saw For Sale
The Environmental Health and Safety Office has an Emerson model 13-1008R cut-off saw for sale. This 16-inch, single phase, 37 amp, 230 volt, 7.5 Hp, 3450 rpm saw can be viewed and tested by appointment only. The University provides no guarantees or warranties on service or condition. The asking price is $500 for this saw. This will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Andrew Wolf, risk and asset inventory administrator, at 202-590-8480.

Fitness in the Fall Winners
The Office of Human Resources would like to announce the individual and team winners of the Fitness in the Fall walking program. Congratulations to the individual winners: Samantha Saporito with 496,229 steps and Anna Chiafele with 485,799 steps. Congratulations to Luz Dullin-Jones, David Pennington, Christopher Cummins, Corrine Dolan, Marek Stybor and Andrew Santamauro for the highest number of team steps. Stay tuned for the upcoming spring wellness event.

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

Vatican II International Conference
The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family will host an international conference, Keeping the World Awake to God: The Challenge of Vatican II, on Jan. 12-14, 2012, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I, archbishop of Chicago and CUA trustee, will give a lecture titled "The Significance of Vatican II" at 7 p.m., Jan. 12, as part of the conference. All conference sessions will take place in McGivney Hall, Keane auditorium. The full schedule and registration forms can be found at

Is CUA Open or Closed?
The Office of Public Affairs wishes to remind faculty, staff, and students how to find out about the closing or delayed opening of Catholic University because of inclement weather. The quickest ways to find out are to check the CUA website at or to call the University’s main number — 202-319-5000. The information is available through those two sources by 6 a.m. on days when weather conditions are extremely poor. In addition, CUA contacts all local TV outlets and major radio stations.

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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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