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March 26 – April 1, 2012


Monday, March 26
Registration for fall 2012 semester begins.

Noon, CUAbroad hosts an information session for the CUA Oxford Program, presented by Ella Sweigert, director of education abroad. McMahon Hall, Room 111. For more information, visit the website.

12:10 p.m., the Biology Graduate Student Seminar Series presents the lecture "Live Imaging of Signal Relay During Chemotaxis and Its Relevance to Inflammation," by Carole Parent, deputy laboratory chief, Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology, NCI/NIH. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, call 202-319-6681.

4:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a talk by Sister Beth Dowd, who will discuss how her experiences at CUA inspired her to go into music education and start her own organization, Songcatchers. John Paul Hall, Ward Hall. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

8 p.m., the Musical Theatre Program at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents the senior showcase. Ward Recital Hall. For more information, email Denise Puricelli, assistant professor.

8 p.m., Gratia Plena sponsors a Vigil for Women: Annunciation Prayer Service. Caldwell Chapel. For more information, visit the website.

Tuesday, March 27
12:30 p.m., the Office of Career Services presents an information session for City Year Washington, D.C. Students learn about how one year of service as tutors, mentors, and role models can assist children in disadvantaged schools improve attendance, behavior, and course performance in English and math. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 323. For more information or to register, visit

5 p.m., the Department of Drama sponsors the teacher workshop “Dramatic Approaches to Teaching and Learning” by Rosalind M. Flynn, program director, Master of Arts in Theatre Education. Hartke Theatre, Upper Lobby. For more information, email Sally Montgomery, assistant to chair.

5 p.m., the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures sponsors the lecture "Francesca and Melibea: Love beyond Hell?” by Louis Imperiale, assistant professor of Spanish, University of Missouri-Kansas City. Hannan Hall, Room 108. For more information, visit the website.

6 p.m., the offices of Career Services and Alumni Relations present a "speed networking” event. A lively combination of speed dating and an elevator pitch, the event enables students to meet with alumni and learn the important skill of meeting and talking to new contacts. Pryzbyla Center, Great Rooms A and B. For more information or to register, visit the website.

Wednesday, March 28
Noon, CUAbroad hosts an information session on education abroad in Ireland, presented by Thomas Kelly, resident director for programs in Ireland, Arcadia University. Pryzbyla Center, Room 351. For more information, email Grace Schneider, education abroad adviser.

3:45 p.m., the Department of Physics sponsors the lecture "Evidence for a Multi-Stage Formation History of Local Early Type Galaxies and the Origin of the Ultraviolet Excess," by Sara Petty, postdoctoral scholar, physics and astronomy department, University of California Los Angeles. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, visit the website.

5 p.m., the offices of Campus Activities and Dean of Students host the second annual Honor an Awesome Woman Reception. Light refreshments will be served. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room. For more information, visit the website.

5:30 p.m., the School of Architecture and Planning sponsors the lecture "Temporal Tokyo: Urban Threads through Time" by David Malott, partner, Kohn Pederson Fox and Associates. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the lecture. Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies, Koubek Auditorium. A celebration of cherry trees precedes the lecture on St. Thomas Hill at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the website.

Thursday, March 29
Noon to 4 p.m., CUA Press hosts a book sale featuring books on philosophy, theology, Church history, literature, canon law, political science, and patristics. Most books are between $3 and $5, nothing is over $10. Pryzbyla Center, Third Floor Lobby. For more information, call 202-319-5052.

12:30 p.m., the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies brown bag lecture series presents “Conscience, Personal Autonomy & American Culture” by William D'Antonio, IPR fellow, and Michelle Dillon, chairperson, Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire. Maloney Hall, Room 302B. Lunch will be provided. To register, email Woinishet Negash, office manager.

12:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's musicology colloquium presents "Toward a Model for a Philosophy of Music: Lessons from Augustine and Hindemith" by Sandra Johnson, visiting professor of music, Miami University of Ohio. Ward Hall, Room 211. For more information, contact Andrew H. Weaver, associate professor, 202-319-5413.

4 p.m.,CUAbroad hosts an information session on the CUA Rome Program, presented by Grace Schneider, education abroad adviser. McMahon Hall, Room 111. For more information, visit the website.

6 p.m., the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Apostolate Center sponsor the lecture "St. Thomas Aquinas: A Catholic Political Theory," by Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and associate professor of politics. Hannan Hall, Room 106. For more information, visit the website.

7:30 p.m., Radius student group and Crossroads Cultural Center sponsor the talk and discussion “Health and Human Services: Conceptions Revisited” with Margaret McCarthy, assistant professor of theology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute, and Kimberly Shankman, dean of Benedictine College and professor of political science, Atchison, Kan. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 202-319-5488. 

8 p.m., the Program Board hosts "Pop Culture Clash Game Show." Pryzbyla Center, Food Fourt. For more information, visit the website.

Friday, March 30
4:10 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music's Practicum-Colloquium in Sacred Music presents Jason McFarland, assistant editor at the International Commission on English in the Liturgy and lecturer, School of Theology and Religious Studies, in a discussion of his recent book Announcing the Feast: The Entrance Song in the Mass of the Roman Rite. Ward Hall, Room 220. For more information, email Leo Nestor, Justine Bayard Ward Professor of Music.

Sunday, April 1
7:30 p.m., Theological College hosts a Tenebrae worship service. Seminary Chapel. For more information, email Theological College.

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Campus Ministry

Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross are prayed each Monday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel.

Gratia Plena: March 24-30
Gratia Plena hosts its Week of Grace. Visit or talk to an officer for more details or a schedule.

Taize Prayer Service
A Taize prayer service will be held on Wednesday, March 28, at 9 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. Taize is a simple, meditative style of sung prayer that uses song, scripture, and silence. The Blessed Sacrament will also be exposed for adoration during this prayer.

Lenten Retreat
A Lenten retreat will be held March 30 through April 1. Sign up at Scholarships are available. For more information, email Chris Commins, associate campus minister for retreats and men's ministry. 

RCIA hosts a retreat on Friday, March 31. Meet at Campus Ministry at 8.30 a.m. and then to spend the day preparing to receive the sacraments. On Holy Saturday, April 7, RCIA students will receive sacraments of baptism, Communion, and confirmation at the Easter Vigil at 8:15 p.m. The reception for RCIA students and their guests will follow the Easter Vigil at Caldwell Hall Auditorium. For more information about RCIA, email Rev. Marek Stybor, O.F.M. Conv.

Palm Sunday
Masses on Palm Sunday, April 1, with distribution of palms, will be celebrated at 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. in St. Vincent Chapel and in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 4 p.m.

Fun with Nuns
Join Sister Mary Blaise Chukwu of the Sisters of Divine Love for brunch following the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, April 1, in the Campus Ministry Lounge. Sign up at

Easter Egg Hunt
Join Campus Ministry as the office welcomes families and children of the Brookland neighborhood to celebrate spring with an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Volunteer to work the event, help plan, or donate candy. For more information, visit

Way of the Cross
There will be a special, candlelit campus-wide Way of the Cross on Monday, April 2. Meet outside the Campus Ministry Office at 8 p.m.

Men’s Discernment
Join Rev. John Foster for dinner and an evening of reflection and prayer. Men’s Discernment will meet in the Happel Room in Caldwell Hall at 6 p.m. Monday, April 2. Sign up at

Triduum will be celebrated on campus from April 5 to 7. All celebrations are held at St. Vincent Chapel.
• Holy Thursday, April 5, evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8 p.m.
• Good Friday, April 6, morning prayer at 10 a.m., commemoration of the Lord's Passion at 3 p.m.
• Holy Saturday, April 7, morning prayer at 10 a.m., Easter Vigil at 8:15 p.m. 
Additional liturgical ministers and help with decorating and setting up for Triduum are needed. Email David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship, to participate.

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Wednesday, March 28
4 p.m., the men's baseball team hosts Shenandoah University. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center, Roger J. Talbot Field.

Saturday, March 31
Noon, the women's lacrosse team hosts Drew University. DuFour Center, Cardinal Stadium.

1 p.m., the men's and women's tennis teams host Moravian College. DuFour Center, tennis courts.

1 p.m., the women's softball team hosts a double-header against Susquehanna University. DuFour Center, softball field.

1 p.m., the men's baseball team hosts a double-header against Juniata College. DuFour Center, Talbot Field.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, April 2
12:15 p.m., the Biology Graduate Student Seminar Series presents the lecture "Molecular Mechanisms of Endolysosomal Calcium in Membrane Traffic, Ion Homeostasis, and Signaling," by Rosa Puertollano Moro, investigator, Laboratory of Cell Biology, NCI/NIH. McCort-Ward Hall, Room 215. For more information, call 202-319-6681.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Habitat for Humanity hosts a donation-based car wash in front of Campus Ministry. For more information, email Kathleen Lavoie.

Thursday, April 5, through Monday, April 9
Easter recess. The University is closed.

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Center for the Study of Culture and Values Spring Seminar
The Center for the Study of Culture and Values hosts its two-week Spring Seminar March 26 through April 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in Gibbons Hall, Room B-12. The seminar topic is "Role of Religions in Public Discourse: Recent Development in the Thought of Jurgen Habermas." For more information, call 202-319-6089 or email

Office of Campus Activities Leadership Internships
The Office of Campus Activities invites undergraduate students to apply for leadership internships. The interns will be part of a new team of leaders dedicated to supporting the development of student leadership at Catholic University. For more information, visit the website or contact Ryan McKinney. Applications are due March 29, 2012.

Student Art Show Submissions
The Freshman Creative Arts Living and Learning Community (CALLC) is hosting an art show for CUA students during the second week of April. The CALLC invites CUA students to submit pieces of work for display. Interested students should email Joseph Mann by March 30.

New York City Trip
The Center for the Study of Early Christianity is sponsoring a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Onassis Cultural Center in New York City on Saturday, March 31. Tickets are $20 for transportation and museum admission. For more information, email Lola Lastrapes, administrative coordinator.

Architecture Exhibit
The School of Architecture and Planning, Japan Foundation, and Embassy of Japan sponsor the exhibit "Struggling Cities: From Japanese Urban Projects in the 1960s" through April 4 in the Miller Exhibition Hall at the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies. For more information, visit the website.

Summer Housing
All CUA students, including May 2012 graduates, are eligible for summer housing from May 13 to Aug. 5. To apply, complete the Summer Housing Application in MyHousing, accessible via Cardinal Station. For more information, visit the website.

Annual Auction by Public Safety
The Department of Public Safety will conduct the annual property auction of lost, found, and unclaimed property on Friday, April 20, in Leahy Hall, Room 100. Items will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. to noon. The silent auction will begin at 1 p.m. and will conclude after the last item has been auctioned off. All property winners will be notified no later than Tuesday, April 24. Items for auction include Acer laptop computer, HP laptop computer, Gateway laptop computer, TI-83 Plus calculators, TI-30x calculator, Casio calculator, Canon camera, Olympus digital voice recorder, iPod Touch 8GB, iPod Nano 8GB, iPod Touch 8GB, two Kenneth Cole men’s watches, Casio men’s watch, Timex ladies watch, Gucci ladies watch, three ladies rings, silver bangle, gold-tone chain, men's or ladies silver chain with cross, men’s wallet, Vera Bradley ID/change purse, ladies credit card/ID wallet, ladies handbag, and one drafting Instrument. For more information, call 202-319-5111.

Dedication of the Craves Family Alumni Center
The Office of Alumni Relations invites the CUA community to the dedication of its new office on Friday, April 13, at 4 p.m. The office is moving to the ground floor of Father O'Connell Hall and will be named the Craves Family Alumni Center. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and CUA chancellor, will dedicate the center. A reception will follow. For more information, visit the website.

Alumni Awards Gala
The Alumni Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Great Room, following Mass at 5 p.m. in Caldwell Chapel. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. All alumni are invited to attend. Tickets are $100. To purchase a ticket or for more information, visit the website.

Volunteer for Commencement
The Office of Campus Activities is seeking CUA students to assist with Commencement 2012 by volunteering as ushers for Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass, the main Commencement exercises, and various diploma ceremonies. In addition, student volunteers will be asked to complete up to six hours of service for a University office (to be assigned) during the week of May 6 to 12. Students who are selected to serve as Commencement volunteers will receive a small renumeration and, if a campus resident, will be permitted to stay on campus through noon Sunday, May 15. Students interested in serving as a Commencement volunteer must be in good disciplinary standing, and should register by Friday, April 13. To register, visit or stop by the Office of Campus Activities, Pryzbyla Center, Room 107, during normal business hours. Registration opens on Friday, March 30. For more information, email Ashley Hopper or Annalisa Dias-Mandoly.

Off-Campus Housing
The Office of Housing Services has expanded its Web-based listing opportunities for off-campus housing. This service not only enables students, faculty, staff, and alumni to conveniently search for off-campus housing online, but also provides neighborhood landlords and apartment managers a venue to market their properties to the CUA community. In addition, this resource provides a dedicated forum for students to search for roommates and post on off-campus housing message boards. On the website, individuals can search for rental or for sale properties, post a sublet, find furniture, participate in message boards, and access other helpful information. More information is available on the Housing Services office website, or by emailing Housing Services, or calling 202-319-5615.

Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month. The CUA community is invited to attend events sponsored by student organizations throughout the month, learn about women's history, and win great prizes. For more information and upcoming events, visit the website.

Cardinal Visit Days
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions hosts Cardinal visit days for high school sophmores and juniors and their familes every Tuesday and Wednesday in April. For more information, visit the website.

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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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