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April 30 – May 6, 2012


Monday, April 30
Noon, CUAbroad hosts an information session for the CUA Oxford Program, presented by Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president for global education. McMahon Hall, Room 111. For more information, visit the website.

1 to 4 p.m., the Counseling Center hosts "Take a Break From the Books." Take a break from finals to have a little fun and learn healthy ways to manage your end-of-the-semester stress. Tips, games, activities, snacks, and free brief massages will be available. John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, May Gallery. For more information, visit the website.

4:30 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies hosts the lecture "Change of Paradigm: The Church's Social Doctrine" by Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. Caldwell Hall, Auditorium. For more information, visit the website.

Tuesday, May 1, to Saturday, May 5
Final examination period.

Thursday, May 3
4 p.m., CUAbroad hosts an information session for the CUA Rome Program, presented by Grace Schneider, education abroad adviser. McMahon Hall, Room 111. For more information, visit the website.

Friday, May 4
10 a.m. to noon, the Department of Education sponsors the 7th annual Celebrate Children's Literacy Festival, featuring "literacy centers" created by current education students on a variety of themes, including immigration, cultures around the world, World War II, ocean life, and many more. In addition, there will be activity centers for children, and a parent information booth distributing newsletters about reading engagement. St. Anthony's Catholic School, 12th St., and Lawrence Ave., N.E., Washington, D.C. For more information, email Kathleen C. Perencevich, assistant professor.

2 p.m., CUAbroad hosts an information session for the CUA Oxford Program, presented by Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president for global education. McMahon Hall, Room 111. For more information, visit the website.

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Campus Ministry

Give and Go! End-of-the-Year Donation Drive
Each year, Students on the Mount and Green Club, in collaboration with Campus Ministry and Residence Life, coordinate an effort to reduce waste during residence hall move-out by giving students the tools to recycle and donate as much as possible. For instructions on donating items and volunteering, visit the website.

Beginning on Sunday, May 6, there will only be one Sunday Mass on campus at 9 p.m. in St. Vincent Chapel. If you are staying on campus this summer and want to help out with music or with other liturgical ministries, email David Pennington, associate campus minister for liturgy and worship, to be put on the schedule. Daily Masses continue through finals week. The last regular daily Mass will be on Friday, May 4.

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No games scheduled.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, May 7
1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Center for Planning and Information Technology sponsors a student response clicker demonstration. A vendor from Turning Technologies will present an introduction to clickers, a hands-on demonstration, and a Q-and-A session. Faculty currently using this system will be on hand to answer questions as well. McGivney Hall, Room 014. For more information, email Raylene Dufresne, instructional technology director.

Friday, May 11
1 p.m., Honors Convocation. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Great Upper Church. For more information, visit the website.

4 p.m., Baccalaureate Mass. Basilica, Great Upper Church. For more information, visit the website.

Saturday, May 12
10 a.m., The Catholic University of America's 123rd Annual Commencement Ceremony. University Mall, east steps of the Basilica. For more information, visit the website.

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Leahy Computer Lab Closure
The Leahy users lab, room 117, will be closed Monday, May 14, through, Monday, May 21. During this time the carpet will be replaced and painting will occur. Signs will be posted notifying users of other labs that will be open during these times. For questions, submit a request to

Faculty and Staff Basketball
Do you want to get out and exercise? Join faculty and staff at the Raymound A. Dufour Athletic Center gym on Wednesdays at noon for a pick-up basketball game. Games are played year round, and all skill levels are welcome. For more information, email Len Davidson, computer services librarian, law library.

Smartrip® Metro Cards Available for Purchase on Campus
Smartrip® metro cards are now available for purchase at the cashier’s window in Leahy Hall. For more information, call 202-3191-5050.

Free Office Items
The Office of Career Services has a bulletin board (48 inches x 36 inches) and two 12-pocket wall-mounted literature holders (approximately 30 inches x 49 inches) to give away. If interested in these items, contact Michele Gibbs, administrative assistant.

D.C. to Clean Water Distribution System
Through May 7, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority is temporarily switching disinfectant in drinking water from chloramine to chlorine. The annual switch is part of a routine program to clean and maintain water distribution systems in the District of Columbia, and Arlington County and Falls Church in Virginia. During the temporary switch to chlorine, local water authorities will also conduct system-wide flushing to enhance water quality. This program is standard practice for many U.S. water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year. During this time, individuals may notice a change in the taste and smell of their drinking water. Local water authorities recommend running the water for approximately two minutes and refrigerating cold tap water for a few hours to reduce taste and odor. For more information, visit or call 202-612-3400.

On-Site Auto Detailing
The Office of Procurement Services has arranged for Detailing Dynamics to offer its car washing and detailing services in the parking lot behind O'Boyle Hall on Wednesday, May 9, starting at 9 a.m. Members of the CUA community are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to have their cars cleaned while they’re at work. The cost is $15 for a basic exterior wash; rims, tires, and other services are additional. Cash, VISA, and MasterCard will be accepted. Remember to secure or remove valuables from vehicle before leaving it to be cleaned. This service is provided to the campus as a convenience only; CUA does not have any contract or agreement in place and use of the service is entirely at the risk to the individual. For additional information, contact Willandria Blount, purchasing agent.

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For Your Benefit

FSA Filing Deadline is April 30
Those enrolled in a medical spending account or a dependent care account in 2011 have until April 30 to submit claims that were incurred from January 2011 to March 15, 2012. To find out if there are funds from 2011, call 866-755-2648. Check a balance by logging in at Any funds remaining in an account after April 30 will be forfeited. Claim forms are available at or Benefits Express.

TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions
Free one-on-one financial counseling sessions with TIAA-CREF representatives are available on the following dates in the Pryzbyla Center:

Tuesday, May 8, Room 323
Tuesday, May 15, Room 203
Thursday, May 17, Room 203
Tuesday, May 22, Room 203
Thursday, May 24, Room 203
Thursday, May 31, Room 203

Appointments are required. Call 800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment. For more information, call 202-319-5050.

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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