The Catholic University of America

Jan. 7 – Jan. 13, 2013


Wednesday, Jan. 9
Classes begin at the Columbus School of Law.

Thursday, Jan. 10
10 a.m., the Office of Campus Activities presents “The Nest” training. Perhaps you’ve heard about “The Nest” from students or other staff but don’t know what it is or how to use it. This training session will show you how to use “The Nest” to promote your department. Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Room 321/323. For more information, contact Steve Kreider, program coordinator in the campus activities office, at 202-319-6003 or

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Campus Ministry

Martin Luther King Day of Service
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by serving the Washington, D.C., community on Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. in Caldwell Auditorium. Sign up at

Change in Daily Masses
There will be a change in the Tuesday and Thursday Mass schedule when the spring semester begins. The Mass schedule as of Monday, Jan. 14, will be as follows:

Law School Chapel: Monday through Friday at 12:10 p.m.
Caldwell Chapel: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 12:15 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday at 12:30 p.m.; and Monday through Friday at 5:10 p.m.
St. Vincent’s Chapel: Monday through Thursday at 10:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, Jan. 9
7 p.m., the women’s basketball team hosts Juniata College. Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center.

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Upcoming Events 

Monday, Jan. 14
Spring semester classes begin.

Wednesday, Jan. 16
3:30 to 6 p.m., the School of Theology and Religious Studies presents “Implications of the New Evangelization Today” by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and University chancellor. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. For more information, call 202-319-5683 or email

Friday, Jan. 18
7:30 p.m., the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents a concert by the CUA Town and Gown Community Chorus. Kevin O’Brien, lecturer, music, will conduct. St. Vincent de Paul Chapel. For more information, call 202-319-5414.

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Emergency Phones Offline from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan 8
The University’s telephone system that services campus emergency phones will undergo software maintenance Tuesday Jan 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. While the maintenance is occurring, emergency phones will be out of service. Department of Public Safety patrols will pay special attention in the areas where emergency phones are located during this time.

Office phones are not affected by this maintenance and will remain operational.

Students and employees can report any crimes, suspicious activity, or suspicious persons by calling the DPS dispatcher in Leahy Hall, 202-319-5111, using an office or mobile phone. (Call 911 if you are off campus.)

Please contact the computer Information Center help desk at 202-319-4357 if you have any questions about this upgrade.

Beware of Scammers
The Office of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement would like to alert departments to toner scam calls. The scammers are calling from an unrecognized number and are asking for the model number of the printer or copier. Once they have that information, a large box of toners with no return address is delivered with an invoice for several thousand dollars. Be advised that if you have copier equipment provided by Ricoh USA, you are not charged additional fees for toner. HP Printer toner orders can be placed through Staples Business Advantage, the University’s contract-negotiated office supply vendor. For more information, contact Willandria Blount, purchasing agent, at 202-319-6401 or

Increased Fee for Special Events
The Department of Public Safety has increased the fee for special and/or reimbursable events. Effective Jan. 1, the rate is $40 per hour. All departments requesting officers for special events will be billed at the new rate.

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For Your Benefit 

SmartBenefits(R) Update
Because of the recent fiscal cliff bill, benefits eligible employees will be able to elect up to a maximum of $240 per month for transit. The previous amount was capped at $125 a month. This is a one-year extension for now. To access the 2013 Salary Reduction Authorization form, visit Completed forms should be returned the Office of Human Resources, Leahy Hall, Room 170, no later than Monday, Jan. 14, for use in February. For more information, email Terry Fletcher-Shields, benefits specialist, at

New Metlife Dental Plan Information
For staff and faculty who elected dental benefits for 2013, a dental card is not required to go to the dentist. The group number is 150525-1-G. Your individual number is your Social Security number. If a family member goes to the dentist, he/she should use your Social Security number and his/her own date of birth. For more information, email Terry Fletcher-Shields, benefits specialist, at

Payroll and Benefit Plan Updates for 2013
CUA faculty and staff should visit either of the following links to review payroll and benefit plan changes effective Jan. 1, 2013. Questions may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at 202-319-5050.

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This Week @ CUA is published weekly.
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