The Catholic University of America

 Dec. 9 – Dec. 15, 2013


At the conclusion of the fall 2013 semester, ThisWeek@CUA will be discontinued.

The Office of Public Affairs and the Office of Campus Activities have worked together to create a comprehensive campus events calendar that is accessible both on the redesigned Home@CUA — — page and in the Nest.

Home@CUA will be the one place where faculty, staff, and students can find out about everything that is happening on campus. Visitors to Home@CUA can filter the Events calendar by categories such as Academic, Arts/Performance, Athletics, Faith, Service, Travel, etc.

Notices that are not specific to a certain date can be posted in the Campus News section of the Nest and linked to from Home@CUA.

Visit for instructions on how to post events to Home@CUA and the Nest. If you have any difficulty logging into the Nest, contact the Office of Campus Activities at 202-319-6003.


Monday, Dec. 9, through Saturday, Dec. 14
Final exams

Monday, Dec. 9
Patronal Medal
Noon, The Catholic University of America and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will award the Patronal Medal to Carl Anderson, supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, during a Mass. The medal is awarded jointly by the two institutions on an occasional basis around the Feast of the Immaculate Conception — the Patronal feast of Catholic University and the Basilica. Its recipient is someone who has rendered distinguished service in the advancement of Marian devotion, theology, or general appreciation of the place of Mary in the life of the Catholic Church. Basilica, Great Upper Church. For more information, call 202-319-5600.

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Faculty and Staff Alumni Christmas Breakfast Open House

8:15 to 9:30 a.m., the Office of Alumni Relations hosts a breakfast open house for alumni faculty and staff. McMahon Hall, Room 311. For more information, contact Sarah Messer at 202-319-5608 or

Global Wave of Prayer
Noon, Campus Ministry invites the University community to join Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, and other ecclesiastical, religious, and lay members of the Catholic University Board of Trustees for 15 minutes of prayer in solidarity with Pope Francis' request for a Global Wave of Prayer for hungry people around the world. Find the prayer, which will be prayed in every time zone of the world, on the Catholic Relief Services website. Caldwell Hall, Chapel.

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Campus Ministry 

CUA Giving Tree: Give a Gift That Counts
Find a CUA Giving Tree on campus and pick up an ornament with the gift suggestion attached. Drop off all presents by Dec. 13 in the Campus Ministry office in Caldwell Hall. 'Tis the season for giving, everyone!

Volunteers Needed for Pro-Life Hospitality
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 help make this ministry of hospitality possible. Sign up at

Liturgy Schedule During Final Exams
Sunday, Dec. 8*
11 a.m. and 9 p.m., St. Vincent’s Chapel
4 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Crypt Church

Monday, Dec. 9, through Thursday, Dec. 12
12:30 p.m. and 5:10 p.m., Caldwell Hall, Chapel
10:30 p.m., St. Vincent’s Chapel

Friday, Dec. 13
12:30 p.m. and 5:10 p.m., Caldwell Hall, Chapel

Praise & Worship Adoration
Wednesday, Dec. 11
9 p.m., Caldwell Hall, Chapel

*The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is transferred to Monday, Dec. 9. It is not a holy day of obligation this year.

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Sealed Auction: Six Surplus Vehicles
The Office of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement announces the auction of six surplus vehicles. Beginning Dec. 9, most will be parked in the north end of the McMahon parking lot for inspection. Bids must be submitted to procurement in Leahy Hall, LL40, by 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13. Full payment and pick-up must be made no later than 1 p.m., Monday, Dec. 16, or the next acceptable bid will be chosen.

The University provides no guarantees or warranties on service or condition of these vehicles. This is an “as-is” sale. Vehicles will be sold on a sealed auction basis. For more information, contact Debbie Jackson at 202-319-5044 or Buyers are responsible for all title, transfer, applicable taxes, and removal of the vehicle after receipt of payment. The University reserves the right not to accept any bids, if it is not in the best interest of the University.

Guide to Safe and Fire-Free Decorations
Please observe the following guidelines to maximize general safety practices, minimize potential fire hazards associated with holiday decorations, and comply with fire prevention regulations:

Interior decorations
• Keep decorations away from exit signs, fire alarm devices (pull stations, smoke and heat detectors, etc.), fire extinguishers, and emergency and normal-use light fixtures.
• Artificial Christmas trees are permitted provided they don’t obstruct doors.
• No live or fresh-cut trees are permitted.
• Don’t cover more than 10 percent of a wall surface with paper/posters or other combustible material of the sort used as coverings on walls.
• Use only U.L.-approved "mini" or "LED" decorative lights. Large bulb lights such as C7 or C9 are prohibited.
• Keep decorative lights away from combustible materials (i.e., curtains, paper, etc.).
• Turn off decorative lights when the area or room is unattended.
• Use U.L.-approved power strips with a fuse or a circuit breaker.
• Don’t route electrical cords through doorways, under carpeting, or across hallways, as they become both a fire and a tripping hazard.
• Don’t attach or hang any items from the sprinklers. This is a particularly important requirement because of the potential for breaking the heads, pipes or pipe hangers.
• Don’t use spray-applied artificial snow or other flammable spray decorations.

The Facilities Service Center can help you hang decorations at an elevated level or address general safety concerns. Contact us at the email address or telephone number below.

Public Space
• Decorations in public spaces must be coordinated with the Office of Facilities Operations. Large-scale decorations requiring hanging, mounting, attachment, etc., in public spaces must be placed or overseen by Facilities Operations personnel.

Exterior Decorations
• All University decorations on the exterior of buildings or on the grounds must be placed by and be the responsibility of Facilities Operations. No other exterior decorations are permitted.

For more information, contact the Facilities Service Center at 202-319-5121 or email

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Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. The deadline is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.
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