The Catholic University of America


Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) E-Announcements (Vol. 7, No. 23)

In this e-mail you will find: 
(Please scroll down for complete announcements) 
1) Spring 2011 Academic Deadlines
2) Spring 2011 Student Development Series Calendar Now Available Online
3) Mad Skills Workshop: Studying Efficiently and Organizing Academic Responsibilities Workshop:  Sunday, February 13, 2011
4) Nominations for the Cardinal Medal for Fortitude
5) Writing Skills Workshop – Incorporating Research into your Writing: Monday, February 7, 2011  *TODAY*
6) CUA’s Center for Academic Success Announces Smarthinking  - Online Tutoring!
7) Free Practice Tests for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.  –  February 26, 2011
8) Senior Audits For Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students
9) Diploma Application Deadline for Spring 2011 Graduates
10) CUA Class Ring Information
11) Join the MSPS Group on “LinkedIn” and Get Connected!
12) MSPS is now on Facebook! Join us!
13) Inclement Weather Information
14) CUA Writing Center – Spring 2011 Hours of Operation
15) CUA Center for Academic Success Information and Resources
16) CUA Career Services Announcements
17) Cardinal Mail Forwarding Information
18) Have You Been to MSPS’s ONLINE Student Development Resource Center?
19) Academic Announcements – Important Degree Requirement Information
20) Local Career Fairs/Open Houses/Career Opportunities
21)DC Works! Career Centers: Location Information and Calendar Now Available Online
22) Free Computer Classes at DC’s MLK, Jr. Memorial Library
23) Scholarship Information
24) Federal/State/Local Financial Aid Information
25) Students Please Use CardinalPay – Paper bills not issued
26) Medical Insurance Enrollment and Waiver Information for CUA Students – Deadline: February 11, 2011
27) Immunization Records Requirement for Students under the age of 26.
28) Graduation Information/Resources- SENIORS: PLEASE READ
29) CLEP and DSST Spring 2011 On-Campus Testing Dates
1) Add/Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines for standard and accelerated Spring 2011 courses:
2)Spring 2011 Student Development Series Calendar Now Available online
To view the list of Spring student development workshops designed and delivered by MSPS and its campus partners, please visit:
3) Mad Skills Workshop: Studying Efficiently and Organizing Academic Responsibilities Workshop -  Sunday, February 13, 2011
The good student always seems to be organized and complete their work on time.  This can be you too!  Organization, structuring your time, and being mindful of your space and resources can be difficult for students.  The Center for Academic Success can help you master a wide variety of study skills so you can transition from “good” student to the “great” student!   The workshop will be held on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Pryzbyla 327. For more information, please visit:
4) Nominations for the Cardinal Medal for Fortitude
As part of the inaugural year theme of President John Garvey, CUA is proud to announce that nominations for the Cardinal Medal for Fortitude are now open!  The Cardinal Medal for Fortitude will be given to individuals in the CUA community who have overcome adversity with a joyful spirit, who exhibit constancy in the pursuit of good, who stand firm in difficulty, and who exemplify quiet strength.
If you know someone (student, faculty, or staff) who meets these criteria, please consider nominating her/him for this special award.  The nomination form may be found at along with more specific criteria and information about the cardinal virtue of fortitude.  Nominations close February 18.
If you have questions, please contact Bill Jonas ( or Emmjolee Mendoza Waters (
5) Writing Skills Workshop – Incorporating Research into your Writing: Monday, February 7, 2011  *TODAY*
BrookesLampe, Coordinator of the CUA Writing Center, will deliver a writing workshop, especially designed for MSPS students on Monday, February 7, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. – 6: 00 p.m., Pryzbyla Center, Room 321. In this workshop, you will gain valuable insight into effectively using research to enhance your writing and how to incorporate research seamlessly and appropriately into your papers. To register for this workshop, please visit:
6)CUA’s Center for Academic Success Announces Smarthinking  - Online Tutoring!
SMARTHINKING is a FREE online tutoring service that allows CUA students to address their tutoring needs in a 1-on-1 chat forum.  CUA students can access SMARTHINKING at any time, just by logging in with their Cardinal ID number. Tutors are available in a wide range of MSPS subject areas including Biology, Math, Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Statistics!
To get started, please visit:
For assistance, please contact the CUA Center for Academic Success at; 202-319-5655.
7)Free Practice Tests Available for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc. – Saturday, February 26, 2011
Kaplan Test Prep is offering a FREE practice test for GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.  Take the practice exam under proctored conditions and receive a detailed score analysis as well as learn exclusive strategies to help you prepare for test day.  The practice test session will be held at Catholic University on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., room TBA.  Space is limited!  Register today at or text PRACTICE to 30364.
8)Senior Audits – Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students
Degree-seeking undergraduates students nearing senior academic status (i.e., 90 credits) are required to complete a senior audit. The senior audit encompasses a full review of your academic record (e.g., courses completed, grades earned, etc.) and presents an opportunity to discuss the remaining courses in your degree program and preparation for graduation. This brief, 30-minute meeting is required. To schedule your audit, please contact Melissa Stevenson, MSPS Manager of Student Programs and Development, via e-mail at or phone -- (202) 319-5264 -- as soon as possible. Please note that students may be prohibited from enrolling in future terms until the audit is completed.
9)Diploma Application Deadline for Spring 2011 Graduates
If you are planning to graduate at the conclusion of the Spring 2011 semester, you must submit the online diploma application by Tuesday, March 1, 2011.Instructions for completing the application can be found in E-Announcements item #28 below.
10) CUA Class Ring Information                            
If you are interested in purchasing a CUA class ring, please visit
11)Join the MSPS group on LinkedIn and Get Connected!
What is LinkedIn?

LinkedIn is an online network of more than 37 million experienced professionals from around the world.  When you join, you create a profile that summarizes your professional accomplishments. Your profile helps you find and be found by current and former colleagues, clients, and partners. You can add more connections by inviting trusted contacts to join LinkedIn and connect to you.  LinkedIn helps you exchange knowledge, ideas, and employment opportunities with your trusted contacts.

Your network consists of your connections, your connections' connections, and the people they know, linking you to thousands of qualified professionals.

Through your network you can:
  • Find potential clients, service providers, subject experts, and partners who come recommended
  • Be found for business opportunities
  • Search for great jobs
  • Discover inside connections that can help you land jobs and close deals
  • Post and distribute job listings
  • Find high-quality candidates
  • Get introduced to other professionals through the people you know
To learn more about what LinkedIn is, please visit:
To join the LinkedIn MSPS group in order to network with alumnae/i, current students, faculty and staff, please visit:
Questions? Please contact Melissa Stevenson at or 202-319-5264
12) MSPS is now on Facebook! Join Us!
The Metropolitan School of Professional Studies now has its very own Facebook page. Become a fan to access exclusive content including news updates, photo albums, discussion boards and more.
13) Inclement Weather Information
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.
14) CUA Writing Center Hours
The Writing Center is open and available to students during the Spring 2011 semester on the following days and times:
Monday-Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Closed holidays and holiday weekends.
Writing Center Coordinator:
Brooks B. Lampe
For additional information on the CUA Writing Center,please visit:
15) CUA Center for Academic Success Announcements
Purpose: Provide comprehensive learning assistance program to enhance learning potential and promote academic success
Services: Tutoring services (not available in Summer term). If you feel that you would benefit from one-on-one peer tutoring in Fall or Spring classes, please see your faculty member. Your instructor will be able to provide you with additional information on how best to establish tutoring support via the CUA Center for Academic Success.
CAS also offers a number of workshops throughout the semester focused on improving your skills in areas like time management, reading, and note-taking as well is in more complex subject areas. The Spring 2011 workshop schedule can be found at
Office Location:
Pryzbyla Center, Suite 204, Phone: (202) 319-5655
16) CUA Career Services Announcements
Need personalized job coaching or help with exploring graduate school options? Visit the CUA Office of Career Services - a wonderful resource to help in all aspects of career planning and career development. Office location: 202 Pryzbyla Center, 202-319-5623, You can also email ( or drop-off your resume and receive written comments within 48 business hours.
Upcoming Events:
For a complete list of Career Services programs, please visit:
17) Cardinal Mail
Available exclusively for CUA students, Cardinal Mail service greatly expands your mail storage, gives you access to Google Docs, and even helps with your calendar, all in the popular Google Gmail interface.

You can forward Cardinal Mail to the e-mail account of your choice! Instructions follow:
Log in to Cardinal Mail
Go to “Settings” (Top right-hand corner)
Click “Forwarding to POP/IMAP”
Choose the “forward incoming mail to” box and type in your preferred email address
Choose whether you would like to save, delete, or archive the mail in your Cardinal Mail
Scroll to the bottom of the page and Save Changes
NOTE: The CUA e-mail account is the university's official means of communication with students, so it is very important that you access it on a regular basis. Essential communications such as balances due are sent to your CUA account – the university no longer provides paper bills (please see info on CardinalPay below). If you need assistance accessing your CUA/Cardinal Mail e-mail account, please contact the Computer Information Center at or (202) 319-4357. 
18) Online Student Development Resource Center
The MSPS Online Student Development Resource Center has been enhanced to provide you with better access to information about the services most helpful to you! Please visit the Resource Center at:
19) The CUA Academic Announcements provide students (graduate and undergraduate) with important information regarding degree requirements and other academic policies. Students are expected to be familiar with this information; you are encouraged to review the announcements:
20) Local Career Fairs/Open Houses/Career Opportunities
D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) announces the opening of new full-service Career Centers:
General Listing of federal job fairs (please scroll down the page for entire listing of agencies with upcoming recruiting events).
Upcoming Events with CUA Career Services:
State of Maryland, Workforce Exchange Event Calendar – includes job fairs:  (Click on “Events Calendar” Link)
G.I. Jobs – Job Fair Calendar
21) DC Works! Career Centers: Location Information and Calendar Now Available Online
DC Works! Careers Centers are run by the Department of Employment Services (DOES) and offer a number of employment preparation workshops at their Franklin Career Center. For a list of the DC Works! Career Center locations in the Washington, D.C. area as well as a list of upcoming workshops, please visit:,a,1233,q,538261,doesNav,|32064|.asp
22) Free Computer Classes at DC’s MLK, Jr. Memorial Library.
For more information, please visit: or call: (202) 727-0321.
23) Scholarship Information
Looking for scholarship resources or sources of alternative funding? Visit MSPS’s NEW Financial Assistance Resources website
You are also encouraged to visit the Greater Washington College Information Center for scholarship search assistance:
Scholarships for Veterans
24) Federal/State/Local Financial Aid Information
Federal Financial Aid for2010-2011 Continuing Students:
For students continuing in the 2010-2011 academic year, the CUA Office of Financial Aid requires the 2010 -2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students can file the FAFSA for the upcoming year after it is available on January 1st.

-- You may submit the application electronically at  
-- CUA's federal school code number is 001437.
-- Please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 202-319-5307 with any questions or visit the Financial Aid web site at
NOTE: If you have earned enough credits to warrant a grade level change (e.g., freshman to sophomore, sophomore to junior, etc.), you may request an increase in your Stafford loan by completing the form at the following URL:
25) Office of Enrollment Services & CardinalPAY
Students receive notification of their online bill via their official CUA e-mail accounts. Paper bills are not mailed. The e-mail notificationdirects students to CardinalPAY for bill viewing and payment processing. 
For more information about CardinalPAY, visit, call 202-319-5300, or e-mail
26) Medical Insurance Information for CUA Students
Student Medical Insurance Requirement:
Effective Fall 2010, all CUA students (part-time and full-time) will automatically be billed for health insurance.  Therefore, students who do not wish to purchase CUA student health insurance should complete the insurance waiver at no later than February 11, 2011.
Students who do not enroll or waive online will be default enrolled into the standard policy and are responsible for paying the student medical insurance charge on their student accounts. Notification reminders are sent to student's CUA email addresses.
For questions about United HealthCare Medical Insurance or ID Card Information:
UHC Customer Service: 
1 800 767-0700 
Web Access: 
United HealthCare Provider Search
Healthcare provider or facility
Please use this link to search for participating providers or facilities:
UHC Options PPO
Mental Health provider or facility
Please use this link to search for a mental or behavioral health provider or facility: United Behavioral Health
For general inquires, issues and concerns
Please contact:
Student Medical Insurance Administrator:
Natasha Gray
Ph: 202-319-4172 Fax: 202-319-5802
Available: Mondays through Fridays 9:00 am-5:00 pm
170 Leahy Hall
For all Billing Issues Please contact:
Office of Enrollment Services
Voice: (202) 319-5300
Toll Free: (800) 787-0242
Fax: (202) 319-5831
27) Immunization Records Requirement for Students under the age of 26.
The District of Columbia Immunization Law (§ 38-502) and university policy requires all students that are enrolled in an academic institution and are under the age of 26 years of age (unless the student has a Medical Waiver or Religious Waiver approved by Student Health Services) to provide documentation of immunity to certain preventable diseases.  The Catholic University of America, in accordance with this law, requires that this documentation be submitted by all students under the age of 26 years. Deadlines for submitting this information do apply. For additional information and submission deadline dates, please visit:
28) Graduation Information/Resources
Attention MSPS students anticipating graduation: Several tasks must be completed before you can graduate and you should be aware of Commencement-related information (e.g., cap and gown, ceremonies, etc.)Please visit details.
Diploma Application Instructions:
q Complete the Diploma Application Online
·         Go to:
·         Select the “Student Self-Service” link on the left menu,
·         Select the “Student Center” link on the left menu,
·         On the “Academics” page/tab, click on “Verify Your Expected Graduation Term” (will be in red),
·         Click on the “Graduation Apply” link.
Diploma application deadlines can be found on the Academic Calendar at
If you have missed the deadline, please contact the CUA Office of Enrollment Services at 202-319-5300.
29) CLEP and DSST Exam Dates @ CUA’s MSPS
The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level learning through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses.
Spring 2011 On-Campus Testing Dates:
Friday, March 11, 9am – 12pm (please arrive at MSPS by 8:30 am) 
Friday, March 25, 9am – 12pm (please arrive at MSPS by 8:30 am)
For more information, please visit:  ***Please note that datesand times are subject to change.*** Before opting to take a CLEP or DSST exam, please speak with your MSPS academic advisor.
For additional CUA events and programs, please visit: or
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