The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) E-Announcements (Vol. 7, No. 10)


In this e-mail you will find: 

(Please scroll down for complete announcements) 


1) Fall 2010 Add/Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines

2) Senior Audits for Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students

3) Spring 2011 Registration Begins TODAY November 1, 2010!

4) Announcing: Smarthinking  - Online Tutoring!

5) Academic Workshop: Get Ahead of the Curve!  (General Test Taking and Standardized Tests) 11/4/10

6) Professional Development Workshop: Federal Employment Seminar 11/4/10

7) Veteran Appreciation Dessert and Coffee Hour 11/10/10

8) Veterans’ Day Program: Faith on the Front Lines 11/11/10

9) Academic Workshop: How to Write a Successful College Paper (Part 2)”  (Paper Writing) 11/18/10

10) MSPS Holiday Reception 11/19/10

11) Fall 2010 Term Paper Clinic 12/7/10

12) Flu Vaccine Available at CUA Health Services

13) Diploma Application Deadline for Fall 2010 Graduates: 1/3/11

14) CUA Class Ring Information

15) Join the MSPS Group on “LinkedIn” and Get Connected! Job Opportunities Posted!

16) CUA Writing Center Announcements

17) CUA Center for Academic Success Announcements

18) CUA Career Services Announcements

19) Cardinal Mail Forwarding Information

20) Have You Been to MSPS’s ONLINE Student Development Resource Center?

21) Academic Announcements – Important Degree Requirement Information

22) Local Career Fairs/Open Houses/Career Opportunities

23) Free Computer Classes at DC’s MLK, Jr. Memorial Library

24) Scholarship Information

25) Federal/State/Local Financial Aid Information

26) Students Please Use CardinalPay – Paper bills not issued

27) Medical Insurance Enrollment and Waiver Information for CUA Students

28) Immunization Records Requirement for Students under the age of 26.

29) Graduation Information/Resources - SENIORS: PLEASE READ
30) CLEP and DSST Test Dates




1) Add/Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines for standard and accelerated Fall 2010 courses:



2) 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 Graziella McCarron, MSPS Assistant Dean, via e-mail at or phone -- (202) 319-6375 -- as soon as possible. Please note that students may be prohibited from enrolling in future terms until the audit is completed.



3) Spring 2011 Registration Begins TODAY November 1, 2010*!

Spring 2011 registration will begin TODAY 11/1/10 (and is dependent on your credit count); to confirm the date on which you can enroll based on credit count, please visit The schedule of classes is available at Please be sure to schedule an advising appointment with your Metropolitan academic advisor. Please call 202-319-5256 to speak with your advisor.



4) 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.


5) Thursday, November 4, 2010: Get Ahead of the Curve!  (General Test Taking and Standardized Tests)

Presenter, CUA Center for Academic Success

7:00pm. – 8:00 p.m., Pryzbyla Center, Room 321

There seems to be a test for every class and every profession imaginable.  Come learn about test preparation, valuable testing strategies, and how you can ace both your classroom exams and your professional standardized tests. This workshop will show you that successful testing starts before the exam with mental and academic preparation, and continues after the exam is over with a sound review – you’ll never look at a test the same way again!


For more information, please visit:  




6) Thursday, November 4, 2010: Federal Employment Seminar.


Are you interested in learning a bit more about the steps to federal employment? If so, please join Kim Bauhs, Assistant Director of Recruitment and Diversity for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), as she presents a dynamic and informative session on the types of career options available with the federal government and the key resource for finding these career opportunities: The USAJOBS web portal. 


USAJOBS ( is the federal government's official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information and is now redesigned to be more effective in helping you seek out a host of employment opportunities. Ms. Bauhs, a government executive with 26 years of experience in manpower and employment programs and human resource management, will share an “insider’s” perspective on the federal employment job search process while honing in on the tools that make for the most successful search. Join us!



When:   Thursday, November 4, 2010

Time:    6:00p.m. – 6:30p.m., Reception

             6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m., Presentation

Location:   Scullen Room (in Pangborn Hall)

Register at:


If you require special accommodations in order to attend this session, please contact Melissa Stevenson at or 202-319-5264.



7) Wednesday, November 10, 2010: Veteran Appreciation Dessert and Coffee Hour


CUA’s Metropolitan School of Professional Studies’ (MSPS) hosts a Veteran Appreciate Dessert and Coffee Hour, 5-6:00 p.m., Pangborn Hall 334. Drop by and enjoy coffee/hot cocoa and dessert – all are welcome.


For more information, contact MSPS: 202-319-5256



8) Thursday, November 11, 2010: Veterans’ Day Lecture: Faith on the Front Lines

Fr. Red Raux shares his experience serving in the Air Force as a Military Chaplain for over 12 years -- including one deployment to Afghanistan and two to Iraq. Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch!


Location: Pryzbyla Great Room A

Time: 12pm

More info:


For a calendar of Veterans’ Day events in Washington, DC, please visit:



9) Thursday, November 18, 2010: How to Write a Successful College Paper (Part 2)  (Paper Writing)

Presenter, CUA Center for Academic Success

7:00pm. – 8:00 p.m., Mullen Library

A major part of college will be spent writing papers and responses.  Start the year off on the right note by learning how to construct a university quality paper.  The Center for Academic Success and The Writing Center can help to explain the formats that will help you succeed whenever you research and write – you just need to attend!


For more information, please visit:  





10) Friday, November 19, 2010 - MSPS Holiday Reception!


You are cordially invited to join MSPS staff, faculty, fellow students, and alumni for the MSPS Holiday Wine & Cheese Reception on Friday, November 19, 2010, 5:30-7:00pm.



The University Club of Washington, DC, University Hall

1135 16th Street, NW


Questions or to RSVP, please contact Ms. Toni Khianthalat – Please join us in your holiday attire!



11) Tuesday, December 7, 2010: Fall Term Paper Clinic


Get quick, convenient help with your essay. Come to the Fall Paper Clinic in Mullen Library on either day, anytime between 5:00-7:30pm. The Writing Center and Mullen Library will have a team of writing consultants and research experts ready to help. No appointment needed; just walk in. Free and open to all students.


More info at




12) Flu Vaccine Available at CUA Health Services

If you were not able to get vaccinated during the walk-in clinic, there is vaccine remaining.  Please call 202-319-5744 and make an appointment.  The cost is $25 and will be billed to your Student Account. For more information, please visit:




13) Diploma Application Deadline for Fall 2010 Graduates


If you are planning to graduate at the conclusion of Fall 2010, you must submit the online diploma application by Monday, January 3, 2011.

Instructions for completing the application can be found in E-Announcements item #23 below.



14) CUA Class Ring Information

If you are interested in purchasing a CUA class ring, please visit



15) 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



Several job opportunities now posted on LinkedIn!



16) CUA Writing Center Announcements

Fall 2010 Hours:

Monday-Thursday 10am-8pm
Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-2pm

Writing Center Coordinator:

Brooks B. Lampe

For additional information on the CUA Writing Center, please visit:





17) 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. Academic skills assistance in areas such as: Note-taking, Time management, Memory improvement, Textbook reading, Test-taking.


Workshop presentation slides and handouts for each of the above and more available at


For a listing of Fall 2010 workshops, please visit:


Pryzbyla Center, Suite 204, Phone: (202) 319-5655

E-mail:, Web: 




18) 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:



19) 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. 





20) 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:




21) 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:

2010-2011 Undergraduate Announcements:

2010-2011 Graduate Announcements:




22) 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



CareerBuilder Job Fairs:



Employment Guide Career Fairs:


CSC Career Fairs Calendar:



23) Free Computer Classes at DC’s MLK, Jr. Memorial Library.

For more information, please visit: or call: (202) 727-0321.




24) 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




25) Federal/State/Local Financial Aid Information


Federal Financial Aid for 2010-2011 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:




26) 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 notification directs students to CardinalPAY for bill viewing and payment processing. 

For more information about CardinalPAY, visit, call 202-319-5300, or e-mail



27) 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 not wishing to purchase CUA student health insurance, should have completed the insurance waiver at by September 10, 2010.


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



28) 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:




29) 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 for details.


Diploma Application Process:


Instructions for Use:

Diploma applications must be completed via Cardinal Station.


• Go to:


• Click the “Cardinal Students” link on the Enterprise Menu


• Click the “Graduation” link


• Click the “Apply for Graduation” link

You will be presented with your Program/Plan information as recorded in Cardinal Station. If the listing is not correct, please contact the MSPS Office (202-319-5256).


• Select your “Expected Graduation Term” from a drop down list containing the next three semesters. Please enter your name as you wish it to appear on the diploma.


• Please note: Once the deadline for diploma applications has passed for your expected graduation semester, the semester will no longer be available as a drop down option. For deadline information please refer to the academic calendar at If you experience difficulty with the diploma application function, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 202-319-5300.






30) 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.


Test Dates:


Friday, November 5, 2010, 9am – 12pm (please arrive at MSPS by 8:30 am)



Friday, November 19, 9am – 12pm (please arrive at MSPS by 8:30 am)


For more information, please visit:  ***Please note that dates and 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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