The Catholic University of America

Metropolitan School of Professional Studies (MSPS) E-Announcements (Vol. 7, No. 16)

 

In this e-mail you will find: 

(Please scroll down for complete announcements) 

 

1) Spring 2011 Registration Underway – Textbook List Available Online

2) Spring 2011 Academic Deadlines

3) Senior Audits for Degree-Seeking Undergraduate Students

4) Dining Services Exam Week Schedule

5) CUA Christmas Holiday Break 12/23/10-1/2/11

6) Pryzbyla Center Holiday Hours

7) MSPS New Student Orientation for Spring 2011 Students – 1/6/11

8) Flu Vaccine Available at CUA Health Services

9) Diploma Application Deadlines for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Graduates

10) CUA Class Ring Information

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

12) Inclement Weather Information

13) CUA Writing Center Announcements

14) CUA Center for Academic Success Announcements

15) CUA Career Services Announcements

16) Cardinal Mail Forwarding Information

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

18) Academic Announcements – Important Degree Requirement Information

19) Local Career Fairs/Open Houses/Career Opportunities

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

21) Scholarship Information

22) Federal/State/Local Financial Aid Information

23) Students Please Use CardinalPay – Paper bills not issued

24) Medical Insurance Enrollment and Waiver Information for CUA Students

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

26) Graduation Information/Resources - SENIORS: PLEASE READ
27) CLEP and DSST Test Dates

 

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1) Spring 2011 Registration Underway!

Spring 2011 registration is now underway. The schedule of classes is available at http://metro.cua.edu/courses/schedule.cfm#spring. Please be sure to schedule an advising appointment with your Metropolitan academic advisor. Please call 202-319-5256 to speak with your advisor.

 

The Spring 2011 textbook list is now available online at http://metro.cua.edu/res/docs/Spring-2011-Texts-Web.pdf.

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2) Add/Drop/Withdrawal Deadlines for standard and accelerated Spring 2011 courses: http://metro.cua.edu/courses/index.cfm.

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3) 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 pagliarulo-mccarron@cua.edu 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.

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4) Dining Services' Exam Week Hours of Operations
The Office of Dining Services announces the following hours of operation for the week of Monday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 19:

  • Law School Café
    Monday, Dec. 13, through Thursday, Dec. 16: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 17: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 18: 8 a.m. to noon
    Sunday, Dec. 19: closed
  • Starbucks
    Monday, Dec. 13, through Friday, Dec. 17: 7 a.m. to midnight
    Saturday, Dec. 18: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 19: closed
  • Student Restaurant
    Monday, Dec. 13, through Thursday, Dec. 16: 7 a.m. to midnight
    Friday, Dec. 17: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 18: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 19: closed
  • The Loft C-Store
    Monday, Dec. 13, through Friday, Dec. 17: 9 a.m. to midnight
    Saturday, Dec. 18: noon to 6 p.m.
    Sunday, Dec. 19: closed
  • Food Court
    Monday, Dec. 13, through Thursday, Dec. 16: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday, Dec. 17: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Saturday, Dec. 18, and Sunday, Dec. 19: closed

For more information, contact the dining services office at cua-diningservices@cua.edu.

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5) Thursday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 2
Christmas holiday. The university is closed.

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6) Pryzbyla Center Holiday Hours
The Pryzbyla Center will be open as follows:

  • Through Friday, Dec. 17: 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 18, to Wednesday, Dec. 22: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 23, to Sunday, Jan. 2: closed
  • Monday, Jan. 3, to Friday, Jan. 7: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 8, to Sunday, Jan. 9: 8 a.m. to midnight

Normal hours will resume on Monday, Jan. 10. For more information, e-mail cua-pryzbyla@cua.edu.

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7) MSPS New Student Orientation – Thursday, January 6, 2011

The staff and faculty at MSPS warmly invite newly admitted graduate and undergraduate students to the MSPS New Student Orientation scheduled for Thursday, January 6, 2011, 5-7pm. Orientation is designed to deliver important academic and student services information in a dynamic environment that enables new students to engage actively with faculty, staff, and other MSPS students. To RSVP or for more information, please visit: http://metro.cua.edu/studentservices/newstudentorientationsp11.cfm.

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8) Flu Vaccine Available at CUA Health Services

FLU VACCINE IS HERE!!!!  DON'T GET CAUGHT WITHOUT IT!!!
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:
http://health.cua.edu/.

 

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9) Diploma Application Deadline for Fall 2010 and Spring 2011 Graduates

 

If you are planning to graduate at the conclusion of the Fall 2010 semester, you must submit the online diploma application by Monday, January 3, 2011. Instructions for completing the application can be found in E-Announcements item #26 below.

 

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 #26 below.

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10) CUA Class Ring Information

If you are interested in purchasing a CUA class ring, please visit http://rings.cua.edu

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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: http://learn.linkedin.com/what-is-linkedin/

 

To join the LinkedIn MSPS group in order to network with alumnae/i, current students, faculty and staff, please visit:  http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=1842843

 

Questions? Please contact Melissa Stevenson at stevenson@cua.edu or 202-319-5264

 

SPECIAL NOTE:

Several job opportunities now posted on LinkedIn!

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12) 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 www.cua.edu 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.

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13) CUA Writing Center Announcements

Still have a writing project to finish? The Writing Center will be remain open through finals week (Dec. 17).

Fall 2010 Hours:

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

Writing Center Coordinator:

Brooks B. Lampe

cua-writingcenter@cua.edu

For additional information on the CUA Writing Center, please visit: http://english.cua.edu/wc/

 

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14) 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 http://success.cua.edu/services/

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

E-mail: Cua-academicsuccess@cua.edu, Web: http://success.cua.edu 

 

Important Notice: The Center for Academic Success is no longer be accepting tutor referrals for the Fall 2010 semester.  Tutoring referrals will open again at the beginning of the Spring 2011 semester.

 

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15) 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, http://careers.cua.edu/. You can also email (careers@cua.edu) or drop-off your resume and receive written comments within 48 business hours.

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Upcoming Events:

For a complete list of Career Services programs, please visit: http://careers.cua.edu/New/index.cfm

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16) 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 info-center@cua.edu or (202) 319-4357. 

 

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17) 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: http://metro.cua.edu/studentservices/index.cfm.

 

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18) 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: http://announcements.cua.edu/2010-2011/undergraduate/index.cfm

2010-2011 Graduate Announcements: http://announcements.cua.edu/2010-2011/graduate/index.cfm

 

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19) Local Career Fairs/Open Houses/Career Opportunities

 

D.C. Department of Employment Services (DOES) announces the opening of new full-service Career Centers:  http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx/agency/does/section/2/release/20439.

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General Listing of federal job fairs (please scroll down the page for entire listing of agencies with upcoming recruiting events). http://www.fedjobs.com/chat/jobfairs.html

 

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Upcoming Events with CUA Career Services: http://careers.cua.edu/new/

 

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State of Maryland, Workforce Exchange Event Calendar – includes job fairs: https://mwe.dllr.state.md.us/Shared/EventsCalendar.asp?menutype=  (Click on “Events Calendar” Link)

 

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G.I. Jobs – Job Fair Calendar

http://www.gijobs.net/jobfair-calendar.cfm

 

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CareerBuilder Job Fairs: http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/CareerFairs/default.aspx

 

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Employment Guide Career Fairs: http://www.employmentguide.com/browse_jobfairs.html

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CSC Career Fairs Calendar: http://www.csc.com/careersus/ds/11851-career_events

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

For more information, please visit: http://www.dclibrary.org/calendar/2009-11?tid_1=21&term_node_tid_depth=36 or call: (202) 727-0321.

 

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21) Scholarship Information

  

Looking for scholarship resources or sources of alternative funding? Visit MSPS’s NEW Financial Assistance Resources website http://metro.cua.edu/admissions/fin-assistance.cfm

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You are also encouraged to visit the Greater Washington College Information Center for scholarship search assistance: http://www.collegeinfo.org/home.asp.

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Scholarships for Veterans

http://www.veteransfund.org/veteran_scholarships.php

 

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22) 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov.  
-- 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 http://financialaid.cua.edu/

   

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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:

http://financialaid.cua.edu/res/docs/Federal-Direct-Loan-Stafford-Increase-Request-2010.pdf

 

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23) 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 http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Student-Financial-Information/CardinalPAY.cfm, call 202-319-5300, or e-mail cua-enrollmentservices@cua.edu.

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24) 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 https://studentcenter.uhcsr.com/cua by September 10, 2010.

Default

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:
https://www.uhcsr.com/ 

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
CUA-STUDENTMEDINS@CUA.EDU

For all Billing Issues Please contact:

Office of Enrollment Services

Voice: (202) 319-5300
Toll Free: (800) 787-0242
Fax: (202) 319-5831
e-mail:
cua-enrollmentservices@cua.edu

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25) 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: http://health.cua.edu/immunizations.cfm.

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26) 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 http://metro.cua.edu/studentservices/graduating-students.cfm for details.

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Diploma Application Instructions:

 

q Complete the Diploma Application Online

·         Go to: https://cardinalstation.cua.edu

·         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 http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/Registration-and-Records/AcademicCalendar.cfm).

 

If you have missed the deadline, please contact the CUA Office of Enrollment Services at 202-319-5300.

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27) 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 Test Dates:

CLEP:

Friday, March 4, 9am – 12pm (please arrive at MSPS by 8:30 am)

 

DSST:

Friday, March 25, 9am – 12pm (please arrive at MSPS by 8:30 am)

 

For more information, please visit: http://metro.cua.edu/degree/pla//exams.cfm.  ***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.
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For additional CUA events and programs, please visit: http://thisweek.cua.edu/ or http://home.cua.edu/

 

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