The Catholic University of America


Spring into Fitness


"Spring into Fitness" Fair
April 16 is the annual CUA “Spring into Fitness” fair sponsored by the Campus Wellness Committee. The fair is open to all faculty, staff, and students and does not require participation in the CUA United Healthcare insurance plans. Stop by the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center’s patio between noon and 2 p.m. to take part in exercise classes, fitness testing, and blood pressure screening. United Healthcare representatives will be on site to answer any benefits-related questions. There also will be games and raffles, so be sure to stop by the fair!

Lunchtime Brown-Bag Seminar: Stress Management that Works!
Debi Dunn of Carebridge Corporation, CUA’s Employee Assistance Program provider, will be on site to hold a lunchtime seminar titled “Stress Management that Works!” on Tuesday, April 28. The brown-bag lunch event will be held in Room 321 of the Pryzbyla Center from noon to 1 p.m. Space is limited so please R.s.v.p. by emailing Terry Fletcher at

2014 Medical and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) Deadline
This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting your 2014 claim(s) is April 30. Claims from 2014 can include claims incurred through March 15, 2015. To submit your 2014 claim(s), please complete the Medical FSA and/or Dependent Care FSA forms and submit them directly to the Health Care Account Service Center, P.O. Box 981506, El Paso, TX 79998-1506.

Annual Leave (Vacation) Reminder
The annual leave policy is based on the fiscal year, May 1 to April 30. This is a reminder to use your appropriate annual leave time before April 30 to ensure your leave balance is accurately recorded. Also, all leave reports and time sheets must be submitted regularly with each payroll cycle. If you have outstanding time sheets from prior months, please ensure they are submitted by April 15 to the Department of Payroll located in Leahy Hall, Room 130.

Exempt employees may carry over up to a maximum of 21 days into the next vacation year (beginning May 1). All carry-over vacation days in excess of seven days must be used by Aug. 15 within the new vacation year.

Non-exempt employees hired before Jan. 1, 1994, may carry over a maximum of 30 days of accrued vacation leave to the next vacation year beginning May 1. Non-exempt employees hired on or after Jan. 1, 1994, may carry over a maximum of 21 days of accrued vacation leave to the next vacation year. Please click here for the annual leave (vacation) policy. Your vacation hours balance can be reviewed on your most recent paycheck. 


TIAA-CREF Counseling Sessions 
A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on campus to provide one-on-one retirement information sessions for employees in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 331, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. While the sessions are free, an appointment is required. Please call the Meeting Request Center number at 800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment for one of the Thursday dates below. 

April 9
May 14
June 11

For sessions conducted in Spanish, please contact Conchy Perez at 214-626-8326 to schedule an appointment for one of the Wednesday dates below. All sessions will be held in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 331.

Date Time
April 22 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 20 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 17 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More information regarding the CUA 403(b) TIAA-CREF Retirement Plan(s) can be found here

Tips to “Spring into Fitness!”
Regular exercise can help us improve our health and lose weight. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 25% of adults don’t exercise at all. We are all busy balancing work, school, and family, but we should incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise three to five times a week. (Please make sure to check with your doctor before you start or increase your activity level.)

Here are some strategies to help you incorporate exercise into your daily routine:

  • Wake up earlier. Start by setting your alarm clock to go off minutes earlier. Do stretches and jumping jacks before getting in the shower, or follow a short exercise DVD.
  • Find a workout buddy. Exercising with a friend is more fun than working out alone and a good motivator. Ask a coworker to go for a walk during lunch or see if a neighbor wants to shoot hoops.
  • Change into exercise clothes before leaving work. You'll be ready for a short walk as soon as you get home.
  • Schedule your fitness activities. If you put exercise on your calendar like other appointments, you're more likely to do it.
  • Acknowledge your successes. Keep a log of all the times you make a healthy choice to move more, such as taking the stairs instead of an elevator. Also, reward yourself as you meet your goals.
  • Create a home (or desk) gym with accessible equipment such as a jump rope, a stability ball, exercise bands, and dumbbells. They don't cost much or take up much room.
  • Move while you watch TV. Don't sit idly, do sit-ups or jog in place instead!
  • Play games with your kids. Don't just watch while your kids play outside; join in their fun.
  • Exercise while you work. Raise your activity level and productivity with neck rolls or arm raises (push hands out to the side and then up toward the ceiling). Or do a few modified push-ups on the edge of your desk.