Dr. Colby Taylor: Jeopardy Champion

Colby_Taylor_AD_01-10-17_SN7442Behavioral Sciences professor, Dr. Colby Taylor’s run on the TV game show “Jeopardy!”, in which he was a one-day Champion, was covered in several outlets in the local media. The Commercial Appeal ran three articles and WREG Channel 3 aired this report. After incorrectly answering “Hey Jude” to the final question on his first day — the name of the Beatles’ song sung by Ringo Starr that charted the highest — Dr. Taylor said his students reminded him of it the next morning. ”They all came in humming ‘Yellow Submarine,’” he told the CA.

English & Psychology Ranked #2 in Best Value for Small Colleges

Best-Value-Schools-Top-Small-Colleges-2017-1Bestvalueschools.com has ranked The Rosa Deal School of Arts degrees in English and Psychology #2 in best value for small colleges nationwide in 2016-2017. Both programs offer numerous paths of study including English, Creative Writing, English for Corporate Communications, Speech Pathology, and Cognitive Psychology. The programs were recognized for CBU’s low tuition costs, “the broad range of skills” students learn, and for being “a powerful incubator for undergraduate research, encouraging all students to produce original work and share their results with others in order to maintain a thriving intellectual community on campus.”

Alumni Making News: Memphis Flyer 20<30, Clinton Foundation, Award Winners & More

coverstory_20under30_p3a3365_michalyneasterMichalyn Easter (History ’13) was selected to The Memphis Flyer’s ”20<30: The Class of 2017,” an annual list of 20 young Memphians who are making a difference. Michalyn is a recipient of a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, and is currently a history teacher at Overton High School. she is the founder of the nonprofit Our Grass Our Roots in North Memphis, an organization designed to inform the community of resources and opportunities, resist gentrification, assist progressive developments, and advance individuals in the Memphis area.

Derrick Brown (MAT ’13) was a recipient of the 2016 SPARK Award, which recognizes individuals and organizations making a difference in our community. Derrick is an instructional resource teacher at Riverview Middle School and the founder and CEO of The Academy Memphis, which serves as an advocate to bridge students with special needs to higher education. The SPARK Award ceremony aired on WKNO on December 12 and is available online.

Kyra Sanchez Clapper (History ’13) recently passed her Comprehensive Exams for her Modern European History doctorate at the University of Memphis, and gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, François Michael Mansour!  Her doctoral dissertation on early French Romanticism and the writings of François-Rene de Chateaubriand builds on her earlier research for her dual Master’s degrees in French and History from the U of M.

Lauren DahlkeLauren Dahlke (Psych ’15), has been awarded a Van Vleet Memorial Doctoral Award at the University of Memphis. This is a university-wide fellowship – the top offered by the University, and two awards were made this year. Each doctoral-granting department nominates candidates, which then compete at the university level.

While at CBU, among other things, Lauren did an extended internship in the Department of Psychology at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and was involved with several studies in the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. She represented CBU at numerous research conferences, including two international venues–one of which was the 2016 International Symposium on Lasallian Research. Lauren entered the UM Master of Science Program in General Psychology last year, and this year she applied and was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. This award is a tremendous honor for Lauren.

Sister Mary Juliana (MSEL ’05), Principal of St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater, MN, was named Educator of the Year for 2017 by the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce. You can read more about her and her extensive work in the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Christopher Peterson (Philosophy ’10) and Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) co-authored a chapter: “Race, Religion, and Justice: From Privilege to Solidarity in the Mid-South Food Movement” that will be published in Food Justice in US and Global Contexts: Bringing Theory and Practice Together, ed. Ian Werkheiser and Zachary Piso (Springer, 2017).

You can read more about Chris’s thoughts on our food system and his life as a farmer on his blog Farmlosophy and on Loch Holland Farm’s Facebook page.

SaraSwisherHeadshotSara Swisher (English ’16) has been accepted into the Master’s program for Public Service at The University of Arkansas’s Clinton School for Public Service. The Clinton School is the first to offer a Master’s degree in Public Service, and gives students the knowledge and field experience to further their careers in the non-profit, governmental, volunteer, and private sectors. Upon Sara’s entry into the Clinton School, she will complete an international project in the summer of 2018. She is looking forward to this new and unique experience and furthering her career in non-profit management and policy. The Clinton School is a natural step forward from her service as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) with the City of Memphis, during which she served as a Food Policy Coordinator at Memphis Tilth, which cultivates collective action for an economically sustainable, socially equitable, and environmentally sound local food system. Sara developed the Food Policy Program, one of Memphis Tilth’s seven programs, which has the mission to advance policy and practice within Shelby County and Memphis in order to promote food security and access.

Students Making News: Awards For Scientific Research & Playwriting

Undergraduate ResearchCBU students and alumni presented their research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research on April 14-16 at the University of Memphis. Theresa Havelka (Psychology ’18) presented “Examining the Link Between Religiosity and Altruistic Behavior of College Students.” Olivia Evans (Psychology ’18) and Brigid Lockard (Psychology ’18) presented “Impression Management and Social Capital on Social Networking Sites: Post like Everyone’s Watching.” Andrea Perez-Munoz (Psychology ’17) and James Rogers (Psychology ’17) presented “N1 to Distractor Tones is Affected by Tone Salience and Primary Task Difficulty,” and Lauren Dahlke (Psychology ’16) and Daniel Gabriel (Natural Science ’16) presented “Emotional Stimuli Reduce Distractibility to Irrelevant Stimuli.” It was an exciting and informative conference with approximately 4000 undergraduate presenters from all over the United States, including a plenary address by FedEx CEO, Fred Smith.

TAS-2017-115Andrea Perez-Muñoz (left), Patrick Woody, and James Rogers (with alum Jamonté Wilson)—all psych majors—won first place in the poster session at the Tennessee Academy of Sciences. Ironically, since there was no submission category for psychology, behavioral sciences, social sciences, or neuroscience, they submitted the poster under the health and medical sciences category.

The study, titled: “Brain responses indicate that task difficulty and distractor salience create competition for attention,” was a project the students initiated in PSYC 372 Psychophysiology in Fall 2015, and have continued to work on. It was supported by the grant CBU received from National Science Foundation to purchase an electroencephalogram.

Joel Moore (English for Corporate Communications ’17) has been admitted to the law school at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, and to Syracuse Law School in New York. Regardless of what school he decides to attend, he plans to study corporate law and go into contracts and intellectual property.

walt_bwWalt Stallings (English ’18) recently received an Audience Award at this year’s Theatre Oxford’s Nat’l 10-Minute Play Contest.  He work-shopped the piece in Dr. Kristian O’Hare’s playwriting class this semester.  Additionally, his play will receive a production (dates TBA), and he also receives a cash award. Not bad for the first play he’s actually ever written!

Peer Awards 1The Rosa Deal School of Arts Language Center and it’s tutors were honored at the Second Annual Peer Educator Awards, Tuesday April  11, 2017. Bruna Colono and Efren Luna received the Tutor of the Year award for 2017. We would like to recognize the hard work of our other tutors, who put in long hours helping their peers master new languages, at the Language Center.

Faculty Making News: Publications & Podcasts

carrierem_pic2Dr. Marius Carriere (History and Political Science) attended the Organization of American Historians conference in New Orleans in April, where he and several other historians were honored as Distinguished Historians.

 

Federico Gomez-Uroz (Literature and Languages) attended the Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association conference for West Tennessee on March 25, where he chaired a session on the use of commercial games in the language classroom. The session was titled, “Using non-serious games in a serious way.” On March 26, he then spoke a panel on the Psychological Benefits of Gaming at Mid-South Cona local convention about Fantasy, Science Fiction, and gaming held each year in Memphis.

EmilyDr. Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) was interviewed by Rev. Broderick Greer, Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, about her book, Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation, on December 14. The interview was recorded and broadcast as part of the Theology Live podcast series. Listen to the podcast.

Dr. Holmes and Christopher Peterson (Philosophy ’10) co-authored a chapter: “Race, Religion, and Justice: From Privilege to Solidarity in the Mid-South Food Movement” that will be published in Food Justice in US and Global Contexts: Bringing Theory and Practice Together, ed. Ian Werkheiser and Zachary Piso (Springer, 2017).

Dr. J. Seth Lee (Literature and Languages) gave a paper at the College English Association conference in Hilton Head at the end of March. His paper, “From Early Modern Print to EEBO: (Digital) Early Modern Texts in the 21st Century Classroom,” addressed how we can utilize technology in the classroom to better understand how texts work in both their “original” forms and their digital, 21st century manifestations. More specifically he outlined an assignment using GoogleDocs to create a digital commonplace book that would allow for the creation of a semester-long grand narrative of a course. The assignment offers a place where students can bring together their knowledge from other classes germane to the readings and discussions.

Dr. Rod Vogl (Behavioral Sciences) was quoted in an article in the February 2 edition of The Commercial Appeal, entitled “Healthy relationships, healthy you.” The article dealt with ways to make strong marriages and good friendships even better.

CBU Scientists Take Minneapolis By Storm

Three students, two alumni, and one faculty member represented CBU at two research conferences in Minneapolis in late September. The sextet combined to present two posters and one 50-minute talk.

At the annual meeting of the international Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), CBU alumni Lauren Dahlke (Psychology ’16) and Daniel Gabriel (Natural Science ’16) presented “Emotional images reduce the N1 to auditory distractors.” James Rogers (Psychology ’17), Jamonté Wilson (Psychology ’15), and Dr. Jeff Sable (Behavioral Sciences) were also co-authors of the poster. Andrea Perez-MuñozPatrick Woody, and Rogers (all Psychology ’17) presented “N1 to distractor tones is affected by tone salience and primary task difficulty.” Wilson and Sable were also co-authors of this poster

Sable, Woody, Dahlke, EhrmantrautThe following week, Dahlke, Gabriel, and Sable joined Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut (Director of Mission and Special Assistant to the President) at the annual International Symposium on Lasallian Research. Dahlke, Gabriel, and Sable gave a presentation entitled “Distractibility: What we are learning from the brain about competition for our attention.” It was listed under the Educational Innovation theme—one of the research themes identified by the International Association of Lasallian Universities. Rogers, Woody, and Perez-Muñoz were also co-authors of this presentation.

All three presentations were based on student collaborations with Dr. Sable in the CBU Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, using equipment purchased with a Major Research Instrumentation award from the National Science Foundation. The researchers focused on a brain response called the N1 that reflects automatic attention. They measured this response to examine factors that influence distractibility.

Students also took on several responsibilities at the conferences. Gabriel volunteered to coordinate an initial effort to organize the grants and research coordinators of the seven universities in the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN). Gabriel, Rogers, Woody, and Sable joined the SPR Committee to Promote Student Interests, including the Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) subcommittee.

Perez-Muñoz, Rogers, and Woody will be the first students to complete the new cognitive neuroscience minor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at CBU. Dahlke and Gabriel are currently graduate students in psychology at the University of Memphis.

Sable also co-authored a poster at the SPR meeting with faculty members from Salisbury University, the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Pennsylvania State University-Erie, and Swarthmore College entitled, “Infrastructure and resources for research at primarily undergraduate institutions.” CBU has become a national leader in engaging undergraduate students in research in the fields of psychophysiology and cognitive neuroscience. Dr. Sable is involved in efforts to enhance communication and information sharing among schools that engage undergraduates in similar research.

Clockwork Case Study: A Personality Assessment of Alex from A Clockwork Orange

Andrea Perez-Munoz

Andrea Perez-Munoz (front right) with other students from the Department of Behavioral Sciences.

Andrea Perez-Muñoz (Psychology ’17) is the lead author of “Clockwork Case Study: A Personality Assessment of Alex from A Clockwork Orange,” was published in the Spring issue of the Journal of Psychological Inquiry.

The article is based on a term paper Andrea wrote for Dr. Jeff Sable’s PSYC 219 (Personality) course in fall 2014. Andrea said, “I remember thinking this was the most fun I’d had writing a paper, but I never thought it would be published!”

Dr. Sable, who frequently reviews manuscripts under consideration for publication in scientific journals, recalls, “The paper was so thorough and well-written, I thought, ‘This should be published!’ When Andrea submitted it, the reviewers seemed to agree!”

Andrea added, “I think I do my best work when I am genuinely interested in what I am doing. That kind of passion, coupled with my desire to engage in everything I do with a high degree of academic integrity, is my key to success and this publication is just one outcome of living by that rule.”

Dr. Sable believes Andrea’s success demonstrates the value of hard work in class, stating, “You never know what might come out of something that’s ‘just a class assignment’. What happens in class is as real as you make it.”

The full issue, including Andrea’s article, is now freely available online.

SOA Alumni Making News

Not a StrangerCBU alum Dennis Foley (’82) wrote and produced not a Stranger, a drama about a down-and-out, 50-year-old former high school teacher with a dark secret who befriends three 12-year-old boys, and helps one come to grips with his father’s death. Problems arise when police suspect the teacher of wrongdoing. The film was directed by and stars James Russo (pictured left).

 

 

Our Grass Our RootsMichalyn Easter (History ’13), a recipient of a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, has returned to the Memphis area to teach high school Social Studies and to unite education with community activism in the city. She is the founder of Our Grass Our Roots, “a grassroots, non-profit movement to assist in transforming the North Memphis neighborhood into an economically sustainable, community focused, cultural capital that will be the grounds for fighting gentrification and citizen displacement, involving the community, structures and businesses already present, and nurturing the individuals within the community to help make Memphis a better place.”

Danielle Hobbs (Psychology ’13) was recently named Embarker of the Week by The New Memphis InstituteEmbark is bringing together and shaping Memphis’ next group of young professionals. Our Embark alum are high-performing twenty-something change-makers who work together to make a meaningful mark on our city. We recognize those Embarkers making ripples in their professions and communities.

Bryan Williams (MAT ’03) was named as one of Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40.

David Vaughn (Psychology ’12) and Kara Jones (Psychology ’12) were joined in marriage on Oct. 22.

SOA Students Making News

Brinsley Cooper (Psychology ’17) earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at September’s CBU Volletball Invitational. Cooper hit .364 with 33 kills, 17 blocks, and five aces in 16 sets as she led the Lady Bucs to wins over Barton, Southwest Baptist, Saint Joseph’s, and Arkansas Tech.

Gulf South Conference men’s basketball coaches voted Buccaneer guard Jeff Larkin (Religion and Philosophy ’17) to the Preseason All-GSC Team. Larkin averaged 18.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.5 steals per game last season, leading the Bucs to a 12-17 record, including a 10-12 mark in GSC play. Larkin finished fourth in the GSC in scoring and tied for fifth in steals.

Alexis Gillis (Visual Arts ’17) and Luis Martinez (Visual Arts ’17), both BFA majors with concentrations in Graphic Design, were each awarded $1000.00 merit based scholarships from the River Arts Festival Invitational. Awards are given each year to two undergraduate students from local universities. The award ceremony took place at Askew, Nixon, Ferguson on October 7th.

Betty Armstrong (English ’17), Cenetria Crockett (History ’19), and Mirissa Anderson (Creative Writing ’17) were initiated into the Phi Alpha Theta National Honorary History Society.

Honors Know Yourself

Clockwise from top left: Brigid Lockard, Rakesha Gray, Dr. Tracie Burke, Erin Aulfinger

Over fall break, CBU Honors Program students RaKesha Gray (Religion and Philosophy ’17), Brigid Lockard (Psychology ’19), and Erin Aulfinger (Creative Writing ’19), along with program director Dr. Tracie Burke, attended the National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Seattle, WA. The conference theme was “Know Yourself.” RaKesha and Erin presented “Knowing The Geek Within: How the Christian Brothers University Honors Program Helps Its Students Learn Who They Are and Who They Want to Become,” and Brigid presented “The View from the 31st Century: Futurama as Lens for Exploring Future Space Commercialization Strategies.” Both presentations received rave reviews from other conference attendees.

New Concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics has identified Industrial Organizational Psychology (I/O) as one of the fastest growing fields through 2020. Due to this demand and growing interest in the field, the Behavioral Sciences Department has modified our previous Applied Psychology major to develop an Applied Psychology Major with a concentration in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Instructor Chanda Murphy and Mauricio Ramirez (Senior Applied Psychology Major) have been working over the past two years to develop this major to include the courses and experiences, curricular and extracurricular, necessary to prepare students to be competitive upon graduation. Research to develop the paradigm included looking at other universities in the Mid-South that had comparable majors and making sure CBU’s major would provide similar courses and opportunities. The new paradigm offers classes in areas such as leadership, personnel development, human resources, and organizational development. Many of these courses focus on bringing in people from industry to share their experiences and to demonstrate how professionals apply theoretical and practical information learned in the classroom in their daily roles. Moreover, these courses incorporate the most recent research in the field of I/O to keep students abreast of the future of the field. The students are also required to take the three statistics courses that our other psychology majors complete so that those that graduate with the I/O Psychology concentration are prepared for both the applied domain and graduate school.

The updated major has already generated interest from corporations in the Memphis area. Professor Murphy and other CBU I/O students recently spoke at a meeting for the Memphis Industrial Organizational Psychology (MIOP) chapter about the updated paradigm and internship possibilities. I/O Professionals, including faculty at the University of Memphis, have also applauded CBU for bringing the attention to the need and importance of having a degree that prepares students to enter the world of Industrial Organizational Psychology. There are already over ten students enrolled in the major and it is expected to grow significantly. Any questions about the major can be directed to Instructor Chanda Murphy: cmurphy6@cbu.edu