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.

CBU’s Education Department Receives High Marks On TN Educator Preparation Provider Report Card

CBU’s Education department was lauded for its involvement with Shelby County Schools, particularly Maxine Smith STEAM Academy and Crosstown High School, in the “Memphasis” commentary column by Dan Conaway in The Daily News on February 17. Entitled “Publicly Advancing,” the column quoted President John Smarrelli and closed with Conaway’s comment that “CBU isn’t retreating into ivy-covered towers or private classrooms; they are publicly engaging in their city and committing their expertise to improve it.”

Additionally, according to the TN Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) report card, CBU’s Department of Education earned outstanding marks. We are 1 of 6 schools scoring a 4/4 in candidate performance and a 3/4 in overall performance, employment, and provider impact.

EQuAL-posterIn other news, the Education department will start a new MAT fast track cohort in June (left). Our LANCE program is welcoming three new teachers in the fall who will be teaching at Promise Academy, Resurrection Catholic School, and St. Paul’s, in addition to our two continuing second year teachers who will remain at Promise Academy and St. Paul’s.

On April 25, the Education department presented awards for Outstanding Alumni to Shawn Morgan (Mathematics with Licensure), Derrick Brown (MAT), Matt Campbell (MED), Heather Valdez (MED), John Bordelon (MED & MSEL), and Kristi Baird (MSEL). Awards for Outstanding Education Partner were presented to two of our adjunct supervisors, Katie Stanton and Barbara Greebon. The Ellen Faith Chair’s Award for Outstanding Alumi went to Colleen Boyette (Human Development with Elementary Licensure).

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Dr. Samantha Alperin (left), Colleen Boyette (center), Mac Faith (right)

The Outstanding Alumni Awards are given to undergraduate, MAT, MED, and MSEL alums who have shown outstanding teaching in their schools and have connected at the alumni level with our department. The Outstanding Partner Awards are given to adjuncts, school districts, or others who have partnered with our department to create professional development or other opportunities for our teaching candidates to interact with them (e.g., university supervisors, STEAM, SCS, municipalities,TFA, etc). The Dr. Ellen Faith Chair’s Award for Outstanding Alumni is in memory of Dr. Ellen Faith and is given at the chair’s discretion to the alumni exhibiting all domains of the Education Department Mission: Servant Leader, Effective & Reflective Practitioner, Champion of Individual Learner Potential, and Builder of Vibrant Learning Communities.

You can keep up with the Education Department on our Facebook page.

Faculty Making News

Wendy Ashcroft

Left to right : Angie Delloso, Wendy Ashcroft, Anne Marie Quinn

Dr. Wendy Ashcroft, Ed.,D, BACB-D presented at the international conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Dr. Ashcroft and her public school colleagues have presented at this prestigious conference regularly since 2001.

This year’s presentation, entitled Social Skills for Exceptional Children: Effective Instruction With Tiered Interventions, was developed through collaboration with Angie Delloso, M.S, BCBA, and Anne Marie, Quinn, M.A. Both Ms. Delloso and Ms. Quinn completed their Beginning Administrative Leadership licences at CBU and are now Exceptional Student Education Coordinators for the Germantown Municipal School District.

This three-member team has also authored both a book (Social Skills Games and Activities for Kids with Autism, published by Prufrock Press, Inc.) and a laminated guide for teachers (Social Skills: Effective Instruction for Exceptional Learners). As a part of April’s Autism Awareness Month, they were actively involved in sharing their work and in learning about the latest evidence-based practices at the CEC conference in St. Louis.

Dr. Karen B. Golightly presented her paper “The Writing on the Wall: an Analysis of Dublin Street Art” as part of the “Visualizing Dublin in the 21st Century” panel of the American Conference of Irish Studies on April 15. Her paper examines the rhetoric of Dublin murals and how they are both a reflection of and an influence upon Irish past and present.

On January 10, Dr. Emily Holmes (Dept. of Religion and Philosophy) gave a lecture on “The Meaning and Practice of Mindfulness in the Christian Tradition” at the Harpswell Symposium for Mindfulness in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Dr. Holmes and Dr. Mary Campbell (Dept. of Behavioral Sciences) visited Cambodia as part of a partnership between CBU and the Harpswell Foundation, whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia and the developing world.

Dr. Kristian O’Hare has been accepted into Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. Lambda’s Retreat is among the country’s most competitive writer’s residencies and the only one specifically for LGBTQ writers. Lambda Retreat Fellows have a remarkable reputation of publishing, winning other fellowships and awards, and of active involvement in local and national literary communities. The Retreat will be held July 24– July 31, 2016 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In addition, Dr. O’Hare and Dr. Golightly recently took several of our Creative Writing students to the Southern Literary Festival at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, where students participated in workshops and master classes in screenwriting, playwriting, memoir writing, and bookbinding.

Associate Professor Nick Pena’s work was selected, by the board of LOCATE Arts, for inclusion in their online registry. LOCATE Arts serves Tennessee by anchoring and spotlighting the contemporary visual art scenes in each region and fostering a unified statewide art scene. Our programs promote art dialogue between the different cities in the state, and between the state and the world. You can find the online registry at to find contemporary artists of Tennessee including Professor Pena’s located on the first page of the registry.

Professor Peña also recently participated as a panelist for Hustle: Fine Tuning your Studio Practice, on Tuesday, April 12 at Crosstown Arts. The talk highlighted ways to make your work needs the highest item on your priority list – how to get there and keep it there with all of the other pressures and obligations in your life.

Hustle: Professional Development for Artists is a series of free programs organized by ArtsMemphis, UrbanArt Commission, and Crosstown Arts. The series will provide visual artists with information, resources, and opportunities to support them in the development of their professional careers. Workshop topics will range from positive studio practices to pricing work and navigating gallery representation.

Dr. Jeff Sable, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences, took part in a session on Teaching Neuroscience at the Southeast Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (SETOP) in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 5, 2016. He and three colleagues were invited to plan and conduct the session, which included hands-on activities they conduct in their classrooms. Dr. Sable led the attendees through “The Quad is a Neuron”, an activity he does in PSYC 225 Biological Psychology, in which students spread out in the Buckman Quad and each plays the role of a single input to a nerve cell. The activity demonstrates some of the characteristics of communication inside a nerve cell.

Dr. Sable also recently attended the International Conference on Nutrition and Growth in Vienna, Austria. He presented a poster, Development of Event-Related Brain Potentials in a Pig Model of Preterm Birth and Nutrition Support, which he co-authored with collaborators at the University of Memphis and Enzymotec Ltd. (Kfar Baruch, Israel). The research was also presented along with other results as a poster, Brain Development after Preterm Birth is Enhanced by Including Phosphatidylserine in Formula: Evidence from Preterm Pigs, at the recent Experimental Biology meeting in San Diego, California.

A volume entitled The Holy Spirit and the Church according to the New Testament, co-edited by Dr. James Wallace, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, containing the papers from a Symposium he attended in Belgrade, is now out.

It contains his essay, “Spirit(s) in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs.” The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs is an ancient, pseudonymous text that was probably written by Jews but later edited and preserved by Christians. It offers rich discourse about “spirit” (Greek: pneuma) from around the time of the birth of Christianity. The essay explores the text’s presentation of human spirits, evil (demonic) spirits, and benevolent spirit, focusing on the last of these. Dr. Wallace argues that ultimately, despite various terms for a good spirit (e.g., “Spirit of Truth,” “Spirit of Understanding”), the author(s) of the text ultimately understands there to be only one good, divine spirit. The essay explores the role of this divine Spirit in promoting virtue and obedience to God’s law, as well as the eschatological role of this Spirit. In the essay, Dr. Wallace also examines the influence of Stoicism on this text and the similarities between the Testament’s discourse of “spirit” and what we find in certain Dead Sea Scrolls, especially the Rule of the Community. Finally, the essay offers conjectures as to why the pneumatology of the text may have been one factor that led early Christians to treasure and preserve this text.

As far as the edited volume as a whole, it contains papers around the central theme (“The Holy Spirit and the Church According to the New Testament”) from Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox perspectives. Topics include the Holy Spirit in: Luke-Acts, Paul, the Gospel of John, the Church Fathers, and the liturgy. Typically, there is one essay from a “Western” (Protestant or Roman Catholic) perspective, and one from an “Eastern” (Orthodox) perspective. There are also papers from the seminars on the Holy Spirit in: the Gospels, the second-century Christian writings, and ancient Judaism (my paper was from this last seminar). Other highlights include an essay (with illustrations) on the Holy Spirit in Orthodox iconography and essays on New Testament Scholarship in Serbia. The volume also contains an essay by N. T. Wright: “The Glory Returns: Spirit, Temple and Eschatology in Paul and John.”

Dr. Wallace also attended the Society of Biblical Literature conference in Atlanta back in November. I attended some great sessions, including one on “Luke-Acts and Ethnicity” and one on biblical interpretation in C.S. Lewis, as well as a session on the Gospel of John. While there, I caught up with our former colleague, Dr. David Dault, who continues to thrive in Chicago as president and CEO of the Chicago Sunday Evening Club. He also continues to run his radio program, “Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith.”

Fr. Bruce Cinqeugrani and Dr. Wallace both attended Dr. Walter Brueggemann’s lecture here in Memphis entitled, “How Do We Read the Bible Faithfully Amidst a Predatory Economy?” They both report to have found the lecture engaging and inspiring, as Brueggemann elucidated the ways the Bible offers resistance to “economies of extraction” that seek to transfer wealth from the common people to the wealthy. He highlighted the Christian liturgy of the Eucharist – a term which means “Thanksgiving”! – as an alternative script for church communities, because the Eucharist highlights God’s abundance (as opposed to the rhetoric and fear of scarcity) to foster communities of neighborliness instead of competition.

The following faculty were awarded promotion effective starting the 2016/17 academic year:

Dr. Ben Jordan, promoted to Associate Professor of History and Political Science
Dr. Jeffery Gross, promoted to Associate Professor of Literature and Languages
Dr. Samantha Alperin, promoted to Professor of Education

The following faculty were awarded tenure effective starting in the 2016/17 academic year:

Dr. Ric Potts, Associate Professor of Education, Director of MSEL Program
Dr. Jeffrey Sable, Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences

The following faculty were awarded tenure effective starting in the 2017/18 academic year:

Mr. Matthew Hamner, Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
Mr. Nicholas Pena, Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
Dr. Benjamin Jordan, Associate Professor of History and Political Science

In Memoriam

Ellen FaithDr. Ellen Faith (Education) passed away on October 30th. She leaves behind her husband and love of her life of 45 years, Mack Faith. Mack sends this message: “We had an idea for a memorial which she liked a lot. I’ll share as soon as I can. We both fully expected we had months and maybe even years, so many things ‘in progress.’ She wanted and will have cremation. There will be no funeral. More on that later. Meanwhile, do what your own practice in integrity asks you to do. Thank you all for providing me so many wonderful little messages to deliver to her as Death’s Stalker closed in on her. Blessings to you all. Live bravely.”

The memorial activities will take place between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at First Congregational Church, 1000 S. Cooper St., Memphis, TN.

The sanctuary at First Congregational has an excellent indoor labyrinth. The first 45 minutes or so will be silent (voices) with a meditative musical accompaniment allowing those who wish to quietly walk the labyrinth as their form of memorialization to have that opportunity. It should be possible for participants to walk at any time during the service. Memorializing remarks will be more conversational in tone and less rhetorical than is sometimes the case.

Memories can be shared on a dedicated Facebook memorial page. Too, donations in Ellen’s honor may be made to Doctors Without Borders and/or the Church Health Center. Please keep Ellen and Mack in your thoughts and prayers.

Faculty Making News

Dr. Samantha Alperin, (Chair, Education) presented at the Diocesan summer and fall in-services on “Teaching Without the Text.” She has recently been appointed to the board of St. Paul’s, the CBHS President’s Council, and the Committee for Accreditation and School Excellence through the Diocese which works toward planning and improvement for system accreditation.

Dr. Frank Buscher (History & Political Science), along with Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering), attended the International Symposium on Lasallian Research from September 27-29 at the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis. More than 120 Lasallian educators and scholars from numerous countries gathered to present and discuss current research. The Superior General of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Brother Robert Schieler, was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) attended “The Symposium of the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression” at U.T. Chattanooga. He is a member of the Symposium’s Executive Committee.

Mrs. Hollie Comas (LANCE Director) has announced her retirement as of December. Ms. Colleen Boyette, Education’s administrative assistant and university supervisor of student and intern teachers, will take her place starting in January. Colleen comes to us from a previous position OLPH. She was an Lasallian Volunteer in Freeport, NY, and received her Master’s degree in educational leadership from Notre Dame before returning to Memphis. She is a graduate of St. Agnes and CBU.

Dr. Cort Casey (Education) and Professor Nancy Wilder (Education) attended the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) conference in Washington, DC in September, and on behalf of CBU’s Department of Education, are happy to announce that the Selected Improvement Commission of CAEP granted NCATE accreditation to the Department at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels. As noted in their report, “This accreditation decision indicates that the department and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community.” The next accreditation visit will be in Spring 2022.

Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages) was awarded The Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair. Dr. Golightly recently organized the Paint Memphis event on July 18, which brought together more than 50 artists to create the largest collaborative mural in town on the south side of the Wolf River flood wall that runs .3 miles along the proposed Chelsea Greenline in the New Chicago/North Midtown neighborhood. More information (and photos) are available at paintmemphis.org or facebook.com/PaintMemphis. The project was covered extensively in The Commercial Appeal, and she also appeared on Local Memphis Live on September 30 to discuss PaintMemphis and CBU’s Fresh Reads and Memphis Reads programs, which recently brought author Dave Eggars and Sudanese lost boy Valentino Achak Deng to Memphis.

Paint Memphis

Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) was awarded CBU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.

Matthew Hamner (Visual & Performing Arts) was interviewed on WKNO’s Listening to the Arts about his participation in “The Laramie Project-10 Years Later,” which was produced by New Moon Theater Company at the Evergreen Theater in Memphis in June of 2015.

jordan_modernDr. Benjamin Jordan’s (History & Political Science) book, Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, is coming out with the University of North Carolina Press in April 2016. In this illuminating look at gender and Scouting in the United States, Dr. Jordan examines how, in its founding and early rise, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) integrated traditional Victorian manhood with modern, corporate-industrial values and skills.

 

Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) was awarded The Harold R. Krelstein Chair In Performing Arts & Communications. His exhibition, Crosscut,” was recently on display (Aug.-Oct.) in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery in CBU’s Plough Library.

Pena Crosscut

 

Teaching NeuroscienceDr. Jeff Sable (Behavioral Sciences) authored two chapters in Teaching Neuroscience: Practical Activities for an Engaged Classroom, a freely available e-book published on September 10 by the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (Division 2 of the American Psychological Association). Each chapter describes a “classroom” activity Dr. Sable developed, including one he developed at CBU as part of PSYC 225 Biological Psychology. In it, the Buckman Quadrangle becomes a giant virtual nerve cell in which students take on roles as its working parts.

Students Making News

A Brown - Joel BrownCBU celebrated Constitution Day on Thursday on September 17 with the valuable assistance of the CBU Pre-Law Society. Angelica Brown (English for Corporate Communications ’18) and Joel Moore (English for Corporate Communications ’17) distributed pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution to the CBU community in front of Alfonso Dining Hall and the Buc. This year, antique-style reproductions of the Declaration of Independence were also available. Dr. Karl Leib (Associate Professor, History & Political Science, and Pre-Law Advisor) was on hand to answer questions about the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence.

The Gulf South Conference named Lady Buc outside hitter Alexis Gillis (Visual Arts ’17) as its Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending September 30 after she broke the school record for kills. For the week, Gillis averaged 4.62 kills per set, pounding 60 kills and hitting .233 with 34 digs in 13 sets. She started the week with 17 kills and 11 digs in a five-set loss at Lee Tuesday night. Friday night, she set a new school record with 32 kills, hitting .366 with 14 digs as the Lady Bucs upended Alabama Huntsville in five sets. She concluded the week with 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks in a three-set loss to first-place North Alabama Saturday afternoon.

The Gulf South Conference also named Lady Buc midfielder Connie Strini (Early Childhood ’19) as its Freshman of the Week for the period ending September 30 after she led the Lady Bucs to a 1-1 week. Strini played all 90 minutes and scored two second-half goals in the Lady Bucs’ win over Spring Hill. She also played all 90 minutes in a loss to West Florida.

Rakesha Gray (English ’17), John Dawson (Business Administration ’16), and Angel Rodriguez (Cybersecurity ’18), were honored by the Division of Student Life with the CBU Spirit Awards.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) was recently invited to submit an article on the theology of sports and recreation to the summer 2015 issue of Church Health Reader, the official publication of Memphis’ own Church Health Center. Also, his recent paper entitled “Welcomed as Christ: Immigration Through the Lens of Benedictine Hospitality” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming (yet undetermined) issue of Benedictines, a journal of contemporary monastic issues published by the Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS.

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Daryl Stephens (top, 2nd from right), Dr. Hanebrink (not pictured)

Daryl Stephens (Psychology ’14, Uganda site manager) was one of several participants in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program who presented their summer-abroad research on September 19. and Dr. Julia Hanebrink (Psychology ’01, Uganda site director). The MHIRT program at CBU provides international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

Phi Alpha ThetaThe CBU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, held its induction on October 6. Pictured above (l-r) are new initiates Jackson Brumfield (History ’18) and Jumari Callaway (History ’17) with Amy Rohling, President (History ’17); Mustafa Hmood, Treasurer (History ’16); and Katie Lewis, Secretary (History ’16).

Lasallian FellowsCBU has named (above l-r) Mustafa Hmood (History ’16), Ian Boyd (English ’16), Sara Swisher (English ’16), Kierra Turner (Accounting ’16) and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16) as its 2016 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows. The 2016 Fellows were introduced to the CBU Community at the Academic Convocation on August 27 (pictured above with Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President).

CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his or her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making.

Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $10,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman. (They also now appear, much larger than life, on the west wall of the Thomas Center.)

In Memoriam

The CBU Community mourns the sudden passing of Daniel Messinger, Administrative & Licensing Officer Assistant in the Department of Education, on Easter Sunday.

Dan

Dan graduated from CBU with a degree in Marketing in 1999 and earned his MBA in 2003. He leaves his wife, Stephanie Raniszewski Messinger (’97, MBA ’99) and their daughter, Evie, as well as sister-in-law Tricia Raniszewski Swaney (’01), brother-in-law David Swaney (’01), mother-in-law Rita Raniszewski (Education Department, MBA ’07 & MEd ’15) and father-in-law Edward Raniszewski (’76).

 

Family and friends have set up a memorial fund for his daughter, Evie. Memorial donations can be sent to:

Fund for Evie
c/o Joshua Shipley
Vice President, Commercial Lending
Independent Bank
5050 Poplar Avenue, Suite 2200
Memphis, TN 38157

A meal scheduling site has been set up to support Stephanie and Evie during this difficult time, and members of the CBU Community can volunteer at www.takethemameal.com/meals.php?t=NOOO4488.

Please keep Dan’s family and the extended Raniszewski family in your thoughts and prayers.

Brother MattBrother Matthew Szatkowski passed away on Tuesday, January 27 at Villa Scalabrini in Sun Valley, CA. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 57 years, Brother Matt taught theater arts and speech at CBU from 1987 to 2009. After his retirement he lived in Los Angeles and most recently at Villa Scalabrini.

A graduate of De La Salle Institute in Chicago, Brother Matt entered the novitiate of the Brothers in Glencoe, MO. He professed his first vows in 1959 and his final vows in 1966. He earned his BA and MEd from St. Mary’s College in Winona, MN, an MA from the University of Notre Dame, and an MFA from Memphis State University.

Survivors include his brother James Szatkowski of Clarkston, WA; niece Cynthia Szatkowski of Camarillo, CA; and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He donated his body to science.

Please keep Brother Matt, his family, and the Christian Brothers in your thoughts and prayers. Donations may be sent to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).

Faculty Making News

Dr. Libby Broadwell (Professor, Literature and Languages) presented a paper entitled “Phoenix Jackson’s Repurposed Umbrella: An Ecocritical Reading of Eudora Welty’s “A Worn Path” at the Tennessee Philological Annual Conference in Henderson, TN, in February 2015.

Dr. Jeff Gross (Assistant Professor, Literature and Languages) presented a paper, “Teaching African American Literature in the Age of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown,” at the College English Association Annual Conference in Indianapolis.

Dr. Paul Haught (Dean, School of Arts, Associate Professor) along with Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical Engineering) presented their research on CBU’s STEM educational outreach programs at the second annual meeting of Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). The meeting took place in Detroit, and the title of their presentation was “Educating Minds and Touching Hearts: Adventures in STEM Educational Outreach.”

On November 20, 2014, Dr. Emily Holmes (Associate Professor, Religion and Philosophy) read from and signed copies of her book, Flesh Made Word: Medieval Women Mystics, Writing, and the Incarnation (Baylor University Press, 2013). The event was sponsored by the President’s Commission on Women and held in Plough Library. Furthermore, Dr. Holmes was the guest editor of a special issue of the Journal of Theology & Sexuality on the theme of “maternality.” In addition to editing, she contributed the introduction to the special issue, “On Maternality, Between Theology and Sexuality.” Theology & Sexuality 19:3 (2013): 195–202.

Little Free LibraryMaybe you’ve already noticed the little wooden “house” outside St. Joseph Hall. It’s CBU’s new “Little Free Library.” If you’re not familiar with the Little Free Library movement, it’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. CBU’s Little Free Library is the brainchild of Dr. Kelly James (Assistant Professor, Behavioral Science), who has already stocked it and is in the process of registering it with the international organization. By the way, our Little Free Library is the 15th one in Memphis — check out the map of all locations around the world. So, go ahead, take a book, CBU. (And don’t forget to return a book.)

Dr. Kelly James also lead a discussion on consent, sexual activity, and the dynamics between women and men on March 26 as part of the Women’s History Month Series at CBU.

An article by Dr. Karl Leib (Associate Professor, History & Political Science), entitled “State Sovereignty in Space: Current Models and Possible Futures,” has been published in the journal Astropolitics.

A huge thank you to all of the CBU students who helped out with Cheer for the Kids this year. Over 50 CBU students volunteered their time at the 8th annual event to help raise enough money for Make-A-Wish of the Mid-South to grant approximately five wishes. A special thank you to CBU student Mauricio Ramirez (Psychology) for all of his involvement over the past year in helping plan the 2015 event.

Cheer for the Kids is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Chanda S. Murphy (Instructor, Behavioral Sciences) and fellow Memphian Ashley Bradford to help raise awareness and money for local child-focused philanthropy organizations. For more information or to get involved with Cheer for the Kids please visit www.facebook.com/CheerForTheKids

Dr. Brendan Prawdzik’s (Assistant Professor, Literature and Languages) article “Marvell’s Phenomenal Spirituality and the Processes of History: ‘Eyes of Tears’ and The Remarks upon a Late Disingenuous Discourse,” has been acccepted for publicaton in Explorations in Renaissance Culture, date TBA.Dr. Prawdzik also presented his paper “Sexual Violence and Civil War in ‘To His Coy Mistress’” at Exploring the Renaissance: An International Conference [SCRC], in Raleigh, NC, this past March. And will be presenting his paper “Samson Agonistes: Passion’s Looking-Glass” at the International Milton Symposium, Exeter, UK, in July of this year.

Past SOA Events

STEMM Workshop
Christian Brothers University in partnership with Christian Brothers High School offered a workshop for educators featuring Dr. Justin Whitmer on “Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems” on Friday, March 20. Participants applied the basic principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking integral to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education; participated in collaborative breakout sessions to build lesson plans with compelling problems and case studies in various disciplines such as English, Literature, Social Studies, Sciences, and Fine Arts; learned tips to transform a classroom into a collaborative learning environment in multiple academic disciplines in grades K-12; built project-based and problem-based lesson plans, and developed assessment strategies to employ in classrooms.

Come to the Table, Faith and Our Food System
Dr. Jennifer Ayres spoke in the University Theater on March 26. Dr. Ayres is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. She is the author of two books: Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. The event was sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith.

Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter
The CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy also recently presented a lunch and learn with Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts of Wake Forest University on April 13. Christian encounters with other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Dr. Roberts brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lunch and learn discussion, she talked about how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding.

The Education Department’s Summer of Service

ncate_logoThe Education Department had a summer to remember! Under the leadership of Nancy Wilder, members of the Education Department provided literally hundreds of service hours to prepare for the NCATE (National Council for Teacher Accreditation) visit in the spring of 2015.

Instead of their usual summer of tedious beach trips and monotonous traveling, we donated 10 full weeks of their vacation time to this project that produced a report with more than 200 exhibits, charts, and tables and 44 pages of supporting explanations.

A team of visitors will review this Institutional Report and provide feedback. During the fall semester, the department responded to their questions and added an additional two years of data. In March, the team will visit the campus and we hope that the entire CBU community will welcome them and support us as we work to earn the continuation of this important accreditation.