Donor To Match First $1,000 Toward Student Travel Fund

T Patrick - P WoodyChristian Brothers University and the Rosa Deal School of Arts have recently established a Student Travel Fund to support students in the RDSOA who wish to travel regionally, nationally, or internationally to participate in professional development workshops or to present original work at conferences, including research or creative work, in their chosen field. Such journeys provide students with invaluable experience and networking opportunities, and previous trips have included research presentations in SeattleMinneapolis, and, most recently, Vienna, Austria (link to be added).

A gracious anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $1,000 in donations. So far, we have raised $300 for the fund, which has been matched by a $300 gift from the donor. Additional gifts will enable the university to access the remaining matching funds and offer more student travel grants. While we do our best to support our students, we (and they) still need additional support. Every little bit helps: for example, if ten people give $10 that means an additional $200 for our students to travel, which is equivalent to a night or two in a hotel or meals during their travel.

Grants from the fund will be made available to full-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level who are majoring in any discipline in the Rosa Deal School of Arts. The application and award process will be overseen and administered by the Academic Vice President, and the Dean of the School of Arts.

Anyone interested in making a gift to the Rosa Deal School of Arts Student Travel Fund can donate online at our donation page and choose the RDSOA Student Travel Fund in the designation drop-down menu. Checks can be made out to Christian Brothers University with “RDSOA Student Travel Fund” in the “for” line and mailed to:

Office of Advancement
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

Student Spotlight: Destiny Bell

cathedralRecently, I was granted the honor of traveling to Austria to present research that a few upperclassmen recruited me to help with. When I first came to CBU, I would have never thought this would be in my cards, but as I stood there staring at the huge plane carrying us to our layover in Spain, I knew it was all too real.

So what do you do when you travel to another country to a conference completely filled with graduates and professors? If you answered, “Cry,” you are partially right, at least on my mother’s part. I am pretty sure she tracked my plane throughout the whole ride. However, as much as I love my mom, the story lies in what happened once I finally got to Vienna, home to many glorious people like Sigmund Freud, Hans Asperger, and Wolfgang Mozart. How in the world was I going to do this?

After sleeping off the inevitable jet lag, the adventure carried on. The conference was held in The Hofburg, a place where it looked like Kings and Queens would vacation. Once again, it struck me that I was an undergraduate travelling the world with research I had worked so hard to complete. I was only involved in the data collection and analysis part, so I can only imagine how it felt for the authors of the project. As we finally walked through the doors, I got a badge with my name on it that clarified what institution I was from and the name of the conference, “Society for Psychophysiology Research.” This was the third conference I’ve attended, but this one was so much more, because I was out of my element. When the conference finally started, I was surprised at how much I could recall. I was able to sit there and defend the thought process and reasoning behind our poster, all while also drinking in the knowledge of others. You would not believe how many people approached us to simply spitball ideas for a new project.

In the middle of a foreign country, with a bunch of new people, I found myself and felt at home in the little bits around me; I found solace in the knowledge everyone came to share. As I wandered through the different posters, new ideas popped up, and I realized this is what I wanted to keep doing for the rest of my life. I want to travel and experience the commonality of knowledge in a room filled with total strangers.

illusion museumIf you think all the academic stuff was cool, you should have seen the adventures afterwards. We found new places to dine where they served us juicy sausages for a small price. We experienced the Natural History Museum and found more creatures than we cared to know were out there in the world. We got into trouble at the Museum Der Illusionen. We were able to see how the locals lived by taking the U-Bahn (subway). We had so much fun in that small week we were there. We exercised our intellectual curiosity by visiting the Freud Museum and learned about one of psychology’s founding fathers. I would go back every time and relive those awe-inspiring moments.

Destiny Bell
Psychology ’18
Cognitive Neuroscience Minor

Student News: Fellows, Flood Waters, Awards, and More…

Allensworth Fellow AwardAlison Allensworth (Psychology ’18) was selected a CBU Lasallian Fellow, Class of 2018. 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/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. 

2017 Fellows


NCHC 2017 fun photo 3CBU Honors Program students Brigid Lockard, Theresa Havelka, Chelsea Joyner, Gabriela Morales Medina, Elizabeth Parr, and program director Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences) attended the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference November 8-12 in Atlanta, Georgia. Brigid Lockard and Theresa Havelka presented Media Exposure and Stigmatization of those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Chelsea Joyner presented Crying Beowulf: What Happens When We Don’t Know the Truth. Gabriela Morales Medina presented International Nerds: How The CBU Honors Program Makes Our City And University More Accessible To International Students and The Intersection of Hitler and Rhetoric, which was awarded second place in the NCHC Arts and Humanities category. Elizabeth Parr and Dr. Burke presented Take the journey. Change your life. The CBU Honors Odyssey Mentoring Program, and Dr. Burke co-presented Honorvation: 21 Innovative Honors Programming Ideas That Will Energize and Inspire with Dr. David Coleman from Eastern Kentucky University and Dr. Kathy Cooke from University of Southern Alabama. It was a productive and adventure-filled conference, including a keynote address from Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy.


Sustainability LLCMembers of the Sustainability Living Learning Community class look on as CBU freshman Josiah Brown helps Shelby County Historian and Peabody Duckmaster Jimmy Ogle change the Mississippi River’s official, 90-year-old engineering water gauge sign from “7 feet Falling” to “10 feet Rising.” Mr. Ogle guided CBU Sustainability students, Dr. Ben Jordan, and Joseph Preston from Campus Ministry on an annual walking tour of downtown history and urban revitalization. In addition to the traditional stop at the historic 1949 Main Street Peanut Shoppe for a snack, two unexpected bonuses of this year’s tour were being invited in to see a pioneer downtown resident’s condominium building renovation, and a visit to a modern art installation at the new Madison Avenue Park with the park’s designer!


River Arts WinnersLuis Martinez (left) and Taylor Bling (right) were both recipients of the 2017 River Arts Fest Art Scholarship Award. The organization’s community reinvestment program has, over the years, awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to deserving and talented students. The scholarships are funded with money raised from the festival, sponsors, and individual donors. The River Arts Fest believes appreciation for the arts extends beyond the festival, and is proud to support these education initiatives.


History HonorsPhi Alpha Theta (National History Honor Society) students attended a tour of “Coming to America” at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, an exhibit of four modern artists who came to the US as immigrants from pre-World War II Europe. Pictured (l-r) are Alison Crisp (Physics ’18), Jackson Brumfield (History ’18), and Laura Garza (Early Childhood ’19).


Mary Clark (English for Corporate Communications, '18)

Mary Clark (English for Corporate Communications, ’18)

Dr. Clayann Gilliam Panetta, Writing and Communications Corner (WCC) Director, along with students Mary Clark (ECC, ‘18), Ariel Earnest (Civil Engineering, ‘19) and Erin Aulfinger (Creative Writing, ‘19), who are all Lead Consultants in the WCC, attended the International Writing Centers Conference in Chicago, IL, November 10-13.

Representing CBU’s WCC, Mary Clark conducted a round table session entitled The Room of Requirement: Finding the Balance. In her presentation, she explored with audience members the struggle over whether or not courses should make WCC services mandatory. Citing pros and cons and sharing our own experiences, she conducted a thought-provoking conversation with a standing-room only audience.

Ariel Earnest and Erin Aulfinger presented a poster entitled Our Work is Formed by Our Identity. In their presentation, they explored the seemingly unfamiliar territories consultants face based on personality, learning style, school, experience, and major. They shared results of their recent study that revealed ways these differences play a role in learning and consulting in the WCC.

Dr. Panetta gave a presentation entitled Safe House Design: The Rhetorical Role of Architecture in Writing Centers. Using our newly-designed space in the Rosa Deal School of Arts as a model and rhetoric as a theoretical stance, she explored the shifts in design requirements in writing assistance programs and made suggestions for implementing changes, while still incorporating important scholarship.

Khadijah Green Accepted to Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

Khadijha GreenKhadijah Green (Creative Writing ’19) has been awarded a scholarship to the Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Khadijah has been accepted into the two-week poetry workshop led by Peg Boyers. The scholarship winners (58 students – grad and undergrad) come from a wide range of colleges and universities (many are Ivy League); Khadijah will be one of the few to represent the South. This summer program is now in its 31st year and brings in award-winning writers (such as poets Robert Pinsky and Henri Cole, and fiction writers Mary Gaitskill and Joyce Carol Oates) to lead workshops in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction. Check out the awesome line-up of artists.


Maya Freeman To Tour With American Junior Golf Association

Maya FreemanDuring Fall Break, Maya Freeman (ECC ’18) took a Career Road Show trip to Atlanta, GA with CBU’s Career Services. While on this trip, students visited the Atlanta Hawks arena and toured their facilities. “Our guide, Mr. Ben Brown, New Memberships Manager, spoke with us about careers within the sports business industry,” Maya recalls, “and suggested we all look for a summer internship in the sports field. Taking his advice, I searched for internships through and applied for at least 20. Among those was a communications intern position for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). Once I received word that I made it through the application process, I was invited to their headquarters in Atlanta as a Top 100 Candidate. All candidates were put on teams of ten interns for the weekend and we were evaluated in several areas. After the weekend, I was offered the position as a Communications Intern for the summer. I will travel extensively throughout the United States helping to conduct national junior golf tournaments. I will be on a team of 6-7 other communications and operations interns and travel with a specific itinerary.” As a Tournament Communications Intern, Maya will be responsible for performing all on-site communications and media relations duties at each tournament.

To keep up with Maya’s work, you can follow the AJGA on Twitter and Facebook.

2017 Castings Journal Now Online

Castings 2017 Front Cover_Page_1The Department of Literature and Languages’ annual publication of Castings, which publishes poetry, prose, fine art, and photography of our students is now available online. The 2017 edition was edited by Betty Armstrong (English ’17) and Alex Garry (Creative Writing ’18), and designed by Luis Martinez (Graphic Design ’18). Submissions were judged by the following faculty. Poetry: Dr. Vincent O’Neill, Dr. Ann Marie Wranovix, and Dr. Kristian O’Hare. Prose: Dr. Kelly James, Dr. J. Seth J. Lee, and Dr. Karl Leib. Fine and Visual Art: Jana Travis and Nick Pena.

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3rd Place_Birds of a Feather




Fine Art (From left to right)
1st Place: Maritza Mena for “Untitled”
2nd Place: Lauren Jeu for “Prim and Proper”
3rd Place: Lauren Jeu for “Birds of a Feather”

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Photography (From left to right)
1st Place: Olivia Betterton for “Untitled”
2nd Place: Lauren Jeu for “Red Eyes”
3rd Place: Ethan Carpenter for “Untitled”

Short Stories & Prose
1st Place: Alex Garry for “Caesura”
2nd Place: Alex Garry for “What I Wanted”
3rd Place: Olivia Betterton for “Such A Pretty Thing”

1st Place: Alex Garry For “Forgotten Fairytales”
2nd Place: Marissa Anderson for “Hunt”
3rd Place: Betty Armstrong for “Grandpa”

CBU-Brooks Museum Art Therapy Exhibit Closes, Partnership Continues

6_brooksarttherapy4web“Creating Connections Through Art Therapy,” the CBU-led art therapy exhibit at the Brooks Museum recently closed this past March. The exhibit contained artwork created by both the art therapy participants from Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Memphis and CBU students. Whether you were able to visit or not, you can read about the work in the December 27 edition of The Commercial Appeal in the article entitled “Brooks Museum partners with CBU for art therapy program,” which covered the partnership of CBU with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in its Art Therapy Access Program. The article quotes CBU instructors Paige Scheinberg and Sarah Hamil, as well as student Baraka Douglas (Psychology ’17). The partnership was also covered by High Ground News in a January 25 article entitled “Memphis combines art and therapy in growing field,” which quotes and features photos of instructor Paige Scheinberg.

Read more about CBU’s ongoing partnership with the Brooks Museum.

Art Therapy Exhibition at The Memphis Brooks Museum

6_brooksarttherapy4webIn the fall of 2016, the Brooks Museum partnered with the Visual and Performing Arts Department at CBU to offer an Art Therapy Field Course for undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in art therapy. The Brooks provided art therapy for two groups from Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Memphis (ADS), while CBU students enrolled in the course observed the adults’ experience in the Brooks’ galleries and in the studio art therapy session.

This exhibition is a result of artwork created by the art therapy participants from ADS and CBU students who learned about building connections and enhancing self-expression through art therapy groups, gallery discussions, and the creative process. *

The exhibition is on display from December 10th to March 26th, 2017.

Want to learn more about the art therapy profession? Join CBU adjunct professors Paige Scheinberg and Sarah Hamil for an information session at the Museum on January 8th. RSVP here.

*This article was first published on the Brooks Museum website.

SOA’s Taylor Flake and Rakesha Gray Named 2016 Lasallian Fellows

29235326926_b81977c5d1_zTaylor Flake can be most easily described as a “Drum Major for Justice.” These are the words that come to mind when describing CBU senior Taylor Flake and her untiring mission to seek economic and social justice for all. Taylor, a 2013-14 Trustee Scholar, is a history major with minors in Spanish, political science and global studies. Her academic pursuits complement her desire to serve a wide range of constituents in her desired career path as attorney and judge.

While Taylor has assumed leadership roles in many student organizations at CBU, her most significant include being founder and president of the CBU Chapter of the NAACP (National Association for the Advance of Colored People), which received the College Chapter of the Year Award and is the first NAACP chapter at a Lasallian university.  The Chapter’s advisor, Dr. Jeffrey Gross, reminds us of why having an NAACP chapter at CBU is so important: “An NAACP chapter on this campus ensures that students will have the opportunity to discuss and learn about the ways prejudice affects people. Education creates a foundation for advocacy and empowerment. Education is the foundation of justice.”

Despite the onerous work of founding a new organization and nurturing it to maturity, Taylor has found the time to contribute to the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court, Student Activities Council, Lasallian Collegians, Young Ladies United, the CBU Honors Program Board of Directors, the CBU Student Government Association, and Phi Alpha Delta Pre Law Fraternity. For her excellent leadership and service, Taylor received the CBU Spirit Award and was named 2015 CBU Senator of the Year.

In addition,Taylor has collaborated with other organizations to address critical issues facing the Memphis community, including the Juvenile Justice Summit, NAACP Reads, and the Black Lives Matter campaign. Taylor Flake is definitely a change-maker with a heart and conscience for serving and a desire for ensuring justice and equality for individuals from all walks of life. She has already been recognized with the 2015 Vanderhaar Student Peace Award, given to a college student within the city of Memphis involved in non-violent work for peace and justice, and absolutely deserves to be named a 2016-17 CBU Lasallian Fellow.


29235326626_80a527ca9c_zRaKesha Gray may be one of the most beloved students ever to walk the halls of CBU; she is simply one of the most positive, inspirational, generous, thoughtful, and loving people on our campus. RaKesha, a Religion and Philosophy major, always has a warm smile, a good word, and an open heart for those she meets. It is, therefore, no surprise that she plans to pursue a career in community service or education. Her many positive qualities will certainly be gifts to those she serves and teaches.

RaKesha has been a constant source of joy in her many activities on and off-campus. At CBU, RaKesha has contributed her time and talents to the Divine Voices gospel choir, Young Ladies United, the NAACP, Campus Ministry, Residence Life, President’s Ambassadors, and the CBU Honors Program, where she has held the offices of President and Vice-President. In her “time-off” she has been a tireless servant for Creative Life, a community youth development organization whose purpose is to provide creative learning opportunities to under-served youth in South Memphis. RaKesha volunteers for their summer feeding program (which has prepared over 12,000 meals for families in poverty), conducts ACT Prep sessions, and sets up and attends college tours with high school students. She promotes, coordinates, and plans weekly spiritual empowerment services and participates in Creative Life’s performing arts program by acting in plays and choreographing dances for the younger girls.

Because of her many positive attributes and activities, RaKesha Gray is no stranger to recognition, having received the CBU Spirit Award, the St. Thomas More Service award, and was named Ms. CBU at the 2016 CBU Homecoming. In addition, as a result of her dedication to Creative Life, Inc. RaKesha was the recipient of the organization’s 2015 Champion Award.

RaKesha Gray is an incredible young woman who truly embodies the spirit and love of CBU, and it is, therefore, befitting that she be named a 2016-17 CBU Lasallian Fellow.

Learn more about CBU’s other Lasallian Fellows.

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.