SOA Students Write for the Galleon

In the last year, several students from the Department of Literature and Languages have completed practicums in digital writing for CBU’s Galleon online magazine. Throughout the semester, the students write in a variety of web genres such as short-form essays, listicles, and arts reviews.

hangmans_tree_webLike many online magazines, Galleon provides authors with opportunities to address everything from the election to the Memphis music scene. For example, Austin Essary tries to pin down the “Memphis Sound” and Berlin Howell outlines the best of Memphis music in 2015. What’s more, our students have tackled difficult political and social issues. For example, in her piece about the theology of lynching trees, Maya Freeman demonstrates the ways in which lynching continues to be a powerful image for African American communities. And Chase Encalade addresses the experience of being a young black person by interviewing her peers and contextualizing their thoughts with the larger movement for racial equality.

While the opportunity to publish is important, writing for the Galleon provides students with an opportunity to develop their voice and hone their writing skills. Austin says he learned a lot about the writing process and how long it takes to work interview subjects. Chase says her experience was “awesome and enriching.” And Morgan Harper is pleased that her post, “23 Ways You Know You’re a CBU Student”, became one of the most popular and widely shared articles. These experiences are invaluable for students who have to think critically about genre, medium, and audience.

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

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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 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.

Galleon Buzz

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CBU’s digital news magazine, The Galleon, which takes its name from the University’s former yearbook, has been up and running for a year now. Curated by CBU’s Marketing and Communications Office, the magazine draws on contributions from CBU’s students, staff, and faculty. Stories are written and selected by an editorial board, which is composed mostly of faculty and students from the Department of Literature and Languages, including junior Morgan Harper and sophomore Chase K. Encalade, who are both English for Corporate Communications majors, and sophomore Berlin Howell, who is a Creative Writing major.

Over the course of this past semester they’ve written dozens of articles including Berlin’s reviews of David Bowie’s Blackstar, and Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful Eight; Morgan’s essays on autism awareness and the diversity of digital media content; and Chase’s investigation of the pervasiveness of sexual assault in our culture and a survey of CBU’s students asking them, “What’s it like being black?”


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Members of our School of Arts faculty have also contributed some great articles including Dr. Leigh Johnson’s (who serves on the Galleon Editorial Board) dissection of the current political landscape; an excerpt of Dr. Ben Jordan’s new book: Modern Manhood and The Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and The Environment; Dr. Neal Palmer’s take on the Memphis media’s storytelling responsibilities during Black History Month; and Dr. Emily Holmes and Dr. Mary Campbell’s reflection on their time in Cambodia.

We’re very proud of this partnership with the Marketing and Communications Office and thankful to them for providing a platform on which the CBU community can express our diverse ideas and experiences, and on which our writing students can hone their skills. Considering the quality of the work during the inaugural year, the future of the magazine looks bright.

Students Making News

Carly Geis (Psychology ’16) has been accepted into the M.Div./M.A. in Counseling program at Wake Forest University.

RaKesha Gray (English ’17) was voted Ms. CBU for Homecoming 2016!

Mustafa Hmood (History, 2016) has been accepted to the Masters program in Arabic and Islamic Studies at Georgetown University.

Jessica Love (Creative Writing ’16) has been accepted to Columbia College in Chicago in the MFA program in fiction.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ’11, Catholic Studies ’16) proudly announces the release of his newest book entitled Worth Holding On To (Green Cricket Press, 2016). He also contributed a chapter in the textbook Sports Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, & Debates (Routledge, 2016) which will be released in early May. Additionally, his newest paper, “Towards a Transformational Theology of Deaf Sportspersons” has been accepted for publication in the Fall/Winter 2016 issue of The Journal for the Christian Institute on Disability.

Megan Murphy (Creative Writing, ’15) has been accepted to the University of Memphis graduate school in creative writing.

Soccer defender Gabrielle Pilgrim, an Interdisciplinary Studies major with a 4.0 GPA, earned Third-Team All-South Region honors from the by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Pilgrim started all 18 games at center back, playing 1,576 of the team’s 1,660 minutes on the field last season. She scored one goal and one assist for three points.

Abigail Stovall (English for Corporate Communications, ’15) has been accepted to several law schools, including the University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys Law School; the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law; and DePaul University’s School of Law. Both Louisville and DePaul have awarded her academic scholarships. Abbie is still waiting to hear from other schools and so has not made a decision about where to attend. She writes, “Right now, it feels great to simply know that I have the opportunity to become a lawyer! I am so grateful to the CBU faculty and staff; I feel confident that I am prepared to take this next step in my education journey. Special thanks to Dr. Panetta, Dr. Lukowski, Dr. Carriere, and Father Bruce - you have been so supportive and encouraging throughout my time at CBU. This is all possible because of you.”

Patrick Woody (Psychology ’17) has been awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant from Psi Chi (Psychology Honor Society) for a project he proposed to do next year using CBU’s NSF-funded neuroscience equipment. His grant is titled “Haptic-To-Auditory Cross-Modal Sensory Gating” and builds on a project he and other students have been working on in the lab. The money will be used to buy supplies and additional equipment!

Lauren Woog (Psychology ’18) was named to the All-GSC Women’s Tennis Second Team, as selected by the Gulf South Conference women’s tennis coaches. Lauren went 5-9 at No. 1 singles and 7-10 at No. 1 doubles, earning a GSC win in each.

CBU was very well represented at the Mid-South Psychology Conference, hosted by the University of Memphis on April 2. The following slide presentations were given by CBU students:

  • Lauren Malone and Summer Rudd (advised by Dr. Maureen O’Brien): The Relationship Between Social Exclusion and Depression
  • Lauren Dahlke and Daniel Gabriel (advised by Dr. Jeff Sable): Attention to Distracting Sounds is Affected by Emotional Stimuli
  • Dayana Parada, Jessica Dominguez, and Lakeva Johnson (advised by Dr. Maureen O’Brien): The Relationship between Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, and Job Performance
  • Sean Rowland and Michelle Pleasant (advised by Dr. Maureen O’Brien): The Relationship between Past Leader Experience and Leadership Attitudes
  • Adama Sow, Morgan Mattingly, and Vladimir Gonzalez (advised by Dr. Maureen O’Brien): The Relationship between Empathy and Pro-Social Behavior in Easy- and Difficult-Escape Situations
  • Patrick Woody, Andrea Perez-Muñoz, and James Rogers (advised by Dr. Jeff Sable): Examining Attention using N-back Tasks and Tone-Train Distractors

In addition, Andrea Perez-Muñoz (co-authors Wendolyn Byrd and Breanna Ridgell, advised by Dr. Maureen O’Brien) presented a poster, The Effects of Sexual Orientation and Religious Affiliation on Person Evaluations.

Then on April 23, five Psychology students represented CBU at the 2016 Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students in Conway, Arkansas. They gave three slide presentations:

  • Melody Mays presented The Relationship between Social Anxiety and Alcohol Use
  • Leiah Durr and Lauren Woog presented Personality Characteristics, Body-esteem, and Healthy Living
  • Rachel Black and Tevin Hill presented The Relationship Between Social Media, Anxiety, and Self-esteem

All three studies were conducted in Dr. Maureen O’Brien’s Correlational Methods and Statistics class in the fall.

Student Spotlight: Lauren Dahlke Interns at St. Jude

Lauren DahlkeSince Fall 2015, I have been an intern at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a component of my senior practicum. I work in a research lab in the psychology department under Dr. James Klosky, who specializes in cancer survivorship research. Our lab works to determine the psychological factors that influence vaccination acceptance and initiation for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in childhood cancer survivors. Since HPV is known to cause cervical cancer and cancer survivors are more prone to complications caused by HPV, studying the mental processes and behaviors of survivors plays an important role in determining if we can increase vaccine usage.

Our lab also studies what factors influence sperm cryopreservation (or banking) utilization in adolescents and young adult males newly diagnosed with cancer. Childhood cancer survival rates are increasing, but treatment often has negative effects on fertility, which in turn can cause psychological distress. We are trying to determine why this widely available and effective fertility preservation process is underutilized in this vulnerable population.

Working with St. Jude has been an amazing professional experience. I have co-authored several research abstracts and posters presented at national conferences, and I am currently contributing to manuscripts that will soon be submitted for journal publication. I am so glad and privileged for the opportunity to produce professional academic works and experience working in a clinical research setting.

Lauren Dahlke (Psychology, ’15)

History Students Spring Break in France and Belgium

Study Abroad - Neal 2Students from CBU history courses dealing with World War One (1914-1918) traveled to France and Belgium over spring break with Dr. Neal Palmer, Associate Professor in the Department of History and Political Science. The group explored Paris and Bruges, and visited World War One battle sites in Reims, Verdun, Ypres, and Passchendaele. 2016 is the centennial of the most intense year of the war, and a main aim of the trip was for students to visit battle sites and memorials. The experience will provide the basis for essays and presentations in their classes. Students on the trip included Jackson Brumfield, Mary Margaret Vollmer, Nathan Allred, April Ricks, Tachele Anderson, and Hannah Schultz. Kyra Clapper, a CBU alum (History ‘13) and current adjunct instructor for the departments of history and foreign languages, was also on the trip.

Study Abroad - NealSites visited included Notre Dame in Paris, Reims Cathedral, Sacre-Coeur, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Musee de l’Orangerie, Arch de Triomphe, Les Invalides, Eiffel Tower, Bastille Monument, Versailles, Ypres, the Menin Gate, Sanctuary Wood Museum, Tyne Cot Memorial Cemetery, and the Ossuaire de Douaumont. The group also took a boat tour on the Seine, ate crepes at the Richard Lenoir street market in Paris, and picnicked in the gardens of Versailles. Dr. Palmer is planning to offer this study abroad trip again in the fall of 2017 and a four week study abroad course in England on the Social History of British Rock in May 2018.

Student Organizations In Action

History ClubMembers of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honorary History Society, traveled to The Memphis Civil Rights Museum this semester on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. Those who attended were impressed with the expanded museum and the up-dated displays.

Following that, in February, they then visited the Brooks Museum of Art to view the exhibit “Wonder, Whimsy, Wild: Folk Art in America.” Members of Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club frequently make trips to various historical and cultural sites in the Memphis area. Next semester, the History Club will sponsor a trip to Shiloh National Battlefield.

Psi ChiCongratulations to the following students who, on Sunday, April 3, were inducted as the 31st class of the CBU Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology:

Keyara Baltimore, Destiny Bell, Brianna Berg, Rachel Black, Alexis Blum, Jasmine Clinton, LeTicia Eldred, Emily Ervin, Alma Godoy, Andréa Hardaway, Blaire Jefferson, Garrett Mitchell, Dayana Parada, Caitlin Revers, Summer Rudd, Florence Tamari, Lekeysha Washington, and Lauren Woog.


BSA1The Black Student Association “Know Your Rights” panelists provided tips and information regarding citizens’ rights in their encounters with police. The panelists also discussed a wide range of issues in response to questions prepared by student leaders from the Student Government Association and the Black Student Association, including: community policing, racial profiling, gun violence and gun control, education and training for law enforcement officers, the relationship between lack of care for the mentally ill and crime rates, and ideas for improving police-community relations. The forum was well-attended with a lively discussion that included participants from across the CBU community, the broader Memphis community, and students from Lemoyne Own College and University of Memphis also in attendance.


Members of the CBU Writing Center attended the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference in Columbus, Georgia, February 18-20. The attendants included Dr. Clayann Gilliam Panetta, Abbie Stovall, Megan Murphy, and Mary Clark.The conference focused on the role Writing Centers play on school campuses in encouraging inclusivity in their programs. The attendants gave a presentation regarding CBU’s commitment to its international student population and its attempt to encourage success in this population, as well as the rest of CBU’s student body.


BFA Showcase

The Department of Visual and Performing Arts showcased the work of its 2016 BFA graduates at a one-night exhibition at Marshall Arts. The exhibit featured works by Alexi Blum, Jacob Brunner, Sheridan Cross, Morgan Granoski, Walter Harris, Tawanda Jones, and Seth Loomis.


castings_coverIn conjunction with the exhibit, CBU’s Castings Journalcelebrated its 2016 release.

For those who were not able to attend, an online edition can be found HERE. Students and work selected for prizes in the 2016 Castings journal can be found in the list below:




1st Place: “Overtime” by Savannah Austin
2nd Place: “Stages” by Jennifer Davidson
3rd Place: “Morning Time” by Savannah Austin

1st Place: “Withering” by Olivia Betterton
2nd Place: “The Losing Man” by Jessica Love
3rd Place: “Mississippi Station” by Seth Loomis

Digital Photography
1st Place: Top 5 Ways to Beat the Stay-at-Home-Mom Blues by Morgan Granoski
2nd Place: Foggy Woods by Ethan Hart
3rd Place: Serenity by Shannon McKee

Fine Art
1st Place: Play with Me by Taylor Bing
2nd Place: Skeletal by Megan Mosier
3rd Place: Post-Shower Ritual by Morgan Granoski

Faculty judges for this year’s Castings journal included Dr. Ann Marie Wranovix, Dr. Vincent O’Neill, Dr. Jeff Gross, Dr. Kristian O’Hare, Jana Travis, and Nick Pena.



Evening of Scenes

On April 28th and 29th, students in Assistant Professor Mathew Hamner’s acting class produced scenes from the following plays: David Auburn’s Proof, Aaron Sorkin’s A Few Good Men, and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. Featuring: Khadijah Green, Jarvis Sumlin, Emanuel Castellan, Precious Futch, Eric Johnson, Charles Moses, Jennifer Pearman, Tylan Peterson, Darious Robertson, David Ruiz-Padilla, Constance Strini, Grant Thompson, and Alonta Tripp.