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.

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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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”

Poetry
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.

A Note from the Dean

Scott GeisThe last few months of 2016 have been interesting, to say the least. For many, the gratitude and joy typically associated with Thanksgiving and Christmas seem to have been replaced by anger, fear, and hopelessness. This is one of the reasons I’m especially grateful for the Advent wreath in our SOA hallway – a generous gift from our friends in Campus Ministry – symbolizing as it does the promise of hope, peace, joy, and love. Perhaps that’s why I’ve been thinking a lot about hope, as of late, and, in this note, I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts as they relate to this Advent season.

When Christians are asked about their favorite holiday season, they’re fairly evenly split between Christmas and Easter – though, at least in my experience, Christmas usually gets the nod. After all, Christmas is about joy, light, and life, and there’s no slogging through the despair, darkness, and death of Good Friday to get to Easter. Indeed, the Christmas “equivalent” to Good Friday, Christmas Eve, is, for many, the most anticipated day of the year (unless, that is, you’re into Black Friday sales). For most children – or, as the song goes, “for kids from one to ninety-two” – this is the “coming” or “arrival” at the center of the Advent season. And yet, I’ve come to realize there are some striking parallels between the Holy Week of Easter and the season of Advent.

This realization has been inspired in part by a wonderful collection of Advent meditations I’ve been reading, based on G. F. Handel’s beautiful and provocative oratorio, Messiah. One movement in particular, the ninth, has really haunted me the last couple of weeks; it’s based on Isaiah 40.6-9 and titled, “O thou that tellest good tidings to Zion.” In this passage, the author likens humans to grass and their beauty to flowers, and then sharpens his point by writing, “The grass withers, the flower fades.” Well, that’s certainly hopeful and uplifting, isn’t it? Ultimately, yes, but only when the entire passage is read (or heard) against the often cold, dark, bleak background of lived human experience.

Rest assured the point of this note is not to dampen our holiday spirits. On the contrary, I want to encourage us to see, and to understand, why the light that guided the Magi – who, like us, were living in a dark and deeply divided world – shone so brightly. The tiny baby they sought – believed by Christians to be the human face of God – arrived on the darkest night in human history and, several years later, had the audacity to call himself the “Light of the world.” Or, as Lucy Pevensie, one of the children in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, put it, “In our world, too, a stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”

May the hope, peace, joy, and love of this truly wonder-full season be yours in abundance and in profound, altogether new and surprising ways!

Hopefully yours,

Scott

Grand Opening for The Rosa Deal School of Arts

You are invited to join us for the grand opening of The Rosa Deal School of Arts on Jan. 23rd from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

RDSOAWhen completed, this state-of-the-art educational facility will host the School of Arts offices, multi-modal classrooms, new art studios, the writing center and language lab, psychology lab, and communal spaces for students. You can learn more about the Rosa Deal School of Arts here.

2017 Vanderhaar Symposium Welcomes Shaka Senghor

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On Friday, March 31st The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium at Christian Brothers University welcomes Shaka Senghor, author of Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American PrisonThe event is free and open to the public.

Author Photo-Shaka Senghor WebShaka is a leading voice in criminal justice reform and the President and Co-Founder of #BeyondPrisons, an initiative designed to uplift the voices and experiences of those impacted by the criminal justice system. His memoir, Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death and Redemption in an American Prison, was released in March 2016 and debuted on The New York Times Best Seller List as well as The Washington Post Best Seller List. An unforgettable tale of forgiveness and second chances, Writing My Wrongs reminds us that our worst deeds don’t define who we are or what we can contribute to the world. Senghor’s story has inspired thousands and serves as a powerful testament to the power of hope, compassion and unconditional love.

Oprah Winfrey has referred to her interview with Senghor for SuperSoul Sunday as “one of the best I’ve ever had-not just in my career, but in my life… His story touched my soul.” Senghor’s TED Talk, which he delivered at TED’s 30th Anniversary Conference, received a standing ovation and has been viewed more than 1.3 million times; TED later featured his talk in its “Year in Ideas” roundup, a collection of the most powerful TED Talks of 2014.

Senghor has been a guest on CNN, CBS This Morning, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Good Day New York, NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, and C-SPAN’s After Words. He has also been a guest on numerous radio programs, including All Things Considered, The Lenny Lopate Show, The Maggie Linton Show, and Power 105.1 with Angie Martinez.

Shaka Senghor is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2016 Ford Man of Courage Award, the 2016 NAACP Great Expectations Award, the 2015 Manchester University Innovator of the Year Award, and the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award. He was recently recognized by OWN as a “Soul Igniter” in the inaugural class of the SuperSoul 100, a dynamic group of trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world around them and encouraging others to do the same. Senghor was also a 2014 TED Prize finalist for The Atonement Project, is a former MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, and a current Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network. He has taught at the University of Michigan and shares his story of redemption around the world.

This year’s Vanderhaar Symposium kicks off two days of peaceful fellowship under the banner “Know Justice. Know Peace.” with The Gandhi-King Conference, which will be held at CBU on April 1st, and The National Civil Rights Museum, which will host a guest speaker that Saturday night. We hope you’ll join us as we come together for what promises to be an eventful two days of learning, camaraderie, fellowship and community building. Follow the School of Arts on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with announcements.

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.

The Art of Science w/ Professor Nick Pena

Visual and Performing Arts Professor Nick Pena‘s piece entitled Behind the Cancer Wheel (Teresa’s Story) is currently showing through December 16 in The Art of Science exhibit at the Hyde Gallery. The 2016 exhibit is an exploration of the beauty of science and power of art, and features artistic interpretations of research being performed at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. To create this imaginative collection, more than two dozen Le Bonheur researchers were paired with local artists, who then communicated the significance of their work in unique ways.

Statement by Nick Pena:

Memphis Cancer Wheel by Emanuel VillaThe Memphis Cancer Wheel (left), created by Dr. Emmanuel Villa, Data Architect for Le Bonheur Research Center, shows the distribution of Breast Cancer patients from 2005 to 2012 (almost 4,000) among their cancer stage, age group, and outcome. Data comes from a repository made by the Center of Biomedical Informatics in which data from the West Clinic, Methodist Hospital, and the tumor registry were consolidated. Understanding the importance of data collection for research and the necessity of obtaining and maintaining accurate data collection are essential. The architecture and design of preexisting data helps to provide an understanding of what data exists, how it flows, and when and how this information can be measured.

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Teresa Bullock, a friend of Mr. Pena’s, is a breast cancer survivor who lives and works, as a graphic designer, in Memphis, TN. The text in the image is her cancer survivor story.

When viewing the Memphis Cancer Wheel I couldn’t help but wonder, who are the people who lost their battle with cancer, and who are the people who bravely faced, fought, and beat cancer? The diagrammatic image leaves me conflicted - I find myself searching for a narrative and wondering about the lives of each group and whether their lives had intersected like the curvilinear lines found in the diagram.

These simple inquiries led me to ask a larger question, “What is meaningful data?” That very question is the impetus for this piece, leading me to “play both sides” by juxtaposing the context of the data behind the command lines or computational analyses (the cancer wheel). In the end, I wanted to take the time to consider who the data represents and how their personal narrative is missing from the data.