Students Making News

Nathaniel Celeski (History, 2015) was accepted to Ole Miss Law School.

Kyra Clapper (History, 2013) was accepted to the PhD history program at U of M with a Teaching Fellowship.

Jessica Hefner (Psychology ’15) has been accepted by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Jessica Love (Creative Writing, ’16) has been accepted into The Irish Writing Program, which is a rigorous creative writing study abroad program through the University of Iowa. The six-week summer program takes place on the University College Dublin campus in Dublin, Ireland, where students are housed and classes are taught. The program has two components: writing workshops, and an interdisciplinary Irish literature and culture course worth a total of six hours of credit issued on a University of Iowa transcript.

Sport and the spiritual lifeThe book, Sport & the Spiritual Life: The Integration of Playing & Praying (Amazon Publishing, 2013), by Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies, ’11 & MACS, ’17) was recently given positive review by eminent psychologist and author, Kevin Vost, Psy.D. Additionally, Anthony will have a profile featured in the April 2015 issue of “Promise,” the official magazine of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He also has chapter entitled, “Beyond Praying for Players: The Responsibilities of Sport Chaplains” in the forthcoming textbook, Sport Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, & Debates [Eds. Parker et al.] (Ashgate) slated for release in Summer 2015. He has been appointed Founding Book Review Editor for the International Journal for Sports & Christianity (IJSC) to be launched at the Inaugural Global Congress for Sports & Christianity to be held in York, UK in August 2016, where he will also be serving as co-leader of the Sport Chaplaincy thematic strand.

Lady Buc’s Soccer defender Gabrielle Pilgrim (English, ’17) made the Academic All-GSC team, carrying a 3.94 GPA. She was a Second-Team All-GSC selection as a sophomore, anchoring the defense again this season.

Lady Buc guard Breanna Ridgell (Psychology ’15) was named to the All-GSC Second Team. Ridgell averaged 17.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for the Lady Bucs this season. She broke CBU’s career records with 1,553 points, 610 field goals made, 1,525 field goals attempted, 200 steals and a 78.9 percent free throw percentage. She ranks third in the GSC and 58th in the nation in scoring this season.

Jennifer Sykes (Religion and Philosophy, 2012) was accepted into the Masters of Public Health program at U of M to begin Spring 2015.

Natalie Zaldivar (Creative Writing, ’16) won second place in the 2015 Southern Literary Festival’s fiction competition. Her story, “Up in Smoke” earned her an honorarium as well as publication in their annual anthology of competition winners.