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.