Student News: Literary Winners, St. Jude Volunteers, & Graduate School Bound

cathedralDestiny Bell (Psychology ’18) was recently accepted into Kansas State University’s Psychological Sciences department for an Experimental Psychology Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology with full funding through a teaching assistantship. She was also awarded KSU’s Timothy R. Donoghue Graduate Scholarship, which is an award that gives a potential candidate a competitive offer. Incoming students are nominated for the award and then a committee makes the final choice. Destiny will be conducting research regarding memory, specifically working with her advisor, Dr. Heather Bailey, on various grant projects.

Alison AllensworthLasaillian Fellow, Alison Allensworth (Psychology ’18) was recently featured in St. Jude’s Volunteer SpotlightIn 2013, Alison began at St. Jude through the Volunteen program, a competitive summer program for high school students that only accepts 30 applicants. She currently volunteers to operate The Happy Cart, which provides patients and siblings with toys, games and activities, as well as amenities for caregivers.

PinesAnna Arnold (Visual Art ’18), recently showcased her work in the BFA exhibition “Into the Pines,” featuring artifacts from her now graphic novel, Cryptic, Episode 1: A Devil in Jersey.

Linzie Mullins (MAT-Administrative Licensure, ‘18) had an essay entitled “Why and How Leadership is Important in Developing Music Teachers” published in Tennessee Musician, the official publication of the Tennessee Music Education Association.

The results of the 2018 Southern Literary Festival are in!
Mirissa Anderson won second place for her poem, “Remembrance in the Form of Recipes,” which she wrote as part of her senior thesis project last fall. The judge was poet Allison Joseph.

Khadijah Green won first place for her one-act play, “The Petition,” which she wrote in her playwriting class with Kristian O’Hare (kudos to you, Kristian for encouraging her to write, edit, and submit it). The judge was Chicago playwright, Evan Linder.


STARS (Student Tackling Autism Related Syndromes) was featured in a March 29 report on Local Memphis 24. Kim Jameson, STARS director, was interviewed along with volunteer Nikole Agront-Rodriguez and participant Gabrielle Cummings-Allen. Click on the video above for the full report.

Psi ChiCongratulations to the 20 new members of the CBU Chapter of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, inducted Sunday, April 8. New members (pictured) are Stephanie AllenAlexandra DoaneTamarra GreeneEric JohnsonRachel JoynerEmma LairdCassady MayTyler McNeelyKesley MorrissonTonie Ray-WilliamsGenaveve SchoenHadley Thomas, and Alexis Williams-Wilson — as well as (not pictured) Claudia Andrade SanchezJosey ChumneyJennifer DavidsonMackenzie JonesKrystal LugoAlexis Wade, and Katelyn Wilson. Pictured also are Psi Chi officers Brianna BergAndrea HardawayMadeline LunsfordSummer Rudd, and Selena Wood, and chapter advisor Dr. Maureen O’Brien.

Castings is the literary journal that publishes the poetry, prose, fine art, and photography of CBU students. It’s an opportunity for students to showcase their talent and represent the creativity within the CBU community. Submissions are entered into a contest where the winning students in each category will win a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place monetary prize.

The editors thank all of those who have submitted your works to Castings this year and are very happy to announce the 2018 winners:

Khadijah Green1st Place; Mirissa Anderson2nd Place; LeKe’la Jones3rd Place
Khadijah Green1st Place; Alexander Garry2nd Place; Jarvis Sumlin3rd Place
India Roby1st Place; Emma Laird2nd Place; Anna Arnold3rd Place
Yajaira Andrade1st Place; Eric McInnis2nd Place; Gabriela Morales-Medina3rd Place

Catherine Pena: New Director of Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery

Cat PenaCatherine “Cat” Peña was hired to serve as the Director of the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. At the time of her hire, she was the subject of a “Memphis Newsmakers” profile in The Daily News. In the article, Cat states she wants “to create a gallery atmosphere that encourages experimentation while focusing on contemporary artistic practices and theory to inspire our young thinkers and makers.”

In support of that mission, and in partnership with our Visual and Performing Arts Department, Cat introduced Lunch and Learns with artists who exhibit in the gallery. The events afford CBU’s students the opportunity to gain greater insights into various creative processes and the business of being a working artist. This semester students met New Orleans painter Terry Kenney, and local artists Chuck Johnson and Jimmy Crosthwait. Exhibiting artists next semester include Niles Wallace, Claudia Tullos-Leonard, and Cindy McMillion.

Artist Jimmy Crosthwait addresses students at a Lunch & Learn in the  Ross Gallery.

Artist Jimmy Crosthwait addresses students at a Lunch & Learn in the Ross Gallery.

Cat has also been busy outside of CBU. She is currently the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s resident artist and is working on streetscaping plans for the Manassas street corridor in the Medical District. She and her husband, Professor Nick Peña, collaborated on two of the creative crosswalks: at Madison/Manassas and the midway crosswalk at Health Sciences Park. The two designs play off many of Nick’s geometric patterns found in his current body of work, some of which is now hanging permanently in the Rosa Deal School of Arts building. The project should be completed sometime in February, 2018.

Art Race Violence 2Cat is also one of the artists participating in the Crosstown Arts exhibition titled, Art/Race/Violence: A Collaborative Response. The exhibit is a multi-disciplinary project organized by visual culture historian Dr. Earnestine Jenkins and artist Richard Lou, in collaboration with Crosstown Arts. Through this project, local artists collectively explore intersections of race and systemic violence through the lens of cultural expression. The participants attended a series of workshops and panel discussions, and were given access to a wide array of resources, articles, and media for their research. The eight artist teams — including Cat Peña and Jamond Bullock — have created new installations, which will be on view in Crosstown Arts’ new galleries at Crosstown Concourse through January 14. Yancy Villa (’99) is also included in the exhibition, partnered with Lawrence Matthews.

Daring To Dream: Associate Professor Nick Pena’s Convocation Speech

Pena ConvocationThe growth of our campus and community was apparent on Monday as my colleagues walked from our newly minted Rosa Deal School of the Arts Building to gather for lunch in our newly renovated dining hall. It was even more apparent when we left Alfonso to bear witness to the sun, moon, and earth beginning their alignment for the solar eclipse.

While we stood outside of the Thomas Center, each taking turns to marvel at the interactions before us, both The Great American Eclipse and our re-aligning CBU community – I felt a difference on our campus.

EclipseI don’t know if you felt it, but I was very aware of the palatable excitement found around each corner of our campus, an excitement that was beyond the celestial phenomenon.  Later, as I reflected on that feeling, I was reminded of my first visit to a university campus.  I was a junior in high school, not much younger than you are now, visiting Morris Library on Southern Illinois University’s campus to begin research on a paper for a biology class.  I vividly remember the buzz of students congregating in the quad, while I walked, unsure of the direction to the library I witnessed students walking with purpose from building to building.  At that moment, I was enamored with the energy, excitement, and collective buzz. Monday’s atmosphere on campus reminded me of my younger self – daring to dream that one day, I would walk with purpose.

“Daring to dream,” I know, it sounds like a motivational speaker’s catchphrase, along with “Your smile is your logo,” or “Your personality is your business card.” Yet, when preparing my remarks for this evening’s address, the expression “Daring to dream,” really is the most appropriate expression I could think of when presenting my theme.

What that theme is will need some priming, so a little historical context is needed. I was born in 1978 so I am not quite Generation X and not quite Generation Y or “a Millennial”. I am a product of a “mixed-race” family. My mother’s family is of English and German descent and my father’s family is of Mexican and Spanish descent.

I look like I should speak Spanish, but I cannot. Needless to say, this has caused some confusion for others throughout my life. Many Latino Americans make assumptions and start speaking Spanish to me and when they realize I cannot, I feel they are left with noticeable disappointment. On the flip-side, many Caucasians also make the same assumption. In the end, I believe it’s because I am, and look, Latino.

I was a “jock” throughout my childhood and in High school, but I hung out with, and was, a punk skateboarder who loved art classes. I was born and raised in the Midwest. For those of you unfamiliar with life in that part of the country, allow me to elaborate. I think the actor and comedian Keegan-Michael Key hit the nail on the head when, during an interview on NPR’s All Things Considered, he described that being Midwestern was always assuming that you have to think badly of yourself, because that’s being humble.

“I’m from the Midwest,” Key said, “so I always assumed: Well, I have to think badly of myself, because that’s being humble. And where I’m from, you get points for being humble and you get an extra special big house in heaven. That’s the rule, right? Now, you have these dirty dreams in the back of your mind: … What if there was the first black James Bond, and it was me? You’re going to hell. You’re never allowed to dream that big.”

What Key is pointing out, and the reason why it resonates, is that many of us, Midwestern or not, find ourselves culturally conditioned by old-fashioned underpinnings.  It took me a long time before I realized the amount of cultural conditioning thrust upon me growing up in a single-parent household. My parents divorced when I was six. The aftermath of that separation meant relocating to a small, rural Southern Illinois town were my brother and I were two in a handful of minorities. For many years, I bought into the idea that I was supposed to stay in my lane.

However, what I realized during my journey through adolescence was that despite our fractured foundation and relocation, my mother, without telling me, consistently dared me to dream. She did so because she was multifaceted and exceptional – it just took me awhile to accept it, with her being my mother and all.

Growing up on a farm during the 1950s, she was one of nine children and the only person in the family to receive her high school diploma and years later, while I was entering high school, she became the first person in her immediate and extended family to receive a college degree. My mother showed me, by example, how someone dares to dream. To better yourself no matter your situation, keep learning, keep failing, have faith, educate others, and keep an open heart.

The other revelation appeared around the time I mentioned earlier, my junior and senior year in high school, and it was because I was equipped, by my mother, with a foundation in daring to dream. I began finding and being drawn to other individuals who left their “prescribed lanes” to pursue their dreams.

Nick PenaGloria Jones, who immigrated to the U.S. to study art education, was my high school art teacher. When our paths crossed in 1995, she changed the trajectory of my life forever. While helping me build the foundation I needed to receive a full scholarship to study art at the university level, she dared me to dream. Without her example, I would not be standing here today.

The list continues: Erin Palmer, Assoc. Professor, in Painting/Drawing at Southern Illinois University; William Hawk, Professor Emeritus, in Painting/Drawing at the University of Missouri; Jana Travis, Associate Professor and my Visual Arts colleague in the Rosa Deal School of the Arts; Dr. Paul Haught, former Dean of the School of the Arts and current Vice President of Academics at CBU; and finally, Cat Peña, my wife and my partner in crime in daring to dream.

Dreaming and living for your dreams is not something that can or should be done by yourself. My advice to you, class of 2021, is, as you embark on your journey at CBU, to take a minute to think about the amazing position you have put yourself in. You are at a University that was founded by a dreamer, which embraces DREAMer’s, and which hires dreamers. I know, because I am one of those dreamers.

In closing, I wish you many fantastic changes during the next four years. It is without doubt that each of you are remarkable and I would like to congratulate you on your academic prowess. You have all had a multitude of successes throughout high school. You have already established your strengths and you will always be the wonderful person you are today.

However, at CBU, we believe you can do better – we dare each of you to dream while we help you build your foundation.

Thank you.

Nick Peña is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts. You can see more of his work on his website. This speech was given at Community Convocation on August 17, 2017.

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.

Professor Nick Peña Selected as The 2017 Memphis in May Poster Artist

N.Peña_MIM_unveilProfessor Pena’s artwork for the 2017 Memphis in May Festival was unveiled at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on February 2. Below is his acceptance speech from that night. The poster is available at a cost of $30 each — with the limited edition, signed and numbered, collector’s poster at a cost of $60 each — at Midtown Framer & Art and at 1910 Frameworks.

“Good evening. First I would like to thank the Memphis in May staff and supporters for continuing to encourage and showcase the arts, on various levels in Memphis; throughout the year and specifically during the month of May. Congratulations on your 40th anniversary!

“Thank you Bobbi Gillis for that warm introduction. Thank you Susan Elliott (Director of Programming), James Holt (President & CEO), Carley Kirby (Program Manager), Kevin Grothe (VP of Sponsorship), and Elle (an MIM intern from Rhodes) for making me feel welcomed when visiting your offices and guiding me through the process of being a resident poster artist.

“Thank you to my friends and family here tonight, each of you are dear to me and have supported my artistic endeavors throughout the years and I am forever grateful. Jana Travis, a special thank you for your support, as a colleague, fellow artist, and friend.

“A special thank you to my dad and step-mother Marijean for being here this evening, they have traveled all the way from Northern Illinois to be here tonight. Dad and Marijean, your continued support of me and my family is more than a son can ask for -I love you both.

“Finally, to my beautiful wife and daughter. Cat and Mia, I would not be able to continue my artistic practice without the sacrifices you make, daily, to ensure that I have time in our collective studio. I love you more than you know! Mia, never stop wondering, never stop using your imagination; cultivating these traits will inspire you to find answers about the world around you.

“In the process of designing the MIM poster I felt fortunate to have an opportunity to research one of the richest and biologically diverse countries in the world. For an artist interested in landscape and architecture I knew I would have a wealth of content to reference — from the Amazon rain-forest to the bustling city of Bogota, and from the Andes to the coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean — Colombia is rich in diversity and culture. As I researched the symbolism and icons that identify Colombia to the world, the nation’s flag weighed heavy. As an artist, the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) are the foundation for understanding color theory and at the heart of painting. The symbolism of the color yellow in Colombia’s flag stands for richness and wealth of its diverse nature and people. Blue represents the multiple bodies of water that shape Colombia’s landscape making them one of the most bio-diverse regions in the world. Finally, the color red commemorates the lives lost while capturing the nations independence and the determination and perseverance of the Colombian people.

“Reflecting on the symbolism and icons of the Colombian landscape, people, and culture I created a painting that represents the contrast and harmony between nature and man, representation and abstraction, and past and present.

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Copyright: Nicolas R. Pena. Not for use without artist’s permission.

“The painting is a composite of images from the Colombian landscape. I focused on the northern, central, and southern regions while collecting a stockpile of reference images. I was interested in finding a balance between the various ranges of topical elevations, natural resources, and how the people of Colombia develop and prosper in diverse conditions.

“Coffee is set in the foreground for many reasons: its popularity, its color during maturity (red), its agricultural value to the country and small family-owned farms. I decided to show it two ways: as a mature red bean, to represent the determination to meet the world demand for Colombian coffee, and the perseverance to deliver year after year; and as an emphasized, by scale and color, roasted ‘dark’ bean. This emphasis is used to establish its importance, not only in the painting, but as an export in the Colombian economy.

“Flowers are another important export and are grown on the highland plains.  A white orchid shares the foreground with coffee because of its national symbolism and long standing symbolism across various cultures. A white orchid has been thought to signify innocence, elegance, beauty, and humility. I wanted viewers to think of reverence and new beginnings while looking at, or through, the white orchid to see the ‘painted landscape.’ The blue, seemingly pristine, water also leads the viewer into the image and represents the ‘life blood’ of existence for Colombia’s landscape and prosperity of their population.

“Directly in the middle of the composition are various man-made structures; the color yellow prevails, representing the wealth of Colombia’s diverse and robust population and the richness of its folklore. Stories of El Dorado had my attention when thinking about gold and South America however, I wanted the structures to look both humble and, at the same time, unattainable. Although, viewers might find it hard to see wealth from the modestly represented architecture, I hope it reads as a structure in flux — both near and far, realized and noticeably un-tethered from the landscape.

“Finally, the apex, man overcoming nature. ‘La Piedra del Peñol,’ also known as ‘El Peñon de Guatape,’ or Guatape Rock, is a 721 foot tall National Monument, found in Colombia’s central state of Antioquia. It grabbed my attention because of the large serpentine staircase zigzagging up to the summit where a man-made tower rests on top of the rock.  Advertised as the ‘best view in the world’ by the locals Guatape Rock, for me, is a symbol for the contrast and harmony between nature and man, and past and present.

“In the end, I would like to, again, thank Memphis in May and the selection committee for this opportunity and congratulations on your 40th year of impacting the city of Memphis with your commitment to promoting Memphis culture, supporting the arts, and enhancing international awareness and diversity through education.”

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.

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.

Pena AOS opening reception

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.


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.

SOA Faculty Making News

Kirstan-OHare-267x300Dr. Kristian O’Hare (Literature and Languages) received a writing fellowship from Lambda Literary and took part in their annual Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices. Lambda’s Retreat is among the country’s most competitive writer’s residencies and the only one specifically for LGBTQ writers. The retreat was held July 24 – 31, 2016 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

In October, Dr. O’Hare was awarded a residency at the Sundress Academy for the Arts at Firefly Farms in Knoxville, Tennessee. He spent the week of October 24-30th writing poetry and taking care of sheep, chickens, goats, and a donkey named Jayne.

This winter, San Francisco State University’s literary journal Fourteen Hills will publish Dr. O’Hare’s poem “Dowsing.”

carrierem_pic2Dr. Marius Carriere (History and Political Science) attended the Southern Historical Association Conference in St. Petersburg, FL and participated in a session on “New Insights into Understudied Aspects of the Civil War.” He also presented a paper about Americans and War entitled, “The Road to Secession, Louisiana Politics in the 1850s,” at the Ohio Valley History Conference. He was joined by adjunct professor Doug Cupples who presented a paper entitled, “The Union Occupation of Memphis during the Civil War.”

Dr. Seth Lee‘s (Literature and Languages) article, “Edmund Spenser’s Mind of Exile and Colonial Apologetics,” will appear in Studies in English Literature in February. Additionally, his monograph, The Discourse of Exile and National Identity in Early Modern England, is now under contract with Routledge. The project defines and traces the development of the mens exili in a variety of authors, groups, and genres including Geoffrey Chaucer and Edmund Spenser, the Lollards, Elizabethan Catholic exiles and the Marian exiles. The book provides a clearer understanding of exile as an important part of the development of a modern English national identity, and it demonstrates how the experience of exile, filtered through literary consciousness, influenced both the imaginative and the polemic literature of the Reformation.

Nick Peña’s (Visual and Performing Arts) artwork was featured in Fubiz, one of the largest online magazines in France, in an article entitled “Quirky Painting Juxtapositions.”

Dr. Jeff Sable (Behavioral Sciences) had a short paper published in the Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education entitled, ”Cognitive Neuroscience and Single-Word Processing“. It’s published in a new format of theirs called “Amazing Papers in Neuroscience” and is freely available online.



Dr. Colby Taylor (Behavioral Sciences) will appear as a contestant on Jeopardy on January 10th! Be sure to tune in and set your DVRs to record!


The following faculty were recognized at this year’s Convocation:

  • Ms. Jana Travis (Visual and Performing Arts): The Harold R. Krelstein Chair in Performing Arts & Communication
  • Dr. James “Bru” Wallace (Religion and Philosophy): The Brother Bernard Lococo Presidential Chair
  • Dr. Alison Lukowski (Literature and Languages): New Advisor of the Year
  • Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education): Promoted to Professor
  • Dr. Richard “Cort” Casey (Education): Promoted to Associate Professor
  • Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature and Languages): Promoted to Associate Professor
  • Mr. Matthew Hamner (Visual and Performing Arts): Awarded Tenure
  • Dr. Benjamin Jordan (History and Political Science): Promoted to Associate Professor; awarded Tenure
  • Mr. Nicholas Pena (Visual and Performing Arts): Awarded Tenure

Pictures from Convocation can be found here.