Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science) has been selected as the recipient of the NACADA Region III Excellence in Advising ­ Faculty Role award  for the state of Tennessee. Dr. Varriano was awarded CBU’s Outstanding Academic Advisor Award last September at the CBU Academic Convocation — and is the fourth straight CBU advisor to receive the state award!

R. Terry Newsom (Nursing ’14) has been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.

The members of the CBU IEEE Branch attended IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 in Lexington, KY in March. The team of Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, and Zach Winters placed first in the Paper/Presentation competition and the team of Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, Zach Winters, Jonas Broughman, and Melissa Dollar placed second in the T-Shirt Design competition. Others attending were Josh Swillum, Nicholas McKee, and Htet Cho Oo on the Software Competition team; Brennan Powers, Jay Counce, and Cody Crow on the Robotic Competition team; as well as Patrick McGinnis and Sean Dantis on the Website competition team. More than 100 electrical engineering schools in the Southeast attend the conference. CBU has placed in the top three in the paper competition in 30 of the 54 years that CBU has competed.

Laura Nathan (Nursing ’13) and Roni Dillard (Nursing ’13) ­were name Nursing Stars by Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare annual recognition event to celebrate outstanding nurses throughout the system. Laura works at Methodist University, and Roni works at Methodist North.

Several CBU presenters took Best Paper Awards at the 2014 Tennessee Academy of Sciences held at CBU on April 5. Sarah Fay (CBU REAP student, Collierville High School) took third place for “Heavy metal uptake by lichens in an urban environment” (coauthored with Br. Thomas Sullivan and Lynda Miller) in the Organismal Biology session; Cale Baskin took second place honors for “SD-OCT scanning of the optic nerve in diagnosis of glaucoma” (coauthored with Eric Sigler) in the Health and Medical Sciences session; Hope Gilbertson won third place for “Preclinical assessment of gemcitabine as an effective new treatment of Ependymoma” (coauthored with Nidal Boulos, Jason Dapper, and Richard Gilbertson) in the Health and Medical Sciences session; Shilpa Appurubugatha, Sean Dantis, and Matthew Winters won first place for “Escape from the minefield” in the Engineering session; Adam Tekle and Viet Minh Tong took second place for “The Smart Cube Solver” in the Engineering session; Jerry W. Counce, Cody R. Crow, and Michael B. Powers took third place for “IEEE SoutheastCon 2014 hardware competition” in the Engineering session. In the Poster session, John D. Wolfe took second place for “Visual acuity and genetic classification of subjects with either Type I or Type II Oculocutaneous Albinism” (coauthored with Ronaldo Y. Sano, Einat Hauzman, Daniela M.O. Bonci, Malinda Fitzgerald, and Dora F. Ventura).