Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) recently presented a paper entitled “Minimization of CO2 Emissions for Spread Footings under Biaxial Uplift Using a Big Bang-Big Crunch Algorithm” at the International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure in Long Beach, California, November 6-8, 2014. The conference was hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) has been elevated to a Gold Level Fellow by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). ARVO Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and help further ARVO’s vision ”… to facilitate the advancement of vision research and the prevention and cure of disorders of the visual system worldwide,” which includes advancing basic and clinical knowledge and serving as the leading international forum for vision research and the primary advocate for vision science worldwide. Dr. Fitzgerald was made a Silver Fellow in 2010, and as a Gold Fellow she will be among a select group of only 22 individuals. The official medal will be presented at the ARVO Annual Meeting in May in Denver.

Taylor Flake (History ’17) has been elected as a justice on the 2015 Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court. She will serve with four other justices from other universities in Tennessee.

Sarah Langsdon (Natural Science ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

Dr. Y. Lu Lin (Civil Engineering) was recently appointed by Mayor A C Wharton as a member of the Memphis Stormwater Board. The Board oversees stormwater rules and regulations, and conducts hearing appeals due to civil penalties issued by the Stormwater Management Program in accordance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Dr. Lin is a stormwater expert. He has worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering for the last seventeen years on various projects, including St. John-New Madrid Flood Control, EnvirFish Program, Bayou Metro Irrigation, Potamology-Sedimentation Study, White River Comprehensive Study.  Dr. Lin also served as the expert panel to Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for TVA Hydrologic Projects.

Brother Francisco Martin
(Literature & Languages) was recently honored for his “generous commitment to the children of Operation Pedro Pan” by the organization of former child exiles from Cuba at an awards presentation in Miami. Operation Pedro Pan was a program created by the Catholic Welfare Bureau (Catholic Charities) of Miami in December 1960 at the request of parents in Cuba to provide an opportunity for them to send their children to Miami to avoid Communist indoctrination. The Church received the children in camps or foster homes. Brother Francisco was teaching and coaching in Nicaragua at the time, and raised money to relocate 250 Cuban children to the U.S. with visas. He also later worked in the Matecumbe relocation camp near the Everglades (that was nicknamed “el infierno verde” because of its rough natural habitat).

Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’16) was named Second Team All-America by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Rodrigues, a forward for the Lady Bucs and a 2014 All-GSC First Teamer, finished second in total points in the conference this season (31). She scored 10 goals and paced the league with 11 assists. Rodrigues also garnered All-Region honors by both the NSCAA and Daktronics (see below).

Richard Townley
 (Physics ’17) marched in the “120 Mile March” in conjunction with the Justice for Michael Brown Initiative with the NAACP over Thanksgiving Break. He is pictured above with the NAACP National President Cornell Williams Brooks.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named four CBU Lady Bucs to their Division II All-South Region Teams:
• Forward Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’16) was a first-team selection after she scored 10 goals with 11 assists for 31 points. She was one of four GSC players to earn a spot on the All-Region first team. She leads the GSC and is 11th in the nation in assists per game.
• Goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was a third-team pick after collecting eight shutouts with a 1.00 goals against average. She made 53 saves. She is 93rd in the nation in goals against average and holds school records for career wins, saves, minutes played, games played and games started.
• Midfielder Chelsea Casaccia (Biology ’16) and midfielder Carmen Manes (Liberal Studies ’15) joined Wade on the Third Team. Casaccia started all 19 games at midfield with two assists and two points, playing 1,414 minutes. Manes also started all 19 games, logging three assists and three points in 1,195 minutes.

CBU’s TN Theta chapter of Alpha Chi has been informed that it will receive the Star Chapter Award for the seventh time from the national interdisciplinary honor society. Star Chapters are named each academic year based upon a number of criteria, including attendance and presentations at regional or national conventions and an annual scholarly program sponsored on campus during the academic year. The chapter will be officially recognized at Alpha Chi’s National Convention in Chicago in March 2015.