Jim McWillie (Archives), pictured at far right, celebrated his 100th birthday with a mass and reception at Christian Brothers High School on June 30 — and with the Christian Brothers over a birthday dinner. Pictured above with Mr. McWillie are (l-r) Brother Ignatius Brown, Brother Joel McGraw, Brother Robert Werle, Brother Chris Englert, Brother Dominic Ehrementraut, Brother Terence McLaughlin, and President John Smarrelli. Mr. McWillie, an Affiliated Member of the Christian Brothers, has been a volunteer in the CBU Archives for the past 25 years, following his retirement from the Catholic Diocese of Memphis.
Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of its 2015 Super Women in Business, noting in addition to her faculty position that Dr. Choudhary is director of the Graduate Engineering Program and director of the STEM Center for Women and Diversity. The 2015 class of Super Women represents some of the city’s most influential women, in a wide range of industries, who have achieved success through leadership in business and community contribution. They will be officially recognized at an awards luncheon on August 28 at the Hilton Memphis.
Dr. Paul Haught (VP for Academics) wrote guest column on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home) for the June 30 edition of the Memphis Daily News, entitled “How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis.” Dr. Haught also spoke on the encyclical at at the Cathedral of the Immacualte Conception on July 23.
Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages) organized the recent Paint Memphis event on July 18, which brought together more than 50 artists to create the largest collaborative mural in town on the south side of the Wolf River flood wall that runs .3 miles along the proposed Chelsea Greenline in the New Chicago/North Midtown neighborhood. More information (and photos) are available at paintmemphis.org or facebook.com/PaintMemphis.
Tin “Tony” Le (Chemical Engineering ’16) was selected by Georgia-Pacific as a 2015 summer intern supporting the company¹s Nonwovens operations. Tony graduated from Lewisburg High School and during his internship will be working in the engineering department.
Ryan Smith (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is now an Engineer Intern — halfway toward being a registered Professional Engineer. Since his graduation in May of 2015 with BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from CBU, he has worked as structural engineer for Gulf States Manufacturers (a Nucor Corporation Company) in Starkville, MS, where he designs various metal building products and provides technical assistance to field sale engineers. While at CBU, Ryan interned with Professional Services Industries and ENSCOR. He was a tutor for CBU Math Center and a member of CBU baseball team.
JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Health Scholars Program on July 9. His dad, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, got to read him his oath and give him his rank (Butter Bars) that he’d received 37 years ago. JD starts med school at the University of Arkansas next month.
Troy Goode (Chemical Engineering ’07) died on July 18, and a fund has been established to support his wife Kelli and infant son Ryan. Contributions to this fund can be made online at http://www.youcaring.com/kelli-goode-395627. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: The last session of Freshman Orientation, welcoming the Class of 2019, is Thursday, July 30 through Friday, July 31. Their busy schedules will include sessions to inform them about CBU services and resources, group academic advising, placement tests, class scheduling, and LOTS more!
COMMUNITY CONVOCATION: The annual pre-semester meeting of all faculty and staff will be held Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater with reports from the CBU Administration and recognition of faculty/staff service. Faculty meetings will follow in the afternoon.
WELCOME (BACK) WEEKEND: The 2015-16 academic year begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21 when the resident students of the Class of 2019 starts moving into the residence halls. All first-year freshmen are required to attend, and parents are strongly encouraged to join their students. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about campus, give back to the community, enjoy activities and start building lifelong friendships. Upperclassmen will be welcomed back to campus on Saturday, August 22. A tentative schedule of events is available at cbu.edu/welcome-back-weekend.
OPENING RECEPTION FOR NICK PEÑA EXHIBITION: “Crosscut,” an exhibition of paintings by CBU’s own Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) will open with a public reception on Friday, August 21 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through October 8 in the gallery and foyer, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
• Academic Convocation: August 27
• Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
• Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
• Bell Tower Gala: November 14
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• Ashley Clark has been promoted to Senior Admissions Counselor, effective July 9.
• Erica Mitchell has been promoted to Assistant Director of Admissions, effective July 9.