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Dr. Bevalee Vitali ( Management/Marketing/Economics) gave a talk to the Greater Memphis Area Employee Benefits Council entitled “Happy Workplaces” on September 10.

Lady Buc midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’16) was named Player of the Week by the Gulf South Conference after she led the Lady Bucs to a 2-0 week. Rodrigues scored the first two goals of CBU’s 4-0 win over Rhodes, and she followed with an assist on the game-winning goal in the 2-1 win over Clayton State. The GSC Player of the Week award is the third of her career.

CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2016

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CBU has named (above l-r) Mustafa Hmood (History ’16), Ian Boyd (English ’16), Sara Swisher (English ’16), Kierra Turner (Accounting ’16) and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16) as its 2016 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows. The 2016 Fellows were introduced to the CBU Community at the Academic Convocation on August 27 (pictured above with Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President).

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 or 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. (They also now appear, much larger than life, on the west wall of the Thomas Center.)

Academic Convocation Awards

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Congratulations to faculty and students who were honored at the Academic Convocation on August 27:
Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was the recipient of the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award for 2015-16. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Recipients must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle, and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
Mrs. Cathy Grilli (Mathematics) was the recipient of the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished Faculty Award, presented annually by the School of Sciences.
• Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) was awarded the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
• Dr. James Moore (Biology) was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award.
• Peter Bursi (Accounting ’18), Damini Patel (Biochemistry ’17), and Natalie Sterling (Liberal Studies ’17) were honored as Outstanding CARLs of the Year by the Office of Academic Services.
• John Dawson (Business Administration ’16), Rakesha Gray (English ’17), and Angel Rodriguez (Cybersecurity ’18) were honored by the Division of Student Life with the CBU Spirit Award.

Endowed Faculty Chairs were awarded to:
• The Harry B. Solmson Chair Of Business Administration was awarded to Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics).
• The Morrie A. & Lillian Moss Chair In Accounting was awarded to Dr. Jennifer Weske (Accounting).
• The Harold R. Krelstein Chair In Performing Arts & Communications was awarded to Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts).
• The Dr. John J. Shea Chair In Science & Mathematics was awarded to Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science).
• The Brother Bernard LoCoco Presidential Chair was awarded to Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages).
• The J. Everett Pidgeon Chair was awarded to Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering).

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS from the Academic Convocation (and also Service Awards from the Community Convocation on August 20) are available on the CBU Flickr site.

This Week at CBU

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“CROSSCUT” EXHIBITION: 
An exhibition of new paintings by Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) entitled “Crosscut” is in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery through October 8. In “Crosscut,” Peña continues his investigation of the ever-shifting concept of the American Dream, and the effects that ideal has on both our environment and our national psyche. While this new work still plays off of the contrasts between past and present, representation and abstraction, and stability and instability, the material used is pushed further in an attempt to highlight the unique balance of these apposing concepts. The Ross Gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Library and is open during regular Library hours.

NAACP MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: CBU’s NAACP will be conducting a membership drive August 24-28 in the Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Dues for this year are $15 for those under 21 and $30 for those over 21!  Get involved and join TODAY!

WELCOME WEEK ZUMBA!  It’s Fun! It’s Fitness! It’s Zumba! Come out to Nolan Field on Monday at 7:00 p.m. for some seriously fun dancing! Bring a towel to wipe off sweat, some water, and a friend!

WELCOME WEEK SCOOP: Here’s the Scoop! Whether it’s vanilla or chocolate, or somewhere in between, choose your flavor at the Gazebo next to Rozier Hall on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Celebrate the end of a fun summer with your CBU SGA and then paint the rock!

WELCOME WEEK TRIPPY TIE DYE: Come to the Buckman Quad on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. to make your own retro CBU swag. First 50 students get a free t-shirt! It’s a totally rad tie-dye bonanza!

WELCOME WEEK ORGANIZATION FAIR: From Greek Life to the Honors Program to Black Student Association to even SGA, if you want to get involved on campus, be sure to swing by the Organization Fair in Sabbatini Lounge on Thursday from 11:00  to 2:00!

WELCOME BACK BOOK FAIR: The CBU Dystopian Literature Society will be hosting a campus-wide Welcome Back Book Fair in the Plough Library on Thursday, August 27. The Book Fair will feature some of your favorite titles and maybe some you haven’t heard before! Refreshments will be served on the main floor of the library. Stop by and check it out!

ACADEMIC CONVOCATION: Join us to celebrate the best and brightest of the CBU community at the annual Academic Convocation on Thursday, August 27 in the University Theater at 5:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks from President Smarrelli and SGA President Kierra Turner will precede a presentation by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology, MHIRT Program Director), and the announcement of the Endowed Chairs for 2015-16 and the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2016. Awards will be presented to outstanding  Academic Advisors and CARLs, and CBU Spirit Awards will be presented by Student Life. The School of Sciences will present the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Award to a member of its faculty, and CBU will present the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. the highest University honor for a faculty or staff member.

SOS15SEPTEMBER OF SERVICE KICKOFF: Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen?! CBU’s September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds is back and better than ever. We have 30 days of great projects and hundreds of volunteer slots, so now all we need is YOU! Join S.O.S. on Friday, August 28 in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., to kick it into gear, and get ready for all the fun, growth, learning, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be signups, refreshments, “Why I Serve” sign pictures, chalk the quad, great new S.O.S. t-shirts for only $10 (or you might win one!), face painting, and more!  S.O.S. is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, family members, and pets (well, maybe not pets). We’re working on the calendar now and we’ll have it open for signups at the Friday kickoff. In the meantime, check it out at www.cbu.edu/sos, like us on Facebook and get ready to rock Memphis! ROGUE SOSing is back! If you can’t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don’t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don’t have a sign? SOS anyway!!!!

BSA BIG SPLASH: Join the Black Student Association and DIVE INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR on Friday afternoon, 4:00-7:00 p.m., in the Canale Pool and the Sand Volleyball Court!

WELCOME WEEK MOVIE NIGHT: Tired from a long first week of classes and moving in?  Come over to Spain Auditorium on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. for a great movie and popcorn! (HINT: Who knew detention could be fun too?!)

Distinguished Alumni Announced for 2015

CBU will honor Steve Dunavant as its 2015 Distinguished Alumnus and Brother Dylan Perry as the Distinguished Young Alumnus at its 4th Annual Bell Tower Gala on November 14.

Steve Dunavant (’83) has more than 30 years of public accounting experience, and currently serves as a managing director for the Memphis office of CBIZ MHM, LLC. Steve was one of the founding members of its predecessor firm, Thompson Dunavant PLC. He graduated from CBU with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. He was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Tennessee in 1985. In 1997, he received a Certificate of Education Achievement from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Tax Planning & Advising for Closely Held Businesses. Dunavant currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Christian Brothers University (as Vice Chairman) and the Americana Music Society. He is a past Chairman of the Board for the Visible Music College and a former board member of Triumph Bank.

Brother Dylan Perry (’10) is the associate director of the Lasallian Volunteers for the De La Salle Christian Brothers. He has served in this role since 2013 and is responsible for the well-being and formation of nearly 50 LVs each year who serve in Catholic schools and social service institutions around the country. He earned his bachelor’s degree at CBU in Religion and Philosophy with minors in Peace Studies and Global Studies. While at CBU he served as a Senator for Student Government, helped start the Community Garden on campus, and interned with GrowMemphis at the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. After graduation from CBU, he served as a Lasallian Vounteer for a year at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia. Perry was accepted into postulancy as a Christian Brother in July of this year.

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Commencement Awards

The following graduating seniors were recognized at the 2015 Commencement Exercises with awards from the various schools and the University.

SCHOOL OF ARTS
Veronica Virgen Miguel, Outstanding History Student Award
Lauren Faye Ervin, Literature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
Nathaniel Rollie Celeski, Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award
Matthew George Kotek, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
Katelynn Logan Hicks, Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award
Kristen Faith DeRidder, Christine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
Anna Elizabeth Liley, Psi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
Emily Dawn Phillips, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Ally Marie Wanta, Memphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shanice D’Shara Oliver, Moroni-Whaley Award
Jasmine Denean Lewis, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key
Taylor Julian Seaman, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
Sean Michael Jenkins, T. Herbert Darnell Award
Nicholas Ryan McKee, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Lauren Ashlee Harrett, Outstanding Civil & Environmental Engineering Graduate Award
Anna Grace Baumheckel, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award

SCHOOL OF SCIENCES
John David Wolfe, Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award and the Brother Dominic Dunn Award
Jonathan Andrew Aristorenas, Biology Faculty Award
George Edward Gallarno, Mathematical Sciences Faculty Award

COLLEGE OF ADULT PROFESSIONAL STUDIES
Jenna Schletty
, College of Adult Professional Studies Academic Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY-WIDE
Earnest Spiller, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award
Nathan Andrew Sampson, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Stancia Doretha Harvey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Trey Maurice Casey, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Taylor Julian Seaman, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award

2015 Student Leadership Awards

The Student Government Association and Student Life thank all of the nominees and attendees for taking part in this year’s Student Leadership Awards presentation. Special thanks to Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services) for helping honor our distinguished student leaders, as well as Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering) for providing such great looking awards.
And the winners are…
  • Greek Chapter of the Year: Alpha Xi Delta (Rachel Depperschmidt, President)
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Rebecca Hall, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Greek Scholarship: Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Sorority Scholar: Katie Robinson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Fraternity Scholar: John Buttross, Kappa Sigma
  • Outstanding New Member (Sorority): Mariana Hernandez, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Outstanding New Member (Fraternity): Angel Rodriguez, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Outstanding Organization Advisor: Tabitha Diaz & Wendy Sumner-Winter, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Resident Assistant of the Year: Shanice Oliver
  • Outstanding Senator(s): Taylor Flake & Brock Swims
  • Outstanding Student Scholar: Taylor Seaman, President of ENACTUS
  • Emerging Leader: Sean Rowland, Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Commitment to Diversity: Mustafa Hmood, President of Muslim Students’ Association
  • Saint Thomas More Award: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Community Servant: Abigail Lockard, September of Service
  • Excellence in Community Service: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Most Improved Student Organization: Zeta Tau Alpha (Lindsey Barnes, President)
  • New Student Organization of the Year: Food Recovery Network (Michael MacMiller, President)
  • Student Organization of the Year: Lasallian Collegians (JD Wolfe, President)
  • Campus Program of the Year: Trailblazers of Memphis (Jonathan Mosley & Taylor Flake)
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Sorority): Alpha Xi Delta
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Fraternity): Kappa Sigma

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Chris Oxford (Religion & Philosophy ’15) has been accepted to the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Bev Vitali (Management) has been selected as the recipient of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Region III Excellence in Advising – Faculty Role Award for the state of Tennessee. The award will be presented during the NACADA Region III Conference on April 14, 2015, in Covington, KY.

Upcoming Events

BROTHER MARK SULLIVAN GOLF TOURNAMENT: The CBU Athletics Department will hold the 27th annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament Monday, April 13, at 1:00 p.m. at Colonial Country Club. Registration, with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. Individuals may enter for $195, or foursomes are available for $780. All proceeds from this year’s event benefit the CBU Athletics Endowment Fund. The Endowment Fund provides the critical support needed to fund small capital improvement projects that keep our programs competitive and sustain institutional health. More info and registration available online »»

Voss-Roberts-2RELIGION LUNCH & LEARN: The CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy presents a lunch and learn with Dr. Michelle Voss Roberts of Wake Forest University on April 13, who will be speaking on the topic of “Feeling My Neighbor’s Faith: Aesthetics and Hindu-Christian Encounter”   in Montesi Executive Center, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Christian encounters with other faith traditions can evoke strong aesthetic reactions, both positive and negative. At the same time, the intensity and meaningfulness of aesthetic experience have often been described in theological terms. Dr. Roberts brings together these insights in her study of Hindu traditions. In this lunch and learn discussion, she will talk about how Hindu theological aesthetics can illuminate the role of art and emotion in interfaith understanding. If you’d like to reserve a boxed lunch, please RSVP to Dr. Emily Holmes at (901) 321-3325 or emily.holmes@cbu.edu.

simone-cambellVANDERHAAR SYMPOSIUM: The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium presents Sister Simone Campbell as its 2015 keynote speaker on April 16 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m.. Sister Simone has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including LCWR, to sign on. In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. This budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 MinutesThe Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For more information, visit www.gvanderhaar.org.

SOFAPALOOZA: Sofapalooza 2015 is just around the corner! Join CBU SGA in Boshwit Courtyard on Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.-midnight for food, music, and fun! Featuring Baby Baby, Fingertrick, as well as local DJ talents. Register for your free student ticket here: www.eventbrite.com/e/sofapalooza-2015-tickets-15889311358

SPRING AKA WEEK: The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will host its Spring AKA Week April 19-24. The week’s activities include:

  • Sunday, April 19: He Lives Right Through Me: Church at Antioch Baptist Church, (4715 New Allen Rd.), 11:00 a.m.
  • Monday, April 20: Feelin’ Myself Sustainable Beauty Forum and Photo Contest  Join as AKA indulges in a “Do It Yourself” night and make sustainable beauty products by hand! 7:08 p.m. in Cooper-Wilson Center 105
  • Tuesday, April 21:  Come and Kick it with ME — Come and Kick it with the Most Elegant Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha in a game of kickball! Not only will we be playing kickball but participants will be learning about the importance of exercise to reduce heart disease and mental illness. Canale Arena, 7:08 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 22: Pink is the New Green — Come serve with AKA on the Sustainability Coalition Earth Day Project! 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 23: You Can’t Beat ME Sand Volleyball Tournament — Enter your team in AKA’s Sand Volleyball Tournament. Your donations will benefit “service to all mankind.”  Enter your team of five for only $20. For more information please contact Taylor Flake at tflake@cbu.edu.
  • Friday, April 24: Pink Friday — Come celebrate the close of AKA Week in Buckman Quad at 5:08 p.m.  The celebration will end with a Special Surprise that you won’t want to miss!
DAY AT CITY HALL: The CBU Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will host a student “Day at City Hall” at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21. Join the NAACP at City Hall and let our local legislators know that we care! For sign-up visit eventbrite.com/event/16431562245 or contact naacp@cbu.edu.

PEER MINISTRY RETREAT:  Need a faith refresher? Make the most of this Lenten season and give your spiritual life that much needed boost. In 2014, the CBU Peer Ministers, a group of students dedicated to spreading awareness about the Catholic faith, formed with the desire to encourage a vibrant Catholic identity for the student body. As part of this effort, the Peer Ministers will facilitate a retreat on April 25 in the Canale Skybox, 12:30-6:00 p.m. — complete with faith-sharing, fellowship, reflection, Mass… and of course food. To register for the retreat, click here. The cost to attend this retreat is $20.00 per person and can be turned in via cash or check to Br. Tom Sullivan or Mrs. Cyndy Benton in the Office of Campus Ministry.

THE LAST LECTURE: Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for the 8th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, during which Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for dynamic lectures and his expertise in aviation and forensic engineering, Dr. Welch will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. This is open to the entire University and, based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

OFF CAMPUS EVENTS
THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK: As the closing lecture of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens exhibition “Hail! Britannia!,” Dr. Neil Palmer (History & Political Science) will examine the connections between British society and the innovative rock music it spawned from the 1950s to the 1990s. Dr. Palmer will discuss the historical context surrounding the creation of music by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead. Sunday, April 19 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

GaryChapmanWILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Tenth Annual Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will welcome Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, as its keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 28 at Christ United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dr. Chapman is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers / Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology. Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations.

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The CBU ASCE Student Chapter traveled to Oxford, MS to compete against 13 other universities during the 2015 ASCE Deep South Conference, hosted by the University of Mississippi on March 19-21. The CBU ASCE student chapter placed third in the surveying competition. The surveying team (pictured above, l-r) consisted of Austin Feathers, Kolbie Seay, and Robert Tworek (Christine Moore is not pictured). Other Civil Engineering students attending and competing in the conference included Reggie Raney, Jaemi Guieb, Lauren Harrett, Eric Rodriguez, Mobarak Alsulaiman, Georgina Johns, Ana Rodriguez, Jodie Crocker, Ibrahim Chum, Jacob McNamara, Grey Peevy, Blake Amato, Brennon Clement, Orlando Femat, Omar Almutairi, and Mitch Bourgeois. The students were accompanied by Dr. Andrew Assadollahi and Mr. Gene McGinnis. Dr. Louie Lin also visited during Saturday’s competition.

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to the Reese’s Division II East-West All-Star Game, and was also named to the NABC and Daktronics All-South Region Teams. Casey is the fourth CBU basketball player to play in the Reese’s All-Star Game, which is played annually as part of the Division II Elite Eight. This year’s game was played March 27 at the Ford Center in Evansville, IN, the night before the national championship game. Casey was one of four GSC players selected to the NABC All-South Region First Team, and he was one of two GSC players named Second Team Daktronics All-South Region.

Nate Celeski (History ’15) has been accepted by the following law schools: Mississippi College, Mercer College, the University of Memphis, and the University of Mississippi. He has decided to attend the University of Mississippi.

Jessica Hefner (Psychology ’15) has been accepted by the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

An article by Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science), entitled “State Sovereignty in Space: Current Models and Possible Futures,” has been published in the journal Astropolitics.

mcginnisKatherine McGinnis (Civil Engineering ’10) has been recognized as a Professional Engineer by the Tennessee  Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners. Currently, she is the Operations District Supervisor for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Construction Office in Covington, TN where she supervises inspectors on various jobs including the Canada Road interchange in Lakeland. While Katherine was a civil engineering major at CBU, she interned with the Pickering Firm, Allen & Hoshall, and Airfield Etc. Inc. After graduation she worked as an Operations Specialist with TDOT in Nashville. She then moved back to Memphis and worked for ETI Corp before her current position with TDOT in Covington.

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The Alpha Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. traveled to Tulsa for their 63rd Southwestern Regional Leadership Conference on March 26-29 and won eight awards. The chapter was recognized with the Social Action AwardMission Possible Silver LevelAdopt-a-School Initiative, and the Outstanding Model Chapter of the Year Level 3 (for chapters with membership between 5 and 11). Ian A. Boyd (English ’15) won the John T. Thornton Collegiate Bigger & Better Businessman Award, and Samuel Tope-Ojo (Business Administration ’17) won the Debate Competition and was awarded the Distinguished Service Chapter Scholarship and My Brother’s Keeper Scholarship.

 

Casey Named Academic All-American Player of the Year

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CBU senior guard Trey Casey has been named the Capital One Academic All-America Men’s Basketball Player of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). This is his second consecutive year being named a First Team Academic All-American.

Casey, a native of Cincinnati and a graduate of La Salle High School, is averaging 18.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.5 steals per game for the Bucs while carrying a perfect 4.0 GPA in Business Administration. He was First Team All-GSC last year and GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore, when he led the Bucs to the GSC championship. Casey ranks 16th on CBU’s all-time scoring list with 1,441 points, and his 197 career steals are a school record. His 206 three-pointers are sixth in school history, and his 42.5 percent three-point percentage is fourth in school history.

Casey is CBU’s first Academic All-America Player of the Year, and his First Team Academic All-America selection is the school’s third, joining Jennifer Kett, who won the award in 2003 in women’s soccer, as well as his own selection last season. Softball player Jenny Barnard was a Second Team Academic All-American in 2006, and baseball player John Raymond Hehn was Third Team Academic All-American in 2006.

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Anna Baumheckel
 
(Chemical Engineering ’15) was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineering Student for her academic achievement, professional potential, and service to the CBU community at the 2015 Engineers Week Banquet on February 26.  She has served CBU as a President’s Ambassador, Summer Advising & Registration Leader, and tutor in the Math Center.  As student assistant to the Dean of Academic Services, she played a significant role in preparation and execution of freshman orientation. Anna is active in the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Tau Beta Pi. She is also a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  Professionally, Anna has been an intern with Logical Systems, Inc. In this role, she was contracted to BASF and performed a number of tasks, including participation in Pre-Startup Safety Reviews. She is pictured above being presented the award by Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering).

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was named Gulf South Player of the Week after a 20-point effort against Alabama-Huntsville and a career-high 35 points with eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals against North Alabama. His eight steals tied the school record for steals in a game, and in the process, he broke the school record for career steals.

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Dr. Siripong Malasri
(Dean of Engineering) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of theTennessee Society of Professional Engineers with its 2015 Distinguished Service Award at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. The award was established to recognize the outstanding service of long-time TSPE members for their eminent technical contributions to the field of engineering or exceptional contributions to the engineering profession.  Dr. Malasri has been active in many organizations including Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC), International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), and TSPE.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee and one of the 26 ISTA CPLP Professional in the world.  In addition he serves as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.  Under his leadership CBU currently operates an ISTA Certified Packaging Test Lab and hosts the Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Dr. Malasri is pictured above with his son JT Malasri (’06, MBA ’12), who presented the award.

Disha Patel (MSPAS ’16) has been selected as a recipient of one of 37 scholarships from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants PA Foundation. Nearly 1,300 applications were submitted to the foundation from students in the 180+ programs nationwide.

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Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineer for his scholarly work during the calendar year 2014 at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25 along with featured engineers from other engineering organizations. In 2014 he published four books; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Composites: Design, Simulation, and Application(CRC Press), Chemical Process in Liquid and Solid Phase: Properties, Performance and Applications (CRC Press), Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed Components (Apple Academic Press), and Engineering Materials: Applied Research and Evaluation Methods (Apple Academic Press). In addition, he published an article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging TechnologyPictured above (l-r): Richard Gadomski (Board of Trustees), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (2015 CBU Featured Engineer), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Professor Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chair), Dr. Joseph Qualls (Electrical Engineering, Adjunct), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), and Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chair).

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Carol Dodge Whelchel
(Civil Engineering ’08) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers with its 2015 Young Engineer of the Year Award at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. Carol has worked as a Natural Gas Distribution and Transmission Design Engineer at Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) for 4 1/2 years, where she designs and manages gas main relocation and replacement projects for the distribution and transmission systems. She is currently involved with the MLGW Junior Engineer / Professional Engineer Program (JEPE). JEPE is a program that mentors newly hired engineers and encourages professional developmental for all engineers. She has volunteered with various organizations and events including ASCE Younger Member CANstruction, TSPE Younger Member Engineering Art Show, & TPSE Mathcounts. She has spoken to high school and college students about working as an engineer and the importance of mentorship. Last year, she volunteered as a steel bridge judge for the ASCE Student Competition hosted by CBU. She is pictured above with Lee Schumann (’05), TSPE Memphis Chapter President.

JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.

Upcoming Events

VOLUNTEER FAIR: The CBU Honors Program and Student Government (in conjunction with Career Services) are partnering for CBU’s Volunteer Fair on ThursdayMarch 19 in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event is intended to promote awareness and establish a connection between CBU students, faculty, and staff and our community’s non-profit organizations. A dozen local agencies will be on-hand to share their indispensable insight regarding all aspects of the admirable works that take place in the Memphis community, as well as educating attendees on how they can get involved.

STEMM WORKSHOP: Christian Brothers University in partnership with Christian Brothers High School is offering a workshop for educators featuring Dr. Justin Whitmer on “Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems” on Friday, March 20 in Montesi Executive Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Participants will apply the basic principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking integral to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education; participate in collaborative breakout sessions to build lesson plans with compelling problems and case studies in various disciplines such as English, Literature, Social Studies, Sciences, and Fine Arts; learn tips to transform a classroom into a collaborative learning environment in multiple academic disciplines in grades K-12; and build project-based and problem-based lesson plans and develop assessment strategies to employ in classrooms. The cost is $95 (which includes lunch), and participants will earn six PDHs for attending. Online enrollment is available at stemmcolab.com/training. For more information, contact Rebeccca Neves, CBHS STEMM CoLaB Director, at rneves@cbhs.org.

CBU’S GOT TALENT: Looking for the next big event on campus?? The Black Student Association will be hosting their annual Talent Show on March 27 in the University Theater, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tickets will be on sale in Alfonso Dining Hall starting March 2 for only $5. Get yours early because this is one event you don’t want to miss! Do you have a talent? Click here to sign up to perform!

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FOOD & FAITH LECTURE: Dr. Jennifer Ayres will speak on “Come to the Table: Faith and Our Food System” in the University Theater on March 26 at 7:00 p.m. The table around which Christians regularly gather—the Lord’s table—stands as a witness to God’s abundance, God’s presence in the material gifts of the earth, and God’s delight in the nourishment and enlivening of earthly bodies. Each time we share the bread and cup, we testify to God’s presence in the simple acts of eating and drinking together. What does this action mean, however, in the midst of a food system faced with such serious challenges as food insecurity, obstructed access to healthy and affordable food, community instability, environmental degradation, and the disenfranchisement of people? Jennifer Ayres’ research interests include religious environmental education; social activism and religious identity; faith formation in the context of popular culture; and feminist practical theology. She is the author of two books, Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Dr. Ayres is is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology will be available for purchase at a 10% discount. Sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith.

STEEL TOES TO STILETTOS: The Society of Women Engineers is hosting its 4th Annual Steel Toes to Stilettos Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Friday, March 27 at Just For Lunch in Chickasaw Oaks Plaza (3092 Poplar). There will be hors d¹oeuvres, live music, wine tasting and beer tasting. Single tickets are $30, or a pair of tickets are $50. The funds go towards free engineering workshops for high school and middle school girls that SWE offers every semester. The objective of the workshops is to interest more girls in STEM programs. The funds also support travel costs for SWE students attending the national conference, where they learn many skills for the future and are provided a chance to apply for internships—as well as jobs upon graduation. For information on purchasing advance tickets, email SWE.D055@gmail.com or Gabby Gomez-Pedro at ggomezpe@cbu.edu.

jim_baileySEIDMAN TOWN HALL LECTURE:  The M. L. Seidman Memorial Town Hall Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Jim Bailey as its 2015 speaker on April 7 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Bailey will discuss “The Industrial Giants of Modern Healthcare Whose Time is Past” and the servant-leader champions of person-centered health care who are at work to replace them. Jim Bailey is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health Systems Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training. His research appears in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAMAJournal of General Internal Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bailey has an abiding passion for the classics, medical history, and ethics, and believes that sharing our stories can heal. He is the author of the novel, The End of Healing, which was published by The Healthy City in 2014. A book-signing will follow the lecture.

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME BANQUET (rescheduled): The Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015 and will induct the five inductees at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $45 each, and a table of eight is $360. The Class of 2015 includes Bill Bintz (Basketball ’73), Kenny Greene (Baseball ’84), Leon Haag (Basketball ’60), Taneisha Lenon (Basketball ’00), and Charlie Leonard (Basketball ’75, Coach ’90-97). For more information on the banquet, please contact Brian Summers at (901) 321-3370 or bsummers@cbu.edu.

simone-cambellVANDERHAAR SYMPOSIUM: The Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium presents Sister Simone Campbell as its 2015 keynote speaker on April 16 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m.. Sister Simone has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues. During the 2010 congressional debate about healthcare reform, she wrote the famous “nuns’ letter” supporting the reform bill and got 59 leaders of Catholic Sisters, including LCWR, to sign on. In 2012, she was also instrumental in organizing the “Nuns on the Bus” tour of nine states to oppose the “Ryan Budget” approved by the House of Representatives. This budget would decimate programs meant to help people in need. “Nuns on the Bus” received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media. Simone has often been featured in the national and international media, including appearances on 60 MinutesThe Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She has received numerous awards, including a “Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award” and the “Defender of Democracy Award” from the international Parliamentarians for Global Action. In addition, she has been the keynote or featured speaker at numerous large gatherings, including the 2012 Democratic National Convention. For more information, visit www.gvanderhaar.org.

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK (rescheduled): As the closing lecture of the Dixon Gallery & Gardens exhibition “Hail! Britannia!,” Dr. Neil Palmer (History & Political Science) will examine the connections between British society and the innovative rock music it spawned from the 1950s to the 1990s. Dr. Palmer will discuss the historical context surrounding the creation of music by bands such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Smiths, Joy Division, Oasis, Blur, and Radiohead. Wednesday, February 18 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noon to 1:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

GaryChapmanWILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Tenth Annual Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will welcome Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, as its keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 28 at Christ United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dr. Chapman is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers / Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology. Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations.

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Emi Abutineh (Biology ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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

Buccaneer forward Sidy Sall (Business Administration ’15) was named Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for the week of February 9-15. Sall scored 19 points with 15 rebounds against West Florida, and he followed with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks against Valdosta State.

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Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) has been selected to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Division II team for the second straight year. Casey carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, and he leads the Bucs in scoring with 16.3 points per game. He also adds 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game, shooting 45.9 percent from three-point range. He leads the GSC and is 24th in the nation in steals per game, and is second in the GSC and 24th in the nation in three-point percentage. Casey was a First Team Capital One Academic All-American last year, the only junior to make the First Team. As a first team All-District selection, he again advances to the Academic All-America ballot.

Buccaneer left-hander Patrick Gurley (Biology ’16) was named GSC Pitcher of the Week for the week of January 26-February 1 after he threw five shutout innings against LeMoyne-Owen College. He struck out five batters and allowed one hit with no walks.

Buccaneer guard Jeff Larkin (Business Administration ’18) was named GSC Freshman of the Week for the week of January 26-February 1 after he led the Bucs to a pair of road wins last week. Jeff averaged 15 points, 3.5 assists and three rebounds per game, playing all 40 minutes in both games and committing just four total turnovers. He scored 19 with four rebounds and four assists against Mississippi College, and followed with 11 points, three assists and three steals against Delta State. For the week, he shot 50 percent (11-of-22) from the field and 58.3 percent (7-of-12) from three-point range. The Freshman of the Week award is the fifth this season for Larkin, who also won it December 9, 16, and 23 and January 6.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11, MACS ’17) recently received a positive review of his book Sport & the Spiritual Life: The Integration of Playing & Praying (Amazon Publishing, 2013) from eminent psychologist and author, Kevin Vost, Psy.D. Read the review here: www.drvost.com/catholicreviews.htm. Additionally, Anthony will have a profile featured in the April 2015 issue of Promise, the official magazine of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as well as a chapter entitled, “Beyond Praying for Players: The Responsibilities of Sport Chaplains” in the forthcoming textbook, Sport Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, & Debates [Eds. Parker et al.] (Ashgate) slated for release in Summer 2015. He has been appointed Founding Book Review Editor for the International Journal for Sports & Christianity (IJSC) to be launched at the Inaugural Global Congress for Sports & Christianity to be held in York, UK in August 2016, where he will also be serving as co-leader of the Sport Chaplaincy thematic strand.

Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (Psychology ’00) recently co-authored an article for the American Psychological Association’s Psychology Student Network entitled “Looking to succeed? Understanding the importance of research publications” which encourages undergraduate students to publish their research in academic journals. Dr. Bonds-Raacke is the chair and associate professor of psychology at Fort Hays State University.

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (CBU President) was elected by the College Delegate Assembly of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), during its Business meeting on December 9 to serve as a member of the SACSCOC Board of Trustees, Class of 2017.

2nd Annual Sustain-a-Book Contest

Last year’s 1st Place Winner Austyn Harriman with “Flight of Legend”

It’s time for the 2nd Annual Sustain-a-Book contest! Plough Library invites CBU students, faculty, and staff to transform discarded library books into new creations. Our goal is to breathe new life into books that might otherwise get recycled into pulp. You can find old books to use on our “Free Books” shelf in the library foyer.

Last year’s entries wowed the judges, and we hope to see more this year. Many told us they were working on entries but didn’t finish in time. Now is your chance to try again for fame and fortune!

Submit all entries to Plough Library by 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 17. Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22.

Prizes are Amazon gift cards: 1st Place – $75, 2nd Place – $50, and 3rd Place – $25.

See contest rules and get a printable entry form at libguides.cbu.edu/sustainabook.

CBU Honored with NCAA Academic Excellence Award

After posting a successful Academic Success Rate, CBU is being honored with an Academic Excellence Award by the NCAA.

As part of the Division II Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence program, now in it’s fourth year, CBU will be honored after seeing a graduation success rate of 90 percent among its student-athletes. CBU earned this accolade alongside 20+ additional Division II institutions for achieving four-year ASRs of 90 percent or higher.

“This year’s Presidents’ Award for Academic Excellence honorees are outstanding examples of Division II’s success in the classroom and off the field,” said Tom Haas, president of Grand Valley State University and chair of the Division II Presidents Council. “We are delighted to share in their successes and commend them for their continued excellence.”

The Academic Success Rate measures graduation success for Division II schools and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships. In 2012-13, only 62 percent of Division II student-athletes receive some level of athletics aid.

The Division II ASR also captures about 54 percent more student-athletes than the federal graduation rate. Unlike the federal graduation rate, the ASR also counts student-athletes who transfer to a school after initial enrollment elsewhere and removes from the rate student-athletes who leave school while academically eligible. The national four-year ASR is 71 percent.

Five CBU Soccer Players Named All-Academic

Gulf South Conference Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives named five Christian Brothers University soccer players to the FireSeeds Academic All-GSC Teams, and 30 athletes earned spots on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll.

Three players represented CBU on the women’s soccer Academic All-GSC Team. Midfielder Carmen Manes (’15) was a first-team All-GSC player while carrying a 3.33 GPA in liberal studies. Midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (’16) was a Second-Team All-American and First-Team All-GSC selection while carrying a 3.43 GA in civil engineering. Defender Gabrielle Pilgrim (’17) joined them on the Academic All-GSC team, carrying a 3.94 GPA in English. She was a Second-Team All-GSC selection as a sophomore, anchoring the defense again this season.

Two players represented CBU on the men’s soccer Academic All-GSC Team. Defender Sean Rutter (’15) was a first-team All-GSC selection and carries a 3.47 GPA in business administration. Forward Kevin Tikhomiroff (’16) has a 3.27 GPA in business administration while playing a key role as midfielder.

The women’s soccer team placed 13 players on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll, followed by 10 men’s soccer players, three men’s cross country runners, three women’s cross country runners and one volleyball player.

To be nominated for the Academic All-GSC Team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be starters or significant contributors to the team. Freshmen and first-semester transfers are ineligible. SID’s and FAR’s of GSC member schools conduct a joint vote to select the winners. The Academic Honor Roll comprises all players who carry at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA and participate in at least one game, match or meet against outside competition.

CBU Athletic Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2015

The Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015. This year’s five inductees will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet Friday night, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $45 each, and a table of eight is $360.

Bill Bintz (’73) starred in basketball from 1969 to 1973. He played in 87 games, scoring 1,202 points. He averaged more than 17 points per game in his final two seasons. He led CBU to four straight winning records, including a 19-7 mark as a senior.
Kenny Greene (’84) starred in baseball from 1980 to 1983. In 154 games, he hit .325 with 40 home runs and 150 runs batted in, both school records at the time. His 40 homers are still the CBU career record, and he still ranks second in career RBI.
Leon Haag (’60) starred in basketball from 1957 to 1960. He played in 82 games, scoring 603 career points. More importantly, he led the teams to three straight 20-win seasons, including 21-7 records, NAIA District 27 championships and National Tournament appearances in his final two seasons.
Taneisha Lenon (’00) starred in basketball from 1996 to 2000. In 88 games, she scored 1,389 points with 190 steals, both school records at the time. She still holds the career record for steals, and she is second on the career scoring list.
Charlie Leonard coached the CBU basketball team from 1990 to 1997, finishing with 127 wins, including six straight winning records and three straight 20-win seasons. Leonard also played for the Bucs from 1971 to 1975, scoring 823 points with 676 rebounds in 88 career games. He ranks 12th in career rebounds.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Brian Summers at (901) 321-3370 or bsummers@cbu.edu.

 

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Head_Coach_Clint_BrowneClint Browne (Men’s Soccer) has been named South Region Coach of the Year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Browne led the Bucs to a 14-3-1 record this season, including an 8-1 record and a first-place finish in Gulf South Conference play. The Bucs earned the No. 2 seed in the NCAA South Regional, marking the first time they have hosted an NCAA men’s soccer regional. Browne, also the GSC Coach of the Year, won the NSCAA South Region Coach of the Year award in 2011 also.

Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’15) was named to the All-South Region First Team by the NSCAA. Ferraz, a forward, scored 13 goals with two assists for 28 points for the Bucs, recording six game-winners as he led CBU to a 14-3-1 record and the NCAA South Regional.

Buccaneer guard Jeff Larkin (Business Administration ’18) won GSC Freshman of the Week after the Bucs went 2-0 to start league play during the first week of December. Larkin averaged 10.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He scored 15 points in the win against Lee University, following with six points and four rebounds at Shorter University.

The International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) recognized Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) in its December 2014 issue of ista views as one of the two new members of an exclusive list of 28 packaging lab professionals worldwide who have earned CPLP Professional status, the highest level of CPLP Certification. The newsletter can be viewed here»» 

Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) was named to the All-South Region First Team by the NSCAA. Rutter scored one goal with two assists for four points as he started 16 games at defender. The Bucs allowed just 13 goals in 18 games, recording eight shutouts on the season with a team goals-against average of just 0.70.

Sidy Sall (Business Administration ’15) was named GSC Player of the Week after averaging 21.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in the Bucs’ wins during the first week of December. He scored 22 with eight rebounds in a 73-70 win at Lee University and he followed with 21 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a 74-61 win at Shorter University. For the season, Sall is averaging 15.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
 (Biology) presented a poster at the Society for Neuroscience entitled ”Characterization of the central neurons responsible for parasympathetic regulation of choroidal blood flow in rat eye using pseudorabies virus.” The meeting was held in Washington DC, November 15-19. Over  30,000 scientists were in attendance.

Dr. James Moore (Biology) received a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for sampling turtles for ranavirus at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas. This month’s cold weather made some of the field work a little more “inconvenient” than normal for this time of year.

gina-sabbatiniGina Sabbatini (Physician Assistant Studies ’16) was selected as the featured Student Spotlight on the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants website. Gina is president of the CBU PA Class of 2016 and the SAAAPA Student Society chapter at CBU. A native of Clarksdale, MS, Gina also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Investigative and Medical Sciences with a secondary major in Theological Studies from Saint Louis University.

The CBU Student Members of the American Chemical Society won two national awards from the American Chemical Society for activities during the 2013-2014 academic year. The club received the Honorable Mention Award for its program of activities and the Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award for its Green Chemistry activities during the 2013-2014 school year.

NCAA Division II South Region Sports Information Directors voted four CBU Bucs to the Daktronics All-South Region Men’s Soccer Team:
Jose Ferraz (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) won First Team All-Region honors after scoring 13 goals with two assists for 28 points in 17 games. He scored six game-winning goals, ranking 10th in the nation. He is 20th in the nation in goals per game and 29th in points per game.
Britton McGuire (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) earned a spot on the Second Team after playing all but 20 minutes in goal this season, recording eight shutouts, 56 saves and a 0.71 goals against average. He is 16th in the nation in goals against average and 22nd with an .812 save percentage.
Defenders Sean Rutter (Bristol, England/Filton College) and Andrew Forrest (Lanark, Scotland/Lanark Grammar School) joined McGuire on the Second Team. Forrest started all 18 games and played 1,623 minutes, while Rutter started 16 games and played 1,427 minutes, scoring a goal with two assists for four points. The Bucs’ defense ranks eighth in the nation in shutout percentage and 12th in team goals against average.

NCAA Division II South Region Sports Information Directors voted two CBU Lady Buc midfielders to the All-South Region Second Women’s Soccer Team:
• Carmen Manes (Memphis, Tenn./St. Agnes Academy) earned Second Team All-Region honors after she earned First Team All-GSC this season. She started all 19 games at midfielder, logging three assists and three points as a defense-oriented midfielder.
Camilla Rodrigues (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/American School) joined her on the All-Region team. Also a First Team All-GSC pick, Rodrigues collected 10 goals and 11 assists in 19 games, starting 18.

 

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Lady Buc guard Courtney Banks (Natural Science ’18) won the inaugural Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week award after leading the Lady Bucs to a 1-1 week. She averaged 9.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the week.

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Dr. Sue Trzynka
(Nursing) presented a poster at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Baccalaureate Education Conference in Baltimore on November 21.

 

This Week at CBU

LASALLIAN FORMATION: The next Lasallian In-Service meeting for new faculty and staff is Tuesday, November 11 in Cooper-Wilson Center, Room 303, at 1:00 p.m.

vasti-torresRECEPTION FOR DR. VASTI TORRES: Dr. Vasti Torres, dean of the College of Education at the University of South Florida, will be a guest at CBU on Tuesday, November 11, meeting with various student leaders, faculty and staff, and members of the administration. A reception for Dr. Torres will be held for the CBU Community at 3:05 p.m. in the Wilson Family Commons at the Living Learning Center. Dr. Torres is one of the nation’s leading researchers and publishers on Latino college students and their identity formation.  A widely sought after conference speaker and the author or co-author of four books, including the upcoming The Latino College Student Experience: Understanding Developmental and Environmental Influences, Torres was a Fulbright Specialist assigned in South Africa from November 2011 until August 2012. She is a recipient of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators’ Contribution to Research and Literature Award and was a Diamond Honoree of the American College Personnel Association in 2005.

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BUCS VS. TIGERS:
 Get your Buc spirit pumped to cheer on the CBU men’s basketball team as they take on the Memphis Tigers in an exhibition game at FedExForum on November 12 at 7:00 p.m. And practice your cheers before the game at a Tailgate Rally in Boshwit Courtyard at 4:30! Want a Suite ticket? Follow the clues in the #goldenbuc poem above…

GRAPES FOR GEEKS:  Please join the CBU and U of M American Society of Civil Engineers at Chickasaw Oaks Plaza on November 14, 7:00-9:00 p.m., for the 5th annual Grapes for Geeks Wine Tasting. Ten delectable wines (from five different countries) and a selection of “Big Beers” from around the world will be served, along with live entertainment and an array of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple. All proceeds go to support the CBU and U of M Student Chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Please visit www.grapesforgeeks.org to buy tickets online through PayPal.

ganmestandsWHEN THE GAME STANDS TALL: When the Game Stands Tall will be the showing on  Friday, November 14 in the University Theater, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Come out and watch a great movie! Here is a summary of what you are in for: Inspired by a true story, When the Game Stands Tall brings to life the incredible winning streak of the De La Salle High School football team: 151 straight victories over 12 years. All along the way, as Coach Bob Ladouceur builds his seemingly invincible national powerhouse, he has emphasized purpose and significance rather than streaks and titles. But when real-life adversity leaves the team reeling, the Spartans must decide if the sacrifice, commitment, and teamwork they have always trusted in can rebuild what is now disintegrating around them. Sponsored by the the Lasallian Collegians.

SALSA Y BACHATA: Come join Hola CBU for a night of salsa and bachata classes, taught by Rumba Room teachers on Friday, November 14 in Alfonso Dining Hall, 8:00 p.m. until midnight. Price is $5 for early birds, available on sale in the Alfonso Foyer during lunch — $7 at the door.

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BELL TOWER GALA: CBU’s third annual Bell Tower Gala will be held on November 15 in the Tennessee Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Memphis at 6:00 p.m. This year CBU will be awarding  Maurelian Medal to Bishop J. Terry Steib (above left) and honoring Michael Pohlman (’79, above center) and Analice Sowell (’02, ’05, above right) with the Distinguished Alumnus and Distinguished Young Alumna awards. This unforgettable evening will be a festive charitable event, a tribute to the history of Lasallian education in Memphis, and a great way to reconnect with old friends. And since all proceeds support CBU’s exceptional academic programs and scholarships, it’s a great way to invest in the future of our students and our community. Individual tickets to this event are $175. To purchase your ticket and reserve your spot today, contact Karen Viotti at kviotti@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3254.

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A proposed research project by Dr. James Moore (Biology), Dr. Shane M Hanlon (Sea Grant Knauss Fellow) and Bill Peterson (United States Fish and Wildlife Service) entitled “Large-Scale Impacts of Land Use on Disease Prevalence in Amphibian Populations” has been posted on the Amphibian Survival Alliance’s website (amphibians.org). The purpose of the proposal is to determine the status of Northern Cricket Frog (Acris crepitans) populations in Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge in Turrell, AR, and how pesticides influence ranavirus disease dynamics in these populations.

Buccaneer defender Andrew Forrest (Mechanical Engineering ’18) was named the GSC Defender of the Week after the Bucs’ win at Union University. Forrest was one of the key players on a CBU defense that held Union to just eight shots total, two on goal, in Friday night’s 1-0 win. The shutout was the Bucs’ ninth of the season and their fifth consecutive.

Lady Buc goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was named GSC Defender of the Week after the Lady Bucs’ win at Union University. Wade made one save as she recorded her eighth clean sheet of the season, winning her seventh career award and the third of the season.

Three Lady Bucs were named to the All-GSC Women’s Soccer Team. Midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’15) earned First-Team All-GSC honors for the second straight year. Rodrigues leads the GSC with 11 assists. Her 10 goals rank fourth, and she is second in the conference with 31 points. Midfielder Carmen Manes (Liberal Studies ’15) joins Rodrigues on the First Team. Manes has three assists and three points while starting all 17 games as a defense-oriented midfielder. Midfielder Chelsea Casaccia (Biology ’16) represents CBU on the Second Team after recording two assists and two points while starting all 17 games as a defense-oriented midfielder.

Seven Bucs were named to the All-GSC Men’s Soccer Team, with head coach Clint Browne winning GSC Coach of the Year for the third time. Goalkeeper Britton McGuire (Interdisciplinary Studies ’16) was voted First Team All-GSC after leading the GSC with an 0.56 goals against average, an .842 save percentage and a .500 shutout percentage. He started all 16 games and played 1448 of 1460 minutes in goal this season. Defender Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) was voted First Team All-GSC after scoring one goal with two assists for four points. He started 14 games at defender. Forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’16) was voted First Team All-GSC after scoring 11 goals with two assists for 24 points. He ranks second in the GSC in goals and points. He is the third player in GSC history to be a four-time First-Team All-GSC selection. Forward Brendan Bennett (Business Administration ’18) was one of two freshmen voted to the All-GSC First Team after scoring four goals with one assist for nine points. He started all 16 games. Defender Andrew Forrest (Mechanical Engineering ’18) was voted Second Team All-GSC. He started all 16 games at defender and finished second on the team to McGuire with 1,423 minutes played. Midfielder Shane Keely (Business Studies ’16) was voted Second Team All-GSC after scoring three goals with one assist for seven points. He started all 16 games and finished third on the team with 1,379 minutes played. Midfielder Diego Silva Vieira (Business Administration ’17) was voted Second Team All-GSC after scoring two goals with four assists for eight points. He started all 16 games.