Three CBU alumni are being recognized among the “Top Forty Under 40″ Class of 2014, as selected by the Memphis Business JournalMauricio Calvo (Business Administration ’97), Executive Director of Latino Memphis; JT Malasri (Civil Engineering ’06, MBA ’12), Supervisor of Residential Engineering at MLGW; and Patrice Williamson-Thomas (Business Administration ’97), Deputy Director of Neighborhood Improvement with the City of Memphis. The 18th annual awards program recognizes the talents of the brightest Memphis-area professionals under age 40, both for career accomplishments and for giving their personal time to help local charities.The awards will be officially presented at a banquet event at the Hilton of Memphis presented by CBU on Thursday, November 20. The honorees will also be recognized at a reception at the Cooper-Wilson Center at CBU on Thursday, November 13.

Buccaneer forward Brendan Bennett (Business Administration ’18) won his third GSC Freshman of the Week award of the season. In addition to the game-winning goal against Lee, he also scored a goal in the win over Shorter. He also won the award September 9 and October 7.

Buccaneer goalkeeper Britton McGuire (Interdisciplinary Studies ’16) logged three straight shutouts in the week to earn his second GSC Defender of the Week award. He made 13 saves on the week, with four at Montevallo, four against Lee, and five against Shorter.

Lady Buc defender Gabrielle Pilgrim (English ’17) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for the South Region. She has played 14 games, starting 13, and she carries a perfect 4.0 GPA in English.

Lady Buc midfielder Camilla Rodrigues (Civil Engineering ’15) was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team for the South Region. In 16 games, she has 10 goals and 10 assists for 30 points, while she carries a 3.38 GPA in Civil Engineering.

Buccaneer midfielder Diego Silva Vieira (Business Administration ’17) was awarded the GSC Soccer Player of the Week after he had a hand in all three game-winning goals. In a win at Montevallo, he scored on a free kick for the only goal in the Bucs’ 1-0 win. Against Lee, he fed a cross to Brendan Bennett for what proved to be the game-winner in the Bucs’ 2-0 win, and he wrapped up the week by scoring the game-winner in the Bucs’ 3-0 win over Shorter.

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.



Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) gave a one-hour talk on Packaging Research at the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) on September 23. The event was hosted by TTU Center for Manufacturing and Center for Energy Research. He also explored packaging research collaboration opportunities with Dr. Joseph Rencis (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Vahid Motevalli (Associate Dean of Research and Innovation & Interim Director of Center for Manufacturing Research), Dr. Periasamy Rajan (Interim Director for Energy Systems Research), and Dr. Mohan Rao (Mechanical Engineering Department Chair). On the same trip, he also had a dinner meeting with five engineering alumni — Tom Doss (Electrical Engineering ’63), Mike William (Electrical Engineering ’83), David Swaney (Electrical Engineering ’01), Tricia Swaney (Civil Engineering ’01), and  Paolo Fonda (Civil Engineering ’02) in Nashville on September 23, visited Father Ryan and Harpeth Hall high schools in Nashville with Erica Mitchell (Admissions) on September 24, and set up a CBU booth at the 2014 Tennessee Engineers’ Conference in Murfreesboro on September 25-26.

The Gulf South Conference named Abby Moore (Civil Engineering ’18) as its Cross Country Women’s Freshman Runner of the Week after her performance in Saturday’s Rhodes College Invitational. Moore ran the 6k course in 23:42, finishing 24th among 154 runners in a race comprising mostly Division I opposition. She was the top D-II freshman, the second overall D-II runner and the sixth overall non-Division I runner.

The Gulf South Conference named Lady Buc goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) as its Defender of the Week for the sixth time of her career after she led the Lady Bucs to a pair of road wins last week. Wade made eight saves for the week, recording two in a 2-0 shutout win at Spring Hill and six in a 4-2 win at West Florida. Her final save at West Florida broke the school record for career saves with 236. Wade broke the records for career shutouts and victories earlier in the season.



Kevin Dean (MAEL ’09) was the recipient of one of four Innovation Awards presented by MBQ: Inside Memphis Business magazine on September 24. Kevin is the executive director of Literacy Mid-South and was nominated for the award by Dr. Bevalee Vitali. He was lauded by MBQ for pulling “Literacy Mid-South out of a financial crisis while making reading and learning accessible to all ages of the Memphis community through a nationally adopted curriculum, an app that houses a framework for benchmarks for teaching literacy, and the creation of the first ever city-wide Book Festival, complete with its own app as well.”

Buccaneer soccer forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’16) was named GSC Player of the Week for the second consecutive week after he led the Bucs to a pair of wins last week. Ferraz scored three goals in the week. First, he scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Rhodes College, and he scored twice in the Bucs’ thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind win over Union University.

Lady Buc outside hitter Alexis Gillis (Visual Arts ’17) was named the GSC Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week. Gillis collected 3.25 digs per set, 39 in all, for the Lady Bucs last week, adding 38 kills, five aces and four blocks as well.

Lauryn Murphy (Biomedical Sciences ’13) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) has two books forthcoming for publication: Engineering Materials: Applied Research and Evaluation Methods (editor, Apple Academic Press, October 2014), and Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Composites: Design, Simulation, and Applications (coauthor, CRC Press, November 2014). This month, he published Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed Components ((editor, Apple Academic Press, September 2014).


The Gulf South Conference named Buccaneer soccer forward Brendan Bennett (Business Administration ’18) as the conference’s first-ever Freshman of the Week after his performance in the Bucs’ 2-1 overtime win at Bethel University on September 4. Bennett scored the Bucs’ first goal of the season in the 55th minute against Bethel, and he assisted on the game-winning goal.

CBU’s CMBA Capstone class partnered with the Forrest Spence Fund to serve dinner at Le Bonheur on September 11. The Forrest Spence Fund is a local, non-profit organization that provides multiple services to families affected by childhood illness and injury.  Brittany and David Spence, executive director and president of the Forrest Spence Fund, were also in attendance to provide encouragement, counseling, and fellowship to attendees.  The class of 16 graduate students, along with Professor Jenny Cowell, helped prepare for the event and served over 150 people on site that evening. Following dinner, the class toured Le Bonheur and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To learn how you can help further the mission of the Forrest Spence Fund, please visit forrestspencefund.org.

CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015


The CBU Lasallian Fellows: Ronald Fotso, Shanice Oliver, Mallory Harvey, fellowship donors Robert Buckman and Joyce Mollerup, Lauren Harrett, and JD Wolfe

CBU has named Ronald Fotso (Computer Science ’15), Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15), Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15), Shanice Oliver (Marketing ’15) and JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) as its 2015 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows. The 2015 Fellows were introduced to the CBU Community at the Academic Convocation on August 28 and will be formally inducted in a special  Awards Dinner on September 11.

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 $5,000 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.

Faculty News & Awards

Dr. John Ventura
 (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was honored with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Academic Convocation on August 28. 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. Dr. Ventura is pictured above (center) with Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, Director of Mission, and President John Smarrelli.

Other awards presented at the Convocation included:
Dr. Kathleen Sauser (Biology) was honored with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper School of Sciences Faculty Award.
Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics) was awarded the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was awarded the Outstanding New Academic Advisor Award.

Endowed Faculty Chairs were awarded to:
 The Harry B. Solmson Chair Of Business Administration was awarded to Dr. James Allen (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. Mark Scott (Physician Assistant Studies).
 The J. Everett Pidgeon Chair was awarded to Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering).

The following faculty members were granted tenure or received promotions for the 2014-15 academic year:
Dr. James Allen (Management/Marketing/Economics) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Wendy Ashcroft (Education) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Bert Fulmer (Religion & Philosophy) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature & Languages) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Andrew Morgret (Accounting) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Clayann Panetta (Literature & Languages) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Kathleen Sauser (Biology) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Sue Trzynka (Nursing) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Dr. John Young (Chemistry) has been granted tenure.

Student Awards

CARLS OF THE YEAR: John Dawson (Business Administration ’16) was named Rookie CARL of the Year, and Ashley Williams (Liberal Studies ’15) was named CARL of the Year. Pictured above with Dr. Kelli Hefner, Dean of Academic Services, and President John Smarrelli.

CBU SPIRIT AWARDS: The CBU Spirit Awards were presented to Taylor Flake (History ’17) and Kierra Turner (Accounting ’17), pictured above with Dr. Tim Doyle, Associate VP for Student Life, and President Smarrelli. Not pictured is award recipient Becky Waufford (Mechanical Engineering ’16).

Academic Convocation

The opening gathering of faculty, staff, students and administration to celebrate and welcome the 2014-15 Academic Year will be held on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. The ceremony will feature remarks by the President John SmarrelliMatt Winemiller, SGA President; Dr. Paul Haught, Dean of the Rose Deal School of Arts; recognition of student and faculty research and presentations; announcements of the 2014 endowed faculty chairs; and presentations of the following awards:
Academic Advising and CARL Awards;
 Dr. Marguerite Cooper School of Sciences Award
 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award
 CBU Student Spirit Awards
• CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2015



RobinTurner[2]Robin Turner (MEM’02), Director of Global Packaging Development at Medtronic, was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Annual Graduate Engineering Celebration on May 9. Robin, a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), is a member of CBU Packaging Advisory Board and Medtronic representative for the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Her professional accomplishments and recognitions include the Paperboard Packaging Council Nationwide Award of Excellence in Structural Design for INFUSE Packaging, a U.S. Patent on Blister Packaging Cosmetic Article and Means to Protect Applicator, and a U.S. Patent on Modular Surgical Tray and Cover. She is a Leadership Memphis Executive Program graduate and has also been involved in various humanitarian activities, including the Nicaragua Mission Team, Kenya Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief, Mid-South Foodbank, Leadership Memphis, and St. Jude Hero.

The University of Tulsa’s McFarlain Library Special Collections Unit held a special exhibition through June 21 entitled “A Stranger from Paradise: The Divine Vision of William Blake,” an exhibit featuring a major gift of rare books given by Dr. Roger Easson (Literature & Languages, Retired) and his wife, Dr. Kay Easson. The Easson Library of William Blake includes facsimile editions of Jerusalem, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and The Book of Thel, to name a few. The Easson collection also features a number of first edition texts that include original Blake engravings, notably Robert Blair’s The Grave: A Poem, William Hayley’s Ballads: Founded on Anecdotes Relating to Animals, and Edward Young’s The Complaint, and the Consolation; Or, Night Thoughts. The Eassons are also donating their extensive academic library to CBU’s Plough Library. So far, three walls of books have been delivered, and there are two more walls of books to come. The collection consists of relatively recent and important academic books that CBU’s students and faculty will appreciate.

Emily Phillips  (Studio Art ’15) was selected as a recipient of a $1000 award from the River Arts Festival, which was presented on May 30 at the Jay Etkin Gallery during the River Arts poster unveiling.

An article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” by Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) was recently published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.  The work was part of the Pallet Project sponsored by FedEx with materials donated by The Pallet Factory, members of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium.

James B. Moore (Electrical Engineering ’69), Captain Joshua K. Dove (Mechanical Engineering ’07), and Keith Wyrick  (Electrical Engineering ’10) were inducted into the Engineering Management Honor Society on May 9. Selection criteria were (1) having GPA at least 3.65, (2) completing at least 18 credit hours, and (3) being on the top 35% of active graduate students per faculty votes. James Moore is the founder and president of RadioMobile, Inc., a new startup company located in San Diego, CA. Captain Joshua Dove is a C-17A Instructor Pilot assigned to the 62nd Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He served four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew airdrop missions in Afghanistan. He has received various military medals. Keith Wyrick has worked in the utility industry for Midsouth Utility Consultants as a protection and substation design engineer. He is engaged to Kasey Bramlitt (’12) and has a wedding date set for November 22 at the Memphis Zoo.

Commencement Awards

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2014, who were honored at Commencement on May 17:

School of Arts Awards
• Frederick L. AcostaChristine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
• Matthew Davis BirchLiterature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
• Allison Nicole DavisBehavioral Sciences Faculty Award
• Taylor Alicia GoodePsi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
• Erika Frances HansenKenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
• Melanie Nicole HawkinsLiterature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
• Johnnie Sue Huddleston, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award
• Julia Katharine KueterOutstanding History Student Award and Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award

School of BusinessAwards
Kelsey Adair Bizzell, Moroni-Whaley Award

• Edward Matthew GenesMemphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shirley Yvette Green, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Taylor Nicole Pugh, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award

• Laura Michelle Grissom Vernon, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

School of Engineering Awards
Charles Cahlen Armour, Thomas G. Morrison Award
Cali Shannon Copsey, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award
Michael Brennan Powers, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Wei Shiong Siow, Philip M. Becker Award in Chemical Engineering
Caleb Daniel Smith, T. Herbert Darnell Award

School of Sciences Awards
Elton Lenard Banks Jr., Biology Faculty Award
Anna V. Birg, Brother Dominic Dunn Award and Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award
Kristen Marie Davis, Crane Fellowship Award
Rebekah Ann Herrman, Mathematical Science Faculty Award

University Awards
Anna V. Birg, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Kristen Marie Davis, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Melanie Estelle Horne, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award



Commencement Week

Thursday, May 15
 Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)


Buccaneer pitcher Jake Garbuzinski (Business Administration ’14) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC Tournament Team following last week’s conference tournament. Garbuzinski threw a nine-hit shutout in the Bucs’ 1-0 win over West Alabama in Saturday’s second round. The win was CBU’s first-ever GSC Tournament victory, and Garbuzinski is the school’s first-ever All-GSC Tournament selection.

Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) finished 94th in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Billingsley shot 23-over (79-81-79-239) on the 7,016-yard par-72 course, finishing 94th of 108 golfers in the regional. Billingsley was CBU’s first-ever selection to an NCAA golf regional.

Jessica Hines-Beard
(Biology ’10) presented a poster entitled “Early and age-related changes in the glaucomatous  DBA/2J retina” at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) international meeting in Orlando, FL. Pictured above with Jessica are Dr. Tonia Rex, her PhD advisor at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology). J D Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) also presented his paper on his MHIRT summer research in Brazil at the conference.

Reception for Kay Cunningham

The Plough Library staff is hosting a reception in honor of Kay Cunningham, director of CBU’s library, on Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. The reception is in celebration of her selection as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council 2014 Award for Excellence. This annual award is for a Memphis area librarian who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited. Refreshments will be served.

2014 Student Leadership Awards

Congratulations to the following students and student organizations who were recognized at the Red Tie Affair” Student Leadership Awards on May 4 for their accomplishments and contributions to the CBU community.

Black Student Association, Most Improved Organization*
 Jail N Bail (Alpha Xi Delta), Campus Program of the Year
 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Campus Organization Community Service Award
 Tau Kappa Epsilon, Excellence in Community Service
 Alpha Xi Delta, Greek Chapter of the Year
 Divine Voices Gospel Choir, New Student Organization of the Year
 Alpha Xi Delta, Outstanding Greek Chapter Scholarship Award
• Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Student Organization of the Year

 Jessie Wortham (Alpha Xi Delta), Most Outstanding Advisor
 Carlos Amador, Most Outstanding RA
 Evan Munier, Outstanding Community Servant
 “Night of Artistic Express” by Jonathan Mosley, Creative Program of the Year
 Sushma Kalava, Committment to Diversity Award
 Kierra Turner and Joel Moore Jr., Emerging Leader Awards
 Jessica Ruff and Samuel Tope-Ojo, Outstanding New Members
 Solomon Amiri and William Norman, Outstanding Senators
• JD Wolfe, Greek Man of the Year
 Erika Yates, Greek Woman of the Year
• JD Wolfe, Outstanding Fraternity Scholar
 Anna Baumheckel, Outstanding Sorority Scholar
 Julia Kueter and Ian A. Boyd, St. Thomas More Service Awards

*Through an oversight, the BSA was not recognized at the awards ceremony. Student Life apologizes for this oversight.

Commencement Week Activities & Events

Thursday, May 15
Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)


Trey McGinnis
and Becky Wauford show off their trophy for winning the Memphis Rocks “School” category (two years in a row!) at the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival at Studio on the Square. Their film, September of Service Non-Profits Make Memphis Rock, highlights the many agencies with which CBU works during September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds. The film can be viewed below:

If the video above doesn’t play in your browser or mobile device, please click here. Thanks to Jeremy Park and the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, who created the Memphis Rocks initiative, a fundraiser for a Memphis fallen officers’ memorial.

Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services) is presenting a poster entitled “Lunch and Learn:  If you feed them, they will come” at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)  Regional Conference in Morgantown, WV.

Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering) will receive the Certificate of Merit of the Outstanding Advising Award – Faculty Academic Advising from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)  at its national conference.


Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald
(Biology) has assumed her role as president of Region III of the Alpha Chi National Organization, as of the National Convention held March 27-29 in St Louis. Also at the convention, CBU’s TN Theta Chapter was recognized as a Star chapter for the fifth time. Stephanie Allen-Winters (Biology ’14), chapter vice president, presented the results from her senior research with Dr. Anand Kanwaljeet in the Health Sciences division of the Alpha Chi presentations and won first place for her presentation entitled “How demographic factors influence the cortisol levels of infants and young children.” Stephanie also competed and won one of two regional scholarships (Region III SE USA) of $500 to be used towards her graduate education.  Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, chapter advisor; Elton Banks (Biomedical Science ’14), chapter president; and Stephanie Allen-Winters, chapter vice president.

Joanna Arnett (Biochemistry ’15) has been selected to be a Summer Research Scholar to participate in research during Summer 2014 at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Anna Birg
 (Biochemistry ’14) was honored by the School of Sciences with the  Dominic Dunn Award at the Student Research Poster Session on April 15.  This award is presented annually by the faculty of the School of Sciences to the outstanding graduating senior with a major in science or mathematics.  The award is given in the memory of Brother Dominic Dunn to the graduate giving strong evidence of academic excellence and of service to the University and/or the community. Anna is pictured above with Dr. Johnny Holmes, Dean of the School of Sciences.

Damien Stevenson (Biochemistry ’15) has been selected to participate in the 2014 Tennessee Institute for Pre-professionals summer program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Esha Thakore (Biochemistry ’14) has been accepted into the Fall 2014 entering class of the University of Tennessee School of Pharmacy in Memphis.

J.D. Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has been selected to participate in the Summer Science Program at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Athletic Hall of Fame

CBU inducted eight new members into the Athletic Hall of Fame on April 12. Pictured above are inductees Andres Martinez Gonzalez (Baseball & Soccer ’89), Mike Bennett (Baseball ’87), Dave Loos (Baseball coach 1971-74, Basketball Coach 1982-86), Margaret Saurin (Soccer ’02), and Missy Gregg (Soccer ’02). Also inducted but not pictured are Kenneth Blake (Basketball ’97) and Wayne Clayborne (Basketball ’61). Inez Scruggs, former basketball scorekeeper, was Also inducted in the Hall of Fame posthumously. The 2001-2002 Lady Buccaneer soccer teams were also honored as Teams of Distinction; the 2001 team were the NCAA national runners-up, and the 2002 team were the NCAA National Champions. Photos of all inductees are below.


Mallory Harvey
(Civil Engineering, Packaging Minor ’14) for being selected as the 2014 Healthcare Packaging Consortium Scholarship Recipient. Mike Tune, Director of Packaging Science & Technology at Merck Consumer Care, presented her with the $500 award certificate on behalf of the consortium member companies at the 2014 HPC Spring Meeting on April 11 (pictured above). Mallory was recognized for her academic achievement and involvement with consortium R&D projects. Her record includes seven journal articles, six conference papers, TAPPI Student Chapter President, SWE Student Chapter Vice President, MicroPort Orthopedics Intern, and International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology Technical Assistant. She is a member of TAPPI (tappi.org), IoPP (iopp.org), and ISTA (ista.org).

Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging, Civil Engineering) spoke on “Packaging: More Engineering Than You Could Have Ever Imagined” at the April Meeting of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (Memphis Chapter) on April 8.


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).

Student Life & Recreation News

Congratulations to Kappa Sigma Fraternity and “The Other Girls” for winning the Spring 2014 Intramural Dodgeball Championships last week. Way to go!

INTRAMURAL COMMISSIONER APPLICATIONS CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED: Do you like sports? Do you have experience working in recreation? Do you want to be a part of an exciting and rapidly growing program? You should apply to be an Intramural Commissioner. The full job description and application instructions are online at www.tinyurl.com/cburecreation. Feel free to contact Thien Nguyen at tnguye25@cbu.edu with questions.

INTRAMURAL END OF YEAR BASH: Mark your calendars now for Thursday, April 24, for the Intramural End of Year Bash at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes (time TBD).  This night will be filled with bowling, laughter, and the various awards to players and teams for the 2013-2014 year.

Sloshball-2014ALUMNI SLOSHBALL – #BUCS2014: Attention All Graduating Seniors! Sign up NOW for the 2014 Senior/Alumni Sloshball Tournament, Monday, May 5, starting at 4:00 p.m. at Bland Field. Register online at www.imleagues.com/cbu and join a team. For more information, contact Thien Nguyen at tnguye25@cbu.edu.

Student Activity Awards

Submit an application for a Student Leadership Award! Nominate yourself, someone else, or even an entire group for an award. Please note that each award requires a separate application. You need only submit an application for awards you are interested in.

Awards will be granted in the following categories:

  • Student Organization Community Service Award
  • Outstanding New Member Male/Female
  • Most Outstanding Senator
  • Most Outstanding Organization Advisor
  • Commitment to Diversity Award
  • Outstanding Student Scholar
  • Outstanding Fraternity Scholar
  • Outstanding Sorority Scholar
  • Most Improved Student Organization Award
  • Progressive Chapter Award
  • RA of the Year
  • Excellence in Community Service Award (Organization)
  • Outstanding Community Servant Award (Individual)
  • Creative Program of the Year
  • Outstanding Greek Chapter Scholarship Award
  • Campus Program of the Year
  • New Student Organization of the Year
  • Organization of the Year
  • Greek Woman of the Year
  • Greek Man of the Year
  • Greek Chapter of the Year
Come out for the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 27 to reflect on how far we’ve come this year, to look ahead at our future, and celebrate the achievements of our finest students and organizations. Be on the lookout for more information (including the venue and time), and please ensure that your applications are submitted to the Student Life office or online no later than Friday, April 18.
Online applications can be made at tinyurl.com/CBUAwards14Paper applications are available in the Student Life office, and must be turned back into Wilson Phillips by April 18 to be considered for an award.

Faculty News

Congratulations to the following faculty members on their recently confirmed promotions and distinctions. They will all be publicly recognized at the CBU Fall Convocation.

Promoted to Professor effective 2014-15 Academic Year
Clayann G. Panetta, Ph.D.Professor of Literature and Languages
H. John Ventura, Ph.D.Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Promoted to Associate Professor effective 2014-15 Academic Year
James Allen, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Management, Marketing and Economics
Divya Choudhary, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Andrew J. Morgret, M.B.A., C.P.A.Associate Professor of Accounting, Business Law, Finance, MIS, and Statistics
Nicholas Pena, M.F.A.Associate Professor of Visual and Performing Arts
Kathleen Sauser, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Biology
Sue Lehman Trzynka, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Nursing

Professors Emeriti 2014-15
Leigh C. Becker, Ph.D.Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
Robert L. Brittingham, Ph.D.Professor of Management, Marketing and Economics
Conrad J. Brombach, Ed.D.Professor of Behavioral Sciences

No Longer “Visiting” effective 2014-15 Academic Year
Raena King, Ph.D.,  Assistant Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
Fr. Paul Watkins, Ed.D.Assistant Professor, Management, Marketing, and Economics
Jennifer Weske, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Accounting, Business Law, Finance, MIS, and Statistics

Vanderhaar Student Peace Award

The 2014 Gerard Vanderhaar Symposium has announced its selection of Ayele Mutope Akibulan to receive this year’s Vanderhaar Student Peace Award at the symposium on March 27. Each year an area college student is honored with the award, which is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Dr. Vanderhaar’s life and work. Ayele, a student at LeMoyne-Owen College, is the founder of Concerned Citizens of Memphis (CCofM), an organization that combines programs to feed the homeless, redirect gang members into positive paths, discourage young people from lives of crime and incarceration, and a summer youth theatre camp that allows camp members a way to make money for school clothes by performing. The organization has received the K97 Peace Achievers’ Award for Exemplary Service to the Community and the Congressional and Mayoral Awards for Outstanding and Meritorious Service to the Community.

Finalists for this year’s Vanderhaar Student Peace Award were CBU’s own Melanie Horne and Iris Ayelen Mercado of Rhodes College.

Sustain a Book

It’s a sad fact that old books sometimes fall apart or outlive their usefulness.
Now is your chance to be creative and transform an old book into something entirely new.

In line with Christian Brothers University’s sustainability efforts, Plough Library is now accepting entries for Sustain a Book, a repurposed paper art contest open to CBU students, faculty, and staff. Make something decorative or functional — or both!  See the library’s Pinterest page for project ideas and inspiration.

Entries, along with a completed entry form (PDF) are due at the Plough Library Reference Desk by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Winners will be announced during CBU’s Earth Week festivities.

You can:

  • Use an old book of your own, or take one from our Free Book shelf in the library foyer. Please only use books in poor condition. The goal of this contest is to give worn or cast-off pages new life.
  • Use more than one book, along with any other type of discarded paper material (newspaper, magazines).
  • Use other materials, as long as a book is part of the finished piece.
  • Make something of any size, preferably under 2 feet square in dimension. (NOTE: Larger items will not be disqualified, but they will be more difficult to accommodate in the library display of all Sustain a Book entries.)

Win a prize and the acclaim of the entire CBU community!  Prizes will be Amazon gift cards in the amount of $75 (1st place),  $50 (2nd place), and $25 (3rd place).

Sustain a Book was inspired by Claremont College’s successful re:book contestLearn more



cali-copsey2Cali Copsey (Mechanical Engineering ’14) has been recognized by the CBU School of Engineering as the 2013-14 Featured Engineering Student for Academic Excellence, Student Leadership, and Service to the University & Community. Cali is president of Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honors Society, and serves on the Mechanical Engineering Student Advisory Board. She is chapter secretary of the ASME student chapter and a senator in the Student Government Association. She is an active member of the SAE Mini-Baja team, Up ‘Til Dawn, the CBU Honors Program, and Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. She is on the CBU Cross Country Team and served on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2013. She currently volunteers as a mentor for the US Dream Academy and works as a Packaging Intern for Olympus Surgical Technologies of America.

Katie Robinson
(Biology ’16), pictured above with Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology) and her valuable, chocolatey first prize award, is winner of this year’s Organic Chemistry Haiku Contest. Her winning effort:

Which product is it?
What mechanism do you use?
It always depends.

Brittany Petrauskas
(Nursing ’14) is featured on the homepage of the new website of Regional One Health, the recently launched umbrella system that includes the Regional Medical Center, an extended care hospital, rehabilitation hospital, outpatient surgery center and more. Brittany was chosen for her commitment to excellence in healthcare, as evidenced by recommendations from her peers and her stellar work ethic — she has been very involved in CBU’s Nursing Program, serving on a mission trip to Haiti and as a great student ambassador for the program.

Casey Named Academic All-American

Trey-CaseyBuccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administrationn ’15) has been named CBU’s first Capital One First Team Academic All-American in more than a decade.

Casey, who carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, is second in the GSC in scoring at 19.0 ppg, and he leads the GSC with 2.1 steals per game. A Preseason All-GSC selection this year, Casey was the GSC Tournament Most Outstanding Player as a sophomore last year, leading the Bucs to the GSC Championship. He is a two-time GSC Player of the Week this season as well.

Casey is CBU’s first First Team Academic All-American since 2003, when Jennifer Kett earned the honor in women’s soccer. CBU also placed Jenny Barnard as a Second Team Academic All-American in 2006, and John Raymond Hehn earned Third Team Academic All-America honors in 2006.

To be eligible for the Capital One Academic All-America program, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Freshmen and first-year transfers are ineligible. All-District winners from the eight districts advance to the national ballot, where a committee of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) selects the winners.

2013-14 Capital One Academic All-America Division II Team
Name School Year Hometown GPA Major
David Downs Seattle Pacific (Wash.) Sr. Kirkland, Wash. 3.80 Accounting
Bryce Foster Missouri S&T Sr. Florissant, Mo. 3.89 Business & Management Systems
Austin Armga Michigan Tech Sr. Waupun, Wis. 3.78 Exercise Science
Mike Dentlinger Nebraska-Kearney Sr. Omaha, Neb. 3.95 Business Administration
Trey Casey CBU Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio 4.00 Business Administration


Fourteen new members of the CBU faculty and staff completed Initial Lasallian Formation on February 14. Pictured above at the completion awards reception are (l-r) Kristen Crone (MAT, Lasallian Volunteer), Br. Dominic Ehrmantraut (Director of Mission), Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Science), Dr. Mary Leigh Pittenger (Religion & Philosophy), Charles Michael Parry (Adult Professional Studies), Tamara Manes (Business Office), Zachary Knight (Student Life), and Br. Tom Sullivan (Campus  Ministry). Not pictured are Juan Caballero (Literature & Languages), Tiffany Calhoun (Advancement), Dawn Carpenter (Registrar’s Office), Timothy Doyle (Student Life), Dr. Raena King (Mathematics), John Lewis (Financial Assistance), Chandra Murphy (Behavioral Science), and Paige Wright (Athletics/Softball).

Juste Augustinaite (Natural Science ’14) has been accepted into the Accelerated BSN program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) for this fall.

Jessica Green (Biochemistry ’13) was selected to participate in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) annual “So You Want To Be A Coach” program. Each member will participate in the three-day workshop held April 4-6 in conjunction with the WBCA National Convention in Nashville. Jessica is assistant women’s basketball coach at Mid South Community College.

Dr. Eric Welch
(Dean of Engineering) attended a workshop for the Consortium of Universities for Sustainable Power (CUSP) at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the consortium is to create a community of teaching/learning scholars whose mission is to provide a first-rate education in the field of Electric Energy Systems with an emphasis on sustainability. The workshop’s goal was to plan, select, and upload the content of 13 graduate courses and make them available online to graduate students at various universities. The workshop was funded by the ONR and NSF. (Dr. Welch is very carefully hidden in the photo above.)

As part of the National Engineers Week Celebration each year, the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers hosts a regional MATHCOUNTS competition for 7th and 8th graders. This year it was held at the University of Memphis on February 15  Several CBU students and faculty were volunteers at the event: Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering); Shesha Shah (Chemistry/Math), Shilpa Appurubugatha (Electrical Engineering), Phyo Aung (Civil Engineering), David Guerrero (Civil Engineering), Gaby Gomez-Pedro (Mechanical Engineering), Nadia Earle (Chemical Engineering), Alvin Siow (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering), and Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering).  Mallory Harvey served as Student Volunteer Coordinator for the event.

2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Announced

HoFlogoThe CBU Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2014. This year’s class features eight inductees, and two teams will be recognized with the inaugural Team of Distinction award. The class will be inducted at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night, April 12, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $40 each, and a table of eight is $320.

The Class of 2014 includes Mike Bennett (Baseball 1984-87), Kenneth Blake (Basketball 1993-97), Wayne Clayborne (Basketball 1956-61), Missy Gregg (Soccer 2001-02), Dave Loos (Baseball Coach 1971-74, Basketball Coach 1982-86), Andres Martinez Gonzalez (Baseball and Soccer 1987-89), Margaret Saurin (Soccer 2001-02), and Inez Scruggs (Scorekeeper). More info on the inductees >>>

In addition to the eight inductees, CBU will recognize its first two Teams of Distinction. The 2001 women’s soccer team went 22-1 and reached the national championship game before losing to UC San Diego. The 2002 Lady Buc soccer team went 25-1 and won the only national championship in CBU history. Members of both teams have been invited to the Hall of Fame Banquet, where they will be recognized.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Donna Crone at (901) 321-3478 ordcrone@cbu.edu. An online registration form will be available soon. Until it is ready, those interested in attending may complete the printable registration form.