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).


Garrett Burton (Natural Science ’14) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

Buccaneer soccer forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’16) was named GSC Player of the Week after he led the Bucs to a 6-0 win over No. 13 Lindenwood on September 13. Ferraz scored a career-high four goals to lead the Bucs (2-0) to victory, scoring twice in each half.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) has been recognized by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) as a Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional. The CPLP designation consists of three levels of certification; Technician, Technologist, and Professional. The first two levels require a two-hour test each. Professional-level certification is based on a resume of transport packaging activities and accomplishments. Dr. Malasri’s accomplishments include authoring several transport packaging-related journal articles, serving as director of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium, and editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.

Terence Netzel (Biology ’10) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.

The Gulf South Conference also named Lady Buc outside hitter Maggie Sorensen (Business Administration ’18) as its Freshman of the Week after she led the Lady Buc volleyball team to a 2-1 week last week. Sorensen averaged 2.89 digs and 2.11 kills per set last week, adding five aces and two blocks over nine total sets.

Lady Buc goalkeeper Robyn Wade (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was named GSC Defender of the Week after recording a shutout in the Lady Bucs’ win over Harding on September 12. Wade made three saves as she logged her school-record 16th career shutout in the Lady Bucs’ 1-0 win over Harding.

Angela Williams (Biology ’13) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program at CBU.


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.


conway-luttrellKaren Conway Barnett (Dean of Students), pictured at left with Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell,  gave a presentation entitled “Helping Students With Disabilities Transition to College” at the 2014 West Tennessee Multicultural Special Education and Post-Secondary Transition Institute on September 6.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) published an article entitled, “He visto la faz de Dios” in the September issue of La Palabra Entre Nosotros.


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.


heartrateDr. Chad Baker (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Emeritus) recently took first place in the “Tour de Midtown,” a competition at the InsideOut Life Gym that replicates the actual Tour de France bicycle race on stationary spin bikes. When the riders were on hills, participants cranked up the resistance on the wheels of their spin bikes. Very few days were on the flats and those days were combinations of mad dashes with varying resistances. Over 50 gym members participated in the competition, and the participants rode over 250 miles in 21 days. Dr. Baker won 8 of the 21 stages and over $600 in prizes. The picture at left is his heart rate for the final class, the ride to Paris.

An article in the August 7 edition of the Wall Street Journal entitled “A Plan to Rescue an Underfunded Insurance Policy” featured Jay Healy (MBA ’11). Jay is president of Century Wealth Management.

Kyle Johnson (Sport Management ’14) is a first-year law student at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science) had an article published in Science and Politics: An A to Z Guide to Issues and Controversies (CQ Press, 2014).The article is entitled “The International Space Station.”

Latoria Lewis (History ’11) is a first-year law student at Faulkner University School of Law in Montgomery, AL.

Dr. James Moore (Biology) and Shane Hanlon have been awarded a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Grant for a project entitled “Ranavirus monitoring at Big Lake NWR and Wapanocca NWR with Analysis of Agriculture Induced Aquatic Contamination as a Predictor for Disease Dynamics.” The grant was funded for $16,500 with possibility of renewal.

Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe-Basogain (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has published Hello Scratch, a book on the interactive programming language and its use in K-12 education.

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering) is one of the editors of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed Components (CRC Press).

Brother Edward Salgado (Biology, Emeritus) coauthored an article entitled “Proposal to reject the name Trichomanes adiantoides (Aspleniaceae)” that is published in the August 2014 issue of Taxon, the bi-monthly journal of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy.

Dr. Stan Eisen
 (Biology) ran in the Chik-fil-A Labor Day 5K and would like the CBU Community to know that he finished 1236th out of 1300 runners and 562nd out of 574 men runners, but he finished in the TOP 20 among his age group rank! OK, there were only 20 in his age group, but the point is he did it! (According to Dr. Eisen, Dr. Frank Buscher “was a LOT faster.”)



CBU Physician Assistant Studies faculty, students and graduates teamed with students from the University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy to provide free training in CPR and pool safety to the Memphis community in July. The event, sponsored by the Safe Kids Coalition, was held at the MERI Center and is an annual event. Students assisted in the instruction of the American Heart Association Friends and Family Course.

Congratulations to Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15) and Gabriela Gomez-Pedro (Mechanical Engineering ’15) for passing the ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Test!  They join three other Mechanical Engineering students and recent alumni — Alex Othmani (’17), Caleb Smith (’14), and Rebecca Wauford (’16) — and other 200+ individuals worldwide as ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician.

Trey Casey (Basketball, Business Administration ’15) and Alison Welch (Volleyball, Psychology ’14) were recipients of the Gulf South Conference Top Ten Awards this past summer. These awards, based on athletic, academic and extracurricular achievement during the 2013-14 academic year, recognize the top five male and top five female student-athletes in the conference. (This year, six female members were selected due to an impressive pool of candidates.)

Dr. Dan Brandon (Management Information Systems) was awarded a Presentation Excellence Award for his presentation of “Teaching Data Mining Principles” at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education 2014 in Nashville in June.

Richard Gadomski (CBU Trustee) gave a talk entitled “Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Paying it Forward” at the Engineers’ Club of Memphis meeting in July.  Dr. Chad Baker (Electrical Engineering), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) attended the meeting.

Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) gave a lecture on “Mary of Magdala and Marguerite Porete: Faithful Witnesses” at St. Patrick¹s Catholic Church on July 22, the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala.

Aaron Lamey (Information Technology Services) graduated from the University of Memphis with a Master of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) gave a Professional Development Hour talk entitled “Healthcare Packaging Consortium: A University-Industry Partnership” at the Engineers’ Club of Memphis meeting in June. Dr. Divya Choudhary (Graduate Engineering) and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) were also in attendance.

Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religious Studies ’11; Catholic Studies ’17) will have his scholarly book review of Sports & Christianity (Eds, N. Watson & A. Parker; Routledge, 2013) published in the September 2014 issue of the journal, Religious Studies Review. Further, he has contributed a chapter entitled “Beyond Praying for Players: The Responsibilities of Sports Chaplains” to a forthcoming text, Sports Chaplaincy: Trends, Issues, and Debates (Eds, A. Parker, N. Watson, & J. White; Ashgate Press) scheduled for publication and release in April 2015.

Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical Engineering) gave a week-long workshop entitled “Introduction to Computational Thinking” to the faculty of the Maxine Smith STEAM Academy (MSSA) on July 21-25. The Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, formerly Fairview Middle School, is a collaboration with CBU.

Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering) recently made a two-hour presentation on “Medical Packaging” and another two-hour presentation on “Plastics Used for Packaging” at the Indian Institute for Packaging (IIP) at Kolkata. His presentations were attended by about 40 graduate students and 10 professionals from medical industries. He established contacts with Professor Bidhan Das, the deputy director and regional head of the Institute and his colleagues and two other highly regarded packaging specialists. Dr. Ray also visited IIP in Delhi and met with Dr. Tanweer Alam, Joint Director and Regional Head of the institute.

Course web pages by Dr. Anna Ross (Biology) have been singled out by the Biology Editorial Board of MERLOT (Multimedia Education Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), a web-based project of California State University devoted to identifying, peer reviewing, organizing and making available existing Internet resources in a range of academic disciplines for use by higher education faculty and students. Her Animal Histology course web page was recently selected for peer review by the Editorial Board, and five other course web pages have received five-star editorial reviews.

President John Smarrelli (far right) and CBU trustee Jim Issacs (far left) played in the August 2 Boys & Girls Club Tennis Tournament Benefit, proudly wearing CBU attire.



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.


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.

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.


The NCAA selected Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) to compete in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Men’s Golf Super-Regional May 5-7 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, GA. Billingsley averaged 75 this season for the Bucs, finishing in the top five in three of CBU’s 10 events, and he was in the top 10 in four, including a ninth-place finish in the GSC Championships. Billingsley is the first CBU golfer ever selected for the NCAA postseason field. He joins Valdosta State golfers John Fordham and Alex Jones and West Georgia golfer Corey Evans in the field.

Gulf South Conference baseball coaches voted Buccaneer third baseman Mac Cooley (Special Education ’15) to the All-GSC Second Team. Cooley is hitting .300 with 10 doubles, 18 RBI and 20 runs. Cooley has also started 10 games as pitcher and ranks third on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Kay Cunningham (Plough Library) has been selected as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council Award for Excellence. This award is given annually to a library staff member in the greater Memphis area who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities. The awards ceremony will be on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern College of Optometry Annex.

Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering ’14), and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15) recently passed the ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Test. ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) allows students to take the technician level test of its three-level Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Program.  Soon their names will be added to the list of about 250 ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians around the world.




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.


A Gulf South Conference-high four CBU basketball players have been named to the Academic All-GSC Team. The Bucs comprised half of the men’s Academic All-GSC Team. Senior guard Cory McArthy (3.59 GPA in Business Administration), junior guard Trey Casey (4.0 GPA in Business Administration), and sophomore forward Drew Hildreth (3.45 GPA in Business Administration) all earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Team.  Senior guard Erica Burgess (4.0 GPA in MAT) represents the Lady Bucs on the women’s Academic All-GSC team. CBU placed a total of 13 players on the GSC Winter Academic Honor Roll, with seven men’s players and six women’s players. CBU’s total of 13 is tied for the highest total for any full GSC member, as is the men’s total of seven members. 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. 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.  View Full GSC All-Academic Release | View Full GSC Winter Academic Honor Roll Release |

Dr. Jeff Gross (Literature & Languages) delivered the keynote address at the 11th Annual English Graduate Student Conference at the University of Kentucky on March 28. His address, “Grad School Won’t Kill You: Reflections on the Transition from Ph.D. Program to Assistant Professor,” addressed trends in the humanities and deconstructed both the rhetoric and accuracy of sensationalized “Don’t go to Grad School” polemics.

Jessica Schneider (Biomedical Science ’14) has been accepted to the Church Health Center Scholar program and will start there on June 2.

Dr. Eric Welch (Dean of Engineering) was the recipient of the 2014 Featured Engineering Faculty Award for his excellence in teaching, outstanding leadership, and contributions to the university and community. Dr. Welch received the award at the 2014 Engineers Week Luncheon in February.

Congratulations to CARLs and PCs

Academic Services would like to congratulate the following students who will serve as our CBU Advising Registration Leaders (CARLs) for the 2014-15 academic year:  Rachel Depperschmidt, Maria Dopico, Ethan Hunter, Sushma Kalava, Aaron Lazalde, Abigail Lockard, Mordecai McAfee, Joel Moore Jr., Jonathan Mosley, Payton Powers, Sean Rowland, Natalie Sterling, Florence Tamari, Ashley Williams, and Paige Wilson, Alternates are Matt Brint, John Dawson, Amelia Gattuso, and Ryan Tomlinson.

Congratulations to the new Peer Counselors for the 2014-15 school year: Kiran Ashok, Keyara Baltimore, Amber Campbell, Rachel Depperschmidt, Allison Fairly-Kirkpatrick, Taylor Flake, Amelia Gattuso, Heather Huff, Madyson Levy, Abigail Lockard, Aanchal Alahotra, Mordecai McAfee, Jonathan Mosley, Payton Powers, Sean Rowland, Whitney Stepter, Rachel Stires, Florence Tamari, Nicole Ullman, and Ashley Williams. Alternates are Daniel D’Alto, Maria Dopico, Farrah Roca, and ThuHien Vo. Academic Services looks forward to working with each of you and thanks EVERYONE who applied. It was a difficult decision.

And Congratulations to Castings Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the annual Castings Competition, which are judged in four categories: fine art, photography, poetry and prose. The winners’ submissions, along with other fine creative work from talented CBU students, will be published in the 2014 edition of the Castings journal, tentatively scheduled to be available the week before final exams. AND THE WINNERS ARE:

Prose Category
First Place: Jessica Love
Second Place: Janara Harris
Third Place: Larshay Watson

Poetry Category
First Place: Claire Rutland
Second Place: Nathanial Celeski
Third Place: Jessica Love

Fine Art Category
Johnnie Sue Huddleston swept this category, taking First, Second, and Third Place awards.

Photography Category
Another sweep! — Alvin Siow took all three awards in this category.


Rebecca Johnson (Admissions) has been selected to be a faculty member for Dry Run 2014 at the University of Miami. Dry Run is hosted by SACAC and is an annual workshop designed to provide practical experience for new admission professionals.  The program provides training in relevant basic skills and discussion of pertinent issues and situations encountered in the admission profession.

Dr. Raena King (Mathematics) had a paper entitled Projections on Some Vector Valued Function Spaces with Nadia Gal (University of Miami) accepted for publication in Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum.

Yusef Akbik (Biochemistry ’14), Christine Nguyen (Biochemistry ’14), and Shesha (Sheshaben) Shah (Chemistry ’14) presented the results of their undergraduate research at the 34th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference hosted by the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis on February 22.  The title of Yusef Akbik’s talk was “An Examination of the Factors that Influence Iron Oxide-Gold Core-Shell Particle Growth.”  The title of Christine Nguyen’s talk was “Synthesis of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles of Various Shapes and Sizes.” The title of Shesha Shah’s talk was “Computational Investigation of M-Ga-F Triatomics with Row 3 Metals (M=Sc…Zn).” Yusef and Christine both performed their research in the laboratory of Dr. Xiaohua Huang, and Shesha performed her research in the laboratory of Dr. Charles Webster in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Memphis. 

Members of the CBU Honors Program took a road trip to Union City, TN to visit the newly opened Discovery Park of America on March 23. The Park has something for everyone, including a secret bookcase. Pictured above are Robert Feldmayer, Julia Kueter, and Megan Mosier.


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


Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, spoke on the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club Radio Show on News Radio 600 WREC on March 8. Jeremy Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, interviewed Dr. Smarrelli about CBU’s mission, programs and partnerships in the Memphis community. You can listen to Dr. Smarrelli’s interview by clicking here >>

Dr. Pong Malasri 
(Packaging) gave a two-day seminar on Transport Packaging at the Universidad DeLaSalle, Bajio (Leon, Mexico) on March 10-11. About 100 people attended the seminar with about half from area companies. DeLaSalle will start a new Master of Packaging in August 2015. They are also working on forming a packaging consortium with area companies similar to the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium and possibly a commercial test lab similar to CBU’s certified packaging lab. The seminar is also part of Dr. Malasri’s study-abroad packaging course. Four mechanical engineering students joined him on the trip, March 8-15. Pictured above are (l-r): Becky WaufordDaniel Olivares (Industrial Engineering Department Chair, DeLaSalle Bajio), Dr. Pong MalasriMauricio Salvatori (Engineering Dean, DeLaSalle Bajio), Alex OthmaniCaleb Smith, and Gabby Gomez-Pedro. Besides attending the above seminar, they visited the technology and design center of Mabe Corporation in Querretaro, which includes its packaging lab. Mabe produces various appliances, including washers, dryers, and refrigerator.  Some of their products are sold in the U.S. under GE label. Our students also toured several cities in the region, including San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, and Penjamo. More trip pictures can be found at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

Dr. Neal Jackson (Professor Emeritus, Engineering Management) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering) gave a one-hour Lunch & Learn talk at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Memphis District) on March 6. The talk was titled “Operations Research: A Powerful Tool for Engineers” and focused on a common resource allocation problem.  About 25 engineers attended the event, including Colonel Jeffrey Anderson, the Memphis District Commander. Operations Research is an optimization tool covered in the M.S. in Engineering Management Program at CBU.

Dr. Frederick Azar (CBU team physician) was named president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at the organization’s annual meeting, held March 11-15 in New Orleans. Dr. Azar is also a team physician for  the Memphis Grizzlies and the University of Memphis.


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


Shesha (Sheshaben) Shah (Chemistry ’14) has been accepted into the Fall 2014 class of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry.

J.D. Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) had a paper on “Growth responses of different aged individuals of Xanthium strumarium L. in flooded conditions” accepted for publication in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. This work was part of an on-going effort to understand plant community dynamics on Mississippi River islands, performed as an independent project in the summer of 2012. J.D. designed the experiment and collected data. He was also involved in co-author review of the manuscript. Dr. James Moore (Biology) was also one of the authors (with S.B. Franklin).

Members of the University of Memphis Helen Hardin Honors Program had no problem getting goofy with CBU Honors Program students to celebrate the end of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

Members of the University of Memphis Helen Hardin Honors Program had no problem getting goofy with CBU Honors Program students to celebrate the end of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference.

The CBU Honors Program hosted the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council conference on Saturday, February 22. CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. welcomed over 100 honors students from fourteen colleges and universities, who gave 60 presentations. Honors Program alum, Burton Bridges (Economics and Finance ’09), wowed attendees with his plenary keynote titled What to Expect in Your First 90 Days at Work. Presenting CBU students were: Megan Mosier (Biology ’16),  How an Idea Becomes a Comic; Tiffany Corkran (Physics ’09), Brothers’ Keepers: Servant Leadership as a Non-Profit Board of Directors Member; Carly Geis (Psychology ’16), Law and Order: SVU and the Effects of Solitude; Kelsey Coolican (Biochemistry ’14) and Logan Butler (Psychology ’15), The Art of Saying Yes; Taylor Flake (History ’17) and RaKesha Gray (English ’17), Little Geek vs. Big Geek: Honors Programs in High School vs Honors Programs in College; Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics and Physics ’14), Using Graph Theory to Schedule TCHC 2014; Sarah Longoria (Religion & Philosophy ’14), Marriage and Sex in 1 Corinthians 7: What Does Paul Really Think? The conference was organized by Rebekah Herrman, Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16), Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’16), Trey McGinnis (Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mathematics ’16), CaitlinTerry (Special Education ’16), and RaKesha Gray.



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.


Dr. Divya Choudhary
(Electrical Engineering), assisted by Shilpa Appurubugatha (Electrical Engineering) and Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering) recently gave four workshops and a lunch-and-learn presentation introducing concepts of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Tech High School and Justin Sienna High School in California.

Brother Ignatius Brown (Education, retired) has been named Barbershopper of the Year by the Memphis Men of Harmony, a local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society of America. The Memphis Men of Harmony Chorus will sing the National Anthem before the February 27 home basketball games at Canale Arena.

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was named GSC Player of the Week — for the second time in three weeks —  after he led the Bucs to a pair of home wins. For the week, Casey averaged 23 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2 steals. Casey was also named the lone Gulf South Conference representative on the Capital One Academic All-District 5 Division II team announced by CoSIDA.
Casey carries a perfect 4.0 GPA, and he is the Bucs’ leading scorer at 18.5 points per game. He ranks third in the GSC and 82nd in the nation in scoring. He is shooting 43.2 percent from three-point range, good for 34th in the nation and second in the GSC. His 2.1 steals per game lead the GSC and rank 41st in the nation.

Dr. Stan Eisen (Biology) had an article entitled “Sleeping in Class is a Risk Factor for Low Gradespublished in the December 2013 (Volume 52, Number 2) issue of The Journal of Irreproducible ResultsThe Journal of Irreproducible Results is dedicated to publishing research that either cannot or should not be reproduced.

Dr. John Ventura PE, LRS (Electrical Engineering) passed the “Mississippi Standards of Practice for Surveying Test” on December 23, 2013. Dr. Ventura has been a licensed surveyor since 1981 and licensed engineer since 1971.




Dr. Edward Salgado (Biology, Emeritus) and colleague C.R. Fraser-Jenkins published an article on Asian ferns in The Fern Gazette, the journal of the British Pteridological Society, which contains peer-reviewed articles in all aspects of pteridology, the study of ferns. The title of the article is ”The nomenclature, typification and taxonomy of Asplenium falcatum, A. polyodon and confused species.”


Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil & Environmental Engineering), Professor Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering) and Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) recently presented a PowerPoint presentation to six classes of high school students at CBC High School in St. Louis. The trio illustrated how the math and science courses that they were taking in high school related to the engineering profession. They also attended the 2014 ASCE Workshop for Student Chapter Leaders in St. Louis along with Kolbie Seay (Civil Engineering ’15), Reggie Raney (Civil Engineering ’17) and Emily Conrad (General Studies ’17).

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) earned the Gulf South Conference and Tennessee Sports Writer Association Player of the Week awards after posting back-to-back 30-point games last week for the Bucs. Casey scored a career-high 32 points to go with five rebounds and three steals in the Bucs’ 89-59 win over Union, knocking down 9-of-10 three-pointers. He made his first eight in a row, just two off the NCAA record of 10 straight makes. His 90 percent shooting is a new school record, and his nine threes tied for second in school history. Casey followed with 31 points, six steals, four rebounds and three assists in the Bucs’ 96-89 loss to North Alabama. He won GSC Player of the Week for the first time of his career, and he won the TSWA award for the second consecutive week.

Jittapong “JT” Malasri (Civil Engineering ’06, MBA ’12) was selected to the Memphis Flyer’s “20 < 30″ Class of 2014, the newspaper’s annual selection of young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future. JT, who designs utilities for apartments and subdivision for MLGW, was lauded for his work with the Urban Land Institute, an organization that helps real estate and development specialists share best practices for a more sustainable city.

Katherine McFall (M.Ed., LANCE) was been selected as the Tennessee Lottery Educator of the Week and featured on WREG News Channel 3.  She teaches second grade at St. Joseph Catholic School.

Nic Picou (English ’15) has been cast in an upcoming production by New Moon Theatre Company of Horton Foote’s  A Trip to Bountiful at TheatreWorks, March 28 – April 13.

Dr. Brendan Prawdzik (Literature & Languages) published his article “’Look on Me’: Theater, Gender, and Poetic Identity in Milton’s Mask” in the October issue of Studies in Philosophy.

Gulf South Conference Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives voted six CBU student-athletes to the Fall Academic All-GSC TeamsNico Alvarez-Garcia (Soccer, Business Administration ’14), Chelsea Cassacia (Soccer, Biology ’16), Jaime Garcia (Soccer, Business Administration ’14), Katelyn Graham (Soccer, General Studies ’16), Kevin Tikhomiroff (Soccer, Business Administration ’16), and Alison Welch (Volleyball, Psychology ’14), 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. The women’s soccer team led the way with 11 players named to the Academic Honor Roll, followed by 10 from men’s soccer, four each from volleyball and women’s cross country and two from men’s cross country. 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. View full GSC Academic Honor Roll.