Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of its 2015 Super Women in Business, noting in addition to her faculty position that Dr. Choudhary is director of the Graduate Engineering Program and director of the STEM Center for Women and Diversity. The 2015 class of Super Women represents some of the city’s most influential women, in a wide range of industries, who have achieved success through leadership in business and community contribution. They will be officially recognized at an awards luncheon on August 28 at the Hilton Memphis.

Dr. Paul Haught (VP for Academics) wrote guest column on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato si (Praise Be to You: On the Care for Our Common Home) for the June 30 edition of the Memphis Daily News, entitled “How Pope Francis’ Climate Encyclical Translates to Memphis.” Dr. Haught also spoke on the encyclical at at the Cathedral of the Immacualte Conception on July 23.

Dr. Karen Golightly
(Literature & Languages) organized the recent Paint Memphis event on July 18, which brought together more than 50 artists to create the largest collaborative mural in town on the south side of the Wolf River flood wall that runs .3 miles along the proposed Chelsea Greenline in the New Chicago/North Midtown neighborhood. More information (and photos) are available at paintmemphis.org or facebook.com/PaintMemphis.

mallory_FEMallory Harvey (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is now an Engineer Intern. This is the first step toward being a registered Professional Engineer (PE). Mallory is currently a structural engineer with the US Army Corps of Engineers, where she designs concrete and steel hydraulic structures along the Mississippi River. While she was a student at CBU, she interned with Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, MicroPort Orthopedics, and US Army Corps of Engineers. She was one of the 2015 CBU Lasallian Fellows. She was also active in packaging research while at CBU.  She coauthored six conference papers and eight journal articles and is also an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. She was active with SWE, ASCE, and TAPPI student chapters at CBU.

Tin “Tony” Le (Chemical Engineering ’16) was selected by Georgia-Pacific as a 2015 summer intern supporting the company¹s Nonwovens operations. Tony graduated from Lewisburg High School and during his internship will be working in the engineering department.

Ryan Smith (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam and is now an Engineer Intern — halfway toward being a registered Professional Engineer.  Since his graduation in May of 2015 with BS in Civil Engineering and a minor in Business Administration from CBU, he has worked as structural engineer for Gulf States Manufacturers (a Nucor Corporation Company) in Starkville, MS, where he designs various metal building products and provides technical assistance to field sale engineers. While at CBU, Ryan interned with Professional Services Industries and ENSCOR. He was a tutor for CBU Math Center and a member of CBU baseball team.

JD Wolfe
(Biochemistry ’15) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force Health Scholars Program on July 9. His dad, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, got to read him his oath and give him his rank (Butter Bars) that he’d received 37 years ago. JD starts med school at the University of Arkansas next month.

CBU in the Media

A sampling of recent media coverage of Christian Brothers University:
Leader of Christian Brothers around the world travels to Memphis for graduation,” The Commercial Appeal. May 16, 2015
Brother Terence McLaughlin: Still Finding Joy After 75 Years,” Memphis Daily News. May 18, 2015
Author Dave Eggers to be featured guest for 2015 Memphis Reads book club,” The Commercial Appeal. May 19, 2015
Christian Brothers Students Help Secure Tax Refunds,” Memphis Daily News. May 28, 2015
CBU’s oldest building given new, artistic life amid campus progress,” Memphis Business Journal. June 15, 2015
CBU races to salvage keepsakes from oldest building on campus,” The Commercial Appeal. June 18, 2015
CBU launches ambitious $70 million campaign,” The Commercial Appeal. June 23, 2015
CBU’s ‘New Vision’,” Memphis Daily News. June 24, 2015
CBU launches $70 million ‘Faith in Progress’ capital campaign,” Memphis Business Journal. June 24, 2015.

News at CBU

The Beverly and Sam Ross Studio Glass Collection at CBU is featured in an article in the current issue of Glass Quarterly. GLASS Quarterly is an art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, NY. Entitled “In Perpetuity,” the article by William Ganis discusses gifts of glass collections to major art museums across the country. CBU is the only university collection included in the survey. Click here for a PDF of the full article.

GRANT FOR ENGINEERING:  CBU received a $14,477 grant from the Tennessee Board of Architectural and Engineering Examiners, as announced by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance on April 27. The grant was awarded to the School of Engineering to be utilized to purchase a horizontal band saw, materials testing equipment, a glass digital temperature controller, microprocessor stations, and flowmeters.

ARCHBISHOP SPEAKS AT CBU: CBU hosted the 2015 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series on April 28, featuring Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a key contributor to the magisteriums of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Archbishop Di Noia spoke on the legacy of Pope St. John Paul II. Di Noia is pictured below with CBU President John Smarrelli and Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut.


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memphiscommercialappealThe Commercial Appeal published an article entitled “Success Story: Anonymous donor’s gift allows Christian Brothers University to fund immigrant students’ scholarships” in its March 27 edition that covered CBU’s Latino Success Scholarships. The article featured Mariana Hernandez (Business Administration ’17) and also quoted Wendy Sumner-Winter (Advancement) and pictured Cindy Pena (Business Administration ’17). (For those without digital access to The Commercial Appeal, click here for a PDF version of the full article.)

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CBU was featured in a March 18 article posted on High Ground entitled “College success starts with open doors for local Latino students.” The article by Lesley Young focuses on CBU’s partnership with Latino Memphis and a private donor to create the Latino Student Success Scholarship, which provides financial aid to Latino immigrant and “dreamer” students. Featured in the article are Ana Rodriguez Vizcaino (Civil Engineering ’18), Gabriella Molina (Business Administration ’16), Dr. Anne Kenworthy (VP of Enrollment), and Hola CBU

CBU’s designation as one of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s “10 to Watch in 2015″ is featured in the new issue of the Chamber’s Memphis Crossroads magazine. The edition also features an article on Mauricio Calvo (Business Administration ’97) and his role as executive director of Latino Memphis.

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An article in the February 5 edition of the Memphis Daily News entitled “‘The Team That Beat Memphis’ Has a Target on Its Back” spotlights Coach Mike Nienaber and the Buccaneer basketball team. “We’re the team that beat Memphis,” Nienaber is quoted. “It gives teams incentive every time we play. But we’re good enough to beat anybody in our league on a given night. Get to Birmingham, then all bets are off.”

An article in the February 5 edition of The Memphis Flyer entitled “Tennessee Joins Multi-State Lawsuit Against President Obama” deals with a multi-state lawsuit against President Obama, alleging his recent executive actions on immigration are unconstitutional. The article includes several quotes from Mauricio Calvo (Business Administration ’97), executive director of Latino Memphis. ”It’s a waste of resources,” Calvo is quoted. “With all of the things that we have to do as a state, we’re allocating tax money to fight the federal government on something that’s a dead end.”

An article in the February 3 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer (philly.com) entitled “La Salle goes outside Catholic order for new chief” reports that former CBU Vice President for Academics Dr. Anthony Aretz is one of two finalists to become the first lay president of La Salle University (succeeding retired president Brother Michael McGinniss, also former president of CBU). Aretz is currently president of Mount St. Joseph University, a Catholic school in Cincinnati. The other finalist is Colleen M. Hanycz, head of Brescia University College, a Catholic school in London, Ontario, Canada. “La Salle University, for the first time in its 151-year history, will be led by a lay president rather than a Christian brother – and its new leader might be a woman,” the article states.

An article in the January 27 edition of Memphis Business Journal entitled “Wine tasting room coming to South Main” reports that CBU alum Chris Albonetti (Management ’95) is an investor in the Crown Tasting Room, a wine-tasting venue that is a partnership between Art Village Gallery and Crown Winery (of Humboldt, TN). The Crown Tasting Room will have a grand opening on February 21 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Gallery located at 410 S. Main St. The celebration will mark its official opening to the public.

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The Commercial Appeal published a guest commentary by President John Smarrelli Jr. in its January 25 edition entitled “‘Tennessee Promise’ is not that promising.” In discussing Gov. Haslam’s “Tennessee Promise” program for free community college tuition and President Obama’s endorsement of a nationally expanded version, Dr. Smarrelli points out that “When ‘free’ community college is available, high school guidance counselors are inadvertently, but invariably, pressured to direct graduating seniors to these options and away from traditional four-year institutions.” and goes on to conclude that “[W]e take issue with any proposal, however well-meaning, that would privilege a community college degree and prematurely remove a four-year degree from consideration.” 

For those without access to The Commercial Appeal’s online edition, please click here for a PDF version of Dr. Smarrelli’s commentary.

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A January 12 article in The Commercial Appeal entitled “CBU enrollment gets boost from Kuwaiti students” covered 38 new students from Kuwait as part of a scholarship program through the  Kuwait Cultural Ministry. Among those quoted in the article were President John Smarrelli and Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Graduate Engineering).

CBU’s partnership in the SaveFirst tax preparation program (see above) was covered in two January 14 television news broadcasts — on WREG Channel 3 with a report entitled “Free tax preparation offered to low-income families” and on WMC-TV Channel 5 with a report entitled “Tax preparation services to be offered free to low-income families.”

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CBU President John Smarrelli was featured in a January 9 WMC Channel 5 broadcast entitled “Promise for Free Community College Receiving Mixed Reviews.” Dr. Smarrelli warned students and parents to have caution with the president’s plan. “The numbers don’t add up to say that this is a perfect return on your investment.” If the video above does not appear or play in your browser or on your mobile device, please click here.

The Commercial Appeal published an article entitled “A Year to Remember: For Memphis teen, where there’s a way, there’s a will” in its December 26 edition that profiled Joshua Salter, a junior at Middle College High School and a participant in the dual enrollment program at CBU. In the face of various difficulties and hardships, Joshua’s goal is to graduate high school with 70 college credit hours. The video below was produced and published by The Commercial Appeal to accompany the article.
If the video above does not appear or play in your browser or on your mobile device, please click here. For those without online access to full articles on The Commercial Appeal website, please click here for a PDF of the article.

The Cincinnati Enquirer published a profile on Coach Mike Nienaber (Men’s Basketball) in its January 6 edition, entitled “Ex-La Salle point guard makes own history as CBU coach.”

Memphis Parent published an article entitled “Reaching the Reluctant Reader” in its January edition, which features an interview with Rene Friemoth Lee (Education, Adjunct) on ways to interest children in reading.


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The “Walk Out to the Chalk Out” event organized by the NAACP chapter at CBU was covered by The Commercial Appeal in its December 9 edition in an article entitled “CBU students walk out for ‘chalk out’ to protest police killings; LeMoyne-Owen students march.” The article quoted Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Science), Taylor Flake (History ’17), and Rakesha Gray (English ’17), and was illustrated with a photo of David Lawson (Business Administration ’17) participating in the “Chalk Out.” The event was also referenced in article in the December 11 edition of the Memphis Daily News, entitled “Armstrong’s Comments Overshadow Attorney General’s Visit.”

The photograph of David Lawson was also picked up by the Associated Press and ran on the SFGate website (the online edition of the San Francisco Chronicle).

Black Lives Matter

In light of recent events in Ferguson, MO and New York, CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP will be hosting “Black Lives Matter” in order to educate, raise awareness and promote positive action.

Show your support by stopping by the table outside Alfonso Dining Hall to sign the banner and tweet #CBUNAACP.
Whether you are in class, your dorm, or the caf, walk out at 12:00 p.m. and join the NAACP in Buckman Quad to drink hot cocoa and draw chalk body outlines in the Quad to represent all African Americans who have been gunned down by police officers!
Stop by the table in Alfonso Dining Hall 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. as the NAACP collects change and books to donate to the Ferguson Public Library!
Join the chapter at 5:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge for the Knowledge is Power teach-in led by Dr. Jeffrey Gross and Dr. Leigh Johnson, and hear from community leaders about the Ferguson case and other justice disparities that still exist even today.
DEC. 12: CANDLELIGHT VIGIL co-sponsored by CBU’S Black Student Association
The vigil will begin at 5:00 p.m.

More info: naacp@cbu.edu


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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CBU’s College of Adult Professional Studies was the subject of an article in the October 18 edition of The Commercial Appeal, entitled “CBU’s online learning is hybrid of 2 worlds.” The article, which quotes Toni Ross (Dean of CAPS) and Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics), deals with how CBU is phasing online learning into its adult evening programs by offering 40-60 split between face to face and online learning for each class. (For those without a digital subscription to The Commercial Appeal, please click here for the article in PDF format.)

CBU was mentioned prominently in an article entitled “College town: Higher-ed boosts Memphis economy” in the October 18 edition of The Commercial Appeal. The article deals with the economic impact of colleges and universities in Memphis. Quoting Wendy Sumner-Winter (Advancement), it states that CBU’s calculated economic impact on the city is $18 million annually. The article also notes that 80 percent of CBU graduates stay in Memphis and contribute to the economy, and that September of Service donates volunteer work-hours.  (For those without a digital subscription to The Commercial Appeal, please click here for the article in PDF format.)



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Joseph Atem (Mechanical Engineering ’08) is interviewed in “From Sudan to Memphis: ‘Good Lie’ movie affirms cross-continent connection,” an article in the October 10 edition of The Commercial Appeal. The article deals with the real-life stories of the Lost Boys of Sudan, the subject of the current film The Good Lie. The article, written by John Beifuss, also includes interviews with Molly Smith, a producer of the film, and her sister Stacey Hydrick (daughters of FedEx founder Fred Smith).