This Week at CBU

SUSTAINABILITY COALITION YOGA CLASSES: Everyone needs a little “me” time, so CBU’s Sustainability Coalition is going to help you out, starting this Tuesday! Meredith Melvin, a yoga instructor from Delta Groove Yoga, will be teaching classes throughout September, October, and November. So, whether you’re just beginning or are experienced, come out for some fun and relaxation! Mark your calendars for September 15, September 29, October 6, November 3, November 10, and November 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Living learning Center Classroom. (There is no fixed fee, but donations are appreciated.)

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CBU CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION DAY 2015:
 To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, members of the CBU Pre-Law Society will once again distribute free copies of the Constitution to the CBU community. Constitutions will be available Thursday, September 17 starting at 12:20 p.m., in front of Alfonso Dining Hall, while supplies last. It’s your Constitution, so here is your chance to read, consider, and discuss the most important legal document in our nation’s history. Any questions regarding Constitution Day may be sent to Dr. Karl Leib at kleib@cbu.edu.

PSI CHI ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The Psi Chi Psychology Club is hosting an Ice Cream Social on Thursday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall Room 10 to discuss upcoming events as well as enjoying delicious ice cream. It will be fun, laid back, and psychological. All majors are welcome, so feel free to bring a friend!

galleonGALLEON INTEREST MEETING:  Interested in writing for CBU’s very FIRST digital news magazine? The Galleon is holding a general interest meeting this Thursday, September 17 to offer an overview of the upcoming news site and opportunities for any students interested in writing, photography, web development, design, or videography to get involved. St. Joseph Hall Room 10, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Unable to attend? No problem — contact editor Josh Colfer at jcolfer@cbu.edu to schedule an interview for a position on the editorial board.

rotaract_logoROTARACT CLUB MEETING:  Join Rotaract, a global community of young adults (ages 18 – 30) that takes action to make a positive change in the community. As a club at CBU, Rotaract does hands-on service projects every month, and engages in networking and professional development. Rotaract is a great resume builder and a perfect club to get to know not only the CBU campus but the greater Memphis community.  Everyone is invited to attend the Rotaract Club’s first Fall 2015 meeting on Thursday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall 103. Follow Rotaract on Facebook for more information, or contact  Savannah Smith at ssmith47@cbu.edu.

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CBU CHEER CLINICS & TRYOUTS:
CBU Cheer will hold clinic sessions on Thursday and Friday, September 17 and 18, at the Kroc Center soccer arena, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Tryouts for the squad will be Saturday, September 19 in Canale Arena at 6:00 p.m. Contact Kenzie Bergloff for more information at kenzie.bergloff@cbu.edu, (731) 212-2018 or (901) 321-3267.

tlap_dayINTERNATIONAL TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY: We are the Buccaneers, correct? Then let’s celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Saturday, September 19! International Talk Like a Pirate Day is the only holiday on the calendar that encourages people to babble like buccaneers for the sheer, anarchic fun of it. It’s been celebrated by millions of people on all seven continents – yes, even at the South Pole – and on the International Space Station! More info at www.talklikeapirate.com — including a map of all the parties, festivals and other piratical goings-on — including this one at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital!

cyfestCOOPER-YOUNG FESTIVAL:  The Cooper-Young Festival, hosted by the Cooper-Young Business Association and sponsored by CBU, is Memphis’ most anticipated outdoor celebration. Held in Memphis’ largest historic district, the Cooper-Young Festival is this Saturday, September 19. In its 28th year, this event has grown tremendously and more than 130,000 guests will enjoy an appealing mix of art, music and crafts presented by over 435 artisans from around the country. The Cooper Young Festival is a true celebration of the arts, people, culture and Memphis heritage. The Roo and CBU are also providing shuttle service from the Central Parking Lot, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

MHIRT SYMPOSIUM: The students who participated in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program during the summer will be presenting their summer abroad and research on Saturday, September 19. Everyone is invited to view this great work in Cooper-Wilson Center 105, 9:00 a.m. until noon. The symposium is FREE and open to the public. A light breakfast will be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. If you plan to attend breakfast and/or lunch, please RSVP to Julia Hanebrink at mhirtcbu@gmail.com before noon on Wednesday, September 16 so catering arrangements can be made. This is an excellent opportunity for students interested in the summer projects for 2016 to meet with students, learn more about the program, and find out how they can qualify for an all-expense paid international research experience! Applications will be accepted for next summer October 1 through December 18. For further information, visit www.cbu.edu/mhirt or email mhirtcbu@gmail.com.

Study Abroad Meeting Not To Be Missed

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Are you interested in Studying Abroad… and who doesn’t want to see the world?
Bring your questions to the Study Abroad meeting Thursday, September 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 358. We will discuss studying abroad and the two study trips: Chemistry of Cooking in San Sebastian, Spain in May and Remembrance of WWI in Paris and Belgium during spring break. Both satisfy a GER, and both offer regular and honors credit. LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS AND STIPENDS UP TO $500 ARE AVAILABLE  FOR EARLY APPLICANTS for those who qualify. Deadlines have been extended to October 7 or until limited seats have been filled.

If you have any question about the two trips and/or studying abroad, go to www.cbu.edu/studyabroad, email studyabroad@cbu.edu, or come to the Study Abroad office in Buckman Hall 342 and 346.

Support CBU’s Running LVs!

lvs_run_logo_eLasallian Volunteers, alums, and supporters of the LV program are running in New York City on October 31, and it’s up to you to take the next step and support them — including CBU’s own Antwa’nae Briars (Psychology ’14), Matthew Billings (Civil Engineering ’15), Andrea Guyton (Psychology ’13), and Julia Kueter (History ’14), and Elizabeth DiPlacido, an LV from La Salle University who’s currently serving at De La Salle Elementary in Memphis!

In 2005, Lasallian Volunteer Adriana Rodriguez ran the New York City Marathon and a tradition began. Over the past ten years, countless numbers of Lasallian Volunteers have participated in LVs Run and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to support their experience as LVs and the ministries they serve.

Interested in helping? All donations will help sponsor LV program such as scholarships, transportation, and anything else that would seem much harder to raise without the support of our Lasallian family! ANY donation amount is a special gift towards the LV Program and would be greatly appreciated!

Your support continues to have lasting impact on the lives of the Lasallian Volunteers and their ministries as they work to break the cycle of poverty through education. Click here to donate to the efforts of Antwa’nae, Matthew, Andrea, Julia, and Elizabeth!

This Week at CBU

THEATRE AUDITIONS: The Theatre Department will be holding auditions for the fall play, A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, on September 8 at 7:00 p.m., September 9 at 4:00 p.m., and September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Auditions will be held in the theater. We will be doing cold readings from various scripts. Please bring schedule conflicts. About the play: Greg, a man on the verge of a mid-life crisis, falls in love with a stray dog (played by a woman) and brings her home. Greg’s wife doesn’t want the dog and will have nothing to do with it; but he has fallen head over heels for his new canine friend, Sylvia, and she becomes a major bone of contention between husband and wife. You’ll be laughing out loud while getting the straight “poop from the pooch” in this hilarious and touching comedy by A.R. Gurney. Roles available are:

  • SYLVIA (F) — The dog. Cute, sexy, spunky, sarcastic, full of youthful exuberance. A physical role – requires crouching, crawling, jumping, etc. Robin Williams type character.
  • TOM (M) — Dog lover, a good natured guy who is a little too proud of Bowser, full of confidence.
  • LESLIE (M or F) — a marriage counselor-Role will be played in drag.  Former MR CBU contestants are welcome to audition.
  • PHYLLIS (F) — Upper west side, socialite from New York, drinks a little too much, best friend to Kate.

The roles of Greg and Kate have already been cast. For more information contact Professor Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu.

MEET THE POODLES WEEK:  The Pi Pi Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. is hosting “Meet the Poodles” Week, September 8-11. All activities are free and open to the public. Also, you do not have to be interested in joining the sorority to come to the fun-filled activities. For more information, visit www.sgrho1922.org or email the chapter at pipisgrho1922@gmail.com.
• Tuesday, September 8: PIe Day (All Things π) – Free food and music in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 9: Stress Free Me (Ain’t Nobody Got Time for Dat) – Come out to Ieam to manage stress and make your own personal stress ball! Buckman Hall 103, 7:00 p.m.
• Thursday, September 10: Meet the Poodles Table – Outside of Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
• Thursday, September 10: Meet the Poodles Informational – Buckman Hall 217, 7:22 p.m.
• Friday, September 11: T.G.I.FRHO-ZEN – FRHOzen treats outside of Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

PHI ALPHA DELTA INFORMATIONAL MEETING: Come see what the new CBU Pre-Law Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity has to offer as Memphis’s first PAD undergrad chapter on Tuesday, September 8 in Beckman Hall 102, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Learn about PAD’s purpose and mission for the year and meet the Executive Board for Phi Alpha Delta, who will be prepared to answer any questions. All majors are welcome. For more information, contact CBUPAD2015@gmail.com.

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NATIONAL PANHELLENIC ROUNDTABLE:
The National Panhellenic Council will host a Roundtable Discussion for those students who are interested in learning more about a specific organization, requirements, intake practices, community service initiatives,  upcoming informationals, etc. on Wednesday, September 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman Hall). Light refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding NPHC activities, please contact Ian A. Boyd at iboyd@cbu.edu or Zachary Knight at zknight@cbu.edu.

MSA WELCOME BACK MEETING/DISCUSSION: Come join the Muslim Student Association on Wednesday, September 9 for a presentation/discussion about Islam’s view of and relationship with other faiths, mainly Abrahamic religions (Judaism/Christianity). All faith backgrounds are welcome to come and participate! Buckman Hall 103, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

DODGEBALL: Looking to relieve some stress from papers, exams, and studying? Well, come out and channel that energy as the men of the Alpha Beta Delta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. host Dodgeball on Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Canale Arena.

trivia_tvALUMNI TRIVIA WITH BROTHER IGGY: Join CBUnited Alumni Association on Friday, September 11 in  Alfonso Dining Hall for Trivia Night with CBU’s own trivia-master, Brother Ignatius BrownDoors at 6:30 p.m. First question at 7:00 p.m. Register your team of six for $15 per person — only $5 per person for current CBU students! Community tables will be available for individuals and walk-ins. Prizes will be awarded to all members of the first and second place teams. For more information and to register, visit cbu.edu/alumni-trivia.

Upcoming Events

CBU CELEBRATES CONSTITUTION DAY 2015: To commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, members of the CBU Pre-Law Society will once again distribute free copies of the Constitution to the CBU community. Constitutions will be available Thursday, September 17 starting at 12:20 p.m., in front of Alfonso Dining Hall, while supplies last. It’s your Constitution, so here is your chance to read, consider, and discuss the most important legal document in our nation’s history. Any questions regarding Constitution Day may be sent to Dr. Karl Leib at kleib@cbu.edu.

MHIRT SYMPOSIUM: The students who participated in the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) program during the summer will be presenting their summer abroad and research on Saturday, September 19. Everyone is invited to view this great work in Cooper-Wilson Center 105, 9:00 a.m. until noon.  Also you can find out if this program is right for you — applications will be accepted for next summer on  October 1 through December 18. Don’t let this all-expenses-paid summer research opportunity slip away! For further information, visit www.cbu.edu/mhirt or email mhirtcbu@gmail.com.

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MSA’S EID-AL-ADHA DINNER:
 Join the Muslim Students’ Association for a traditional Arabian dinner! All students, faculty, and staff are invited to celebrate Eid al-Adha, a religious holiday which celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ismaiel, his son, as an act of devotion to G-d. Admission is only $4.00 and covers a meal consisting of two grilled kebabs skewers, basmati rice, salad, hummus, pita, and a beverage. This dinner will be held on Friday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m. in Buckman 358. Sign up HERE before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22.

CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2016

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

CBU Lasallian Fellowships are presented annually to five members of the senior class based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each student was nominated by a member of the CBU faculty or staff because of academic excellence, commitment to social justice, the active nature of his or her faith, and an inspired approach to change-making.

Upon graduation, the Fellows will be awarded $10,000 as a means of perpetuating their work in the community. The Fellowships are made possible through the creative generosity of Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman. (They also now appear, much larger than life, on the west wall of the Thomas Center.)

Academic Convocation Awards

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

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

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

Alpha Chi Induction

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Congratulations to the the new members of Alpha Chi, who were inducted on Saturday, August 29. Pictured above (not in this order) are George Gallarno, Carly Geis, Morgan Granoski, Noah Kelly, Trey McGinnis, Chandler Martin, Breeana Nikaido, Adam Okolicany, Thuy-Anh Phan, Gabriel Quiroz, Katie Robinson, and Rebecca Wauford. Not pictured are new inductees Alexis Blum, William Bottom, Chelsea Casaccia, Sheridan Cross, Tiffany Gardner, Jessica Love, Mikayla Ortner, Francis Sexton, Alexander Swims, Ben Tansey, and Arash Zainaleanin.

Alpha Chi is a national interdisciplinary honor society, open by invitation to juniors and seniors whose GPA is in the upper 10% of their School. Elected officers for 2015-16 are: Chandler Martin, president; Breeana Nikaido vice president; and Katie Robinson, secretary/treasurer. Faculty sponsors are Dr. Randal Price and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald. The first alpha chi meeting will be  September 15 in Cooper-Wilson 118 at 12:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at  malinda@cbu.edu.

Study Abroad for 2015-16

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Welcome all students to Christian Brothers University. While getting adjusted to your classes and campus, it’s time to start thinking about studying abroad.

There are two travel study trips for the 2015-2016 academic school year. Remembrance of WWI in Paris, France, and Belgium in Spring Break of 2016 will be taught by Dr. Neal Palmer. Chemistry of Cooking in San Sebastian, Spain in May 2016 will be taught by Dr. Anthony Trimboli. Both trips are open to everyone. Study abroad opens up your world to new people, new places, and new culture. It is a life changing experience. Freshman through seniors are eligible and Honors sections are available.

Do not delay, as space is limited on both trips.

For more information on these trips or studying abroad, go to www.cbu.edu/studyabroad, email studyabroad@cbu.edu, come by the office in Buckman Hall 346 and 342, or leave a message at (901) 321-3264.

You can also contact Dr. Trimboli for Chemistry of Cooking at atrimbol@cbu.edu and Dr. Palmer for WWI trip at npalmer@cbu.edu

This Week at CBU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Welcome to CBU

Rev. R. Bruce Cinquegrani has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion & Philosophy and Director of the Catholic Studies Program. Father Bruce has served two years as an as an adjunct professor at CBU. He has also served as Associate Pastor at St. Ann, Bartlett, Chaplain and Director of Catechesis at Bishop Byrne High School, Vocation Director and Director of Seminarians for the Diocese, Secretary for Worship and Spiritual Life, and Pastor of St. Philip the Apostle, in Somerville, TN for four years, St. Ann in Bartlett for 14 years, and continues to serve as Pastor of St. Brigid Catholic Church in Memphis, where he has been assigned since 2006.

Dr. J. Seth Lee has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages. Dr. Lee is originally from Southwest Virginia and comes to CBU by way of Lexington, KY. He is a scholar of the trans-Reformation period whose research examines the literary works of exiles from the 14th to the 17th centuries. His current project is a book defining a new critical category called the “mind of exile,” a cognitive phenomenon that influences textual structure and metaphorical usage in 16th century English literature.

Mr. James H. Logan has joined Physician Assistant Studies as an Instructor and Clinical Coordinator. He comes to CBU with 30 years of experience in Fire-Based Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He has served as an acting Chief Officer and Paramedic for the Memphis Fire Department in an Emergency Management capacity where his focus was focused in EMS Consequence Management, Emergency Preparedness, Quality Improvement, and education. Mr. Logan is a nationally-known author with regular contributions in EMS World Magazine, JEMS, Firehouse, Fire Engineering, and other trade journals and texts. He is an EMS Instructor Coordinator and Fire Instructor for the Memphis Fire Department and the State of Tennessee. Jim has also received national attention and awards for innovation in EMS Education and is a JEMS EMS10 award winner (10 most innovative people in EMS). For more than a decade, Jim has also served as a Rescue/Medical Specialist and a Medical Coordinator for FEMA’s Tennessee Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team.

Mr. Steve Rivera has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Instructor of Behavioral Sciences. He is  originally from New York, but has lived in the Memphis area since 1990. Mr. Rivera holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Tennessee and master’s degrees in School Counseling from the University of Memphis, and I/O Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Previous positions as adjunct faculty have been at CBU, University of Phoenix, and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Memphis. Mr. Rivera is currently a student in the doctoral program in Counselor Education at the University of Memphis. He has worked as a K-12 school counselor, mental health consultant, and business consultant. His current area of interest is in career counseling, specifically working with students on self exploration to discover their best career matches, and working with persons in career or life transitions.

Dr. Serge Salan has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. He comes to CBU from Washington & Lee University and previously taught at the University of Memphis, where he received his PhD in 2014.

Dr. Jing Wang has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science. Dr. Wang earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Science and Technology of China. He came to the United States for graduate study and received an M.A. in 2012 and a PhD in 2015, both in mathematics from George Washington University. Besides teaching math, he also enjoys doing mathematical research on knot theory and low-dimensional topology. Photography and tennis are his two biggest hobbies, and his ultimate dream is to travel the world.

Distinguished Alumni Announced for 2015

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

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

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

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Are You Alpha Chi Material?

seal-top-leftIf you are a junior or a senior a CBU and are in the upper 10% of your School (Arts, Business, Engineering, Science, Professional Studies) then watch your email for an invitation. Some were sent out this summer and others will be sent out this weekend.  Induction is August 29. Alpha Chi is a national interdisciplinary honor society. Membership is by invitation only. GPA for acceptance is usually around 3.7 (depending on School your major is in). For further details about AX see the national homepage. Or if you have questions about your invitation, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at malinda@cbu.edu or Dr. Randal Price at rprice@cbu.edu.

Upcoming Events

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THEATRE AUDITIONS:
The Theatre Department will be holding auditions for the fall play on September 8 at 7:00 p.m., September 9 at 4:00 p.m., and September 10 at 2:00 p.m. Auditions will be held in the theater. We will be doing cold readings from various scripts. Please bring schedule conflicts. For more information contact Professor Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu.

trivia_tvALUMNI TRIVIA WITH BROTHER IGGY: Join CBUnited Alumni Association on Friday, September 11 in  Alfonso Dining Hall for Trivia Night with CBU’s own trivia-master, Brother Ignatius BrownDoors at 6:30 p.m. First question at 7:00 p.m. Register your team of six for $15 per person — only $5 per person for current CBU students! Community tables will be available for individuals and walk-ins. Prizes will be awarded to all members of the first and second place teams. For more information and to register, visit cbu.edu/alumni-trivia.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
Bell Tower Gala: November 14

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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.

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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.

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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.

Upcoming Events

FRESHMAN ORIENTATION: The last session of Freshman Orientation, welcoming the Class of 2019, is Thursday, July 30 through Friday, July 31. Their busy schedules will include sessions to inform them about CBU services and resources, group academic advising, placement tests, class scheduling, and LOTS more!

COMMUNITY CONVOCATION: The annual pre-semester meeting of all faculty and staff will be held Thursday, August 20 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater with reports from the CBU Administration and recognition of faculty/staff service. Faculty meetings will follow in the afternoon.

WELCOME (BACK) WEEKEND: The 2015-16 academic year begins at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 21 when the resident students of the Class of 2019 starts moving into the residence halls. All first-year freshmen are required to attend, and parents are strongly encouraged to join their students. You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about campus, give back to the community, enjoy activities and start building lifelong friendships. Upperclassmen will be welcomed back to campus on Saturday, August 22. A tentative schedule of events is available at cbu.edu/welcome-back-weekend.

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OPENING RECEPTION FOR NICK 
PEÑA EXHIBITION:
Crosscut,” an exhibition of paintings by CBU’s own Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) will open with a public reception on Friday, August 21 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibition will continue through October 8 in the gallery and foyer, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: More details to come on these upcoming events!
Academic Convocation: August 27
Alumni & Family Weekend: October 1-4
Memphis Reads with Dave Eggers: November 6
Bell Tower Gala: November 14

Kenrick Hall: A Fond Farewell

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The CBU Community of alumni, faculty, staff, and students came together on May 23 for a picnic and a rousing second line funeral march led by the CBHS Band to celebrate and bid a fond farewell to Kendrick Hall, the first building constructed on the Parkway campus 75 years ago. Celebrants were allowed a final tour of the building, which is currently being demolished to make way for the new Rosa Deal of Arts building (see above). Many took away items from the classrooms, attic, and open lockers as keepsakes. (More photos are available at the CBU Flickr site >>)

Many items and architectural features have been salvaged and will be repurposed. Craftsman and arborist Terran Arwood of Woodland Tree Service is collecting the building’s wood materials, as well as two large tulip poplar trees that were removed from the front of the building, to recycle into furniture and keepsakes. These will be made available later online to alumni and others who wish to purchase their own little piece of Kendrick Hall.


The building’s iconic cupola was painstakingly removed and preserved on June 15 by Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc., who managed to support and lift the large copper structure from the Kendrick roof in one piece. Also removed and saved were two large concrete crosses from the roof, a large concrete Signum Fidei crest from the front facade, and the building’s cornerstone.

The Kenrick Memory Project is a collaborative public history project to preserve the history of one of CBU’s oldest buildings and to help build the community culture of CBU. Many of CBU’s stakeholders have vivid memories of their time in Kenrick Hall, and this multimedia project hopes to preserve those memories and the artifacts associated with them and to present them to the current and future CBU community. This project has multiple components. The project team is interested in collecting as many individual memories related to Kenrick as possible. Alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and current students are invited to add to the project by visiting www.kenrickmemoryproject.org.

Commencement Awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CBU in the Media

A sampling of recent media coverage of Christian Brothers University:
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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.

Commencement Week 2015

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GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND REGALIA PICK-UP

Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

ALUMNI LEGACY DINNER
Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.

PRESIDENTIAL STUDENT RECOGNITION
Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

2015 BACCALAUREATE
Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
shielerThe Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

2015 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»

MORE DETAILS ON COMMENCEMENT HERE »»

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Anthony Maranise, OblSB (Religion & Philosophy ’11, Catholic Studies ’17) was recently invited to submit an article on the theology of sports and recreation to the summer 2015 issue of Church Health Reader, the official publication of Memphis’ own Church Health Center. Also, his recent paper entitled “Welcomed as Christ: Immigration Through the Lens of Benedictine Hospitality” has been accepted for publication in a forthcoming (yet undetermined) issue of Benedictines, a journal of contemporary monastic issues published by the Sisters of Mount Saint Scholastica in Atchison, KS.

Commencement Week Countdown

GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND REGALIA PICK-UP
Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

ALUMNI LEGACY DINNER
Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.

PRESIDENTIAL STUDENT RECOGNITION
Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

2015 BACCALAUREATE
Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
The Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

2015 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»

MORE DETAILS ON COMMENCEMENT HERE »»

Seeking Words of Wisdom

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ATTENTION CBU FACULTY!
Your classes over the the past four years have taken the Class of 2015 to their goal of graduation. Now we’d like for you to share your “words of wisdom” with our graduating students. But there’s a twist: We want those words of wisdom to be in either video or image form!

Here’s how: Send an mp4 video of you speaking your Words of Wisdom OR send a photo of yourself holding your Words of Wisdom to Josh Colfer at jcolfer@cbu.edu. The deadline is Thursday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. C’mon, faculty — put those smartphone cameras to some good, creative use!

HERE’S THE PRIZE: Two tickets to the Grizzlies vs. Warriors NBA Playoff Game on Saturday, May 9 at FedEx Forum!
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Darianne Butler (Natural Science ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Doctorate in Physical Therapy program.

Buccaneer pitcher/third baseman Mac Cooley (Special Education ’15) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC Second Team. Cooley hit .311 this season with 37 hits, 10 doubles, four homers and 28 RBI’s, all team-highs, for the Bucs this season primarily as designated hitter. He is CBU’s first two-time All-GSC selection since Joseph Kaminski in 2008-09.

Lady Buc outfielder Jennifer Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering ’15) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC First Team. Gonzalez led the GSC with 15 doubles, a .418 batting average and a .567 on-base percentage, and her .739 slugging percentage ranked second in the conference. She tied or broke 19 CBU school records. This season, she broke CBU school records for on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, RBI’s, walks and hit by pitches, and she tied the single-season home run record. She owns the career records for on-base percentage, RBI’s and hit by pitches, and she tied or broke single-game records for hits, runs home runs, total bases, walks and hit by pitches.

Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) has been accepted into the Accelerated Second Degree BSN Program at the Loewenberg School of Nursing at the University of Memphis.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate – Voice (CCNA Voice) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of Voice over IP (VoIP) fundamentals.

Tyler-Stranburg-Headshot[2]Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and is now an Engineer Intern. Tyler, an Honors Program student, was also recently recognized by the Mechanical Engineering Department as its 2015 Featured Mechanical Engineering Student.  Since June 2014, he has interned with the FedEx Packaging Lab in Collierville, TN.  He served as a ranger for BSA Philmont Scout Ranch and a tutor at CBU Math Center.  His many contributions to CBU include Honors Program Board of Directors Member, President’s Ambassadors, and Judicial Board Member.  Tyler earned Eagle Rank from Boy Scouts of America in 2007, OA Vigil Honor in 2010, Silver Award in 2012, Venturing Leadership Award (Council Level) in 2012, and was named Florida American Legion 2010-2011 Eagle Scout of the Year.

Stephanie Allen Winters (Biology ’14) has been accepted into the Master of Science in Pharmacology program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

The  American Society Of Mechanical Engineering Student Professional Development Conference (ASME-SPDC) was held on April 3-4 at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. CBU mechanical engineering senior students participated in this conference for oral and poster presentations. Henry Stefanov’s project “Cable Stripper Design” ranked fifth amongst the Old Guard Presentations and a project by Graham Lemly and Phillip Loewenburg entitled ”Sunshade Bridge Design” ranked first amongst the Poster Presentations.

Thank You from ISS

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International Student Services
(ISS) would like to give a big, huge thank you to all of those who attended last week’s Chat N Chew! We had a great turnout!

Though there were not many international students present, CBU students, faculty, and staff enjoyed hearing stories of “coming to America” from CBU faculty/staff: Frank Buscher, Divya Choudhary, Federico Gomez-Uroz, Siripong Malasri, and Asit Ray.

The stories shared were about first hot dogs, pay toilets, dog walking in white-out blizzards, love letters (pre-Internet), learning how to deal with the police, and the shock of getting used to a lack of pedestrian foot traffic. We also heard from Mustafa Hmood, an international student from Iraq and the standing president of CBU’s Muslim Student Association, about moving from Iraq to Syria to the United States — and the cultural adjustments required.

Thanks to all of you for your stories and the beautiful diversity you bring to CBU’s campus! Aside from the “international” stories, everyone present was able to share a little bit about where they’re from and their role at CBU. We chewed. Then we chatted. And then we chewed some more! Speaking of which, ISS also gives a very, very special thank you to Dr. Jack Hargett, Dean of the School of Business, for donating an amazing spread of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food. And thank you, Ms. Sadie, for bringing the wonderful cream cake!

Commencement Week is Coming!

GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND REGALIA PICK-UP
Wednesday, May 13 • Canale Arena (6:00 p.m.)
This event is mandatory for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises. Reception to follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.

ALUMNI LEGACY DINNER
Thursday, May 14 • Sabbatini Lounge (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
Invitations will be issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to get together for a relaxing dinner and induction into the Legacy Society. Invitees should RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.

PRESIDENTIAL STUDENT RECOGNITION
Friday, May 15 • University Theater (10:00 a.m.)
By invitation only, the Presidential Student Recognition recognizes undergraduates who have excelled in the classroom, athletically, and across campus. Parents and CBU faculty/staff are also invited to attend.

2015 BACCALAUREATE
Friday, May 15 • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (7:00 p.m.)
The Baccalaureate Service commences at 7:00 p.m. Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Undergraduates: Wear regalia only; Graduate students: wear regalia and hood. Please do not bring your cap.) Brother Robert Schieler, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, will deliver the Baccalaureate address. A reception for graduates and guests will be held following the Baccalaureate Service in Marion Hall. Families will have the chance to take photos with their graduates. Click here for more info and RSVP »»

2015 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES
Saturday, May 16 • Signaigo Field* (9:00 a.m.)
The ceremony begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Buckman Quadrangle. Graduates must arrive at Canale Arena by 7:30 a.m. Gates for the general public open at 8:00 a.m. Click here for Commencement parking map»»

MORE DETAILS ON COMMENCEMENT HERE »»

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J D Wolfe
(Biochemistry ’15), pictured above with Dr. Johnny Holmes (Dean of Sciences), was the recipient of the Brother Dominic Dunn Award from the School of Sciences at the 19th Annual Student Research Poster Session on April 21. 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.

alana_byrdAlana Byrd (Chemical Engineering ’18) passed the CPLP Technician Exam and has become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Alana was valedictorian of Liberty Tech Magnet High School in Jackson, TN. At CBU she is a member of CBU softball team, works as a library assistant, and serves as social media/webmaster for CBU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers. Alana has received several awards, including the Sports Writer’s Guild Award, Jackson Sun Defender of the Year, and Sports Orthopedics and Spine Athlete Award.

herveAntoine Herve passed the CPLP Technician Exam and has become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Antoine is an exchange student from ECAM Rennes Louis De Broglie, France, attending CBU during the Spring 2015 semester. His study focuses on industrial, mechanical, and energy engineering. He. He was the ECAM Student Government Vice President, co-founder and organizer of Printemps de I’ECAM Music Festival, and worked as project manager assistant for Total S.A. in Pau, France. Antoine speaks French, English, and Spanish.  His hobbies include soccer, volleyball, swimming, and guitar.

Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) presented a workshop entitled “Know Food, Know Peace? Community Based Agriculture and the Practice of Non-violence” at the 2015 Gandhi-King Conference, held at LeMoyne-Owen College on April 11.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) attended the 2015 TransPack Forum in Orlando, FL on April 8-10. CBU was one of the 24 exhibitors at the event. Other university exhibitors were packaging programs at Clemson, Michigan State, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. On the way to the forum, Dr. Pong gave a talk on CBU packaging research at the packaging engineering program at University of Florida in Gainesville on April 6.

JakePorterJacob Porter (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and is now a new Engineer Intern. He interned with the Civil Site Design Group in Nashville, where he will roll into a full-time engineering position upon graduation this May.  He will also continue to serve the Tennessee Army National Guard as a combat engineer.  Jake is a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society and has been an active member of CBU Kappa Sigma Fraternity by serving as its president, vice president, and scholarship chairman. Kappa Sigma honored him with Scholarship Leadership Award and Outstanding Scholar Award. Jake is also a member of CBU baseball team and was on NCAA D2 Gulf South Conference All-Academic Honor Roll and recipient of Division 2 Athletics Directors Association Academic Achievement Award.

yulianaYuliana Sanchez-Luna (Civil Engineering ’17 & Packaging Minor) passed the CPLP Technician Exam and has become an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. She has been involved with the Healthcare Packaging Consortium research projects and has co-authored two journal articles, “Rice Hulls as a Cushioning Material” and “Shock Absorption of Crumb Rubber and Coconut Fiber.”  Yuliana currently serves as secretary of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. She speaks English and Spanish fluently. 

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The CBU Moon Rover Team was awarded the Frank Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award  at the 2015 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge on April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. The award is presented for ingenuity and persistence in overcoming problems during the race. It is named after a NASA welder who mentored numerous welders and worked on the original lunar rover and numerous other space vehicles.

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Taylor Flake
(History ’17) was honored at the Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium on April 16 as the recipient of the 2015 Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. Taylor was recognized for her role as founder of the CBU Chapter of the NAACP and lauded for her passion to solve social justice issues and implement long-lasting change in society. Through programs like the Juvenile Justice Summit, NAACP Reads, and the Black Lives Matter Campaign, CBU’s Collegiate Chapter of the NAACP has worked tirelessly under her leadership to create programs and initiatives that challenge CBU and the city of Memphis to face the issues in our community and work together to solve them.

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Pictured above: (l-r) Dr. Eric Welch, Trey McGinnis, Kate Bollinger, Nick McKee, Melissa Dollar, Hayden Roth, Htet Cho Oo, Micheal Stuart, Brian McGinnis, Patrick McGinnis
Twelve CBU Engineering students attended the Region 3 IEEE Southeast Con in Ft. Lauderdale, FL on April 9-12. Brian McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’18), Patrick McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15), Melissa Dollar (Electrical Engineering ’17), and Kate Bollinger (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’18) were awarded second place for their Star-Trek themed submission to the t-shirt competition. In addition, Patrick McGinnis and Brian McGinnis were awarded second place for their work on the CBU IEEE website. The CBU IEEE Student Section was also recognized for their third-place award in a national competition for the best SPAx event. Other CBU competitors included:
Software Team: Trey McGinnis (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science & Mathematics ’17), Jonas Broughman (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’16), and Brian McGinnis
Student Paper Presentation: Micheal Stuart (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15)
Professional Paper Presentation: Jonas Broughman and Hayden Roth (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15)
Hardware Team: Htet Cho Oo (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science’15), Nick McKee (Electrical Engineering/Computer Science ’15), Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’15), and Fred Smith (Mechanical Engineering ’15)

Anna Baumheckel (Chemical Engineering ’15) recently passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and becomes an Engineer Intern. In February 2015, Anna was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineering Student. She interned at Logical Systems, Inc. from January to December 2014.  She has been a tutor at the CBU Math Center and an assistant to the Dean of Academic Services.  In 2012, Anna raised over $13,000 for Memphis Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Paris Hardee (Nursing ’15) was featured on the Catholic Charities Facebook page for her efforts in the drive that the Nursing students organized to help with various charities. Paris managed to raise over 1,000 packages of Ramen Noodles on her own, which are in high need by Catholic Charities.

Dr. Paul Haught (Dean of Arts, Religion & Philosophy) and Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical Engineering) recently presented their research on CBU’s STEM educational outreach programs at the second annual meeting of Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE). The meeting took place in Detroit, and the title of their presentation was “Educating Minds and Touching Hearts: Adventures in STEM Educational Outreach.”

Lynda Miller and Brother Thomas Sullivan (Biology) had their article “Preliminary Lichen Inventory of Overton Park, Memphis, Tennessee”  published in Evansia, a journal of the American Bryological and Lichenological Society, Inc.

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Daniel Schenck
(Ecology ’17), pictured above, won a Best Paper Award at the 2015 Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences on April 11 at the University of Memphis for his presentation “Testing of Stream Health of the Loosahatchie River Using Macroinvertebrates.” Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) won a 2nd Place Award for “An examination of tight junction protein expression in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMEC) in the presence of conditioned media from medulloblastoma subtypes.” Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) won a 3rd Place Award for “Diabetes attenuates metabolic oscillations regulated by circadian clock rhythms.”

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Pictured above (l-r): Damien Stevenson, Felicia Williams, Brock Swims, Caitlen Powell, and Shannon Little

The Gay Straight Alliance attended Middle Tennessee State University’s annual LGBT+ College Conference on April 9-11. The theme for the conference was “Diversify Your World!” and it was hosted on MTSU’s campus in Murfreesboro, TN. Brock Swims (Cybersecurity ’16), President of GSA, received the Academic Advancement Award at the conference, which “recognizes Tennesseans who have made a tremendous impact on diversity and inclusion through study, research, or thought at an academic institution.” Brock also hosted one of the many sessions at the conference, with his session entitled “LGBT+ Programming at Private Institutions.”

JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has formally accepted a position in the United States Air Force Health Scholars Program and will be commissioned in the coming months as a Second Lieutenant.

This Week at CBU

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

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

FAREWELL TO DR. NELSON: Help say fare thee well to Dr. Elizabeth Nelson as she prepares to retire. Dr. Nelson will hold a teach-in, discussing “10 Ways to Love Your Professors” on Tuesday, April 14 in St. Joseph 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Students will also conduct a brief roast (at her request—don’t worry, they really do love her). So, if you are a student and have anything you’ve always wanted to tell Dr. Nelson, now is the time. Do it before she leaves, folks! There will also be delicious cake and beverages for everyone to enjoy. Please RSVP to Caitlin Coney at cconey@cbu.edu if you are planning to come to this event — especially if you are planning to participate in the roast. Don’t miss it. It will be informative, fun, delicious, and Dr. Nelson will be there. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE FOR DAN MESSINGER: Campus Ministry will offer a brief Candlelight Service for Dan Messinger, Administrative & Licensing Officer Assistant in the Department of Education, in the Buckman Quad on Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m.  All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend. Dan passed away suddenly on Easter Sunday, April 5. Dan graduated from CBU with a degree in Marketing in 1999 and earned his MBA in 2003. He leaves his wife, Stephanie Raniszewski Messinger (’97, MBA ’99) and their daughter, Evie, as well as sister-in-law Tricia Raniszewski Swaney (’01), brother-in-law David Swaney (’01), mother-in-law Rita Raniszewski (Education Department, MBA ’07 & MEd ’15) and father-in-law Edward Raniszewski (’76).

ENVISION PRESENTATION: The Student Awareness of Local and Global Issues group of the 2015 ENVISION Leadership program will host Tina Bodenheimer and Pat Anderson for a discussion on “The Cost and Effectiveness of Education” on Wednesday, April 15 in Spain Auditorium, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. All members of the CBU Community are invited to attend.

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

DAY OF SILENCE: This Friday, April 17, is National Day of Silence. On this day, you may choose to “speak” out against the bullying of LGBT+ individuals that occurs in school settings. The Gay-Straight Alliance of Christian Brothers University invites you to join us in a vow of silence. GSA will be handing out free stickers and speaking cards between 8:00 and 9:30 a.m. Friday morning in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center and Alfonso Dining Hall. GSA also reminds you to be respectful in your silence — if a professor requires you to speak during class, please do so.

SAFE ZONE TRAINING:safezone CBU will hold its spring Safe Zones training for interested faculty and staff on Friday, April 17, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center. Dr. Kelly James (Behavioral Sciences) will facilitate the training. In Fall of 2013, CBU’s Safe Zone Program launched with 32 faculty and staff members completing training and becoming Safe Zone Allies. Sponsored by Student Life and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance and endorsed by the Faculty Assembly, the Safe Zone Program aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally (LGBTQIA) students; to improve the overall campus environment for these students; and to educate students, faculty and staff on LGBTQIA issues. To sign up, contact Dr. James, chair of the CBU Safe Zone Program Committee, aKJames2@cbu.eduMore information about CBU Safe Zones can be found at www.cbu.edu/safe-zones.

moodyglassROSS GALLERY OPENING: The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at CBU announces an exhibition by Christie Moody entitled “Fluidity: Explorations in Glass” April 17 through May 22, 2015. A public reception for the artist will be held on Friday, April 17 in the gallery, which is located on the lower level of Plough Library on the CBU campus, 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Christie Moody is the owner of Blue Heron Glass Art of Carlton, GA, producing limited edition and one-of-a-kind hanging and functional pieces using fused, slumped, and engraved glass. For more information on Christie Moody and Blue Heron Glass Art, visit www.blueheronglass.com. On concurrent exhibition in the gallery foyer will be an exhibition of the Memphis Camera Club 2014-15 Competition Winners.

SOFAPALOOZA! Join CBU SGA in Boshwit Courtyard for Sofapalooza 2015 on Friday, April 17, 6:00-11:00 p.m. for food, music, and fun! Featuring Baby Baby, FingertrickFre$co Day & Krucial, plus DJ Double E & Mordecai. Central BBQ Food Truck and beverages are provided (no outside beverages allowed)! Register for your free student ticket here: www.eventbrite.com/e/sofapalooza-2015-tickets-15889311358

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SUSTAINABILITY COALITION CLEAN-UP:
 McKellar Lake and the Memphis River Warriors need YOU! The Student Sustainability Coalition is helping the Memphis River Warriors clean up McKellar Lake this Saturday, April 18. We are meeting in front of the Cooper-Wilson Center at 9:00 a.m. Please wear work boots and be prepared to get dirty! Check out these sites to learn more about McKellar Lake: youtu.be/0K-AfJpyz2I;  memphisconnect.com/green-memphis31293.

ΣAE’s XTREME MAKEOVER GREEK EDITION:Come out and help support Sigma Alpa Epsilon and Alpha Xi Delta give back to the community by donating $1 to help build “Hand Trees.” ΣAE is preparing for its 11th annual and national “True Gentlemen Day of Service,” which will be dedicated to repairing Binghampton Christian Academy on Saturday, April 18. Want to learn more about Binghampton Academy? ΣAE will be outside of Alfonso Dining Hall all week,so come out and support this wonderful event! 

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

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Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper, “Life through Death? Sacrifice, Gender, and the Ethics of Eating Animals,” at the Moral Cultures of Food Conference at the University of North Texas on April 3. 

Numerous CBU School of Sciences students presented at the 2015 Western Collegiate Division Meeting of the Tennessee Academy of[ Sciences, hosted by the University of Memphis on April 11:
Solomon Amiri (Biology '15) presented a poster entitled “Inhibition of Arginine-Gingipain by the Cysteine Protease Inhibitor E64.”
Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science '15) presented an oral paper entitled “Diabetes attenuates metabolic oscillations regulated by circadian clock rhythms.” [Coauthored with Martin E. Young, University of Alabama at Birmingham]
Anqi Zheng (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Correlation between adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol expressions in young children.”  [Coauthored with Cynthia R. Rovnaghi and Kanjalweet Anand, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]
Danny Vu Cao (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Real Time-qPCR Analysis of Gene Expression Levels in Oral Cancer Cells. [Coauthored with Yanhui Zhang, Franklin Garcia-Godoy, and Qian Zheng, University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry]
Brooke Joyce (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “An examination of tight junction protein expression in human brain microvascular endothelial cells (hBMEC) in the presence of conditioned media from medulloblastoma subtypes.” [Coauthored with Megan Jacus, Stacy Throm, and Clinton Stewart, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital]
Toni A. Patrick (Natural Science  ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Blood chemistry in neonatal acute kidney injury.” [Coauthored with Adebowale Adebiyi, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]
Whitney K. Stepter (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Effects of Human Traits vs. Motor Vehicle Elements on Whiplash Recovery.” [Coauthored with Bobby Myers, James Chiropractic and Rehabilitation]
Alexandra Bickenbach (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Ethanol Effects on Diameter of Arteries That Irrigate Different Cerebral Territories.” [Coauthored with Anna Bukiya and Alex Dopico, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]
Erika A. Odigie (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Impact of Surgical or Trans catheter device closure on weight gain in children with VSD, ASD or PDA.” [Coauthored with Michael Perez, Rana Khaznadar, and Shyam Sathanandam]
Austin Harriman (Ecology ’16) presented an oral paper entitled “Sampling of fish diversity as an indicator of stream health at Cypress Creek.’ [Coauthored with Lynda Miller (Biology) and Cheryl Goudie, University of Memphis]
Colton Terhune (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Understanding the Population Dynamics of Trillium recurvatum in Western Tennessee.” [Coauthored with Dr. James Moore (Biology) and Jennifer R. Mandel, University of Memphis]
Daniel Schenck (Ecology ’17) presented an oral paper entitled “Testing of Stream Health of the Loosahatchie River Using Macroinvertebrates.” [Coauthored with Lynda Miller (Biology) and Cheryl Goudie, University of Memphis]
Heather Huff (Biology ’15) presented an oral paper entitled “Drug Screening of Candida albicans in Amphotericin B.” [Coauthored with P. D. Rogers and Sarah G. Whaley, University of Tennessee Health Science Center]