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.

Kudos

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Robert Buckman
(Board of Trustees) was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree by Furman University at its annual fall convocation in Greenville, SC last weekend. “Throughout his life, Bob has encouraged the old to embrace the new, and kept the new guided by the old,” Furman cited in the award. “In short, he has made the revolutionary abide.” Buckman and his wife, former trustee Joyce Mollerup, (pictured above) were both awarded an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree by CBU in 2014. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Rhodes College, an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from North Carolina State University, and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Asbury Theological Seminary.

Danielle Reid (Business Administration, Pre-Law ’16), a member of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, received the following awards on September 5 at the Best in Black Awards:
• Event Planner of the Year (2nd year in a row)
• Best Consultant/Professional Service
• Rising Star

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CBU Honors Program filmmakers Cathy HolmesBecky Wauford, and Trey McGinnis, were proud (and surprised) winners this weekend when their film “Memphis is Rockin’” took the grand prize of $500 and a cool trophy in the Memphis Rocks category of the On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Festival. The Memphis Rocks category is sponsored by the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, which invites all Memphians to submit five-minute films about what they think makes Memphis rock. This is the third year in a row the CBU Honors Program has submitted a winning film but the first year there was some cold hard cash on the line, never a bad thing for college students. Congrats to Becky, Trey, and Cathy, whose film can be seen here, and to Josh Colfer, CBU’s social media guru, who also entered a film about CBU in the contest.

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The Physician Assistant Historical Society is featuring the CBU Physician Assistant Studies Program on its homepage for the month of September. The photo above from the website features CBU students interacting with UT College of Dentistry students in the Make a Splash community service event, which is cosponsored by Methodist/LeBonheur and the MERI Center.

The men of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. won Best Fraternity and Best Sorority Awards at the Best in Black Awards on September 5.

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.

This Week at CBU

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE:
The Student Government Association and other registered student organizations will be hosting a Voter Registration Drive September 1-8, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Please look for tables outside of the Cooper-Wilson Center, Buckman Hall, Alfonso Dining Hall, and the Buc. If you have any questions about the upcoming elections, please stop by and ask because Your Vote Counts!

NAACP WEEK: The CBU NAACP Chapter is celebrating NAACP Week, August 31-September 4. Events will include:
• August 31: “The Hunt” Begins —  Still want to register for the NAACP scavenger hunt? It’s not too late! Email naacp@cbu.edu. Single Registration is $2; Group Registration (3-5) is $5.
• September 1: Voter Registration Drive & Community Conversation — Get Registered to Vote (see above), 11:00-2:00, and then meet in Sabbatini Lounge at 5:30 p.m. to talk with MPD’s Command Staff and the Tri-State Defender newspaper about what happens when social justice issues arise and what we can do to help.
• September 2: #IMATTER Campaign — Post your favorite photo, use the hashtag #I MATTER, and tag @NAACPCBU on Twitter and @naacpatcbu on Instagram. Don’t forget to say why YOU matter!
• September 3: Voter Registration Drive — Miss out on Tuesday? Stop by Alfonso, the Bue, Buckman Hall, or Cooper-­Wilson to Register to Vote!
• September 4: Pep Rally —  Come celebrate the NAACP’s first anniversary at CBU in the Buckman Quad with food, performances and games! 2:30-5:00 p.m.

30 IN 30 BACKPACK DRIVE: The Most Elegant Ladies of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will be kicking off their first annual “30 in 30″ Backpack Drive on Tuesday, September 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. The purpose of this event is to provide 30 backpacks filled with school supplies to underprivileged students at Double Tree Elementary School. A table will be set up every day this month to accept donations of any sort (i.e., school supplies, lightly used backpacks, etc.). The event will conclude on September 30 (hence the “30 in 30″). Please help to support the school and students in any way possible — your participation will be greatly appreciated!

SO YOU WANT TO BE A <FILL IN THE BLANK>: Dr. Linda Pifer of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will present “So You Want to be a Clinical Laboratory Scientist,” the first in a series of presentations regarding graduate-level healthcare professions, on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. in Assisi Hall 122. Refreshments (provided by Mama D’s) will be served at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. Stan Eisen, Director of Preprofessional Health Programs, at (901) 321-3447 or seisen@cbu.edu.

ZINGO: Did the Bookstore wipe you clean of extra funds? Still in need of school supplies? Well, you are in luck! The Alluring Ladies of Alpha Mu of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. are hosting their second annual Zingo night on Wednesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall 10. You can win an array of school supplies and items to help you get through the remainder of the school year. Did we forget to mention its’ absolutely FREE! Everyone is invited and encouraged to come and win awesome school supplies.

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?!)

Kudos

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Brother Terence McLaughlin
celebrated his 75-year Jubilee as a De La Salle Christian Brother at the Midwest District Day at Lewis University on July 25. Brother Terence is a former president and trustee of CBU and the author of numerous books on Lasallian topics and CBU history. He is picture above at the celebration with Julia Kueter (’14), and second-year Lasallian Volunteer and CBU Lasallian Fellow Class of 2014. (Photo courtesy of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest)

George Eason (Chemical Engineering/Physics ’17) was selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers national “Featured Student for August 2015.”

Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical & Computer Engineering) presented the paper entitled “HelloScratchJr.org: Curricular Design and Assessment Tools to Foster the Integration of ScratchJr and Computational Thinking into K-2 Classrooms”, at the 7th International Scratch Conference held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 12-15. This research project received funding from the University of the Basque Country (www.ehu.eus) and from the Summer Faculty Development Grants of the School of Engineering at CBU.

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) served on the Editorial Advisory Board of the book Research Methodology in Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces, recently published by Apple Academic Press.

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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.

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.

Kudos

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

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

Kudos

BelkEdward E. Belk Jr. (Civil Engineering ’84, MEM ’91) was named the recipient of the 2015 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Graduate Engineering Celebration on April 17. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Mississippi and a 1999 graduate of the Army Management Staff College at Fort Belvoir, VA.  Mr. Belk was selected by the Secretary of the Army into the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2012 and currently serves as the Chief of Operations and Regulatory Functions for the US Army Corps of Engineers at command Headquarters in Washington, DC.  He has operational and investment oversight of the Corps’ $200 billion national infrastructure portfolio of locks, dams, reservoirs, levees, hydropower facilities, floating plant and related water resources infrastructure. Mr. Belk has received numerous prestigious awards over the years, to include selection as the General J.W. Morris Civilian of the Year for the US Army Corps of Engineers in 2012; the Bronze Order of the deFleury Medal, presented in 2009 for superb support and significant contributions to the Engineer Regiment while at war; two separate Army Meritorious Civilian Service Awards for meritorious performance during two tours in Iraq (2009, 2005); the Army Global War on Terrorism Medal for 2009 service as a senior engineering leader in Iraq; and the Outstanding Executive of the Year for the Memphis Area Federal Executive Association in 2006.  Mr. Belk was selected into Tau Beta Pi while at CBU in 1983 and is an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, where he has served as both President and Director for the Memphis Post.

For the second consecutive year, the Gulf South Conference named Buccaneer basketball guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) to the GSC Top Ten as a finalist for the Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded annually to the top overall student-athlete in the GSC, recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. The first Capital One Academic All-America of the Year in the GSC, Casey graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in business administration with a concentration in finance. He averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-GSC and All-South Region honors, also earning Honorable Mention All-America.

Kyle Edmundson (MSEM) was selected by the Graduate Engineering faculty as a new member of the National Engineering Management Honor Society.  To be selected as a member, one must have at least 3.65 GPA and at least 18 credit hours completion.  Each year CBU new members are limited to 35% of graduate engineering students enrolled that year.  Kyle earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from CBU in 2011.  While he was an undergraduate engineering student at CBU, he co-oped with FedEx (AOD Aircraft Fleet Powerplant Engineering) and interned with Cummins (Manufacturing and Process Engineering).  He has been with FedEx since 2012 and currently is Powerplant Engineer.  He manages both on-wind and off-wing GE CF6 engine maintenance programs.

NCAA Division II south region softball coaches voted Lady Buc softball outfielder Jennifer Gonzalez (Mechanical Engineering ’16) to the National Fastpich Coaches Association All-South Region First Team, the first NFCA All-Region player in school history. Gonzalez hit .418 with a .567 on-base percentage and a .724 slugging percentage, finishing with 56 hits, 15 doubles, eight home runs, 44 runs batted in and 38 runs scored. She led the GS in batting average and on-base percentage, and she ranks 10th in the nation in on-base percentage. She is 28th in the nation in hit by pitches, 54th in walks, 67th in slugging percentage and 71st in batting average.

Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. Lauren is employed at Smith Seckman Reid, where she was a Structural Engineering Intern prior to her graduation. She also interned with Toyota Motor and Manufacturing as Facilities Engineering/Projects and Building Services Intern (Summer 2013, 2014) and Plant Engineering/Plant and Building Planning Intern (Summer 2012).  In 2013-14 Academic Year Lauren served as CBU ASCE Student Chapter President and served as Conference Chair for the 2014 ASCE Deep South Conference. The ASCE Tennessee Section named her as ASCE Student Member of the Year in 2014 for her leadership.  Lauren was selected as one of the 2014-15 Lasallian Fellows.  At CBU she was Golf Team Captain, President’s Ambassadors, Honors Program Member, Historian and Ambassador for Society of Women Engineer, and Graduate Engineering Intern.  Lauren was also named 2015 Featured Civil Engineering Student and 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Graduate.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of IP networking.

The following CBU students who have been listed as new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians in the June 2015 issue of ista viewsAlana Byrd (Chemical Engineering), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Antoine Herve (ECAM Exchange Student), Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering), Yuliana Luna (Civil Engineering), and Anne Youngblood (Mechanical Engineering). The newsletter can be viewed at ista.idigitaledition.com/issues/29.  Click here for a complete list of CBU students, faculty, and staff, who have received ISTA certification.

Phillip Loewenberg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) passed the FE exam and has become an Engineer Intern. While at CBU, Phillip co-oped with MLGW Power and Reliability and Gas Engineering Groups. He also interned with UTHSC, where he worked on a mice neuronal pathways research project. Phillip won First Place in the 2015 ASME Technical Poster Competition. He is also a member of Tau Beta Pi.

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Dr. Pong Malasri
(Dean of Engineering) gave a one-day packaging seminar at the Thai Packaging Centre, National Research Council of Thailand, Bangkok, Thailand, on June 2.  About 50 people from 25 companies attended the workshop. More pictures of the event can be viewed at the CBU Packaging Facebook page.

Mike Nienaber (Athletics/Men’s Basketball) was inducted into the Greater Cincinnati Basketball Hall of Fame in May. Nienaber has coached two All-Americans at CBU, both from Cincinnati. He has coached 10 All-South Region players at CBU, seven of whom hailed from Cincinnati, and 20 All-GSC players at CBU, 13 of whom are from Cincinnati. Nienaber has coached seven GSC Freshmen of the Year, four of whom come from Greater Cincinnati. In all, 40 players from Greater Cincinnati have played for Nienaber, all of whom graduated from college, including 38 that graduated under Nienaber at Bethel or CBU.

An article entitled “Effect of Temperature on Drinking Water Bottles” was published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, Volume 3, Number 1, pp 147-157, May 18, 2015.  Authors include Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering), Robert Moats (Engineering Lab Technician), Antoine Herve (Exchange Student from ECAM, France), Joseph Ferris (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), and Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering). This is part of an on-going R&D project sponsored by Walmart.

The Gulf South Conference named three CBU athletes to the FireSeeds Spring Academic All-GSC Teams, and 40 earned spots on the GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll. Two CBU baseball players earned spots on the Academic All-GSC Baseball Team. Pitcher Taylor Seaman (Business Administration ’15) graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA while he threw 42 innings as one of the Bucs’ weekend starters this season. First baseman Casey Goodwin (Business Administration ’17) carried a 3.76 GPA and started 28 games at first base, finishing second on the team with a .385 on-base percentage and recording a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage for the second consecutive season. Golfer Andrew Aristorenas (Biomedical Science ’15) represents the Bucs on the Academic All-GSC Golf team. He graduated with a 3.94 GPA and played in nine tournaments for the Bucs this season, capped by a 14th-place finish in The Buccaneer in October. The baseball team placed a school-best 15 players on the academic Honor Roll, followed by 11 softball players, five men’s tennis players, three women’s tennis players, three men’s golfers and three women’s golfers.

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 »»

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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Kudos

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.

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 »»

Kudos

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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.

Kudos

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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.

News at CBU

EXTREME MAKEOVER GREEK-STYLE
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The CBU chapters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Xi Delta joined forces on April 18 to perform a day of service at Binghampton Christian Academy, a non-profit day school and residential program for students in the the Binghampton community. SAEs and AXDs spent the day painting (indoors and out), cleaning the grounds, and even washing the school vans.

HAITI MISSION TRIP
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The CBU Nursing Program headed back to Haiti on April 11 for their Spring Mission Trip. Nursing students and faculty from the program go to Haiti twice a year with the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership to serve at St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in downtown Port-au- Prince. The CBU nurses see the children in clinic and also take food, medicines, and school supplies. Pictured above are (first row at left) Deborah Mwazi, Kelly Youngblood, Calley Dunn, Dr. Sue Trzynka; (second row) Matthew Gardner (Briarcrest Christian School, Grade 9), Tiffany Gardner, Heather Leland, Margaret Collier; (third row) Angela Collins, Ms. Cecilia Garrison.

RESOURCES FOR HUMANS
Faculty and Staff: Have you checked out the Human Resources website lately? The site has employee benefits and documents, as well as Buc Up for Fitness information, like campus walking trail maps, local race, biking, and running information, and health newsletters. All of this information can be accessed at www.cbu.edu/human-resources.  CBU is committed to keeping our employees healthy and the Benefits committee and Human Resources will continue to update this site with health information.

MBA BUSINESS RESEARCH SURVEY
As part of a class research project, CBU MBA students are conducting a short survey about thrift or second-hand stores. This survey is designed to collect information about donation options in and around the Memphis area and should take just 2-3 minutes. Click here to aid in the research: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CV2DNDW

CBU NERDS IMPRESS AT TCHC
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CBU was well represented at the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council (TCHC) conference at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN on Saturday, April 18. The following CBU Honors Program students put on their best duds and impressed the other attendees with their charm, good looks, and outstanding presentations: Hooah Marketing by William Norman; Voices From the Field: Self-Written Women in Short Stories of The Troubles by Madeline S. Faber; Solar Roadways: Are they possible? Practical? Needed? by Juan MejiaLimits of Muggle Science and the Parallels to the Laws of Magic by Tiffany Corkran; 81 Days of Kindness and Counting: The CBU Honors Program’s Deliberate Acts of Kindness Project by Tiffany Corkran and Dr. Tracie Burke; Environmental Justice in Memphis, Tennessee by Sara Swisher; 112 by Taylor Flake; Faith, Poverty, and Justice by Kierra D. Turner; and The End of the World As We Know It: Understanding Apocalyptic Imagination by RaKesha Gray.  Also on the trip was Megan Mosierwho spent the day in an Austin Peay lab measuring over 60 salamanders for her senior research project in herpetology. As they say in Clarksville, Go Peay!

Kudos

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]

Return to Lender

returntolenderReturn to lender, your books on loan.
Bring back those items, to their library home.

In May 2015, Plough Library will switch over to a new and improved library system!

We need your help with this process. Please return ALL of your checked out items to us by Monday, May 11 (the last day of finals). This invitation is especially intended for any faculty who have library books you’ve forgotten about in your office or home.

Questions? Call (901) 321-3432 or email library@cbu.edu.

Youth & Vitality vs. Old Age & Deceit

The 13th Annual CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game was held on April 9 in Canale Arena to benefit the Church Health Center, presented by Beta Beta Beta and pitting the traditional rival teams of Youth & Vitality (students) against Old Age & Deceit (faculty). The Youth and Vitality team was made up of members of Tri-Beta and SMACS, and other School of Sciences students. Old Age & Deceit was composed of School of Sciences faculty plus a “ringer” from the Behavioral Sciences Department and a certain very highly placed member of the CBU Administration. In the end, the Youth and Vitality of the students won out over the Old Age & Deceit of the faculty. Click on photos in the gallery for larger views. Additional photos are available at the School of Sciences Facebook page.


Help CBU Nurses Help Memphis

The CBU Nursing Program is currently taking donations for the following groups: Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Caritas Village in Binghamton, and the Alzheimer’s Daycare Centers of Memphis (which includes Dorothy’s Place and the Grashot Center). All donations can be delivered in the Nursing Program offices in Buckman Hall 328. We will be accepting donations April 7-17. All donations — no matter how big or small — will be a blessing to these agencies.

Here’s a list of the items most needed:

  • Cans of Vienna sausage
  • Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit or applesauce cups
  • Small packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • Snack bars and granola bars
  • Small individual bags of chips
  • 16 oz. Gatorade or bottled water
  • Individually wrapped snack cakes (such as Little Debbies)
  • Cans of soft drinks
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • 55-gallon trash bags

If you prefer to make a cash donation or write a check to assist with this, simply make it out to CBU Nursing or email Stacey Trotter at strotter@cbu.edu to make a monetary donation to our cause.

Join the Nursing Program in Helping Memphis

Greeting to the entire CBU Community:

My name is Roslyn Nichols, and I will be graduating from CBU with a BSN degree in May. As a working Registered Nurse, I’ve never been exposed to so many community needs as I have while completing my recent CBU clinical experiences in what is known as the Memphis Immersion Experience (MIE). During the MIE program, RNs like me engage directly with the community of Memphis to serve those that are less fortunate. We dealt directly with poverty, homelessness, food insecurities, and many other issues pertaining to the welfare of the people of Memphis by serving in many nonprofit organizations.

After doing the MIE program, my mind was totally transformed and the words on the patch on my CBU Nursing bag became ever so more real as we lived out the very mission of CBU: Faith, Service, and Community. I never really thought about being a community resource nurse until I had this life-changing experience where I was met with so many people in so many different stages of life in such need for even the simplest of things we take for granted. After doing this project with my Nursing peers, we felt the need to come together as a community and give back to the organizations that we served.

This is where the entire CBU community can get involved in the mission with the Nursing Program to make an even bigger difference in our community with the various organizations served through our Memphis Immersion Experience for clinical rotations.

The Nursing Program is currently taking donations for the following groups: Catholic Charities of West Tennessee, Caritas Village in Binghamton, and the Alzheimer’s Daycare Centers of Memphis (which includes Dorothy’s Place and the Grashot Center). All donations can be delivered in the Nursing Program offices in Buckman Hall 328. We will be accepting donations April 7-17. All donations — no matter how big or small — will be a blessing to these agencies.

Here’s a list of the items most needed:

  • Cans of Vienna sausage
  • Ensure or other nutritional supplement drinks
  • Pudding cups
  • Fruit or applesauce cups
  • Small packages of peanut butter or cheese crackers
  • Snack bars and granola bars
  • Small individual bags of chips
  • 16 oz. Gatorade or bottled water
  • Individually wrapped snack cakes (such as Little Debbies)
  • Cans of soft drinks
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • 55-gallon trash bags

If you prefer to make a cash donation or write a check to assist with this, simply make it out to CBU Nursing or email Stacey Trotter at strotter@cbu.edu to make a monetary donation to our cause.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of such a generous community. CBU has done very well by me as I did enter to learn, and I’m leaving CBU with an even more intense desire to serve.

Sincerely,
Roslyn Nichols, RN (BSN ’15)

News at CBU

STEEL TOES TO STILETTOS
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The CBU Chapter of the Society of Women Engineers hosted a very successful ‘Steel Toes to Stilettos” fundraiser on March 27 at Chickasaw Oaks Plaza. The wine-tasting and silent auction raised money to support engineering workshops for high school and middle school girls that SWE offers every semester.

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS PRESENTATION
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Colonel Jeffery Anderson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers District Engineer/Commander, spoke at School of Engineering Lunch & Learn on March 26 about the many rewarding job opportunities available with the Corps for engineering interns and graduates. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Achievement Medal, and Parachutist Badge. Colonel Anderson is third from right in the picture above.

TRI-BETA INDUCTS NEW MEMBERS
The Mu Tao Chapter of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society welcomes all the new full and associate members who were inducted on March 19. Several parents and other family members were also present to witness the induction, which was followed by refreshments and congratulatory banter and shenanigans.
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New associate members (above) are Andrea Campos, Shamika Sharae Johnson, Eduard Urbina, Devam Zalawadia, Maddie Belou, Marisa Wong, Kelsey Bell, Cailie Mokry, Hailey V. McKinney, Samiha Riyadh Elkhayyat, Christian Lyons, Jessica Fleming, Olivia Evans, Katelyn Wilson, Shantay Moemeke, Parth Thakore, Clare Sauser, Caroline Montague, Jacob Beaty, Elizabeth Virginia Parr, Courtney Alyssa Banks, Hozyer Saeed, Benjamin Kueter, Amber Burse, Joshulun M. C. Taylor, Asia Hubbard, Paula Zeballos, Saehymn Oh, Alexandria Blakemor, Sydney Kermee, Krystal Lugo, and Kiran Ashok.
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Newly inducted full members (above) are Leslie Hogan, Nuti Desai, Thuy-anh Phan, Heer Patel, Patrick Gurley, Austyn Harriman, Faiza Iman Qadir, Nirali Patel, John Butross Jr., Lauren Jeu, Juan Mejia, Saeram OhMegan Huynh, Damini Patrel, Toni Arnise Patrick, Jonah Rendon, Solomon Amori, Teja Williams, Miranda Jai Anderson, Keyara Baltimore, Dustin Higgins, Thu Hien Vo, Kyle Fioranelli, Alma Lindia Godoy, Mariana Tonelli Ricci, Sagar Keriwala, John Richard Gillenwater III, and Kyera Suggs.