News at CBU

Camilla Rodrigues
(Civil Engineering ’15), Noah Kelley (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ’15), Kasey Beekman (Mechanical Engineering ’16), Jose Carlos Oliva (Electrical & Computer Engineering ’15), and Philip Loewenberg (Mechanical Engineering ’15) were initiated into Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society. Mr. Gene McGinnis serves as chief faculty advisor for CBU’s TN Delta chapter.

Jake Porter (Civil Engineering ’15), Jennifer Loe (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15), Anna Baumheckle (Chemical Engineering ’15), and Patrick McGinnis (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science ’15) were among the students initiated into the Order of the Engineer during the Order’s Ring Ceremony on the campus of the University of Memphis. Mr. Gene McGinnis accompanied the CBU engineering students to the ceremony.

LEMOYNECBU President John Smarrelli was a participant in the formal installation ceremony of Dr. Linda LeMura, 14th president of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY, on March 20. Dr. Smarrelli was a senior administrator and faculty member at Le Moyne and served as its interim president prior to coming to CBU. Dr. LeMura is the first lay female to serve as president of a Jesuit college or university in the world. She has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Le Moyne since 2007.

SPS-Trivia-Winners[2]The Science Trivia Competition hosted by the Society of Physics Students held on March 26 was a success! Congratulations to Rebekah Herrman, Steven Menezes, and Megan Mosier for winning 1st place, and to the joint team of SPS chapters from Rhodes College and University of Memphis for winning 2nd place! Thank you to Dr. John Varriano for providing snacks, drinks, and challenging and fun questions. Pictured at left are Stephen Menezes and Megan Mosier with the coveted SPS Trivia Trophy.


Study Abroad Information Meeting

Studying abroad is a remarkable opportunity for college students.
It’s a chance to not only earn college credit, but to make lifelong friends, strengthen language skills, and see the world from a different perspective. Studying abroad also looks good to prospective employers when seeking a job. Students will develop lifelong skills and grow as a person.

Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and all interested, come to find out details about what CBU has to offer  at our meeting on April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in Buckman Hall 357. Join us for pizza, cookies, and soft drinks. Meet professors, previous travelers, and ask questions. Travel study trips next year will be Spain, France, and Belgium. Information on semester destinations in 18 countries across five continents will also be available. Come for a while or just pop in!

For more information on studying abroad and upcoming trips, visit


Tiffany Corkran (Chemistry ’15) has been selected to join the Project Inspire Teacher Residency following her degree completion in May. Project Inspire selects residents to teach in underserved schools in Chattanooga, TN. They train their teachers based on the residency model, so for the first year Tiffany will be in the classroom with a Clinical Instructor ( a rock-star veteran teacher) in the sciences.

Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Aruba Certified Mobility Associate (ACMA) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of Aruba Networks wireless networking fundamentals.

Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering/Packaging Minor ’17) passed a two-hour CPLP Technician Exam given by the International Safe Transit Association and is now an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician. Five other CBU packaging students passed the test in 2014. Sebastian has been involved with packaging research projects and coauthored two articles published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology in 2014.

The CBU Student Branch of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) placed 3rd in the IEEE SPAx (Student Professional Awareness Experience) contest for student chapters who organize the most amazing student professional awareness events. The CBU student branch of IEEE hosted S-PAC in November of 2014 with themes including “How to Define Yourself” (Maria Lensing of AT&T) and “Innovation of Technology” (Dr. Ben Amaba of IBM). They have also previously organized two S-PAVe workshops presented by Mike Zurkammer of CT Groups with the first on the importance of resume building and keeping an updated LinkedIn profile and a second workshop on interviewing skills. Overall, the winners of the IEEE SPAx competition were as follows:
1st Place: CSU East Bay
2nd Place: UCLA
3rd Place: CBU

News from the Registrar

Spring Final Exam Schedule for DAY Undergraduates Now Available
Exams are scheduled Wednesday, May 6 through Monday, May 11 (including Saturday, May 9).

Upcoming Important Dates on the Academic Calendar
• March 26, 2015: Last Day to Withdraw from the 16-week Spring Session
• April 17, 2015: Last Day to Withdraw from the Second Spring 8-week Session

Fall 2015 Registration is just around the corner!
Fall 2015 Registration Opening Dates
• March 23: Adult Professional Studies, Nursing & Graduate
• March 30: Day Seniors and Juniors
• April 1: Day Sophomores
• April 3: Day Freshmen

The Fall Course Schedule is available on the Web. Act now!
1. Contact your advisor now to set up an appointment. Note: CBU is closed April 2-6, so freshmen need to be sure to schedule their advising appointments to occur before April 2.

  • Undergraduate DAY and CAPS students meet with their advisor to receive their alternate PIN.
  • Graduate students have their alternate PIN always available in BannerWeb on the ALT PIN page.
  • Tip for Undergraduates: Once you register for the first course, your alternate PIN will become available in BannerWeb on the ALT PIN page.

2. Look at the courses on Fall 2015 schedule. Click on the CRN# of the course to find the prereqs, restrictions, etc.
3. Check BannerWeb to see if you have any holds. Take care of these now so you will be able to register on time. Check often as holds are dynamically added for missed payments, etc.
4. Make sure any special permissions including registration overrides are in place. These are only given by the department chair offering the course. Note: CAPS courses (designated by CP) are only open to CAPS students.
5. Remember to use DegreeWorks (located inside BannerWeb) where you can track your progress toward degree completion, find your advisor, shoot them an email, and much more! DegreeWorks is updated nightly.
6. Check the Academic Calendar for add/drop and withdrawal deadlines for specific terms or semesters.
7. If you receive a registration error, be sure to write down the error and contact your advisor. This will help them in troubleshooting the issue.
8. All returning students should be registered for Fall 2015 courses before the close of the spring semester.

This Week at CBU

Every Friday in Lent: Stations of the Cross with Campus Ministry at De La Salle/Stritch Chapel, 5:30 p.m.
Every Sunday evening: Confessions available in De La Salle/Stritch Chapel, 8:00-9:00 p.m.
Every Tuesday in Lent: Lenten Reflections with Peer Minsters in St. Joseph Hall 10, 7:00 p.m.

LASALLIAN COLLEGIANS PROFESSOR APPRECIATION CAMPAIGN: The Thanks4Teachers Campaign is an initiative by the Lasallian Collegians student organization to encourage students to write a letter or record a video saying thanks to their professors on Tuesday-Thursday in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The letters will be distributed to the faculty and staff, and the video played for the four Schools. One of the five core principles of Lasallian education is quality education, and this will give our students a unique way to offer appreciation to the teachers.

MISS BLACK AND GOLD INTEREST MEETING: The Nu Eta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. will host an interest meeting for the 2015 Miss Black and Gold Pageant on Wednesday March 18 at CBU in Montesi Executive Center at 5:00 p.m. and at Rhodes College in the Blount Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Nu Eta welcomes all women who are interested in participating in this event. If anyone is unable to attend either meeting and is interested, please contact for more information.

The CBU Honors Program and Student Government (in conjunction with Career Services) are partnering for CBU’s Do Something Volunteer Fair on ThursdayMarch 19 in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event is intended to promote awareness and establish a connection between CBU students, faculty, and staff and our community’s non-profit organizations. More than a dozen local agencies will be on hand with volunteer opportunities, and Career Services will be there to help guide you in translating volunteer experience to important job skills. Participating agencies include Latino Memphis, Shelby Farms, Memphis Botanic Garden, Mid-South Spay and Neuter, the Community of St. Therese of Lisieux, The Church Health Center, DeNeuville Learning Center, Manna House, the Red Cross, Memphis Athletic Ministries, Memphis Child Advocacy Center, and more. Be sure to stop by our first ever CBU volunteer fair and see how YOU can make an impact!

RESEARCH PRESENTATION: As part of the research forum of the President’s Commission on Women, Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) will present her research work on Thursday, March 19 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Assisi Hall 153. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend the event.

ISLAM 101: March has been officially recognized as the month to celebrate Muslims in Memphis, and the CBU Muslim Students’ Association will present several events this month, starting with ”Islam 101: A Brief Introduction to Islam” on Thursday, March 19 in Montesi Executive Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m. This brief presentation about the basic beliefs and teachings of Islam will be followed by a question and answer session with those present. All members of the CBU Community are welcome!

STEMM WORKSHOP: Christian Brothers University in partnership with Christian Brothers High School is offering a workshop for educators featuring Dr. Justin Whitmer on “Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems” on Friday, March 20 in Montesi Executive Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Participants will apply the basic principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking integral to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education; participate in collaborative breakout sessions to build lesson plans with compelling problems and case studies in various disciplines such as English, Literature, Social Studies, Sciences, and Fine Arts; learn tips to transform a classroom into a collaborative learning environment in multiple academic disciplines in grades K-12; and build project-based and problem-based lesson plans and develop assessment strategies to employ in classrooms. The cost is $95 (which includes lunch), and participants will earn six PDHs for attending. Online enrollment is available at For more information, contact Rebeccca Neves, CBHS STEMM CoLaB Director, at

CAREER TRACKS 2.0: Attention sophomores! Plan to attend Career Tracks 2.0 — a Career Planning Program designed just for you! Discover your best major and career path with career and major assessments, a luncheon with local employers, and a faculty panel discussing how to explore different majors. Saturday, March 21 in Buckman Hall, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Register via email at There are limited spots, so register NOW!!

trivia_tvALUMNI TRIVIA WITH BROTHER IGGY: Think you know just about everything? Come on out and display your knowledge of the trial (and not-so-trivial) on Saturday, March 21 in Alfonso Dining Hall. Hosted by CBU’s own Quizmaster General, Brother Ignatius Brown, the festivity begins at 6:00 p.m. when the doors open and really gets festive at 6:30 when the first fast-ball question is pitched. Register your six-person team for $15 per person (CBU students are just $5 per person!) at! Community tables available for individuals and walk-ins. BYOB/BYOF (food and drink), but free soft drinks and bar snacks will be available. Prizes will be awarded for all members of first and second place teams, and door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening. Brother Ignatius will also hold a “Heads or Tails” contest for further prizes! Mulligans are available per team at the door, five for $20. They can be used one per round through the 8th round. All proceeds from the evening benefit the National Alumni Association Scholarship.

RECEPTION FOR BARTLETT ART EXHIBITION: A public reception for the artists of the Bartlett Art Association, whose work is currently on exhibition in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, will be held in the gallery (lower level of Plough Library) on Sunday, March 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Participating artists are Sheila Bentley, Jeanie Box, Gene Callaway, Carol Caughey, Nancy Crossett, Rita Datillo, Lynda Davison, Becky Deaux, Sandra Horton, Lyle, Becky Ross McRae, Carol Pollard, Sandra Swett, Jeanne Tutor, Joe L. Umphress, Linda E. Umphress, Marc Wheetley, and Jon Woodhams. More information at the Ross Gallery website.

Engineers vs. Soccer Globetrotters, Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. (Recreation League Playoffs)
 ZTA vs. Soccer Girls, Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. (Women’s League Playoffs)
 Redeem Team vs. TKE 1, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. (Men’s League Playoffs)
 TKE 2 vs. Faculty/Staff, Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. (Recreation League Playoffs)
 Tunes Squad vs. Pippen Ain’t Easy, Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. (Women’s League Playoffs)
 Uncle Drew’s Nephews vs. Kappa Sigma, Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. (Men’s League Championship games will be held on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 p.m.  All games are in Canale Arena

WATOTO CHILDREN’S CHOIR: Our neighbors at Lindenwood Christian Church will host the Watoto Children’s Choir on Friday, March 20, performing their new production “Oh, What Love” in Stauffer Hall at 7:00 p.m. Based on the Bible verse, 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the father has given us, that
we should be called children of God, and so we are,” the production is a unique worship experience. Underscored with the original sounds and rhythms of Africa, it blends traditional and modern dance. Watoto Children’s Choirs have travelled internationally since 1994 as advocates for the estimated 50 million children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war, poverty and disease.


Matthew Billings (Civil Engineering ’15) has been accepted as a Lasallian Volunteer for the 2015-16 year, following his graduation in May. Congratulations, Matt!

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was named to the All-GSC First Team for the second year in a row. The Capital One Academic All-America Player of the Year averagesd 18.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game for the Bucs. He holds the school record with 199 career steals, ranks sixth with 208 career three-pointers and 15th with 1,462 career points. He ranks sixth in the nation in minutes per game, 16th in three-point percentage, 17th in steals per game, 20th in steals, 71st in points per game, and 74th in three-pointers per game.

Wesley Goodnight
(Civil Engineering ’02) was recognized as ASCE Featured Engineer by the American Society of Civil Engineers (West TN Branch) and the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25.  Upon graduation from CBU, he became a staff geotechnical project manager for Golder Associates, Inc. in Houston. At Golder, Wesley traveled to several different countries within South and Central America and Africa including Trinidad, Bahamas, Mexico, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Cameroon, and Angola, where he was onsite drilling manager in charge of drilling and testing operations during the geotechnical phase for construction of new LNG/LPG plants.  Back to Memphis, he is a project manager in the engineering services division of the EnSafe Inc. where her Wesley now manages UST (petroleum) and Drycleaner (chlorinated solvents) investigation and remediation sites and designs groundwater and soil treatment systems to remediate sites all over the Mid-South. Wesley is the Past-President of the ASCE West TN Branch, and is active within the ASCE TN Section, SAME, MJEC, CANstruction (his favorite), and MathCounts.

Cori Hudlet (Civil Engineering ’15) passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam and became an “Engineer Intern” on February 28. Cori is also a member of Tau Beta Pi the engineering honor society.

Lady Buc guard Rachel Lee (Accounting ’18) was named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week for the final week of the regular season. Lee scored 15 points with four rebounds and two assists against Union University, going 5-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.

Lynda Miller (Biology) recently submitted a final report entitled “Sampling and Assessment of the Habitat and Fish and Macroinvertebrate Communities at Cypress Creek, Shelby and Fayette County, Tennessee” to the State of Tennessee West Tennessee River Basin Authority, the result of a $14,000 grant she received in the fall of 2014.  Austyn Harriman (Ecology ’16) and Daniel Schenck (Ecology ’17) also worked on the project and will be getting credit for their senior research from it and presenting it at the meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Science in April at the University of Memphis.

NiedzwiedzFrank Niedzwiedz (Electrical Engineering ’82) was named the 2015 Featured Engineer by IEEE (Memphis Section) and the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25. He is a founding partner of R&N Systems Design, a local consulting firm designing highly integrated security systems in jails, prisons, and courthouses. Frank is licensed as a professional engineer in over 30 states and is active in STEM outreach to elementary students and is the Tournament Director for the First Lego League West Tennessee Championship (

Lady Buc guard Breanna Ridgell (Psychology ’15) was named to the All-GSC Second Team. Ridgell averaged 17.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game for the Lady Bucs this season. She broke CBU’s career records with 1,553 points, 610 field goals made, 1,525 field goals attempted, 200 steals and a 78.9 percent free throw percentage. She ranks third in the GSC and 58th in the nation in scoring this season.

Alecia Stewart (Biochemistry ’13) has been accepted into the Master of Biomedical Sciences program at Liberty University for the Fall of 2015, and will start osteopathic medical school there in Fall 2016.

Nikki Story (Natural Science ’14) has been accepted to the Master’s Program in Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. She will be starting in January 2016.

CBU’s Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi won first place for its outstanding participation in Buck$ 4 Brotherhood, a national fundraiser for Delta Sigma Pi’s scholarship program, at the Fraternity’s annual LEAD Southern Provincial Conference recently in Birmingham. The fundraiser encourages every chapter to collect and donate as many can tabs as possible for every conference as their national community service. All can tabs are later given to Ronald McDonald House Charities which supports families with sick children. Epsilon Psi attained first place for collecting the most can tabs — 39.6 lbs., defeating their closest competitor, the University of Central Florida, by 4 ounces. Epsilon Psi is now collecting tabs for the fall semester and they can be dropped off at the School of Business in the Dean’s Suite (Buckman Hall 334).


Anna Baumheckel
(Chemical Engineering ’15) was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineering Student for her academic achievement, professional potential, and service to the CBU community at the 2015 Engineers Week Banquet on February 26.  She has served CBU as a President’s Ambassador, Summer Advising & Registration Leader, and tutor in the Math Center.  As student assistant to the Dean of Academic Services, she played a significant role in preparation and execution of freshman orientation. Anna is active in the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and Tau Beta Pi. She is also a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).  Professionally, Anna has been an intern with Logical Systems, Inc. In this role, she was contracted to BASF and performed a number of tasks, including participation in Pre-Startup Safety Reviews. She is pictured above being presented the award by Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering).

Buccaneer guard Trey Casey (Business Administration ’15) was named Gulf South Player of the Week after a 20-point effort against Alabama-Huntsville and a career-high 35 points with eight rebounds, six assists and eight steals against North Alabama. His eight steals tied the school record for steals in a game, and in the process, he broke the school record for career steals.

Dr. Siripong Malasri
(Dean of Engineering) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of theTennessee Society of Professional Engineers with its 2015 Distinguished Service Award at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. The award was established to recognize the outstanding service of long-time TSPE members for their eminent technical contributions to the field of engineering or exceptional contributions to the engineering profession.  Dr. Malasri has been active in many organizations including Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council (MJEC), International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), and TSPE.  He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Tennessee and one of the 26 ISTA CPLP Professional in the world.  In addition he serves as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.  Under his leadership CBU currently operates an ISTA Certified Packaging Test Lab and hosts the Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Dr. Malasri is pictured above with his son JT Malasri (’06, MBA ’12), who presented the award.

Disha Patel (MSPAS ’16) has been selected as a recipient of one of 37 scholarships from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants PA Foundation. Nearly 1,300 applications were submitted to the foundation from students in the 180+ programs nationwide.

Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) was recognized as the 2015 CBU Featured Engineer for his scholarly work during the calendar year 2014 at the 2015 Engineers Week Luncheon on February 25 along with featured engineers from other engineering organizations. In 2014 he published four books; Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology for Composites: Design, Simulation, and Application(CRC Press), Chemical Process in Liquid and Solid Phase: Properties, Performance and Applications (CRC Press), Chemical and Biochemical Engineering: New Materials and Developed Components (Apple Academic Press), and Engineering Materials: Applied Research and Evaluation Methods (Apple Academic Press). In addition, he published an article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging TechnologyPictured above (l-r): Richard Gadomski (Board of Trustees), Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (2015 CBU Featured Engineer), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Professor Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Chair), Dr. Joseph Qualls (Electrical Engineering, Adjunct), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), and Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Chair).

Carol Dodge Whelchel
(Civil Engineering ’08) was honored by the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers with its 2015 Young Engineer of the Year Award at the Engineers Week Banquet on February 26. Carol has worked as a Natural Gas Distribution and Transmission Design Engineer at Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) for 4 1/2 years, where she designs and manages gas main relocation and replacement projects for the distribution and transmission systems. She is currently involved with the MLGW Junior Engineer / Professional Engineer Program (JEPE). JEPE is a program that mentors newly hired engineers and encourages professional developmental for all engineers. She has volunteered with various organizations and events including ASCE Younger Member CANstruction, TSPE Younger Member Engineering Art Show, & TPSE Mathcounts. She has spoken to high school and college students about working as an engineer and the importance of mentorship. Last year, she volunteered as a steel bridge judge for the ASCE Student Competition hosted by CBU. She is pictured above with Lee Schumann (’05), TSPE Memphis Chapter President.

JD Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) has been accepted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine.


Emi Abutineh (Biology ’15) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine.

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

Buccaneer forward Sidy Sall (Business Administration ’15) was named Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for the week of February 9-15. Sall scored 19 points with 15 rebounds against West Florida, and he followed with 23 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks against Valdosta State.

Upcoming Events

TRAILBLAZERS OF MEMPHIS: The Black Student Association will present a program in honor of Civil Rights Month on March 5 in the University Theater at 6:00 p.m., featuring speakers from the Memphis area who have devoted their lives to destroying racial barriers and increasing civil rights for all.

VOLUNTEER FAIR: The CBU Honors Program and Student Government (in conjunction with Career Services) are partnering for CBU’s Volunteer Fair on ThursdayMarch 19 in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. This event is intended to promote awareness and establish a connection between CBU students, faculty, and staff and our community’s non-profit organizations. A dozen local agencies will be on-hand to share their indispensable insight regarding all aspects of the admirable works that take place in the Memphis community, as well as educating attendees on how they can get involved.

STEMM WORKSHOP: Christian Brothers University in partnership with Christian Brothers High School is offering a workshop for educators featuring Dr. Justin Whitmer on “Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems” on Friday, March 20 in Montesi Executive Center, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Participants will apply the basic principles of scientific inquiry and design thinking integral to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) education; participate in collaborative breakout sessions to build lesson plans with compelling problems and case studies in various disciplines such as English, Literature, Social Studies, Sciences, and Fine Arts; learn tips to transform a classroom into a collaborative learning environment in multiple academic disciplines in grades K-12; and build project-based and problem-based lesson plans and develop assessment strategies to employ in classrooms. The cost is $95 (which includes lunch), and participants will earn six PDHs for attending. Online enrollment is available at For more information, contact Rebeccca Neves, CBHS STEMM CoLaB Director, at

ayresFOOD & FAITH LECTURE: Dr. Jennifer Ayres will speak on “Come to the Table: Faith and Our Food System” in the University Theater on March 26 at 7:00 p.m. The table around which Christians regularly gather—the Lord’s table—stands as a witness to God’s abundance, God’s presence in the material gifts of the earth, and God’s delight in the nourishment and enlivening of earthly bodies. Each time we share the bread and cup, we testify to God’s presence in the simple acts of eating and drinking together. What does this action mean, however, in the midst of a food system faced with such serious challenges as food insecurity, obstructed access to healthy and affordable food, community instability, environmental degradation, and the disenfranchisement of people? Jennifer Ayres’ research interests include religious environmental education; social activism and religious identity; faith formation in the context of popular culture; and feminist practical theology. She is the author of two books, Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness and Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology. Dr. Ayres is is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and Assistant Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Religious Education Program at Emory University. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture. Sponsored by the CBU Department of Religion & Philosophy and the Memphis Center for Food and Faith.

jim_baileySEIDMAN TOWN HALL LECTURE:  The M. L. Seidman Memorial Town Hall Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Jim Bailey as its 2015 speaker on April 7 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Bailey will discuss “The Industrial Giants of Modern Healthcare Whose Time is Past” and the servant-leader champions of person-centered health care who are at work to replace them. Jim Bailey is a fellow in the American College of Physicians and professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, where he directs the Center for Health Systems Improvement, cares for the sick, and teaches doctors in training. His research appears in many peer-reviewed medical journals, including JAMAJournal of General Internal Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Bailey has an abiding passion for the classics, medical history, and ethics, and believes that sharing our stories can heal. He is the author of the novel, The End of Healing, which was published by The Healthy City in 2014. A book-signing will follow the lecture.

ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME BANQUET (rescheduled): The Christian Brothers University Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015 and will induct the five inductees at the Hall of Fame Banquet Saturday night, April 11, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Tickets are $45 each, and a table of eight is $360. The Class of 2015 includes Bill Bintz (Basketball ’73), Kenny Greene (Baseball ’84), Leon Haag (Basketball ’60), Taneisha Lenon (Basketball ’00), and Charlie Leonard (Basketball ’75, Coach ’90-97). For more information on the banquet, please contact Brian Summers at (901) 321-3370 or

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

THE SOCIAL HISTORY OF BRITISH ROCK (rescheduled): 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. Wednesday, February 18 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, noon to 1:00 p.m. Free for Dixon members and students with ID.

GaryChapmanWILSON SPEAKER SERIES: The Tenth Annual Dorothy and Kemmons Wilson Speaker Series will welcome Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, as its keynote speaker on Tuesday, April 28 at Christ United Methodist Church, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Dr. Chapman is the author of numerous other books published by Moody Publishers / Northfield Publishing, including Anger, The Family You’ve Always Wanted, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, Desperate Marriages, God Speaks Your Love Language, How to Really Love Your Adult Child, and Hope for the Separated. With Dr. Jennifer Thomas, he co-authored The Five Languages of Apology. Dr. Chapman speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations.


Johnnathon Kring (ITS) has earned the Cisco Certified Network Associate – Security (CCNA Security) professional certification, showcasing his knowledge of network security fundamentals.

An article entitled “Experimental Verification of McKee Formula” authored by Badar Aloumi (MSEM), Waleed Alnashwan (MSEM), Siripong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Michael Kist (MSEM), Nathan Sampson (Engineering Management ’15), Sebastian Polania (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Yuliana Sanchez-Luna (Civil Engineering ’17), Matthew Johnson (Engineering Management ’15), and Ronald Fotso (Computer Science ’15) was recently published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology, 3(1), 129-137, 2015.