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.

News at CBU

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CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli (above right) toured the Crosstown Concourse construction in May with Ann Langston of the Church Health Center and Gary Shorb of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, two other future tenants of the former Sears Crosstown building. CBU plans to create a Health Sciences Simulation Lab in the building, which will will further enhance CBU’s Health Science offerings and will better prepare students for careers in these growing disciplines. The Simulation Lab is among the programs supported by CBU’s Faith in Progress capital campaign. 

25_bestCBU has been selected by Masters in Accounting Degrees as #8 on its 2015 list of “25 Great Small Colleges for Master’s in Accounting.” The list highlights 25 great small colleges for students looking to continue their education with a master’s in accounting. The overall sample was pulled from College Navigator by selecting schools with an undergraduate student enrollment of less than 2,200 students and an acceptance rate under 70%. From that list, the final list of 25 schools was developed by looking at crime rate, number of degrees awarded, and student-faculty ratio.

The Memphis Bioworks Foundation has become a member of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium since May of 2015.  The focus of the consortium aligns with its mission.  In addition, Evergreen Packaging has rejoined the consortium in June of 2015.  It was one of the seven member companies when the consortium was established in 2010.  It was a member for the first two years but left due to some changes in the company. Dr. Geoffrey Nobes, Polymer Scientist/Technology Manager, serves as its representative on the Healthcare Packaging Consortium.  With these two new members, the consortium now has 13 active member companies: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Bayer Consumer Care, Memphis Bioworks, MicroPort Orthopedics, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, The Pallet Factory, The Royal Group, Wright Medical, and WS Packaging.  For more information about the consortium, please visit cbu.edu/healthcare-packaging-consortium.

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Welcome to CBU! Three undergraduate students from Department of Packaging Technology and Materials, Kasetsart University, Thailand, came to CBU to intern with CBU ISTA certified packaging lab in June and July. They are being prepared for ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Exam.  They are also working on a research project on insulation property of some industrial and agricultural waste materials, which may lead to new environmental-friendly insulated containers in the future. In the photo above are (l-r) The Research Project Team of Possawat Poonpurmsiri, Stephen Russell (Chemical Engineering), Poomtawan Tiapradit, Chonnavee Tarkarnviroj, and Bob Moats (Engineering Lab Technician). Members of the team not shown in the picture are Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering).

CBU in the Media

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

Commencement Week 2015

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GRADUATION REHEARSAL AND REGALIA PICK-UP

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

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

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

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

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

MORE DETAILS ON COMMENCEMENT HERE »»

Kudos

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

2015 Student Leadership Awards

The Student Government Association and Student Life thank all of the nominees and attendees for taking part in this year’s Student Leadership Awards presentation. Special thanks to Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services) for helping honor our distinguished student leaders, as well as Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering) for providing such great looking awards.
And the winners are…
  • Greek Chapter of the Year: Alpha Xi Delta (Rachel Depperschmidt, President)
  • Greek Woman of the Year: Rebecca Hall, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Greek Man of the Year: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Greek Scholarship: Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Sorority Scholar: Katie Robinson, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Outstanding Fraternity Scholar: John Buttross, Kappa Sigma
  • Outstanding New Member (Sorority): Mariana Hernandez, Zeta Tau Alpha
  • Outstanding New Member (Fraternity): Angel Rodriguez, Sigma Alpha Epsilon Outstanding Organization Advisor: Tabitha Diaz & Wendy Sumner-Winter, Alpha Xi Delta
  • Resident Assistant of the Year: Shanice Oliver
  • Outstanding Senator(s): Taylor Flake & Brock Swims
  • Outstanding Student Scholar: Taylor Seaman, President of ENACTUS
  • Emerging Leader: Sean Rowland, Tau Kappa Epsilon
  • Commitment to Diversity: Mustafa Hmood, President of Muslim Students’ Association
  • Saint Thomas More Award: Ian Boyd, Phi Beta Sigma
  • Outstanding Community Servant: Abigail Lockard, September of Service
  • Excellence in Community Service: Alpha Kappa Alpha
  • Most Improved Student Organization: Zeta Tau Alpha (Lindsey Barnes, President)
  • New Student Organization of the Year: Food Recovery Network (Michael MacMiller, President)
  • Student Organization of the Year: Lasallian Collegians (JD Wolfe, President)
  • Campus Program of the Year: Trailblazers of Memphis (Jonathan Mosley & Taylor Flake)
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Sorority): Alpha Xi Delta
  • Intramural Greek Cup (Fraternity): Kappa Sigma

Student Government Senators for 2015-16

Congratulations to the new Student Government Association Senators for 2015-16:

School of Arts: Taylor Flake, Abigail Lockard, and Abbie Stovall
School of Business: Olivia ParselsBrock Swims, and Kaitlyn DeBaun
School of Engineering: Mikayla OrtnerAnne Youngblood, and Samantha Bennett
School of Sciences: Keyara BaltimoreCaroline Montague, and Joe Krebs

White Coats for the PA Class of 2016

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The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2016 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on May 9 in the University Theater, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Congratulations to the members of Class of 2016, CBU’s third cohort of PA students!

International Student Summer Info

International Student Services (ISS) will not host Chat n Chew during the remaining Wednesdays in May. Chat n Chew will resume on Wednesday, June 3, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Maurelian lounge. All international students who will remain on campus during break are encouraged to come by Buckman Hall 347 if they have any concerns or questions. Eliza Warren, Coordinator of International Student Services, is always happy to talk with you.

All international students who plan to leave the USA during summer break MUST see Dean Karen Conway in Student Life in order to have their I-20s signed. Have a great break!

Academic Services News

Academic Services welcomes Justin Bowles, who will serve as the academic advisor for tutoring and academic support. She will be working with department chairs and deans to provide a network for tutoring, supplemental instruction, and academic workshops for our students. Previously, she held a similar position at Memphis College of Art, and we¹re proud to welcome her to CBU. Her office is located in Barry Hall 33.
Eliza Warren, Coordinator for International Student Services, has moved her office to  Buckman Hall 347, across from International Initiatives. She will be working with both graduate and undergraduate international students who transition to and through CBU.

 

This Week at CBU

STRITCH CHAPEL OPEN FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION: The Lambert Hall Community and the Office of Campus Ministry welcome students, faculty, and staff to use Stritch Chapel for prayer and reflection during exam week (Wednesday, May 6 - Monday, May 11). The chapel will be open and available each day from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Students are invited to join the Brothers for daily mass at the posted times on the doors to the Chapel. Please contact Br. Tom Sullivan in Campus Ministry with questions.

DANCE CLUB INTEREST MEETING: Why not get your mind off exams for an hour and de-stress at the Dance Club interest meeting on Tuesday, May 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 208. No experience is required to join. This event is primarily for students interested in joining a new club and becoming more active with campus events. The Dance Club’s purpose is to support CBU activities, faculty, and staff while having fun in the process. Already a dancer and looking for a place to brush up your skills? Come see what it’s all about and what the plans are for next semester!

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ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS! All graduates in the Class of 2015 are invited to join the CBU Alumni Association for a Happy Hour at Bland Field for food, music, beer, and yes, Sloshball on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 starting at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Thien Nguyen, tnguye25@cbu.edu. RSVP to the party at rsvp@cbu.edu.

CHAT N CHEW: Chat N Chew is Wednesday, May 6 from 2:00  to 4:00 p.m. in the newly remodeled Maurelian Lounge. Chat N Chew is an informal gathering mostly geared toward support of CBU’s international students, but all are invited as we join together as a community to help CBU’s international students to feel more at home. This week’s Chat N Chew will be all about summer plans. Let’s get together and chat about the fun summer can bring.

PB&J FINALS: This Wednesday (May 6) is the last PB&J session for the semester.  Students will gather at 3:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall and make 150+ sandwiches. Due to the exam schedule,  faculty and staff are especially invited this week to help.

STUDENT LIFE PANCAKE STUDY BREAK: The Office of Student Life invites CBU students to attend the Pancake Study Break on Thursday evening, May 7 in Alfonso Dining Hall at :00-11:00 p.m. Featuring pancakes, sausage, tater tots, eggs, and all the toppings. It’s not really a proven fact that pancakes help you study, but they certainly can’t hurt…

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 »»

Student Commencement Helpers Needed

Student commencement helpers are needed to assist with the execution of Commencement Week activities. Please complete the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/commencementhelper if you are interested. Should you have any questions, contact Wilson Phillips in the Office of Student Life or email wilson.phillips@cbu.eduPlease note: Completing the form does NOT mean you are automatically part of the commencement team; those chosen will receive a confirmation later in the week.

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.

Congratulations, PCs for 2015-16!

Academic Services wants to congratulate the Peer Counselors who were selected for Fall 2015: Samantha BennettBrianna BergLydonia BrownJazmin DeJesus CastilloJennifer DavidsonMaria DopicoTeresa FerranteTaylor FlakeKen GuyTayler Hildreth, Aaron LazaldeHailey McKinneyTaylor MeltonGarrett MitchellCarlton MooreNhi “Sunny” NguyenReva ObenchainSam Packard, April Ricks, and Santana Williams. Alternates are Morgan HarperLeanna KennonFelicia Williams, and Mia Williams.

Thanks to everyone who applied!  #CBUPCSUPERPOWER15

News at CBU

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

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

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

kenrick_picnic-1 WE’RE GOING TO BE CELEBRATING CBU’S ORIGINAL BUILDING!
Saturday, May 23 • 11-2 • Maurelian Lawn

The CBU Community is invited to say goodbye to CBU’s oldest building, Kenrick Hall, on Saturday, May 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Maurelian Lawn. Bring a blanket and a picnic lunch, share your stories and memories, tour the building one last time, and then join the oldest high school band in the U.S. — the CBHS Band — in a Second Line parade around the building. Beer and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided. All ages welcome!

RSVP at www.cbu.edu/kenrick. And while you’re there, share some memories with the Kenrick Memory Project! Words, pictures, videos, all forms of memorabilia are welcome for use in this collaborative, multimedia public history project>

 

Thank You from ISS

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

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

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

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

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.

This Week at CBU

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AVENGERS OF THE BLU YARD (SIGMA WEEK):
The men of Phi Beta Sigma are hosting a full week of activities on campus:
Monday, April 27: Breakfast for Students: Phi Beta Sigma will provide doughnuts and juice for the campus from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. near the St. Joseph Breezeway close to ITS.
Avengers 2 Movie Raffle Contest: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host a raffle contest for 6 to 10 lucky students, faculty, or staff to win a ticket to the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron movie on May 1. For those who win and do not have transportation, Phi Beta Sigma will provided transportation to and from the movie theater.
Whose Line is it Anyway: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host its own version of the hit game show, “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Come out and have a good laugh. The event will be held in Spain Auditorium from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28: Game Night: Come out and relax in the world of board games and video games. The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host its Game Night from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m. in Maurelian Lounge. Refreshments will be provided.
Wednesday, April 29: Think Like a Man/Woman: Join the men of Phi Beta Sigma as we have an open and honest discussion about male/female perception in today’s society in terms of relationships, dating and casual conversation. The event will be held in Montesi Executive Center and start at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 30: Volunteering at Levi Elementary: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will travel to Levi Elementary to read to the children and perform various cafeteria duties from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Dodgeball: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will host Dodgeball in Canale Arena from 7:30 until 10:00 p.m.
Friday, May 1: Breakfast for Students: Phi Beta Sigma will provide doughnuts and juice for the campus from 9:00 until 10:00 a.m. near the St. Joseph Breezeway close to ITS.
Sigma BBQ: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will be lighting up the grill and providing food for the campus and IT’S FREE!! The event will take place near the Gazebo from 12:00 until 4:00 p.m.
CBU Appreciation Day: The men of Phi Beta Sigma will present awards of appreciation to the faculty and staff who have helped them throughout the 2014-2015 school year. The ceremony will take place at 12:30 p.m. near the Gazebo.
Avengers 2: Age of Ultron Movie Premiere: The men of Phi Beta Sigma and the lucky winners of the raffle contest will travel to Studio on the Square at 10:00 p.m. and watch the movie.

YOUNG LADIES UNITED MOCK ETIQUETTE CLASS: Young Ladies United will be hosting a Mock Etiquette Class on April 28 in Sabbatini Lounge, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Amy Ware (Career Services) will be the instructor. Tickets are $5 per person. Pizza, drinks and other snacks will be served. Please RSVP to Amber Campbell  at acampb13@cbu.edu and pay for your ticket by April 17 in order to reserve your seat.

Archbishop-Di-Noia-2012LUMEN CIVITATIS SPEAKER SERIES: The initial presenter for the 2015 Lumen Civitatis Speaker Series is Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P., a key contributor to the magisteriums of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who will address “The Legacy of Pope John Paul II” on Tuesday, April 28 in the University Theater. Archbishop Di Noia was for years a beloved professor on the Trinity and Catholic Dogma at the Dominican House Studies in Washington, DC and has also served as Executive Director of the Secretariat of Doctrine at the USCCB and as Undersecretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) under Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. He is currently Adjunct Secretary of the CDF.  Archbishop Di Noia has authored and edited numerous books and articles, including The Love that Never Ends:  A Key to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Veritatis Splendor and the Renewal of Moral Theology. There is no charge to attend this public talk, but please register by clicking here to confirm your attendance. Light refreshments will begin at 5:00 p.m, followed by the talk at 5:30.

CHAT N CHEW WITH INTERNATIONAL FACULTY: The weekly Chat N Chew gathering of International Student Services has something for everyone this week! Members of CBU’s very own international faculty will be sharing brief tales of their most memorable experience from when they first came to the States to study and/or work on Wednesday, April 29 in Maurelian Lounge, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Faculty committed to speak at this writing include: Frank Buscher (Germany), Federico Gomez-Uroz (Spain), Divya Choudhary (India), Asit Ray (India), Clint Browne (England), and Siripong Malasri (Thailand). After the faculty have shared their stories, there will be time for questions or add ons. EVERYONE IS WELCOME!! Then there will be food! And ISS/Academic Services will provide it! Please feel free to bring a dish—international foods are most welcome! If you want to reserve something delicious to eat, please RSVP to ewarren1@cbu.edu before end of business on Monday, April 27. 

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STRESS FREE ZONE: If you feel stressed, you should definitely come to Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, Thursday, April 30, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Buc Patio.   It’s a proven fact that petting a dog can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. “Not all medicine comes in a bottle.” Come visit with the Therapy Dogs, brought to campus by the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends Organization and sponsored by the Departments of Counseling and Health Services.

ewelchTHE LAST LECTURE: Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for the 8th Annual CBU “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30 at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, during which Dr. Eric Welch (Electrical & Computer Engineering) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for dynamic lectures and his expertise in aviation and forensic engineering, Dr. Welch will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. This is open to the entire University and, based on past Last Lectures, this is a not-to-be-missed event!

FRIENDS OF FOOD RECOVERY DAY: Currently CBU is the only college in Memphis that is participating in the nationwide Food Recovery Network attempt to reduce food waste and feed those that, without help, would not eat. On Thursday, April 30, FRN would like to open the last recovery to the CBU community. Only a limited number of people will be able to participate — no more than five — and it will be first-come-first-selected. We would have those that choose to volunteer assist in. The recovery will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall and will last about 30-45 minutes — tasks include choosing, packaging, and weighing the food that will be delivered to St. Vincent that evening. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact Blaire Jefferson at bjeffers@cbu.edu or Mike MacMiller at mmacmill@cbu.edu.

INTRAMURAL END OF YEAR BOWLING BASH: Come join CBU Recreation at Billy Hardwick’s All Star Lanes (1576 S. White Station Rd) on Thursday, April 30 from 9:30 p.m. to midnight for $5.  Compete in Intramural Bowling for a Championship T-Shirt and celebrate the end of the 2013-2014 Intramural Season. No sign Ups required. For questions, please contact Thien Nguyen at tnguye25@cbu.edu.

BFA SENIOR SHOW & CASTINGS RELEASE PARTY: Graduating fine arts students Lauren Browning (Graphic Design ’15), LaDarrious Dortch (Graphic Design ’15), and Emily Dawn Phillips (Studio Art “15) will present their artwork at Glitch Gallery (2180 Cowden) on Friday, May 1 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Also at the exhibit, the 2015 edition of Castings literary and art journal will be released.

Return of Sloshball!

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ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS! Sign ups for Sloshballl end this week, so sign up now!  Register online at www.imleagues.com/cbu and join a team. Even if you decide not to play, all graduates in the Class of 2015 are invited to join the CBU Alumni Association for a Happy Hour at Bland Field for food, music, beer, and yes, Sloshball on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 starting at 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Thien Nguyen, tnguye25@cbu.edu. RSVP to the party at rsvp@cbu.edu.

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 »»

SGA Election Results

The results are in, and the 2015-16 Student Government Association officers are:

  • Kierra Turner, President of SGA
  • Eli Ostrow, Vice President of the Senate
  • Bijou Coulibaly, Vice President of Finance
  • Maria Dopico, Vice President for Communication
  • Sushma Kalava, President of Student Activities Council
Please keep an eye out for Senate elections, they will be coming out soon!

Kudos

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(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.