PA Class of 2021

Class of 2021 - Jan 8 2019

Please join the School of Sciences and the Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program in welcoming our newest cohort of students. These students in the class of 2021 began their studies at CBU on January 7, 2019.

We are excited about the increase in students to 32. We had a record number of applicants during the 2018 application season. The next application season will open at the end of April. We introduce to you…after months and months of reviewing and interviewing, the Class of 2021.

Dr. Merat is Honored by State Association

lil_DennisWe are pleased to announce that Dr. Dennis L. Merat, CBU Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry, was recently honored by the Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) as a 2018 nominee and finalist for the Higher Education Science Educator of the Year Award. Dennis was honored with his nomination for his achievements and dedication to science education. Only 16 teachers across four different categories were nominated as finalists by TSTA in 2018. Awards were made based on educational philosophy, experience, and leadership roles.

From the TSTA News Release:

Dr. Dennis L. Merat is a great example of the fantastic teachers we have in Tennessee and the dedication and care they exhibit in the profession.

Congratulations, Dennis!

For more information about TSTA, visit


PA Retreat – Dec. 19-20, 2018

PA_retreat_wordpressWhile our students have already started their between semester break, the faculty and staff of our graduate Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program met for a two day retreat at Crosstown Concourse.

In addition to team building, our PA team took time for review and program assessment – a necessary part of the PA program accreditation process.

Top Row:

  • La-Tosha Brown (Clinical Site Development Manager)
  • Tony Schnuerer, PA-C (Assistant Professor)
  • W. Adam Boyd, PA-C (Director of Clinical Education)
  • Carey Elder (Administrative Assistant)
  • Christopher (Office Support – Temp)

Front Row:

  • Dana Sayre-Stanhope (external PA consultant)
  • Lucille Starks (Data Coordinator)
  • Teresa Preston, PA-C (Director of PA Studies Program)
  • Dr. Gary Tooley, DHSc, PA-C (Director of Academics)
  • Cheryl Scott, RN, CNL (Director of Clinical Simulation)
  • Dr. Cherese Tooley, M.D. (Medical Director)


Telescope Seminar on January 4th

On Friday, January 4, 2019 at 8:00pm the Memphis Astronomical Society (M.A.S) will present a free seminar on “How to Set Up and Use Your New Christmas Telescope”.

Topics to be covered include:

  • types of telescope designs
  • power (magnification)
  • the magnitude scale
  • finder scopes
  • types of mountings
  • using sky maps to find and learn the major constellations and important celestial objects
  • hands on assistance by knowledgeable M.A.S. members (weather permitting)

This seminar will be held in room 155 of Assisi Hall on the campus of Christian Brothers University. This seminar will be led by Dr. William Busler (CBU professor emeritus of chemistry). All are welcome.

Dr. William J. Busler

Need an Elective? – spring 2019

Here’s a few courses that have seats left:

  • BIOL 421/421L Cell and Molecular Biology with Lab
    11:00-11:50 MWF (lecture) , 2:00-4:50pm Thur (lab)
  • BIOL 494/494L: Special Topics: Ornithology with Lab
    8:00-9:15 TR (lecture) , 6:00-7:50am TR (lab)
  • CHEM 342 Physical Biochemistry
    9:30-10:45 TR
  • CHEM 420 Advanced Forensic Chemistry
    11:00-12:15 TR
  • MATH 301 Geometry and History of Mathematics
    1:00-1:50 MWF
  • PHYSICS 415/415L Optics with Lab
    10:00-10:50 MWF (lecture) , 2:00-4:00pm Tues (lab)
  • PHYSICS 448 Quantum Mechanics II
    11:00-12:15 TR

Society of Physics Students Named a National Distinguished Chapter

The CBU Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) was named a Distinguished Chapter by the SPS National Office for the 2017-18 academic year.  This special designation recognizes the different events and activities that the chapter sponsored such as the solar eclipse viewing party and the annual science trivia contest.  Ali Crisp (Physics ’18) served as chapter president and authored the annual report sent to the SPS National Office.  Dr. Ted Clarke (Physics) serves as the SPS faculty advisor.

CBU Sciences Grads Making a Difference


Kathleen Nelson Goldberg, Leah Allen, and Hozyer Saeed

Leah Allen (former employee and friend of the CBU School of Sciences), recently wrote to several faculty members in our School. With her permission, I share what she wrote:

Hope this finds you all well and about to wind up the semester.  I wanted to brag a bit on some of the SOS Alumni.  I recently had a total knee replacement (one month ago today) and have been going to rehab 3 times weekly since the 4th day after my surgery. Kathleen Nelson Goldberg (CBU Sciences Alum) at Rehab Etc. has been instrumental in my recovery.  I just can’t say enough about this outstanding young woman.  There are other CBU/SOS alumni working there, and they are all awesome.  Kathleen has worked with me patiently, tirelessly, and shown such talent, grace, and love for what she does, I just had to let you all know how proud you should be.  Thank you all for the work and knowledge you have poured into these remarkable young people.  I have personally benefited from your diligent teaching.  I appreciate you and them more than words can express. I think of you all often, and wish you all the happiest of holidays, and a blessed 2019!


News from Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society

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Hsuan-Hsin ‘Abraham’ Lin (current Treasurer of CBU’s Mu Tau Chapter of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Society), reports:

Great news! Thanks to the approval and support from CBU School of Sciences and Biology Department, Tri-Beta is glad to announce that the brand NEW phone charging station is now serving for ALL students in Tri-Beta/Pre-Health Room (Assisi Hall 114)!