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!


Thank You Notes to Faculty 4/16

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For this edition of the newsletter, we have three short thank you notes to faculty.

This first note is from Alma Godoy, Biology 2016, to Dr. James Moore, Associate Professor of Biology:

“Thank you for writing a recommendation letter for my PTCAS application. I got ACCEPTED into the Physical Therapy program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center!!”


This second note is from Jessica Schneider, Biomedical Science 2014, who is currently enrolled in the Physicians Assistant program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology:

“I just want to thank you so much for everything you taught me in physiology and neuro. It has truly helped me so much with physiology. You are amazing!!!!!! ”

The third note is from Caroline Montague  Psychology 2019, to Dr. John Young,  Associate Professor of Chemistry.

“Thank you so much for all of the time and energy spent on me.You have been so very kind and helpful.”


Thank You Note to Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics 2/16

To: John Varriano
Subject: Thank You

Dr. Varriano,

I know it’s been some time since I attended CBU, but I’ve been meaning to write this for a while. I want to thank you for all that you did to get me through school. The extra hours, the impromptu strategy sessions, and the occasional kick in the pants. You were very understanding and supportive the entire way through and I truly appreciate that. My path since college has been interesting to say the least. I started out as a Quality Engineer for a company that relied heavily on military contracts, and helped them implement statistical controls for the first time, my next stop was in contract manufacturing for the medical device industry, where along with statistics, I designed experiments and worked heavily on the chemistries of their cleaning and acid passivation lines. Currently, I’m essentially an upstream Manufacturing Engineer in global ops at Medtronic. At each stop along the way, I’ve been commended for my use of the scientific method to solve problems, my understanding of logic and experiment design, and my grasp on statistics. These are things that I attribute in no small part to the work that you and your department did, and the extra effort you were willing to put in to see me through. Thanks for everything.

Daniel Benson
Concurrent Engineer, Medtronic, Inc.

Thank You Note to Dr. Anna Ross, Professor of Biology 11/15

Hey Dr. Ross,

I meant to email you earlier, but the semester has been going by incredibly fast. Emi and I still feel like it should be August. As you can imagine, everything is really fast paced and there is an enormous amount of material; two things have really helped take a huge load of stress off me that many of my classmates have had to endure: embryology and histology.

First off, histology is a huge bulk of our gross anatomy grade, consisting of about 45% of the anatomy questions per test. I just have to lightly review histology lecture and am able to focus more time on gross anatomy. Histology practicals are a breeze as well. So thank you! Taking your histology class has really been a huge help. Embryology has been a huge help as well! ….

I hope everything at CBU is going well. …. Again, thank you so much for having the histology class and presenting the material. Your class weny more in depth than we do now, but it has been a wonderful foundation. Take care!

Sarah Langsdon

Thank You Notes to Faculty 4/15

The note below is to Dr. John Varriano, Professor of Physics, holder of the John J. Shea Chair in Science and Mathematics, and Chair of the Physics and Natural Science Department.

Andrea Curry

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From: Andrea Curry
Sent: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 4:18 PM
To: John Varriano
Subject: Class of 2005

Hello Dr. Varriano,

You might not remember me, but I wanted to thank you.  I graduated in 2005 from CBU.  I worked very hard to graduate.  I wanted to let you know that I appreciate all of the help that you gave me when I was a student in your class.  I graduated in January from Walden University with a Master of Healthcare Administration degree.  I know that the challenge of my CBU education helped to prepare me for graduate school.  I was blessed to graduate with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.  I am now working toward my Doctorate in Health Services.  I read the article about Dr. Cooper in the Bell Tower magazine last night, so I wanted to reach out to you and a couple of other professors to share my gratitude.  Thank you and take care!

Andrea N. Curry, ​Ph.D. of Health Services Program

Thank You Notes to Faculty 2/15

Here is one thank you note to Dr. Arthur Yanushka, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.

From: Sameer Parekh
Sent: Friday, December 12, 2014 6:40 AM
To: Arthur Yanushka
Subject: Hello from Sameer

Hello Dr Yanushka,

Dont know if you remember me, but this is Sameer Parekh from class of 2001. Just wanted to check in and say hello.

Hope everything is fine with you. I have been back home in India since 2005. I am a broker into stock trading in equities markets handling sales. Visit my company’s website www.greshma.com if you get a chance.

Fundamentals in computer science that you taught us have helped me all along in all my endeavours and I want to thank you for that.

Hope your health is doing fine.

Say hello to all other faculty at CBU from me.

Thanks and regards

Sameer Parekh

Thank You Note to Dr. Johnny B. Holmes, Professor of Physics and Dean of the School of Sciences

The following is a thank you note from a high school student who “interviewed” Dr. Holmes as part of a high school assignment.  It is presented here, not so much as a credit to Dr. Holmes, but as a testament to the sense of wonder that is, or at least should be, in all people regardless of age.

Dear Dr. Holmes,

I would like to thank you again for the fantastic interview.  It truly showed me a side to physics which I haven’t ever seen.  It showed me the “brighter” side to physics you could say.  Physics isn’t all equations and theories like many people think.  It is the majority of physics yes, but not all of it.  There’s a side of it where you can think creatively, just like you said, you can look out the window and seriously wonder “Why is the sky blue?” or “How can I see that star that’s billions of light-years away?”  Yet, the most beautiful part of all of this is that you can find the answer to these questions.  You showed me these things and I thank you so very much.  Because of your interview I am more focused and hopeful on achieving my dream of being a physicist.

Thank you again,


Thank You Note to Br. Joel Baumeyer

To: Joel Baumeyer

Subject: Tutors

My name is Carolyn Kelly. This message is regarding your tutors. I would like to commend two of your tutors, Daniel and Andrew. They really helped me. I took math 104 this summer and was able to pass the course with their help. I am an RN in the RN to BSN program. This is the last class I needed to get my degree. These young men are simply GREAT!!!!!!! Daniel and Andrew even stayed past their assigned time to make sure that I understood the material. I felt like I was asking dumb questions and they would always assure me that no question is a dumb question. I must say, these young men will make excellent teachers. You see, I graduated from high school in 1967, and going back to school was a challenge at age 63 and completing the course at age 65. In addition to that, I am a wife, mother and grandmother and held a full time job. Again, thank you for Andrew and Daniel.

Carolyn Kelly, RN, BSN

Thank You Note 8/14

This note is to Dr. Julia Hanebrink, Program Coordinator for the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program.

Sent: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 5:19 AMTo: Julia HanebrinkSubject: Law School

Dear Julia,

I want to thank you again for writing a letter of recommendation for my law school applications. I want to let you know that I was accepted to a couple of schools, and I have decided to attend University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law this fall. My decision was based on a large scholarship which I was awarded to cover half of my tuition. After rescheduling my LSAT twice due to weather, I thought I would have to wait another year to apply to law school, but many schools extended their deadlines for this reason, including U of M. I am really excited and pleased with the outcome, and I just want you to know that I appreciate all that you have done for me. My research with MHIRT really helped me stand out in my applications, and my experience in the program has inspired me to pursue a health law certificate. I can’t thank you enough, and I’m so excited for what the future brings!


Elizabeth B. Booker

Thank You Notes to Br. Edward Salgado

We have two thank you notes to Br. Edward Salgado, Biology Professor Emeritus, this month.  One is directly from a student, and the other is from our Academic Services Staff:


Brother Edward,

Thank you for the support as well as the letters of recommendation during my time at Christian Brothers.  I was fortunate enough to be accepted to the UTHSC College of Dentistry as well as being approved for the Army HPSP Scholarship.  Thank you so much for everything.

Austin Johnson


Dear Brother Edward,

We wanted to pass along some feedback that one of your advisees sent us about you:

I would like to nominate Brother Edward for the Outstanding Academic Advisor award. He has been a great source of encouragement and love throughout my time at CBU. He had helped me in countless ways and I am deeply grateful for all the time and effort he has given to me in order for me to reach my goals. He is a great teacher and friend.

Thank you for the great service and guidance you provide to your advisees and for everything you do to support the mission of CBU!

Best Wishes,

CBU Academic Services Staff