FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 13, 2006

Everyone is invited to enjoy some Cajun food, colorful beads, and music with the Student Government Association and the CBU community at CBU's annual Mardi Gras Dinner on Tuesday, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall.

Cynthia Caceres (Biology, '05) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center School of Dentistry.
Bob Dalsania (Biology '06) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center School of Dentistry.
Emily Defur (Biology '06) has also been accepted at University of Arkansas School of Medicine in Little Rock.
Angela Inman (Natural Science '05) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center School of Pharmacy.
Dr. Eric Welch (Dean, School of Engineering) spoke to about 375 students at Collierville High School on February 24 on the topic of "Everyday Chemical Engineering," in which he briefly explains chemical engineering and uses a chemical engineering perspective to look at common activities such as making coffee.
• Psychology majors Cristin Cox ('06), Daniel Salvaggio ('06), and Mindy Parnell ('05) have had their paper on "The Effects of Political Advertising Message and Candidate Gender on Likelihood to Vote for the Sponsoring Candidate" accepted for publication in Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research.
Dr. Mike Condren (Chemistry) and chemistry seniors Oscar Herrera, Eleenaw Jefferson, and Priya Patel attended the Arkansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence research symposium at the University of Arkansas, Febraury 24-25. The students presented their senior research projects in the poster competition, and Dr. Condren presented a workshop on "Exploring the Nanoworld." Priya Patel's poster entitled "Functional Role of PKC&#61545 in Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells" placed second in the Chemistry & Biochemistry competition.

The CBU Board of Trustees endorsed and approved the university Strategic Plan at its February meeting. The Strategic Plan is conceived as a dynamic document that will guide the university's priorities for the next several years. It is designed to be updated and revised as circumstances dictate. The full text of the Strategic Plan is available internally at A condensed, public version of the Plan may be downloaded at

The Department of Campus Safety is continuing to study and discuss programs that will enhance its services to the campus community as well as our surrounding neighbors. With this in mind, two new initiatives are being introduced:
Two additional commissioned officers will be added to increase the presence of the department.
A "Satellite" Campus Safety office will be opened in Avery Apartments, in a joint effort with the Office of Residence Life and the Division of Student Life. This office will be used as a community policing tool and will hopefully afford a better level of involvement with the nearby area. An officer will be assigned, as much as possible, to operate from this office and will patrol an assigned area including the campus properties on Avery, Finlay, and Oakdale streets as well as some other areas.

The President's Council has approved a modified policy on voice and email messaging. The phone message system will be used only for emergency announcements, bad weather and class cancellations, school closings, important announcements as requested or determined by the President's office or Vice Presidents, and when necessary by Campus Safety or Communications and Marketing. The Office of Communications and Marketing will coordinate these announcements with ITS. Individual offices will not be able to access the campus-wide voice mail system to send out announcements. The full text of the approved and revised policy is available online at

Eric Ellis (Advancement) has been named to the new position Director of Alumni Records & Research. He has served in the Office of Advancement as Assistant Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Activities since July 2004. Eric was previously an Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions.
Wanda Anderson will now split her duties between the Advancement Office, where she's been a longtime Executive Assistant and will now become the Special Events Associate, and International Initiatives (Study Abroad Program), where she will serve as Assistant to the Director.

Alpha Sigma Tau would like to thank everyone who supported their service project, Eating Disorders Awareness Week. Congratulations to the Alpha Tau sisters for winning the 2006 Best Greek Turnout Award at the Celebrate EveryBODY 5K for eating disorders awareness.

The Shot Nurse Immunization and Wellness Service will now visit CBU on the first Wednesday of each month during the Spring Semester. The first visit under the new schedule will be Wednesday, March 1, in the East Lounge at 12:30-1:30 p.m. Students may want to take advantage of getting the required second MMR ($60). They will also offer TB skin testing ($20) and vaccinations for hepatitis B and meningitis. A full list of current services and prices is available at Visit for more details regarding services.
A 30-minute in-service/demonstration for faculty and staff on the use of the oxygen unit in CBU Health Resources is scheduled for Friday, March 3, in the Thomas Center Conference Room, at 10:00 a.m. This in-service will provide attendees with the skills necessary to assess a victim and save a life by utilizing this equipment until emergency medical responders can arrive. For more information, please contact Lorene Cathey at 321-3260 or

The St. Francis Concert Choir with organist Helen Rougeou and  members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Anthony Williams (Chair, Fine Arts and Speech) will perform Maurice Durufle's Requiem on Sunday, March 5, at 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (8151 Chinmeyrock Blvd. in Cordova). With the choir of 50 voices, two CBU students -- Courtney Glidewell, mezzo-soprano, and Michael Hibler, tenor -- will perform as soloists. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Anthony Williams at or visit

As we begin Lent this week, let us be mindful of preparing for Easter by prayer, fasting, and service to the poor. Please consult the Lenten information cards for futher oppportunities for prayer, fasting, and serving. Our regular worship opportunities during the week will be maintained, just consult the schedule cards… if you don't have one, contact Brother Rob at
Alternative Spring Break will take place on Saturday, March 4, at the new Dorothy Day House/Catholic Worker House on Poplar near Cleveland. The House takes care of homeless families. Our working hours will be 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. If you are interested, email or call 321-3509. This will be a great service project to begin the season of Lent!
• Our All College Retreat has been rescheduled to March 18-19 at John Kyle State Park in Sardis, MS. If you are interested please email or call.

Job Fair Preparation/Professional Image Workshop: Tuesday, February 28; 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.; Buckman 226
Spring 2006 Job Fair: Wednesday, March 15; 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; East Lounge/Alfonso Dining Hall
E-Recruiting Workshop: Tuesday, March 21; 1:00 p.m.; Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211)

Any interested freshman, sophomore, or junior who has leadership abilities, is service-oriented, highly motivated, school-spirited, and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is encouraged to apply for a Peer Counselor position for the 2006-2007 academic year. Applications will be available in the Counseling Center March 13-23 and must be returned to the Counseling Center by March 23. If you would like more information about the Peer Counselor Program, you are invited to attend a Peer Counselor Informational Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, March 14, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.

A volleyball rematch of the annual Youth and Vitality vs. Old Age and Deceit charity game is coming up on March 16. Come see the mature and wily faculty dominate naive, unsuspecting students in a game of wit and skill. The faculty will stop at nothing to defend their title, won last year fair and square (though some might disagree). Donations will be accepted at the door for the Church Health Center, which serves people in the Memphis community who have no other health care opportunities. This event is sponsored by Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society and Tri-Beta.

The CBU Honors Program is proud to present the third annual CBU "Battle of the Brains" on Saturday, March 25, in Spain Auditorium, 9:00 a.m.-6:30 p.m. "Battle of the Brains" is a Jeopardy!-like competition in which up to thirteen teams of three students will compete for fun and cash. The first place team will take home $225 (to be divided among the players), with second place receiving $150, and third place winning $75. Teams will consist of three or four CBU undergraduates enrolled as full-time students as of March 25. Entry fee per player (and alternate) is $5, for a total team entry fee of $15 (no alternate) or $20 (w/alternate). All entry fees will be donated to the Memphis Child Advocacy Center and are non-refundable. The first 13 teams to submit their application AND pay their entry fee will play in the tournament. For complete information and entry form, visit

The Computer Center and ITS Help Desk will be open 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 5; 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday, March 6-10. Regular hours will resume on March 11. The 24-hour Lab will be open and accessible with a CBU ID card.
Plough Library will be open 7:45 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3; 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 4; closed on Sunday, March 5; 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 6-10; noon - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11; and 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

Jostens is offering its lowest prices of the season on class rings during a two-day event at the CBU Bookstore, March 18-19. Personalized graduation announcements will also be available. Promotional prices are valid for a limited time and are not valid on web orders. Payment plans are available.

Student volunteers are needed for various tasks at the 2nd Annual CBU Faculty/Staff Talent Show on April 1. Tasks include backstage help, book sales, food/drink sale, silent auction, etc. Volunteers are needed between 5:30 p.m. - about 9:00 p.m. that evening. If you are interested in helping out, please contact Karen Conway at Performers are also still needed to make the show the greatest on earth. If you are interested in sharing your talent, please contact Mary Ogilvie at Each performance must have at least one CBU faculty or staff. Also, if you have items for silent auction, please contact Pong Malasri at All proceeds will go to De La Salle Elementary School at Blessed Sacrament.

The Tennessee Student Aid Alliance is launching a student writing campaign, calling on students to write letters and emails to their state elected officials to highlight the importance of the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA). The campaign includes both public and private colleges and universities in Tennessee. The Alliance is calling for a $30 million increase in TSAA. TSAA recipients are encouraged to use the Alliance's web-based Action Center to send emails or letters -- go to and click on "Action Center."

The Hesburgh Lecture Series, an educational programs sponsored by the University of Notre Dame Alumni Association, will hold a program at CBU on Wednesday, March 29, in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The speaker will be F. Clark Power, chair of the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Power's topic will be "Can Virtue Be Taught? Moral and Character Education in America." Using recent social science research, he proposes that moral education is necessary and possible in the curriculum, classroom and school discipline, community service projects, and sports. For more information, contact the Catholic Diocese of Memphis at 373-1200.

New work in clay by Ellen McGowan will be on exhibit in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library) through March 10. To learn more about Ellen McGowan and her artwork, visit An exhibition of writing and photography by Daniel and Travis Benson is on display in the gallery lobby.

You can help our student-athletes and show the world you're a CBU supporter with the line of university-branded clothing and merchandise at the CBU Online Store. Visit and check out the selection. A portion of all proceeds goes to the CBU Athletic Scholarship Fund.




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