MARCH 20 - 27, 2006

Dr. Frank Buscher (Dean, School of Arts) recently gave a talk titled "Explaining the Holocaust: The Historian as Teacher and War Crimes Investigator" at Viterbo College in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He also finished the Germantown Half-Marathon in 1:29:22.
Jennifer Hendrick (Biology '06) is a co-author in a research article entitled "QCT versus DXA in 320 Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Association of BMD with Fracture History," which has been accepted for publication in Pediatric Blood and Cancer. She conducted this research during the Summer of 2005 as part of the POE program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Dr. Siripong Malasri (Civil Engineering) was presented with the Memphis-Area Joint Engineers Council 2006 Award of Excellence on February 20 "for his outstanding achievements and devoted service to the engineering profession and public welfare, and for his continuous dedication and contribution to the community."
Laura Pearson (Mechanical Engineering '90) won the top environmental award in the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee's Engineering Excellence competition for 2006. The award was presented for her work on the remediation of the Macalloy National Priorities List Site in Charleston, SC. Pearson led a project that shortened the time frame for readying the environmentally impacted site for beneficial re-use and helped develop an innovative engineering design that fast-tracked the remediation of more than 170,000 tons of contaminated fill material and more than 2.5 million gallons of groundwater.
• Buccaneer pitcher Charlie Soukup (Accounting '07) was named the Gulf South Conference West Division Pitcher of the Week for the period ending March 14. He threw a complete-game three hitter against Henderson State, allowing just one earned run, while striking out seven and walking just one.
Andrew Warren (Civil Engineering '06) was named the 2006 Featured Engineering Student from Christian Brothers University at the Memphis Engineers Week Banquet on February 23.
• Seven CBU students have been selected for inclusion in the 2006 edition of Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Jennifer Bernard (Biology '06), Ernest Edwards (History '07), Kevin Langellier (MBA), Jenny Mohan (Natural Science '06), Christie Spencer (Biology '06), Sarah Tragarz (Business Administration '06), and Melissa Woods (Applied Psychology '06) were selected based on their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success.
• The following CBU biology students made presentations of their senior research projects to the Western Regional Collegiate Division meeting of the Tennessee Academy of Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center on March 18: Jennifer Bernard, Christina Brown, Paula Cerrito, Bob Dalsania, Emily DeFur, Jennifer Hendrick, Melissa Hines, Jeremy Hunt, Andrew Michael, Ashley Miller, Sheharyar Minhas, Steven Moore, Reena Patel, Jennifer Paxson, Christie Spencer, and Katrina Thompson.
• As part of the Engineers Week Celebration, the School of Engineering recognized several outstanding engineering students and faculty. This year, departmental award recipients were Jiexin Deng, Featured Chemical/Biochemical Engineering Student; Andrew Warren, Featured Civil/Environmental Engineering Student; Chris Ramberg, Featured Electrical/Computer Engineering Student; Amanda Alsbrook, Featured Mechanical Engineering Student; Dr. Randel Price, Featured Chemical/Biochemical Engineering Faculty; Dr. Siripong Malasri, Featured Civil/Environmental Engineering Faculty; Dr. John Ventura, Featured Electrical/Computer Engineering Faculty; Dr. Paul Shiue, Featured Mechanical Engineering Faculty; and Dr. Siripong Malasri, Featured Engineering Management Faculty.

The following faculty members have been granted tenure, effective the 2006-07 academic year:
Dr. James Aflaki (Information Technology Management)
Dr. David Dawson (Chemistry)
Dr. Clayann G. Panetta (Literature & Languages)
Dr. Sarah Pitts (Accounting, Finance & Business Law)
Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
Dr. Rodney Vogl (Behavioral Sciences)
The following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of Professor, effective the 2006-07 Academic Year:
Dr. Pascal Bedrossian (Mathematics and Computer Science)
Dr. Beth Nelson (Behavioral Sciences)
Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology)
Dr. Anna Ross (Biology)
The following faculty members have been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor, effective the 2006-07 Academic Year:
Dr. David Dawson (Chemistry)
Dr. Kristin Prien (Management, Marketing, Economics & Statistics)

Carpeting and painting in the north end of the lower level of Barry Hall was scheduled to be completed this past weekend, and offices in that area (Registrar, Academic Services, Human Resources) should be able to move back in early this week. A plastic bulkhead will be put across the main hallway preventing general traffic from entering the south end. Completion of repairs and reconstruction to the Business Office and Student Financial Assistance is estimated to take three more weeks.

Lisa Teaford has joined the staff of the Office of Advancement in the position of Administrative Assistant.
Melissa Verble has joined the staff of Plough Library in the position of Evening Circulations Coordinator.

A representative from Edge Hill College in Ormskirk, England (just outside Liverpool) will be available in Buckman 103 on Tuesday, March 31, at 12:45 p.m. to meet with anyone who is interested in studying or teaching a future summer session at the college.
Please consider joining faculty, staff, alumni, and friends for an authentic Italian experience in Rome and Assisi, May 22-31 (no students this time). For faculty who might be considering Rome as a destination for a class, this will be a deductible expense. A $200 deposit will hold your place until Tuesday, March 30. To discuss the trip or get additional information, contact Emily Mathis Forsdick at 321-3461 or, or contact Wanda Anderson at 321-3264 or
Save $$$ on Study Abroad this Fall! Join your classmates for a FALL BREAK TRIP TO ROME and SAVE. No extra tuition for study abroad!
If you are a full-time student and register for either RS 299: MARTYRS, MONKS, AND MYSTICS or GS 399: ART AND CULTURE OF ROME, you will pay NO extra tuition, just the cost of the trip. Please check with your advisor, or contact Dr. Emily Mathis Forsdick (321-3461) or Mrs. Wanda Anderson (321-4250) in the International Initiatives Office (BU 346 or 342). A $200 deposit will hold your airline seat until May 12.

The Theta Pi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta would like to congratulate Michelle Bates for being named Sister of the Week.

Anthony Williams (Music) is putting together a choir to sing at the CBU Presidential Inauguration on Sunday, April 23. He is looking for alumni of the CBU Chorale or CB Singers. If you have sung in either ensemble in the past and want to join the current CB Singers for this special event, please contact Mr. Williams at 321-3390 or

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 are available in the Counseling Center and must be returned to the Counseling Center by March 23.

A volleyball rematch of the annual Youth and Vitality vs. Old Age and Deceit charity game has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 21. Come see the mature and wily faculty dominate naive, unsuspecting students in a game of wit and skill. 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.

Information Technology Services invites the student body to attend any of three upcoming demonstrations of My CBU - your online campus community portal. This will be an opportunity to discuss features, ask questions, and provide suggestions about the future of our online community. Each session will be held in the Montesi Executive Center in Buckman Hall beginning Wednesday, March 22, at noon. An evening session will be held at 5:15 p.m. that same day. Another session will be held the following day, March 23, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Sessions are open to all interested students.

Opportunities to worship during Lent: Mass on Monday-Friday at 5:00 p.m., 11:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, in De La Salle Chapel (Stritch Hall); Bible Reflection on Mondays at 5:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall); Communion Service on Tuesdays at 12:22 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel (No Communion Service this week on March 21); Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays, noon-1:00 p.m.; Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Stritch Lounge; Noontime Prayer on Thursdays at 12:22 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel; Christian Coffee House at the Acoustic Spoon (First Baptist Church, Poplar and Parkway) on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; Stations of the Cross on Fridays, noon-12:15 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel
• There will be a Lenten Penance Service on Thursday, March 23, at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 7:00 p.m. There will be 12 priests to hear confessions. This is a wonderful opportunity to prepare for Easter.
• A Special Coffee House, "Spring Sing," is slated for Friday, March 24, in the East Lounge, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

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. For complete information and entry form, click here.

The next Faculty/Staff gathering of the spring semester is Thursday, March 30, in the Canale Arena skybox, 4:00-5:00 p.m. Light snacks and beverages will be served. And mark your calendar now for the gathering on Wednesday, May 10 (in conjunction with the Senior Picnic) - same place, same time.

The first annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium will be held Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. in the CBU Theatre. The symposium was established in memory of Dr. Gerry Vanderhaar, who taught religion at CBU for 28 years. He died this past June. Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of Detroit, a long-time peace and social justice activist, will help launch the annual series as its first speaker. Also, during the symposium, a university student from the Mid-South area will be chosen as the first recipient of the Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar Award. This award will be presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence, consistent with Vanderhaar's life and work. For more information, contact Lisa Bell in the CBU Advancement Office at 321-4299.

CBU is hosting the 2006 Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges-Mid South Region (CCSC-MS) Conference, March 31-April 1. This conference brings together computer science and information technology professionals, faculty, and students for two days of workshops, tutorials, and paper presentations in regard to state-of-the-art information technology. Participation by Memphis area universities includes CBU, University of Memphis, Rhodes, Ole Miss, and Lemoyne-Owen. Other universities from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Louisiana will also be represented. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on March 31 and continues that day. Further information can be obtained from Dr. Dan Brandon at 321-3615 or

The 2nd Annual Faculty/Staff Talent Show will start at 7:00 p.m. at the CBU Theatre on April 1. Come early at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy food/book sales and a silent auction. A tentative list of performers includes: Ignatius Brown, John Johnston, Beth Nelson, Tracie Burke, Karen Conway, Mary Ogilvie, Teri Mason, Pong Malasri, Asit Ray, Peter Limper, and more. There will also be performances from De La Salle Elementary at Blessed Sacrament, Holy Names Catholic School, and Christian Brothers High School. The event is FREE!

"Seen & Unseen: Art for the Blind and Sighted" by Guy Cobb will be on exhibition through May 12 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library). To learn more about Guy Cobb and his artwork, visit

CBU, in partnership with MPACT Memphis and the Financial Planning Association, is presenting a series of seminars covering various aspects of personal financial fitness. Seminars are being conducted by CBU School of Business faculty and the Financial Planning Association and will be held on the third Thursday of each month (except May) in Buckman Hall, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Topics are: Debt Management, April 20; Building Wealth, June 15; Investment Basics, July 20; Buying a Home, August 17; Insurance, September 21; Retirement, October 19; and Estate Planning, November 16. All seminars are free, but seating is limited. To register for one or all, call MPACT Memphis at 312-7760, or click here.

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