Gene McGinnis (Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering) recently took a group of CBU students to see the progress on the retrofitting of the Hernando Desoto Bridge for seismic events. The largest roller supports in the world, especially designed for seismic loads, are being installed on top of the main river piers, and all of the piers are being strengthened to accommodate earthquake activity.
MARDI GRAS 2007
Please join the Office of Student Life and the Student Government Association as we celebrate Mardi Gras on Tuesday, February 20. The meal will begin at 5:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Enjoy the spirit and flavor of Mardi Gras and New Orleans without ever leaving campus.
Lent is a special time in the Christian Calendar to prepare for Christ's Death and Resurrection, a time to focus on God's everlasting love for us. With this in mind, we will begin Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 21. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Services for Ash Wednesday are as follows:
• Distribution of Ashes: St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall) 7:30-8:15 a.m.
• Mass and Distribution of Ashes: De La Salle Chapel (Stritch Hall), 12:05 p.m.
• Distribution of Ashes: Outside of the East Lounge, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
• Distribution of Ashes: Outside of Montesi Executive Center (Buckman Hall), 7:45-8:15 p.m.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2007
• Friday, February 23: "Night of Elegance with a Touch of Class" -- Dance the night away as the CBU community continues to celebrate Black History Month with music from African-American artists ranging from jazz and soul to R&B. Attire: Formal. Admission: $5
2007-08 RA APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE
Do you want to make a positive impact on the CBU community? Are you creative and hard-working? Do you have exciting programming ideas? Are you a good listener and willing to lend a helping hand? If you answered yes to these questions, you may be interested in applying for the Resident Assistant position. Please stop by the Office of Student Life for an application and more information. Applications are due by February 28.
STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE UPDATE
Thanks to all of you who have done your 2007-08 FAFSA. We are processing those documents into the system now. If you haven’t done your 07-08 FAFSA, please do so now. We can’t actually make the awards until grades are posted at the end of the semester because of the need to monitor GPAs for all scholarships along with state and federal programs. Award letters will be sent after spring semester grades are posted. However, it will help if you will go ahead and send the needed documents to the Student Financial Assistance Office to complete your file. We are now on Banner Web, so you can check there for needed documents. (see below)
FINANCIAL AID INFO ON BANNER WEB
Students: You now have access to your Financial Aid information anytime and anywhere via Banner Web. You may view your yearly awards, financial aid requirements (both unsatisfied and satisfied), and your progress for Title IV aid. "My Requirements" allows you to quickly see the status of requirements needed to process your financial aid. "My Awards" lets you see your yearly awards. "My Satisfactory Progress For Title IV Funds" is based on academic performance for all attempted hours at CBU and hours transferred into CBU. Check it out -- log into Banner Web today!
ENGLAND STUDY ABROAD DEADLINE EXTENDED
There has been considerable interest in the summer 2007 England program at Edge Hill University. To enable more students to participate, the enrollment period has been extended until February 23. A $500 down payment by Friday, February 23, will hold your place in the program AND reserve your room on the London optional trip. Please contact the International Initiatives Office 321 3264 or email email@example.com. For course information, contact Dr. Neal Palmer (teaching History of British Rock) or Dr. Conrad Brombach (teaching Sports Psychology). Additional information is available on the Study Abroad website.
CAREER CENTER EVENTS
• Job Fair Preparation Workshop: Tuesday, February 20; 1:00 pm, Buckman 111
• Science, Engineering & Technology Job Fair: Thursday, February 22; 11:00-1:30 p.m., East Lounge
• Practice Tests (GRE, GMAT, LSAT & MCAT): Tuesday & Wednesday, March 20 & 21; 1:00 pm each day, Kenrick Hall
• Professional Image Workshop: Thursday, March 22; 1:00 pm, Buckman 112
• Business & Arts Job Fair: Thursday, March 29; 11:00 to 1:30, East Lounge
• Behavioral Interviewing Workshop: Thursday, April 12; 1:00 pm, Buckman 211
• Negotiating Salary Workshop: Thursday, April 19; 1:00 pm, Buckman 211
COLLEGE NIGHT AT THE GRIZZLIES
Enjoy an amazing night of NBA basketball with the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum on March 22! Individuals can get group rate prices for a ticket to see the Grizzlies vs. L.A. Lakers -- along with a food voucher for a hot dog and Pepsi. After the game head on over to Beale Street, and stop into the Superior Bar/Restaurant -- show your ticket stub and help yourself to complimentary finger food (while supplies last). Click here to download ticket info, then contact Robert Salek at 205-1463 or RSalek@grizzlies.com to place your order.
• In-Sik Hwang (Athletics/Volleyball) has been invited to hold a volleyball clinic at the Buckman Boys and Girls Club, part of the Greater Memphis Boys and Girls Clubs, on Saturday, March 10, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
• Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering) spoke on "Engineering: Bridge to the Future" at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School on February 15. The audience was at least 47 students from two upper level math courses and others interested in learning about engineering.The talk was made at the invitation of Ms. Mary Cox, guidance counselor at SBA.
• Christie Spencer (Biology '07) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center program in Nursing.
• Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology), Teri Mason (Behavioral Science), and Manny Patel (Biology '05) gave a talk at Prescott Baptist Church on the MHIRT project in Uganda. Dr. Fitzgerald also gave a lecture on the MHIRT program at Tennessee
State University in Nashville, where she met with students and Dr. Mohamed Kanu (new faculty participant for MHIRT).
Dr. Stan Eisen holds the microphone for Jeremy Armstrong (Biology '08), winner of the Mating Call Contest portion of the "Ape Olympic Biathlon" which was sponsored by Beta Beta Beta and held February 12 in honor of Charles Darwin's birthday. Winners of the Coconut Shot-put Contest were Thomas Turner and Dr. Mary Ogilvie. Photo by Ashley Prevost -- click here for more.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS & EVENTS
• The Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Mu Eta (the Engineering Management Honor Society) inducted three new members on February 16: Maria Teresa Blanco Vasquez Lensing, Daniel G. Butler, and Keenan Wilburn. Epsilon Mu Eta is open to students enrolled in the Graduate Engineering Programs at CBU. To be elected to membership, the student must have shown both exceptional academic achievement and excellent character.
• Zeta Tau Alpha would like to thank Sigma Alpha Epsilon for all of their efforts during Homecoming Week. Zeta would also like to thank the Greek community for all of their support for the Bucs. Zeta would like to congratulate all the members of the homecoming court, with special congratulations to Megan Rice and Vance Gamble.
• Congratulations to the brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon for winning the Phi Beta Sigma Step-Show, and special thanks to the brothers that participated: Nick Rodgers, Ian Withrow, Ryan Nicolini, Frank Ramirez, Chris Reid, John Paul Masterson, Greg Carrico, John Carrico, Jay McDonald, Kyle Markway, and Grey Dziuba.
• The new CBU
Chapter of of the College Democrats of America has recently been organized. Click here to visit the chapter's website for more information.
• February 18-24 is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, co-sponsored by Alpha Sigma Tau and Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Join AST and SAE in the Celebrate EveryBody 5K at Shelby Farms on Saturday, February 24, at 9:00 a.m. Sign up online here. To commemorate Eating Disorders Awareness Week, AST and SAE are also creating a campus quilt to promote positive self-image and self-esteem. Create your own quilt patch to show a positive quote, image, idea, etc. Patches can be made of paper or any other medium that can be attached to a banner. Residents will receive blank patches in their mailboxes, and patches will be collected all week in the Student Life office in the Thomas Center.
The Office of Admissions has promoted DeRonae Smith from the position of Telecounselor to Administrative Assistant and Coordinator of Guest Relations. DeRonae has also worked in the Education Department as a temporary Administrative Assistant.
THE SAME PAGE @ YOUR LIBRARY
Plough Library has released the new edition of its newsletter, The Same Page. It is now available online for download.
TWILIGHT RETREAT: FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
The February Twilight Retreat will be held in the East Lounge of the Thomas Center on Thursday, February 15, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Brother Vincent Malham will introduce the topic, "The Five Pillars of Islam and Our Christian Faith." Father David Knight is the presenter and will address five things required to be a good Muslim and to be a good Christian. If we are aware of these, it gives us a common ground to serve as a basis for mutual understanding and cooperation. The public is invited to this free retreat. Call 357-6662 for more information or to RSVP.
SPEAKERS ON CAREERS IN ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
The CBU community is invited to sit in on presentations by guest speakers for the spring course in "Careers in Accounting and Finance" (ACCT300/FIN300), which meets on Tuesday afternoons at 12:45 p.m. in Buckman 112. (Warning: It may be SRO.) The remaining schedule for guest speakers is as follows: Matthew Biddinger (division controller at Hunter Fan Company) on February 20; Ryan B. Boyd, CFP (Certified Financial Planner practitioner at CFH Financial Services) on February 27; Ross Harris, CFA, CPA (executive vice president of AIMS Logistics) on March 13; Steve Sansom (senior managing director and founder of Green Square Capital) on March 20; Brett Johnson, CPA (senior manager at Deloitte & Touche) on March 27; Craig Wiener (senior vice president at Wunderlich Securities) on April 3; Christopher M. Kelley (executive director of Barret School of Banking) on April 10; and Philip D. Babin (Thompson Dunavant PLC) on April 17. For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Kugele at 321-4222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR STUDENT PEACE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Christian Brothers University invites nominations for the 2007 Gerard A. Vanderhaar Student Peace Award. This award is for currently enrolled students at Memphis area institutions of higher education, and is given in conjunction with the annual Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium, to be held at CBU on March 29. The recipient is honored at the symposium, and will be given a $500 award. Nominations may come from faculty, staff, or administrators. Nominees for the award should meet the following criteria:
• Outstanding involvement in peace and justice work, which could include significant participation in an organization for peace and justice, significant participation in a nonviolent campaign or movement for peace and justice, and/or service which furthers peace and justice in the world
• Enrolled as a full-time student at the undergraduate or graduate level at a Memphis-area institution of higher education
• Academic excellence, maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0
Nomination forms are available for download here. Finalists for the Student Peace Award will be interviewed by the selection committee, and so please provide contact information for the student nominee. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2007.
WEEKLY OPPORTUNITIES TO WORSHIP AT CBU
• Daily Mass: Monday-Friday, 5:00 p.m., De La Salle/Stritch Chapel
• Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., De La Salle/Stritch Chapel; or 9:00 p.m., De La Salle/Stritch Chapel
• Bible Reflection: Mondays, 5:00 p.m., St. Joseph Chapel
• Communion: Tuesdays, 12:22 p.m., St. Joseph Chapel
• Bible Study: Wednesdays, 6:45 p.m., Stritch Lounge
• Noontime Prayer: Thursdays, 12:22 p.m., St. Joseph Chapel
• Rosary: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, noon, St. Joseph Chapel
• Adoration: Every Tuesday evening, we have an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God through Adoration. This worship experience takes place at St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall), 8:15-9:15 p.m. Come for 10 minutes or 60 minutes, whatever is possible for you. It's a great way to remember God's holy presence in our lives.