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Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), at right above, drops a packaged egg 40 feet from a hydraulic lift provided by Barnhart Crane & Rigging Company in the School of Engineering's 5th annual High School Competition on April 12. The event's "Egg Drop Competition" and "Balsa Wood Crate Competition" were sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation. Students also competed in a "CO2 Car Competition" and a "Tractor Pull Competition."

The newly renovated University Theater will open its doors at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, with a concert by Memphis musical artists Victor Asunción, piano; Karen Busler, flute; Susanna Perry Gilmore, violin; Brother Vincent Malham, piano; Scott Moore, trumpet; and JemmiLou Rye, soprano. WMC-TV anchor Joe Birch ('78) will serve as master of ceremonies, and a reception will follow the concert in the Boshwit Courtyard with harpist Marian Shaffer. RSVP to 321-3270 or if you plan to attend.


Dr. Marguerite Cooper (Chemistry) was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Memphis on April 14 at a black-tie gala at the Gibson Guitar Factory. Dr. Cooper, who has taught at CBU for 30 years, was the first woman to get a Ph.D. in chemistry at the U of M.
Jason Deng ('06) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in pharmaceutical science at the University of North Carolina.
Mark Foster (Mechanical Engineering '08) was awarded one of two Outstanding Junior Scholarships by the Memphis chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers at its annual spring Student Appreciation Day awards luncheon on April 10. The award recognizes those students currently enrolled in junior level mechanical engineering courses who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, leadership, and service. His faculty sponsor was Dr. Paul Shiue.
Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) recently gave a lecture on the brain and brain function to Anne Whirley's combined CLUE classes at White Station Middle School.
Sheharyar Minhas (Biology '07) won a statewide second-place award in the Cell and Molecular Oral Presentation section at the Tennessee Academy of Science (TAS) session at Austin Peay University. He was awarded a free one-year membership to TAS, and his research was published in the online TAS Journal.
Patton Minkin (Chemistry '05) has been accepted to the D.D.S. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry.
Candace Parks (Business Administration '08) is a recipient of a
2007 Academic Achievement Award from the Memphis Chapter of Financial Executives International, to be presented at the organization's chapter meeting on April 17. Brother Vincent Malham will be the dinner speaker at the meeting.
Dr. Randal Price (Chemical Engineering) was awarded an honorary Alpha Chi membership in the CBU TN Theta Chapter. Chapters are allowed once a year to nominate someone whom they feel contributes to the chapter. Dr. Price has been the engineering faculty representative for several years and has assisted in reviewing papers, attending meetings, and offering suggestions. All nominations are reviewed by the national board members and voted on at the national convention. Dr. Price received a certificate and a pin from the national organization.
Jonathan Pritchett (Psychology '07) has been accepted to the master's program in school counseling at Mississippi State University.
• Buccaneer basketball forward Kevin Weybright (Business '08) has been named First-Team All-South Region by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Weybright averaged 20.1 points per game as he led the Bucs to a 21-8 record and a second-place finish in the Gulf South Conference West Division. The award is his second straight NABC All-Region honor; he was named to the second team last season as a sophomore.

Father Gabriel DiFederico, former CBU chaplain and adjunct professor, passed away on April 4. Father DiFederico served the Diocese of Memphis as associate pastor at St. Louis Church, St. Anne Church, and Holy Rosary Church. He served as pastor of Holy Names Church and St. Joseph Church. He also served as campus minister at the University of Memphis and as spiritual director of the Cursillo Movement. May his soul rest in peace.

• April 16: Greek Publicity Day
• April 17: Faculty/Staff Breakfast located outside the Library, Barry Hall/Kenrick, Science Center, and Buckman. Faculty and staff please stop by and grab breakfast as an appreciation for all that you do for the Greek community.
• April 18: All Greek Tailgate starting at noon located on the outside basketball court. CBU baseball game will follow at AutoZone Park.
• April 19: Greek Olympics will take place on Nolan Field beginning at 2:00 p.m.
• April 20: All Greek Banquet

MULTICULTURAL WEEK: April 16-18, 2007
• Monday, April 16: Round Table Brown Bag Luncheon and Discussion; Bring your lunch and join faculty, staff, and students as they discuss diversity around the world. (12:15 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Sabbatini Lounge)
• Tuesday, April 17: Caribbean Day, featuring reggae music & Caribbean lunch (11:00 a.m..-1:00 p.m., Buckman Quad)
• Wednesday, April 18: Ethnic Progressive Lunch; Enjoy mouth watering foods from various cultures (11:00 a.m..-1:15 p.m., Alfonso Dining Hall)

Johnson Family Chiropractic will be on campus on Tuesday, April 17, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., in the Thomas Center Conference Room. They will offer complimentary spinal screenings and informational brochures.

Negotiating Salary Workshop: Thursday, April 19; 1:00 pm, Buckman 211

Plough Library is currently running a trial of RefWorks, an online research management and collaboration tool designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. The trial ends April 30. Click here and take some time to try out RefWorks -- then send your feedback to

Plough Library has released the new edition of its newsletter, The Same Page. It is now available online for download.

The Jason Foundation, in conjunction with CBU, the St. Martin de Porres Shrine Institute, and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis, will present a symposium on youth suicide prevention for teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, and youth ministers on Sunday, April 29, at 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Speakers will include Clark Flatt (CEO of the Jason Foundation), Father Tom Condon (Pastor, St. Peter Catholic Church), Dr. Colleen Butterick (director of school counseling for the Diocese), Dr. Kenneth Tullis (medical director at Lakeside Behavioral Health System), and Madge Tullis (a Humanitarian Award winner for her work in suicide prevention). For more information, contact Sharon Farley at 578-2643.


The 11th Annual Student Research Poster Session
will be held on April 17 in the Sabbatini Lounge of the Thomas Center. Students from all disciplines will present posters on their research. This year's poster session is sponsored by Alpha Chi National Honor Society, which will provide refreshments and awards to student presenters. The School of Sciences will also present its annual Brother Dominic Dunn Award to an outstanding graduating senior. A program and list of this year's student presentations is available for download.

The CBU student body elected a new SGA Executive Committee for the 2007-08 academic year. Congratulations to the new Student Government Association officers: Tony Kreager, President; Burton Bridges, Vice President of Senate; Samantha Almanza, Vice President of Programming; Frank Ramirez, Vice President of Finance; and Keith Wyrick, Vice President of Communications.

All participants in Commencement should also proofread the drafts of the official program posted online for their correct names and degrees (instructions are given for making corrections and changes).

The Thomas Lipsmeyer Award will be presented to the "Ideal Senior Student" at the 2007 Commencement Ceremony. This award recognizes a senior who has most actively contributed to the senior class and the University. Graduating seniors of the 2006-07 class may nominate one person April 23-26 in Alfonso Dining Hall, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the Director of Student Activities at 321-3529.

• The Music Department of CBU presents an "Evening of Recital" featuring voice students of Tommy Gaines and piano students of Janelle Ganey on Friday, April 20, in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
• The Music Department of CBU presents the "Annual Spring Concert by the CB Singers" directed by Tommy Gaines on Friday, April 27, in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. A reception will follow in the Montesi Executive Center featuring an exhibition by CBU art students of Jana Travis. The event is free and open to the public.

The Blue Note Combo, CBU's new jazz ensemble, is recruiting members for the 2007-08 school year. Interested musicians should email John McLaughlin at either or with their name, mailing address (permanent/summer), email address, and instrument(s). The ability to read music is a big plus. The ensemble is open to any current students, alumni, and staff.

• The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha attended Zeta Day at the Germantown Center on March 24, and would like to recognize the ladies who won awards and those who assisted in making Zeta Day possible: Vicki Clark, Outstanding Advisor; Emily Daniel, Best T-shirt Designs; Susy Fisher Todd (financial advisor), Certificate of Merit; and Sara Jasper Clark (general advisor), Certificate of Merit. The CBU chapter was recognized for: Reaching Quota Maintaining Maximum Chapter Size, Highly Commendable Scholastic Achievement, Community Service, and received a Major Donor Award.
Alpha Chi would like to congratulate the newly elected officers for the 2007-08 school year: Jennifer Aldrich, President; Whitney Heath, Vice President; Angela Bixler, Secretary; and Candace Parks, Treasurer. Alpha Chi would also like to thank the outgoing officers for a great job this year: Sheharyar Minhas, President; Sana Mujahid, Vice President; Ashley Prevost, Secretary; and Rebecca Bastnagel, Treasurer. (Jennifer Aldrich, Sheharyar Minhas, Sana Mujahid, and Ashley Prevost were also featured in an article on the recent Alpha Chi national convention in the April 11 "My Life" section of The Commercial Appeal.)


NITE OF LIFE: Brothers of Tau Kappa Epsilon and sisters of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority are asking CBU community members to donate and help support the Dream Factory of Memphis, a not-for-profit organization that helps make the dreams of special needs children come true. All money raised will go to the "Nite of Life," an event that takes place on April 28. On that day, TKE and AZD will provide Dream Factory families with a day at the zoo and later return to CBU for a magic show and cookout in Nolan Field. This event depends solely on the donations and benevolence of the CBU and the Memphis communities. For questions or to make donations, email
The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (above) collaborated with Beta Epsilon Omega (Sponsoring Graduate Chapter) and Teenage Improvement Club (TIC) by collecting dolls to be donated to LeBonheur Children's Hospital on April 7.

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 final guest speaker for the series is Philip D. Babin (Thompson Dunavant PLC) on April 17. For more information, contact Dr. Lynn Kugele at 321-4222 or

The Annual Engineering Senior Picnic will be held in the Nolan Intramural Field on Friday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. All engineering seniors and CBU faculty and staff are invited. Catfish, hushpuppies, fries, drinks, and dessert will be served. The picnic is hosted by the CBU student chapter of IEEE.

For the last seventeen years, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee has hosted the annual Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition to recognize firms for projects that demonstrate a high degree of achievement, value, and ingenuity. Almost 30 entries were submitted this year from various companies and government agencies across Tennessee. Posters of these entries will be displayed at the Plough Library for free pubic viewing April 16-22. For more information, please contact Pong Malasri at For a complete list of entries, please check the web site at:

Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 26, to learn about the way in which gourmet chocolates are prepared. Then learn the proper way to sample and appreciate white, milk, and dark chocolate. This sweet seminar will be held in the Montesi Executive Center, starting at 2:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the students of BIOL 103.

The Alpha Delta Chapter of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society, invites the CBU community to attend its spring Lecture Series event on April 24, 12:00-1:00 p.m., in the East Lounge. Speaker John W. Moore, president and CEO of the Memphis Regional Chamber, will address the potential for Memphis to become a world-class aerotropolis and leader in worldwide logistics management. If you plan to eat lunch, arrive at 11:30 a.m., and RSVP by April 20 to 321-3282 or

Attention Students: The Up til Dawn Executive Board applications are available in Student Life. Up til Dawn is a campus-wide fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The Executive Board plans all campus events that assist in the fundraising efforts for St. Jude. If you are looking for a truly rewarding leadership experience, please apply. Applications are due in the Student Life Office Friday, April 20, by 4:00 p.m. Please do not forget to sign up for an interview time when you turn in your application.

Faculty/Staff/Students: the Lasallian Spirit Celebration and Club Recognition Day will take place April 26 in the Quad at 12:15 p.m. Please come out to celebrate St. John Baptist de La Salle's birthday. Several organizations who have excelled during the 2006-07 academic year will be recognized, and the new 2007-2008 Student Government Association Executive Council will be presented.

An exhibition of "Painted Portraits" by photographer Murray Riss will be on display through May 12 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library). Riss established the photography department at the Memphis College of Art and taught there from 1968 to 1986. He was an adjunct lecturer in photography and film at Rhodes College from 1971 to 1986. He is currently a professional photographer for magazines, advertising agencies, and corporations with clients locally, nationally, and internationally. More>>


(19-25, 3-11 GSC)
04/11: Bucs 4, North Alabama 7
: Bucs 4, Southern Arkansas 15
04/14: Bucs
2, Southern Arkansas 5
04/15: Bucs 0, Southern Arkansas 9
(13-17, 5-11 GSC)
04/12: Lady Bucs 0, West Florida 5
04/13: Lady Bucs 0 , West Georgia 12

04/13: Lady Bucs 2, West Alabama 5
04/01-03: CBU Spring Tournament -- Bucs 3rd of 4; Jeff Kinney, 2nd of 19 -- Lady Bucs 6th of 6; Cayce Densford 22nd of 29.



04/18: Bethel College (AutoZone Park; 2:00 p.m.)
04/21: Henderson State (Arkadelphia, AR; noon doubleheader)
04/22: Henderson State (Arkadelphia, AR; 1:00 p.m.)
04/17: Rhodes College (Bland Field; 3:00 p.m.)
04/19: Southern Arkansas (Bland Field; 3:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/21: Southern Arkansas (Magnolia, AR; 2:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/18: Rhodes College (@ Rhodes; 4:00 a.m.)


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