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WHAT DOES IT SPELL? The six Lasallian Volunteers from CBU for 2007-08 are (l-r) Samantha Wildhaber, Daniel Salvaggio, Ashley Prevost, Mario Ragghianti, Erica Sage, and Colleen Boyette. Samantha will be teaching at DeLa Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, OR; Daniel will work with court-appointed and other disadvantaged youth at La Salle School in Albany, NY; Ashley will be at the LEO Center in Oakland, CA; Mario will work at La Salle Academy, a high school in New York, NY (Manhattan); Erica is working at Highbridge Community Life Center in New York, NY (Bronx); and Colleen will be teaching at the De La Salle School in Freeport, NY.

Christian Brothers University is one of the 20 best Southern universities according to the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s "America’s Best Colleges."
CBU now ranks 17th among Southern Universities Granting Master’s Degrees, jumping up from 22nd last year. More>>


Betty McWillie (Career Center) was elected to serve as president of the Tennessee Chapter of the National Career Development Association for the fourth consecutive year at the National Convention in Seattle. Ms. McWillie also published an article in the NCDA Career Convergence online journal entitled "Career Counseling An In Demand Profession."
Manny Patel co-authored a research article on "Prestin-based outer hair cell electromotility in knockin mice does not appear to adjust the operating point of a cilia-based amplifier" that was published in PNAS (Neuroscience) July 24, 2007. Manny is currently a third-year student at UT Health Sciences Center. The article was part of his senior research at CBU.
Brother Kevin Ryan (Physics & Natural Science) escorted four Memphis high school students to Albuquerque, NM, for the International Science and Engineering Fair in May. There were about 1500 projects from 45 countries. Brother Kevin also attended a science conference at the University of Mississippi in June concerning the historical science instrument collections at universities in Europe and North America. And in July, Br. Kevin played in the Eldon Roark 100 Plus tennis tournament at the Memphis Country Club and won the Consolation Bracket Doubles Championship with his 32-year-old partner. (The sum of the ages of the two partners must be 100 years or more.)
• Congratulations to the 30 freshmen and one sophomore admitted to the CBU Honors Program: Cheryl Clausel, Jennifer Cobb, Stephanie Cooper, Chase de Saint-Felix, Samantha Devilbiss, Mary Jane Dickey, David Dodge, Dominique Garcia-Robles, Amanda Garland, Jenessa Gebers, Rachel Haag, Lindsay Hanlen, Hunter Hardin, Morgan Alexandra Harrell, DJ Hobbs, Matthew Jackson, Max Karimnia, Alan Killen, Katelynn (Casey) King, Maria Lukasiewicz, Brandon Maharrey, Jordan Marshall, Frank Minneci, Kathleen Nelson, David Pryor, Danielle Rhein, Lauren Rotzoll, Heather Sanders, Jennifer Sneed, Angela Toomer, James (Tyler) Wingett, and Lindsay Hanlen. For more information, please visit the Honors Program Web site.
• Gulf South Conference men's soccer coaches have named three Buccaneers to the Preseason All-GSC Team. Midfielder Matt Werakso (Business '08), a First-Team All-GSC choice and an All-American a year ago, was joined on the Preseason All-GSC team by midfielder Ryan Peel (Mechanical Engineering '08) and forward Rasaq Kuteyi (Business '09). Werakso scored 18 goals last season, finishing second in the GSC and eighth in the nation in goals per game. Kuteyi and Peel each scored three goals. All three of Kuteyi's goals last season were game-winners.

Dr. Michael Ryan has been named to the position of vice president for advancement, effective August 1. Dr. Ryan moves to the senior position of vice president, having served as dean of the CBU School of Business since August of 2006. He has also been a professor of marketing at CBU since 2004.
Mr. Jim Rhodes (Management) will serve as the interim dean of the School of Business during the fall semester.
Mr. John Lotrionte has been named to the position of Director of Campus Safety. He has been a Safety Officer at CBU since 2005.

Join the Honors Program for "Pizza with the Prof" with Dr. Stan Eisen on the "Biology of Addiction" on Tuesday, August 21, at 12:30 p.m. in Science 201. Bring a friend for pizza and then be bedazzled by the always entertaining Dr. Eisen, who will give an unforgettable demonstration about the effects of tar and nicotine on the human body. This event is open to the entire campus, but RSVP to Dr. Tracie Burke ( or 321-3357) by 3:00 pm Monday if you'd like some pizza.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit, a special worship service traditionally held at the beginning of the academic year, will take place on Thursday, August 23, at 1:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Students, faculty and staff, area alumni, and friends of the university are all invited to attend. It is an opportunity to ask the Lord to send His Holy Spirit to renew and refresh each of us as we begin a new school year together. For more information, call Campus Ministry at 321-3528.

The Mid-South Coalition for Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) at CBU received the third annual renewal of its four-year grant from the National Institute of Health in July. This year's award was $235,634.

The MHIRT Projects Symposium and Wrap-up for Summer 2007 projects will be held September 15, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., in Science Center 155. Students from the 2007 projects from this international research experience will be presenting the results from their summer research. The symposium will be open to anyone that is interested. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in the summer projects fro 2008 or 2009 to meet with students and find out about the program. A schedule will posted on the MHIRT Web site. RSVP to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at since snacks and lunch will be provided.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is seeking volunteers who are bilingual in Spanish and English for their Promesa y Esperanza Radiothon to be held August 23-24. If you speak fluent Spanish, St. Jude invites you to volunteer and answer pledge calls at the 9th annual radiothon with WGSF. The WGSF Studio is located at 3654 Park Avenue. For more information contact Olga Cendejas at 373-5051 or CBU's own Belén López ('07) at 578-2437.

CBU Blues, formerly College Democrats, welcomes the class of 2011! Check out the recently revised Web site to learn more about upcoming events. The first meeting of the year will be at 5:30 on Tuesday, August 28, in Spain Auditorium with Mayor A C Wharton. All interested in learning more about joining CBU Blues are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Wendy J. Ashcroft joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Ashcroft joins the full-time faculty after teaching as an adjunct faculty member for almost 10 years. She has completed 32 years with the Shelby County School system as a special education teacher and administrator.
Dr. Paul W. Berk joins the School of Arts as Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science. He comes to CBU from the Maclay School in Tallahassee, FL, where he taught World History, U.S. History, and AP American Government.
Ms. Patricia Cooper joins the School of Business as Instructor of Accounting, Finance and Business Law. Ms. Cooper has over 15 years experience in corporate management covering a broad array of topics including strategic planning, personnel development, contract management, compliance control, and investment and financial management.
Dr. Jose B. Davila joins the School of Engineering as Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering. He comes to CBU from Trinity College, where he served as visiting assistant professor in the Department of Engineering. His main area of expertise is in thermal/fluids/energy system area.
Dr. Burton J. Fulmer joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. Dr. Fulmer received a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in theology last year. Besides his work as a teaching fellow and instructor at Vanderbilt, he has several years of experience teaching and tutoring students of all ages in Nashville, Washington DC, and Guatemala City.
Dr. Karen B. Golightly joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages. She joins the CBU faculty with 15 years of teaching at the university level at a variety of schools, including the University of Memphis, Southern Illinois University, University of Maryland University College, and CBU, where she taught as an adjunct lecturer from 1995 to 1998. Her major area of interest is 19th-century British and Irish literature. Dr. Golightly will also be teaching creative writing at CBU.
Dr. Michael S. Lawyer joins the School of Business as Associate Professor of Accounting, Finance and Business Law. Dr. Lawyer has taught in higher education for more than 20 years, most recently at Union University where he was the director of the Professional Public Accounting Program and Associate Professor of Management. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at CBU for the past two years in the fields of public administration and leadership in the MBA and MAEL programs. He previously served as the assistant director of the Executive Management Institute at CBU.
Dr. Geoffrey D. Miller joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. He comes to CBU from Marymount University, where he taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Philosophy, Theology, & Religious Studies. His main area of expertise is the Bible, especially the Old Testament.
Br. Michael A. Schmelzer joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Education. Brother Michael joins the full-time faculty after coming to CBU as an adjunct faculty member last year. His research and scholarly interests include sociocultural theory, activity theory, education for social justice, and Lasallian educational tradition and spirituality.

A memorial service for Brother Timothy McNary, who passed away on July 19, has been scheduled for Friday, August 31, in De La Salle Chapel (at Stritch & Lambert Halls) at 7:00 p.m. Please help us pass along this information to alumni and other friends of the University, many of whom have requested notice of the service.

Thelma Blocker Merat, mother of Dr. Dennis Merat (Chemistry), died July 24 at Saint Francis Hospital in Memphis. The family requests that any memorials be sent to Christian Brothers University. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Merat at Campus Box 345.
David Boyd II, 19-year old son of CBU student Leticia Boyd, was killed in an automobile accident on July 25. Please keep the Boyd family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may sent in care of the Graduate & Professional Studies office at Box T-5.

Dr. Marguerite Cooper (Chemistry) is recovering from back surgery, and she will not be on campus at during the Fall 2007 semester. Please keep Dr. Cooper in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers.
Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology) is still hospitalized for complications from surgery she had on August 1. Please keep Dr. Ogilvie in your thoughts and prayers as she recovers.
Ms. Johnnie Mae Shotwell (Aramark) is in the hospital and in need of the prayers of the CBU Community. Please keep Ms. Shotwell and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Neil Simon's Rumors will be produced October 5-7 in the University Theater. Audition dates to fill 10 roles will be Monday, August 20, and Wednesday, August 22, at 5:30 p.m. Come on either date to audition or to become part of the crew. Scripts will be provided. Students interested in being on the crew or workshop class can sign up at these times. Course credit will be offered for up to three credit hours for those interested in signing up for the theatre production workshop class, which will be in conjunction with the fall play. There are no prerequisites for the course, and experience is not necessary. Please contact for more information.

CBU is pleased to offer an opportunity to the faculty, staff, and Christian Brothers at CBU to develop a healthy lifestyle and lose weight while at work. Weight Watchers is a safe and nutritionally sound approach to weight management, and convenient on-site weekly meetings will be scheduled during the work day. No special foods or supplements to purchase. The "At Work Program" requires an 18-member minimum and runs for 12 consecutive weeks. Cost is $120 for new members and $110 for continuing members. The "At Work Program Small Group Series" requires an 10-member minimum and runs for 12 consecutive weeks. Cost is $162 for new members and $144 for continuing members. Fees are due at the first meeting (check, credit/debit card) and pre-registration is required. Meetings will be either Tuesdays or Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m., in the dining/conference room at Lambert Hall. For information or pre-registration, faculty/staff should contact Brenda Hill in Health Resources at, and Brothers should contact Pat Bader at

An exhibition by the Mid-South Woodturners Guild entitled "Beneath the Bark" will be on display through October 4 in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library). The Mid-South Woodturners Guild is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the woodturning craft. Its mission is to provide information, education, and an effective organization for all who are interested in turning wood. (Pictured: Hollow Bacote Form by Keith Burns) More>>
"Faces of the Faithful," an exhibition of photography excerpted from a 2001 photo-documentary on Elvis fans by Judy Wimmer and Dr. Teri Mason (Behavioral Sciences), is on display in the Plough Library through September 21.

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: Bucs 0, University of Memphis 3 (exhibition)



08/23: Harding University (Signaigo Field; 7:00 p.m.)
08/21: Union University (Jackson, TN; 5:00 p.m.)
08/25: Crichton College (Signaigo Field; 1:00 p.m.)
08/24: Armstrong Atlantic (Canale Arena; 10:00 a.m.)
08/24: Belhaven College (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)
08/25: Missouri-Rolla (Canale Arena; 10:00 a.m.)
08/25: SIU-Edwardsville (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)
08/26: Mississippi Valley State (Canale Arena; 1:00 p.m.)


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