HIS HEART IS STILL IN THE CLASSROOM: When Dr. Mike Condren (Chemistry) suffered a heart attack a few weeks ago, faculty members in the School of Sciences got together to see who could cover his classes during his recovery. But Dr. Condren had a different idea: With help from Dr. Juan Carlos Olabe (Electrical/Computer Engineering), Boris de Souza (Electrical Engineering '09), and Matt Condren (Electrical Engineering '09; Dr. Condren's son) using VoIP and document conferencing technology by Skype, he decided to keep teaching from his home. Condren hopes to be back on campus on a limited basis in a week or two; in the meantime, send get-well-soon wishes to Campus Box 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictured above: Dr. Condren (on the right side of the screen) teaching his CHEM214 Quantitative Analysis class.
UNION UNIVERSITY RELIEF EFFORT
Members of the CBU community can help Union University through monetary donations and gift cards to Wal-Mart or Target for their students to buy toiletries and clothes. Please send your donations to the following address and be sure to indicate that you are a CBU faculty member, staff member, student, alum, or friend of CBU:
Union University Disaster Relief Fund
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
If you have any additional questions, you may contact Samantha Alperin at email@example.com or 321-3116.
PLOUGH SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWERS NEEDED
Attention Faculty and Staff: The Office of Admissions invites and encourages all faculty and staff to participate in the Plough Scholarship interview process scheduled for Saturday, February 23, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Plough Scholarship is a full-tuition four-year scholarship offered to two incoming freshmen each year based on high academic standing, strong extracurricular involvement and leadership abilities. The interviews will take place on campus. Please consider participating in the interview process this year -- no special qualifications or training necessary, just an interest in attracting top students to CBU. For more information or to sign up to assist, please contact Darryl A. Causey, Plough Scholarship Chair, at 321-3210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
• AFRICAN-AMERICAN ALUMNI AWARD: As part of CBU's Black History Month observances, the Black Student Association will present its Outstanding African-American Alumni Award and Greek Reunion on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge.
• CAREERS IN CORRUGATED PACKAGING: CBU will participate in the 9th Annual International Corrugated Packaging Foundation's Careers in Corrugated Packaging & Display Interactive Video Teleconference on Wednesday, February 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m., in Nolan 235. The program will be beamed live from Michigan State University. It will consist of a panel of four industry executives addressing elements of the industry's sustainability, industry business trends as they pertain to industry directions and growing opportunities for students graduating from a number of disciplines, and the graphic design side of corrugated packaging and display. The panel will be followed by an interactive question-and-answer period by participating students. All are invited. The video teleconference is free but reservations are required. Please reserve your seat by contact Dr. Pong Malasri at email@example.com.
• WORKING WITH DISTRESSED STUDENTS: Dr. Robert Maichrowicz and Dr. Jane Clement of the Center for Counseling, Learning and Testing at the University of Memphis will present a program on "Working with Disruptive, Distressed and Potentially Dangerous Students" on Thursday, February 21, at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. A panel discussion will immediately follow, including the following panelists from CBU: Ms. Karen Conway (Dean of Students), Ms. Sadie Lisenby (Counseling Center), Mr. John Lotrionte (Campus Safety), Mr. Ken Massa (Human Resources), and Ms. Wendy Ashcroft (Education).
• POWER TALKS FOR WOMEN WITH CATHY ROSS: CBU continues the series "Power Talks for Women" with Cathy Ross ('78), Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for FedEx Express. She will be speaking in the CBU Theater on Thursday, February 21, at 7:00 p.m. Ross's talk will center around five personal strategies she sees as vital to career growth and professional development. More information>>>
• TKE FISH FRY: Tau Kappa Epsilon is hosting a Fish Fry on Friday, February 22, at Nolan Field starting at 6:30 p.m. The price is $5 for all you can eat, and all proceeds will go to benefit the Children's Dreamfactory of Memphis. The entire campus community is invited.
• AN EVENING OF RECITAL: CBU's Spring Concert Series continues with a concert featuring voice and piano students of Tommy Gaines, Assistant Professor of Music, on Friday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Admission is $5.00 for the general public; free to CBU students and faculty with ID. Full concert season schedule here.>>
• MID-SOUTH PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE: The Behavioral Sciences department will host the Mid-South Psychology Conference on Saturday, February 23. The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Craig A. Anderson from Iowa State University. Anderson's talk entitled "Video Game Effects on Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior" will take place on February 23 at 10:40 a.m. in the University Theater. Anderson, who holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University, is the first author of Anderson, C.A., Gentile, D.A., & Buckley, K.E. (2007) Violent video game effects on children and adolescents: Theory, research, and public policy. Anderson's very timely talk will focus on the potential negative effects, and scientific and public policy issues surrounding violent video games. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information,contact Dr. Elizabeth Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• TOUR OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORICAL SITES: As part of CBU's Black History Month observances, CBU is offering a tour of Memphis African-American historical sites with Heritage Tours on Saturday, February 23, 12:30-4:00 p.m. Cost is $20/students, $25/faculty and staff; board the bus promptly at 12:15 p.m. on Central parking lot (Reservations and advance payment are required, email email@example.com). On the tour, you'll witness these sites and much more: early Memphis history, slave market district, Civil War history, Cotton Row history, National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street, historic churches, the home of W.C. Handy, and the Burkle Home (Slavehaven). Visit www.heritagetoursmemphis.com for more information.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS & EVENTS
• EATING DISORDERS AWARENESS: The ladies of Alpha Sigma Tau are sponsoring the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, February 24-March 1. The annual Celebrate Every Body 5K will be held on February 23 to raise money for the EDCT (Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee) and NEDA (National Eating Disorders Awareness). AST will be raising awareness around the campus, and invites everyone to join in supporting a great cause.
• ATTENTION BUSINESS MAJORS: You are invited to attend a variety of events from the Epsilon Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. Come learn what this professional fraternity has to offer at one of the following events:
• "Meet the Chapter" on February 19 at 12:30 p.m. in St. Joseph 10
• "Entrepreneurship: From Classroom to Career" (Speaker: Carlos Gil) on February 20 at 4:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
• BETA BETA BETA NEWS: Beta Beta Beta, the national honor society for biology students, participated in Birthright Bowl-a-Thon on January 28. Congrats to Antony Eddy who was the top bowler with a score of 158! BBB helped Birthright raise $450 this year. Thank you to everyone who supported BBB in their efforts. Beta Beta Beta also held their annual mock interview session on February 7. Lasagna and dessert was served before the interviews – thanks to Dr. O for making the food! A special thanks goes out to Jeremy Armstrong for running the event and to the interviewers: Karen Curtis, MD; Sarah Horne ('03), 4th year medical student; Rick Alsobrook, OD; Beth Goforth, DVM; Susan Horton, pharmacist; and Matt Coats ('01), PT. Tri-Beta would like to say "Great Job" to those who were interviewed: Kelly Towns, Kathleen Nelson, Dominique Garcia-Robles, Michael Herr, Isaac Barr, Jennifer Cobb, Binoy Shah, Stephanie Johnson, Tuyetdung Tran, Emily Wong, Scott Berry, and Kristi Prevost.
COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM PROOFS
The list of students who have submitted to participate in the May 2008 commencement ceremony may be found online at this link. Please check your name and degree for accuracy. If the information needs to be corrected, please email email@example.com no later than March 8.
WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE 25?
A nominee to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges from Christian Brothers University is a student that is academically and philosophically prepared and capable of aiding today’s society. Thus, the student will have demonstrated a combination of academic excellence, community services, involvement in extracurricular activities, and the potential for continued success. Naturally, different members will have excelled in different areas, but all members are deemed as current and future beneficial contributors to our society. A minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 for undergraduates in junior or senior standing or 3.0 for graduate students is necessary to be considered. Applications are available in Student Life and are due February 29. For more information, contact Mario Brown at 321-3529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A PEER COUNSELOR?
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 2008-2009 academic year. Applications will be available in the Counseling Center Monday, February 25, and must be returned to the Counseling Center by March 18. 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 11, 12:30 - 1:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.
CBU will host a Thermoforming Seminar on Tuesday, February 26, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. in Nolan 241. Jason Crosby, medical business manager of Plastic Ingenuity, will be the seminar speaker. The seminar will be followed by a reception in the lobby of Saint Benilde Hall and a demonstration of the new $95,000 thermoforming machine recently donated to CBU by Plastic Ingenuity. The seminar will be co-hosted by Plastic Ingenuity and the Institute of Packaging Professionals (Mid-South Chapter). CBU faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend. More information can be downloaded in PDF format at this link. If you are interested in attending, RSVP by notifying Dr. Pong Malasri at email@example.com.
HAVE SOMETHING TO INCLUDE FOR FALL ORIENTATION?
If your office or department would like to have an insert placed into orientation bags this fall, please bring them to Student Life by April 11.
SPRING CAREER CENTER EVENTS
• Science, Engineering & Technology Job Fair: Thursday, February 21; 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; Sabbatini Lounge, Thomas Center
• Interviewing Skills Workshop: Thursday, March 13; 1:00 p.m.; Buckman 112
• Negotiating Salary Workshop: Thursday, March 27; 1:00 p.m.; Buckman 112
The 2008-2009 FAFSA is available online, so make plans to fill it out as soon as possible. Tennessee residents need to submit the FAFSA by February 25 even if estimated data has to be used. Please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov (CBU school code = 003482).
The Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery is featuring "Notes on a Fine Day," an exhibition of paintings by Nashville artist Roger Clayton, through February 21. The gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Library. More info>>
CALL FOR STUDENT PEACE AWARD NOMINATIONS
Christian Brothers University invites nominations for the 2008 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 April 10. Nationally known and long-time peace activist Rev. Bryan Massingale will be the speaker for the 2008 Gerard A. Vanderhaar Symposium.
The award 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
Award will be subject to verification of aforementioned criteria.
Nomination forms are available for download here. Finalists for the Student Peace Award will be interviewed by the selection committee, so please provide contact information for the student nominee. The deadline for nominations is March 14, 2008. Send nominations to Dr. Mike Ryan (Office of Advancement, Christian Brothers University, 650 E. Parkway S., Memphis TN 38104), firstname.lastname@example.org.