• Burton Bridges (Business Administration '09) has been nominated by CBU and selected as a finalist for the national Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The Truman Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education, or elsewhere in the public service; and provides them with financial support for graduate study and leadership training. Burton will interview at Vanderbilt University on March 5. Wish him luck!
• Dr. M. A. McCoy (Education) made a presentation at the 15th annual Georgia Conference on College & University Teaching at Kennesaw State University on February 15. His topic was "Effective Whole-Class Instruction: A Necessity in a Teacher's Repertoire" and focused on his field-experience observations of student-teachers and on research on teaching techniques used in K-12 classrooms, as well as in teacher-education schools.
• Bob Moats (Engineering) took the pipe welding certification test in December and received his certification on February 14 as a pipe welder according to the American Petroleum Institute, appendix 1104, 19th edition.
• Kudos to the winners in this year's CBU Castings literary journal contest. In the prose category, the winners are: Thomas Swett, "Bearington's Burial" (first place); J. T. Harrell, "cold feet" (second place); Danielle Bernard, "The Late Shift," and Brittany Lee, "Excuse Me, But Do You Have Any Spare Change?" (tied for third place). In the poetry category, the winners are Lorna Field, "The Therapy of Ink" (first place); Shaun K. Barber, "eyes like vegas lights" (second place); and Anthony M.J. Maranise, "Marvelous Depths" (third place). In the art category, the winners are Hayley Gil, Bus (first place); Caroline Mitchell, The Next Morning (second place); and Ting Wong, Untitled? (third place).
McKenzie Kay Welch, daughter of Susan and Eric Welch (Dean, School of Engineering), was born February 12, weighing 8 lbs., 5 oz.
• Dorothy Davis Lawyer, mother of Dr. Scott Lawyer (Accounting/Finance/Business Law), passed away on February 16. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor be sent to Second Presbyterian Church (Caring Ministries) or the Church Health Center. Condolences may be sent to Dr. Lawyer at Campus Box 60.
• Mrs. Birdtrice Smith, grandmother of DeRonae K. Smith (Admissions), passed away recently in Detroit. Condolences may be sent c/o the Office of Admissions at Campus Box T-6.
Dr. Michael Condren (Chemistry) was officially released by his doctor on February 19 after suffering a heart attack three weeks ago. Dr. Condren sends his thanks to the faculty for all their prayers.
UNION UNIVERSITY RELIEF FUND
In response to the critical needs of our friends at Union University, the office of Student Life encourages the CBU family to participate in a concentrated effort of support. During this season of Lent, we are reminded to be good stewards of our time, talent, and treasure. We encourage your participation in one of the following ways:
1. Drop off gift-cards (Visa, Target, Old Navy, or Wal-Mart) for the students at Union. Their relief coordinators have said this is better than donated clothes, etc.
2. Give a monetary donation to be used in their general relief fund or for a specially-designated project if your department has a special cause. All checks should be made payable to: "CBU / Union University Relief Fund" and can be dropped off at the Student Life Office. If there IS a special cause, please indicate that as you turn in your department’s donation.
3. Please give any donations no later than Friday, February 29, so we may expedite our efforts.
4. Report any individual/organizational service given to Union University to the Office of Student Life, so that we can list that when sending our donations to Union at the end of February.
Additionally, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in a relief fund social entitled "Oh! What a Relief It Is." See details below under "Events This Week."
EVENTS THIS WEEK
• THERMOFORMING SEMINAR: 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.
• OH! WHAT A RELIEF IT IS: Faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend a relief fund social to benefit our friends at Union University on Wednesday, February 27, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Canale Arena Skybox. Free beverages and refreshments will be served. Please come out and help us help our neighbors in need.
• WILL YOU BE ONE OF THE 25? Deadline for application to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges are due in Student Life by February 29. A nominee from CBU 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. For more information, contact Mario Brown at 321-3529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• CRAFT ARTISTS EXHIBITION OPENS : The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery features the works of the Memphis Association of Craft Artists (MACA), February 29 - April 3. MACA will be exhibiting various types of crafts from the beginner to the most accomplished. An opening reception will be held on Friday, February 29, in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library, 5:30-7:30 p.m. More info>>
STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS & EVENTS
DSP DEAN'S LIST: Delta Sigma Pi would like to congratulate its brothers on making the Dean's List for the Fall 2007 Semester. Pictured above are (back row l-r) Rachael Valenzuela, Ally Gomez, and Hayley Gil; (front row l-r) David Avanzi, Jenny Terbrock, Brandi Mayhan, and Burton Bridges. Not pictured are Dillon Beard, Michael Bennett, Kate Miller, and Rinki Suri.
FACULTY/STAFF VS. STUDENTS (FOR A GOOD CAUSE)
CBU’s Student Life Office invites all students, faculty, staff, and family to the 2008 Faculty/Staff vs. Student Basketball Game in Canale Arena on Thursday, March 13, at 5:00 p.m. This fun, entertaining event will also feature food, music, and contests with prizes for everyone in attendance. The game is a fundraiser for the Disaster Relief Fund for Union University, and donations will be accepted throughout the event.
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.
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.
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
• Interviewing Skills Workshop: Thursday, March 13; 1:00 p.m.; Buckman 112
• Negotiating Salary Workshop: Thursday, March 27; 1:00 p.m.; Buckman 112
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.
Nomination forms and criteria are available 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.