CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION: Student and staff volunteers continued their Lasallian spring-cleaning efforts on campus last week with various projects. Above left: Stevianna Moore, Leigh Hill, and Sam Almanza were among Aramark's helpers in planting flowers last week. Above right: The new Tau Beta Pi members -- James Brown, Boris de Souza, Leila Craig, and Justin Delap -- spent an afternoon (in the pouring rain) cleaning and polishing the sculptural bent symbol in front of Nolan Engineering Center.
CBU AWARDED $1MILLION CHALLENGE GRANT BY KRESGE FOUNDATION
CBU has a million more reasons to be excited about its fundraising campaign for the School of Sciences after receiving a $1,000,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation. To date, CBU has successfully raised $10.3 million of the $14.2 million required to complete the Science Project, which includes both the renovation of Assisi Hall and construction of the Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences. To secure the challenge grant, CBU needs an additional $2.9 million in new private gifts, pledges, and grants by January 1 to achieve full funding for this project.
"I am heartened at the confidence demonstrated by the Kresge Foundation in awarding our institution this challenge grant," says Brother Vincent Malham. "On behalf of our entire university community, I thank the Foundation most sincerely for its generous expression of support. At the same time, I am fully cognizant of the challenge we face to raise the remaining $2.9 million to qualify for the grant. Because of the strategic importance of the project, both for our students and for the Memphis community, I am confident we can do it." More>>
< Jim Shannon (Student Financial Assistance), pictured at left with Br. Vincent Malham, was honored with the 2008 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception on April 24. The award -- the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff -- annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Eligible nominees must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, and exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.
• Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger (Biology) was recognized by the School of Sciences with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished professor Award for 2008. The award was presented at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception on April 24. The award is given annually in tribute to a School of Sciences professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching effectiveness; service to the department, university, and students; professional growth; and administration.
• Whitney Heath Vickery (Biology '08) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) School of Veterinary Medicine.
• The Office of Admissions would like to congratulate the following students who have been selected to serve on the Lasallian Ambassador Board for the 2008-2009 academic year: Brittly Butler, Brittany Course, Jenessa Gebers, Rachel Haag, Shadonica Lee, Zoe O'Bryan, Abbey Pommer, Lauren Rotzoll, Jonathan Sharp, Diamond Taylor, Chris Tran, Dillon Beard, David Breen, Claire Brulatour, Greg Carrico, Lauren Douglass, Kenny Latta, Paige Pirkey, Osborn de Lima, Sam Almanza, Russell Brandon, Jessie Gallimore, Kisha Hobson, Michelle Malone, and Teresa Ung. Thank you to all those who expressed an interest in joining the Lasallian Ambassadors. For more information or to learn about the next recruitment period in the fall, please contact Brad Romig at email@example.com or Darryl Causey at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Admissions Office (Buckman 127).
The following announcements were made at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception on April 24, effective for the 2008-09 academic year:
• Br. Edward Salgado (Biology) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
• Dr. Scott Geis (Religion & Philosophy) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
• Dr. Holmes Peacher-Ryan (Mathematics & Computer Science) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
• Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger (Biology) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
• Dr. Talana Vogel (Education) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
• Dr. Ellen Faith (Education) has been has been granted sabbatical for the 2008-09 academic year.
• Dr. Andrew Deiner (Mathematics & Computer Science) has been granted tenure.
• Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) has been granted tenure.
EVENTS THIS WEEK
• SEIDMAN LECTURE WITH RUSHWORTH KIDDER: The M. L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture Series welcomes Dr. Rushworth Kidder as its speaker on Monday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Kidder, an author and founder of the Institute for Global Ethics, brings more than 30 years of insights to his discussions of corporate and global ethics. He is the author of the books How Good People Make Tough Choices: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ethical Living and Moral Courage, and also serves as executive editor of Ethics Newsline, the world's first weekly, Internet-based ethics information service, for which he writes a weekly column. Admission is free. Dr. Kidder's books will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the lecture.
• APRIL TWILIGHT RETREAT: Father David Knight will present the next Twilight Retreat on Tuesday, April 29, in Spain Auditorium, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Fr. Knight's topic will be "Getting Specific About Saving the World." In this session participants will get down to brass tacks about living a full and authentic Christian life — not in word only, but in deed. For more information, visit www.hisway.com and www.immersedinchrist.org.
• MOTHER'S DAY PRAYER: Remember our Mothers through Memory and Prayer on Thursday, May 1, at the Garden Shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary (next to Buckman Hall), 12:35-12:45 p.m. All are welcome.
• URBAN DESIGN PRESENTATION: The Memphis Regional Design Center has joined with a group of local non-profit organizations, community foundations, governmental agencies, and businesses (Hyde Family Foundation, Center City Commission, Memphis Office of Planning and Development, Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, Memphis City Schools, and CBU among many others) to bring Jeff E. Speck, director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts, to Memphis. He will be touring Memphis for several days and recording his observations and recommendations, which he will present to the public on Thursday, May 1, in Spain Auditorium at 5:00 p.m.
• LECTURE ON U.S. FOREIGN POLICY IN MIDDLE EAST: Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector in Iraq, will speak on "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Iraq Occupation and Target Iran" on Thursday, May 1, at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. A former Marine and head inspector of UN Weapons Inspection Teams in Iraq, Ritter is a leading expert on U.S. policy in the Middle East. He has been a vocal opponent of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the impending war on Iran. This lecture is sponsored by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. The address is free and open to the public.
• ALPHA CHI INDUCTION & GRADUATION: Alpha Chi, a national honor society that admits the top 10 percent of students from all academic disciplines, will have its induction/graduation reception on Sunday, May 4, at 1:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. All present AX members are invited to attend. Graduation cords will be available at that time for the graduating seniors. For further information, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at email@example.com.
FALL 2008 CABARET: PERFORMERS NEEDED
Needed: Actors, singers, dancers, musicians, performers of all kinds! (Also need sound and light crew!) Please come to an informational meeting about the Fall 2008 Cabaret Show on Monday, April 28, at 6:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Hall 10 (across from ITS). If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in participating, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS & EVENTS
• The CBU chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, initiated four new members on April 22. Pictured above left are: Andrew Garrison, Madeline Jones, Caroline Mitchell, and Timothy Keough.
• The Epsilon Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi would like to welcome its new Brothers that were initiated in Knoxville on April 19. Pictured above right are: Lawrence McDaniel, Kristen Bramlitt, Chelsea Pesce, Rebecca Horton, Khushi Shastri, Paul Johnson, and Roy Wells.
• The Ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha would like to congratulate their new initiates who were initiated into the Iota Xi chapter on April 20. They are Kelsie Smith, Elizabeth Beebe, Rachel Tillman, Hillary Martin, and Melissa McDonald.
CAMERA CLUB EXHIBITION
An exhibition by the Memphis Camera Club entitled "Places We've Been" is on display in the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Memorial Library) through May 22. This exhibit presents images that were taken on the club's field trips over the past fifteen years. More>>
CANALE ARENA CLOSING
Canale Arena will be closed May 12-18 while the court floor is being refinished and repainted. All athletic facilities in the building will be unavailable, but Athletic Department offices will be open.