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Leisl Becker, daughter of Dr. Leigh Becker (Mathematics), was in a serious automobile accident in Louisiana on August 10 and has been unconscious and hospitalized at LSU Hospital in Shreveport since. Dr. Raul Cardenas (Biology '97) is one of her physicians. Dr. Becker sends his thanks to everyone in the CBU community for their support and requests that we continue to keep Leisl in our prayers. A blog has been set up at for updates on her condition.

Dr. Frank Buscher (Interim Vice President for Academics) is so fired up about his return to CBU that he finished the Memphis in May and Chattanooga Riverfront triathlons with personal bests. He also had a paper accepted for the upcoming German Studies Association conference in St. Paul, MN.
Dr. Mike Condren (Chemistry) attended the 20th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Indiana University during the last week of July. Dr. Condren was the lead author with coauthors Eric Voss of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Anne-Marie Nickel of the Milwaukee School of Engineering for the workshop "Liquid Crystals: The Phase of the Future, As Found in Electronic Displays". He was also coauthor of Dr. Voss' workshop, "Hands-on Models in Chemistry." He also assisted with "Nanotechnology Methods: Hands-on Laboratory Investigations for Students," authored by his colleagues at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Condren was also asked to review chemistry materials for inclusion in a new college section of the Teachers' Domain, which has previously been available for K-12 students. This is part of the National Science Digital Library and is a product of the Educational Productions of Boston PBS station WGBH.
Dr. Ellen Faith (Education) was named to the board of the DeNeuville Learning Center, a women's educational and counseling program of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.
Mandi Pitt (History '09) and Jennifer Longo (Applied Psychology '05) have been awarded scholarships from the national sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. This is Mandi's second AST scholarships, and she was awarded the top amount for 2008-09. Jennifer's scholarship is for law school.

Pictured above (l-r): Henry Rhodes (Engineering Technician), Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering), Dr. John Ventura (Electrical Engineering), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), and Bob Moats (Engineering Technician) visited a Plastic Ingenuity manufacturing plant in Maumelle, AR on July 11. They all look dashing with their hair nets, glasses, ear plugs, and a great big thermoformer in the background. Plastic Ingenuity, headquartered in Wisconsin, donated a $95,000 thermoformer to the CBU Packaging Lab in 2008. Thermoformers are used widely for medical-device, food, and other consumer-product packaging.

Congratulations to the CBU community for winning "Most Successful New Campaign" in the Food Bank's 2008 corporate food drive, Operation Feed. Over 70 companies participated in this year's campaign, raising $424,000 and collecting 73,000 pounds of food! Through its "Feed the Need, Fill the MINIs and Put Tracie Burke to Work" campaign and partnership with Roadshow MINI, CBU raised nearly $3,000 and collected almost 2,000 pounds of food -- an average of 525 points per employee! The success of CBU's food drive, coupled with the creativity of its campaign, earned CBU the "Most Successful New Campaign" award, a beautiful plaque, and the sincere thanks of the Mid-South Food Bank. Let's top this year's success in 2009!

The President’s Workshop is the first official meeting celebrating the start of a new academic year. This meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 21, in the University Theater. All faculty and staff are required to attend.

Phillip C. Bryant joins the School of Business as Assistant Professor of Management, Marketing, Economics and Statistics. He has consulting experience with small businesses seeking capital and with individuals seeking investment opportunities in entrepreneurial enterprises. In addition to his consulting activities, Mr. Bryant is currently working toward a Ph.D. in management at the University of Memphis
Dr. Bjoern A. Claassen joins the School of Business as Assistant Professor of Accounting, Finance, ITM, and Business Law. Dr. Claassen comes to CBU from Eastern Kentucky University where he taught as an Assistant Professor of Finance. A native of Germany, he holds the Ph.D. in finance from the University of Mississippi.
Teddy J. Clarke joins the School of Sciences as Assistant Professor of Physics and Natural Science. He was in the corporate world for many years having worked as a controls specialist and electrical designer. He was also president of a private corporation and built industrial control systems for companies worldwide. Mr. Clarke is currently working toward a Ph.D. in mathematical physics at the University of Memphis.
Jenny L. Cowell joins the School of Business as Instructor of Management, Marketing, Economics and Statistics. She comes to CBU after two years of adjunct work while working full time at Union University in Jackson, TN. While obtaining her MBA at Union, Ms. Cowell worked at Newcourt Financial, a partner with Dell, and in sales as a district manager for Automatic Data Processing.
Dr. Genell D. Lewis-Ferrell joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Education. A native of Indiana, she completed her doctorate in 2007 from Indiana University. After moving to her husband’s hometown in with their four children in 2006, Dr. Ferrell taught as an adjunct at the University of Memphis.
Dr. Emily A. Holmes joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. She holds a Ph.D. in religion from Emory University, and has been teaching part-time at CBU and at Rhodes College for the past two years. She is married to Dr. Paul Haught.
Dr. Sidney B. Johnson joins the School of Business as Assistant Professor of Accounting, Finance, ITM, and Business Law. He has taught at CBU in the past and is a CPA who has maintained a successful private practice in Memphis for several decades. He holds a doctorate in accounting from Mississippi State University.
Dr. Nichole Saulsberry-Scarboro joins the School of Arts as Visiting Assistant Professor of Education. Prior to receiving her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she worked as an optional school coordinator, a Professional Development Schools (PDS) site director, and a middle school teacher. 
Dr. Kathleen R. Sauser has served as the School of Sciences' science lab coordinator since 1999 and has taught as an adjunct in the Biology department since 1994, but now joins the faculty as Assistant Professor of Biology. She holds a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Memphis State University.
Dr. Rachel K. Smith joins the School of Business as Associate Professor of Management, Marketing, Economics and Statistics. She comes to CBU from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she coordinated the International Business program. She earned her Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Memphis.
Dr. James Buchanan Wallace joins the School of Arts as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. He received his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University in May 2008. Originally a native of Olive Branch, Dr. Wallace also serves as a sub-deacon in the Orthodox Church and frequently teaches Sunday school.

Ann Rogers has joined Information Technology Services as the new Switchboard Operator. Ann is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a B.A. in Studio Art, and is an accomplished painter and muralist. Her husband is attending Mid-America Baptist Seminary.

Dr. Bev Pray and CBU's Center for Ethical Leadership were featured in an article on an ethics seminar that Center provided for the Memphis City Council in the July 30 issue of The Commercial Appeal. The seminar was also discussed on the August 6 broadcast of WEGR-FM Morning Show
Dr. Talana Vogel (Education) is quoted in an article entitled "Online education options expanding:
Local colleges offer variety of online degree programs," which appeared in the July 25 edition of Memphis Business Journal.

The Library's InfoLab is now open following this summer's renovation and expansion, which added 10 new computer workstations for a total of 24. This new InfoLab configuration should easily accommodate most classes for instruction. The Library will host an Ice Cream Social/InfoLab Grand Opening for faculty and staff outside the InfoLab (in the Gallery foyer) on Friday, August 22, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 22, 6:00 p.m., Alfonso Dining Hall
Faculty and staff, join the CBU Alumni Association for a bite to eat as we all welcome a new class of future CBU alums and their parents to campus. Here's your opportunity to show them one the real assets of CBU -- our terrific people! RSVP to the Alumni Office at 321-3270 if you plan to attend. For a full schedule of Orientation events, click here.

Anyone interested in Greek Life should take note of the following events and dates:
All-Greek Tailgate: September 2, 5:30 p.m. in Canale Arena
Sorority Interest Night: September 18, 6:30 p.m. carpool to Blue Coast Burrito
Color Me Greek: October 2, 6:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium
Meet 'N' Greet: October 16, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall
Final Deadline for Recruitment Applications: October 17
Recruitment Week: October 27 - November 1

CBU CHAPTER WINS BIG AT ZETA CONVENTION: CBU chapter president Lacey Hopper (pictured, center), First Vice President Leigh Hill (pictured, right), and Third Vice President Jessie Gallimore (pictured, left) were among the more than 700 women who attended the Zeta Tau Alpha International Convention in Tucson, AZ this summer. The Iota Xi chapter at CBU earned several awards for their work over the last two years: Financial Excellence Award for paying dues in a timely manner and staying within budget; Helping Hands Award for assisting another Tennessee chapter during recruitment; Academic Achievement Award for maintaining a good chapter GPA; Quota/Total Award for maintaining maximum chapter size; Crown Chapter Award for meeting a long list of outstanding chapter criteria; and the Founders Club Award for raising over $10,000 for the ZTA Foundation. Lacey Hopper won the Nelly Galloway Shearer Endowed Scholarship. The Memphis Alumnae Chapter (including many CBU alumnae) won first runner-up for the Betty McGehee Schuessler Award, in large part for its support of the Iota Xi chapter. The Iota Xi chapter also won one the of the top awards at the convention, the Standards and Enrichment Award for chapter programming. This award recognized the chapter members for all their service, alumnae-collegiate, social, new member programming, enrichment, sisterhood, and fundraising programs throughout the year. This is the first time this chapter has received such a high award.

The CBU Physical Plant now has a convenient online request form for common maintenance problems, located at When using this online form, please send only one request per problem. Try to be as specific as possible as to the nature of the problem and its location (in 160 characters). Work order requests may still be made by telephone to ext. 3395 or by email to In the event of an emergency (fire, flood, etc.) always contact Campus Safety at ext. 3550.

Two new exhibits by Memphis artist Lurlynn Franklin, "cross words/qwik chik fixe$" and "fabled truths: self-portaits & works in progress," open with a public reception on Friday, August 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Beverly& Sam Ross Gallery and Gallery Foyer on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library. Both exhibits will be on display through October 2. More>>


• Lady Buc middle blocker Aubrey Pancratz has been named to the 2008 Pre-Season All-GSC Volleyball Team, as selected by the coaches of the Gulf South Conference. Freshman players Whitney Weyhrich and Kelly Nolan were selected among the 2008 Top Newcomers in the West Division of the Gulf South Conference by the coaches of the league.
• Buccaneer midfielder Craig De Melo and defender Robert Mingo have been named to the 2008 Pre-Season All-GSC Men's Soccer Team, as selected by the coaches of the Gulf South Conference. Midfielders Rafael Araujo, Andrew Ballard, and Clark Bradford were selected among the 2008 Top Newcomers in the the Gulf South Conference by the coaches of the league.
• Lady Buc defender Gigja Heidarsdottir and midfielder Elin Svavarsdottir have been named to the 2008 Pre-Season All-GSC Women's Soccer Team, as selected by the coaches of the Gulf South Conference. Three freshman players were selected among the 2008 Top Newcomers in the West Division of the Gulf South Conference by the coaches of the league: goalkeeper Libby Hake, forward Anna Laskarzewska, and defender Staci Long.


MEN'S SOCCER (0-0, 0-0 GSC)
08/16: Bucs 2, University of Memphis 4 (at Signaigo Field; exhibition match)

08/22: Lipscomb University (Nashville, TN; 6:00 p.m.; exhibition match)
08/20: University of Central Arkansas (Signaigo Field; 6:00 p.m.; exhibition match)
08/23: Union University (Signaigo Field; 3:00 p.m.; exhibition match)