2008 ALUMNI AWARD WINNERS: The CBU National Alumni Board (NAB) awarded its 2008 honors at the Alumni Weekend Dinner on October 4, recognizing (pictured above, l-r) Tom Burk, Manny Patel ('05), and Gina Miller Cooper ('91).
• Tom Burk, CBU's recently retired Dean of Academic Services, was honored with the Brother Lawrence Egbert Award for Distinguished Service in recognition of his 34 years of service and friendship to the students of CBU as a teacher, academic advisor, and unparalleled Buc fan. Burk was previously honored by the NAB with the Brother Dominic Dunn Award for Student Service in 2001 and by CBU as the Distinguished Lasallian Educator of the Year in 2001.
• Manny Patel, currently a 4th-year medical student at UTHSC, was honored as the 2008 Distinguished Young Alumnus in recognition of his selfless work with the Hope North resettlement community in Uganda. His involvement began as a CBU student with the MHIRT program and continues today as an advocate and fundraiser for Hope North US, an American support affiliate. He has continued his summer trips to Uganda, even taking this past summer off from medical school.
• Gina Cooper, a natural science graduate and high school teacher for 13 years, was honored as the 2008 Distinguished Alumna for her recent work as founder of Netroots Nation, an online and in-person organization that encourages the use of technology to influence the public political debate. Cooper was also named this year as one of "40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders" by the New Leaders Council and has been asked to serve on Senator Barack Obama’s policy committee for Technology, Media, and Telecommunications.
• A design by Christina Brown (School of Arts) entitled "An Aesthetic Season" (pictured at left) was accepted by the Phoenix Club for its Annual Holiday Card Drive. Cards can be purchased online, and proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.
• Dr. Frank Buscher (Interim Vice President for Academics) presented a paper titled "Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary: The Concept of Secondary Traumatization and Its Suitability for the Study of Recent German History" at the German Studies Association Conference in St. Paul, MN, where he also chaired two sessions. In the wake of the meeting, he liberated mind and body from two days of stuffy academic discourse by running the Twin Cities Marathon in 3:14.
• Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) presented a paper entitled "Differing Roles of Oculomotor and Facial Parasympathetic Circuits in Regulation of Choroidal Blood Flow (ChBF)" at the International Congress of Eye Research in Beijing, China on September 20-28. Her co-authors were C. Li, M. S. LeDoux, and A. Reiner from the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Department of Neurology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
• Buccaneer goalkeeper Daniel Foster (’09) was named the Gulf South Conference Defender of the Week for the period ending October 7. Foster recorded a pair of shutouts last week for the Bucs.
• Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Louisville Institute in August to convene contributors to a proposed volume of essays tentatively titled Incarnating Words: Women, Writing, Theology. The consultation will take place in May 2009 in Atlanta.
• Dr. L. Yu Lin (Civil & Environmental Engineering) presented a paper on "Construction Management Certificate Program at Christian Brothers University" during the American Society of Civil Engineers Section Meeting in Smyrna, TN on October 3. Dr. Lin made this presentation in both Engineering Management Sections at the conference.
• A new book by Dr. Neal Palmer (History & Political Science), entitled To The Dark Cells: Prisoner Resistance and Protest in Nineteenth-Century Britain, is now available on Amazon.com. The publishing company is VDM Verlag.
CBU IN THE NEWS
Dr. Karl Leib (History & Political Science) was quoted extensively in an article entitled "NASA seeks new identity: 50 years after founding, agency's mission muddled " in the October 5 edition of The Commercial Appeal. Link to article>>
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS
• ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK: The Student Government Association is Alcohol Awareness Week October 13-17. Some of the week's activities include "Mocktails" in Alfonso Dining Hall, a Drunk Driving Simulation, and Emergency Contact Wallet cards. Keep your eyes open for facts about Alcohol Awareness around campus. As part of the week, if you have just two minutes to fill out an alcohol survey, you could possibly win one of the many prizes available. These prizes include an mp3 player and gift certificates to places such as Cafe Ole, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and Putt-Putt Golf and Games Please follow this link to participate in the survey. Thank you for your participation and have a safe week!
• LET'S CELEBRATE FACULTY & STAFF: It's been a while since we've had an opportunity to hang out and enjoy each other's company, so a group of Lasallians are putting on a meet-and-greet gathering for faculty and staff -- no meetings, no agendas, no work. Just a little libation, cheese and goodies, and a time to JUST BE. Meet at Sabbatini Lounge on Wednesday at 4:00-5:00 p.m.
• DELTA SIGMA PI BUSINESS ALUMNA PRESENTATION: Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity, presents Megan Wortham Murdock (CBU ’05) marketing coordinator for Thompson Dunavant, PLC in the Sabbatini Lounge on Thursday, October 16, at 4:00 p.m. Come hear from a CBU alumna about her experience from being a student to a career professional as well as what graduate school is like. If you have questions about jobs, internships, or graduate school, then you should attend. The entire campus is invited and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Career Center. For more information, please contact Burton Bridges at email@example.com.
• CHOOSE CHILDREN WEEK: Alpha Xi Delta is hosting their 2nd annual Choose Children Week this week. Help support by donating to their Book and School Supplies Drive for the children of the Memphis City Schools. Also, join them on Thursday, October 16, in the Quad as they play all of your favorite games you loved as a kid. Alpha Xi Delta and Choose Children thank you for your support!
• RESIDENCE HALLS ARE CLOSING FOR FALL BREAK: Fall break is almost here and the residence halls and apartments will be closed on October 17 at 6:00 p.m. Exceptions will be made for resident students who live outside a 300-mile radius. No food service will be provided during the break. Thank you for your cooperation, and have a great break! For more information, contact Ebonye Bowie in the Office of Student Life.
• GANDHI-KING CONFERENCE ON PEACEMAKING: The two-day conference, to be held Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, is entitled "Continuing the Dream…Constructing the World House." The conference will focus on practical ways we can each build the 'world house' that Dr. King referred to as the next step in creating the beloved community. Our house will be built on three pillars; nonviolence, social justice, and community building. All plenary speakers, workshops, paper presentations, dialogue sessions, panel discussions, and film presentations will fall under one of these pillars. Speakers include Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Father Roy Bourgeois of SOA Watch, Reverend Lennox Yearwood of Hip Hop Caucus, civil rights activist Ruby Nell Sales, and Gandhian scholar Michael Nagler. Register online and get more info about the conference at www.GandhiKingConference.org. Online updates include a sneak peak at the presentations to be offered, volunteer opportunities, and more!
Henry Walsh Palmer, son of Cathy and Dr. Neal Palmer (History & Political Science), was born on September 17. Baby and mother are both doing great.
• The CBU community is requested to pray for the recovery of Mike Owens (Class of '82 and former Director of Admissions). Mike suffered a brain aneurysm on October 4 and is currently in Room 425 (ICU) of Methodist University Hospital on Union Avenue. Please keep Mike, Kelli, and the Owens family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult and stressful time.
• Please continue to keep Br. Walter Schreiner (Mathematics) in your prayers. Br. Walter is recovering from surgery and resulting complications, but he is improving slowly. He has received a number of blood transfusions, and that has helped his condition greatly. In time, he hopes to be back with us teaching ... his first love.
GREAT DEBATE & MOCK ELECTION 'O8: THE RESULTS
The Student Government Association and the Black Student Association would like thank all panelists, students, and faculty/staff that came to support the Great Debate this past Thursday. It was an enormous success and was very informative to all. It was a close race for our CBU Mock Election, but the winner was Senator Barack Obama with 51% of the vote. SGA particularly thanks Dr. Paul Berk (moderator), Benjamin Head (Library), Patricia Papachristou (School of Business), Dr. Bob Brittingham (School of Business), and Dr. Bill Busler (School of Sciences). SGA also thanks the Office of Student Life for all of the support in making the first Great Debate a success! See you again in four years! (Also pictured above are Samantha Almanza, SGA president, and Matthew Charles, BSA president.)
VOLUNTEER JURORS SOUGHT FOR MEMPHIS CITY SCHOOLS
The CBU Department of Education would like to announce that Memphis City Schools (MCS) needs jurors to evaluate student work on exhibition days in addition to serving as project mentors for some students. Community members will be needed on November 13, 2008 and April 28, 2009 to evaluate the student work. The goal is to have 20 community members per school, approximately 4,000 district-wide. Community members will judge the student work using common rubrics developed by the MCS Department of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment. Juror training sessions will be provided. This is the perfect volunteer opportunity for faculty and staff at CBU to make a difference in the community. For more information please visit the Memphis City Schools website or contact Miska Bibbs, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, at 416-6329. Dr. Talana Vogel will be the "Leader" for Fairview Middle School. "It would be great if we could have a whole team of CBU faculty and staff serve as the jury for FMS," she suggests.
FALL BREAK HOURS
The Computer Center will be open the following hours during Fall Break: Saturday, October 18, regular hours; Sunday, October 19, CLOSED; Monday - Friday, October 20-24, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 25, regular hours; Sunday, October 26, CLOSED. The 24-hour lab will be open and available for use with CBU ID card.
STUDENT ORGANIZATION NEWS & EVENTS
• Beta Beta Beta congratulates Kristi Prevost, the biology honor society's newly elected Vice President. BBB will also hold Mock Interviews on Wednesday, November 5. The interviews will begin with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. All sophomore, junior, and senior science majors are encouraged to attend. Please contact Dr. Ogilvie (firstname.lastname@example.org), Daniel Darnell (email@example.com), or John Legge (firstname.lastname@example.org) ASAP to sign-up for a 30-minute interview slot. Beta Beta Beta will also be holding their annual Bowl-A-Thon for Uganda on November 13. If you are interested, please form a team and help support a great cause.
IFC FALL RUSH APPLICATIONS
All students interested in joining any of the organizations listed below are encouraged to participate in formal recruitment October 27-31.
• Fraternity recruitment registration for Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Kappa Sigma is $15.
• Sorority recruitment registration for Alpha Sigma Tau, Alpha Xi Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha is $20.
Applications are currently available in the Office of Student Life. For more information, please contact Paige Pirkey (email@example.com) for sorority information or Mike Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) for fraternity information.
NATIONAL PANHELLENIC COUNCIL EVENTS
Anyone interested in Greek Life should take note of the following events and dates:
• 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
DEDICATION & BLESSING OF NEW CBU SCIENCE COMPLEX
The formal dedication and blessing of the new Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences and the newly-renovated Assisi Hall Science Learning Center will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 28, at 5:00 p.m. The entire CBU Community is invited to join the President and Board of Trustees for this historic dedication and its blessing by Bishop Terry Steib. Guided tours and a receptions will follow.
CUSTOM GIFTS FROM CBU BOOKSTORE
Faculty, administration, staff, alumni, groups, sports teams, and clubs affiliated with CBU may order custom gifts and items from the CBU Bookstore's online catalog at CustomGifts.efollett.com -- just enter the password "bookstore." After browsing the site for the appropriate item(s), you can add details about customization, enter your customer information, and submit “request for quote.” The quote request is automatically directed to bookstore, and you'll be contacted by the CBU Bookstore with a price quote.
CBU CLASS RING SALE
The CBU Bookstore will host a CBU Class Ring Sale on October 27-28, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 4:30-6:00 p.m. each day. Rings will be available starting at $259, and a Jostens representative will be on hand to help you make your selection. Order your ring in Silver Elite® with Platinum and get a $25 iTunes® gift card!
CBU LICENSE PLATES
Reserve your official CBU Tennessee Specialty License Plate today for only $35. These plates will be available in 2009 and will display your CBU pride with style. This offer is limited to vehicles titled in the State of Tennessee only. Download the handy order form here and show your CBU pride everywhere you go! You may also use the form to order personalized plates for an extra $35, and you can support the inaugural CBU Alumni Scholarship Fund with an additional gift. For more information, please call the Office of Advancement at 321-3270. Forms may be returned to the Advancement office in Barry Hall or to Campus Box 104.
FLU SHOTS NOW AVAILABLE
Flu shots are now available in Health Resources from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. The cost is $15 cash or check (payable to CBU). Please contact Brenda Hill in Health Resources at 321-3260 with any questions.
GuluWalk is an international campaign of Athletes for Africa, focused on supporting the abandoned children of northern Uganda. The local effort is affiliated with CBU's Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program. The 3.2 mile walk will be held Saturday, November 1, beginning at the Riverside Drive parking lot, across from the downtown Visitor's Center. Sign-in begins at 12:30 p.m., and the walk starts at 2:00 p.m. Dogs and strollers are welcome! An after-party at Young Avenue Deli will follow. Register free online. Even if you can’t make the walk or the after-party, you can still show your support by donating online. Contact Lanie Smith ('02) at email@example.com or Julia Hanebrink ('01) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.