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Dr. Mike Condren (Chemistry) and Joseph Alfonso ('12) performed demonstrations at Holy Family Catholic School in Holly Springs, MS, on October 23 -- National Mole Day -- for classes taught by alumnus Garrett Smithson (Natural Science '05). Pictured above: Dr. Condren is launching an "alcohol rocket" for the class.
Noelle Garcia (Education '06) is the winner of two Unity Awards from the United Catholic Music and Video Association, which held its annual awards ceremony in New Orleans on October 24. She won the award for Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year for her song "Away from Myself." She also won Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year for her album Meet Me Where I Am, which contains the award-winning single. Noelle was nominated for a total of seven Unity Awards, including Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Producer of the Year, and Album Packaging of the Year. For more information, see the article on Noelle in the Spring 2008 issue of CBU's Bell Tower magazine, or visit

Dr. L. Yu Lin (Civil & Environmental Engineering) received funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division (MLGW) to conduct a Professional Engineer Review Workshop for local junior engineers. The workshop was held at CBU from August 26 to October 21. There were 18 engineers attending the workshop.

• Lady Buc midfielder Elin Svavarsdottir ('11) earned her second Gulf South Conference Player of the Week honor this season for the period ending October 28, after leading the Lady Bucs to a pair of victories and fourth place in the league standings.

Dr. Zachary Maxwell (Biology '98) passed away October 26 at his home in Covington, TN. The family requests that memorials be sent to Lauderdale County Carl Perkins Center (P.O. Box 1054, Ripley, TN 38063) or Methodist Presbyterian Nursery School of Covington. An online guestbook is available for condolences through November 26.

The Fall 2008 Cabaret, featuring performances by students and faculty, will be presented Friday, November 7, at 8:00 p.m. in the University Theater. There will be a reception afterward with refreshments.

• Paintings by Jana Broussard Travis (Chair, Fine Arts & Speech) will be featured along with glass works by Lana Chu in an exhibition entitled "Fusion of Dimension" at the Levy Gallery in the lobby of the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center (St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Perkins Extended at Walnut Grove). The opening reception will be held on Friday, November 14, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Admission to the gallery is free and all receptions are open to the public. Parking is free and available at St. Mary's Episcopal School's Upper School Campus and at the Moss Hall (Lower School) Campus in the Northwest corner of the intersection. The exhibit will be on display through December 18. Pictured at left: Abundance by Jana Travis.
• "Hindsight 20/20," and exhibition of ceramic work by Bryan Blankenship is on display in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery (on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library) through December 4. More information>> "Parallel Worlds," a collection of contemporary paintings by Rollin Kocsis, is exhibited in the foyer of the gallery.

The printed 2008-09 Faculty & Staff Directory is in production and should be available soon. In the meantime, please remember that the directory is also available online and is updated throughout the year. The online directory is available from the link at the lower left of the CBU homepage and is located at

• The Center for Ethical Leadership will offer a seminar entitled "Where Have All the Heroes Gone?"on November 10, 4:00- 6:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall 211. Participants in this seminar will assess the qualities of an ethical person and establish steps to acquire such qualities. Co-sponsored by Leadership Memphis, this seminar will focus on individuals’ ability to take responsibility for decisions and to become a person of integrity. The seminar will introduce participants to ethical decision making, provide techniques to enable them to sort through decision and assess their personal moral intelligence. The seminar costs $100 and includes two CLE credit hours. Seating is limited, so advance registration is required. RSVP to Kristi Tarbell at or 321-4216 by November 1.
• Do you have the courage to stand up for an injustice? Do you have the courage to take responsibility for your mistakes? Do your employees respect you based upon the courage you exhibit? Do you have the courage to live out your values? The Center for Ethical Leadership is offering a free "Leading with Courage Workshop" on November 18 in Sabbatini Lounge, 4:00 -5:30 p.m. Snacks will be provided. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to or 321-4216 by November 10.

The Alpha Delta Chapter of the Engineering Management Honor Society will host a lecture on leadership and project management on Wednesday, November 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Sabbatini Lounge. The guest speaker will be Derrick Pratt, PMP, a strategic service manager for International Paper's Global Supply Chain organization. If you would like to attend, RSVP to by Monday, November 10.

Dr. Conrad Brombach (Behavioral Sciences), in conjunction with the Career Center, provided his Fundamentals of Counseling students with a real-world taste of psychometrics and test interpretation on October 27. They completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory, which are, respectively, the most esteemed and widely used personality assessment and career planning instruments in the world. Cathy Lantrip of the Career Center gave an explanation and interpretation of the instruments' results on October 17. At the beginning of the following class, each student was given a packet containing the Myers-Briggs and Strong results and a future career choice statement sheet of an anonymous student. Dr. Brombach developed a series of guided questions each student used to evaluate their anonymous student's potential for success in the stated career choice. Finally, in what commonly would be a graduate-level assignment at some schools, students summarized strengths and weaknesses to determine whether the student and career were well matched.
Job Search Strategies Workshop for Engineering & Science: Thursday, November 6; 1:00 p.m.; Buckman 112
Negotiating Salary Workshop: Thursday, November 13; 1:00 p.m.; Buckman 112

The Ladies of the Theta Pi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta would like to proudly welcome their 17 new members into their sisterhood: Breanna Baker, Lyndsey Barker, Laura Bittenbender, Kasey Bramlitt, Katelyn Cook, Lauren Howle, Kara Jones, Kristen Launius, Jayme McKeaver, Elizabeth Meadows, Meghan O'Brien, Kelci Pearce, Adrienne Renfro, Kristy Rosenberger, Erin Scherer, Caroline Watson, and Minna Zhao. Alpha Xi Delta would also like to congratulate Zeta Tau Alpha, Alpha Sigma Tau, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Kappa Sigma, and Tau Kappa Epsilon on an excellent recruitment this year.

The CBU Honors Program will present Pizza with the Professor with Dr. Rena Durr speaking on “Just How Smart Are Animals?” on Tuesday, November 25, at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium (pizza at 12:30, lecture at 12:45) Dr. Durr will describe the latest research in the field of animal cognition that will amaze and astound you with the evidence that animals are not only intelligent problem solvers, but that they plan, make decisions, and even pretend, invent, and use deception. Not only do a huge variety of animals think, but there is also clear evidence that they experience deep attachments and a wide range of emotions from love to jealousy and guilt. Come hear what we have learned about animals by simply paying serious attention to their behavior.

SPRING '09 BUYBACK: The CBU Bookstore is working with the faculty to offer the students of CBU up to 50% Cash Back for their textbooks. Faculty: If you have not yet submitted your requisition for the Spring 2009 semester, please do so as soon as possible. Submitting adoption information on time helps students because it enables the Bookstore to buy back the chosen textbooks for up to 50% -- before everyone takes off for the holidays.
CUSTOM GIFTS: 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 -- 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.

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. Order your license plate 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 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.


MEN'S SOCCER (10-5-2, 4-1-1 GSC)
10/29: Bucs 1, University of Alabama-Huntsville 1 (at Signaigo Field, 2OT)
11/01: Bucs 2, Crichton College 0 (at Signaigo Field)
WOMEN'S SOCCER (10-6-2, 4-2-2 GSC)
10/29: Lady Bucs 2, University of Alabama-Huntsville 1 (at Signaigo Field)
11/01: Lady Bucs 1, University of West Georgia 1 (at Signaigo Field)
VOLLEYBALL (23-9, 7-4 GSC)
10/28: Lady Bucs 0, Harding University 3 (at Searcy, AR)
10/30: Lady Bucs 3, Arkansas Tech University 0 (at Canale Arena)
11/01: Lady Bucs 0, University of North Alabama 3 (at Florence, AL)
11/02: Lady Bucs 3, University of Montevallo 1 (at Montevallo, AL)

11/03: Martin Methodist College (Pulaski, TN; 7:00 p.m.)
11/07: GSC Semifinals: CBU vs. West Florida (Pensacola, FL; 4:30 p.m.)
11/09: GSC Championship TBA (Pensacola, FL)
11/07: GSC Semifinals: CBU vs. Montevallo (Pensacola, FL; 11:00 a.m.)
11/09: GSC Championship TBA (Pensacola, FL)
11/04: Mississippi Valley State University (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
11/08: University of Arkansas-Monticello (Monticello, AR; 1:00 p.m.)
11/08: NCAA Division II South Regional (Searcy, AR; 9:00 a.m.)
11/04: University of Memphis (Exhibition; FedExForum; 7:00 p.m.)
11/04: Southern Illinois University (Exhibition; Carbondale, IL; 7:00 p.m.)