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The Mathematical Association of America (MAA) at CBU is proud to announce the winner of CBU Chess Prodigy Tournament for 2008 to be Nate Phillips (pictured above). Nate, a freshman Computer Science major, clocked an average time of 15 minutes per game at the tournament on November 21 and was able to clench the title with ease. He exhibited true brilliance in all his games and was well deserving of the title. This was the first year a tournament of this sort was organized; it was not limited to students, but also included the faculty and staff at CBU. Due to the overwhelming response, the MAA will continue to present this tournament on an annual basis. The MAA would like to thank all those who participated, helped, or donated toward this event. The MAA will donate 50% of all proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Courtney Colotta (Biology '09) has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Pharmacy.
Mr. Philip Babin (Adjunct, Accounting) led a seminar for the Memphis Chapter of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants on November 18 entitled "Income Tax Update - 2008 Changes."
Dr. Mike Ryan (Advancement) represented CBU on a panel discussion on "The Engaged Scholarship Movement" held at the Urban Child Institute on December 5. Also represented were panelists from Rhodes College and the University of Memphis.

CENTER FOR ETHICAL LEADERSHIP HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The Center for Ethical Leadership is hosting a Tree Decorating Holiday Open House on Monday, December 15, 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Buckman Hall, Suite 328. Got an ornament that is just too ugly to hang on your own tree? Did the cat climb the tree and break a few ornaments last year? No problem! Come hang your reject ornaments on the tree at the Center for Ethical Leadership and have some holiday refreshments while you’re there.
BROWN BAG LUNCH DISCUSSION - POVERTY IN MEMPHIS: The Social Justice Committee would like to invite the CBU community to a brown bag lunch discussion on poverty in Memphis, led by Ms. Dana Marcus, on Tuesday in Sabbatini Lounge at 12:30 p.m. Ms. Marcus founded Angels of Love, which is a charitable organization that collects food, clothes, and other necessities and donates them to poverty-stricken families in Memphis. Please bring any food, clothes, or shoes that you would like to donate, and don't forget your own lunch!
PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS: Psychology students will present their research on Thursday, 1:00-3:00 p.m., in Assisi Hall 153. The following students will make presentations: Nathali Blackwell, Shawn Scott, and Paige Pirkey, "The relationship of extracurricular activities and personality"; Lauren Phillips, Danielle Wright, and Mike Shaefgen, "Alcohol abuse and pathological gambling"; Lauren Guerrant, Samantha DeVilbiss, Gabrielle Fairbee, Chanelle Houston, and Michael Lagano, "Relationship between Big 5 characteristics and self-monitoring"; Brandy Sims, Anitra Harps, and Bonnie Burgette, "Visual media habits and self-reported levels of aggression in students"; Megan Inman and Wayne Young "The relationship between cannabis use, grade point averages, and time perception"; Maggie Foster, Katie Quinton, and Ashley Jones, "The relationship between mental engagement and media".

Tanya Robertson Novarese, wife of John T. Novarese ('89, MBA '97, former CBU trustee), passed away peacefully on December 5 at her home, after a valiant battle with cancer. The family requests memorials be sent to St. Agnes Academy / St. Dominic School, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of the donor's choice. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. An online guest book is available through January 6.

This is a reminder that all resident students MUST be out of the residence halls by 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19. Please remember to take all necessary items with you as the halls will not be open during the Christmas Break. Finally, make sure to turn off all lights, close drapes or blinds, shut windows into lock position, set thermostats to 55 degrees, and shut down copiers, personal computers, printers, etc. Please have a safe and restful break!


• The Alpha Zeta Eta chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society was installed on December 7. Inductees included (above, l-r) Shanta Wilson, Elizabeth Rosen, Lindsay Hanlen, Dylan Perry, Linda Dinwiddie, Burton Bridges, Kenny Latta, Russell Brandon, and Dustin Perry. Other inductees, not pictured, were Ally Gomez, Candice Lermusiaux, Catherine Montesi, Megan Kellher Nuckolls, Chris Ragghianti, Shamus Smisor, and Danielle Wright.
• The ladies of Alpha Xi Delta would like to congratulate Mary Jane Dickey, Rachel Haag, and Caroline Mitchell for being recipients of the 2008 Slaymaker-Kinsey Academic Achievement Award. This award is given each fall by the National Fraternity to the member of each college chapter with the highest grade point average. All three women returned to school this fall with a 4.0 GPA.

• The CBU chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society, initiated seven new members on December 11. They are (above, l-r) Dylan Perry, Chris Peterson, Dustin Perry, Leigh Hill, Jonathan Sharp, Brandon Black, and Spencer Cook. The society welcomes its newest members and congratulates them on their accomplishment.

• The ITS Help Desk and Computer Center will be closed on Sunday, December 21, open 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on December 22-23, and closed December 24 through January 4 for the Christmas holiday. The 24-hour Lab will be also be closed on those dates.
• Exam and holiday hours at Plough Library are available online.

As we prepare for Christmas, for those who would like and who have the time, there will be prayer at noon each day in St. Joseph Chapel in Barry Hall. Everyone is welcome.
• Monday: Rosary
• Tuesday: Gospel Reflection
• Wednesday: Rosary
• Thursday: Gospel Reflection
• Friday: Gospel Reflection for Sunday.

The Annual Faculty/Staff Talent Show and Silent Auction is back and scheduled for April 1, 2009. The purpose for this event is to raise money for Blessed Sacrament Elementary School, operated by Christian Brothers in Memphis. Faculty and staff are invited to participate in this fun event by displaying talent and/or donating items for the Silent Auction. Detailed information on the event will be provided at a later date.
   Individual or group acts are welcome. Outsiders can participate in acts, as long as at least one CBU faculty/staff member is part of the act. Performances can be comedy, musical, skits, etc., Forms for participants can be obtained by contacting Karen Conway at year, a special category will consist of a team from each of the four schools (Arts, Business, Engineering, and Sciences). Each team will present a group performance consisting of individuals from that school only. A special award will be given for the best performance of the four schools, as well as for an additional individual or group performance.
   Please contact one of the following individuals with questions and/or donations: Karen Conway (321-3536), Mary Ogilvie (321-3437), or Pong Malasri (321-3419).

Larry Montague (President), David Bell (Vice President), Mary Cornell (Director of Business Development), and Dr. Colleen Walker (Project Manager & Technical Lead) from the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI) visited the CBU campus on December 9. They toured the packaging lab and gave a seminar to a group of chemical engineering students. They also discussed ways to support and promote packaging programs and activities at CBU with Dr. Asit Ray (Packaging Lab & Certificate Coordinator) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging Activities Coordinator). TAPPI ( was founded in 1915 and has grown into the world's largest professional association serving pulp, paper, converting, and packaging industries. Their office is located in Norcross, GA.

The Schools of Engineering and Sciences will host the Mid-South Annual Engineering and Sciences Conference at CBU on May 5, 2009. The conference will be co-hosted and co-sponsored for several engineering/science related organizations. Engineering/science faculty, seniors, and graduate students are invited to present their work at the conference in the form of 20-minute technical presentation or poster display. There is no conference registration charge for our faculty, students, and staff. Please check for abstract due date and template.

Paintings by Jana Broussard Travis (Chair, Fine Arts & Speech) are 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) through December 18.


12/09: Bucs 83, Ecclesia College 41 (at Canale Arena)
12/13: Bucs 72, Barry University 66 (at Canale Arena)
12/09: Lady Bucs 72, University of West Alabama 56 (at Canale Arena)
12/13: Lady Bucs 63, LeMoyne-Owen College 48 (at LeMoyne-Owen)

UPCOMING SCHEDULE (through January 12)
12/19: University of Missouri-St. Louis (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
01/03: University of West Georgia (Canale Arena; 2:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
01/10: University of Arkansas-Monticello (Monticello, AR; 4:00 p.m.)
12/20: Wesley College (Canale Arena; 3:00 p.m.)
12/22: University of Indianapolis (Canale Arena; 3:00 p.m.)
12/29: Butler University (Indianapolis, IN; 6:00 p.m.)
01/03: University of West Alabama (Livingston, AL; 2:00 p.m.)
01/05: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
01/10: University of Arkansas-Monticello Monticello, AR; 2:00 p.m.)