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CBU hosted the Coordinating Council for the Lasallian International Programs Consortium on January 16. The Consortium is is a cooperative group composed of the seven U.S. Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing high quality educational programs throughout the world for students and faculties of member institutions. Attending (pictured above, clockwise from left) were Christopher Swanson, international study director at Lewis University; Melinda Massaro, international education coordinator at La Salle University; Dr. Emily Mathis Forsdick, director of CBU's International Initiatives program; council chair Dr. David Ford, executive assistant to the president at St. Mary's College of California; Wanda Anderson, CBU (partially hidden); Lorien Remito, associate director of the Center for International Programs at St. Mary's College; and Dr. Nevart Wanger, study abroad director at Manhattan College. Also attending from CBU was Prof. Pat Papachristou (CBU Economics). Not attending were representatives from the College of Santa Fe and St. Mary's University, as both schools are currently interviewing new directors. The program focused on information and issues of ongoing significance to all the members such as numbers of students studying abroad at each school, the numbers studying through other consortium member programs, new programs, and ways to increase participation of students.

Eight CBU student-athletes have been named Academic All-Gulf South Conference for fall sports. The All-GSC picks included Daniel Foster, Ryan Heine, and Gordon Blum from men's soccer; Stephen Hill and John Waldorf from cross country; Elin Svavarsdottir and Jeanine Abell from women's soccer; and Aubrey Pancratz from volleyball. The Academic All-GSC Teams are selected by a joint vote of Sports Information Directors and Faculty Athletic Representatives. To be eligible, the student-athlete must carry at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant contributor. In addition to the eight Academic All-GSC selections, CBU placed 43 student-athletes on the GSC Fall Academic Honor Roll. The men's cross country team's 10 members led the way in the GSC, as no other school placed more than eight. CBU also placed seven women's cross country runners, seven volleyball players, nine men's soccer players, and 10 women's soccer players on the Academic Honor Roll. The Honor Roll features all student-athletes who carry a 3.0 or better cumulative GPA and participated in at least one game or meet. For a full roster of the GSC Honor Roll, click here.

CBU has kicked off its first fully online course evaluation semester. Congratulations to David James (Electrical Engineering '09) and Chadwick Baker (faculty) who each won a $50 gift certificate to Best Buy. Matthew Jackson (Biology '11) won an iPod Shuffle!

LEARNING FROM LOSS: A forum entitled "Learning from Loss: Rebuilding and Recovery" will be held Tuesday in Spain Auditorium, 1:00–1:50 p.m. The seminar, sponsored by the CBU Counseling Center, will be conducted by Dr. David Goldstein, CBU's consulting psychologist. There will be opportunity for questions/answers/discussion. This seminar is open to the campus community.
CRYPTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: CBU will host an interdisciplinary cryptography workshop for high school students on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Assisi Hall 153. Students will be introduced to the historical and technical aspect of code-breaking and ciphers as well as encrypting and decrypting messages. Dr. Neal Palmer and Dr. Paul Berk (History & Political Science) will explain the historical significance of codes and cipher breaking and historical events that have been changed by the use of ciphers. Dr Eric Welch (Dean, School of Engineering) will follow with a discussion and demonstration of the structure of codes. This workshop is free and open to all students in grades 9-12. Seating is limited, so advance registration is required. Online registration is available at www.cbu.edu/engineering/workshop/crypto. For more information, contact engineering@cbu.edu or 321-3405.
WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT: During January and February, Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, will be conducting four workshop sessions with the goal of helping at-risk students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-motivation, etc. The second session will be held Thursday from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. Subsequent sessions will be held on February 5 and February 12. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student. Interested students need to attend all four sessions.
CBU ALUMNI TRIVIA NIGHT: The second annual CBU Alumni Trivia Night, featuring our own world-renowned Brother Ignatius Brown, will be held on January 30 in Alfonso Dining Hall. Doors will open at 7:00 p.m., and the first question will be posed at 7:30 p.m. Teams may consist of 6 to 8 people. Participants can pre-register a team before January 28 for $15 per person. After January 28, registration is $20 per person. CBU students can register for $5 per person (and must show their ID). Free soft drinks and bar snacks will be available; feel free to bring your own food and beverages. Door prizes will be drawn throughout the evening, and prizes will be awarded for all members of first and second place teams. All proceeds benefit the National Alumni Board Scholarship fund. For more information and online registration, click here.

Martin Richard, the new Lasallian Volunteer Coordinator, will be on campus this week. Mr. Richard and Thais Hunter (CBU '08), who is a Lasallian Volunteer this year, will be hosting a night for CBU seniors who are interested in learning more about the Lasallian Volunteer program. They will also be speaking in classes and having one-on-one conversations with students. Please welcome them and make them feel at home. For more information, please contact Brother Rob Veselsky in Campus Ministry at rveselsk@cbu.edu.

The CBU Department of Education and Performance Learning Systems, Inc. (PLS) have announced that new graduate courses for educators will be offered beginning in the Spring 2009. This collaboration provides a variety of research-based graduate courses, consulting services, and quality instructional materials for Tennessee educators. "The partnership between CBU and PLS is a wonderful opportunity for two organizations with a rich history of serving teachers to meet the professional development needs of the teachers across Tennessee," Dr. Talana Vogel, chair of the Education Department, said. "This partnership ensures that all teachers will have access to quality graduate courses at extremely reasonable rates." More info>

Executive Council Meetings: Every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Senate Chambers (Kenrick 13)
Senate Meetings: The following Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Senate Chambers (Kenrick 13) - January 26, February 9, February 23, March 2, March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4
Contact sga@cbu.edu for more information.

Dr. Frances Grant Loring, former professor of religion at CBU, died January 15 at age 85. Also an attorney, she was always active in multiple civic affairs, including having marched with Dr. Martin Luther King when he was in Memphis during the sanitation strike. Always a practicing Catholic, she became a Religious of the Cenacle and was stationed at Ronconcoma, NY; Chicago; New Orleans; Milwaukee; St. Louis; Sacramento; and Rome, Italy. She was later given permission to leave the order, after which she received a Ph.D. in theology and began teaching at CBU. Following her tenure at CBU, she returned to the private practice of law in Memphis. Donations may be made to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Our Lady of Sorrows Church, or to the charity of the donor’s choice. Please keep Dr. Loring and her family in your thoughts and prayers. An online guest book is available until February 19.

ATTENTION ALL BUSINESS MAJORS: Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity, is looking for new members. The events listed below are open to business majors in order to introduce you to the fraternity and to let the fraternity get to know you.
-- Information Session: Tuesday, January 27, in St. Joseph Hall 10, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
-- Dinner with the Members: Friday, January 30, in Maurelian Kitchen, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
-- Power of Networking: Monday, February 2, in Montesi Executive Center, :00-6:15 p.m.
Professor Jenny Cowell will speak about the importance of networking and share new networking techniques.
-- Applications due by Friday, February 5, at 3:00 p.m. outside Deltasig Office, Buckman 332
-- Any questions may be directed to dsp@cbu.edu.
ALPHA CHI INVITATIONS: Alpha Chi, an interdisciplinary honor society at CBU, will be sending out invitations to the top ten percent of the junior and senior class beginning January 29. Induction is by invitation only, based on your rank in the individual school. The induction will be February 15 at 2:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center.
ALPHA CHI FOOD DRIVE: The CBU chapter of Alpha Chi will begin collecting food for the Mid-South Food Bank. The economic downturn has increased the demand on the Food Bank, and their supplies are running low. Boxes will be placed around campus for food items February 1-15. The chapter is also collecting books for the national organization's literacy drive. If you would like to donate either food or books, please contact: Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at malinda@cbu.edu or Laura Bailey (chapter president) at lbailey@cbu.edu.

"A Window to the West" featuring paintings and sculpture by Samuel Nichols, is currently on exhibition in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library. In addition, "Water Feature: What Lies Beneath," an exhibition of contemporary mixed-media works by John Chiaromonte, is in the foyer of the gallery. Both exhibitions will be on display through February 27. More info>

The deadline to submit an Intent to Graduate so you can walk in the May 2009 commencement ceremony is February 1. There is a $50 late fee for Intents submitted after December 1, 2008. All December 2008, May 2009, and August 2009 graduates can participate in commencement as long as they file their Intent to Graduate no later than February 1. You can file an Intent to Graduate by clicking on this link, or by going directly to the Registrar’s Web site.

Castings, CBU's student literary magazine, is now accepting submissions for its annual competition. Students can submit in three categories: art, prose, and poetry. Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. Please send images as JPEG files and prose or poetry as MS Word files to kgolight@cbu.edu. The deadline is February 2, 2009.

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) will be speaking on "What you need to know about Cervical Cancer and Human Papilloma Virus" on Tuesday, February 3, at 12:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Bring your lunch and learn about this important topic. Cookies will be served.

An internal packaging information session has been scheduled on Tuesday, February 3, 5:00-6:15 p.m. in Nolan 234. Panelists provided by TAPPI.org will discuss packaging career opportunities. You will also learn about packaging programs at CBU, including the Packaging Engineering Certificate, the BSEM (Packaging) degree, and the MSEM (Packaging) degree. Pizza, drinks, and door prizes! RSVP via email to Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu by Friday, January 30.

The Honors Program and Delta Sigma Pi will present a screening of the documentary Maxed Out on Thursday, February 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The entire CBU community is invited to attend this informative and eye-opening event. Do you have or want a credit card? If so, you must see this film. It explores the methods used by the credit card companies to lure and exploit unwitting consumers, college students in particular. Highly entertaining with its use of humor juxtaposed with personal tragedy, this film will draw you in and knock your socks off. No one will leave this film without thinking differently about having a credit card. One viewer wrote “Maxed Out is to credit card companies what Super Size Me was to the fast food industry.” After the film, Ms. Pat Papachristou, CBU economics professor, will lead a short discussion. For a trailer of the documentary, click here.

The 2009 Regional Mathcounts will be on CBU campus on Saturday, February 6, 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Mathcounts is a math competition for 7th and 8th graders and is a part of National Engineers Week celebration. The School of Engineering is looking for volunteers. If any faculty or student is interested in helping out, please contact Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu.

Two CBU sororities, Zeta Tau Alpha and Alpha Kappa Alpha, will host the first annual "Pink Out" Buccaneer and Lady Buccaneer basketball games on Thursday, February 12, in Canale Arena. These games are being held to boost awareness about breast cancer and to raise funds to support the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. The Lady Bucs' game will begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by the men’s game, both against Ouachita Baptist University. The teams will play with a pink game ball, and the crowd is encouraged to wear pink in support of the teams and the cause. The first 30 spectators will receive a free Buccaneer "Pink Out" t-shirts. Other spectators will be able to purchase a "Pink Out" t-shirt for $5. All proceeds will go to the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation. In addition to the t-shirts, there will be giveaways during both half times. More info>

The Insurors of Memphis is hosting a "Student Shadowing" day for college students on Thursday, February 19. The local independent insurance agencies are inviting students to come to their businesses on that day to observe and learn about the insurance industry as a career. The students will also attend a luncheon at Chickasaw Country Club, where a national speaker from Project InVest will speak on the insurance career path and variety of opportunities available in the industry. For more information, contact Betty McWillie in the CBU Career Center at 321-3331 or mcwillie@cbu.edu.

CBU will participate in the 10th Annual Careers in Corrugated International Teleconference for Students & Faculty on Wednesday, February 25, 1:00-3:00 p.m., in Nolan 235. The teleconference is a live industry briefing from the Michigan State University Television Studios. Topics will include "Life Cycle Analysis of the Corrugated Industry," "Virgin vs. Recycled Content: Which Box is Best?" and other operational issues related to graphic design or sustainability. More information will be posted at www.cbu.edu/engineering/packaging. RSVP via email to Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu by February 11. Pizzas and drinks will be provided around 12:45 p.m.

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 www.maesc.org for abstract due date and template.


The CBU Buccaneers rose five spots to No. 12 in the January 20 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Coaches Poll.


01/22: Bucs 74, Harding University 75 (at Canale Arena; OT )
01/24: Bucs 63, Henderson State University 44 (at Arkadelphia, AR)
01/22: Lady Bucs 80, Harding University 79 (at Canale Arena)
01/24: Lady Bucs 72, Henderson State University 80 (at Arkadelphia, AR)

01/29: Southern Arkansas University (Canale Arena; 7:00 p.m.)
01/31: Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR; 6:00 p.m.)
01/29: Southern Arkansas University (Canale Arena; 5:00 p.m.)
01/31: Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR; 4:00 p.m.)