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The CBU Society of Physics Students (SPS) recently demonstrated the law of conservation of energy outside the Thomas Center with their so-called "Loop of Death." A bowling ball was launched from the top of a track and rolled around a vertical loop with a person sitting inside the loop. We are happy to report that no injuries were sustained. The loop was first built may years ago at the University of Memphis and was destined for the trash when it was rescued by Ted Clarke (Physics). It was refurbished by Bob Moats, supervisor of the School of Engineering Machine Shop, with the help of SPS members. Pictured above is Dr. Sandra Thompson-Jaeger (Biology) sitting inside the loop as the bowling ball completes its orbit. Despite the look of sheer terror on her face, she volunteered to sit in the loop, confident of the laws of physics. A video of the event, produced by SPS member Tony Bownes (Electrical Engineering '10), is posted here.

Anne Ballam has been appointed ot the position of Associate Registrar. Anne previously held the position of Assistant Registrar, and prior to that worked in the Graduate & Professional Studies office.

SGA applications are now available and can be picked up in the Student Life Office or can be downloaded at All applications are due to Student Life March 18. There will be a mandatory meeting for all approved candidates on March 20. For more information contact or visit

Faisal Ansari (Psychology '08) has been accepted to the Master's program in Political Science and International Relations at George Mason University.
Russell Brandon (Psychology '09) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science at Mississippi State University and the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Memphis.
• Buccaneer basketball center Nick Kohs (Marketing '09) was named Daktronics South Region Player of the Year by a vote of the NCAA South Region's sports information directors. Kohs, also named GSC West Player of the Year, is averaging 21.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game for the Bucs.
Truc Le (Biology '09) has been accepted to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center School of Pharmacy Pharm.D. program.
• Buccaneer head coach Mike Nienaber was voted the NABC South Region Basketball Coach of the Year. Nienaber, also the GSC West Coach of the Year, was voted the honor by his peers after guiding the Bucs to a 22-6 record heading into the postseason.

Boris de Souza ('09), Russ Saliendra ('10), and Binh Nguyen ('10), and the CBU student branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) won 1st Place in the T-Shirt Competition at SoutheastCon 2009 held in Atlanta on March 5-8 (Boris, Russ, and Binh were the lead designers on the t-shirts). The chapter's IEEE t-shirts are pictured above on the CBU team: (l-r) Nicholas Brown ('09), Matt Condren (’09), Amanda Taylor (’09), John Waldorf (‘09), Thien Truong (’09), David James (‘09), Boris de Souza ('09), Dr. John Ventura, (Electrical & Computer Engineering, student counselor), Binh Nguyen (10), and Russ Saliendra 10). Click here to see more photos of CBU at SoutheastCon 2009.
• CBU Electrical & Computer Engineering students Boris de Souza ('09), Russ Saliendra ('10), and Binh Nguyen ('10), and the CBU student branch of IEEE won 1st Place in the Website Competition at SoutheastCon 2009 held in Atlanta on March 5-8. Boris, Russ, and Binh were the lead developers on the website, which is located at

Nicholas Brown (Electrical & Computer Engineering '09) and Amanda Taylor (Mechanical Engineering '09) returned from the IEEE Southeast Conference 2009 held in Atlanta on March 5-8 with the second place award in the student paper contest with their paper, "Thermoelectric Light." As a part of the award they received $500. Engineering students from over 50 colleges and universities submitted papers for this competition. Amanda and Nicholas are pictured above with Dr. John Ventura, IEEE chapter advisor.
Matt Condren (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science '09), David James (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science '09), Thien Truong (Electrical & Computer Engineering '09), and John Waldorf (Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science '09) placed 6th out of 38 schools who qualified in the robotic competition at the IEEE SoutheastCon 2009 conference held in Atlanta on March 5-8. The objective of the competition was for the robots to locate, obtain, sort, and store used beverage products. All sorting and storage was to be done on the robot. Points were awarded for the collected objects at the end of each of four rounds. The winners were judged on points with run time being the tiebreaker.
Click here to see a video of their "Save-A-Buc" robot (pictured at left).

Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, invites students, faculty, and staff to hear Reginald Howard discuss his experiences as a player in the Negro Baseball League. He will be here Monday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Montesi Executive Center. For more information on Mr. Howard, click here.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A PEER COUNSELOR? Any interested freshman, sophomore, or junior who has leadership abilities, is service-oriented, highly motivated, school-spirited, and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is encouraged to apply for a Peer Counselor position for the 2009-2010 academic year. Applications will be available in the Counseling Center Monday and must be returned to the Counseling Center by March 26. If you would like more information about the Peer Counselor Program, you are invited to attend a Peer Counselor Informational Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 12:30-1:00 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.
ROSS GALLERY EXHIBITION OPENING: "The Lost Scrolls of Poverty: Prayer Cloths and Altarpieces" featuring the art of Nancy Wellington Bookhart will open with a public reception on Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the gallery on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library. The exhibition will be on display through May 1. A collection of photography by members of the Memphis Camera Club will be displayed in the foyer of the gallery. More info>
20 YEARS OF GRADUATE ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE: CBU will host a dinner in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Graduate Engineering Program on Friday, March 20, 2009 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sabbatini Lounge on the second floor of the Thomas Center on the CBU campus. Memphis Light Gas & Water (MLGW) and Burr & Cole Consulting Engineers will sponsor the celebratory dinner. The recipient of the R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award will be announced, and Mark Yerger (Vice President of Aircraft Engineering & Technical Planning at FedEx) will be the featured speaker.
The program wants as many alumni and students as possible to join in the celebration dinner and the recognition of outstanding students and alumni and two decades of accomplishments. Tickets can be purchased online at For more information, contact Bethany King Robinson at or 321-3282.

Over 75 students and 40 professionals attended the 2nd annual Student–Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) held on Friday, February 6, 2009, at the Memphis Botanic Gardens and hosted by Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Memphis and the IEEE student branch at CBU. S-PAC 2009 showcased a variety of engineering societies and disciplines from Arkansas State University (6 students), CBU (62 students), University of Memphis (8 students), Union University (1 student), UT Health (1 student), and University of Alabama (1 student). The speakers were Patrick Crowley, vice president at Howe Barnes Hoefer & Arnett, and Shali Atkinson, director of communication and development for the RISE Foundation; they lead discussions on ethics, networking, and public speaking. CBU students who served on the S-PAC organizational committee were Boris De Souza ('09), chair, pictured at left; David James ('09), vice-chair; Russ Saliendra ('10), finance; Amanda Taylor ('09), facilities; Binh Nguyen ('10), ticket sales; Osborn De Lima ('10), resume book; and Harshit Schroff ('10), program. Dr. John Ventura (Electrical & Computer Engineering) served as the student IEEE student branch activities chair. Sponsors for the event were CBU Engineering, the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Wright Medical, Nucor Steel, Smith & Nephew, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Cure 4 Kids, IEEE USA-Memphis Region, and Memphis Light Gas and Water.

Lent is the 40 days prior to Easter, a time to take stock of our lives spiritually and see how we might love God and each other a little bit more. The tradition of the Christian Churches during Lent has always been to encourage us to fast, strengthening our wills to do good; to pray, putting us in touch with God, realizing we don't have to do this alone; and to give alms, through serving one another, the human family grows into the Body of Christ.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: During Lent, the campus community is cordially invited to participate in Stations of the Cross at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays in St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall). Everyone is welcome!

CBU has announced its 2009 Spring Concert Series. Tommy Gaines, Assistant Professor of Music, will conduct the concerts which include his students, the CB Singers, and piano students of Dr. Sharon Momany. Click here for the full schedule of events.

Brother Leo (Jeremiah Bernardine) Keindel, who taught at Christian Brothers College in the 1950s, died on February 21 in St. Paul, MN at age 96. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 76 years, his teaching career took him to Chicago, IL (De La Salle Institute 1936-39) and Evanston, IL (St. George High School 1939-49), Winona, MN (Cotter High School 1949-50) and St. Mary's College (1952-54 and 1955-57), St. Joseph, MO (Christian Brothers High School 1950-52), and Memphis (Christian Brothers College 1954-55). He also taught in the St. Paul area at Benilde High School (1957-59), Hill High School (1959-64 and 1966-71), Brady High School (1964-65), and Cretin High School (1965-66 and 1973-80). In 1980 he retired at Cretin-Derham where he remained until his death. Memorials are preferred to the Brothers of the Christian Schools Retirement Fund, 7650 S. County Line Rd, Burr Ridge, IL 60527. Please remember Brother Leo in your thoughts and prayers.

It's Fool-A-Rama Time! Yes, the annual Faculty/Staff Talent Show and Silent Auction, scheduled on April 1, is almost at hand! There are approximately 12 acts signed up so far, consisting of faculty and staff singers, dancers, actors, and bands who will dazzle the CBU community with ... talent? Well, you can be the judge of that. The Silent Auction is in need of items -- please bring donated auction items to Karen Conway in Student Life, or contact Pong Malasri ( or Mary Ogilvie ( Donated items should be worth $10.00 or more. All proceeds will go to De La Salle Elementary school to provide a scholarship for an economically challenged child.

The following activities are scheduled for Multicultural Week. Please join CBU in celebrating diversity around the world.
• Wednesday, March 25: Caribbean Day, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Quad located in front of the Buc. Lunch will be served outdoors.
• Thursday, March 26: Panel Discussion on "Refugees in A New Land." A group of displaced individuals who came through Catholic Charities to find a new home in America will share their stories, 1:00-2:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Speakers include Sajda Kovacevic from Bosnia, Kevin Mahunga from Zimbabwe, Jamila from Somalia, and Vinodini Jayaraman, director of Refugee Services at Catholic Charities.
For more information, contact Karen Conway at

Part-Time Job Fair: Wednesday, March 25; details TBA
Full-Time Job Fair: Thursday, March 26; details TBA

The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence and CBU are pleased to host Congressman Steve Cohen on March 27 at 9:00 a.m. in Spain Auditorium for a special forum on emerging issues and opportunities for nonprofits in the Obama administration. Congressman Cohen will address the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and its impact on, and potential for, local nonprofits; the federal budget from President Obama and its impact on, and potential for, local nonprofits; and general information about his committees and subcommittees and how they impact local nonprofits. This event is free; please register by email at by March 26 to reserve a seat.

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) - March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4. Contact for more information.


The CBU Buccaneers were ranked No. 15 in the final NABC/Division II Coaches Poll of 2008-09, their highest final ranking ever. CBU has been ranked in the final NABC poll one other time, when they finished No. 19 in 2003-04.


03/06: Bucs 53, Harding University 60 (at GSC Tournament; Southaven, MS )
03/14: Bucs 63, Delta State University 54 (at NCAA South Regional; Lakeland, FL)
03/15: Bucs 72, Claflin University 53 (at NCAA South Regional; Lakeland, FL)
BASEBALL (6-11, 0-0 GSC)
03/06: Bucs 12, Urbana University 4 (at Buc Field)
03/06: Bucs 7, Urbana University 9 (at Buc Field)
03/07: Bucs 14, Urbana University 13 (at Buc Field)
03/10: Bucs 3, Rhodes College 19 (at Buc Field)
SOFTBALL (9-5, 1-1 GSC)
03/08: Lady Bucs 3/7, Cumberland University 0/6 (at Lebanon, TN)
03/15: Lady Bucs 4, Henderson State University 1 (at Arkadelphia, AR)
03/15: Lady Bucs 1, Henderson State University 10 (at Arkadelphia, AR)
MEN'S TENNIS (0-6, 0-2 GSC)
03/07: Bucs 0, Delta State University 9 (at TPC, Southwind)
03/07: Lady Bucs 0, Delta State University 9 (at TPC, Southwind)

03/09-10: Weevil Spring Invitational - Bucs 1st of 3 teams, Individual: Alan Killen, 1st place tournament medalist with 151, +7 (at Pine Bluff, AR)

03/17: Regional Final: CBU vs. Florida Southern (Lakeland, FL; 6:00 p.m.)
3/17: Crichton College (Buc Field: 2:00 p.m.)
03/18: LeMoyne-Owen College (Jesse Turner Park; 2:00 p.m.)
03/19: Illinois Wesleyan University (Buc Field; 1:00 p.m.)
03/21: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 3:00 p.m. doubleheader)
03/22: Delta State University (Cleveland, MS; 2:00 p.m.)

03/16: Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
03/21: Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)
03/22: Arkansas Tech University (Russellville, AR; 12:00 p.m. doubleheader)
3/17: Lane College (Jackson, TN; 2:00 p.m.)
03/18: Rust College (TPC at Southwind; 3:00 p.m.)
03/17: Lane College (Jackson, TN; 2:00 p.m.)
03/18: Rust College (TPC at Southwind; 3:00 p.m.)

03/21: Southern Arkansas University (Little Rock, AR; TBA)