IF AN ECONOMICS PROFESSOR WERE A RICH MAN: Congratulations and thanks to the performers, the student volunteers, those who donated auction items, the audience who made generous donations, the judges, and many more contributors and organizers who made this year's Fool-o-Rama CBU Faculty/Staff Talent Show a rousing success on April 1. There were ten incredible talent acts (nine eligible for awards). The "Best Performance Award" was presented to Dr. Bob Brittingham (Economics), pictured above, and Linda Brittingham for their rendition of "If I Were a Rich Man" from Fiddler on the Roof. The "People's Choice Award went to the Real Supremes -- Beatrice Cain, Karen Conway (Dean of Students), and Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology) -- for their performance of "Stop in the Name of Love/Ain't No Mountain." Donations are still coming in -- so far, this year's Fool-o-Rama raised more than $1,400 for De La Salle Elementary School. Photo above by Lindsay Hanlen ('10). Photos by Dr. Anna Ross are posted at www.cbu.edu/~aross/biodept/Talent-2009.


Congratulations to the winners of the 2009 SGA Executive Council Election: Kenny Latta, President; Chase de Saint-Felix, Vice President, Senate; William Vestal, Vice President, Finance; Caroline Watson, Vice President, Student Activities Council; and Lauren Douglass, Vice President, Communications. Thanks to all the students who voted -- be sure to look for your Senate Elections ballot on April 20. For more information please contact elections@cbu.edu.
Mario Brown (Student Activities) received the Presidential Power of One Award at the 51st regional conference of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. The prestigious award is presented annually to only one member of the fraternity in recognition of exemplary work of service within the fraternity. The award was presented by the international president, Paul Griffin Jr.
Dr. Frank Buscher (Interim VP, Academics) won his age group (50-54) in trustee Joe Birch's 8th Annual St. Peter Villa 5K Run on April 4 with a time of 19:38.
Angela Papachristou ( Natural Science '07) has been accepted to the doctorate program in Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Twenty CBU biology students presented papers at the Tennessee Academy of Science West Tennessee Collegiate Division at Rhodes College on April 4. Five CBU students received best paper awards. Erica C. McMorise received first place in the first session for "Evaluation of In Vitro Vasoactive Properties of Newly Discovered BK Channel Activators (coauthored with Anna N. Bukiya and Alex Dopico); Emily Wong received second place in the second session for "Carbohydrate Distribution in Bamboo (coauthored with Carolyn Apanavicius); Blake A. Jackson received third place in the second session for "Comparison of Flight Patterns and Habitat Preferences among the Ae.vexans, Cx. erraticus, and An. smaragdinus Mosquito Populations" (coauthored with Jack Grubaugh); Stephanie Johnson received first place in the third session for "Chromatic Discrimination Measured with MFVEPS" (coauthored with Bruno D. Gomes, Givago da Silva Souza, Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, and Luiz Carlos de Lima Silveira); and Michelle Paul received third place in the third session for "Identification of Synergistic Antimalarial Therapeutics from a Collection of Bioactive Compounds" (coauthored with Wendyam A. Guiguemde and Rodney K. Guy). Photos and a list of papers presented at the 2009 TAS meeting are posted online here.
Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), Amanda Garland (Psychology '10), and Amanda Pitt (History '09) attended the Alpha Chi Honor Society National Convention in Indianapolis, April 2-4. Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary honor society representing the top 10% of the senior and junior class. Amanda M. Garland presented "The Tug of War for American Public Schools: Intelligent Design, Religion, Evolution, and American Government." Amanda Pitt received the Presentation Prize in the Political Science & Economics category for "National Socialist Exploitation of the Myth of 'Stab in the back.'" The CBU chapter also presented a poster on the scholarly activities of "The CBU Student Research Poster Session."


CBU continues to observes Mission Awareness Week, a celebration of faith, community, and service, with the following events:
Monday: Who's this Guy, John Baptist de La Salle? Campus Awareness Activity -- look for signs around campus.
Monday: CBU Community Service Day -- Preparing the gardens on campus for spring flowers at 2:00 p.m. Meet at the Aramark office on the lower level of Kenrick Hall (next to Printing Services). Rescheduled due to rain last week.
Tuesday: Church Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle will be celebrated with a Picnic Lunch in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Tuesday: CBU Community Mass in honor of St. John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Educators, 5:00 p.m., De La Salle/Stritch Chapel.


John Pontius Lecture: Delta Sigma Pi, the professional business fraternity will present John Pontius (pictured at left) as a guest speaker on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Mr. Pontius is a member of the CBU Board of Trustee and is president of Pittco Management, the firm that manages the growing activities of the Hyde family. He will speak about his diverse experience within the Memphis community and will provide valuable insights to students and others. The entire campus is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided courtesy of the Career Center. For further information, contact Abraham Villarreal, Vice President of Professional Activities, at dsp@cbu.edu.
Youth and Vitality vs. Old Age and Deceit: The classic Youth and Vitality vs. Old Age and Deceit charity volleyball tournament is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Canale Arena. Please come and help support the Church Health Center. Play or watch -- there is no entry fee but donations are gratefully accepted for the CHC. Gift cards will also be raffled off at the game. A good time will be had by all! Two student teams will via for the honor of playing the faculty in a grudge match. It's been a long time since faculty could boast of a victory. This time victory is assured with the following faculty suiting up: Tracie (I'll "serve" you your lunch) Burke, Lynda (knee pads are my second skin) Miller, Br. Francisco (back court spik-a-list) Martin, John (the student mangler) Varriano, Johnny (I'm a raptor at the net) Holmes, "Kentucky-Fried Ken" Massa (spicy recipe), "Maximum Drive" Maloney, Gene (I do it for the money) McGinnis, and Mary (please don't bump into me) Ogilvie.
Holy Week Services: Everyone is cordially invited to Holy Week Services on campus. Services are in De La Salle/Stritch Chapel and scheduled as follows: Holy Thursday, 5:00 p.m.; Good Friday, 5:00 p.m.; Easter Sunday, 11:00 a.m.