DISTNGUISHED LASALLIAN EDUCATOR: Dr. Ann Marie Wranovix (Literature & Languages), pictured above with CBU President Lance Forsdick and Brother Louis Althaus, was honored with the 2009 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception on April 30. The award -- the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff -- annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Eligible nominees must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, and exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition. (photo by Bill Cupo)


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Christian Brothers University in the 2009 edition of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities: Melody Allensworth, Boris de Souza, David James, Kenny Latta, and Kelly Towns. Students selected for Who's Who have demonstrated a combination of academic excellence, community services, involvement in extracurricular activities, and the potential for continued success.
Dr. Pascal Bedrossian (Mathematics & Computer Science) was recognized by the School of Sciences with the Dr. Marguerite Cooper Distinguished professor Award for 2009. The award was presented at the Faculty/Staff Recognition Reception on April 30. The award is given annually in tribute to a School of Sciences professor who exemplifies excellence in teaching effectiveness; service to the department, university, and students; professional growth; and administration.
Dr. Frank Buscher (Academics) completed the Boston Marathon on April 20 in 3:19:05.
• Lady Buc pitcher Nikki Dunn (Psychology '09) was voted to the All-GSC West Softball First Team. Dunn is a four-time All-GSC West pick, with three years on the All-GSC First Team, becoming the 41st player in GSC history to be a three-time first-teamer. She finishes her career ranked third in GSC history with 8.68 strikeouts per seven innings, fourth with 868 total strikeouts, sixth with three no-hitters, eighth with 130 appearances, and ninth with 725 innings pitched. As a senior, she went 16-12 with a 2.11 ERA, both career-best numbers. She struck out 211 batters in 192.1 innings.
• Buccaneer first baseman Joseph Kaminski (Mechanical Engineering '10) was named to the All-GSC West Baseball First Team. Kaminski hit .394 with 10 homers and 39 RBI as he played all 45 games for the Bucs. He also hit 16 doubles and two triples, finishing with 113 total bases and a .706 slugging percentage.
• Lady Buc first baseman Casey King (Management '12) was selected to the All-GSC West Softball Second Team. King hit .345 with seven doubles, four homers, and 24 RBI. She was also a perfect 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts.
• Lady Buc outfielder Victoria Mathews (Management '11) was voted to the All-GSC West Softball First Team. Mathews broke the school single-season hit record with 66 as she hit .431. Her 35 runs and 106 total bases are also school records, as she hit 14 doubles, seven triples, and three homers. She tied the NCAA record for triples in a game with three against Williams Baptist.
Brother Kevin Ryan (Physics) was a guest speaker at the Memphis Astronomical Society on May 1, speaking on the topic of Kepler's methods to determine the inclination of the orbit of Mars. Brother Kevin will also be escorting two Memphis high school students to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Reno, Nevada on May 10-16. The fair will host about 1,500 projects from approximately 50 countries.
Shanta Wilson (Psychology '08) has been accepted into the Community Agency Counseling graduate program at the University of Memphis.


Thomas Lipsmeyer Award Nominations: All seniors are invited to submit names for the prestigious Thomas Lipsmeyer Award that recognizes the ideal Senior. Nominations end Monday. Please submit your nomination by following this link.
Retirement Reception:
The School of Sciences would like to invite the faculty and staff to a retirement reception in honor of Dr. Marguerite Cooper and Dr. Mike Condren on Monday, 3:00-5:00 p.m., in the Cooper-Wilson Conference Room (CW 303).
Mid-South Annual Engineering & Sciences Conference: CBU will host the 2009 Mid-South Annual Engineering & Sciences Conference (MAESC) on Tuesday. The theme of the conference is "Safety: A Must - Not an Option." The conference will start with a plenary session with a talk entitled "Legislating Safety: How Do Congress and the Public Fit into the Safety Equation?" given by Russell T. Harrison from Virginia. There will also be a lunch keynote address by Michelle Garner-Janna of Cummins, Inc. on "Safety & Engineering - Success Is No Accident." The conference is filled with safety seminars, technical sessions, and a poster session. The conference program, abstracts, and other info can be found at www.maesc.org. The conference is FREE to CBU faculty, staff, and students.
• Women's Day at the Garden Shrine:
Once a year we take time to thank the women on campus -- students, faculty, and staff. There will be a short prayer of thanks, scripture, music, and the May crowning of the Blessed Mother on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Garden Shrine in front of Barry Hall. Everyone is invited to give thanks for the women of CBU!
Congressman Cohen Address on Bill of Rights: Congressman Steve Cohen
will speak about the continuing importance of the Bill of Rights on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the University Theater. Congressman Cohen represents the 9th Congressional District of Tennessee and currently serves on the House Judiciary Committee. Everyone is welcome. This visit is being sponsored by the Society of Women Engineers and the CBU Pre-Law Society.
Senior Commissioning Mass:
The Senior Commissioning Mass will be conducted Sunday at 9:00 p.m. in De La Salle/Stritch Chapel. All seniors are welcome, and each will receive a special blessing and small gift as they prepare to leave CBU and transition to the next step on their life's journey.