WELCOME BACK TO CBU FOR THE 2009-10 YEAR — & A SPECIAL WELCOME TO THE CLASS OF 2013!
Pictured above: Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., president of CBU, and current students volunteered on August 21 to help freshmen and their families with the task of moving into the CBU residence halls.
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• Dr. Leigh C. Becker (Mathematics) is the author of the paper "Uniformly Continuous L1 Solutions of Volterra Equations and Global Asymptotic Stability," which appears in this month's issue of the research journal CUBO: a Mathematical Journal, which is published by the Universidad de la Frontera Temuco-Chile and the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco Recife-Brazil. The paper is in a special issue devoted to the qualitative properties of functional equations. Four of the eight papers were written by former Ph.D. students of the guest editor T. A. Burton, including Dr. Becker. To download the paper, click here.
• Henry Brenner (Advancement) was reappointed to the Board of Directors for the Shelby County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications District. As a trustee, Brenner will work to educate the community on the proper times to telephone 9-1-1. His second consecutive four-year term will run through December 2012.
• Dr. Frank Buscher (Academics) attended the SACS Summer Institute in Houston, July 19-22. He also reviewed a manuscript on Silesian Catholic expellees at the request of Central European History.
• Dr. Siripong Malasri (Civil Engineering & Packaging) was inducted into the Pi Alpha Kappa Honorary Society of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) for his work with packaging programs/activities and his services to the Mid-South packaging community. The award is the highest honor a member can achieve for service to a chapter or committee, recognizing outstanding active participation, service, and longevity. The award was presented at the IoPP Mid-South Chapter quarterly meeting at Millstone Medical Outsourcing in Memphis on July 29.
• Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy '11) published his research paper, "Practice Makes Perfect: Spiritual Development in Athletics," in the July/August issue of The Catholic World, an academic journal
produced by the Paulist Fathers. His paper can be read by visiting www.thecatholicworld.com. He also published an article highlighting the Hurricane Katrina survival story of fellow CBU student Carol Recinos (Biology '13) in a July issue of the West Tennessee Catholic for the Diocese of Memphis as well as in the July 25 issue of the Clarion-Herald for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
• Ashley Miller (Biology '06 and former CBU Admissions Counselor) has been accepted to the Master of Science program in Epidemiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
• Pictured above: Dr. Talana Vogel (Education) qualified with her new horse, Denouement, a seven-year-old Oldenburg mare, for the American Eventing Championships (AECs) to be held in mid-September at the Lamplighter Equestrian Center, just north of Chicago. Eventing is similar to a horse triathlon and is held in three phases: dressage, show jumping, and cross country. In order to enter the championships, Dr. Vogel and Denouement had to win two first-fifth place ribbons during the past year. Dr. Vogel has shown her horse twice and won first place both times. The 2008 Olympic Event team members as well as the top eventing professionals will compete at the championships. Dr. Vogel has also been named to Advisory Board for the Urban Education Center of Memphis City Schools.
• Congratulations to the following 29 students who were accepted into the freshman class of the CBU Honors Program: Raymond Bedrossian, John Blount, Nell Brandon, Krystyna Clark, Tiffany Corkran, Jessica Ferrell, Leslie Fulton, Eddie Gallarno, Spencer Gallarno, Patricio Gonzales, Kathryn Handwerker, Matthew Hetherington, Brent Holmes, Ariel Kingsley, Maria Koonce, Lauryn Murphy, Hannah Nelson, Wes Newsom, Nikki Rhoda, Amber Robinson, Michael Sanford, Bentley Smith, Brandon Smith, Daniel Stewart, Kate Tarwater, Cameron Volpe, Amanda Willhite, Angela Williams, and Megan Wilson. Sophomores Sarah Kelly and Steven Menezes were also accepted into the program.
• CBU received third place in the "points per capita" competition for companies with 100-299 employees at the Mid-South Food Bank awards ceremony on July 31, for this summer's food drive in conjunction with Roadshow MINI. We had 602 points per capita compared to last year's 525. Congratulations to everyone who participated for making this such a successful event!
• Congratulations to the three Memphis Christian Brothers celebrating a Jubilee Year: Brother Robert Staub is celebrating 70 years as a Christian Brother, and Brother Stephen Eibert and Brother Louis Althaus are both celebrating 60 years.
• Amelia Akpotu has joined Information Technology Services in the position of Webmaster. She holds a degree in Computer Engineering Technology from the University of Memphis and has worked as a web programmer for FedEx Internet Solutions, as a freelance web designer, and as a Computer Intelligence Agent at Best Buy.
• Dr. David Dault has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. He comes to CBU from American Baptist College in Nashville, where he taught for the previous two years as an assistant professor of theology.
• Kendra Duncan has joined the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Education. She is a former teacher and administrator with Memphis City Schools, and comes to CBU from the University of Central Arkansas where she was a member of the Middle Level Education faculty.
• Teresa Gallarno has joined the Registrar's Office in the position of Records Assistant.
• Matthew V. Hamner has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Speech. He comes to CBU from Alabama where he was the Theatre Director at Southern Union State Community College. He has also performed as a professional actor at a variety of theatres.
• Dr. Benjamin R. Jordan has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science. He served last year as the Johnston Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies and Gender Studies at Whitman College. Prior to his work at Whitman, Dr. Jordan taught for the History Department at Kenyon College.
• Andrew J. Morgret has joined the School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting, Business Law, Finance, MIS and Statistics. He retired in 2007 from the University of Memphis after a career that included 19 years as an administrator and nine years as an instructor in the School of Accountancy.
• Dr. William J. Peer has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He has a physical chemistry background with lots of industry experience as an industrial polymer chemist, most recently with Ciba Corporation in New York where he worked on medical device materials.
• Dr. Richard Potts has joined the School of Arts full-time as an Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education. He has been an adjunct at CBU in English and Education for the last 20 years. He retired from Memphis City Schools in 2008 after 33 years as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal, Zone Director, and Director of Secondary Literacy.
• Thomas Rankin has joined the Department of Campus Safety as a Campus Safety Officer.
• Father Paul Watkins has joined the School of Business as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Management, Marketing and Economics. Father Paul has previously taught at Tulane University, Rhodes College, and as an adjunct at CBU. He has been Business Manager and Treasurer for the Dominican Order and has served on several financial commissions for them.
• Dr. John K. Young has joined the School of Sciences as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. He has an analytical chemistry background and has taught at Mississippi State University for the past six years.