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Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., President of CBU (at right above), met with the Dalai Lama on September 23 during the Tibetan leader-in-exile's visit to Memphis. The Dalai Lama was honored by the National Civil Rights Museum with its 2009 International Freedom Award. (Photo by M. Mukarram)

INAUGURATION WEEK: OCTOBER 8-11

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. will be inaugurated as 22nd President of Christian Brothers University on Sunday, October 11, at St. Peter Catholic Church (190 Adams Avenue), 2:30 p.m. A reception will follow the ceremony on campus in Boshwit Courtyard.
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A Student, Faculty & Staff Service Day Celebration will be held Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., in the Buckman Quad. As a gift to Dr. Smarrelli, members of the CBU community are encouraged to pledge a gift of service to the civic community, their place of worship ,their school, a club, neighborhood, or to their family and friends during 2009-2010. Lunch will be served, and pledge cards will be available for signing.
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For a full schedule of Inauguration Week events, please click here.

THIS WEEK AT CBU

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Brother Ed SiderewiczDOZIER AWARD FOR PEACE & JUSTICE: Brother Ed Siderewicz (left), president and co-founder of San Miguel Schools Chicago, will be awarded the Bishop Carroll T. Dozier Award for Peace and Justice on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the University Theater with a reception immediately following in Deal Plaza. The San Miguel Schools serve over 350 middle-school and high school youth in Chicago's most challenged neighborhoods. The early success of the San Miguel Schools Chicago attracted the attention of Chicago Public Schools, and Brother Ed was invited to apply for the Renaissance 2010 program to open new charter and contract schools. These K-8 values-based schools also serve to transform inner-city communities by developing highly educated, concerned, and committed citizens of character who understand their role as agents of change within the community. All four schools are a part of the NativityMiguel Network, a nationwide movement of 64 schools, working to improve inner-city education throughout the nation. The CBU community is cordially invited to attend this event; admission is free.
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PACKAGING FIELD TRIP: A packaging field trip has been scheduled for Friday to visit an International Paper packaging development facility in Memphis, leaving campus at 2:00 p.m. and returning before 5:00 p.m. If you are interested, please RSVP via email to Dr. Pong Malasri at pong@cbu.edu by noon on Wednesday.
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ALUMNI WEEKEND WORLD OF BEERS: The 5th Annual World of Beers is now a full-fledged party complete with a live band! Enjoy your favorite ales, hefeweizens, porters, stouts, lagers, and IPAs. Burgers, beer, and live music from The Bluff in Boshwit Courtyard on Friday, 6:30 p.m. All Alumni Weekend events are FREE, but you must register for catering purposes. Secure online registration is available here.
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FALL PLAY: THE DINING ROOM: CBU will open its 2009-2010 theater season with A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room in the University Theater, Friday and Saturday. Directed by Matthew Hamner, the series of vignettes comically dramatizes the interactions of generations, genders, and relationships that center at the dining room table. Showtimes are Friday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and free for CBU students with ID. Tickets will be sold at the door, no reserved seating. For additional information, contact Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3026. More>>
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UP TIL DAWN ST. JUDE "FOR THE KIDS" 5K: The run/walk will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday starting at the Central Lot. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and warm-ups will begin at 8:30 am. Pre-Registration will be $15 and race day registration will be $20. For more information please contact aarroyo@cbu.edu. To register online click here.
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ALUMNI WEEKEND LUNCH AND LABS: Bill Nye may have known his stuff, but he never did his experiments with food around! See CBU's newest building with family-friendly, student- and faculty-led demonstrations. Fire, explosions, and hot food! Just like pillaging a village! Saturday at Cooper-Wilson Center for Life Sciences, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. All Alumni Weekend events are FREE, but you must register for catering purposes. Secure online registration is available here.
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ALUMNI WEEKEND PINEWOOD DERBY RACE: If you can't take to the high seas to race Blackbeard, take to the highways to race on the blacktop of the Central Lot. The School of Engineering is presenting this classic Pinewood Derby Race, to take you back to when you were young. Saturday at 12:30-2:00 p.m. All Alumni Weekend events are FREE, but you must register for catering purposes. Secure online registration is available here.
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ALUMNI WEEKEND SCHOOL OF BUSINESS FORUM: The CBU School of Business will host an Alumni Weekend forum entitled "The Business Phoenix Emerges From the Recession" on Saturday in Spain Auditorium, 12:30-2:00 p.m.
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INAUGURAL DINNER & ALUMNI CELEBRATION: Join the Alumni Weekend celebrants in welcoming our new president, Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., and honoring our Golden Grads from 1959 and Silver Grads from 1984. Also being recognized are 2009's Distinguished Alumnus Lt. Col Mike Verhage ('90) and Distinguished Young Alumnus Eric Criswell, P.E. ('99). More on the Distinguished Alumni Awards >>
    The evening begins with a cocktail reception in the Cooper-Wilson Center Student Lounge (2nd floor) at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and the awards ceremony follows in Alfonso Dining Hall at 7:00 p.m. All Alumni Weekend events are FREE, but you must register for catering purposes. Secure online registration is available here. Seating is very limited for this event. Coat and tie required.

KUDOS

Voices of Vietnamese Boat People, a book by Dr. Mary Terrell Cargill (Literature & Languages) was featured with other books on the subject at the Library of Congress for three weeks in the spring in conjunction with "A Boat People Retrospective Symposium." In September, Dr. Cargill read Lan Nguyen's story from Voices at the Saigon Arts, Culture, and Education Institute Conference in Vienna, VA. Dr. Lan Nguyen (Chemistry '98) now practices medicine in Houston where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Paul Haught (Religion & Philosophy) received an alumni appreciation award from the University of North Texas on September 25. He also presented his paper, "Environmental Virtues and Environmental Justice," to the students and faculty in UNT’s doctoral program in philosophy and environmental ethics.
CBU's Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) hosted the ASME Student Leadership Seminar on September 26-27 in the Montesi Executive Center. A total of 30 participants including students from Vanderbilt University, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama Birmingham, University of Miami, and University of Mississippi. Photos of the seminar>>>
Caroline MItchell MHIRT presentation
Student participants in the 2009 the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program presented their Project Symposium and Wrap-up on September 19. CBU presenters included: Caitlin Ashley (Biomedical Science '10), "Comparing the Amplification of White Spot Syndrome Virus Genes with Different Primers"; Casey Carr (Chemistry), "Calbindin D-28k, Calretinin, and Parvalbumin as Markers of Specific Neuronal Groups in the Mammalian Brain"; Caroline Mitchell (History '10, pictured above) [with Rachel Dutkosky], "Advantages and Disadvantages of Two Non-Invasive Research Methods for the Study of Wild Jaguar Populations"; and Ting Wong (Biology '10), "Role of the alpha-1-adrenergic Receptors on the Reconsolidation of Olfactory."