Inauguration of Dr. John Smarrelli Jr.
Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. was inaugurated, commissioned, and installed as the 22nd President of Christian Brothers University in a ceremony at St. Peter Catholic Church on October 11, 2009. For a gallery of photos from the Inaugural Week activities, click here. (Note: More photos from the Inauguration Ceremony and other events will be added at a later date. Photos are located on the Flickr web site; the link above will open in a new window and leave the CBU web site.)


• Lady Buc goalkeeper Christina Barone ('10) was named the Gulf South Conference Soccer Defender of the Week for the period ending October 7, after shutting out Delta State last week. She made four saves to help the Lady Bucs to a 1-0 win over Delta State in their GSC opener.
• Buccaneer midfielder Clark Bradford ('10) was named Gulf South Conference Soccer Player of the Week for the period ending October 7, after leading the Bucs to a pair of wins over Delta State last week. In the Bucs' 3-2 GSC win over Delta State, he scored twice and assisted on the game-winner, and he tacked on another assist as the Bucs won 3-0 at Delta State Saturday in a non-conference game.
Julia Hanebrink
CBU forensic anthropology students and adjunct lecturer Julia Hanebrink traveled to the West Memphis School District (WMSD) Instructional Center in West Memphis to introduce Mrs. Madeleine Boiles’ middle school students to forensic science on September 30. Approximately 50 students from the WMSD Gifted and Talented Program participated in a forensic anthropology seminar led by Ms. Hanebrink. After the seminar, the CBU forensic anthropology class led the WMSD students through mock criminal investigations using hands-on lab experiments. The students got a glimpse of what it means to be a forensic investigator and how bones can help address questions about life and death. CBU students participating in the demonstrations were Justin Hopper (Natural Science '11), Robin Mellow (Psychology '11), Kris Launius (Business '12), and Erica Wilkins (Management '10). Pictured at left: Julia Hanebrink demonstrating differences between male and female skulls.
Mr. Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering) conducted a Bridge Design Workshop for middle school students in the Memphis area on October 8. Approximately 40 students attended the workshop, where they learned the basics of designing bridges, built gum drop bridges, and tested them to failure. Evan Boulanger (Civil engineering) helped the students during the building  and testing phase of the workshop. Dr. Randel Price (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering) organized the workshop.
ASCE Impromptu Contest Winners
• Students from the CBU Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participated in an impromptu contest at the TN Section Meeting of the American Society of Civil Engineers in Symrna, TN. Pictured above (l-r): Evan Boulanger, Mallory Bailey, Greg Carrico, Katie Godwin, and Katie McGinnis brought home a second place trophy and $400 cash price for their efforts. They competed against the seven other universities in Tennessee that produce civil engineering graduates.  Mr. Gene McGinnis, faculty advisor, and Dr. K. Madhvan (Civil Engineering) accompanied the students on the trip.
Amanda Taylor (Mechanical Engineering '09) and Nicholas Brown (Electrical & Computer Engineering '09) won first place in the oral competition at the 2009 Ninth Annual Student Design Contest at the Rochester Institute of Technology for their presentation on "Thermoelectric Light." Projects were evaluated by judges experienced in the field of engineering and six awards are given based on specific criteria. Dr. John Ventura, student advisor for the Memphis Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), stated, "The Rochester Institute of Technology IEEE Annual Student Design Contest invites students in accredited engineering schools in the northeast US and Canada to display their senior level, undergraduate, design projects. The student design contest that was held in May is a great way to obtain feedback from industry professionals as well as gain promotion of your design project and connectivity to other engineers."

Sharon Sellers
has joined Information Technology Services in the position of Switchboard Operator.


PSI CHI CAR BASH — A SMASHING GOOD TIME: Mid-terms getting you down? Relieve your stress with Psi Chi and the Psychology Club! On Tuesday, Psi Chi will be having its second annual Car Bash Fundraiser from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on the basketball court near Rozier Hall. You provide the money, we provide the car and the baseball bat. Come out and join your friends in the Psychology Club for a smashing good time!
Autism Awareness
AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK: The Theta Pi chapter of Alpha Xi Delta (pictured above) would like to invite the CBU community to join them in a week of Autism Awareness. On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium, Autism Speaks volunteer Jennifer Kates will share her story with autism. Alpha Xi Delta would also like to thank the CBU community for its help in raising over $1,250 for Autism Speaks at the sand volleyball tournament that was held on September 17.
The Graduate Engineering Office at CBU will host a seminar on the regulatory affairs role in the medical device industry on Friday in the Montesi Executive Center, 7:30 a.m.-noon. This seminar will cover basic concepts of regulatory affairs with a concentration towards the U.S. It is intended for those currently in the medical device industry to learn more about the regulatory function and how regulatory interacts with other departments. It is also intended for those desiring to become part of the medical device industry to learn the basics of regulatory affairs. Presenters will be Kim Armstrong and Christine Scifert (MEM '04), consultants and former directors at Medtronic Spinal and Biologics. For more information about the seminar, please contact the Graduate Engineering Office at (901) 321-3282 or RSVP to by Monday, October 12.


Iverna Miller, mother of Jo Ellen Simmons (Admissions), passed away on October 2. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Jo Ellen at 4948 Kinard Cove, Memphis, TN 38128.