WELCOME BACK! HAPPY 2010!

EVENTS THIS WEEK

Otis Sanford• The the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Twelve 5th and 6th graders from Holy Names and De La Salle Elementary Schools will give a speech on the topic of "Are We Our Brother's Keeper?" Students will be judged on creativity, content, and how well the speech reflects the chosen theme. Each student will receive an award with special recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.
• The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be observed by guest speaker Otis L. Sanford (pictured at left) on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Sanford, editor of Opinion and Editorials for The Commercial Appeal, will address the audience on "Setting the Record Straight, 40 Years Later," with a focus on newspaper coverage of the 1968 sanitation workers strike. The program will also feature a performance by CBU's Inspirational Voices Gospel Choir and the CBU Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Contest winner’s recitation of his or her award winning speech in memory of Dr. King (see above).

DEAN'S LIST

Congratulations to the 375 CBU students named to the Fall 2009 Dean's List. Selection to the list requires a grade point average of no lower than 3.4 for the term with the completion of at least 12 credit hours. The full list of honored students can be found by clicking here.
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KUDOS
Steve Carter
• Campus Police Officer Steven Carter (pictured above) was recently honored by the City of Bartlett Police Department for "25 Years of Outstanding and Distinguished Service." Officer Carter retired from the Bartlett department as a detective last year and joined CBU Campus Safety in December.
Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) has been named a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). This is a honor based on several criteria: "ARVO Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology research and help further ARVO's vision… to facilitate the advancement of vision research and the prevention and cure of disorders of the visual system worldwide." The honor will be officially bestowed in May at ARVO Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Melissa McDonald (Natural Science '10) has been accepted to the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Binh Nguyen (Electrical & Computer Engineering '10), chair of the IEEE student branch at CBU, is participating in a $25,000 grant for "Next Step: Adult Computer Literacy Classes" from the Assisi Foundation to the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. He is an instructor in a computer class at St. John Catholic School.
Dr. Kelli Wildman (Dean of Academic Services) earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Education and Workforce Development from Louisiana State University on December 18, 2009 (and thanked CBU in the acknowledgement part of her dissertation).

SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

There is a service learning opportunity for CBU students with Fairview Junior High students (located across the street from CBU). Brother Rob Veselsky has been in dialogue with the principal and support staff at Fairview and they are very excited by the prospect of CBU students serving as tutors for their students — particularly in math,science, and reading. If faculty members are interested in having their students involved, please contact Brother Rob at rveselsk@cbu.edu or call 321-3509.

WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT

During January and February, Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, will be conducting four workshop sessions with the goal of helping at-risk students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-motivation, etc.  The sessions will be held on Thursdays as follows:  January 21, January 28, February 4, and February 11 at 1:00–1:50 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful in their studies. Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions.

STUDY ABROAD NEWS

DEADLINE NOTICE TO STUDENTS PLANNING SEMESTER ABROAD STUDY IN 2010-11
Due to the CBU budgeting schedule, ALL students interested in a semester abroad for either fall or spring term MUST notify the International Initiatives Office no later than March 1. This requirement supercedes the deadline published by the individual institution or the Lasallian Consortium (which may be later). Contact International Initiatives at 321-3461 or emathis@cbu.edu.
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ATTENTION: FACULTY PLANNING TO SPONSOR TRAVEL/STUDY TRIPS IN 2010-11
Please contact Emily Mathis Forsdick at emathis@cbu.edu as soon as possible for a proposal form and responsibilities checklist. Recruiting must start early in these economic times.