TICUA Presidents in Washington
PRESIDENTS MEET WITH SENATORS:
Representatives of the The Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association met with the Tennessee Senate Delegation in Washington, DC on February 2. Pictured are (l-r): Senator Lamar Alexander, Claude Presnell (President TICUA), Susanna Boxter (COO of TICUA), Jim Dawson (COO and Chancellor of Lincoln Memorial University), Gerald Gibson (President of Maryville College), Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. (President of CBU), Andrew Prislovsky (VP for Advancement at CBU), Ted Brown (President of Martin Methodist College), Jack Gregory (VP for College Development at Martin Methodist College), and Senator Bob Corker.

EVENTS THIS WEEK

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23, in the University Theater. Faculty and staff, please show up at 12:30 for snacks and conversation in the lobby. Conversation with Dr. Smarrelli will begin afterward in the theater to discuss matters of relevance in an informal setting. No agenda will be formulated. Dr. Smarrelli hopes to use this as an opportunity to discuss topics large and small so that together we can move CBU to greater levels of excellence.
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WHAT'S AFTER GRADUATION? Delta Sigma Pi would like to invite all day and evening undergraduates to "So I've Graduated, Now What?" a presentation by Dr. Scott Lawyer and Hayley Issac of the CBU MBA Program on February 25 at 4:00 p.m. in Buckman 112. It's your future, so prepare now!
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UP TIL DAWN FINALE: The Up 'Til Dawn Finale Event will be held Friday in Canale Arena, 6:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. All participants should be there for a night jam-packed with bands, improv comedy, dance, and food! Come out and celebrate your hard work for the children at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. If you did not participate in Up 'Til Dawn this year but would like to come to the celebration, a $25 donation to the hospital is requested.
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PLOUGH SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS: The Office of Admissions cordially invites all faculty and staff members to participate in the Plough Scholarship interview process scheduled for Saturday, February 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Plough Scholarship is a full-tuition four-year scholarship offered to two incoming freshmen each year based on high academic standing, strong extracurricular involvement, and leadership abilities. Please consider participating in the interview process this year. For more information or to sign up to assist, please contact Darryl A. Causey, Plough Scholarship Chair, at 321-3210 or dcausey@cbu.edu.
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ONLINE COURSE EVALUATIONS: Online course evaluations for the first 8-week courses will close this Sunday, February 28. Don’t miss out on your chance to win an iPod or Garmin while helping to improve CBU — all students completing all their evaluations are entered to win. Just ask Shermelle Cowan, who is the winner of a 2 GB Apple iPod Shuffle! Click here to access the evaluation.

KUDOS

Chelsea Chandler• Although she unfortunately was not selected as one of the 24 final contestants, Chelsea Chandler ('09, pictured at left) was among the American Idol contestants to be awarded a "Golden Ticket" to Hollywood at January auditions in Dallas, earning four "yes" votes from judges Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi, guest Neil Patrick Harris, and Randy Jackson. Chelsea's Golden Ticket interview is available on the American Idol Web site.
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Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) served as an active-researcher scientist educator at the 2009 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) held November 4-7, 2009 in Phoenix, AZ. ABRCMS, the largest professional conference for students in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in these sciences and to provide faculty with resources for facilitating student success. At the conference, 1,200 students presented their research in a poster or oral presentation in ten subdisciplines of the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. Dr. Fitzgerald served as a judge in the neuroscience presentations.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A PEER COUNSELOR?

Any interested freshman, sophomore, or junior who has leadership abilities, is service-oriented, highly motivated, school-spirited, and has a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 is encouraged to apply for a Peer Counselor position for the 2010-2011 academic year. Applications will be available in the Counseling Center Monday, March 15 and must be returned to the Counseling Center by March 25. If you would like more information about the Peer Counselor Program, you are invited to attend a half-hour Peer Counselor Informational Meeting on Tuesday, March 16, at 12:30 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room.

STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE NEWS

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Student Financial Assistance has received FAFSAs from most of you for the 2010-2011 award year. The FAFSAS are being loaded into the system as they come in. Please remember that awards cannot be processed until grades are posted at the end of spring semester. Award letters should be sent out about two weeks afterward. Have a great rest of the semester — and if you haven't yet filled out your FAFSA, please do so as soon as possible at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: UPCOMING EVENTS

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FACULTY/STAFF OPEN ENROLLMENT MEETINGS: CBU Human Resources will conduct two open enrollment meetings in Spain Auditorium on March 25 at 9:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. to present information about your employee benefits and and changes to them. Sign-up sheets will be available during the Thursday meetings. One-on-one meetings will be held the next week (March 29-31, before Easter Break) to enroll in the plans that require annual selections. Even if you are not making changes, you must re-enroll each year for the benefits that you already have. The one-on-one meetings will not take much time, especially if you are not making changes.
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TENNESSEE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE: The West Tennessee Academy of Science Collegiate Division will be held at CBU on April 10. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and meetings will run from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Students may present in either a poster or Powerpoint format, but are encouraged to do an oral presentation. Abstracts can be submitted in any discipline of science, engineering and behavioral science. Abstracts are due by March 19 via email to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at malinda@cbuedu. These abstracts should not exceed 150 words. More specific instructions can be downloaded here. Student papers will be judged in each session, and best paper awards will be given. Registration will be $10.00 per attendee to help defray costs and will include lunch. For further information please contact Dr. Fitzgerald at malinda@cbuedu or visit CBU's TAS Web page.
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HALL OF FAME BANQUET RESCHEDULED: The CBU Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Banquet originally scheduled for January 29 has been rescheduled for Saturday, April 24, at 5:00 p.m. The ceremony was postponed when several inches of snow and sleet closed the campus for the weekend. Tickets for the banquet are $35 each, and a table of eight is $280.  For ticket information, please click here.