CBU students at SFI

CBU students in the School of Engineering have teamed up with Memphis-based Steel Fabrication Incorporated (SFI) to produce armor plates for use by the U.S. Military on Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. These vehicles protect against damage from roadside bombs and ambushes around the world, especially those in Afghanistan and Iraq. Pictured above are students with employees of SFI: (front row, l-r) Ellis Perry, Russel Saliendra, Zachary Turner; (second row) John Yarbrough, Wook Kim, Grey Dziuba; (back row) Matt Cox, Richard Ostrander, Seth Palmer, Jeston Morris.   PHOTO BY DR. ERIC WELCH

EVENTS THIS WEEK

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NEW YEAR'S BLESSING: Brother Rob Veselsky (Campus Ministry) will be available for the blessing of classrooms, residence halls, offices, buildings, and persons on Tuesday (January 18). If you would like him to stop by specifically for your area, please contact him at rveselsk@cbu.edu or 321-3509.
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PRAISE AND WORSHIP: If you are looking for an hour each week to pray in peace, here's an opportunity for the semester! There is praise and worship/adoration every Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. in Stritch Chapel. It will last for one hour but you may stay as briefly or as long as you wish to pray the rosary, listen, sing awesome praise and worship songs, and feel the holy presence of God. If you have any questions please contact Brother Rob at rveselsk@cbu.edu or Wesley Hall at jhall9@cbu.edu.
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CANDLELIGHT VIGIL TO HONOR VICTIMS OF TUSCON SHOOTING: Campus Ministry and the CBU Gay Straight Alliance will host a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the recent shootings in Tucson on Wednesday (January 19). In addition to the vigil, food will be prepared for families waiting on loved ones in Baptist East's ICU — in the same spirit as helping those affected by the actual tragedy. Food preparation will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. After the food is delivered and presented, the candlelight vigil will be held back at CBU in Buckman Quad at 7:00 p.m.
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GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE INTEREST MEETING: The Gay Straight Alliance will host an interest meeting on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Thomas Center 100 — complete with a sundae bar! This meeting is open to all interested members of the CBU community.
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WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT: Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling, will conduct four workshop sessions focused on basic study skills, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. These workshops are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student. Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions — the first session is Thursday (January 20). Future sessions will be held on January 27, February 3 and February 10; all sessions will be held in the Thomas Center Conference Room, 1:00–1:50 p.m.
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LISA LASSANDRELLO REMEMBRANCE 5K: Join runners and walkers at the 6th annual Lisa Lassandrello 5K Remembrance Race, sponsored by St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, on Saturday, January 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal School (246 S. Belvedere). Race registration is $20 or $19 for MRTC members, and the fee includes a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit Saint Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School, Grace-St. Luke's and the Wings Cancer Foundation. Lisa was involved at both schools as a faculty member and parent, and her husband and daughters are parishioners at St. Louis Church. She died in 2004 after a long and brave battle with cancer. Register online at www.racesonline.com. Online registration deadline is January 19. Registration is $25 on the day of the race. For more information contact 435-5841.

ONGOING EVENTS
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ART EXHIBIT: "Translated Landscapes," featuring paintings by Brian Taylor, runs through February 24 in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery (lower level of Plough Library), 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit . Taylor is a graduate of the University of Memphis with B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in Studio Art. He is currently a Professor of Art at Shorter University in Rome, GA and serves as Chair for the Art Department. (In the gallery foyer, Alex Lucas is presenting an exhibition entitled "Women and Senses.") More info>>

IMPORTANT DATES ON THE SPRING ACADEMIC CALENDAR
• January 14: Last day to drop a course
• January 15 : Withdrawal period begins
• February 11: Last day to withdraw from a first 8-week class
• March 24: Last day to withdraw from a 16-week class
• April 15: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week class

KUDOS

Dr. Leigh C. Becker (Mathematics) is the author of the research article "Resolvents and solutions of weakly singular linear Volterra integral Equations." It will appear in the March issue of the journal Nonlinear Analysis (Volume 74, Issue 5; pp. 1892-1912).

BABY BUC

Kate Elizabeth MurdockKate Elizabeth Murdock, daughter of Jon ('04) and Megan Wortham Murdock ('05), entered the world on January 11 weighing in at 7 lbs., 6 oz. Congratulations also to the proud grandfather, Dan Wortham (VP of Administration & Finance)!




CONDOLENCES

Kathleen M. Bessenbacher, mother of Jacquelyn Mahr (School of Business), passed away on January 10 at Centerpoint Medical Center in Independence, MO. Please keep Jacque and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent in care of Campus Box 51. Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of your choice in care of Penwell Gable Funeral Home (120 South Broadway, Louisburg, KS 66053).

PLOUGH SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEWS

Attention Faculty and Staff: The Office of Admissions cordially invites you to participate in the Plough Scholarship interview process scheduled for Saturday, February 12, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 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. The interviews will take place in the Cooper-Wilson Center. Please consider participating in the interview process this year. For more information or to sign up to assist, please contact Everrett Smith, Plough Scholarship Chair, at 321-3209 or esmith17@cbu.edu.

STUDENT GOVERNMENT NEWS

The Student Government Association just completed a successful semester. Here are a few of the bills your Senators have passed, and are currently working on:

An Act to Purchase Sidewalk Signs: This prompts SGA to purchase two sidewalk signs for the advertisement of events around campus.
A Resolution to Update Evaluations: This resolution recommends the inclusion of advisor evaluations alongside class evaluations.
An Act to Amend the SGA Constitution Regarding the Tabulation of Election Results: This is an act which redesigns the tabulation of election results, making the process more fair.
An Amendment Establishing the Criteria for Membership to the Election Commission: This act requires that only students of CBU may serve on the Election Commission.
A Resolution to Place Recycling Bins in the Buc: This resolution suggests that two recycling bins be placed in the Buc for aluminum cans and plastic bottles.

Are you interested in any of the above bills, or have an ideas of your own? Make sure to attend the next Senate meeting on January 27 at 9:00 p.m. in Thomas Center 100. The Senate meets every other Thursday.

CBU GREEN

CBU Green Quilt
Jane Murphy (Printing Services) recently presented CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli with a handmade quilt she created in appreciation of his efforts to promote "CBU Green" initiatives on campus (see detail in the upper left corner).

DID YOU KNOW that Aramark Facility Services is using green chemicals and reusable spray bottles for its cleaning products on campus — including ionized water sprayers that use no cleaning chemicals and 70% less water than normally required by traditional scrubbing methods? These glowing clean-machines, called "Ionators," zap germs with a slight electric charge and lift dirt and bacteria from surfaces using ionized tap water.
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DID YOU KNOW? CBU's new Living Learning Center will have a 67-gallon rain barrel on its exterior patio to collect rain for use in irrigation of nearby planting? And that the landscaping will use native and adaptive plants to reduce the amount of supplemental watering required, as well as to reduce the use of fertilizer and insecticide?

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

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Lasallian VolunteersLASALLIAN VOLUNTEER/LANCE SENIOR INFORMATION NIGHT: Seniors interested in learning more about Lasallian Volunteers and the Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators (LANCE) program, there will be an information evening on Monday, January 24 just for you!  Here is the schedule:
5:30-6:45 p.m. - Social and Dinner with the Brothers and Volunteers in Lambert Hall
6:45-7:45 p.m. - Information about the programs from those currently involved in them in Stritch Lounge
Please contact Br. Rob Veselsky at rveselsk@cbu.edu or 321-3509 if you plan to attend.
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VALENTINE & EASTER FOOD BASKETS FOR POOR FAMILIES IN MEMPHIS: As we know, people are in great need these days due to loss of jobs and the ailing economy. Campus Ministry is spearheading a food and clothing drive for this semester:
Canned goods and non-perishable items may be delivered to the drop-off center each day at the entrance to Alfonso Dining Hall.
Clothes may also be dropped off at the same location.
Donations may be given to Brother Rob or sent to him at Campus Box 9. Checks should be made out to CBU Campus Ministry.
IF YOU NEED HELP BRINGING FOOD OR CLOTHES TO THE DROP-OFF CENTER, CALL BR. ROB AT 321-3509.
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JOIN THE MEMPHIS LITERACY CORPS FOR 2011:
The Memphis Literacy Corps, the largest school and community based tutoring program to build children's literacy, launches again this month. Tutors need to visit the website to fill out an application. All tutors must also attend ONE of the following tutor training sessions: Saturday Sessions: Saturday, January 22 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.; or Thursday, January 20 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. All training sessions are in the auditorium of East High School (3206 Poplar Avenue). Please consider being a part of this year’s effort! Any questions? Email Ms. Erica Jones at jonesericam@mcsk12.net for more information. Click here for this year’s informational flyer.

FAST FACTS: SMOKING AND TOBACCO USE

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death.

Tobacco Free Campus Worldwide, tobacco use causes more than 5 million deaths per year, and current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 8 million deaths annually by 2030.
In the United States, tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually (i.e., about 443,000 deaths per year, and an estimated 49,000 of these tobacco-related deaths are the result of secondhand smoke exposure.
On average, smokers die 13 to 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.

Additional information, including cost and expenditures and statistics on tobacco use in the United States can be found here.

A LITTLE POEM FROM STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

FAFSAODE TO THE FAFSA
If you’re not graduating
And need money next year
The time to fill out
Your FAFSA is here (11-12)

So don’t take time to eat or play
Just start today to do what you love
Get those fingers moving
On www.fafsa.ed.gov