Science Fair
The 57th Annual Memphis-Shelby County Science and Engineering Fair was held March 23-24 on the campus of CBU. CBU, Memphis Light Gas and Water Division, and private donors are sponsors of the event which is hosted jointly by the Department of Chemistry, the School of Sciences, and the CBU Chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society. This year, more than 200 projects were entered in the Fair representing middle and high schools from across Shelby County. The Awards Ceremony for the Science Fair will be held Monday (April 4), starting at 7:00 p.m., in the University Theater. For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Merat at

Reelfoot Lake
LIMNOLOGY, PART 2: Dr. Stan Eisen’s Limnology class joined Dr. Joy Layton's Entomology classes on a field trip to Reelfoot Lake on March 25-26. Part of that field trip involved canoeing through the cypress swamp. Dr. Eisen reports that the good news about this field trip is that no one drowned, no one got electrocuted as an electrical storm passed overhead, and no one got bitten by a snake. (Actually, it was too cold for snakes to be out.)


Br. AlvaroBrother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, Superior General of the Christian Brothers, is visiting CBU and will be awarded the Maurelian Medal at a Presidential Meeting to be held in the University Theater on Thursday (April 7), 12:45-1:30 p.m. Named for Brother Maurelian Sheel, CBU’s founding president, the Maurelian Medal is one of the University's highest honors. Brother Álvaro will speak on the topic of "Mission: Together and By Association."
    Brother Álvaro joined the Central America district of the De La Salle Brothers in 1959 and attended Instituto San Pío X, Salamanca, Ciencias religiosas and Universidad La Salle de México, Filosofía. He taught and was involved in vocation work and held administration roles in the Central American district from 1981 to 1992. In 1992, he was elected Vicar General for the order, based in the motherhouse in Rome. He was elected to a seven-year term as Superior General of the Institute in 2000 (succeeding the late Brother John Johnston of Memphis) and re-elected in 2007 for another seven years.
    The entire CBU Community is welcome at this important event, one that gives all of us a chance to hear from the Brother responsible for the direction of the Lasallian Mission throughout the world.


SEEN magazineThe March 21 edition of Southeast Education Network (SEEN) magazine featured the article, "Learning Outside the Classroom," written by Cory Dugan and Elisa Marus (Communications & Marketing), highlighting the new Living Learning Center and how CBU is expanding the learning process beyond the classroom. SEEN magazine is the only organization that addresses the unique needs of educators in the Southeastern United States and has more than 100,000 readers per issue.
The Student Branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) attended the IEEE SoutheastCon 2011 conference in Nashville on March 17-20. More than 50 electrical engineering schools attended the conference, and CBU competed in the website, software, robotics, and T-shirt competitions. The website team of Steven Menezes ('12), Shilpa Appurubugatha ('13), and Martin Tribo ('13) placed first — the fourth year in a row for a CBU team! The paper and presentation of Max Karimnia ('11) on iPhone Application Development, “Tech2Exec Dictionary," placed in the top ten. The software team of Martin Tribo ('13), Steven Menezes ('12), and Raymond Bedrossian ('13) placed third. Lindsey Hodges ('11), Nate Phillips ('11), and Wani Hakim ('11) placed in the top ten in the robotics competition. Also competing in the software competition were Patrick McGinnis ('14), Adam Tekle ('14), and Sean Dantis ('14); also in the t-shirt competition were Steven Menezes ('12) and Shilpa Appurubugatha ('13).
CBU Mechanical Engineering students placed well in the recent Student Professional Development Conference organized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Matthew McKnight ('11) took second place in the Old Guard Oral Presentation for his "First Strike Paint Ball Adapter," Sam Noland ('11) won third place in the Old Guard Oral Presentation for "Mini Baja," Marcus Sims ('11) placed third in the Old Guard Technical Poster for "SFI Renovation," Gerald Paige ('11) took fourth place in the Old Guard Technical Poster for "Moonbuggy," Sambhav Gada ('11) won first place in the Old Guard Technical Web Page competition for "Mini Baja," Adam Zysk ('11) placed second in the Old Guard Technical Web Page for "Pommel Horse/Mushroom Circle Trainer," Marcus Sims ('11) also won first place in the Impromptu Design Competition, and the team of Austin Gooch ('11) and Caleb Smith ('14) took second place in the Impromptu Design Competition.


Jeanne Monaghan Giannini, mother of CBU trustee Mark Giannini ('87), died peacefully at home after a brief illness on March 27. Please keep the Giannini family in your thoughts and prayers.

Beverly Joan Moats, mother of Bob Moats (Engineering Technician), passed away on March 27. Please keep Bob and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Blue Bell Tower
CBU's bell tower was lighted blue this past weekend in celebration of Light It Up Blue and in honor of the fourth annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day.

Join Alpha Xi Delta every Monday night in the month of April, 4:00-9:00 p.m., at Blue Coast Burrito to support Autism Speaks! Just say "We're here for Autism Speaks" and Blue Coast will donate 10% of your bill to Autism Speaks. Please help by eating some good food! Other events sponsored for this week by AXD are:
• Monday: AXD will be selling popsicles in Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks
• Tuesday: Wear Blue to support Autism Speaks. AXD will also present a speaker on autism at 12:30 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center.
• Wednesday: Autism the Musical will be screened at 7:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium.
• Thursday: AXD will be selling blue donuts with all proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
• Friday: Balloon release and Grizzlies game — $10 of every ticket goes to Autism Speaks.
ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA MOVIE WEEK: The Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presents MoviE Week! And what a full week it is!
Sunday, April 3: "A Phamily That Prays" — Fellowship with the ladies of AKA at Greater New Liberty M.B. Church (1633 Webb St.) at 11:00 a.m., followed by the Martin Luther King Jr. Wreath Laying. Join the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the gentlemen of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as they commemorate one of history’s greatest leaders at the National Civil Rights Museum at 2:00 p.m.
Monday, April 4: The "MonEy Talks" Economic Security Forum — Come view the screening of Maxed Out, a documentary that highlights the dangers of credit card misuse, and get FREE tips on financial planning, all in Spain Auditorium at 7:08 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5: "Two Can Play That Game." We Work Hard, Wii Play Harder! Come enjoy some of the classics in Rozier Lounge at 7:08 p.m. — Spades, Dominoes, Phase 10, Taboo, Monopoly, etc. Bring $2 to participate in the "Dance with M.E." Wii Tournament. All proceeds go toward Heifer International to help eradicate world hunger. (Location:)
Wednesday, April 6: "Lean on M.E." — Help AKA help those in need. Serve at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen at 7:00 a.m. or come make PB&J with Brother Rob in Alfonso Dining Hall at 3:00 p.m.! Then come to the "School Daze" Green Tea Social, a discussion on physical stereotypes in African-American culture, in Sabbatini Lounge at 7:08 p.m.
Thursday, April 7: "My Big Fat Greek Health Picnic" — Follow the music to Nolan Field at 12:08 p.m. as AKA offers a healthy lunch outside and promotes health through physically active games such as basketball, touch football, freeze-tag, and more! Blood pressure screenings as well as information on heart health, diabetes, and asthma awareness will be available. (Rain location is Canale Arena)
Friday April 8: “You Got Served" — "Who’s Got Beef Stroll Off" in the University Theater at 7:08 p.m. Who’s got BEEF in Greek Life? Don’t believe the hype! Come enjoy the show as Greeks compete for a charitable donation to the service organization of their choice! Admission is $2 at the door. ALL proceeds go to Heifer International!
GAY STRAIGHT ALLIANCE MEETING: CBU's Gay Straight Alliance will have a meeting on Tuesday (April 5) at 12:30 p.m. in Kenrick 108. Everyone is welcome.
HARD HAT TOUR & WINE TASTING: The CBU Alumni Association, with support from Buster’s Liquors, will present the "Alumni Hard Hat Tour and Wine Tasting" on Tuesday (April 5) to benefit the CBU Annual Fund in honor of the Graduating Class of 2011. Be among the first to see CBU's new Living Learning Center, still under construction, and participate in the first local tasting of Project Paso by Don Sebastiani Vineyards — a high-quality varietal wine and a new product for Buster’s Liquors. Hard Hat Tours begin at the Signaigo Field Promenade (aka "The Bridge") at 5:15 and 5:45 p.m. Wine tasting begins at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $30/person or $50/couple. To reserve your tickets, please call Vance Gamble at (901) 321-3254 or email
DELTA SIGMA PI CAR WASH: Is your car dirty from all the pollen and the construction dust on campus? You can get it washed by Delta Sigma Pi on Wednesday (April 6), 2:00-5:00 p.m., for a donation of your choice! Come out and help support CBU's business fraternity. The carwash will be outside the Maintenance Building in the Residence Lot.
FOOL-A-RAMA: Don’t miss the greatest show ever!! Join us on Wednesday (April 6) at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater for the faculty/staff talent show, also known as the Fool-A-Rama. This year will be a show you're sure to remember! The show will begin with 5th and 6th graders from De La Salle Elementary School dazzling the audience with a special musical selection. Other acts will be performed by great stars such as Dr. David Dault, Dr. Maureen O’Brien, Dr. Robert Brittingham, Dr. Mary Ogilvie, Dr. Sandra L. Thompson-Jaeger, Karen Conway-Barnett, Heather Harrington, Dr. Pong Malasri, Gene McGinnis, Ken Massa, and the CBU Student Music Ministry, along with an invited guest. The Master of Ceremonies will be Martin Brock.
    Want to see the scary side of students? A special production of the song "The Monster Mash" will be performed by a mixture of students and staff. Donations will be taken at the door. All proceeds will go to De La Salle Elementary School at Blessed Sacrament for a scholarship for a deserving student. There will be drawings for prizes during intermission. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by contacting Karen Conway-Barnett, Dr. Pong Malasri, or Dr. Mary Ogilvie. Pizza and soda will be sold at the show. Judges for the event are Dr. Teri Mason, Ray Karasek, and Mrs. Donna Shivers (from De La Salle Elementary).
FEAST DAY OF ST. DE LA SALLE: The Church Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle is Thursday (April 7). De La Salle was canonized a Saint by Pope Leo XXIII on June 24, 1900, and was proclaimed Patron Saint of Teachers' by Pope Pius XXII on May 15, 1950. This Thursday, there will be a special Mass said by Bishop Terry Steib at Christian Brothers High School at 9:00 a.m. in honor of Saint John Baptist De La Salle. Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría. Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, will be present for the Mass. Brother Álvaro will also be at CBU in the afternoon (see above) — please welcome him!
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN CREATIVE WRITING? Join CBU's Creative Writing Club! Come by Kenrick 200 on Thursday (April 7) at 12:30 p.m. for some food, fun, and fabulous creative writers. Contact Dr. Karen B. Golightly at if you have any questions.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Stations of the Cross will take place every Friday during Lent at 2:00 p.m. in St. Joseph Chapel (Barry Hall).


Spring Registration Upcoming Dates:
April 15: Last day to withdraw from a 2nd 8-week course
The Spring Final Exam schedules for Day Undergraduate and Graduate & Professional Studies are posted on the Web. Check it out here!
The Summer and Fall 2011course schedules are posted on the Web! Check it out! >>
Summer and Fall 2011 Registration Opening Dates:
April 4: Day Seniors and Juniors
April 6: Day Sophomores
April 8: Day Freshmen
Remember: ALL undergraduate students (Day and Professional Studies) must obtain their ALT PIN from their advisor in order to register for classes. There is a distinct ALT PIN for each semester — one for summer and a different one for fall.


JAIL-N-BAIL: Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting it's annual Jail-N-Bail on April 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Buckman Quad. AZD will be selling warrants for $5 in front of Alfonso Dining Hall on April 7, 8, 11, 12, and 13 during lunch. A $10 donation will be required to be "bailed out." There will also be a dunk tank, snow cones, cotton candy, and a DJ. Lunch will be served outside if weather permits.
UP 'TIL DAWN SEEKING LEADERS FOR 2011-12: Interested in helping the kids of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital? Consider applying to the Up 'til Dawn Executive Board for the 2011-12 school year. Take a leadership role in one of CBU's largest student-led organizations and help make a difference that you can see. Applications are available in Student Life. Contact Richard Boyette at with any questions about getting involved or any of the positions.
    Positions include: Executive Director, Assistant Director, Fundraising & 5k Chair, Patient Relations & Advocacy Chair, Morale Chair (2 people), Finance Chair, Entertainment Chair, Sponsorship Chair (2 people), Catering Chair, and Public Relations Chair. Don't miss your chance to be a part of something special!
S-PAC SUCCESS STORY: The Student-Professional Awareness Conference (S-PAC) was again a success! The event was promoted by the student branch of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The topics of discussion were "Ethics" (1-PDH) by Patrick Crowley and "Contagious Networking for Students and Entry into the Workplace” (1-PDH) by Shali Atkinson. There were 100 attendees at the dinner held at the Center for Southern Folklore on February 18. A good share of the credit for this success goes to the planning committee of Electrical & Computer Engineering students and alumni: Steven Menezes ('12), conference co-chair; Shilpa Appurubugatha ('13), conference co-chair; Martin Tribo ('13), website and registration; Khai Nguyen ('13), finance; Brian King ('02), IEEE Memphis Chair; Dr. John Ventura ('65), Student Activities Chair; and Russel Saliendra ('11), IEEE Memphis VicE-Chair.


Want to work on Castings, CBU's literary journal? Apply to Dr. Karen B. Golightly at if you'd like to work as an editor for the 2011-12 academic year. You can get experience, training, and learn the basics of running a literary journal as well as getting credit for an upper division English course.
Want to work on the Galleon, CBU's yearbook? Apply to Dr. Karen B. Golightly at if you'd like to work as a photographer, designer, or editor to the 2011-12 academic year. You can participate as a work study student or get credit for an upper division English/art course.
Are you interested in creative writing? Join CBU's Creative Writing Club! Come by Kenrick 200 on Thursday, April 7 at 12:30 for some food, fun, and fabulous creative writers. Contact Dr. Karen B Golightly at if you have any questions.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Reaffirmation site visit to CBU took place last week. CBU has been informed that the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) was accepted with enthusiasm, and that only two recommendations for improvement were made for our action. SACS’ final approval of our reaccreditation will occur in December. By this peer review process, SACS affirmed all of the wonderful learning that is currently occurring on our campus, and has endorsed our plan to move into the future by our focus on improved Academic Advising. Special kudos to Dr. Frank Buscher, Dr. Jack Hargett, Dr. Scott Geis and his hardworking QEP Committee, and Brother Louis Althaus for working so tirelessly for the past two years in preparation for this reaffirmation visit. Thanks also to all the trustees, students, faculty, and staff who worked so hard to determine the course and structure of the QEP. The SACS team was most impressed with the grassroots endorsement of the QEP.