Ecce Quam Bonum
ECCE QUAM BONUM: The Christian Brothers of Memphis closed the Convocation honoring Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, Superior General, with the Maurelian Medal on April 7 in the University Theater with a rendition of the Latin hymn "Ecce Quam Bonum." Joining the Brothers in singing on stage are Br. Larry Schatz (Visitor-Elect, Midwest District), Br. Francis Carr (CBU trustee and Visitor, Midwest District), and Br. Álvaro.

MBA Ethics Panel
ETHICS PANEL: CBU's Cohort MBA Program presented a panel on Business Ethics for its new cohort on April 5 in Sabbatini Lounge. Members of the panel were (l-r) David Waters, religion columnist for The Commercial Appeal; Connie Lewis Lensing, vice president of litigation for FedEx; Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU president and moderator; and Nancy McGee, CEO of the Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence.


MONEY MONDAY: EVERYONE I$ WELCOME! Learn how to manage your money regarding loans, cars, insurance, retirement (what’s that?), and housing. Dr. Anne Kenworthy, Dean of Admissions at CBU, will school you and your friends about all this important money stuff on Monday (April 11) in Assisi Hall 151 at 8:00 p.m. "I love money" — some people think that is a hedonistic thing to say. How many times have you heard that "Money is the root of all evil?" Maybe, but money can also be a root of altruism. Having money is not evil, it is what you do with money that can be evil. This Money Monday session will focus on money matters that you will face in the next 2-10 years: Student loans, cars, insurance, retirement, and housing. We will look at practical examples of how you can manage your money to not only maximize your buying power, but also in such a way that you will be able to give back to the community. It matters what you do with your money! Sponsored by the CBU Honors Program.
ATTENTION: GRADUATING CLASS OF 2011! The CBU Grad Fair will be held on Tuesday (April 12), noon-1:30 p.m. and 4:30- 6:00 p.m. Please choose the one that's the most convenient for you to attend. This event is mandatory for you to complete your exit process from the university. Candidates will receive announcements, commencement tickets, surveys, and will be given the opportunity to take individual commencement photos. Jostens will also be made available. Proofs of the Commencement Program will be available online after Senior Day. All candidates participating in the 2011 Commencement Exercises need to make sure their name and degree information is correct and appears as wanted in the commencement program. The deadline is for changes is April 26. Click here for the proofs after April 12 — send any changes and corrections to
PARKING NOTICE FOR THURSDAY! The annual High School Engineering Competition will be held on Thursday (April 14). The Visitor's Parking Lot bounded by St. Joseph Hall, Battersby Hall, Cooper-Wilson Science Center and De La Salle Hall will be closed.
JAIL-N-BAIL: Alpha Xi Delta will be hosting it's annual Jail-N-Bail on Thursday (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.
POSTER SESSION DEADLINE: The Alpha Chi-sponsored Student Research Poster Session will be held April 19 in the Thomas Center, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Please send titles of posters to Dr. Randal Price at by Friday (April 15).
CBU SPRING CONCERT SERIES: The Spring Concert Series will kick off on Friday (April 15), when CBU's newest vocal group, Exceptional Sound, presents its debut CBU concert at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater.
10,000 STEPS: 10,000 Steps: A Journey to Benefit DeNeuville Learning Center is a fun, non-competitive fundraising event in which an innovative game board concept will be used to represent different educational opportunities and obstacles. To be held on Saturday (April 16), participants will choose from four tracks to complete their journey around Christian Brothers University’s campus: pre-college, college, adult education, and global perspective of education. As participants walk around the campus "gameboard" they will be presented with entertaining, interesting, and eye-opening obstacles and opportunities that represent their track. For example, a participant on the college track might have to choose between going to a party or studying in the library, or perhaps between a "hard" or "easy" professor for an upcoming class. Consequences of each choice will help or hinder the participant's journey. The aim is to raise awareness and funds for the DeNeuville Learning Center by having participants of all ages involved. 10,000 Steps will begin at 10:00 a.m. (registration at 9:15 a.m.). The prices are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and $35 for a family. For more information contact Dr. Ellen Faith at or Dr. Tracie Burke at DeNeuville Learning Center, operated by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the level of poverty among women and children through education in Memphis.


STAR CHAPTER ALPHA CHIMary Jane Dickey (Biomedical Science '11) and Rachel Haag (Biology '11) attended the Alpha Chi National Convention in San Diego, where they presented in the Molecular/Cellular Biology Division. Rachel's presentation was entitled "Determination of Therapeutic Transgene Dose." Mary Jane's presentation was entitled "Effect of a Functional PB1-F2 Protein on Viral RNA Expressions of the 2009 Pandemic H1N1 Virus." They also accepted the Star Chapter Award for the CBU Alpha Chi Chapter (pictured at left). This Award is given to chapters that fulfilled requirements: induction of new members, scholarship applicants, an annual scholarly event, student participation in regional and national events. This is the third year in a row for the CBU chapter to get a Star Chapter Award. The TN Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary honor society. Students are chosen for admission based on their rank within each school.
Lady Buc pitcher Kaylea Brewer (Natural Science '11) was named Gulf South Conference West Division Softball Player of the Week after leading the Lady Bucs' offense at Delta State, hitting .545 and slugging .818.
Brigette Dobbins (Management Information Systems '12) was flown to Cleveland on April 7 to participate in the final interview event for Progressive Insurance for a summer internship.
Brother Jeffrey Gros was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from St. Mary's University of Minnesota on April 5. Brother Jeffrey is well recognized throughout the United States for his work in Ecumenism and served the Bishop’s conference in Washington, DC for many years. He is a member of the Lambert Hall community, a former faculty member at CBU, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Ecumenism and Historical Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary.
An exhibition by Pam Hassler (Studio Art/Adjunct) entitled "40 Years Later" is on display in the Memphis College of Art Alumni Gallery through May 14.
Dr. Paul Haught (Religion & Philosophy) delivered a presentation entitled "The Virtues of Environmental Virtue Ethics" and was hosted as a visiting scholar by the Philosophy Department at Hendrix College on April 1.
Austin Johnson (Biology '12) has been accepted to the University of Nebraska Summer Medical and Dental Education Program, a national program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Ashley Jones Ashley Jones (Psychology '11) attended the Tennessee Conference of Social Welfare (TCSW) on April 5 in Franklin, TN, where she received the Volunteer Advocate of the Year Award for the State of Tennessee. Ashley received the West Tennessee regional award in November. She is pictured above pictured with Scott Ridgway, the president of TCSW, and her mother, Patricia Jones.

TENNESSEE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE BEST PAPERS: Congratulations to all the students who presented papers at the Tennessee Academy of Science meeting hosted by UT Health Science Center on April 9. CBU students received 15 of the 18 Best Oral Paper Awards.  CBU’s Best Paper Award recipients for each session are listed below. (Photos along with a link to the complete program be found on CBU’s TAS 2011 web page.)
Best Paper Awards Session 1 (Animal Behavior/ Ecology):
First Place (tie):  Joseph V. Alfonso, "Testing the Detection Range of Vemco Vr2w Acoustic Receivers Used to Study Large Scale Movements of Spotted Seatrout (Cynoscion Nebulosus) in South Texas Estuaries” (with Gregory W. Stunz and Laura Bivins.);   First Place (tie): Meagan E. Lamica, "The Human Impact on Sea Turtles tn The Gulf” (with Danielle O’Neil);  Second Place: Jennifer Cobb, "The Importance of Maned-Wolf Fruit (Solanum  Lycocarpum) for Mammals of the Brazilian Cerrado” (with Marina Zanin, Natalia M. Torres and Leandro Silveira); Third Place: Ben Chism, "The Effects of Land Fragmentation on Mammal Population Densities at the Source of the Araguaia River” (with Marina Zanin,  Natalia M. Torres and Leandro Silveira).
Best Paper Awards Session 2 (Genetics/ Cell & Molecular Biology):
First Place: Larry J. Anderson, "Cytochrome P450 1b1 Gene Disruption Protects Against Renal Dyshomeostasis and Damage Associated with Angiotensin Ii Infusion in Mice” (with Brett L. Jennings, Jason Porter, Anne M. Estes and Kafait U. Mailk); Second Place: Natalie E. Hurt, "Using Glaucoma-Related Phenotypes of Mice to Identify Genes that Control the Severity of Glaucoma” (with Monica Jablonski); Third Place (tie): Rachel E. Haag, "Determination of Therapeutic Transgene Dose” (with Jessica Hines-Beard, Anand Patel, Siddarth Desai, and Tonia Rex); Third Place (tie): Bridgett R. Sharp, "Prevalence Study of Avian Viruses in Benin and Togo, West Africa” (with Mariette Ducatez and Richard Webby)
Best Paper Awards Session 3-A (Clinically Related Investigations):
 First Place: Kathleen Nelson, "Determination of Vitamin-D Analogs oor Treatment Of Autoimmune Diseases Without Calcemic Side Effects” (with Richard Smith); Second Place: Matt Jackson, "The Role of Arterial Myocyte Membrane Cholesterol in Ethanol-Induced Cerebrovascular Constriction” (with Anna Bukiya and  Alex Dopico)
Best Paper Awards Session 3-B (Cell & Molecular Biology 2):
 First Place (tie): Cathlyn Chan, "IL-6 Production by Airway Smooth Muscle” (with Rennolds Ostrom); Second Place: Amanda Fitzgerald, , "Effects of High Cholesterol Diet on Cholesterol Levels in Rat Smooth Muscle Arteries of Variant Diameter” (with Maria Asuncion-Chin, Anna N. Bukiya, and Alex M. Dopico); Third Place:  Casey Carr, "Expression Analysis of Genes Using Real-Time PCR” (with Burt Sharp)
Best Paper Awards Session 4 (Chemistry):
 First Place: Madison T. Cao, "The Effects of Anthropogenic Chemicals on the Amphibian Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis) in Culture” (with Matthew Parris); Second Place: Brandon, Maharrey, "Functional pH-Sensitive Indicator Dyes” (with Eugene Pinkhassik and William Ganus)

Cynthia Matthews
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE ENGINEERING ALUMNA: Cynthia Borrum Matthews received the 2011 R. Craig Blackman Outstanding Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the annual Graduate Engineering Dinner on April 1. As manager of the Facility and Sort Conceptual Design Group at FedEx Express, Matthews leads an 11 person team responsible for developing state-of-the-art concepts for material handling systems worldwide. Matthews received her Master of Engineering Management degree from Christian Brothers University in 1999 and credits this achievement as the turning point in her career. Pictured above with Matthews (second from right) are Dr. Neal Jackson, Director of Graduate Engineering Program; Bethany King, Assistant Director of Graduate Engineering Program; Rawn Matthews (MEM '00), husband of the recipient; and Dr. John Smarrelli. More>>

PEER COUNSELORS FOR 2011-12: The Divisions of Mission and Identity and Student Life are pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to serve as Peer Counselors for the 2011-12 Academic Year: Paige Campbell, Tiffany Corkran, Ivan De Souza, Catherine Delbove, Kristen Downey, Patrick Graham, Grace Hutchison, Emily Irwin, Kara Jones, David Kim, Julia Kueter, Ryan Mitchell, Lauryn Murphy, Dana Pabalate, Riley Pace, Josh Segovia, Nate Sellers, Tyler Sexton, D.J. Shauger, Taylor Tartera, Trey Tedford, Cameron Volpe, Blake Ward, Brittany Wilburn, Amanda Willhite, and Angela Williams. Primary alternates are Molly O’Malley and Maggie Thompson. Special thanks to each student who applied. Your willingness to help the incoming students and their transition to college life is admirable and truly appreciated.

Clint Norwood has joined Information Technology Services in the position of Web Developer. Clint has performed various web consulting services over the years at companies such as FedEx and St. Jude. He has also taught at New Horizons as well as Mid-South Community College.


Honors Students at Clinton Library
The CBU Honors Program made a great showing at the Southern Regional Honors Conference, which took place in Little Rock, March 31-April 2, and hosted nearly 500 participants from 11 states. Eight CBU students presented papers and posters on a wide range of topics. Staying in the conference's Peabody Hotel allowed students to enjoy the city of Little Rock when not attending the other exciting presentations from peers around the region. The following presentations were made by CBU students: "Metafiction and Metaphysics in Detective Fiction as Demonstrated by Jorge Luis Borges" by John Blount (Religion & Philosophy '13); "Might of the Unknown: Gareth and Anonymity in Sir Thomas Malory" by Francis Minneci (English '11); "An Interview with Clytaemnestra" by Lauryn Murphy (Biology '13); "Chivalry and Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction" by Angela Toomer (English for Corporate Communications '11); "Enriching and Enlivening High School Chemistry in Memphis City Schools" by Catherine Gluszek (Biochemistry '12); "What Foucault Saw! A Brief Survey of the Ways in which Detective Fiction Manifests Disciplinary Power" by Chase de Saint-Felix  (Religion & Philosophy '11); "Relationship Between Religiosity and Self-Esteem in Adolescents" by Amanda Willhite (Psychology '13); and "Dopamine Neuron Activity in the Dorsal Prefrontal Cortex of Rats" by Cheryl Clausel (Biology '11)
. Pictured above are the participants at the Clinton Library: Catherine Gluzsek, Chase de Saint-Felix, Francis Minneci, Angela Toomer, Amanda Willhite, Johnny Blount, Lauryn Murphy, and Cheryl Clausel.
Easter Egg Hunt
Dr. Teri Mason's Honors Seminar Class hosted an Easter Egg Hunt in Buckman Quad on April 10 to benefit the Refugee Empowerment Program (REP). It was attended by individuals from the community and also from REP.  Pictured above is Steven Denton (Electrical Engineering '12) with one of the refugee children after the easter egg hunt. The Refugee Empowerment Program helps newly arrived refugee children adjust to life in America. The program is located at 258 N. Merton and accepts volunteers for after-school tutoring and other purposes. 


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.