Bell tower lighted blue for Autism
LIGHT IT UP BLUE: CBU's Bell Tower was lighted blue last week, April 2-6, in celebration of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) and Light It Up Blue to help shine a light on autism. Light It Up Blue, an initiative of Autism Speaks in its third year, is a unique global effort to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. Buildings and landmarks around the world were lit blue to show their support. Photos of other blue-lit landmarks are at and at the Autism Speaks U Facebook page. More on Autism Awareness from Alpha Xi Delta below!


AUTISM AWARENESS WEEK: CBU and Alpha Xi Delta lit the Bell Tower up blue in honor of World Autism Awareness last week. To further raise awareness, the Alpha Xis will be holding Autism Awareness Week Tuesday through Friday:

• Tuesday: Lunch will be outside.
• Wednesday: Jello-eating contest at 12:30; Cornhole tournament at 5:00 p.m.
• Thursday: Xi Marks the Spot (scavenger hunt) at 5:00 p.m.
• Friday: Wear BLUE (every Friday this month)

A really good excuse to go eat at On The Border: Next Monday (April 16), On The Border will donate 10% of your food and drink purchases to Autism Speaks. All you have to do is show them this flyer! What better
way to support Alpha Xi Delta and Autism Speaks than eating some great food?!
ATTENTION ALL GRADUATING STUDENTS! IT'S THE GRAD FAIR: Come fill out your exit surveys, take a regalia photo, purchase a class ring, and get your invitations for Commencement all at the same time! This fair will be held twice on Tuesday (April 10), 12:00-2:00 p.m. and 4:30–6:30 p.m., in Montesi Executive Center and Spain Auditorium. All graduating students are required to attend one of these important events to gather and complete the necessary information required for Commencement. You will also receive your graduation announcements to send to your family and friends.
POST-EASTER EGG HUNT: Campus Ministry is holding its 5th annual Egg Hunt on Wednesday (April 11) at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn in front of Barry Hall. Lots of eggs (and candy and other goodies) to be found! The Catholic Student Association is cosponsoring this event and will have a gathering immediately after in Thomas Center Conference room.
The Alpha Chi Student Research Poster Session wants you to show off your work! The Session will be held on April 17 in Sabbatini Lounge, 12:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., featuring student research from all disciplines on campus. Memphis Mensa and the Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers will be presenting awards this year, in addition to the School of Science's announcement of the recipient of the Brother Dominic Dunn award. Don't have a poster because you are an art major? Bring some of your work and display it! Deadline for entries is Friday (April 13). For further Information, contact Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald at or Dr. Randel Price at
Baptist Women's Health Center will provide its Mobile Mammography service at CBU on Thursday (April 12) starting at 8:30 a.m. Please inform Human Resources if you would like to take advantage of this service by contacting Katherine Misee at 321-3307 or with a time that suits you. If you need a mammogram for this plan year (which started May 1, 2011), it only takes 15 minutes for this valuable service.
PHYSICS HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION: The CBU Chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, will induct four new members on Friday (April 13) at 2:00 p.m. in Assisi Hall 153. This year's inductees are students Brent Holmes, Kyle Moats and Thomas Schill, and faculty member Dr. Ted Clarke. All are welcome to attend the ceremony.
ART EXHIBITIONS CLOSING: "Ode to Lonerock," an exhibition of work by Samuel Nichols in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery will close Friday (April 13). Nichols is a former Art/Creative Director for Jantzen Inc., a sportswear company in Portland, OR where he won various accolades for his work at the San Francisco Art Directors Show. Also closing in the foyer of the gallery is a display of photography by the Memphis Camera Club. More>>>


2012 Inductees to Epsilon Mu Theta
Congratulations to the 2012 inductees of Epsilon Mu Eta, the Engineering Management Honor Society, who were officially inducted at a ceremony and dinner on March 30.
Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Neal Jackson (Professor of Engineering Management), Chaya Subramanyan, Samuel Elisha Caviness II, Sergio Vergara Reyes, Tajuana M. Taylor, Sengkham Vongphrachanh and Dr. Eric Welch (Dean of Engineering). Not pictured are Andrew Harrell, Colin Iglinsky, Andrew R. Reiter and Frederick A. Schott. These students have shown both exceptional academic achievement and excellent character. We congratulate the 2011-2012 members of the Alpha Delta Chapter for their achievements and this recognition; and for the honor they bring to the University.

The Division of Student Life is pleased to announce that the following students have been selected to serve as Peer Counselors for the 2012-2013 academic year: Katie Antes, Anna Birg, Hailee Brown, Michael Carr, April Dalehite, Shahzaade Dobbins, Kristen Downey, Jessica Dunn, Ja’lissa Fredrick, KJ Grover, Andrea Guyton, Rebecca Hall, Takeva Hicks, Melanie Horne, Julia Kueter, Lauryn Murphy, Jahleel Nelson, Shanice Oliver, Molly O’Malley, Meetal Parag, Kristin Robinson, Nathan Sellers, Jennifer Sharp, Taylor Tartera, Angela Williams and JD Wolfe. Congratulations to all! 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.
Phi Alpha Theta inductees 2012
Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, initiated three new members on March 27. New initiates are pictured above (l-r): Kathryn Handwerker, Michalyn Easter and James Johnson.

The CBU Alpha Chi Chapter was named a Star Chapter Award at the 2012 Star-Spangled Super-Regional Convention of Alpha Chi Honor Society in Baltimore on March 22-24. 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 fourth 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.
The CBU Student Chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) was named the Outstanding Student Chapter at the ASME Students Professional Development Conference at the University of Florida in Gainesville, March 30-April 1. The CBU GreenSpeed Team (Chloe Chung, Andrew Greenop, Brian Vernon, Drew Duch and Michael Smith) took second place in Old Guard Oral Presentation, the SAE Formula Car Team (Luke Eck, Nate Spears, Gideon Leteyian and Nathan Short) took fourth place in the Old Guard Oral Presentation, and the Moonbuggy Team (Alex Williams, Kristy Rosenberger, Josh Lane, Zach Turner and Ellis Jones) won third place in the Technical Poster competition. The CBU teams were in competition against students from Virginia Tech, Florida State, University of Alabama, and others from the Southeast region.
MAA members at regional meeting
Members of the CBU chapter of the Mathematical Association of America attended the MAA regional meeting at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR, March 29-31. CBU's two teams came in fifth and seventh out of 20 teams in the Math Jeopardy contest, and Rebekah Herrman lasted into the sixth round of the Integration Bee. Those attending were (pictured above, front row) Steven Menezes, Rebekah Herrman, Mrs. Cathy Grilli; (middle row) Mike Stuart, Josh Swillum, Jonas Broughman, Mrs. Sandra Davis; (back row) Eddie Gallarno and Br. Joel Baumeyer.


SUMMER INTERNSHIPS AT CBU: The Events Management Office is looking for four team-oriented students who are committed to CBU! These interns will assist with summer conferences and special events on campus for the summer. The selected interns will be paid a monthly stipend of $750 and offered summer housing on campus. Applications and more info are available in the Events Management Office on the ground floor of Barry Hall, Room 37. All applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Current resident students are preferred.
Solar Workshop students at CBU
MIDDLE SCHOOLERS GO SOLAR: The CBU School of Engineering hosted a middle school workshop on Engineering Solar Energy on March 22. Participants had the opportunity to work with CBU faculty to set-up small module solar energy kits and test them during the workshop. They also got to see the solar electric bicycle that the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering seniors have been working on. Pictured above, they are studying the solar panel lighting module outside of Nolan Engineering Center.
CBU Concrete Canoe at McKellar Lake
CONCRETE DOES FLOAT! CBU Civil Engineering students proved once again this year that a canoe made of concrete is not only buoyant but navigable. Pictured above, afloat on McKellar Lake, are (l-r) Blake Ward ('13), Lauren Harrett ('15), McKenzie Shankle ('13) and Irving Gabaldon ('13). Additional photos, courtesy of Dr. Pong Malasri, are available here.>>>
LIBRARY SATURDAY HOURS: Plough Library will continue its Saturday hours through the rest of the semester, open 12:00-4:00 p.m. on April 14, April 21, April 28 and May 5.


Food Drive The School of Sciences and Beta Beta Beta are tossing down the gauntlet to their colleagues in Arts, Business and Engineering by organizing a competitive food drive to benefit the Mid-South Food Bank. Boxes will be placed in the main office of each School and food will be collected through April 11. The School whose students collect the most weight in food will get a pizza party. You know how those Science folks LOVE pizza, so the rest of you better get to work!

• Canned meats, including tuna, stews, chicken and dumplings, chili, Spam
• Canned soups
• Peanut butter
• Canned fruits
• Canned veggies
• Canned fruit juice
• Any non-perishable item (but no glass containers, please)


The Food Bank has more demand and less donations than ever before.
No one should go hungry in Memphis!

(Especially those Science folks, who really really want some pizza!)


Monday, April 16 • 7:00 p.m. • University Theater • FREE!

YERT50 States. One Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in crisis, three friends hit the road — with hope, humor (and all of their trash) — to explore America (the good, bad, and weird) in search of innovators tackling humanity's greatest environmental challenges in this award-winning docu-comedy. Co-director and star Ben Evans will join us via Skype for a Q&A with audience members for this Memphis Premiere of the film.
Tuesday, April 17 • 12:00-3:00 p.m. • CBU Community Garden
CBU was recently awarded a grant by the Madonna Circle to rebuild our Community Garden. Come celebrate the new construction and spring planting season with the student volunteers and sustainability
committee members. Food and beverages will be served. After lunch we will plant flowers across campus!
The garden is located along the walkway between Stritch Hall and the baseball field.
Wednesday, April 18 • 3:30 p.m. • Spain Auditorium
Emily Oppenheimer: "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Resist"
Allison Davis: "The Effects of Media Exposure on Attitudes toward Global Warming"
Samantha Noland: "Controlling The Mississippi River: Challenges for Sustainability and Ethics"
Thursday, April 18 • 2:00-3:00 p.m. • Behind O'Hara Hall
Student Organizations will compete to collect the most recyclable material.
YES: cardboard, paperboard boxes, paper, magazines, aluminum cans, plastics # 1-7
NO: metal, glass, food containers/wrappers, paper cups/plates, paper towels/tissues, Styrofoam
Saturday, April 21 • Shelby Farms
An all-day shindig featuring live music, family fun, an action-packed kids zone, eco-art and vendors, and more!


Don't Get Sick, Stan!DON'T GET SICK OF SIGNING, STAN! The CBU Bookstore will host a book signing for Don't Get Sick, Stan! on April 16, 3:00-6:00 p.m. Don't Get Sick, Stan! is a children's picture book written by the students in last semester's Parasitology (BIOL 413) class, taught by Dr. Stan Eisen. Written under the pen name of Alfredo Colón, it is the story of Stan, a 3rd-grader who goes to school and encounters a virus, a bacterium, a protozoan and a parasitic worm. Stan learns that by taking simple precautions, he can avoid getting sick from these diseases.
     "I gave the students a choice of taking a final exam or writing a children's picture book on all the wonderful diseases that cause abdominal pain and diarrhea," Dr. Eisen says. "The students picked the writing of a children's picture book." This book is appropriate for children in grades 3 through 6, and is published via Amazon's CreateSpace imprint.
STUDENT RESEARCH POSTER SESSION: The Alpha Chi-sponsored Student Research Poster Session will be held on April 17 in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., featuring student research from all disciplines on campus. Memphis Mensa and the Memphis Chapter of Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers will be presenting awards this year, in addition to the School of Science's announcement of the recipient of the Brother Dominic Dunn award.
CHARITY VOLLEYBALL GAME: CBU's biology honor society, Beta Beta Beta, is hosting its 10th annual Students vs. Faculty Charity Volleyball Game on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Canale Arena. This year, all proceeds will go to the Church Health Center. Lots of prizes will be raffled, and admission is free! If you'd like to show off your volleyball skills in front of professors and friends, bring $2 to the game; sign-up sheets will also be in front of Dr. Ogilvie's and Dr. Merat's offices (Cooper-Wilson 113 and 213). Don't miss out on the Tri Beta Bake Sale and your chance to buy raffle tickets during lunch outside Alfonso Dining Hall starting this Wednesday (April 11) until game day!
"Colorfully Close" by Jayme McKeeverSENIOR BFA EXHIBITION: Jayme McKeever (Studio Art '12) will present her senior exhibition, "Colorfully Close," (pictured at left) in Studio B (lower level of Kenrick Hall) opening with a public reception on Friday, April 20, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
DISTINGUISHED CATHOLIC LECTOR SERIES: Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, will present "Happiness: How Do You Get It? Christ's Version vs. the World's" as part of the Distinguished Catholic Lectors Series at CBU on April 20 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m. Kreeft is a philosopher and Christian apologist, renowned for his abilities to offer intellectually rigorous defenses of classical Christian teachings. His lecture will explore how Christ's teachings are at odds with virtually everything we assume makes up a "happy" life. For more information on Dr. Kreeft, visit For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. James Wallace at (901) 321-3018 or
DR. RENA DURR'S "LAST LECTURE" - SAVE THE DATE: The Honors Program will present Dr. Rena Durr's "Last Lecture" on Tuesday, April 24, at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. In its fifth year at CBU, this event is always a memorable one. The "Last Lecture" may relate to the professor's academic work, other professional or life experience, or may be words of inspiration and advice for students — or all of the above. Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which this esteemed Behavioral Sciences professor gives her "Last Lecture."


Commencement Text Message Service: Please sign-up for a free text message service to receive updates regarding all Commencement events. To sign up, simply text the word CBU to 313131.
MAY 10, 2012
(Mandatory event for all students participating in the Commencement Exercises)
Signaigo Field, 6:00 p.m.

A reception will follow Rehearsal in Buckman Quad.
MAY 11, 2012
Sabbatini Lounge, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

For graduates who have family members who are also CBU alumni — expect an invitation for you and your family to a relaxing, celebratory dinner prior to the Baccalaureate Prayer Service.
Please RSVP by May 6 to or (901) 321-3270
MAY 11, 2012
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue), 7:00 p.m.

Students will meet at the Cathedral by 6:30 p.m. (Please wear regalia and hood only. Please do not bring your cap.) Monsignor Valentine Handwerker will preside over the service, and Reverend Keith Norman of First Baptist Church will be the Baccalaureate speaker.
A reception will follow in the Cathedral's Marion Hall. CBU has also commissioned a professional photographer to document the occasion — students can have their photo taken with their parents and/or guests as CBU's gift to our graduates who attend.
Please click here to RSVP. More information is also available at the RSVP site.
MAY 12, 2012
Signaigo Field, CBU Campus; Ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m.
Reception to follow the Ceremony in Buckman Quad.

Parking Map for Commencement >>>

* Inclement Weather Location: Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church (70 N. Bellevue Blvd.)


GET IN SHAPE AND HELP THE HOMELESS: The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, a shelter for homeless families in the spirit of Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, is sponsoring a Family Fun Ride on Saturday, April 21, starting at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park. There will be a 53-mile bike ride to Shelby Farm and a 1.5 mile bike ride in Overton Park. The co-sponsors of the event are the Memphis Rotary Club and the Memphis Hightailers. You can sign up on the Dorothy Day website or the Memphis Hightailers site. For more information, contact Sr. Maureen Griner at (901) 725-2714, Memphis Rotary at (901) 526-1318 or Benjamin F. Head at (901) 237-5408.

BASEBALL (9-23, 3-12 GSC)

04/04: Bucs 1,
Rhodes College 8 (at Rhodes)
SOFTBALL (10-22, 5-13 GSC)
Lady Bucs 3/4,
University of West Florida 4/15 (at Bland Field)
04/07: Lady Bucs 1/4,
University of West Alabama 14/8 (at Bland Field)


04/10: Harding University (Searcy, AR; 2:00 p.m.)
04/14: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 2:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/15: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 1:00 p.m.)
04/14: University of North Alabama (Florence, AL; 4:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/15: University of Alabama-Huntsville (Huntsville, AL; 2:00 p.m. doubleheader)
04/09-10: Natural State Golf Classic (Heber Springs, AR; (Red Apple Country Club)
04/09-10: LeMoyne-Owen College (Bellevue Tennis Center; 2:00 p.m.)