Viewing the transit of Venus

VENUS OBSERVED: Brother Kevin Ryan (Physics) and the Society of Physics Students hosted a viewing of the transit of Venus on June 5. Three of the Physics Department's telescopes were set up outside the Cooper-Wilson Center for the observation of Venus traversing the sun. Mr. Bob Moats (School of Engineering) was kind enough to provide hot dogs and drinks for those in attendance. More than 50 people stopped by for this once-in-a-lifetime event during the two hours of viewing. Venus will not pass again between the Earth and the Sun until the year 2117! INSET: The beginning of the transit photographed by Rhonda Clarke, wife of Dr. Ted Clarke (Physics). Venus is the black circle on the upper left edge of the sun.

KUDOS

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Johnnie Huddleston Johnnie Huddleston (Studio Arts '13) received a Memphis Mensa Academic Award for a painting of Pablo Picasso (pictured at left), done as part of her thesis project, which also won her a top place in the CBU's annual Student Research Poster competition in April.
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Kara Jones (Psychology '12) has been accepted into the Master of Communication Disorders in Speech-Language Pathology program at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport.
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Buccaneer pitcher Alex Sikes (Business Administration '13) was named first-team All-Gulf South Conference. He was 4-6 with a 4.37 ERA and 55 strikeouts against 21 walks over 68 innings in 13 starts during the 2012 season.
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Buccaneer golfer Taylor Stinson (Civil Engineering '12) was named the Bucs' first Academic All-Gulf South Conference golfer since 2009, and 38 more CBU student-athletes joined him on the GSC Spring Academic Honor Roll. CBU's total of 39 athletes on the Spring Academic Honor Roll ranks second in the GSC, and the Bucs' full-year tally of 93 is the most in the GSC. 
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Fr. Paul Watkins (Marketing) spoke on the topic of "Faith & Sacrifice" at the Diocesan Theology on Tap series on May 7, held at at La Hacienda in Cordova.
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Kappa Delta Pi Initiates The following undergraduate and graduate education students were initiated into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society on April 30: Sarah A. Brown, Alexandra L. Frakes, Laura E. Hall, Mary C. Hogan, Julia C. Hosea, Thais M. Hunter, Linda Johnson, Jamie E. Lassandrello, Rochelle Mottley, Kathryn C. Quinton, Erin K. Scherer, Kelsey L. Schwartz, Martha K. Shaw, Kristin A. Shimer, Carol T. Simpson, Scott E. Stiles, Megan Stolzenberg, Vita H. Swindell and Cathleen L. Triplett. Organized to recognize excellence in education, Kappa Delta Pi elects those to membership who exhibit the ideas of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in teaching and allied professions. It encourages improvement, distinction in achievement, and contributions to education. The ceremony was conducted by Dr. Samantha Alperin, Chapter Faculty Advisor, and Ms. Kimmi Hayden, Chapter President, in the Living Learning Center. ---------------------------------------------------
The Communications & Marketing department was a winner in the Tennessee College Public Relations Association's 2012 Advertising and Marketing Awards. The department received state awards for its marketing and advertising in the following categories: Gold in the Brochure/Flyer category for "Visit & Discover CBU" (Admissions); Gold in the Radio Advertisement category for "Distinguish Yourself" MBA Program voice recording by Mike Burns, current MBA student; Silver in the Brochure/Flyer category for the Admissions Search Piece; Bronze in the College Viewbook category for the Admissions viewbook; and Bronze in the Banner/Outdoor Media category for "Get in Gear" (Summer Campaign). The "Get in Gear" billboard was also selected as Billboard of the Month for May by ClearChannel Outdoor. Pictured below is the Communications & Marketing team with the Billboard of the Month award: (l-r) Petya Grady, Will Gossett (of ClearChannel Outdoor), Jacob Edwards, Cory Dugan and Elisa Marus.
Communications & Marketing Staff receiving Billboard of the Month Award

UPCOMING EVENTS

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VETERAN BENEFITS SEMINAR: Anthony Bradley, a VA accredited attorney, will present a seminar for veterans on "The Truth About the VA Aid & Attendance Pension Improvement" on Tuesday (June 12) in St. Joseph Hall 10, 11:OO a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Geared to retirement-age veterans, the seminar will explain pension benefits and potential medical supply and medicinal benefits available to veterans under the Aid & Attendance Pension Improvement Program. For more information, contact Anthony McClyde at (901) 321-4455 or amcclyde@cbu.edu.
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Dan DúetPRAISE & WORSHIP CONCERT: Catholic singer-songwriter Dan Dúet will perform a matinee Praise and Worship Concert on Sunday, July 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Dúet is a San Antonio resident but a native of Belle Chasse, LA and a graduate of LSU. While in college he learned to play guitar and began writing songs for "Awakening" Retreats. He spent the majority of his life in "corporate America" but in early 2008 discerned a spiritual calling to begin a ministry of music and evangelization. A devout Roman Catholic, Dúet has presented his music in Christian churches of virtually all denominations. He will also be appearing at an Evangelization and Holy Spirit Conference at St. Louis Catholic Church, July 6-8. More info at www.danduet.com.


CONDOLENCES

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Richard Kriz, AFSC ('67), former CBU business manager/treasurer and Affiliate of the Christian Brothers, passed away on May 13. Please keep the Kriz family and the Christian Brothers Community in your thoughts and prayers.
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Annie Nelson, mother of Ruby Johnson (Business Office), passed away on May 10. Please keep Ruby and her family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent in care of Campus Box 103.
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Dr. Rose Deal, AFSC (Professor Emerita, School of Arts) passed away on May 23. Dr. Deal was the first woman faculty member at CBU, hired as Registrar and Latin teacher in 1961. She initiated the Foreign Language Program in 1965. She was awarded the CBU Alumni Association’s highest award, the Brother Lawrence Egbert Distinguished Service Award, in 1990 and was the recipient of the Maurelian Medal, one of  CBU’s highest honors, in 2004. In 2002, she was named an Affiliate of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and became “Brother” Rose Deal, AFSC. Memorial donations may be made to the Dr. Rose G. Deal Scholarship Fund at Christian Brothers University.

NEWS AT CBU

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VAST ACADEMIC VIDEO COLLECTION AT YOUR LIBRARY: Plough Library has added a new streaming video collection: VAST Academic Video Online from Alexander Street Press. VAST currently offers over 13,000 video titles from a wide range of disciplines, with new titles being added on a regular basis. Disciplines covered in VAST include: American History, Area Studies, Art & Architecture, Business & Economics, Counseling & Therapy, Education, Ethnic Studies, Health, Humanities, Law & Criminal Justice, Opera, Politics & Current Affairs, Psychology, Religion & Philosophy, Science, Theatre, Women & Gender Studies, World History, and World Language & Literature. Faculty can easily provide links to high-quality video in their syllabi and embed links or video clips in their Moodle classes. See the Library's Online Videos page for more video collections.
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CBU Students at Richland Elementary
STAN! GOES TO SCHOOL: Catherine Gluszek (Biochemistry '12) and Kelly Jeu (Biomedical Science '12) visited Lorelei Scatamacchia's third-grade class at Richland Elementary in May to discuss Don't Get Sick, Stan!, the children's picture book written by students in last semester's Parasitology (BIOL 413) class, taught by Dr. Stan Eisen. At far right is Brooke Kenworthy, a member of the class and daughter of Dr. Anne Kenworthy (Admissions).
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NEW DEGREE IN CYBERSECURITY: CBU is offering a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity and Digital Forensics degree beginning August 2012. This interdisciplinary degree will provide an integrated curriculum that prepares the student to pursue employment or graduate school in the ever-growing field of cybersecurity and digital forensics. This degree is the first and only undergraduate degree of its kind in the Memphis Metropolitan area. The degree integrates courses in computer science, electrical engineering and management information systems. Students will learn how to protect confidential data stored within computer networks; thereby, protecting the private information of individuals, industry and government agencies. They will also learn how to engage in computer crime investigations, an emerging field known as digital forensics. More >>>
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BAPTIST AND METHODIST TEAM WITH CBU'S PA PROGRAM: Baptist Memorial Health Care and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare have forged a partnership with CBU to address the critical and growing demand for quality healthcare services within the Metropolitan Memphis area. The hospitals have donated $125,000 each to the new Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program, which admitted its first cohort of students in January of this year. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has challenged the profession to contribute 240,000 practicing PAs by the year 2020 to meet increasing demands for primary care providers in the U.S. Graduates of CBU's PA program will help to close this gap and allow physicians to reach a greater number of patients, which is desperately needed in Memphis, where many neighborhoods are medically underserved. Physician assistants are licensed to practice medicine, issue prescriptions, and practice in all medical fields including primary care, internal medicine and subspecialties, as well as surgical and emergency care. More>>>
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BASE-TN GRANT RENEWED AT CBU: The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded a three-year renewal of the Become A Special Educator in TN (BASE-TN) grant to CBU. This $225,000 grant provides financial support for persons seeking to earn an initial Tennessee teaching licensure in special education or an endorsement in special education. The BASE-TN grant allows CBU to award a partial tuition scholarship to eligible persons along with a stipend for a portion of their textbooks. In exchange for the BASE-TN award, recipients commit to teach special education for two years in a Tennessee public school for each academic year of financial support received. More>>>

WELCOME TO CBU!

Bonnie Colocho has joined the Office Admissions in the position of Admissions Counselor.
Hollie Brooks Comas has joined the Office of Mission and Identity as Director of Lasallian Community Service and Director of the LANCE Program.
Bryanna Hallberg has joined the Office Admissions in the position of Coordinator of Guest Relations
Greg Eller has joined CBU as Director of Human Resources.
Ian Wallenborn has joined the Physical Plant as a Maintenance Helper.

*CBU CONNECTION SUMMER SCHEDULE

The CBU Connection will appear monthly during the summer. It will be emailed and published online on July 16 and will return to its regular weekly schedule on August 20.