SCHOOL OF ARTS SPRING AND SUMMER 2008 NEWSLETTER
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It is with great sadness that I must tell our Arts’ alums that CBU’s President, Brother Vincent Malham, died on May 2 in an automobile accident near Ferriday, LA. Many of you probably know that Brother Vincent was a CBU graduate and a professor of Music before he became Dean of the School of Arts. He would later serve as President of Bethlehem University before coming to CBU in 2005 to be our 21st President. Brother Vincent was a friend to all of us, and he will be greatly missed.
I would like to update you, briefly, on a few things that the School of Arts has been doing since the December holiday break. As Dean, I have been busy working with Admissions in recruiting more Arts majors for CBU. The History/Political Science Department continues to use effectively our brochure that highlights the careers available to History graduates, and we also send out a letter from one of our alums that tells prospective students how valuable a History and Arts education was for his success in law school and his career. We are about to complete an updated School of Arts brochure to which all of our departments are contributing. Several Arts’ faculty and I have attended programs with prospective students and their parents to share the positive news about the Arts and our majors, as well as our minors.
The Fine Arts and Communications Department has been busy; the CB Singers performed with the Germantown Choir in a Valentine’s Day program, and the students of Tommy Gaines have recently completed their student recitals. Dr. Max Maloney of the Religion and Philosophy Department has revived the Arts’ Colloquia this spring with two History professors giving presentations on their current research interests. Literature and Languages is completing a search for a tenure-track language professor, and the Master of Arts in Catholic Studies just held an awards ceremony to recognize several students who completed a certificate program. The History/Political Science Department, along with the School of Engineering, held a very well-received cryptography presentation which focused on code-breaking in general and code-breaking in both World War I and World War II. The History/Political Science Department also will have a new Chair in 2008-09, Dr. Neal Palmer. I am pleased to be giving up this extra responsibility and passing it on to an excellent member of the department.
Education and Behavioral Sciences continue to attract large numbers of students, and Art and Psychology are completing work on a concentration in art therapy that should be attractive to new students. We also completed an art therapy workshop for area high school students.
Again, let me say that I hope all of you are doing well and look forward to hearing from you about your successes.
All my best,
Marius Carriere, Dean
Benji Borden (Literature and Languages) has had two poems, "Source of Resonance" and "Bad for the Pitcher" accepted for publication in the upcoming September 2008/09 issue of Abbey.
Roger Easson (Literature and Languages) recently donated a collection of Robert Bly’s publications to the library at the University of Tulsa. The collection features articles from Bly’s literary magazine The Fifties and The Sixties and The Seventies in which Bly reviewed popular authors and their works. Mr. Bly, who has written poetry and prose, is most notably the author of Iron John: A Book About Men. He also has translated numerous authors’ works into English from their respective languages. For further information, visit the web site at www.lib.utulsa.edu/speccoll/dbList/author.asp
Ellen Faith (Education) has been granted sabbatical for the 2008-09 academic year.
Burt Fulmer's (Religion and Philosophy) article "Anselm and the Apophatic: 'Something Greater than Can Be Thought'" appeared in the March 2008 issue of New Blackfriars, a theology journal published at Oxford, England.
Scott Geis (Religion and Philosophy) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Karl Leib (History and Political Science) presented a paper to the 2008 International Studies Association Conference in San Francisco on March 29 entitled: "Thucydides and the Centrality of Prudence."
M. A. McCoy (Education) made a presentation at the 15th annual Georgia Conference on College & University Teaching at Kennesaw State University on February 15. His topic, "Effective Whole-Class Instruction: A Necessity in a Teacher's Repertoire," focused on his field-experience observations of student-teachers and his research on teaching techniques used in K-12 classrooms, as well as in teacher-education schools. McCoy was also chosen to serve on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies at the TCSS 30th anniversary State Social Studies Conference held in Knoxville on March 7. He also participated in the meeting of "Tennessee Leaders in Social Studies," a TCSS special interest group.
Elizabeth Nelson's (Behavioral Sciences) article, “American Indian Health,” has been published in volume four of Magill’s Medical Guide by Salem Press. Visit the web site for more information at http://salempress.com/store/samples/magills_medical_guide_4/magills_medical_guide_4_indian.htm
Lavern Terrell (Education) was a speaker at Sea Isle Elementary School's annual Laying The Foundation Black History Program on February 29. Terrell spoke about her job as a college professor, the importance of education, and the study tour she took to Africa.
Talana Vogel (Education) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. She also attended the Midsouth Educational Research Association in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on November 7, 2007, presenting two papers with fellow researchers. She presented the first paper, “Teacher Retention, Working Conditions and Students Achievement: Understanding the Connection” with Dr. Larry McNeal. She presented the second paper, “Building Teacher Capacity: Mathematics Professional Development in a Rural School District”, with Drs. Celia Rousseau Anderson and Angelina Powell. Vogel also presided over a session.
Ann Marie Wranovix (Literature and Languages) presented a paper entitled "Reading Nature in The Maytrees" at the 2008 meeting of the Tennessee Philological Association, held in Clarksville, TN, on February 22-23.
Sarah Cagen (Psychology '08) has been accepted to the Master's program in Community Agency Counseling at the University of Memphis.
Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (Psychology '00) is the new Associate Dean for the University of North Carolina at Pembroke's Honors College. See the press release for more information at www.uncp.edu/news/2008/jennifer_bonds-raacke.htm.
Andrea Bordwell (Psychology '08) has been accepted into the Masters in General Psychology Program at the University of Memphis.
Bailey DeRouen (History '05) has completed her first year of law school at Loyola of New Orleans and has applied to the Master of Urban and Regional Planning Program at The University of New Orleans.
Marly Hazen (History '08) recently represented the Honors Program at the Business Today Conference March 1 - 2 at the Renaissance Hotel in Dallas. At the conference she took part in debate and dialogue with business executives from around the country on such topics as globalization, supply chaining, logistics, social networking, IT, and sustainability. Business Today is a non-profit organization founded in 1968 by Steve Forbes to encourage debate and dialogue between students and business executives. Hazen has also been accepted to the graduate program at West Virginia University in Communication Theory and Research and will be a teaching assistant, as well.
Jessica Horvath (Psychology '08) has been accepted to the Ed.S. program in School Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University.
Rob Hughes (History '08) has been accepted at the Mississippi College Law School for 2008. Rob is also considering pursuing an MBA at CBU in 2009.
Laura Kreager ( Psychology '06) successfully defended her master's thesis in Industrial/Organizational psychology at the University of Memphis.
Michaela Lemen (History '05) graduated from Seton Hall with a degree in International Relations in 2007 and is currently working in Washington, D.C., as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Master of Educational Leadership graduate student Jesse McNichol ('07) led a one-day workshop for Vance Middle School male students on September 27, 2007. The theme of the day was "Man in Demand." Male eighth grade students spent a day at the "Bridges" facility listening to a variety of dignitaries from our community. Nearly $8000 was donated to support this event. McNichol was also recently named the Tennessee Lottery Teacher of the Week.
Kim Neal (Psychology '07) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston.
Matt Roberts (Psychology '08) has been accepted into the Masters in General Psychology Program at the University of Memphis.
Erica Tyler (Applied Psychology--Criminal Justice '08) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Social Work program at the University of Tennessee.
Rachel Wheeler (Psychology '08) has been accepted to the Master of Science in Social Work program at the University of Tennessee.
Nicole Workman (Psychology '05) has been accepted into the Masters in General Psychology Program at the University of Memphis.
Russell Brandon (Psychology '09) has received a summer research internship in Cognitive Psychology at Western Kentucky University.
Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, initiated four new members on April 22. Pictured left are: Andrew Garrison, ('08) Madeline Jones ('08), Caroline Mitchell ('10), and Timothy Keough ('08).
Congratulations to the English majors inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the English International Honor Society, on April 17. To qualify for membership, students must have a minimum of a B grade point average in English and rank at least in the highest 35% of their class in general scholarship.
Students pictured right (l-r) are Kristin Moore ('09), Audra W. Jones ('08), Lindsay Leslie ('08), and Crystal T. Shelton ('09).
Rob Hughes and Madeline Jones received an award for having scored above the national mean on the History Major Area Field Test. Both 2008 graduates, Rob and Madeline plan on attending graduate school. Marly Hazen and William Watson (not pictured) also scored above the national norm.
The Honors Program attended the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference on February 15 - 16 at Middle Tennessee State University. The following presentations were made at the conference: "Honors Week: Beyond the Classroom" by Burton Bridges (Finance '09), Carolyn Fly (English for Corporate Communications '10), and Dr. Tracie Burke (Honors Program Director); "Our Freshman Retreat: Building Community One Scream at a Time" by Jenessa Gebers (General Studies '11) and Dr. Tracie Burke; "Chaos Theory and a Personal God” by Russell Brandon (Psychology '09) and John Legge (Chemistry '09); and "Whoever Has the Youth Has the Future: An Examination of the Hitler Youth" by Caroline Mitchell (History '10).
Pictured above (l-r): Carolyn Fly, Dr. Tracie Burke, Russell Brandon (kneeling), Burton Bridges, Jenessa Gebers, Caroline Mitchell, and John Legge.
The Honors Program also attended a lecture by Dr. Angela Davis at the University of Memphis on April 2. Davis spoke to the standing-room-only audience about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as her associations with the Black Panther and Communist parties in the 1970s. Attending Honors students were Jenessa Gebers ('11), Lindsay Hanlen ('10), Leigh Hill ('10), Madeline Jones ('08), Patrick Jones ('08), Laura Mason ('11), Frank Minneci ('11), Caroline Mitchell ('10), Catherine Montesi ('10), Dylan Perry ('10), Chris Peterson ('10), and Mandi Pitt ('09).
The Department of Education had a successful state focused visit on September 19, 2007. The visiting team reviewed weaknesses found during the fall of 2005 visit. The visiting team found that all standards were now met and will be making the recommendation to The State Board of Education that all stipulations should be removed. The Department would like to thank all who have supported them as they prepared for this visit. The Department also has a very successful initial National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accreditation visit in April. The results of this visit will become public in November.
Christian Brothers University held Voices from No Man's Land, an art workshop, on Tuesday, April 8. This workshop, sponsored by the NIH Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) grant at CBU, was set up to highlight the university's up and coming degree in the foundations of art therapy.
Ugandan artist Fred Mutebi discussed the war in Northern Uganda and the art he does with formerly abducted child soldiers and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Students from Overton, St. Agnes, CBU and several other local schools were shown how to do Fred's unique woodcut method and given the opportunity to create their own prints. Students also had the opportunity to play traditional African instruments with local musician Ekpe Abioto.
In addition to the Voices from No Man’s Land workshop, Fred Mutebi – a former Fulbright Scholar at CBU – participated in the Heifer Project retreat with this year’s MHIRT students, gave a lecture at the Brooks Museum, presented at the Society for Applied Anthropology (SFAA) Conference, and helped CBU students create a mural in the Writing Center.
Sam Okello, the founder of Hope North Uganda, also participated in the Brooks lecture, SFAA conference, and spoke to Dr. Libby Broadwell’s English class.
MHIRT students will be joining Mutebi and Okello this summer in Uganda to continue the Let Art Talk art therapy initiative.
“Get That Worldly Look, One Country At A Time” is the motto of the International Initiatives Office.
An increasing number of students and faculty are realizing the simple fact that globalization is inevitable. If you are not on our bandwagon, we invite you to climb aboard now. Our efforts are focused on acknowledging CBU’s place in the international community and supporting and preparing our students for what the future holds. We are beginning to experience an increase in the number of students coming to the International Initiatives Office seeking information about semester study abroad as we continue to encourage and promote the fall and spring break study trips. While it is challenging for most of our students, many are determined to make that leap forward, and their enriching experiences have begun to resonate throughout CBU. It behooves us all to support this win-win opportunity for students, faculty, and the university.
Over the past summer and fall of 2007 and spring of 2008, thirty-three students have traveled on short-term study trips to England, Italy, Spain, and China. In addition, four students have spent a summer term or a semester studying abroad in Argentina, England, Ireland, and Spain. We currently have fourteen students who have declared a positive interest in spending a semester during fall ’08, spring ’09, and fall of ’09 in Australia, England, Italy, South Africa, and Spain. CBU is also offering for summer ’08, through Saint Mary’s College in California, an International Business course to be taught at LaSalle University in Barcelona for our MBA students.
Emily Forsdick co- presented a paper on CBU’s Master of Executive Leadership program with Nicole Shim, a recent graduate, at the Women as Global Leaders Conference in Dubai, UAE.
If you do not have a passport, get one. Join us in educating ourselves and our students about other cultures and traveling to what used to be “far away places.” You’ll be happy you did.
On February 8, the Music Department presented “It Takes Two.” During this concert, the Germantown Chorus and the CB Singers sang ballads and songs from Broadway musicals. Described as an “evening of love for all the loves in your life,” this event evoked a sense of anticipation for Valentine’s Day. The choirs jointly performed the finale song “Love Changes Everything” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love.
The annual Spring concert "Laud, Love, and Laughter" was performed on Friday, April 25. Graduating seniors Siamak Keyvani (Electrical Engineering -- Computer Science '08), John McLaughlin (Mechanical Engineering '08), and Jose Rodriguez (Business Administration -- Finance '08) were awarded certificates of appreciation for completing four years of dedicated service in the CB Singers group. Soprano Jasmine Amaro (Psychology '09) received the Music Student of the Year award.
The Spring play The Jury Room by C.B. Gilford ran from April 18 - 20. In The Jury Room, twelve jurors gather to decide the innocence or guilt of a young girl. Eleven jurors vote “guilty,” while one, a student actress, says “not guilty.” The eleven agree to her request to re-enact the crime right there. The actress becomes the accused and the foreman her alleged victim. As the re-enactment proceeds, some of the jurors begin to lose themselves in their parts. It is a tense situation, for if the girl did not kill her uncle -- who did? The Jury Room had a very successful run under the direction of Linda Dinwiddie, who is currently planning the Fall play.
The faculty of the Department of Behavioral Sciences hosted the 11th annual Mid-South Psychology Conference on February 23, 2008. Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, Professor of Psychology, organized this year's conference, which has been designed to provide Psychology students with the opportunity to explore their field and present their research.
To help in funding the conference, Nelson obtained a grant from the Psi Chi National Honorary Society in Psychology. This is the second time Nelson has received the grant, which is “intended to support local and regional undergraduate psychology research conferences that are sponsored by one or more schools. To be eligible for a grant, at least one of the schools sponsoring the conference must have a Psi Chi chapter.” This year, CBU was one of 16 schools from all over the country receiving the grant. For complete list of schools go to www.psichi.org/awards/winners/under_conf/conf_07_08_win.asp. Funds were also contributed by the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University. Dr. Craig Anderson, distinguished professor from Iowa State University, delivered the keynote address, “Video Game Effects on Prosocial and Antisocial Behavior” to 184 student, faculty and local community attendees.
In all, 16 schools, from five states (Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky) participated in the conference. The CBU chapter of Psi Chi recruited and organized 26 student volunteers to help with the conference. 71 students presented 42 research projects (21 paper presentations and 21 poster presentations). Six awards were presented for the best poster and paper presentations. Here are the winners in the poster category: first place, Tian Xi Wei, Berea College, KY; second place, Kaleigh McCoy, Berea College, KY; third place, Jessica Horvath, Erin Huff, Sarah Cagen, & Kristen Kirkland, Christian Brothers University, TN; Honorable Mention, Rachel Morgan, Lambuth University, TN. The winners for the paper category are as follows: first place, Kristy Snyder-Tapp, University of Memphis, TN; second place, Holly Hockstock, Berea College, KY; third place, Brian Lee, Christian Brothers University, TN; Honorable Mention, Benjamin Martin, East Tennessee State University, TN.
The entrepreneurial spirit is familiar to Art Club co-founders Hayley Gil (Business Administration '08) and Rosie Britton (Natural Science '08). When asked what inspired the club’s creation, Gil cited the emerging interest in art on campus as reflected by the recent addition of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and two Art minors to CBU’s academic offerings. Gil said, “Once the BFA passed, we figured it needed to coincide with something student led.” Thus began the Art Club. Recently, the club debuted members’ artwork in a gallery opening that took place at Energy Fitness, a local aerobic fitness center. The club’s future plans include an annual art show. Currently, the members are designing banners to be showcased in a local elementary school. The club’s fifteen members meet once each month to discuss upcoming events. For further information, contact Hayley Gil at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rosie Britton at email@example.com.
Reported by Stefani Davis (ECC ‘09)
In October of last year, adjunct lecturer of anthropology Ms. Julia Hanebrink was just one of the 30,000 people worldwide that participated in the GuluWalk. This three-mile walk is part of a fundraiser for displaced Ugandan residents. The fundraiser’s profits are allocated to a host of organizations including AMREF Canada, the Canadian Institute for Aid and Relief, and War Child Canada. Along with these organizations, GuluWalk has funded initiatives and projects designed to improve conditions in Northern Uganda. The residents, who are primarily women and children, benefit from neighborhood projects like the Girls Education Initiative Project and the Youth Cultural Centre. According to its web site, the organization had "raised over one million dollars" as of last year. For further information regarding the GuluWalk, visit www.guluwalk.com/memphis/
In the 2008 edition of Castings, CBU’s literary journal, the following students were awarded prizes:
First Place: "Bearington's Burial" Thomas Swett
First Place: "The Therapy of Ink" Lorna Field
First Place: "Bus" Hayley Gill
Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2008 who were recognized at Commencement with special awards from the academic schools and the University. The School of Arts honored the following graduates: Erica Leigh Tyler, Christine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major; Robert Hughes, Outstanding History Student Award; Lindsay Leslie, Literature and Languages Faculty Award for an English Major; Janice Matthews-Norwood, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate; Victoria Kronenwetter, Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award and Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award; and Andrea Bordwell, Psi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award. Art minor Rosie Britton also received the first Fine Arts and Communication Award for Outstanding Achievement in Fine Arts.
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