An image of Dr. Marius CarriereAs I write this, today is Election Day. Hopefully, everyone went out and cast his or her ballot. I voted early this year because of the prediction of a large turnout. As a historian, I am pleased so many Americans are voting.

Focusing on the School of Arts, the big news is accreditation of the Professional Education unit by NCATE (The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education). I want to congratulate our Department of Education for achieving this milestone in CBU history. This accomplishment allows our education graduates to “carry” their licensure to states that recognize NCATE accreditation.

Some other important events that have occurred include the successful interdisciplinary workshops led by our arts’ professors. For example, Dr. Karen Golightly of Literature and Languages and Dr. Jana Travis from Fine Arts and Speech collaborated on a workshop for high school students in Creative Writing and Art. The workshop was in such high demand we had to close registration early and create a waiting list for the next one, which is tentatively planned for the spring. In the History and Political Science Department, Drs. Neal Palmer and Paul Berk will be doing a cryptography workshop in conjunction with the School of Engineering in February. Last year’s cryptography workshop was most impressive and a sellout as well.

The CB Singers performed recently at the dedication of CBU’s new Cooper-Wilson Science building. Mr. Tommy Gaines has several performances for the CB Singers coming up this semester.

The CBU Honors Program, which is housed in the School of Arts, is doing quite well. This semester we have over fifty students enrolled in seven sections of six honors courses.

Finally, Admissions and the School of Arts have finished our very professional-looking new School of Arts’ brochure. This brochure not only showcases our various majors and minors but also helps potential students and their parents recognize that critical thinking and good writing and communication skills attractive to prospective employers are intrinsic components of studying the arts.

We in the School of Arts would like to ask our alums to send us your business cards with your CBU major written on the back. Obviously, talking with friends about your positive experiences at CBU helps us to recruit. We plan to put out a brochure highlighting where our graduates are and the success they have had; your business cards will help us do that. You can mail them to:

School of Arts, CBU
Successful Alum, Box 77
650 E. Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

All my best to you and your families.

Marius Carriere, Dean



An image of the Great Debate at Christian Brothers University, with Dr. Paul Berk pictured at center

Paul Berk (History & Political Science) served as moderator for the Great Debate and Mock Election '08 which took place on October 9, 2008. It was an enormous success and was very informative to all.

An image of the holiday card "An Aesthetic Season" by Christina Brown. The card is available through the Phoenix Club of Memphis, TennesseeChristina Brown (Staff) and Mary Burns (Literature & Languages/Adjunct) were among the artists included in the exhibition "Daughters of Eve: All Mighty Lovely Women's Art Show" at Java Cabana which ran September 5 – 30, 2008. Additionally, a design by Brown entitled "An Aesthetic Season" (pictured at left) was accepted by the Phoenix Club for its Annual Holiday Card Drive. Cards can be purchased online, and proceeds go to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.

An image of Dr. Conrad Brombach at Christian Brothers UniversityThis fall Conrad Brombach (Behavioral Sciences), in conjunction with the Career Center, provided his Fundamentals of Counseling students with a real-world taste of psychometrics and test interpretation. They completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory, which are, respectively, the most esteemed and widely used personality assessment and career-planning instruments in the world. Cathy Lantrip, Career Center, then gave an explanation and interpretation of the instruments' results. At the beginning of the following class, each student was given a packet containing the Myers-Briggs and Strong results and a future career choice statement sheet of an anonymous student. Brombach developed a series of guided questions each student used to evaluate his or her anonymous student's potential for success in the stated career choice. Finally, in what commonly would be a graduate-level assignment at some schools, students summarized strengths and weaknesses to determine whether the student and career were well matched.

Tracie Burke (Honors Program, Behavioral Sciences) offered free labor to the campus office or department that collected the most food for the Memphis Food Bank's "Operation Feed" food drive. Her goal was to fill five MINI Coopers, provided by Trustee and alumna, Lori Patton ('91), President of Roadshow MINI. The ten-day food drive commenced on June 16 and ended with the arrival and packing of the MINIs on June 26. More than 60 boxes of food were stuffed into the MINIs, along with $2,938 in cash. Roadshow donated another 20 boxes toward the drive. Burke donated her day's work to the Brothers Community, who won the campus contest with 11,352 points. The success of the food drive, coupled with the creativity of its campaign, earned CBU the Best New Campaign award, a beautiful plaque, and the sincere thanks of the Mid-South Food Bank.

Ellen Faith (Education) was named to the board of the DeNeuville Learning Center, a women's educational and counseling program of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.

Paul Haught (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper entitled "Values from Virtues: A Question of Fitness" at the joint meeting of the International Society for Environmental Ethics and the International Association for Environmental Philosophy in Allenspark, CO, on May 30.

Also, Paul Haught and Burt Fulmer were panelists in a workshop on "Church Community and Environmental Justice" at the Sierra Club 2008 Environmental Justice Annual Conference, "Surviving & Thriving Now & Into the Future," on November 8. Haught gave a presentation on the human rights strategy in environmental justice advocacy. Fulmer discussed the role of Christian ethics in developing the churches’ response to environmental injustice.

An image of the essay collection titled "Luce Irigaray: Teaching" which features work by Emily HolmesEmily A. Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) was awarded a $5000 grant in August from the Louisville Institute to convene contributors to a proposed volume of essays tentatively titled, Incarnating Words: Women, Writing, Theology. The consultation will take place in May 2009 in Atlanta. On September 13, 2008, Holmes presented “The Third Age of the Spirit: Irigaray, Joachim of Fiore, and the Heretic-Saint Guglielma of Milan,” at the Third Annual Luce Irigaray Circle Conference at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY. Also, in October, Holmes' essay, “Writing the Body of Christ: Each Flesh Becoming Word,” was included in Luce Irigaray: Teaching (pictured at left), an essay collection edited by Luce Irigaray and Mary Green and published by Continuum.

Nicole Klitz (Education) has joined the School of Arts as Director of the LANCE (Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators) Program.

Karl Leib (History & Political Science) was quoted extensively in an article entitled "NASA seeks new identity: 50 years after founding, agency's mission muddled " in the October 5 edition of the Commercial Appeal. Link to article: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/oct/05/nasa-seeks-new-identity/?partner=RSS

Leib also coordinated this year's Constitution Day with a public seminar on September 10 that included guest speaker, Jenny Case, with the Shelby County Public Defenders Office, who spoke about the importance of the Constitution in the work of the courts.

Sharon Momany (Music/Adjunct) has been named the "Music Teacher of the Year" by the Greater Memphis Music Teachers Association.

A new book by Neal Palmer (History & Political Science), entitled To The Dark Cells: Prisoner Resistance and Protest in Nineteenth-Century Britain, is now available on Amazon.com. The publishing company is VDM Verlag.

In September 2008, Jana Broussard Travis (Fine Arts) was selected to participate in the Southeastern College Arts Conference (SECAC) Members Juried Exhibition at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, LA. The painting selected to appear in the exhibition is titled, SNOW, MOON, and FLOWERS.

Travis also served on the selection panel for the 5th Annual First Tennessee ArtForum. Judging took place on September 15, 2008, at First Tennessee's Oak Court building. The Forum was facilitated by the UrbanArt Commission.

An image of the painting titled "Abundance" by Jana Broussard Travis in Memphis, TennesseeFinally, paintings by Travis will be featured alongside glass works by Lana Chu in an exhibition entitled "Fusion of Dimension" at the Levy Gallery in the lobby of the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center (St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Perkins Extended at Walnut Grove). The opening reception was held on Friday, November 14. The exhibit will be on display through December 18. Pictured at right: Abundance by Travis.

Ann Marie Wranovix (Literature & Languages) conducted a poetry-writing workshop on October 4 at the 51st Annual Mid-South Poetry Festival sponsored by the Poetry Society of Tennessee and held at the Holiday Inn, University of Memphis.



Dr. Ann McKean, Associate Professor of Religious Studies, resigned from her long-held post in the Department of Religion and Philosophy this year. McKean began her appointment at CBU upon receiving her Ph.D. in historical theology from Vanderbilt University in 1989. Over the course of her distinguished career, McKean honed numerous teaching strengths, particularly in Catholic theology—especially the theology of Karl Rahner. She also taught courses in scripture, religious history, Christian spirituality, science and religion, world religions, and a course on Islam that proved to be especially popular among CBU students. McKean served as department chair from 1991-1994.

In addition to developing an outstanding record of teaching, McKean has enjoyed productive careers in academic research and service to the church and community. Last year, McKean—who is fondly known to her students and colleagues as “Sister Ann”—celebrated her jubilee year with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes (CSA), marking 50 years of service to the congregation. Related both to her academic work and her church mission, McKean pursued several projects over the course of her career, including a ministry of teaching in Nicaragua and Honduras where she traveled during her winter breaks, numerous presentations on women in religion, and applied research on the future of religious associates in the CSA and the broader Church. In addition to these and numerous other accomplishments, McKean is especially proud of her role in 1995 as U.N. Observer of the International Women’s Conference in Beijing, where she directed a workshop and delivered several post-conference presentations.

In her retirement, McKean will continue to live in Memphis and plans to sustain her scholarly activities through lectures and workshops. She also will be expanding her teaching ministry work in Nicaragua. McKean has been an invaluable resource to her students and colleagues throughout her career, and she will be missed by both. We thank her for all that she has done to make CBU successful, and we strongly support her sustained service to the Church and community in her retirement from teaching.


The Department of Religion and Philosophy welcomes two new faculty members for the fall semester. Dr. James “Bru” Wallace is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion. He comes to CBU from Emory University (Ph.D., 2008), where his doctoral work concentrated on New Testament studies, and where he previously completed a Master of Divinity degree. Prior to Emory, he attended Sewanee (University of the South), studying English and Russian. This fall, he will be teaching scripture courses in the undergraduate and Masters of Catholic Studies programs. Wallace is a sub-deacon in the Orthodox Church. His wife’s name is Thea.

The Department also is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Emily Holmes to the position of Assistant Professor of Religion. Holmes comes to us from Rhodes College, where she taught in the Humanities and Religion programs. Like Wallace, Holmes received her Ph.D. in Religion from Emory University this past May. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Holmes received her master’s in Theological Studies from Harvard University. She also earned a Masters of Philosophy in European literature from Cambridge University, following her undergraduate studies at Tulane University. Her diverse research and teaching interests include constructive theology, women in religion, and medieval theology. Holmes will be teaching World Religions and Christian Spirituality this fall. She is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and she lives in the Cooper-Young district with her husband, Dr. Paul Haught, and son, Dominic.


Jamie Daugherty (English '05) finished her Master of Arts in English with a concentration in Linguistics at the University of Memphis in December 2006. Daugherty is now back at CBU as the Director of Professional Studies in the Graduate and Professional Studies Office. She also is an adjunct instructor for CBU’s Department of Literature & Languages.

Taylor Grisham (Applied Psychology '05) is profiled in the Business section in the July 3 edition of the Commercial Appeal. She is currently an account manager at Signature Advertising and Marketing Solutions. The profile is available online at: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/jul/03/on-the-fast-track/

An image of Dr. Jennifer Bonds-RaackeDr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (Psychology '00, pictured at left) has been named Associate Dean for the Esther Maynor Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Since graduation from CBU, she received a Master of Science and Ph.D. in experimental and cognitive psychology from Kansas State University.

In the June 26 edition of the Montgomery Advertiser (AL), Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School announced that CBU alum Maria Antoinette Nolen (Liberal Studies '93) would assume the position of Principal on July 1.



An image of Chelsea ChandlerChelsea Chandler (Psychology '10, pictured at left) won the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest, besting 19 others in the final round of the contest that included more than 380 acts. Her winning performance was the song "Always on My Mind," which garnered her the $3,000 grand prize and an audition for CBS.

Mandi Pitt (History '09) and Jennifer Longo (Applied Psychology '05) have been awarded scholarships from the national sorority Alpha Sigma Tau. This is Pitt's second AST scholarship, and she was awarded the top amount for 2008 - 09. Longo's scholarship is for law school.

Jessica Wright (Liberal Studies '10) has been awarded a scholarship from the Memphis Area Teachers’ Credit Union, her third year to receive the $2,500 award. Applicants for the scholarship must be pursuing a teaching degree, work voluntarily for the community, and maintain a 3.0 GPA.


Rosie Klitz, daughter of Nicole Klitz (Education/LANCE Program) and Tom Klitz (MAT '06), was born at 12:20 p.m. on September 29. She weighed in at 6 pounds.

Henry Walsh Palmer, son of Cathy and Neal Palmer (History & Political Science), was born on September 17. Both baby and mother are doing great.


ALPHA PSI OMEGA: New to CBU this year is Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honorary Theatre Society. The CBU cast of Alpha Zeta Eta has been chartered for our campus and will recognize those that meet certain GPA requirements and have been involved with theatre ­ from academics to aiding with the school productions. This organization will coincide with the Encore Drama Club. If you are interested in Alpha Psi Omega or would like to know more about it, contact the president, Burton Bridges, at bbridges@cbu.edu.

KAPPA DELTA PI: Initiation for students being inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society was held on May 4, 2008. Congratulations to the following inductees: Pamela Odie, Safondria Bogan, Melanie Albeanise, Rodney Brock, David Bunting, James Harris, Jorge Arana, Ashley Wells, Susan Satar, Ashley Ruff, Meriwether Wofford, Melissa Chipman, Sonja Harris, Carolyn Logan, Darnani Bentley, Melissa Coleman, Cynthia Cottrill, Amber Perry, Alexander Hauslanden, Janice Matthews-Norwood, Chelsea Graves, Arnett Davis, Danielle Bernard, Sara Moore, and Julie Johnston.


CONGRATULATIONS to the following 32 freshmen who have been accepted to the CBU Honors Program: Joseph Alfonso, Larry Anderson, Alex Bermel, Michael Berry, Kacey Bramlitt, Nick Clark, Raegan Cook, Justin Davis, Steven Denton, Colin J. Elmer, Maverick Ford, Justin Gallagher, Catherine Gluszek, Daniela Gomez, Andrew Greenop, Sarah Hill, Kelly Jeu, Nathaniel Rhett Jordan, Kristin Launius, Andrew Naranjo, Caristy Polischeck, Adrienne Renfro, Matt Robinson, William (Tanner) Shanks, Dean (DJ) Shauger, Ashley Schnedorf, Grant Spivey, Matthew Vincent, Kristin L. Walters, Caroline Watson, Drew Wellman, and Minna Zhao.

THANKS FOR RECYCLING, CBU! Kudos to everyone on campus for recycling your aluminum cans. Over 500 pounds of aluminum cans have been collected and delivered to the Memphis Humane Society through the Honors Program Leadership class can-recycling program begun in Fall 2007. That translates into 1000 pounds of food for the dogs and cats at the agency. An especially big "THANK YOU!!" to the Aramark facilities staff for their assistance with this project. Please remember to deposit only cans — not bottles, plastic or trash — into the blue or green receptacles placed around campus. If you have any questions or concerns about the program, contact Dr. Tracie Burke at tburke@cbu.edu or Dr. Kristin Prien at kprien@cbu.edu.

An image from the Honors Program annual Freshman RetreatANNUAL RETREAT: The Honors Program held its annual Freshman Retreat (pictured left) on September 27 - 28. This year 34 students traveled to Bolivar, TN, to participate in outdoor adventure activities at Victory Ranch. Freshman participants included Joe Alfonso, Larry Anderson, Michael Berry, Kacey Bramlitt, Raegan Cook, Justin Davis, Steven Denton, Colin Elmer, Maverick Ford, Justin Gallagher, Catherine Gluszek, Daniela Gomez, Andrew Greenop, Sarah Hill, Kelly Jeu, Rhett Jordan, Kristin Launius, Andy Naranjo, Caristy Polischeck, Adrienne Renfro, Matt Robinson, Tanner Shanks, D.J. Shauger, Grant Spivey, Matthew Vincent, Kristin Walters, Caroline Watson, Drew Wellman, and Minna Zhao. Honors Council students assisting at the retreat were Burton Bridges, Jenessa Gebers, Catherine Montesi, Dylan Perry, and Keith Wyrick. Also in attendance were faculty members Dr. Tracie Burke and Dr. Mary Ogilvie.


An image of Honors Program students from Christian Brothers University standing in front of the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TennesseeGEEK WEEK: The Honors Program held its 2nd Annual Honors Week (Geek Week) during the first week of school. 75 honors students participated in the following activities throughout Honors Week: the Beginning of the Year Extravaganza (Oh BOYE!), a tour of the legendary Sun Studio (pictured), dinner with the Christian Brothers, an after-hours tour of the Brooks Museum's exhibit of "The Prints of Andy Warhol," and a Haunted Memphis Walking Tour.

PIZZA WITH THE PROFESSOR: The Honors Program will present Pizza with the Professor with Dr. Rena Durr speaking on “Just How Smart Are Animals?” on November 25. Durr will describe the latest research in the field of animal cognition that will amaze and astound you with the evidence that animals are not only intelligent problem solvers, but that they plan, make decisions, and even pretend, invent, and use deception. Not only do a huge variety of animals think, but there is also clear evidence that they experience deep attachments and a wide range of emotions from love to jealousy to guilt.

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE: The Honors Program would like to thank the CBU community for a successful voter registration drive. More than 40 students registered to vote in time for the November election at the drive on September 11.


A group of 23 students, faculty and friends traveled to Rome, Italy, for fall break week. Dr. Scott Geis taught a religious studies course – “The Life and Teaching of Paul: Letter To The Romans.” Professor Pat Papachristou’s economics course “Sustainable Development and Italy” was based on essential attributes of a community that make it a good place in which to live and work.

Among the many sites visited in Rome were the Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, and the Basilica of St. Paul (outside the wall). The group also attended the Papal audience in St. Peter’s Square.

A day trip to the beautiful hilltop town of Assisi was an enjoyable event. The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Basilica of St. Francis where students visited the tomb of St. Francis and also viewed the 28 paintings on the life of the saint by the famous artist, Giotto, and his assistants.

On the way to Assisi, a stop was made at the Deruta pottery factory, which is known worldwide for its beautiful pottery. A tour through the factory and a chance for some of the students to “throw” their own pots were great fun.

A spring break week trip to Barcelona, Spain, was once again an exciting time to visit this colorful city, with its avant-garde lifestyle and wonderful tapas bars, and to marvel at the beautiful architecture of Antonio Gaudi. Everyone enjoyed a day trip to Figueres to visit the museum of surrealist artist, Salvador Dali, and also a visit to the Freixenet winery just outside of Barcelona.

The number of students studying abroad for a semester has increased, and we now have five who will be in four countries this school year--England, Ireland, Italy, and South Africa. An exciting development is an exchange program with Universidad LaSalle in Barcelona that will allow CBU students to spend a semester there studying business courses taught in English. This unique opportunity is recommended for ECC majors as well as business majors and all others who need to add some business courses to their repertoire. Most importantly, all CBU financial aid applies to this exchange.

For spring break, we are planning a business trip to Guadalajara, Mexico, with Dr. Rachel Smith, who has escorted many students there for study trips. For more information on current trips and study abroad opportunities, go to our website: http://w ww.cbu.edu/studyabroad/overview.html


Mark your calendar to attend these entertaining musical events. Tickets are $5 for general admission unless otherwise specified and free to CBU students, faculty, and staff. Tickets will be sold at the door and seating is open. For additional information, please contact Tommy Gaines at jgaines@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3390.

  • An Evening of Recital: Friday, December 5; 7:30 p.m.; Spain Auditorium. This evening of voice and piano includes the students of Tommy Gaines and Sharon Momany.
  • A Fall & Holiday Concert: Friday, December 12; 7:30 p.m.; University Theater. Join the CB Singers, the University’s premier singing group, as they continue their tradition of beginning the yuletide season with a concert of lively holiday music.
An image from the "Art of Words: Images of Us" creative writing and art workshop for area high school students, held at Christian Brothers University
An image from the "Art of Words: Images of Us" creative writing and art workshop for area high school students, held at Christian Brothers University
An image from the "Art of Words: Images of Us" creative writing and art workshop for area high school students, held at Christian Brothers University

Jana Broussard Travis (Fine Arts) and Karen B. Golightly (English) conducted "The Art of Words: Images of Us," a creative writing and art workshop for area high school students on Wednesday, October 1, 2008. Engaging the theme "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been," poet Eliza Warren and artist Michael Prater encouraged students to see themselves metaphorically yesterday, today, and tomorrow by using images and words. The response to this workshop was impressive, and registration had to be closed due to the overwhelming interest. Both students and their parents requested more workshops of this kind in the future.

An image from GuluWalk An image of Julia Hanebrink working with the abandoned children of northern Uganda

GuluWalk is an international campaign of Athletes for Africa, focused on supporting the abandoned children of northern Uganda. The local effort is affiliated with CBU's Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) program. The 3.2 mile walk was held November 1. Contact Julia Hanebrink (Behavioral Sciences) at jhanebri@cbu.edu for more details.


An image from the Fall play, Antigone, at Christian Brothers University

The cast and crew of Antigone would like to thank everyone who helped make it a successful production. The cast and crew also appreciate the support from the audience, and thank everyone for coming to see the show. Pictured above are (front row l-r) Caroline Watson, Brenae Inge, Justin Hilliard, Catherine Montesi, Shaun Barber, and D.J. Shauger; (middle row l-r): Russell Brandon, Kenny Latta, Brandi Mayhan, Burton Bridges, Kimberly Hyett, and Elizabeth Kellicut; (back l-r): Linda Dinwiddie (Director), Tony Bownes, Danielle Wright, and Elizabeth Rosen.


The CBU Annual Fund now allows alumni to designate their gifts to a particular school or area. The online donation page is set up so you can specify where your gift should be used. In addition, you can dedicate your gift to the honor or memory of someone special in your life. Because of its simplicity, giving cash is the most popular form of giving. Cash gifts may be made by currency, check, money order, bank draft, or credit card. The applicable income tax deduction reduces the actual cost of the gift. If you would like to make a donation online, you may do so by visiting https://secure.cbu.edu/alumni/gift/


Do you have news you would like to share with the School of Arts? Email us at soanews@cbu.edu today! The deadline for submission to the next School of Arts Newsletter is Monday, March 9, 2009.