Living in the Mid-South is certainly adventuresome. Here it is almost springtime and there is a Winter Weather Watch in effect for the next 24 hours. I guess it must be the Ides of March at work. Maybe by the time our Spring Newsletter gets out, it will really be spring.


Well, the spring semester is half over, and CBU and the School had a very large percentage of our students return from the holiday break. With the economy not doing so well, we were very fortunate. Hopefully, the enrollment will continue to hold steady next academic year.


I am not going to muscle in on any of the good news our departments may have for you, but I do want to mention a few things about which we are very excited. Our workshops for perspective students continue to draw large numbers. Paul Berk and Neal Palmer, along with the School of Engineering, put on another blockbuster cryptography workshop. Julia Hanebrink, with help from Arts and Sciences, had a sold-out workshop called BONES. This forensic science workshop could have sold out three times if we had the room to house the students. More workshops are planned in other areas, too.


CBU had another open house for high school juniors and seniors (Discover CBU) on March 26. As usual, I tried to sell the arts, humanities, education, and social sciences to those students and their parents. You might remember I asked for you alums to send me your business cards with your arts major on the back so we can turn them into a brochure to better market the arts. A brochure highlighting where our majors are and the success they have had will help us to “sell” our arts majors.


Recently, the parents of a CBU alumnus started a restricted fund in the Arts in the memory of our late president, Brother Vincent Malham, FSC. This restricted fund will be for the music program at CBU, and I encourage those of you who want to help our School to seriously consider making your donations to this fund. It is the Charles and Alicia Panetta Restricted Fund in Memory of Brother Vincent Malham, FSC.


All my best,



Marius Carriere, Dean
School of Arts




Marius Carriere (Dean, School of Arts) recently attended the Southern Historical Association Convention in New Orleans. Carriere's essay on "St. Patrick's Catholic Church" recently appeared in the online edition of the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Carriere is the author of three other essays in the online and hard copy editions of the Tennessee Encyclopedia.


Burt Fulmer (Religion and Philosophy) has been named Director of the Master of Arts in Catholic Studies Program beginning in Fall 2009. Dr. David Gides will be stepping down from his three year term, and his colleagues are deeply grateful for his dedicated service in overseeing the program in its first three years.


Tommy Gaines (Fine Arts and Speech) was a featured artist with the Como, Mississippi, Opera Guild 6th Annual Opera Under the Stars Gala Concert on September 27 at Mitchell Meadow in Como.


David M. Gides (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper entitled “Bonhoeffer’s Resistance to the State and Luther’s Two Kingdoms Doctrine” at the American Academy of Religion’s 2008 Midwest Regional Conference in Chicago on April 5. On November 3, Gides presented a paper entitled “Pushing Church Boundaries and Defining the Word: Bonhoeffer’s First American Visit and its Impact on his Church-World Vision and Political Involvement” at the American Academy of Religion’s 2008 Annual Meeting in Chicago. The next day, on November 4, Gides presented a paper entitled “Worldly Christian Spirituality and Politics: The Relationship between Bonhoeffer’s Later-Phase Understanding of the Church-World Relationship and his Forms of Political Involvement” at Unity Institute’s Lyceum 2008 in Unity Village, Missouri. In addition, Gides recently has spoken at classes at both the Catholic Center of the Diocese of Memphis and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception concerning the Master of Arts in Catholic Studies program. Gides will be giving a paper at the 2009 Upper Midwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Saturday, March 28. The paper will be given in the "Ethics" session and is entitled, "Ethics as Lived Faith: Bonhoeffer's Changing Forms of Political Involvement as Personal Faith Responses." Gides received a faculty development grant to support a Distinguished Catholic Speaker series beginning Fall 2009.


An image of Pam Hassler's "Home Away From Home"

Pam Hassler's (Adjunct Lecturer, Fine Arts and Speech) painting, Home Away From Home, was recently purchased for the corporate offices of Cooper Hotels of Memphis. Pictured: Home Away From Home oil on canvas, 60"x 48"


Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) was selected to be an American Academy of Religion/Luce Foundation Summer Seminar Fellow in Theology of Religious Pluralism and Comparative Theology. She will be attending the seminar in June 2009 and again in June 2010. Holmes also attended the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Conference in March 2009, where she co-chaired the Women and Religion sessions and led the Women’s Caucus breakfast.



Brother Francisco Martin (Literature and Languages) is teaching calligraphy to over thirty students at De La Salle Elementary School. He teaches physical education to students in grades 3 through 8 at the Children’s Museum on Saturday mornings and creates a card with the name of each child as a souvenir of his or her visit. Brother Francisco enjoys catching up with former CBU students and their families when they visit the museum.


Neal Palmer and Paul Berk (History and Political Science)-- in conjunction with Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society-- organized a presentation on March 16 by Reginald Howard, a former Negro League player for the Indianapolis Clowns in the 1950s. Mr. Howard spoke to a full audience of students and faculty members for about an hour on his life in the Negro Leagues, the role of baseball in the African-American community, and the impact of integration on the sport.


Talana Vogel (Education Department) was selected to be a member of the State Board of Examiners (BOE), which required an intense five day training session held in Franklin, Tennessee, in February. Vogel will serve on this team for three years, conducting site visits to institutions across the state to evaluate Teacher Education Programs for accreditation by NCATE and the State of Tennessee. Vogel’s BOE membership will be a wonderful opportunity for the Department of Education to remain abreast of current practices in Teacher Education. Also, she has been asked to serve on the Tennessee Association College of Teacher Education (TACTE) Executive Board. This organization plays an important role in teacher education in the state of Tennessee by working closely with the Department of Education and the Board of Education.


Bru Wallace (Religion and Philosophy) will be a panelist in April at Young Harris College in Georgia. As part of the invited panel, Wallace will be talking about the Eastern Orthodox religious perspective.



Faisal Ansari (Psychology '08) has been accepted to the Master's program in Political Science and International Relations at George Mason University.


Alanya "Lanie" Smith (Psychology '02) has been accepted into the Master’s Program in Creative Arts Therapy at the Pratt Institute in New York City. Smith begins the graduate program this month and will take what she learns to Uganda this summer with the Minority Health International Research Training (MHIRT) Program at CBU. She will be the graduate site supervisor for the MHIRT research in Gulu, Uganda, that is investigating art therapy interventions with formerly abducted child soldiers.


MSEL majors Ms. Rachel Young ('08) and Dr. Anniece Gentry ('07), and MED major Annette Lofton-Williams ('01), have been selected for the prestigious Executive Leadership program in Memphis City Schools. Successfully completed, this program enables individuals to become considered for administrative positions such as Assistant Principals or Principals in the Memphis City Schools district.


Russell Brandon (Psychology '09) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Science at Mississippi State University and the Ph.D. program in Cognitive Psychology at the University of Memphis.


"Olvidas," the senior exhibition of paintings by Hayley R. Gil ('09), was on display in the Art Studio at CBU from December 5 to January 9.


Congratulations to Caroline Mitchell (History '09) on her selection as Ms. CBU for Homecoming 2009!



The Art Club presented "Student Works" on February 13, featuring art from students of all class levels, freshman through senior. More exhibitions are being planned for the future.


The Tennessee Theta chapter of Alpha Chi, the national interdisciplinary honor society at CBU, inducted new members on February 15. Membership is by invitation only, and the students represent the upper 10% of their junior or senior class by school, based on Fall 2008 ranking. Congratulations to the following students on their accomplishment:


School of Arts: Spencer Cook, Amanda Garland, Francis Minneci, Christopher Peterson, Daniel Thompson, Jessica Wright

School of Arts Professional Studies Program: Dawn Hunter, Phillip Gooch



An image of the inductees of Alpha Psi Omega



The Alpha Zeta Eta chapter of the Alpha Psi Omega theatre honor society was installed on December 7. Inductees included (above, l-r) Shanta Wilson, Elizabeth Rosen, Lindsay Hanlen, Dylan Perry, Linda Dinwiddie, Burton Bridges, Kenny Latta, Russell Brandon, and Dustin Perry. Other inductees, not pictured, were Ally Gomez, Candice Lermusiaux, Catherine Montesi, Megan Kelleher Nuckolls, Chris Ragghianti, Shamus Smisor, and Danielle Wright.


On February 26, Psi Chi and Alpha Sigma Tau partnered to sponsor a talk by Beth Nelson (Behavioral Sciences) and Teri McCann, an eating disorders expert from the Transformation Center for Women.

An image of Dan Thompson's "Tear Away"



Graduating seniors Dan Thompson and Jamie Jaynes will be the first CBU students to graduate with a BFA in Studio Arts this May. The opening reception for their senior exhibition will be held on Friday May 1, 2009, from 4:00 - 7:00 pm at the Student Gallery in Kenrick Hall room 8. Admission is free and open to the public.



CBU will host the first Memphis Association of Craft Artists (MACA) show and marketplace, "A Celebration of Fine Craft." This event will be held in the Canale Arena Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. An opening reception will be held on Friday, April 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m. A silent auction with pieces donated by all 34 exhibiting MACA artists will be held by CBU students. The proceeds of this auction will be donated for scholarships and craft equipment for the new Bachelor of Fine Arts program at CBU. For more information on the show and marketplace or joining MACA, contact Gail Grice at (901) 274-0522 or visit



Psychology students presented their research on December 18. The following students made presentations: Nathali Blackwell, Shawn Scott, and Paige Pirkey, "The Relationship of Extracurricular Activities and Personality"; Lauren Phillips, Danielle Wright, and Mike Shaefgen, "Alcohol Abuse and Pathological Gambling"; Lauren Guerrant, Samantha DeVilbiss, Gabrielle Fairbee, Chanelle Houston, and Michael Lagano, "Relationship between Big 5 Characteristics and Self-monitoring"; Brandy Sims, Anitra Harps, and Bonnie Burgette, "Visual Media Habits and Self-reported Levels of Aggression in Students"; Megan Inman and Wayne Young "The Relationship between Cannabis Use, Grade Point Averages, and Time Perception"; Maggie Foster, Katie Quinton, and Ashley Jones, "The Relationship between Mental Engagement and Media.”


Twenty-five Behavioral Sciences students presented their research at the Mid-South Psychology Conference on February 14 at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. The following students presented posters: Nathali Blackwell and Paige Pirkey, "The Relationship between Extra-Curricular Activities, Self-Esteem, and Body Image"; Bonnie Burgette, Anitra Harps, and Brandy Sims, "Visual Media Habits and Self-reported Levels of Aggression in Students"; Dorian Durr, "Obsessive Compulsive Tendencies and Academic Performance in College Students"; Maggie Foster and Chanelle Houston, "Pattern Perception in College Students with Depressive Symptoms"; Stacie Hoover, "The Relationship between Pet Attachment and Empathy"; Megan Inman and Wayne Young, "The Relationship between Cannabis Use, Grade Point Averages, and Time Perspective among College Students" (won Honorable Mention); Zsakosha Redick, "The Relationship between Machiavellianism and Deception"; Victor Velasquez, "Stress and Coping"; Gabrielle Fairbee, "Relationship between Aggressive Driving Behaviors and Locus of Control"; Janice Johnson, "The Relationship between Physical Fitness and Stress"; Lauren Phillips, Mike Schaefgen, and Danielle Wright, "The Relationship between Alcohol Abuse and Pathological Gambling"; Genevieve Thomas, "The Relationship between Self Esteem and Sexual Attitudes." The following students presented papers: Maggie Foster, Ashley Jones, and Katie Quinton, "The Relationship between Need for Cognition, Boredom, and the Media"; Caitlin Mills, "Stereotypes and Racism in Athletics" (won honorable mention); Shran Jones, "Energy Drink Consumption and Sleep Deprivation"; Samantha DeVilbiss, Gabrielle Fairbee, Lauren Guerrant, and Chanelle Houston, "Relationship between Big 5 Personality Characteristics and Self-Monitoring." Faculty Drs. Maureen O'Brien, Rena Durr, and Beth Nelson also attended.



CBU hosted an interdisciplinary cryptography workshop for high school students on January 27. Students were introduced to the historical and technical aspect of code-breaking and ciphers as well as encrypting and decrypting messages. Neal Palmer and Paul Berk (History & Political Science) explained the historical significance of codes and cipher breaking and historical events that have been changed by the use of ciphers. Eric Welch (Dean, School of Engineering) followed with a discussion and demonstration of the structure of codes. Students were able to experiment with developing and cracking simple ciphers.



On February 25, the Behavioral Sciences Department hosted a forensic anthropology workshop for high school juniors and seniors that demonstrated the deeper story bones tell. During this workshop, students were introduced to the methods used in skeletal identification. In this interactive workshop, directed by Julia Hanebrink, eleventh and twelfth grade students handled both human and animal skeletal material.



The Department of Education has received professional accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). CBU joins 622 distinguished, accredited institutions which produce two-thirds of the nation’s new teacher graduates each year. This accreditation exemplifies the academic-intensive education programs offered by CBU that graduate well-qualified teachers ready for today’s classrooms.



Talana Vogel (Chair of the Education Department) has announced that the CBU Department of Education and Performance Learning Systems, Inc. (PLS) are collaborating to offer new graduate courses for educators beginning Spring 2009. This collaboration between two organizations with rich histories of helping teachers meet their professional development needs will provide a variety of research-based graduate courses, consulting services, and quality instructional materials at extremely reasonable rates for Tennessee educators.



The Education Department will begin offering certification in special education modified K - 12 beginning in August 2009. The Early Childhood Program is being offered at both the undergrad and MAT level and offers licensure for Pre-K-3. The Visual Arts Program offers licensure in this area for K – 12 at the MAT level only. The Special Education Modified K – 12 Program is still pending state approval but has been approved by CBU to put in our 2009/10 catalog and will offer licensure at the undergrad and MAT level.



The Memphis Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) held its annual student competition at CBU. There were 80 singers from colleges and universities throughout the West Tennessee area. Russell Brandon ('09) captured 2nd place in the Sophomore Men Division, Liz Kellicut ('12) won 2nd place in the Freshman Women Division, Bridget Fowler ('11) took 3rd place in the Freshman Women Division, and CBU alum Teresa Griffith ('88) won the Adult Intermediates. All of these are students of Tommy Gaines (Music), who is also President of the organization and hosted the event. Gaines's private students also won 1st place in the High School Women, High School Men, and Sophomore Women divisions.



An Evening Recital: Friday, April 17; 7:30 p.m.; Spain Auditorium. An evening of vocal and piano selections from the 15th to the 21st centuries including selections by Mozart, Brahms and other composers including opera arias, Italian, German, French and English art songs and piano selections ranging from the classical genre to pop selections. This recital features voice students of Tommy Gaines and piano students of Dr. Sharon Momany.

A Toast to the Ladies, featuring Russell Brandon, tenor: Sunday, April 19; 3:00 p.m.; Spain Auditorium. A voice recital by senior Russell Brandon featuring songs from the early Baroque to the Modern period including arts songs, arias and musical theatre selections in celebration of ladies and all of their charming ways!

A Woman's Life and Love, featuring Chelsea Chandler, mezzo-soprano: Sunday, April 26; 3:00 p.m.; Spain Auditorium. A voice recital by senior Chelsea Chandler featuring an eclectic mix of songs that portray the ups and downs of a woman trying to find true love.

Songs of a Day: Friday, May 1; 7:30 p.m.; University Theater. This annual spring concert is "a choral journey from morning until nightfall as told in music that vividly depicts the evolution of a beautiful day for anyone to experience." Musical works by John Rutter, Victor Johnson and Eugene Butler will be performed by the CB Singers. In addition, poems by Sara Teasdale and Robert Frost will be set to music.

Tickets are $5 for general admission ($10 per family) and free to CBU students and employees. Tickets will be sold at the door and seating is open. For additional information, please contact Tommy Gaines at or (901) 321-3390.



The Honors Program hosted its inaugural dance, '80s Prom Night, on January 23. Over 70 students attended and danced to the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, and Devo. Pictured above are this year's Prom Committee members: Caroline Mitchell (History '10), Chase de Saint-Felix (Religion and Philosophy '11), Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences), Burton Bridges (Economics and Finance '09), Carolyn Fly (English for Corporate Communications '10), Russell Brandon (Psychology '09), Keith Wyrick (Engineering '10), and Boris de Souza (Electrical & Computer Engineering, '09). Rubik's Cube prizes were awarded to Russell Brandon and Carolyn Fly for Best Male and Female '80s Costume; and to Brigid O'Malley (Psychology '11) for Best '80s Hair. Additionally, Andrew Greenop (Mechanical Engineering '12) and Elizabeth Calabretta (Chemistry '10) were crowned '80s Prom King and Queen.





The Honors Program and Delta Sigma Pi presented a screening of the documentary Maxed Out on February 5. The entire CBU community was invited to attend this informative and eye-opening event. Maxed Out explores the methods used by credit card companies to lure and exploit unwitting consumers, college students in particular. After the film, Pat Papachristou (Economics) led a short discussion.


For a trailer of the documentary, visit the Web site at <>.



The Encore Drama Club presented its spring production, William Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, from February 27 through March 1. The performances were well attended in spite of wintry weather that weekend.



The winners for the 2008-2009 Castings competition are as follows:




First Place: Leverda McGee
Second Place: Adam Williams
Third Place: Liz Kellicut




First Place: Jessica Kellicut
Second Place: Shaun K. Barber
Third Place: Tie
Shaun K. Barber
Nikki Curry




First Place: Jenna David
Second Place: Nathali Blackwell
Third Place: Caroline Mitchell


Thanks to the judges for their excellent choices and for all of the students who submitted work. These works and others will be published in this year's Castings, which is due out the end of April.

















CBU hosted the Coordinating Council for the Lasallian International Programs Consortium on January 16. The Consortium is a cooperative group composed of the seven U.S. Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing quality educational programs throughout the world for students and faculties of member institutions. Attending (pictured above, clockwise from left) were Christopher Swanson, International Study Director at Lewis University; Melinda Massaro, International Education Coordinator at La Salle University; Dr. Emily Mathis Forsdick, Director of CBU’s International Initiatives Program; Council Chair Dr. David Ford, Executive Assistant to the President at St. Mary's College of California; Wanda Anderson, CBU (partially hidden); Lorien Remito, Associate Director of the Center for International Programs at St. Mary's College; and Dr. Nevart Wanger, Study Abroad Director at Manhattan College. Also attending from CBU was Prof. Pat Papachristou (CBU Economics). The College of Santa Fe and St. Mary's University did not send representatives because both schools currently are in the process of hiring new directors. The program focused on information and issues of ongoing significance for all the members such as the number of students studying abroad at each school, the number studying through other consortium member programs, the initiation of new programs, and ways to increase student participation.