Dr. Marius Carriere, Dean of the School of Arts at Christian Brothers University

Winter finally arrived at CBU this past week and we are rapidly concluding final examination week. There have been many accomplishments this fall, a few of which I will mention. The department chairs will add others.


The School of Arts once again has generated more credit hours than any other school and we have the largest percentage of majors, as well. Arts had almost 9,200 credit hours, and the next nearest school had 5,000. Arts, with 27% of the CBU majors, surpassed the next nearest school by four percentage points. The same is true in non-traditional programs and graduate education. The School of Arts is a little known gem that needs to be highlighted.


A wonderful piece of news has arrived. A new Lasallian Fellows Program began this year and the School of Arts had four Fellows selected.


Our new theatre and speech professor, Matthew Hamner, put on a highly successful fall play, The Dining Room, during CBU’s Alumni Weekend in October. During the same weekend, I was able to renew some old friendships with several former students.


Please keep in touch and let us know what you are doing professionally and socially. Best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.


All my best,



Marius Carriere, Dean
School of Arts



Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy '11) published his research paper, "Practice Makes Perfect: Spiritual Development in Athletics," in the July/August issue of The Catholic World, an academic journal produced by the Paulist Fathers. His paper can be read by visiting He also published an article detailing the Hurricane Katrina survival story of a fellow CBU student, Carol Recinos (Biology '13) in a July issue of the West Tennessee Catholic of the Diocese of Memphis, as well as in the July 25 issue of the Clarion-Herald for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Anthony Maranise has also been notified that his article, entitled "Fight the Good Fight: A Spirituality of Cancer Survivorship," has been accepted for publication in the January issue of The Word Among Us, a Catholic publication released monthly in more than twelve different languages. In addition, he published an article, "The Things We Take For Granted," in the November 12 issue of the West Tennessee Catholic diocesan newspaper. The article, which highlights a recent spiritual journey, can be read online here.

Pictured: Bloom by Elizabeth Rosen, 16 x 20 Mixed MediaElizabeth Rosen (Liberal Studies, ’10) is graduating with a minor in Art, and her senior thesis is on exhibit in Studio B of Kenrick Hall from December 4 until December 19.


Send inquiries to the artist at





[Pictured: Bloom, 16 x 20 Mixed Media]




Book cover for "The Wrong Side of Memphis" by Claire ApplewhiteFormer Christian Brothers University student, and St. Louis author, Claire Krieg Applewhite (Humanities, ’73), signed and discussed her debut mystery novel, The Wrong Side of Memphis, on September 19, 2009 at Davis-Kidd bookstore. Memphis has remained in her heart since 1973 when she first attended Christian Brothers College.

JT Harrell graduated from CBU in December 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. For the past seven months, he has been teaching English in South Korea and enjoying every minute of it: "These past months have been filled with both exciting and exhilarating experiences that I never would have imagined taking part in. The world is so much bigger than I realized!" JT is teaching English as a second language to elementary, middle school, and adult students at Gyeonggi-do English Village in Paju, South Korea.

Emily Pattat (Psychology, ’99) graduated with an MBA from Union University in December 2008. She is currently the Director of Marketing Research & Analysis at ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

John Raacke (Psychology, 2000) is now Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carlina-Pembroke.



Dr. David Dault has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy. He comes to CBU from American Baptist College in Nashville, where he taught for the previous two years as an assistant professor of theology.

In late September, Professors Burt Fulmer and David Dault were part of a panel discussion arranged for the Fifth Annual CBU Constitution Day Celebration. The panel discussed the issue "Religion and the Constitution," for a standing-room-only crowd of students and faculty.

The AILACTE Journal (for teacher education programs in independent and liberal arts colleges) has published Dr. Ellen Faith's article, "Becoming a Teacher Educator: Supporting the Journey of New Colleagues, " in the Fall 2009 issue. This article is related to one of Dr. Faith's sabbatical (2008-2009) projects.


Dr. Scott Geis (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper at the third annual Symposium on Faith and Culture held at Baylor University in Waco, TX on October 8-10. The paper was entitled "Suffering (and) the Consolations of the New Atheism: A Case for Kierkegaard."

Matthew V. Hamner has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts and Speech. He comes to CBU from Alabama where he was the Theatre Director at Southern Union State Community College. He has also performed as a professional actor in a variety of theatres.


Julia Hanebrink demonstrating differences between male and female skullsOn Wednesday, September 30, CBU forensic anthropology students and adjunct lecturer, Julia Hanebrink, traveled to the West Memphis School District (WMSD) Instructional Center in West Memphis, Arkansas to introduce Mrs. Madeleine Boiles’ middle school students to forensic science. Approximately 50 students from the WMSD Gifted and Talented Program participated in a forensic anthropology seminar led by Ms. Hanebrink. After the seminar, the CBU forensic anthropology class led the WMSD students through mock criminal investigations using hands-on lab experiments. The students got a glimpse of what it means to be a forensic investigator and how bones can help address questions about life and death. [Photo: Julia Hanebrink demonstrating differences between male and female skulls.]

Julia Hanebrink (Psych '01, CBU Adjunct Instructor, MHIRT Program Coordinator) and Dr. Miles Richardson from Louisiana State University have had their manuscript, You, Me, and the Neandertals, accepted for publication by Qualitative Inquiry. The article is tentatively scheduled for publication in Qualitative Inquiry 16:6.

St. Martin de Porres oil on wood with copper and gold by artist Pam HasslerPam Hassler (Fine Arts and Speech) received a commission from St. Peter's Catholic Church in Memphis to create an icon of St. Martin de Porres for the Shrine of the Saint at the church. The consecration of the icon took place in a service there November 3. This is the seventh icon Ms. Hassler has created for the Shrine. [Pictured: St. Martin de Porres, 38" wide, oil on wood w/ copper and gold]


Pam Hassler's work is currently being shown at the new Jay Etkin Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. "The Memphis Show," as it is titled, includes a selection of contemporary works created in Tennessee.

Dr. Emily A. Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) was awarded a Lindsay Young Visiting Fellowship at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee for her project, “This Soul Which is Not One: The Decreation of Marguerite Porete.” This project will be presented in May at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. In November, Dr. Holmes also attended the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Montréal, Québec, where she participated in a workshop on teaching and research in comparative theology as an American Academy of Religion/Luce Foundation Fellow.

Dr. Benjamin R. Jordan has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Political Science. He served last year as the Johnston Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies and Gender Studies at Whitman College. Prior to his work at Whitman, Dr. Jordan taught in the History Department at Kenyon College.

Brother Francisco Martin (Literature & Languages) exhibited his miniature paintings on paper, rocks, leather, wood and shells at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on August 29. Proceeds from sales went to the Abused Women's Shelter.

Dr. Richard Potts has joined the School of Arts full-time as an Assistant Professor of Education and Chair of the Department of Education. He has been an adjunct at CBU in English and Education for the last 20 years. He retired from Memphis City Schools in 2008, after 33 years as a teacher, curriculum coordinator, principal, Zone Director, and Director of Secondary Literacy.

Talana Vogel with her horse Denouement

Pictured above: Dr. Talana Vogel (Education) qualified with her new horse, Denouement, a seven-year-old Oldenburg mare, for the American Eventing Championships (AECs) to be held in mid-September at the Lamplighter Equestrian Center, just north of Chicago. Eventing is similar to a horse triathlon and is held in three phases: dressage, show jumping, and cross country. In order to enter the championships, Dr. Vogel and Denouement had to win two first-fifth place ribbons during the past year. Dr. Vogel has shown her horse twice, and won first place both times. The 2008 Olympic Event team members, as well as top eventing professionals, will compete at the championships. Dr. Vogel has also been named to Advisory Board for the Urban Education Center of Memphis City Schools.

She also conducted a roundtable session, entitled “Growing Their Own: The Executive Leadership Program,” at the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration 50th Annual Conference, held in Atlanta, October 15-18. The session highlighted the Executive Leadership Program that is a component of the Urban Education Center at the Teaching and Learning Academy, a center for professional development in Memphis City Schools. The Executive Leadership Program was created to develop school leaders who are committed to eliminating the student achievement gap. Dr. Vogel was also featured in a cover article, entitled "Internal Affair: The Mechanics of Picking Better Teachers," of the October 17 edition of The Memphis News.


In early December, Vogel attended a two day workshop: Race and Membership, by Facing History and Ourselves, which was held here at CBU. This workshop explored American history and the events leading up to the eugenics movement. Vogel described the event as, “a wonderful opportunity to grow with my students.”


On November 21 at the 2009 Huether Lasallian Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Ann Marie Wranovix was one of seven people nationwide given the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award.



The Department of Education would like to welcome Rita Raniszewski as the Director of Assessment and Records, Licensing Officer, and Kären Brandon as Administrative and Licensing Officer Assistant. Rita formerly worked in the Registrar's Office and is also a member of the MBA Class of 2007. Kären, also a member of the Class of 2007, with a B.A. in English recently worked part-time in the Office of International Initiatives.




CBU Graphic Design program begins with Art Foundation courses. Students interested in this initiative should begin by taking 2-D Design, 3-D Design, Beginning Drawing, Beginning Digital Imaging and Advanced Digital Imaging. With these prerequisites completed, a student may enroll in Graphic Design I.


Following Graphic Design I, the student should enroll for Graphic Design II, at the end of which there is a portfolio review for admission into advanced Graphic Design courses. All students interested in Graphic Design, including transfer students, must pass this portfolio review. Contact the Department Chairman, Jana Broussard Travis, for information at



Congratulations to the following 29 students who were accepted into the freshman class of the CBU Honors Program:


Raymond Bedrossian, John Blount, Nell Brandon, Krystyna Clark, Tiffany Corkran, Jessica Ferrell, Leslie Fulton, Eddie Gallarno, Spencer Gallarno, Patricio Gonzales, Kathryn Handwerker, Matthew Hetherington, Brent Holmes, Ariel Kingsley, Maria Koonce, Lauryn Murphy, Hannah Nelson, Wes Newsom, Nikki Rhoda, Amber Robinson, Michael Sanford, Bentley Smith, Brandon Smith, Daniel Stewart, Kate Tarwater, Cameron Volpe, Amanda Willhite, Angela Williams, and Megan Wilson.


Two Sophomores, Sarah Kelly and Steven Menezes, were also accepted into the program.



In 2008, the Department of Education was granted accreditation from NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education), the governing body of teacher education programs. We are very proud of this accomplishment, but have had little time to rest on our laurels. In early November, the department sponsored its semiannual Professional Education and Accreditation Council (PEAC) meeting, consisting of members of CBU faculty and administration, as well as representatives of public and private schools, to outline and describe future directions. The nature of our work demands that we continuously look for ways to improve services to students and the community. In this regard, the department continuously seeks innovative ways to meet students' ever-changing needs by offering programs such as the Performance Learning Systems (PLS), and on-line and weekend courses for students in the M.ED. program. In addition, we recently received permission from the State Department of Education to award Reading Specialist, Early Childhood, and Special Education teaching licenses. By Fall 2010, we hope to provide financial assistance to students seeking to become special education teachers by participating in the state department's BASE-TN (Become a Special Education Teacher in Tennessee) program. The department has also enrolled over forty Teach For America students in the program and is developing plans to provide additional endorsements for next year. Other activities include development of an online assessment system, staying involved with professional development, and attending and offering presentations at state, national and international conferences. The department works with the surrounding public and private school districts in a variety of roles and seeks to extend our outreach even further. A recent excellent activity was judging the student exhibitions at Fairview Middle School, with over 30 participants. Here in the Department of Education at Christian Brothers University our purpose is to develop "Teachers Who Lead" and "Leaders Who Serve."


Finally, we invite you to check out the Department of Education’s new Facebook page: Reconnect with teachers, faculty, supervisors, and students. Share your classroom Web site, and start the discussion! Thanks to Kären Brandon, Administrative Assistant, for putting the Facebook page together.



CBU opened its 2009-2010 theater season with A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room in the University Theater, October 9-10. Directed by Matthew Hamner, the series of vignettes comically dramatizes the interactions of generations, genders, and relationships that center at the dining room table. For information concerning CBU’s theatre programs, contact Matthew Hamner at or (901) 321-3026.


There will be a combined music and theatre production starring the CBU singers and theatre students on April 22nd and April 23, at 7:30pm in the University Theatre. For more information, contact Matthew Hamner at 901-321-3026, or



Phi Alpha Theta, the History Honor Society, presented Hal Johnson's "A Hotel to the Stars" on November 5 - 6, with a public lecture by Johnson. "A Hotel to the Stars" is a collection of artifacts and 45 black-and-white photographs taken by Dr. H.H. Johnson, who was physician and host to the entertainment circuit when its members played in Memphis from the 1940s to the 1960s. He became friends with many celebrities, including Joe Louis, Louis Armstrong, Langston Hughes, Cab Calloway, Count Basie, Sam Cooke, and Ella Fitzgerald. His up-close photos are taken from the unique perspective of a much-loved ‘insider’ in the entertainment community. For more information, visit



On September 29, Dr. Peter Steinfels presented a lecture entitled, "The Future of Catholic Faith: Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century."



In October, the Philosophy and Religion Department began a series of Catholicism Roundtables, intended to engage students, faculty and interested members of the Memphis community in dialogue around issues affecting Catholic life and thought. The first meeting involved a discussion of Bishop Steib's recent publication on end-of-life issues. For more information about upcoming Roundtables, please contact Dr. David Dault at



The Lasallian Fellows Program — begun this year and made possible by the generosity of a trustee, Joyce Mollerup, and her husband, Bob Buckman — is an annual program awarding $5,000 each to five members of the senior class whose scholarship, leadership, and service reflect CBU's Lasallian values, which include commitment to the service of the under-served, being sensitive to social and community needs, and putting faith into action.


Students are nominated for this award by members of the CBU faculty and staff, and selected on the above criteria. Congratulations to the outstanding inaugural class of Lasallian Fellows selected from the School of Arts: Leigh Hill (History '10), Kenny Latta (Religion & Philosophy '10), Caroline Mitchell (History '10), Chris Peterson (Religion & Philosophy '10).



A group of 20 students, alums, faculty and friends made an annual fall break “pilgrimage” to Rome, Italy. Dr. Burt Fulmer taught two Religious Studies courses for the students, Christian Ethics and The History of Catholic Thought from the First Century to the Twenty-First. The group stayed at Casa LaSalle at the world headquarters of the Christian Brothers in Rome. Among the highlights of the trip were attending the Papal audience in St. Peter’s Square, a tour of St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, and visiting many other religious and historical sites in Rome.


A day-trip to the charming little hill town of Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Francis, where the tomb of St. Francis is located, was a singular event. Viewing the twenty-eight frescoes covering the life of the saint by the Giotto and his assistants was inspiring. An added treat, enroute to Assisi, was a stop at the centuries old Deruta pottery factory for an opportunity to purchase some pottery gifts and watch a fascinating demonstration of ‘pottery-throwing.’


A number of the group took a day trip by fast train to Florence, where they had an opportunity to view the magnificent sculpture of David by Michelangelo, see the Duomo, the Ponte Veccio, and do some shopping, before returning to Rome for a festive “Arrivederci Roma” dinner.


Other News: A spring break trip to study Spanish and Economics is planned to Buenos Aires, Argentina, “the Paris of the Americas,” and Colonia, Uruguay. A summer study experience at Edge Hill University in “merry olde England”, including several days in London, offers more opportunities for students to experience the world, and earn CBU credit in art, psychology and philosophy. Finally, two exchange students will study business and Spanish at LaSalle University in Barcelona, Spain. Three students on exchange from that institution have been at CBU for the fall semester. See the study abroad Web site for more developments.