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Greetings students, alumni, faculty, and friends. As many of you know, there has been a change in leadership in the School of Arts. Marius Carriere (History and Political Science) is returning to full-time teaching, and Frank Buscher (Vice President for Academics) will serve as Dean and Paul Haught (Religion and Philosophy, pictured at left) as Associate Dean. In light of this transition, we wish to extend a special note of gratitude to Marius for his dedication and commitment to the School of Arts and to the University community as a whole. So, thank you, Marius, for all that you have done to serve our students and all of those whose work you’ve been able to uplift while leading the School of Arts.
As we’re settling into our new responsibilities, we’re also excited about many new developments occurring in the School of Arts. The Department of Visual and Performing Arts has a new B.A. in Graphic Design that’s up and running. The Writing Center has a new online scheduler and chat feature to improve access for our students. This year we’ve already seen a great turnout for a public lecture on “How the Bible is True” put on by our Department of Religion and Philosophy and the Master of Catholic Studies (MACS) program. They also jointly hosted a Catholicism roundtable discussion on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical Caritas in Veritate at the end of October. And a theatrical performance of Crimes of the Heart will make its run at the University Theater in early November.
Meanwhile, faculty in all departments have had busy and productive summers in scholarship and teaching, and we’re hearing great things from students who have dispersed to points around the globe to report on how well we’ve helped to prepare them for graduate school and their service and work undertakings. And while it’s nice to hear about the impacts we’ve had on former students, we’re also continuing to explore new and innovative ways to provide challenging and engaging educational programs.
In sum, we have a great year still ahead of us, and we’re looking
forward to sharing with you the many fruits of the excellent work taking
place in the School of Arts.
Have a great autumn!
Frank and Paul
Ryne Hancock (English '11) wrote an article entitled "A Reflection on Life in Cooper-Young" that was published in the May 30 edition of the Lamplighter, the Cooper-Young community newspaper.
Anthony Maranise (Religion and Philosophy '11) was recently inducted into the Knights of Columbus, Council 4312 and was appointed to the position of Lecturer. He also completed a week-long intensive Monastic Observation Program with the Benedictine Monks of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, Alabama, in mid-May. Anthony’s recent publications include his research paper "Christocentric Friendships" in the July/August 2010 issue of The Catholic World, an academic journal produced by the Paulist Fathers; an article entitled "I've Seen the Face of God: How My Faith Helped Me Survive Childhood Leukemia" in the June 2010 issue of The Word Among Us, a magazine published in 20 countries and more than 14 languages; a paper, "Oil Will Not Overwhelm Us," a sociological and spiritual response to the Gulf Oil Crisis with the Apostleship of the Sea of the United States of America in its Catholic Maritime News; and two articles in The West Tennessee Catholic newspaper, entitled "Recognizing Our Relationship" and "The ____ Word."
Chase de Saint-Felix (Religion and Philosophy '11/SGA President), pictured at left, has been inducted as a justice of the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court (TISC). TISC, the judicial branch of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL), is the court of original and sole jurisdiction for issues arising from the TISL Constitution, laws, and proceedings. It presides over the Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge. Chase also has been accepted to the 2010 Philosophy in an Inclusive Key Summer Institute held at the Rock Ethics Institute on the campus of Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. The institute is designed to encourage undergraduate students to consider future study in the field of philosophy with the goal of transforming the field in the direction of greater inclusiveness for under-represented groups. Participants were named Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars and receive support from the Iris Marion Young Diversity Scholars Fund.
Faisal Ansari, (Psychology ‘08) is pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Political Science in Washington, D.C. He is interning at the International Association of Chiefs of Police in their Legislative and Public Affairs Department.
Didier Aur (MSEL ’09) is in his fourth year as president of Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson County, Missouri, and continues to lead mission service trips to Memphis and elsewhere.
Rosie Britton (Biology '09 major, Art minor) has been inducted as an Associate Member into the Association of Medical Illustrators.
Kenneth Latta (Religion and Philosophy ’10) was awarded the Brother I. Leo Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award is presented annually by the Student Affairs Division, in memory of Brother I. Leo O’Donnell, to the outstanding graduating seniors who have provided distinguished student leadership to the student body, to the Student Affairs Division, and to the University community. Kenneth was also awarded the Thomas Lipsmeyer Award, which is presented to the graduate considered by fellow classmates as the "ideal senior student" and as being the student who has most actively contributed to the senior class and to the University.
Caroline Mitchell (History and Political Science ’10) was awarded the Christian Brothers University Alumni Award, which is presented to the undergraduate student(s) having the highest GPA. All award recipients this year maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during their undergraduate careers.
Kelli (Purcell) O'Brien (English '03) will be entering the Ph.D. program in English, focusing on Southern Women writers, at Ole Miss in the Fall 2010 semester.
Lori Patton (History and Political Science, '91) was honored as one of this year's distinguished alumni. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and simultaneously brought honor to the University and the Alumni Association. Patton currently serves as a CBU Board member and vice president of Roadshow BMW/Mini.
Dr. Lewis Takashi Pearson (Biology, English, History and Political Science, Mathematics, Religion and Philosophy ‘01) has accepted a tenure-track position for this fall as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Lewis earned his M.A. in Philosophy in 2004 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2009, both from Baylor University. He also received the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for 2009 given by the Baylor University Graduate School. Lewis and his wife Angela have two children, Samuel Kiyoshi and Lucy Ayako.
Christopher Peterson (Religion and Philosophy ’10) was awarded the Christian Brothers University Alumni Award, which is presented to the undergraduate student(s) having the highest GPA. All award recipients this year maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA during their undergraduate careers.
Rebecca Riser (Psychology ’08) was accepted into the Master of Arts in Teaching and the Base-TN program at University of Memphis.
Lanie Smith (Psychology major, Art minor ’02, 2008 - 2009 MHIRT participant) is a graduate student at the Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York. After researching art therapy with formerly abducted child soldiers in Northern Uganda, she began pursuing her Master’s degree in Art Therapy. Shortly thereafter she was hired as an art therapy intern at A Bridge to Recovery in Southaven, Mississippi, to help adult outpatients struggling with addiction, and is currently finishing a second internship with at-risk youth in Brooklyn.
Smith is also a practicing artist (www.laniesmith.weebly.com) whose next local exhibit in will be in March 2011 at Eclectic Eye on Cooper Ave.
Kathryn Quinton (Psychology '09) has joined the Office of Admissions as an Admissions Counselor.
Jessica Wortham (ECC ’10) was awarded the Brother I. Leo Outstanding Student Leadership Award. This award is presented annually by the Student Affairs Division, in memory of Brother I. Leo O’Donnell, to the outstanding graduating seniors who have provided distinguished student leadership to the student body, to the Student Affairs Division, and to the University community.
Dr. Samantha M. Alperin (Education) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Frank Buscher (Vice President for Academics) has accepted the additional position of Dean of the School of Arts.
Dr. Roger Easson (Literature and Languages) and Judge D'Army Bailey have a book contract from LSU Press for the second volume of Bailey's biography/memoir which will focus on his years in San Francisco (1969-74) and his tenure on the Berkeley City Council. Easson and Bailey have written eight chapters of a projected 14 during the summer. The first volume, The Education of a Black Radical (pictured at left), was published by LSU in 2009.
Dr. Ellen S. Faith (Education) has been promoted to the rank of Professor.
Dr. Burt Fulmer (Religion and Philosophy) was selected to participate in the three-day Wabash Center Teaching Workshop "The Gift and Challenge of Difference in the Classroom." He also delivered a paper, "The Rituals of Consumer Culture and the Economy of the Eucharist," at the annual College Theology Society meeting held in Portland, Oregon, in June. He wrote three book reviews (one of which is on the Pope's latest book) for three different journals.
Emily and Burt Fulmer (Religion and Philosophy) are proud to announce the birth of a 10.5 pound baby boy named Emmett Augustine Fulmer on July 6. Emmett was baptized at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on August 28, the feast day of Saint Augustine.
Thomas Gaines, Jr. (Visual and Performing Arts) has
been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Scott D. Geis (Religion and Philosophy) has been granted tenure.
Pam Hassler (Visual and Performing Arts, Adjunct) exhibited her artwork in a two-person show (with Helen Phillips) entitled "Duality" at L. Ross Gallery in September.
Paul Haught (Religion and Philosophy) has accepted the additional position of Associate Dean of the School of Arts. He presented a paper entitled "Environmental Virtues and Environmental Justice" at the Seventh Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy in Allenspark, Colorado, on June 11.
Emily A. Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) attended
a conference on “The Age of Breath: Yoga, the Body, and the Feminine,”
in Portoro, Slovenia in May, where she was invited by Luce Irigaray
to present a paper on “The Gift of Breath: Toward a Maternal Pneumatology.”
The following week, she attended the 45th International Congress on
Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she presented her paper
“This Soul Which Is Not One: The Decreation of Marguerite Porete.”
The research for the second paper was supported by a Lindsay Young Visiting
Fellowship at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
Paul Haught and Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Francis, born at home on August 2, weighing 8 pounds and measuring 20.5 in. Mom, dad, baby, and big brother Dominic are all doing well and very much appreciate everyone's prayers and good wishes.
Dr. Karl Leib (History and Political Science) has been granted tenure.
Dr. Maureen E. O'Brien (Behavioral Sciences) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Dr. Neal A. Palmer (History and Political Science) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
Nicholas R. Peña (pictured at right) joins the School of Arts as Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts. He previously taught at CBU as an adjunct faculty member. More information on Peña's work can be found on his Web site at www.nickpena.net/.
Jana Broussard Travis (Visual and Performing Arts) has been promoted to the rank of Associate Professor. Travis also attended “Teaching Pre-modern European Art in Context,” a seminar at the Birmingham Museum of Art. The seminar, intended to aid professors who do not have direct access to the pieces they examine in their courses, gave attendees the chance to work with Renaissance art and re-examine their composition and cultural relevance. More information on Travis’s own work can be found on her Web site at www.janatravis.com/.
Nancy Wilder joins the Department of Education as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She has spent the majority of her career working with teachers and students in Charter Schools, Memphis City Schools, and Shelby County Schools in Tennessee. She taught in special education resource programs for both elementary and middle school students and served as a kindergarten teacher. She also has served as a new teacher mentor and professional development coordinator. She taught graduate and undergraduate students in the College of Education at the University of Memphis and continues to enjoy working with teachers of children in both general education and special education programs in Tennessee. She holds National Board Certification as an Exceptional Needs Specialist from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.
Jana Broussard Travis, Nicholas Peña, and Pam Hassler (Visual and Performing Arts) were interviewed about their upcoming faculty art exhibition at Christian Brothers University by WKNO's Darel Snodgrass for a special radio segment of Checking on the Arts to be aired at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, October 29. The exhibition begins October 29 and runs through December 10. An opening reception will be held on Friday, October 29, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at Christian Brothers University. The gallery is located on the lower level of Plough Memorial Library.
For more information regarding the CBU Faculty Exhibition please call
(901) 321-3243, or visit the Web site at www.cbu.edu/gallery/current.html.
The following awards were presented by the School of Arts and the University at Commencement on May 14 at Desoto Civic Center:
• Charis Conard, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
• Johannah O’Malley and Sinaed Shute-Black, Literature and Languages Faculty Award for English Major
• Leigh Hill, Outstanding History Student Award
• Caitlin Mills, Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award
• Caroline Mitchell and Christopher Peterson, Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award
• Latoria Boyland, Christine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
• Jenna David, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award
CBU will open its 2010-11 theater season with Beth Henley’s Crimes of the Heart in the University Theater, November 4 through November 7. An opening reception will follow after the November 4 performance, and the audience is encouraged to stay and enjoy the cast members serving dessert featured in the play. Show times are Thursday, November 4, at 7:00 p.m.; Friday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 7, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $1 for CBU students and faculty members. Tickets will be sold at the door, no reserved seating. For additional information, contact Matthew Hamner (Visual and Performing Arts) at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 321-3026.
Psi Chi hosted a “Pie Fly” event in the quad which allowed students, for a small fee, to pie professors in the face. All proceeds went to St. Jude.
Teri Mason (Behavioral Sciences) and Julia
Hanebrink (Psychology '01, Behavioral Sciences and Forensic
Anthropology, former MHIRT Program Coordinator) participated in the
Africa/Diaspora Conference on African Health, Peace, Security, and Development,
in Sacramento, California. Teri Mason and Lanie
Smith (Psychology ’02, Pratt Institute) presented a paper
entitled "Testing Psychological Intervention through Art with Ugandan
Child Soldiers and Abductees" and Julia Hanebrink
and Joy Nolte (Boston University) gave a paper entitled
"New Choices for Health Care Delivery: A Multifaceted Approach
to Reducing Health Disparities: Pluralistic Medicine in Southwest Uganda:
Health-Seeking Behaviors and Healthcare Perspectives.” The MHIRT
program also provides funding to bring research partners to international
conferences. Dr. Edgar Mulogo (Mbarara University of
Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda) works with Julia Hanebrink
and presented "Facility Versus Home Based Services for Improving
Update of HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT) among Rural Populations in
Uganda: A Comparative Analysis."
The CBU chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, initiated four new members on April 20, 2010. Pictured from left to right are Joseph Swisher, Lauren Rotzoll, Morgan Mills, and Jon-Paul Bushnell.
Since 2009, the CBU Department of Religion and Philosophy has hosted an ongoing series of frank discussions, addressing issues of concern to the wider Memphis Catholic community. As an outgrowth of these discussions, the CBU Catholic Roundtables will meet semi-monthly, with each session lasting approximately two hours, and will be centered on a text from the contemporary Catholic tradition. Whether a personal letter from a Bishop, a paragraph of Catholic social teaching, or an excerpt from a Papal encyclical, the texts are chosen especially for their richness and likeliness to provoke discussion.
Catholic Roundtables at CBU presented "Caritas in Veritate: A Discussion of the Papal Encyclical and its Implications for Business Practices and Moral Life in America" on October 26. Pope Benedict XVI's first social encyclical is concerned with the problems of global development and progress towards the common good of all peoples. Analysis was provided by Fr. Paul Watkins (Marketing) and Dr. Burt Fulmer (Religion and Philosophy) with responses by students from the School of Arts and School of Business. The Catholic Roundtables encourage the participation of "non-experts" in these meetings, and all members of the Memphis Catholic community, lay and clergy alike, are welcome and encouraged to attend.
The Catholic Roundtables at CBU are free and open to the public. For
more information about the Catholic Roundtables at CBU, please contact
Dr. David Dault (Religion and Philosophy) at email@example.com
or (901) 321-3341.
Castings, CBU's literary magazine, is accepting student submissions
for its 2010-2011 issue and competition. Submit up to five works in
these categories: poetry, fine art, photography, and prose. Send your
submissions to Dr. Karen Golightly (Literature and
Languages) at firstname.lastname@example.org
by February 1. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place
for each category.
Our campus choral group, the CB Singers, meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays,
2:00 to 3:15 p.m., in the basement of Kenrick Hall (K-4) and is looking
for new singers. Students can receive 1 - 2 hours of credit by joining
and enrolling in CB Singers. To schedule an audition time, please contact
Mr. J. Thomas Gaines (Visual and Performing Arts) at
email@example.com or stop by his
office in the basement of Kenrick Hall. Join CB Singers — you'll
have a great time singing and meeting new friends!
The CBU Writing Center has installed a program called WCOnline that
allows students to sign up electronically for Writing Center consultations.
To use this program, students should go to the Writing Center Web
site and click on "Schedule an Appointment." You will
be prompted to register first, and then you can schedule an appointment
during one of the open times indicated on the schedule. While the Writing
Center will still accept drop-in appointments, scheduled appointments
will take first priority. Please contact the Writing Center personnel
at (901) 321-3360 if you have any problems using the new scheduling
The Department of Religion and Philosophy and Catholic Studies program at CBU sponsored a lecture by New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson (pictured at left) on September 16 in the University Theater. Dr. Johnson is the R. W. Woodruff Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Candler School of Theology and a Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. His research interests encompass the Jewish and Greco-Roman contexts of early Christianity (particularly moral discourse), Luke-Acts, the Pastoral Letters, and the Letter of James. His current research concerns the literary, moral, and religious dimensions of the New Testament. For more information, contact Dr. James Buchanan Wallace (Religion and Philosophy) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honors Program students celebrated Honors Week by providing service
to its philanthropy, the neighboring Belt Line community. Pictured here
after tearing down walls and ceilings in a house slated for renovation
are: Lauryn Murphy, Raegan Cook, Andrew
Greenop, Amanda Garland, Catherine
DelBove, Brent Holmes, Kleber Pauta,
Kathleen Nelson, Wes Newsom, Kaitie Gaimari,
and Rebekah Herrman, with Belt Line representative
Bill Marler. Also participating in the service day
were Hannah Nelson and Salaam Halimah,
who worked with children at the Belt Line community center.