Many of us didn’t think spring would ever come, but, of course, it has. At least in early and mid-April, we have had some great weather, and some great things are also happening on the campus.

The School of Arts once again has generated lots of credit hours, and we still have the highest percentage of majors on campus. I encourage all of our alums to keep in touch and to let us know about your successes. We like to tell prospective students and their parents how well our graduates are doing.

I won’t dwell on many of our activities since our Arts’ Chairs will be touting their departments’ good news. However, I do want to announce that this spring we had the formal dedication of the graphic design lab with our new President, Dr. Smarrelli, in attendance. The graphic design classes this spring were “sold-out” and the same will happen for the fall.

We have renamed our Art and Speech Communication Department since so much has changed with the addition of new concentrations and the reawakening of our theatre offerings. The new name is the Department of Visual and Performing Arts.
The Visual and Performing Arts Department is active in other areas, too. Put on your calendars the spring performance of “At Random, Some Unrelated Songs and Scenes” scheduled for April 22 and 23 at 7:00 pm in The University Theatre and the CB Singers’ Annual Spring Concert on April 30 at 7:30 pm in The University Theatre.


From everyone in the School of Arts, I wish you all the best and hope to see you in the near future.



Marius Carriere, Dean
School of Arts



Graduating senior Spencer Cook (History ’10) has been accepted into the LANCE program at CBU and will be teaching at Memphis Catholic High School next fall.


Ashley Jones (Psychology ’11), pictured at left, was selected to participate in the Leadership Fellows program of the Mu Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. The Leadership Fellows Program was established in 1979 to prepare young women for leadership roles in the sorority, community, and corporate arenas. Ashley was one of fourteen juniors and seniors with a 3.0 or above GPA selected from among the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha. She traveled to Houston in December to attend corporate development sessions conducted by senior-level directors and managers and international leaders of the sorority.


Freshman Kyra Clapper (History ’14) has been chosen for an internship at the Brooks Museum this summer.


Congratulations to the following students, majoring in the School of Arts, who represent CBU in the 2010 edition of Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges: Latoria Boyland (Psychology/Criminal Justice '10), Claire Brulatour (English '10), Lauren Douglass (English for Corporate Communications '10), Toraneka Hampton (Applied Psychology '11), Lauren Howle (English for Corporate Communications '10), and David Lanigan (Applied Psychology '11).


Caroline Mitchell (History ’10) been accepted into the graduate history programs at University of Memphis, University of South Carolina, and Florida State and promises to keep us apprised of her final decision. Mitchell also presented a paper titled “The Price of Civic Pride: The Legacy of the 'Great American Pyramid'” at the Super Regional Alpha Chi Convention in Little Rock last March and at the Phi Alpha Theta National Conference in San Diego last January. Mitchell will be presenting her MHIRT research at the Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting in a couple of weeks.




Brandon Black (History ’09) currently is in the History M.A. program at the University of Memphis and will complete his degree by December 2010.


Chelsea Chandler (Psychology '09) is among the Top 20 finalists in the MyFox Memphis Glee Casting Call contest. You can vote for Chelsea as many times as you want until April 19 when the top three finalists will be announced on FOX13's Good Morning Memphis. The winner will be named on Good Morning Memphis on April 20 at 9:00 am and will then perform.



Wendy Ashcroft (Education) is the coauthor (with Sue Argiro and Joyce Keohane) of Success Strategies for Teaching Kids with Autism, recently published by Prufrock Press. The book provides practical strategies to build successful programs and services for children with autism and outlines best practices for teaching special needs students. Ashcroft has worked with the Shelby County Schools Department of Exceptional Children to provide a summer academy for teachers who instruct students with moderate and severe disabilities. Teachers who enroll in a three-hour Special Problems course at CBU taught by Ashcroft will study strategies and have immediate opportunities to try out these strategies in the Shelby County Extended School Year Program for exceptional children.


In February Ashcroft attended the Tennessee Special Education Conference to gain information about CBU’s new BASE-TN (Become A Special Educator in Tennessee) grant. This $150,000 award from the Tennessee Department of Education provides financial support for persons seeking to earn an initial Tennessee teaching license in special education or an endorsement in special education. BASE-TN students will begin attending CBU this summer.


In April, Ashcroft will be making two presentations at the International Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) in Nashville. The first presentation will be on CBU’s partnership activities with the Shelby County School Systems, and the second presentation will be on teaching children with autism. Ashcroft also is on the Local Arrangements Committee as this is the first time in its 85 year history that the conference will be held in Tennessee. In addition, Ashcroft has been invited to do a book signing in the Exhibits area for her 2010 book, Success Strategies for Teaching Kids with Autism, published by Prufrock Press, Inc.


Rena Durr (Behavioral Sciences) presented "I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again: The Nature of Human Emotions, First Love, and Surviving a Break-up" on February 16 in Spain Auditorium.


Over spring break, Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) attended the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 5 to 7, where she chaired a panel on “The Pleasures of Looking: Representations of Female Sexuality, Desire, and Damnation” as co-chair of the Women and Religion section. Holmes then spent March 8 to 12 in Knoxville, conducting research for her paper “This Soul Which is Not One: The Decreation of Marguerite Porete.” This research was supported by a Lindsay Young Visiting Fellowship at the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Tennessee.


Ben Jordan (History and Political Science) had an article accepted for publication in the October 2010 issue of Environmental History entitled, "'Conservation of Boyhood': Boy Scouting’s Modest Manliness and Natural Resource Conservation, 1910-1930" which examines the relationship between early American Boy Scouting's gender, race, and environmental ideas and practices. Jordan also presented “Black or African-American: A History of Names and Where We are Today" on February 2 in Spain Auditorium. The presentation, co-sponsored by the School of Arts, featured songs, dramatic readings, and poems presented by members of the CBU community.
Karl Leib (History and Political Science) was granted tenure.


Brother Francisco Martin (Literature and Languages) offered calligraphy instruction for faculty, staff, students, and others free of charge in January.


Neal Palmer (History and Political Science) was promoted to Associate Professor.


Richard Potts (Education) made a presentation on “Lessons Learned: Elements of Success – Principals’ Academy: Format, Topics, Sustainability” at the Striving Readers Partners Conference at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C., on March 23.


James Buchanan Wallace (Religion and Philosophy) has been invited in April to present his paper "From Ecstasy to Eucharist: Paul's Ascent to Paradise in the Writings of St. Symeon the New Theologian” at a colloquium at Duquesne University. In November Wallace also gave a paper entitled, "'The Innermost Sanctuaries of Paradise': Paul’s Rapture to Heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1-4) in Gregory of Nyssa and Symeon the New Theologian "at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in New Orleans.




The Honors Program and the CBU community came together for this extraordinary event during which the esteemed sociology professor, Dr. Margie Miller (Behavioral Sciences), gave her "Last Lecture" on April 22. In its third year at CBU and sponsored by the Honors Program, the "Last Lecture" may relate to the professor’s academic work, other professional or life experience, or may be words of inspiration and advice for students — or all of the above.





CBU Honors Program students participated in the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Conference held at the University of Memphis on February 13. The Conference invites university honors programs from the state of Tennessee, as well as some from Mississippi and Arkansas, and encourages academic discourse. Participants (pictured above from left to right) Chris Peterson (Religion and Philosophy ’10 ), Caroline Mitchell (History ’10), Catherine Montesi (English ’10), Jenessa Gebers (General Studies ’11 ), Chase de Saint-Félix (History, Religion and Philosophy ’11 ), Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences), and John Blount (English for Corporate Communications ’12) gave presentations on topics covered in Honors classes and on initiatives of the Honors Program.



CBU Honors Program students went to “Chocolate: The Exhibition" at the Pink Palace Museum on March 16. The exhibit details the history of chocolate production — and made students think twice about where the tasty treat comes from by following the making of chocolate through the growing of the cocoa plant to the distribution and sale of actual chocolate candy. Challenging social and ethical questions were raised at each stage, giving them new appreciation for the chocolate bar. Who knew chocolate could be so intellectually stimulating? And speaking of chocolate, mark your calendars for the annual Dinstuhl's Chocolate Tasting Session, presented in conjunction with Stan Eisen's (Biology) "Biology of Addiction" class on Thursday, April 29, at 2:00 pm, location TBD.




Dr. Neal Palmer (History and Political Science) and students from the CBU chapter of the national history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta, volunteered to judge projects at the West Tennessee Regional competition of National History Day. The event was held at AutoZone Park on February 21. Pictured above l-r: Spencer Cook (History ’10), Dylan Perry (Religion and Philosophy ’10), Caroline Mitchell (History ’10), Chris Peterson (Religion and Philosophy ’10), and Latoria Lewis (History ’10). Phi Alpha Theta also will be initiating one new member, Joseph Swisher (History ’10), in April.





Congratulations to the creators of the prize-winning submissions to this year's edition of Castings, the annual literary journal that publishes the art, poetry, and prose of CBU students. All winners will be published in the 2010 edition of Castings, which will be out at the end of April. Winners can pick up their prize checks in the Business Office. For more information, contact Karen Golightly (Literature and Languages) at

• POETRY: Jonathan Sharp, first place for "The Hands That Built Me"; Francis Minneci , second place for "Edgar Lee Masters"; and James Curran, third place for "Fruit"

• PROSE: Sinaed Shute-Black, first place for "Southern Woman"; Julia Haines , second place for "The Southern Snowball"; Liz Kellicut, third-place tie for "Like Fine Wine"; and Dean Shauger, third-place tie for "Wait of the World"

• PHOTOGRAPHY: Megan Inman, first place for Calling All Skeletons; Connor Robinson, second place for No White Car; and Tin Wong, third place for Moving On

• FINE ART: Yue Q. Lin, first place for Cow Skull Still Life; Jenna David, second place for Autumn Winds; and Yue Q. Lin, third place for Restaurant with Girl Sitting at Booth



Leaving behind the frigid weather in Memphis, a group of nineteen students, faculty and friends trained their sights on a newer and warmer destination for Spring Break Week – our first study abroad trip to South America, Argentina and Uruguay specifically. Chris Peterson, who will be graduating this year, had spent a summer semester in Cordoba as well as two other semesters in Spain; he highly recommended that we select Buenos Aires as our destination for this year’s spring break week. We are delighted that we followed his suggestion. His knowledge of the country and the Spanish language proved very helpful.


It was surprising to find that Buenos Aires has a very strong European influence, mainly Spanish, French and Italian, in culture and beautiful architecture. Known as the “Paris of the Americas,” it is alive with a vibrant night life and rich cultural heritage. The people are very friendly and welcoming. We enjoyed strolling the wide avenues and parks, visiting Recoleta Cemetery to see the tomb of Evita Peron – who is still beloved by the Argentine people. Highlight of the trip for some of the students was a day trip out to the Pampas grasslands to visit a Gaucho Ranch. The gauchos demonstrated their skills with their beautiful horses, and some students took the opportunity to ride with them.


Another great experience was taking tango lessons and attending a tango show. Some of the students had anticipated this event and arranged with a dance instructor at Theater Works in Memphis to give them some lessons before they left for the trip. The group also took an excursion across the Rio de la Plata River, widest in the world, to visit the picturesque town of Colonia, Uruguay, the oldest in the country. We are looking forward to making more trips in the future to Buenos Aires and possibly other destinations in South America.


Other students finding adventure and excitement are those on semester abroad. Studying abroad last semester were Casey King attending Deakin University in Australia; Dillon Beard and Jessica Hines attending Queen Mary’s College in London, and Catherine Montesi at John Cabot University in Rome. Michael Covington and Tayannia Kerr are now attending LaSalle University in Barcelona as exchange students, and Dr. Emily Forsdick visited them over the Easter holiday while meeting with LaSalle students who may be interested coming to CBU in 2010/11.


Possible destinations for travel and study next year include Rome, the traditional fall break trip for which students are currently registering, as well as Israel, Paris, and Barcelona or Buenos Aires. Please visit the study abroad Web site for more details.



We are pleased to announce that the Department of Fine Arts and Speech has changed its name to the Department of Visual and Performing Arts. The BFA in Art with minors in Music and Theatre will continue to be “housed” under our new department title. Our name change is not the only thing that’s new in the Art Department. To enhance our Studio Arts degree, we’ve added concentrations in the following areas: Foundations in Art Therapy and Graphic Design. There are also new courses and a wonderful new Mac lab for the Graphic Design classes. Look for future updates coming soon to our new Web site.


Three art shows are coming up to display the wonderful art work that the graduating seniors have been producing while pursuing Art degrees. Senior Exhibitions for Art minors Lauren Howle, Anmol Khan, and Anna Helton will be in Student Gallery B located in Kenrick Hall Basement. Lauren Howle opened on April 9, and Anmol Khan and Anna Helton, will open on April 30 from 5 to 7 pm. For the first time The Sam and Beverly Ross Gallery will host the Senior Thesis Exhibition for students graduating with a BFA in Art. That opening date is May 7 from 4:30 to 7:00 pm and the graduating student is Jenna David, who is about to earn a BFA in Visual Art and a concentration in Foundations of Art Therapy. All of these shows are open to the public, and all four artists would love for everyone to stop by to meet them and ask questions about their art or just enjoy their work.


The Art Club is keeping busy by going to the Boys and Girls Club here in Memphis to make Christmas cards for the 2010 celebration. It may be a few months until Christmas, but the children love to make cards with CBU students who are volunteering their time to show them how to create their own masterpieces for their families. One lucky boy or girl who wins the contest for the best card will get his or her card mass printed for the Boys and Girls Club to sell with the proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club.


The Memphis Association of Craft Artists (MACA) just concluded its second annual Arts and Craft Fair at CBU. This event has been very successful in raising money for the Visual Art Department. Make sure to look for the next one scheduled for April 2011.


Jana Travis (Visual and Performing Arts) and Nick Pena (Visual and Performing Arts) both were chosen as artists whose work will be part of the permanent art collection in the new wing of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.



The Visual and Performing Arts Department will be presenting “At Random: Some Unrelated Songs and Scenes” on April 22 and 23 at 7 pm in the University Theatre. This comical revue will feature theatre students, the CB singers, and Dr. Bob Brittingham (Economics). Tickets are $5.00 for general admission and $1.00 for students and faculty with ID.


The CB Singers will present their Annual Spring Concert entitled "Classics, Spirituals, and DISNEY!" on April 30 in the University Theater at 7:30 pm.