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I am sure it comes as no surprise that I am routinely asked what students can do with a degree from the School of Arts. While most people tend to recognize the professional value of a degree from one of our fine undergraduate or graduate Education programs, and CBU has produced many excellent teachers, questions about the value of a School of Arts degree are usually about majors in the Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, or Visual and Performing Arts. These are sincere questions, often related to broad trends economically and in higher education. Nationally we are enduring tough economic times, and it seems that every other week a major news publication comes out with a story about the future of the liberal arts (although perhaps just to see by online responses if anyone is still reading). A college education is also a significant financial investment for the vast majority of students, and it’s understandable that students and parents want assurances of secure and stable employment after graduation.

My own suspicion is that questions about the value of liberal arts and other non-technical degrees often have to do with the simple fact that they are not tied to explicit professions. Have you ever bought anything from a philosophy company? When was the last time you heard that history or literature had a good third quarter? (Okay, yes, publishers make money off textbooks, but you get the point). Yet as absurd as these questions seem to me and other educators in these fields, we risk the joke falling on us because of strong cultural pressure to take them seriously. As a result, educators and administrators in college and university programs in the Humanities, Behavioral Sciences, and Visual and Performing Arts have to rely heavily on placement and job success stories to recruit and retain students—this despite the fact that all of these degrees have excellent track records supporting successful careers in business and industry.

Fortunately, one of my happiest discoveries as Dean has been the incredible diversity of job placement and academic success by graduates of the School of Arts. Our graduates have gone on to do amazing work in almost every sector of the economy. From ministry to medicine, students who have majored in our programs have gone on to achieve great things professionally and for their communities. To facilitate our efforts in publicizing these achievements, it is also imperative that we reach out to you, our many School of Arts alumni and friends, to continue to provide us information about your current activities and to share any stories you have about how your CBU education has impacted you in your professional lives. Many of you have already done this, and we continue to update our student success Web page every time we hear from one of you. The School of Arts, of course, has a major stake in the Lasallian education of all CBU students, and an important part of our mission is to serve and support our community. We are extremely proud of the many achievements by School of Arts graduates in service and leadership, but there are so many more stories about our alumni that we haven’t yet heard that deserve our recognition. Please drop us a line. We’d love to know what you’ve been up to and to enlist your help in sharing the good news and value of our programs.


Wishing you all the very best this autumn season,


Paul Haught, Dean
School of Arts
E-mail: phaught@cbu.edu





Sue Ann McClellan, Assistant Dean of Law Admissions at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphrey School of Law, will speak about the University of Memphis' law programs on Tuesday, October 11 in Spain Auditorium, 12:45-2:15 p.m. All students are invited and strongly encouraged to come and ask any questions you may have about law school, the application process, financing law school, or the curriculum you can expect at the school.



400 YEARS OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE: The Catholic Roundtable at CBU will join with other area institutions to mark the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible this fall. The Catholic Roundtable will present a lecture by Dr. Ellie Bagley about the Catholic responses to the King James Version on Monday, October 24, in Spain Auditorium. Bagley, an Assistant Professor of Religion at Middlebury College, is the author of a soon-to-be-published book entitled Catholic Critics of the King James Bible, 1611-1911.


For more information contact Dr. David Dault at ddault@cbu.edu.



The CBU Theatre Program will present Jeffrey Hatcher's adaptation of The Turn of the Screw (from Henry James' Victorian ghost story) on October 28-30 in the University Theater. Showtimes will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. General admission is $5.00, $1.00 for CBU faculty/students/administration with valid identification. No reservations are needed.


For more information, contact Matthew Hamner at 321-3026 or mhamner@cbu.edu.




The 2012 Class of CBU Lasallian Fellows was officially honored at an award banquet in Alfonso Dining Hall on September 13. Pictured above (l-r) are Fellowship donors Joyce Mollerup and Robert Buckman, Samantha Noland (Mechanical Engineering and Philosophy '12), Steven Menezes (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science '12), Andrew Greenop (Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics '12), Samantha Bownes (Biology '12), Paige Campbell (Psychology '12) and Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President.


The Lasallian Fellows Program, made possible by the generosity of trustee Joyce Mollerup and her husband, Bob Buckman, annually awards $5,000 each to five members of the senior class whose scholarship, leadership and service reflect CBU's Lasallian values, which include being committed 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 based on the above criteria. Congratulations to School of Arts student Paige Campbell (Psychology '12).



ALUMNI WEEKEND, OCTOBER 7-8: This year's Alumni Weekend is celebrating reunions for the graduating classes ending in "1" and "6" as well as the Honors Program and Alpha Xi Delta. Harold McNeil ('79) and Maria Teresa Blanco Lensing ('01 & '07) have been chosen as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni and will be honored at the Alumni Dinner & Celebration on Saturday, October 8. The Distinguished Alumnus Award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves and simultaneously brought honor to the University and the Alumni Association.



Ashley Bailey (Psychology '11) - entered the MS program in Speech Language Pathology at the University of Memphis

Nathali Blackwell was accepted into the MSW program at University of Memphis

Russell Brandon (Psychology '09) - moved from the PhD program in Experimental Psychology at the University of Memphis to the PhD in Experimental Psychology at Arizona State University (his major professor moved so he went with her)


Bridget Buckley (Psychology ’09) entered the Master of Science in Educational psychology program at the University of Colorado Denver


Jenna David (Visual and Performing Arts '10) Jenna spent the summer before graduation as an intern in the Art Therapy department at the Brooks Museum of Art. Jenna’s BFA exhibition was held at the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery in May 2010. While at CBU she served as the president of the ART CLUB and led workshops for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She has been teaching Art at Harding Academy since graduation but most recently was accepted into to the MFA program at Memphis College of Art to begin fall 2011.


Amanda Garland (Psychology '11) entered the University of Memphis School of Law (J.D. program)


Rebecca Glatt (Psychology, '04) earned her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Tennessee (in spring 2011).


D.J. Hobbs (English/Religion & Philosophy '11) has enrolled in the Master of Philosophy program at the University of Memphis.


Stacie Hoover (Psychology '10) entered the Behavioral Analysis program at Southern Illinois University


Mony Hy (Psychology '11) was accepted into the Master program in I/O psychology in Chicago.


Brandon Johnson (Psychology '11) entered the PhD program in industrial organizational psychology at Auburn University


Ashley Jones (Psychology '11) entered the Master of Science in Public Health program at the University of Memphis


Kara Jones (Master’s Education '02) was featured in the October 1 edition of The Cabin. Jones was named among the four finalists for the 2012 Teacher of the Year Award given by the Arkansas Department of Education. Read the article here.


Quinn Lin (Visual and Performing Arts '11) With a concentrating in Studio Art, Quinn graduated summa cum laude. His BFA exhibition was held in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery at CBU in May 2011. He was accepted to graduate school at the University of Missouri for fall 2011 where he is pursuing his MFA in Painting. Quinn was awarded a full scholarship along with a teaching assistantship.


Dylan Perry (Religion & Philosophy '10) enrolled at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.


Paige Pirkey (Psychology '10) entered the Master of Science in General Psychology prorgram at the University of Memphis


Peter Prakongpan (Psychology '11) entered the Master of Science in Counseling program at the University of Memphis


Chris Ragghianti (Psychology '10) entered the Master of Science in General Psychology program at the University of Memphis


Chase de Saint-Felix (Religion & Philosophy '11) has enrolled in the Master of Philosophy program at American University.



In July, under the direction of Brother Francisco Martinez, 44 high school students and 10 chaperones from the Brothers schools of the District North of Mexico participated in an English language program at CBU.

Undergraduate Education students are presently tutoring around the city including at Rachel’s Kids, DeLaSalle Elementary, Bruce Elementary, and Red Zone Hollywood.



Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences/Honors Program) rappelled down 22 stories from the roof of the White State Tower (iBank Building) on Saturday to raise money for the Special Olympics. Our Distinguished Lasallian Educator's adrenaline-rushing effort raised $2263.73 for Tennessee athletes! (photo by Dr. Maureen O'Brien)



Dr. Paul Haught
Dr. Emily Holmes
Dr. Neal Palmer



Dr. Margaret Miller


Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education) and Ray Karasek (Administration & Finance) attended the Lasallian Leadership Institute at Lewis University July 17-24. The Lasallian Leadership Institute integrates and promotes the Lasallian heritage in the personal and professional lives of ministry leaders as future catalysts of the Lasallian mission. The three-year program consists of a one-week session during the summer and a weekend session in the fall and in the spring.


Dr. Wendy Ashcroft (Education) conducted a three-day Autism Workshop at CBU. Wendy’s autism research also appeared in presentations at two international conferences and in two books due out in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Wendy has been profoundly productive in many other respects as a scholar, but also was busy winning three gold medals in tennis in the Memphis Senior Olympics.


Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences) won the National Academic Advising Association Award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the State of Tennessee. Dr. Burke was also honored with the 2011 Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award at the CBU Community Convocation on August 18. The award — the highest presented by the University to faculty or staff — annually honors a CBU educator, nominated by his/her peers, who exemplifies the ideals of St. John Baptist de La Salle in the 21st century. Eligible nominees must have been a Lasallian educator for at least five years, be actively involved in fostering the mission of Lasallian education, and exemplify in his/her life the spirit of St. John Baptist de La Salle and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Lasallian tradition.


Mary Burns (Literature and Languages) was a recipient for the 2012 Individual Artist Award for Literature from the Tennessee Arts Commission.


Dr. Mary Frances Campbell (Ph.D., Alabama) has joined the School of Arts as Visiting Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences.


Dr. David Dault (Religion & Philosophy) traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark in July to present a paper on "The Bible as 'Remembering Machine': Encoding Protestant Identity through Printed Scripture" at the International Association for Media and History Conference.


Dr. Rena Durr (Behavioral Sciences) is on sabbatical and is writing a book on animal cognition.


Dr. Roger Easson (Literature and Languages) anticipates completing his Gothic novel this December.


Dr. Burt Fulmer (Religion and Philosophy) participated in the Wabash Workshop on Race and Pedagogy. He has also been named the convener of the Race and Diversity section of the College Theology Society.


Matthew Hamner (Visual and Performing Arts) performed in two productions at Playhouse on the Square this past summer: “Footloose” and “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying.”


Dr. Emily A. Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) gave a presentation to the University of Memphis Communication Graduate Students Association on "Mothering in the Academy: Work/Life Balance?" on September 16.


Women, Writing, Theology: Transforming a Tradition of Exclusion edited by Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion and Philosophy) and Wendy Farley (Emory) will be released by Baylor University Press in November, 2011. Emily and her husband and colleague Dr. Paul Haught (Religion and Philosophy) will both be presenting research essays at the forthcoming Living with Consequences” environmental ethics conference in Koper, Slovenia in October.


Dr. Ben Jordan (History) was recognized as Outstanding New Advisor of the Year at the CBU Community Convocation on August 18. The award is presented by Academic Services to faculty members who go above and beyond to serve as academic advisors to CBU students.


Sean MacInnes has been hired as the new Administrative Assistant for the School of Arts. His background includes a theatre degree from the University of Memphis, and an MFA in writing and poetics from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Prior to joining CBU, Sean worked for Brunner Advertising in Pittsburgh.


Dr. Maureen O’Brien (Behavioral Sciences) has been granted tenure.


Nick Pena (Visual and Performing Arts) completed an intensive one week animation workshop in August at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Nick’s oil on cavans work Hope & Tragedy (Like a Rock) has been selected for the 14th annual Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) member exhibition in Savannah, Georgia.


Dr. Ric Potts (Education) has been very active giving workshop presentations and attending recruiting sessions for Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools. Dr. Potts also participated in a grant application for “Family SMILES: Simultaneous Multisensory Initiative for Literacy Engagement and Support” to The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy with Memphis City Schools, August 2011 (working with the Department of Education’s affiliation with the Simultaneous Multisensory Institute of Language Arts – SMILA) to train parents, community volunteers, and paraprofessional interventionists to teach reading strategies to the families and students of 100 high-risk children in grades preK-3.


Brother Michael Schmelzer (Education) is now directing the Freshman Experience Living Learning Community and the LLC program.


Jana Travis (Visual and Performing Arts) also participated in the Arrowmont School workshop. Travis will be exhibiting work in a group show this November at the Harrington Brown Gallery.




Walter Holcomb, spouse of Laura Holcomb (Aramark Service for Barry Hall), passed away on August 27. Please keep Mrs. Holcomb and family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to her home at 1252 Maywood Street, Memphis TN 38114.


Ann Durr, mother of Dr. Rena Durr (Behavioral Sciences) and grandmother of Dorian Durr (Psychology '12), passed away on August 23. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Campus Box 338.


David Ragland Davis passed on October 1, 2011. The son of Charles Perry Davis and Ona Harden Davis, he was born on March 7, 1935. Dr. Davis received a doctorate from the University of Memphis and in 1995 retired as Professor of Education at Christian Brothers University where he was chair of the Education Department.



The Commercial Appeal recently published two articles about CBU's "Introduction to Sustainability" class taught by Dr. Ben Jordan (Green Campuses - Christian Brothers University and My Green Job) highlighting the progress and achievements CBU has made toward incorporating and learning about sustainable practices on campus and within the Memphis community.




CONSTITUTION DAY: CBU celebrated the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Monday, September 19 in Spain Auditorium. This year, members of CBU's student Debate Society debated different interpretations of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment. The debaters addressed the question: Does the 14th Amendment guarantee US citizenship to children born of illegal/undocumented immigrants? This was CBU's 7th Annual Constitution Day and the premier Public Forum of the CBU Debate Society.


PRE-LAW EVENT: Marcus Cotton, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Alabama School of Law, spoke about the University of Alabama's programs in law on Thursday, September 22 in St. Joseph Hall. Mr. Cotton answered questions concerning law school, the application process, financing law school, and the curriculum at the school.


If you have any questions about past or future Pre-Law events, or the curriculum at CBU, please contact the Pre-Law Advisor, Dr Karl Leib at kleib@cbu.edu.



CBU Honors Program's Brothers' Keepers places students on local boards of directors. On Friday, September 30, the CBU Honors Program's Brothers' Keepers servant leadership development program kicked off with a training session for selected students. Through the Brothers' Keepers program, students will have the opportunity to serve on the boards of directors of local non-profit agencies from October through May.


Pictured (l to r) are Lauryn Murphy, who will join the Board of Directors of Friends For Life, Mandy Wang (Leadership Memphis), Steven Denton (Mid-South Peace and Justice Center), Daniela Gomez (Latino Memphis), Nell Brandon (Levitt Shell), Angelo Donati, Amanda Willhite (Memphis Child Advocacy Center), John Tubbs, Danielle Hobbs (The Exchange Club Family Center), Joseph Alfonso (Wolf River Conservancy), Tiffany Corkran (Playhouse on The Square), John Blount (Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center), and Catherine DelBove (The Orpheum Theatre). Pictured with the students are the Brothers' Keepers' community partners: Carol Gaudino, Corporate Services Director of Volunteer Mid-South, who provided the training; Lori Patton, CBU Board of Trustees and President of Roadshow BMW/MINI; David Williams, President/CEO of Leadership Memphis; and Nancy Williams, Executive Director of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center.


For more information about the Honors Program or Brothers' Keepers, contact Dr. Tracie Burke at tburke@cbu.edu or ext. 3357.



The Behavioral Sciences department added a Consumer Behavior concentration in its Applied Psychology major.


Dr. Tracie Burke won the National Academic Advising Association award for Outstanding Faculty Advisor for the State of Tennessee and the CBU Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. She also spoke at the September 5th meeting of the Memphis Industrial Organizational Psychologists (MIOP) about the Behavioral Sciences internship program.


Dr. Mary Campbell was hired as a one year visiting assistant professor. Her educational background: The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, Emphasis: Mexican immigrant women and access to healthcare, and The University of Memphis, M.A., Anthropology - cum laude, Emphasis: Medical anthropology and Latino Health

Dr. Rod Vogl was recently promoted to Professor of Behavioral Sciences.


Dr. Maureen O'Brien was recently promoted to Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences and granted tenure.


Dr. Rena Durr is on sabbatical for the fall semester and will be writing a textbook on aniimal cognition.





"SMART CHICKS KICK IT" TOUR: Bestselling authors Simone Elkeles (left) and Rachel Caine (right) shared the secrets of their craft and successful publishing on September 26 in Montesi Executive Center in Buckman Hall.


Simone Elkeles is the bestselling author of over 17 romance novels. She has won various awards and recognition for her books, including the coveted RITA award from the Romance Writers of America for her book Perfect Chemistry and was named "Author of the Year" by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English.


Rachel Caine is the internationally bestselling author of more than 30 novels, including the immensely popular Morganville Vampires series, the Weather Warden series, and the Outcast Season series. She has been honored with a "Paranormal Pearl Award" and an "RT Booklovers Award," and was recently awarded a "Career Achievement Award" from Romantic Times.


POETRY READING: Mark Jarman, Centennial Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Vanderbilt University, gave a poetry reading on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. The author of numerous collections of poetry, Jarman is also a contributor of poems to periodicals, including the New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Southwest Review, Ploughshares, and Atlantic Monthly. Many of his works have received awards, including his poetry collection Questions for Ecclesiastes which won the 1998 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Black Riviera (1990), won the 1991 Poets' Prize.


For more information contact Karen Golightly at (901) 321-4483, or email kgolight@cbu.edu.




(l-r) Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) and Dr. Emily Forsdick (International Initiatives) welcomed international visitors from La Salle University in Barcelona, Spain to CBU this past summer — Ms. Tallulah Forrest, International Studies coordinator; Maria Valdez, La Salle student; and Dr. Oscar Garcia, Professor.