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An image of Dr. Paul Haught

Clearly we have the seasons reversed in higher education. In our calendar, fall is the season of renewal, rejuvenation, and budding aspirations. With new students on campus, rested faculty, and full budgets (of course!), the fall semester is a time of excitement, promise, and implementing plans for the academic year. By the time the spring semester rolls around, there’s a different feel in the air. At the mid-point, everyone knows exactly how much effort was (and still is) required to make it to the end. The autumn excitement hasn’t disappeared, but it has matured into research papers, senior projects, grant applications, and the practical necessity of meeting looming deadlines. In the process, we have found ways to do things better—modifying study habits, adding new courses, revising curricula, even putting a recycling program in place—and slowly but surely we start to see the results of our labors. And if this newsletter is any indication, they are bountiful! As the following pages reveal, there is so much to be proud of in the efforts of our alumni, students, faculty, and staff in the School of Arts. They are all doing amazing things, often in collaboration, and they are reaping the benefits of their activities. Even if our seasons are reversed, there is nothing backward about the achievements of our friends, students, and colleagues in the School of Arts, and it is truly a season of plentiful success at CBU.


Best wishes,

Paul Haught

Photograph by Jordan Smith, Work/Study Arts, Business '16

Photograph by Jordan Smith, Work/Study Arts, Business '16



An image of Nathali Blackwell at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference

At the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference Nathali Blackwell (Psychology '11) received a Regional Psi Chi Research Award for her presentation on “The Relationship between Parental Rejection, Susceptibility to Peer Pressure and Depression.” In addition, Blackwell also presented her research on “The Relationship between Peer Rejection, Depression and Susceptibility to Peer Pressure.” Co-authors on both presentations were Dr. Rod Vogl (Behavioral Sciences) and CBU alumni Dana O’Hoyt (Psychology ’05) and A. Paige Pirkey (Psychology ’10). Nathali Blackwell also participated as a panelist for a discussion on “Efficacy of Programs to Increase Underrepresented Populations in Psychology.”

Lorna Field (English ’11) recently presented her paper, “Heraclitus: Of Dung and Corpses” at the Tri-State Liberal Arts Philosophy Symposium held at Millsaps College. She and Frank Minneci (English ’11) are also presenting papers at the Mid-South Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at the University of Memphis.

Amanda Garland (Psychology '11) has been accepted into the J.D. program at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis.

"The End" by Simon HuaSimon Hua (Graphic Design '12) is represented by six photographs in the book recently published by The Commercial Appeal's "Capture Memphis" project. Capture Memphis is on sale at Davis-Kidd Booksellers and online through Pediment Books for $39.95. The 200+ photos of the Memphis area in the book were chosen by Web site voting and by Commercial Appeal editors from more than 17,000 submissions. The photo at left is entitled “The End”; click here to check out all of Simon's photos on the "Capture Memphis" Web site. Reid Mitchell’s (Studio Arts ’15) photographs are also featured in Capture Memphis.

Brandon Johnson (Psychology '11) has been accepted into Ph.D. programs in industrial/organizational psychology at Louisiana State University, Auburn University, and the University of Connecticut.

Yue (“Quinn”) Lin (Studio Arts ‘11) has been accepted into the MFA program at the University of Missouri. In May Quinn’s senior thesis will be exhibited in the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery along with the senior thesis of fellow graduating senior Ann Elizabeth White (Studio Arts ’12). Chase de Saint-Felix featured on the cover of the Memphis Flyer

Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy '11) recently presented a lecture on the merger between the Psychology of Religion and Sports Psychology at the Mid-South Psychology Conference held at CBU on February 26. In addition, his newest paper, "Superstition & Religious Ritual: An Examination of their Effects & Utilization within Athletics," has been accepted for presentation at the Hendrix College Religious Studies Conference to be held April 23 in Conway, AR.

Chase de Saint-Felix (Religion & Philosophy '11, SGA President) was selected by the Memphis Flyer as one of its fourteen "Hotties" for 2011 in its annual Valentine's Day edition to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis. He also was chosen from the fourteen to grace the newspaper's cover (at left) and, subsequently, he was voted “Male Hottie of the Year.” Chase also has been admitted to the M.A. program in Philosophy at American University in Washington, DC.





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 students Jenessa Gebers (Psychology '11) and Ashley Jones (Psychology '11) who have been chosen as 2011 Lasallian Fellows.





An image of the book "Research Methods: Are You Equipped?" by Jennifer Bonds-Raacke and John RaackeResearch Methods: Are You Equipped? by Jennifer Bonds–Raacke (Psychology ‘00) and John Raacke (Psychology ‘00) is now available. According to Pearson Publishing, “This new 1st edition helps students understand how Research Methods are important to everyday life.” For more information visit the CourseSmart site at http://instructors.coursesmart.com/0135022703.

Chelsea Chandler (Psychology ’11) was crowned Miss Soybean Festival at the Miss UT Martin/Miss Soybean Festival on January 29 in Martin, TN. She received a $1,500 scholarship and is now headed to the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant in Jackson, TN, from June 12 – 19.

Julia Hanebrink (Psychology '01) (MHIRT Coordinator and adjunct in both the School of Science and the School of Arts) is working on a Ph.D. in the Anthropology of Human Rights at UT Knoxville.

Lindsay Hanlen (English '10) is working as a media assistant, public relations account executive and media buyer for WestRogers, an advertising, PR and marketing firm in East Memphis. She has bought advertising time for eleven political candidates (ten of whom won), and most recently, works as a production coordinator for the Beale Street/WKNO New Year's Eve broadcast. She also is a freelance writer and photographer for the Memphis Downtowner magazine.

Aaron Lamey (ECCM '09) joined CBU’s Information Technology Services in the position of Network Administrator, returning to CBU from CBHS where he was working in the IT Department.

Jestein Lamey (History ’08) graduated from the University of Glasgow’s graduate school in December 2009 and is now working at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum as the Curator of History.

Kenny Latta (Religion & Philosophy '10) has been named Lasallian Volunteer of the Month for February 2011. He is working as a tutor at La Salle Academy in New York City.

Spencer Macklin (Religion & Philosophy ’10) is working as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal.

Alanya “Lanie” Smith (Psychology '02) and Julia Hanebrink (Psychology ‘01) have been invited to coauthor a chapter based on their MHIRT research in Gulu for an upcoming book entitled: African Childhoods: Peace-Building, Education and Development in the Youngest Continent. The title of their chapter will be "Painting a Picture of Expressive Arts Therapy For War-Affected Youth in Northern Uganda."




The following is a letter from Faisal Ansari (Psychology ’07) sent on Tuesday, March 08, 2011, in response to a message from Dr. Tracie Burke (Chair, Behavioral Sciences):

Dr. Burke,

So amazing to hear back from you so soon!

I think of you every day, since I live in Burke, VA! I commute to work in Alexandria, VA, which is about 45 minutes on a bad day (there are a lot of those with DC traffic). Alexandria, VA is a couple of miles south of DC proper. I can see the Washington Monument from my building! We had a few snow showers here so far. Nothing even close to the “Snowpocalypse” we had last year!! I was stranded at my friend’s place for days!

WORK: I work at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). In their Directorate of “Center for Police Leadership and Training,” I am the program coordinator for the “Iraqi Police Education Program.” This is a grant we were awarded from the Department of State, and we have to organize the training of Iraqi Police Executives in leadership styles and the democratic style of policing (switching from 'confession' based to 'evidence' based policing). Quite a challenge! The press release for this project is: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2010/10/149591.htm

We have to arrange for pretty much everything from the moment they board the plane in Baghdad. Once they are here, we train them in various police departments and training facilities across the nation (Milwaukee PD, Ocean City PD, Seattle PD, Denver, Dallas, etc), so the position has me traveling a bunch. We all got an opportunity to travel to Vegas for work on in January! Can’t complain. Here is the press release from the event: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/pix/inl/155761.htm.


I got into the IACP as a Legislative and Public Affairs intern. I was able to get my foot in the door through that route. I figured out early on that the only way to get a job in DC is through an internship (so note to future DC students: get an internship in the place you want to work eventually). DC is all about internal hiring. As a Legislative Affairs intern, I got to deal with Capitol Hill on a regular basis regarding law enforcement issues. Great exposure. The job at the IACP has me working with every police unit you hear about in TV shows--NCIS, SVU, US Marshals, Secret Service, ATF, and chiefs of police from various police departments in the country. Absolutely love it.

SCHOOL: If all goes according to plan, I will be graduating in August of this year from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. It is the closest public school to D.C. My degree will be an M.A. in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations. Ties well with the job.

I was nominated by the Public and International Affairs Department of my school to be a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). After the nomination, I was invited to take some tests, and I am now a semi-finalist for the program. Over 8000 graduate students were nominated nationwide, and 1500 made it to the semi-final round. Out of these, about 750 make it to the final stage, and 300 find positions with the government. The program is an accelerated management program that takes you from a GS-9 to a GS-12 in about 2 years (this would normally take around 6-8 years normally). I just had my interview/presentations/assessments done yesterday. Let’s hope I make it to the final stage. The PMF information can be found at www.pmf.gov, and I am listed as a semi-finalist for 2011 under my last name “ANSARI,” next to my school (George Mason University). The official list can also be found here: http://www.pmf.gov/news-events/official-list-of-2011-semi-finalists.aspx

Work and school are basically running a monopoly on my time, and it seems that the older I get, the faster time goes by.

I want to thank you for everything you have done, and continue doing for your students.

My regards to the entire department, and the best of wishes to Dr. Brombach! He is truly a trooper!


Faisal Ansari
Project Coordinator
Iraqi Police Education and Training Program (Center for Police Leadership and Training)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police

Dr. Burke and the rest of Faisal’s CBU family couldn’t be more proud and wish him continued success in all of his endeavors!







Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lamey of Cordova, TN, have announced the engagement of their daughter, Jestein Leigh Lamey, to Jonathan Gibson. Mr. Gibson is the son of Ms. Mary Dunn of Largs, Scotland, and Mr. Alan Gibson of Paisley, Scotland. A May wedding is planned.

Miss Lamey is a graduate of Saint Benedict at Auburndale High School, Christian Brothers University, and the University of Glasgow. She is the Curator of History at the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis. Her father is currently the Irrigation Manager for McCraw Plumbing in Millington and her mother is the Reimbursement Services Supervisor in the Biologics Division with Smith & Nephew Orthopedics.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Napier University in Edinburgh, Scotland. Before his recent move to Memphis he was Manager for Hilton Hotels. His mother is now retired, but was the Retail General Manager with Safeway PLC. His father is a Police Officer with the Strathclyde Police Department.

The wedding will take place on May 28, 2011, in the village of Ballachulish in Glencoe, Scotland, at St. Munda’s Church. Attendants include the “Man” of Honor, Mr. Aaron Lamey (the bride’s twin brother) and the Best Man, Mr. Kenneth Martin.

The couple became engaged last February and the announcement was published in the Commercial Appeal last April in a Say Yes! special edition along with their own romantic proposal story.





CBU would like to announce the marriage of Julia Hanebrink and David (“Dave”) P. Lewis. Dave attended CBU as a civil engineering major for two years before he joined the Marine Corps. In Julia’s own words, “We actually met at CBU in 1997 and were good friends for nine years before we started dating in fall 2006--right after I got back from my first trip to Uganda and started teaching at CBU. We reconnected while he was finishing up his degree at Oklahoma State University after completing a tour of duty in Iraq. In 2007, Dave got a job as a superintendent for Flintco Inc. and moved to Memphis so we could be closer together (when I wasn't in Uganda). He proposed to me atop the Indian Mounds at Chickasaw Heritage Park overlooking the Mississippi River. I said yes! We were married on July 31, 2010, at the Center for Southern Folklore.




Samantha Alperin (Education) and Ray Karasek (Administration & Finance/Residence Life) attended the Lasallian Leadership Institute in Belleville, IL, where they presented the first part of their project on "Reintroducing Lasallian Formation into ORIN 100 Freshman Orientation." To learn more about LLI, visit their Web site at http://www.lasallian.info/template/page.cfm?id=46.

Wendy Ashcroft (Education) was presented with an award for Lifetime Achievement in Education by the Arc of the Mid-South on November 6, 2010. She was honored at the Arc’s 60th Anniversary Celebration at the Peabody Hotel for her work with children with intellectual disabilities and for her service to both the Mid-South and Tennessee chapters of the Arc. The Arc of the Mid-South is a non-profit United Way agency dedicated to empowering people with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

David Dault (Religion & Philosophy) presented a paper entitled "From Cultural Materialism to Material Scripture" as part of a panel he organized on behalf of the Society for Comparative Research of Iconic and Performative Texts for the American Academy of Religion Conference in Atlanta, October 30-November 1, 2010.

Rena Durr (Behavioral Sciences) addressed the topic "Speaking of Sex: Do Men and Women Speak Different Languages?" in Spain Auditorium on February 15, 2011. Dr. Durr’s specialty areas within psychology include gender differences, child and adolescent development, animal cognition and consciousness, and the biological basis for behavior, especially as it relates to love and attraction.

Ellen Faith (Education) was elected to a three-year term as chair of the board of directors for DeNeuville Learning Center, a Memphis adult education ministry of the Sisters of the House of the Good Shepherd. On behalf of DeNeuville, Dr. Faith recently was awarded an Assisi grant to provide an adult education program to Aramark employees at CBU and other local colleges and universities. She also attended the first global Co-Active Summit at Marco Island, Florida, from February 23 – 26. Co-activity is a transformative approach to the "soft skills" of mentoring, coaching, and leadership.

Karen B. Golightly (Literature and Languages) was awarded one of CBU’s $4,000 faculty development grants for 2011 – 2012. Her proposal entailed starting a creative writing major and minor, establishing a creative writing club with a university-wide speaker series, and expanding Castings.

Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy), while on maternity leave last fall, attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, GA, October 30 to November 1, 2010, where she presented a paper entitled, “‘You who will never be me nor mine’: Toward a Feminist Apophatic Theology of Religious Difference.”

Ben Jordan (History and Political Science) published an article in the latest issue of Environmental History, the leading peer-reviewed journal in the field, which is now being published by Oxford University Press. His article, “‘Conservation of Boyhood’: Boy Scouting’s Modest Manliness and Natural Resource Conservation, 1910-1930,” examines the relationship between natural and human-built environments on the one hand and gender, race, class, and citizenship ideas on the other.

Karl Leib (History & Political Science) and Benjamin Head (Plough Library) presented "Four Important Supreme Court Decisions in Black History" at a brown bag luncheon in Sabbatini Lounge on February 8, 2011.

Images of the multifaceted Dr. Teri MasonTeri Mason (Behavioral Sciences), who came to CBU in 1993, will be leaving here at the end of the spring semester to pursue life adventures elsewhere. She was a full-time academic advisor for several years in what was then called the Evening Program (now Graduate and Professional Studies) and taught anthropology and sociology as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Behavioral Sciences. In 2000 she became a full-time faculty member and is a favorite among students and colleagues. She was co-director with Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald of the MHIRT (Minority Health International Research Training) grant and traveled to Uganda during the summers to conduct research on the physical and behavioral health needs of former child soldiers. Mason’s contributions to CBU, her students, and her colleagues are immense. On a personal note, Tracie Burke, “would like to thank Dr. Mason for the countless meals and snacks she provided over the years, perhaps the most memorable of which was the half eaten banana pinned to her office door. Bon voyage, friend!”

Nick Peña (Visual and Performing Arts) was one of nine artists participating in the group exhibition "Winter Invitational" at Gallery Fifty Six during the month of January. For more information, view the Web site at http://www.thepalladiogroup.com/gallery_fifty_six. Peña also is one of many artists who are participating in an open call exhibition entitled “FRACKING: Art and Activism Against the Drill” from December 7, 2010, through March 29, 2011. Exit Art--an interdisciplinary cultural center that presents innovative exhibitions, films and performances which reflect a commitment to contemporary issues and ideas--invited the public to respond to the issue of fracking by submitting a postcard via mail with original artwork on one side and a written statement on the other. The exhibition was organized by Lauren Rosati, Assistant Curator, with Peggy Cyphers, Ruth Hardinger, and Alice Zinnes. For additional information about Exit Art and Fracking please visit their Web site at <http://exitart.org/sea/fracking.html>.

Richard Potts (Education) presented a session entitled “Adolescent Literacy: Lessons from the Field,” at the 36th Tennessee Reading Association Annual Conference on November 10, 2010, in Murfreesboro, TN. Potts also published an article in the December issue of SEEN (Southeast Education Network) Magazine entitled “Christian Brothers University LANCE Program: Producing Teachers with Heart, Soul and Mind.”

Rod Vogl (Behavioral Sciences) attended the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in Jacksonville, FL, March 2-5 and presented his research “Flashbulb Memories: The Roles of Personal Significance and Emotional Impact.” Co-authors were students Nathali Blackwell (Psychology ’11) and Carla Liles (Psychology ‘09). Vogl also presented Jenessa Gebers’ (Psychology '11) research “The Relationship between Need for Cognition and Investigating Media Credibility” at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association.

James Buchanan Wallace (Religion and Philosophy) made two presentations at the Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting in Atlanta which was held November 20 – 23, 2010. Wallace gave a summary of his seminar paper, “Paul’s Catalogues of Suffering in 2 Corinthians as Ascetic Performances,” in addition to presenting a paper entitled, “A Sufficient Grace: 2 Corinthians 11:21-12:10 in the Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Tradition.”




It was with great sadness that the School of Arts learned of the recent death of Emma Lee Theobald. Emma Lee was held in high esteem by all who knew her during the twenty years she served as secretary to the School of Arts. From the beginning of her career in 1971, Emma Lee was a constant source of cheerfulness and encouragement for all who came in contact with her. She had a particular gift for communicating with students, many of whom remained her friends long after her retirement in 1991, as did many members of the faculty and staff. Her fineness of character and graciousness to all made her one of the most loved members of the CBU community. Eternal rest give unto her, O Lord.




GreenUp Memphis image


Above: Dominic Haught (son of Drs. Emily Holmes and Paul Haught, Chair of the CBU Sustainability Committee) and Frank Minneci (English '11) were among the volunteers working the CBU booth at GreenUp Memphis on October 30, explaining eco-friendly efforts underway at the University. Pat Papachristou (Economics) also worked at the CBU booth and was instrumental in setting up the exhibit. The GreenUp festival was held on the Green at South Front adjacent to the Memphis Farmers Market, behind Central Station in Downtown Memphis.

The School of Arts also is doing its part in implementing a new recycling program on campus. Barry Hall and Kenrick Hall are now equipped with recycling containers provided by International Paper, and CBU students and faculty are all pitching in to make the program a success.



The Department of Education celebrated on December 8, 2010, with students who completed their Student/Intern Teaching this semester: Kerry Camp, Katie Clements, Shermelle Cowan, Eda Fain, Shelley Hand, Ashleigh-Brooke Hensley, Jaye Hudson, Marlene Kelly-Bailey, David Scott Ralston, Shelby Roberts, Madiha Sayani, Lou Shelton, Sean Smith, Rhiannon Thomas, Rachel Webb, Susan Wessel and Carley Wright. Student/Intern Teaching is the semester-long field experience each student must complete before licensure. Along with serving in the classroom, students worked to complete their Final Portfolio. Congratulations to these wonderful teachers and thank you to all of the cooperating teachers, mentor teachers, university supervisors, and CBU faculty who had a part in their preparation!


Pictured above (l-r) are Anne James (MSEL ’11), Dr. Talana Vogel (Education), and Charlette Duncan (Licensure in Instructional Leadership ’11) at the First Annual Prestige Awards, which were held on March 10, 2011, at the Tower Room in Clark Tower. The Prestige Awards recognized forty Memphis City Schools teachers for their outstanding contributions to teaching. Anne served as a hostess, and Charlette was recognized as one of the Prestige teachers.





The CBU chapter of the national history honor society Phi Alpha Theta initiated three new members on October 28, 2010. Pictured above from left to right are Dr. Neal Palmer (History & Political Science Chair and faculty advisor), new member Max Group (History '11), new member Courtney Barlow (History '12), and Phi Alpha Theta president Latoria Lewis (History '11).



Also pictured are most recent inductees to Phi Alpha Theta: Kyra Clapper (History '13) and Matthew Strong (History '13), who were inducted on February 28, 2011. New member Cleve Joyner (History '12) is not pictured.



The CBU Honors Program serves 120 students and, although housed in the School of Arts, is open to all majors at CBU. Below are some highlights from spring 2011, including some upcoming events open to the CBU Community.


Russell Brandon outlines his career decision-making timeline.

The CBU Honors Program held its first "From Bookbag to Briefcase (or Stethoscope)" event on February 22, during which five Honors Program alumni gave advice to thirty current students about the transition from college to graduate/medical school and professional careers. Burton Bridges (Business Administration '09), Russell Brandon (Psychology '09), John Legge (Mathematics and Chemistry '09), Kären Brandon (English '07), and Dustin Perry (Mathematics '10) shared the following insights (among others) gleaned from their postgraduate experiences: 1) don't feel safe at work-- continue to develop your skills and relationships; 2) explore and determine what you are passionate about and seek a career that encompasses those things; 3) continue to make time for your friends, as they will provide balance in your life; 4) keep on keepin' on: if things don't fall together right away, be tenacious and do what it takes to be successful. Great advice from some great alumni! Pictured above: Russell Brandon outlines his career decision-making timeline.

On March 07, 2011, the Honors Program presented "Money Monday" for CBU students. This Money Monday featured Mr. Jim Shannon, CBU's Student Financial Assistance Guru, and focused on paying back student loan debt. The two remaining Money Mondays will focus on credit cards/reports/scores (March 21) and saving and investing (April 11), both at 8:00 p.m. (location TBA). To RSVP, e-mail tburke@cbu.edu.

THE QUOTIDIAN LIFE OF A MEDICAL EXAMINER: You've seen CSI, Bones, and Dr. G. Now meet Dr. C! At what is sure to be the most popular Honors Program event of the year, Dr. Karen Chancellor, Shelby County Medical Examiner, will speak on "The Quotidian Life of a Medical Examiner" at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28, in Assisi Hall 153. Come see what it is really like to visit crime scenes, conduct autopsies, and determine cause of death. (Don’t know what "quotidian" means? Neither did we, but it’s a great word to know. So go ahead and look it up.) Open to the entire CBU Community.

DR. BUSLER'S "LAST LECTURE": Please join the Honors Program and the CBU Community on April 26 at 12:45An image of Bill Busler at Christian Brothers University p.m. in Spain Auditorium for this extraordinary event during which Dr. Bill Busler (Chemistry) will give his (hypothetical) "Last Lecture." In its fourth 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. Known for his challenging classes, bodacious teaching style, quick wit, astronomical ability to prepare students for the future, and exposing students to the symphony, Dr. Busler is sure to give his audience something to think about.

HONORS ONLINE: At the 2010 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, October 21 – 24, 2010, the CBU Honors Program's Web site won second place in the Web site competition for small colleges.

Reviewers wrote "I really enjoyed the personal feel of the Web site,” "I really enjoyed the photo album! It was nice to see so many pictures of the honors students and to see how the attention to details was important," and "The Web site had a strong student presence, which seems to be missing in a lot of college Web sites."




On Saturday, February 26, 2011, nearly 200 people attended the Mid-South Psychology Conference, hosted by CBU’s Department of Behavioral Sciences. The Mid-South Psychology Conference (MSPC) is sponsored and hosted each year through the combined effort of The University of Memphis, Lambuth University, and Christian Brothers University. Each spring, the conference rotates among these three campuses, and students from Tennessee and surrounding states present original research and attend interest sessions on current topics in psychology. The purpose of the MSPC is to provide undergraduate psychology students with a friendly and professional outlet to present original research. Each student receives feedback from his or her peers, professors, and a panel of judges that will rate students based on the research project and conference presentation.

The keynote speaker was W. Richard Walker, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Winston-Salem State University, whose address was entitled “Everything That We Thought We Knew About Positive and Negative Emotion is Wrong!”

CBU students presented the following research:


Pictured above (l-r): Kara Jones (Psychology '13), Roma Rozanska (Psychology '12), and Laurel Shute (Psychology '13).

Kara Jones, Roma Rozanska, and Laurel Shute. “Optimism and Problem Solving in College Students.”

Lauren Guerrant, Shran Jones, and Corry Franklin. “Body Image.”


Charles Moses, Darenique Lloyd, and Brittany Alston. “Video Games and Stress Levels.”


Lyndsey Barker, Katelyn Cook, and Lauren Pintar. “Healthy Eating Habits and Academic Achievement in College Students.”

Ashley A. Bailey and Rod Vogl. “The Effect of Mood on Source Memory for Conversations.”

Bryana Polk and Zaniesha Davis. “Knowing versus Acting on Love.”


Amy Cook, Eyrial Hearns, and Matthew B. Vincent. “The Relationship between Participation in Recreational Role-play and Relative Stress Levels.”

Danielle Hobbs, Kimberly Motley, and Edward Bowden. “The Relationship between Caffeine Consumption and Impulsivity.”

Jacob R. Zvolanek and Rockie B. Reinach. “Student GPA and Parent Academic Achievement.”

Nathali Blackwell, Dana A. O'Hoyt, A. Paige Pirkey, and Rod Vogl. “The Relationship between Parental Rejection, Depression, and Susceptibility to Peer Pressure.”

Nathali Blackwell, Dana A. O'Hoyt, A. Paige Pirkey, and Rod Vogl. “The Relationship between Peer Rejection, Susceptibility to Peer Pressure and Depression.”


Pictured above (l-r): Megan Hoffmann (Psychology '11), Ja'Lissa Fredrick (Psychology '11), Elizabeth Booker (Psychology/Literature '13), and Amanda Willhite (Psychology '11).

Ja'Lissa Fredrick, Elizabeth Booker, and Megan Hoffmann. “Putting on a Little Mood Music: The Relationship of Listening to Music and Mood.”

Amanda R. Willhite and Will Wilson. “Correlation between Religiosity and Self-esteem in Adolescents.”

Maya McKenzie, Bria Buford, and Katurah Lewis. “Relationship of Personality Traits in Selection of the Ideal Mate.”


The research by Nathali Blackwell, Dana A. O'Hoyt, A. Paige Pirkey, and Rod Vogl. “The Relationship between Peer Rejection, Susceptibility to Peer Pressure and Depression,” won 2nd place in the Poster category award.


This year students and faculty attended from University of North Alabama, University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College, University of West Alabama, Lambuth University, Bethel University, University of Tennessee Martin, Northern Kentucky University, Mississippi University for Women, Rhodes College, East Tennessee State University, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State University, University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas State University, Sewanee: University of the South, and Berea College.



Brandon Mitchell-Duncan (English for Corporate Communications '13) won third place in the Freshman Men category at the Tennessee Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Student Auditions on October 30 at Union University in Jackson, TN. Voice students from all over the state of Tennessee competed. Also taking part in the auditions were Jonathan Fili (Engineering Physics '13), Bridget Fowler (Studio Art '11), Liz Kellicut (Arts '12), Michael Sanford (Mechanical Engineering '13) and Amanda Willhite (Psychology '13), who all received excellent scores. The students are taught by Tommy Gaines (Music).




During summer 2010 Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences) and Professor Jana Broussard Travis (Visual and Performing Arts) traveled with fourteen students to Edgehill University in Ormskirk, located in Northwest England, for three weeks of classes. Courses included “Psychopathology: International and Historical Perspectives” with Dr. Tracie Burke, and “Special Topics, Drawing: Mixed Media” with Professor Jana Broussard Travis. Students participated in trips specific to the course they were studying, including visits to the Freud Museum and the York Retreat, an early alternative to asylums; the Tate Museum in Liverpool; and the Tate Modern in London as well as others. They enjoyed spending the last four days in the city attending plays and watching the World Cup with the locals before heading home.

Over winter break Brittly Butler, Jasmine Perkins, and Robyn Watson, participated in Mrs. Pat Papachristou’s Economics course for an exciting trip to China with the University of Memphis. Wanda Anderson from the Study Abroad office also travelled with them. They visited Shanghai, Beijing, Wuhan and some of the world’s most amazing sights such as the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Wall.

Currently plans are being finalized for the May trip to Rome, Assisi, and Florence. Ms. Papachristou is teaching Economics 346: Management – “Sustainable Development Italy.” Sights to be visited in Rome will include the Pantheon, Campo de Fiori, Santa Maria Sopra Minerva (the only Gothic church built in Rome), St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican Museum, Piazza Navona, Spanish Steps, and others. The group will also attend the Papal audience in St. Peter’s Square. A trip to Frascati, a nearby hill town, is planned to view the vineyards and eat in a local restaurant. Finally a day to Assisi, the home town of St. Francis, will cap the trip.

After traveling by fast train through the Tuscan region to Florence, the group will experience a look back at the beginning of the Renaissance. Sites to be visited will be the Duomo, built by Brunelleschi; the world famous statue of David by Michelangelo; Uffizi Museum, one of the world’s best art galleries, and San Lorenzo market for shopping. A day trip to the Chianti wine country at Greve is also planned.

Students experiencing a semester abroad last year at LaSalle University in Barcelona were Michael Covington and Tayannia Kerr. Hajra Motiwala is there now to spend the spring 2011 semester. CBU welcomed four exchange students on campus during fall semester of 2010, two men from Lasalle Barcelona and two women from FH Joanneum in Austria. Dr. James Allen in the School of Business will be participating in an exchange program teaching a summer 2011 class in Austria for both CBU and Austrian students.

Travel/study locations under consideration for 2011-2012 are Paris, France; Austria, including Vienna; Italy (Rome and Florence); and Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Uruguay.




Christian Brothers University Theatre Department and Middle College High School will present the musical “Schoolhouse Rock” at the University Theatre on April 1st, and April 2nd at 7:00 p.m., and April 3rd at 2 p.m. This popular musical is based on the 70s Saturday morning cartoon and features well known tunes such as “Conjunction Junction,” “ I’m Just a Bill,” and “The Great American Melting Pot.” What makes this production unique is that CBU and Middle College will be combining forces to bring great family entertainment to Memphis. Admission prices are $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for faculty students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact Matthew Hamner (Visual and performing Arts) at mhamner@cbu.edu or 901-321-3026.



Photograph by Desiree Mitchell, Studio Arts '13



The Visual and Performing Arts Department has been very busy this past fall. In October there was a faculty exhibition at the Beverly and Sam Ross Gallery featuring the work of: Jana Broussard Travis, Pamela Hassler, and Nick Peña. Travis and Peña were also invited to exhibit at the Winter Invitational at Gallery Fifty-Six in January. Other highlights include:

- Senior thesis will be exhibited in the Beverly and Sam Ross gallery in May of this semester.

- The Art Club will host the upcoming MACA Fine Arts and Crafts show in the CBU gym opening April 1.

- Two majors photographs (see Student Activities and Achievements, above) are now featured in the recent publication Capture Memphis.