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This fall represents simultaneously a season of remembrance and a season of expectation for the School of Arts. We begin this issue with a testimonial remembering the life and work of one of the great educators in the School of Arts, Dr. Rose Deal. Written by her longtime friend and colleague, Dr. Vincent O’Neill, it offers a personal perspective from someone who knew her well, and I am especially grateful to Vincent for taking the time to share these memories with us. I also wish to use this space to remember the many years of excellent teaching and service by Dr. Deal’s colleagues in Literature and Languages, Dr. Mary Cargill and Dr. Steve Grice, both of whom retired last spring. In May, another beloved faculty member, Dr. Rena Durr, retired from a long career in psychology. All three retirees remain connected to CBU having been granted the distinction of Professor Emeritus/Emerita.
Dr. Deal’s legacy is felt in many ways in the school, and we continue to cultivate academic experiences that complement her vision for student learning at CBU, especially in foreign language instruction and curriculum development in the department of Literature and Languages. This semester we are happy to be joined by two new professors in English. Dr. Jeffrey Gross comes to CBU from the University of Kentucky where he studied American literature, especially in the antebellum period. Dr. Brendan Prawdzik is our new professor of early modern literature. Prawdzik joins the School of Arts after recently receiving his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley and completing a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA.
This semester is also the inaugural term for the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing. Led by Dr. Karen Golightly, this program has not only attracted an impressive number of majors but has stimulated the growth of the Creative Writing Club. Our programs are most successful when students are able to transfer what they learn in the classroom to their lives outside. Whether that occurs through an internship or as part of a campus activity, when students are energized by what they learn they will also find a way to make an impact with it.
In Behavioral Sciences, that impact is nurtured by the psychology program’s research curriculum, which will now enjoy the support of our newest psychology professor, Dr. Jeffrey Sable. Sable brings not only a wealth of research experience but a new specialization to the program in cognition and neuroscience.
Not all new hires are new faces. In Education, we have the distinct pleasure of welcoming back to CBU, Daniel Messinger, who is now Administrative Assistant and Licensing Officer for the department. Messinger previously worked for CBU in the Graduate and Professional Studies program. He replaces Kären Brandon who is now pursuing a master’s degree in counseling.
To help us spread the word about our rich activity and events schedule, we have created a Facebook page for the School of Arts. Please like us to stay informed about all Arts programs, and help us stay in touch!
Best wishes to all,
Paul Haught, Dean
School of Arts
I first met Rose Deal in the 1970’s and, as she said, we seemed to have a kind of natural affinity, partly because we were both from ‘somewhere else,’ partly because we shared something of European culture. All the years since, she brought to the School of Arts a dimension that is her true legacy to us. Certainly, we will all benefit from her monetary gifts, but it would be an unhappy result were we to forget her other greater legacy—an intellectual and cultural one.
She was deeply steeped in the ancient and medieval culture of Europe, and this gave her a wonderful breadth of mind and a love of the past. Indeed she knew the ancient foundations of Western culture through her command of Greek and Latin literature, and with this she combined a love of the later Catholic culture of medieval and Renaissance Europe, especially in her love for Dante.
As a teacher, her greatest concern was to assure that her students in Memphis were brought into a happy collision with what she had to give. As a Professor of Latin, ancient Greek, Italian, French and Western European history, she opened up the minds of generations of students to a richer vision of culture. But this did not take place only in the classroom; her very way of acting and living, her very manner—gracious, smiling and more than slightly aristocratic—conveyed a mysteriously deep fineness of character. Many a student has remarked on her ‘presence,’ drawn by a personality shaped in another, longer tradition.
Yet she was capable of decisive and direct action when she felt that the university might be veering away from the teaching of languages and tempted to cut some of them away. She protested vigorously, and sometimes prompted a return to what she called ‘linguistic sanity’ by an instrument she found effective in many cases—money.
Thus, her ‘other legacy’ was not to ‘buildings and grounds,’ but to us as a School of Arts, and, hence, to the University at large. Buildings and grounds decay; Rosa’s brand of intellectual and cultural tradition will always need to be safeguarded and renewed.
ANDY ANDREWS, Author of The Noticer
October 30th, University Theater, 7 p.m.
We had a successful year with the Fresh Reads program, with over 25 discussion group leaders, representing all four schools, alumni, and staff at CBU. First-year students read Andy Andrews' The Noticer and participated in an essay competition that culminated in the top ten essayists dining with Pat McCormick, our Welcome Weekend speaker. Thanks to the Knapp Foundation's, Seidman Lecture Series, we will host writer Andy Andrews at CBU on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 pm in the University Theater. Andy is a dynamic motivational speaker, so encourage all of your students to attend.
FACULTY AND STAFF NEWS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Dr. Wendy Ashcroft signed a publishing contract for a book to be published in April 2013. The book will be titled Social Skills Games and Activities for Teaching Kids with Autism. She presented at the International Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children in Denver, Co, in April 2012. Her presentation topic was strategies for teaching middle school students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Ashcroft also represented the state of Tennessee at CEC's representative assembly and has been nominated for a position on the Board of Directors of the International Council for Exceptional Children.
Mary Burns (Literature and Languages) was a recipient
for Fine Arts Work Center summer writers residency 2012.
"100 Thousand Poets for Change," a poetry reading held at Java Cabana on Saturday, September 29. Poets included Mary Burns, Corey Mesler, John Reed, Heather Dobbins, Whit Griffin, and Bobby Rogers.
Dr. Cort Casey has been invited to join the Board of Reviewers for the Delta Journal of Education. The Delta Journal of Education is a peer reviewed educational research journal. It focuses on papers that present empirical research, theoretical statements, philosophical arguments, critical syntheses of a domain of educational inquiry, and the synergy of educational scholarship, policy, and practice. It is published bi-annually at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS.
Matthew Hamner, Assistant Professor, will be performing the role of Azolan in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at Theatre Memphis in October.
Dr. Emily Holmes organized a panel discussion this past May around the theme of “Intersections: Medieval Women’s Spirituality in Conversation with Feminist Theory and Theology” at the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and on that panel, she presented a paper, “Hadewijch and the Mother of Love,” which is based on a chapter of her forthcoming book, Writing the Body of Christ: A Theology of Incarnation through Women’s Mystical Writings (under contract with Baylor University Press, forthcoming November 2013).
Dr. Ben Jordan will be Chairing and commentating on a session entitled, "Girl Scouting at 100 Years: Internationalism and Gender in the Twentieth Century" for this year's Women's and Gender Historians of the Midwest Conference theme, "'Born in Revolution': History, Gender, and the Power of Conflict" in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on October 13th.
Sean MacInnes, Administrative Assistant for The School of Arts, has been elected to Chair the Sustainability Committee. He is also the Faculty/Staff Advisor for the Student Sustainability Coalition and the Project Coordinator for the CBU Community Garden. If you want to be involved contact him! firstname.lastname@example.org, 321-3335
Assistant Professor Nick Pena's work What Lies Beneath (Slow Creep), oil on canvas, 36x60” has been selected, by Juror John Weeden, for an exhibition at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens titled Present Tense: The Art of Memphis from 2001-Now. The exhibition focuses on the interesting recent history of our city and the way Memphis artists have responded to this stimulating and sometimes provocative environment. The exhibition features more than 100 works of art in a variety of media by some seventy-five different artists. Stretching from Catmur Foyer all the way into the Residence, almost the entirety of the Dixon, the show will reveal the scope of recent Memphis art as no presentation ever has. The exhibition will open at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens on Saturday, 3 February and runs for twelve weeks, until Sunday 14 April. Every work in the show will be featured on a website specially designed to serve as a permanent catalogue of the exhibition.
Dr. Brendan Prawdzik has two articles due for release
next year, "'Look on Me': Theater, Gender, and Poetic Identity Formation
in Milton's Maske" in Studies in Philology Fall
2013; and "Naked Writhing Flesh: Rhetorical Authority, Theatrical
Recursion, and Milton's Poetics of the Viewed Body" in Duquesne University
Press volume, tentative titled “‘Varietie without end’:
Generative Irresolution in Milton’s Poetry.”
Dr. Prawdzik attended a National Humanities Center junior faculty colloquium on the poet Andrew Marvell, led by preeminent Marvellian Nigel Smith (Princeton), at Raleigh-Durham, NC this past June. He is also developing a conference panel with two members of the group, Alex Garganigo and Blaine Greteman, for the March 2013 South-Central Renaissance Conference in Omaha. That panel is on Marvell's prose satire The Rehearsal Transpros'd.
Dr. Ric Potts has co-authored a book, Impressions From the Middle: Content Literacy Strategies for Improving Student Achievement (2012) by Research for Better Schools, Inc. Dr. Potts has also been recognized for being a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Common Core Advisory Committee.
Ms. Rita Raniszewski, Director of Assessment, and Ms. Nancy Wilder, NCATE Coordinator, will attend several NCATE (National Accreditation of Colleges of Teacher Education) conferences concerning accreditation for the Education Department programs: the annual fall meeting of CAEP/NCATE in Arlington, VA; the NCATE conference in Washington, DC; and the TACTE (Tennessee Association of Colleges of Teacher Education) conference in Nashville where they will be joined by colleagues Dr. Ric Potts, Dr. Cort Casey, and Dr. Samantha Alperin.
Dr. Jeff Sable recently published two articles, "The
sensory gating inventory as a potential diagnostic tool for attention-deficit
hyperactivity disorder" in the journal ADHD Attention Deficit and
Hyperactivity Disorders; and "Effects
of alcohol on sequential information processing: Evidence for temporal
myopia" is available online and in the journal of Psychology
of Addictive Behaviors. He also participated in a symposium called "Psychophysiology
at a primarily undergraduate institution: Teaching and research"
in which he focused on engaging undergraduate students in the research
process. He was also a co-presenter of a research poster entitled, "Stimulus
rhythmicity can override the omission MMN", which is a collaboration
with a student and an alumna from Rhodes College, and students and a faculty
member (Dr. Frank Andrasik) at the University of Memphis, where the research
STUDENT AND ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS
Johnny Blount (Religion & Philosophy '13) was awarded a Lasallian Fellows Scholarship. The Lasallian Fellows Program is made possible by the generosity of CBU trustee Joyce Mollerup and her husband Bob Buckman. It is an annual fellowship program awarding $5,000 each to five members of the senior class whose scholarship, leadership and service reflect CBU's Lasallian values. Lasallian values 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.
Dennis Foley (Class of '82) runs the Literary Blog, FOLEY SPEAK, which is currently seeking submissions for the following: creative essays, short stories, How To’s, food reviews, travel essays, rants, artwork, and other profound musings. This is a literary blog and new material is posted weekly. To stay within the blog format, keep the material somewhat short. If your material is selected, you will be featured as a guest writer. Visit our site to see the type of material we are looking for (please note that humor is always welcome) and submit your material via email to email@example.com.
Kim Gardner, senior Psychology major, is part of the research team for developmental studies of brain function. Gardner is spending several hours a week at the Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Center at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, helping to measure brain activity in children aged 1 to 4. The research is part of the large-scale Conditions Affecting Neurocognitive Development and Learning in Early Childhood (CANDLE) project, which is headed by the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Veronica Love (English, 2012) is attending law school at the University of Maryland. She is also acting as a Maryland Law Ambassador, which is similar to a CBU Presidential Ambassador.
Things Not Seen Radio
In July, Dr. David Dault (Religion and Philosophy) began hosting a weekly radio show, Things Not Seen: Conversations about Culture and Faith. "I was very inspired by shows on NPR like Fresh Air," says Dault. "They do a great job of taking the time to really get to the heart of the interview. Unfortunately, shows on NPR don't always take religion seriously. Issues of faith tend to get treated as a curiosity. So I wanted to have a show that takes time to listen, in an informed and respectful way, to people's stories about their faith."
The show has highlighted local authors and projects, as well as tackling larger issues with nationally-recognized guests. "Our first show featured Stacy Smith, from The Church Health Center here in Memphis, and our most recent show featured Joanna Brooks, who a few weeks ago was a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Dault explains. "We have a really good mix."
The show's format presents a 30 minute interview segment, followed by a shorter segment - often a book review, a film review, or a brief commentary. "I work with a group of five producers from around the country. Each one is an expert on culture and religion, and they each send me segments every couple of weeks that I work into the program," says Dault.
You can hear Things Not Seen in the Memphis area on Sunday mornings at 11am on KWAM News Talk 990 AM. Once an episode has aired, it is available for listening and downloading any time on the show's website, www.ThingsNotSeenRadio.com.
A Brothers's Legacy in Dominican Republic
October 18 is the 50th Anniversary of the free elementary school founded by Brother Francisco Martin in the very small town of Higuey in Dominican Republic. He helped transform an old empty building into a school that originally only had four classrooms, but today has more than a thousand students from kindergarten to seniors. Brother Francisco recalls, “There were students so poor that they couldn’t attend the school because they had to work for their parents, helping them as shoe shiners.” In response Brother Francisco founded The Shoeshine Club, taught them reading, writing, arithmetic, and religion. “For their free time I lent them some sport equipment I received from the Peace Corps.” Two years ago Brother Francisco visited the school and two of his former shoeshine boys came to speak with him – they are now leaders in the city government. “I was overwhelmed when two current shoeshine kids passed by us and one of my former students told me, ‘Remember Brother we were like that.’”
This semester, junior, Madeline Faber is studying in Belfast, Northern Ireland at St. Mary’s. Madeline is continuing her English studies through the Erasmus Exchange Programme, which is a study abroad program organized by the European Union, where students can spend a semester or several years, at any of the partner schools around the world.
Madeline is working at St. Mary’s writing center under the direction of chair, Jonathan Worley as well as taking courses at the university. Her courses include Anglo-Irish literature, Modernism in literature, European Culture Studies, European History, and ceramics. There are 55 other international students in the Erasmus Programme with Madeline. She says, “We’ve all become very close. Everyone is so eager to share their culture and learn from a different perspective.” According to Madeline, hearing Tom Waits performed with a Slavic accent has been one of the highlights from interacting with students from around the world.
On a recent hike around Cave Hill, which is a green mountain overlooking all of Belfast, Madeline and the other international students saw the Isle of Man, Scotland, and the infamous characteristic of the hill, Napoleon’s Nose. Madeline will return to CBU in the spring and will surely be bringing stories to share from this incredible experience.
The International Initiatives Office is pleased to announce a number of exciting trips that will be taking place this spring and summer. Ms. Mary Burns (Global Studies) and Prof. Pat Papachristou (Economics) will be taking a group to Barcelona, Spain over spring break, while Dr. Neal Palmer (History) and Mrs. Cathy Palmer (English) will be traveling with students to Ormskirk, U.K. for three weeks. Registration for both trips is currently open. For more information please visit the website or speak with one of the professors leading the trips.
VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS
Our growth in the Visual and Performing Arts Department continues to move at an exciting and rapid pace. Last spring we ended the 2012 semester with our largest BFA graduating class since the degree began in 2009. The senior Thesis Show was an exhibition in our newly renovated gallery space located in Kenrick Hall basement now called; Gallery B. There were nine students graduating with a BFA in various concentrations in art and two students receiving an art minor. Of those students graduating four were accepted into graduate programs (Bridget Fowler, Michelle Fair, Valerie Mills, and Dorian Durr Mister). Two other students; Justin McConnaughhay and Jayme McKeever, are working as Graphic Designers for local businesses. We look forward to hearing about the successes of our others graduates.
In the spring of 2012 the Art Club joined forces with the Honors Club to create the first campus wide art piece. The project was called “Art Break” and it gave students a chance to take a break from their studies for a few hours to create one collective and cohesive piece of art. We hope to find a place to show case this painting soon so that everyone can enjoy seeing the painting as much as we enjoyed making it.
During the summer our students continued to make art while giving back to the community through their work. Two of our seniors worked as interns at St. Jude’s ALSAC offices as graphic designers.
We also welcomed our newest edition to the Art Department. Mia Aurelia Pena, born on June 12th to Assistant Professor Nick Pena and his wife Catherine Pena.
On October 5th, 2012 the art students opened the first exhibition of the academic year in the new Gallery B. Exhibiting in this space will be returning alumni’s work as well as recent work of current CBU students.
Assistant Professor Matthew Hamner’s theatre students are currently working on the fall and spring productions. For the fall they will present a series of one act plays and then we look forward to the spring production of “Private Eyes”; he and his Theatre Production Workshop students are building audience risers for the production.
Dr. Mary Campbell, Faculty Staff Advisor
When the Intercultural Club (ICC) had an interest meeting in January I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for me to get involved with a student organization. In thought my expertise in cultural anthropology would work well with a club devoted to diversity and cultural sharing. To my surprise, and delight, I was asked to be faculty advisor. And as faculty advisor I have done almost nothing. The students organized elections, a fiesta and mariachi band in Alfonso, and an international movie night. Often during our meetings students give PowerPoint presentations about their countries of origin. Yes, PowerPoint presentations, and everybody pays attention. How funny and wonderful that the exact same presentation from me would likely put people to sleep. We also listen to music and the rule is, if you play it you show us how to dance to it. No exceptions. The more time I spend with the ICC students the more amazed I am at their talents and uncontained excited. They are always so excited! They are teaching each other about the world and laughing the whole time. So, this anthropologist is going to sit back and enjoy the ride. Oh, and on Thursday October 4th, they are going to teach CBU how to play cricket. As I have no idea how to play cricket and they don’t trust us with real cricket balls, as faculty advisor I have been assigned the task of buying tennis balls. That I can do.
Dr. Karen Golightly, Faculty Staff Advisor
The creative writing club has elected new officers for the 2012-2013 school year. Chris Brack (psychology) is acting president, Emilly Phillips (fine arts) is vice-president, and Miles Malone (creative writing) is secretary. We have some new members this year, including students representing the School of Arts, Business, Engineering, and Sciences.
In addition to work-shopping our writing at our monthly meetings, our main activity for this year is attending the Southern Literary Festival in Columbus, Georgia in March. Any CBU student can attend this conference and submit work to the national literary contest. We plan to submit work to all seven categories of the literary competition, including Castings in the literary journal category. Any talented students who write incredible one-act plays, formal essays, short stories, creative nonfiction essays, or poems, should contact Karen B. Golightly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CBU HONORS PROGRAM
The Honors Program September of Service was a huge success! Over 30 agencies in the Memphis area were served and 1,088 hours worked by a total of 254 volunteers, including 193 undergraduate students, 24 staff, 19 faculty, 8 relatives & friends, 5 Brothers, 2 graduate students, 2 alumni, and 1 Trustee - the equivelant of 425 volunteers!
The Business in Behavioral Sciences
Interested in a major in psychology but not sure what you want to do yet? Love the idea of working in the world of business but can’t figure out how the behavioral sciences could fit in? Look no further than consumer behavior!
What is consumer behavior?
• Consumer behavior deals with the “study of how people relate to the products and services that they purchase or use.”
What will you do in consumer behavior? You will…
• “provide information to companies and consumers on what the public needs or wants”
• “help an organization (either profit or nonprofit) effectively develop and market products, services, or ideas”
• “guide the work of government agencies that are responsible for product safety, identity of brand names, evaluation of advertising claims, and assessment of ethical marketing practices”
• and so much more, in a variety of settings!
What types of companies will you work in with a degree in consumer behavior?
• You could work anywhere! If Starbucks needs help designing a new logo, if Cheerios wants to know what type of actor in a commercial will best attract their target audience, if the Food and Drug Administration needs help deciding if a label is people friendly, a degree in consumer behavior will get you there!
So what do you need to do now to major in consumer behavior?
• First, talk to your advisor and the Registrar’s office to declare in the “Applied Psychology Major: Consumer Behavior.” This degree from Christian Brothers University will provide you with a successful, well-rounded background in psychology, marketing, economics, and the arts.
• After declaring, schedule an in-depth conversation with your advisor about where you want to be in your career in consumer behavior in the next few years. There are many tracks that you can take, including entering the field with just a bachelor’s or continuing on to receive a master’s or doctoral degree. The choice is yours!
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ARTS
Eleven students from the Sustainability Living Learning Community and Dr. Jordan went September 1st to the Downtown Farmers' Market to talk to local and organic farmers and buy food to share a picnic together. 0140 - VaNessa Dieggs and Kiva Burt talking with a farmer. 0143 - (left to right) Kyra Clapper, Chiquita Gray, Becky Wauford, and Miranda Anderson buying goat cheese.
Cooper Young Fest Picture: CBU student Rob O'Ryan taking in some bluegrass fusion music and fresh-squeezed lemonade at Saturday's Cooper-Young Neighborhood Festival. A number of other CBU students, faculty, and staff attended - including VaNessa Diggs and Kiva Burt of the Sustainability Living Learning Community.