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You may recall in the fall newsletter I weighed in on the question of the value of a degree from the School of Arts (and more specifically, the humanities). I noted that this is a perennial issue and one that gets renewed with each academic year and each new class of freshmen. It’s also an issue that compels us to focus on the outcome more than on the journey of college education. Because I’m a huge believer in the value of the journey, and because I’m also very optimistic about the outcomes for our students, I turn my attention this time around to the process that generates the creative, caring, intelligent, and adaptable graduates we associate with CBU.

Or at least, part of the process. After all, how does one trace the relevant connections between every college activity and every college class? (Especially if one’s journey runs through the study of philosophy and biology to a job as a graphic designer for a sterling flatware retailer: see below). How does one draw a straight line from that point A to this point B?

One promising approach is to reflect on how undergraduate experiences collectively contribute to developing flexibility in one’s professional life. If we turn this question toward present-day CBU, a telling picture emerges of the tremendous effort university faculty and staff sustain—outside the classroom—to provide diverse and challenging educational, recreational, and creative opportunities for our students.

As you’ll see in this newsletter, March and April are crammed with public events and activities organized or developed by School of Arts faculty and staff in the visual arts (Pop Up ArtsFest), history (Shiloh), literature (novelist Tony Earley), theatre (Almost, Maine), religion (Christian philosopher, Peter Kreeft), psychology (Rena Durr’s “Last Lecture”), and sustainability (YERT-The Film). Our professors and affiliated educators strongly believe that student academic experience is enhanced by exposure to a variety of thoughtful, creative, and sometimes even controversial subject matter. We expect students to engage critically with these opportunities both because they belong to a community of learners, but also because such exposure can improve their ability to discern their own gifts and talents.

For some students, that may mean enrolling in the newest major in the School of Arts. We are very proud to announce that next fall will be the inaugural semester for our new B.A. in Creative Writing. This is a unique program regionally, and we are encouraged by the excitement with which this new degree has been received within the CBU community and beyond. Of course, with over thirteen other majors and concentrations in the School of Arts and over twenty minor degrees, there is considerable opportunity for CBU students to develop a broad foundation for an array of careers and interests. That said, extracurricular experiences remain critical supplements to the education of the whole person that takes place at CBU.

In closing, it has become rather commonplace for undergraduates to have majored in a field that has little to do with their current profession. (In the interest of full disclosure, I majored in philosophy and minored in biology but worked for a silver retailer during graduate school!). For School of Arts alumni: if you have an interesting story about how you arrived at your point B, we would love to hear it. In the meantime, best wishes to all for an invigorating and productive spring. And please come to one of our events!


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




March 30-31 at 7:00 p.m. and April 1 at 2:00 p.m. - General Admission $5, w/CBU ID $1


CBU's Visual & Performing Arts Department will present Almost, Maine by John Cariani in the University Theater. Cariani employs elements of magical realism as he explores the mysteries of the human heart in this delightful comedy. On a Friday night in the middle of winter, residents of a small, mythical town in far northern Maine are falling in and out of love at an alarming rate. Knees are getting bruised; hearts are getting broken... but the bruises heal and hearts mend — almost — in what has been described as a "charming midwinter night's dream." Almost, Maine will leave you spent from laughter and thoroughly warmed from the inside out. General admission is $5.00; CBU faculty, staff and student admission is $1.00. Reservations are not needed. For more information, contact Matthew Hamner at mhamner@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3026.



April 6th, Shiloh National Park, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, is sponsoring a guided hike of the Civil War battle site of Shiloh entitled "The Hornet's Nest: Myth and Reality". RSVP to Neal Palmer (npalmer@cbu.edu) by to arrange travel to and from the park, which is located approximately 110 miles from Memphis on the Tennessee River.

The cover flap describes Shelby Foote's classic novel, Shiloh: "This fictional re-creation of the battle of Shiloh in April 1862 fulfills the standard set by his monumental history, conveying both the bloody choreography of two armies and the movements of the combatants' hearts and minds." Phi Alpha Theta invites everyone to read the book and join in the discussion.





Monday, April 16th, 7:00 p.m. - Christian Brothers University Theater - Free

Co-director Ben Evans will join us via Skype for a Q&A with audience members for this Memphis Premiere of the film.


50 States. 1 Year. Zero Garbage? Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling America with hope, humor…and all of their garbage - to explore the good, the bad, and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events throws the project for a loop. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and music by Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore, Mark Geary and more.

WINNER Audience Award: Environmental Film Festival at Yale; WINNER Best Eco Doc, DocuFest Atlanta; WINNER Best Documentary Feature, Costa Rica International Film Festival; WINNER Audience Award, San Luis Obisbo Film Festival; and OFFICIAL SELECTION in more than a dozen festivals.

For more information email Sean MacInnes: smacinne@cbu.edu



Visit: www.yert.com

Read a Huffington Post review.



April 20 in the University Theater at 7:00 p.m - Free


Dr. Peter Kreeft, Professor of Philosophy at Boston College, will present "Happiness: How Do You Get It? Christ's Version vs. the World's" as part of the Distinguished Catholic Lectors Series at CBU. Dr. Kreeft is a philosopher and Christian apologist, renowned for his abilities to offer intellectually rigorous defenses of classical Christian teachings. His lecture will explore how Christ's teachings are at odds with virtually everything we assume makes up a "happy" life. For more information on Dr. Kreeft, visit www.peterkreeft.com. For more information on the lecture, contact Dr. James Wallace at (901) 321-3018 or jwallac6@cbu.edu.



Tuesday, April 24, at 12:45 p.m. in Spain Auditorium


The Honors Program presents Dr. Rena Durr's "Last Lecture". In its fifth year at CBU, this event is always a memorable one. 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. Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which this esteemed Behavioral Sciences professor gives her "Last Lecture."



Four CBU students Jayme McKeever (Graphic Design ‘12), Antoine Lever (Graphic Design ‘12), Justin McConnaughhay (Graphic Design ‘12), and Simon Hua (Graphic Design ‘13), volunteered and attended the Memphis ADDY® Awards on Saturday, Feburary 25th at the Historic Cadre Building on Monroe and Second. The ADDY® Awards is Memphis’s most prestigious event for the advertising industry and are presented by the American Advertising Federation Memphis (AAF Memphis).


Emily Oppenheimer and Allison Davis (pictured above) won second place in the paper presentation category at the Mid-South Psychology Conference held at The University of Memphis on February 25. They presented their research titled "Reduce, reuse, recycle, or resist? The relationship between personal recycling attitudes and behaviors and perceived on-campus recycling norms" (additional author: Seneca Mitchell).


Ashley Scudder also made a paper presentation titled "The relationship between altruism and reciprocity beliefs" (additional author: Brandon Johnson). Poster presentations included research projects by Katie Antes and Katie Jorski titled "The relationship between stigma and mental health education in a university setting" (additional researcher: Carly Gordon); Olivia Blow and Amanda Martin titled "The relationship between boredom proneness and texting while driving"; Melanie Horne titled "The relationship between self-deception and self-monitoring" (additional researchers: Armika Berkley and Quincy Fitzhugh); Ariel Kingsley, Terrica Brown, and Alison Welch titled "The relationship between social distance and the stigma associated with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"; and Jose Villa, Taylor Salton, and Dominique Williams titled "The relationship between personality type and preference in mode of communication." Also attending the conference were Dr. Tracie Burke and the presenters' faculty advisors, Dr. Beth Nelson, Dr. Rod Vogl and Dr. Maureen O'Brien


Wendy K. Brown (Psychology, ‘03) has been accepted to University of Tennessee at Knoxville Social Work program.


Kasey Bramlitt (Psychology '12) has been accepted to Master of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


Stacie Hoover (Psychology '10) has been accepted into the Master's in Behavioral Analysis and Therapy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Madeline Fabor (English, '15) won 3rd place in Poetry for her poem "Maps" in the 2012 Southern Literary Festival Student Writing Contest.


Lorna Field (English ’11) has been accepted into NYU’s M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media program.


Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy '11) has recently released his new book entitled Faith-Filled Fragments, with Amazon.com publishing affiliates. In the book, he navigates his experiences with cancer at a young age in order to explore the depth and value of human life lived "for Christ."


Chris Peterson (Religion & Philosophy '10) has been hired as executive director of GrowMemphis, a nonprofit organization launched in 2007 by the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center. The mission of GrowMemphis is to create productive and educational urban community gardens that provide the resources for members of the community to grow fresh and nutritious food that will give people tools and skills to develop and enhance their own communities. Chris was one of the founders of the CBU Community Garden and a member of the 2010 class of Lasallian Fellows.


Minna Zhao (Psychology '12) has been accepted to Master of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.



Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education, kneeling at right above) attended the Lasallian Leadership Institute in Minneapolis last October. The others in the photo are from Cathedral High School (El Paso, TX) and Lewis University (Romeoville, IL). Brother Bede Baldry (standing at left) is Peace and Justice Coordinator with the Christian Brothers Midwest District.


Dr. Alperin is also working with the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence on a Memorandum of Agreement in order for their resident teachers to take part in CBU’s MAT for initial teacher licensure. Residents are ‘housed’ at Presbyterian Day School, but are immersed in diverse teaching experiences in select Memphis City Schools and Charter Schools. We hope to have the agreement and participants as of August, 2012.


Ray Karasek and Dr. Alperin will complete their Lasallian Leadership Institute, part of Cohort 5, this March. They have been involved in the Institute for three years.


Dr. Wendy Ashcroft (Education) and Nancy Wilder (Education) attended the Special Education Conference in Nashville, February 14-16. Nancy was presenting CBU’s website for the BASE-TN (Become a Special Education teacher) grant to assist others teacher education institution. They also collabortated on a LUNCH 'N LEARN MEETING ON AUTISM, which was presented on March 20th in the Sabbatini Lounge.


Dr. Mary Campbell (Behavioral Sciences) was hired as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Campbell earned her B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Memphis and her Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. Her research interests include healthcare issues in the Latino population, and she has been very involved in the Binghampton Hispanic Outreach Program. Welcome, Dr. Campbell!


Dr. Cort Casey (Education) has joined the School of Arts and Department of Education as an Assistant Professor of Education. Dr. Casey joins us from St. George’s Independent School in Collierville, Tennessee, where he taught 10th grade English. Dr. Casey earned his Ed.D. with a major in Instruction and Curriculum Leadership at the University of Memphis and is an alumnus of the University of West Alabama (M.A.T.), the University of Mississippi (B.B.A.) and Christian Brothers High School. Dr. Casey will be teaching several courses for our students seeking licensure in Secondary Education through the Master of Arts in Teaching Program as well as Curriculum and Instruction courses in the Master of Education Program. He and his wife, Laura, have three children: Batie (6), Cort (4), and Connell (2). Welcome to the CBU family, Cort!


Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) recently attended the Southern Historical Association Conference in Baltimore.


Dr. David Dault (Religion & Philosophy) was invited to lecture at the University of Cincinnati in early January, where he presented some aspects of his research of ancient and contemporary Bibles in a paper called "Coded Polemics, Covert Theologies: How Indulgences Become Endpapers and Bibles Become Magazines."


Dr. Rena Durr (Behavioral Sciences) lead a forum on "Animal Cognition" in February in Spain Auditorium. She presented video evidence showing that animals of all species are being proven to be much more intelligent, insightful, and emotional, even empathetic, than scientists have been willing to admit. The presentation was based on research she completed during her sabbatica, which is the basis for her upcoming book titled, "Eye Contact, Windows Into The Animal's Mind", on animal thought processes and emotions.

Matthew Hamner (Visual and Performing Arts) will be traveling to Portland, Oregon this summer to train with master acting teacher, Larry Silverberg in the Meisner method.


"Light in the Wetlands," an exhibition of recent paintings by Pam Hassler (Visual & Performing Arts/Adjunct), will open at L Ross Gallery (5040 Sanderlin) The exhibit will be on display through March 31.


Dr. Emily A. Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) gave a public lecture at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, AR, entitled, “What is the Significance of My Neighbor’s Religion for My Own? Deepening Faith and Learning from Others in a Context of Religious Diversity,” followed by a Theology Table small group discussion of her work in progress, “ ‘You who will never be me nor mine’: Toward a Feminist Apophatic Theology of Religious Difference.”


Dr. Holmes also presented "Ecofeminist Christology, Incarnation, and the Spirituality and Ethics of Eating" at the Living With Consequences 2011 Environmental Ethics and Society Conference in Koper, Slovenia last October. The conference was hosted by the University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities in Koper. The conference featured over 40 presentations by speakers from thirteen countries and four continents on issues ranging from animal welfare to nuclear energy policy after Fukushima.


Dr. Paul Haught (Dean, School of Arts) also in attendance at the conference delivered a presentation entitled "Narratives and Environmental Virtue Ethics: Prioritizing Places."


"Environmental Virtues and Environmental Justice" by Dr. Haught appears as a feature article in the latest (Winter 2011) issue of the peer-reviewed philosophy journal, Environmental Ethics.


Dr. Benjamin Jordan (History/Sustainability) was a panelist for a discussion of "The Death and Life of Great American Cities: Fifty Years Later" last November at the Blount Auditorium at Rhodes College. Centered on the 50th anniversary of Jane Jacobs' landmark book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, the discussion reflected on the book and ways in which Jacobs' ideas relate to current planning initiatives in and around Memphis. Also on the panel were John Lawrence of Livable Memphis and Robert Edgecombe of GCR and Associates.


Dr. Jordan is also presenting a pre-circulated workshop paper entitled, "Imperial Scouting – Indian Reservations and Colonial Peripheries," for the Adolescent Ambassadors: 20th Century Youth Organizations and International Relations Workshop on March 23rd, 10am at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.


Dr. Ric Potts (Education) was a judge for The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) 2012 Memphis Speech and Debate tournament held at LaBelle Haven Baptist Church, 2/2/12.


Dr. Samantha Alperin and Dr. Ric Potts made presentations at the Tennessee Reading Association Conference in Nashville in December. Dr. Alperin's presentation was entitled "The Value of Author Studies in the K-12 Classroom — Lessons From the Field," and Dr. Potts presented "Adolescent Literacy: A Time to Act."


Dr. Potts was also asked to be an ad hoc member of the Education Services Committee, a subcommittee of the Transitional Planning Committee for consolidation of Shelby County and Memphis City Schools.


Jana Travis (Performing & Visual Arts) was part of a three-person exhibition (with George Brougher and Kelsey Shearron Windham) at Harrington Brown Gallery last November.






Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst turned anti-war activist, presented his lecture, "So REALLY: Why are we in Afghanistan? Iran? Iraq?" to the CBU community. The talk, which took place in February, centered on current U.S. policy on Iran and other Middle Eastern countries. McGovern served his country as a CIA analyst under seven presidents. Upon retirement, he was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal (which he later returned). The CBU lecture was sponsored by the History and Political Science Department. The same lecture waspresented to the general public at First Congregational Church. For more information on Mr. McGovern, visit www.raymondmcgovern.com




Beginning August 2012, CBU will provide students an opportunity to learn and explore the fine craft of writing in a wide variety of methods and styles. With a skilled and widely published faculty, the Department offers beginning and advanced courses in fiction and poetry, along with courses in a range of other writing disciplines, such as creative non-fiction, screenwriting and dramatic writing. See the full News Release.



On February 28, the Alpha Gamma Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta inducted 4 new members Candace Lester (English '13), Paulena Passmore (English '13), Kristin Lanius (ECC '12), and Madeline Faber (English '14) . To become a member of Sigma Tau Delta, candidates must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, must rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and must have completed at least three semesters of college course work. The official motto of the Society, identified by its initials, is Sincerity, Truth, Design. CBU chapter sponsors are Dr. Elizabeth Broadwell and Brother Allen Johnson





Novelist Tony Earley gave a reading on March 22nd as part of the CBU Readers Series. Earley is the Samuel Milton Fleming Chair in English at Vanderbilt. He received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and has taught at Vanderbilt since 1997. He has been named one of the "twenty best young fiction writers in America" by The New Yorker and one of the "Best of Young American Novelists" by Granta. His books include a collection of short stores, Here We Are in Paradise: Stories (1994); a novel, Jim the Boy (2002); and a collection of personal essays, Somehow Form a Family: Stories That Are Mostly True (2001). His stories have also appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire and Best American Short Stories.


Lucinda Franks discussed her book My Father’s Secret War at Christian Brothers University on Wednesday, March 14. Franks, a former staff writer for The New York Times, has written regularly for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and other publications. She was the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and has won many other awards. My Father's Secret War, now in paperback, is about her discovery that her failed father was actually a daring spy during WWII. She is also the author of Waiting Out A War, about the life of a Vietnam army deserter, and Wild Apples, a novel.

For more information visit www.lucindafranks.com.



CBU English majors were instructed in the ancient practice of fighting with quarterstaffs by the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, who conducted a series of three "playshops" at CBU in October, in advance of the regional company's production of Macbeth at the newly refurbished Wooden O Amphitheatre in Shelby Farms Park.




Kyle Durrie, a letterpress printer from Portland, OR, pulled her "Moveable Type Truck" into town on December 5 for a print workshop and presentation event at CBU and a public event with Crosstown Arts. Durrie began her journey in Portland on June 11 in a 1982 Chevy step van that has been transformed into a mobile print shop, making stops in cities across the country to share her love for letterpress. She led a workshop for CBU students explaining her cross-country art adventure and the letterpress printing process, and also allow students to print their own art to take home. Later that evening, Durrie rolled into the parking lot of the Sears Crosstown building, partnering with Crosstown Arts for a public event.



The CBU Art Club members, ArtsMemphis and nonprofit arts groups from across the community in Hollywood/Springdale joined forces for a day of art and activities! The event took place at the Hollywood Community Center on March 24th and included performances, workshops and activity booths! ArtsMemphis also distributed Arts Access cards (Arts Access is a free ticket program sponsored by Baptist memorial Health Care and coordinated by Arts Memphis in partnership with over 30 organizations).

ArtsMemphis received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce three community arts events over the course of a year, presenting the work of Memphis’ finest arts organizations and working artists to communities and individuals who have little exposure to the cultural sector.

In the fall The Theatre Department successfully presented “The Turn of the Screw.” The play based on Henry James’ novel is about a young governess who journeys to a lonely English manor house to care for two recently orphaned children. The play starred CBU freshman Nic Picou and Middle College High School’s theatre instructor, Jen Wood-Bowien.


Matthew Hamner's acting class will be tentatively presenting scenes on April 30th at the University Theatre at 6pm. This class has been trained in the Meisner acting method and will be presenting a variety of scenes including Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Neil Simon’s “The Star Spangled Girl.”



The Department of Advancement was awarded a grant by The Madonna Circle for The Sustainability Committee to refurbish the CBU Community Garden. With the help of GrowMemphis and faculty and student volunteers work has begun to build new raised beds to be finished in time for April planting season. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Ben Jordan, Jacob Brunner, Karl Nelson, Anna Liley, Chris Brack, Michelle Rivas, Mario Sauceda, Sean MacInnes, Chris Peterson, Dr. Emily Holmes, Joe Alfonso, Justin Gallagher, Br. Michael Schmelzer, Bob Arnold

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Eleven Honors Program students made a splash at the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council conference at Tennessee State University in Nashville: Joe Alfonso, "Testing the detection range of Vemco VR2W acoustic receivers used to study large scale movements of spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus) in South Texas estuaries," and (with Stephen Louie from the University of Memphis Honors Program) "Development of a sustainable service project: McKellar Lake"; Bentley Smith, "A Critique of Levinas' Stance on Femininity"; Kelly Jeu, Radiation (oil on canvas); John Blount, "Manifesto of the Little Monster"; Nell Brandon and John Blount, "Put the Cheez-Its in the Bowl!: How to Host an Effective Honors Event"; Julia Kueter and Raegan Cook, "Communerdy Service: How We Incorporate Service into our Honors Program"; Amanda Willhite, "The Effect of Feedback on Optimism and Problem Solving in College Students"; Catherine Gluszek, "Changes in the GABA(A) Receptor and Associated Proteins After Fear Conditioning"; Kelsey Coolican and John Austin Tubbs, "We have an honors kid down: The murder at Victory Ranch"; and Dr. Tracie Burke, Raegan Cook and Amanda Willhite, "The Tiny School with the Big Honors Program: How We Host over 30 Honors Events Every Semester." At the conference, Dr. Burke was elected Vice-President of the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council and in 2013 will become President. CBU will host the Tennessee state honors conference in 2014.



Honors Program students, alums, and guests got a lesson in Laughter Yoga on February 23 from Maggie Garcia, mother of Dominique Garcia-Robles (Chemistry '11). Demonstrating what they learned are Cynthia Mullis, Nikki Rhoda, Amanda Willhite, Cali Copsey, Sarah Longoria, Kevin Nuckolls, Maggie Garcia, Madeline Faber, Kelsey Coolican, Larry Anderson, Justin Gallagher, Julia Kueter, Joe Alfonso and Michael Stuart.



Contrary to what your teachers and parents have said, opera isn't good for you. It is not your daily serving of vegetables. It has no vitamins or minerals. It is filled with murderers, prostitutes, adulterers and hot, sweaty gypsies. Opera will melt your face off with its awesome intensity. Fear it. Worship it. Embrace it. Kill it before it strikes again. The performers of Opera Memphis visited CBU in February and gave a presentation that convinced all doubters that, indeed, opera doesn't suck. Sponsored by the CBU Honors Program and the School of Arts.


On Feb. 2, 2012, six Honors Program alumni advised current Honors Program students on entering and succeeding in the work world and graduate, medical, and veterinary school. Pearls of wisdom from the evening include “It’s okay not to know where you are going,” Ashley Prevost Salvaggio, (Biochemical Engineering, ’07; now in her first year of medical school at UT); “Don’t believe what they say about not being able to find a job with a liberal arts degree," Chris Peterson, (Religion and Philosophy, ’10; Executive Director, GrowMemphis); “Take advantage of the many unique opportunities provided by the Honors Program," Carolyn Fly, (English for Corporate Communications, ’10; Press Coordinator, Orpheum Theatre); “Be sure to learn how to network,” Carol Dodge, (Civil Engineering,’08; Civil Engineer at MLGW), “Employers are looking for employees who can think and write and are willing to learn," Kevin Nuckolls, (Math and Computer Science, ’09; Senior Software Engineer, American Roamer), and “Have rental insurance,” from Shanna Wall (Biology, ’02; Veterinarian), who earlier that day had backed her car through her garage door.


In picture from l to r: Carol Dodge, Kevin Nuckolls, Ashley Prevost Salvaggio, Carolyn Fly, Chris Peterson, Shanna Wall



The CBU Honors Program joined with other organizations including Going Green Memphis and the University of Memphis Honors Program to help clean McKellar Lake on November 12, as part of America Recycles Day. CBU Honors alums and students pictured above are Danielle Hobbs (Psychology '13), Larry Anderson (Chemistry '12), Dustin Perry (Mathematics '10, MAT), Daniela Gomez (Business Administration '12), Catherine Delbove (Accounting '13), Brent Holmes (Physics '13), Kelsey Coolican (Chemistry '14), Jimmy Nguyen (Biology '15) and Chris Peterson (Religion & Philosophy '10).



The CBU Education Department would like to extend an invitation to join the International Education Honor Society, Kappa Delta Pi. In order to be eligible for membership, please see specific requirements below.


Undergraduate: working toward BA in Child Development or BA in Special Education, have completed 30 hours of courses, have at least 12 hours in Education courses, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.


Graduate: enrolled in a graduate program, have completed at least 12 hours in Education courses, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher.


If you are eligible for KDP membership, please fill out the Initiate Information Form, enclosed with an unofficial transcript, and check or money order for $63.00. Membership fees include local chapter dues, national dues, initiation fees, and honor cords. Please make checks payable to: Christian Brothers University, Memo Line: Kappa Delta Pi fees. Membership information and Initiate forms can be located outside of Kenrick 118.


All paperwork and money must be submitted to Kappa Delta Pi's mailbox, located in the Department of Education Copy Room (accessible through Kenrick 118), on or before April 3, 2012. If you are mailing your paperwork, please address to Department of Education, Box 101 attn: Kappa Delta Pi.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kimmi Hayden at (901) 321-3376 or at khayden@cbu.edu


Mark your calendars! Initiation will be held on April 30, 2012!




As the pilot course, Life After College drew to a close early this March, fewer graduating seniors will have to struggle with the topics of finding a job, what to expect the first 90 days on the job, paying back student loans, housing, managing their credit score, applying for graduate schools, and continuing the Lasallian traditions in the workplace. Almost 40 students attended the 8-week, 50-minute seminar-type classes taught entirely by CBU alumni. The volunteer alumni instructors were Megan Murdock, Michael Covington, Brandon Kamm, Burton Bridges, Ann Hotze, Joshua Shipley, Hayley Isaac, Shaina Itkin Zakalik, and Maria Lensing.

The relevance of the topics combined with the expertise of the speakers led to a truly remarkable experience for the attendees. “The material discussed in the LAC sessions was so personal to me and went beyond the stuff we learn in our everyday classes,” stated senior Daniel Lock.

Dr. Tracie Burke, Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department, and Karen Viotti, Director of Alumni and Annual Giving spearheaded the series with help from a small advisory team including Jenny Cowell from the School of Business, Burton Bridges with ALSAC/St. Jude, and Emily Irwin, senior class representative.

Life After College alumni instructors are pictured celebrating the end of the pilot course. From l to r: Karen Viotti (Director of Alumni and Annual Giving), Burton Bridges (Business Administration, Economics and Finance, ’09), Hayley Gil Isaac (Business Administration, Marketing ’08; MBA ’11), Michael Covington (Information Technology Management, ’11), Maria Teresa Lensing (Electrical Engineering, ’01; MS Engineering Management, ’07), Shaina Itkin Zakalik (Psychology, ’03), Ann Hotze (History, ’01), Josh Shipley (Business Administration, Economics and Finance, ’01), Brandon Kamm (Business Administration, Accounting and Economics, ’01). Not pictured is Megan Wortham Murdock (English for Corporate Communications and Management, ’05).



Sharon (Sherry) Louise Leonardo, sister of Brother Michael Schmelzer (Education/Living Learning Communities), passed away on March 1 at Paradise Court Assisted Living Center, Austin, TX, after a courageous 4-year battle with cancer. Family received friends on Monday, March 5 at Santa Barbara Catholic Church, Austin, TX. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Tuesday, March 6, during the morning. Please keep Brother Michael and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Campus Box 43.


Grace M. Cramin, mother of Dr. Mike Ryan (Physician Assistant Studies) and grandmother of Mary Michael Ryan (Fine Art '12) and Sarah Catherine Ryan (Biochemistry '12), passed away February 26 after a brief illness. Visitation was held on Wednesday, February 29 at Holy Rosary Church. Please keep the Ryan family in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation be made to the Grace and Paul Cramin Scholarship at St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf (1809 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield MO 63017). Condolences may be sent in care of Campus Box T-5.


Brother Jerome Rademacher, former teacher at CBU in the early 1960s, died on February 15 at St. Anne's Extended Health Care in Winona, MN. Funeral Mass took place on Monday, February 20, in the Gymnasium of Saint Mary's University in Winona, interment followed at Saint Mary's Cemetery. Memorials can be made to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527). Condolences can be directed to Br. Jerome's brother, Mr. Richard Rademacher, at 1565 F Street, Springfield OR 97477. Please keep Brother Jerome and all the faithful departed in your prayers. Live Jesus in our hearts!


Robert 'Bob' Burke, father of Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Science/Honors Program), passed away on October 28. The family resides in Columbia Falls, MT. Please keep the Burke family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Campus Box 55.


Aurelia M. Pena, grandmother of Nicholas Pena (Visual & Performing Arts), passed away on October 26. The family resides in Joliet, IL. Please keep the Pena family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to Campus Box 77.