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Honors Conferences

The CBU Honors Program is an Institutional Member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the Southern Regional Honors Council and the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council. Below is a list of CBU Honor students' involvement in Honors Conferences in recent years.

2014 Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference
Christian Brothers University, February 21-22, 2014

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The CBU Honors Program is an Institutional Member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, theSouthern Regional Honors Council and the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council. Below is a list of CBU Honor students' involvement in Honors Conferences in recent years.


2013 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference
New Orleans, LA November 6-10, 2013

  • September of Service: How Our Honors Program Led the Largest and Most Diverse Service Initiative in Our University’s History
    Presented by: John Blount, Julia Kueter, and Rebekah Herrman
  • Memphis Rocks - A Buccaneer Family Vacation: How Making an Indie Film Drew Us Closer to Our City and Our School
    Presented by: Trey McGinnis, Caitlin Terry, and Rebecca Wauford
  • Quantum Computing
    Presented by: Rebekah Herrman

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2013 Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference
Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, TN February 23-24, 2013

  • CBU 2013 Moonbuggy Race
    Presented by: Michael Sanford
  • Determination of Axonal Loss and Optic Nerve Head Degeneration in Glaucomatous Eyes
    Presented by: Lauryn Murphy
  • Nerding Out: How the Honors Retreat Brings the Freshmen Class Together
    Presented by: Tyler Stranburg, Caitlin Terry, and Trey McGinnis
  • Save the World and Have Fun Doing It!
    Presented by: Rebecca Wauford
  • Brothers’Keepers: Who’s Keeping Who? We Are All Benefitting in Service
    Presented by: Lauren Harrett and Danielle Hobbs
  • September of Service: Thirty Days of Good Deeds
    Presented by: Johnny Blount, John Tubbs, and Kelsey Coolican
  • Radioactive Waste and Environmental Justice
    Presented by: Bentley Smith and John Tubbs
  • The Best Honors Class Ever
    Presented by: Rebekah Herrman
  • Come to the Honors Program, We Have Cookies
    Presented by: Rebekah Herrman and Rebecca Wauford
  • The Tiny School with the Big Honors Program: How We Host Over 30 Honors Event Every Semester
    Presented by: Dr. Tracie Burke, Raegan Cook, and Amanda Willhit 

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2012 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference
Boston, MA November 14-18, 2012

  • Small But Mighty: How our Tiny Honors Program Builds Community Through Over 30 Honors Events Every Semester
    Presented by: Dr. Tracie Burke and John Blount 

2012 Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference
Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN February 17-18, 2012

  • Testing the detection range of Vemco VR2W acoustic receivers used to study large scale movements of spotted seatrout(Cynoscion nebulosus) in South Texas estuaries
    Presented by: Joe Alfonso
  • A Critique of Levinas’Stance on Femininity 
    Presented by: Bentley Smith 
  • Radiation
    Presented by: Kelly Jeu
  • Manifesto of the Little Monster
    Presented by: John Blount
  • Put the Cheez-Its in the Bowl!: How to Host an Effective Honors Event
    Presented by: Nell Brandon and John Blount
  • Communerdy Service: How We Incorporate Service into our Honors Program
    Presented by: Raegan Cook and Julia Kueter
  • The Effect of Feedback on Optimism and Problem Solving in College Students
    Presented by: Amanda Willhite
  • Changes in the GABA(A) Receptor and Associated Proteins After Fear Condition
    Presented by: Catherine Gluszek
  • We Have an Honors Kid Down: The Murder at Victory Ranch
    Presented by: Kelsey Coolican and John Tubbs
  • The Tiny School with the Big Honors Program: How We Host Over 30 Honors Event Every Semester
    Presented by: Dr. Tracie Burke, Raegan Cook, and Amanda Willhite 

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2011 Southern Regional Honors Council Conference
University of Central Arkansas in Little Rock, AR March 31-April 2, 2011

  • Metafiction and Metaphysics in Detective Fiction as Demonstrated by Jorge Luis Borges

    Presented by: John Blount
  • Might of the Unknown: Gareth and Anonymity in Sir Thomas Malory

    Presented by: Francis Minneci
  • An Interview with Clytaemnestra

    Presented by: Lauryn Murphy
  • Chivalry and Hard-Boiled Detective Fiction

    Presented by: Angela Toomer
  • Enriching and Enlivening High School Chemistry in Memphis City Schools

    Presented by: Catherine Gluszek
  • What Foucault Saw! A Brief Survey of the Ways in which Detective Fiction Manifests Disciplinary Power
Presented by: Chase de Saint-Felix
  • Relationship Between Religiosity and Self-Esteem in Adolescents

    Presented by: Amanda Willhite
  • Dopamine Neuron Activity in the Dorsal Prefrontal Cortex of Rats
Presented by: Cheryl Clausel
  • The Honors Big Give
Presented by Tracie Burke with Jenessa Gebers, Burton Bridges, Chris Peterson

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2010 TCHC Conference
University of Memphis in Memphis, TN February 12-13, 2010

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Two Non-Invasive Research Methods for the Study of Wild Jaguar Populations 

    Presented by: Caroline Mitchell

    Abstract: This presentation will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of scat detection and camera trapping as non-invasive research methods for the study of wild jaguar populations. The amount and type of information collected through each method will be shown in relation to the risks and potential problems involved.
  • Bad Faith and Branding: Sartrean Bad Faith and Consumer Identity
    Presented by: Christopher Peterson
Abstract: The thesis of this paper/presentation is that the phenomenon of corporate branding encourages and requires what Sartre refers to as "bad faith," which is an inauthentic way of being in the world. In the first section I define the philosophical term "bad faith," citing famous examples. I then offer three types of bad faith that corporate branding presents. Ultimately, this results in the demand to resist corporate branding and other types of advertising.
  • Passionate Danger

    Presented by: Johnny Blount

    Abstract: In this paper, I discuss the correlations between St. Augustine's Confessions and Virgil's The Aeneid. I focus on each writer's treatment of passionate interaction with reality during the journeys, either physical or spiritual, both men embark on.
  • The First Sex and the 'F' Word: A Male Response to Feminism
Presented by: Chase de Saint-Felix

    Abstract: An examination of Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist philosophy in her work, The Second Sex, specifically focused on assessing the effects that female liberation has on the male gender.
  • The Honors Big Give
Presented by: Jenessa Gebers, Dr. Tracie Burke, Burton Bridges, and Chris Peterson
Abstract: Our idea was if the brightest students at a university were given the only resource they often lack—money—they could make a significant impact on their community. In this presentation we’ll tell you how, through a Dollars for Scholars grant and a few clever projects, we did just that.
  • Women in the Italian Mafia: A Force to be Reckoned With 

    Presented by: Catherine Montesi

    Abstract: Although organized crime in Italy has traditionally been dominated by men, women play a critical, albeit often "behind the scenes" role. This presentation focuses on the various roles of women, from smuggling goods to running "front" companies, in the three major organized crime groups: Camorra, Cosa Nostra, and 'Ndrangheta.

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2009 TCHC Conference
Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN February 13-14, 2009

  • Complex Organic Molecular Synthesis and Its Relation to Drug Discovery - Learning by Example 

    Presented by: John Legge

    Abstract: A presentation designed not just for the chemist, the process behind pharmaceutical drug discovery and development will be explored, while using current drug molecule research to explain how new compounds are discovered, isolated, and replicated via synthetic methods.
  • Honors, Ethics and Service
Presented by: Dylan Perry & Chris Peterson

    Abstract: The purpose of this piece is to show, through a philosophical and ethical analysis, that service is implied by or inherent in the very nature of a complete, well-rounded education and what it means to be an honors student.
  • In a Democracy, Dissent is an Act of Faith 

    Presented by: Caroline Mitchell

    Abstract: This presentation highlights Senator J. William Fulbright's, former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, shift in opinion concerning the Vietnam War. Between 1964 and 1966 Fulbright moved from pushing the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution through Congress to holding public Senate hearings that largely repudiated the war.
  • “Russell Brandon Got Eaten by a Bear”: CBU Honors Upperclassmen Go Camping

    Presented by: Jenessa Gebers, Kenny Latta, & Dr. Tracie Burke
Abstract: This fall we established what we hope will become an annual tradition in our honors program, an upperclassman weekend camping retreat. This presentation will outline the process of planning and carrying out the retreat, as well as how we plan to improve for next year.
  • Selection Strategies and Semantic Relatedness BEYOND Simple Free Association
    Presented by: Russell Brandon

    Abstract: Ever wondered why when you hear one word, you think of another? And what is an antonym? The way in which we organize and retrieve information is amazing, and here's your chance to learn about all of this and more with presentation on free association, selection strategies and how they work.
  • Seven Ways to Improve Your Honors Program

    Presented by: Burton Bridges, Carolyn Fly, & Dr. Burke
Abstract: The Christian Brothers University Honors Program is always exploring new initiatives to improve our students' experiences. Come hear about seven exciting things we've added in the past two years in the areas of programming, courses, and keeping honors students engaged during their time in the program.

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The Honors Program at Christian Brothers University is designed to serve the capacities and needs of students with proven academic abilities who seek a more intensive and challenging educational experience! Each semester students accepted into the Honors Program take at least one special-topics course offered only to a limited number of Honors students by an instructor carefully chosen for his or her teaching expertise.

Honors courses explore important topics in depth, often through a multi-disciplinary approach, and while the pace and the workload will demand self-motivated students, the small size of each Honors class insures ample group discussion and individual interaction with the instructor. Besides taking honors classes, members of the Honors Program participate in various extra-curricular activities, including outings to cultural events and regional honors conferences.


  • Smaller class size (most Honors classes have fewer than 15 students)
  • Classes which emphasize student participation and discussion
  • Participation in regional conferences
  • Opportunity to meet and talk with scholars and professionals in a variety of disciplines
  • Use of Honors classroom and lounge
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • "Honors" designation on the diploma

Honors Diploma Requirements

In order to graduate with an "Honors" designation on the diploma, you must take at least seven Honors courses, including Honors Capstone, have atleast a 3.2 cumulative GPA at graduation, and be an active member of the Honors Program (as demonstrated by meeting a required number of “opportunities”).

Who is eligible to join?

If you are able to demonstrate a high level of academic ability and motivation, we encourage you to apply. The selection process weighs several factors, including ACT/SAT scores (ACT or equivalent of 26 or above), high school GPA (3.0 or above), extracurricular involvement, and demonstration of writing ability. If you are currently enrolled at CBU but are not a member of the Honors Program, we encourage you to apply if you meet the above requirements or feel that you have other academic qualifications that make you eligible.

How can I apply?

Simply complete the application form. If you have any additional questions, contact the Honors Program Director, Dr.Tracie Burke, by phone (901) 321-3357 or email. There is no hard deadline, but we encourage you to apply by April 1 for fall admission.

Honors Program Living Learning Community

Now there is a new residential Honors Living Learning Community (LLC) at CBU. Want to live with other Honors freshman and upperclassmen in a community designed just for you? Learn more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help address some of the most common concerns students have about the Honors Program. If you need more clarification or have questions that we haven't covered, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

  1. Why should I consider joining the Honors Program?
    The CBU Honors Program offers a variety of ways to enrich your college experience by balancing a rigorous curriculum with a plethora of cultural, artistic, and social activities.
  2. What are the benefits of being in the Honors Program?
  3. So many! You become a member of an interdisciplinary organization that encourages learning beyond the classroom and will be able to participate in a variety of educational and social activities throughout each semester at little or no cost. The classes taken in the Honors Program are smaller in size and a variety of special topics courses are offered. Many Honors Program students are visible leaders on the CBU campus and in the community who are involved in a variety of areas such as Student Life, Athletics, and Campus Ministry. Upon graduation with an Honors Diploma you receive a special designation on the diploma itself, are publicly recognized at the commencement ceremony, and receive an Honors medallion to wear at commencement. Additionally, graduating students receiving the Honors Diploma will receive a special gift and a swanky dinner.
  4. Does the Honors Program offer scholarships?
  5. No. While you may receive scholarships from the University due to your academic merit, there are no scholarships offered by or based on your membership in the Honors Program.
  6. Is this a service-based Honors Program?

  7. Yes and no. The Honors Program does not require you to perform community service nor prove any hours of work. The Honors Program supports and sometimes hosts community service activities where all members are invited to participate. Additionally, the Honors Program offers students the opportunity to serve on the boards of directors of various non-profit organizations through an internal servant leadership development program called Brothers' Keepers.
  8. What are the admission entrance requirements to be considered for the Honors Program?

  9. High School students must have at least an ACT composite score of 26 or its SAT equivalent, a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, extracurricular involvement, and demonstrate writing ability.
  10. What is the admission process like for becoming a member of the Honors Program?
  11. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Honors Program, you should complete application materials for admission at CBU and then the separate application for the Honors Program, accessible on the Honors Program website, in the “Related Links” area. Applicants are required to attend an Honors Program information session (usually held once per month in the spring semester), write an essay, and then be contacted for a personal interview with Dr. Tracie Burke, Honors Director. The Honors Program information session is a lively meeting presented by Dr. Burke and members of the Honors Program Board of Directors. It takes place in a relaxed atmosphere so you can learn everything you need to know if the Honors Program is a good fit.
  12. Can I enter the program if I do not apply before my freshman year?

  13. Yes. Students who are currently enrolled at CBU but are not members of the Honors Program or students who are transferring to CBU from another university are encouraged to apply if they meet the above requirements or feel they have other academic qualifications that would make them eligible.
  14. What if I join but later decide I am no longer interested?
  15. The CBU Honors Program requires a basic level of participation. As a member, you are required to participate in at least a certain number activities each semester (10 for freshmen, 8 for sophomores, 6 for juniors and seniors). Activities can include Honors classes, extracurriculars, service projects, etc. However, students are encouraged to take advantage of the extensive extracurricular opportunities, enriched courses, and social environment offered by involvement in the program beyond the minimum requirement. If you are no longer interested in the program, it is recommended you express this to the Honors Program Director instead of falling inactive.
  16. Can I be kicked out of the Honors Program?
  17. Yes. There are participation requirements for Honors Program members. As a member, you are required to participate in at least a certain number activities each semester (10 for freshmen, 8 for sophomores, 6 for juniors and seniors). If you fail to meet these participation requirements for two semesters you will no longer be considered member of the Honors Program.
  18. Is it possible that I am in the Honors Program and do not realize it?
  19. No. You must apply to be in the Honors Program and you will be notified by the Honors Program Director, Dr. Tracie Burke, whether or not you are admitted into the program for that academic year. Selection is not determined by criteria alone, but through the application process.
  20. Do I have to maintain a certain GPA to remain in the Honors Program?
  21. No. The Honors Program does require you to maintain a certain GPA throughout your four years. However, in order to graduate with an Honors Diploma, you must possess a 3.2 cumulative GPA at graduation along with having taken at least 7 Honors Program classes and received a “C” or better including Honors Capstone (HUM 498).
  22. Is there an additional cost to being in the Honors Program?
  23. The overwhelming majority of Honors Program activities are free. One exception is during the freshman year, students are expected to cover a portion of the cost of the overnight, freshmen retreat which includes all meals, lodging, and activities. Other exceptions include other road trips and the rare “You Pay” event.
  24. How many classes does it take to earn an Honors Diploma?
 A total of seven Honors courses must be taken with a grade of “C” or better including Honors Capstone (HUM 498). You must also possess a cumulative GPA of 3.2 at graduation to receive the Honors Diploma.
  26. What classes do students usually take to earn an Honors Diploma?
  27. There is no prescribed list of Honors courses that must be taken but most students begin by taking Honors World Literature I and II during their first year which substitutes for English Composition I and II and English Literature. One course that all students must take in order to receive an Honors Diploma is Honors Capstone (HUM 498) traditionally taken during one’s senior year.
  28. Do I have to take a certain number of Honors courses per year?
 No, the Honors Program does not require the student to enroll in Honors courses, but Honors students get first priority in the many interesting Honors courses, often including special topics not usually covered in regular studies.
  30. What is the Honors Program's Board of Directors?
  31. The Honors Program's Board of Directors is a group comprised of standout, enthusiastic individuals in the Honors Program that serve in an active and advisory capacity to the Director. Honors Program's Board of Directors members help plan, organize, and execute all of the activities sponsored by the Honors Program. Board members typically “adopt” a few activities or events each semester in which they are in charge of publicizing, organizing, getting materials, and hosting. They also are ambassadors for the Honors Program in general by encouraging members to participate in Honors events, take Honors courses, and help recruit potential CBU Honors Program students.
  32. How do I become a member of the Honors Program's Board of Directors?
  33. In the spring of each year the Honors Program Director solicits applications for the Board from current Honors Program. Board members are selected based on personal and academic characteristics, participation in/commitment to the Honors Program, and their fit within the current constellation of the board (with regard to majors, years, personalities, etc.).
  34. What types of extracurricular activities does the Honors Program host and/or attend?
  35. Each semester, the Honors Program's Board of Directors along with the Director plan a variety of events for honors students. Activities may consist of outings to art galleries, a freshman retreat, a camping retreat for upperclassmen, lectures, professional development events, a murder mystery night, game nights, attending Broadway and other theatrical productions, a dance, attending Honors conferences, extravaganzas, and many more.
  36. So, If I have an ACT score of 26 or higher, a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, and leadership and service experience, why wouldn’t I want to be a member of the Honors Program?

  37. Exactly! If you meet the requirements to join the Honors Program, then there is no good reason to miss the opportunity to be a member by not applying. The Honors Program enables students to make the most of their educational career at CBU.

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The following Honors courses have been approved for the Spring 2013 semester:

ANTH/SOC 290: Honors Special Topics: Cultural Anthropology – Section A                   
Dr. Campbell
MWF 1-1:50                                                      
CRN 20301/20302
This course, which deals primarily with the concerns of cultural anthropology, focuses on the study of human diversity, and what defines humanity. It explores the beliefs, values, behaviors, technologies, and environments of a wide variety of cultures in an attempt to understand and appreciate variations within the human community in addition to evolution and modern biological variation. In attempting to understand the world’s diversity, students have the opportunity to better understand themselves, their potentials, and their limitations. This course satisfies a Social Science General Education Requirement.

BIO 112: Honors Principles of Biology – Section C                                   
Dr. Ogilvie 
MWF 10-10:50 & TR 8:30-9:20               
CW 105                          
CRN 20141
A continuation of BIOL 111, this semester covers the systematics and taxonomy of fungi and animals, anatomy and physiology of eukaryotic organisms, embryology, and ecology. Prerequisite: BIOL 111. Corequisite: BIOL 112L. (There is no designated Honors lab section at this time.) Honors students will be in this course with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and will be scheduled to meet for two rather than one discussion section each week. This course meets a Natural Science General Education Requirement.

CE 314: Honors Engineering Economy – Section B                                
Mr. McGinnis
TR 11:00-12:15                                                
CRN 20606
This course deals with a wide array of issues facing the practicing engineer. Topics include: Fundamentals of engineering economy, cost concepts, time value of money and equivalence, economic analysis of alternatives, depreciation and after-tax analysis, effects of inflation on economic analysis, currency exchange rates, effects of global economic issues on engineering decision making. Prerequisite: MATH 132 and permission of the department. NOTE: All Honors Engineering students (regardless of engineering major - ECE, ME, etc.) who want to take this course should sign up for this section (CE 314). Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional requirements. This course does not meet a General Education Requirement but is a requirement for several majors in engineering.

ENG 232: World Literature II  – Section A & B                                                 
Dr. Broadwell                
TR 9:30-10:45 & 11:00-12:15           
CRN 20247 and 20248
A survey of significant prose and poetry writers of world literature from 1600 through the present.  This course will include an emphasis on writing skills.  ENG 232 by itself can be substituted for ENG 112. ENG 231 and 231 together can be substituted for ENG 111,112 and one of the following: ENG 211, 212, 221, or 222. This course meets an English General Education Requirement.  

ENG 487: Honors Journal Internship                                      
Dr. Burke/Panetta 
CRN 20259
Want to get experience creating a publication? The Loquemur editor(s) is responsible for all aspects of the journal, from soliciting applications, to editing, to design, to publication. Dr. Burke will provide guidelines developed by previous years’ editors and will assist as necessary. If you have ever wanted to leave your signature on the CBU Honors Program AND get some great experience while doing it, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. If we don’t have an editor we don’t have a journal, so if you are interested contact Dr. Burke. Students may enroll in this course more than one time. 1 credit. Pass/Fail. Fulfills one Honors course requirement. This course does not meet a General Education Requirement.

HUM 498: Honors Capstone: The Spirituality and Ethics of Eating                       
Dr. Emily Holmes    
Friday 2:00-5:00                               
CRN 20605
This year, the honors integrative seminar takes food as the topic of our interdisciplinary discussion. This course explores the thesis that food is not primarily a commodity but a relationship. Food serves not only to nourish bodies but to link people to one another, to God, and to the land, plants, and animals. Practices of eating are layered with social and symbolic meaning. Because eating is so central to our identity as human beings, religion has a lot to say about the best practices of growing, consuming, and sharing food.
 Part I of this course examines the role of food and eating in the sacred texts and rituals of Judaism and Christianity. Increasingly, Americans are rethinking their attitudes to food and eating in light of nutritional, environmental, and ethical concerns. Part II therefore turns to contemporary discussions of food with attention to their spiritual and ethical dimensions. Because this is a service learning course, a service project is a central component of the course requirements. As a required capstone experience, each Honors student wishing to graduate with an Honors Diploma will participate in the Honors Integrative Seminar in the senior year (or junior year, if necessary). Using an interdisciplinary approach and drawing upon a special topic or theme that can vary from year to year, students will critically reflect upon their academic major and previous Honors courses in the context of broader moral visions and public commitments. This course does not meet a University General Education Requirement but does meet the HUM requirement for School of Arts students.

RS 377: Honors Special Topics: Apocalyptic Imagination                                      
Dr. Wallace
TR 9:30 – 10:45                                              
CRN 20287
A critical examination of apocalyptic texts and traditions in the ancient and modern worlds, with special attention to the book of Revelation. The course also explores modern appropriations of apocalyptic literature in theology, art, and film, and will give attention to more recent movements with apocalyptic overtones. Prerequisite: any RS 200 level course.

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The Honors Courses below have been approved for the Fall 2013 semester.
To see Spring 2013 courses, CLICK HERE.

ENG 231 – Honors Survey Of World Literature I (Section A & B)
Dr. Wranovix
T/R 9:30-10:45 & 11-12:15
CRN 10166 (9:30) & 10167 (11:00)
A survey of significant prose and poetry writers of world literature from ancient times through 1600. This course will include an emphasis on writings skills. This course meets an English General Education Requirement. ENG 231 by itself can be substituted for ENG 111. ENG 231 and 232 will substitute for ENG 111, ENG 112, and a Literature course.

BIOL 111 – Honors Principles of Biology I (Section C)
Dr. Ogilvie
MWF 11-11:50 & + TR 8:30-9:20
CW 105
CRN 10104
The first half of a comprehensive study of contemporary biology, this course covers bio-chemistry, cytology, photosynthesis, energy metabolism, cell division, development, genetics, evolution, systematics, and taxonomy of viruses, monerans, protists, and plant diversity. Corequisites: BIOL 111L and CHEM 101 or higher. Honors students will be in this course with non-Honors students, but the Thursday discussion session will be Honors-only and in it students will conduct an additional project. (There is no designated Honors lab section at this time.) This course meets a Natural Science General Education Requirement.

ECE 400 – Honors The Compleat Engineer (Section B)
Dr. Welch T/R 9:30-10:45 + extra meeting
CRN 10420
This course deals with a wide array of issues facing the practicing engineer. Topics include: engineering ethics; regulatory issues; health, safety, and environmental factors; reliability, maintainability, producibility, sustainability; and the context of engineering in the enterprise, in society, and as part of the global economy. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements, including an extra one hour discussion session at a mutually agreeable time. All Honors Engineering students (regardless of engineering major - ECE, ME, etc.) who want to take this course should sign up for this section (ECE 400, Honors); you will be given a course substitution waiver if necessary to meet your major’s requirements. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Usually at least three HP students must sign up for the Honors section in order for it to be offered, so talk to your friends!

RS 295/396 – HRNS SpTop: Person, World, and God (Section B)
Dr. Geis
MWF 11-11:50
CRN 10265
This course will focus phenomenologically on ways to recognize God’s presence in our everyday lives. How does one person’s religious experience compare/contrast with another’s? Personality types, prayer forms, biblical references, and theological studies will be examined in tandem with [one’s] lived experience.” In her book entitled, Who Are We? – Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities, political theorist Jean Bethke Elshtain argues that contemporary men and women do not see themselves as belonging to and/or having any responsibility to/for anyone other than themselves. Instead, she writes, “we own; we possess. . . . We plunge into self-aggrandizement convinced that the dazzling success of our projects will prove definitely who we are. But this fails to satisfy. Our triumphs ring hollow. Our victories so often turn to ashes in our mouths. But never mind. Tomorrow we will run faster, climb higher, and one fine morning. . . . Who are we? We are creatures who have forgotten what it means to be faithful to something other than ourselves.” Fair enough. And yet, this response to Elshtain’s haunting question – Who are we? – seems more descriptive than substantive. Who are we as persons? What does it mean to be a “person”? In what does personhood truly consist? Who are we – as persons – in relation to the world? And, perhaps most importantly, who are we in relation to God? How do these three objective realities – person, world, and God – cohere? Is it possible to make sense of each one in the light of – or in relation to – the others? In his brilliant Fides et Ratio John Paul II suggested that “faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of the truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth – in a word, to know Himself – so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” The former pontiff is either right or he is wrong. The overarching purpose of this course is to consider just a few of the myriad responses proffered by intellectually and existentially curious men and women over the past few centuries to John Paul’s suggestion as well as Elshtain’s question. In short, each student will be expected to reflect systematically – and personally – on the nature of God, and on God’s relationship with the world and to one’s self in light of the distinctive experiences of men, women, and children in the modern world. This course meets a Religious Studies General Education Requirement.

RS 395 – HRNS SpTp: Women and Christianity (Section A)
Dr. Holmes
TR 11:00-12:15
CRN 10271
What can we learn about Christianity by viewing it from the perspective of women and through the category of gender? How has the position of women in Christianity changed in different times and places? In what ways do views of gender, sex, and sexuality intersect with questions of authority, tradition, and orthodoxy? This course is a historical and theological survey of the role of women in Christian history and doctrine. We will begin the semester with the terms and methods used in the study of women, proceed through Christian history, and conclude by analyzing basic Christian beliefs from the perspective of women’s recent writings. Throughout the course, we will engage both writings by men about women as well as writings by women themselves. Special attention will be paid to theological discussions of the position of women, as well as contemporary reevaluations. Our on-going theme for this semester will be to focus on bodies: the body of Christ and conflicts and controversies surrounding women’s bodies. Prerequisite: any RS 200 level course. This course meets a Religious Studies General Education Requirement.

PHIL 384 – HNRS SpTp: Technology and Human Values (Section A)
Dr. Haught
MWF 12:00-12:50
CRN 10285
A philosophical examination of social and ethical issues relating to technology. Topics include the ethical responsibilities of engineers; ethical and social issues associated with risk assessment, environment and resources, and technology in a global context; and the impact of modern technology on human values. Honors students will be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements. This class meets a Moral Values General Education Requirement.

ECE 150 – HNRS Intro. to Multimedia Digital Signal Processing (Section B)
Dr. Olabe-Basogain
MWF 9-9:50 and M 11-11:50
CRN 10410
This course is a hands-on Introduction to Digital Signal Processing applied to Multimedia signals: video, images, music and voice. Topics include compression, enhancement and restoration of multimedia signals. Spectrum representation, Sampling and Aliasing, FIR and IIR filters, the ZTransform, Spectrum analysis. It studies the application of DSP in areas such as biotechnology, medical imaging, economic forecasting, telecommunications, scientific imaging, materials science, weather forecasting, seismic data processing, analysis and control of industrial process, aerospace and defense, remote sensing, computer-generated animation, etc. Honors students may be in this class with non-Honors students but will have additional assignments and requirements. Prerequisite: Math 105 or instructor’s approval. Honors students will be in this course with non-Honors students, but the 11:00 Monday session will be Honors-only and in it students will conduct an additional project. This course does not meet a General Education Requirement but is a requirement for Electrical Engineering majors.

ART 391 – HRNS SpTp: Inside the Art Museum (Section A)
Professor Travis
MWF 1:00-2:15
CRN 10536
Have you ever been to a museum and wondered why you are there, what you should be looking at, or how much longer you need to stay? Through the study of art and the museum-going experience, this course will give you the tools to discover art that moves you, inspires you, takes your breath away, and forces you to think in new ways. An introductory course designed to enhance and demystify the museum experience while gaining a broader knowledge of art and how it came to be collected. Through a multi-disciplinary approach the student will be introduced to the origins of the museum and its role in contemporary society. Field trips to local museums and guest speakers from various roles within the museum will play a major role in this course. There is no art course or experience prerequisite for this course. This course meets a Fine Art requirement for School of Arts majors.

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Honors students


As an Honors Program student you are allowed to “contract” with individual professors for two of your seven Honors Program courses required for graduation with an Honors Diploma. Here's how this works:

  • You contract with the professor to do extra readings/assignments/ projects/discussions, etc. in a regularly scheduled class and receive Honors credit. The Honors Director can assist you with the planning if you need help. Information about projects from honors contracts in other universities is available.
  • You can contract two courses. You must be a sophomore who has earned at least a 3.0 average in at least three Honors courses.
  • The course cannot be an independent study course or a course that is already regularly offered in classroom format for Honors credit.
  • The professor must be willing to enter into the contract and should not feel coerced by you. Once engaged in the contract the professor must hold the student and him/herself to the standards of Honors level work.


  1. Student talks with Honors Program director about his/her intentions
  2. Student finds willing professor and writes contract with professor within first two weeks of class
  3. Director approves contract and informs Registrar
  4. Honors section of course is added to CBU Course Schedule for current semester
  5. Student submits Honors work to director at end of semester for final approval

For more information, please contact. Dr. Tracie Burke, Director, CBU Honors Program at, or 901-321-3357.

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Spring 2014 Activities

Honors Program Extracurricular Activities
 are hosted by members of the Honors Board of Directors. Note that it is through your RSVPs that we ensure we have adequate food, drinks, and (if appropriate) transportation. Thanks for giving us adequate notice of your attendance when requested.

Spring 2014 Activities
Honors Program Extracurricular Activities
Hosted by members of the Honors Board of Directors

Spring 2014 Activities
Honors Program Extracurricular Activities
Hosted by members of the Honors Board of Directors

1) Fashion on a Budget WIL and Board of Directors Meeting - Wednesday, Jan. 15 @ 6:30pm and 8:00pm 
Honors Room (Kenrick 211) • Hosted by Lauren Jeu, Tiffany Corkran, Kelsey Coolican, and Logan Butler

At 6:30 the Honors Program Board of Directors will meet to discuss this semester’s activities and how to make the HP even better! Have an idea? Send it our way! 

At 8:00 it’s an all-play and everyone from the HP should join in for our Fashion on a Budget WIL. Start the New Year off right by saving some money and still looking fabulous! Join us for the Fashion on a Budget WIL where we will share our tips and secrets on getting the most out of your buck when you're shopping. 

2) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service – Thursday, January 16 @ 1pm
Spain Auditorium

The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Service will be conducted on Thursday, January 16, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. The award-winning speech from the previous evening Oratorical Contest will be presented, as will special musical selections from CBU’s newly formed “Divine Voices Gospel Choir.” The speaker for the service will Reverend J. Lawrence Turner, Senior Pastor of Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, who will address the theme of “Called to Serve.” No need to RSVP, just be sure to be counted present.

3) MIND* Meeting - Wednesday, Jan. 22 @ 8:00pm  (*Meet · Inspire · Network ·Develop)
Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211)• Hosted by B.O.D Members 

At our first ever MIND meeting, we will – among other things -- discuss upcoming Honors opportunities, update you on CBU happenings, meet our newest HP members, have a professional development activity, discuss ways to improve our community, and hear from one of our outstanding alums, Kaci Murley of TnAchieves, who will give her perspective on the value of the Honors Program and what you need to be doing now to secure a better future. 

MIND meetings happen every month. HP members are required to attend two per semester. You must email Dr. Burke every month with your RSVP (and, if you won’t be there, why). Future MINDs are February 19, March 19, April 23 – all 8 to 10pm.

4) Reception with film director Tom Shadyac - Thursday, Jan.23 @ 4:45 - 7:30ish pm
Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club (who brought us Richard Montañez, the janitor who discovered Flaming Hot Cheetos)
Meet in front of Cooper Wilson at 4:45 to drive to Holiday Inn at UofM – Seats limited to 15
Hosted by RaKesha Gray

We’ll join the Memphis community and UM students for a private reception featuring the writer, director, producer, and documentarian, Tom Shadyac who directed Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, and Patch Adams, among others. In his latest project, a documentary titled, I AM, Shadyac explores the true meaning of life and discovers his life's purpose by asking "What is wrong with our world, and what can we do about it?"  The event will be geared toward both students and business leaders alike for a fun and enriching experience. There will also be a Q&A.  RSVP by 5pm this Friday, January 17 and let me know if you can drive. Learn more about Tom Shadyac: See Tom Shadyac on the Oprah ShowWatch the Documentary, "I Am" for Free Online  - also on Netflix; Read Tom's Book "Life's Operating Manual" for Free Online (Fun Fact: Tom’s older brother, Richard Shadyac Jr. – Rick – is CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fund-raising arm, ALSAC)

5) Trustee Scholarship Reception – Friday, Jan. 24 @ 6:00-7:30pm
Sabbatini Lounge

The Department of Admission has invited us to participate in this reception for our Trustee Scholarship interviews. A diversity of majors is needed. Let Dr. Burke know if you are interested in representing the HP and charming potential Baby Geeks. If you are selected to attend, please plan to stay the entire time.

6)  Alumni Trivia Competition -- Friday, Jan. 24 @ 7:30pm (doors open at 7, trivia at 7:30)
Alfonso Dining Hall • Hosted by Tiffany Corkran

Think you’re smart? Think you know a lot about random stuff? As usual, the Honors Program will be participating in the CBU Alumni Trivia competition. We can have up to eight players. Free soft drinks and snacks are provided. There will even be some door prizes! RSVP to Dr. Burke by noon day of, sooner is preferred. 

7) Wednesday In The Lounge – Family Feud WIL, Wednesday, January 29 @ 8:00pm
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Anna Birg and Jaustin Tubbs                  

Another first in the HP – our own version of Family Feud. We’re not sure what Anna and Jaustin    have up their science sleeves, but we can’t wait to find out! No need to RSVP, just come on by.

8) Let’s talk about Race - Thursday, January 30, at 1:00 p.m.
Spain Auditorium 

Talking about racial and ethnic diversity can be a divisive conversation, but it doesn’t have to be. A diverse panel of CBU students, led by facilitator Dr. Kelly James, Assistant Professor of Behavior Sciences, will talk about their lives and we will share insights and dispel some myths

9) HP Great Gatsby Ball – Friday, January 31 @ 8:00-11:00 – open to the entire campus and friends
Sabbatini Lounge               

Hosted by Rebekah Herrman, Cameron Owens, Hope Gilbertson, RaKesha Gray, Logan Butler, Samantha Bennett, Caitlin Terry, Megan Mosier, Kelsey Coolican, and of course, Trey McGinnis

Come dressed to impress in your best Great Gatsby gear for an enjoyable evening of geeky fun—complete with a chocolate fountain, awkward photos, and fun! Prizes will be awarded for best costume for both male and female. $3 admission fee. Open to all. If you can RSVP that will help; if you can’t, show up anyway.

10) Farm to Table conference at CBU – Tuesday, February 4 – all day, but you can come and go
Buckman Hall

Christian Brothers University is proud to be the host for the 4th annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference. And you can attend for free! With sessions like Planting the Seed: How to Become a Young Farmer in the Mid-South, Theory and Practice: The Role of Colleges and Universities in Building a Just, Local, and Sustainable Food System, and Urban Homesteading, there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. Sessions last all day from 10:15 am to 3:00 pm and you are welcome to attend any session that you can make. For a full agenda as well as some more information on the conference, go to Students can attend for free but must email Sean MacInnes at Additionally, if you attend the conference you need to let me know.

11) Evolution vs. Creation: Debate at the Creation Museum – Tuesday, February 4 @ 6– 8:30pm
Assisi Hall 153

Bill Nye the Science Guy takes on Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum in this live streamed event. 

"Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye. Ham, a former science instructor who emigrated to the USA from Australia over 25 years ago, is joined by the popular children’s program personality Bill Nye “the Science Guy” for this first and only scheduled debate. Each man delivers what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Each then has an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answers questions submitted by the audience."( 

Sponsored by HeBrews (shout out to Abbie Stovall!), this event is open to all, so bring your pals. RSVP any time before the event. 

12) Documentary WIL – Wednesday, Feb. 5 @ 8-10pm
Honors Classroom • Hosted by Logan Butler and Kelsey Coolican

No need to RSVP, just come on by.

13) 12 Years a Slave – Thursday, Feb. 6 @ 5:20pm – 9ish  
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 5:20 to drive to Paradiso

If you follow film, you know Twelve Years a Slave earned Best Picture at the Golden Globes. Yes, it’s THAT good. And CBU is renting out an entire theatre for us to see it (just like Elvis!). Join students and faculty from all over CBU for this incredible film, followed by a discussion led by Br. Allen and Dr. Jeff Gross. RSVP by Tuesday, February 4 (sooner if possible), and let me know if you can drive.

14) An Oriental Monsoon – Sunday, Feb. 9 @ 7pm

“An Oriental Monsoon” is a performance by students from China of classic Chinese opera, folk songs, ethnic dances, martial arts, traditional music, and ancient instruments. The performance is aimed at fostering understanding of Chinese culture among students and the public. We are one of only ten stops on this group’s tour of the United States. RSVP by noon day of, sooner if possible.

HOMECOMING WEEK February 10-15 – lots of geeky Greeky fun!

15) HP Board of Directors Meeting – Wednesday, Feb. 12 @ 5:30 to 7pm

(We will not have a WIL tonight because of All-Sing, which starts at 7pm in the Theatre)

16) The Vagina Monologues – Thursday, Feb. 13 @ 6:00 to 9ish? at Rhodes College
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 6:00 to drive to Rhodes • Hosted by Taylor Goode and Tyler Stranburg

The Vagina Monologues is a play performed at venues all over the United States around “V-Day” in order to bring awareness to the problem of violence against women. 

"The Vagina Monologues is made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sexloverapemenstruationfemale genital mutilationmasturbationbirthorgasm, the various common names for the vagina, or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment, and the ultimate embodiment of individuality” (from Wikipedia). Note, this play obviously deals with mature (and sometimes controversial) subject matter. If you aren’t sure about it, do your homework before RSVPing. And men, if you want to understand women, this would be a darn good start.

RSVP by 5pm Wednesday, Feb. 12, sooner if possible, and let me know if you can drive.

17) Trustee Scholarship Reception – Friday, Feb. 14 @ 6:00-7:30pm
Buckman 211 – Montesi Executive Center • Hosted by Katie Robinson 

The Department of Admission has invited us to participate in this reception for our Trustee Scholarship interviews. A diversity of majors is needed. Let Dr. Burke know if you are interested in representing the HP and charming potential Baby Geeks. If you are selected to attend, please plan to stay the entire time.

18) TCHC Practice and Volunteer Training  – Monday, Feb. 17 @ 6:00pm – 8:30ish

Everyone presenting at TCHC will practice their presentations tonight in a Buckman 226 and give each other helpful feedback. Please plan to stay the entire time. Volunteers arrive at 6:00, presenters at 6:30. Volunteers will practice moderating sessions during the presentations

19) Square Dancing! – Tuesday, Feb. 18 @ 6:15-10ishpm 
Meet in Cooper-Wilson at 6:15 to drive to Cordova • Hosted by Becky Wauford and Julia Kueter

Another HP first, we are going square dancing!!! We’ll circle left, circle right, and do-si-do! Square dancing is super fun. You know why? Because you don’t have to know what you’re doing – someone talks you through the entire night!  RSVP by 4pm day of.

20) MIND* Meeting - Wednesday, Feb. 19 @ 8:00pm  (*Meet · Inspire · Network ·Develop)
Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211) • Hosted by B.O.D Members Caitlin Terry, Tyler Stranburg, Kelsey Coolican, and Trey McGinnis

MIND meetings happen every month. This month’s Alumni Spotlight is on Dylan Perry,’10 Religion and Philosophy, ’13 Master’s in Public Service from the Clinton School, and Associate Director of Lasallian Volunteers. His focus will be on networking.

HP members are required to attend two per semester. You must email Dr. Burke every month with your RSVP (and, if you won’t be there, why). Future MINDs are March 19 and April 23.

21) TCHC - State Honors Conference at CBU – Friday & Saturday Feb. 21 & 22  
Hosted by Tyler Stranburg, Rebekah Herman, Caitlin Terry, Becky Wauford, RaKesha Gray, and Trey McGinnis, 

Once again we will be participating in the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council Conference! And not only that we will be hosting it this year. Geeks from all over Tennessee will present class papers, research, senior projects, and information about the Honors Program. This is a wonderful opportunity to get professional experience in a friendly, supportive setting. The conference will be held at your dearly loved Christian Brothers University. Student cost is only $15! And you don’t have to worry about driving for hours!  Don’t miss this one, there won’t be another TCHC like TCHC at CBU.

22) Dr. Who WIL -- Wednesday, February 26 @ 8:00pm
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Becky Wauford, Tony Le, and Megan Mosier

Who doesn’t love Dr. Who? Well even if you don’t know WHO that is, come by tonight’s WIL and learn all about the craze that surrounds this hit BBC series. No need to RSVP, just come on by. Non-honors welcome.

23) Playback Memphis: Memphis Matters – Saturday, March 1 @ 7:15pm – tickets are limited
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 7:15pm to go to First Congregational Church (performance starts at 8) • Hosted by Carly Geis and Sarah Welch

This is a super cool event that your tiny director lady has been wanting the HP to go to for years. Playback Memphis is an improvisational theatre troupe that acts out stories told by the audience. This particular presentation will focus on our city: Memphis Matters provides audiences a wonderful opportunity to connect with the ‘heart’ of Memphis. At performances, we gather together to reflect on our identity as citizens of this unique and growing city. Seeing our impressions, observations, and stories come to life via Playback strengthens our shared community and lifts our collective civic spirits. You are always welcome you to share a story, or just sit back and watch the magic unfold. For more information, go to www.playbackmemphis.orgRSVP by noon, Feb. 27 and let me know if you can drive. Honors only.

24) Race: Are We So Different? – Tuesday, March 4 at 3pm
Meet in Cooper-Wilson at 3 to drive to Pink Palace Museum • Hosted by Anna Birg, John Austin Tubbs, Kierra Turner

Let’s learn some really important stuff today. The exhibition Race: Are We So Different? brings together the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations. Interactive exhibit components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs, multimedia presentations, and attractive graphic displays offer visitors to RACE an eye-opening look at its important subject matter (for more info, go to RSVP by noon day of and let me know if you can drive. Honors only.

25) BOD meeting and Teach Your Talent WIL -- Wednesday, Mar. 5 @ 6:30 and 8:00pm
Honors Lounge (Note, BOD may meet in a different room due to the Rome class meeting in the HP) • Hosted by Kierra Turner, Anna Birg, and YOU!

BOD meets at 6:30 and then at 8:00 the fun begins. Tonight’s WIL is Teach Your Talent. Bring your talent (or passion) and help the rest of us become more well-rounded. Please let me know what YOU would like to teach your HPeeps. Honors only.

26) Respect Yourself: A Celebration of Stax Records – Thursday, March 6 @ 5:00pm
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 5:00 to drive to Rhodes’ McCallum Ballroom • Hosted by BODers

Tonight the HP is going on a soul-shaking trip through the past, present and future of a true Memphis treasure, featuring informal performances and discussion. In the 1960s and 1970s, Stax’s musicians turned the whole world onto the Memphis sound and their impact continues today. This event is hosted by author and filmmaker Robert Gordon, whose recent book of the same name has earned wide acclaim. Joining Gordon for this conversation are four legendary members of Stax’s musical family: Bettye Crutcher, songwriter, producer and recording artist; Willie Hall, drummer and producer; Don Nix, guitarist, producer and recording artist; and Marvell Thomas, keyboardist and producer. There will be some light refreshments, but eat before the event if you can. Non-honors are welcome but must RSVP. RSVP by noon day of and let me know if you can drive.

SPRING BREAK       March 10-16

27) HP2X: Honors Program Harry Potter Expedition -- Monday, March 10 to Friday, March 14  
Hosted by Michael Stuart and Tiffany Corkran 

This is the opportunity of a lifetime! Now is the time when the two greatest schools on earth will meet, Christian Brothers University and Hogwarts. While not quite as dangerous as the Tri-Wizard tournament, this HP spring break trip to Harry Potter World is guaranteed to be fun for all ages. This is an Honors-only event. Alcohol use by students under 21 will result in expulsion from the HP (no this does not include butter-beer). Alcohol use by students over 21 is discouraged. Strongly discouraged.

28) Pizza with the Professor: Physics Phun – Tuesday, March 18 @12:45-1:45pm 
Assisi Hall 005 • Hosted by Rebekah Herrman and Tiffany Corkran

Come join us as Dr. Clarke demystifies the realm of physics. We will see demonstrations from various fields of physics, but especially Electricity and Magnetism (Dr. Clarke's specialty). And we’ll have pizza! RSVP by 11am day of if you want pizza. 

29) MIND Meeting - Wednesday, March 19 @ 7:00–9:00pm  (Meet · Inspire · Network ·Develop)
Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211) • Hosted by Becky Wauford, Katie Robinson, and Sarah Welch

MIND meetings happen every month. HP members are required to attend two per semester. You must email Dr. Burke every month with your RSVP (and, if you won’t be there, why). Last MIND is Wed. April 23.

30) Wait Watchers @ the Dixon – Thursday, March 20 @ 6:00pm
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 6pm to drive to the Dixon Gallery and Gardens • Hosted by Taylor Goode and Carly Geis

Ever think our society places too much emphasis on weight and appearance? If so, Memphis College of Art professor Haley Morris-Cafiero would agree with you. Morris-Cafiero began taking self-portraits three years ago, capturing images of people who appeared to be critical of her body type. She called the collection “Wait Watchers” and hoped to start a conversation about judging people by their appearance. In February 2013, photos from the collection were featured in a blog. The next day, Huffington Post wrote an article profiling her work and from there, the photos went viral, being featured in over 40 articles world-wide including, Marie Claire South Africa, fotoMagazin, and DailyMail UK. She has been interviewed on CBS This Morning, NPR and Huffington Post Live. (From For more info., go to RSVP by 4pm day of and let me know if you can drive.

31) CBU Service Day with Colleges of Memphis – Saturday, March 22 at 8:15am to noon

Stay tuned for more information about this Colleges of Memphis service event. Colleges of Memphis is the organization that hosted us for the National Civil Rights Museum/South Main event in the fall.

Four students who do this service will be able to attend the event below (but you are not required to do both. You could do service and NOT go to lunch. You could go to lunch but not do the service. They are really separate events that happened to fall on the same day, so I figure there will be at least some overlap in the participants.)

32) (Following the above event) 100 Things to Eat in Memphis (with Dr. Burke) Before You Die – Dyer’s Burgers on Beale – Saturday, March 22 @ 12:30pm
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 12:30.

After the service project above I will be taking four students to lunch in the second stop on our 100 Things to Eat in Memphis Before You Die journey. The Commercial Appeal has published this list for the last two years and we are going to get through it before Dr. Burke retires. Today’s meal will be at Dyer’s Burgers on Beale Street, where we will have – what else? – a burger (and maybe a shake)! Dyer’s has been around since 1912 and they claim to have used the same grease all those years (now doesn’t that sound yummy!). They’ve been on lots of “top 10 burgers in the U.S.” lists. Check them out at

The purpose of 100 Things to Eat…is to introduce students to Memphis dining institutions (meaning well-established, historic, or “must-dos”) and give them an opportunity to get to know each other better. “Fine” print: Ideally, one student from each class (freshman through senior) will attend. Of those who RSVP, I will determine who goes (based on a number of factors). Others will be put on the waiting list. Only one HP BODer may attend. Since this only happens once per semester, my preference is for students to not go more than once during their time at CBU. RSVP asap but no later than 5:00pm Wednesday, March 19.  

33) ROAD TRIP!! Discovery Park of America in Union City – Sun. March 23 @ 9:30am to 6ishpm - $10 plus food
Meet at Cooper Wilson at 9:30 to drive to Union City • Hosted by Michael Stuart and Julia Kueter

You won’t believe what’s just up the road in Union City. Check out to see this “world-class educational and entertainment experience with more than 70,000 SF of exhibits focused on nature, science, technology, history, and art.” We’ll leave CBU around 9:30am (so early!), make the 1 ½ hour drive to Union City, explore Discovery Park, and return around 6pm (but we can’t be exactly sure when we will get back).

34)  Nerds go to the Griz! Monday, March 24 @ 6:00pm – Only ten tickets!
Hosted by Kelsey Coolican and Logan Butler

Seats will be limited for this nerdy Grizzlies outing. Additionally, only fun, rowdy, cheery, Dancecammy Geeks should apply. Wear some red swag (ideally a CBU t-shirt) and let’s get ROWDY!!! We’ll have nosebleed seats but that gives us the opportunity to study all sorts of nerdy things like oxygen content, the effects of altitude on hot dog toppings, the civil engineering wonders of basketball stadiums, and the audience Geek to Jock ratio and its relationship to game outcome. We might also ponder why a Memphis team is called the Grizzlies, for Pete’s sake! RSVP asap (but be sure you can attend). These seats will go fast. Let me know if you can drive. Again, if you go to this game you need to be in red and be ready to yell for the Griz!! 

35) Build Something Out of a Bunch of Random Stuff WIL -- Wednesday, March 26 @ 8:00pm
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Rebekah Herman, RaKesha Gray, and Becky Waffle

We’re going to bring some stuff and put it on the table, and then you are going to build something out of it. That is all. No need to RSVP, just come on by.

36) Vanderhaar Symposium – Thursday, March 27 @ 6:45pm
CBU Theatre – arrive at 6:45 to sit together • Hosted by RaKesha Gray, Jaustin Tubbs, and Kierra Turner

"Fostering a Just Food System" - an evening of conversation around creating a robust, just food system with Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Malini is dedicated to working to identify and alleviate the impact of racism and white privilege on the food system. He has an intense interest in contributing to the development of an international food sovereignty movement that embraces Black farmers in the Americas, the Caribbean and Africa.  He views the “good food revolution” as part of the larger movement for freedom, justice and equality. - See more at:

An annual symposium, the Vanderhaar was founded in memory of Dr. Gerard A. Vanderhaar, a professor of religion and peace studies at Christian Brothers University for more than 28 years. Vanderhaar spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence. Additionally, the Vanderhaar Student Peace Award will be presented. This award is presented to a student who best exemplifies the spirit and practice of active nonviolence. This event is open to the public so please invite non-Honors friends. RSVP by 4pm day of or be sure to sign in at the event.

37) Auto Scavenger Hunt for Big and Little Geek pairs (and others, who will be paired up) – Friday, March 28 @ 6:00 – 9:00 – ALL BIG AND LITTLE GEEKS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND
Meet in the Honors Room (Kenrick 211) at 6pm (be sure you’ve eaten dinner) • Hosted by Julia Kueter, Tiffany Corkran, Hope Gilbertson, Anna Birg and Trey McGinnis         

We’ll divide into groups of 4 or 5 (each group must have a car) and have fun while learning about the hotspots of Midtown Memphis. This will be a great way to get to know your Big or Little(s) and to have an excuse to do silly things in public (like you need an excuse!). RSVP to Dr. Burke by noon day of, sooner if possible and let me know if you can drive.

38) Coffee and Conversation WIL -- Wednesday, April 2 @ 8:00pm
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Tachele Anderson, Carly Geis, and Kierra Turner

Like the coffee houses of old we will gather together to talk about the issues of our time and drink too much caffeine (or decaf, or tea, or hot chocolate, or Diet Coke or…..). Topics will range from popular culture to politics to what’s going on at CBU and in Memphis to……whatever comes up. No need to RSVP, just come on by. 

39) Ignite CBU – Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:30pm
Spain Auditorium • Hosted by Rebekah Herman, Taylor Goode, and Tyler Stranburg

“Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the tag line of the international Ignite phenomenon. Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes. What are you knowledgeable, passionate, angry, or excited about that you want to share with the world – or at least CBU? This was a dynamite event last year, so don’t miss this year!

Any member of the CBU community can present at this event – student, faculty, staff, alum, Trustee – just limit it to five minutes! Go to to watch hundreds of other Ignite videos. And here’s an Ignite presentation on how to give an Ignite presentation: - how cool is THAT?? Deadline to propose your Ignite CBU presentation is Tuesday, March 25. Email This is a unique opportunity and a good professional development challenge. Encourage your friends to participate.

40) Game Night Swap with AXiD WIL -- Wednesday, April 9 @ 8:00pm
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Sarah Welch, Carly Geis, Megan Moser, and Katie Robinson

That’s right, we’re having a SWAP. It will be Geeks and Greeks playing all sorts of fun games and making new friends. No need to RSVP, just come on by. We’ll have our usual drinks and snacks, but tonight we’ve ordered some extra silly.

41) Help a Brother Out Day -- Thursday, April 10 @ 4:00pm
Meet at Lambert Hall • Hosted by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Megan Mosier and Tyler Stranburg

Every year, the Honors Program completes a service project to help our amazing Christian Brothers. This can range from gardening, to cleaning, to scrubbing statues – whatever they need us for! Come prepared to lend a hand and do a good deed. Oh, and get your picture taken a lot! RSVP by noon day of. If you forget to RSVP, come on over! 

42) Nerds (and CBU) go to the Birds! – Friday, April 11 @ 6:00pm
Meet at Cooper-Wilson at 6pm to drive to Autozone Park • Hosted by the Honors BOD

It’s CBU night at the Redbirds!!! Baseball, hot dogs, CBU t-shirts, a CBU professor throwing out the first pitch, organ music, and maybe even the CBU Deckhands – what more could one want for a perfect Friday night in April? RSVP to me but go to to get your free ticket. If they run out of tickets, let me know. RSVP by 5pm noon Thursday, April 10, and let me know if you can drive.

43) Henna and Hula Hoops – Sunday, April 13 – 1 to 3pm
Buckman Quad • Hosted by Sushma Kalava, Payton Powers, Tiffany Corkran, and Caitlin Terry

If there are two things that Honors kids love, it’s henna and hula hoops. Grab your hoop (or someone else’s) and see what Sushma and Payton have cooked up! This is also the day of the Dr. Smarrelli’s reception for accepted students in Alfonso hall, starting at 2pm. RSVP by 5pm Saturday to help us plan, but come on out even if you forget.

44) ArtBreak – Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm – Co-sponsored by the Art Club and Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Studio B – basement of Kenrick Hall • Hosted by Taylor Goode, Hope Gilbertson, Sarah Welch and Caitlin Terry

Feeling the stress from overachieving? Overwhelmed by your five papers or your senior project? Take a break and come create a unique piece of art with a bunch of other arty (and not so arty) nerds. And who knows, this just might kick start those creative juices you need to finish your academic work! RSVP by noon day of. If you forget to RSVP, come on down, anyway. (But seriously, RSVP – it really helps.) Honors and Art students only.

45) BOD meeting and Life Size Game WIL -- Wednesday, April 16 @ 6:30 and 8:00
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Rebekah Herrman and Michael Stuart

Note, BOD may meet in a different room due to the Rome class meeting in the HP

At 6:30 PM the Honors Program Board of Directors will meet to conduct the business of the Program and make it even better! Have an idea? Send it our way!

At 8:00 the fun begins.  Rebekah and Michael and the others are cooking up a life size game of something. Let’s see what it is and how it goes. I’m just hoping for some life size refreshments! 

46) MIND* Meeting - Wednesday, April 23 @ 7:00 to 9:00pm  (*Meet · Inspire · Network ·Develop)
Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211) • Hosted by B.O.D Members 

MIND meetings happen every month. HP members are required to attend two per semester. You must email Dr. Burke every month with your RSVP (and, if you won’t be there, why).  

47) McKellar Lake Cleanup with the Memphis River Warriors – Saturday, April 26 @ 9:00am
Meet in front of Cooper-Wilson at 9:00am • Hosted by Julia Kueter and Caitlin Terry

We’ve been cleaning up McKellar Lake for a couple years now, and we are now true Memphis River Warriors!! Grab your best HP, CBU (or other) pals and let’s clean up one of the dirtiest waterways in the country. Check out this great Youtube video for a taste of what we will be doing. (if nothing else, the video demonstrates how good music can make even picking up trash look enjoyable). Note: You MUST wear closed-toe shoes! RSVP by 5pm day before and let me know if you can drive.

48) The 7th Annual CBU “Last Lecture,” presented by Dr. Holmes Peacher-Ryan –Thursday, May 1 @ 12:45pm 
Spain Auditorium • Hosted by Rebekah Herrman, Michael Stuart, and Kierra Turner

Please join the Honors Program and the CBU community for this extraordinary event during which Dr. Holmes Peacher-Ryan (Mathematics) will give his hypothetical “Last Lecture.” Last Lectures usually include the professor’s reflections on their academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. Known for great stories and funny quotes, Dr. Peacher-Ryan will not disappoint. Light refreshments will be served at 12:30. RSVP by 8pm day before, but attend even if you didn’t RSVP (just be sure to sign in). This is open to the entire University so bring your non-Honors friends. Based on past Last Lectures this is a not-to-be-missed event!  . 

49) Cooking with the Capstone class WIL -- Wednesday, April 30 @ 8:00 pm
Honors Lounge or other location TBD • Hosted by BODers 

This year’s Honors Capstone students have learned how to ethically select, prepare, and cook food and now they’re teaching US!  Please RSVP by 5pm Monday so we can plan for food.

50) ROAD TRIP!!! Tennessee Renaissance Festival – Friday/Saturday, May 2 & 3 - $40 plus turkey leg (your food)
Meet in Cooper-Wilson at 6:00pm Friday to travel to Arrington, TN • Hosted by Megan Mosier and Trey McGinnis

We have a rare opportunity (due to the CBU calendar “shift” this year) to take in the Tennessee Renaissance Festival. We’ll travel up on Friday evening, grab a seedy hotel (J/K, it won’t be that seedy; well, maybe….), spend Saturday at the Festival, and return late Saturday night. Students will pay $40 plus food. RSVP by Tuesday, April 29, sooner if possible.

51) Final Honors Program Board of Directors’ Meeting – Monday, May 5 @ 6:00 – 9:00pm
Honors Lounge • Hosted by Kelsey Coolican, Logan Butler, and Katie Robinson

At our end of year HP BOD meeting, we will have Chinese food, plan for next year, celebrate the service of the retiring BOD members, and welcome our new ones. If you are interested in serving on the HP BOD, please watch for an email from Dr. Burke in the weeks prior to this meeting. If you have ideas for next year, please send them to Dr. Burke.

52) EOYE – End of Year Extravaganza -- Friday, May 9 @ 4:30pm – 7:00pm
Montesi Executive Center and CBU’s front lawn • Hosted by Tiffany Corkran, John Austin Tubbs, Hope Gilbertson and Sarah Welch

We’ll have some fun, some Central barbecue, and some Diet Coke!!! Because of the addition of our Spaghetti Warehouse dinner (see next entry), we will be shifting many of our EOYE activities to that (but we can’t take the giant sling shots to Spaghetti Warehouse so……)! Be sure to attend for your last chance to play “I like people who” with your Honors pals before the summer. RSVP by noon Thursday, May 8 so we can plan for food. This is an Honors-only event (sadness).

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Honors Diploma Recipients

In order to graduate with an "Honors" designation on the diploma, you must take at least seven Honors courses, including Honors Capstone, have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA at graduation, and be an active member of the Honors Program (as demonstrated by meeting a required number of “opportunities”).

Class of 2013

  • Johnny Blount 
  • Kyra Clapper 
  • Jessica Ferrell
  • Kathryn Handwerker 
  • Ariel Kingsley 
  • Lauryn Murphy 
  • Hannah Nelson 
  • Bentley Smith 
  • Daniel Stewart  
  • Amanda Willhite 
  • Cameron Volpe 

Class of 2012

  • Joe Alfonso
  • Larry Anderson
  • Michael Berry
  • Kasey Bramlitt
  • Cheryl Clausel
  • Raegan Cook
  • Justin Davis
  • Steven Denton
  • Catherine Gluszek
  • Justin Gallagher
  • Andrew Greenop
  • Kelly Jeu
  • Carolyn Adrienne Renfro
  • Dean Shauger
  • Matthew Vincent
  • Minna Zhao

Class of 2011

Jennifer Cobb
Chase de Saint-Felix

  • Mary Jane Dickey

  • Amanda Garland

  • Jenessa Gebers

  • Dale (DJ) Hobbs

  • Matt Jackson

  • Casey King

  • Frank Minneci

  • Kathleen Nelson
Lauren Rotzoll

  • Jennifer Lynne Sneed
Angela Toomer
James Tyler Wingett

Class of 2010

Caitlin Ashley
James Brown 

  • Caitlin Clay
Rachel Escue
Carolyn Fly
Lindsay Hanlen
Leigh Hill
Rebecca Horton 

  • Fatima Anmol Khan 

  • Kenny Latta 

  • Patrick Louie
Caroline Mitchell 

  • Kaci Murley
Johannah O’Malley
Dustin Perry 

  • Dylan Perry 

  • Christopher Peterson 

  • Kristi Prevost
Brandy Sims 

  • Jessica Wright

Class of 2009

Laura Bailey
Russell Brandon

  • Burton Bridges
Boris de Souza
John Legge

  • Kevin Nuckolls

  • Amanda Pitt

  • Amanda Taylor

Class of 2008

Matthew Bauer 

  • Andrea Bordwell 

  • Yuri DeSouza 

  • Whitney Heath

  • Madeline Jones
John McLaughlin 

  • Casey Nabors 

  • Matthew Nelson 

  • Timothy Keough

Class of 2007

  • Kären Elizabeth Brandon
Elizabeth Marie Henry

  • Sara Anne Lynch
Matthew Stephen Morgan
Mary Kathleen Peek
Laura Marie Washington

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Fall 2012 Activities

Honors Program Extracurricular Activities
 are hosted by members of the Honors Board of Directors. Note that it is through your RSVPs that we ensure we have adequate food, drinks, and (if appropriate) transportation. Thanks for giving us adequate notice of your attendance when requested.

Fall 2012
Honors Program Extracurricular Activities
Hosted by members of the Honors Board of Directors

1. Freshman Orientation – Sunday, August 19 @ 4pm (preceded by Big Geek School @ 3pm)

Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211)
Hosted by Lauryn Murphy, Tiffany Corkran, Johnny Blount, and the Big Geeks

For all freshmen and other new Honors Program students. Find out about college, Honors style! RSVP by 5pm Saturday, Aug. 18.

2. Beginning of Year Extravaganza – Monday, August 20 @ 4pm-6:30ish
Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211) and outside
Hosted by Raegan Cook, Amanda Willhite, Hope Gilbertson, Logan Butler, Kelsey Coolican, and Tiffany Corkran
Lots of silliness – plus pizza!!! Please RSVP by Monday at 2pm so I can order the right amount of pizza.  I need RSVPs to know how much pizza to order but also to have an idea of how many people to expect. If for some reason you forget to RSVP, come on by, just go to the back of the pizza line. Big and Little Geeks are especially encouraged to attend. Bring $10 to buy a “Go Geek,” “Talk Nerdy to Me,”or “Geek is the New Sexy” t-shirt.

3. Jerry’s Sno Cones –  Tuesday, August 21 @ 6:30pm – 8:00ish (You pay)
Meet in front of Cooper-Wilson at 6:30
Hosted by Raegan Cook and Jaustin Tubbs
MEMPHIS ADVENTURE!!! Be among the first group of HPers to visit Jerry’s SnoCones (1657 Wells Station), a Memphis ice- and dairy-product institution. Bring a couple bucks for a Wedding Cake or John Deere sno cone (or other tasty treat). RSVP by 5pm day of and let me know if you can drive.

4. Dinner with the Brothers/“Life as a Brother” – Wednesday, August 22 @ 5pm
(Freshmen and other new HPers only - sorry oldsters)
Meet in Honors Room (Kenrick 211) at 5:00 and we’ll walk to Lambert Hall together
Hosted by Tyler Stranburg and Catherine DelBove
The most special thing about being a CBU student is the opportunity to live, learn, and work with the Christian Brothers. Tonight we will have a great meal with the Brothers, then retire to the Lambert lounge to learn what it is like to live as a de LaSalle Christian Brother. Freshmen are expected to attend and need to RSVP to Dr. Burke by 5pm, Monday August 20 or  I’ll come looking for you!

5. Soul of the City at Brooks Museum Art Open Late - Thursday, August 23 @ 5:15pm    
Meet in front of Cooper Wilson at 5:15
Hosted Lauryn Murphy and Anna Birg
Check out Memphis’ premiere art museum and get a glimpse of African American art through different themes (music, civil rights, religion), genres (still life, landscape, portraiture), and artistic styles. We’ll see paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, quilts, ready-to-wear fashion, photographs, and mixed media objects by self-taught and academically-trained artists. RSVP by noon day of and let me know if you can drive.
6. Nerds go to the Birds: Memphis Redbirds - Friday, August 24 @ 6:15pm-10:30ish
Meet in front of Cooper Wilson at 6:15
Hosted by Rebekah Hermann and Julia Kueter
It’s been a few years since the nerds have gone to the Birds and they’ve decided that they’ll let us come back. Join your fellow hardball lovers for a night  under the  stars in downtown Memphis. Bring some spending money for drinks and BBQ nachos. RSVP by 5pm Wednesday, August 22 and let me know if you can drive.

7. Auto Scavenger Hunt for (only) Big and Little Geek pairs – Tuesday, August 28 @ 6:00 – ALL BIG AND LITTLE GEEKS ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND
Meet in the Honors Room (Kenrick 211) at 6pm (be sure you’ve eaten dinner)
Hosted by Amanda Willhite, Raegan Cook, Tiffany Corkran, and Lauryn Murphy    
We’ll divide into groups of 4 or 5 (each group must have a car) and have fun while learning about the hotspots of Midtown Memphis. This will be a great way to get to know your Big or Little(s) and to have an excuse to do silly things in public (like you need an excuse!). RSVP to Dr. Burke by noon day of, sooner if possible and let me know if you can drive.

8. Bully and conversation with Director Lee Hirsch – Wednesday, August 29 @ 5:45pm – 9:30pm
Meet in front of Cooper Wilson at 5:45pm to head to White Station Middle School
We have 15 tickets for BULLY, the first feature documentary film to explore “a year in the life” of bullying in the United States. Watch the trailer at From the first day of school through the last, the film intimately follows the lives of a few of the many courageous kids and families bullying affects each day. The film captures the distress of bullying victims, the frustration of their parents, and in some cases, the overwhelming grief when bullying ends a life. This is a Facing History and Ourselves Community Conversation event. RSVP by 5pm Monday, August 27, sooner if you’re savvy. Let me know if you can drive.

9. SOS September of Service kickoff event – Friday, August 31 @ 10:30am-1:00pm
Buckman Quad
Hosted by Jaustin Tubbs, Julia Kueter, and Amanda Willhite
Join the September of Service team in the quad and celebrate the kickoff of the biggest service project in the history of CBU. Sign up for a service project, see the SOS Sumos, sing SOS songs, buy your $7 SOS shirt, and say lots of other words that begin with S. There’ll be silly SOS fun for everyone!

10. Wednesday in the Lounge – Disney Singalong - Wednesday, September 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Amanda Willhite
Our first WIL is a Disney Singalong. Please come dressed as your favorite Disney characters and get ready for a raucous Disney-good time! No need to RSVP, just come on by.
11. Wednesday in the Lounge – Comic Book WIL - Wednesday, September 12 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Emily Flechas and Catherine DelBove
Batman, Superman, Spiderman, OH MY! If you love comic books or superheros, drop by the Honors Lounge tonight for some NERDY and GEEKY FUN! Comic book aficionado Emily Fletchas will share her comic book expertise. Plus, there will be a Batman cake. Who doesn’t love cake? No need to RSVP, just come on by.

12. Big/Little Geek Lock-In, Harbor Clean-up and Retreat – Friday through Sunday, September 14 through 1 CBU, the Memphis Harbor, and Victory Ranch in Bolivar TN
Hosted by your Retreat Team: Johnny Blount, Lauryn Murphy, Amanda Willhite, Nell Brandon, Catherine DelBove, and Raegan Cook (and Tiffany Corkran, Big/Little Lock-In)
This year’s freshmen, other new students, the Retreat Team, plus Dr. Ogilvie and Dr. Thompson-Jaeger will travel to Victory Ranch in Bolivar, TN for an unforgettable outdoor adventure experience. You will swing through trees, climb walls, play challenging games, and conquer obstacles on your way to personal growth, team development, and most of all, FUN!! Hold onto your shorts, this is a not-to-be missed opportunity. Each student will be asked to pay $50 on the day of the retreat.  More details to come as the date nears. Freshmen are expected to attend but still need to RSVP by 5pm Monday, September 10.

13. Constitution Day – Monday, September 17 at 5:45 pm
St. Joseph 10
To celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution come learn about the electoral college – it’s good stuff! The seminar will consider the perennial question of whether the Electoral College should it be reformed, abolished, or left as it is. This will be an open forum of questions and free discussion. Everyone is welcome!

14. Wednesday in the Lounge – Relive the Retreat!! - Wednesday, September 19 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Caitlin Terry, Trey McGinnis and Kelsey Coolican
Join your new Honors peeps and reminisce about all the stuff that happened at the retreat. A slide show and memories are expected to attend. No need to RSVP, just come on by!

15. CBU Trivia Competition – Friday, September 21 @ 7pm (doors open at 7:00; first question at 7:30)  
Alfonso Dining Hall
Hosted by Michael Sanford
The Honors Program will sponsor a team of six to eight Honors Program students to compete against other (less geeky) teams in this annual Alumni Association trivia competition. CBU Board of Trustee members, faculty, students, and alumni will be vying to see who is the “Smartie-est”. See below for more information. (FYI, Dr. Burke will not be in attendance. She will be recovering from her 365 foot rappel down White Station tower earlier that day. So, you are on your own for the trivia!) RSVP by 5pm Monday, Sept. 17 if you want to play (these spots will probably fill up pretty fast). I will sign up the team and pay your admission fee. If you sign up for this, please be sure to be there!
16. Wednesday in the Lounge – What to do with your Summer - Wednesday, September 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Joe Alfonso
HP Alum Joe Alfonso will discuss why you should seek interesting summer opportunities rather than sleeping til noon over summer break. Joe has been all over the country every summer to do research so if that’s not a true geek. I don’t know what is! No need to RSVP, just come on by.

17. BOD and Wednesday in the Lounge – Spa Night! - Wednesday, October 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Johnny Blount and Damien Stevenson
Is the semester stressing you out? Feel those knots in your back? Come to this Wednesday's spa day and relax. Leave all your stresses behind and unwind! We'll pamper ourselves with the finest the Honors Program can afford... which is pretty fine if you ask me. Oh, and, we'll take some funny pictures with facial masks.

18. Alumni Honors Reunion – Friday, October 5 @ 5pm
Kenrick 211 Honors Lounge
Hosted by alumni Kaci Murley, Chris Peterson, with Raegan Cook and Nic Picou
Sorry, current Geeks, this one’s a time for “Honers” alumni to find out what their fellow geeky peers and the Honors Program have been doing. Alumni should RSVP by 5:00 pm Thursday, October 6 if possible, but come on by even if you didn’t get a chance to RSVP.

19. Brothers’ Keepers Servant Leadership Training – Sunday, Oct. 7 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Montesi Executive Center
Students participating in the Brothers’ Keepers program are required to attend this training, covering topics from what a non-profit board is to what types of things you’ll be doing in the program. Be sure to mark your calendars for this important event.  

20. Board of Directors Meeting 7pm and Training WIL– Wednesday, October 10  @ 8pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Amanda Willhite
The HP Board of Directors meets once a month, always in the hour before a WIL, and then that night’s WIL (which is open to everyone) focuses on a professional development topic. So, tomorrow night’s Training WIL – which everyone should attend – will focus on three things: 1) How to write an appropriate thank you note, 2) how to communicate via email with professors (and others), and 3) what plans are being made for the future of CBU (including the use of an indoor swimming pool, complete with water slide). (Have an idea for a training WIL? Send it to Dr. Burke for consideration!)

21. THE COLOR RUN MEMPHIS – Service opportunity benefitting DeNeuville Learning Center – Saturday, Oct. 13 @ 7am  
Liberty Bowl Stadium
Hosted by Kelsey Coolican and Logan Butler
Participate in the coolest, colorest (we know, that’s not a word) event in Memphis history by throwing colored corn starch on 10,000 runners. That’s right, 10,000 people are going to run through Midtown getting covered in color. Over 20 Geeks have already signed up (along with about 50 other CBUers),but there is room for more. If you’re interested, be at the Liberty Bowl Saturday morning at 7am and find the volunteer tent. Kelsey and Logan will be there to take pics and help organize – as will brother Burton. Go to and read the run information before you show up to volunteer. At this point, signing up to volunteer is not necessary but if you want to, you can sign up on the Color Run site above. Note: Dr. Burke will be out of town. If you do volunteer and aren’t already signed up, be sure to let me know.

22. The Great Debate 2012 – Tuesday, Oct. 23 @ 7pm
Meet in CBU Theatre foyer at 6:45pm to sit together.
Hosted by Nic Picou    
Hey, a political debate – how fun! Moderated by Benjamin Head (Plough Library), the debate will feature Dr. Robert Brittingham (Management/Economics) and Justin Joy (Chairman of the Republican Party of Shelby County) representing the Republicans, and Pastor Keith Norman (Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church) and Dr. Max Maloney (Religion & Philosophy) representing the Democrats. Sponsored by the Black Student Association and the Student Government Association. RSVP by 5pm day of but attend even if you forget to RSVP.

23. Wednesday in the Lounge ZUMBA – Wednesday, October 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Taylor Salton, Tiffany Corkran, and Jaustin Tubbs
"Ditch the workout, join the party!" Shake it to get in shape in a dance/fitness party! Zumba is a Latin-inspired fitness     program that is just as much fun as it is effective. Zumba is great for anyone, no matter their fitness level. So fun, you won't     even know you're working out...what could be better! No RSVP necessary, non-HP friends are welcome!                

24. Ignite Memphis 5 – Thursday, October 25 @ 5:10pm to around 8:00pm    
Meet in front of Cooper-Wilson at 5:10 – event is at BioWorks
Hosted by Jaustin Tubbs
“Enlighten us but make it quick” is the tagline of IgniteMemphis. LaunchMemphis and MemphisConnect bring together     local thought leaders for an informative and entertaining night of presentations aimed at improving our community. A     global phenomenon, Ignite nights are “a high-energy evening of 5-minute talks (a timed PPT of 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds) by people who have an idea—and the guts to get onstage and share it with their hometown     crowd….Ignite is a force for raising the collective IQ and building connections in each city” Drinks and appetizers are included. We hope to use this event as a model for our own IgniteCBU event in spring 2013. RSVP by Wednesday, October 18th so we can buy $10 early bird tickets rather than the $15 door tickets.

25. University Day of Service – Saturday, October 27 @ 11am-1pm
Sabbatini Lounge
Hosted by Rebekah Herrman and Julia Kueter
Let’s do something GOOD for a change! The CBU family (and its microcosm, the HP family) will be packing 10,000 meals     to be taken to Haiti by our BSN students. RSVP by 5pm Friday, October 26. This is a CBU Service day, so all are welcome.

26. Murder Mystery Night: An Affair To Dismember. 
Monday, October 29 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm (only 16 silly spooky spots available)
Hosted by Catherine DelBove and Michael Sanford
In what is sure to be the silliest activity of the year, dress up and take on the role of a suspect in a cleverly written murder mystery set in the Castle Von Morgue in Deadbolt, Transylvania on All Hallow's Eve. Which character will you be randomly assigned? The Mummy of King Aldrinktotat – a bag of bones who knows how to party; Balihi – the Rogersandhammerstein Monster; Glumda, the Wicked Witch of DePressed; Asthmadeas – the Prince of Dimness; Hannibel Schecter – the world’s only known kosher cannibal; Dr. Angela Deth – a dentist famous for putting her patients under (six feet under); Aretha Garlik – the flamboyant clairvoyant, or Lizzie Bordeaux – a gothic and enigmatic woman from the south of France? Over pizza we'll reveal clues about our characters that will help us discover who the real murderer is and hope it’s not you! Seats are limited! If you RSVP, be SURE you can attend. It is very inconvenient to have last minute changes at this event. RSVP to both Catherine and Michael ( & ) by 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 17, sooner if possible (these spots go fast). We will need time to assign characters. Each character will be shared by two people, and it’s way more fun if you dress alike.

27. Andy Andrews – Seidman Town Hall Lecture – Tuesday, October 30 @ 7pm
(Private yummy reception at 6ish, probably in Montesi, to which we are invited)
Buckman Montesi and University Theater. (If you don’t attend the reception with us, meet in the theatre foyer at about 6:50 and we’ll grab you when we walk over.)
Hosted by Julia Kueter and Nic Picou
Andy Andrews, author of The Noticer, will be the keynote speaker at the Fall 2012 M.L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture. Andrews will address the topic “How Do You Kill 11 Million People? Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think.” Andrews believes that the only way to keep the United States of America the greatest country in the world is to demand the truth from our elected officials. By illuminating the startling history of how great countries have gone bad, Andrews will demonstrate in his lecture how we, as American citizens, can avoid the same mistakes by refocusing our standards of leadership. RSVP by 5pm day of – but attend even if you forget to RSVP.

28. Wednesday in the Lounge – Scary Stories – Wednesday, October 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Kenrick Attic  
Hosted by Rebekah Herrman and Lauryn Murphy
Do you like scary stories, dressing up, and creepy attics? Then bring your best scary story and costume to Kenrick attic this Halloween. Who knows, you may hear some terrifying tales of our own CBU ghosts and learn why the attic is haunted.     
No need to RSVP, just come on up/by/over.

29. UPay Indie Memphis Film Festival – November 1-3, specific movie TBD
Midtown Theatre location TBD
Hosted by Nic Picou and Nell Brandon    
This is a big weekend for the HP with the DeNeuville Gala and Upperclassmen Camping Retreat – but let’s add something else! Nic and Nell are going to pick out an Indie Memphis film for everyone to attend – so stay tuned to your email. This is UPay event (meaning you pay for it, get it?). Note: If you attend this, you probably won’t be able to go camping with us (unless the film is on Thursday night or Sunday night).
30. DeNeuville Learning Center Auction and Gala – Service Opportunity – Saturday, November 3 @ 5p-8:30p or 8p-11:30p
Hutchison School’s Welsh Dining Hall
Hosted by Hope Gilbertson and Danielle Hobbs
This is a delicious service opportunity for up to 20 Geeks. The HP is assisting at the 11th Annual Gala and Auction     benefitting DeNeuville Learning Center. Volunteers will be helping mostly with catering services (helping the     caterer,     picking up plates, replenishing yummy food, etc.). You will be able to eat and drink whatever you wish and the     atmosphere is festive. The emcee is Kym Clark from Action News 5. Please RSVP asap as we need to let DeNeuville     know how many volunteers we can provide. Note that this is the Upperclassmen Camping weekend – so DeNeuville     volunteers can’t go camping.    

31. Upperclassmen Camping Retreat – Friday through Sunday, November 2-4
Petit Jean State Park in Morrilton, AR
Meet in the Honors Room Friday afternoon, time(s) TBD
Hosted by Logan Butler, Tyler Stranburg, Dani Hobbs, Kelsey Coolican, Jaustin Tubbs, and Anna Birg
Upperclassmen, here’s YOUR retreat – a fall camping retreat for sophs through seniors!
An annual adventure not to be missed! Previous highlights have included campfire crooning, geeks spontaneously plunging into an icy lake, and the unfortunate Roossell Brandon getting eaten by a bear. This chillaxing weekend will provide great campfire cookin’ and bonding with your fellow HPeeps. If heavy rain is predicted we will cancel because Dr. Burke is a sissy. We’ll provide the tents, cooking equipment, and food – you bring the fun. There will be a $25 cost to each student. You can come for one or both nights (cost is the same). RSVP to Dr. Burke by 5pm Monday, Oct. 29, earlier if possible, and let me know if you can drive. For more information about Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas's Legendary First State Park, visit

32. Born to Be Wild – Monday, November 5 @ 6:30pm
Spain Auditorium
Co-sponsored by Tri-Beta, the Living Learning Center, and Student Activities Council
Hosted by Anna Birg and Taylor Salton
Prepare to fall in love. We’ll watch Born to Be Wild, a film about orphaned elephants and orangutans and the people who care for them. Then we’ll hear from Fields Falcone (what a cool name!), a zoo researcher, about the conservation efforts at the Memphis Zoo. Watch the trailer at Open to the entire CBU community; bring all your animal-loving friends.

33. Board of Directors Meeting and Training WIL – Wednesday, November 7 @ 7:00pm-10pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Johnny Blount and Michael Stuart
Every month, the Honors Program’s Board of Directors will meet at 7:00 PM to conduct the business of the Program. After most meetings, a training session on a professional development topic will be held. This session will usually be open to all members of the Honors Program. Watch your email for this month’s Training WIL topic.

34. Bowling for Uganda – Service Opportunity – Friday, November 9 @ 5:45 to 8:00 pm  
Meet at Billy Hardwicks Lanes 1576 S. White Station at 5:45pm
Hosted by Anna Birg and Lauryn Murphy
The Honors Program will put two “Honors Kids Is Good Bowlers” team together for this fundraiser. Entry fee is $20 but I’ll     pay $10 per person for the first eight HPers (plus Anna and Lauryn) who commit to bowl (each brings/raises at least     another $10; remember this is a FUNDRAISER for Hope North in Uganda). We can put as many Honors teams together as     we want, but after the first two, you pay the entire $20. This will be the eighth time this event has been held and the Honors Program has placed in either bowling or fundraising every year and there are some very classy trophies in the Honors room to prove it! To be sure we bring another one home, please including your bowling skill level in your RSVP. Don’t think we don’t stack the teams! RSVP by Thursday, Nov. 8, earlier is better (and earliest is cheaper).

35. Wednesday in the Lounge – Wednesday, November 14 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Danielle Hobbs and Raegan Cook  
It’s looking like this one might be a documentary night. Woot! Non-HP friends are welcome.

36. McKellar Lake Cleanup – Service Opportunity – Saturday, November 17 @ 8:15-11am
Meet in front of Cooper-Wilson at 8:15am
Hosted by Catherine DelBove and Tyler Stranburg
CLEAN UP! Your Chance to Help Save the World (or at least a tiny little piece of it).
We will join the University of Memphis Honors Program to clean up the trash heap that is McKellar Lake, where drainage trash from Memphis has created thousands of tons of litter. The lake is so bad that a national organization, Living Lands and Waters, has dedicated the month of March for four years to clean up that area. Here is a video from one of last year’s     cleanups. Can you spot the Geeks? RSVP by 5pm Friday, Nov. 16     sooner if possible. Note: Dr. Burke will be out of town so you should contact Catherine or Tyler with questions, etc.     ( 901.283.3354; 850.241.3077)

37. UPay Restaurant night – The Rendezvous – Monday, November 19 @ 6pm
Meet in front of Cooper-Wilson at 6pm
Hosted by Nell Brandon and Michael Stuart
Celebrate Thanksgiving with the Honors Program and be a part of the first HP UPay restaurant night. In this new HP tradition we’ll visit the restaurants that make the Memphis food scene famous. Be sure to check out the menu at RSVP by noon Sunday, Nov. 18, sooner if possible.

38. Wednesday in the Lounge – Quilting Baby Blankets – Wednesday, November 28 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Hope Gilbertson and Logan Butler
Tonight we will be joined by Ellie Mills, a local quilter, who will guide us in making some fleece baby quilts that will be given to Small Beginnings, an organization dedicated to mothers of premature babies. Be prepared to contribute a few bucks to cover the costs. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 26, sooner if possible. Participation may be limited.

39. Board of Directors Meeting and Dirty Santa/Tacky Christmas Sweater WIL– Wednesday, December 5 @ 7:00pm-10pm
Honors Lounge
Hosted by Kelsey Coolican, Rebekah Herrman, and Logan Butler
The Board of Directors will have its monthly meeting from 7 to 8 and then at 8 it’s a Dirty Santa and Tacky Christmas Sweater all-play! Put on your tackiest Christmas sweater, bring a desirable gift costing no more than $10, and get ready for some fun! We’ll have some Christmasy snacks and see who ends up with the best gift. (In Dirty Santa, players get the opportunity to steal another person’s more desirable gift.) If you don’t bring a present you can still attend, you’ll just get to watch the fun instead of have your gift stolen. Please RSVP by noon day of so we can plan for enough snacks.

40. Memphis Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert – Saturday, December 8 @ 1:45
Meet in front of Cooper-Wilson at 1:45 to travel to the Cannon Center downtown
Hosted by Rebekah Herrman and Michael Stuart
We’re going to the symphony!! We’ll hear some Christmas favorites and even some we probably don’t like. But who cares – it’s a Saturday and it’s almost Christmas Break! RSVP by 5pm Thursday, December 6.   

41. UPay The Hobbit – December 13 @ midnight (more details to come)
Hosted by Michael Sanford and Nell Brandon
Spend the better part of a finals week night with your Honors pals watching Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. More details will     follow about this event but, for now, suffice to say we will be Geeking out. This is a UPay event.


1. HP Masquerade Ball (probably on January 18) – open to all! Hosted by Rebekah Herrman, Michael Sanford, Dani Hobbs, Jaustin Tubbs, Lauryn Murphy, Amanda Willhite, and Anna Birg

2. HP at CBU Homecoming – hosted by Kelsey Coolican (want to help? Touch base with Kelsey at

3. HP Book Club Part Deux – hosted by Hope Gilbertson and Taylor Salton (have a book suggestion? Send it to Hope at and Taylor at

4. State Honors Conference in Cookeville in Feb. 22 and 23 – be thinking about what you will present (a paper from World Lit, the HP freshman biology project, your research, your senior project, something we do in the CBU HP you think others should know about etc. You will need to submit a short (up to 100 words) description by late December/early January). This is a very fun, very geeky road trip – not to mention great professional experience!

5. Possible spring break service trip to St. Louis

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