Future Women Engineers

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The CBU School of Engineering hosted a week-long summer program called “Future Women Engineers” for high school girls from various Memphis area schools. Dr. Divya Choudhary was the program coordinator. Each day of the program, the students spent half the day in a hands-on engineering workshop. For the other half, they went on an industrial tour related to that particular area of engineering. The  half-day workshops were conducted by Dr. Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering), Dr. Randel Price (Chemical Engineering), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Andrew Assadollahi (Civil Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging workshop). Ms. Leslie Herlihy, Mr. Robert Moats, and Mr. Henry Rhodes helped with the program and workshops. The program was funded by CBU trustee, Mr. Richard Gadomski. Pictured above are Dr. Shiue,  Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering), Dr. Choudhary, Dr. Price and Dr. Assadollahi along with the participants of the program.

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CBU Welcomes Somali Refugees

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Somali refugees and Peace of Thread volunteers at CBU.

CBU recently opened its doors to a group of local Somali refugee women and the organization that’s attempting to empower them in their new home. ensure that this organization had a place to work for a week. Peace of Thread is a non-profit organization started in Atlanta, aiming to help women refugees who were uprooted from their countries to become self-reliant and confident in their new homes in the United States. Through this organization, these women are taught a common skill such as sewing, so that they can support their families, adapt and thrive in an unfamiliar place.

CBU donated space for a week for the women refugees and their children to work and learn. While learning to sew, these refugees are taught many different necessities such as social interaction through group outings, learning how to speak English and are also taught to handle simple banking needs. They even begin to learn the value of the American dollar through the sale of their items on the online Peace of Thread store, where the proceeds go right back into the organization.

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Kudos

RobinTurner[2]Robin Turner (MEM’02), Director of Global Packaging Development at Medtronic, was honored as the recipient of the 2014 Craig Blackman Graduate Engineering Alumni Award at the Annual Graduate Engineering Celebration on May 9. Robin, a Certified Packaging Professional (CPP), is a member of CBU Packaging Advisory Board and Medtronic representative for the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. Her professional accomplishments and recognitions include the Paperboard Packaging Council Nationwide Award of Excellence in Structural Design for INFUSE Packaging, a U.S. Patent on Blister Packaging Cosmetic Article and Means to Protect Applicator, and a U.S. Patent on Modular Surgical Tray and Cover. She is a Leadership Memphis Executive Program graduate and has also been involved in various humanitarian activities, including the Nicaragua Mission Team, Kenya Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief, Mid-South Foodbank, Leadership Memphis, and St. Jude Hero.

The University of Tulsa’s McFarlain Library Special Collections Unit held a special exhibition through June 21 entitled “A Stranger from Paradise: The Divine Vision of William Blake,” an exhibit featuring a major gift of rare books given by Dr. Roger Easson (Literature & Languages, Retired) and his wife, Dr. Kay Easson. The Easson Library of William Blake includes facsimile editions of Jerusalem, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell and The Book of Thel, to name a few. The Easson collection also features a number of first edition texts that include original Blake engravings, notably Robert Blair’s The Grave: A Poem, William Hayley’s Ballads: Founded on Anecdotes Relating to Animals, and Edward Young’s The Complaint, and the Consolation; Or, Night Thoughts. The Eassons are also donating their extensive academic library to CBU’s Plough Library. So far, three walls of books have been delivered, and there are two more walls of books to come. The collection consists of relatively recent and important academic books that CBU’s students and faculty will appreciate.

Emily Phillips  (Studio Art ’15) was selected as a recipient of a $1000 award from the River Arts Festival, which was presented on May 30 at the Jay Etkin Gallery during the River Arts poster unveiling.

An article entitled “Softwood Pallet Stringer Temperature Estimation” by Dr. Ali Pourhashemi (Chemical Engineering) and Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering) was recently published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology.  The work was part of the Pallet Project sponsored by FedEx with materials donated by The Pallet Factory, members of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium.

James B. Moore (Electrical Engineering ’69), Captain Joshua K. Dove (Mechanical Engineering ’07), and Keith Wyrick  (Electrical Engineering ’10) were inducted into the Engineering Management Honor Society on May 9. Selection criteria were (1) having GPA at least 3.65, (2) completing at least 18 credit hours, and (3) being on the top 35% of active graduate students per faculty votes. James Moore is the founder and president of RadioMobile, Inc., a new startup company located in San Diego, CA. Captain Joshua Dove is a C-17A Instructor Pilot assigned to the 62nd Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. He served four times in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He also flew airdrop missions in Afghanistan. He has received various military medals. Keith Wyrick has worked in the utility industry for Midsouth Utility Consultants as a protection and substation design engineer. He is engaged to Kasey Bramlitt (’12) and has a wedding date set for November 22 at the Memphis Zoo.

Commencement Awards

Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2014, who were honored at Commencement on May 17:

School of Arts Awards
• Frederick L. AcostaChristine Ladd Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-traditional Psychology Major
• Matthew Davis BirchLiterature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
• Allison Nicole DavisBehavioral Sciences Faculty Award
• Taylor Alicia GoodePsi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award
• Erika Frances HansenKenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate
• Melanie Nicole HawkinsLiterature and Languages Faculty Award for English and English for Corporate Communications Majors
• Johnnie Sue Huddleston, Outstanding Visual Arts Student Award
• Julia Katharine KueterOutstanding History Student Award and Margarette J. Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Award

School of BusinessAwards
Kelsey Adair Bizzell, Moroni-Whaley Award

• Edward Matthew GenesMemphis Chapter – Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants Award
Shirley Yvette Green, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award
Taylor Nicole Pugh, School of Business Faculty Achievement Award

• Laura Michelle Grissom Vernon, Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key

School of Engineering Awards
Charles Cahlen Armour, Thomas G. Morrison Award
Cali Shannon Copsey, Outstanding School of Engineering Graduate Award
Michael Brennan Powers, Brother Philip Morgan Electrical Engineering Design Award
Wei Shiong Siow, Philip M. Becker Award in Chemical Engineering
Caleb Daniel Smith, T. Herbert Darnell Award

School of Sciences Awards
Elton Lenard Banks Jr., Biology Faculty Award
Anna V. Birg, Brother Dominic Dunn Award and Outstanding Chemistry Graduate Award
Kristen Marie Davis, Crane Fellowship Award
Rebekah Ann Herrman, Mathematical Science Faculty Award

University Awards
Anna V. Birg, Thomas Lipsmeyer Award
Kristen Marie Davis, Christian Brothers University Alumni Award
Melanie Estelle Horne, Brother I. Leo O’Donnell Outstanding Student Leadership Award

 

 

News at CBU

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, President of International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), visited the CBU Packaging Lab on May 13. The CBU lab has been an ISTA certified lab since October 2009. Pictured above are (l-r): Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering), Bob Moats (Engineering Lab & ISTA Certified Lab Technician), Dr. Pong Malasri (Dean of Engineering, Packaging Department & ISTA Certified Lab Technologist), Dr. Frank Buscher (Academic VP), Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15 & ISTA Certified Lab Technician), Larry Rutledge (CBU Packaging Lab Manager), Dr. Asit Ray (Chemical Engineering), Ed Church (ISTA President), and Dr. John Smarrelli (CBU President). The visit was mentioned in an article in the June issue of  istaviews (“Ed Church visits Christian Brothers University Packaging Program”). The same newsletter from ISTA also contains a list of new ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians, including three CBU students: Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering), Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering’14), and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15).

CBU IN THE NEWS:
Justin Alexander (Professional Psychology ’14), the first graduate of CBU’s College of Adult Professional Studies, was featured in an article in High Ground News entitled “Back to school: CBU focuses on adult learners” on May 27.
• CBU President John Smarrelli was featured on “Behind the Headlines,” a WKNO-TV interview program on May 30 along with LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie Watson and Rhodes College President William Troutt, discussing higher education in Memphis and their visions for their respective schools. The interview was also  discussed in a June 3 article in the Memphis Daily News, “College Presidents Promote Community Connections.”

(If the video does not appear in your browser or mobile device, please click here.)

New Landscaping for Barry Hall

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Those of you who are on campus this summer have probably noticed some major landscape work being done around Barry Hall (and those of you are away will see the beautiful results when you return this fall).
Many of the existing azaleas and other plantings had grown too large and were holding moisture too close to the foundation of the building. Thanks to a very generous donation from a friend of CBU, all of the existing plantings encircling Barry Hall have been removed (except for the major trees, which will remain). The entire perimeter of the building, including the Brother Miguel Courtyard in the rear, has been re-landscaped with new shrubs, trees, and plantings that will provide seasonal color all year. A new irrigation/sprinkler system has also been installed to maintain these new campus enhancements.

 

Kenrick Hall Time Capsule

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As you may know, Kenrick Hall is slated for renovation sometime this year. The CBU Honors Program is creating a Kenrick Hall Time Capsule, and would love to include your memories of the building.

Will you please take a few moments to think of your experiences in Kenrick Hall and send a couple of your favorite memories to Dr. Tracie Burke at tburke@cbu.edu?  Think of your classes, meetings, events, shenanigans, time in-between classes, the classrooms, the basement, the attic, classmates, professors, co-workers, etc. and document your favorite moments for inclusion in the time capsule.

In addition to your memories, you may suggest your ideas about what should be included in the Kenrick Time Capsule, the container for which will be one of the old Kenrick lockers. (Several students already suggested including Dr. Wranovix, but we asked her husband and he won’t allow it.)

This is your chance to be part of history, dont miss it! Send your memories and ideas to tburke@cbu.edu.

Br. Robert Schieler Elected Superior General

schielerThe Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools elected Brother Robert Schieler, FSC for the mission of Superior General during its 45th General Chapter in Rome.

Brother Robert Schieler was born in 1950 in Philadelphia, PA. He made his final profession in 1979. In its first year he served as a teacher in his own country and spent 13 years as missionary in the Philippines. He studied Modern European History and has a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.

From 1991 to 1998 he was Auxiliary Visitor of the District of Baltimore, served as Director of Education for former USA-Toronto Region from 1998 to 2001; later he was Visitor of his district from 2001 to 2007. During the last seven years he has been a General Counselor for the new Lasallian Region of RELAN (USA and Canada) residing in Washington.

The Institute of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and the entire Lasallian Family all congratulate Br. Robert Schieler and would like to offer him our unconditional support and prayer for the new endeavor entrusted to him as the 27th successor of St. John Baptist de La Salle.

 

White Coats for the PA Class of 2015!

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The Physician Assistant Studies Class of 2015 celebrated their White Coat Ceremony on May 10, marking a rite of passage for the students from didactic classroom and lab instruction to practical clinical training. Congratulations to the members of Class of 2015, CBU’s second cohort of PA students! More photos of the ceremony are available at the CBU Flickr site.

Commencement Week

Thursday, May 15
 Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)

Make a Difference, One Spray Can at a Time

Paint the Rock: Vote with Your Dollars!
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We’ve assigned a paint color to five AWESOME projects that will improve the CBU Campus Experience. Vote with your dollars for the project you want to see funded, and at the end of the campaign, the winning project will receive all the money raised. WINNER TAKE ALL!

The projects are (color-coded):
A Library Lounge
New Pool Furniture
A Swingset
Lights on the Outdoor Basketball Court
New Recycling Bins

Each of these projects will cost around $5,000 to complete.  

Select friends to honor with your artistic abilities (a $10 donation will be added to your total for every friend you honor). Visit the Paint the Rock Home Page, make your donation, and watch your favorite project move towards the lead. The Rock on the home screen will change colors in real time, based on which group solicits the most support!

On Friday, May 16, during Commencement Weekend, we will unveil the winner by painting the ACTUAL rock, in honor of the winning project!

Kudos

Buccaneer pitcher Jake Garbuzinski (Business Administration ’14) was named by the Gulf South Conference to the All-GSC Tournament Team following last week’s conference tournament. Garbuzinski threw a nine-hit shutout in the Bucs’ 1-0 win over West Alabama in Saturday’s second round. The win was CBU’s first-ever GSC Tournament victory, and Garbuzinski is the school’s first-ever All-GSC Tournament selection.

Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) finished 94th in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Regional at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Billingsley shot 23-over (79-81-79-239) on the 7,016-yard par-72 course, finishing 94th of 108 golfers in the regional. Billingsley was CBU’s first-ever selection to an NCAA golf regional.

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Jessica Hines-Beard
(Biology ’10) presented a poster entitled “Early and age-related changes in the glaucomatous  DBA/2J retina” at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) international meeting in Orlando, FL. Pictured above with Jessica are Dr. Tonia Rex, her PhD advisor at Vanderbilt, and Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology). J D Wolfe (Biochemistry ’15) also presented his paper on his MHIRT summer research in Brazil at the conference.

Reception for Kay Cunningham

The Plough Library staff is hosting a reception in honor of Kay Cunningham, director of CBU’s library, on Tuesday, May 13 at 11:00 a.m. The reception is in celebration of her selection as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council 2014 Award for Excellence. This annual award is for a Memphis area librarian who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities.

All students, faculty, and staff are invited. Refreshments will be served.

CBU Community Peace Garden

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The Vanderhaar Symposium Committee has generously donated funding to sponsor CBU’s community garden. As a garden within the GrowMemphis network, our new partnership with the Vanderhaar Symposium is a fitting tribute to the memory of Dr. Gerard Vanderhaar, CBU Professor Emeritus of Religion and Peace Studies, who spent his lifetime promoting peace through active nonviolence. As we work together to address food sovereignty, nutritional education, and community rehabilitation, this partnership will allow CBU to continue to provide our campus community free healthy organic food, and provide our students with mentoring and leadership opportunities through community service outreach. In honor of Dr. Vanderhaar’s legacy, the garden will be renamed the CBU Community Peace Garden. If you would like to volunteer please contact Sean MacInnes at smacinne@cbu.edu.

News at CBU

Latino-Festival-5KCBU was a sponsor of the Latino Memphis Festival on May 3, and the University was represented by three runners in the Cinco K Mayo 5K race. Pictured above (l-r) are Rebecca Johnson (Admissions), Ray Karasek (Business Services), and Michael Parry (College of Adult Professional Studies).

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The Nursing students at CBU made a generous donation to Caritas Village after their wonderful community health experience there in March. The donation was presented on May 8 to Ms.Onie Johns, founder of Caritas Village by Ms. Celia Garrison and Dr. Peggy Veeser, Nursing Program faculty.

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The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors met in Memphis for the first time in seven years for an open forum in the University Theater at CBU. Among the debated topics was reliance on coal for energy, in particular the future use of the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, which burns 7,200 tons of coal daily.

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Several members of the CBU community attended the Salvation Army Annual Dinner at the Hilton Memphis on May 8 and met NBA great and keynote speaker Bill Walton. At left is Walton with Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU president; at right with Ray Karasek (Business Services) and Dr. James Allen (Management/Marketing/Economics).

Career Road Show: Fall Break Networking Trip

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Apply now for this unique opportunity to network with alumni/professionals in Houston and New Orleans! During Fall Break, 45 students will be selected to participate in the Career Road Show, which will allow you to travel via bus with students, faculty and staff to both Houston and New Orleans. While in each city, you will be able to attend a company site visit, career panel, and networking reception.  Food, travel and hotel accommodations will all be covered for the student rate of $100.00. The bus will leave CBU on Sunday, October 19, and return to CBU on Wednesday, October 22.

We anticipate that spots on the bus will go quickly so apply today! Sign in to your CareerLinX account and reference position #3852 for full details and application procedures.

This Week at CBU

PSI CHI PIE FLY: If you’re looking to burn some steam before finals begin, then come throw a pie at your favorite professor during the Psi Chi Pie Fly! The fundraiser will be held on Monday, May 5 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. next to the gates surrounding the Buccaneer Grill. All of the money raised will go to Harwood Center, a nonprofit agency that assists and educates children and families affected by developmental disabilities. A donation of $1 gives you the opportunity to throw a pie at a professor, and a donation of $5 will allow you to pie them in the face. The following faculty and staff will be participating in the fundraiser: Dr. Tracie BurkeDr. Jeff GrossDr. Paul HaughtDr. Elizabeth NelsonDr. Mary OglvieDr. Jeffrey SableDr. Rod VoglSandra DavisChanda Murphy, and Martin Brock.

WELCOME TO THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PARTY (WITH SLOSHBALL): Student Life and the Alumni Association are hosting a “Welcome to the CBU Alumni Association Party” at the Rozier Deck on Monday, May 5, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for our graduating CBU students. This is an opportunity for the Class of 2014 to socialize and enjoy and celebrate their time at CBU. As part of the party, there will also be a Sloshball game with graduating seniors and alumni at Bland Softball Field. (BTW, Sloshball is kickball. With beer.)

THEATRE READING: The Intro to Theatre class will present a staged reading of Act 3 of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town on Monday, May 5 in the University Theater at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

STRESS RELIEF (EXAM WEEK): Do you need an enjoyable break from end-of-school-year stressors? If so, Student Life will host several events to help ease the stress during Exam Week:
• Tuesday, May 6: Free Massages, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. You can get a free chair massage (shoulder and neck) in the Thomas Center Conference Room by “Massage on the Go.”
• Wednesday, May 7: Paws to Relax with the Therapy Dogs, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on the Buc Patio. It’s a proven fact that petting a dog can relieve stress and lower blood pressure. Visit with the Therapy Dogs, brought to campus by the Mid-South Therapy Dogs and Friends Organization.
• Thursday, May 8: CBU Pancake Study Break, 9:00-11:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. It’s not really a proven fact that pancakes help you study, but they certainly can’t hurt…

DRINK BEER*, PLAY BINGO, AND CARRY ON: It‘s a Great Day at CBU presents Beer and Bingo in the Buc on Friday, May 9 at 7:00 p.m. Grab your friends and get ready for a fun night of CBUnity. There will be some free beer (*and root beer), death match bingo, music, and good clean fun. All are welcome!! 

PA WHITE COAT CEREMONY: The CBU Physician Assistant Studies Program will host the White Coat Ceremony for its Class of 2015 on on Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater. The white coat ceremony is a rite of passage in medical education that marks the student’s transition from preclinical study to clinical health sciences.

 

2014 Student Leadership Awards

Congratulations to the following students and student organizations who were recognized at the Red Tie Affair” Student Leadership Awards on May 4 for their accomplishments and contributions to the CBU community.

Organizations
Black Student Association, Most Improved Organization*
 Jail N Bail (Alpha Xi Delta), Campus Program of the Year
 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Campus Organization Community Service Award
 Tau Kappa Epsilon, Excellence in Community Service
 Alpha Xi Delta, Greek Chapter of the Year
 Divine Voices Gospel Choir, New Student Organization of the Year
 Alpha Xi Delta, Outstanding Greek Chapter Scholarship Award
• Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., Student Organization of the Year

Individuals
 Jessie Wortham (Alpha Xi Delta), Most Outstanding Advisor
 Carlos Amador, Most Outstanding RA
 Evan Munier, Outstanding Community Servant
 “Night of Artistic Express” by Jonathan Mosley, Creative Program of the Year
 Sushma Kalava, Committment to Diversity Award
 Kierra Turner and Joel Moore Jr., Emerging Leader Awards
 Jessica Ruff and Samuel Tope-Ojo, Outstanding New Members
 Solomon Amiri and William Norman, Outstanding Senators
• JD Wolfe, Greek Man of the Year
 Erika Yates, Greek Woman of the Year
• JD Wolfe, Outstanding Fraternity Scholar
 Anna Baumheckel, Outstanding Sorority Scholar
 Julia Kueter and Ian A. Boyd, St. Thomas More Service Awards

*Through an oversight, the BSA was not recognized at the awards ceremony. Student Life apologizes for this oversight.

Kudos

The NCAA selected Buccaneer golfer Carter Billingsley (Business Administration ’17) to compete in the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Men’s Golf Super-Regional May 5-7 at Savannah Quarters Country Club in Pooler, GA. Billingsley averaged 75 this season for the Bucs, finishing in the top five in three of CBU’s 10 events, and he was in the top 10 in four, including a ninth-place finish in the GSC Championships. Billingsley is the first CBU golfer ever selected for the NCAA postseason field. He joins Valdosta State golfers John Fordham and Alex Jones and West Georgia golfer Corey Evans in the field.

Gulf South Conference baseball coaches voted Buccaneer third baseman Mac Cooley (Special Education ’15) to the All-GSC Second Team. Cooley is hitting .300 with 10 doubles, 18 RBI and 20 runs. Cooley has also started 10 games as pitcher and ranks third on the team in innings pitched and strikeouts.

Kay Cunningham (Plough Library) has been selected as this year’s winner of the Memphis Area Library Council Award for Excellence. This award is given annually to a library staff member in the greater Memphis area who has demonstrated dedication to the profession, notable academic and professional accomplishments, contributed to professional organizations, and been involved in community activities. The awards ceremony will be on May 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Southern College of Optometry Annex.

Alex Othmani (Mechanical Engineering ’17), Caleb Smith (Mechanical Engineering ’14), and Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’15) recently passed the ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician Test. ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) allows students to take the technician level test of its three-level Certified Packaging Laboratory Professional (CPLP) Program.  Soon their names will be added to the list of about 250 ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians around the world.

 

 

Commencement Week Activities & Events

Thursday, May 15
Commencement Rehearsal for students in all degree programs will begin at 6:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Attendance is mandatory for all graduating seniors and master’s candidates who plan to participate in Commencement. Candidates will leave Canale Arena and walk to Signaigo Field at 6:30 p.m. Following the processional, students will be able to pick-up regalia in front of the bookstore. The faculty is invited to attend the rehearsal.

Friday, May 16
• The Presidential Student Recognition will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the University Theater, honoring a select number of our graduates for their accomplishments during their careers at CBU.
• The Alumni Legacy Society Dinner will take place in Sabbatini Lounge from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Invitations have been issued to legacy students and their alumni family members to join us for a relaxing dinner before the Baccalaureate Service. Please RSVP by May 6 to alumni@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3270.
• The Baccalaureate Prayer Service is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1695 Central Avenue). Brother Terence McLaughlin, former President of CBU, will be the baccalaureate speaker.  A Christian Brother for over 70 years, Brother Terence is revered for integrating CBHS in the early 1960s. A President¹s Reception will follow in Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Saturday, May 17
• CBU’s 2014 Commencement Exercises will begin precisely at 9:00 a.m. on Signaigo Field. Degrees for the 2013-14 academic year will be awarded to 255 bachelor and 189 master candidates. Mr. Bob Buckman and Mrs. Joyce Mollerup will receive Honorary Doctorates of Public Service, and Mr. Buckman will offer brief remarks to the graduates. (Our rain location is Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, located at 70 North Bellevue in Midtown Memphis. If necessary, the decision to use the rain location will be made by 5:00 a.m. on May 17. It will be broadcast to the campus community via email, text message, and web announcement. Commencement exercises at the rain location would begin at 11 a.m.)

News at CBU

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Dr. Divya Choudhary 
and Dr. Pong Malasri gave a Lunch & Learn session entitled “Accelerated Five-Year BS/MS Program @ CBU Engineering” on May 1 to engineering students.  The session included a panel of Graduate Engineering alumni discussing the importance of management skills and how CBU MEM/MSEM degree has helped them in their professional career. The participating alumni (pictured above, l-r) were Tom Stoll of ThyssenKrupp, Robin Turner of Medtronic, Nicholas Tabrizi of Medronic, Garrett House of Smith & Nephew, Darshan Sampat of ILS, Danny Barulli of FedEx, and Cynthia Matthews of FedEx.

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Larry Rutledge
, CBU Packaging Lab Manager and former FedEx Lab Manager, represented CBU with a display booth at the 2014 ISTA TransPack Forum in Orlando, FL, April 22-25. TransPack is one of the largest packaging meetings in the world attended by packaging professionals from all across the globe. Larry also represents CBU on the ISTA Global Education Committee. The CBU Packaging Lab has been certified as a commercial lab by ISTA since 2009. (Photo courtesy of ISTA)

CBU Announces 2014 Fresh Reads Choice

beautifulthingsFor 2014, CBU has chosen Ethiopian writer Dinaw Mengestu‘s award-winning novel, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears. The book details the experiences of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, DC after fleeing his country¹s revolution 17 years earlier. Stephanos struggles with his own self-identity as well as his concept of home in America and Africa in this 2007 novel.

Plans are underway to get Mengestu to campus to speak, but we also plan to have a panel of our own African students to discuss their own experiences in both Africa and America in conjunction with this Fresh Reads pick. This may even include some of our students’ mad skills — such as Sidy Sall (Senegal) and Youssef Naciri (Morocco) rapping in French — if we’re lucky. We think this will be both enlightening and fun for our students and faculty.

Faculty and staff, please consider being a Fresh Reads discussion group leader this year. Of course, you get amazing pay for this gig (not really), but you will happily provided with with a copy of the book, a free lunch with your training session, and discussion materials. The small discussion groups will be held on Saturday, August 23. More details (such as time and location) to be announced.

Please contact Dr. Karen Golightly if you can participate and help our freshmen have an amazing Welcome Weekend and an awesome first-year experience here at CBU. Please respond to kgolight@cbu.edu.

Youth & Vitality Triumphs (Again)

Youth & Vitality (left) and Old Age & Deceit (right)

Youth & Vitality (left) and Old Age & Deceit (right)

The Youth & Vitality of the students triumphs over the Old Age & Deceit of the faculty once more! The 2014 CBU School of Sciences Charity Volleyball Game was held on April 11 in Canale Arena. All donations as well as raffle sales went to support the Church Health Center for the outstanding work that this organization has done for our community. The total amount raised for the Church Health Center was an outstanding $430! Thank you to all who came out to support such an amazing organization.

Buccaneer Bulletin

SCOREBOARD
BASEBALL (12-37, 3-27 GSC)
05/02: Bucs 2Delta State 15 (GSC Tournament; at Birmingham, AL)
05/03: Bucs 1, West Alabama 0 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)
05/04: Bucs 0, Alabama-Huntsville 16 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)

SOFTBALL (9-40, 2-28 GSC)
05/01: Lady Bucs 0Alabama-Huntsville 8 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)
05/01: Lady Bucs 0West Florida 9 (GSC Tournament; at Cullman, AL)