Honors Program

The CBU Honors Program hosted the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council conference on Saturday, February 22. CBU President Dr. John Smarrelli Jr. welcomed over 100 honors students from fourteen colleges and universities, who gave 60 presentations. Honors Program alum, Burton Bridges (Economics and Finance ’09), wowed attendees with his plenary keynote titled What to Expect in Your First 90 Days at Work. Presenting CBU School of Arts students were: Carly Geis (Psychology ’16), Law and Order: SVU and the Effects of SolitudeLogan Butler (Psychology ’15) with Kelsey Coolican (Biochemistry ’14) The Art of Saying YesTaylor Flake (History ’17) and RaKesha Gray (English ’17), Little Geek vs. Big Geek: Honors Programs in High School vs Honors Programs in CollegeSarah Longoria (Religion & Philosophy ’14), Marriage and Sex in 1 Corinthians 7: What Does Paul Really Think?

Ignite-LogoIgnite CBU! returned for its 2nd annual event under the auspices of the CBU Honors Program and the CBU Alumni office. Ignite is a geek event in over 100 cities worldwide. At theses events, Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of just five minutes. And, for the second year, CBU is presenting its own Ignite show. The line-up this year proved to be diverse, entertaining, and (above all) quickly enlightening.

• “Journalism Disrupted: Entrepreneurs and the Nouveau Niche” by Burton Bridges(Economics and Finance ’09)
• “Why I CHOOSE to be an Educator: The Importance of STEM Education” by Tiffany Corkran (Physics ’15)
• “Another Side of Female Objectification” by Bijou Coulibaly (Accounting ’16) andTaylor Goode (Psychology ’14)
• “Moral Relativism” by Eddie Gallarno (Mathematics ’15)
• “Modernly Convenient” by Patrick Ghant (Business Administration ’15) and Travis Whiteside (Business Administration ’15)
• “I Hate Math” by Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics and Physics ’14)
• “5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Server Hate You AND Why Tipping is SO IMPORTANT” by Danielle Hobbs (Psychology ’13)
• “Friendship is Awesome” by Noah Kelley (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ’16)
• “Tips to Study Better” by Michael MacMiller (Psychology ’15)
• “How Gaming Can Improve Our Educational System” by Breanna Nikaido(Computer Science and Electrical Engineering ’16)
• “The ‘R’ Word” by Payton Powers (Undecided ’17)
• “Creating Your Brand” by Jordan Smith (Creative Writing ’14)
• “Why I Will Probably Never Amount to Anything” by Kierra Turner (Biology ’16)
• “Wauford Enterprises” by Becky Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16)

There are videos of  last year’s Ignite CBU! at the Honors Program YouTube Channel, but below is one to whet your appetite for more.