Future Women Engineers

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


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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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

Ed Church
, 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).

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.”

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New Landscaping for Barry Hall

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

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.