News of the Moment

Dr. John Varriano performing a demonstration
at the SPS meeting.

The School of Sciences now has a new flat screen monitor in the entryway to the Cooper-Wilson Center for the Life Sciences. We display different slide shows on this monitor including student research our students have done over the summer, pictures from recent field trips, and other things such as a slide show on the Math Center. If anyone has suggestions for slide shows to present, please let Dr. Holmes know at .

On Thursday, September 20, the CBU Chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) hosted a pizza, demos, and movie event. Physics Department members Dr. Ted Clarke and Dr. John Varriano presented several demonstrations while pizza was served. For images and videos, click here. The movie was then shown in AH 155.


Dr. Hines conducts a mock interview.

On Thursday, September 27, Beta Beta Beta, the Biology honor society and student group, hosted an evening of mock interviews with medical professionals from the Memphis area. Students interested in pursuing health-related careers met with a professional in their field of interest and were interviewed as though they had applied to a professional school. The goal of the mock interview was to provide the students with insights on how a real interview might be conducted. Thanks to JD Wolfe and Anna Birg who planned the event.


The interviewers for the Beta Beta Beta Mock Interview program.

Many thanks also to the medical professionals who participated in the interviews. The interviewers (many of whom were alums) included:

  • Dr. Melissa Hines, M.D., Biology 2006;
  • Dr. Mark Scott, Physicians Assistant and Director of CBU’s PA program;
  • Dr. Frank Ramirez, Pharm. D., Chemistry 2008;
  • Beth Trouy, Physical therapist, Biology 1990;
  • Dr. Jana Pierini, M.D., Biology 2002;
  • Dr. Rick Alsobrook, O.D.; and
  • Dr. Shanna Wall, D.V.M., Biology 2002, not pictured.


Dr. Price (left) and Dr. Fitzgerald (right) with Nona,
the founder and manager of Caritas Village.

The Tennessee Theta chapter of Alpha Chi, a national honor society that is open to all majors, collected books last year. Several hundred new and used books were distributed in the Memphis area to: Headstart, Snowden Clue Program, and Caritas Village. Reading is Fundamental is a national organization that Alpha Chi supports. As soon as AX brought the books to these organizations, people started going through them. AX thanks all for the donations, and the chapter will again begin to collect books after Thanksgiving. For further information contact president Jada Owens (, Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald, Professor of Biology (, or Dr. Randel Price, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering (

Dr. Fitzgerald loading up for a trip to the food bank.

AX also participated in collecting over 400 lbs of food for the food bank along with other schools and organizations at the end of spring semester. The image is of Dr. Fitzgerld with CBU’s mini cooper loaded up for a trip to the food bank.

Induction invitations to Alpha Chi, the interdisciplinary honor society, will be sent via e-mail after Fall break. The induction will be November 11 at 2 pm. Membership is by invitation only to the upper 10% of the senior and junior classes.

Upcoming Events:
Two students, Elton Banks and Eva Chen, are going with Br. Edward Salgado, Biology Professor Emeritus, to Haiti as part of the Medical Mission to Haiti effort.