Alumni News

Jennifer Longo Allen, Psychology 2005, and her husband Lee, Mechanical Engineering 2005,  welcomed their first child Ryan in December.   Proud grandma Leah Allen, Administrative Assistant for the School of Sciences, has plenty of pictures to share.  They are currently living in Huntsville, AL.

Joe Alfonso, Biology 2012, has been accepted to graduate school and will be working on an MS in Entomology at North Dakota State beginning at the end of January.  From Joe:  I started working this week (first week in February) in Jason Harmon’s Insect Ecology lab at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND and will be starting as a master’s student this May or August.

Cynthia Caceras Baker

Cynthia Caceras Baker with the CBU group at the Tennessee Academy of Sciences meeting in 2005.

It is with sorrow and fond memories that we report that Cynthia Caceras Baker, Biology 2005 and MHIRT 2005, died on February 5 of heart complication from the flu.  She went to Sao Paulo with MHIRT in 2005 and graduated from UTHSC with a D.D.S. and was practicing in Little Rock, Ark.  She married Lawson Baker, CBU 2007, who graduated from the University of Memphis law school.  Please keep Cynthia and her family in your prayers.  If you wish to make a donatation in her honor, you can do so with a special donation to CBU.  We plan on planting a tree in memory of her.  Also other donations can be made to the children of Peru:  http://www.childrenofperu.org/CynthiaCaceresBaker.php

Elizabeth Beebe, Natural Science 2011 and Daniel Longo were married in December, 2012.

Amanda Fitzgerald, Biology 2012, and Mario Belliver were married on September 1, 2012, in Austin, Texas.  Amanda is currently working on a Ph.D. in marine environmental toxicology at the University of Texas in Austin.  Mario graduated from LaSalle in Barcelona, Spain, with an M.S. in industrial engineering and is volunteering in Austin while he awaits his paperwork to apply for a position as an engineer in Texas.

Michael Herr, Biology 2008, and Ashley Elliott have announced their engagement.  They plan on a wedding in 2014.  Michael is currently at UTHSC working on his Ph.D.

Kyle Markway, Natural Science 2007, married Jess Matthews on October 27, 2012,  in KnoxvilleTn, where they live.  Kyle graduated from UTHSC with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2010 and currently works for TriState Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in Jacksboro, TN. He is the clinical director managing two clinics for Summit Medical Group (a physician group in east TN). Jess is a second grade teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. 

Jessica Morgan, Biology 2001, defended her Ph.D. thesis at UTHSC in November.  Her title:  Mrp4 Is a Crucial Regulator of Testosterone Biosynthesis; her mentor: Dr. John Schuetz 

Dave Perera, Biology 2002, defended his Ph.D. thesis at  Auburn University in Fisheries Science in December.  His title:   Studies for Improvement of Reproductive Biotechnology for Production of Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) Female X Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) Male Hybrid Embryos.

Jackie Dover Ramerg, Business with a math minor 2005,  and her husband Chris,  engineering 2006, welcomed their second child Zoe in December 2012.  Their previous child Aiden (2010) is getting used to having a sister. They are currently living in Golsboro, North Carolina

Mrs. Analice (Hosey) Sowell, Chemistry 2002 and MAT 205, Instructor in Chemistry at Memphis University School (MUS), has been named the national chair for the American Chemical Society’s Chemists Celebrate Earth Day outreach program.  “I am honored to be nominated by my colleagues in ACS to hold this position,” Analice said. “Chemists Celebrate Earth Day programming helps educate children about the positive role that chemistry plays in preserving the Earth.”  In her new role Analice will not only help organize one of largest outreach programs for the ACS, but she also will play a leadership role in the development and publication of content for Celebrating Chemistry magazine, assist the ACS staff in creating outreach materials online, and aid in the evaluation of CCED.  In addition, Analice and fellow MUS instructor in chemistry Mrs. Rosalyn Croce are co-chairs for the high school chemistry program at the Southeast Regional ACS meeting, which will be held in Memphis in 2015.