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Upcoming Trips for 2014

Space still left for the LEON, MEXICO trip — Please put your payment down ASAP!
Spring Break 2014: March 9-15
  • PKG/ME 498 Special Topics: Transport Packaging (3 crs.)- Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist
  • PKG 496 Special Topics: Pre-shipment Tests (1 cr.) – Siripong Malasri, Ph.D., P.E., CPLP Technologist

Cost: $1,580.00 (Based on 10 students)
ROME TRIP WAIT LIST NOW BEING COMPILEDPlease contact to put your name on the list!
If you are interested in studying abroad, please schedule an appointment with Dr. Forsdick at, or stop by the Study Abroad office and see Ms. Melody Caldwell in Buckman Hall 346 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Be the Change: The MHIRT Experience

“I had the opportunity to classify specifically what type of Albinism an individual has; therefore, researchers could draw these massive classification scales for people that have Albinism in Brazil, because thus far in Brazil… nothing has ever been done for them.”
Junior Biology major JD Wolfe was one of several students selected to participate in CBU’s Minority Health and International Research Training (MHIRT) Program this past summer. MHIRT provides international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and medical students from socially or economically disadvantaged groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

While offering placements in both Uganda and Brazil, MHIRT stations students for 10 weeks, partnering them with leading scientists and universities within the region.

“MHIRT provides a cohort for you, pairing students in the project that most suits them. This program is unique in the sense of not only their research, but their networking… the contacts that I made while there, thanks to our program directors, were critical to my experience. I tried to meet as many people as I possibly could, because you may never see those people again, underestimating the impact they may have in your life.”

Selected students engage in research related to biomedical science, behavioral science, environmental science, carnivore conservation, and/or public health. Thanks to funding by the Fogarty International Center and the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at the National Institutes of Health, all expenses in relation to the internship program are paid.

Did you know that the Albino population in Brazil is approximately 1 in 17,000? The research JD Wolfe is performing plans to study 10% of this population. His experience is just one example of the numerous strides MHIRT is making around the world.

When asked to give advice to others interested in applying for the program, he stated, “Do whatever you can possibly do to go abroad — without hesitation. Make it a priority. Make it happen.”

MHIRT applications for Summer 2014 are now available. Feel free to browse the MHIRT website for guidelines. Curious about other student testimonials? Check out the MHIRT blog!

Keep this in mind: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Defining Lasallian at World Youth Day

by Andrea Guyton (in Brazil)

Brothers and Lasallians at Copacabana Beach in Brazil

Brothers and Lasallians at Copacabana Beach in Brazil

When I was first asked the question of “What does the term ‘Lasallian’ mean to you?”, it was simple to Google and discover that faith, service, and community are part of the definition of Lasallian. But it was up to me to determine what faith, service, and community really mean.

Before going to Brazil for International Lasallian Youth Meeting (EIJL) and World Youth Day with my fellow classmates and Ms. Margretta Dobbs (Director of Campus Ministry), I was fearful, nervous, and excited all at once. I was fearful because, as a non-Catholic, I wondered if I would be pressured into converting to Catholicism from my Baptist faith. I was nervous because I would be taking my first international flight to a country where I know very few words and phrases. I was excited because I would be embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that could change my life forever.

My conversion fears were put aside when I attended Mass and realized that as long as I have belief in God and truly believe that He sent His only begotten son to die for my sins, I am healed, covered, and part of royal lineage no matter what denomination I am. For the first couple of days in Brazil, I felt so alone because I knew so little Portuguese and could barely communicate with people. Once I stepped outside of my shell and reached out to others, I learned that plenty of people spoke broken English and — paired with my broken Portuguese — we could hold a good conversation!

The excitement that I felt lasted the entire trip and turned into great appreciation for a wonderful opportunity. Going to Brazil for EIJL and World Youth Day changed my life, because I feel a renewed relationship with God and discovered what faith, service, and community truly mean to me.

One of the masses was about “Googling God.” You can search the web to find God and look up facts about God, but the reality is that you must discover God for yourself. Bishop Charles of Ghana mentioned that we get richer by opening up and listening to the testimony of others. Through life experiences and sharing of faith with others, you can find your own individual path with God.

Another one of the masses was about commitment: Be committed to love and be committed to the teachings and guidance from Jesus. The Bible tells us that love conquers all and that love is kind, patient, and not self-seeking amongst other beautiful things. In order to grow in God, we have to put aside our individual desires and work with each other to increase God’s army against sin and evildoings. Matthew 28:19 tells us to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” The purpose of the slogan of EIJL was to encourage youth to stand strong in our belief of God and be committed to spreading the gospel of God to all.

Being amongst so many young believers in a world consumed by peer pressure, hatred, and carelessness was motivation for me to take what I learned and to be that light and hope in someone else’s life that brings them closer to God. Brother Charles of Italy spoke about “Five Ways to be Light and Hope” – mistakes, risks, trust, forgiveness, and mentorship:

  • Sometimes you have to lose yourself in order to find yourself (mistakes) – don’t be afraid to fall down because in getting up, you’re letting others know that God is always there to catch you in bad time.
  • Having faith is a risk because it is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. Believing in God and believing that things have already been out in the midst of your trouble is a definite risk but that is part of being a Christian and knowing for yourself that God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
  • Trusting in God is the opposite of fear. Fear should not stop us from living because when you have on the armor of God, you are prepared for any battle.
  • Forgiveness starts with inner self. We should forgive others, not because they ask us to (some will not ask or even care to ask), but to have true peace – to understand that carrying on grudges and burdens weighs us down and distances us from God.
  • The fifth way to be the light and hope is through mentorship. Experience, testimonies, and wisdom are what connect us all and by being a mentor and having a mentor, we are able to grow closer to each other and to God.

Faith is what kept me positive throughout the entire trip. I had faith that I would be safe wherever I went because God was with me. I had faith that I’d get to my destinations in a foreign country, and I had faith that no matter what happened, it happened for my good.

Service intensified to an extreme level of relation to me because through prayer, compassion, care, and friendship, we (everybody I met) served one another. When I had my first panic attack because a bridge almost collapsed, others served to make sure I was safe and well taken care of. When we were lost, we helped one another find our way. When we were hungry, we fed one another. I learned that service goes beyond the churches and cathedrals – service is part of life.

Community does not just include the people whom I am familiar with; community includes everybody. Community includes every person, young, old, and in between. For each individual person that took part in the 3.5 million believers at Copacabana Beach, we were a community the Pope Francis was excited to see.

This experience taught me the meaning of Lasallian that Google just could not provide!

 Andrea Guyton (Psychology ’14)

Be a “Smart” Traveler

With thousands of iPhones and Androids being manufactured faster than we can blink, the smartphone has intertwined its way into our everyday lifestyle. Gone are the days of atlases and MapQuest. Sure, asking directions from local strangers is still acceptable, but why ask for one person’s advice when you can harness hundreds? As with everything else, there’s an app for travel.

If you’re going to download any travel app, make sure Kayak is the first. It was recently voted the #1 mobile travel app… and how could it not be? With its extensive searches of a multitude of hotels, car rentals, flight-tracking, etc., you can plan your whole itinerary without a single travel agent involved. Sounds too easy, right? Maybe the other 20 million people who have downloaded this app can alleviate any reservations you might have (no pun intended.)

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Long story short, this app contains everything you would need to know about anything important within any given city — all with the tap of a button. Believe me, it’s not such a lonely planet after all.


For those not already familiar with this handy program, Yelp provides tourists with not only the most essential excursion information, but also a local flair, depending on the votes of previous visitors. It maps your location, providing the best eateries, sites, and exhibits for any traveler’s taste or budget. Remember: Need help? Open Yelp.

google-gogglesGoogle Goggles
You know those instances when you see an interesting building or site while traveling and wish you knew something about it, but have no one to ask? This app is the perfect solution for those helpless occasions. It allows access to the information about the location through a Google search, just by taking its photo. Also, this app allows for translation of signs or menu items from one language to another by a simple snap of the camera. (For Android users only)

viber-logowhat's-App-logoViber or What’s App
Having anxiety about not being able to call or text friends and family back home without the enormous fees? Don’t fret! Thanks to the brilliant minds behind Viber and What’s App, anyone can contact anybody across the world… for FREE. (Yes, you just read that correctly. FREE.) The only thing you need to know is that this is exclusive to smartphone users and both parties must download the app in order to communicate. Other than that, feel free to go ahead and proclaim to everyone how exciting traveling is the moment it happens.

Fiestas and Siestas: Barcelona, Spain 2013

20130428-213640.jpgEver dreamed of a city that not only stops all types of activity from two p.m. to five p.m. in the afternoon, but also parties till six o’clock in the morning? Then you have never been to IMG_0111Barcelona, Spain. “What happens in Barcelona, stays in Barcelona,” J.D. Wolfe states as we return back home from our trip, but Barcelona was much more than a city that knew how to entertain their guests. The city is also filled with some of the most magnificent and stunning artwork, architecture, and an experience one will never forget.

​During spring break 2013 Christian Brothers University took students, family, and friends to visit and study in Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France. Not only were we taken out of our comfort zone, being my first time out of the country, but we were easily adapted due the the group we were with and the outstanding kindness of everyone in the city.

“‘Take the path less traveled’: The cab rides in Barcelona were always eventful. For IMG_0109example, when no one spoke a lick of Spanish except for me and we got dropped off in an alley behind our hotel. We were all thinking our cab driver was going to kill us and he actually led us directly back to where we were suppose to be,” says University of Memphis student, Melody Caldwell. Most of the greatness of the trip should be accredited to the CBU study abroad program. Their tentativeness and particulars to detail made this trip a trip I will never forget. Honestly, my first time out of the country was with the CBU study abroad program, I graduate in May, and I am planning on going abroad with them again in 2014.

​”CBU Study Abroad trips are extraordinary for students of all ages. Our trip to Barcelona last month was an experience not to be forgotten. Seeing the Sagrada Familia and La IMG_0192Pedrera, strolling down La Rambla, dining at tapas bars, ascending Montjuic on the funicular, descending to the Underground City Museum to see excavations of Barcelona 2,000 years ago, enjoying a Flamenco performance, traveling to the Salvador Dali museum and the unbelievable medieval city of Carcassonne, France were all feasts for the senses. Our walking classroom led us to places beyond our expectations, and we were amazed,” says Ms. Barbara Kernan (and put very well I might add). I will always hold that week abroad with CBU near to my heart. You do not just learn about a new culture, you gain a deeper understanding for who you are as a person. For that, I thank CBU for having such a phenomenal itinerary planned for us in which we got to participate and live fully as a part of Barcelona, Spain and Carcassonne, France.” -Taylor Tartera, English ’13

You can view more photos on the Study Abroad’s Facebook page or Spain album.



Madeline Faber – St. Mary’s University College in Belfast

madeline“My semester at St. Mary’s University College in Belfast was a huge experience. Northern Ireland was a great fit for me because I was able to study in a country that has such a rich literary history. The curiculum is ideal for humanities majors, and it was flexible enough to satisfy my degree paradigm. St. Mary’s is small and safe and has a lot of the same characteristics that attract me to Christian Brothers. St. Mary’s makes special efforts to help the international studies integrate, and now I can say that I have friends all over Europe. I used Belfast’s harbor location to easily ferry to England and Scotland, and those trips supplemented valuable insight to my classroom learning. I encouage anyone who is thinking about having an international adventure to make an appointment with the study abroad staff. My four months in Europe continue to affect me, and I’ll always be thankful for Christian Brothers for making that incredible time possible.” - Madeline Faber, Junior English Major

Market Yourself With a Global Studies Minor!

A global studies minor is a great addition to any major! Through proficiency in a foreign language and study-abroad experiences, you can prepare yourself for participation in the emerging global economy and culture. This course of study addresses world art, literature, politics, economy, religion, history, environment, geography, anthropology and language. Let’s not forget to mention participation in a study abroad experience!

UN_flags_access_copy1According to our Director of Career Services Amy Ware, “A student who has studied abroad will be able to demonstrate skill sets that are at the top of an employer’s list, such as communication skills, planning & prioritization, and-particularly- making decisions and solving problems.”

The 2012 Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad Recent Graduate Study stated that IES Study Abroad alumni earn $7,000 more annually in comparison to other U.S. college graduates.

In support of this statistic, LEAP Employer Educator Compact found that 78 percent of employers place occupational priority on those students who possess awareness of global issues and knowledge of other international cultures.

Think the Global Studies minor is the perfect fit for your inquisitive mind? If so, contact Dr. Lieb for logistics regarding the paradigm…and start packing your bags if you can’t fight the urge any longer.

Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

For The Wandering Soul

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Let’s Get Down to Business

IMG_0110Are you a Business student (or do business classes fit into your major paradigm)? Would you like to have an unforgettable semester in tantalizing Barcelona, Spain?

You can become an exchange student and go to Lasalle University BES for a semester!

Barcelona is one of Europe’s most cosmopolitan cities with a vibrant metropolis and roots that go back to Roman empire days. Students are invited to come stroll the grand boulevards, the historic Bari Gothic alleys, the Mediterranean seaside promenade, and the teeming market places where high fashion,antiques, and funky souvenirs share equal space. Tempt your palates at the many tapas bars and revel in the excitement of the stunning flamenco dance in the evenings. See the world famous art and architecture of Picasso, Dali, Guadi, Miro, and others.

Don’t worry, there will be time for daily “siestas” in between all the enchanting activities!

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- Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14

Pack(age) Your Bags for Mexico!

During Spring Break 2013, Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging Department) visited the Universidad DeLaSalle Bajio (Leon, Mexico) to discuss packaging research collaboration opportunities between DeLasalle Bajio and Christian Brothers University. His proposals and implementation plans were well received; furthermore, DeLaSalle sent Daniel Olivares to attend the 2013 HPC Spring Meeting in April hosted by CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium to expound on his knowledge and education, ensuring the success of this new course.
Dr. Malasri plans to offer PKG/ME 498 Special Topics in Transport Packaging in the Spring of 2014. He plans to take the class during Spring Break to Universidad DeLaSalle Bajio (Leon, Mexico), consisting of two days of lectures and three days of visiting industries in Leon and nearby cities. This course focuses on the preparation for students to become a certified packaging lab technician. Additionally, students have an option to register to take an exam given by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).
For those who are interested in working in packaging, being an ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technician is an excellent qualification to land a part-time or full-time position. There are about 400+ ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Technicians worldwide! Dr. Malasri is one such certified technician, overseeing CBU’s Packaging Lab which is also certified by ISTA as a commercial lab. CBU’s lab has provided test services to various companies in the last few years, including Merck, Olympus Surgical Technologies, Jabil, Stein World, and many more!
3Travel cost should be about $2,000 per student. The optional ISTA test will be approximately $200 additional.
Fortunately for all you science and engineering majors, his course would only require PHYS 150 Physics I and MATH 131 Calculus I as pre-requisites.
For more information on the upcoming trip please contact Dr. Malasri at
- Melanie Horne, Psychology ’14