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Pohlman And Sowell Selected As CBU Distinguished Alumni For 2014

Christian Brothers University (CBU) will honor Michael Pohlman as its 2014 Distinguished Alumnus and Analice Sowell as the Distinguished Young Alumna at its 3rd Annual Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, November 15.

The Distinguished Alumnus Award, CBU’s highest alumni award, was established in 1974 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is 35 years or older. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award was established in 1988 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is 35 years old or younger. These awards are given to CBU graduates who have achieved a notable level of success in life, made significant contributions to their profession, supported the efforts of CBU, and contributed to society through public service and/or church activities.

Michael Pohlman, PE (CBU Class of 1979) is CEO and President of the Pickering Firm, an engineering and architecture company in Memphis that provides services to public and private entities from surveying, civil/site development and design, to architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, plumbing and fire protection, and construction administration.

Pohlman has 34 years of experience as a Professional Engineer; his entire career spent holding many positions within Pickering’s corporation. In the capacity of CEO and President, he currently directs the firm’s overall efforts. Pohlman has managed numerous projects for a variety of Pickering clients including governmental, private and public sectors in the industrial, commercial and federal markets. His corporate clients have included FedEx, UPS and Nike to mention a few, and governmental clients have included the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, TVA and the Tennessee National Guard.

Pohlman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from CBU and is a Professional Registered Engineer in the State of Tennessee. He has served as Director of the Western Region of the Tennessee Economic Development Council, on the Chairman Circle of the Memphis Regional Chamber, as President of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee, and as President of the Memphis Post of the Society of American Military Engineers. He has also served on the Board of the Consulting Engineers of Memphis, and on the  Engineering Advisory Boards of both the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University. Pohlman is also a member of the Christian Brothers High School Hall of Fame.

Analice Sowell (CBU Classes of 2002 and 2005) is the Chair of the Science Department at Memphis University School, where she teaches Honors Chemistry and was recently voted the recipient of the John M. Nail Outstanding Teaching Award by the members of the graduating class. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and serves on its National Committee for Community Outreach Activities and High School Chemistry.

Sowell holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Master of Arts in Teaching from CBU. Prior to beginning her teaching career, she worked for two years as a Research Chemist for Buckeye Technologies (now Georgia Pacific Cellulose), developing analytical testing methods and working on new product development.

Sowell was named the 2014 Local Section Outreach Volunteer of the Year by the American Chemical Society for her efforts to interest and excite local students about chemistry, efforts which included regular visits to Klondike Elementary, a Memphis inner-city school, to provide lectures and demonstrations for the Science and Engineering Club. She has previously served the local section of ACS as chair, secretary, and as chair of the High School Exams Committee. She currently serves as chair of the Awards Committee and co-chair of the High School Program for the 2015 Southeastern Regional Meeting.

These awards will be presented, along with the Maurelian Medal honoring Bishop J. Terry Steib, on Saturday, November 15 at The Hilton Memphis at 6:00 p.m.  To learn more about sponsorship and tickets for the 3rd Annual Bell Tower Gala, contact Karen Viotti at or (901) 321-3254. All proceeds from the Bell Tower Gala will support the exceptional academic programs and scholarships at CBU.

Posted by Devon Wade at 3:45 PM