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BELOW: Four of the five members of the CBU Lasallian Fellows Class of 2019 were students in the Rosa Deal School of Arts: (l-r) Gabriela Morales Medina (English for Corporate Communications ‘19), Nikole Agront Rodriguez (Psychology ’19), Erin Aulfinger (Creative Writing ’19), and Carlee Darnell (Religion & Philosophy ’19). The fifth Fellow was Yuri Hayslett (Business Administration ‘19). The CBU Lasallian Fellowships are made possible through the generosity of trustee emerita Joyce A. Mollerup and her husband, trustee Robert Buckman. These awards are presented based upon the reflection of Lasallian values in their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each Lasallian Fellow is awarded a one-time stipend upon graduation as a means of perpetuating their work in the community.


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Dean’s Note: he 2018-2019 academic year was one of exciting progress for CBU’s Rosa Deal School of Arts and, in this edition of our newsletter, I’m delighted to share with you some of the myriad successes and joys of our students, faculty, alumni, and staff. In the course of this “year in review,” I’ll highlight a number of the noteworthy accomplishments, contributions, and scholarly achievements of members of our diverse and dynamic community of learners. I think you’ll agree that we have much to be grateful for and to celebrate in our School! So, I invite you to grab a cup of coffee, settle into a comfortable chair, and enjoy perusing just some of what makes our Rosa Deal School of Arts such a wonderful and utterly unique place to learn and to serve! Peace like a river, Scott Dr. Scott Geis Dean, Rosa Deal School of Arts



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CBU’s Rosa Deal School of Arts has a LinkedIn group that you are welcome to join if you are an alum, current or prospective student, faculty or staff member, friend, or community supporter of the School. Share your updates, catch up with former classmates, and stay in the loop about upcoming events. In the spirit of shared community, we ask that you join us on this professional platform to highlight the successes and hard work of our group members and University as a whole. Join at this link!

In the Rosa Deal School of Arts, we really love our alumni and are so proud of all of your successes and accomplishments. We would like to share those accomplishments with the CBU community. If you have big news such as community-based projects you’ve spearheaded, businesses you’ve started, big job changes, volunteer work, and more you would like for us to share through our social media and newsletter, please submit your news to soanews@cbu.edu.

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ALUMNI & STUDENT Alex Balog (MEd / Men’s Soccer ’06) has joined the Villanova University men’s soccer staff as an assistant coach. He joins Villanova after serving six seasons as the head coach at Montana State Billings. Read the full story online now. Dr. Jennifer Bonds-Raacke (Psychology ‘00) has been named the vice president for academic affairs at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. She is currently dean of the graduate school and office of scholarship and sponsored projects at Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. Read the full article online at the St. Norbert Times.

Congratulations to Erin Lisa Aulfinger (Creative Writing, Lasallian Fellow ‘19) on receiving the Spark Award in the Individual, Collegiate category. The SPARK Awards honor individuals and organizations making a difference in our community. The Awards are televised as a collaborative production between cityCURRENT and WKNO-TV. Erin was a CBU Honors student and Zeta Tau Alpha member honored for her efforts benefitting Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the Mid-South Food Bank through crocheting and fundraising.

Caroline Mitchell Carrico (History, Lasallian Fellow ‘10) was featured and quoted extensively in the cover story of the February 28 edition of The Memphis Flyer, entitled “History in the Pink: The Pink Palace Celebrates Memphis’ Bicentennial With a Powerful New Exhibit.” Caroline is the supervisor of exhibits at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum. The museum’s grand exhibit, “Making Memphis: 200 Years of Community,” is on display through October 20. Josh Cathey (English ’02, MEd ’04, MSEL ’05) will be stepping into the role of Deputy Superintendent of the Germantown Municipal School District. Josh is finishing his 17th year in education. He started as a teacher at

The Black Student Association hosted a panel discussion on black authorship with three CBU School of Arts alumni on Friday, April 12 in the Living Learning Center. The three alumni were Candous Brown (English ‘07, MAT ‘12), author of My Life as an Educator: What my Teacher Education Program Didn’t Teach Me; Brandy Chalmers (English for Corporate Communications ‘06, MAEL ‘09), author of Captain Love and the Important Lesson; and Martinis Jackson (English for Corporate Communications ‘06, MAT ‘08), author of Justice My Way: Memoirs of a Black Prosecutor. 4

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Central High School, where he also coached cross country and basketball. He later served as a teacher and basketball coach at Houston High School. After his time at Houston High School, he made the decision to move into administration and was an assistant principal at Millington High School. His last stop before joining the Germantown Municipal School District was at Germantown Middle School, where he served as the principal. For the past five years, Josh has been serving as the Chief of Operations for the Germantown Municipal School District.

graduating doing exactly what I’ve been working towards. I’m so excited to be starting as the Director of Youth Ministry for St. Pius X in Conyers, GA this summer! I owe CBU and a rich involvement with campus activities a lot in regards to the person I’ve become over the past four years.” See the post here.

Gerry Cleary (MEd ’03, Men’s & Women’s Soccer) has been hired as men’s soccer coach at Fort Hays State University (Hays, KS). Read more at the Hays Post. Recent graduate Carlee Darnell (Religion & Philosophy, Lasallian Fellow ’19) was featured as a CBU Admissions Student Success Story for May 13, 2019, where she was quoted as saying: “Thanks to the incredible faculty in the Religion and Philosophy department at CBU, an incredible School of Arts, and countless opportunities through Career Services and other departments, I’m

Lady Buc soccer player Anna Della Rosa (Psychology ‘20) was named to the Academic All-GSC Team for fall 2018. Anna has a 3.92 GPA and was also named a Buccaneer Gold Scholar for exceptional performance as a student and an athlete. Anna, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last fall, was also the subject of a report on WREG News Channel 3 in April and has

CBU students Tarus Dukes Jr. (Electrical Engineering / Computer Science ’21, pictured above center in red shirt), William Foner (History ’21, pictured above fifth from right), and Itzel Gomez (Psychology ’21, pictured above fourth from right) have been accepted into the inaugural class of the Apex Institute for their Civic Fellows Program for student leaders committed to increasing innovative civic engagement and advancing equity and equality. Through the fellowship, these college juniors will address some of the most challenging social issues. The institute’s website reports: “[t]he program trains individuals to drive positive change in Memphis and across the Mid-South by inspiring them to develop actionable policy recommendations and create research-based whitepapers of their choice from three impact areas: Criminal Justice, Housing, and Healthcare.” The fellowship will last for 10 months, with eight total students from area colleges and universities, who are “charged with focusing on a current topic of obvious and chronic injustice in our community.” Pictured above at either end are Apex founders, Dr. Anthony Siracusa (left) and A C Wharton Jr. (right) YEAR I N R EVI EW 2018-2019


undergone several rounds of chemotherapy at St. Jude Research Hospital. Her cancer is now in remission. She is determined to return for her senior season and won’t let leukemia stand in her way. “We’ve got her number 9 jersey waiting for her,” Coach Keiron Heblich says in the report, “No one is taking it.” Jessie Wortham Dickert (English for Corporate Communications ’10) is now associate director for Student Leadership & Involvement at the University of Memphis. In this new role, Jessie continues her leadership of the Community Engagement & Campus Partnership programs while also assuming leadership for student engagement functions including fraternity and sorority life, student programming/events, and registered student organization support. Jessie also continues to provide leadership for the U of M’s extended orientation programs, for which she was named the National Orientation Director’s Association Extended Orientation Professional of the Year for 2018! Michalyn Easter-Thomas (History ’13) is a Shelby County school teacher who specializes in U.S. History and chairs the social studies department at Overton High School. Michalyn is also the founder of the Our Grass Our Roots non-profit movement. Our Grass Our Roots assists in transforming the North Memphis neighborhood into an economically sustainable, community-focused, cultural capital. This capital, then, serves as the grounds for fighting gentrification and citizen displacement, involving the community, structures and businesses already present, and nurturing the individuals within the community to help make Memphis a better place. Michalyn is challenging Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd for his District 7 seat and has been featured in the local news. Learn more at www.michalynformemphis.com. Theresa Havelka (Psychology ‘19) won second place at the Rhodes College American Chemistry Society Student Research Symposium on October 16, 2018. Theresa presented a poster entitled “Rapid, Rhythmic Tone Trains Produce a CNV-like Neural Response,” based on research conducted by last year’s PSYC 372 Psychophysiology class, taught by Dr. Jeff Sable (associate professor of Behavioral Sciences). The poster was co-authored by Cassady May (Psychology ’19), Destiny Bell (Psychology ’18), Brigid Lockard (Psychology 6

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Congratulations to Mr. and Ms. CBU, king and queen of 2019 Homecoming, Courtney Carter (Psychology ‘20) and Yuri Hayslett (Business Administration ‘19), both representing the Black Student Association. ’18), Mikayla Newkirk (Psychology ’18), Victor Alvarez (Psychology ‘18), and Dalena Le (Natural Science ‘18). A similar poster was displayed at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Quebec City, Canada, in October 2018. Theresa also became a Lasallian Volunteer and spent the 2018-2019 service year serving John XXIII Educational Center in Racine, Wisconsin. We are happy to report she has been welcomed back for a second year in the Lasallian Volunteer program and will be helping at De La Salle Elementary in the Bronx, New York, for 2019-2020. Barbara James (English for Corporate Communications ’87) has been named executive director of the Bethesda Hospital Foundation in Boynton Beach, Florida. Read the full article online at The Palm Beach Post. Chelsea Joyner (Psychology ’20) was featured in a CBU Admissions Student Success Story on May 29 and was quoted as saying, “This summer I will be working at Delta Health Alliance as a research intern through the Nonprofit Internship Community Experience (NICE) program at CBU. Delta Health Alliance is a nonprofit that works to improve healthcare and educate families about proper health in the Mississippi Delta area. I will be entering and analyzing their data they have collected in statistic programs and hopefully learning a new program that I have never used before.” Click here to check out the post. Chelsea was also awarded a Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant (which highlight research projects focusing on diverse populations and issues) from Psi Chi,

benefiting the lifesaving work of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Anthony had another book signing at The Blue Giraffe in Watercolor, Florida. The book has since been named the winner of the President’s Choice Medal by Independent Book Awards in addition to being an American Book Festival Award winner. Congratulations to the winners of the MLK Oratorical Contest (l-r): Chase Encalade (English for Corporate Communications ‘19), first place; Chris Fagin (Computer Science & Mathematics ‘19), second place; and Brooke Johnson (Psychology ‘22), third place. the international honor society in psychology. Her project entitled “Are Brain Responses in Anticipation of Angry and Happy Black and White Faces Different in Black and White Participants?” will be conducted in the CBU Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Sable (Behavioral Sciences). The award will allow Chelsea to extend the research done by students in PSYC 372 (Psychophysiology) in fall 2019. Because Chelsea’s was one of the top-scoring applications, a stipend for Dr. Sable will be added to her award. Anthony Maranise (Religion & Philosophy ‘11, MACS ‘17) presented his new book Cross of a Different Kind: Cancer & Christian Spirituality at St. Paul Book & Gift Store in December 2018, with proceeds from the sales

ML McGinty (Psychology ’19) was accepted to the graduate program through George Mason University at Malta University, where she will be studying for a dual master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security that focuses on global conflict and the impact it has on various nations. Erin McInnis (Visual Art ‘19) was featured as a “Wonder Spotlight” by Wonder/Cowork/ Create on its Facebook page on May 31. As their website reports, Wonder/Cowork/Create is an organization whose purpose is to “create a sector specific co-work space that focuses on Memphis creative professionals who are ready to champion a collaborative atmosphere.” Juan Monserrat (History ’19) attended the Phi Alpha Theta Tennessee Regional Conference at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 30, 2019, with

The Alpha Delta Phi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, welcomed three new members on February 6: Griffin Henry (History Education ‘21), Will Stolnicki (History ‘21), and Will Foner (History ‘21). Chapter president Laura Garza (Early Childhood ‘19) and secretary/ treasurer Parker Sewell (History ‘19) read the initiation ritual. Other members present were vice president Cenetria Crockett (History ‘19) and history professors Dr. Karl Leib and Dr. Marius Carriere. The society’s members also met at Young Avenue Deli for an end-of-the-year lunch at the end of April 2019. Pictured above (l-r) are Dr. Carriere, Parker Sewell (who has accepted to the University of Mississippi Law School), Will Foner, Laura Garza, and Dr. Leib. YEAR I N R EVI EW 2018-2019


Congratulations to the three CBU Arts alumnae selected by The Memphis Flyer to its annual “20<30” list of “young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future” (pictured above, l-r): Deidra Brooks (Psychology ‘12), founder and chief of staff of The Memphis Lift; Madeline Faber (English, Lasallian Fellow ’15), managing editor of High Ground News; and Ashley Jones (Psychology, Lasallian Fellow ‘11), current nursing student and former youth educator for Planned Parenthood of Tennessee and North Mississippi.

professor and chapter advisor Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science). Juan presented a paper on “Memphis and Music” during the conference. Gabriela Margarita Morales Medina (English for Corporate Communications, Lasallian Fellow ’19) has been accepted to Michigan State University’s master’s program and is looking forward to studying writing, rhetoric, and American culture. Catch her graduate school decision reveal video in her Twitter post. She presented her senior capstone research in December 2018, entitled, “The Creation of a Willful and Radical Subject: Carmen Yulín as a Public Figure Post-Maria.” Kaci Murley (English for Corporate Communications ‘10) has joined Leadership Memphis as director of programs, where she will be responsible for the advancement of the Leadership Memphis mission through programs in the organization’s portfolio, including the Executive and FastTrack programs. Kaci joins the Leadership 8

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Memphis team from Complete Tennessee, where she most recently served as director of Engagement and Advocacy. Her experience also includes leadership roles with tnAchieves and Latino Memphis. Wilson Phillips (Religion & Philosophy ‘08) was awarded the CBU Distinguished Young Alumnus Award in a surprise addition to the Lasallian Leadership Awards ceremony on April 5. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award publicly honors alumni who are 35 years old or younger for their outstanding personal and career achievements and contributions to society that are a credit to the University. Wilson is manager of the Office of Student Life at CBU. Camille Smith (Marketing ‘20) minors in Graphic Design and was featured as a “Wonder Spolight” by Wonder/ Cowork/Create on its Facebook page on May 29 for her work as the organization’s summer marketing intern. Carjamin Scott (English for Corporate Communications ’07), associate director of Admissions Operations in the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University, was honored with the Karen Dolan Spirit

Award by Vanderbilt’s University Staff Advisory Council in June. The award recognizes a staff representative for stewardship, devotion, and service to the council and is given to an employee who embodies the spirit of the late Karen Dolan, who worked at Vanderbilt for nearly 26 years as the Graduate School registrar. Dolan died in May 2006, and the award was created in 2008 to commemorate her strong passion for helping the Vanderbilt community. Elissa Stratton (Psychology ’99) has been named the executive director of human resources for Germantown Municipal School District, where she has been serving as the human resources supervisor for the past five years. Prior to her tenure at GMSD, she has served as an assistant principal, a classroom teacher, and Title I facilitator at Southwind Elementary School. Walt Stallings (English ‘19) presented his senior capstone research in December 2018, entitled, “Disguising the Color Line: Memphis and Modern Segregation.” CBU Admissions featured Selena Wood (Psychology ’19) for their weekly Student Success Story on May

20, 2019, and quoted her as saying: “CBU has provided many opportunities for me to grow and become a more wellrounded person. My professors have believed in me and pushed me to try new things and overcome any obstacles that I have encountered so far. I recently got accepted to be the next Leadership Resident from CBU for the Harpswell Foundation, so soon after graduating, I will spend a few months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I will be working with hardworking college women building leadership and critical thinking skills, and empowering women!” See the Instagram post here. Kaitlin Woods (Liberal Studies ’21) was featured in a March 13th article by Omer Yusuf in the Daily Memphian titled “County Commission internship program to host more than 300 students this summer.” When asked about her experiences in the internship program, Kaitlin said, “It’s been a great opportunity to learn from those in the department in a friendly working environment.”

In conjunction with other spring exhibitions in CBU’s Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery, local artist Yancy Villa-Calvo (Psychology ‘99, MBA ‘01, Visual Art ‘06) presented her nationallyexhibited art installation Barrier Free in CBU’s Buckman Quadrangle during the week of March 25-29. Barrier Free uses the power of art to reflect on the challenges of humanmade and systemic barriers that divide us, from immigration laws to mass incarceration. The interactive piece, along with its programmatic elements, is a call to action to build a society that embraces the contributions of a diverse world. During this exhibition, the public was offered the opportunity to meet Yancy and learn more about her artwork. More info at barrierfreeart.org. Yancy was also one of three artists selected to work with the Office of Comprehensive Planning and the Urban Art Commission on the Memphis 3.0 urban planning project for the City of Memphis. YEAR I N R EVI EW 2018-2019


FACULTY Dr. Samantha Alperin (Education) attended the Tennessee Literacy Network meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, from October 28 to 29, 2018. CBU adjunct professor and guest columnist Dr. Robin Gallaher Branch (Religion & Philosophy) wrote an article for The Commercial Appeal titled “Sharing God’s harvest with the unhoused at St. Mary’s” on November 21, 2018. Dr. Branch also shared her thoughts on this year’s TIME Person of the Year in an article titled “Khashoggi and other ‘guardians’ of Time and truth” published on December 13, 2018 by The Commercial Appeal. Dr. Tracie Burke (Behavioral Sciences, Honors Program) attended the National Collegiate Honors Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, from November 7 to 11, 2018. Dr. Burke stays very busy and you can find many more updates in the Honors Program section.

Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) has a new book titled The Know Nothings In Louisiana, published in June 2018 by the University of Mississippi Press. The book chronicles a startling new political party that appeared on the American scene in the 1850s. Both its members and its critics called the new party by various names, but to most, it was known as the Know Nothing Party. It reignited political fires over nativism and anti-immigration sentiments. Dr. Carriere also attended the Southern Historical Association conference in Birmingham, Alabama, from November 8 to 11, 2018, the Phi Alpha Theta Tennessee Regional Conference at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on March 30, 10

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2019, and organized two panels for the Conference on American Political History at the Center for Political History in Annville, PA, at Lebanon Valley College from May 31 to June 1, 2019, where he also presented a paper titled, “City & State Governments, and Railroads in the MidSouth in the Civil War Era.” Dr. Kevin Chovanec (Literature & Languages) delivered a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America’s Annual Conference in Washington, DC from April 16 to April 21. Rev. R. Bruce Cinquegrani (Religion & Philosophy) attended the Catholic Academy of Liturgy and North American Academy of Liturgy CAL/NAAL and participated in the Liturgical Theology Seminar, reviewing and commenting on original works of scholars in the seminar preparing to be published as well as reviewing already published works, in Denver, CO, from January 2 to 5, 2019. Congratulations to Dr. Karen B. Golightly (Literature & Languages) whose novella, There Are Things I Know, was published by Fairlight Books in July 2018. Dr. Golightly’s poems, stories, creative nonfiction pieces, photography, and academic articles have been published in various anthologies, journals, and magazines. Dr. Golightly also works with CBU’s Fresh Reads program, which is CBU’s first-year summer reading program and is a part of the Memphis community common reading program, Memphis Reads. The program gives new students a common academic experience and connects them with the campus community, as well as the Memphis community. The 2019 Fresh Reads book is titled Memphis: 200 Years Together. For more information, visit www.cbu. edu/fresh-reads. Take a moment to read Federico Gomez-Uroz’s (Literature & Languages) piece in The Memphis Flyer entitled “Rags of Humanity.” Prof. Gomez-Uroz is part of the Mariposas Collective, which is “a coalition of individuals, activists, and organizations that have been working on the initiative” to assist immigrants seeking

asylum who come through Memphis via the Greyhound Station. Choose 901 author Lisa Williams reported in an article titled “Memphians Organize Relief Effort for Influx of Asylum Seekers at Bus Station” that GomezUroz has “put together an entire bus training session. The volunteers who go to the buses have to come to the training to learn do’s and don’ts and how it’s worked because we don’t want to take up too much space. We don’t want to cause any problems. We just want to help people and get out.” Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) presented his paper entitled “Speak out! Speak up! But how? And in what voice?,” on mentoring students of color and at-risk students, at the 2019 CCCC Annual Convention from March 14 to 16 in Pittsburgh, PA. Gross also presented a paper on George Saunders’ book Lincoln in the Bardo, in addition to chairing a session, at the College English Association Conference in New Orleans, LA, from March 28 to 30. Matthew Hamner (Visual & Performing Arts) observed teachers in the performing arts teaching workshops for the Southeastern Theatre Conference held in Knoxville, TN, from February 28 to March 3. Hamner will be playing the role of Commander Walter Stone in the Theatre Memphis production of A Few Good Men, which will be staged September 13-29. Dr. Emily Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) attended the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion, presented her paper entitled “Power, Gender, and Sacrifice in the Ethics of Eating Animals,” and participated in the Theology and Ethnography Workshop held in Denver, CO, from November 16 to 20, 2018. Dr. Holmes also attended the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (SAWG) Annual Conference, participating in the “Start-Up Organic Vegetable Production” and “Dismantling the Dynamics of Racism in the Food System” workshops, held in Little Rock, AR, from January 23 to 26. Dr. Leigh Johnson (Religion & Philosophy) attended the annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy in State College, PA, October 18-20, 2018, where she presented original research on John Caputo’s contributions to continental philosophy and was elected to the LGBTQ Advocacy Committee. Dr. Johnson

Dr. Benjamin Jordan (History & Political Science) presented original research on “New Interpretations of Imperialism and Race in Anglo-American Boy Scouting and Girl Guiding” for the Social Sciences History Association Conference (Childhood and Youth Network) in Phoenix, AZ, November 8-10, 2018. Shortly after the conference concluded, Dr. Jordan was interviewed on C-SPAN in mid-November 2018 for the broadcast of its “2018 LCV Cities Tour” in Memphis, regarding his book Modern Manhood and the Boy Scouts of America: Citizenship, Race, and the Environment, 1910-1930, in which he explains that the organization’s original purpose was to teach adolescent boys how to become men through community service and political involvement.

Dr. Jordan was also interviewed by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Network on November 12 regarding the trademark infringement lawsuit filed by the Girl Scouts of the USA against the Boy Scouts after it announced that it would drop “boy” from the name of the program in 2019. He also had a gallery article published during the spring 2019 semester in the Arcadia: Environment and Society Journal that is produced jointly by the European Society for Environmental History and the Rachel Carson Center in Germany. It’s a spin-off piece related to the book manuscript he is writing on early 20th-century mainstream American environmental ideology, practices, and activism. Read the article here. Dr. Jordan was interviewed by NPR “Program 1A” next on March 25, 2019, about the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and the place they hold as a cultural touchpoint in America, discussing the news about allowing girl troops to join the new program in addition to broadly discussing the history of the organization. He was also an expert guest on American University Radio WAMU 88.5 in Washington on March 25 for a Morning Edition report entitled “Scouting Out New Horizons In 2019,” a conversation about the changes in Scouting in America — especially the recent acceptance of girls into Boy Scouts of America. YEAR I N R EVI EW 2018-2019


also participated in the symposium on “Hermeneutics, the Humanities, and the Future of Interpretation” from February 22 to 23, 2019, in the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M University, in College Station, TX, where she presented original research on “Augmented Intelligence and the End of Hermeneutics.” This past spring semester, Dr. Johnson asked her students to create short video PSAs aimed at educating their postmillennial peers. Dr. Johnson wrote on her blog entry: “For the last several years, I’ve been trying to incorporate new assignments and activities that encourage students to think of the work they do in my courses as having real impact on their lives outside of the classroom.” Read the entire article and watch the student videos online.

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Dr. Karyna McGlynn (Literature & Languages) gave several poetry readings and presented her paper on the intersection of poetry and collage as part of a panel titled “Worth a Thousand Words: Poetry, Photography, and Instagram” at the AWP Conference in Portland, OR,

65th Annual Midwest Conference on British Studies from September 14 to 15, 2018, in Lexington, KY. Dr. Palmer was part of a panel that explored questions of gender in British fiction and music, and led a discussion on his paper titled “From ‘Devil in Her Heart’ to ‘Wannabe,’ An Exploration of Feminism in British Rock from the 1960s to 1990s.” Dr. Juliette Paul (Literature & Languages) presented her paper entitled “’Astrea’s Booke for Songs and Satyr’s:’ Aphra Behn’s Manuscript Miscellany and English Catholicism” at the American Society for EighteenthCentury Studies (ASECS) Annual Meeting held in Denver, CO, from March 21 to 23, 2019. She also chaired a panel on “Women Writers and the Postsecular Eighteenth Century.” From June 23 to 28, Dr. Paul participated in a week-long seminar sponsored by the Rare Book School on “Teaching the History of the Book” in New York, NY.

Dr. Cathy Meredith (Education) attended the Tennessee Literacy Network meeting in Nashville, TN, from October 28 to 29, 2018, and the edTPA Southeastern Conference in Franklin, TN, in March 2019. Drs. Maureen O’Brien and Jeffrey Sable (Behavioral Sciences), along with Dr. Mary McConner (Director of Multicultural Student Services), attended the third Lasallian Higher Education Colloquy on Racial Justice, held January 30 - February 1 in Marriottsville, MD. The colloquy included representatives from each of the six Lasallian colleges and universities in the U.S., who continued efforts to increase awareness of racial justice issues across institutions and to develop resources for promoting social justice. Dr. Clayann Gilliam Panetta (Literature & Languages, Director of WCC) presented original research at the International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, October 10-13, 2018. Dr. Panetta also served as the presenter and facilitator for a presentation on “How a Recent Staff Reorganization Improved Efficiency and Assessment at the Writing and Communications Corner” during the Tennessee Writing Center Directors’ Day held at Vanderbilt University Writing Studio on June 15, 2019, in Nashville, TN. Dr. Neal Palmer (History & Political Science) attended the 12

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Nick Peña (Visual & Performing Arts) exhibited his artwork in a solo exhibition at the Todd Art Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University (pictured above). The exhibit, entitled “Sectional Views: One Nation Under...,” was on display through November 24. Peña also had a solo exhibition at the Channel to Channel Gallery in Nashville, TN, with an opening reception on January 5, 2019. From May 12 to 18, 2019, he accepted an invitation to complete a residency at the Spring Pentaculum at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, in the 2D concentration. Pentaculum is a week-long residency and retreat that allowed Peña to live and work alongside other artists from across the county during an intensive week of creative activity and fellowship. He followed that residency with a three-week summer residency at Crosstown Arts. Peña was also featured in the Founder Spotlight on May 17, 2019, as one of the co-founders of Wonder/Cowork/ Create, an organization whose purpose is “to create a sector specific co-work space that focuses on Memphis creative professionals who are ready to champion a

collaborative atmosphere.” You can see Peña’s feature and read more on their Facebook page. Dr. Richard Potts (Education) participated in a conference by the State Department of Education on how to develop and submit the required literacy proposal for the leadership program in Franklin, TN, October 28 to 29, 2018.

Jana Broussard Travis (Visual & Performing Arts) showed one of her paintings, The Blue Flower Picnic (above), in an exhibition entitled “Blue Quilt Challenge” at Crosstown Arts in conjunction with another exhibit, “Stitched: Celebrating the Art of Quilt Making,” on display May 10 to July 28, 2019. Dr. Tawny LeBouef Tullia (Literature & Languages) traveled to the University of Maryland in College Park, MD, for the Rhetoric Society of America’s Summer Institute from June 2 to 8, 2019, where she explored the key terms of archives, diversity, memory, politics, and protest in depth with the institute leaders. Dr. James Wallace (Religion & Philosophy) traveled to Denver, CO, in November 2018 for the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting. Sarah Woods (Literature & Languages, Language Lab Director) traveled to the ACTFL Annual Conference and World Languages Expo for a comprehensive professional development experience in New Orleans, November 15 to 18, during which she was able to meet with key programmers for current and future study abroad and language programs, and to view the latest products and technologies from over 250 exhibiting companies.

Dr. Jeffrey Sable (Behavioral Sciences) has co-authored a journal article on the effects of a nutritional supplement on preterm infants — in this case, piglets. Dr. Sable was part of an interdisciplinary team, led by Dr. Randy Buddington of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center that also includes researchers from the University of Memphis, Tel Aviv University, and Enzymotec (an Israeli company that manufactures nutritional ingredients and medical foods). Infant pigs are similar in many ways to human infants — especially in terms of the development of internal organs, including the brain. They are also quite intelligent. In the journal article, the team reports several types of evidence that a particular form of DHA — an omega-3 fatty acid — benefits neurodevelopment in premature infants. In particular, the researchers examined memory, brain structure, and brain function. The article has been published in a special issue of the journal Nutrients on “Early Life Nutrition: From Nutrients to Systems.” The full article, “A Phosphatidylserine Source of Docosahexaenoic Acid Improves Neurodevelopment and Survival of Preterm Pigs,” is available online. Additionally, Dr. Sable has two recent articles in AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education. The first, “Challenges of Lasallian higher education in the twenty-first century: Students as apprentices in lifelong learning,” was written as part of a Lasallian Summer Seminar for Professors in 2016. The second was a co-authored paper, “Exploring the intersections: Racial justice, our Lasallian heritage, and the Catholic tradition,” with Danielle Young and Brother Jack Curran of Manhattan College. In the paper, the authors describe the first two Lasallian Higher Education Colloquies on Racial Justice, including a Mission Mandated Lasallian Vision for Racial Justice that grew out of these Colloquies. Both publications are freely available through the journal website. Dr. Sable is also part of an inter-institutional team of faculty focused on developing freely available resources for teaching undergraduate students about event-related brain potentials. The group, led by faculty from the University of Richmond, Hampshire College, and the Claremont McKenna College, received a grant from the National Science Foundation, for their work: “Collaborative Proposal: Preparing Undergraduates for Research in STEM-related fields Using Electrophysiology (PURSUE).” Lastly, Dr. Sable conducted a two-hour workshop on June 10, 2019, on interviewing methods with the inaugural class of Civil Rights Fellows of the Apex Institute. The class consists of eight rising seniors from CBU, Lemoyne-Owen College, Rhodes College, and the University of Memphis. Each student is developing an impact study of healthcare, housing, or criminal justice. YEAR I N R EVI EW 2018-2019



Dr. Wendy Ashcroft began working in the Department of Education at CBU as an adjunct professor in 1997, bringing a wealth of knowledge in her field, and continuing on in a full-time capacity until this spring of 2019 when she announced her decision to retire. Throughout her time in the education field, Dr. Ashcroft was actively involved in professional development and held state-level certifications in special education, mental retardation, elementary education, administration, career level three teacher, and professional administration for Pre-K through 12th grade as well as national certifications in National Crisis Prevention Institute Instruction and Professional Crisis Management Training. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her excellence in teaching and support of students with disabilities. Dr. Ashcroft is a true credit to her field and has been an outstanding asset to her department, school, and university. We wish her well in retirement and know she is looking forward to spending more time with her family. She is pictured above at the head of the table, standing just behind her sister, during the department’s retirement celebration.


Dr. Vincent O’Neill (Literature & Languages) passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown. Dr. O’Neill taught in Christian Brothers schools for 69 years, beginning at De La Salle Juniorate in Aurora; St. Paul Elementary School in Toronto, where he taught Grades 2 and 3 in the same classroom; Cardinal Newman High School in Montreal; the Christian Brothers Scholasticate at the University of Windsor, where he was Director; and St. Joseph High School and College in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In 1968, he came to Memphis to teach at Christian Brothers College, now Christian Brothers University, where he remained until his death, teaching the following courses: English Composition, Introduction to Literature, British Survey, Chaucer, Renaissance Prose and Poetry, Milton and Seventeenth Century, 14

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Shakespeare, Modern Poetry, World Literature, and Advanced Practical Grammar. He was also a published poet with 27 poems published in various literary journals over the years. His final poem is expected to be published later this year. In addition to his longtime commitment as a Catholic educator at CBU, Dr. O’Neill was an active communicant in his parish, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, where he often served as a substitute organist and helped out wherever he was needed. In addition to his teaching apostolate, Dr. O’Neill was also one of seven original owners of the High Point Pinch, a popular destination in the Pinch District of Memphis in the 1990s, where he loved entertaining patrons on St. Patrick’s Day as “Danny O’Neill from Dublin,” playing the piano and singing Irish songs. Read the full obituary and post a tribute online.


Commencement was held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, on CBU’s campus where the following Rosa Deal School of Arts students received awards: • • • • • • • •

William Parker Sewell, Outstanding History Student Award Laura Garza, Phi Alpha Theta Award Gabriela Morales Medina, Literature & Languages Award in English for Corporate Communication Morgan Washington, Literature & Languages Award in English Erin Aulfinger, Literature & Languages Award in Creative Writing Leah Morris, Christine Ladd-Franklin Award for Outstanding Non-Traditional Psychology Major Carlee Darnell, Margarette Sather Outstanding School of Arts Graduate Theresa Havelka, Margarette Sather Outstanding

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School of Arts Graduate and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Award Rosy G. Torres, Kenneth W. Mathis Award for Outstanding Education Graduate Selena Wood, Psi Chi Outstanding Leadership Award

Honors diploma recipients included Nikole Agront Rodriguez, Mirissa Anderson, Erin Aulfinger, Tristan Barton, Ashley Cavaliere, Carlee Darnell, Theresa Havelka, Tabatha Holmes, Efren Luna Pelaez, Michael Mendez, Gabriela Morales Medina, Ngan “Kim” Nguyen, Sakshi Sata, Rachel Starker, Selena Wood, and Piper Ziebarth. You can view pictures from Commencement events on CBU’s official Flickr account. You can also view pictures from commencement and the presidential recognition ceremony on our school Facebook page.

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The Mid-South Psychology Conference was held at University of Memphis Lambuth campus on February 23, 2019, with 12 out of the 18 scheduled oral presentations given by CBU students. Eleven of the students worked on research conducted in their Correlational Methods and Statistics courses, and the 12 presentations included approximately 40 student authors.



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“Grades and Expectations Interact to Affect Satisfaction” by Josey Chumney, Maria Aguirre, Nereida Aranda, and Jeremy Goodwin “Sex and Snack Type do not Affect Self Body-Image” by Santiago Lemus and Connie Strini “Video Content and Race do not Effect Social Distance Levels” by Anna Della Rosa, Magy Botello, Maria Solis, Janette Anaya, and Joliza Ferguson “Active Help-Seeking and Information about Depression do not Effect Personal Stigma Scores about Depression” by Megan R. Morrison, Rafaella Angelidou, Mackenzie Jones, and Nick Blancett “Valance in Social Media Affects User Emotion Regardless of Platform” by Shelby Crocker, Esther Ferreira, Nadia Rivas, and Arielle Guy “Sex but not Content Affect Emotion from Memes” by Zach Lindenberg, Alex Doane, and Rachel Hickman “Key of Music and Song Type do not Affect Emotional Responses” by Itzel Gomez, Riley Chafin, Kayla Little, and Calvin Gill “Parental Attachment Styles and Valence of Images Presented Have no Effect on Relationship Satisfaction” by Antonio Requa-Fielding, Courtney Carter, Jared Schools, and Lisheena Clark

Students in PSYC 372 (Psychophysiology) presented their semester research project titled, “Prejudiced Brain Responses: The Contingent Negative Variation is Sensitive to Race and Emotional Expression” on December 12, 2018. They examined brain activity related to the anticipation of faces of different races and showing different emotions. They also explored the relationship between brain activity and three measures of prejudice. Presentations were made by Kennedy Simmons (Biology ’19), Selena Wood (Psychology ’19), Chelsea Joyner (Psychology ’20), Alexandra Wakefield (Biology ’20), Kyle Bellu (Biology ’19), and Dr. Jeffrey Sable (Behavioral Sciences).



Students in Experimental Research Methods and Statistics presented their semester research projects on May 4, 2019, in the Montesi Executive Center. The session included posters of the following projects: •


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Best Value Schools called CBU’s Behavioral Sciences Department “a powerful incubator for undergraduate research, encouraging all students to produce original work and share their results with others in order to maintain a thriving intellectual community on campus.” This annual poster session is one of the numerous manifestations of these efforts.


The State Board of Education released the annual Educator Preparation Report Card on February 15, a tool for Tennesseans to learn more about the progress of educator preparation providers toward the Board’s key priority areas. This year, CBU was among the programs that received the highest score — joined locally by Memphis Teacher Residency and Teach for AmericaMemphis, and statewide by Lipscomb University, the New

Teacher Project-Nashville Teaching Fellows, Teach for America-Nashville, Union University, and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. The State Board issues its annual report card to gauge how well programs are preparing candidates for the classroom, and whether they’re meeting the needs of school districts and the goals of the state. Criteria include a profile of graduates over the past three years, their placement and retention in Tennessee public schools, and their observation and growth scores on their evaluations on the job. Chalkbeat Tennessee reported on the scores in an article entitled “Report: Tennessee’s teacher prep programs are doing a better job, but graduating fewer educators.”


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Outstanding MSEL Alum: Brother Henry Oscar Parades Zuniga Outstanding Education Partners: Brother Michael Schmelzer and Dr. Roger Blanton Dr. Ellen Faith Chair’s Award: Shetauja Coburn

See photos from the ceremony on our Facebook page.


HONORS PROGRAM STUDENTS VOLUNTEER FOR THE SALVATION ARMY CBU students and alumni gave their weekends in December 2018 to ring the Salvation Army bells at the Kroger on Union in Memphis. You can view some merry CBU elves, led by the CBU Honors Program, ringing the Salvation Army bells at the CBU Flickr site.


CBU Honors Program students attended the Tennessee

PBL-650 Project Based Learning was the creation of the Department of Education to meet the needs of STEM teachers across the city. Knowing the expertise was in science and engineering, Education faculty interviewed professors from Sciences and Engineering to teach various STEM-related content to K-12 teachers. The Education Department aligned all of the workshops with K-12 teaching standards, marketed the event, set up spaces for teaching, provided breakfast and lunch, as well as certificates of completion to all participants. The pictures show the various activities throughout the day — building small motors, cardboard boats (that hopefully floated once put in the CBU pool), aviation, and making concrete and cement. Photos are on our Facebook page.


The Education Department held its annual ceremony on May 8, 2019, which brought many alumni back to campus to celebrate its achievements. Faculty members voted for awardees in MAT, MED, MSEL, and Partners, while department chair Dr. Samantha Alperin chose the recipient of the Dr. Ellen Faith Chair’s Award, which recognizes the recipient for outstanding contributions to the department. Initiates of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education were also recognized at this event. Recipients of the awards are as follows: • •

Outstanding MAT Alums: Analice Sowell and Jennifer Davidson Outstanding MED Alums: Kristen Waguespack and Steven Yeo

Collegiate Honors Council conference in Gallatin, TN at Volunteer State Community College on February 16 and made the following presentations: “The Relationship Among Social Media, Anxiety, and Self-Esteem” by Tony Fielding and Rachel Black; “Sex and British Rock ’n Roll” by Mary Anna Tucker; “Physiological and Chemical Characterization of Produce Bacteria” by Bano Qaladize; “Identification of Bacteria Through the Sequencing and Barcoding of 16S RNA” by Sarah Laney, Gabriel Christian, and Carmen Shimizu; “Making Great Students Even Greater Leaders” by Kelsey Morrisson, Bawan Qaladize, Madison Bickerstaff, and Peyton Cullen; “The Relationship Between British National Identity and the Rock Bands from the 1970s to the 1990s” by Bawan Qaladize; and “DNA Isolation, Amplification, and Separation” by Edward Kochan Lovett. The students were accompanied by Dr. Tracie Burke, Honors Program Director.


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April 28 to 30, 2019, and made the following presentations: “Solidifying Competing Narratives Surrounding Mayor Loeb and His Involvement in the Assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King” by Mirissa Anderson; “Memphis at 200: Where Is It?” by Peyton Cullen; “Climate Change Denial and How to Nip it in the Bud: An exploration of climate change denial, its impact on U.S. action, and strategy for intervention” by Collin Dice; “’I Smell an Atheist! It’s That Freethinking!”: Molière’s Le Tartuffe and the Salonnières” by Tony Fielding; “Influences of Schizoanalysis on Artificial Intelligence” by Jill Johnson; “Nerds4Needs: Big Hearts, Big Help” by Thao La; “Swabbing, Culturing, and Isolating Bacterial Colonies to Obtain Pure Cultures” by Amber Lamberty and Garrett Weeks; “The Straight Minority” by Avery Loveland, Samantha Rowland, and Skylar Newman; “Effect of MCC950, a NLRP3 Inflammasome Inhibitor, on Blast-Induced Traumatic Brain Injury in Mice” by Michael Mendez; “Partners in the Parks: Exploring America’s Parks from Sea to Shining Sea” by Michael Mendez and Megan Brown; “The Creation of a Willful and Radical Subject: Carmen Yulín as a Public Figure Post-Maria” and “The Christian Themes of C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of The Rings” by Gabriela Margarita Morales Medina; “That’s AMAZING! How the CBU Honors Program makes great students even greater by providing over 40 diverse honors events every semester” by Madison Bickerstaff, Allison Dufour, Margaret Hamer, Selena Wood, and Dr. Tracie Burke; “A Shift in Female Identity: British Punk to British Post-Punk Era” by Kelsey Morrisson; “CNS Penetration of Methotrexate and its Primary Metabolite 7-Hydroxymethotrexate in Mice Bearing Orthotopic Group 3 Medulloblastoma” by Rachel Starker; “Identifying and Exploring a Gene that Alters rpoS Expression in Escherichia coli” by Bawan Qaladize and Matthew Scott. The students were accompanied by Dr. Tracie Burke, Honors Program Director.

academic career, advice for better living, and even a few laughs. While many Last Lectures are merely hypothetical, sadly, this year’s is not; Dr. Smarrelli retired from CBU in June. Watch the last lecture now on YouTube.


An early evening reading and Q&A with award-winning writer Alice Bolin was hosted by Creative Writing’s Dr. Karyna McGlynn and the Freshman Experience Living Learning Community on Wednesday, February 20, in the LLC. Bolin is the author of Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession (Harper Collins 2018), which was a New York Times Notable Book of 2018 and a “Best of 2018” according to Kirkus, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, The Portland Mercury, Bustle, Thrillist, and Electric Lit. Bolin is an assistant professor of Creative Writing in the MFA program at the University of Memphis, and you can find her online at alicebolin.com or follow her on Twitter at @alicebolin.

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CBU Creative Writing students presented their end of the semester writing portfolios on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at Java Cabana Coffeehouse. The biannual writing series has been named in honor of CBU’s Rosa Deal School of Arts professor Vincent O’Neill, dedicated educator and poet, who passed away in April.


The Creative Writing Program hosted a night of student writers reading their own work at Java Cabana Coffeehouse on December 5. If you missed this one, be on the lookout for another reading event at the end of next semester, as this was definitely a great CBU night! View photos from the event on our Facebook page.



An 18th-century recipe book + two hours of socializing = a searchable e-cookbook. Students from Dr. Juliette Paul’s “Restoration and 18th Century” English course

exams in the Spring. To help promote the journal and motivate students, submissions are entered into a contest where the winning students in each category receive a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place monetary prize. The due date is normally February 1 of each year for both the competition and submissions to the journal. You can learn more about Castings and read the latest edition online now.



held a special event at CBU’s Crosstown Concourse location on November 16, 2018, to help unlock historic recipes held at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Along with other Crosstown Concourse tenants and volunteers, they collaborated to create a searchable, digital copy of an 18th-century English cookbook. Participants also had the opportunity to sample delicious pastries, cookies, and drinks inspired by the recipes contained within the handwritten cookbooks and prepared onsite. After being transcribed, the recipe book was published online as a searchable text for others to use. No experience was necessary and the students walked participants through the coding and showed them how to decipher old handwriting. Photos are available at the CBU Flicker site.


The Southern Literary Festival was hosted by the Department of Literature & Languages at CBU on April 11 to 13, 2019. The Festival was founded with the intention of providing opportunities for craft development and exposure to successful authors from the South. The keynote speaker was award-winning author and screenwriter Chris Offutt. The first-place winner for the Fiction category, selected by Lindsay Sproul, was “Roach Motel” by Claire Rutland of CBU. For the Formal Essays portion, selected by Whitney Stewart, CBU student Shelby Youngblood tied for third place with her essay, “The Birthright of Agency.”


Castings is the literary journal that publishes the poetry, prose, fine art and photography of CBU students. The journal is distributed across campus the week before final

The Department of Religion and Philosophy sponsored a lecture series which included CBU Philosophy adjunct professors Mike Ardoline and Ben Curtis. Mike Ardoline was on campus on April 4, 2019, and delivered his lecture etitled “Powers of Difference: Getting Necessary Truths Without Necessary Objects.” For the second lecture on April 10, doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Memphis, Ben Curtis, delivered his lecture titled “’You Have Nothing To Lose But Your Chains’: Why Marx Is More Important Now Than Ever.”


During September of Service 2018, 533 volunteers served 1,796 hours in our community. A volunteer hour in the state of Tennessee is worth $22, making this year’s September of Service contribution worth $39,512. Over SOS’s seven years, 3,796 volunteers have worked 12,311 hours, contributing the equivalent of $270,842 to nonprofit agencies in our city. Kudos to everyone who has volunteered with September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds! Enjoy the finale video created by Servando Mireles (SOS leader 2016 & 2017) available to view on our Facebook page. To learn more about September of Service and volunteer during the upcoming years you can learn more at www.cbusos.com or follow our updates on Facebook and on Twitter.

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the museum galleries and studio art therapy sessions. This exhibition is a result of artwork created by the ADS participants in art therapy sessions and CBU students who learned about building connections and enhancing selfexpression through art therapy, gallery discussions, and the creative process. The opening reception was held on April 26, with viewing through July 8, 2019.


on July 26, 2018. Many thanks to Kim Jameson, Dr. Rod Vogl, and all of the CBU students in the STARS program. This is a well-deserved recognition of their dedication to our students and to advancing CBU’s mission of caring and inclusivity that are vital to our campus community. Read the full article online now. The STARS Program also held a well-attended Mistletoe Variety Show in the University Theater on December 4 and various plant sales throughout the semesters to raise funds for the student organization.



CBU partnered with the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art to offer an innovative Art Therapy Field Course for undergraduate students who were interested in learning about the principles of art therapy practice. The Brooks provided museum-based art therapy for two groups from Alzheimer’s and Dementia Services of Memphis (ADS) locations — Dorothy’s Place and Kennedy Park — while the CBU students observed the adults’ experiences in


Students in CBU’s Visual Arts Department have many opportunities to become aware of global issues in art through local exhibitions, internships, visits to campus by artists from around the world, and study abroad programs. The department has partnered with the Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery on many initiatives, including a regular visiting artist’s series with workshops for students and lectures that are open to the public. The Ross Gallery aims to create an atmosphere that encourages artistic experimentation with a focus on contemporary artistic practices and theory. The gallery hosts roughly ten exhibitions each academic year, showcasing the work of local, regional, and national artists. Outside of the gallery’s exhibitions, additional programming focuses on student learning through workshops, lectures, and special projects while aiming to connect the school’s legacy of social justice and service to our community through the arts. View the 2019-2020 schedule and plan your next visit today! One recent example of the collaborative efforts between the gallery and the Visual & Performing Arts Department was when visiting artist Fidencio FifieldPerez conducted a printmaking workshop and delivered an artist’s lecture on April 5, 2019. A nationally exhibited artist, Fifield-Perez was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, but was

The Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery presented an exhibition of BFA graduates Erin McInnes, Darien Parsons, and Katherine Traylor entitled “Outside Looking In” in the main gallery, April 25 through July 8, 2019 (an example of each artist’s work is pictured above). In the gallery foyer, a concurrent exhibition of artwork created by participants in art therapy sessions at the Memphis Brooks Museum and CBU students who learned about building connections and enhancing self-expression through art therapy, gallery discussions, and the creative process. Both exhibits opened with a public reception on Friday, April 25. 20

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raised in North Carolina after his family migrated. His current work examines immigration, the drug war, and socio-economic issues affecting Mexico. A graduate of the Memphis College of Art, he is currently based out of Columbia, MO. More information is available at fidenciofperez.com.


The Graphic Design program within CBU’s Visual & Performing Arts Department was recently ranked in the Top 10 in Tennessee by Animation Career Review,

which considered over 700 schools with graphic design programs in preparing this year’s rankings. CBU’s #8 ranking puts it at the top for programs in Memphis. You can find the ranking online.


Assistant professor Matthew Hamner (Visual & Performing Arts) held an Improv Show in CBU’s University Theater on December 6, 2018. Professor Hamner also offered a five-week summer acting class which started on July 8. For more information and upcoming theatre activities, you can contact him at mhamner@cbu.edu.



The Writing and Communications Corner (WCC) hosted the 2018 TuColla Conference at CBU on October 27, 2018. TuColla, a conference for writing and communications consultants across the state of Tennessee, is an annual event hosted by colleges and universities who are members of the larger Southeastern Writing Centers Association (SWCA). The WCC was asked to host this event in recognition of the WCC consultants’ presentation of new research and scholarship at both SWCA conferences and the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) conferences over the last several years. The conference program included several sessions, all led by graduate and undergraduate consultants across Tennessee. WCC consultants led four sessions,

highlighted below: • Erin Aulfinger: roundtable discussion titled “’A Right to One’s Own Language’ and Creative Writing: Creating Space for Workshops with No Walls.” • Ariel Earnest, Josh Landers, Anayanci Sanchez, and Morgan Washington: panel presentation titled “What a Fully Multi-Modal, Communicative Writing Center Really Can Look Like: a View across Disciplines and Their Expectations.” • Ana Garcia: roundtable discussion titled “How to Consult in the Behavioral Sciences: Creating Student-Centered Workshops and Tackling APA.” • Josh Landers: new research presentation titled “How Collecting Sign-In Data Can Expand Writing Center Services.” Joining the conference attendees at lunch were

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WCC continued from previous page twelve local WCC alums, who all spoke about their work as consultants and how their work as consultants informs their lives now. Alumni present were: Ben Austin (English for Corporate Communications ’05); Emily Austin (English ’04); Mary Clark (English for Corporate Communications ’18); Raquel Darling-Greer (English for Corporate Communications ’11 / MAT ’12 / ILL ’15); Kristen Downy (Psychology ’13); Tim Miller (Business Administration / Marketing ’08); Yolandalyn Murray (Psychology ’05); Andrea Munoz-Perez (Psychology ’17); Megan Murphy (Creative Writing ’16); Mandi Pitt-Reed (History ’09); Jennifer Sharp (English for Corporate Communications ’13); Tricia Wessels (English for Corporate Communications ’06); The lunch was made possible by a generous donation by Dr. Manish Patel (Biology ’05) and the SWCA-TN.


WCC consultants hosted various workshops on Mondays and Tuesdays during April 2019, tailored to usher students through their end-of--semester’s papers, projects, and exams. These workshops were both dynamic and adaptive to all majors and assignments of communicative nature or with writing components. The schedule below details the focus of each workshop:

ACADEMIC SUPPORT Academic support is essential to student success. Connecting to available the resources is part of being a successful college student. For example: 1) Stop by the Writing and Communications Corner to have your rough draft reviewed; 2) meet with a Peer Mentor for lunch and get tips on staying organized; 3) drop in for homework support in the evening at the Student Support Center; 4) get research help from a Personal Librarian for your big project; and 5) attend a Student Success Series workshop about learning strategies, among many others! The mission of Student Support at CBU is to meet students where they are, assess students’ needs, and provide resources for support. The goal is to improve each student’s college experience by strengthening academic, social, and leadership skills through tutoring and mentoring, primarily by trained Peer Educators. Academic support is FREE to all CBU students. You can find the Student Success Center located in Thomas Center 50 and online, email them at studentsuccess@cbu.edu, or call them at (901) 321-3024. 22

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Project Planning and Developing; De-stress Fridays: Journaling; Project Researching, Developing, and Drafting; De-stress Fridays: Meditation and Yoga; Project Developing, Drafting, and Finishing; Project Drafting, Finishing, and Proofing; De-stress Fridays: Anti-Stress Games; and Project Finishing and Proofing.


WCC director Dr. Clayann Panetta chaired and contributed to panel discussions on a variety of research projects along with WCC writing consultants Erin Aulfinger (Creative Writing ’19), Ariel Earnest (Civil Engineering ’19), Ana Garcia (Applied Psychology ’20) Josh Landers (Business Administration ’19), and Morgan Washington (English ’19) at the Southeastern Writing Centers Association Annual Conference in February 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC. Presentation topics included: “New Space, New Identity, New Ideas: How Our New Campus Status Informed Our Application of Writing Center Theory”; “Bridging the Gaps in the Conversation: Conveying Consultant Knowledge and Understanding Institutional Hopes, Fears, and Misconceptions”; “‘The Right to One’s Own Language’ in Multilingual Cre-ative Writing: A Conversation about Translanguaging & Assimilation”; and “Creative Writing: Creating Space for Workshops with No Walls.”

COMMUNITY GARDEN The Vanderhaar Symposium Committee has generously donated funding to sponsor CBU’s Community Garden. As a garden within the GrowMemphis network, our new partnership with the Vanderhaar Symposium is a fitting tribute to the memory of Dr. Gerard Vanderhaar, former CBU professor emeritus of Religion and Peace Studies, who spent his life promoting peace through active nonviolence. As we work together to address food sovereignty, nutritional education, and community rehabilitation, this partnership will allow CBU to continue to provide our campus community with free healthy organic food and provide our students with mentoring and leadership opportunities through community service outreach. In honor of Dr. Vanderhaar’s legacy, the garden has been renamed the CBU Community Peace Garden. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Dr. Emily A. Holmes (Religion & Philosophy) at eholmes1@cbu.edu.


enthusiast Rachel Black (Psychology ’19) and b

trustee and alumnus Jim Reber (Accounting ‘82). We would love to share your photos and original artwork with the larger community on our social media platforms. You can submit your work by emailing it to us at soanews@cbu.edu.

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Rosa Deal School of Arts Year in Review: 2018-2019  

Looking back at news from students, faculty, alumni, departments, and programs from the 2018-19 Academic Year

Rosa Deal School of Arts Year in Review: 2018-2019  

Looking back at news from students, faculty, alumni, departments, and programs from the 2018-19 Academic Year

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