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Caduceus Newsletter: Fall 2014.03, Week of September 8††


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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN38104

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The ladies of Zeta Tau Alpha are hosting their annual womanless beauty pageant - Mr. CBU 2014! Join us for a night of fun while we raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness and Education! Tickets are $5 in the cafe the week before, and $7 at the door. It will be held Wednesday, October 8, in the University Theater at 7:00PM. We hope to see you there!


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Table of Contents:


1.Events coming up.
2.MCAT2015:A discussion about upcoming changes MCAT, Tuesday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m., in AH 122.
3.This year, the annual Health Career Opportunities Fair will be merged with CBUís annual Graduate School Fair on September 25, 2014.††
4.The American Physical Therapy Association announces its Physical Therapy Virtual Fair, September 16-17.
5.Received this week.††
6.Jobs available at UTHSC, from Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.††
7.Memphis Botanic Garden September E-Newsletter.†† ††


1.†† Events coming up.

         Tuesday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m.:MCAT2015:A discussion about upcoming changes MCAT.For more information, please see Article #2;

         Tuesday, September 16 and Wednesday, September 19:Physical Therapy Virtual Fair.For more information, see Article #4;

         Tuesday, September 16, starting at 1 p.m. in the Montesi Room of Buckman Hall:First impressions Series Ė Professional Image & Business Etiquette, sponsored by Career Services.This is especially relevant to those of you who will be invited for interviews;

         Wednesday, September 17, starting at 2 p.m., room TBA:Stephanie Cole, Admissions Counselor for the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine will be on campus on Wednesday, September 17.She will be available to answer questions about the Quillen College of Medicine program starting at 2 p.m., room TBA, but probably AH103;

         Wednesday, September 17, in Buckman 207, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:Mock Interview Day, sponsored by Career Services;

         Thursday, September 18, 12 to 2 p.m., Buckman Hall 211 (Montesi Room):STEM Showcase:
A Career & Internship Expo for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Majors
Thursday, September 18th - 12:00 to 2:00 pm, Buckman 211 (Montesi)
Join us for this opportunity to meet around a dozen employers who hire STEM major students and alumni into internships and full-time positions.  Dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes!

         Thursday, September 18, in Montesi, 12 to 2 p.m.:STEM Showcase: Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Career Expo, sponsored by Career Services;

         Friday, September 19:Itís International Talk Like a Pirate Day!For more information, please see Article #4.†††

         Tuesday, September 23, 2:00 to 5 p.m., Practice Test Drive:Practice tests for the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT, & PCAT Practice Tests.†† This is an opportunity to take a retired version (in some cases, slightly abbreviated) of a retired test, minus the essay portions.  It's a great way to see your areas of strength, and areas of weakness, and where you need to study further.  RSVP thru CareerLinX by September 18th.

         Thursday, September 25: ††Graduate School Expo.Please note that the annual Health Career Opportunities Fair, usually held in late October or early November, has been merged with this event.Canale Arena, 12-2 p.m.


2.MCAT2015:A discussion about upcoming changes MCAT, Tuesday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m, in AH 122.

After quite a few years of planning, the new MCAT will be launched in 2015.It will be lengthened to an entire day of testing, and it will include questions that pertain to psychology and sociology, as well as the more traditional natural sciences.Dr. Eisen will give a presentation on the new format, starting at 7 p.m.


As an incentive for pre-med students to attend this presentation, Mama Deeís Italian Ices will be serving dessert, starting at 6:30 p.m., on the first floor of Assisi Hall.††


3.This year, the annual Health Career Opportunities Fair will be merged with CBUís annual Graduate School Fair on September 25, 2014.††

This may become a new tradition.In any case, here is a list of current participants.Healthcare-related programs are highlighted.Please bear in mind that some universities have healthcare-related programs, e.g. Samuel Merritt University (Nursing, Physician Assistant Studies, Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy) and Samford University (Communication Sciences & Disorders Kinesiology, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Public Health):

12:00-2:00 pm, CANALE ARENA


Currently scheduled to attend as of September 2nd:


Belmont University College of Law

Bethel University

Candler School of Theology

Christian Brothers University (Masters Of Accountancy)

Christian Brothers University (Masters Of Business Administration)

Christian Brothers University (Graduate Education)

Christian Brothers University (Graduate Engineering)

Christian Brothers University (Physician Assistant Studies)

College of Graduate Health Sciences, The University of Tennessee

College of Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Delta State University

Freed-Hardeman University

Harding University Health Sciences

Harding University Mid-South Professional Center

IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

Jacksonville University

LMU- Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Logan University

Louisiana State University Law Center

Manderson Graduate School of Business The University of Alabama

Memphis Theological Seminary

Mercer University School of Law

Middle Tennessee State University

Mississippi College School of Law

Saint Louis University: College Of Public Health & Social Justice

Samford University's Cumberland School of Law

Samuel Merritt University

Southern College of Optometry

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Tennessee Tech University

The University of Alabama

The University of Memphis School of Public Health

The University of Mississippi-DeSoto

Union University Germantown

Union University School of Pharmacy

Union University School of Social Work

University of Alabama at Birmingham

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

University of Memphis (University College)

University of Memphis Graduate School

University of Memphis School of Law

University of Mississippi School of Law

University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy

University of Tennessee College of Law

University of Tennessee Health Science Center

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (College Of Health Professionals)

University of Tennessee Health Science Center (College of Allied Health Sciences)

University of Tennessee, College of Social Work

University of Tulsa Graduate School

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing

Wake Forest University School Of Divinity


4.The American Physical Therapy Association announces its Physical Therapy Virtual Fair, September 16-17.

Physical Therapy Virtual Fair: September 16-17


Itís not too late to register for the free Physical Therapy Virtual Fair scheduled on September 16 and 17.  More than 1200 applicants and 40 programs have registered to date.  The fair, hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and administered by CareerEco, offers advisors and students a unique opportunity to chat live with faculty and staff at DPT programs from across the country.  Use the fair to learn more about the programs, ask questions about prerequisites, and get tips on how to improve your studentsí chances for admission.


Learn more about and register for the free virtual fair today at!

Questions?  Please contact


Thank you!


Libby J. Ross, MA

Director, Academic Services

American Physical Therapy Association

1111 N. Fairfax Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

703/706-3326 or 800/999-2782, ext. 3326




5.Received this week

         American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine:Podiatric Medical College Information Book For Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 Entering Classes.Available for review in my office.


6.Jobs available at UTHSC, from Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald.††

Hello everyone
Please spread this news around.  There are two jobs available.  We have had CBU students working in both of these labs for some time


"Dr. Lawrence Reiter at UTHSC Department of Neurology has a volunteer position open. His laboratory uses Drosophila melanogaster (fruit flies) to investigate the genes involved in human neurological disease, particularly autism. It is two to three afternoons a week to make fly culture food and change stocks of flies. There is opportunity for students to get directly involved in fly projects as well. If interested please send your resume to Let him know your availability, GPA, and potential graduation date."


Dr. Jian Zuo in the Department of Developmenal Neurobiology at St Jude is  looking for a part-time student work in my lab who can do PCR genotyping for ~20 hrs per week and the hours are flexible. Mario Sauceda has been great for this type of job when he first started. This person needs to be reliable and meticulous and communicative to others. We would love to have him/her for at least one year. This job is available immediately. If you have someone in your school who is willing to do, please let him/her contact me. (

Both are looking for someone ASAP!  Fitz



Malinda E.C. Fitzgerald, Ph.D. FARVO
Professor of Biology
Program Director MHIRT
Christian Brothers University
650 E Parkway So.
Memphis, TN
901-321-3262 office



7.Memphis Botanic Garden September E-Newsletter


Celebrate the history, culture and people of Japan at the Memphis Botanic Garden Japanese Festival on September 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., featuring demonstrations on tea ceremony, origami, chopsticks, kimono dressing, Bon odori, koi ponds, and more. Be amazed by the Candyman from Epcot as he creates works of art from spun sugar!  Enjoy the energizing sounds of Kaminari Taiko drummers. Kids can try their hands at traditional Japanese games while parents shop at our Japanese marketplace. Enjoy a taste of Japan with concessions by Sekisui as well as guided tours of our Japanese Garden throughout the day. This year's festival will take place on the TruGreen Lawn, with performances on our new Jim Duncan Stage! Special thanks to Japanese Traders and Manufacturers Association of Memphis, First Tennessee Foundation, Sekisui, Ikebana International, The University of Memphis and Japan America Society of TN. MBG members $5/non-members $10.


September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1 - Urban Forestry Advisorís Class - Join the West Tennessee Chapter of the Urban Forestry Council and Memphis Botanic Garden for this opportunity to learn about trees and issues facing the urban tree canopy. This course is designed for the general public, municipal employees, members of neighborhood associations, and garden clubs. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. There is an $85 class fee. To register, call 901-636-4128. 

September 4 - Bringing Nature Home: Sustaining Wildlife with Native Plants - Dr. Douglas Tallamy, Professor and Chair of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Free to WRC & MBG members/non-members $4. Call 452-6500 or 636-4116.

September 5 -  Project Learning Tree Educator Workshop - Become a PLT certified educator through this award-winning environmental education program. For formal and informal educators working with grades K-12. Free. Lunch provided by Einsten Bros Bagels. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 636-4110.  


September 30 - Vine to Wine at the Garden: My Big Backyard BBQ - Presented by IBERIABANK. Join us for a down-home (but grown up) party in My Big Backyard, with live music by Minor Street Strings and eats by Central BBQ. Must be 21 to attend. 6 -8 p.m. Members $25/non-members $35. Tickets online at or call 901-636-4131.


September 3-28 - Cloth/Paper ~ Cutting Edge by  Phyllis Boger and Antzee Magruder - On display and available for purchase in the Visitors Center Gallery. Opening reception September 10,  5:30-7:30 p.m., with a free ďpop-upĒ performance from Opera Memphis, part of their 30 Days of Opera. A portion of proceeds benefits Memphis Botanic Gardenís art, education, and horticulture programs. Call 636-4100.

September 5-October 2 - Tree Show No. 1 by Students of The Fred Rawlinson Atelier -  Work on display and available for purchase in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery. A portion of proceeds benefits Memphis Botanic Gardenís art, education, and horticulture programs. Call 636-4100 for information.

September 20 - Introductory Encaustic 101 - This class is designed to teach the basics of using encaustic medium and paint, and is a prerequisite for the 201 level classes. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Additional dates: October 11, November 15. MBG members $115/non-members $125. Call 636-4128  to register.

September 21 - Extended Encaustic Techniques 201 -  Preparation of rigid substrate will be demonstrated by the instructors and executed by the students. The class will cover more layering and various types of pouring techniques that will allow the student to make the perfect pour. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. MBG members $115/non-members $125. Call 636-4128 for more information.


September 20 - Live at the Garden Concert Series-Darius Rucker -Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 8:30pm. Tickets available through Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000,, or at Memphis Botanic Garden box office. Presented by Duncan-Williams, Inc., Investment Bankers. For box office hours and concert information visit or call 636-4107.


September 3 - Home School Days: Jungle Carnival - Ages 5 and up. Join us at the Garden the first Wednesday of each month for an exciting, hands-on learning experience! This month, travel to different carnival style booths, participating in fun games and activities to learn about the rainforests of the world. 2 - 3:30 p.m. MBG members $4/non-members $5, does not include Garden admission after class. Call 636-4100.

September 9 or 10 - Caterpillar Club: Micro-Metereology AND September 23 or 24 - Caterpillar Club: Sowing Seeds in the Sun -  Toddlers to five years.  Join us for fun-filled stories, music & movement, nature-inspired art, and adventure hikes in My Big Backyard. Additional dates: October 7 or 8; October 21 or 22; November 11 or 12; December 9 or 10. 10 - 11 a.m. 6-class semester price: MBG members $40/non-members $70. Individual sessions may be available; MBG members $8/non-members $13. Call 636-4122 to sign up.

September 9 - Food Truck Garden Party - Presented by Oak Hall and Vineyard Vines. Come join us for dinner al fresco, featuring live music, cash bar, and local food trucks. 5 -8 p.m. MBG members $5/non-members $10, includes one drink. The Roots members admission is FREE! Tickets available online or at the gate.

September 8, 15, 22, 29 - Citizen Science September - Drop in to a special area of the Garden each Monday to learn from local experts how kids and adults alike can help collect data about a species that will be submitted to real-world scientists. 3:30 - 5 p.m. Free with Garden admission.

September 14 - Family Painting En Plein Air- Monetís Japanese Bridge and September 21 - Family Painting En Plein Air-The Sunflowers and Landscapes of the Idea Garden and September 28 - Family Painting En Plein Air-The Butterfly - Come out and paint in the Artistís Garden!  2 - 4  p.m. MBG members $5 per canvas/non-members Garden admission plus $5 per canvas. Call 901-636-4122 for more information.

September 28 - Dog Day at the Garden - Sponsored by Hollywood Feed. Join us for a four-legged-friendly event for dogs and their faithful owners! Enter to win prizes for best trick, most fitting name, and best costume. Keep cool all afternoon in the McGehee Clinic Hot Diggity Dog Kiddie Pool Area. Connect with Memphis' best resources for raising a happy, healthy pup at our Doggie Expo. 2 -5 p.m. MBG members: Adults $5; Children $2.50/non-members: Adults $10; Children $5. Call 636-4130.

Farmersí Market at the Garden - Wednesdays through October 30 - Presented by Stellar. Shop from a variety of goods that are locally grown and produced, including fresh produce, home-baked breads and sweets, honey, artisan items, and more! 2 -6 p.m. Open to the public.


September 6 - Ballet Memphis presents Midsummer Nightís Dream - A magical outdoor evening of fireflies and fairies, mischief and magic. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with activities throughout the garden for the family. Performance begins at dark and runs one hour.  Three ticket options offer something for everyone: ∑ Lawn Seating - $10 per person. Stage Seating - $25 per person. Tickets available at Table Seating with Dinner - $150 per person. Tickets available by calling Maggie Griesbeck or Carolyn McCormick at Ballet Memphis at 901-737-7322 or visit   


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Dr. Stan Eisen, Director
Preprofessional Health Programs
Biology Department
Christian Brothers University

650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104

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