2012 SEARCH Retreat

2012searchThe fifth annual College SEARCH Retreat was held November 16-18 at John Kyle State Park in Sardis, MS. More than 50 participants, plus staff from four local colleges and universities (CBU, University of Memphis, Rhodes College and Southwest TN Community College) attended the retreat, whose theme was “God is Everywhere.”

This retreat affords students the opportunity to deepen their faith, learn and ask more about themselves, what’s going on inside and out. They make lasting friendships with students and staff from all over the community that will ultimately produce a healthier, happier bodies, minds and souls. Catholics and non-Catholics attended and took on leadership roles, working as a team to share, question and walk on a journey of faith exploration. No clocks, cell phones or laptops were allowed and the students benefited greatly from this chance to go into the “unknown” and “unplugged.”

How often do you see this happening in the world today?

No student is turned away due to an inability to pay (truly Lasallian) —thanks to the generosity of the CBU staff, faculty and Brothers, parishes, and former Searchers.

CBU Joins Call for Gun Safety Law

CBU President John Smarrelli has joined 170 university presidents in an open call to the President and Congress to take action on gun control. The initiative was spearheaded by Presidents Lawrence M. Schall of Oglethorpe University and Elizabeth Kiss of Agnes Scott College, who released an open letter, co-signed by more than 300 college and university presidents from across the country at this writing.

The effort was started by Dr. Schall and joined shortly thereafter by Dr. Kiss. The support was gathered in just a few days and the numbers continue to grow.

The open letter endorses:

  • Ensuring the safety of our communities by opposing legislation allowing guns on our campuses and in our classrooms
  • Ending the gun show loophole, which allows for the purchase of guns from unlicensed sellers without a criminal background check
  • Reinstating the ban on military-style semi-automatic assault weapons along with high-capacity ammunition magazines
  • Requiring consumer safety standards for all guns, such as safety locks, access prevention laws, and regulations to identify, prevent and correct manufacturing defects

For more information on the initiative, visit www.collegepresidentsforgunsafety.org.

CBU Nursing Receives Grant

The CBU RN to BSN Nursing Program has been awarded a $12,100 grant from the Promise of Nursing for Tennessee Nursing School Grant Program administered by the Foundation of the National Student Nurses’ Association. The grant will enable CBU’s Nursing Program to develop and offer an online training course for the Congregational Health Network.

The Congregational Health Network (CHN) is a covenant relationship between Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare hospitals, Mid-South congregations, and community health organizations. The CHN serves a network of nearly 500 congregations and faith communities, helping members navigate the journey from home to medical care and back.

More info on this grant >>>


Workshops for Academic Improvement

During January and February, four workshop sessions will be offered to help at-risk students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniques, helpful resources, self-assessment, self-motivation, etc. The sessions will be held on Thursdays as follows: January 17, January 24, January 31, and February 7 from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m. in the Thomas Center Conference Room and will be conducted by Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student. Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions.

Lady Buc Wins GSC Player of Week

The Gulf South Conference named Lady Buc guard Breanna Ridgell (Psychology ’15) as its Player of the Week for the period ending December 13. Ridgell averaged 19 points, six rebounds, and 4.5 steals last week, highlighted by a 30-point, 11-rebound, eight-steal effort in a 79-60 win at Lane College. She also scored eight points in a 72-65 loss at Rhodes College. Ridgell ranks fourth in the GSC in scoring with 16.3 points per game and sixth in steals with 2.1 per game.

Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013

The CBU Athletic Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2013, which will be inducted as part of Homecoming weekend at the Hall of Fame Banquet on February 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall.

  • Larry Barton starred in baseball from 1984 to 1986, setting school records for stolen bases in the process.  For his career, he hit .362 with 187 hits, 174 runs, 128 stolen bases, 121 walks, and 93 runs batted in.  He ranks first in school history in career stolen bases and triples (nine), second in walks, third in on base percentage (.488) and runs, and fifth in batting average.  He also holds single-season records with 69 runs as a senior and 48 stolen bases as a sophomore.
  • Richard Bute was CBU’s men’s soccer coach from the program’s inaugural season in 1985 through 1996.  He compiled a 112-109-6 record and still ranks as CBU’s all-time win leader in soccer.  He led CBU to a 16-5-1 record in 1988, still the most wins in a season in school history, and he led CBU to three straight TCAC championships from 1992 to 1994.
  • Jana Jones starred in basketball from 1978 to 1982, leading the Lady Bucs to three straight winning seasons and an overall 61-40 record in her four years.  Statistics from her era are incomplete, but she ranks second in school history with 310 assists and scored 734 points in the three seasons for which her scoring statistics are available.
  • Jim Killeen starred for the Bucs on the basketball court from 1981 to 1985.  He scored 1,639 points, good for ninth in school history, to go with 566 rebounds, 239 assists, and 73 steals.  He led CBU to three straight winning records, including a 25-10 mark and the VSAC championship as a senior.  The 25 wins are still tied for the most in a season in school history.
  • Patricia Plunk starred in basketball from 1980 to 1984.  She scored 1,175 points with 293 rebounds and 217 assists.  She ranks fourth in school history in points per game, ninth in total points, and 12th in assists.  All four of her teams posted winning records, including a 23-3 record and the VSAC West crown as a junior.
  • Tom Turner starred in baseball from 1977 to 1980.  He posted a 23-20 record with 253 strikeouts in 347 innings pitched.  He ranks first in school history in career wins, complete games (29), innings pitched, and shutouts (3) and ranks second in strikeouts.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet are $40 each, and a table of eight is $320.  Register online to attend >>>

Buc Scoreboard (Dec. 18 – Jan. 5)


  • 12/19: Bucs 74, LeMoyne-Owen College 52 (at LeMoyne-Owen)
  • 12/30: Bucs 48, Harding University 66 (at Canale Arena)
  • 01/03: Bucs 69, University of North Alabama 54 (at Canale Arena)
  • 01/05: Bucs 78, Union University 64 (at Canale Arena)


  • 12/18: Lady Bucs 53Harding University 57 (at Canale Arena)
  • 01/03: Lady Bucs 49University of North Alabama 62 (at Canale Arena)
  • 01/05: Lady Bucs 48, Union University 65 (at Canale Arena)