MLK Remembrances at CBU

MLKwikiCBU will honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with three special events including the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest on January 9; the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration on January 10; and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (with Rhodes College) on January 12.

The Oratorical Contest, featuring 5th and 6th graders from various Jubilee Schools, will take place Wednesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Students will be judged on creativity, content and how well the speech reflects their chosen theme.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration will feature guest speaker Ann Sullivan on Thursday, January 10 at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Sullivan, will address the audience on the topic of “Civil Rights Icon: Fighting for Change.” The program will also feature special musical selections by the “Peace Makers” from the Memphis Police Department and the Oratorical Contest winner’s recitation of his or her award winning speech in memory of Dr. King. More info on Anne Sullivan >>>

The Day of Service is being held with Rhodes College and will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. meeting at the Bryan Campus Life Center at Rhodes College with opening remarks by Mayor A C Wharton. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Sign-up sheets for assignments will be available in front of Alfonso Dining Hall on Monday, January 7, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Conway-Barnett at or (901) 321-3536.

Dean’s List

Congratulations to the 287 CBU students named to the Fall 2012 Dean’s List. Selection to the list requires a grade point average of no lower than 3.4 for the term with the completion of at least 12 credit hours. The full list of honored students can be found by clicking here.

Campus News (January 7, 2013)


Toni Ross has been appointed Dean of Adult Professional Studies.  Toni was previously Assistant Director of Operations in the Office of Admissions.


  • January 8: Student Activities Council Meeting at 12:00 in the Living Learning Center classroom. Come help plan for Welcome Back Party this Friday and the rest of the events this semester!
  • January 11:  Welcome Back Party hosted by the Student Activities Council, 9:00 p.m.-midnight in Canale Arena. Look in your email for more details upcoming this week!
  • January 18: Masquerade Ball hosted by the CBU Honors Program, 8:00-11:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge. Come dressed to impress in your best masquerade gear for an enjoyable evening of paper faces on parade —complete with a chocolate fountain, photos, and fun! Prizes will be awarded for best mask for both male and female.
  • February 28: The next Community Conversation with the President is February 28 in the University Theater. Faculty and staff, please show up at 12:30 for snacks and conversation in the lobby. Conversation with Dr. Smarrelli will begin afterward in the theater to discuss matters of relevance in an informal setting. No agenda will be formulated. Dr. Smarrelli hopes to use this as an opportunity to discuss topics large and small.


  • The International Initiatives Office is now taking applications for faculty-led travel study trips for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years. Faculty wishing to offer a travel study trip must complete the request form  and return it to Buckman 347 or 346. Please call the International Initiatives office at 321-4416 or 321-3461 for the form or with any questions.
  • There is one seat left for the Spain/France trip over Spring Break! You can take ECON 347, regular or Honors, or GS 301, Gen. Ed. course, on the trip. Time is running out for this wonderful once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please contact the International Initiatives Office for questions and/or fill out a Preliminary Interest form and email it to


CBU Bell Ringers Fill a Kettle


Logan Butler (‘15) and Michael Stuart (‘15) were among CBU’s bell ringers on December 8.

Members of the CBU community gathered in front of Kroger on Union Avenue to “ring the bells” for the Salvation Army on December 8. It was a busy day with many people glad to see CBU represented. The CBU kettle was indeed overflowing by the end of the day — with a total of $684.97 in donations! (To put that in perspective, CBU’s efforts will pay for 30 nights of lodging and 60 meals for a homeless woman.)