• CBU’s TAPPI Student Chapter officers and faculty advisor, Dr. Pong Malasri, attended the TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) Student Summit in Raleigh, NC on January 19-21. The meeting activities included a job fair, job interview, paper-related lectures, and a plant tour.  Pictured above (from left): Phyo Thoon Aung (Civil Engineering Major/Packaging Minor & Chapter Secretary), Alvin Siow (Chemical Engineering Major/Packaging Minor & Chapter President), Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering Major/Packaging Minor & Chapter Vice President, and Rhett Jordan (Chemical Engineering Major/Packaging Minor & Chapter Treasurer). The trip was partially supported by a $500 travel grant from TAPPI (tappi.org).  More trip pictures can be found at this School of Engineering Facebook photo album. Also, news of the October 22 TAPPI-CBU Scholarship Fundraising Golf appears in the January-February 2013 issue of Paper 360 magazine, page 28.
  • The Gulf South Conference named 11 CBU student-athletes to the Academic All-GSC teams today. To be eligible, a student-athlete must carry at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA, be a starter or significant contributor to his or her team, and not be a freshman or first-semester transfer. Three-time Academic All-GSC winner Alex Shipp (Business Administration ’13) led the men’s cross country squad, where he was joined by Nate Spears (Mechanical Engineering ’13).  Shipp, a first team All-GSC runner this season, carries a 3.65 GPA, while Spears, a two-time All-GSC member, has a 3.35 GPA. Corinne Doder (Accounting ’13) led the Academic All-GSC volleyball team as one of two three-time winners on the squad. Doder, who was also All-GSC as a junior, carries a 3.87 GPA. Kelsey Miles (Natural Science ’13) joined her on the Academic All-GSC team for the second time.  Miles, a three-time All-GSC pick, has a 3.65 GPA. Jennifer Hale (Natural Science ’13) represented the Lady Buc soccer team on the Academic All-GSC squad as a repeat selection.  Also an All-GSC selection as a junior, she has a 3.45 GPA. Six members of CBU’s GSC champion men’s soccer team earned spots on the Academic All-GSC squad. Yannick Skull (Business Administration ’13) and David Skull (Psychology ’13) were repeat selections. David Skull, a two-time All-GSC selection at defender, has a 3.63 GPA in, while Yannick Skull, a three-time All-GSC pick at midfielder, carries a 3.52 GPA. Goalkeeper Jaime Garcia (Business Administration ’14), a two-time All-GSC selection, has a 3.26 GPA, and defender Nico Alvarez-Garcia (Physics ’14), who was All-GSC as a sophomore and has a 3.45 GPA, were first-time selections. Forward Jose Ferraz (Civil Engineering ’15), a two-time All-GSC selection with a 3.23 GPA in, and defender Sean Rutter (Business Administration ’15) carries a 3.73 GPA. CBU also placed 41 student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll, including 10 men’s soccer players, 10 women’s soccer players, nine volleyball players, six men’s cross country runners, and six women’s cross country runners. The GSC Academic Honor Roll comprises all student-athletes who carry at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and played during the season.
  • Stephanie Bennett (Business Administration ’07), Chris Peterson (Religion & Philosophy ’10)  and Jermel “Ziggy” Tucker (Psychology ’07) were selected to The Memphis Flyer‘s “20 < 30″ Class of 2013, a list of 20 young Memphians who are shaping the city’s future. Stephanie is executive director of Mid-South Spay & Neuter Services. Ziggy is a fashion and portrait photographer. Chris is executive director of GrowMemphis.
  • Dr. Mario Brown (Student Life) and Creston Lynch, Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs at Southern Methodist University, presented an interactive and dynamic session at the 25th annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference at Texas A&M in College Station, TX on January 19.  The presentation topic centered around strategic visioning, for the next 100 years, based on the history, mission and values of Black Greek Lettered Organizations.
  • Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management/Marketing/Economics) has been appointed to the Advisory Board of Literacy Mid-South.

Black History Month

  • THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14: Brother Terence McLaughlin will share accounts of his book, Silent Acceptance, which describes the story of a young black man who seeks to enroll as a student in CBHS, an all-white Catholic school in 1963 in the two-culture city of Memphis and the school’s willingness to break ranks with the city’s cultural code to welcome him. Spain Auditorium at 1:00 p.m.
  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19: Soul Food Day and Art Exhibit: Come celebrate heritage and art as members of the CBU Community and the Memphis area display some of their artistic pieces celebrating the past, living in the present, and embracing the future. Afterwards, come enjoy some delectable soul food. Aramark Food Service will put together a spread you won’t soon forget in Alfonso Dining Hall, starting at 11:00 a.m.
  • WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20: History of Negro Spirituals: An examination of Negro spirituals will be presented by Elaine L. Turner, owner of Heritage Tours, in Spain Auditorium at 1:00 p.m. Special musical selections will be performed by Karen Conway-Barnett (Dean of Students) and Dr. Mary Ogilvie (Biology).
  • SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23: The Burkle Estate: Tour of the Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, 12:00-1:00 p.m. The white clapboard house built in 1849 by Jacob Burkle 825 N. Second Street is rumored to have served as a way station on the Underground Railroad for runaway slaves. A tour of the house includes a visit to a small cellar where slaves waited to escape. Tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students and $6 for kids (4-17) and can be purchased at the museum. Free tickets and carpooling is available on a limited basis and can be reserved by emailing kconway@cbu.edu.
  • SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24: Sunday Worship Service at First Baptist  Church, Broad (2835 Broad Avenue, 10:00 a.m.) Pastor Keith Norman, Senior Pastor and Recipient of CBU Dozier Award, will deliver the sermon and preside over the service. Dinner will be served for the CBU community at the church immediately after the service. Go to the following link to RSVP for dinner and/or carpooling: tinyurl.com/cbubroadstreet

Newest Baby Buc

babynicholasNicholas Clayton Viotti was born on January 19 to proud parents Karen Viotti (Advancement) and Pete Viotti, who met while they were both students at CBU (and both are members of the Class of ’02). Nicholas weighed in at 7 lbs., 11 oz. Everyone is doing great!