Tuesday • 7:00 p.m. • Canale Arena

It’s the fiercest time of the year for our student organizations! Everyone wants to be the Homecoming Champion! The glory, the prestige, the undisputed winner…

Our road to “Sinking the Shorter Hawks” begins with Wacky Olympics! Some of the silliest, yet competitive games in which you will ever participate. It takes guts to get the glory… are you up for the challenge?

The winning organization walks away with the first points on their way to being crowned homecoming champion!

Wednesday • 7:30-9:00 p.m. • University Theater

It’s our own version of Glee. CBU’s brightest stars warm up their vocal chords and tune their air guitars!

Come out for a night of pure entertainment! Our organizations have worked hard to craft a performance you won’t soon forget. The lights, the fame, the hours of practice all come down to this…

Who will win the coveted All-Sing title?  Who will walk away one step closer to the championship?  Come and find out…

Thursday • All Day • All Over Campus

For some, it’s the day every year to celebrate your sweetheart. For others, it’s just another day to celebrate the ones you love. However, at CBU, Valentine’s Day takes on a whole new meaning.  While celebrating those you love, show some love for your school!

Wear your “Get Buc Wild” gear and come support our Bucs as they put on a show on the court at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Canale Arena. Once the Bucs get a win, take the rest of the night off and prepare for Homecoming Madness!

Friday • 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. • Buckman Quad

You’ve seen them all around campus. Maintenance has them. Campus Police & Safety has them. The Brothers have them. Well, your organization now has the chance to have one — at least for the day!

What is it, you might ask? A golf cart.  

For a chance at more points, your organization will decorate a golf cart and drive it in a campus parade.  For style, class and overall originality, your organization will be rewarded handsomely.

Saturday • 1:30 p.m. • Canale Arena

Picasso? Monet? Our student organizations might even give our very own Cory Dugan and Jacob Edwards a run for their money.

Calling all artists… this final activity might just decide which organization has the most points and who will be crowned the undisputed champions of Homecoming.

Banners will be judged on overall originality and theme development.  Remember: “Sinking the Shorter Seahawks” is the name of this game.

Saturday • 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. • Canale Arena

It’s the moment of truth…

From the first tip of the ball in the women’s game to the closing seconds of the men’s game, we need you in the stands cheering our teams to victory!

Homecoming Court nominees and the homecoming champions will be announced during the games!

Saturday • 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. • Off Campus

Now it’s time to celebrate those victories!  Dress to the nines, and be sure to wear those dancing shoes…

Transportation to and from the venue is provided — so come to Central Lot, board the bus, and dance the night away!

Flock to the Kroc!


Come out on Tuesday, February 19 and meet Bucky and R. J. Kroc at Signaigo Field! The race will begin with the ringing of the CBU Bell Tower at 12:30 p.m. as CBU students, faculty and staff race through the balloon arch to begin the 1k run/walk. Bucky and R. J. Kroc will lead us down East Parkway and across Central Avenue.

The race ends at the new facility where a reception will be held. Student Life and the Kroc Center staff will be on hand to provide tours of the facility and assist with membership cards for those of you wanting to join the Center.  At 1:30 p.m., a historical photo will occur in the Kroc Center gym where the winner of the race will be announced.

Competition will be fierce as CBU sororities and fraternities are vying to see who can recruit the most participants and win the free class being offered by the Kroc Center.

So put on your walking/running shoes and be part of this historical event! Like CBU on Facebook to follow along as Bucky trains for the race.

Registered full-time undergraduate days students can receive a Kroc Membership Card at no extra cost; it’s covered by your CBU student activity fee! All other registered undergraduate/graduate students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive a discount of $10.00 per month when you join, making your rate $20.00 per month. Please note that this discount does not apply to family memberships or Charter Membership. 

Questions about the “Flock to the Kroc” event? Contact Student Life at (901) 321-3531. For additional details on membership at the Kroc Center, go to

Our President in Washington

Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU president, recently made an action-packed trip to Washington, DC, where he attended a meeting of Lasallian university presidents as well as a meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). At the ACCU meeting, he also presented a poster authored by Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) on the MHIRT program at the meeting entitled “There’s an App for That: Utilizing Technology to Foster International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates.”

Dr. Smarrelli then joined Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and 30 other college presidents for a discussion with a focus on gun violence. He and Steve Crisman (VP for Advancement) went to Capitol Hill to pay a visit to Tennessee’s Senators and Congressmen. Afterward, they hosted an event for CBU alumni who live in the DC area.




Cynthia Caceres Baker (Biology ’05) passed away on February 5 from a sudden illness. Cynthia is survived by her husband, Lawson Baker (Management ’07). Cynthia was also a graduate of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Dentistry, and a practicing dentist in North Little Rock, AR. The family asks that memorial donations in her name be made to the Children of Peru Foundation at Online condolences may be left at this link.

Ignite CBU

What are you so knowledgeable, passionate, angry or excited about that you want to share with the world – or at least CBU? Present it at Ignite CBU on April 9 at 6:30 p.m. in  Spain Auditorium

“Enlighten us, but make it quick” is the tag line of the international Ignite phenomenon. Ignite presenters share their personal and professional passions, using 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds for a total of five minutes.

Any member of the CBU community can present at this event — student, faculty, staff, alum, trustee — just limit it to five minutes! The best presentation will be entered in the next Ignite Memphis event. Go to to watch hundreds of other Ignite videos. And here’s an Ignite presentation on how to give an Ignite presentation (if the video doesn’t appear in your email or mobile browser, click here.):

Deadline to propose your Ignite CBU presentation is Tuesday, March 26. Email This is a unique opportunity and a good professional development challenge. Encourage your friends to participate. Sponsored by the CBU Honors Program.

PeopleFirst at CBU

CBU hosted a collaborative meeting featuring PeopleFirst, an initiative of Memphis Fast Forward and Mayor Mark Luttrell’s Young Professionals Council, on February 7. The meeting’s objective was to gather input from a diverse group of over 50 young professionals on potential strategies for consideration of PeopleFirst Goal D, which is to attract and retain educated young professionals (YPs) in Memphis and Shelby County. The four discussion topics involved developing strategies for marketing neighborhoods for YPs, “on-boarding” new YP residents, engaging community involvement and marketing our community to YPs. These strategies will be further developed by teams from PeopleFirst, the MYPC and their associations with non-profit, business, public education, government and philanthropic leaders in the Mid-South. The picture above features Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell addressing the group after welcoming remarks from Dr. Smarrelli and Barbara Prescott from PeopleFirst.


Engineering Workshops for Girls

Dr. Divya Choudhary (right) conducted an environmental workshop for elementary girls on January 31.

Dr. Divya Choudhary (right) conducted an environmental workshop for elementary girls on January 31.

Dr. Divya Choudhary (Electrical & Computer Engineering) received a grant in the amount of $850 from ExxonMobil and Society of Women Engineers to conduct three workshops for elementary, middle and high school girls. Twenty-two girls (grades 3-5)  from Memphis area schools participated in her workshop on January 31. They designed and built an environmentally-friendly can holder for six 11.5 fl. oz juice cans. They also learned about the 3 R’s (Reduce, Reuse ,Recycle) and about environmentally-friendly materials.

CBU Packaging Research Published

A piece of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium’s research work entitled “Estimating Tote Drop Height & Impact Acceleration from a Transportation Recorder” has been recently published in the IoPP Journal of Packaging (January 2013), the official peer-reviewed online journal of the Institute of Packaging Professionals.  It is authored by Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging), Wei Siow (Chemical Engineering & Packaging Minor), Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering & Packaging Minor), Phyo Thoon Aung (Civil Engineering & Packaging Minor), Rhett Jordan (Chemical Engineering & Packaging Minor), Dr. Paul Shiue (Mechanical Engineering), and Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering). The project was sponsored by Merck Consumer Care.  The work was also partially funded by a $1,000 faculty development grant provided by Mr. Richard T. Gadomski to the School of Engineering.
The article is available to IoPP members at:
For CBU community, a copy of the article can be downloaded at:


Want to be in the spotlight? Bring your best jokes, songs, dance moves, etc. to the CBU Fool-A-Rama (i.e., Talent Show) and Silent Auction, scheduled for Friday, April 5, at 7:00 p.m., in the University Theater. The event, co-sponsored by Pong Malasri, Karen Conway-Barnett and Mary Ogilvie, showcases the varied and unusual talents of the CBU faculty, staff and students — and also this year the staff of De La Salle Elementary School. Acts may include singing, dancing, instrumental pieces, impersonations and dramatizations. The show is free and open to the general public, but a donation is encouraged as all of the event’s proceeds go to De La Salle Elementary School, a Catholic Jubilee School in the tradition of the Christian Brothers. Please email or to sign up. Additional information to come….

Silent Auction items Needed! Items needed for the Silent Auction, scheduled on April 5, in conjunction with the Fool-O-Rama Talent Show. Clean out your closets, attics, garages, etc. and donate items  (pictures, jewelry, electronics, computers, gift cards, furniture, whatever) for this great cause. All proceeds will go De La Salle Elementary school for a scholarship(s) for a deserving student. Please contact Karen Conway-Barnett  at to donate items.

Loquemur Honors Journal Submissions

Hey, Honors students: Turn your pain into glory! 

It’s that time of year again: Loquemur, the Honors Journal, is taking submissions! Deadline is March 18!

The Honors Program needs papers that are interesting, well-written, and — in your opinion — worth reading. Or, if you’ve got an artistic bent, send original artwork! It might just make the cover! It’s time to toot your own horn and impress everyone with your skills!

There are prizes awarded for the best submissions: $50 first place, $25 second place and $25 for cover art! Looks good on a resume, too!


  • 7 page maximum
  • Must be written for a CBU class between January 1, 2012  and the deadline
  • May not be written in a foreign language or computer language
  • Only one submission may be made per Honors Program student
  • May be revised before being submitted
  • Papers that have been previously submitted to the journal may not be resubmitted
  • Scientific papers may be submitted

To submit, attach the paper or artwork to an email and send to Danielle Hobbs ( and Caitlin Terry (


TKE Casino Night for St.Jude

Tau Kappa Epsilon is hosting a Casino Night for St. Jude in Alfonso Dining Hall on February 23, 9:00 p.m. – midnight. There will be several tables setup for Blackjack, Texas Hold ‘Em and Roulette. There will be a DJ, free beer for those of age, and gift cards for the top three with the most earnings.

Admission is $7 in advance (on sale in the cafeteria February 18-22) or $10 at the door. This price will get you a set amount of chips and a wristband (if you are of age) at the door. If you run out of chips, it will cost $5 to buy back in.

Come out and have fun — and raise lots of money for St. Jude!

Student Shadow Day with Insurors

The Insurors of Memphis will be conducting its Student Shadow Day on Thursday, February 21.  This event will allow students to spend a day with an insurance professional, learn more about the industry, and experience the day-to-day responsibilities of those who work in that field.  Part of the day will also include a luncheon at the Hilton Hotel.

If you are interested in participating, please send your name, email address and phone number to  (Please include “Insurors Of Memphis” in the subject line, and attach a copy of your resume as well.)  We will forward your information to the organization, who will then contact you with further arrangements.

Deadline to respond is Thursday, February 14.

Go Bucs Go App

CBU Athletics, in collaboration with SIDEARM Sports,  announces the launch of the GoBucsGo mobile apps, available immediately on both iOS and Android devices.

The applications are an ideal way to stay connected to the CBU athletics program, featuring content from  Apps on both platforms are optimized for both phones and tablets. Features of the apps include:

  • All the latest headlines from
  • Team schedules, rosters, and player and coach profiles
  • Links to live stats and live video broadcasts
  • All of CBU’s athletic photo galleries
  • Social media integration, including sharing of the latest stories and Twitter conversations

The iOS app is available in the Apple App Store, and the Android app is available in Google Play.

Buc Scoreboard


  • 02/07: Bucs 87, University of North Alabama 73 (at Florence, AL)
  • 02/09: Bucs 70Union University 73 (at Jackson, TN)


  • 02/02: Lady Bucs  41University of North Alabama 61 (at Florence, AL)
  • 02/02: Lady Bucs 50Union University 79 (at Jackson, TN)

BASEBALL (1-1, 0-0 GSC)

  • 02/09: Bucs 5University of Northwestern Ohio 9 (at Buc Field)
  • 02/09: Bucs 6, University of Northwestern Ohio 4 (at Buc Field)