Robert Banks (Biology ’13) has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
 Krystyna Clark (Biology ’13) has been accepted to the Pharm.D. program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis.
• Buccaneer forward Michael Drake (Biology ’13)  was named “Men’s Basketball Player of the Week” by the  Tennessee Sports Writers Association after leading the Bucs to wins over No. 7 Alabama-Huntsville and Shorter last week. He is the Bucs’ first TSWA Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and the school’s second overall.
 Cameron Volpe (Biology ’13) has been accepted to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State UniversityClass of 2017.

 Thirteen CBU Honors Program students presented their work at the Tennessee Collegiate Honors Council (TCHC) conference in Cookeville on February 22 and 23. Michael Sanford (Mechanical Engineering ]13) presented “CBU 2013 Moonbuggy Race.” Lauryn Murphy (Biology ’13) presented “Determination of Axonal Loss and Optic Nerve Head Degeneration in Glaucomatous Eyes.” Tyler Stranburg (Mechanical Engineering ’15), Caitlin Terry (General Studies ’16), and Trey McGinnis (Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mathematics ’16) presented “Nerding Out: How the Honors Retreat Brings the Freshman Class Together.” Rebecca Wauford (Mechanical Engineering ’16) presented “Save the World and Have Fun Doing It! (How Sustainability Can Be Not Boring).” Lauren Harrett (Civil Engineering ’15) and Danielle Hobbs (Psychology ’13) presented “Brothers’ Keepers: Who’s Keeping Who? We are all benefitting in service.” Johnny Blount (Religion & Philosophy ’13), John Tubbs (Religion & Philosophy and Chemistry ’14), and Kelsey Coolican (Biomedical Sciences ’14) presented “September of Service: Thirty Days of Good Deeds.” Bentley Smith (Religion & Philosophy ’13) and John Tubbs presented “Radioactive Waste and Environmental Justice.” Rebekah Herrman (Mathematics and Physics ’14) presented “The Best Honors Class Ever.” Rebekah Herrman and Rebecca Wauford presented “Come to the Honors Program, We Have Cookies.” More than 100 students from eleven Tennessee colleges and universities attended the conference, at which Dr. Tracie Burke was elected president of TCHC and was envied by the other honors directors for having the best bow-tied students. CBU will host the TCHC conference in 2014.

Career & Internship Expo


CBU Career Services will present the  Spring 2013 Career & Internship Expo on February 26 in Sabbatini Lounge, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. More than two dozen employers are expected to attend, seeking to fill full-time, part-time, internship and co-op positions across many different academic majors and functional areas.

Companies scheduled to attend as of February 8 include:  ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, AmeriCorps Program at the Exchange Club Family Center, Becker CPA Review, Church Health Center, Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP, Dupont, EdR, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Gestalt Community Schools, International Children’s Heart Foundation, Memphis Light Gas & Water, Mueller Industries, Northwestern Mutual, Paladin Freight Solutions, Prudential Collins-Maury Realtors, Regions Bank, ServiceMaster, SRVS, The Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence, UCI Fram Group, University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Make plans now to attend! 

  • Dress professionally (an interview suit)
  • Bring plenty of resumes
  • Prepare to ask questions about the company
  • Prepare to answer questions about yourself

Events This Week

Ever wonder what the FBI is really like? What do FBI agents and other employees really do? What are the career options in the FBI? Find out Tuesday, February 26, at 6:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the CBU Honors Program, the Department of Behavioral Sciences, and CBU Career Services.

The next Community Conversation with the President is Thursday, 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.

Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging Department Chair & Healthcare Packaging Consortium Coordinator) will give a talk entitled “Healthcare Packaging Consortium: A Model for Industry-University R&D Partnership” on Thursday, February 28, 4:00-5:00 p.m. in Nolan Engineering Center 241. The meeting is hosted by the CBU R&D Forum  with pizza/drinks sponsored by CBU Packaging.

Jim Shannon: A Fond Farewell

jim_shannonYou probably know by now that I am retiring and my last day at CBU will be February 28. I have been blessed to work with students and families for 37 years, the last 18 of those being here at CBU. I want to apologize for my stupid jokes and
to say “Thank You” to the students and parents who trusted me to help, my colleagues, the Brothers and my terrific staff who will still be here to serve. I know it is time for me to retire because in April my age (70 ) will exceed my I.Q. (69 ).

God Bless,
Jim Shannon

Note: As Jim stated above, he has served CBU as Dean of Student Financial Assistance since 1994. Jim was also honored by CBU and United States/Toronto Region of the Christian Brothers with the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award in 2008, citing that: “His display of faith, integrity, zeal for the Lasallian Mission, personal concern for individual students, especially the disadvantaged, and concern for social justice is worthy of emulation.” God Bless You, Jim — and Happy Retirement!

Packaging Field Trip

A group of packaging students and Dr. Pong Malasri (Packaging) visited NewTech Packaging (http://www.newtechpackaging.com) on February 22.  NewTech is a diverse, full-service packaging supplier.  It has been in Memphis for nearly 30 years. pictured above are (l-r) Luis Garcia (Engineering Management/Packaging ’15), Dr. Malasri, Patrick Held (Engineering Management/Packaging ’15), Ryne Stevens (Engineering Management/Packaging ’14), Chisalu Jones (Civil Engineering ’13), Nathan Sampson (Engineering Management/Packaging ’14), and Dwayne Johnson (NewTech).
Additional photos are available at this Facebook album. >>>

A Buccaneer Family Vacation

The CBU Honors Program has submitted a film to the “On Location: Memphis International Film and Music Fest (Memphis Rocks category). The Memphis Rocks category is for any group or individual who wants to make a short (five-minute) film depicting why Memphis is a great place to live and visit. Here’s the YouTube trailer for A Buccaneer Family Vacation! (If the video below doesn’t appear in your browser or mobile device, click here.)

When the film is finished, it will be posted to the “On Location: Memphis Rocks” YouTube Channel. We’ll let you know when that happens, and the Honors Program would love to have your vote! The film festival takes place April 25-27.