Brittingham, DSP Win National Awards

Taylor Seaman ('15), Hayley Isaac (Graduate Business Programs), and Dr. Robert Brittingham (Economicvs, Emeritus) were recently honored at the Delta Sigma Pi’s Grand Chapter Congress.

Taylor Seaman (’15), Hayley Isaac (Graduate Business Programs), and Dr. Robert Brittingham (Economics, Emeritus) were recently honored at the Delta Sigma Pi’s Grand Chapter Congress.

The Epsilon Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi at CBU was recently recognized at the Grand Chapter Congress in Seattle, WA. Chapter Advisor Dr. Robert Brittingham (Economics, Emeritus) received three distinguished awards for Chapter Advisor of the Year at the regional, provincial and national level. Also honored at the Congress were Hayley Isaac (Graduate Business Programs) who was named District Director of the Year for the region, and Chapter President Taylor Seaman (Business Administration ’15), who received two different fraternal scholarships. Additionally, the Epsilon Psi Chapter at CBU received recognition for becoming an Accredited Chapter this past year. More info in the CBU News Center >>>


Rudolph-at-the-Speed-of-LightChristina Brown (School of Business) has been selected to be the Phoenix Club’s first featured artist for the 2013 Holiday Card Drive. Works donated include Falling In Light, Happy Holidays From the Studio 1, Happy Holidays From the Studio 2, and Rudolph at the Speed of Light (pictured at left). Sale proceeds are donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis. With no paid staff, donated artwork, materials and some printing services, almost $.75 out of every dollar raised goes straight to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Cards can be purchased to support our local Boys & Girls Clubs online at

Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald (Biology) gave the keynote lecture at the Graduate Student Research Day at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center on April 12, discussing “Life Lessons.”

Mallory Harvey (Civil Engineering, Packaging Minor) gave a 30-minute presentation on “Distribution Hazards & ISTA Pre-shipment Testing” at the TAPPI Extrusion Coating Course at the Westin Memphis Beale Street on August 20.  The three-day meeting was attended by 73 packaging/plastic professionals from 13 states and 6 foreign countries. This is the first time in TAPPI history that a student was invited to give a technical presentation at its professional short courses.  Mallory has been involved with the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium R&D projects for the past three years and has already coauthored three journal articles and four conference papers. She is currently the president of CBU’s TAPPI Student Chapter.  Phyo Thoon Aung (Civil Engineering, Packaging Certificate), Patrick Held (Engineering Management, Packaging Concentration), and Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering, Packaging) also attended the short course.

Dr. Ric Potts (Education) attended a leadership conference hosted by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) in Nashville on August 22 and moderated a breakout session on “Identifying and Recruiting Effective Teachers.”

The Division II Athletics Directors Association (D2ADA) announced the 2012-13 recipients of the D2ADA Academic Achievement Awards. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level. To receive the award, the student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work, and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his/her last academic year.

The CBU recipients are Charles Armour (Baseball), Jacob Porter (Baseball), Taylor Seaman (Baseball), Trey Casey (Men’s Basketball), Cory McArthy (Men’s Basketball), Jonathan Aristorenas (Men’s Golf), William McAllister (Men’s Soccer), Sean Rutter (Men’s Soccer), David Skull (Men’s Soccer ),Yannick Skull (Men’s Soccer), Adam Thornton (Men’s Soccer), Alex Shipp (Men’s Cross Country), Brynn Curtis (Softball), Amy Gracia (Softball), Marie Joiner (Softball), Emily Schmidt (Softball), Kelsey Miles (Volleyball), Alison Welch (Volleyball), Kelsey Bizzell (Women’s Cross Country), Cali Copsey (Women’s Cross Country), Rebecca Hall (Women’s Cross Country), and Cynthia Mullis (Women’s Cross Country).

Fresh Reads Top 10

Congratulations to the 2013 Fresh Reads Top Ten Essay Winners! Out of all of the incoming freshmen, these students wrote the best essays in response to Wes Moore’s book, The Other Wes MooreJohn Buttross, John Frizzel, Sushma Kalava, Sagar Keriwal, Timothy McFall, Olivia Mills, Emily Reeves, James A. Sanders and Rachel Wiley. The winners of the competition won several prizes, including dinner with the Welcome Weekend speaker and publication in Fresh Reads Top 10, distributed to all incoming students. When you see them on campus, give them a congrats on their hard work and amazing essays! You can read their essays below or online in Fresh Reads Top 10 at

SOS: 30 Days of Good Deeds Kick-Off

Are you ready for the biggest service initiative CBU has ever seen?!

That’s right, you thought September of Service 2012 was big, but SOS 2013 is coming at you 25% more AWESOME! Join SOS on Friday, August 30 in the Buckman Quad, 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., to kick it into gear, and get ready for all the fun, growth, learning, new friends, and SERVICE. There will be refreshments, DJ John Dawson, ”Why I Serve” sign pictures, $10 SOS t-shirts, pens, door prizes, and (of course) that infamous SOS song loop.

SOS is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, family members, and pets (well, maybe not pets). Go for information, our calendar, and to sign-up.

New for 2013: ROGUE SOSing!!  This year we are adding a new dimension to SOS. If you can’t join us for one of our scheduled service projects, we welcome you to don your SOS shirt, serve your community (wherever you are in the world), and post your good deed (including a picture) to our Facebook page. Don’t have an SOS shirt? Make a sign! Don’t have a sign? SOS anyway!!!! (Thanks to Dr. Malinda Fitzgerald for this great idea!)

Agencies include Ave Maria Home, Habitat for Humanity, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Manna House, Small Beginnings, LeBonheur Chldren’s Hospital, Memphis Urban League, and 23 more!

Like CBU’s September of Service on Facebook, follow SOS on Twitter and check out the website at

If you can’t view the video above on your browser or mobile device, click here for some great September of Service memories!

Academic Convocation

The entire CBU Community is encouraged to attend the CBU Academic Convocation on Thursday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Speakers will include Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, and Melanie Horne (’14), SGA President.

Student and faculty scholars will be recognized, along with rank and tenure announcements for CBU faculty. The Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award will be presented, as will the Advisor of the Year awards and  the Dr. Marguerite Cooper School of Sciences Award. In addition, six endowed faculty chairs will be announced, and the Lasallian Fellows Class of 2014 will be introduced.

The event will also feature several musical interludes. A reception will be held after the Convocation in Canale Arena.

Mission Orientation for New Faces at CBU

New Administrators, Faculty and Staff: The first meeting of Mission Orientation for the year will be held on Tuesday, August 27 in the Montesi Executive Center (Buckman 211) at  1:00 p.m. During our time together we will meet and greet  all our newcomers to the Campus Community and learn about our Lasallian story, which is our heritage and the core of our Mission at CBU — historically, at present and well into the future. Blessings on your New Beginnings!

Join the CB Singers!

Are you looking for a musical community?  Join the CB Singers, a chorus made up of students, faculty, and staff. CB Singers will meet weekly on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. for rehearsal in Spain Auditorium at Buckman Hall. Perform in concerts throughout the year, and have fun making music!

No prior choir experience is necessary, and no audition is required. Please attend the first CB Singers rehearsal on Monday, August 26 in Spain Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  Bring your friends, and get ready to sing!

Ask to join the CB Singers Facebook group here to keep up with the latest information:

In Memoriam

Desi-OwensDesiree “Desi” Owens (’85) died peacefully after a brief struggle with cancer on August 18 in Berkeley, CA, surrounded by family and friends who loved her, and her spouse and soul mate, Leslie Ross. Desi was a volleyball and basketball player at CBU from 1981 to 1985, and she was inducted into the CBU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012. The family requests that memorials be sent to elder care organizations such as Alzheimer’s Services of the East Bay (; organizations providing dignity and a creative voice for older individuals such as Stagebridge in Oakland (; animal rights and rescue organizations such as the Milo Foundation (; or organizations supporting equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, questioning and intersexed individuals.

Robert Kendall “Ken” Lamkin (BSBA ’06, MAT ’12) passed away August 11. Ken was with Ozburn Hessey Logistics, had been a manager for Caterpillar Logistics and a former teacher at White Station Middle School, Raleigh Egypt Middle School, and Cordova Middle School. He is survived by his wife, Dayna Jan Lamkin; son Robert Evan Lamkin; and stepson John Tyler Hayes of Memphis; his mother, Mary Lois Kendall; three brothers, Mark Lamkin, Lee Colby Lamkin, and Bobby Burns; and two sisters, Danette R. Lamkin and Tiffany Edwards. The family requests that memorials be made to the Robert Kendall Lamkin Memorial Fund at

Student Essay Contest

The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family has announced the 2012 Father Michael J. McGivney Essay Contest, open to college students who are in their junior or senior years in the 2013-14 academic year. Through the contest the Institute seeks to encourage deeper reflection on the themes of culture, person, God, love, marriage, and family, especially as developed in the theological work of John Paul II and Benedict XVI.

“In reality it is only in the mystery of the Word made flesh that the mystery of man truly becomes clear . . . Christ . . . in the very revelation of the mystery of the Father and of his love, fully reveals man to himself.” (Gaudium et spes, 22)

Write an essay commenting on the meaning of this passage from Gaudium et spes for the relationship of “continuity and fulfillment” between faith and reason. More details on essay requirements are online at or contact Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut in the CBU Office of Mission at (901) 321-3286 or

Essays must be 1200-1500 words, prepared according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Entries must be received in hard copy format at the following address, no later than September 30, 2013. The first-place winner will receive a $2,000 prize, with a runner-up prize of $750.

Buccaneer Bulletin

08/21: Lady Bucs 1, UALR 2 (Exhibition; at Signaigo Field)


08/27: Belhaven University (Exhibition; Jackson, MS; 6:00 p.m.)
08/27: Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic (Scrimmage; Mike Rose Soccer Complex; 8:20 p.m.)

CBU Timeline


President Smarrelli cuts a ribbon to “unveil” the new CBU timeline graphic that lines the walls of Alfonso Dining Hall. The timeline was designed and installed by Harding Creative of Memphis. Take a look at the video of the timeline below — or better yet, drop by for lunch and study it!


Phyo Aung (Civil Engineering,  Packaging Engineering Certificate ’14) and Alvin Siow (Chemical Engineering, Packaging Engineering Minor ’14) have recently been selected by TAPPI Foundation for a $1,000 scholarship each. The scholarship fund came from the TAPPI-CBU fundraising golf event last October, which raised a total of $2,500 for CBU packaging students.
Karen Conway-Barnett (Dean of Students) authored of an article entitled “Education: A Stepping Stone to Success” in the July/August issue of Grace magazine. She was also profiled in the issue as part of article entitled “Women Lead the Way in Higher Education.”
Ernest Edwards (History ’07), a recent graduate of American University¹s school of law, has been admitted to the Washington, DC Bar.
Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering & Packaging) gave a talk entitled “Packaging Opportunities” at the 2013 Institute for Career and Technical Education Educators on July 16.  This annual meeting was funded by the Tennessee Department of  Education and hosted by Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. To view Dr. Malasri’s talk, click here.
Dr. Sana Mujahid (Biology ’07) defended her dissertation (“Regulation of lung development by miRNAs and Hox genes:”) at Tufts University and has accepted a post-doctoral position at Standford University.

Alexander Park (History ’13) has begun the study of law at Dickinson School of Law at Penn State.

Dr. Dora Sellers (Psychology, Natural Science ’07) graduated from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center with her DDS degree (Psychology, Natural Science 2007)

Dr. Thaddeus Wilson (’91) has been appointed by Gov. Bill Haslam to the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees. Dr. Wilson is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

Faculty & Staff News

Dr. Juan Caballero has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Literature and Languages.
Cecilia D. Garrison, RN has joined the Nursing Program as an Instructor of Nursing.
Dr. Kelly James has joined the School of Arts as an Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences.
Raena B. King has joined the School of Sciences as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Dr. Teri Mason returns to CBU in the College of Adult Professional Studies in the position of Faculty Services Curriculum Coordinator.
Chanda S. Murphy has joined the School of Arts as an Instructor of Behavioral Sciences.
Dr. Mary Leigh Pittenger has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy.
 Moneka Reeves has joined the CBU Bookstore as its new Manager.
Dr. Lavern Terrell has joined the School of Arts as a Visiting Associate Professor of Education.
Dr. Cherese Washington Tooley has joined the Physician Assistant Studies Program as an Associate Professor.
Eliza E. Warren has joined the School of Arts as an Instructor of Literature and Languages.

Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut (pictured above with Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President) was recognized at the Community Convocation, held on August 15 in the University Theater, in honor of his Golden Jubilee — 50 years as a De La Salle Christian Brother!

CBU faculty and staff members were recognized for length of service to the University at the Community Convocation, held on August 15 in the University Theater.
The following were recognized for five years of service to CBU: Dr. Bjoern Claassen (Accounting/Business Law/Finance/MIS/Statistics), Dr. Ted Clarke (Physics & Natural Science), Geoffrey Fulghum (Physical Plant),Melissa Hanson (Institutional Research & Effectiveness), Dr. Kelli Hefner (Academic Services), Stephen Kirkpatrick (Advancement), Nicholas Pena (Visual & Performing Arts), Wilson Phillips (Student Life, Campus Ministry), Jennifer Soler-Rodriguez (ITS), Thomas Thornton ITS), Stacey Trotter (Nursing) and Dr. James “Bru” Wallace (Religion & Philosophy).
Leslie Herlihy (School of Engineering) and Dr. Randel Price (Chemical & Biochemical Engineering) were recognized for 10 years of service.
Cory Dugan (Communications & Marketing), Dr. Ellen Faith (Education), Dr. Dennis Merat (Chemistry) and Brother Walter Schreiner (Mathematics) were recognized for 15 years of service.
Glenda Emerick (Graduate Engineering), Dr. Lawrence Schmitt (Accounting/Business Law/Finance/MIS/Statistics) and Dr. John Varriano (Physics & Natural Science) were recognized for 20 years of service.
Barbara Hill (Plough Library), Dr. Siripong Malasri (Civil & Environmental Engineering, Packaging) and Gene McGinnis (Civil & Environmental Engineering) were recognized for 25 years of service.

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New Honors Program Students

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the CBU Honors Program: Sydney Barnes, Samantha Bennett, Brianna Berg, Elijah Brown, Jumari Callaway,  Amber Campbell, Nicholas Daseler, Melissa Dollar, Maria Dopico, Cecile Everett, Robert Feldmayer, Taylor Flake, Cole Freeman, Rakesha Gray, Lauren Jeu, Sushma Kalava, Katherine Knickerbocker, Jenny Lam, Frank Lanigan, Abigail Lockard, Emily McClure, Breeana Nikaido, Matthew Ohlwein, Salih Placo, Michelle Pleasant, Payton Powers, Reggie Raney, Amy Rohling, Sean Rowland, Swamynathan Sriraman, Alexander (Brock) Swims, Randall Thomas, and Mary Margaret Vollmar.

Primeros Auxilios

The Physician Assistant Studies students of CBU provided First Aid Training for 31 students from Northern Mexico during CBU’s 12th annual Lasallian Language Camp. The middle school students ages 11-13 and their chaperones who are teachers in the De LaSalle schools in Mexico were part of the CBU community for three weeks.

The students immersed themselves not only in the English language but also in the native culture and its norms. During their time here in Memphis, the students attended class for three hours in the morning where they were exposed to intense instruction of the English language, followed by an afternoon homework session, arts and crafts, sports activities and field trips.

Expanding this year’s camp activities, the PA students fulfilled an academic requirement while providing a fun and memorable experience for the students through a First Aid Training class with portions taught in Spanish and others in English. The campers learned the basics of CPR and first aid, as well as what to do in an emergency situation. Upon completion of the training, the PA students served root beer floats and mingled with the campers.

Click on the photos below to view as a photo gallery/slideshow.

Business Majors: Are You CBU Proven?

CBU PROVEN is a new program that’s designed to prepare CBU School of Business students for real-world business opportunities and experiences through leadership mentoring and programming. This 8-month (two semester) program matches 10-12 CBU School of Business upperclassmen with 10-12 CBU alumni currently employed in their field of study/interest, and provides an opportunity to engage in networking events and further their leadership education and training.

For more information on CBU PROVEN, click here or contact Karen Viotti, Director of Alumni and Volunteer Development, at or (901) 321-3254.

Apply online by August 30 at this link. >>>

Upcoming Events

The entire CBU Community is encouraged to attend the CBU Academic Convocation on Thursday, September 5, at 5:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Speakers will include Dr. John Smarrelli Jr., CBU President, and Melanie Horne (’14), SGA President. Student and faculty scholars will be recognized, along with rank and tenure announcements for CBU faculty. The Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award will be presented, as will the Advisor of the Year awards and  the Dr. Marguerite Cooper School of Sciences Award. A reception will be held after the Convocation in Canale Arena.

Facilitator Jodi Pfarr and the Assisi Foundation of Memphis will present a free workshop on “Intersections of Poverty and the ‘Isms‘” on September 13 in the University Theater. The workshop will provide a brief introduction of the social landscape of our society and common social identities, such as class, race, gender, etc. Through the use of mental models, it will explore how our social identities and experiences in society affect the way we view and think about issues. During this workshop, Ms. Pfarr will share her thinking on the complexities of where poverty intersects with ageism, racism, able-body-ism, and other “isms.” Because of expected demand, there will be two sessions offered. The first presentation will be from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.  That same presentation will be repeated for the afternoon audience from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Registration is available online at these links separately for the morning session and the afternoon session.


In Memoriam

Brother-Jeffrey-GrosBrother Jeffrey Gros, former member of the CBU faculty and the Lambert Hall Community, died in Chicago on August 12. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 58 years, he was born in Memphis. He received a BA and a MEd from St. Mary¹s University of Minnesota. Brother Jeffrey earned an MA in Theology from Marquette University and a PhD in Theology from Fordham University.

He was well known in the ecumenical movement for broadening its scope, published widely in theological journals and periodicals, edited numerous books on ecumenism, and spoke to various religious and educational groups throughout the world. Brother Jeffrey served ten years as Director of Faith and Order for the National Council of Churches and also for fourteen years as Associate Director of the Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. More recently, he was the Distinguished Professor of Ecumenical and Historical Theology at Memphis Theological Seminary. In the fall of 2011 Brother Jeffrey went to Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, as the Catholic Studies Scholar in Residence. He was president of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, consultant to the Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Archdiocese of Chicago, adjunct professor at Catholic Theological Union, and Dean of the Institute for Catholic Ecumenical Leadership.

Survivors include his sister, Sister Joye Gros, OP, of St. Louis, and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. Memorials may be made to the De La Salle Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527). Condolences may be sent to the Brothers’ Community at Campus Box 94. They may also be sent to Sister Joyce at 4928 Washington Blvd, St. Louis MO 63018.

Looking for a Few Good Deckhands

CBU Faculty, Staff, and Brothers Wanted  for the CBU Deckhands!

Modeled after the Grizzly Grannies and Grampas, the CBU Deckhands will be a pep/cheer squad for CBU and will appear from time to time at CBU events. If you are interested in having some silly fun, attending weekly practices in the Skybox (Thursdays at 4:30), and helping raise the Buccaneer spirit at CBU, please contact Tracie Burke at or 321-3357.

Wanted: Women’s Basketball Manager

The Lady Buc basketball team is looking for a manager! Duties Include (but are not limited to) helping set up the gym, filming games, rebounding and passing during drills, office work, and anything team needs to be successful. If interested, please see Coach Winchell in the women’s basketball office located in Canale Arena or email her at If you have work study and are interested in working as a manager to get your work study hours, then we can work with you. If you don’t have work study, we can talk about incentives.