CBU Announces New Logos

Dr. John Smarrelli, CBU President, and Melanie Horne, SGA President, announced today that Christian Brothers University is adopting new logos for the University and for Buccaneer Athletics. Take a better look at the examples online at cbu.edu/logos.

The new CBU Logo, designed by archer>malmo, presents the public with a bold, easily recognizable graphic identity for CBU. By using the Bell Tower as its major element, the new CBU Logo draws attention to a positive, prominent feature of our campus and positions it as a beacon that extends far beyond the Parkway and our front yard. As a symbol for both Academia and the Church, the Bell Tower reinforces both our image as a top-quality institution of higher education and our heritage as a Lasallian, Catholic University.We can embrace this as a symbol of who we are, who we’ve always been, and who we will always be.

CBU and archer>malmo have also revitalized and updated the Buccaneer Logo for Athletics to accompany and complement our new graphic identity. This Buc is very much in line with contemporary sports logo design, simple and eye-catching and easily reproduced on everything from websites to t-shirts (and uniforms, of course).

Something else you might notice in these new logos is a brighter color palette. The maroon-and-gray has now been replaced with red-and-gray, which a lot of you might fondly recall as the original CBU colors. You’ll start seeing the new logos very soon on some materials, especially for Admissions and Advancement, and they’ll be phased in gradually in other areas. Although the CBU website will not be changing its design immediately, the new logos are already available for download at www.cbu.edu/logos/download.html.

September of Service 2013!

CBU SOS made PB&Js at St. Mary's Soup Kitchen with lots of love!

CBU SOS made PB&Js at St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen with lots of love!

September of Service: 30 Days of Good Deeds is off to a great start again this year. Over 150 people attended last Friday’s SOS Kickoff to sign up, get a t-shirt, chalk the sidewalk, dance, and show their CBU Lasallian spirit.  This weekend 35 CBU students, faculty, and staff filled several volunteer positions at the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, and made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Soup Kitchen, which has been feeding the homeless continuously since 1870.

This week we will work with the Church Health Center, Mid-South Food Bank, Poor Clares Monastery, Habitat for Humanity, Methodist Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center (at the Clergy Chase), and Shelby Farms Park.

We are most in need of volunteers Wednesday 12:15-4:15 p.m. at the Mid-South Food Bank, and Saturday 7:25-11 a.m. at the Clergy Chase. SOS is open to EVERYONE at CBU! Yes, everyone: students, faculty, staff, alumni, Brothers, and family members Go to www.cbusos.com 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!!!!

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

Volunteer (SOS Roguing) Opportunities

The Grizzlies Preparatory Charter School is looking for tutors who are interested in working with young scholars one-on-one. It is a great opportunity to help children build success and become strong students and adults. All that is required is a background check, willingness to commit 45 minutes each week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 4:45- 5:30 p.m., and attend a 30-minute training session.  If interested, contact Ashley Edge at (901) 590- 8493 or aedge@grizzliesprep.org.

Shelby Farms Park is looking for LOTS of volunteers to staff Spooky Nights 2013. The event will feature a Haunted Trail needing 100 volunteer actors, a Nocturnal Nature Hike that is family-oriented and needs 50 volunteer actors, and Zombie Laser Tag needing 20 volunteers. If interested, you must attend the training session on September 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelby Farms Visitor Center.  To sign up, contact Irene Montanez at imontanez@shelbyfarmspark.org or (901) 767-7275. The dates for this event are:

  • October 4-5, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • October 11-12, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • October 18-19, 7:00-10:00 p.m.
  • October 25-26, 7:00-midnight (at the latest)
  • October 31, 7:00-10:00 p.m.


Flock to the Kroc

If you’re a full-time day student at CBU, you get a FREE membership to the Kroc Center! Claim it on Tuesday, September 3! Everyone will assemble in Buckman Quad at 2:00 p.m. and walk over to the Kroc as a group. The great folks at the Kroc will give tours, serve light refreshments, and sign you up!


Dr. Pong Malasri (Civil Engineering & Packaging) has recently been certified by the International Safe Transit Association (www.ista.org) as a Certified Packaging Lab Technologist by passing a two-hour exam.  This is the second of the three levels under ISTA Certified Packaging Lab Professionals (CPLP) Program.  He was certified by ISTA as a Certified Packaging Lab Technician in May 2013.  Currently, there are 211 ISTA certified technicians (level 1), 131 technologists (level 2), and 19 professionals (level 3) worldwide. The CBU Packaging Test Lab has been certified as a commercial lab by ISTA since October 2009. The lab has served various customers, including Merck Consumer Care and Olympus Surgical Technologies America.  Larry Rutledge, retired FedEx Packaging Lab Manager, serves as the manager of CBU Certified Packaging Test Lab.

Academic Convocation on Thursday

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.

Celebrating the March on Washington

Eliza Warren
(Literature & Languages) and 26 of her CBU students attended the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington at the National Civil Rights Museum on August 28. There were performers, bands, speakers–including a man who was at the March in ’63, a recitation of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, and much, much more.

Upcoming Career Services Events

September 5: Pizza & Professionals (Strategic Financial Partners), Buckman 102, 12:30–1:30 pm
September 9-12: Academic Internship Orientation Meetings for rising juniors & seniors interested in Spring 2014 academic internships, 30-minute meetings held at 12:30 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Monday/Wednesday/Thursday meetings are in Buckman 102; Tuesday meetings are in St. Joseph 10.
September 10: Career Power Half Hour: Resume Writing, Montesi, 1:00–1:30 p.m.
September 13: Resume Blitz walk-in resume critiques, Buckman 207, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For more info, contact Career Services at (9012) 321-3330 or career@cbu.edu.

Upcoming Events

TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Time management is the key to starting the semester off on the right foot.  Learn how to prioritize, develop an individualized schedule, and brainstorm timesaving strategies by attending this workshop on Thursday, September 12 in Buckman 112, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Although this program will not give you more hours in the day, you will learn to manage your time and balance your academic, work, extracurricular and personal activities. Sodas will be provided and you’re welcome to bring your lunch.  Please RSVP to Tia Kofahl at tkofahl@cbu.edu if you’d like to attend.

• COMMUNITY CONVERSATION WITH THE PRESIDENT: The next Community Conversation with the President for faculty and staff is Thursday, October 31 in the University Theater, 12:45-1:30 p.m. No agenda will be formulated. Dr. Smarrelli hopes to use this as an opportunity to discuss matters of relevance,  large and small, in an informal setting.

PRIVATE EYES: The CBU Theatre production of Steven Dietz’ Private Eyes will be staged October 31-November 2 at 7:30 p.m. and November 3 at 2:00 p.m. in the University Theater. Private Eyes is a comedic roller-coaster ride between truths and lies, filled with surprises and misdirection. The audience itself plays the role of detective in this hilarious relationship thriller about love and the power of deception. Click here for a synopsis. The cast includes Nic PicouChelsea SmithersAlani Lee DeniseKierra Turner and Cale BaskinSeating is limited and reservations must be made in order to guarantee seating.  Students, staff and faculty of CBU will receive an email link for reservations. Others may reserve seats by emailing the director at mhamner@cbu.edu. General admission is $ 5.00; CBU staff, faculty and students pay only $1.00.

CBU Mass Notification System

It is time to register for the CBU Mass Notification System. Even if you had registered for the service last year, please register again due to the system being purged to ensure quality service and notification accuracy.

CBU encourages all students to register and/or update their emergency contact number(s) in the mass notification system, the University’s primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. CBU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies.

The mass notification system allows you to receive emergency messages on multiple devices. Individuals may identify as many as three telephone numbers and one CBU email address (automatically) for receiving emergency notifications. Both voice and text messages can be sent to cell phones. To register or update your information, a valid CBU email account is required. Registration or updating your information is simple and straightforward. Simply visit our Registration Page and follow the instructions.

If you do not wish to receive emergency notifications, simply do not fill out this form.

Other than periodic tests, this system will only be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the CBU community. If you have further questions on the system or registration, please contact the Department of Campus Safety at safety@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3550.  Thank you for working with us to ensure your safety here on campus.

Eat, Pray, Discuss

Eat, Pray, Discuss (not necessarily in that order!)

How do we as faculty and staff of a Catholic university support each other? In the past, the physical presence of the Brothers set a Catholic atmosphere. How do we adapt today when there are fewer brothers?

Everyone is invited for:

  • Mass for ourselves and our students to nourish spirits,
  • Food to nourish bodies, and
  • Conversation to nourish minds.

Save the dates for Fall 2013:

  • Wednesday, September 11: 4:50-6:30 p.m. (What better day to gather and pray!)
  • Tuesday, October 1: 12:20-1:45 p.m.
  • Monday, November 18: 4:50-6:30 p.m.

Email Cathy Grilli at cgrilli@cbu.edu if you want to be included on the email lists for more information. (If you were on last year’s list, you should already be on it.)

Graduation Meetings

Do you plan to graduate in December 2013, May 2014 or August 2014? 

Then you need to attend one of these important meetings! Critical information about graduation (cap and gown, degree audit process, etc.) will be provided by the Registrar’s Office. Career Services will be there as well to speak briefly about your completion-year job search.

Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30 or 5:15 p.m. in Spain Auditorium
Wednesday, September 11 at 12:00 or 5:15 p.m. in Spain Auditorium


In Memoriam

br-edwardBrother Edward Everett, former faculty member and assistant dean of men at CBU, died on August 21 in Winona, MN. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 66 years, he earned a BA degree in 1950 and a MAT degree in 1955 from Saint Mary¹s University in Winona, MN. He later earned a MA and a PhD from Loyola University Chicago. During his years as an educator he taught in Winona, Chicago, Belgium, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Palestine. Brother Edward served at CBU 1989-92. He was also an adjunct faculty member and admissions counselor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Survivors include his brother Harry Robert of New Port Richey, FL; and niece Darlene Lanham of Chicago, and the Christian Brothers of his community. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Thomas More Chapel at Saint Mary¹s University on August 25. Memorials may be made to the Christian Brothers Retirement Fund (7650 S. County Line Rd., Burr Ridge, IL 60527).

CBU Safe Zone

safezoneCOMING SOON: The CBU Safe Zone Program will support LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersexed, asexual or ally) students. Safe Zones provide spaces where LGBTQIA students can find support and information, free of judgment and hostility. Moreover, the Safe Zone Program aims to promote a campus environment where LGBTQIA students feel welcomed, affirmed, safe, and protected from harassment and homophobia.

Safe Zone Allies are needed. Interested faculty and staff should attend the Safe Zone Ally training session, which will be conducted in the Montesi Executive Center on Friday, September 6, 2:00-5:00 p.m. After completing the required training, Safe Zone Allies can designate their offices as Safe Zones. To sign up for training or for more information, contact Dr. Emily Holmes, Chair of the CBU Safe Zone Program Committee, at emily.holmes@cbu.edu.

Healthcare Packaging Consortium Welcomes New Member

newtechThe CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium welcomes its latest member company, New-Tech Packaging. New-Tech, a Memphis-based packaging company, is ISO 9001 certified.  It provides contract and custom packaging services and packaging supplies to its customers. Its facility includes 300,000 sq. ft. of warehouse and manufacturing space as well as temperature controlled storage. New-Tech is registered with the FDA and DEA. Mike Mathias, VP of Business Development, is New-Tech representative on the consortium.
The Healthcare Packaging Consortium started in June 2010 with seven founding member companies: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Merck Consumer Care, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical.  Since then, The Pallet Factory, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, WS Packaging and New-Tech Packaging have joined the consortium.

Buccaneer Bulletin

09/05: Drury University (Signaigo Field; 7:00 p.m.)
09/07: Dallas Baptist University (Signaigo Field; 1:00 p.m.)

09/06: Union University (Jackson, TN; 5:00 p.m.)
09/08: Young Harris College (Signaigo Field; 11:00 a.m.)

09/06: Cameron University (Arkadelphia, AR; 12:00 p.m.)
09/06: Southern Arkansas University (Arkadelphia, AR; 2:00 p.m.)
09/07: Texas A&M-Commerce (Arkadelphia, AR; 9:00 a.m.)
09/07: Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, AR; 3:00 p.m.)