CBU is saluting its employees on Thursday, January 16 with Faculty/Staff Night at Canale Arena during the basketball games against Union University. All CBU faculty and staff are invited to the Sky Box for free food and drinks, plus two pairs of Plaza Level tickets to Memphis Grizzlies games will be offered in a raffle — winners will be announced during halftime of the men’s game; winners must be present to win! The festivities begin at 5;00 p.m. when the Lady Bucs take the court against the Lady Bulldogs; the Bucs and the Bulldogs face off at 7:00 p.m.
But wait, there’s more — what better way to salute faculty and staff than with a performance by the award-winning CBU Deckhands?!?! The Deckhands and YOU! will be performing at halftime of Thursday’s Lady Bucs basketball game (and again during Saturday’s 4:00 p.m. Bucs game). You read that right, YOU are the guest star as the Deckhands make their way into the stands and get everyone on their feet for the Buccaneers! Plan to stay for the whole game, because after everyone catches their breath, the Deckhands will be slingshotting goodies during timeouts.
There will also be a brief ceremony prior to the games at 4:45 p.m. in memory of Desi Owens (’85), CBU Hall of Fame basketball and volleyball player. In basketball, she scored 1,290 career points with 495 rebounds in 106 games, leading CBC to a 72-37 record including the 1982-83 VSAC West crown. Owens is still CBU’s leader in career field goals, and she ranks fifth in career scoring. She still holds the school single-season record with 220 field goals as a junior, and her 501 points that year rank third in school history today. Owens passed away on August 18, 2013.