Cheer for the Kids

CFTK_SAECBU¹s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and many other amazing CBU students volunteered their day on Saturday, January 25, to an annual Cheer for the Kids event and helped raise $44,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Midsouth. Cheer for the Kids is a grassroots non-profit organization founded by Professor Chanda S. Murphy (Behavioral Science) and fellow Memphian Ashley Bradford (right and left in the front row of the photo) to help raise awareness and money for local child-focused philanthropy organizations. For more information about Cheer for the Kids please visit

This Week at CBU

Farm To Table LogoFARM TO TABLE CONFERENCE: CBU is proud to be the host for the 4th annual Mid-South Farm to Table Conference on February 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., at various locations across campus. Established in 2011, the conference is designed to provide a forum for farmers, consumers, entrepreneurs and other local food stakeholders to discuss ideas for developing the local food system of Memphis and the Mid-South. This year we welcome a number of farmers, policy advocates, and scholars from across the region to discuss topics including, but not limited to, urban homesteading, mushroom cultivation, faith-based food justice initiatives, and the role universities can play in building sustainable local food systems. This year’s keynote speakers are Nat Turner, founder of Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans; and Chef Miles McMath, Director of Culinary Operations at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More info on the speakers is available at Registration for the Farm to Table Conference is $25 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch, and evening reception. Visit to purchase tickets. Students can contact Sean MacInnes at for a special rate.

FEAST OF ST. BLAISE: The CBU community is invited to join Campus Ministry on Monday, February 3 at noon in the Barry Hall Chapel to celebrate the Feast of Saint Blaise. Father Francis Muriithi, chaplain, will celebrate mass and conclude with the formal blessing of the throats. Click here to read more about St. Blaise, the patron of throat illnesses.

FAFSA WORKSHOPS: The CBU Financial Assistance Office is offering on-site professional assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) during the next three months.  Students and families will be able to talk to financial aid professionals about financial aid resources and how to apply, along with getting information regarding state-wide student services, and more!  Following are the scheduled dates for the FAFSA workshops that will take place in Computer Lab 218 of Buckman Hall from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Individuals can email or call (901) 321-3305 to sign up. Space is limited to 25 computers per session. This week’s sessions are February 4 and February 6. More info >>>

SCIENCE SMACKDOWN: The CBU HeBrews Club will host a live-stream of the “Bill Nye (The Science Guy) vs. Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis CEO)” debate free of charge. The debate’s topic: Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham will be joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye. Each man will deliver what he believes is the best information currently available for his case. Each then has an opportunity for rebuttal and afterward answers questions submitted by the audience. More info at the HeBrews Facebook page.

WORKSHOP SESSIONS FOR ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT: During January and February, four workshop sessions will be offered to help students toward a more successful college experience in areas of basic study skills techniqueshelpful resourcesself-assessmentself-motivation, etc. The remaining sessions will be held on February 6 and February 13, 1:00-1:50 p.m. in Assisi Hall 122 and will be facilitated by Ms. Sadie Lisenby, Director of Counseling. The sessions are designed for students who have the desire and commitment to become a more successful student. Interested students are urged to attend all four sessions.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PRESENTATION AND FILM: Dr. Marius Carriere (History & Political Science) will kick off Black History Month activities at CBU on Thursday, February 6, at 1:00 p.m. in Spain Auditorium with a presentation on ”Blacks in Post Civil War Memphis: White Resistance to  Reconstruction and the 1866 Riot.”

Student Life, in conjunction with the the Black Student Association and the National Association for the Advance of Colored People Student Organization, will then sponsor a showing of the Academy Award-nominated 12 Years a Slave at the Malco Paradiso at 6:00 p.m.. Brother Allen Johnson and Dr. Jeffrey Gross (Literature & Languages) will respond to the film and moderate an audience discussion following the movie. Reserve your one  (1) ticket here:

esportBUCCANEER E SPORT CLUB: The time has come for another amazing semester of gaming for a good cause. The Buccaneer E Sport Team (BEST) is hosting a club meeting for all members and non-members on Thursday, February 6, at 5:00 p.m. in Montesi Executive Center (Buckman Hall 211). Everyone is welcome to come and discuss upcoming tournaments and events.

ORIENTAL MONSOON PERFORMANCE: The Confucius Institute at the University of MemphisHanbanHangzhou Normal University (Hangzhou, China), the University of Memphis, and Christian Brothers University are proud to host “An Oriental Monsoon,” a performance of classic Chinese opera, instrumental music and dance, on Sunday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the University Theater. The program is free and open to the public. This one of less than ten locations that the Hangzhou troupe will visit this year in the United States. For additional information, please call the Confucius Institute office at (901) 678-2595 or email

It’s a Great Day: Update

Great-Day-2When people pass by CBU on Central Avenue, they now see giant banners on the Cooper Wilson Building that read, “Exploring the Possibilities.” We want everyone in Memphis to take another look at CBU and notice the successes made possible here. Our students work to achieve excellence on campus, as evidenced by the 312 undergraduate students who made the Fall 2013 Dean’s List. Student athletes have been honored by the GSC and NCAA for their performances on and off the field of play. Our faculty and staff dance team, the Deckhands, even won a spirit award from the NCAA. The Kudos section of the Connection offers new CBU success stories every week. As a community, we have much to celebrate. Excellence surrounds us. You work hard in the classroom and in competition, and we want to ensure that you have a satisfying and fulfilling college experience everywhere else.

Based on your feedback from last spring’s It’s a Great Day at CBU! student focus groups, the Designing Excellence committee continues to explore possibilities to improve the campus experience for all students, alumni, staff, and faculty. We remain committed to building community, improving communication, and serving you better. The spring semester offers new possibilities. Soon enough, the cold grip of winter will release us, and the new tables and chairs outside the Buc Grill will be the perfect meeting space. Personally, I look forward to seeing that space come alive on the first warm spring day. Areas where we can informally gather allow us to form new bonds and build community. Along with late night dining and beer sales, the outdoor TVs give us one more reason to gather in this rejuvenated space.

We have many exciting events to come, each of which offers its own possibilities for new friendships and memories. Homecoming Weekend, February 14 and 15, allows us to reunite with members of the CBU family. Sofapalooza gives the whole community a night to relax and enjoy being part of our campus community. On May 17, we will celebrate our 2014 graduates, the newest members in a tradition of excellence. CBU also seeks to be a hub for the Memphis community; this semester, we are hosting both the Midsouth Farm to Table Conference (tomorrow!) and the Livable Memphis Summit. As spring weather draws you outside, explore all that Cooper Young has to offer. We are located in a thriving neighborhood, so take a study break to check out the local businesses, some of which offer discounts for CBU students. Every day offers the potential for something great to happen. The timeline in the Alfonso Dining Hall reminds us of our storied past, but your stories and memories remain to be recorded. We’re here to help make those opportunities possible.

Last year, we asked for your feedback. Many students answered the call and gave us their perspectives about CBU, highlighting our successes and areas where we could do better. We listened. Please know that we always welcome your ideas. Help us make CBU great for you. Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions? On Twitter, use the #askcbu hashtag. You’ll get a response. If you need more than 140 characters, send a message to Someone from Communications will reply to you or forward your message to a CBU employee who can respond. Together, we can all make tomorrow a Great Day at CBU! So much is possible here.

Jeffrey Gross, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English


Dr. Edward Salgado (Biology, Emeritus) and colleague C.R. Fraser-Jenkins published an article on Asian ferns in The Fern Gazette, the journal of the British Pteridological Society, which contains peer-reviewed articles in all aspects of pteridology, the study of ferns. The title of the article is ”The nomenclature, typification and taxonomy of Asplenium falcatum, A. polyodon and confused species.”

Mazel Tov, Pope Francis

Emily Lennon
(Physician Assistant Studies ’15) submitted the photo above of her husband’s former rabbi, Dr. Leonard Matanky, meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican and presenting him with the gift of a yarmulke. “Love the unity that our religions are progressing towards,” Emily adds.

Student Life & Recreation News

Intramural Basketball Power Rankings: Intramural 5v5 Basketball is in full swing and there is a new #1 at the top of the Competitive League Power RankingsVisit us online to see the full rankings as well as the schedule of games for the season.

CBU Recognition at FedEx Forum: Thank you all students, staff, and faculty members who joined Student Life at the Memphis Grizzlies vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on February 1. CBU was recognized during the game as one of the groups in attendance for the Grizzlies’ win — extending the longest active winning streak in the NBA. Go Grizzles and (of course) Go Bucs!

Career Services Calendar

• Tuesday, February 4: Career Power Half Hour – Networking; Buckman Hall 102, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, February 5: Mock Interview Day; Buckman 207, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This is your chance to conduct a “practice” interview with a real employer who recruits people in your area of study!  This opportunity only comes around once each semester… don’t miss out!  Sign up for your interview time today! (RSVP your interview time thru your CBU CareerLinX account)
• Thursday, February 6: Pizza & Professionals (Bridges, Inc.); Buckman Hall 102, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, February 6: Practice Test Drive: Practice Graduate Admissions Tests
(GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, OAT, DAT, PCAT); Buckman 101, 102, 103, 111, 112, 226; 1:30-5:00 p.m.

• Tuesday, February 11: Entrepreneur Panel – Mind Your Own Business; Spain Auditorium, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
• Thursday, February 13: Career Power Half Hour – Career Expo 101; Buckman Hall 102, 1:00-1:30 p.m.
• Thursday, February 13: Career Networking Luncheon – Careers In Law; Montesi Executive Center; 12:30-1:45 p.m. (Limited to 35 students – RSVP through your CBU CareerLinX Account)

Mark your calendars now for the Spring 2014 Career & Internship Expo. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 18, from 11:30 to 2:00 in Sabbatini Lounge in the Thomas Center.

Castings Deadline Approaching!

The deadline for submissions to the annual Castings art and literary journal is February 3! Submissions can be made in four categories: fine art, photography, poetry and prose. There’s prize money available in each category! This is an opportunity for students to showcase their talent and represent the creativity within the CBU community. Castings is put together every Spring semester by student editors and overseen by Dr. Karen Golightly in the School of Arts. The journal is usually distributed across campus the week before final exams in the Spring. Contact Dr. Golightly at to submit your work.


Mock Trial Team

The Pre-Law Program at CBU is announcing the creation of a CBU Mock Trial Team. The establishment of the mock trial team will not only introduce students to new rules and procedures in the law field, but also teach them lessons in confidence, skill, and eloquence. Through introducing the team to the campus, we hope to set a strong foundation for those who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The goal is to recruit a strong team of talented and hard working individuals who will not only perform at the height of their abilities, but will represent both CBU and the team in a positive way — and to teach and strive for excellence within the team, but also create within the students a new passion for the craft. Students who are interested in participating in the CBU Mock Trial Team, should contact Angelica Brown at or Joel Moore at


In Memoriam

Mr. Robert J. Steves Sr., father of Eloise Smarrelli, passed away early this morning in Syracuse, NY.  The funeral service is Monday, February 3, at St. Margaret’s Church (203 Roxboro Rd, Mattydale, NY 13211). Funeral services by Hollis Funeral Home of Syracuse ( Please keep the Smarrelli and Steves Family in your prayers. Condolences may be be sent in care of the President¹s Office, Campus Box 25.

Dr. Dale Bails, former Professor of Economics and Dean of the CBU School of Business, passed away on January 30. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church (5296 Park Avenue). Please keep Marcia and the Bails family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent online at the Memorial Park website, or mailed to 5517 Pecan Grove Lane, Memphis 38120.

Packaging Consortium News

 MicroPort Orthopedics, the sixth largest multinational hip and knee orthopedic reconstruction business, has recently become the latest member of the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium. MicroPort is  located in Arlington, TN; its parent company, MicroPort Scientific Corporation, is based in P. R. China. The CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium was established on June 1, 2010, with seven founding members:  Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Merck Consumer Care, Medtronic, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical.  Since then The Pallet Factory, Olympus Surgical Technologies America, WS Packaging, New-Tech Packaging, and MicroPort Orthopedics have joined the consortium.

• The International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology (IJAPT), the CBU Healthcare Packaging Consortium’s official journal, has recently been listed in SHERPA/RoMEO, a research database based at the University of Nottingham (UK). IJAPT has already been indexed/abstracted by DOAJ, Google Scholar, Journal TOCs, IndexCopernicus, ProQuest USA, Research Gate, Journaldatabase, and several others.

• A Healthcare Packaging Consortium research project on recycled cardboard was cited by NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. Results showed that the performance of recycled materials had more degradation under extreme conditions than virgin materials. The work was published in the International Journal of Advanced Packaging Technology. The work, sponsored by FedEx, was under the supervision of Dr. Ray Brown (Mechanical Engineering).

NAACP Events & Updates

Interested in unity? “Higher Learning” Movie Night and discussion will be February 20, at 6:00 p.m. in the LLC classroom! Be there!

 Christian Brothers College was integrated 50 years ago by our very own Brother Terence McLaughlin! Discuss this event and the history of the NAACP, and learn how we can as college students become more united on February 27 at 1:00 p.m. in Sabbatini Lounge!

 With all of these great activities, it makes sense to be interested in joining the NAACP. A CBU alum has donated funds to help interested students with their membership dues. Dues are $15 (18 and under), $20 (age 19 to 21), $35 (21 and over).

Email NAACP president Taylor Flake at for answers to your questions!

Upcoming Events

LUNCH & ENTERTAINMENT WITH THE BSA: In celebration of Black History Month, the CBU Black Student Association will present musical entertainment during lunch on Thursday, February 13, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Alfonso Dining Hall. Featuring special musical selections by the Divine Voices Gospel Choir and performances by CBU African-American Greek organizations.

LOVE LETTERS FOR VALENTINES DAY (AND HOMECOMING):  The CBU Office of Advancement and the Visual and Performing Arts Department will present a special Valentine’s reading of A. R. Gurney’s play Love Letters in Sabbatini Lounge with a 3-course dinner and wine on February 14 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person — RSVP by February 10 to or (901) 321-3277. Love Letters is the story of Andrew Ladd III  and Melissa Gardner’s complex relationship as told through the reading of a lifetime of correspondence between the two — from childhood birthday invitations and thank you notes to pledges of adolescent infatuation, through the trials and tribulations of marriage, professional aspirations, parenthood, addiction, and ultimately to their love affair.

Saturday, February 15
• Dedication of Nadicksbernd Field – 11:30 a.m.
• CBU Baseball doubleheader vs. Alderson-Broaddus, beginning at 12:00 p.m.
• Women¹s Basketball vs. Lee University at ­ 2:00 p.m.
• Men¹s  Basketball vs. Lee ­University at 4:00 p.m.
• 2014 Homecoming Court
• Fun music and giveaways during timeouts
• Alumni Skybox Party during the basketball games with hot dog bar and beer
• Reunion After Parties at various locations around town

FORUM ON BULLYING:  ”It’s More Than Jus’ Playin,’” a forum on bullying, will be held on Tuesday, February 18, in Spain Auditorium, 1:00-1:50 p.m. The forum will include an overall introduction to the culture of bullying and the variety of forms it can take, as well as the legal aspects of bullying. The forum will be presented by Dr. Kelli Hefner, Dean of Academic Services and Officer Deana Sanford, Campus Police & Safety. The CBU campus is invited to attend.

POSTPONED: The Community Conversation with the President scheduled for Thursday, February 20 has been postponed due to an unexpected event. A new date and time will be announced in the near future.

RIGHT IN YOUR BACK YARD: The Black Student Association will sponsor an address by Ms. Rita Harris of the Sierra Club of Memphis on Thursday, February 20 in Spain Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Harris will explain how the pollution that factories purposely place in predominately African-American neighborhoods affects our everyday life.

BALLET MEMPHIS “WORLD WONDERS”: Ballet Memphis will present “World Wonders” at Playhouse on the Square February 21-23, showtimes at 2:00 and 8:00 p.m. “World Wonders” is a cultural fusion of some of the world’s most creative music, art and dance in four dazzling works from lauded young choreographers Matthew Neenan, Gabrielle Lamb and Rafael Ferreras — featuring performers from Hattiloo Theatre and the hottest local jookin’ talent. CBU faculty and staff can receive 20% off tickets to performances by calling the box office at (901) 737-7322 by February 7.

Buccaneer Bulletin

BUCCANEER BUS TRIP! CBU will be taking a bus to the basketball games at Delta State University on February 11. Students who are interested in a road trip with the Bucs should contact Wilson Phillips in Student Life at

01/30: Bucs 70, Alabama-Huntsville 58 (at Canale Arena)
02/01: Bucs 67, West Alabama 52 (at Canale Arena)

01/30: Lady Bucs 62Alabama-Huntsville 78 (at Canale Arena)
02/01: Lady Bucs 54, West Alabama 47 (at Canale Arena)

BASEBALL (0-0, 0-0 GSC)
02/01: Bucs 3/2Lindenwood 5/3 (at Nadicksbernd Field)

SOFTBALL (0-2, 0-0 GSC)
02/01: Lady Bucs 1/0Arkansas-Monticello 9/2 (at Monticello, AR)

02/06: Shorter University (Rome, GA; 7:00 p.m.)
02/08: University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA; 3:00 p.m.)

02/06: Shorter University (Rome, GA; 5:00 p.m.)
02/08: University of West Georgia (Carrollton, GA; 1:00 p.m.)

02/08: William Woods University (Nadicksbernd Field; noon doubleheader)
02/09): William Woods University  (Nadicksbernd Field; 1:00 p.m.)

02/08: Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR; 1:00 p.m. doubleheader)